# Thursday, 24 April 2008

_44596757_green226People living near a river in Oxfordshire were rather surprised to find that it was a rather bright shade of green today. The Environment agency were called to Grove Brook near Wantage to find it was fluorescent green. It is thought that the colour was caused by a dye that is used to trace the flow of water through drainage systems, but it is not known how the dye got into the river. The dye, however is not toxic and should disperse by the end of the day. I wonder if it turns the fish green as well.

posted on Thursday, 24 April 2008 14:51:41 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article we are likely to see fewer butterflies around this year because of last years wet summer. 2007 was the worst year for butterflies for more than a quarter of a century with numbers at a record low. This was mainly because butterflies do not fly in the rain and therefore they cannot reach plant nectar to feed or fly to breed. The charity Butterfly Conservation is hoping that we have a long hot summer this year so that numbers can recover. Unfortunately I think my cats are to blame for the lack of butterflies in my garden.

posted on Thursday, 24 April 2008 14:42:59 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 23 April 2008

St. George It's St George's Day today, a day that I feel should be national holiday. After all St Patrick's Day is a public holiday in Ireland and St Andrew's Day is a voluntary public holiday in Scotland so why should England not have a public holiday to celebrate our national day. You can sign the petition here if you agree with me.

posted on Wednesday, 23 April 2008 16:36:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

ncup117 This is an interesting idea, a mug that stirs the liquid inside it without a spoon. It has a ceramic ball on the bottom of the mug. When you swirl the cup the ball turns and stirs the liquid inside. The cup is called Ceramic For Mix and its inventors who have so far made a number of prototypes are currently looking for a manufacturer for the product.

posted on Wednesday, 23 April 2008 14:20:05 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If you want a dog but don't have the space, then you might be interested in this rent a dog service. The service offers canine companions for rent at the cost of £279 for four days a month. It's an interesting idea but I think it would be hard to establish a relationship with a dog that you only see a few times a month. It has, also been criticised by the RSPCA who say that moving a dog from owner to owner makes the dog stressed and unhappy. Judging by the comments left at the bottom of the article the majority of people agree with this view.

posted on Wednesday, 23 April 2008 14:05:33 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 22 April 2008

pic3.highlight I came across this article the other day about a rather odd hobby called extreme ironing. Extreme ironing according to the website is "the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt" Examples of extreme ironing include ironing on the sea bed, ironing whilst bog snorkelling (left) and even David Blaine-style ironing. It all looks very exciting, you can check out some more examples in the gallery here.

posted on Tuesday, 22 April 2008 15:46:30 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 21 April 2008

nbus600 This is what happened when a learner bus driver went under a low bridge. The top deck of the bus was ripped off and left in the road making it an open top bus. No one was injured in the accident but the road was sealed off for an hour whilst a recovery firm took the bus away.

posted on Monday, 21 April 2008 15:41:31 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

croc2SPLASH1704_468x312Police in Texas were a little surprised when they came across this motorist with an alligator in the back of his car. The driver had found the alligator by the side of the road and decided to put it into his car. Reptile experts were called in to release the alligator into a wildlife reserve. The driver of the car was charged with illegal possession of an alligator.

posted on Monday, 21 April 2008 15:17:53 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

DSCN1003 I tried a butterfly ball bath bomb from Lush the other day and whilst its not one of favourites it is still quite nice. It turns the bath a rather nice shade of pink and includes little sparkling butterflies (pictured left). At £1.95 its quite good value too.

posted on Monday, 21 April 2008 14:59:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 20 April 2008

wineI was in Sainsbury's the other day and came across a rather disturbing sight (pictured left). Wine in plastic bottles, it just doesn't seem right somehow, wine is supposed to come in a glass bottle with a proper cork. Whilst I appreciate it is probably packaged in this way to cut costs, it has the look of fruit juice and comes across as somewhat cheap and nasty. This is only my first impression, as I haven't actually tried the wine, if I can bring myself to purchase a bottle (or should I say carton) of this wine, then I will review here later.

posted on Sunday, 20 April 2008 14:11:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Saturday, 19 April 2008
A drugs raid went a little wrong for some policemen in Greater Manchester. They had it all planned, they would surprise the gang at 6.30 in the morning. Armed with sledgehammers a dozen policeman smashed the window of the terrace house and piled through to catch the criminals. Unfortunately all they found was school dinner lady, Kathleen Oldham who was sitting in her dressing down drinking a cup of tea. The embarrassed police said “sorry, love, wrong house” and left. Miss Oldham was later given a bouquet of flowers and workmen were sent to repair her front window.

posted on Saturday, 19 April 2008 12:03:50 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 18 April 2008
A Russian man who had been out drinking failed to notice that he had a knife embedded in his back. Mr Lyalin had gone out after work and had been drinking large amounts of vodka. On waking up the following morning he made his way home, had a snack and went to bed to sleep off his hangover. It was only later that his wife noticed a knife handle sticking out of his back and called an ambulance. The knife had gone through soft tissue without piecing any organs and the man now feels fine. It later emerged that his drinking partner has stabbed him when they had an argument. Mr Lyalin holds no grudges he is quoted as saying "We were drinking and what doesn't happen when you're drunk?".

posted on Friday, 18 April 2008 19:24:19 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
A rather obscure story here about a man who has been dubbed the “mole man” because of his tunnelling habit. William Little spent 40 years digging a network of tunnels underneath his house before he was evicted in 2006. His excavation was so extensive that it has almost caused his house to collapse and he has now been ordered to pay £300,000 in costs to stabilise the structure.

posted on Friday, 18 April 2008 17:14:53 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Apparently the latest fashion trend is for really high heels and when I say really high I mean at least 5 or 6 inches. This article charts one reporters day as she tests out a nice looking pair 6 inch stilettos. Although she loves the shoes she ends with the conclusion that they are definitely not comfortable and not at all practical. I think I would have trouble walking in most of the pairs highlighted in the article, but they are nice shoes and I must admit I am tempted; after all you can never have too many pairs of shoes.

The shoes pictured below have a 5 inch heel.

posted on Friday, 18 April 2008 17:09:36 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 17 April 2008
Pearson the company that owns Penguin will soon start releasing e-book versions of all Penguin, Dorling Kindersley and Travel titles. The e-books will be available from September of this year and will also include Penguin’s back catalogue of over 5,000 titles. The electronic books will cost the same of the printed equivalent which I think is a mistake. Personally I prefer to have a printed copy of a book that I can carry around in my bag to read on the train of when I get a spare five minutes. Probably the only thing that would entice me to purchase an electronic version would be if it cost significantly less than the printed copy, and even then I would probably stick with a real book. Still, it’s a good idea and I can see it would appeal to a lot of people, but not me.

posted on Thursday, 17 April 2008 14:45:11 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
76 years of driving without having an accident is a pretty impressive record. After all that time I guess if you are going to have one it might as well be memorable. Jack Higgs managed to cause £60,000 worth of damage when he lost control of his Fiesta outside a Porsche showroom despite not having an accident for 76 years. Two Porsches were written off in the accident. Jack was found hanging upside down by his seatbelt in the overturned car and luckily was unharmed. Not surprisingly he has now decided to give up driving.

posted on Thursday, 17 April 2008 13:59:17 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback