Some intriguing little stories around, including:
The Happy Map of the UK shows that Powys is the place with the most smiles, whilst Edinburgh is the capital of doom and gloom.
I’m usually cynical about such things (no, really), but reading a few more details of the story there seems a fair bit of substance to the research.
The top five happy places are: Powys; Manchester; West Lothian; Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and Monklands; Macclesfield. No sign of Birmingham or the West Midlands in the top five – defeated by the Mancunians again – but it also fails to make it into the top gloomiest places.
The most unhappy places are: Edinburgh; Cynon Valley and Rhondda; Amber Valley and north east Derbyshire; Clydesdale; Cumnock and Doon Valley; Kyle and Carrick; Swansea.
Of course, happiness can be found wherever you want it. I’ve had many a happy time in the Scottish capital, north-east Derbyshire and even Swansea.
Elsewhere, some other research suggests that your name could dictate the level of spam you have to endure.
Richard Clayton, a security expert from Cambridge University’s computer lab, suggests spammers could be more subtle than many of us believe. He maintains there is a genuine statistical divide between what he calls “aardvarks” (those high up the alphabet) and “zebras” (those at the bottom of the dictionary) with most spammers starting off with the “A’s” with real gusto and then becoming increasingly less enthused by the time they get to the “Z’s”.
So change your name to zzzz.zzzz.
I enjoyed this “Where are they know” style feature on Dragon’s Den, including some heartening news about the man who claimed to be able to prepare the perfect boiled egg and failed in front of a large TV audience.
I always get the impression that the Dragon’s are quite a conservative bunch, particularly Duncan who has been doing a very good impression of a grumpy old man for most of this series.
So I wonder what they would make of Consumer 2.0?