# Friday, April 04, 2008
Pink wine seems to be the thing to drink at the moment with annual sales increasing by 30%. The rise is thought be fuelled by women who appear to prefer rosè to other wine. Sales of rosè reached record highs in Britain in February with £453 million sales and they now make up 10% of the British still wine market. I must admit I do quite like a chilled glass of rosè in the summer.

posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 2:56:44 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
It appears that as British children are getting fatter new rules are needed to protect seaside donkeys. Under the rules children who weigh more than eight stone will be banned from enjoying a donkey ride because the extra weight causes the donkey’s undue stress. The new rules also state that a donkey can only work six days a week and must have a full day’s rest as well as a break of at least an hour at lunchtime or early in the evening. It seems donkeys are very well looked after.

posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 2:44:29 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
It appears we could soon have suffer mobile phones on the plane as the communication regular Ofcom has given British aircraft the go ahead to install systems that will allow passengers to make calls and send texts. Whilst I can see this might be good news for business customers who need to make important calls, I can see it could also be very irritating for other passengers. We have all travelled on the train with the passenger from hell who feels the need to call friend after friend, gradually working their way through their entire list of contacts, simply because they can’t sit in silence for 5 minutes. These people don’t seem to realise how irritating they can be, the one consolation is that train journeys are usually rather short. Can you imagine the same situation on a 12 hour flight? I think this decision could lead to more cases of air rage as passengers start to revolt.

posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 12:26:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, April 03, 2008
According to this article a good night’s sleep can help you stay slim. A study found that people who slept for less than six hours a night or more than nine hours a night put on more weight than those who slept for seven or eight hours a night. Apparently the amount of sleep a person gets can affect their weight because it affects hormone levels especially those involved in appetite. I need more sleep.

posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 1:16:58 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
There was a time when there was a huge stigma attached to being a pregnant bride. Obviously things have changed greatly and it is no longer frowned upon to have children before getting married. I can’t help thinking, however, that this bridal shop dedicated to pregnant brides is a sad sign of the times. The shop called Expectant Bride offers personal consultations to women who are planning to marry before they give birth. The bridal gowns are made to fit over the stomach and give a flattering shape as well as having room for last minute alterations. The owner has already helped around 150 pregnant brides.

posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 1:08:54 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, April 02, 2008
It’s that time of year again and the frogs have arrived in the pond. I found this clump of frogspawn this morning. I’m hoping we might get some tadpoles this year. Unfortunately last year’s frogspawn which arrived a bit earlier on the 7th March was damaged by frost and died so let’s hope we see a better outcome this time.

posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 9:19:19 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
A survey suggests that being out of mobile phone contact can be as stressful as moving house or breaking up with a partner for one in every five users. Running out of battery or not having enough credit also cause stress for mobile phone users. Apparently men are more affected by losing mobile phone contact than woman. The survey found that 48% of women and 58% of men admitted to feelings of anxiety and more then 20% of people questioned said they never switched off their mobiles. 9% of users said having their phone switched off made them feel anxious. The Post Office has published a guide to reducing these symptoms of stress. It recommends leaving loved ones an alternative contact number and making a back up list of your contacts in case your phone is stolen.

posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 3:32:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Gmail Custom Time is the innovative new application that allows you to send email to the past. It’s just a shame it’s actually just an April Fools joke. Still, it looks quite convincing and I quite like the fact that it only allows you to send email back until April 2004, that’s the day Gmail was launched. The testimonials are quite amusing as well with one saying "I just got two tickets to Radiohead by being the 'first' to respond to a co-worker's 'first-come, first-serve' email. Someone else had already won them, but I told everyone to check their inboxes again. Everyone sort of knows I used Custom Time on this one, but I'm denying it." I wonder how many other April Fools jokes I have missed today.

posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 4:15:44 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
I have been looking for a self cleaning litter tray for my cats for some time as it would make leaving the cats overnight much easier. Unfortunately it appears most models are currently only available in the states. My search did lead me to this rather humorous article, however where a cat owner gives his view of a self cleaning litter box called the Cat Genie. Amongst his comments are the following:

“Cat Genie takes the small unpleasantness of daily cleaning the litter and it saves it up and releases that unpleasantness as one big unscheduled, unpleasant inconvenience every week or two.”

“You will become more familiar with your cat's feces (sic) every day as the cat genie gently fills your home with the aroma of baking excrement.”

“Actually, the real reason for the high cost of the device is to cover the costs of all the customer support that they must provide and to cover the costs of all of the returned units.”

“The stench is really outstanding. It's hard to describe. I'm a doctor, and I've rarely ever smelled anything so bad.”

and “To say something positive, the customer support line is manned by kind, well-meaning kids who really do feel badly that you're having a hard time with your mechanical poo soup maker.”

The review certainly makes an entertaining read. If anyone has found a self cleaning litter tray that works and is available in the UK please feel free to comment.

posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 4:04:39 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, March 31, 2008
If you are happily married and live in Britain then you could be in the minority. Recent statistics from The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have found that nearly half of all British marriages end in divorce. In fact 45% of all marriages end in divorce before a couple’s 50th anniversary and half of these splits occur before couples reach 10 years of marriage. The statistics have also found that less people are getting married with 2006 having the least number of weddings for 110 years.

posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 1:06:16 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, March 30, 2008
We met up with some friends last night for a beer tasting evening at Brouge at The Old Goat in Fulwell near Twickenham. It was certainly a slightly different evening. The staff at the pub started by telling us a little bit about some of the beers and we then got to sample some. Apparently they serve over 60 different beers and by the end of evening it felt like we had tried all of them, although in reality I think we had sampled just over a quarter of the beers on offer. We had a honey beer, an apple beer, cherry beer and even champagne beer. They were not all too my taste but I did find a particularly nice ale called De Koninck which I really liked. The food at the restaurant was a mix of burgers, sausages and sea food. It was nice and quite reasonably priced but nothing special. I do recommend going here for the beer though.



Picture showing just some the many beers.




Me with a large glass of beer.






posted on Sunday, March 30, 2008 3:59:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, March 29, 2008
I read this interesting article that suggests you can make quite a difference to the environment just by paying your bills online. The article is based upon a study done in the US and claims that if just one household stopped receiving paper statements and instead paid their bills online it would save 24 square feet of forest every year. This calculation was based on the fact that an average US household receives 19 bills or statements from credit card companies and banks per month and makes seven payments by paper per month. Apparently if just 10% of US households gave up paper bills, it would save 75,469,808 pounds of paper, that’s about 905,638 trees. It would also avoid producing 1.96 million pounds of greenhouse gases which is the equivalent of taking 162,861 cars off the road.

posted on Saturday, March 29, 2008 10:36:55 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, March 28, 2008
Personally if I won the lottery the first thing I would do is give up work, or at least pay people to run my businesses for me. One man who won the lottery, however, missed his job at McDonalds’s so much that despite quitting, he asked to go back. Despite the fact that he is £1.3 million richer after his lottery win Luke Pittard still gets up every morning and goes to his £5.85 per hour job where he spends his time flipping burgers. Surprisingly he earns more money in interest on his winnings per week than he does from his job. He must really love his work.

posted on Friday, March 28, 2008 10:45:15 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback