OH dear, it seems that Britain is facing a crisis of gigantic proportions.

According to the Daily Express, the cost of chocolate is expected to shoot up before Christmas.

They are quoting an article in The Grocer trade paper which claims that a 100g bar currently costing £1.10 could go up by as much as 21p. The reason is a 70 per cent rise in the past year in the price of cocoa butter.

Politicians hey! Aren't they wonderful? The Independent newspaper reports this week that former Defence Secretary Liam Fox successfully claimed 3p of taxpayers’ money for a car journey of fewer than 100 metres.

Apparently he made the claim after travelling 0.06 miles, or around 96.5 metres, within his North Somerset constituency from a concrete firm to a constituency surgery.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority notes the claim was paid last December. Records show that the Conservative MP also had another 15 claims of under £1 for car travel approved in 2012-13. Nice work if you can get it...

As if they haven't got anything better to do... it would seem that youngsters in Manchester are organising 'Fight Club'- style street battles via social media.

The Manchester Evening News says that police have stepped up patrols after breaking up large groups of youths following reports of brawling and it is believed the gangs, said to be aged between 14 and 17, have been organising regular ‘meet-ups’ on the BlackBerry Messenger service, known as BBM.

Some would say it is a sign of the times... The Independent reports that The Scout Association has launched an alternative Godless version of its oath in a bid to be more welcoming to young atheists.

New recruits will be given the option to swear that they will 'uphold Scout values' instead of promising a 'duty to God. The changes also mean that Scout leaders, who previously had to be religious themselves, no longer need to be part of any faith.

Wayne Bulpitt, UK chief commissioner for the Scout Movement, said the reform “signifies the determination [of the movement] to become truly inclusive and relevant to all sections of society that it serves.”

Wait for us! A story in the Daily Express says that a group of holidaymakers about to join an Easyjet flight from Spain to the UK looked on in disbelief as they watched their flight leave – taking their luggage with it.

The flight from Malaga to Bristol took off while the passengers were still at the boarding gate. It would seem that officials put the error down to an “issue at the boarding gate”.

A spokeswoman for the airline said 19 customers took the next available flight to Gatwick and the remaining 10 spent the night in Malaga before flying to Bristol the next day.
“We have launched an investigation to understand what happened and will be offering flight vouchers and a refund of onward travel arrangements from Gatwick as a gesture of goodwill to the affected passengers.”

Whoops! A printing mix up led to early copies of the latest Bridget Jones novel containing about 40 pages from the memoirs of actor Sir David Jason in the middle, reports the BBC.

“The printers have had a Bridget moment,” said publishers Vintage. Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy came out on the same day as My Life, the autobiography of David Jason, star of the hit BBC comedy Only Fools And Horses.

Vintage said it was recalling the misprinted copies and replacing them with correct versions.

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The Express(www.express.co.uk)

The Independent (www.independent.co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)

Manchester Evening News (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)