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Southport Reporter® covering the news on Merseyside.

Date:- 27 March 2006

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Breaking up is NOT hard to do

THEY say every cloud has a silver lining and break ups are no exception. Research out this week reveals that 2/3rds of the population have noticed real benefits to their lifestyle after coming out of a long term relationship.  Forget sad and sorry, ‘Bridget Jones’ style singledom. 70% of Brits believe that going solo presented them with the freedom to seize exciting new opportunities in their home and personal lives, often leading to professional advancement and overall increased wellbeing.

The study, commissioned by Goodfella’s Solos – the pizza for 1 – discovered several advantages of becoming single, with 79% of those questioned identifying more “me time” as the biggest plus after parting ways with a partner. 52% of respondents enjoyed having extra time to spend with friends and family while 27% took advantage of their new found freedom to pursue interests their partner might not have shared with them.

In many cases, a break up gave individuals the impetus to switch careers or go for a promotion (41%), while 18% were spurred on to lose weight or have an image overhaul. And, far from wallowing in misery, 39% of people revealed that the end of a long term relationship left them happier with life in general.

This trend is evident in the celebrity world where success and status can be hugely influenced by who you are or aren’t dating. Respondents were asked which celebrities were better off without their other halves. Nicole Kidman was voted the celebrity to have most benefited from a break up, with her biggest box office successes coming after she kissed goodbye to Tom Cruise.

Other stars who were voted better off alone include Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta Jones, post John Leslie, and all American girl-next-door, Jennifer Aniston, post Brad Pitt.

Britney Spears on the other hand, has gone from pop princess to dowdy mum, losing both her figure and her fashion sense since hooking up with Kevin Federline. 67% of those surveyed believe she should have stayed single, closely followed by Kate Moss, thanks to her controversial relationship with Pete Doherty (21%)

Better Off Alone:-
1. Nicole Kidman (post Tom Cruise)
2. Jennifer Aniston (post Brad Pitt)
3. Amanda Holden (post Les Dennis)
4. Patsy Kensit (post Liam Gallagher)
5. Catherine Zeta Jones (post John Leslie)
6. Abby Titmuss (post John Leslie)
7. Jordan (post Dwight York)
8. Kerry Katona (post Brian McFadden)
9. Charlotte Church (post Kyle Johnson)
10. Alex Best (post George Best)

Terrible Together:-
1. Britney Spears (with Kevin Federline)
2. Brad Pitt (with Angelina Jolie)
3. Katie Holmes (with Tom Cruise)
4. Kate Moss (with Pete Doherty)
5. Brian McFadden (with Delta Goodrum)
6. Jude Law (with Sienna Miller)
7. Kelly Brook (with Billy Zane)
8. Lee Sharpe (with Abby Titmuss)
9. Ulrika Johnson (with Stan Collymore)
10. Leslie Ash (with Lee Chapman)

Busy young Britons find themselves in bother

SPLUTTERING, toothless, bad hairdos... a new category of impatient Brits, hailed as the 'won't wait, won't do' generation, are shunning important activities such as doctor's appointments, haircuts and even matrimony in a
bid to save time.  A study by leading online car insurer, easyMoney.com, found that 42% of young Britons (aged 18 to 29) would forego a trip to the doctor's simply because they can't bear waiting for an appointment, and this impatience is resulting in genuine health problems with 16% becoming more unwell as a result.  These same Britons could all be sporting dentures by the age of 30, already, 30% of those aged 18 to 29 risk decaying teeth because they don't have time to get to the dentist.

It isn't just health that is at risk, Britons are also allowing their appearance to suffer. 38% endure a bad barnet rather than wait for an appointment at the salon, no wonder the 70's look has come back!  The 'won't wait, won't do' mentality is even impacting on our social conscience with 16% freely admitting they don't give blood because the process takes too long. Meanwhile, impatience is yet another factor contributing to the fall in marriages - 5% plan to stay unhitched simply because the process is so lengthy.  The study found that 29% of this new generation deem queuing an absolute waste of time, while 5% completely refuse to do it.

easyMoney.com spokesman, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, said:- "With a generation so accustomed to the speed of the internet, offline services such as doctors, dentists and hairdressers seem rather sluggish in comparison.  Now, thanks to the net, the younger generation can do their weekly shop, buy car insurance, even check their health with the greatest of ease. If only it were possible to do a root canal or get a haircut on the internet too, perhaps we'd all look better and be well insured!"

The 'won't wait, won't do' attitude is also having an effect on this generation's personal finances: these won't-waiters are so opposed to queuing at the bank that there's almost 400 million pounds of un-cashed cheques sitting in wallets and handbags across the country.  

Surprisingly, they are even willing to sacrifice social outings to save time:- 48% would walk straight past a bar or night club if the queue was too long while 14% simply refuse to wait in line for the cinema. 18% would actually abandon a full shopping trolley at the first sign of a lengthy supermarket queue.

Stelios comments:- "The internet saves us over an hour each day, which works out as more than a fortnight each year. Being so spoilt for speed, we have lost our trademark British patience - the image of the queuing Englishman has truly been consigned to the past."


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