# Monday, August 13, 2007
This is one of my favourite wines for drinking on a hot summer’s day. The fact that it’s a rose and only 10% volume means that it is very light. Its one of those wines that once you open it its very hard to put the cork back in the bottle. The wine is from California and this particular one in from 2006. The blurb on the bottle promises you strawberries and watermelon and for once the blurb does not disappoint. I don’t usually drink rose but this wine is really good and at only £4.98 its one of the best wines I have had this summer. At this price its worth getting a case, because it won’t last long.

posted on Monday, August 13, 2007 8:33:23 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
We tend to save up all of our Nectar points and then treat ourselves to something nice. This weekend we were feeling in need of a treat, so we went off the Sainsbury's and treated ourselves to some lobsters. The lobster had been cooked and frozen whole, so all we had to do was defrost them in some tepid water for around an hour and then add a little seasoning and some lemon juice.

posted on Monday, August 13, 2007 6:28:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Coral reefs are now vanishing faster than rain forests. That’s according to a new study which shows the coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans are dying much quicker than it was previously thought. The reefs are currently shrinking at a rate of 1 percent each year, a total loss of around 600 square miles. The decline is similar in areas that are protected and in unprotected areas indicating that it might be due to issues such as sea temperatures and other global stressors.

posted on Monday, August 13, 2007 10:27:06 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, August 12, 2007

There seem to be a lot of stories at the moment where animals have been hurt and in some cases killed by airguns. The latest story is about Fergus the cat (pictured) who was targeted with an air gun. The pellet narrowly missed his spine. Fergus is lucky not be hurt more seriously. He is currently recovering from his injury.

posted on Sunday, August 12, 2007 10:02:58 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I read this article where a leading environmentalist suggests walking to the shops can actually damage the environment more than if you were to use your car. His calculations are based on the fact that with food production being so energy intensive more carbon is emitted providing a person with enough calories to walk to the shop than if you were to take a car over the same distance. I find this article a little silly. People need to eat whether they walk to the shop or not. I eat the same amount every day regardless of whether I walk or do other exercise. If I were to require more food for my walk to the shop, perhaps he might have a case. Either way, I will continue to walk and leave the car at home.

posted on Sunday, August 12, 2007 4:38:31 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

It never fails to amaze me how stupid some people can be. This latest story shows that some people just don’t think about the consequences of their actions. It involves a teenager who threw methylated spirits onto a barbecue. The liquid then exploded setting fire to himself and to a nearby washing line. The teenager then ran into the house setting the hallway and stair alight as well. He and another man who tries to help him put out the fire are now in hospital with serious injuries. The teenager's condition is currently critical.

posted on Sunday, August 12, 2007 4:30:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Scientists looking for a rare Chinese river have concluded after a six week search that it is likely to be extinct. The last time the dolphins were counted was in 2006 when only 17 individuals were found. This time when scientists looked for the dolphins they found none at all. If the dolphin is now extinct it will be the first large vertebrate to become extinct for 50 years. Scientists had hoped to find some Yangtze river dolphin’s to transfer them to a protected breeding program but it appears they are too late.

posted on Sunday, August 12, 2007 4:28:56 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A tiger census to see how many wild tigers there are in India has suggested that there are now only between 1,300 and 1,500 left, that’s half the amount there was in 2002. Among the problems facing tigers is that whilst they do well in protected reserves, they do not appear to do so well in other forest areas. This survey suggests that efforts should now be concentrated on the tigers that currently live within unprotected areas.

posted on Sunday, August 12, 2007 12:57:21 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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