ACCORDING to new research, half of Britain's university students have never changed a light bulb!

An article in the Daily Express adds that six out of ten have never paid a bill and a third have no idea how to sew on a button.

The survey of 1,500 students by online community The Student Room and the University of East Anglia also revealed that other simple tasks which are a mystery to thousands include cleaning a bathroom, doing a food shop alone or washing laundry.

It looks as if Britain is still the top of many people's lists of places they want to visit.

The Guardian says that overseas visits to the UK are set to pass 40 million for the first time in 2018.

They report that national tourism agency VisitBritain, is forecasting that tourists will spend a record £27bn over the next 12 months.

Patricia Yates, VisitBritain’s director, said: “Tourism is one of the UK’s most valuable export industries. It is also a fiercely competitive global industry and these results not only demonstrate Britain’s continued ability to compete internationally for visitors, they are testament to tourism’s importance as a driver of economic growth.”

An exhibition at the Museum of Art and Craft in Ditching, East Sussex, will be devoted entirely to the work of Elizabeth Friedlander whose most famous work is the classic volumes of the 1950s and 60s she designed for publishers including Penguin, Reader’s Digest and Mills & Boon.

The Guardian reports that that exhibition will also include delicate hand-painted geometric designs for covers and endpapers, and commercial work including technical drawings for cosmetics.

Also featured will be some of her wartime work – designs for food and clothing stamps – and forged Nazi documents and stamps for the Political Intelligence Unit. The exhibition runs until April 29.

A story in the Daily Mail said that just three per cent of people in the UK know the words to Auld Lang Syne, the song traditionally sung at the turn of the New Year.

Research by Sainsbury's shows the majority can sing the chorus and first few lines at best, but 42 per cent do not know a single word.

A spokesman for Sainsbury's commented : “We want everyone to have a great New Year's Eve and singing Auld Lang Syne - or Old Land Sign as some people thought - is as much a part of our celebrations as a glass of fizz at midnight.

“We've revealed that many are missing out on this tradition because they don't feel confident of the lyrics, so Sainsbury's has created some handy song sheets so no-one has to hum along at the stroke of midnight this year.”

Although Britain is currently in the middle of chilly weather, the Daily Express informs us that the country's wildlife was thrown into chaos in 2017 by one of the warmest years on record.

A National Trust review branded 2017 a “freak” year for nature with spring flowers blooming in autumn, record numbers of elusive hawfinch and an invasion by the venomous Portuguese Man O’ War.

The Trust added that balmy spring weather led to the earliest appearance in 120 years in Surrey of the purple emperor butterfly on June 11.

Nature expert Matthew Oates, said: “Looking at the bigger picture, 2017 has been one of – if not the hottest – years ever, and that’s led to more unusual occurrences in the natural world, globally and here in the UK.

“At times, it feels like the seasons are becoming less distinctive, and that makes it extremely difficult to predict how nature will react.”

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