The puzzle of how many Brits abroad there really are

Image copyright Getty Images The phrase “Brits abroad” often conjures up images of retirees enjoying the sun. But the reality is far more complex and even something of a puzzle. Official figures suggest there are about three-quarters-of-a-million Britons living in the EU and that the majority are not retirees but workers – many of them young. Other estimates put the number far higher. It raises the possibility that we don’t know how many people there are whose lives abroad will be affected by Brexit – or who they are. Nevertheless,…

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Puzzle solving ‘won’t stop mental decline’

Image copyright Getty Images Doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku does not protect against mental decline, according to a new study. The idea of “use it or lose it” when it comes to our brains in later life has previously been widely accepted. But a new Scottish study suggests it has no effect on mental decline. Instead, results indicate that regularly doing intellectual activities throughout life boosts mental ability and provides a “higher cognitive point” from which to decline. This study published in the BMJ was undertaken by Roger Staff at…

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The puzzle of the people least likely to vote Tory

Image copyright Getty Images Black and ethnic minority communities are as diverse in their values and beliefs as the rest of the population. So, why do these voters overwhelmingly support the Labour Party over the Tories? The Conservative Party faces a serious challenge when it comes to securing the support of non-white voters. About three-quarters vote Labour, while fewer than one in five vote Conservative, according to the 2017 British Election Study (BES). Unless the pattern changes, this is a headache for the Tories which could worsen in the long…

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Britain’s GCHQ code-breakers to publish new puzzle book

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s intelligence and security organization GCHQ is publishing a new book of puzzles in the Autumn aimed at those who fancy themselves as potential code-breakers. FILE PHOTO: People sit at computers in the 24 hour Operations Room inside GCHQ, Cheltenham in Cheltenham, Britain, November 17, 2015. Ben Birchall/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo The book is timed to coincide with the agency’s centenary next year. “It has plenty of easy puzzles to get you into the problem-solving mindset,” GCHQ said on its Twitter feed. Example: “The dog’s in the…

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McIlroy seeks to solve Sawgrass puzzle as Day eyes another win

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – Former world number ones Rory McIlroy and Jason Day have different comfort levels entering the Players Championship — one knowing what it takes to win at TPC Sawgrass, and the other still seeking to solve the puzzle of the famous course. May 6, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the seventh tee during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports While Day blew away the field for a dominating…

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