HOW about this for a coincidence? A Daily Express story tells of how grandmother Sue Ellis was reunited with her French penpal 40 years after they lost touch when they bumped into each other in a supermarket and found out they lived less than a mile apart.

Sue recognised Yvette Pearson when she overheard her Parisian accent while waiting at the checkout at the supermarket in Hednesford, Staffordshire.

The two women had written to each other for four years when they were teenagers in the 60s, but then lost touch and drifted apart.

Yvette later moved to the UK when she finished her studies and married Steve Pearson – a friend of Sue’s ex-boyfriend

Sue said: “I was standing at the checkout and I saw a woman in front of me and just knew I’d seen her somewhere before.

“I just couldn’t place her but suddenly she spoke and I recognised her slight French accent.

“It’s really funny to hear Yvette speak now as she still says some phrases in a Midlands accent.”

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I can't see it myself – or should that be can't hear it – but according to a report in the Daily Mail, the British accent was picked as the most attractive by 26.7 per cent of people answering a survey of 11,000 people in 24 cities.

It was followed by American, Irish and Australian accents with, surprisingly just 7.7 per cent of those polled choosing French as the sexiest accent in Time Out’s Global Dating Survey.

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It would appear that some of us see pigging out on chocolate as a very desirable activity.

According to a British Heart Foundation survey outlined in the Daily Mail, we Brits go to great lengths to conceal our chocolate eating habits from our partners. And a third of the 3,000 men and women quizzed get their fix on the commute home to avoid having to explain themselves.

Apparently many of us have a secret stash of chocolate, with a quarter hiding our supplies in our drawer at work, a sixth in the bedside table, and a tenth of us hide it in the glove compartment of our car.

The charity is launching a sponsored Dechox challenge for Britons to live chocolate-free in March towards a healthy lifestyle and raise money for research.

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Unveiled at The Asiana Bridal Show in London was a £100,000 diamond-encrusted gown reckoned to be the most expensive Asian wedding dress in Britain.

The Daily Express says the dress is so precious it is being kept in a glass box to protect all 30 kilograms of it.

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What a nosy lot we are. New research has revealed that more than four out of five people admit to eavesdropping on other people's phone conversations while on a train or standing on the platform of a train station.

The Daily Express says the poll, which was carried out for O2, shows that more than half the 2,000 people quizzed would rather eavesdrop than listen to music or read, while 10 per cent have actually missed their stop because they were so engrossed in what they were overhearing.

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Now these aren't my views, just those expressed in the Daily Mirror, which says that women spend more time and money on beauty when they're 32 than at any other time in their life, according to new research for teeth whitening specialists BlanX.

It seems that they spend 82 minutes on their daily regime - washing, brushing her teeth and applying make-up..

A poll of 1,500 women reveals that the extra time is taken up by exfoliating in the shower daily, and the application of body and facial moisturisers.

Reference list:

The Express (www.express.co.uk)

Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)