# Tuesday, January 05, 2010

If this article is to be believed then you might be getting less beer for your money when you pop out for a pint. A study carried out by trading standards officers found that nine out of ten pints are sold short. In a test of 88 pints brought at bars and restaurants in Birmingham the average drink was three quarters of a fluid ounce short of the full glass, that’s about 12% short. Under the Weights and Measures Act of 1985 a pint of beer should be exactly a pint although froth can account for up to 5% of the pint as its considered an integral part of the beer.

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# Monday, January 04, 2010

If you have overdone this Christmas and are looking for a quick way to lose the extra weight then you might be interested in this new slimming pill. Called Capsiplex it is already used by Hollywood stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Bard Pitt and Britney Spears. Trials of the pill have found that it can burn off 278 more calories in adults before, during and after exercise than a placebo. The pill contains capsicum extract from hot chilli peppers and works by speeding up the metabolism causing people to lose weight more quickly. Presumably, as with most weight loss products it is best used combined with an existing weight loss programme so is unlikely to a miracle cure for all those couch potatoes out there. At £29.99 it’s not cheap either so you might be better off spending the money of a gym membership.

posted on Monday, January 04, 2010 9:06:36 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, January 03, 2010

According to this article Japanese wine is seeing a rise in popularity. Whilst the country is not traditionally know for its great wines they are increasingly exporting to the US and Europe. Around 90 wineries operate near Mount Fuji with the focus on producing wine from 100% domestically grown grapes. The wineries already produce chardonnay and other wines from European grapes but have recently taken inspiration from the Koshu grape which is an indigenous variety. The resulting wine is being marketed as the perfect accompaniment to sushi and one Tokyo based wine merchant called Millesimes has won considerable critical acclaim for its Shizen 2006, Curvee Denis Durbourdieu. They are now exporting bottles to England and France and with interest growing, it appears we could be seeing more Japanese wine appearing in our supermarkets soon.

posted on Sunday, January 03, 2010 1:04:33 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, January 02, 2010

If this article is to be believed then our pets could have a bigger carbon footprint than the car we drive. According to the article the carbon footprint of a pet dog is more than double that of a sports utility vehicle. The analysis is based upon the fact that the average sized medium dog eats around 164 kilos (360 pounds) of meat and 95 kilos of cereal in a year. The land required to generate this amount or food has an annual footprint of 0.84 hectares, that’s twice the 0.41 hectares required by a 4 by 4 driving 6,200 miles a year. It appears other pets are no better for the environment, with cats having an eco-footprint of around 0.15 hectares, a little less than driving a Golf for a year. A hamster’s carbon footprint equates to a plasma TV and a goldfish, the equivalent to running two mobile phones. There are ways to reduce your pets carbon footprint such as feeding your cat on fish heads and left over's rather than premium choice cuts of meat. Still, given the choice between giving up my cats or the car, I know what I would rather keep, my cats might not be very useful but my car could never give me the companionship and entertainment that my cats do.

posted on Saturday, January 02, 2010 1:46:37 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 01, 2010

If you are looking for an unusual gift idea then you might want to check out this site. It offers gift packs of cow dung to so you can let your enemies know exactly what you think of them. The idea comes from a French entrepreneur. Each box includes some cow manure and a guide on the cows digestive system and costs 8.50 Euros (approx £7.70).

posted on Friday, January 01, 2010 12:50:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, December 31, 2009

According to this article light bulbs could soon become a thing of the past as light emitting wallpaper is introduced. This is according to a government body that supports low carbon technology. The wallpaper would work using a chemical coating on the walls which illuminates all parts of the room with an even glow mimicking sunlight. It will also avoid the shadows and glare of conventional bulbs. An electrical current will be used to stimulate the chemicals in order to produce light but the voltage would be very low meaning the walls would be safe to the touch. Dimmer switches would control the brightness of the light. The product is still in development but the Carbon Trust has recently awarded a grant to Lomox, a company that is developing the technology. They claim it will be two and a half times more efficient than energy saving bulbs and will make a big contribution in cutting carbon emissions.

posted on Thursday, December 31, 2009 11:17:15 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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Weighing in at 3,682lbs this is The Field Marshall a bull who has recently been named Britain’s biggest bullock. The bull eats more than 17lbs of feed every day and at the age of  8 is only a teenager so is likely to grow bigger yet.

posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 3:39:19 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, December 29, 2009

article-1238493-07B52DB5000005DC-670_634x529This is an interesting idea, its a see through toaster. The toaster cooks the bread between two sheets of glass so that it is possible to see how well done your toast is and prevent you burning it. It currently only take one slice of bread at a time, however, so may not be that practical for day to use.

posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 2:17:53 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback