# Saturday, 20 November 2010

This is an interesting idea, called The War Graves Photographic Project or TWGPP for short it is a project to photograph the last resting place of soldiers killed in the first world war. It then makes images of the grave available for relatives to view online. Volunteers have visited 23,000 cemeteries and churchyards in 150 countries from Libya to the UK and photographed the graves there. These are provided in a searchable database so that relatives who might be unable to visit the actual location can view a photograph of the headstone. They receive no funding and charge £3 for an emailed image of a grave and £5 for a hard copy.

posted on Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:40:49 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

article-0-0BEDF5BB000005DC-260_233x423 At the risk of sounding old I remember when mobile phones were expensive. I am aware of deals for phones that cost in the region of £20 but this one surprised me. It’s a phone available from the Carphone Warehouse that costs only 99p. The pay as you go phone is the cheapest currently available within the UK and customers who buy it will be tied to no contract. The phone is aimed at first time users and contains none of the bells and whistles you would expect to find on more expensive models. It would, however, be fairly useful as a backup phone.

posted on Saturday, 20 November 2010 11:36:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 19 November 2010

If you buy organic vegetables simply because you think they are healthier then you might be wasting your money. That’s according to a study which has recently been carried out by Danish researchers. They grew vegetables under both organic and traditional conditioners and measured the health giving properties of each. Their findings were that that there was little difference in the amount of polyphenols between the two types of vegetables. Whilst this is interesting I do wonder how many people buy organic for health benefits. Personally I prefer to buy organic when possible because I know they have not been treated with all sorts of pesticides and often they taste better. In an ideal world I would grow my own, but I have yet to manage to grow everything I need in the garden. Perhaps I need to try harder next year.

posted on Friday, 19 November 2010 10:16:31 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If you are prepared a little bit more for your milk in the knowledge it is produced by happy cows then your might be interested in Ahimsa Milk. It is produced by animals that are reared on a farm run by Hare Krishna. The animals are milked by hand to the sound of sacred mantras and because of Hindu rules no harm can come to them. Even when their milk dries up the animals will live out their days tilling the land and transporting food around the farm. The milk is a little more expensive than the average pint, you should expect to pay in the region of £1.70 instead of 45p roughly what a normal pint would cost.

posted on Friday, 19 November 2010 09:46:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 18 November 2010

According to this article numbers of young sea eagles in Scotland are soaring. Sea eagles were re-introduced to Scotland 35 years ago and it appears the programme has met with some success. During 2010 pairs of white tailed sea eagles produced more young than in any year since they were reintroduced. Around 46 young birds were fledged this year about 10 more than the previous year. It is thought there are now 52 breeding pairs of sea eagles in Scotland. The birds were hunted to extinction over the 19th and 20th Centuries but these recent figures are certainly encouraging news for the species.

posted on Thursday, 18 November 2010 10:39:09 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Scrambled eggs is not something I really have to think about making, so I was surprised to come across this article. It looks at various chefs and their methods for cooking the perfect scrambled eggs. Some add crème fraîche, others have special methods of cooking the eggs and one method even poaches the eggs after mixing them. I think its all down to personal taste myself but I do love scrambled eggs on toast.

posted on Thursday, 18 November 2010 10:32:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 17 November 2010

According to this article sensors are to be installed in Norfolk in an effort to cut the number of owls being killed by traffic. The Hawk and Owl trust will identify black spots where barn owls have been killed in the past. They will install a type of sensor at these spots that has already been trialled on moose in Sweden and the great grey owl. The sensors work by reacting to car headlights and emitting a noise that deflects wildlife away from the road. It is hoped that the noise will alert owls and other birds of prey as they hunt along the roadside verges and reduce the mortality rate of birds killed on the road.

posted on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 12:04:57 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Scientists are planning an operation to save seabirds on the Pitcairn Islands. Henderson petrels are one of four rare birds that are found only on the island. They are under threat because their chicks are being eaten alive by rats with which the island has become infested. Nearly 50 million pellets of rat poison will be dropped on the islands in an effort to save the birds. Other species that are threatened include the Henderson reed-warbler, the Henderson crake, the Henderson fruit-dove and the Henderson lorikeet. The operation will cost around £1.7 million and the whole island will need to be covered with around 98 tonnes of cereal pellets. For it to be successful is would be essential that no single pregnant rat remains alive.

posted on Tuesday, 16 November 2010 09:47:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 15 November 2010


According to this article Dyson have recently released an attachment that can be used to vacuum your pet. The £40 tool is designed to remove loose hair from your pet quickly before it gets stuck on carpets and furnishings. Unfortunately I don’t think I could use it on my cats, they are terrified of the vacuum cleaner and bolt for the door as soon as I take it out of the cupboard.

posted on Monday, 15 November 2010 11:53:59 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Scientists have found that Drongos in the Kalahari have developed a way of stealing food from meerkats. The birds follow the animals around until the meerkats have found some food and then fake alarm calls. This causes the meerkats to run for their burrows abandoning the food and leaving it for the birds. The birds do not use their own alarm calls but those of other species changing them frequently. This persuades the meerkat that there is a dangerous predator in the area.

posted on Monday, 15 November 2010 11:49:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 14 November 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, 14 November 2010 13:22:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback


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, 14 November 2010 13:14:26 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 13 November 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, 13 November 2010 13:30:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback


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, 13 November 2010 13:26:21 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback