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Byline: PETRA MANN

BOTH partners go out to work in nearly three-quarters of British households, according to a new survey.

The UK has the highest number of ``two-earner couples'' in childless households and the third-highest in families, according to a 12-nation study of the impact of children on women's employment.

Astro spending

CAPRICORNS are most likely to be spendthrifts, spending an average of pounds 487 a month on their credit cards on `must-have items', while Cancerians are the most frugal, spending just pounds 411 on treats, according to interactive bank cahoot.

Order of the boot

STARS from Robbie Williams to Boy George have contributed footwear to be sold for charity from the boots of 40 smart cars at Covent Garden today.

Country talks

LABOUR is to hold a special conference on rural affairs at the Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire, from July 19-21 to counter charges that it is a city-based party ignorant of the countryside.

Debut scorer

TEENAGE British footballer Martin Compston is competing with famous Hollywood names for the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival after his acting debut in director Ken Loach's new film Sweet Sixteen.

Shocked viewers

MORE than 100 viewers have complained about BBC1's MI5 drama Spooks when a leading character was shot after having her head plunged in a deep fat fryer.

Chiller thriller

TWO British film companies have joined forces to adapt the spine-chilling novel by James Ellroy, pictured, about a serial killer, Killer On The Road (published as Silent Terror in the UK), for the big screen.

Diane's funeral

THE funeral of Diane Pretty, the woman who lost a legal fight to allow her husband to help her commit suicide, will take place on Thursday.

Nuclear concern

BRITAIN'S nuclear power industry should be ``rebuilt'' because renewable energy will not be able to meet future demand, said Sir Ken Jackson, general secretary of the union Amicusa.
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