# Friday, 03 October 2008

This article suggests that sitting still increases hunger. US researchers carried out a study where they monitored the appetite of a group of people who were asked to be active or inactive for day at a time. On the days when they were inactive the people were more hungry. Whilst the results are preliminary the study suggests that exercise decreases appetite whilst sitting still boosts it. I'm not sure how much truth there is in this but I defiantly eat more if I am bored and have nothing to occupy me.

posted on Friday, 03 October 2008 09:04:22 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Every one that flies into Britain will be offered a free cup of tea and a biscuit under a new plan. The man behind the idea is Mark Price the managing director of Waitrose. He plans to offer tea and biscuits at Terminal 5 for a trial period. He will offer 5,000 cups of tea a day to travellers in the arrival hall. The only sticking point appears to be what type of biscuit they should offer.

posted on Friday, 03 October 2008 09:02:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 02 October 2008

article-1061528-02C67C3000000578-284_224x350 This device has been invented by Japanese inventors. Its basically a large human airbag that is designed to be used by elderly people. The vest contains sensors that detect whether the wearer is about to fall. Within 0.1 seconds of the sensors being triggered two airbags will inflate to the size of three footballs providing a soft padding for the back of the head and bottom. The device does have some drawbacks it only protects the wearer if they fall backwards, not forwards and at £700 it is a little expensive. It does also seem a little impractical to wear when carrying out day to day activities.

posted on Thursday, 02 October 2008 12:30:19 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 01 October 2008

With my husband working hard on important project at work I find myself spending more and time at home alone with my four cats. Generally I have quite a few TV shows that I like to watch but when there is nothing else on I like to treat the cats to a nature documentary. Whilst this might make me sound like a crazy cat lady I do quite like nature documentaries. Not as much as my cats, though. They especially like documentaries about birds and watch every moment intently with their ears flicking constantly. They also make hunting noises at the TV when they see certain types of birds, usually songbirds which I guess they are familiar with seeing in the garden. Rather confusing, however, is that my cat Oliver has recently started making hunting noises when he sees Alan Titchmarch of the TV, why I don't know, but for some reason my cat wants to hunt him.

posted on Wednesday, 01 October 2008 13:32:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Tuesday, 30 September 2008

article-1059766-02C087BD00000578-98_233x358 This blue lobster was caught near the Isle of Man. He is unusual because only one in every two million has is blue. The unusual colouring is caused by a genetic defect that causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of protein. This particular lobster has been deemed too interesting to eat. The fishermen are now looking for a suitable home for him.

posted on Tuesday, 30 September 2008 11:49:27 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 29 September 2008

According to this article people in who live in Egham receive a more junk emails than anywhere else in the country. On average people in Egham receive 189 junk emails every day compared to 167 in Alton and 116 in Petersfield. What the article fails to explain is why Egham appears to be the spam capital of Britain. Living in Egham myself, I certainly receive much more than 189 spam emails every day, my total is closer to a thousand.

posted on Monday, 29 September 2008 10:15:50 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 28 September 2008

Collins will drop some little used words from the next edition of its paper dictionary according to this article. The compilers of the dictionary have decided that some words are are rarely used and are rather obscure will need to be dropped from the next edition of the its dictionary in order to make room for modern additions. The list includes 24 words that Collins are proposing should be dropped. There is hope however, if you feel they are wrong. If evidence of their popularity emerges before February some of the words could be saved. Some of the words and their definations are listed below. So if you feel strongly about any of the following words you might want to start using them a little more.

Abstergent Cleansing or scouring
Agrestic Rural; rustic; unpolished; uncouth
Apodeictic Unquestionably true by virtue of demonstration
Caducity Perishableness; senility
Caliginosity Dimness; darkness
Compossible Possible in coexistence with something else
Embrangle To confuse or entangle
Exuviate To shed (a skin or similar outer covering)
Fatidical Prophetic
Fubsy Short and stout; squat
Griseous Streaked or mixed with grey; somewhat grey
Malison A curse
Mansuetude Gentleness or mildness
Muliebrity The condition of being a woman
Niddering Cowardly
Nitid Bright; glistening
Olid Foul-smelling
Oppugnant Combative, antagonistic or contrary
Periapt A charm or amulet
Recrement Waste matter; refuse; dross
Roborant Tending to fortify or increase strength
Skirr A whirring or grating sound, as of the wings of birds in flight
Vaticinate To foretell; prophesy
Vilipend To treat or regard with contempt

posted on Sunday, 28 September 2008 12:36:24 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 27 September 2008

article-1057589-02B442D800000578-751_468x344 This is interesting, its a firm that allows companies to produce pictures of their advertising in space. What the company called JP Aerospace does, is launch a billboard into space that contains the advertisers logo and message and then take pictures of it. They use specially constructed balloons to send the billboard 20 miles into the air. Then they take hundreds of pictures of it and return it to Earth by parachute. The result is something like the picture on the left.

posted on Saturday, 27 September 2008 13:15:41 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 26 September 2008

I have mentioned screaming frogs on my blog before when my cats have caught them. For those who are unfamiliar with them, frogs tend to let out a high pitched scream when cornered by a curious cat. Today Oliver caught a frog and brought it back through the cat flap where he decided to deposit it in his food bowl. I'm guessing he was then about to eat his latest victim. What actually happened was I heard the now familiar high pitched scream of a cornered frog and found that I had a very large frog hopping around my dining room with four cats in pursuit. This frog was lucky I got to him whilst he was still alive and he is now safely back in the pond.

posted on Friday, 26 September 2008 10:58:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
We have several phone lines at home, a home line and a business line so perhaps that’s why I seem to spend most of my time trying to get rid of increasingly pushy sales people. I have registered all of our phone lines with the telephone preferences society and although it has reduced the volume slightly it only works if the company subscribes to their lists. Recently I have started asking any companies that call me to add my number to their do not call list. If I receive any silent calls I use a reverse phone tracer to track down who is calling so I can have my number taken off of their list. I also do not pick up any phone calls that withhold their number or show up as an international number as 95% of these are sales calls. Slowly the volume of sales calls I receive is reducing, but I would be interested to know if anyone has managed successfully stopped all calls from telemarketers.

posted on Friday, 26 September 2008 10:54:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback