What makes us happy?

Imagine you were phoned up out of the blue by a researcher from Harvard University and asked what you were doing, how were you feeling and what you were thinking? Research reported in the journal Science found that’s what happened to 2,250 people around the world who were contacted at random. All the responses pointed … Continue reading What makes us happy?

Shocking view

Ever looked at Google Street view on the internet and seen yourself on the screen? That’s what happened to Bob Mewse, aged 56, although he didn’t recognise the morbidly obese man, with a shirt hanging over his huge stomach as himself – at least not until he made a closer inspection. He weighed 21 stone … Continue reading Shocking view

Mystery repairman

Ever get grumpy seeing broken fences and benches in your neighbourhood? According to the Oldham Evening Chronicle, a local cyclist called Stephen Rimmer aged 37 had got fed up about this sort of thing too. Only, he decided to do something about it and set about mending them himself. He put right 18 benches and … Continue reading Mystery repairman

Cost free shop

There is a village in Yorkshire near the town of Skipton. All was well until its only shop closed down two years ago. Time for some creative thinking by the councillors. So with no costs they opened a tiny ‘open all hours’ grocery store. No shop-keeper, no locked door and not much room. But the disused … Continue reading Cost free shop