STATISTICIANS in the UK have now confirmed what many of us thought....items we buy in the shops are getting smaller.

The Guardian says that the Official for National Statistics found out that 2,529 products they have tracked have decreased in size over the past five years. This include chocolate bars, cartons of drink, toilet rolls and other products.

Of the total number of products that have got smaller, 2,006 were food items and items that particularly stood out as having shrunk over recent years were bags of sweets, soft drinks, disposable nappies and toilet rolls.

According to the Daily Mirror, Prince Philip will carry out his final official engagement on August 2 before retiring from royal duties.

He will attend the The Captain General's Parade at Buckingham Palace, having attended 22,219 solo engagements since 1952 .

The parade will mark the end of the 1664 Global Challenge, which raises money for The Royal Marines Charity.

Want to buy happier? Then get a dog.

A Daily Mirror article examines a survey which revealed that dog owners are happier, more satisfied at work and more sociable than people without a dog.

A poll, of 1,000 dog owners and 1,000 adults without a pet, found 80 per cent who have a dog are ‘very happy’ or ‘happy’ with their life overall.

John Davies, co-founder of leading manufacturer of premium pet supplements Lintbells, which commissioned the research, said: “The results of this survey highlight the many benefits of owning a dog, from health to happiness.

“Dogs are amazing companions, offering their owners much more than just a wag of their tail in the morning.

It seems there are a fair number of elderly drivers out there.

An article in the Daily Mail says that more than 100,000 people aged 90 or over still hold driving licences.

Latest data from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency shows that 248 people aged more than 100 still hold valid licences, compared with 100,281 over-90s.

Once motorists reach 70 they have to renew their licence every three years and answer written questions about medical conditions and eyesight quality.

According to the Daily Mirror, a hedgehog which had ballooned to the size of a beach ball because of trapped air had to be 'popped' by a vet.

The animal was picked up in Lanarkshire after being spotted by a concerned member of the public.

Scottish SPCA Centre manager Colin Seddon said: “Zepplin, as he's now been named by staff, is currently being looked after at our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross.

“He's been seen by our vet Romain Pizzi, who is hopeful that Zepplin - now deflated - will make a full recovery."

The Daily Express tells us that the Devon-based creamery company Ambrosia held an exhibition to mark its 100th anniversary.

The company, famed for its rice pudding and custard, made its name by producing dried (powdered) milk for the nation and its revolutionary product helped feed British soldiers in the trenches in the First World War and feed children during the rationing of the second.

Ambrosia began making creamed rice in 1936 and cans of it were included in Red Cross parcels to British Prisoners of War.

Though machinery and ingredients have been updated, Ambrosia's rice pudding is still made using the same method as in 1937.

More than 600,000 portions of Ambrosia custard and rice pudding are eaten in the UK each day, which works out as seven per second.

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