# Thursday, 26 November 2009

According to this article a whisky company is preparing an expedition to try and locate two crates of 100 years whisky. The whisky was shipped to the Antarctic by British polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton during his 1909 expedition. It is now thought to be frozen inside in the icecap. The company that now owns McKinlay and Co who made the whisky are hoping that they will be able to conduct tests on the bottles with a view to re-launching the Scotch. One thing is for sure it will certainly be nicely chilled.

posted on Thursday, 26 November 2009 11:30:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 25 November 2009

If you don’t have much time to exercise but want to keep fit then it appears it is possible to get a good work out at home. According to this article the exercise games available on the Wii are as good for you as real exercise. The article suggests that people use more energy playing Wii Sports or Wii Fit than they would if they went for a brisk walk. Whether the games are a substitute for a morning run, however, is debatable. Still its a good way to get some exercise when the weather is too bad to exercise outside.

posted on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 10:44:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 24 November 2009

According to this article nearly half of cheddar sold in Tesco is actually imported despite the pack implying that it is British. The packaging may say that the cheddar is packaged in Britain but it means just that. It is actually made elsewhere and imported. Nearly half of it is made in Latvia, Ireland and New Zealand and is simply packed in Britain. Whilst this might not seem like a big deal, people have different reasons for buying British and in this case it seems they are led to believe a product is British when it clearly isn’t. Personally I prefer to buy British produce where possible because I would rather support British farmers especially during the recession when times are tough. I also believe that the less distance my food has to travel the fresher it is likely is to be and of course the impact on the environment is less. I will certainly be checking the labels much more closely and will steer clear of anything marked “packed in Britain” in favour of “made in Britain” in the future. 

posted on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 11:28:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 23 November 2009

According to this article hundreds of horses are likely to be shot this winter as owners find they can no longer afford to keep them. Animal charities and sanctuaries have already reported a rise in the number of animals needing new homes but as they are already flooded with demand many have been turning away unwanted animals for months. As a result euthanasia is often the only option especially for older animals. Currently around 10,000 horses a year are killed in British abattoirs with much of the meat being sold on the Continent.

posted on Monday, 23 November 2009 10:33:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 22 November 2009

According to this article thousands of microscopic worms have been sent into space. The worms which were collected from a rubbish tip in Bristol have boarded the Atlantis space shuttle for a mission to the international space station. It is hoped that studying the worms will help scientists explain how astronauts build and lose muscle as they circle the earth. The worms will be exposed to conditions in space for four days before being frozen and returned to the laboratory where they can be studied.

posted on Sunday, 22 November 2009 11:36:27 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 21 November 2009

The New Oxford American Dictionary has named the word unfriend as its word of the year. It has beaten other finalists such as hashtag, intexticated, sexting and funemployed to win the title. If you are confused as to the meanings of any of these words there are explanations here. I find it interesting that most of them are only likely to be used by regular users of social networking sites and probably not in everyday language.

posted on Saturday, 21 November 2009 10:58:52 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 20 November 2009

article-1228312-073BED29000005DC-460_233x238 According to this article a new chocolate has been made that could help you lose weight. The chocolate is supposed to taste just like regular chocolate, it does, however, have a disturbing green tinge. The chocolates are designed to be eaten before a meal and are supposed to make you feel full so you want to eat less. They contain the dietary supplement spirulina and vitamins A and B12 which all have weight loss benefits. At £5 for a box of five they are not cheap and they are currently only available in Spain so it may be some time before you spot them in your local supermarket.

posted on Friday, 20 November 2009 09:56:57 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article lost golf balls are becoming something of a problem. That’s because they can take take anything between 100 and 1000 years to decompose and are becoming something of a litter problem. When they do start to break down the balls release a high quantity of metals including zinc. When submerged in water this poisons the surrounding flora and fauna damaging the environment. I wonder if there is such a thing as a biodegradable golf ball.

posted on Friday, 20 November 2009 07:52:13 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 19 November 2009

This video made by Simon Tofield appears to have become a hit on YouTube. Inspired by his cat the simple video features an animated cat trying to wake his owner up. Most cat owners will identify with the persistence of the cat which starts by prodding its owner before resorted to hitting him with a bat and then pretending to be asleep. Sometimes the most simple things make the best viewing. Simon’s cat now has his own website where you can check out his other videos.

posted on Thursday, 19 November 2009 10:30:30 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback