Two-thirds of us hate it when cold callers use our first names

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.

HMV: More than 4,000 jobs at risk as firm calls in administrators after rescue talks fail

More than 4,000 jobs at risk as HMV teeters on brink of collapse: Firm calls in administrators after rescue talks fail Retailer has struggled in the face of growing demand for digital downloadsCompany had a poor Christmas sales period239 stores and 4,350 staff face uncertainty as negotiations unfold By Rob Davies PUBLISHED: 21:08 GMT, 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 23:48 GMT, 14 January 2013 One of the most famous names on the high street, HMV, was on the brink of collapse tonight. The music chain’s demise would cost 4,000 jobs and make it the second household name to go under already this year. Administrators from City firm Deloitte were brought in tonight

Golden Girls call it a day: Betty and Beryl, the radio presenters with a combined age of 176 wave goodbye to their fans after final Christmas Day show

Golden Girls call it a day: Betty and Beryl, the radio presenters with a combined age of 176, wave goodbye to their fans after final Christmas Day showBeryl Renwick, 86, and Betty Smith, 91, scooped a prestigious Sony Radio Award for their show on BBC HumbersideBut after six years the firm friends have decided to hang up their mikes | UPDATED: 11:11 GMT, 25 December 2012 They don't think much of David Beckham, Lady Gaga and don't get them started on the Rolling Stones. But for the past six years two pensioners from Hull have become household names thanks to their popular, no nonsense and heartwarming radio show. Now Beryl Renwick, 86, and Betty Smith, 91, who with a combined age of 176 were a surprise hit at this year's prestigious Sony Radio Awards, are getting ready to hang up their mikes at BBC Radio Humberside.

MI5 spy appears at Southwark Crown Court in London to deny sexually assaulting and beating a colleague

Spy appears in court under false name to deny sex attack on fellow spook MI5 officer denies attack on female colleague last year Defendant, victim and witnesses will use pseudonyms | UPDATED: 12:30 GMT, 10 December 2012 A spy appeared in court today to deny sexually assaulting and beating a colleague. The MI5 officer – who is known in court by the pseudonym 'Mark Barton' – is accused of attacking the female colleague between August and December last year. Today, 'Barton' appeared at London's Southwark Crown Court behind a screen to deny four charges: two of assault, one of sexual assault and one of putting a person in fear of violence and harassment

Brazil and Peru take on web giant Amazon in battle for the .amazon domain name

Brazil and Peru take on web giant Amazon in battle for the .amazon domain nameThe online retailer has already spent 100,000 trying to register the .amazon URL endingBrazil and Peru are formally opposing the plan, and say the domain name should be used for 'public interest' purposes related to the rainforest The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has said it is possible the South American countries could win the battle | UPDATED: 19:01 GMT, 4 December 2012 Web giant: Online retailer Amazon.com wants to register the .amazon domain name South America is squaring up to online retailer Amazon in a battle over the coveted web domain name the firm shares with the continent’s tropical rainforest. Brazil and Peru are formally opposing the e-commerce giant’s plans to register the .amazon URL ending with the internet overseer Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The countries, which host 73 per cent of the jungle, say it would stop ‘the use of this domain for purposes of public interest’

Elizabeth already the hot favourite for royal baby name as couple surprise the bookies with their early pregnancy announcement

Elizabeth already the hot favourite for royal baby name as couple surprise the bookies with their early pregnancy announcement Ladbroke's are offering odds of 8/1 that the baby will be called Elizabeth after the Queen Diana as a name for the couple's first child is in fourth place at 12/1 One customer bet 10 on the name Rylan being chosen at odds of 1000/1 William Hill is even offering odds on the colour of the newborn's hair – 6/4 brown, 2/1 blonde, 5/2 black, and 8/1 ginger Morph Thing website has created bizarre composite images of what the baby may look like | UPDATED: 20:39 GMT, 3 December 2012 After Prince William accepted a babygro from a well wisher in Cambridge last week it was heavily odds on at 1/5 that the royal couple would announce they were expecting a child in 2013. The surprise announcement today beat the odds by one month, and now it is bets on the new arrival's name that are hotting up. While, naturally, it's a 50:50 shot over the sex of their newborn with firms like Ladbrokes offering even money for a boy or a girl, and William Hill giving odds of 10/11 for a boy and the same for a girl.