News Round Up

HERE'S a surprising statistic found in the Daily Mirror who report that nearly a quarter of British adults have never been on a plane!

Research by travel search engine KAYAK.co.uk also revealed that a fifth of those surveyed say they have never visited a beach in their life, a quarter have never visited a European capital city and 41 per cent say they've never tried foreign food.

And one in 10 Brits have stayed in the UK their entire life and never once been abroad.

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A new study claims that sleep-deprived workers face a higher risk of death and are costing the UK economy £40bn a year.

The BBC says the calculation is based on tired employees being less productive or absent from work altogether.

Data from 62,000 people was used by research firm Rand Europe who said that the loss equated to 1.86% of economic growth.

Rand Europe's report called on employers to recognise and promote the importance of sleep, urging them to build nap rooms.

“The effects from a lack of sleep are massive. Sleep deprivation not only influences an individual's health and well-being but has a significant impact on a nation's economy," said Marco Hafner, a research leader at Rand Europe.

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ONE of the country's leading actresses Imelda Staunton has urged a ban on eating and drinking in theatres.

The Guardian quotes an interview she gave to the listings magazine Radio Times in which she called on people to give the performance their full attention.

Staunton, who starred in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Vera Drake, added: “I don’t know why people can’t engage in just one thing. I don’t understand this obsession with having to eat or drink something at every moment of the day.”

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IN a year of political shocks it may come as no surprise that Oxford Dictionaries has decided that 'post-truth' (an adjective relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotional appeals) is their 2016 international word of the year.

The BBC reports Oxford Dictionaries' spokesman Casper Grathwohl as saying that post-truth could become “one of the defining words of our time”.

He commented: “Fuelled by the rise of social media as a news source and a growing distrust of facts offered up by the establishment, post-truth as a concept has been finding its linguistic footing for some time.”

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SCIENTISTS were delighted to be handed the biggest earthworm ever found in Britain before deciding to kill it!

An article in The Independent says that the earthworm, which was 40cm long and weighed 26g, was discovered in a vegetable patch by Paul Rees from Widnes whose stepson named it 'Dave.'

Scientists killed it so that 'Dave' can be preserved.

Natural History Museum scientist Emma Sherlock, who chairs the Earthworm Society of Britain, said: “Not only is it really long, it is almost twice as heavy as any other wild earthworm ever seen, weighing the same as a small chocolate bar.”

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