# Thursday, August 30, 2007
I read this article today about a giant spider web that has appeared in a park in Texas. Scientists think the web was created by social cobweb spiders which work together. I don't think I would be going anywhere near it.

posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 4:06:59 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
A zoo in Austria have has a surprise arrival in the form of a baby panda. The unusual thing about this panda is that it is the first panda cub to be conceived naturally in Europe. The arrival of the panda came as a surprise as an ultrasound a few weeks ago showed that Yang Yang was not pregnant. The first zookeepers knew of the arrival was unusual noises coming from the panda enclosure. Unfortunately, on a sad note the body of a second cub that didn’t make it, was also discovered in the pen.

posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 11:39:07 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
I read this article that suggests we may soon be able to buy wine in cartons similar to the ones that usually contain fruit juice. The cartons will contain the equivalent of two glasses of wine. Regular readers on my blog might have noticed I like wine, so will probably expect me to welcome this idea. Quite the opposite actually, wine is meant to come in bottles. I have a hard problem dealing with wine that comes in a bottle with a screw top, mainly because it often does not keep so well. Wine in cartons is a different matter; I don’t see me picking up a carton of wine to go with my lunchtime sandwich or buying one to drink with an evening meal. I will stick to buying wine in bottles, with proper corks.

posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 9:47:31 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, August 29, 2007
A rare foal has been born in Suffolk, the home of the UK’s only breeding herd of Camargue horses. What makes these horses unique is that they are born black but as they older they gradually becoming lighter in colour until they are completely white.

posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 3:58:50 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
You might think hedgehogs are fairly common, but they have recently been added to a list of species that need protection. Among reasons why they are less common is the fact that tidier gardens and urbanisation are destroying their natural habitat. House sparrows are starlings are another two species that were previously very widespread but are now on the decline.

posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 9:33:57 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, August 28, 2007
We spent the weekend doing some gardening and ended up with a few bags of hedge trimmings. Oscar took advantage of the bag of garden waste to have a much needed nap.


posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 9:35:49 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
A recent survey suggests that customers are being misled about the salt content is food. The problem is with ready meals and other processed foods. Manufacturers of some products have been deliberately understating the portion sizes on food labels. This gives the impression that they have a lower salt content. One example given was a packet of chicken nuggets, where the salt content given for a portion weighing 15g, which is the equivalent of just one nugget.

posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 4:27:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
This is one of my favourite meals and as I make it so often, I seem to have got the recipe just right. Basically I just fry two chicken breasts until they cooked, add about 6 slices of bacon to the pan and fry that until it is just cooked. Meanwhile cook about four to five nests of tagliatelle in a pan of water with a little olive oil. In a jug mix up three beaten eggs, a pot of double cream and some grated parmesan to taste. Drain the pasta; add it to the chicken and bacon. Pour over the sauce and stir it in. Leave to cook for a couple of minutes until its thick. Then just serve with more grated parmesan and a little parsley.

posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 1:46:24 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
If you find your children won’t eat their greens or don’t like trying new foods, you might only have yourself to blame. Scientists have discovered that a child’s tendency to avoid trying new foods might be inherited. It is thought that this gene would have had an evolutionary advantage in preventing exposure to foods that would potentially be toxic.

posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 11:53:49 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 27, 2007
I was looking at Crooked Brains the other day and came across this video about how to open a bottle of wine without using a corkscrew. It involves a nail, a screwdriver and a hammer. It looks rather dangerous to me, so I don't think I will be trying it, but for more the more adventurous people out there, you might want to check it out. There is also a good video on how to get red wine stains out of clothing, very useful.

posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 4:29:51 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Microsoft has started renting its Office suite to users in South Africa. Instead of buying the software users will be able to use it on a pre-pay basis by paying $30 a month. The system is aimed at people who cannot afford to spend $700 for the software. It will be interesting to see whether this works in South Africa, as many users simply use pirated versions of the software so may not be prepared to pay for it.

posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 1:18:25 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, August 26, 2007

I went to Tesco this morning, to buy some burger rolls and despite the fact that I arrived ten minutes after they opened I was surprised to see the shelves were bare. It seems that all it takes is a little bit of sun and people go nuts, buying all the BBQ food. It wasn't just rolls there was a shortage of; there was no salad, no hot dog rolls and no feta cheese. If you were trying to buy burgers, then you had no chance at all. Next time I will have to make sure I keep some rolls in the freezer, just in case we see the sun.

posted on Sunday, August 26, 2007 12:08:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, August 25, 2007

I was reading this article about reasons why people call 999. I generally credit people with enough intelligence to realise that the number is for emergency calls. It seems, however, that people do call for the most ridiculous of reasons. The article mentions people who have called the number because they had a spider in their house. Other examples include a lady who wanted police to turn her water back on and people trying to order a taxi. Whilst, each of these people might have thought their problem was a real emergency, it makes me wonder whether these calls affected people in real need of help.

posted on Saturday, August 25, 2007 12:46:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, August 24, 2007

Trutex one of the leading makers of school uniforms has considered adding tracking devices to its clothing. They conducted a survey, the results of which showed that parents would be interested in knowing where their children were. They are now considering putting the tracking devices in blazers or the waistbands of trousers. The company currently sells around 200,000 blazers and 250,000 pairs of trousers every year. The only flaw in the plan, children will soon discover all they need to do is hide their uniform in the place they are meant to be and go off in plain clothes to enjoy themselves.

posted on Friday, August 24, 2007 10:53:10 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, August 23, 2007

I was on the Virgin Wine website the other day, checking to see when my discovery club case was going to arrive and I discovered wine auctions. Basically they have about ten cases of wine in an auction which usually lasts a couple of hours. The cases start at 99p and have no reserve. However, I haven't seen any cases actually sell for under £30. Anyway I placed a bid, not really thinking I would win and ended up with a case of Merlot, which I will review here shortly. I got the case for just over £30, so it works out to less than £3 a bottle. It looks like I have just found a new way to spend my hard earned cash.

posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007 4:21:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I can’t be the only person to notice that all the wet weather in the UK has had a massive impact on the slug population. Usually I see a few slugs but this year they are everywhere, crawling around and devouring all my plants. I was interested to read this article that suggests the slug population has in fact doubled this year. Experts estimate that there are 15 billion in Britain, that’s an awful lot of slugs, and I think a couple of hundred are in my garden. I think its time to get the beer traps out.

posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007 2:51:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback