# Saturday, August 08, 2009

According to this article sales of bicycles are booming as people take advantage of a tax break scheme. According to the article the Government’s Cycle to Work scheme allows people to buy a bike out of their salary before it is taxed. The bike is also free from VAT. This can mean a saving of hundreds of pounds on top bicycle models and 26,000 vouchers have been redeemed so far this year. The boom in bike sales has also been put down to the better weather and the fact that people want to save money on their transport costs but it appears cycling is becoming much more popular with shops selling out of many bike models and repair centres being so busy that it can take several weeks to get your bike mended. I have a neglected bike at the back of the shed, perhaps its time to dust the cobwebs off of it and go for a ride.

posted on Saturday, August 08, 2009 11:28:21 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, August 07, 2009

article-0-05E6AA13000005DC-187_634x438 This article which states texting whilst driving increases your risk of crashing by up to 23 times came as no surprise. What did surprise me, however, was that it took a team of experts to figure this out. It goes without saying that if you are looking at your phone to send a text message then you are not looking where you should be whilst driving your car, at the road. Its beyond me why someone would think they are in control of their vehicle when they are texting their friends. On the same subject there is a story here about a truck driver who crashed into a car and ended up in a swimming pool (pictured). The reason? He was texting on his mobile phone whilst talking on another phone. When will people learn?

posted on Friday, August 07, 2009 8:26:17 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, August 06, 2009

_46121776_-21 According to this article dormice in Devon and Cornwall are crossing some of the regions busiest roads and making their home on the central reservation. The rodents have been found living on verges in the middle of the A30 and the A38. The findings come after 50 animals were electronically tagged to study their movements. The study by the Highways Agency was looking into how the busy roads affected population numbers. Although it is not known how many dormice are killed crossing the road it appears once they are established they prefer to stay put on the central reservation and seem to thrive.

posted on Thursday, August 06, 2009 10:16:02 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, August 05, 2009

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This two headed cow has been born in Bogota, Colombia. Called Jenifer it has two heads but only one brain. The weight of her head means that she cannot stand without help but the farmer has built a hammock to support her.

posted on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 9:03:22 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article chocolate bars could be made smaller in a bid to try and fight obesity. The food standards agency wants the average chocolate bar to be reduced by a fifth to reduce the calorie intake and is trying to get chocolate makers to make voluntary changes to the size of their snacks. By 2012 the watchdog wants all confectionary to weigh no more than 50g. Manufacturers are also being asked to sell bite size bars as single items instead as part of a multipack. Under the plans fizzy drinks would also be sold in smaller containers. I’m guessing the pack size will go down and the price will not, meaning you get less for your money.

posted on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 8:59:24 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, August 04, 2009

article-1202547-05DAED63000005DC-205_468x309If you fancy driving something a little unusual, then you might be interested in purchasing this van. It is one of the six yellow Reliants which was used in the filming of Only Fools and Horses. The van is for sale on autotrader for £6,995 and it comes with a sheepskin coat, a flat cap, a market keepers suitcase and a bottle of Peckham spring water.

posted on Tuesday, August 04, 2009 8:45:57 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 03, 2009

article-1202491-05DB08D1000005DC-449_964x628This is interesting its a piece of artwork created by sand artist Andres Amador. He creates these patterns in the sand some of which span over 500 feet. The work involves raking the sand into intricate patterns. Andres first works on the designs in his notebook before working with the sand. The work has to be completed quickly before the sea washes the design away so the effect is only temporary. After all his hard work the artist is left with just a snapshot of each piece of work. Still its fairly impressive stuff.

posted on Monday, August 03, 2009 12:13:44 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, August 02, 2009

I drink quite a lot of milk so was interested to read this article that suggests it could cut the risk of dying from heart disease or a stroke. According to the article scientists have found that drinking milk can reduce the risk of dying from heart disease or a stroke by as much as a fifth. The research which was carried out at Reading University found that milk could have more health benefits than just building strong bones and helping growth and that there is strong evidence of an overall reduction in the risk of dying from coronary heart disease, stroke and colo-rectal cancer.

posted on Sunday, August 02, 2009 10:46:46 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, August 01, 2009

My new garden has quite a few fruit trees in it, including various types of apples, plums and pears and I have already started using the cooking apples. I made some apple sauce the other day from apples picked the same day and it put the shop brought stuff to shame. Looking at all the fruit still on trees, I think I will fast run out of ideas on how to use them. Any recipe ideas will be appreciated.

posted on Saturday, August 01, 2009 11:58:52 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback