# Friday, 21 December 2007
I read this article the other day that suggests the chicken you buy from the supermarket could actually be months old. It suggests that a lot of poultry sold in supermarkets is actually imported from places like Brazil and Thailand and can often be weeks or even months old. The article also suggests that meat in products like ready meals could have been thawed and frozen several times. I find this particularly worrying as I tend to buy meat and then freeze it to use later in the month. I am starting to wonder if I am putting my health at risk through relying on the supermarkets to provide me with food that is fresh. The Food and Farming Minister is now backing a campaign to clarify the labelling rules so that customers do not buy a product made from thawed meat that they think is fresh.

posted on Friday, 21 December 2007 17:15:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 20 December 2007
Despite my best efforts to be organised this year Christmas appears to have crept up on me. Last year I had already brought all of my Christmas presents as well as all the Christmas food long before hand. This year, however, I have been so busy with work that I am really only starting to but gifts now. Luckily most of the local shops are open late at night this week so I should have time to go out and get some last minute gifts although I can see me having to a Christmas Eve trip to Sainsbury's for the food.

posted on Thursday, 20 December 2007 14:52:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 18 December 2007
The price of a bar of chocolate will rise next year because of a rise in the cost of raw materials. Cadbury Schweppes have warned that a 5-6% rise in the cost of raw materials including milk, oil and cocoa will mean they will need to pass the cost onto their customers. Some prices are likely to rise as much as 6% with others increasing by less.

posted on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 20:31:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# 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