# Monday, 17 December 2007
We went to a Christmas party in London this weekend at The Landmark Hotel and decided we would stay in the hotel rather than try and make it back. We stayed in one of the executive rooms and were quite impressed with it.

The room was larger than I expected and included a two seat sofa and armchairs with a coffee table and king sized bed.

The bathroom also included a bath and walk in shower as well as two wash basins and a generous sized closet complete with bathrobes.

The meal we had at the Christmas party was really quite good, as was the wine and champagne. The only thing that I thought could be improved on was the breakfast the next morning. We had opted for the buffet style breakfast which included the usual selection of bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit, yogurts etc. Whilst adequate I thought it a little overpriced at nearly £30 a head. We also ordered some toast which took some time to arrive as the person who took the order forgot about us, not quite the service I expect from a five star hotel. In all though our stay was enjoyable, and I would definitely use this hotel again in the future although not too often at a cost of over £500 for the room.
posted on Monday, 17 December 2007 16:38:34 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Sunday, 16 December 2007

I took this picture of Oscar the other day relaxing with his toy.

posted on Sunday, 16 December 2007 23:11:03 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback
# Saturday, 15 December 2007
I read this article about some scientists who have created mice with no fear of cats. The scientists from The Tokyo University developed the mice by shutting down receptors in their brain that process information about smells. Usually the receptors would induce panic when a mouse smells a cat but with them shut down the mouse loses its fear. That’s all very well but I thought mice were meant to be scared of cats. The cat used in this experiment shows no interest in eating the mouse but my cats would hunt it whether it showed fear or not.

posted on Saturday, 15 December 2007 12:57:45 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 14 December 2007
Scientists in South Korea have cloned a cat that glows. The cat glows red when exposed to ultraviolet rays. Three Turkish Angora cats were born in January through cloning with a gene that produces a red fluorescent protein that makes them glow in the dark. Although one died at birth the other two survived. It is thought they could be used to develop cures for human diseases. That’s all very good but how cool is a glowing cat?

posted on Friday, 14 December 2007 19:45:48 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 13 December 2007
A few weeks ago my main bank account was compromised causing me quite a few problems. I am now pleased to report that I have a new working debit card again and that all the fraudulent transactions have now been refunded.

posted on Thursday, 13 December 2007 15:15:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 12 December 2007
I started reading the Wheel of Time series a few months ago after a friend lent me the first book. I loved the first one so being a quick reader I immediately brought the rest of the series. Unfortunately, though the author Robert Jordan died in September after battling a rare blood disease called amyloidosis without completing the twelfth and final book. His wife and editor has now chosen writer Brandon Sanderson to complete the series. He will work from draft notes left by Jordan as well as working closely with the editor. Whilst I am still only on book number five it will be interesting to see the outcome.

posted on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 20:49:27 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 10 December 2007
Nintendo are likely to hold back its adverts for the Wii console until the New Year due to the fact that it can’t keep up with demand. Nintendo have said that holding back adverts until 2008 would be a “responsible move”. They are likely to use the existing advertising slots to advertise the DS console instead. On our shopping trip at the weekend I noticed that there seems to be a shortage not only of the Wii console but also of other leading consoles such as the PS3 which also seems to be selling out very quickly despite the price.

posted on Monday, 10 December 2007 22:19:04 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 09 December 2007
If you don’t know what to buy for Christmas and have a lot of spare cash you might want to treat your loved ones to this really expensive cocktail. With a price tag of £35,000 for just one glass it is the world’s most expensive cocktail. The cocktail consists of a large measure of Louis XII cognac, half a bottle of Cristal Rose champagne, some brown sugar, angostura bitters and a few flakes of 24-carat edible gold leaf. If you fancy trying it you can purchase it at The Movida nightclub in London.

posted on Sunday, 09 December 2007 19:32:01 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
An investigation has found that some major high street stores have been selling real fur labelled as acrylic. One mystery shopper brought a coat from TK Maxx which has a no fur policy. It was later found that the coat had a real fur collar trim. The RSPCA has urged shoppers to double check any items that have a fur trim. As a guide if skin or leather can be seen between the hairs at the base when they are pulled apart, the fur is real. If a weave, or material, can be seen at the base, then it is fake.

posted on Sunday, 09 December 2007 19:14:28 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback