4,000 grapes to choose from… but we stick to four wines because we don't know what else to choose By Eleanor Harding PUBLISHED: 22:30 GMT, 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:58 GMT, 26 January 2013 If the choice of wines in the supermarket leaves you feeling a little overwhelmed, you’re not alone.
Please don't kick out Piers, we don't want him back! British critics launch counter-petition to make sure he stays in U.S.A petition to have the journalist deported after he criticised pro gun campaigners has attracted 71,000 signaturesNow a second petition saying he must stay because the British do not want him also has around 1,100 votes of support | UPDATED: 01:38 GMT, 27 December 2012 First Piers Morgan became the subject of a petition calling for him to be deported from the US for upsetting the gun lobby there. Now a counter-petition has been started, asking for America to keep him – not because he’s popular there but (allegedly) because no one here wants him back. The broadcaster is at the centre of a row after criticising pro-gun campaigners on his nightly US chat show in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre, in which 20 children and six adults were shot dead
Bank reforms 'won't shield taxpayer from another crisis': Embarrassment for Osborne as report warns shake-up 'falls well short' Parliamentary Commission: Plans to separate banks' risky investment arms from high street operations may not be 'adequate'Banks accused of 'culture of culpable greed' Tougher sentences may be introduced for some financial offences | UPDATED: 00:04 GMT, 21 December 2012 Sweeping reforms planned for Britain’s biggest banks will not be enough to protect taxpayers from another financial meltdown, a commission of MPs and peers will say today. In an embarrassment for Chancellor George Osborne, their report will warn that his proposed shake-up ‘falls well short of what is required’. Accusing banks of a ‘culture of culpable greed’, the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards will say plans to separate banks’ risky investment arms from their high street operations may not prove ‘adequate’
Indian village where woman have been banned from using mobile phones because 'they could use them to elope' A council in the eastern Indian state of Bihar said the phones were 'debasing the social atmosphere' Single women are fined 130 if they are caught using a phone, married women around 20 | UPDATED: 17:31 GMT, 5 December 2012 A council in the eastern Indian state of Bihar has banned the use of mobile phones by women, saying the phones were 'debasing the social atmosphere'. Councillors claimed the use of phones encouraged women to elope. Single women are fined 130 if they are caught using a phone, married women around 20
The world's worst jailbreak: Porky prisoner gets lodged in escape hole blocking exit for his two accomplices 16-stone Rafael Valadao ended up surrounded by giggling guardsFire brigade had to be called to cut him free | UPDATED: 13:43 GMT, 5 December 2012 It wasn't a bad plan but there was just one small, or perhaps that should that be one large, flaw. This tubby prisoner's audacious bid for freedom ended in total disaster after he got lodged in his escape hole and ended up surrounded by giggling guards leaving two accomplices still trapped inside. Firefighters in the Brazilian city of Ceres ended up having to be called in to free 16-stone inmate Rafael Valadao when his big belly stopped him making his escape
Don't bring bad wine to a party and avoid 'tourist clothes': For English women in France, how to be the perfect madameCodes and taboos of French living explained in new bookLearn simple French, don't wear tracksuits and greet all your colleaguesYou can say no to foie gras – but not because you care about the animals | UPDATED: 08:15 GMT, 29 November 2012 Tips: Graldine Lepre teaches British ladies how to be a French mademoiselle With their reputation for being perfectly preened, primped and poised at all times, it’s no wonder French women tend to intimidate the British. But according to one, the Gallic approach to life can be learned – just as long as you’re not too bothered about being punctual.