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In this week’s instalment I reveal how it’s not only your sanity that you lose over the school holidays but bucket loads of cash too; a competition with a ‘difference’ and the UK’s top ten fictional characters…

Keeping up with the Joneses…

Keeping up with the Joneses used to be the stuff of peeping over the garden fence at the neighbours’ new car but now it revolves around social media. It seems more and more of us are feeling inadequate after seeing friends’ pictures and status updates of holidays, purchases, weddings, babies, new homes and other boasts. Research by savviloans showed that almost 30% of people say they feel envious of friends, family members, colleagues and neighbours who have more than them. Over 40% say they don’t like to think they’re missing out, while one in seven say they feel stressed about trying to keep up with others. Dr Sandra Scott, psychological Consultant suggests that “We all have a tendency, to varying degrees, to be concerned about how other people view us and this can lead us to compare our lifestyles unfavourably to others who appear more affluent. The key is to keep perspective and to focus on the positives of who we are, and what we do have.”

Congratulations… you’ve won a divorce!
wedding bouquet
Picture thanks to FlowersbyMeredith

Proving that there is a competition to win just about anything is the news that , the UK dating site for people seeking extra-marital affairs, is offering one ‘lucky person’ up to £1,800 in legal fees to pay for a divorce. Seems to go against the whole ethos of their site but hey ho, according to new research a divorce costs roughly £28,000 with £1,800 legal costs – so every penny counts. Good luck!

Time to zzzzzz…
Sleep pod on
Outlook Australia, the clever company that brought us the Shade-a-Babe has done it again. This time it’s the Sleep pod – a new, ultra-breathable sleep shade designed to help babies nap-on-the-go and to protect them from sun, glare, wind and cold. Featuring a roll-down blackout blind and a fully opening solarscreen mesh viewing panel, the Sleep-pod screens 73% to 99% of UV and regulates airflow to suit conditions. Even better, it can also be used to help babies sleep in public places such as playgroups and restaurants and fits most front and rear facing single or twin buggies with individual canopies. It can also be used in the car with the black-out blind rolled up for extra, required airflow.

The real cost of school holidays
Kids playing at Thirroul Beach
Picture Vanessa Pike-Russell @

I always knew that the summer holidays were a costly affair but the revelation that parents end up forking out extra thousands over the six weeks is a shock. Research by Travelodge has found that the average spend over the 42-day break is £2,474 on childcare and entertainment with the breakdown being: £351 on childcare, £504 on days out and £665 on additional transport and food. To make matters worse if it is raining the average spend goes up by £53 a day. So keep your fingers crossed that it remains sunny and you can head to the relatively cheap seaside – just don’t forget your sarnies…

Bond and Bennett top fiction list

A list of the UK’s favourite fictional folk has been revealed with James Bond and Elizabeth Bennett topping the list.  Over 2,000 people were asked to name their favourite characters as part of the Great Book Migration. The list looks like this:

1. James Bond
2. Elizabeth Bennett (Pride & Prejudice)
3. Jane Eyre
4. Hermione Grainger (Harry Potter series)
5. Miss Marple (Agatha Christie)
6. Harry Potter
7. Gandalf
8. Bella (Twilight)
9. Poirot
10. Jack Ryan (Tom Clancy)

Highlighting our love of reading the Great Book Migration will track 100 books across the UK. Varying from classic horrors such as Dracula to modern romances such as One Day, the titles will be found in a range of public places with ‘Read Me’ labels attached to their covers. Also highlighted by the research by Ultralase is the fact that many people still let their sight compromise their joy of reading. In fact, 15% of people in the UK struggle with their sight whilst reading and one in ten (12%) also said they’ve felt intimidated or embarrassed by not being able to see when they’re reading in front of others.


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  1. Win a Divorce? That made my day! And £15 for three bacon sandwiches and cups of tea as a treat on the beach on the first morning of the hols? PS Was wondering if you fancy a day on the coast with us? XX

    • Hi Anya. It’s time to get out your thermos flask and butter up your baps yourself! Thanks for your invitation – I’ve tweeted you. Happy holidays xx

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