The Daily: May 21

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Prime time for burglaries revealed
Recent studies have found that the prime time for burglars to strike is Wednesday morning, with almost a fifth of all burglaries occurring at this time. It seems the middle of the week is the time to take most caution, with more than half of burglaries happening when the intruder is able to enter through a front or back door. Almost 10% of robbers were also able to walk straight in through an unlocked door. The research, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Allianz Insurance, found that overall 71% of break-ins happen between Monday and Friday, with burglars seeming to prefer the weekend off.

A third of Brits feel guilty about holiday gluttony
Overindulging on the food and drink whilst away is no new thing, but did you know that one third of us feel guilty about 'letting go'? Research commissioned by Belle France has found that one in ten of us feel guilty upon return, with 13% of those asked already feeling shame whilst still on vacation. Women were found to be the most worried about holiday bingeing, but some 19% of men shared the same feelings. Half of those surveyed confessed that inactivity whilst away left them feeling less refreshed once they returned, with many saying adjusting back to a normal routine was particularly difficult. However, a strong majority of those asked still placed food and drink at the centre of their holiday experience, with 82% also citing a trip away as a refreshing antidote to their normal routine.

Shed sales on the rise thanks to Chelsea
With the buzz of Chelsea Flower Show this week, it is perhaps unsurprising that online retailer eBay has sold 'shed loads' of the garden shed. In the past three months, eBay has sold over 1600 sheds per day, with the traditional wooden variety still proving the most popular. Other best sellers have been the Summerhouse, Man Cave and Wood Burner Shed, revealing a population still fond of a cosy garden retreat to escape modern living. For Many have credited eBay's selling boom to the much talked of 'revolving shed' at Chelsea, as well as #shedoftheyear going live this week. eBay also revealed that between 10 and 11 on a Sunday morning, just after popular programme The Beechgrove Garden, is the most popular time for shed owners to shift their stuff.

Cannes Film Festival faces criticism over high heel 'rule'
The Cannes Film Festival is now at the centre of criticism from many women, feminists, film stars and men alike for reportedly rejecting women from the red carpet because they were wearing flats. According to Screen magazine, several middle aged women were denied entry to the screening of Carol, in which Cate Blanchett stars. Film producer Valeria Richter is the latest to accuse the festival of discrimination, telling BBC 5 Live that she was turned away by officials in her flat shoes, despite her medical condition making high heels an impractical option. British actress Emily Blunt has also added her voice, saying that stars "shouldn't be wearing heels anyway" and that she much preferred the comfier option of Converse sneakers. Cannes officials have reportedly been reminded that there is no rule about the height and type of women's shoes, with the festival's director Thierry Fremaux denying rumours that flats have been banned from the red carpet.

Ainsley Harriott: new face of £20 note?
Over 3,000 people have signed a petition urging the Bank of England to place Ainsley Harriott on the £20 note. The Cambridge-based campaign has called for 'father of economics' Adam Smith to be replaced by the chatty TV chef, best known for his appearances on Ready Steady Cook. The initiative comes after the UK public was asked this week to share their ideas of British artists, craftsmen designers or filmmakers to replace the Scottish economist as the face of the note. The petition, launched on, hailed Harriott as 'an unsung national treasure', as well as an 'oily god' who deserved the glory of featuring on the bank note. However, rules dictate that the winning artist must be deceased, ruling the chef out of the honour for the time being.