# Sunday, 19 April 2009

article-1170134-04765645000005DC-988_224x469 If you have a bit of spare cash then you might be interested in this swimsuit. At £2,000 its not cheap but it is hand embroidered with 5,000 Swarovski crystals in various shades of ruby, sapphire, emerald and gold. If you want one you can get it at Selfridges but they are expecting a lot of interest in the product, so there is likely to be a waiting list.

posted on Sunday, 19 April 2009 11:31:08 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 18 April 2009

I read this article with some amazement. It looks at the story of a fifteen year old girl who became addicted to using sunbeds. So much so, that she began using them twice a day spending all her pocket money on topping up her tan. Several years later her skin began flaking off, she has developed scarring caused by too much exposure and she is on chemotherapy to treat a rash triggered by sunbed use. In addition to this her chances of getting skin cancer have soared. A couple of things worry me here, the first is that the girl seemed oblivious to the dangers of sunbed exposure and the second is that the girl’s mother appeared to have no knowledge of what her daughter was doing. Both seemed equally surprised that sunbed exposure could lead to a lasting skin condition but in some ways this girl appears to have got off lightly. The article highlights other cases where sunbed use has resulted in the user developing skin cancer in the form of a malignant melanoma, although once again these girls were lucky that the cancer was caught quickly and had not spread. I have difficulty understanding why someone would want to risk developing a lasting skin condition or possibly even cancer for the sake of a tan. Personally I try to limit my exposure to sun and am quite happy with a pasty white complexion, I would rather that, than the alternative. What do you think is getting a tan worth the risk?

posted on Saturday, 18 April 2009 11:28:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 17 April 2009

article-1169637-046D7913000005DC-54_233x423 If this article is to be believed then this could be Britain’s first vegetarian cat. According to his owner Dante will only eat fruit and vegetables ignoring plates of meat or fish. It is not clear why he refuses to eat meat and experts are baffled as cats are natural carnivores and so are unlikely to exclude meat from their diet. In fact cats need to eat meat because it is a source of taurine which is essential to their diet. Without it the cats retina will degenerate and it can become blind. Dante’s owner has started to sneak scraps of meat into his food so that he gets a more balanced diet but it appears this cat just loves his veg.

posted on Friday, 17 April 2009 09:17:53 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 16 April 2009

catdoor1-medium This is interesting its a Tweeting cat door (pictured left) that has been made by a programmer to track his cats. The cats each have a RFID tag attached to their collars. When they go near the cat door the RFID reader reads the tag and if the cat is authorised a servo unlocks the cat door. Each time there is a cat door event a Twitter message is sent as well as a picture of the cat that has activated the flap. You can check out the updates at the following link.

posted on Thursday, 16 April 2009 09:11:04 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Scientists have warned that the Arctic could be ice free within a decade. The prediction is based upon Nasa figures which show an increase in winter sea ice of just 5.85 million square miles, the fifth lowest on record. Studies also show that the ice is thinner than ever and that the volume of ice is probably the lowest it has ever been. All of these things mean that the sea ice is less likely to survive the summer and that the Arctic Ocean could be free of ice as early as 2013, although it is more likely to happen between 2020 and 2040. Based on this it appears that change is coming to the Arctic much earlier than expected  which is not only bad news for the polar bears and humans that rely on the ice for hunting but also for weather patterns around the world which are likely to be triggered by atmospheric changes.

posted on Wednesday, 15 April 2009 09:21:57 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 14 April 2009

This article suggests that more families have returned to batch cooking in order to try and save money. By batch cooking it means cooking meals such as casseroles, soups or pies that can feed the family throughout the week. The results are based on a survey that found more people are now buying ingredients in bulk and using them to create meals that will go just a little bit further. Supermarkets have also reported that sales of bulk items like large bag of potatoes and mince have gone up. In addition to this sales of freezer bags have also increased. I certainly find that cooking large batches of food makes the shopping budget stretch a little further. I tend to make three or four quiches out of minimal ingredients and freeze the extra ones for another day. Things like shepherds pie and lasagne also work quite well and can easily stretch to three meals. I also tend to add a little more pasta to an evening meal which then creates a lunch for the next day. All of this means we have a smaller grocery bill and also less waste. Have the current economic conditions changed how shop or do you have any money saving tips?

posted on Tuesday, 14 April 2009 10:53:47 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 13 April 2009

According to this article some of the leading fast food chains are going to start displaying the calorie content of their food. Eighteen companies have signed up to a government scheme which is designed to help people make healthy choice when they eat out. The companies taking part include KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway and Pret A Manger. They will start displaying information either in menus or on boards by the end of this month. It an interesting idea, although I think most people are aware that this type of food has a very high calorie content and will probably still choose to eat it. A few examples from this article show a typical meal from some the leading chains and the calorie content (below).

Pizza Hut Mediterranean Meat Deluxe Cheesy Bites Pizza: 4,392 kcal
Harvester Ultimate BBQ Stack Burger: 2,130 kcal
Burger King limited offer Double Texican Whopper burger: 1,239
Wimpy jacket potato with grated cheese: 973 kcal
KFC Tower Zinger Burger: 668 kcal
Pret A Manger cheddar, roast tomatoes and pickle bloomer: 668 kcal

Bearing in mind that the recommended daily intake for men is 2,500 calories and for women it is 2,000 calories some of the food on offer contains double the amount you should consume in a day. I still take the view, however, that most people are unlikely to eat take away food every day. Personally I indulge in take away food around once a fortnight but am fully aware that it is bad for me, I do however, eat quite healthy meals on a daily basis so I think I can afford to pig out once in a while.

posted on Monday, 13 April 2009 11:41:58 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 12 April 2009

This is interesting, its an idea from Bristol City Council to raise their own herd of cattle to provide beef for schools and restaurants. The council intends to buy 200 acres of parkland next to the M32 which they will use to graze a herd of beef cattle. The council’s “British Beef” project will then supply meat to local schools under the healthy schools meals programme. It seems like quite a good idea and I’m all for sourcing produce from the local area, the plan has met with some resistance, however, from local vegetarian groups.

posted on Sunday, 12 April 2009 15:55:57 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

article-1167975-04514DAD000005DC-632_224x423 With people suffering during the credit crunch some firms are coming up with cut price products. This article highlights a bikini that that costs just 99p. It is made by the budget chain the 99p Store who say it can help you to create the Cheryl Cole look. To complete the look you can also get a cowboy hat, aviator sunglasses and flipflops, all for under a fiver.

posted on Sunday, 12 April 2009 15:52:44 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback