# Friday, 22 May 2009

According to this article the British are the angriest people in Europe with the average British person getting angry four times a day. In comparison Italians get angry an average of three and half times a day, the French three times a day and people living in Sweden, Norway and Denmark just once every five days. Apparently the things that annoy British people most are traffic jams, rude service in shops, foreign call centres and ill mannered neighbours. The Italians are most annoyed by bad driving and the French by bad service in restaurants. I don’t think I have felt angry yet today, so I guess I have four more times left.

posted on Friday, 22 May 2009 17:29:44 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

article-1185037-05054074000005DC-136_468x286 This strange looking fruit is a Kumato. It’s basically a new variety of tomato which originates from the wild tomato. Unlike normal tomatoes it can be eaten even when it is still green. Apparently when still green it has a mild taste and is good for slicing. As it ripens to a dark brown it is sweeter and slightly spicy and is good in salads. When it finally develops a dark red colour it becomes much sweeter than the conventional tomato. The kumato will go on sale at 50 Marks and Spencer stores from next Monday priced at £2.49 per pack.

posted on Friday, 22 May 2009 11:08:33 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 21 May 2009

article-1184189-04FC39ED000005DC-352_634x943 I am frequently amazed at my cats climbing ability and the places they manage to end up. My cats, however, have a fair way to go to match this cat who can scale a stone wall. The cat called Charlie manages to climb a sheer 13 foot wall in order to get into his home which is on the second floor. You can see him in action left but to fully appreciate the skill that is spider cat you really need to see the video.

posted on Thursday, 21 May 2009 15:05:47 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article eating honey can shorten the length of a cold by two days. A trial was conducted on 60 patients who were recruited within 24 hours of them catching a cold. All the patients were given traditional therapies such as decongestants and drugs to lower the temperature but half were also given four tablespoons of honey a day. At the end of the study the researchers found that the patients who had been given the honey had recovered from their colds much more quickly than the others showing a significant difference in the duration of all the symptoms. I will have to remember this, next time I am suffering with a cold.

posted on Thursday, 21 May 2009 11:20:09 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 20 May 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, 20 May 2009 13:51:08 (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, 20 May 2009 13:11:33 (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, 20 May 2009 09:51:31 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 19 May 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, 19 May 2009 11:49:57 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 18 May 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, 18 May 2009 09:15:27 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 17 May 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, 17 May 2009 13:32:42 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 16 May 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, 16 May 2009 09:54:19 (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, 16 May 2009 09:50:36 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 15 May 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, 15 May 2009 08:06:19 (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, 15 May 2009 08:03:33 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback