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THE RETURN OF BRIDGET JONES?
In the UK, house price falls are set to reportedly reignite a boom in single households, with Bridget Jones singletons and young professionals fuelling the boom for solo living. The number of single households will increase by almost two million by the year 2019, driven by the desire of young adults to live alone, according to a report from Lloyds TSB insurance. The shift towards single households appeared to have stalled in recent years after a huge increase between 1971 and 2001. But experts predict the trend is likely to recover over the next decade as house price falls make single living a financial reality. Research among hundreds of adults found a growing number of under-35s wanted to live alone to have greater individual freedom and personal space.

ALL THE SINGLE COPS!
Apparently the pressure of fighting crime in the west of Scotland appears to be taking its toll on the love lives of the area’s police officers. Figures reveal that Strathclyde Police has the highest rate of unmarried bobbies of any force in the country. Of the largest force’s 7,955 police officers, 4,357 of them are listed as unmarried. This compares with 82 per cent in Dumfries and Galloway who are married. Although forces in rural and urban areas tend to have different age profiles, a relationship expert has suggested that one of the reasons for the high number of singletons among police officers was infidelity. “There is a high amount of infidelity within the police force, probably brought about by the constant strain of the job,” she explained. “It is easier to unwind with another police officer – perhaps a colleague – because they have more of an insight into what you go through at work than someone outside, no matter how understanding they might be.”
The vast majority of the unmarried police are men – with only 33 per cent of the unmarried Strathclyde officers being women. Girls – get ye to Scotland!

HUSBAND HUNTING WAY TO GO?
The women’s movment might be over as females in Japan have abandoned on the idea of job hunting and poured their efforts into a new financial plan: husband hunting. Dubbed ‘marriage hunters’, these girls are networking big time to spread the word that they’re available and ready to settle down. They are joining dating agencies, buying good luck charms and even getting blessings to increase their chances of ensnaring a man.
“I know women before my generation worked so hard and pursued their careers so they could prove they’re just as good as men,” one told Bloomberg, “They didn’t have to depend on men and that’s cool, but it’s not the path I want to follow.”
It would appear that financial concerns are a major reason for the increase in marriage hunting, as the ladies are motivated more than ever to find a financially sound partner.

ONLINE PILL TO LEAD TO UNSAFE SEX?
Women in Northern Ireland can now buy up to three morning after pills from an online pharmacy without seeing a GP or pharmacist, causing concern that it will encourage unsafe sex. The concerns were raised after the service, launched by Lloyds Pharmacy, allows women to buy the morning after pill without seeing a GP or pharmacist face to face. The company says the service will not knowingly be available to girls under the age of 18 and treatments will only be dispatched to the person whose name is on the credit or debit card used to make the payment online.
The chemist website is selling a single pill for £28, a pack of two for £52 and three for £75.
The chemist confirmed that the online service is available to women in Northern Ireland, adding that it was safe.

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