# Saturday, June 27, 2009

This cute little guy is one of three baby Fennec fox cubs that have been born at a zoo in Tokyo. They are only a few months old and are being raised in human care as their parents were unable to raise them. The cubs will grow up to 75cm long when they mature. Unfortunately the article has unhelpfully compared them to the Pokemon character Pikachu, I can see there are going to be a lot of children wanting one of these but although they are meant to make good pets I think they are better off in the zoo or even better in the wild.article-0-0575237D000005DC-708_634x418

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posted on Saturday, June 27, 2009 10:10:05 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article the English wine industry is increasing significantly with an increase of 45 per cent over the last four years. There are now 416 vineyards in England, a total of 2,732 acres on vines under cultivation. Most English grapes are currently used to make sparkling wine and it is estimated that around 5 million bottles will be made a year. In comparison to other countries such as France whose Champagne region alone produces 50 million bottles, this is still a small amount but is a huge increase from ten years ago. As English wine becomes more popular some supermarkets such as Waitrose have started planting vines. They are growing chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes at their Leckford Estate in Hampshire. Despite the claims that English wine is becoming more widely produced I don’t think I have seen any on the shelf in the supermarket yet, although I will continue to look out for it.

posted on Saturday, June 27, 2009 10:07:33 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 26, 2009

This is interesting its one woman's project to wear the same dress for a year. Its a year long fundraising project devised by Akanksha Foundation to raise money for uniforms and other expenses for slum children in India. For a year Akanksha will wear the same dress but will reinvent it every day by adding different accessories. She actually has 7 of the same dress, I guess having just the one would make keeping it clean rather difficult but it is still an interesting project. So far she is two months into the project and has come up with lots of different combinations. I’m not sure I could be so imaginative, I would probably run out of ideas after the first few days.

posted on Friday, June 26, 2009 8:32:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 25, 2009

According to this article a 2,500 bird’s nest has been found on a cliff in Greenland. The nesting site is used by gyrfalcons and includes three other nests all of which are more than 1,000 years old. Ornithologists discovered how old the nests were when they were trying to find out long the birds return to the same site. They used carbon to date the bird droppings and debris left behind and were surprised to find out how the nests actually were. One of the nests also contains feathers from a bird which would have lived more than 600 years ago.

posted on Thursday, June 25, 2009 8:55:19 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shoppers in Germany will soon be able to buy something a little more high end from vending machines as machines selling precious metals are introduced across the country. The machines are being introduced by TG Gold Super Mart at 500 locations across Germany including train stations and airports. The aim is to tap into increasing interest in the buying of gold and the prices will be updated every few minutes, although they will be around 30 per cent higher than the current market prices. The prototype machine offered the choice of purchasing a 1g wafer of gold for 30 Euros, a 10g bar for 245 Euros and gold coins. It appears the aim is to take advantage of people that want an investment they can put in their pocket rather than something that is invested in markets you can’t see. It will be interesting to see if the machines prove to be popular.

posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 8:13:57 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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One lady got a shock when she opened a jar of tikka masala sauce from her local Asda and found that it contained something extra. Along with the curry sauce she found a dead mouse which it seems had fallen into the jar before it was sealed. The jar of sauce has since been sent away for analysis in order to establish where it came from.

posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 11:03:54 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, June 22, 2009

Sir Paul McCartney has launched a campaign to try and get people to eat less meat. He has urged people to give up meat for just one day a week, hence why it has been called meat free Mondays. The campaign has been launched after a United Nations report said that meat production is responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. In comparison transport is responsible for 13 per cent of emissions. Personally I have been cutting down on the meat that we eat, but more for financial reasons rather than environmental considerations. The aim has been to try and have two days a week where we do not eat meat in order to save a little more money during what is proving to be an expensive house move. So far it is going quite well and the shopping budget has definitely got a lot more manageable. I do miss eating meat every day but just look forward to the other days when we still have it.

posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 9:52:49 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, June 21, 2009

This is interesting, its an idea that is being tried by Sainsbury's to make their stores greener. Under the scheme the checkout would be powered by energy which is created by the shoppers. Kinetic road plates will be installed at a new branch in Gloucester. The plates will generate energy when customers drive over them when entering and leaving the car park. The device will then convert enough energy to power the tills inside the store reducing the amount of energy taken from the National Grid. The devices are already being tried at distribution warehouses but this will be the first time they will be used at a supermarket. If the scheme is successful in Gloucester it could soon be put into place at more stores across the country.

posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 11:13:25 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, June 20, 2009

PD*29520028 Well its not really a giant parrot, but it is a new type of dinosaur that looks a bit like one. It has been discovered in Mongolia and has been called Psittacosaurus gobiensis which means parrot lizard. The dinosaur is thought to have lived around 110 million years ago and is one of the latest finds in the Gobi Desert. When alive the creature would have had, strong jaw muscles and a powerful bill for crushing and biting, similar to parrots that live today. It would have been much bigger, however, measuring about three feet long. It is thought it would have mainly eaten a high fibre diet such as nuts and seeds and that it was a good runner.

posted on Saturday, June 20, 2009 10:56:21 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A woman has called off her wedding after learning that her future husband was a porn star. The couple had been together for a year and were due to marry in a church wedding. However, when searching online for a male stripper for the hen night a friend of the bride came across a porn movie with a man who looked suspiciously like the groom. After further research she found out that it was him and the bride later called the vicar to cancel the wedding. It seems she had a lucky escape a large part of a relationship is trust so a marriage where one partner is not honest with the other is doomed to failure in my opinion. Then again, I suppose it must be hard to drop into a conversation “there's something I need to tell you before the wedding, I’m a porn star”.

posted on Saturday, June 20, 2009 10:48:45 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback