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If you’re worried about having a great start to 2015, it might be worth paying heed to these oddball superstitions…

According to some cultures and traditions, there are some very strange ways to guarantee a happy and successful New Year. On-demand laundry service ZipJet has unearthed these top 10 superstitions to abide by - all of which will, supposedly, help you to avoid bad luck in 2015.

Parents urged to consider devastating consequences of child abduction

With the Christmas school holidays fast approaching, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Reunite are raising awareness of international parental child abduction and urging any parent considering abducting their child to think through the devastating consequences for all involved.  On this issue our message is clear: abducting a child overseas is never the right answer, and it can create lasting damage to all involved.

Women more likely to suffer Christmas trolley rage

Women are twice as likely to suffer from trolley rage this Christmas because they’re shopping on an empty stomach, new research shows.  A study of over 2,000 people revealed that 1 in 5 women said that feeling hungry made them feel angry, compared to 1 in 10 men   The study, by malt loaf makers Soreen, backs up claims that low levels of blood sugar can cause the most rational people to lose their ability to think clearly, and that hunger pangs can significantly increase feelings of irritation and anger, particularly for women.

Spare a thought for those who will be working on Christmas Day

While most people’s thoughts turn to family celebrations and presents under the tree, spare a thought for almost 200,000 people who are expected to work this Christmas Day.  Emergency services and midwives remain on call, ready to handle holiday emergencies whilst food banks and convenience store owners spend time ensuring everyone has access to essentials over the holiday season. In fact, according to latest figures released by the TUC, in 2010 almost 172,000 employees were in work on Christmas Day, compared to just over 96,000 in 2004. NHS and social workers make up the largest group, with over 74,000 people working on 25th December.

Mums spend a whopping 58 hours preparing for Christmas

The average mum will have spent 58 hours preparing for Christmas by the time the big day arrives, it emerged yesterday.  The equivalent of seven days will be taken up choosing, purchasing and lovingly wrapping presents, organising who will visit and taking care of food shopping.  On top of that she will have spent six hours hanging decorations and putting up the tree and another four hours driving to deliver presents.

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