# Sunday, November 14, 2010

According to this article a new speed camera has been developed that can catch drivers for a number of other offences. Not only can they tell whether a driver is going too fast. They will also be able to tell whether a driver is wearing a seatbelt, measure the distance between cars to tell whether someone is tailgating, look for out of date tax discs, note numbers plates and check whether a driver has insurance. The new cameras have been funded by the European commission and developed by a consortium of European universities and research institutes. They are currently being tested in Finland and so far have been given a cautious welcome by UK motoring organisations. As most traffic offences and accidents are caused by drivers with no tax or insurance I wonder whether this might go some way to taking some of these cars of the road. After all these things are legal requirements if you don’t have them, you shouldn’t be driving in the first place.

posted on Sunday, November 14, 2010 1:22:17 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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I have always been fascinated by these brightly coloured birds so was pleased to read this article. It suggests that kingfisher numbers are on the rise. In fact the number of kingfishers seen by members of the public has risen 217% between March and September. It seems the rise is because of the increase in water quality which means kingfishers are more able to hunt for their food. It is now estimated that there are between 4,800 and 8,000 breeding pairs across the UK so it might be worth looking out for one next time you are near a stream.

posted on Sunday, November 14, 2010 1:14:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 13, 2010

According to this article Marks and Spencer are currently in talks with the government about signing up for their Green Deal policy. Under the policy home owners are offered an energy efficiency survey to find out where they can make improvements. Measures such as double glazing and solar panels are then paid for by the company offering the Green Deal. The customer will then pay back the cost through their regular fuel bill. It is thought other retailers such as Tesco, B&Q and British Gas are also interested in signing up for the scheme which could create as many as 100,000 new jobs and also slash Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions.

posted on Saturday, November 13, 2010 1:30:17 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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According to this article a Barack Obama sex doll is on sale in China. The doll features a blue suit and red tie and has his face screen printed onto the head. It was recently exhibited at the 8th Sex Culture Festival in the city of Guangzhou. It is not yet clear how popular the doll have proven to be.

posted on Saturday, November 13, 2010 1:26:21 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 12, 2010

article-1326166-0BE426D5000005DC-192_224x572According to this article this jumpsuit is currently the latest “must have”. Called the OnePiece some call it the adult babygro. It is a full bodied fleece that zips up from the crotch area to the forehead and comes in a variety of colours. Prices start at £80 for a plain design. It certainly looks nice and warm, I can see how it might be good for really cold winter nights.  

posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 12:33:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, November 11, 2010

According to this article a New Zealand wine will become the first to display the carbon emissions per glass. Mobius Marlborough sauvignon blanc will show the full environmental impact of each individual glass serving on its label. The information will of course be different depending on where it is sold. Bottles sold in New Zealand are expected to carry a figure of 140g of CO2 whereas bottles shipped to Australia will display something in the region of 190g. Wines shipped to the UK will have a much higher figure. It will certainly be interesting to see the information but I wonder how much it will affect which wines people choose. I would happily buy English wine but it is impossible to find in the supermarket.

posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:55:16 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, November 10, 2010

That’s according to this article which suggests taking regular exercise can help to ward off the common cold by boosting the immune system. Whilst it is hard often hard to find the motivation to exercise in the winter it seems it may be the best thing to help ward off winter bugs. The research which was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that the severity of common cold symptoms fell by 41% in those people that were the fittest. People who were physically active on five or more days a week suffered symptoms for only half the time compared to those who did little exercise. It looks like its time to get the exercise bike out then.

posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 1:40:06 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 09, 2010

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This is the world’s largest wine glass which has recently been unveiled in Lebanon. It measures 94.48 inches high and 65 inches in diameter and beats the previous world record which was set in 1998. It holds an amazing 100 bottles of wine.

posted on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 7:40:31 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article an XXXXL suit is now being sold on the high street. The suit fits chest size and a 60 inch waist and is the largest off the peg suit currently available in the UK. It is so large that it is big enough to fit two adults comfortably.

posted on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 7:38:04 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, November 08, 2010

According to this article Royal Mail is launching a trial of evening deliveries in some areas. Customers who live within the M25 motorway will be able to order goods from House of Fraser and L’Occitane and choose an evening delivery time. Items will be delivered between 6pm and 10pm rather than during the normal working day. The move comes after a recent study by Royal Mail found more people would shop online if they could choose a more flexible delivery option. Royal Mail is also in talks with other retailers about the possibility of joining the trial scheme. It certainly is interesting and something I would take advantage of if it were available in my area.

posted on Monday, November 08, 2010 10:14:27 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, November 07, 2010

According to this article many people are embracing a trend which has been dubbed soap dodging. In other words they are cutting down on daily showering and hair washing. A recent survey has found that 41% of British men and 33% of women do not have a daily shower and that 12% of people only have a proper wash once a week. Many opt to simply to spray with deodorant to mask the smell. For some people its all about reducing their carbon footprint and others simply do not feel the need for a daily shower.

I suppose it depends on your personal lifestyle. I only need to wash my hair once a week but if I didn’t shower after a run or a session on the exercise bike I would be a bit ripe. Likewise when commuting in London being crammed into a packed train does not make you smell nice, once again the only real option is to shower. I must admit though to not showering every day at weekends when I am usually just pottering around the house, on these days a wash seems to suffice.

posted on Sunday, November 07, 2010 1:54:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback