# Monday, 17 August 2009

Alton Towers has recently taken the decision to ban speedos and other small swimwear from its water park. The decision has been taken in a bid to keep the parks family friendly and will include a ban on the tight fitting swimming trunks in favour of swimming shorts. The ban does not apply to just men, women bathers are also banned from wearing thongs.

posted on Monday, 17 August 2009 09:58:16 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 16 August 2009

A range of ice cream has been launched which is aimed at dogs. The ice cream comes in three flavours including Panting Peanut Mutter, Oaty Pawfection and Chase Your Tail Cheesecake. If you want to get your paws on some it is available from Frost and Hound desserts who are based in North Yorkshire. It is currently still in the development stage but its creators hope to launch it in the shop in time for next summer.

posted on Sunday, 16 August 2009 11:12:53 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 15 August 2009

This is interesting, its a scheme being offered by a farmer that will allow people to grow vegetables above their dead relatives. Under the scheme people will be able to buy a plot for their relative to be buried in and will then be able to farm the land above to grow their own veg. The plots will be available at Richard Sibley’s farm in North Somerset. It will cost £1,400 to bury someone there and £13 a month to continue farming the land.

posted on Saturday, 15 August 2009 11:31:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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