# Monday, October 27, 2008

It appears people really will steal anything these days. This story comes from Jamaica where police are investigating the theft of hundreds of tons of sand from a popular beach. In July around 500 truck loads of sand were removed from outside a planned resort at Coral Spring beach. There are suspects, particularly people within the tourism sector, as a good beach is seen as a valuable asset to hotels on the island but no arrests have made since July leading to criticism of the police. The theft of the sand has meant that the plans for the resort have now been put on hold because the most important feature, the white sand beach has now disappeared. It must be fairly hard to hide thousands of tons of sand, I'm guessing it won't long before it shows up on a new beach somewhere.

posted on Monday, October 27, 2008 11:23:10 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, October 26, 2008

This is interesting, it suggests that a herd of 200 cows produces as much greenhouse gas as driving a family car 3,000 miles. Dr Andy Thorpe of Portsmouth University said that 200 cows expel as much methane annually as the equivalent carbon dioxide emissions of a car burning 21,400 litres of petrol. He also says that whilst CO2 emissions have increased by 31% in the past 250 year, methane emissions have increased by 149%. Apparently methane has a greater warming effect than CO2 and also has a longer lifetime in the atmosphere as well as being responsible for a fifth of global warming since 1750. Around 55 to 70 per cent of methane comes from the farming of animals such as cows, sheep and goats which produce methane as they digest food. It makes me wonder what are the methane emissions of the human population? I suppose we could eat less meat and more vegetables but would that mean that we produce more methane?

posted on Sunday, October 26, 2008 9:41:07 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, October 25, 2008

A government think tank has come up with a "five a day" program designed to help people stay sane. The Mental Capital and Wellbeing report was compiled by Foresight. They believe that a small increase in levels of wellbeing can produce a large decrease in mental health problems. It suggests amongst other things connecting with others, being active, taking notice of your surrounding, learning and giving to neighbours and the community. The five steps from the article are listed below but can they really keep you sane?

Connect
Developing relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours will enrich your life and bring you support

Be active
Sports, hobbies such as gardening or dancing, or just a daily stroll will make you feel good and maintain mobility and fitness

Be curious
Noting the beauty of everyday moments as well as the unusual and reflecting on them helps you to appreciate what matters to you

Learn
Fixing a bike, learning an instrument, cooking – the challenge and satisfaction brings fun and confidence

Give
Helping friends and strangers links your happiness to a wider community and is very rewarding

posted on Saturday, October 25, 2008 12:33:59 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, October 24, 2008

Snake Massage This is rather strange its a snake massage. Basically the snakes are placed onto the persons skin and as they crawl around they produce a massage sensation. Smaller snakes are used for delicate areas such as the face and larger snakes for other parts of the body. The snakes are all none venomous. If you fancy it prices start as £30. If you don't fancy a snake massage you can also get a rodent style message where mice and rats are placed on your feet. 

posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 5:06:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, October 23, 2008
L2000_lrg I discovered Lush some time ago and ever since have gradually been working my way through their catalogue. The good thing about their products is that they contain only natural ingredients and so far I have not found anything I am allergic to, a minor miracle with my sensitive skin. I started off with their bath ballistics which are rather good and a few months back switched to their hair products.  I tend to alternate between their liquid shampoos and conditioners and the solid shampoo bars with my favourite combination being Big and Retread. Big is a large pot of shampoo that contains salt crystals and which goes all frothy when it hits the water and Retread a conditioner containing amongst other things soya milk and melon. The combination of the two leaves me with sleek almost manageable hair which smells lovely. Whilst the products are a little more expensive than normal shampoo, they have one big advantage for me. I have suffered for several years from an itchy flaky scalp that is usually irritated by stress. Ever since switching to these shampoos and conditioners I have had no problems at all. My scalp has completely cleared up and I can  only assume that it is the chemicals in other shampoos that caused the problem in the first place. For me its worth paying a bit extra just to be free of the problem, and these products are also much nicer than conventional shampoo. I have noticed the pots have started to go down very quickly recently and my husband has noticeably healthier hair but he won't admit to stealing my shampoo, I suppose I can let him use it as long as he stays away from my bath bombs.
posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 9:22:32 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I get sick a lot less now that I don't have to commute on the tube everyday. Before that I was ill at least every few weeks and tended to have a constant cold all winter as I got another one each time the previous cold came to an end. I also suffered from frequent sickness bugs. I had assumed that all the illnesses were caused by being packed into a train with lots of people who were coughing or sneezing. It appears, however, that there are more bugs about than I originally suspected. This article suggests that one in four commuters has bacteria from faeces on their hands. It is based on a study carried out by scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They swabbed 409 people at bus and train stations in five major cities in England and Wales and found that many people do not wash their hands properly after using the toilet.  People who used the bus had dirtier hands than those using the train and manual workers were found to have cleaner hands than other professionals. The further north they went the more dirty hands they found with men in Newcastle being the worst offenders.

posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 8:50:09 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, October 21, 2008

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I came across this article about a stuntman who recently set the world record for the longest bicycle passage on a wire without a safety net. To set the record he cycled 235 feet along a wire suspended 135 feet above the street. Nik Wallenda performed the stunt in Newark and even managed to make a phone call on his cell phone half way through. This man is crazy I can't even cycle in a straight line on the ground.

posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:24:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Squirrel-385_415202a It appears that some red squirrels are starting to develop an immunity to a virus which threatens to wipe out the population. Britain's native red squirrels are now only found in on the Isle of Wight and Brownsea Island. They have been under threat from a killer virus which was introduced by the non native but much more common grey squirrels. Recently eight red squirrels have been found that had an immunity to the squirrelpox virus which threatens the species. The red squirrels that were found with the immunity had died from other causes but were clear of the squirrelpox disease raising hopes that red squirrels have now developed a natural immunity.

posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 2:49:09 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, October 20, 2008

Police have issued a warning to home owners in Surrey after a number of incidents where thieves have used cat flaps to steal valuables. In one incident a suspect was arrested after he went around the back of a house in Betchworth and reached through the cat flap to try and steal valuables. Police have advised home owners not to leave any valuables within easy access of cap flaps and to make sure they are adequately secured.

posted on Monday, October 20, 2008 12:06:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback