# Friday, July 04, 2008

A Japanese company has teamed up with the American aerospace firm Rocketplane to offer the first "space weddings". The voyages will start in 2011 and the weddings will take place 100km above the earth. They cost £1.1 million so are not cheap. For that you can invite two guests and a priest. The cost includes a four day training period, a wedding dress and a party at the spaceport. It also includes a live broadcast so that family and friends can watch the ceremony.

posted on Friday, July 04, 2008 10:12:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

A vaccine that could cure cat allergies is undergoing clinical trials. The research suggests that after the vaccine can make patients can develop a tolerance to cat allergens such as fur after just four treatments. The article doesn't say whether the effects of the vaccine are permanent or if it needs to be taken as an ongoing treatment. Perhaps this will be clearer after the clinical trials.

posted on Friday, July 04, 2008 9:55:30 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 03, 2008

According to this article the demand for used fuel efficient cars is up as people in the US try to cut their fuel costs. Apparently prices of used hybrids and fuel efficient small cars have risen considerably within the last six months with cars that were cheaper last year no selling at a premium. The most fuel efficient vehicle currently on the market is the 2007 Toyota Prius hybrid and because Toyota have capped production of the 2008 model you would expect to pay 9% more or an extra for one of these. I wonder whether we will see something similar happening in the UK. I have been considering upgrading my very old G Reg (1990) Fiesta but when I realised just how many miles it does on one tank of fuel I thought I would hang onto it for a bit longer. 

posted on Thursday, July 03, 2008 11:08:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 02, 2008

This is quite interesting, its a revolving skyscraper. It has been created by an Italian architect who wanted to create what he calls dynamic towers. In the towers each of the floors can fully rotate up to once an hours. The rotating floors will be made from prefabricated apartments that spin around a concrete floor and owners who buy an entire floor will be able to activate the rotation with voice commands to change their view. The towers will also generate enough electricity to power themselves and other nearby buildings because they will be fitted with solar panels and wind turbines. Two of the buildings will be built in Dubai and Moscow by the end of 2010. It all sounds very interesting except that the architect has never built a skyscraper before. I wonder whether it will work.

posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2008 12:14:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Insects really like to bite me and every time they do I seem to suffers quite bad reactions. I don't know when they got to me this time but today I have at least three insect bites on my thigh. The combination of the three bites has meant that my entire upper leg has swollen to about twice its normal size, and it really is painful and itchy but also numb in places. In fact I think this might be my worst insect bite so far, it looks so hideous that I'm not going to post a picture this time but if you check out the last time I got bitten and imagine this but much redder and four times as big, then you are nearly there. Needless to say I am in a really bad mood today.

posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2008 3:43:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, June 30, 2008

I came across this story some time ago about a man who had decided to put his life up for sale. Ian Usher decided to sell his house and its contents his car, his job and his friends in an ebay auction. The auction ended last week and the winning bidder paid £192,000 for their new life. Mr Usher was disappointed that he did not get as much for his life as he expected but he went ahead with the sale and will spend the money travelling.

posted on Monday, June 30, 2008 1:56:28 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, June 29, 2008

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I tried this Jungle conditioner from Lush this weekend. Its a solid conditioner that contains cocoa butter, bananas, ylang ylang oil and sandalwood oil. You are meant to rub it along your hair and then rinse it out and according to the lush website the comb will then "slide through your former tangles like a hot knife through butter". Not if you have thick hair like mine it won't. It left my hair a mass of tangles and there was no way a comb was going to go through it, so in the end I had to put a double helping of another conditioner through it. I won't be buying this again. Another Lush product which is better suited for people with thin hair.

posted on Sunday, June 29, 2008 4:04:24 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, June 28, 2008



I came across this picture again the other day. I believe I may have posted it before a long time ago, but it always makes me laugh. Its very typical cat behaviour to investigate everything even if it is much bigger and more scary themselves.
posted on Saturday, June 28, 2008 12:55:31 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 27, 2008

I had a very unproductive weekend last week because I have been revisiting some of my old computer games that I have never got around to completing. The main reason for doing this is because I am feeling a little poor at the moment so rather than spending money on new movies or box office films I thought I would make use of what I have already. That said, my husband is obviously not feeling poor because another box arrived today with a Playstation 3 inside. I'm not sure where he managed to find it because its one of the 60GB versions which will also play Playstation 2 games (yes I have already tried it, even though I am meant to be working). I expect there will soon be more details on Rory's blog shortly as well as a more technical view of my new laptop. I see another unproductive weekend ahead.

posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 4:09:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I never knew there was such an event as the World Nettle Eating Championships but according to this article it does exist. The event is held in Dorset and competitors come from all over the world to eat as many nettles as they can. The competitors have one hour to eat the nettles and the winner is the person who eats the most. This years winner was Paul Collins who managed to eat 64 feet of nettles but he fell just short of his record of 76 feet and hopes to beat this next year.

posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 2:15:19 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If you like are are married and live in England or Wales, then you might be interested to know that you have just become a minority. That's according to this article which states that most over 16s are now single, divorced or widowed. The figures from the Office for National Statistics also show that in 2006 there were 236,980 weddings in England and Wales. That might seem like a lot but its the lowest number since 1895.

posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 2:04:17 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I hate injections and unfortunately have a history of passing out when I have had to have one. A new patch, however, could offer a vaccine without the need for a injection. The patch has been developed by the University of Queensland and tests on animals have shown it can be even more effective than a normal vaccination. It is the size of a 5p piece and contains thousands of tiny projections coated in the vaccine on the underside. Once applied to the skin these projections push through the outer layer of skin. The nanopatches need a fraction of the dose that would be needed for an conventional needle vaccination. They could also be safer, because they would avoid incidents of needle prick and cross contamination. They are also potentially cheaper to produce. All this sounds great, but for me the best part is that there are no needles involved, unfortunately they are not likely to available any time soon.

posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 1:47:40 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback