# Wednesday, May 20, 2009

If you are looking for a bargain then you might want to check the Penny Bazaar promotion which starts today at M&S to celebrate their 125th birthday. The promotion runs from today for three days and during that time they are offering a range of products at only a penny each. The promotion runs in store only and customers can choose up to five products each. Every penny donated will go to the M&S 125 charity challenge which aims to raise £125 million for charities between May and September.

posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 1:51:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This is an interesting idea, its a computer that could make it impossible for drivers to exceed the speed limit. It works by pinpointing the vehicles location by satellite and accessing a database detailing the roads speeds limit to determine how fast the vehicle should be travelling. The device then limits the cars speed to prevent it going any faster than the speed limit. If the vehicle should leave a 40pmh zone and drive into a 30mph zone the device is able to compensate for this and will gradually slow the car down until it is within the speed limit. The device will be trialled in the summer by TFL when a fleet of cars, buses and black cabs will be fitted with it. TFL believe that it could potentially cut accidents by around 10 per cent. It will be interesting to see how the trial goes.

posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 1:11:33 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

article-1181224-04E8DA32000005DC-513_634x467_popup This fox cub had to be rescued by the RSPCA after he got his head stuck in a glass jar. The cub had licked the contents from the glass jar but then found he could not get his head out again. He was found in a garden in Ilford and animal officers were called who removed the jar from his head. After being sprayed with water to cool him down, he was released apparently none the worse for his adventure.

posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 9:51:31 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, May 19, 2009

According to this article it is a particularly good year for dandelions. The combination of lots of rain followed by sunny days seems to have created the ideal growing conditions for the weed.  My garden definitely backs up the theory. As quickly as I dig the plants out, more seems to take their place. I am starting to wonder whether I should just leave them there and try to use them for something. Apparently they are quite nice in salads.

posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 11:49:57 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, May 18, 2009

We all know that the office fridge can house many dubious items which often sit around way past their use by date. One office block in California had a fridge that smelt so bad it caused a chemical alert. Hundreds of staff were evacuated from the office block after foul smells caused many staff to vomit. Emergency staff including 18 fire engines and ambulances were dispatched to deal with the incident. When they got there, however, they found that the fumes were coming from a fridge on the second floor. The door had been opened by a cleaning lady who had started to clean up the left over food. As the smell had spread and mixed with the vapours from cleaning fluids it had gradually moved throughout the building making the workers sick. The lady cleaning the fridge was suffering from a nasal allergy and could smell nothing. In all 325 employees were evacuated with 28 needing medical attention.

posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 9:15:27 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, May 17, 2009

article-1180737-04E3DFA9000005DC-54_468x363 This is interesting its the world’s smallest car. It has been constructed by a Perry Watkins who made it out of a car from a Postman Pat children’s ride. The car measures just 39 inches high by 26 inches wide making it the smallest car ever built. It has a 150cc engine and includes mirrors, windscreen wipers, washers, lights and indicators. Surprisingly the car is taxed and is fully legal to drive on the road.

posted on Sunday, May 17, 2009 1:32:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, May 16, 2009

It never fails to amaze me when my husband gets flu how long it take him to get over it, whilst I on the other hand tend to simply work through it. This article might explain why. It suggests that women have more powerful immune systems that men because of their hormones. A study found that the female hormone oestrogen boosts the immune system’s first line of attack against bacteria. It also found that men were more susceptible than women to infection by bacteria, fungi and worms. So perhaps next time my husband thinks he has man flu, he just might be telling the truth.

posted on Saturday, May 16, 2009 9:54:19 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

An enterprising orangutan managed to escape from her enclosure after short circuiting the electric fence. She first built a ladder so that she could climb up to reach the electric wires on the fence. She then used a stick to twist together the two electric wires short circuiting the fence so that she could escape. Once through the fence, however, she was met by keepers with tranquiliser guns and after regarding them for a while she decided to jump back into her enclosure.

posted on Saturday, May 16, 2009 9:50:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, May 15, 2009

If you are considering having laser eye surgery then you might want to have a look at this useful article from The Daily Mail. The article sums up the main types of laser eye surgery with the advantage and disadvantages of each and the cost of each treatment. It also looks at the risks involved and the mistakes that could occur. You might also want to read my account of laser eye surgery detailing my experience of Wavefront treatment which I had back in 2005. The article describes this treatment as as individualised treatment tailored to the patient and personally I have been very satisfied with the results.

posted on Friday, May 15, 2009 8:06:19 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If you want to get married but simply don’t have the money then this idea might be for you. Its a scheme being offered by St Hild and St Helen’s church in Dawdon, County Durham. Under the scheme couples are being offered a virtually free wedding including and organist and outfits for the bride, bridesmaid, bridegroom and mother of the bride. The only condition is that couple take four pre-marital lessons prior to the wedding at a cost of £50.

posted on Friday, May 15, 2009 8:03:33 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, May 14, 2009

This is slightly odd its a story about a man called Mr Humphreys and his one eyed cat, Midge. Midge, however, is no ordinary cat, he likes to race. Mr Humphreys first realised Midge had a talent for racing when the cat raced him from the shops one day. Since then, Midge waits for Mr Humphreys to race him home. It appears, however, that the cat is much faster than the man as the cat always wins.

posted on Thursday, May 14, 2009 9:03:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, May 13, 2009

According to this article gardeners are increasingly starting to use wallabies as an alternative to lawnmowers. Apparently private orders for wallabies have jumped recently as landowners choose to use them on their land. Traditionally people with large gardens have used sheep to graze their lawns but it appears that wallabies are a friendlier alternative. Wallabies are not cheap at around £150 for a male and £650 for a female but it appears that demand for them is rising with Waveney Wildlife Britain’s biggest private supplier reporting orders doubling in the last five years. If you are looking to keep a wallaby they need about an acre of land and fences at least 5ft high so they cannot escape.

posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 11:11:07 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback