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Fat chance: Following the Atkins Diet makes you miserable says Lorraine Perretta, a nutritional expert hired to write a report by chip makers McCain Foods. She said: "Potatoes, bread and pasta all produce serotonin, a chemical in the brain which is a well-known mood lifter."

wired up: Half of all UK households have a connection to the Internet, with 750,000 connecting in the last three months, according to figures from telecoms regulator Oftel. They also say dial-up and broadband are cheaper than in other European countries.

no soft touch: Begging is almost a thing of the past and street drinking is on the way out in central Dublin - thanks to an initiative launched by the city council in conjunction with the police and health authorities. There have been 2,800 arrests since June.

have-a-go burglars: Most convicted burglars who took part in a study published by pollsters NOP today admit they would take extreme measures against an intruder in their own home. Of 25 asked, 22 would resort to "any means", including a weapon.

power naps: A hotel chain have begun renting out rooms for half an hour to enable tired motorists to take a catnap. The pounds 5-for-30-minutes deal from Travelodge includes coffee to help drivers remain awake when they return to the wheel.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2003
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