# Monday, August 06, 2007

Two cygnets have been shot dead in Telford, by what is believed to have been an airgun. The cygnets were shot in the head and were thought to have been used as target practice. The RSPCA have said that these types of incident are more common during the school summer holiday.

posted on Monday, August 06, 2007 6:10:22 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

The lifeguards are a bit hairier than usual on Italy’s beaches this summer. Newfoundland and Labrador dogs have been drafted in to help on some of the busiest beaches. The dogs are trained to jump out of helicopters and boats to rescue struggling swimmers and have already saved several lives by towing people to safety.

posted on Monday, August 06, 2007 10:44:35 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, August 05, 2007

A team of scientists have found that office printers can cause a health risk. Some printer models emit dangerous levels of toners that can damage lungs in much the same way that cigarette smoke does. They advise people to make sure printers are used in well ventilated areas.

posted on Sunday, August 05, 2007 10:21:22 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A man in Cornwall managed to win the lottery twice after buying two tickets with the same numbers. He had purchased a ticket but then later brought a second one, forgetting about the first. After cashing in his first ticket for $479,142 he later realised he has another ticket with the same numbers and so had won twice the amount.

posted on Sunday, August 05, 2007 11:29:17 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Jack Kirby has made a 1965 Ford Mustang out of 5,000 Budweiser cans. How cool is that?

posted on Sunday, August 05, 2007 10:56:28 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, August 04, 2007

An American man has been unlucky enough to have been struck by lightening twice. He was first struck by lightening 27 years ago when he was driving a tractor trailer. The second strike came exactly 27 years to the day he was first struck. This time he was sheltering from a storm in a shed. The odds of the average American being struck by lightening are 80 to one.

posted on Saturday, August 04, 2007 9:25:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, August 03, 2007

A lady in Devon tried to keep the swallows out of here barn by putting up a bird scaring owl. After two days the swallows had made their nest in the bird scarer. She is now resigned to the fact that the swallows are there to stay.

posted on Friday, August 03, 2007 8:30:38 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, August 02, 2007

Two moorhen chicks have been shot at a nature reserve in County Durham. The chicks were shot dead with an air gun at the Wingate Quarry Reserve. It’s thought that the incident might be related to youths drinking in the area.

posted on Thursday, August 02, 2007 5:11:44 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I am always looking for new recipes to try and found BigOven.com Recipe Community which is an interesting recipe swapping website. You can search over 160,000 recipes by ingredient, occasion or cuisine. One thing I particularly liked about the website is that the recipes include a photo of how the finished recipe should look which is always useful. The website also has software to help you to create grocery lists and meal plans, so if you have special diet then it could be really helpful. You can also upload your own recipes, complete with photograph. As an incentive they have a monthly prize of $100 for the best recipe photo submitted. As someone who regularly posts photos of my cooking on my blog I might give this go to see if I can earn a bit of extra cash.

posted on Thursday, August 02, 2007 4:59:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Researchers studying pandas in China have found that they have expanded their habitat in the bamboo forests of two western provinces. This indicates that the population of pandas could also be expanding which is good news for the species. The last panda census recorded 103 pandas in Baishuijiang, the largest panda reserve in China. There are currently only around 1,590 pandas left in the wild with about another 180 having been bred in captive breeding programs.

posted on Thursday, August 02, 2007 12:26:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This creature was pictured near Hound Tor on Dartmoor. It is not known what the creature is but this picture helps back up the local legend that a hell hound haunts the spot. The story that a pair of spectral dogs known as the Hounds of Hell inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write The Hound of the Baskervilles. It is most likely that this latest picture is of a wild boar.

posted on Thursday, August 02, 2007 9:55:58 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Wednesday, August 01, 2007

I read this interesting article about a project to re-introduce wolves to Yellowstone National Park and the impact the project has had on the parks eco system. The wolves were introduced in 1995 after having been absent from the environment for 70 years. Since their return there has been a regeneration of the parks population of aspen trees which were previously declining. Whilst the wolves do not have a direct impact on the growth of the aspen tree they do affect it indirectly.

The decline in the trees was attributed to the growth of the parks elf population which having no natural predators was getting out of control. The elk were able to wander around the park freely and eat all the young aspen trees. The re-introduction of the wolves has meant that the elk are no longer able to wander so safely for fear of being eaten. The knock on effect is that there are less elk and the young aspen trees are able to grow to maturity. I find it interesting how restoring the natural balance of predator and prey affects the whole eco system of the park.

posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2007 8:45:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

We went for a walk along the Thames at the weekend to see how high the river was. Whilst we were there we came across this family of swans. They seem to be doing particularly well this year; usually they only have two or three cygnets, but as you can see this year there are four. As you can see from the photo the river has not yet burst its banks but is quite high for this time of year. The picture was taken at Staines.

posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2007 1:19:22 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 31, 2007

This poor dog was shot at point blank by yobs with a crossbow. The dog now called Beau, survived despite having two crossbow bolts embedded in her skull. After a two hour operation they were eventually removed and she is now recovering well.

posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 9:55:17 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

There have now been two alleged sightings of a Great White Shark off the coast of Cornwall. Whilst coastguards have dismissed the claims as scaremongering scientists have admitted that it is possible the Great White Shark could move into British waters especially as they start to get warmer. There has never been a confirmed sighting of a Great White off the Cornish coast and it is possible that the shark seen was actually a smaller shark such as a mako or a porbeagle.

posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 6:12:51 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I found this on Crooked Brains and had to post it. It's so unusal to see so many cats in a tree at the same time. I have managed to get a picture of two of mine sitting in the tree together but this is just great.

posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 4:48:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Organisers of a Donkey Derby in Llandudno had to replace the donkeys with a blow up sheep and a toy monkey. The event had been deemed to dangerous if live donkeys were used. Safety rules meant that the event needed to be covered by public liability insurance but unfortunately no insurance company would cover it. This is despite the fact that the event has taken place every year for the last 39 years without incident.

posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 1:46:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Newcastle City Council released the credit card details of around 54,000 people on the internet. The blunder happened when thousands of credit and debit card details were placed on an insecure server and were accessed by overseas computers. The details accessed include payment details for council tax, business rates, parking fines and rent. The Council has said that residents should monitor their bank statements to check for any unusual activity. That’s not very reassuring to the people whose accounts have been compromised.

posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:25:02 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 30, 2007

We went to a party this weekend at Shaz and Chhaya's house, despite the fact that it rained all night we were still nice and dry under the marquee. Chhaya had spent the day cooking and treated us to a great spread of samosas, kebabs, chicken wings and mini pizzas.

Chhaya and me.

Shaz and me.

posted on Monday, July 30, 2007 3:04:10 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback