# Tuesday, December 08, 2009

_46823229_phonebox_queue This is one of the country’s smallest libraries. The phone box was brought from BT for £1 under a National scheme that allows communities to adopt a phone box. Villages in the local area of Westbury-sub-Mendip can use the library, selecting books, DVDs and CDs. They simply have to leave a book they have read and take one that they would like to read. The idea was thought up by a resident when the village lost both its phone box and its mobile library in quick succession.

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# Monday, December 07, 2009

According to this article cutting one sausage out of your diet a day is necessary to save the planet. A report which has been backed by the Environment Secretary partly blames meat eaters for climate change. Scientists called for a 30% reduction in the number of farm animals bred for meat in order to prevent rising temperatures and rising sea levels. This 30% reduction is equivalent to seven sausages, two chicken breasts, four lamb chops or 12 rashers of bacon and according to the report would not only help the environment but also bring significant health benefits such as reducing premature deaths from heart disease.

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# Sunday, December 06, 2009

If this article is to be believed then scientists have managed to grow a form of meat in a laboratory for the first time. The researchers who are based in the Netherlands have created what they have described as soggy pork. They are now working on improving the muscle tissue by training it and stretching it to make it feel more like meat. Vegetarian groups have welcomed the news and have no ethical objection as its not a piece of a dead animal. Although no one has tasted the artificial meat yet it is thought that it could be on sale within five years.

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# Saturday, December 05, 2009

This article suggests that cutting the amount of salt you eat by one teaspoon a day could save you from a stroke. Research shows that eating less salt can reduce the risk of a stroke by a quarter and the chances of heart disease by 17%. The article also suggests that most of the salt we eat is hidden in processed and packet food and that many people are unaware of their salt intake. So perhaps the key is to cut out all processed foods that way you can add as much or as little salt as you want, and at least you know what is in your food.

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The Scottish brewery BrewDog has launched what it has described as the world’s strongest beer. Called Tactical Nuclear Penguin it has a 32% alcohol content. The beer will be sold for £30 each and is on sale for a limited period only. It is designed to be drunk in spirit sized measures much as you would enjoy a fine whisky.

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# Friday, December 04, 2009

_46793883__46763088_-11-1 According to this article a programme to save a rare species of duck is proving rather successful. The Madagascan Pochard is so rare that it is thought that there are only 20 of them left in the wild. All of the remaining population are thought to live on just a single volcanic lake. Eggs were collected from the wild population and were hatched in captivity. In all twenty four ducklings were hatched successfully. These ducklings will later be released back into the wild and it is hoped that the captive breeding programme will double the number of pochards within the next three years.

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# Thursday, December 03, 2009

A campaign has been launched by The British Beer and Pub Association and the Society of Independent Brewers to cut beer tax in an attempt to save the British pub. Currently around 50 pubs a week are closing as trading conditions become increasingly difficult. The campaign called “I’m backing the pub” calls on the government to cut the tax on beer reversing the increase which was imposed last January and scrapping plans to increase it in the next budget. With 80% of people in a recent survey saying the pub is an important part of their community it seems to me its time to do something to save those pubs that still remain.

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# Wednesday, December 02, 2009

According to this article doing puzzles such as Sudoku can help you burn calories. The claim has been made by mental agility experts cannyminds.com who say that doing puzzles and quizzes burns as average of 90 calories an hour. It is based upon the fact that our brains need 0.1 calories every minute to survive. When we do something more challenging such as a quiz we can burn more calories as many as 1.5 a minute. The bad news, however, is that whilst the brain does use up energy it does not use fat to do so so you might burn calories, but are not going to get any thinner.

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# Tuesday, December 01, 2009

According to this article many energy saving lighting bulbs have a design flaw which means they start to become dimmer over time. Whilst it is advertised that the bulbs can last as long as five or six years, it appears that many will need replacing long before that. A good quality bulb is likely to lose about 20 per cent of its light over its estimated 8,000 hour lifespan with cheaper alternatives emitting just 60 per cent as much light as a new bulb. The problem is with CFL bulbs which give off light when a current is passed through a gas filled tube. The gas glows with ultraviolet radiation which lights up a coating of white phosphor on the inside of the tube, over time, however, this coating starts to lose its ability to light up. Other low energy bulbs such as halogen lights and LED bulbs are more reliable and more likely to stay bright throughout their life. With conventional bulbs being withdrawn from sale it appears we will soon have little alternative but to purchase the slightly dimmer alternative.

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