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Broad bandit 2007-08-23

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A man who was spotted in the street using his laptop to access an unsecured wireless connection has been arrested.

The 39-year-old man was (more…)

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On Hold at Helpline for 20 hours 2007-08-22

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A customer trying to call British telecoms operator ‘BT Group’ was left hanging on the telephone for a total of 20 hours (more…)

Average Undergraduate Debt Figures 2007-08-20

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Nearly a third of students owe more than 10 000 GBP, with the average undergraduate 7 500 GBP in debt, research shows.

Eight out of 10 students have a student loan, owing an average of 4 550 GBP on it, while 73 per cent have an overdraft facility, which around 50 per cent of undergraduates use, according to high street bank Halifax. (more…)

Real Cost of Being a Student 2007-08-19

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Nearly a third of students owe more than 10 000 GBP, (more…)

Happy For Under 30 Quid Daily Pocketmoney 2007-08-19

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Money can’t buy you love — but it can buy you happiness, with a study putting the price of contentment at 29 GBP/day.

The survey of more than 1 000 bank customers found just under 30 GBP/day is the sum needed by the average British adult to pursue all their interests in their social and leisure time. (more…)

British Tourist Top 10 Best & Worst 2007-08-17

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[Picture of Stonehenge]A top 10 list of the ‘most disappointing sights‘ in Britain was topped by ‘Stonehenge’, the mystical, 5 000-year-old standing stones in Wiltshire, south-west England, according to a newly published survey of 1 267 adults by Virgin Travel Insurance. (more…)

Nokia Batteries Hazard 2007-08-16

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Nokia‘ yesterday said about 46 million of its cell phones have batteries that may overheat.

The company said it would replace the defective batteries at no cost to users.

About 100 cases of overheating batteries have so far been reported globally, but with no serious injuries so far, ‘Nokia’ said. (more…)

Boom Done? 2007-08-15

Posted by clype in Glasgow, Money, Scotland, Statistics.
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The house-price ‘boom’ in Scotland may be coming to an end, according to a report that found property prices in two cities had fallen in the past quarter.

In the three months to 2007-07, property values in Glasgow and Aberdeen dropped (more…)

Nursery Chess Success 2007-08-14

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In mediaeval times, chess was used to teach war strategy to the English educational élite and has latterly become a highbrow allegory for the eternal struggles between life and death in literature.

Its origins date back so far that they are shrouded in the mists of time, but experts believe it began in India around 600AD when elephants were used instead of bishops, and four armies battled for supremacy.

In other words, it wasn’t a game for children.

Undeterred, East Dunbartonshire Council introduced the game for nursery children (more…)

Porridge Health Claims OK says Watchdog 2007-08-08

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For hundreds of years it has been a staple of the Scottish diet, but the humble bowl of porridge/ porage was endorsed as a health food from an unusual source yesterday — ‘The ASA‘, the body which deals with complaints about advertising.

They have just endorsed a claim by porridge maker ‘Quaker Oats‘ that the hot breakfast cereal can help the body remove harmful ‘cholesterol‘, which can lead to blocked arteries and heart attacks. (more…)