# Monday, July 16, 2007

A species that was thought to be extinct has now been found to be alive. The creature is called David Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna. The creature was feared to be extinct until a local tribesman said he had recently caught and eaten one. Scientists investigating the claim found recent burrows which suggested the creature is still very much alive. More trips to the area have now been planned in the hope they will be able to catch the creatures on camera.

posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 8:53:06 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A pet macaw that flew away a week ago turned up a surprising 80 miles away from home. The macaw was spotted by a passing motorist and police later captured the bird and reunited it with its owner.

posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 7:40:43 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Parts of London are to get free Wi-Fi as part of a new scheme. The scheme will cover most of London from Millbank in central London to Greenwich. To use the service for free users will need to agree to view a paid advert every 15 minutes whilst they are using it. If they don't want to view the adverts then the service will charged an an hourly rate.

posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 7:26:12 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I just opened a bottle of L'Oc de la Bouysse, a wine that featured in The Times Top 100 Summer Wines of 2006. At only £4.99 a bottle, this blend of Grenache, Noir, Syrah, Mouvedre and Merlot grapes is a full bodied wine with a nice fruity flavour.

posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 6:55:31 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Shops could soon charge customers 10p for each carrier bag they use. A new scheme is likely to be tested in London before possibly being introduced throughout the rest of Britain. The proposals are aimed at reducing plastic waste produced by supermarkets. Personally I would not mind paying for bags when doing a shop. I do already reuse all of my bags, taking my own with me on most shopping trips and I wonder if more people would start to do this if they have to pay for a bag.

posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 6:30:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

The world's largest telescope in the Canary Islands is to be used to scan the sky for planets. The telescope should be able to penetrate molecular clouds and see the most distant objects in the universe, so if there are other planets like Earth out there, there are high hopes of finding them.

posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 1:21:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, July 15, 2007

I received an email from Nectar the other day advertising a new Nectar wine club. It's similar to the Virgin Wine Discovery Club, in that they send you a case of wine every quarter. The email advertised a special joining offer meaning you got the first case of wine for only £39.99 and also got three extra bottles free. I thought this was too good an offer to miss out on so clicked the buy now link on the email, only to find the website was down. I tried the site again today and still no luck. I wonder how many potential customers they have lost in the last few days. I will persevere and may give them a call on Monday to tell them they have a problem, but many people have probably given up already.

posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007 5:41:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Three osprey chicks in Aberfoyle have been weighed and tagged and at five weeks old appear to be doing well. The tags will allow the birds to be tracked if they return to Scotland to breed. This is the first year that three chicks have hatched in a year, so is encouraging news for Scotlands Osprey population.

posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007 11:28:26 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, July 14, 2007

I have had a bottle of Chateau Clos Renon 2005 sitting in my wine rack for a couple of years now and decided to open it today. The wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. I originally purchased two bottles of the wine and opened the first one whilst it was still young, however the two years of ageing have certainly improved what was already a particularly nice wine. The taste whilst young was fruity but a lacking a little body, but when aged even for a short time the wine has pleasant cherry like smell and a slight edge of oak to the flavour.  

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 8:06:29 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I found this interesting quiz on technology. Apparently it's designed to see how useful you would be if you went back in time and tried to invent some of today's technology. The questions are quite hard, but I managed a fairly respectable six out of ten.

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 3:48:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A farm in Staffordshire is offering pet wedding for people who want their pets to get married. They got the idea after performing a ceremony for two of their own dogs. Ceremonies cost £100 and include a cake and a minister. They have got seven ceremonies booked so far. How strange.

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 3:41:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Some thieves who stole a keg of beer are likely to find they get very sick when they try to drink the loot. The keg had been put aside for the brewery to collect because the cask was faulty. It had been left open to the elements for several days before it was stolen. Drinking it is likely to cause severe vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea. Perhaps these thieves might learn their lesson.

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 3:23:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This was the moment when the world's tallest man met the world's shortest man. Bao Xishun is 7.9 feet tall as opposed to He Pingping who is only 2.4 feet tall.

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 12:06:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Police in Iran have arrested 14 squirrels because they are suspected of spying. The squirrels were detained near the Iranian border and reportedly had foreign intelligence devices on them.

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 12:01:24 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Snailwell is holding its seventh Grand Championship Snail Race today. Around 400 people are expected to attend the race. Entrants pay £5 to back a painted snail with the champion receiving a crystal snail and a bottle of wine.

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 11:28:09 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If you buy your toothpaste at a discount store, you might want to check the label. Tubes of Sensodyne toothpaste have been found to contain toxic chemicals that could be harmful to young children and people with impaired liver or kidney functions. The contaminated batch are 50ml tubes and have both English and Arabic writing on them.

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 11:22:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Nine artists have been creating sand sculptures on a beach in Somerset. The sculptures show scenes from fairy tales including Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretal.

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 10:50:53 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 13, 2007

British forces in Basra have been blamed for introducing man eating badgers to Basra. The creatures have been identified as honey badgers and there are reports they have attacked people. Rumours have spread among the locals that the creatures eat people and were introduced by the British forces. The reports originated because the creatures were initially spotted near the British base at Basra airport.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 7:59:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

PC World is going to start selling mini robots. The robots can record images and sound from their surroundings, so make effective remote-controlled spying devices. They will also be able to transmit messages back to their owners over wireless broadband.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 6:30:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

After reading articles about Sony cutting the price of the Playstation 3 in the US, I was hoping for similar cuts in the UK. However, Sony have stated they have no plans to cuts its prices in Europe and have instead decided to offer free games and accessories to try and entice people to purchase the console. The new deals will include two games and two controllers for the same price of £425 which means you get £115 of games and accessories for the same price. I think I will wait for the price cut.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 2:20:35 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Further to my post a few days about Britain's biggest dog, it appears someone has found an even bigger one, called Tiny. Tiny as his name suggests (not) stands 7ft 3inches tall and is a Great Dane. He eats 2kg (4.4lb) of meat every day and weighs 17 stone.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 2:07:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A man in Herefordshire has been building a dome in his garden made out of wine bottles. He has used 3,000 empty bottles already and needs around 2,000 more to complete the structure which stands 11ft high.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 10:22:58 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

Nintendo are planning to introduce more active games in its bid to make gamers fit. Wii fit comes with a Balance Board designed to measure a players movements and is a new interactive fitness game which will includes aerobic and yoga workouts, as well as virtual hoola-hoop. I might buy it for my Wii when its realeased.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 10:03:30 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A giant mushroom has been found in a forest in Mexico. The mushroom weighs more than 40lb.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 10:00:02 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 12, 2007

It's amazing what you can buy online these days. Barry Cowan managed to buy a snake over the internet which turned out to be a man eating python. He thought he had purchased a Royal Python which only grows up to five foot in length but eventually found out when visiting an internet forum, that he had purchased a monster that can grow up to thirty foot and eat children. I wonder if it came with a money back guarantee.

posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007 8:56:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A pint of milk can keep your heart healthy, thats according to this article. Research has found that dairy products can help to protect against heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007 8:38:40 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

It’s such a shame that while conservationists try so hard to protect our wildlife there are still ignorant people that are intent on wiping it out. The Peak District has recently seen two species of birds completely wiped out as a result of attacks on birds of prey. The Goshawk and the Peregrine Falcons that were breeding in the area have now been decimated. There were 17 recorded attacks on peregrine falcons in the last year in which female birds were shot dead and unfortunately this amounts to the whole breeding population of this fragile species. Birds dying of natural causes is one thing, but I can't understand why someone would want to wipe out a whole species in an area on purpose.

posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007 7:25:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A rare horseshoe bat who has lived on his own for seven years has now found a mate. The bat called Dean flew from Gloucestershire to Wales in his search for a mate and found Cinders. There are now hopes that the bats might start a new breeding colony.

posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007 6:58:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

There are many ways to propose and every guy is nervous about getting it just right. One man decided to pop the question on a shark dive. Whilst on the dive he produced a sign saying "marry me". A slightly unusual place to propose but his girlfriend was delighted, apparently.

posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007 6:50:36 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This suitcase full of puppies was discovered in Leeds, after someone noticed it was moving. In all eight puppies were crammed into the case. They are now looking for new homes.

posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007 12:50:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Even the happiest of married couples have their arguments; however, most couples manage to get through the wedding day without any fights. One couple started their marriage with a fight in a hotel room, on their wedding day which led to the groom being hit with a stiletto heel and being treated for a head wound. The bride still in her wedding dress was detained by police. The couple who are still together had to pay £500 for the damaged they caused to the hotel room during the fight. Wedded Bliss.

posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007 12:37:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I came across this useful tip on how to quickly chill a warm beer, or any other drink for that matter, really quickly. Basically you put the beer in a pot full of ice cubes, fill the pot with water and add a couple of cups of table salt. Then put it in the freezer for about three minutes and you have cold beer. Magic.

posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007 12:10:06 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Samson is Britain's biggest dog, he stands 6ft 5in on his hind legs and has paws around the size of dinner plates. Now that's what you call a guard dog.

posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 2:51:49 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

The recent flooding in the UK, along with a potato blight could mean bad new for chip lovers everywhere. The potato blight which thrives in warm wet weather is the worst for five years and the resulting shortage in potatoes will mean a rise in chip prices.

posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 10:40:04 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 10, 2007

This is Lucy doing her cute kitty act. This usually happens after she has done something particularly bad.

posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 2:49:36 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I have noticed recently a dramatic increase in the number of spam emails I get pretending to be from banks. With most of them it’s very easy to spot they are spam as I have never heard from the bank mentioned (usually an American bank), let alone have an account with them. Recently though the spammers seemed to have moved into targeting UK banks. I have received emails recently from Lloyds TSB and Alliance and Leicester and its interesting to see the spammers have been doing their homework. The emails fit exactly with the look and feel of the current websites and even include a disclaimer on the bottom about not divulging your banking details. I know that no UK banks would ever send you an email asking you to click on a link and re-enter your details. In addition, I am not fooled when directed to a website that looks like my banks website but has a completely different URL, however, I'm sure there must be people who do get caught out by the spam emails and end up divulging all of their account details. I have got to the stage where I automatically delete any emails claiming to be from a bank. If my bank did try to contact me by email, they wouldn’t have much luck, but then they do have my address and phone number if it’s important.

posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 12:14:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 09, 2007

I found this on Crooked Brains. Its a hotel made completely out of ice, how cool is that? No pun intended...

posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 8:38:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

I watched a documentary about harriers the other day and the work going into breeding programmes. There are fewer than ten pairs of Montagu's harriers left in the UK and there are hopes that this particular pair in Lincolnshire will be successful.

posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 8:19:06 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Tesco has been condemned for selling live turtles at its stores in China. The turtles are sold live and then have their heads cuts off with the knife. The turtle, however, remains aware for up to an hour afterwards and is still able to move its eyes, unless the skull is crushed. Tesco say the turtles are killed humanely and that it's wrong to impose western standards on the Chinese market. It still seems a rather cruel practice.

posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 6:29:02 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Cats seems to love sitting on shoes. Here is a picture of Ollie guarding a pair of my shoes.

posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 12:39:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback