# Sunday, July 20, 2008

According to this article drinking two cups of tea a day can halve your risk of dementia. It is thought that chemicals in the tea called flavonoids help protect the brain although researchers do not yet know why tea protects against damage. Other studies have shown that tea can also help prevent the development of cancerous tumours and prevent against heart disease and stroke as well as strengthening teeth. All very good news, I drink lots of tea.

posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 5:42:45 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

The transport secretary Ruth Kelly has set out plans for pay as you go lanes on motorways. Under the scheme motorists would pay around £5 a time to use the lanes which would allow them to bypass motorway jams. On some motorways widening schemes would be put in place to create an extra lane but others would make use of the existing hard shoulder. Whilst the idea is interesting I'm not entirely sure using the hard shoulder is a good idea. Personally I thought that it was kept clear to allow breakdown and rescue services to quickly reach an accident, and to give motorists somewhere to stop if in trouble. A few years back I had a problem with my car when driving in the fast lane of the motorway. My car suddenly lost all power and I had to pull across all three lanes of traffic onto the hard shoulder where the car ground to a halt. Needless to say I was shaken but very relieved that the motorway was not busy and that there was somewhere for me to stop. I wonder what would have happened if that option was not available.

posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 5:38:21 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, July 19, 2008

Northumberland FA is introducing barriers at its junior football games after problems with over zealous parents. The barriers are designed to put a distance between the spectators and the action with the aim being to stop attacks on referees and reduce pressure on the young players. As someone whose father was the manager of a youth team for nearly ten years I don't find these measures surprisingly. Unfortunately the parents, and that's mothers as well as fathers often take the game much too seriously. I can remember several incidents where parents of opposing sides nearly came to blows and many more when they took their frustrations out of the referee. Our referees were always volunteers and after a while we ran out of people who would offer to do the job, often having to rely on one the parents themselves so that the game could go ahead. Much more common were situations were young boys ended up in tears because of abusive comments from parents who really should know better. Perhaps banning abusive parents from the games altogether might have more effect. What do you think? Have you come across bad behaviour at junior football games?

posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008 11:52:27 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 18, 2008

Ben Walton from Hampshire must really like ironing because he has started an attempt break a world record by ironing for 60 hours. The current record stands at 55 hours and 5 minutes. Ben is allowed a 5 minute break every hour during the attempt. It is estimated that he will iron about 1,000 garments. He will be giving any money he raises to the Winchester Royal County Hospital to help pay for an incubator.

posted on Friday, July 18, 2008 12:32:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A German football club is offering fans the chance to be buried in an area near its arena. Hamburger SV has opened a 500 plot cemetery near its Nordbank arena and is offering fans the chance to be buried in the cemetery in the club's colours. The graves are on a football pitch lawn accessed by a goal shaped entrance. The scheme is open to all fans and costs £80,000. They offer burial contracts of around £2,000 payable over 25 years and you can also buy a HSV coffin for £1,850 or and an urn for £200. The idea came about after the club received numerous requests from fans who wanted to have their ashes strewn on the pitch. A number of English clubs have also had similar requests, so watch this space you could soon buried at your favourite football club.

posted on Friday, July 18, 2008 8:57:58 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 17, 2008
I found this Dear Dad letter on this site and has to steal it because it made me laugh.



A father passing by his son's bedroom, was astonished to see the bed
was nicely made, and that everything was picked up and tidy.
Then, he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed,

'Dad.'

With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read the
letter, with trembling hands.

Dear Dad,

It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing to you. I had to
elope with my new girlfriend, because I wanted to avoid a scene with
Mum and you.

I've been finding real passion with Stacy, and she is so nice, but I
knew you would not approve of her, because of all her piercings',
tattoos, her tight Motorcycle clothes, and because she is so much
older than I am.

But it's not only the passion, Dad. She's pregnant.
Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods, and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children.

Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't, really
hurt anyone. We'll be growing it for ourselves, and trading it with
the other people in the commune, for all the cocaine and
ecstasy we want.

In the meantime, we'll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS, so
Stacy can get better. She sure deserves it!

Don't worry Dad, I'm 15, and I know how to take care of myself.
Someday, I'm sure we'll be back to visit, so you can get to know
your many grandchildren.

Love, your son, Joshua.

P.S. Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at Jason's house.
I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in
life than the School report that's on the kitchen table.

posted on Thursday, July 17, 2008 6:19:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

With costs of conventional fertiliser rising, farmers are turning to a new way to fertilise their crops. Many have now started using human waste in the form of treated human sewage. Water companies are no longer allowed to dump this into the sea but appear to have a ready market in supplying farmers. In fact Severn Trent Water have said they are struggling to keep up with demand. Human fertiliser costs farmers around a fifth of the price of the more expensive alternative but does have the disadvantage of being more smelly. However, farmer Jonathan Barrett says the smell can be reduced once it is incorporated into the soil and turned regularly. He also said it is best to take into account the wind direction when using it. Human sewage is currently allowed to be used on grassland and crops but not on salads, fruit and root crops.

posted on Thursday, July 17, 2008 9:36:42 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If you have trouble finding a sofa that matches your living room you might want to look at a bespoke option. Sofa specialist John Alan Designs can produce a sofa to match the size, colour and style of your room. They have a catalogue of different fabrics to choose from but can also use fabrics you already have. They can also use wood to match your current furnishings. Its an interesting idea but at a cost of £2,000 per sofa, a little out of my price range. Maybe one day if I win the lottery.

posted on Thursday, July 17, 2008 9:06:23 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 16, 2008

It still amazes me how many people continue to use their mobile phone whilst driving and I wonder whether they are aware that if they get caught they could end up with points on their driving license. Under new rules drivers could also face two years in jail if they kill someone whilst using their mobile phone at the wheel. Those who read or send text messages whilst driving are also likely to get between four and seven years in jail. I wonder whether this will have an effect on people who routinely do this, I'm guessing for most the message won't get through until they actually kill someone.

posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 12:51:01 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

_44833087_koala_afp226b A koala survived after being hit by a car and dragged several miles before getting stuck in the cars front grill. He was late found with his head stuck in the grill and was taken to a wildlife hospital in Queensland. He was not found to have any serious injuries and has been named Lucky.

posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 12:28:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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