# Thursday, December 10, 2009

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This rather oversized robin was spotted at Plymouth’s Burrator Reservoir. Surprisingly despite his size he was able to fly. The good news is with his extra bulk he should be well placed to survive even the harshest winter as long as he is fast enough to evade any predators.

posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009 8:25:03 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, December 09, 2009

article-1232276-07688C73000005DC-917_634x590 This snake got into a spot of trouble when he tried to eat his own tail. Reggie the King snake mistook his tail for food and bit down on it. Unfortunately he couldn’t release his jaws and was stuck like it. His owner noticed what has happened before the snake started to digest his own body and rushed the snake to the vet where its jaws were pried open to release the tail. The operation took about an hour and the snake appears to be no worse off after his adventure.

posted on Wednesday, December 09, 2009 12:50:59 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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This orchid has recently been discovered in Eucador and is thought to be the world’s smallest. It measures only 2.1mm wide and its transparent petals are only one cell thick. The tiny flower was found among the roots of much larger plants and after it was studied in more detail it was found to be an entirely new species.

posted on Wednesday, December 09, 2009 12:12:27 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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.

posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 1:14:37 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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.

posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 1:13:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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.

posted on Sunday, December 06, 2009 11:33:43 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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.

posted on Saturday, December 05, 2009 11:01:27 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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.

posted on Saturday, December 05, 2009 10:56:59 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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.

posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 2:47:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback