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.
The return of the Penny Bazaar: Marks & Spencer goes back to its roots by opening shop in marketplace where founder first set up stall 130 years agoRetail giant opens Victorian-style store in Kirkgate Market First Marks & Spencer stall began trading there in the 1880s Firm is exploring its heritage to mark opening of its archive to the public M&S now has more than 1,000 outlets in 40 countries across the globe . It charts the development of the household name from its roots at Kirkgate Market to the present day.
Victoria's Secret worker scarred for life when niqab-wearing attacker threw acid in her face as she walked home from shopNaomi Oni, 20, was almost blinded and will need years of skin graftsShe was heading back to her flat from the bus stop when she was injuredHad been talking to her boyfriend on the phone after a late shiftSays the apparently random attack has 'destroyed' her lifeThe shop assistant no longer wants to go out in publicShe was inspired to share her story by acid-attack victim Katie Piper By Chris Brooke PUBLISHED: 14:17 GMT, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:35 GMT, 2 February 2013 A young woman suffered horrific facial burns after a woman wearing a Muslim veil threw acid in her face. Naomi Oni, 20, was walking home after finishing work at lingerie shop Victoria’s Secret when the woman, wearing a niqab – which reveals only the eyes – appeared and launched the apparently random attack
It's grim down South: Exhibition of images show the dark humour to be found in even the grittiest corners of London S*** London blog started out as a Facebook groupMembers of the public send in pictures of funny everyday mishapsBest entries will now be shown in an exhibition | UPDATED: 16:14 GMT, 5 December 2012 The UK may be in the grip of the worst economic crisis in history – but at least we haven't lost our sense of humour. A new exhibition showcases a series of unintentionally hilarious sights captured by Londoners in their city during 2012.
It's a fair cop for animals! Retired policeman fed up of missing out since going veggie age 12 sets up UK's first ever vegetarian sweet shop – with NO hooves and NO crushed beetles Former Met policemen John Baldock runs Sweet Expectations, in Rochester, KentMost common sweets use gelatin – made from animal bones and hooves or cochineal – a red colouring made from crushed beetlesBaldock, who served 30 years in the force, says he was fed up of missing out on sweets after becoming vegetarian aged 12Baldock's sweets use plant extracts and beetroot as substitutes | UPDATED: 23:05 GMT, 30 November 2012 A former Met policeman has come to the rescue of sweet-toothed vegetarians who want to enjoy treats made without animal extracts. John Baldock, 56, has opened the UK's first entirely vegetarian sweet shop with products made using plant extracts instead of gelatine. His store, called Sweet Expectations in Rochester, Kent, is modelled on a traditional sweet shop with the animal-free treats displayed in giant jars and served by weight
That's a wrap! Chip shop worker bags world record for being the fastest chip wrapper Steph Celik, 32, won Guinness World Record for being the fastest at wrapping chipsMother-of-seven won the title by packing five bags in just 58 secondsShe has worked at the Blue Whale fish and chip shop, in Maltby, South Yorkshire for 17 years | UPDATED: 11:52 GMT, 30 November 2012 A chip shop worker has won a Guinness World Record title for being the fastest at wrapping chips. Speedy Steph Celik packed five 350g bags – with added salt and vinegar – in just 58 seconds. The mother-of seven beat the previous record by two seconds to earn a place in the Guinness World Records.