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“Lots of European countries are lovely!” says flight comparison site

Europe news now, with an article about how friendly and polite foreign people are, which ran somewhat counter-intuitively in the Mail Online:

Brits vote the Dutch as being the friendliest people in Europe followed by the Portuguese (and the French come last)

The Dutch have been voted as the friendliest people in Europe, according to a poll of Brits.

In total 73 per cent of respondents voted those from the Netherlands as being the most welcoming, closely followed by the Portuguese on 70 per cent.

Meanwhile, the French were identified in the study as being the least friendly people on the continent.

Source: Daily Mail, 14th June 2019

What kind of company might be keen to remind people how charming and lovely many European countries are, especially as we head into Summer holiday season?

The study was undertaken by flight comparison site Jetcost, which polled more than 2,300 people over the age of 18 who said they had been on holiday abroad at least once in the past two years.

So, now you’ve been reminded how pleasant the rest of Europe is, perhaps it’s time to head on over to Jetcost and justify their marketing spend.

“Being lucky is important in life!” says bingo company

With crossed fingers and touched wood, the following article appeared in a recent Daily Mail:

Having sex more than 120 times a year, being healthy and not getting parking tickets make British people feel lucky

People who enjoy good health, avoid the traffic warden and have sex more than 120 times a year consider themselves to be the luckiest in the country.

According to new research not receiving parking tickets, never being seriously ill and having sex on average twice a week is what makes British people feel fortunate.

The study also reveals that six in 10 Britons say they are lucky with 83 per cent of them being in a relationship.

Source: Daily Mail, 29 May 2014

"Being lucky is important in life!" says bingo company

It seems that luck is a simple affair – if you don’t get a parking ticket while having sex in your car, you’re one of the lucky ones amongst us. However, if you don’t self-report as ‘lucky’ in an online survey, it’s clearly your own fault:

However, two in five people who say they are unlucky have never done anything superstitious to turn around their luck with 61 per cent of them saying they would happily walk under a ladder.

There may be a very good reason why people considered to be unlucky haven’t gone out of their way to ‘turn their luck around’, namely that that isn’t really a thing. But, far be it to point out such minor details, when the stakes of poor luck are so high:

Unlucky people are also twice as likely to be single and will probably not have any children.

Naturally, the company who paid for this ‘research’ have their own vested axe to grind:

Mark Jones, of Mecca Bingo, who commissioned the research, said: ‘It’s great to see the nation’s habits when it comes to luck and it’s very positive that the majority think of themselves as lucky.

‘For those that don’t, it is evident there is room for improvement.’

Whether you think yourself lucky or not, there’s no surprise in which direction Mecca Bingo’s Mark Jones thinks you should be headed.