# Sunday, February 07, 2010

pheasent_1571556c A vicious pheasant has been terrorising the residents of a village in North Yorkshire. There have been reports of people being attacked and even trapped inside their homes by the bird which is creating problems in Newsham. It appears the pheasant is simply protecting what he has decided is his territory as the breeding season approaches. One thing is clear, however, this is not a a pheasant to be messed with.

posted on Sunday, February 07, 2010 1:56:23 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, February 06, 2010

A Merseyside football team has resorted to getting their pitch blessed in order to try and improve their luck. Marine FC have lost several players to injuries this season and have had the floodlights fail mid game on one occasion. They have also lost their last five matches. Father John Ealey was called in to remedy the situation. He has blessed the pitch, said a prayer and poured holy water on the turf. It will be interesting to see whether their fortunes improve as the season progresses.

posted on Saturday, February 06, 2010 2:34:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article Kellogg’s will change the recipes of their brands of cereals in order to cut the salt content. The Move comes after a health watchdog criticised the salt content in brands such as Corn Flakes and rice Krispies. The salt content in these brands will be cut by 30%. The new recipe Rice Krispies are already on sale and the new recipe Corn Flakes are expected to be available in March.

posted on Saturday, February 06, 2010 2:26:03 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, February 05, 2010

_47210118_-17 This coin which was found in the village of Hallaton in Leicestershire is thought to be the oldest piece of Roman money found in Britain. The coin was found in 2000 with around 5,000 other coins, a helmet and a decorated bowl. It has since been dated to 221BC and has been put on display at the Harbrough Museum. The other coins excavated at the Iron Age shrine of the Corieltavi tribe have been dated to the first century AD. It is not known how a Roman coin might have come into the possession of the local tribe but it is thought that they might have been traded before the Roman conquest in 43AD.

posted on Friday, February 05, 2010 12:01:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A German man has been jailed for 14 weeks after being stopped at an airport with geckos in his underwear. The man attempted to board a plane in New Zealand with more than 40 geckos and skinks concealed in his underwear. He was convicted of two charges under the Wildlife Act and five under the Trade in Endangered Species Act for taking the creatures from the wild gecko and skink populations.

posted on Friday, February 05, 2010 11:48:49 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, February 04, 2010

According to this article an English sparkling wine has beaten some of the leading French champagne producers to win an international competition. The Champion of Worldwide Sparkling Wines competition is run by Italy’s wine magazine Euposia. It attracts sparkling wines from around the world which are tasted in a blind tasting by a panel of judges. The Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2003 which is made in Sussex won the competition beating some notable French wines including Bollinger. Two other English wines also featured in the top 12.

posted on Thursday, February 04, 2010 10:15:47 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, February 03, 2010

According to this article people are increasingly choosing inexpensive pursuits such as painting and drawing during the recession. It seems people are moving away from more expensive hobbies as paint brush sales tripled and sales of A4 sketch books doubled at Tesco last year. They have put the increase down to their customers looking for cheaper ways to spend their free time and expect a further increase this year.

posted on Wednesday, February 03, 2010 9:16:25 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A half smoked cigar that was abandoned by Sir Winston Churchill has sold at auction for £4,500. The cigar was discarded when Churchill rushed away to an urgent wartime cabinet meeting. It was picked up by a member of staff at 10 Downing Street 69 years ago and was recently put up at auction. The cigar was expected to fetch around £350 but was snapped up by a private collector for the sum of £4,500.

posted on Wednesday, February 03, 2010 9:05:50 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I have always been sceptical about the claims that fortnightly bin collections will cut waste. I’m not surprised then by the results of a report recently commissioned by the Government. It suggests that fortnightly bin collections do not help to cut waste and in fact it forces people to dispose of their waste in other ways such as driving it to the local dump. The report which was commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs found that although fortnightly bin collections did reduce the amount of waste left in the street it had a knock on effect of home owners taking more rubbish to the tip. According to the shadow Local Government minister this has the effect of increasing congestion and pollution from traffic. Based on the findings the Conservatives have said they will work to establish weekly bin collections if they are elected.

posted on Tuesday, February 02, 2010 8:12:59 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

article-1245285-07F377BB000005DC-182_306x477 According to this article Dyson have just launched a mini version of its vacuum cleaner. Designed for those who live in small flats or apartments the City DC26 is small enough to store in a bookcase but has all the features you would expect from the bigger model. At £250 its not cheap but I would certainly find this useful for cleaning awkward places like the stairs where I find lifting my larger Dyson a little difficult.

posted on Tuesday, February 02, 2010 8:10:55 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, February 01, 2010

According to this article the recent cold weather has been responsible for a rise in the sales of bird seed. It seems people have been spending a lot of money on our feathered friends this winter. The demand for bird seed has helped the Garden Centre Group post a jump in profits as sales rose 8% in the five weeks up to 27 December. The combination of this and an increased demand for Christmas trees have meant the chain have posted a 17% rise in gross profits to £14m.

posted on Monday, February 01, 2010 5:49:20 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If you are tempted by the by one get one free offers when you go shopping but often find you can’t use the products before they go off, then you might find this article interesting. It seems Tesco are looking to reduce food waste by offering a buy one get one free later deal. Under the offer customers will be able to take advantage of the deal but instead of having to take both products at the same time, they will be given a coupon to redeem against the second product at a later date. It seems like a good idea to me and would certainly encourage me to take advantage of the offers on perishable items which I would usually bypass.

posted on Monday, February 01, 2010 5:45:01 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, January 31, 2010

According to this article we will soon be able to watch 3D football matches in our living rooms. Sky have begun testing its technology by filming some matches in 3D and have promised that football will be a major part of its 3D channel content. In order to watch the 3D matches you will need to have a Sky HD set top box and wear 3D glasses but with many TV manufactures launching their 3D models this year it seems TV could be set to get a little bit more exciting.

posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010 11:28:25 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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This interesting looking creature is called the blobfish. The fish which can grow up to 12 inches in size lives at depths of up to 800m which means it is rarely seen. Unfortunately although the fish is not edible it lives close to others that are and so is often caught by mistake with other catches such as crabs and lobsters. Whilst other fish are protected the blobfish is not and so is now at risk of becoming extinct.

posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010 11:26:30 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback