Oxford students spend most on sex toys

first_imgUniversity of Liverpool – £7,128 University of Durham – £6,653 Oxford University – £11,266 The top 10 biggest sex toy spenders Students attending Oxford University spent more on sex toys than any other university, according to newly released figures.The data, released by sex toy and lingerie retailer Ann Summers, suggest that Oxford students spent £11,266 on sex toys last year – beating second place Cambridge by almost £2,000.Oxford was also revealed to be the biggest browser of the Ann Summers online store, pipping Cardiff University to first place. The most popular time for browsing was found to be 10pm.Ann Summers say that its products help students get through university life, saying “great sex and mind-blowing orgasms” is “a natural antidepressant and is one of the most effective ways to ease anxiety, relieve stress and boost brainpower”.According to the retailer, Oxford students were most likely to buy the Rose Gold Mini Vibrator, which was also the most popular product among five of the top ten.With four of the five top-rated universities in the UK making it into the top buyers table, it has been suggested that there may be a link between intelligence and sex drive, with Ann Summers arguing that sex helps you “develop stronger cognitive skills, including verbal fluency, number sequencing and recall.” University of Southampton – £6,733 University of Manchester – £8,549center_img Aberystwyth University – £6,867 University of Cambridge – £9,410 Lancaster University – £6,667 University of Leeds – £8,633 University of York – £6,615last_img read more

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Speech: PM speech at MS Society Reception: 5 November 2018

first_imgIt is wonderful to welcome you all to 10 Downing Street today to celebrate the MS Society and the amazing work that you do in so many different ways, as has just been outlined. The work you do to raise money to fund research into new treatments, to support people who are living with MS, raising public awareness of the condition. I think one of the key issues is people understanding what MS is about and the effect it has and campaigning to stop MS.None of that would be possible without the tireless dedication of MS Society volunteers – and I am delighted that we have so many of you here today.I also want to thank all those who raise money and provide care for those with MS.I know just how vital that support can be because my own mother lived with MS.Just the other day I received a touching letter from a nurse – Nicki Murray – who helped to support my mother when I was younger.The way Nicki remembered my mother after all these years speaks volumes of the extraordinary care and compassion of our health workers.I’d like to thank them all for everything that they do for us.From my mother’s experience, I know how incredibly tough living with MS can be.You all know it changes lives profoundly.The shock of a diagnosis. The fear of a relapse. The anxiety over what might be ahead – and how that might affect your family and loved ones.And of course many volunteers and supporters first get involved with the Society precisely because they saw a loved one go through it.Indeed, we’ve just heard that the first branch was founded 65 years ago by a husband who watched his wife live with MS, and was frustrated by the lack of treatment and support available.The situation today is unrecognisable from where we were then, or even 25 years ago – not just in terms of care and support but in terms of treatment too.We know infinitely more about how to manage symptoms. More treatment options are available than ever before, particularly for relapsing forms of the condition. And the pipeline of treatments has never been stronger.I think we are now at a crucial point.Your ‘STOP MS’ campaign reflects your ambition for us to make the next research breakthrough. And I want you to know that you have an ally in this government.Earlier this year I announced the single largest cash commitment to our public services ever made by a peacetime Government – an £84 billion five year deal for our NHS.In return, the NHS will produce a long-term plan to ensure that investment makes a difference on the front-line, including to people living with MS.But of course the real breakthroughs will come in the laboratory.We are already putting £7 billion of new public funding into science, research and innovation – the largest increase for 40 years.And more broadly, across our whole economy, we have set the most ambitious goal for total research and development investment in our history – making it up to 2.4% of our economy – with government and the private sector working together to meet it.Those investments will pay real dividends in the years ahead. I know that the MS Society is working closely with the National Institute for Health Research on a number of promising treatments – I want that close partnership to continue.You’ve achieved a huge amount as a Society and as a wider MS community over many years.Thank you all for that you have done.Now you rightly have your eyes set on the greatest prize – stopping MS and bringing an end to the pain and suffering it causes to so many people.So thank you for all that you have done and let’s work together to make that, stopping MS, a reality.last_img read more

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Yorkshire bakery suppliers join forces

first_imgThe bag-sealing equipment manufacturer Select Bag Sealers (SBS) has been acquired by specialist tape manufacturer ProSpool.SBS supplies many of the country’s best-known bakery brands, and has now been acquired for an undisclosed sum by a group of investors, headed by the senior management team at ProSpool.SBS has produced and supplied automated bag-sealing machines to customers internationally for nearly 30 years. Fellow Yorkshire-based business ProSpool also has a 30-year track record in the bakery sector, and is Europe’s leading provider of specialist bag-sealing tape products and contract spool-winding services.ProSpool’s technical director of ten years, Simon Browning, will take over as managing director of SBS. SBS founder Tom Foster will stay involved with the business for the foreseeable future, and the SBS team will remain unchanged.Foster said: “I’m very happy to see the future of Select Bag Sealers secured with the sale to a like-minded business. I believe that ProSpool’s long-standing industry experience and expertise makes this the ideal partnership to take SBS forward into a new era.”Browning added: “Product development and innovation are key areas of focus for us, and the market-leading equipment Select Bag Sealers manufactures complements the existing ProSpool product range perfectly.“I am very much looking forward to working with the Select Bag Sealers team to support new and existing customers.”last_img read more

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