P256 CEEFAX 256 Fri 7 Feb 19:20/50   1/5            !    IN BRIEF - PETROL PRICES TUMBLE The three major oil companies BP, Esso and Shell, have cut the price of four- star petrol by 3-4 pence a gallon, taking the average price down to £1.85N In some parts of the country, and particularly the north west, they are likely to be down to £1.76 a gallon. The price of diesel fuel has been cut by an average of 6 pence a gallon. CEEFAX motoring column 263 More
P256 CEEFAX 256 Fri 7 Feb 19:21/12   2/5            !    IN BRIEF - PERSONAL COMPUTERS Personal computers users are becoming increasingly worried about the speed of obsolescence, in the life of their machine, according to a recent report by BIS Applied Systems. On average, a computer was out-of-date between nine months and two years after purchase. It also found that many users were dissatisfied with the quality of maintenance service. More
P256 CEEFAX 256 Fri 7 Feb 19:22/09   3/5            !    IN BRIEF - SCOTS DRINK AT LEISURE Changes in Scotland's licensing laws, in 1976, have not led to an increase il alcohol consumption, according to a recent Government survey. It maintains that more liberal laws enable the Scots to "pace" their drinking. However, the average amount of alcohol consumed per Scottish person - 8.8 units - is still high compared to people in England and Wales. More
P256 CEEFAX 256 Fri 7 Feb 19:24/04   4/5            !    IN BRIEF - THUMBS DOWN FOR IUD Copper-7, America's most popular inter-uterine birth-control device has been withdrawn from the market. Manufacturer G D Searle withdrew the IUD because of multi-million-dollar lawsuits alleging that the device had injured women or made them infertile. This particular device has been widely used in Britain for many years and complications are uncommon Health experts do not recommend that women discontinue its use. More
P256 CEEFAX 256 Fri 7 Feb 19:25/02   5/5            !    IN BRIEF - POST OFFICE NEWS The Post Office has announced a price freeze on the cost of a second- class letter — which will stay at 12 pence until July 1986. It has also announced the details of next year's issue of "special" stamps. First is a range of floral stamps, followed by a set to celebrate the work of Sir Isaac Newton. The annual Europa collection will focus on modern arts, while another will show aspects of Victorian Britain. More