# Tuesday, July 15, 2008

This article suggests that children now spend so little time outdoors that they are unable to identify most of Britain's common wildlife. Apparently one in three cannot identify a magpie whilst half couldn't tell the difference between a bee and a wasp. However in contrast nine out of ten could identify the Daleks from Doctor Who. You can take the survey here. I got them all right.

posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 1:45:22 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Whenever a new box arrives in our house it is never long before it has a cat in it so I am always very careful to check whether there is anything inside before getting rid of boxes. However, if you don't have cats you it might not occur to you to double check. One lady in Germany managed to mail her neighbours cat 500 miles across Germany after the curious kitty crept into a box she was about to post.  The box was sent from Rottach-Egern in Bavaria to Dorsten and it was only when the box arrived at its destination that the cat was discovered and freed.

posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 1:33:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 14, 2008

I have lost count of the number of times that I have walked out of the supermarket only to set off all the alarms. This is usually followed by having to stand outside the store, unpacking all of your carefully packed shopping whilst the security guard looks for the offending item. To be fair, 95% of the the times this has happened I have been buying alcohol which I would expect to be tagged. However, on a recent shop, during which I purchased a number of low value groceries I was baffled as to what could have triggered the store alarm. It was, however, my rather ordinary looking lamb joint. It appears that supermarkets have now started to put security tags on meat. This article highlights one Sainsbury's store in Eastbourne which now tags all its chickens because they have been experiencing a rise in people shoplifting them. Whilst I am not against supermarkets putting these electronic tags on items, if they are going to start putting them on everyday items, I would appreciate it if they removed them when customers do actually pay for their shopping.

posted on Monday, July 14, 2008 2:55:40 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
I’m not really a great fan of garden ornaments, especially gnomes which I really hate.  This is quite good though, it’s a crawling zombie garden sculpture. Cool.

posted on Monday, July 14, 2008 1:53:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Sunday, July 13, 2008



With the sun out for the first time in several days the cats are busy are hunting everything that moves. Despite the fact that they stay in the garden there are still plenty of small defenceless creatures that are worth chasing. The birds are just out of reach but nether less are worth watching from a cleverly concealed hiding place such as the one above. Other creatures also make tasty snacks, with butterflies being a firm favourite, followed by dragonflies, frogs, newts, beetles, worms and even bees and wasps. It really is amazing that there is any wild life left in our garden.

posted on Sunday, July 13, 2008 3:16:55 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 11, 2008

Slug__365784a This interesting looking slug has been found in a gardens in Cardiff and Caerphilly. It is thought to be a new species but is similar to slugs found in Turkey and Georgia. The difference with this slug is that it is carnivorous and eats mainly worms. It also lives underground and only comes out to hunt at night.

posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 3:07:48 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A lady has passed her driving test after 27 years of tuition. Teresa Clarke started learning to drive in 1981. Since then she has spent £15,000 on 450 hours of tuition with 20 different driving instructors and has failed 12 tests. She eventually passed after taking a two week intensive course. I thought my husband had been learning to drive for a long time, so far he has been learning for 10 years. Perhaps this article will make him try a little harder.

posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 2:22:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A Japanese chef appears to have decided that sushi just isn't exciting enough simply as food and has used it to make art. The results are quite impressive.






posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 10:28:57 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 10, 2008

The artists who decided to try painting in zero gravity managed to produce several pictures. British painter Nasser Azam managed to complete six pictures whilst on the flight. He also managed to complete the journey without getting sick. You can the video here. I must say the pictures are rather abstract but then what do I know? I'm no art critic.

posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008 12:37:21 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

KFC is often jokingly referred to as "Can't find the Chicken" well in this case the name could be justified. KFC Canada has introduced a vegan alternative that contains no chicken. Known as unchicken it is soy based and it is completely meat free. It is currently only available in a handful of outlets but it will be interesting to see if it becomes more widespread.

posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008 12:24:12 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback

A patient has undergone a knee operation without any anaesthetic and using self hypnosis as her only pain relief. Bernadine Coady insisted that she would rather use self hypnosis than drug to numb the pain during a one hour knee operation. It obviously worked because the operation was a success and surprisingly this is the third time she has used this technique. Personally I would rather have the drugs.

posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008 12:19:55 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 09, 2008

In an experiment to find out whether octopuses have a preferred arm out of the eight they use scientists have given them a Rubik's Cube. 25 octopuses have all been given one of the toys and the scientists will record their behaviour to see whether the creatures use a specific limb to pick up the toy. I have never managed to solve a Rubik's Cube, I wonder how long it will the octopuses to figure it out.

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posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 1:20:59 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Five artists are going to fly 23,000 feet into the air to create art inspired by the feeling of weightlessness. The flight will take place a specially modified plane which will take a series of climbs and dives allowing the team of artists to experience bursts of zero gravity whilst creating a work of art. It will be interesting to see what the end results are.

posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 10:55:45 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This article suggests that metal earrings and tooth filling could cause chronic back pain. Apparently the body reacts when it is pierced by pieces of metal and the nervous system tries to remove the offending object leading to the skin surrounding them becoming uncomfortable. This seems to be a fairly new theory but it is becoming more widely believed amongst professional chiropractors.  Personally I'm not convinced about the fact that jewellery can cause back pain but I have read other articles in the past that suggest people have been cured after having their metal fillings removed.

posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 10:46:43 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Sometimes I come across something really strange, well how about bacon chocolate chip cookies? I found the recipe on this blog and they look truly awful (this is no reflection on the authors cooking or pictures, rather the bacon and chocolate combination itself). I'm not sure whether I am brave enough to try the recipe myself but apparently they are delicious.

posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 4:54:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback

This article suggests that smaller dogs are more likely to be aggressive than bigger ones. A study on animal behaviour published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science found that smaller dogs were more likely to show aggressive behaviour. Dachshunds topped the list followed by the Chihuahua and the Jack Russell Terrier with a large dog the Akita only making number four in the list. I guess what the smaller dogs lack in size they make up for in attitude.

posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 4:45:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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If you believe this article then we could all live on floating cities in the future. That's according to an architect who believes that floating cites could be the answer to rising sea levels. In theory each city could house 50,000 inhabitants in a self sustainable home which would have a lake at its centre. It would also have artificial marinas and mountains and would be powered by wind turbines and solar power. The architect has not yet estimated a cost for his design but believes it could be a solution to provide housing for refugees from islands that have been overtaken by the sea. It all looks very interesting, a bit like a massive lily pad.

posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 1:55:40 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 07, 2008

I am used to checking my email and finding an inbox full of spam but it really only occurred to me how many I actually receive when I didn't read my email for a day at the weekend. I was shocked to find that in just that one day I had over 2,000 spam messages. The majority of them had been sent to junk mail folder but I still find I have to wade through in case my spam filter has been overzealous and picked up messages that I do want to read. My main problem at the moment appears to be undeliverable emails that are being returned to my inbox because my email address is listed as the sender. Obviously I didn't send the emails in the first place but because my email address has been entered as the sender by some unscrupulous spammer I get the pleasure of an inbox full of spam. What I would really like to do is track these people down and kill them.

posted on Monday, July 07, 2008 2:19:06 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article it is going to be a good year for mosquitoes and midges. Apparently the mild winter and the wet spring have provided the ideal breeding conditions for the little critters. I have nearly recovered from my insect bites that I got last week but it looks like there could be many more to come this summer. I hate midges.

posted on Monday, July 07, 2008 12:10:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback