# Wednesday, 21 November 2007
If you can’t remember where you parked your car, this new parking idea could help. Due to be introduced at Heathrow it allows customers to see where their car is located when they insert their parking ticket into a machine. The machine then displays a 3D map showing you where to find your vehicle in the car park. The system will be installed at Terminal 5 when it opens in March and looks like it could be really useful. Personally I can never remember where I have parked when I do the shopping, let alone trying to find the car, when I come back from holiday.

posted on Wednesday, 21 November 2007 12:20:45 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Recently I have started getting a little irritated by the amount of Facebook applications that seem to be around. It seems every time I log into Facebook there are another 5 to 10 new requests for applications that are just not very useful. It seems I am not the only person to be annoyed by this. I read this article today called Facebook Applications, The New Spam Part 2 written by Kevin Palmer. It is as the title suggests the second instalment looking at Facebook applications and highlighting just how pointless some of them are. It is well worth a read. What Facebook application do you find most irritating or pointless and why?

posted on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 13:12:28 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 19 November 2007
This is an interesting concept but so simple it make me wonder why all pizza places don’t already do it. Papa John’s restaurants in the US have started taking pizza orders by text. You first have to register online to create an account; you can then set up several favourite orders that you can text in, anytime you are feeling a bit peckish. I wonder whether this will take off in the UK.

posted on Monday, 19 November 2007 19:21:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
A police officer got a surprise when he heard a noise in the engine of his police car and it turned out be a kitten. The kitten was discovered last Tuesday inside the vehicle at Crymych police station in Pembrokeshire. It is thought it may have climbed inside some time on Monday when the police car was in Fishguard town. Police are now looking for the kittens owner.

posted on Monday, 19 November 2007 16:15:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 18 November 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, 18 November 2007 12:18:14 (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, 18 November 2007 12:16:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 17 November 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, 17 November 2007 13:58:48 (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, 17 November 2007 13:52:45 (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, 17 November 2007 12:27:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 16 November 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, 16 November 2007 18:38:35 (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, 16 November 2007 14:56:49 (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, 16 November 2007 10:30:16 (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, 16 November 2007 10:27:34 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 15 November 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, 15 November 2007 13:36:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 14 November 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, 14 November 2007 14:15:01 (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, 14 November 2007 14:00:42 (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, 14 November 2007 13:47:19 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback