# Friday, September 10, 2010

article-0-0AFEFDEE000005DC-415_964x638 This is one of a series of firefly pictures taken by amateur photographer German Kristian. The pictures have been taken using slow shutter speeds to capture the creatures movements. You can see the other pictures on the original article.

posted on Friday, September 10, 2010 9:44:45 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, September 09, 2010

If this article is to be believed a dairy farmer in Somerset has introduced waterbeds for his cows because it helps improve the quality of the milk. Cows at Brue Valley Farms not only have specially designed rubber beds filled with water but are also able to listen to classical music in the milking shed. The farm concentrates on what is best for the cows treating them as individuals and it appears the end result is a better quality dairy product, their Farmhouse Cheddar which is made with the creamy milk.

posted on Thursday, September 09, 2010 9:02:50 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, September 08, 2010

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Researchers have discovered a new species of frog in Borneo. The frog which has been named Microhyla nepenthicola is only one centimetre long making it Asia’s smallest. It lives in the Nepenthes ampullaria plant which it uses as a habitat. The plant lives off decomposing organic matter which collects in its pitcher shaped cavity, and it is this cavity that the tiny frog uses to lay its eggs and hatch its tadpoles.

posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2010 10:18:23 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, September 07, 2010

article-0-0AE8D679000005DC-610_634x860 This is interesting its a new take on the idea of a shark tank but as you see includes crocodiles instead. It’s a new attraction which has opened in   Crocosaurus Cove park in Darwin, Australia. Visitors are able to get a close look at the crocodiles from inside a five inch thick Perspex box. The 10ft box in lowered into the water and chunks of meat are attached to the bottom to attract the crocodiles. The cage has undergone extensive safety testing but the fact that is has been nicknamed the Cage of Death would put me off a little bit.

posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2010 10:15:37 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, September 06, 2010

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According to this article this is the worlds largest barbecue. It is big enough to cook seven whole lambs, three pigs or two cows at the same time or alternatively 1,00 sausages or 500 burgers. It has been designed by Jack Henriques who spent three months creating it. It requires 14 bags of coal to light it. The BBQ which was commissioned by a wedding venue takes three chefs to run it.

posted on Monday, September 06, 2010 11:51:05 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, September 05, 2010

I was interested to read that four of the major energy companies are to be investigated for mis-selling contracts to customers. I have experienced the tactic many times in the past with door to door sales people. Often they pretend to be from your current energy provider and will ask to see a recent energy bill to see if they can save you money. They may also admit to being from a rival company but once again the emphasis is put upon changing your current provider to get a better deal.

I have long been wise to the various tactics they employ and tend to rather effective at getting rid of the sales people rather quickly. It does, however, surprise me how long this has been going on. I have certainly had a constant stream of these sales people arriving at my door over the past ten years. It seems that Ofgem is now prepared to take “strong action” if the companies in questions are found to be in the wrong. I do wonder, however, whether banning door to door selling altogether might be the best way to resolve the problem. When it emerges that 40% of people who are persuaded to switch in this way actually end up paying more than they did previously I hope stricter rules and regulations are the result of this investigation. I also feel fairly justified in my rather abrupt attitude when confronted by one of these sales people at my front door.

posted on Sunday, September 05, 2010 1:44:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, September 04, 2010

Two Cats

You know cats are friends when they have the whole garden to sit in and they choose to do this.

posted on Saturday, September 04, 2010 11:12:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, September 03, 2010

article-1306762-0AF080C2000005DC-862_634x286Airport officials at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand were surprised when they found a drugged tiger cub inside a suitcase. The cub which as first glance looks like a stuffed toy was found in a woman's suitcase. It is thought she was trying to smuggle the animal into Iran. The tiger was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration after its ordeal but it appears to be recovering well. The woman is likely to face up to four years in prison and a large fine for wildlife smuggling charges.

posted on Friday, September 03, 2010 10:05:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This article suggests that increases in food prices are leading to people buying less food. According to the article food prices rose by 1% between June and July this year, the biggest increase in recent months. With other household bills also rising and salary increases failing to keep up, it seems many people are simply having to buy less food. I have certainly noticed my shopping bill going up despite the fact that I only buy basic items. I have been purchasing cheaper cuts of meat to try and cut costs. I am also more concerned about food waste and try to make sure that everything is used even if it means making it into cat food. I have also been splitting food, particularly meat down into smaller portions and growing more fruit and vegetables to supplement our diet. All of these things mean that the food budget does stretch but it doesn’t get away from the fact that I am paying a lot more each month for our basic household shop.

posted on Friday, September 03, 2010 9:02:08 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback