# Monday, December 15, 2008

The lightsabre used by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars has recently sold at auction for £133,000. The prop was sold at an auction of Hollywood props and memorabilia. Other items for sale included an original section of the Death Star which sold for £13,300 and C-3PO's helmet which fetched £66,444. My husband was love a lightsabre but I think I might have to look around for something a little cheaper.

posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 2:03:15 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, December 14, 2008

This is quite unusual, its the story of how a shopkeeper fought off some robbers with little more than a cup of tea. Varsha Patel had just made a fresh cup of tea when two men wearing balaclavas and brandishing 10 inch knives burst into her store. She reacted by throwing the tea into the face of one of the potential robbers and throwing the empty mug at the other. She then picked up a bottle of whiskey to throw at them but the robbers had had enough and fled the shop. The message here is that tea can be a powerful weapon if used correctly.

posted on Sunday, December 14, 2008 1:02:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, December 13, 2008

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I found this picture of a cute duck who is recovering from a broken beak at an animal rescue centre in Essex.

posted on Saturday, December 13, 2008 12:32:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, December 12, 2008

This article suggests that almost an eighth of the customers who order cod and chips from the chip shop actually end up eating haddock without realising it. Whilst haddock is equally tasty the one big difference is the price with cod costing around £16.17 per kg and haddock £11.63 per kg. An investigation conducted by the Food Standards Agency found that haddock was substituted in place of cod at around 12 per cent of chip shops, 10 per cent of pubs and 9 per cent of restaurants and that it was more common when cod prices were high. Whilst most people would find it hard to tell the difference between the two fish especially once they have been breaded or battered it seems wrong deliberately mislead customers, if you pay for cod then you should get cod.

posted on Friday, December 12, 2008 4:28:08 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, December 11, 2008

This article suggests that older drivers are more likely to be caught by speed cameras. In fact figures show that older drivers are six times more likely to be fined for a speeding offence than they were ten tears ago and that the number of older drivers fined outnumbers young offenders by almost three times. A study which was commissioned by the Department of Transport looked at the age of offenders in two periods between 1997 and 1999 and 2003 and 2005. It found that younger motorists appear to have adapted better to speed cameras whilst the number of men aged over 60 receiving penalty points soared by 540%. In contrast, the number of drivers under 25 being caught for speeding grew by just 18 per cent in the past 10 years.

posted on Thursday, December 11, 2008 9:59:26 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, December 10, 2008

_45270434_6160e5c4-83f1-4f3a-86cb-43535b9a4085.jpg These cute little guys are Amur leopard cubs who have been born at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Smarden, Kent. The foundation support rare and endangered big cats and runs some captive breeding programs. There are only around 40 Amur leopards left in the wild and the species is facing extinction due to the burning of forests to make way for agricultural land.

posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:46:02 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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