# Sunday, June 03, 2007

We had to break into our house yesterday after Rory lost his key. This involved us having to force open a small window so we could open a larger window from the outside. Rory then crawled through the larger window to open the door from the inside. It amazed me that someone of Rory's size could fit through the window but he managed it. Rory later found the key in his pocket so it was all for nothing in the end.

It did however, make me think about security. You naturally think your house is very secure but when you can break into your own house within 20 minutes it makes you wonder how long it would take a burglar to do it. It’s certainly the last time I leave the house unattended with even the smallest window open. Next time we lock ourselves out, we will have to call a lock smith as there will be no open windows to crawl through.

posted on Sunday, June 03, 2007 2:16:31 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

If you are planning a trip to Ireland and like me find it hard to survive with no internet access you might want to visit Carlow. A project run by the council in partnership with E-net has introduced 24 hour wireless access to all of its main streets making it one of the first towns in the EU to offer open air web access.

posted on Sunday, June 03, 2007 11:40:32 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A man in California has broken the world record for hot dog eating after managing to eat a record 59 hot dogs in only 12 minutes. Amazing.

posted on Sunday, June 03, 2007 11:35:13 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, June 02, 2007

The European Commission is looking to relax rules that currently stop farmers feeding animals on the carcasses of other animals. This practice was stopped seven years ago because of the links with BSE and the fact that it was widely spread by feeding the remains of infected cows to other cattle. Apparently the commission is going to investigate the safety of feeding pig meal to chickens and vice versa. The reason they want to reintroduce the practice is to save money, it is cheaper to feed farm animals on the remains of other animals rather than on expensive vegetable protein. Sainsbury's and Asda have already said they will not sell livestock fed on animal by-products. I know where I will be doing my meat shopping if the ban is lifted.

posted on Saturday, June 02, 2007 12:32:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 01, 2007

I read this interesting article. When rebuilding a driveway Peter William Eaves came across some crabs that had apparently lived under the concrete for 40 years with no water. A total of thirteen live crabs were found under the driveway. The strange thing about this story is that the nearest sea water is 4km away. Scientists are trying to find out how they got there and more importantly how they survived for so long.

posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 5:58:45 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

The RSPB has removed the word "cock" from its website as it has been deemed offensive. Apparently in todays society we are now unable to refer to male birds by their correct name. A cock robin must now be referred to as a male robin.

posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 1:38:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

We all get the stage when we need a bit more living space. For one man in India that should never be a problem. Mukesh Ambani India's richest man is building a 60 storey palace which will include a helipad, health club, a home theatre and six floors of car parking. The palace will house his 600 full time staff and his family.

posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 11:28:59 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, May 31, 2007

Its been a while since I posted any cat pictures, so here is a couple.

Willow Playing with a tape measure.

Oscar fast asleep.

posted on Thursday, May 31, 2007 1:04:16 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The mild spring weather has caused female hedgehogs to come out of hibernation early leading to an influx of orphans at animal rescue centres.

Cute baby Hedgehogs.

posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 6:06:59 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A butcher in Buckhaven has created an Iron Brew sausage (the name is spelt differently to protect the trademark) which he says are great in a fry up after a night out. Irn Bru is often used to help combat hangovers along with a fry up, so now you can have both things at once.

posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 5:53:25 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Analysis of cheetahs DNA found that they are also cheaters by nature. Litters of cubs were found to be made up of cubs from several different fathers. In fact 43% of litters contained cubs from multiple fathers.

 

posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 2:44:46 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tiger.jpgI read this article about Odin the tiger (pictured) who has learnt to swim. It includes a video showing Odin in action as he chases lumps of meat thrown into the water.

posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 12:40:06 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Fees can really mount up when using your debit card abroad. It doesn't help when you think your card is free to use and then find out that you have been charged a fee after all. HSBC advertise the fact that their debit cards are free from transaction fees when used abroad. They do however, charge 2.75% on top of the exchange rate for overseas withdrawals which they say is not a fee, its simply how they calculate their exchange rate. It sounds like a fee to me.

posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 12:22:59 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Two Star Trek fans decided to get married in Star Trek uniforms. Even the priest dressed as a Vulcan. It's lucky my husband didn't see this before we got married.

posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 12:10:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

An Israeli man woke up to find a leopard in his bed. He managed to pin it down for 20 minutes until help arrived to collect the leopard.

posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 9:49:42 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, May 28, 2007

A footpath in Lancashire has been closed after a pair of nesting eagle owls started attacking walkers. The owls are thought to be protecting their nest from intruders. Signs have also been put up to warn people they may come under owl attack whilst in the area.

posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 3:02:54 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This weekend saw the annual cheese rolling contest held at Cooper's Hill near Gloucester. Basically the contestants chase a seven pound Double Gloucester cheese down a steep hill. The winner gets to keep the cheese.

posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 2:58:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, May 27, 2007

I found this odd looking pear in my fruit bowl. I named him Peter the Pear.

posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 10:46:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I found this interesting article on the BBC website about how ants work together for the common good of the colony. Apparently when out foraging ants use their own bodies to plug holes so that their fellow workers can walk across them. They even go as far as to choose which ant is the best size to fit the hole so they can plug it more effectively. The ants can stay in place for hours at a time, staying motionless until all the other ants have crossed the hole. Basically these techniques allow the ants to create faster ways of bringing their food back thus benefiting the whole colony. How cool is that.

posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 12:39:23 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback