# Saturday, August 11, 2007

I read this interesting article about the top 100 travel websites. It lists everything from where to stay, sites that give you inside information, holiday bargins and travel essentials. It's certainly worth checking out some of the websites it mentions.

posted on Saturday, August 11, 2007 3:11:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A man who found a Christ-like image in a piece of concrete has sold it on Ebay for £500. The image was caused by a smudge of sealant and to me just looks like a smudge of sealant. It’s interesting the places these “divine” images pop up.

Is it Christ? You Decide.

posted on Saturday, August 11, 2007 3:06:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

The recent wet weather in the UK has managed to fool a zoo’s population of tawny frogmouths that it is monsoon season. As a result both of the zoos female birds laid eggs. The birds are from Australia and lay their eggs directly after the rainy season to ensure there is enough food for their chicks. Both eggs have now hatched to produce some cute fluffy chicks named Thunder and Storm.

posted on Saturday, August 11, 2007 2:13:22 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I read this article about a class of junior school children that were told to copy out The Call to Prayer for handwriting practice. The Muslim text was chosen despite the fact that none of the class was Muslim. It makes me wonder how Muslims would feel about their children copying out a page from the bible. I think in today’s environment there would be outcry if the situation were reversed.

posted on Saturday, August 11, 2007 10:41:23 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, August 10, 2007

Environmentalists are concerned about a vulnerable colony of porbeagle sharks after a fisherman caught 60 in a day. The sharks, although rare are currently not a protected species. A catch of this size could be enough to wipe out a whole colony due to the fact it would be likely to contain most of the colonies breeding females. The decline of this species is likely to continue until they are listed as a protected species. If this doesn’t happen soon it may be too late.

posted on Friday, August 10, 2007 5:05:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Thursday, August 09, 2007

Jersey’s population of Agile Frogs has just been given a large boost due a captive breeding programme. The programme was started to try and stop the decline of the frog which was facing extinction in Jersey. 800 frogs have now been released into the wild with a further batch due for release as soon as a suitable site can be found.

posted on Thursday, August 09, 2007 5:34:55 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

When I get an insect bite, I always seem to get a bad reaction. In the past I have been known to have weird growths the size of tennis balls appear a couple of days after being bitten. They do eventually go down but it is always very painful for a few weeks. I woke up today to find that an insect had bitten me on finger and that it was in the early stages of swelling up, so thought I would take a picture of it. Here it is below. Currently I am unable to bend the finger and it is very inflamed and itchy.

posted on Thursday, August 09, 2007 10:35:54 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The mixture of the wet weather we have had here in the UK recently, followed by a period of warm weather has created the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Experts have warned that we could see the insects arriving in large numbers within the next few weeks. As someone who has gets an allergic reaction to insect bites, I am not looking forward to a summer of swollen and itchy arms and legs.

posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 9:52:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Futher to my post yesterday about putting kitty on a diet, here is a picture of my fat cat Oscar. Oscar unlike most fat cats is a very active cat, he is always jumping around and playing with his friends but he has always been a rather large cat.

posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 12:48:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Most UK residents know that swans are protected. It appears that new arrivals to country, however, are unaware there is a law protecting them and are catching them for food. Polish and Lithuanian immigrants have been seen dragging the birds away. The remains of swans have also been found along the towpath in Leighton Buzzard.  Luton Angling Club has now come up with a sign which they hope will make it clear that swans are not for eating. Killing a swan is currently subject to a £5,000 fine and six months in jail.

posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 9:47:24 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I usually like to do my research before trying out a new restaurant particularly if we are going into London because the extra expense of the train fare makes for a costly evening, so you don’t want to be disappointed by as bad restaurant. That’s why I look for reviews from people that have already been there. At www.trustedplaces.com you can look up a London restaurant and see opinions of people that have visited it recently. You can also leave your own opinions once you have been there. This site, helps take a lot of the guesswork out of finding a good restaurant and I will definitely be adding it to my favourites to use in the future.

posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 9:42:59 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, August 07, 2007

If you are owner of a fat cat you might want to put it on a diet. A study carried out by Edinburgh University has shown that one in every 230 cats is now diabetic. Overweight cats are three time more likely to develop the condition that their thinner friends. I think its time to cut down on the kitty treats and invest in a cat treadmill.

posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 3:37:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I found this interesting article on the BBC’s website that suggests more than a third of motorists are unable to read a basic road map. I gave it a try and managed a rather poor six out of ten. Unfortunately I have no excuse not to know the answers; I used to work for A to Z maps. Doh.

posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 2:46:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Pest controllers have warned that this summer is likely to bring a plague of mice. Several factors have contributed to the growth of the mouse population including warmer winter and more rubbish being present on the street. Calls about mouse problems rose by 23 per cent last year in London and the South East. I don’t think we need to worry too much, having four cats seems to control the mouse population near our house nicely.

posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 1:48:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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