# Wednesday, 17 December 2008

This article suggests that the average Briton spends more than three and half years of their lives suffering from colds and flu. That amounts to an average of three colds a year and around three weeks a year off sick. Over the course of an average adult lifetime this amounts to an surprising three years, five months and 15 days suffering from a cold or flu. I guess I must be one of the lucky ones, I can't remember the last time I got sick.

posted on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 16:23:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 16 December 2008

A pub landlord who lived all his life in the same pub has had his ashes buried at the bar. Jack Woodward was born in the Boat Inn near Towcester in 1924 and lived there all his life until he died aged 83. In his will he said that he wanted the bar to be his final resting place. His remains now lie under a flagstone with a plaque reading "Stand here and have a drink on me. Jack 1924 – 2008."

posted on Tuesday, 16 December 2008 11:03:50 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 15 December 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, 15 December 2008 14:03:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 14 December 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, 14 December 2008 13:02:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 13 December 2008


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, 13 December 2008 12:32:18 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 12 December 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, 12 December 2008 16:28:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 11 December 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, 11 December 2008 09:59:26 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 10 December 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, 10 December 2008 21:46:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback