# Tuesday, December 09, 2008

This is unusual, its a story about a doctor who performed an operation he has never done before using only text message instructions. The British doctor who was volunteering in the Congo needed to perform a complex amputation know as a forequarter amputation. The procedure involves the removal of the collar bone and shoulder blade and needed to be carried out on a boy whose arm was badly infected. Mr Nott has never performed the operation, so asked for instructions from a colleague who had. He contacted Professor Meirion Thomas, from London's Royal Marsden Hospital who sent him step by step instructions by text message. The operation was later performed successfully and the boy made a full recovery.

posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2008 9:25:15 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, December 08, 2008

banksy-pub_1124834c A run down pub in Liverpool has doubled in value due to some graffiti on the side of it. The pub was originally worth around £495,000 before the graffiti appeared. It is now worth around £1 million after the graffiti was found to be the work of Banksy, an artist who is known for his images of vermin. The estate agents overseeing the sale have been inundated with offers from buyers looking for an investment.

posted on Monday, December 08, 2008 6:48:52 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This is interesting its a project that will use "beer goggles" in schools in an effort to try and show children the adverse effects of drinking. The goggles will impair the wearers vision and show children what it is like to be intoxicated. I wonder whether the project will work as it is supposed to.

posted on Monday, December 08, 2008 5:56:13 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, December 07, 2008

Whenever I get sick I always put it down to having travelled on public transport and picked up other peoples germs. This article came as no surprise to me. It claims that a single sneeze can infect as many as 150 fellow passengers with a cold in just five minutes. Researchers looked at 1,300 workers and found that almost all of them had suffered from at least one cold last winter. The results were analysed by a cold and flu experts who also looked at how the sneeze travels. He found that a single sneeze expels 100,000 droplets into the air and that these droplets transfer themselves to handles, rails and other areas. Around 10 per cent of commuters then come into contact with this infected area which at rush hour amounts to 150 people. 99 per cent of people who travel by tube, 96 per cent of rail passengers and 98 per cent of bus passengers were found to have caught a cold last winter. In contrast only 58 per cent of those of worked from home caught a cold. The advice is to 'think of others before you sneeze without a tissue, otherwise in just five minutes you may have infected other commuters and won't be the only one feeling poorly.'

posted on Sunday, December 07, 2008 1:06:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, December 06, 2008

According to this article Mischief could be the world's oldest cat. At a grand age of 27 human years that makes him around 125 in cats years. There are records of a 29 year old cat which has since died but there is currently no record holder in the UK for the oldest cat. Mr Thorne, Mischief's owner got him as a kitten in 1981. 27 years later he is now an indoor cat and despite losing clumps of his fur is still going strong. The oldest cat ever was Creme Puff, who was born on August 3, 1967 and lived until August 6, 2005 an amazing 38 years and three days.

posted on Saturday, December 06, 2008 1:43:32 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, December 05, 2008

This article suggests that the average cost of a wedding has doubled over the past decade and now costs around £21,000. I wonder whether its just a case of people not shopping around when they are planning their wedding. When I got married two years ago I spend a total of £9880.81 on our wedding which I considered to be quite a lot of money. For that, however, I got a lovely ceremony in my local church in Egham followed by a stunning reception for 120 people at Royal Holloway University as well as an evening buffet for an extra 50 people.

My dress cost just under £600 including the veil and tiara and the bridesmaids dress was around half that. I definitely didn't cut corners but was aware that our total budget of £10,000 could not be exceeded. We had a little help with my parents paying for the photographer and we made all of our table decorations and favours to save a bit of cash. The only thing we couldn't afford was a honeymoon so we came up with the idea of asking our guests to contribute towards this and as a result had a nice relaxing break in the sun without having to worry about the cost. I found that the £10,000 budget went further than expected and our wedding day was certainly not lacking in any way in fact it was pretty much perfect, a little careful budgeting and research can go a long way in planning a wedding, and I don't think it needs to cost £21,000.

posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 12:40:10 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, December 04, 2008

A street cleaner in Lincoln could find that he is considerably richer if he can solve an unusual puzzle. The cleaner came across a bag full of cut up bank notes when he was going about his daily cleaning. He handed it into police but after six months the notes have remained unclaimed and as there is no evidence that they have been stolen the cleaner is allowed to keep them. The only catch is that for the notes to be worth anything he first has to stick them all back together. It is estimated that there are £10,000 worth of notes in the bag so this is one puzzle that is really worth solving.

posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 10:26:31 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, December 03, 2008

This is interesting its a sat nav collar for dogs. The sat nav device in integrated into a waterproof collar. It uses satellite, telecom and radio frequencies to pin point the location of the dog and then alerts the owner once the animal is on the move. The collar can also send a text message if the dog goes beyond a pre programmed range. Whilst at home the collar can be switched off to save the battery life but it can still send an alert if the dog wanders out of range. The collars which  are made by a company called Retrieva will be available in January and start at £250. I wonder whether they will make a version for cats.

posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 3:20:32 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, December 02, 2008

The government has come up with a new scheme that it hopes will stop people taking advantage of the sick note system. Sick notes have been in place for around 60 years, however, what started as a scheme designed to protect vulnerable people has effectively turned into a means for some people to be consigned to long term unemployment. Under the new scheme instead of receiving a sick note saying that they cannot work a patient will instead receive a note detailing what work they can do and well as what they are unable to do. The idea is that the it will make it easier for people who have been sick to return to the workplace and encourage people to stay in work. The scheme will be introduced in 2010 and it is hoped that it will encourage doctors and employers to work together to help people with a disability to stay in employment. Its an interesting idea and I can see that is is aimed at benefiting those with genuine disabilities. I wonder whether it will go any way towards cutting down on those people who use the sick note culture as an excuse not to work.

posted on Tuesday, December 02, 2008 9:08:34 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback