Are you in drink denial? Half of adults down too much alcohol yet barely a quarter admit doing so


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Are you in drink denial Half of adults down too much alcohol yet barely a quarter ADMIT doing soFemale binge drinker drinks six units at least one day a week A male binge drinker consumes eight units at least one day a week80 per cent of women and 75 per cent of men who often drink alcohol are classified as binge drinkers, study finds By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 00:15 GMT, 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:00 GMT, 27 February 2013 A unit is a small glass of wine, half a pint of lager or a measure of spirits Millions of adults fool themselves into thinking they are modest drinkers when they down enough to be classed as ‘bingers’, a study suggests. It found a huge mismatch between the amount of alcohol we say we are consuming and what is actually being bought

Primary school where ALL 440 pupils speak English as a second language receives glowing Ofsted report

British primary school where every single pupil is 'foreign' and speaks English as a second language (but it still received a glowing report from Ofsted) Gladstone Primary School in Peterborough most multi-cultural in BritainBut language barrier hasn't stopped major improvement in standards census of 1,600 schools, it was found English-speaking children are now in a minority, with the figures particularly startling in the 14 inner London boroughs, where there were 98,000 non-native English speakers compared to 78,000 who could list the language as their number one. Nationwide, there were 97 schools where the number of pupils speaking English as a mother tongue was fewer than one in 20 of the school population. After London, Birmingham had the highest concentration of 'foreign' pupils, followed by Bradford and then Leicester

Want your marriage to last? Live in Dorset! East of the county has highest number of married couples


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Want your marriage to last Live in Dorset! East of the county has highest number of married couples In Wimborne Minster, Dorset, six out of ten adults are marriedTwice the rate of Manchester and some inner London boroughs By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 01:50 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:50 GMT, 14 February 2013 It is not the prettiest of towns, nor the wealthiest, but it does seem to possess the secret to a successful marriage. Six out of ten adults in Wimborne Minster are married, the highest proportion in England and Wales and twice the rate of Manchester and some inner London boroughs. ‘East Dorset is the marriage hotspot of the country,’ said David Plumtree, of estate agency Barnard Marcus, which compiled the most married and most divorced districts, based on newly released figures from the 2011 national census

British families "self-segregate" as whites abandon urban areas for countryside


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Rise of 'white flight': British families are 'self-segregating' as more Caucasians abandon urban areas for the countryside Trend has gone largely unnoticed because city centres appear diverseWell-off whites from diverse areas are moving to outer suburbs in drovesResearchers say better schools, fresher air and background may be factors By Emma Reynolds PUBLISHED: 12:55 GMT, 27 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 GMT, 27 January 2013 Britain is 'self-segregating' as white families flee urban areas for the countryside and outer suburbs. The trend is causing an 'ethnic cliff', in which the proportion of households from minority backgrounds is vastly different in areas just a few miles apart. Some outer London boroughs – including Enfield, Waltham Forest and Redbridge – have seen their white British population drop by as much as a quarter over the past decade

The school where you are TOLD to paint on the walls: World"s first mural institute opens in Lyon


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The school where you are TOLD to paint on the walls: World's first mural institute opens in LyonNew school opened to teach how to paint murals to cover sides of buildingsFounder says he is responding to a growing demand across the worldLyon is considered the world capital of mural paintings | UPDATED: 11:13 GMT, 25 December 2012 With the majority of the world's population now living in cities and towns a new breed of designers are coming through to help create urban settings a little more pleasing to the eye. The world's first ever school for mural art has opened in Lyon, the global leader in the field, in a bid to meet the demand for artworks which can transform cityscapes.

Im ashamed to admit I once bought my wife a last-minute present from a petrol station. But at least it wasnt a windscreen wiper


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I'm ashamed to admit I once bought my wife a last-minute present from a petrol station. But at least it wasn't a windscreen wiper | UPDATED: 23:54 GMT, 20 December 2012 This is the first festive season of my adult life when I can peer down my nose at most of my fellow men with a deliciously smug feeling of superiority. For with four whole days still to go until the 25th, I’ve already done all my Christmas shopping.

IQ tests are "meaningless and too simplistic" claim researchers


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IQ tests are 'meaningless and too simplistic' claim researchers Researchers say findings are a 'wake up call' for anyone using current testsComes after biggest ever study of intelligence | UPDATED: 18:29 GMT, 19 December 2012 It will come as a relief to those who failed to shine when taking an IQ test. After conducting the largest ever study of intelligence, researchers have found that far from indicating how clever you are, IQ testing is actually rather ‘meaningless’.

How that extra mince pie or tot of brandy could take years off your life


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How that extra mince pie or tot of brandy could take years off your life Smoking, eating red meat and watching TV can each knock at least 30 minutes off your life expectancy for every day you indulgeBut you could claw back time by sticking to just one alcoholic drink and eating plenty of fruit and veg | UPDATED: 23:30 GMT, 17 December 2012 Every over-indulgence can reduce your life expectancy by at least half an hour, say Cambridge scientists Having that extra mince pie, seconds of roast turkey or an extra tipple takes hours off your life, new research suggests.

Newtown school shooting: Obama"s tears won"t stop the slaughter

Obama's tears won't stop the slaughter | UPDATED: 09:39 GMT, 17 December 2012 The latest firearm atrocity in America — 20 small children and six adults shot to death by a suicidal 20-year-old ‘loner’, Adam Lanza — is attended by the usual hand-wringing debate about gun control. Those who seek new restraints — particularly on automatic, rapid-firing weapons — say: ‘If not now, when’ But those against gun control quote the 2nd Amendment of the U.S

Generation of OAPs happy to keep working: Over-65s with jobs up by 124,000 in a year


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Generation of OAPs happy to keep working: Over-65s with jobs up by 124,000 in a yearThose aged over 65 who have jobs also benefit from the 'feel-good factor'They enjoy higher standard of living, better health and longer life expectancy | UPDATED: 23:04 GMT, 16 December 2012 Pensioners facing higher costs of living are working in ever greater numbers, according to a report yesterday. The number of those aged 65 or over who are still in work soared by 124,000 over the past year.