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Brits Are A Nation Of Quitters!!

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The average Brit makes 104 social arrangements every year – but will only actually turn up to half of them, according to a new study from Mentos.

The majority of Brits (49 percent) claimed they are usually “too tired” to go out – with a further 36 percent admitting they would simply “rather stay in”.  A staggering one in ten (7 percent) claimed they would avoid a night out if their “favourite TV programme was on”.

And it would appear honesty is not the best policy for the majority of us – with almost 60 percent claiming it is “easier to make an excuse” to get out of something.   Topping the list of excuses was “sickness” – with 60 percent of Brits saying they regularly use illness as a way out of an arrangement.

Other excuses included “I double booked” (20 percent), “I thought it was a different day” (18 percent) and “the children are poorly” (15 percent).

One in ten Brits have even wheeled out the old ‘I’m waiting for a delivery” line.

The ease at which we are now able to cancel was revealed as the main reason for the “cancellation nation” – with 80 percent claiming it is easier to cancel in this day and age because of email, text and messaging apps.

The study also found we are most likely to blow out work colleagues (54 percent), with friends (28 percent) next in line.

Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopolous said, “What we all have to remember is that stepping out of our comfort zone and making fresh connections is good for our physical and mental wellbeing. We all need to make the time to say yes because the simple act of getting out and connecting with new, and old friends is so important.”

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John Lennon Special

John Lennon famously ordered a white grand piano from Steinway for Yoko's 38th birthday
John Lennon famously ordered a white grand piano from Steinway for Yoko’s 38th birthday

In the final hour of Monday Matters Jason had the John Lennon hour – which included music as well as an edited 20 minutes of the final interview John ever did with the BBC’s Andy Peebles on 6th December 1980 – two days later he was shot five times by 25 year old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York City.

Chapman had been stalking Lennon for days and asked for an autograph as Lennon walked through the courtyard. After he signed a piece of paper Chapman fired. Lennon was pronounced dead from a massive loss of blood at 11.30pm.

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