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Nearly 12 per cent of all new homes under construction in Scotland are self-built schemes, amounting to more than 20,000 individually designed homes every year.One in four detached houses is now the result of a self-build project.

Theme tune composers are raking in the royalties following the boom in downloading ringtones.Among the top 10 downloads were themes from The Muppet Show, Roobarb and Custard and The Pink Panther.

The growing business was worth £90 million last year.

Staff, patients and visitors in the 2,060 hospitals across England and Wales eat almost 5,000 tonnes of sweets every year.But fruit is less popular.According to recent NHS figures they only got through 252 tonnes.

The McDonald's restaurant in Pushkin Square, Moscow, is one of the busiest in the world and has 43,000 customers every day.

However, if you want a coffee from Starbucks in Shibuya, Tokyo, you can expect to queue for up to 45 minutes.

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