SCOTLAND has been crowned the most generous nation in the UK as a new study has revealed they’d give away nearly HALF of a £1million windfall.According to research by the Big Give charity, if Scots were given the lump sum they would give nearly £200,000 to charity and £270,000 to friends and family – a total giveaway of nearly £470,000.London was the least generous region only giving £160,000 to charity.Other options to spend the windfall on included luxury goods, paying off debt, property and holidays.People in Northern Ireland said they would give the most to charity, vowing to hand over more than £250,000. But they would give less than £180,000 to friends and family.The Welsh came second on the list for total giveaway, with just over £200,000 going to charity and £240,000 to friends and family.Alex Day, director of the Big Give, said: “Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have all come out as very generous.“Perhaps … [Read more...] about Scots most generous in UK as study reveals they’d give away nearly half of £1million windfall
THEY are a must-have at any Christmas dinner – but why are Christmas crackers a festive tradition and where did they originate?The glittering cardboard novelties come complete with a paper crown, toy and joke but that wasn’t always the case.Christmas crackers are a British tradition dating back to Victorian times when in the early 1850s, London confectioner Tom Smith started adding a motto to his sugared almond bon-bons which he sold wrapped in a twisted paper package.The story goes that he was inspired to add ‘bang’ when he heard the crackle of a log he had just put on the fire.He decided to make a log shaped package that would produce a surprise bang and inside would be an almond and a motto and soon the sugared almond was replaced with a small gift.Originally sold as the Cosaque it soon became known by the public as the ‘cracker’.But it wasn’t until the early 1900s that the paper crown was added by Smith’s sons, Tom, Walter … [Read more...] about Why do we have Christmas crackers and which cracker jokes are actually funny?
INTERNATIONAL Women's Day has been steadily growing in prominence in recent years – but there is also a day to celebrate men across the world too.The global women’s celebration day was launched to advocate for improved rights and pay for women, while International Men's Day focuses on raising awareness for discrimination and male health. But when is the day and how is it marked?Each year International Men’s Day is celebrated on November 19 and 2017 will be no exception.It is an international event and is celebrated in over 70 countries.Every year on International Women's Day, which falls on March 8, comedian Richard Herring takes it upon himself to tweet querying people the date of the male equivalent.His comical replies grow steadily more exasperated as people show a lack of awareness for the day, with this yeah being no exception.On its official website, the event states that the day is a “focus on men's and boy's health, improving gender relations, … [Read more...] about When is International Men’s Day 2017, what is it and how is it marked?
SHOOTING for Benedict Cumberbatch’s new TV show Melrose was disrupted after two brawling yobs stumbled onto the Glasgow set.The five-part series, currently being filmed on Renfield Street, was interrupted this afternoon after the street fight spilled into the cordoned off area.Pictures show the men violently grabbing each other while horrified onlookers watched on.One of the men appeared to have a bloodied nose during the scuffle.Runners were forced to call in security staff who quickly escorted the pair off set before police were called to the scene around 3.45pm.We told how the Sherlock star warmed up from the Glasgow chill with a hot water bottle while filming scenes for the new show.Benedict, 41, was also spotted keeping cosy in a bulky coat between scenes for the Sky Atlantic series.Glasgow has been given a New York makeover complete with yellow cabs and American street signs by TV crews for the new drama. READ MOREAdam Sandler blasted after repeatedly touching Claire … [Read more...] about Filming for Benedict Cumberbatch TV show disrupted by brawling yobs in Glasgow as horrified onlookers watch on
THE world’s first affordable sex robot has been given a SCOTTISH accent – because it sounds the least robotic.American made sexbot Harmony 2.1 is the latest invention in the sleazy world of sex dolls.Harmony, who greets owners in a sultry Scots twang is set to hit shelves next January.Punters can choose from 30 different faces and 16 body types when creating their perfect sexbot.Sleazy preferences also include boob sizes up to a triple F and 11 different types of genitalia.There are even 19 different NIPPLE TYPES to choose from – ranging from ‘perky’ to ‘puffy’.Scots festival to discuss humans having sex with robots – as expert says the trend is here to stayA personalised Harmony will set guys back anywhere between £7,600 and £15,200 depending on ‘customisation’.But beyond the lifelike robotic head Harmony’s silicone body remains stiff.Plans for robotic arms, hands, heat sensors and self-lubricating robots are … [Read more...] about A sex robot has been given a SCOTTISH accent to sound less robotic
CHLOE Rose Lattanzi has grown up in the public eye as the daughter of Olivia Newton-John, but now she's making a name for herself in the showbiz world, as an aspiring singer.Here's everything you need to know about the 31-year-old who has been by her mum's side during her health battle...Chloe was born in Los Angeles on January 17 1986.Her parents are legendary actress Olivia Newton-John and her first husband Matt Lattanzi.Dad Matt is best known for his parts in Xandu, Grease 2, Catch Me If You Can and soap opera Paradise Beach.Chloe penned Can I Trust Your Arms, which was included in mum Olivia's 2005 album Stronger Than Before.In 2008, she came third on MTV reality show Rock The Cradle, in which the children of 80s and 90s R&B, pop and rock stars competed to be crowned the best singer.In October 2010, she released her debut single Wings And A Gun. Chloe also released an album, called No Pain, in 2016.She has also done cameos in a number of TV shows, as well as … [Read more...] about Who is Chloe Rose Lattanzi? Olivia Newton-John’s daughter and singer who has supported her mum during breast cancer battle
AN INCREASING number of parents and experts say we should adopt a “gender-neutral” approach to raising children.While there are no fast rules about parenting - here is all you need to know about the growing issue and what leading experts have said.Gender-neutral parenting is about breaking away from the gender binary and exposing children to a variety of gender types and allowing them to explore.There are different levels of gender-neutral parenting.Some parents take the extreme approach by raising their child ‘genderless’.Last year, a Swedish couple made headlines after announcing that they had decided to keep the gender of their young child, Pop, a secret from all but their closest family members.There was a similar 2011 case in Canada with a baby called Storm.Parents who practice a relaxed form of gender-neutral parenting encourage their children to play with both "boy" and "girl" toys, keep clothing and room colour neutral or allowing children … [Read more...] about What are gender-free teaching and gender-neutral parenting? The rising trends explained
THESE Motherwell girls are being hailed as Halloween Heroes after posting a hilarious snap of their costumes online.The two pals Amy and Megan, both 21, shared the snap of them dressed up as Buckfast and Lambrini and claimed they had “matured” after dressing up as grapes last year.The pair, who have been best pals for 15 years since they first met in primary school, had punters in stitches over their genius creativity.Amy said: “Last year v this year…glad we’ve matured.”The post compares a snap of the girls dressed as purple grapes and green grapes last year with a pic of them dressed up as different types of wine this year.Amy told the Scottish Sun: “We saw the balloons costume online last year and it became a last minute decision.“The wine costumes were only an idea we had last week – we thought it would be funny and we just made the costumes the night of the party, another last minute decision!”One Twitter user dubbed the … [Read more...] about These Motherwell girls are being hailed as ‘Halloween Heroes’ after posting this hilarious snap of their costumes online
WE ALL should know the importance of recycling rubbish and keeping our surroundings clean and tidy.But still people continue to drop litter on the streets of Britain causing a blot on the landscape. Here's what happens if you get caught littering.To issue fines to people who drop litter, cigarette ends or fly-tip, most local authorities use fixed penalty notices (FPNs).They can also be handed out for dog fouling, fly posting, and nuisance parking.The FPN is required to state the offence committed and it must be paid within 14 days.They should be issued on the spot and if a person refuses to pay they could be prosecution and summoned to magistrates court.However, wardens are told not to issue FPNs for accidental littering, such as an item falling from a person's pocket.They are also told to give offenders the chance to pick up their litter before issuing a fine.It is only when they refuse that an FPN will be dished out.Anybody who is caught dropping litter and not putting their rubbish … [Read more...] about What is the UK littering fine, what are fixed penalty notices and how can you appeal?
BONFIRE Night goes with a bang — and it can be a nightmare for terrified pets.Forty per cent of owners say fireworks leave their cats and dogs quivering in fear, according to leading charity the PDSA — but you can help calm them down.A spokesperson for food firm Nature’s Menu said: “Reduce the noise and ensure that your pet is as comfortable as possible by closing your windows and curtains, putting on some music or your TV and making sure that they have somewhere to hide.”The PDSA says: “Dogs might like a den in a cupboard. Don’t pick up cats or restrain them if they are scared.”If you have rabbits or guinea pigs living outdoors, move their hutches to a quieter location, like a garage or shed, on Bonfire Night.But above all, remember to take your lead from your pet. Different animals cope in different ways, so let them show you what they need to feel secure.Keep doors, windows and cat and dog flaps closed.Muffle the bangs by playing … [Read more...] about Here’s how you can help your pet cope with fireworks this Bonfire Night