# Monday, July 12, 2010

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posted on Monday, July 12, 2010 11:08:26 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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This is an interesting idea, it’s a wine vending machine which has recently been introduced in Pennsylvania making it America’s first. The machine allows customers to select a bottle of wine from the screen. They then need to swipe their drivers licence, look into the camera and blow into a breathalyser to be able to purchase the wine. The machine is one of two on trial but if successful up to 100 of them could be rolled out across the state.

posted on Monday, July 12, 2010 11:04:08 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, July 11, 2010

_48236540_firhill_bbc_226 This is an interesting idea, it’s a village where the residents have to be over the age of 45 to be able to live there. The village of Firhall is on the outskirts of Nairn in the highlands and requires it’s residents to abide by certain rules. To be able to own a house here residents much be over 45 and have no resident children. Grandchildren and the children of friends are allowed to visit but there are limits on how often this happens and how long they can stay. Residents are not allowed to keep ducks, rabbits, pigeons or bees but each household is allowed to have one dog. The village has attracted some rather negative media reactions which have branded the residents as child haters but I can see why older people who perhaps don’t want children would like to live in a child free haven. It looks like a lovely area and I bet it’s really peaceful.

posted on Sunday, July 11, 2010 10:53:48 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If you have been tempted to push up the prices of your own items on eBay this article should serve as a warning to you. A UK seller who did just that has recently been fined a total of £5,000 and ordered to do 250 hours of community service. The Judge Peter Benson said he would have given Paul Barrett a tougher sentence and perhaps jailed him if he had any previous convictions. Barrett pleaded guilty to using two account to drive up the price of items including vehicles, mobile phones and a camera. He was investigated by Trading Standards after a buyer complained he had been sold a clocked minibus. It was later found that he was using two different accounts to inflate prices, both of which had the same contact details and were created using the same IP address.

posted on Sunday, July 11, 2010 10:50:05 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, July 10, 2010

It would probably take me about 10 minutes to eat just one hot dog so I was amazed to come across this article about a man called Joey Chestnut. He is apparently the world’s greatest professional eater and has recently won America’s most prestigious hot dog eating contest for the fourth consecutive time. In order to take this years title he managed to eat 54 hot dogs in just 10 minutes with his nearest rival managing only 45 in the same time. He was, however, disappointed at the result as he hopes to break his personal best of 68 and claim a new world record. I guess he will have to try again next year.

posted on Saturday, July 10, 2010 10:26:24 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

In their latest attempt at world domination Amazon have recently launched an online grocery store. In a move that could be direct competition for retailers such as Sainsbury's and Tesco Amazon are now offering food and household products. They will stock around 22,000 brands including Walkers, Kraft and Pampers and offer customers deals for buying in bulk. They also offer a few more unusual products that are harder to find elsewhere such as a whole lamb for £119.95. Looking around the selection the prices are not really any cheaper than other online retailers. There is also less fresh food on offer. I think it would probably suit people looking to do a bulk shop for cupboard staples but for me it won’t be replacing Sainsbury’s as my online retailer of choice. This is mainly due to the ease of shopping and the fact I can easily find what I need, for example accessing “my usuals” list rather than searching for each products. I may, however, use Amazon if I want to bulk buy an item and save a few pennies.

posted on Saturday, July 10, 2010 10:19:44 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 09, 2010

article-1278263787529-0A507AF5000005DC-504063_636x300 A two headed calf has recently been born in Egypt. The calf which is normal in every other way has been hailed as a divine miracle. Its two heads are divided centrally meaning that it has two complete sets of eyes and two mouths. The calf is in a stable conditions and is expected to survive but due to the weight of its heads is currently unable to stand.

posted on Friday, July 09, 2010 9:18:50 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If you feel you have been getting less strawberries than usual for the same money then you may be right. According to this article many of the supermarkets have shrunk the size of strawberry punnets whilst keeping the price the same. Last year Asda sold a 454g box of strawberries for £1.98. This year they are charging the same price for a 400g box. Sainsbury’s did sell a 400g box for £3.99 last year. This is no longer available and has now been replaced by a 300g box for the same price. Tesco have also introduced a smaller box but the article does not mention whether their prices have also changed. The retailers excuse is that the larger punnets were too big and led to strawberries getting crushed.

posted on Friday, July 09, 2010 9:17:22 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to new research the Cockney accent is likely to disappear from London within 30 years. It seems the accent is being replaced by a more multicultural mix including Cockney, Bangladeshi and West Indian accents. The traditional Cockney accent appears to be moving further East as traditional Cockneys move into surrounding areas such as Essex and Hertfordshire. The study carried out by the Economic and Social Research Council says the accent is being replaced by a new hybrid language, dubbed by some as Jafaican. With London being home mainly to those who have learnt English as a second language the traditional Cockney appears to be a dying breed at least in the Capital. 

posted on Friday, July 09, 2010 9:10:26 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 08, 2010

According to this article performing Shakespeare plays to cows can help them to produce more milk. Researchers have found that Shakespeare’s plays help to relax a dairy herd and boost milk production by as much as 4%. Cows also produce more like when they are played slow music as this has the similar effect of alleviating stress. In an experiment actors from a theatre group entertained cows at the Pleasant Farm near Maidstone. They found that the plays helped to relax the cows although they stick to light hearted comedies rather than tragedies which could have the opposite effect.

posted on Thursday, July 08, 2010 8:47:25 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If you like me have arrived home from a day in London to find when you blow your nose it is full of dirt, then you might wonder whether it has any long term effects. According to this article it does, and it could be responsible for 4,267 early deaths. A study commissioned by the Mayor Boris Johnson has looked at pollution levels and air quality in London. It found that Bryanston and Dorset Square were the most polluted, followed by Marylebone High Street and the City of London. It also found that outer London had the most early deaths linked to pollution due its higher population. The figures amount to five or six deaths a year in central London (due to their low population)  and around 12 people a year in areas like Penge, Bromley and Beckenham.

posted on Thursday, July 08, 2010 8:45:33 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 07, 2010

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According to this article some rare moth caterpillars have been found in Deal in Kent. The Sussex Emerald moth was previously only found at one site in Kent so this second breeding site is encouraging. The moth which is a protected species is also found in Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, East Sussex and Essex.

posted on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 8:26:14 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article a school test in Massachusetts was found to have more than 100 spelling, grammar and factual errors. The test which was designed for 2,600 of the districts 11th and 12th grade pupils in May was found to have severe typos and factual errors. In parts of the test students were asked to provide an answer about a specific line of text but given the wrong line number. Other errors included a line that read “This is the end of the Test,” when in fact there were two more pages. The school superintendent has apologised and promised they would do a better job of proofreading in the future.

posted on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 8:01:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Woodland Trust has launched a campaign to plant more trees in the UKs towns and cities. They say that the decline of tree cover in urban areas needs to be reversed and point out that planting more trees has been shown to improve air quality, reduce ambient temperatures and benefit peoples health. The trust estimates that 80% of the UK population live in urban areas but less than 10% have access to local woodlands. They hope to plant 20 million native trees every year to try and reverse this. The trust also says that trees play an important role in preventing flash floods as they help to absorb ground water and reduce the volume of rainfall hitting the ground.

posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 8:36:49 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A tortoise that had gone missing for two years has recently turned up just a mile and half from its home. Lottie the tortoise went missing in August 2008 and her owners had long given up hope of seeing her again. They were surprised then to find her again just a few days around a mile from their home. The tortoise had managed to survive one of the harshest winters of recent times and appears to be none the worse for her adventure. She was able to be reunited with her owners because she had been fitted with a microchip.

posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 8:35:15 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 05, 2010

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Tesco have recently started selling a flat pack house for £9,999. The Finnlife home has four rooms and an upstairs storage area with some models also including a terraced decking area. The log cabin style homes are self assembly and can be adapted for a number of uses from a gym to a playroom. They are made of Scandinavian whitewood and are constructed with tongue and groove boards which slot together. Measuring 32ft by 16ft 10 the building has eight double glazed windows, French doors and a shingle roof. They are available online only and customers are advised to check planning permission and building regulations before installation.

posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 11:01:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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According to this article the large blue butterfly could soon be seen in the Cotswolds. The butterfly has recently been saved from the brink of extinction by a project which has reintroduced it to areas of Devon and Somerset. The ecologists involved now hope to reintroduce to the Cotswolds and will release hundreds of caterpillars at two secret locations next month. The butterfly went extinct in Britain in 1979 but has been brought back by collecting eggs from Sweden and releasing caterpillars. There are now thriving populations in over 30 locations. Next month caterpillars will be collected from these sights with a view to releasing them in the Cotswolds, something which should double the population if successful.

posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 10:57:38 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback