# Sunday, November 18, 2007
I read this article that reports Santas in Sydney have been warned not to say Ho Ho Ho and instead say Ha Ha Ha. Apparently the traditional Santa greeting might be offensive to women because the greeting is too close to the slang term ho, used to describe prostitutes and so could be seen to be offensive. I find this completely ridiculous.

posted on Sunday, November 18, 2007 12:18:14 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
I read this interesting article about a man who has been dubbed the tree man because of the tree like growths that cover his body. The man who is now 35 has had these strange growths since they first started appearing after he cut his knee in an accident as a teenager. They have now grown to such an extent that he is unable to use his hands or carry out simple household tasks.

An American dermatology expert now claims to have identified his condition and there are hopes of a cure. He thinks it is down to something called the Human Papilloma Virus which causes small warts to develop on sufferers. In this mans case however, the problem is a rare fault in his immune system meaning his body is unable to contain the warts. Dr Gaspari believes the condition can be managed with a daily dose of a synthetic form of Vitamin A which should reduce the warts in size and allow him to use his hands.

posted on Sunday, November 18, 2007 12:16:44 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 17, 2007
I have just received my second case of wine from the Virgin Wine Discovery Club so readers can expect some new wine reviews soon. So far I have liked every wine I have been sent by Virgin Wines so I am yet to test their returns policy. Apparently if you don’t like a wine you can call them and they won’t charge you for it.

posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 1:58:48 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
A Dutch teenager has been arrested for stealing virtual furniture in Habbo Hotel, a social networking website. He is accused of stealing around 4,000 Euros worth of virtual furniture. The furniture although virtual was brought with real money. It was stolen when the accused teenager managed to access a user’s password by creating a fake Habbo website to obtain their log on details. The teenager then moved the furniture into his own hotel, effectively stealing it. A spokesman said "It is a theft because the furniture is paid for with real money. But the only way to be a thief in Habbo is to get people's usernames and passwords and then log in and take the furniture."

posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 1:52:45 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
It appears the ability to strike is not just limited to humans, in a study conducted by scientists, monkeys refused to perform tasks when they felt unfairly treated. A group of monkeys were given a task and presented with a reward for completing it. Some of the monkeys were given a better reward than others. For example one monkey would receive a piece of cucumber whilst the other might receive a grape. When the other monkeys noticed that their partners received better rewards for the same task, they refused to perform the task again and often became upset refusing to eat the cucumber and instead throwing it at the human researchers.

posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 12:27:55 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 16, 2007
I read this article about this cat that leaves the house every night and then waits at the same place every morning to be picked up. The cat called Sgt Podge disappears every night from his home and is always found the next morning in the same place around 2.4km away. He does this so often that his owners have a regular daily routine where they take their son to school and then go to pick up the cat. I think I would start locking him at night.

posted on Friday, November 16, 2007 6:38:35 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
With the latest round of page rank updates it appears this blog has suffered quite badly. A few weeks ago it had a page rank of 3 before dropping to a 2 and yesterday it dropped from a 2 to a 0. I don’t pretend to understand how Google work out page rank but the change in rank is certainly nothing to do with the amount the traffic the website generates. If anything this blog generates more traffic now, than when it was PR3.

posted on Friday, November 16, 2007 2:56:49 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
If you still haven’t managed to get your hands on a Wii and were hoping for one for Christmas you may be disappointed. Nintendo has warned that there is a chronic shortage of consoles. High street retailers have been struggling to keep up with demand of the ever popular console which has been in short supply since it was released. Websites such as wii-consoles.co.uk have even been set up to let people know when stock does become available. Without sounding too smug, I am very happy with my Wii.

posted on Friday, November 16, 2007 10:30:16 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
A new fleet of hydrogen powered buses has recently been purchased for the London transport network. The fleet will include 10 buses in a deal worth around £10m. They will come into service in 2010. The buses produce no pollution or carbon dioxide and are clean and efficient. The mayor hopes that by 2015 around 5% of all public sector fleet vehicles will be hydrogen powered.

posted on Friday, November 16, 2007 10:27:34 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, November 15, 2007
I was reading this article about some flea treatments that can be fatal to cats. The treatments are meant for dogs and contain Permethrin which can cause fatalities in felines. 97% of cats treated with the chemical showed signs of poisoning, with 88% suffering convulsions and 10.5% which died or had to put down. The chemical is found in flea treatments, fly sprays and other pesticides. It is harmless to most mammals including dogs. It is so dangerous for cats that they should not even be allowed near a dog that has been treated.

posted on Thursday, November 15, 2007 1:36:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, November 14, 2007
With four cats in the house I always seem to be cleaning up cat fur. It gets everywhere especially over the sofas and many vacuum cleaners just don’t seem to make a difference. I recently picked up a cheap Dyson vacuum because I had heard such good things about the Animal model. It is meant to be designed specifically for pet fur and although I was sceptical at first it does actually pick up a lot more fur than my old vacuum cleaner. I do still need to vacuum the house every couple of days but its nice to be fur free.

posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 2:15:01 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Further to my post about a possible shortage this Christmas it appears there could be further problems as bird flu has been discovered in Norfolk. It has been confirmed as the H5N1 virus and so far thousands of turkeys, geese and ducks have been slaughtered with a protection zone set up around the farm.

posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 2:00:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Scientists have discovered that prawns do feel pain. They discovered this by rubbing acetic acid onto the antennae of 144 of them. The prawns reacted by rubbing and grooming the affected area which is consistent to how other creatures react when they feel pain. I just feel a bit sorry for the poor prawns in the experiment; it seems a very mean way for the scientists to test the theory.

posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 1:47:19 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 13, 2007
There could be a shortage of turkeys this Christmas. The shortage has been caused by threatened strike action at turkey produces by Bernard Matthews which is due to start on the 24th of November. Turkeys are also likely to be more expensive this year with rising food costs pushing up prices meaning turkeys are now 20% more expensive to rear. This is likely to add around £5 to the cost of the average Christmas lunch. It looks like we might be having duck for Christmas dinner this year.

posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 5:53:49 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
A man in Texas who calls himself the Texas Snake Man has broken a world record by spending 45 minutes in a bathtub with 87 rattlesnakes. The snakes had not been defanged and still contained their venom. He also set another world record last year by holding 10 rattlesnakes by their tails in his mouth at the same time. He hopes to break this world record with an attempt to try it with 11. Crazy.

posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 5:39:02 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
BT has claimed its place as the UK broadband market leader. It has added double the amount of new customers that its nearest rival the Carphone Warehouse has in the last three months. BT now has over 4 million broadband customers compared to the Carphone Warhouse which now has around 2.5 million.

posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 5:37:39 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
I brought some Pollack today for the first time and was surprised at how tasty it was. I made a light batter and put it in the deep fat fryer for around 10 minutes. It turned out really well with a light crispy batter and perfectly cooked fish. The taste is similar to cod but I noticed the fish had less bones. I will definitely be buying this on a regular basis.

posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 3:17:35 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, November 12, 2007
Marks and Spencer are going to introduce a 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. The move follows a trial in Northern Ireland which led to a 66% reduction in the number of plastic bags used. It will begin with a trial in the South West of England starting from February and will include the company giving a free bag for life with each transaction for three weeks before the trial starts.

posted on Monday, November 12, 2007 5:29:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Sony is going to launch a third generation model of its PS2. The new model will be a lighter version of the current design. It will be the same size but will weigh only 720g compared to the current model which weighs 850g. The new version will also include the AC power brick. The launch appears to be part of Sony’s plan to sell 12 million PS2 consoles by March 2008. The new version will come in a choice of white, silver or black and will cost the same as the current model.


posted on Monday, November 12, 2007 4:43:43 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, November 11, 2007
A chocolate sundae served by a New York restaurant has been declared the world’s most expensive dessert with a price tag of £12,500. The dessert is infused with edible 23 carat gold and served in a gold lined goblet with a box of Knipschildt chocolate which retail at £1,300. It also includes an 18 carat gold and diamond bracelet on the goblets base which you can take home. I would think so at that price.

posted on Sunday, November 11, 2007 5:14:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback