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Monday 11 December 2017

Addicted to bank balances

Nearly four in 10 people know their bank balance to the nearest €5.

The squeeze on finances and the rise in internet banking has bred a "generation of compulsive bank balance checkers", research has found.

People become cash-strapped 17 days after pay day on average, but one in 10 consumers said their finances come under pressure within a week of receiving their monthly salary.

More than one in five (21pc) said they check their bank balance at least once a day, and a further 22pc take a look more than three times a week, the Halifax Bank survey said.



Alesha stands up to Cowell

Alesha Dixon showed she was not scared of Simon Cowell when she branded one of his favourite performers on Britain's Got Talent a "pub" act.

Sparks flew between the 33-year-old, right, and Cowell as they watched a multi-tasking musician perform at London auditions.

Cowell said the musician, was "absolutely brilliant" and "incredible".

But Dixon said: "If I was in a pub, I would enjoy watching you ... but I would not want to see it again."

Dixon held her ground despite her 52-year-old boss disagreeing vehemently.



Jet grounded over 36 cracks

Australia's Qantas Airways has temporarily grounded one of its A380 superjumbos after discovering dozens of hairline cracks in its wings.

Qantas insisted today that the 36 cracks posed no threat to safety and were different from cracks that manufacturer Airbus found in the wings of two jets last month.

The plane is expected to be back in the air within a week.

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