# Sunday, September 12, 2010

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Drivers on Highway 26 in Louisiana were surprised to spot the image of Jesus (or something slightly like it) on a telegraph pole. The image pictured was seen next to a motorway. I’m not convinced but will leave you to draw your own conclusion.

posted on Sunday, September 12, 2010 12:20:33 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article a man has been caught trying to smuggle 95 live boa constrictors. The man was caught after the bag containing the snakes burst open on a luggage belt at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. He has pleaded guilty to charges of wildlife smuggling and is expected to receive  up to seven years in prison and a fine. All of the snakes were alive and well and are being taken care of by wildlife officials.

posted on Sunday, September 12, 2010 11:28:51 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, September 11, 2010

Scallops

I got some scallops the other day. They are usually so good just on their own that it seems a shame to do too much them. I cleaned them thoroughly seasoned them well with salt and pepper and put them on a tray under a hot grill for 5 minutes. Then I squeezed a little lemon over the top and served them. They were fantastic and served in the shells they make a nice looking starter.

posted on Saturday, September 11, 2010 7:54:10 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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A rare baby seahorse has been spotted in Britain for the first time. It is the first time one has been seen in Europe. The spiny seahorse is around 4cm long making it very hard to spot. Although adults, pregnant males and juveniles have been seen before this is the first confirmed sighting of a baby sea horse and proves that the creatures are breeding in British waters. It was seen by a diver off the coast of Studland in Dorset.

posted on Saturday, September 11, 2010 7:46:07 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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