# Thursday, June 11, 2009

If like many other people you are thinking of getting an allotment to grow your own vegetables, it appears you might be in for a long wait. According to this article in some areas the waiting lists for an allotment are so long that you might have to wait up to 40 years before you get one. In Camden for example there are 883 people waiting for an allotment and in Islington, Burnley, Fylde, Wirrel and Kingston upon Hull waiting list are all longer than 10 years. Although every council has to provide 20 allotments per every 1,000 residents it seems demand is simply to high. Whether its the effects of recession or simply a renewed interest is not clear but it appears growing your own is the thing to do.

posted on Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:13:40 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This article suggests that a natural supplement made from tomatoes could help to prevent heart disease and strokes. The supplement in the form of a pill contains lycopene and ingredient which blocks bad cholesterol that can block the arteries. The pill called Ateronon is being launched as a dietary supplement for sale on the high street. In tests it has been shown to reduce the oxidation of harmful fats in the blood to almost nothing within an eight week period and it is thought it might even more effective than statins that are currently used by doctors to treat high cholesterol. I wonder how many tomatoes you would need to get the same effect naturally.

posted on Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:03:53 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 10, 2009

stamp_1412301c Royal Mail has launched a tamper proof stamp which should stop people pealing off old stamps and reusing them. The problem whilst it might seem minor costs Royal Mail tens of thousands of pounds every year. Although stamps are franked when they go through the sorting office, the markings on them are not always noticeable and often stamps with little markings on them are peeled off and used again. The new stamps, however, should make it impossible to reuse them. They have two oblong strips on either side of the stamp so that when the stamp is peeled off the strips are left behind. This leaves a useless stamp with two holes in it which should now be unusable.

posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:58:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This article claims that some chocolate bars have shrunk whilst the prices remain the same. Apparently the size of Mars and Snickers bars have shrunk by more than 7 per cent as the company tries to reduce costs. The chocolate bars which previously weighed 62.5g now weigh just 58g. The change happened in the second half of last year and the smaller version are now on sale in the shops. The price of the smaller bar remains the same at 37p for a Mars bar and 41p for a Snickers, so it appears customers are getting a little less for their money. Mars at first claimed the move was to help tackle the nation’s obesity problem but later admitted that it was as a result of rising costs.

posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:56:31 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, June 09, 2009

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According to this article a bustard has bred in the wild in Britain for the first time in 200 years. In fact three chicks have hatched at two sites on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. The exact spots are being kept secret in order to protect the bird but the news is the first sign that an reintroduction programme might be working. In 2004 forty chicks were brought to Britain from Russia to their new home on Salisbury Plain. Bustards, however, are slow to mature and the first known nest in 2007 produced infertile eggs. The presence of chicks is encouraging and there are hopes that the population will now be able to become self sustaining.

posted on Tuesday, June 09, 2009 8:11:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

An unemployed mortgage advisor has put himself up for auction on eBay. Andy Palmer was made redundant from Northern Rock in August and having had no luck finding a new job has decided to take the unusual step of offering his services in an auction. He has given himself a minimum price of £1,000 and for this he will work for a month. He will also give 25% of the winning bid to charity.

posted on Tuesday, June 09, 2009 8:10:03 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, June 08, 2009

Weather forecasters are predicting that the UK will have a hot summer this year. Whilst this is good news cancer experts are predicting that this could lead to a rise in people suffering from skin conditions. They have issued a warning to sunbathers which they hope will make them act more sensibly when it comes to enjoying the sun. It never fails to amaze me the amount of people that don’t take the simple precaution of wearing sun block and staying out of the sun at the hottest times. It seems that people in the UK think that the sun in Britain is not strong enough to do any damage. Already I have seen several people who have the lobster effect and I’m guessing I will see many more, it seems the message from the cancer experts just doesn’t get through.

posted on Monday, June 08, 2009 8:36:30 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

PD*29150205 Most people would be more than a little wary about buying a see through swim suit. It isn’t, however, quite as daunting as you would think. The swimsuit is made up of a chicken wire type fabric which when held up to the light is completely transparent. However, abstract patterns confuse the naked eye so that it appears to be a solid fabric. The microscopic holes in the suit allow 80 per of sunlight to penetrate through to the skin so if you are wanting to get an all over tan this summer then it might be the thing to buy. Personally the concept of holes in a swimsuit doesn’t quite grab me, I think I will stick to solid fabrics.

posted on Monday, June 08, 2009 8:31:16 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, June 07, 2009

Beavers have been released into the wild in Scotland for the first time in 400 years. The 11 beavers have been released in Knapdale Forest, Argyll. They are part of a reintroduction production that could soon see beavers becoming a more common sight in the UK. The beavers have been fitted with tracking devices and their progress will be closely monitored. The programme has gone ahead despite some concerns that the beavers will have a adverse affect on fish stocks. It will be interesting to revisit this in a few months and see how they are getting on.

posted on Sunday, June 07, 2009 12:21:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

When the governments scrappage scheme was launched I was sceptical about how successful it would be. Whilst it has not persuaded me to purchase a new car it does appear to have met with some success. The scheme gives motorists £2,000 towards a new car if they trade in a vehicle over ten years old. According to this article more than 35,000 new cars have been ordered through the scheme since it was launched in April. However, only around 7,000 of these vehicles are likely to have been brought in British factories so its hard to gauge whether the scheme has had the intended impact. The rapid take up of the scheme does also mean that more than a tenth of the total £300m subsidy has already been used up, so if you want to trade in your old banger you better be quick, it is estimated all the funds will have been allocated by the end of the year.

posted on Sunday, June 07, 2009 12:18:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, June 06, 2009

According to this article Sky has struck a deal with Microsoft that will see their content offered through the Xbox. Under the deal live football, TV and films will be available through the Xbox. It is likely to be available in the autumn although no details have been released on how much it will cost. There is likely to be some deals available for people who already subscribe to Sky offering them content at a reduced cost but once again no specifics have yet been released.

posted on Saturday, June 06, 2009 12:42:54 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This is an interesting idea that appears to be quite popular in Japan. It’s a cat cafe. That’s not a place where you eat cats but more a place where you go to drink tea and play with the cats. Customers wanting to spend some time with a cat can stroke and play with with one of the 20 resident cats at a cost of around $9 for an hour. It is aimed at people who want a pet but who have busy lifestyles or work long hours so can’t have one. I wonder if this would work over in the UK, I have four cats that can I rent out for a few hours and I’m sure they would love the attention.

posted on Saturday, June 06, 2009 12:39:39 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 05, 2009

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If you are thinking of robbing a convenience store you would think that the first thing you need is a good disguise. One man, however, appears to think differently. He robbed a store using an ingenious beer box disguise which he had obviously made himself. Despite his unusual choice of headwear the man managed to get away with $50 of cigarettes.

posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 8:25:21 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Personally I’m not quite sure why you would want to visit Starbucks but that’s my opinion. Some people obviously do like the brand but other people like this man might be bordering on the obsessive. He has made it his mission to visit every Starbucks around the world. He has managed an impressive 9,100 and is now in England to visit the 400 outlets over here. After the UK he will move onto a tour of Europe, visiting Spain, Portugal, Germany and Romania. At every outlet he orders a regular cup of coffee and takes a picture and puts it on his website. So far he has spent around $100,000 on his project over a course of 12 years. He estimates that he still has 3,000 outlets worldwide still to visit.

posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 8:23:28 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 04, 2009

_45836332_007399759-1 Designer Paul Smith has created these rubbish bins in the shape of giant rabbits to try and reduce London’s litter. The bins have flashing ears which light up when rubbish is put into them. They will be tested for four months to see if they encourage more people to put their rubbish in the bin. The bins have been unveiled in Covent Garden, central London and Holland Park.

posted on Thursday, June 04, 2009 10:18:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article there is an increasing demand for squirrel pie. Apparently a pest controller who has been supplying top chefs with grey squirrels is finding it difficult to meet demand. He has culled around 22,000 grey squirrels in the North East but now has plans to work with landowners in the south of England in order to maintain supplies of squirrels and meet the increasing demand for squirrel meat. It seems the squirrels are so popular that as soon as he kills them they are sold. I haven't tried squirrel pie but it sounds as though I might be missing out.

posted on Thursday, June 04, 2009 10:11:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback