# Saturday, 02 May 2009

If this article is correct then a cure for blindness could be developed within the next six years. According to the article a simple 45 minute operation which involves injecting new cells into the back of the eye could be the answer. The surgery is being developed by researchers at the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London to tackle the most common cause of blindness age related macular degeneration (AMD) which affects around 500,000 in the UK. The treatment involves growing human embryonic stem cells in a lab. These cells are able to turn into different types of cells and so can be used to create small patches identical to the damaged cells in the eyes of AMD sufferers. The cells are injected into the back of the eye where they replace these damaged cells are restore sight. The treatment has already been tested successfully on rats and pigs and human trials are due to begin within two years.

posted on Saturday, 02 May 2009 09:56:35 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 01 May 2009

According to this article being fat is bad for the environment and can actually contribute towards global warming. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that overweight people are more responsible for carbon emissions than their thinner counterparts because they consume more food and fuel. The study identified an increase demand for livestock production and a higher dependency upon cars  as the main causes of global warming. This led them to the assumption that overweight people are more likely to consume more meat and as they find it harder to move around easily also more likely to use cars rather than walk, thus contributing to global warming more than a thinner person. The researchers also estimated that a lean population of one billion would emit 1,000million tonnes less carbon dioxide per year than a ‘fat’ nation of the same size. What do you think, is being fat a cause of global warming?

posted on Friday, 01 May 2009 12:43:52 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Since I heard that the government was introducing a scrappage scheme to encourage people to trade in their old cars for a newer model I have watching with interest. My car has now reached the 20 year old mark and its a miracle every year when it gets through the MOT. I would happily trade my car in a for a newer one, the only thing that is really stopping me is that I simply cannot afford to get a new car. I was hoping that the government scheme might give me an extra little bit of help to be able to purchase something a little newer, perhaps a car that is only five years old rather than twenty. It appears, however, that the scheme only allows you purchase a car that is less than a year old. I have been looking around at the prices of new cars and even if I were to purchase one with finance it is simply too expensive. I don’t want a particularly big car perhaps a Ford Fiesta or similar but prices of these start at around £12,295. It looks as though my car will be on the road for some time yet whilst I continue saving for a newer one.

posted on Friday, 01 May 2009 08:21:58 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 30 April 2009

This in interesting its an initiative by Boris Johnson that will use spare plots of land in London to grow vegetables. Under the scheme not only spare plots of land but also other spaces such as roof tops and open areas around some of London’s famous landmarks could be used to grow vegetables. Some possible candidates are plots of land around the Tower of London, Marble Arch and the roof of the Hayward gallery. Boris will lead the way by planning some runner beans in a plot of land near City Hall and hopes that landowners will be encouraged to lend any spare plots to the campaign. The National Trust’s Grow Your Own Campaign will consider all plots of land including derelict building sites and supermarkets car parks and the trust itself has already pledged 1,000 plots of land from its own holdings. In addition to this Network Rail and British Waterway have also promised land.

posted on Thursday, 30 April 2009 09:38:23 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This is interesting, its an new airline due to launch in the US which will cater exclusively for pets. The airline named Pet Airways claims to be the first designed specifically for the transportation of pets. All the animals will travel in the main cabin and owners are not allowed on board. The airline aims to make air travel much less stressful for pets and offers an alternative to conventional airlines where pets are treated as baggage and have to travel in the cargo area. The seats inside the plane have been removed to make way for pet carriers. Pets or pawsengers as they have been dubbed can be booked in online and then checked in at the Pet lounge at the airport. Pet attendants give the animals a toilet break before take off and monitor them throughout the flight promising that they will never be left alone. The airline has scheduled its first flight for cats and dogs for 14 July and will serve five US cities - New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.

posted on Thursday, 30 April 2009 08:36:41 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 29 April 2009

article-0-049EDFC4000005DC-436_634x395 This is probably one of the most unusual hotel rooms I have come across. It is made to look like a crashed airliner and is situated in the jungle in Costa Rica (pictured left). Whilst it looks like a plane in fact the inside is every bit as nice as a luxury hotel room and it is being marketed as the most exclusive hotel suite in Costa Rica.

article-0-049EE1E6000005DC-939_634x420The two bedroom suite is inside the fuselage of a 1965 Boeing 727. It includes two  wood panelled bedrooms (pictured right), a kitchenette, dining room (pictured below), living area and two bathrooms. It also has the advantage of offering spectacular views of the jungle from the balcony on the planes right wing. Apparently it is the perfect height to observe wildlife such as sloths, toucans and monkeys.


It certainly an interesting idea. If you fancy staying there it costs between £200 and £250 per night.

posted on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 09:43:12 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 28 April 2009

This is slightly unusual, its the story of a woman in Detroit who escaped being shot after a bullet bounced off her bra. The woman was in her house when burglars targeted the house next door. When she looked out of the window to see what was happening a shot was fired. The bullet went through her window and hit her but in a lucky escape it was deflected off the wiring in her bra, Although she did sustain some injuries the bra slowed the bullet down and probably saved her life. The local police sergeant said "We need to get some bulletproof vests made from that. It is some strong wire."

posted on Tuesday, 28 April 2009 11:14:50 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article Ryanair are considering charging a fat tax for overweight passengers. The idea comes as a result of a competition on the companies website that gave customers the chance to win free flights by coming up with ideas to save the company money. Around 100,000 passengers took part in the competition and around 30,000 of those voted for a fee for overweight passengers. As a result Ryanair is now seriously considering implemented the idea. Other ideas included a charge for toilet paper with Mr O’Leary’s face on it and the option to pay to use a smoking cubicle. It is not clear whether either of these ideas will be implemented.

posted on Tuesday, 28 April 2009 08:14:38 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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