# Monday, 27 April 2009

As we all know clowns need giant oversized shoes clown shoes in order to be clowns. One clown, however, will have to do without his after a health and safety crackdown. Valerik Kashkin, a clown in the Moscow State Circus was performing in Liverpool’s Sefton Park last weekend when he fell and injured his foot whilst performing on a three metre high wire. When he returned to the circus he was told by the management that he was no longer allowed to wear his oversized shoes. Mr Kashkin is worried that the lack of oversized shoes will impact on his act and make it less funny. 

posted on Monday, 27 April 2009 08:03:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 26 April 2009

In an unusual incentive a Spanish property company is offering customers a free divorce lawyer when they purchase a new home. The offer is open to couples who buy one of their three bedroom houses priced at 68,000 Euros. The company Geimsa realtors are hoping to cash in on those people who are delaying divorce proceedings because they cannot afford to set up a new home in the current difficult economic climate. The same company is also offering brand new apartments for 100,000 Euros which includes an all expenses paid wedding. In other schemes around 30 estate agents in Spain are offering discounts of up to 40 per cent for buyers who are going through a divorce or separation. Some deals also include a years free mortgage.

posted on Sunday, 26 April 2009 11:16:08 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 25 April 2009


This is an interesting idea its a machine that can  print any book out for you in minutes. It has been launched by Blackwell who are hoping it will remove the need to order a hard to find or out of print book. The idea is that you will be able to browse a catalogue of available books. Select the one you want and choose print book. The machine which can print around 105 pages minute will then print and bind your chose book. The books are likely to cost about the same you would expect to pay for a regular book. It will also be possible for authors to take in a CD of their work and have a professionally printed book produced in just minutes. There are currently 400,000 books available but it is hoped that one million will be available by the summer. I  remember being at university and having to wait for copies of a book to become available or searching old bookshops in the hope to find an obscure out of print title. If this machine works as it says, then it could put an end to this, although knowing my luck the book I wanted wouldn’t be available.

posted on Saturday, 25 April 2009 10:11:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

hifi_1386110c According to this article a £16 hi-fi from Tesco has been voted the best on the market. In the online survey carried our by Reevoo the Tesco hi-fi (pictured left) beat more expensive products made by Roberts and Sony to take the gold award in the hi-fi category. The winners were chosen by half a million consumers who submitted reviews to the website about products they owned. The £16 Tesco stereo came first with the Roberts Sound MP43 which costs £186 coming second and the Sony MHC-EC78PI costing £100 taking the bronze award. For your £16 the Tesco hi-fi has a CD player and two speakers. It was praised for it good sound quality and easy to use controls. At £16 I might just get one.

posted on Saturday, 25 April 2009 10:01:34 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 24 April 2009

According to this article wine sales have plummeted as people begin to feel the effect of the recession. The article says that the amount of win brought in pubs and clubs has shrunk by 1%, that's the equivalent of around 12 million bottles. The figures from The Grocer also show that supermarkets, convenience stores and garage forecourts are also selling less wine, whilst off licenses have recorded a drop of 6% in sales value. Personally I haven't been buying less wine to drink at home but I do tend to drink less if I go out to a pub or restaurant as prices are usually overinflated.

posted on Friday, 24 April 2009 08:15:41 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 23 April 2009

St. George_thumb It's St George's Day today, a day that I feel should be national holiday. After all St Patrick's Day is a public holiday in Ireland and St Andrew's Day is a voluntary public holiday in Scotland so why should England not have a public holiday to celebrate our national day. You can sign the petition here if you agree with me.

posted on Thursday, 23 April 2009 10:05:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

In an unusual incident Two men wearing balaclavas robbed a wine shop in Surrey armed with a cheese knife. It is not clear whether the men had opened a particularly nice piece of cheese and had forgotten the wine to accompany it or whether they were simply after the money. They did, however, get away with £377 before fleeing on foot.

posted on Thursday, 23 April 2009 08:25:11 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 22 April 2009

article-1168548-045AF39D000005DC-226_233x744This is interesting its a suit made from recycled plastic bottles. It has been made by the Designers at Debenhams and costs £55. It is made entirely out of plastic bottles which were destined for landfill sites. The bottles are cleaned, their labels are removed and then they are ground down into chips which are melted down. The mixture is then refined and woven into a type of polyester. Around 50 bottles are used in each suit. The jacket costs £35 and the trousers £20. In contrast to the peacock feather wedding dress it is hoped that it might appeal to people who are seeking a bargain in the current difficult economic conditions. It is available in sizes 10-22 and can be purchased in Debenhams stores countrywide.

posted on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 09:20:32 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback


It appears that despite the credit crunch some people are still prepared to pay for luxury items. This wedding dress costs $1.5million and is made from peacock feathers. It took eight workers 40 days to sew together. Its certainly interesting but I think it might be a bit too much as a wedding dress.

posted on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 09:16:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 21 April 2009

I read an article some time ago that suggested one in every 50 pound coins is a fake. This seems a lot but new figures from the Royal Mint suggest the problem is actually much worse and that the figure is more like one in every 20. It appears the current process of finding fake coins is not very accurate and only manages to find between 30 and 40% of the fakes because it errs on the side of caution rather than risk taking real coins out of circulation. Willings a company that tests coins collected from vending machines and car parks found that when they carried out a test on 2000 pounds coins between 3 and 4% were fake. Fake coins can be identified because the lettering on the side if often indistinct or in the wrong typeface.

posted on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 08:48:39 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article honey can be used as a natural cure for hayfever. The article suggests that rather than using anti-histamines you could just have a spoonful of honey each day. People that use honey to combat hay fever usually have one spoonful every day and start taking it well before the pollen season starts. Honey contains small amounts of pollen and helps be desensitising you to the pollen in the air. Apparently it doesn’t work for everyone but it can’t hurt to try it and I do quite like honey on toast.

posted on Tuesday, 21 April 2009 08:33:30 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 20 April 2009

New research has found that if the population of grey squirrels are controlled red squirrels do return the area. The Red Squirrel Survival Trust (RSST) have found red squirrels in Cumbria, Northumberland and parts of Wales where they have been absent for more than twenty years. The return of the red squirrels in attributed to a grey squirrel control zone, in which the grey squirrels are trapped and killed in order to let the red squirrels re-colonise. Animal rights activists, however, insist that killing grey squirrels is not the answer and that red and squirrels could live side by side if a vaccine is developed against the fatal pox virus that the greys often carry. The results of the grey squirrel control zones do appear to be encouraging Dr Craig Shuttleworth SST adviser says: "Ten years ago there were fewer than 40 red squirrels on the island of Anglesey, and their prospects were bleak. However, through a strong local partnership, grey squirrels have almost completely been removed from the island, and the red squirrel population has increased to 300. Significantly they have spread from the conifer trees to the broadleaf areas – showing that reds are happy in a whole variety of habitats providing they are untroubled by greys. Anglesey has turned the grey tide." It appears from this that grey squirrels do need to be controlled in order to help the red thrive. I have also heard that squirrel tastes a bit like chicken, so perhaps they can be put to good use in local restaurants.

posted on Monday, 20 April 2009 10:38:32 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A gardener from Anglesey who has a rather a lot of snails in her garden has started turning them into food. Oriole Parker-Rhodes has been making meals out the snails that she finds in her garden and has now devised several recipes for them. She has developed her own preparation methods which include feeding them lettuce, onion and stale bread to clean out any grit in their guts. The snails are then purged fro 48 hours before being plunged into boiling water to kill them. They can then be boiled in stock or cooked with parsley or butter sauce. Whether this is a sign of the credit crunch setting in or that the creatures are actually quite tasty I’m not sure, I do have rather a lot of snails in my garden, however.

Below is her recipe for snails in wild herbs and you can find other ideas on her blog.

Using a good book, collect seasonal weeds. Wash and chop finely, then Blanch for 5 mins the wild herbs you can lay your hands on. I used the following: Water parsnip, Wild sorrel, Water cress, Nettle tips, A little ribwort plantain. Sieve , pressing out the water. Finely chopped ramsons (if in season, otherwise use onion or garlic with the blanched herbs) Add all these to melted butter. Put a snail in each hollow of a snail plate and add as much paste as possible. Bake for 20 mins. Serve with cubes of bread and salad.

posted on Monday, 20 April 2009 10:23:11 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback