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CON­TACT lens wear­ers. Don’t waste money on ex­pen­sive binoc­u­lars, sim­ply stack your lenses on top of each other un­til you have achieved the de­sired mag­ni­fi­ca­tion. Nick Lyon, Truro

WHEN out walk­ing alone, al­ways carry a spare mo­bile in your pocket. If any­one then tries to mug you for your phone, you can make their day by giv­ing them both. James Pock­ett, Pain­swick

KERB crawlers. Wear slip-on shoes in case you get ar­rested. This will avoid the shame and em­bar­rass­ment of be­ing pa­raded around the po­lice sta­tion in shoes with the laces re­moved. Bramp­ton Crumb­horn, Leeds

AVOID mis­lead­ing the sales as­sis­tant in Spar into think­ing that you might be in­tend­ing to pur­chase ev­ery item in the shop by stat­ing, “Just these please,” ev­ery time you place your bread and milk on the counter. Jane Hoole Garner, St. Ives

FELLAS. Col­lect up all the nut­shells, pine nee­dles and or­ange peel dis­carded over the Christ­mas pe­riod, put it in a lit­tle bas­ket and you’ve got some lovely pot pourri to give to your beloved on Valen­tine’s Day. Steve Crouch, Peter­bor­ough

SAVE money on ex­pen­sive travel adap­tor plugs by only hol­i­day­ing in coun­tries that use the same plugs as we do, such as the United Arab Emi­rates, Saudi Ara­bia and Kuwait. Instagram Prin­nyabroad, Qatar

SEW rub­ber swim­ming caps into your trouser pock­ets for an ef­fec­tive hot liq­uid trans­porta­tion sys­tem. Fat Al White, Wren­thorpe

PRE­TEND that you are in a US state pen­i­ten­tiary by dig­ging a se­cret tun­nel out of your lounge over many years. Ev­ery time you hear your wife ap­proach­ing, quickly cover up the hole with a rug and solemnly play the har­mon­ica. Poo­ley, Thorn­bury

FOOT­BALL ref­er­ees. Get all of the chants ac­cus­ing you of be­ing a wanker out of the way early doors by knock­ing one out in the cen­tre cir­cle just be­fore kick-off. Steve Crouch, Peter­bor­ough

CAR­PEN­TERS, a hash brown from McDon­alds makes an ideal emer­gency sand­ing block should you lose yours. John Owens, Glas­gow.

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