First name terms No, Mr and Mrs to you: Two-thirds of us hate it when cold callers use our first names Poll finds three in ten people fed up with strangers treating them like friends One in five objected to Facebook's 'how's it going' messages Most traditional views held in Wales, while Scottish are more relaxed By Claire Ellicott PUBLISHED: 00:37 GMT, 2 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:23 GMT, 2 April 2013 A survey found almost two-thirds of us hate cold callers who address customers by their first name Answering the phone halfway through dinner to a cold caller trying to sell you things you’ll never want or need is bad enough. What’s worse When they use your first name to do it. Almost two-thirds of us hate cold callers who address customers by their first name and start conversations with ‘hi’, a study found.
Bank of England to warn living costs 'will keep soaring for two years' rounded off the worst four years for Britain’s economy, outside the aftermath of war, since the 1830s – leaving the UK on the brink of triple-dip recession. ‘The UK is set for a slow but sustained recovery,’ the Bank said last week. Sir Mervyn has said the economy will ‘zig-zag’ in and out of growth for some time, a warning he may repeat on Wednesday.