# Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The World Wide Fund for Nature has placed the tiger at the top of its list of the most endangered species. The charity is stepping up its efforts to save the animal as figures show there are only 3,200 tigers left on earth. Tigers are under threat from poachers, the destruction of their habit and climate change. A combination of these things has meant that the world population of tigers has fallen by 95% over the past century. The WWF have now classified it as the most at risk on its roaster of 10 critically endangered animals and will increase patrols and work with politicians to try and eradicate poaching and the illegal trade in tiger skins and body parts. With this year being the Chinese Year of the Tiger it seems like a time to focus on saving this magnificent animal.

posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 9:12:04 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, January 11, 2010

The news has been full of snow related stories during the recent bad weather but this one deserves a mention for being one of the more unusual. It had never occurred to me that swans can get stuck on frozen lakes but it seems they can and do. This article highlights a case where a flock of swans had to rescued from a frozen lake by the RSPCA and some construction workers. The construction workers used their mechanical digger to break up the thick ice that has frozen around the birds. Although one swan died before they arrived the others were set free. It seems this is not an isolated incident with the RSPCA receiving around 100 calls reporting ducks and swans stuck on ice on ponds and lakes.

posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 9:50:20 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, January 10, 2010

article-1240733-07C32513000005DC-214_634x424This interesting looking crab has recently been discovered of the coast of southern Taiwan. The crab which is bright red and covered with white spots is a new species.  Although it does resemble another species that lives in areas around Hawaii this one has a distinct clam shaped shell.

posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010 11:33:36 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, January 09, 2010

According to this article women’s feet are getting bigger with the average shoe size going up from a size five to a size six within the last five years. Medical experts believe the rise in size is down to the obesity epidemic with people eating high density foods such as pizza during puberty, stimulating growth hormones. Research from Debenhams certainly supports this showing that in 2009 sales of size nine shoes increased by 23% whilst sales of size six shoes increased by 17%. Based on this the store is now considering stocking size ten shoes as standard rather than its largest women’s size being a nine. It’s not just women that are getting taller and heavier men are increasingly wearing bigger shoe sizes, with sizes 10, 11 and 12 being more popular. Personally as someone who takes a size 6 and half or 7 depending on the store I have trouble finding nice shoes. Most styles tend to make my feet look like aircraft carriers. If it is the case that women’s feet are indeed getting larger, I wonder whether manufacturers might start making nice shoes for those with slightly bigger feet.

posted on Saturday, January 09, 2010 1:35:56 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 08, 2010

If this article is correct we could soon expect to pay a little more for a carton of orange juice. According to the article cold weather and disease have hit the citrus groves in Florida which produce much of the world’s orange juice. This has already led to the price of concentrated juice doubling in the past year. As yet this has not affected the prices we pay in the supermarket because stores usually fix their prices a long time in advance, however, we should expect prices to rise by between 10 and 30 per cent when contracts are renegotiated.

posted on Friday, January 08, 2010 10:41:55 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, January 07, 2010

According to this article around 16 million people use the same password for every website they use. It seems people faced with remembering multiple passwords prefer to use the same one for everything. Unfortunately, however, they are making themselves easy targets for fraud. A study has found that the average internet user is asked for a password on 23 websites a month. 46 per cent of British internet users, that’s around 15.6 million users have the same password for every website they use. Around 29% use variations of the same password by adding days of the weeks or adding numbers to the end of the word. One in ten users tend to use memorable dates, children’s names and mother’s maiden names and one in five users use their pet’s name. 40 per cent of users also admit to disclosing their passwords to friends and family rather than keeping them secret.

All of these things leave people open to fraud and potentially having numerous accounts compromised. It is, however, easy to see why people tend to use the same passwords when there is so much to remember. Identity theft experts recommend using multiple passwords and including a combination of letters and numbers in order to stay safe. Personally I have one of these password fingerprint readers which helps to make life a little easier allowing you to put in details of the sites you use and access them with a touch of your finger.

posted on Thursday, January 07, 2010 9:54:44 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, January 06, 2010

article-1239583-07A9A025000005DC-859_634x350 At first glance this might seem like quite a good buy for £3,000, but the bungalow is actually a condemned property. The bungalow at Knipe Point near Scarborough is situated dangerously close to the edge of a cliff and is likely to fall into the sea within 6 months. Artist, Mr Cunningham has brought the property so that he can spend his time painting its descent into the sea. He also intends to set up cameras inside the house in order to film its destruction. Many of the neighbouring houses have already gone over the edge and the property has recently developed cracks in the past few weeks so it seems the artist may need to paint rather quickly to get his moneys worth.

posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2010 9:35:27 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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.

posted on Tuesday, January 05, 2010 9:55:46 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback