# Friday, 14 August 2009

Several major shoe brands have demanded a moratorium on the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Clark, Adidas, Nike and Timberland are among the brands that are putting pressure on suppliers to make changes. According to this article around 65 to 75% of deforestation is linked to the growth of ranching. As well as the moratorium on leather from newly deforested areas the footwear makers want suppliers to bring in a traceability system which will guarantee the source of all leather. Currently some Brazilian companies linked to rainforest destruction export products to blue chip companies across the world. The three major processors Bertin, JBS and Marfrig have now agreed to reject cattle from illegally deforested land. The footwear companies will also refuse to buy leather which is sourced from farms on both legally and illegally deforested land.

posted on Friday, 14 August 2009 11:54:47 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 13 August 2009

According to this article Asda has actually increased the price of one one in five of its products despite its pledge to roll back prices. Trade magazine The Grocer has found that in many cases the supermarket has been rounding price up rather than down. It checked 969 products and found that 173 actually cost more in July than they did in March. A third of the products were the same price that they had been in March and 477 products were cheaper in July than in March. The Grocer found that one in five of the round pound lines which are heavily publicised has been sold for less than pound in recent months. Often customers often see the items priced at a £1.00 and fail to realise that they were actually previously on sale at a cheaper price.

posted on Thursday, 13 August 2009 08:28:50 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Stoat picture This little guy managed to survive a seven hour long 70mph journey attached to the front of a BMW. Mervyn Draper had swerved to avoid a hedgehog and noticed another creature by the road but had assumed he had missed it. The following morning he found the rather angry stoat wedged through the grille of his car. The stoat was later removed unharmed and is now recovering in a wildlife hospital.

posted on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 13:50:14 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article the World Health Organisation have placed sunbeds on the list of the most cancer causing substances and habits, declaring them as lethal as cigarettes. Previously sunbeds were classified as “probably carcinogenic but after reviewing the evidence WHO scientists have found there is no doubt that they can trigger cancer. Other things on the list include arsenic, asbestos, cigarettes and alcohol. I have never been able to understand why people risk their health for the sake of a tan.

posted on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:03:05 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 11 August 2009

According to this article cats can be left or right handed (pawed) in a similar way to people. Psychologists found that female cats are more likely to prefer using their right paws whilst males usually prefer to use their right. Tests were carried out on 42 pet cats with the animals being given complex tasks. One task involved fishing a piece of tuna out of a jar. Although the cats could use either paw for the task they tended to favour one paw more than the other. All 21 females used their right paw, 20 of the male cats used their left paw and one male cat was ambidextrous. I have two male and two female cats so will be conducting my own tests shortly.

posted on Tuesday, 11 August 2009 09:44:41 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 10 August 2009

According to this article a report has concluded that organic food is no better for you. The report which was commissioned by the Food Standards Agency found that organic food contained no more nutritional value than factory farmed meat or fruit and vegetables grown using chemical fertilisers. I think the report might be missing the point. I don’t necessarily buy organic produce because I think its better for me but I do like to know that what I am eating has been farmed in a responsible way and I do like to know where my food comes from. I don’t necessarily purchase organic produce but I am aware that organic farming has stricter animal welfare rules and that it bans artificial chemical fertilisers so am more likely to choose it if the price is not a consideration.

posted on Monday, 10 August 2009 07:17:19 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 09 August 2009

article-0-05E3F3A5000005DC-512_468x322This unusual albino blackbird was spotted by a bird watcher in South Wales.  Mr Jarman spotted the unusual bird in his garden and managed to get this picture of it. The bird which he nicknamed Snowy visited his garden for several months before it disappeared. Unfortunately with its unusual colouring it was probably picked off by a hungry pussy cat or other predator.

posted on Sunday, 09 August 2009 11:14:53 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 08 August 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, 08 August 2009 11:28:21 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 07 August 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, 07 August 2009 08:26:17 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback