# Friday, 19 December 2008

article-1095345-02D1EDBE000005DC-423_468x315_popup This huge crab was caught by fishermen in Norway and was put on sale at a fish merchant in Swansea Market. At 3ft by 1ft and weighing in at 3kg, the crab which is as big as a table would cost you £75. I'm not entirely sue what you would do with all that crab meat, but this is one seriously large crab.

posted on Friday, 19 December 2008 10:04:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 18 December 2008

I got an invitation to download the beta version of Playstation Home a few weeks ago and after a good 45 minutes I had managed to install it. I was then prompted to install some further updates which the Playstation apparently requires in order to run Playstation Home. After around an hour of installation time I prepared myself to enter the virtual world and explore. First I created my avatar which despite my best efforts didn't look much like me but I did my best with the limited range of hair and features available. On entering the virtual world I then found myself in my virtual apartment and spent a few minutes looking around to see what I could do. I quickly found out that there there was not a great deal to do here. I could move the furniture around so spent some pointless time moving all my furniture out of the apartment onto the balcony before getting bored. Then I tried to throw myself off the balcony and found that I couldn't. Having exhausted all the possibilities of the virtual apartment I decided I would go outside and look around, so I approached the door expecting to be able to walk straight through. The system then promoted me to install the next section so that I could move on. I spent another 15 minutes in my apartment moving all my furniture back into the apartment and trying to stack it in the centre of room whilst I was waiting for the installation to finish.

Then I eventually stepped out into the virtual world. Once there I found that was not an awful lot I could do here either. I spent some time exploring before trying my hand at a game of draughts against another player in the square. After beating him soundly I looked around for more amusement. I found there was a bowling alley which always seemed to be full so I was unable to try this, a cinema where you could watch movie trailers and a shopping centre where there were lots of shops but with nothing to buy. All of these sections also require further downloads to access them. I tried some of the games in the arcade and played a rather poor game of pool whilst trying to avoid the other male players who seem to cluster around the female avatars like flies. After spending a couple hours in the virtual world the majority of which was spent downloading new sections of the world I took my avatar back to the apartment and went back to the considerably more interesting real world. In some ways I can see where Playstation are trying to go with Home, but it could certainly use a little more excitement.

posted on Thursday, 18 December 2008 14:07:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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