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Wednesday, 04 December 2013

The Daily: December 4

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Written by Hettie Whale
"Grandma, what a collection baubles you have"
The stereotypical grandmother, loves knitting, has hard-boiled sweets coming out her ears and loves the festive cheer- however, Sylvia Pope, 70, has taken this to another level! This Christmas-loving grandma, from Swansea, has kept 1,800 festive decorations up since January- amounting to a staggering £20,000 worth of decorations. Sylvia usually starts hanging her decorations up in September to get them ready for Christmas, as it takes her so long to attach them all to her ceiling one-by-one, yet due to a knee injury she was unable to take them down last Christmas. The retired bingo caller said in a recent interview, 'I felt really at home with my decorations up all year", and what Christmas-lover wouldn't in this Welsh version of Santa's grotto?! The collection is still snowballing as Sylvia spends at least £100 each year on new decorations, with many baubles coming from all round the world, including Egypt, Greece and Las Vegas (just holding out for North Pole next!)

Posh Nosh!
We're all guilty of putting a ready-meal in the microwave when we are short of time of fancy some cheap comfort food- but Chef Charlie Bigham has put us to shame by creating 'Swish Pie', the world's most expensive ready meal priced at £314.15; containing a range of luxurious ingredients, including Dom Perignon champagne and a coating of 24 carat-gold- and no, you will not find this in the ready meal isle in Iceland. The lavish fish pie includes luxuriously salted oysters, tender diver-caught scallops, and fresh lobster from the Cornish coast, as well as salmon from the shores of the Barents Sea poached in vintage Dom Perignon; so if you're a not 'fish' person, this probably isn't the meal for you. This extravagant meal will be hand delivered to your door in an aluminium case, which is handcuffed to a professional security guard (just in case it swims off!)

Sprouting an Interest
It's not Christmas without Brussel Sprouts, even though most of us claim to hate them! Thus, that's why Waitrose have created the 'kid-friendly' sprouts, which have a sweeter and nuttier flavour than the normal bitter taste. Waitrose said it has worked with its' growers to create this milder-flavoured vegetable, whilst still being accessible to all- as at £2.50 for 330grams everyone can enjoy. Even the adults should tuck in, as new research shows that eating 5-a-day can make us seem more attractive to possible partners, with evident health and a desired golden glow. So, instead of leaving a carrot out for Rudolph this year, a few of these Waitrose wonder vegetables might sprout happiness all around Christmas!

"Dude, there's my car"
More than 2.2 million households in Britain have four or more cars, as kids can't afford to fly (or drive) the nest. Twenty years ago if you saw four cars on a household driveway, you would think they were a descendant of the Queen! Yet now it seems that youths would rather spend their money on a car than a flat or a house- the precedence has changed. Furthermore, now the average age offspring leave the family home is 27; with prices of property and the standard of mum's Sunday roast rising there is no surprise. Yet, this increase of cars per home is not solely down to the grown-up children living at home, studies show that woman are now more likely to drive more powerful cars, The Direct Line noted: 'The stereotype of dad driving the bigger, more powerful car and mum driving an economical family run-around no longer appears to be accurate', this is as the average female motorist owns a 1.6 litre car, whilst the average engine capacity for men is just 0.1 litre more.

The Duchess and Diamonds
Kate Middleton has captured the hearts of many as she shows that you don't have to have 'blue-blood' to have an impact within the royal family. At last night's white-tie ball at Buckingham Palace, Kate dazzled in the diamond encrusted tiara which was loaned to her by the Queen for the occasion. This was the first time the Duchess of Cambridge wore a tiara since her wedding day, and looked more regal then ever! The priceless tiara was believed to be owned by the Queen Mother who passed it down to her youngest daughter, Princess Margaret- this highlights that Kate has now been more accepted into the royal family after many criticisms of unequal treatment. Each year the Queen throws a lavish reception in the honour of the 172 foreign ministers, where members of the royal family make a point of meeting and greeting each one, so there seems like no better time to throw on your diamonds!

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