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Stat Chat: Top 10 words people look up most in the dictionary

News Shopper:

6:30am Friday 24th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Words people look up most in the dictionary.

Stat Chat: We are becoming a nation of time-shifted telly addicts

News Shopper:

6:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: How TV watching habits are changing.

Elderly people must be allowed to vote - and some people should get TWO votes

News Shopper:

10:11am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Letter to the editor: I must congratulate Mary Holland on her star letter defending the voting rights of older people. It was one of the most sensible I have ever read.

5 Thoughts: 'Homophobic' bus driver was jealous and Victor Moses is a 'cheat'

News Shopper:

9:58am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Each week I use this space to share my five thoughts of the week – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Bakerloo line should come to Bromley North but not Hayes

News Shopper:

9:49am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Letter to the editor: Working with three successive London transport users’ committees in 25 years, I became familiar with the Bakerloo to Hayes plan. I make no apology for being better informed on it than some of your readers, councillors among them.

Stat Chat: Top 10 best and worst online shops revealed

News Shopper: SPENDING TIME: Amman Valley workers spend more than 18 minutes a day shopping online when they should be working.

6:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Best and worst online shops.

Stat Chat: Most people say their pet is equally or more important than family

News Shopper:

6:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: How well we treat our pets.

Stat Chat: Top 5 tips for happy life - with 58 revealed to be best age

News Shopper: FAMILY LIFE: No need to feel all alone

6:30am Monday 20th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: The secrets to a happy life.

Greenwich first-time buyers need genuinely affordable homes

News Shopper:

1:36pm Friday 17th October 2014

Letter to the editor: News Shopper has raised an important and worrying trend in Greenwich Council’s housing policy (Poor show, October 1).

Departure of Marks & Spencer will not kill Gravesend

News Shopper:

1:32pm Friday 17th October 2014

Letter to the editor: I am the proprietor of St George’s Flowers in the St George’s shopping centre, Gravesend.

Baffled by Bexley Council’s latest plans for borough’s parks

News Shopper: Bexley park users raise safety fears as open spaces will be left unlocked from September

1:20pm Friday 17th October 2014

Letter to the editor: I am writing with regards to Bexley Council’s decision to leave parks open all night due to cutbacks in funding.

End the Bromley North travel misery

News Shopper:

10:29am Friday 17th October 2014

Letter to the editor: The need for direct trains between Bromley North and London is compelling (A capital idea, October 1).

5 Thoughts: Oyster cards, pay freezes and more on lollipop people

News Shopper:

10:24am Friday 17th October 2014

Each week I share my five thoughts of the week – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Stat Chat: London’s top 5 favourite restaurant cuisines

News Shopper: Ahead of National Curry Week (7-13 October) NILIMA MARSHALL explores the hidden health benefits of the humble curry.

6:30am Friday 17th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Our favourite places to dine out.

Stat Chat: 1 in 3 teenagers meeting online 'friends' in real life

News Shopper:

6:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Children making friends online.

Stat Chat: Who are the most annoying people on Facebook?

News Shopper:

6:30am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: The most annoying people on Facebook.

Data: London house prices surge by fifth in a year - can you afford to buy?

News Shopper:

12:30pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Buying a house in London costs nearly a fifth more than it did a year ago, according to new data.

Stat Chat: Top 10 words of wisdom – sayings that have stuck with us since childhood

News Shopper:

6:30am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: The childhood sayings that stay with us.

Stat Chat: Top 10 priorities for making rail services better

News Shopper:

6:30am Monday 13th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What train passengers want to see improved.

Stat Chat: More children are getting their own tablet and going online

News Shopper:

6:30am Friday 10th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: How children are embracing technology.

Stat Chat: What are the worst gifts you can buy for women?

News Shopper:

6:30am Thursday 9th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What not to buy women.

You cannot be serious about upper age limit for voting?

News Shopper:

2:59pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

Letter to the editor: Regarding your thoughts of the week (September 17).

5 thoughts of the week: Get lollipop people off zebra crossings

News Shopper: Library image of a road crossing lollipop

12:44pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

Each week I share my five thoughts of the week – the good, the bad and the ugly.

POLL: Would you chat to a stranger on your commute?

News Shopper:

11:51am Wednesday 8th October 2014

A group of youngsters have helped to make Bexley a friendlier place by urging residents to chat on public transport.

Stat Chat: Are you willing to stop and talk to 'chuggers'?

News Shopper: Got a minute? Familiar sight in any town shopping centre

6:30am Wednesday 8th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What we think about 'chuggers'.

POLL: Do you agree with Gravesend pub banning swearing?

News Shopper:

5:06pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A Gravesend pub has caused a stir by banning swearing, and asking potty mouths who break the rules to leave.

Stat Chat: Women doing much more housework than men - but who does what?

News Shopper: We apparently spend 10 years of our lives doing household chores

6:30am Tuesday 7th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Dividing up the household chores.

Stat Chat: How big a challenge is giving up smoking?

News Shopper: Smokers urged to quit for Stoptober

6:30am Monday 6th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Giving up the cigarettes.

Stat Chat: Are unwanted phone calls and messages your biggest annoyance?

News Shopper:

6:30am Friday 3rd October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What annoys us the most?

Stat Chat: What are our favourite meals and how many of us can actually cook them?

News Shopper: Sunday joint: Roast lamb with fresh asparagus

6:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Food for thought on our eating and cooking habits.

London's New Year fireworks should remain free for all to attend

News Shopper: FIREWORKS RETURN: Great Aycliffe Town Council has announced its annual display will return to Newton Aycliffe on Wednesday, November 5, but only residents will be able to enjoy the spectacle.

12:41pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks showcase the capital to the world and we should delight in its immense popularity. Sadly, the Mayor of London is making the decision to introduce a £10 charge for this event.

London lags behind on underground mobile link

News Shopper: Signal failure at North Greenwich causing severe delays on Jubilee line

12:39pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: Commuting on the Tube means being out of contact, and when you are delayed underground you cannot tell anybody.

Theft allegation 'ignored' at Bluewater shop

News Shopper:

12:35pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: On Saturday, August 9, I was shopping in Bluewater. At 7pm I went into the Forever 21 store. After selecting some clothes I used the fitting rooms.

Royal Mail Sunday delivery is welcome

News Shopper: Hundreds of city staff to get Royal Mail shares

12:30pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: The new Sunday parcel deliveries introduced by Royal Mail will make it so much more convenient for people who work to have their parcels delivered on a Sunday when they are at home.

5 thoughts of the week: Old people's health woes, tattoos harming job prospects and more

News Shopper:

11:09am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Each week I share my five thoughts of the week – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Suspicious about Southeastern train services

News Shopper:

10:59am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: I am disgusted to hear that Southeastern will be running its appalling service until 2018.

Independence question now applies to all the UK

News Shopper: The Union flag

10:57am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: The spectacular Scottish independence election has rightly rocked the otherwise detached Westminster elite.

Orthopaedic unit at Orpington Hospital is NHS jewel

News Shopper: Orpington Hospital could be saved by King's

10:55am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: I have found the jewel in the crown of the NHS – the orthopaedic unit at Orpington Hospital.

Well-spoken phone scammer narrowly beaten

News Shopper: PHONE THREATS: Scam callers can turn nasty

10:54am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: I do not know if the News Shopper would publish this type of story, but I feel the more people that are made aware of the current phone scam that happened to my mum on Saturday, the better.

Life is difficult enough without jobsworth attitudes shown in Beckenham bench row

News Shopper:

10:52am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: I cannot believe the attitude of these jobsworths over a senior couple whose only pleasure in life is sitting on that bench (Benchnarked, September 17).

Beckenham bench removal order is health and safety lunacy

News Shopper:

10:49am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Letter to the editor: I feel so frustrated on behalf of the pensioners who have been asked to remove their bench (Benchnarked, September 17).

Stat Chat: Fear of terrorism rises but what else are we afraid of?

News Shopper:

6:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What we’re most afraid of.

Stat Chat: How easy is returning to work after having a child?

News Shopper:

6:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Londoners’ views on employment after having children.

Stat Chat: How many of us have nuisance neighbours and how do they annoy us?

News Shopper:

6:30am Monday 29th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What we think of our neighbours.

Stat Chat: Are betting shops bad for our high streets?

News Shopper: Hendon residents say betting shops and same-day loan companies are "taking over the area"

6:30am Friday 26th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Londoners’ views on betting shops.

Stat Chat: London is gym-going capital of the UK but overall do we get enough exercise?

News Shopper:

6:30am Thursday 25th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: How much exercise are we getting?

PICTURED: Is this offensive? Breast-feeding mother asked to 'cover up' at Bexleyheath pub

News Shopper:

10:10am Wednesday 24th September 2014

An outraged mother has organised a 'boob and bottle' protest at a Bexleyheath pub after being 'ordered' to cover her breast-feeding baby with a dirty dishcloth.

Let children have a happy start to the day

News Shopper:

12:06pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: I was concerned to read about parents being instructed to leave their children at the school gate (Say your goodbyes at the school gate, September 10).

March for a pay rise

News Shopper: The house at Besson Street L-R Lewisham People Before Profit's George Hallam, John Hamilton, Ray Woolford and Jim Smith.

12:02pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: On October 18, People Before Profit activists will be supporting the People’s Assembly, USC, the Green Party, the TUC, NHS workers, firemen, teachers, the low paid and the jobless in the national Britain Needs a Payrise anti-austerity march through London.

Thames ‘super sewer’ will be worth the expense

News Shopper: Protesters against a £4.1bn super sewer in Deptford

11:59am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Letter to the editor: As a Londoner, an environmentalist and a keen dragon-boater, kayaker and sailor, I live and breathe the river Thames.






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