IT seems that British taste buds are changing. The Daily Mail reports on a survey by herb producer Vitacress which reveals that coriander has overtaken more traditional favourites to become the most popular fresh herb.

More than 30million packs and bunches were sold in the last year as Brits tucked in to 'world' dishes. Parsley came in second, with 23million sales, and basil was third at 19million.

The study also found 30 per cent of people have started cooking more world cuisine – with dishes from Mexico, China and Thailand growing the most in popularity over the last five years.

A spokesperson for Vitacress said: “Sales of fresh herbs, combined with this report into cookery trends, firmly demonstrate that we are a nation with truly international food tastes.

“Greater availability of ingredients, international travel and more exposure to food in the media are all factors in driving popularity of ingredients.”


The residents of a Welsh village have finally found a solution to a disagreement over the spelling of its ancient name.

The dispute, says the Daily Express, was over whether the village should be called Llansanffraid or Llansantffraid.

Things got so heated that road signs were defaced with the 'pro-T' group adding the letter to signs with paint or stickers while the "anti-Ts" scrubbed it out.

But leaders in the village have voted to add the 't' after a straw poll was carried out among villagers.

Postmistress Sian Sanderson said: “It might seem laughable to people from outside - but it is deadly serious to us and has aroused a lot of emotions.

“The sides for and against have been defacing signs in the village and people feel that has got to stop.”


A Daily Telegraph article revealed an interesting insight into life in the Queen's household. They say a visit to the website shows that Her Majesty is advertising for a cleaner on a part time salary based on a rate of £15,912 per year.

The job will keep you busy four hours a day, five days a week (including Sundays).


Whoops! The Daily Star highlights the misfortune of 34 year old Jody George, from Overy, Somerset, who was set to race in the Challenge Weymouth Triathlon which involves swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running a marathon – an epic test which takes between 12 and 16 hours.

Jody spent months training to get himself in prime condition but then overslept and missed the 6.30am start of the race!

He said: “I set the alarm on my phone for 3am. It went off but I hit snooze, as I normally do.

“The only trouble was I hadn't switched on the snooze facility for the new time. I went back to sleep, and the next thing was the alarm going off at five to six.”


That was a close shave – the Daily Mirror relates the story of James Wilson, from Bradley Stoke, in Gloucestershire, who discovered a winning lottery ticket for £51,232.90 - the day before it was due to expire.

James was clearing out an old wallet when he stumbled across the EuroMillions ticket.

He commented: “When I met with The National Lottery adviser, he told me that Camelot had been publishing details of the missing ticket through the press for the past six months.”


Beware of visiting Newport Road in Cardiff. The Daily Mail tells us that its speeding camera has brought in £800,000 fines in six months and flashes an average of 71 motorists every single day, making it the most lucrative speed camera in the UK.


A study outlined in The Independent has revealed some of the commonly used words we have difficulty in spelling.

The study was commissioned by the television channel Nick Jr. UK to mark its new literacy-based show, Wallykazam! and found that 40 per cent of people admitted that they rely on autocorrect technology to monitor their spelling.

The list includes ‘accommodate’, ‘questionnaire’ and ‘rhythm’, with ‘conscience’, ‘occurrence’, ‘restaurant’ and ‘guarantee’ also proving to be tricky.

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