Sunday, 26th February 2017
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A collection of useless but interesting extracts from different newspapers topics for after dinner conversation in Andalucia

Women spend ‘three months of life’ preparing for Christmas. Every year, British women spend 33 hours each preparing for Christmas – amounting to three months over the course of a lifetime. This is about a third more than the average man, according to the study commissioned by Scottish Widows. In total, the value of the time spent by women on festive efforts amounts to about £20,000, using the ONS unpaid work calculator. Daily Mail

Social media ‘fuelling rise in self-harm in children’. The NSPCC has warned social media is making UK children unhappy and fuelling an increase in self-harm. In 2015-
2016, 14% more 11 to 18-year olds were admitted to hospital in England and Wales after harming themselves than in the previous year. The NSPCC says it took 50 calls a day from self-harmers last year. Daily Mail 

Our days are getting two milliseconds longer. Scientists say the slowing rotation of Earth means a day is getting two milliseconds longer each century and will last for 25 hours in two million centuries’ time. The research, by a team at Durham University and the UK’s Nautical Almanac Office, was based on 3,000 years of celestial records. The Guardian 


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Just two sugary drinks a day can double the risk of diabetes. Drinking two sugary or artificially sweetened soft drinks a day doubles the risk of diabetes, research from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has shown. However, a serious soft drink habit consisting of at least five drinks boosted the likelihood of having the disease 10.5 times. The Guardian

Four capital cities to ban diesel vehicles by 2025. The mayors of four major cities are to ban all diesel-powered vehicles by 2025 to improve air quality. The leaders of Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City will offer incentives to use other vehicles and promote walking and cycling. The World Health Organization says outdoor air pollution kills three million people a year. The Observer

Europe’s leaders ‘agree to force UK into hard Brexit’ European leaders will force Britain into a hard Brexit. The leaders have come to a 27-nation consensus that such a move is their only hope of preventing future populist insurgencies, which could lead to the break-up of the European Union. One top EU diplomat said: “Otherwise we would be seen to be giving in to a country that is leaving. That would be fatal.” The Observer

Supersonic passenger jet faster than Concorde unveiled. Sir Richard Branson has unveiled a prototype for a supersonic passenger airliner which its designers claim will be able to fly passengers from London to New York in three-and-a-half hours for an “affordable” $5,000 return ticket. Nicknamed the “Baby Boom”, the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, which looks like a mini Concorde, is expected to have its first test flight next year in Southern California. The venture is a joint project between Sir Richard’s Virgin Galactic and Denver-based US firm Boom Technology. Daily Telegraph



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