IT seems that people taking 'selfies' don't like black cats.

According to the RSPCA, hundreds of the animals are being abandoned as their owners complain that black animals do not photograph as well as their lighter and brighter-coloured counterparts.

The Daily Telegraph reports that this makes them less popular with those who enjoy posting self-portraits with their pets on sites such as Facebook.

One cat rescue centre owner said: “We have had a lot of black cats in this year – people don’t like black at the moment.

“Others look at the black cats and then just say 'Oh, have you got anything else?’ Ginger male cats are the most popular but I think the black cats are beautiful and photograph fine.”


A sign of the times? The BBC says that research by communications regulator Ofcom suggests that Britons spend more time using technology devices than they do sleeping.

Apparently UK adults spend an average of eight hours and 41 minutes a day on media devices, compared with the average night's sleep of eight hours and 21 minutes.


And, says the Daily Mail, our schedules are so busy these days, that we are struggling to fit in a proper breakfast.

The paper quotes research by oat drink producers Oatly which claims that the average person takes less than seven minutes to wolf down their morning meal and more than a third skip it altogether.


And to complete the theme of trends, the Mail also tells us that Southsea Deckchairs, in Portsmouth, Hampshire is having to make its seats wider because of increasing levels of obesity in Britain.

The company has been forced to add an inch to its standard model, taking it to 23ins wide.


Dig this! The Independent reports that four young boys have unearthed one of the earliest metal objects ever to be found in the UK – a 4,300-year-old golden hair ornament from the Copper Age.

The boys, pupils at Alston Primary School in Cumbria, were taking part in a dig at Kirkhaugh, Northumberland.

One of the boys, seven year old Joseph Bell said: “We were digging carefully in the ground and I saw something shiny, it was gold. Me and Luca started dancing with joy. It was very exciting.”

Luca Alderson (8) added: “When I first saw it I felt happy but I thought it was plastic. When I found out it was gold, I was very happy.”


The Daily Express salutes a super shed belonging to Joel Bird, from Tottenham in North London.

Joel's garden shack, which has a bath on its grass covered roof, has been crowned as Britain's best shed.

He designed his solar-powered shed to grow potatoes, courgettes, leeks, beetroot, onions, carrots, strawberries and a variety of other veg on its allotment roof.


What are the odds hey? A Daily Express story says that two women who became best friends after giving birth in Scarborough Hospital on the same day have repeated the feat almost three years later.

Betting experts estimated that the likelihood of Claire Ottaway and Michelle Noble giving birth at the same time for a second time would be 270,000-1.

A fashion redesign has been unveiled – for Britain's girl guides. The BBC tells us that it is the eighth new look in the movement's 105 year history.

Outfits include a choice of blue tops to wear with trousers, leggings, skirt, jeans or shorts, along with a smarter dress and skirt and was designed by five fashion students at Arts University Bournemouth following a year-long consultation.

Chief Guide Gill Slocombe said she was 'thrilled' with the 'fresh, young and versatile' designs.

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