# Saturday, 13 February 2010

According to this article less people appear to be eating marmalade. It seems younger generations have lost their taste for marmalade with around 80% of sales being to shoppers over the age of 45. Overall sales were down 3% last year. The rise of eating on the move has been blamed for the decline as it appears less people take the time to sit down to toast for breakfast. Production has also been hit by price rises in ingredients such as fresh fruit and sugar. Personally I do buy marmalade but find I use it more in recipes rather than eating it on toast.

posted on Saturday, 13 February 2010 12:36:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

When you think of Scotland wine isn’t really the first thing that comes to mind. A chef from Perthshire, however, is hoping to change that. Pete Gottgens has planted vines in the grounds of the Ardeonaig hotel in Perthshire and hopes to produce Scotland’s first commercially available wine. Inspired by dessert wines produced in Canada and Sweden he has planted 48 vines of four different varieties. He hopes they will produce something this year even if it does turn out to be vinegar. It will certainly be interesting to see the results.

posted on Saturday, 13 February 2010 12:34:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 12 February 2010

According to this article St Austell in Cornwall will get £9 million of government money to help its eco-town project. St Austell was named as one of four areas that has been chosen by the government to have eco-towns with the others being in Rackheath in Norfolk, Bicester in Oxfordshire and Whitehill Bordon in East Hants. In all, the four areas will support up to 2,000 local jobs and introduce thousands of people to green living. The project in St Austell will regenerate the china clay area being used to create a number of carbon neutral homes. The homes will initially be used as show homes to help give residents in the local area an example of green living. Other houses will be given a green makeover and will feature water saving systems and smart meters to monitor energy use. They will also have renewable power and electric car charging points.

posted on Friday, 12 February 2010 10:42:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article cat owners are more educated than dog owners. That’s according to a study carried out by Bristol University. A poll of 2,524 households found that 47.2% of those with a cat had at least one person educated to degree level, compared with 38.4% of homes with dogs. It is put down to the fact that those who work longer hours are generally in better qualified jobs but that these people find their lifestyle makes owing a dog impractical so opt for a cat instead.

posted on Friday, 12 February 2010 10:37:40 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 11 February 2010

According to this article our DNA could affect our ability to burn off fat through exercise. Dubbed the “unfitness gene” it seems one in five of us will be unable to lose weight no matter how much we exercise. Researchers asked 600 people to take up cycling and then tracked their improvements in fitness.  They did this by measuring the amount the amount of oxygen they took in. By looking into the volunteers DNA they found 30 genes that affected oxygen intake and noticed that one in five had a combination of genes which meant their oxygen intake did not change despite the recent exercise. 10 per cent of the volunteers did see a massive improvement in their aerobic fitness, however, this could explain why some people find it hard to lose weight. Or it could just be that extra piece of cake you couldn’t resist.

posted on Thursday, 11 February 2010 09:35:05 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Web In an effort to cut the amount of glass attacks in England and Wales the government has been looking into designs for safer pint glasses. Two new prototypes have recently been unveiled which it is hoped will help to reduce injuries. The first of the glasses called the Glass Plus has a clear plastic coating which is put inside the glass. The coating prevents the glass from breaking into shards when it is smashed and existing pint glasses can be treated with it. The second design called the Twin Wall is made from two thin walled glasses inside each other which are bonded together. Once again this stops the glass from shattering into small pieces. Both glasses are currently only prototypes and so are still being tested for safety. In a demonstration Glass Plus broke on the first attempt, but didn't shatter whilst it took four attempts to get a Twin Wall glass to break and when it did there were no shards of glass either. It is likely to be some time before either glass appears in a pub near you but it is estimated you might start seeing them in around a years time.

posted on Thursday, 11 February 2010 09:30:04 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 10 February 2010

An Austrian millionaire is giving away his fortune after realising it doesn’t make him happy. Karl Rabeder who is worth around £3 million is gradually disposing of his fortune. He has put his £1.4 million villa up for sale and is also in the process of selling his farmhouse, six gliders and an luxury Audi. The proceeds of the sale will all be going to charities which he has set up in Central and Latin America. Once everything is sold he will move into a small wooden hut in the mountains or a bedsit.

posted on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 08:57:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article drinking beer could help prevent weak bones. A study claims that certain types of beer are a rich source of dietary silicon and can actually help prevent osteoporosis. Not all beers, however, have the effect. Those that contain malted barley and hops have a higher silicon content that beers made from wheat so these are the ones to choose if the article is correct. However, the study suggests consuming them in moderation. Beer. Is there anything it can’t do?

posted on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 08:49:14 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 09 February 2010

According to this article scientists have created a tomato that can stay fresh for up to six weeks. The tomato which is the result of genetic engineering will stay fresh for around 45 days, three times longer than a normal tomato. Researchers believe the process could also be applied to other fruits including bananas and mangos. It has been created by researcher in India who have managed to stop the production of ripening enzymes in the fruit. The increased firmness stops the fruit going soft for longer. The one problem may be that no one has yet tested the tomato for taste. It would also need to undergo extensive safety testing before it would be allowed to go on sale. I’m not convinced myself, I find fruit and vegetables at their best when they are fresh and am a little dubious at something that can be kept so long.

posted on Tuesday, 09 February 2010 09:56:49 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

article-1248144-081FA91A000005DC-62_634x372 If you have ever wanted to know which would win in a fight between a leopard and a porcupine then you might find this article interesting. It shows several images of a young leopard trying to hunt a porcupine. Despite the leopard trying out several different hunting techniques he is no match for his prickly opponent and after receiving painful spines in his paw decides this potential meal might not be worth the effort.

posted on Tuesday, 09 February 2010 09:30:05 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 08 February 2010


This is interesting, its a machine that supposedly turns waste paper from the office into toilet roll. Called the “White Goat” the machine could not be described as portable, it is 6ft tall and weighs in at 94st. It can create a new toilet roll from 40 sheets of A4 paper in around 30 minutes. Waste paper is fed into a shredder, untangled and then dissolved in a pulper. The wet paper is then thinned out and dried before being wound into toilet paper.

posted on Monday, 08 February 2010 10:58:14 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 07 February 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, 07 February 2010 13:56:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 06 February 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, 06 February 2010 14:34:16 (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, 06 February 2010 14:26:03 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback