# Wednesday, December 15, 2010

In one of the more bizarre stories I have come across regarding the recent bad weather a swan has to be rescued after it became frozen to the ground. The swan was stuck on a driveway by its feet which had frozen to the ground. The home owner managed to release it by pouring warm water around its feet but one of its feet appeared to be damaged. It was later collected by Bishop Wood Swan Rescue a local voluntary group.

posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 12:54:51 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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A clever cat has been hailed a hero after he saved his owners home from burning down. Pepper (pictured) has developed a way of opening windows to let himself out. When fire broke out the cat opened the window to escape the smoke alerting neighbours to the fact that there was a fire inside. Neighbours called firefighters who were able to put out the fire before it spread to the rest of the house.

posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 12:00:03 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, December 13, 2010

This is interesting, it’s a video looking inside what is thought to be the world’s most expensive book. The book is John James Audubon's Birds of America. Apparently it caused something of a sensation when it was published in the 19th Century. It has been valued at between £4m and £6m and is being sold as part of the collection from the estate of the 2nd Baron Hesketh. Whilst quite impressive what is interesting is that the illustrations would have been completed by people who had never actually seen a live example of the birds in question, hence why they lack background detail and in some case they were dismissed an inaccurate.

posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 8:40:10 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, December 12, 2010

If you like whisky and have a bit of spare cash then you might be interested in this idea. Based on the book 101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die it is the ultimate package of just that, 101 whiskies, in fact one of each mentioned in the book. The special offer is available from Royal Mile Whiskies until the end of December and even includes a free copy of the book, bargain.

posted on Sunday, December 12, 2010 11:22:38 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, December 11, 2010

A man has survived eating nothing but potatoes for two months.  Chris Voigt ate 20 potatoes a day during the diet and managed to lose a stone and half in weight as a result. He is the the executive of the Washington State Potato Commission and embarked on the diet to try and draw attention to the nutritional benefits of eating the vegetable.

posted on Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:30:41 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, December 10, 2010

article-1334019-0C440525000005DC-996_306x423 I came across this article which highlights some of the creations by fashion house United Bamboo. As you see they have been made exclusively for cats. The poor things don’t look very happy and not I’m sure I would get my cats into any of these outfits. They do look funny though.

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posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 10:54:51 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, December 09, 2010

According to this article we will see less robins this year as their numbers are 27% lower than average. In fact robin numbers are at their lowest since 1997 according to a recent study. It is thought the decline is down to last years harsh winter which reduced the amount of food available for the birds. As the robin does not migrate in winter they tend to suffer more than other birds in freezing conditions. I have quite a few robins in my garden and have been keeping them well fed with seed, bread and kitchen scraps particularly during the recent snow when their food is harder to find.

posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010 10:18:11 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I have been following the Royal Mail Twitter tag with interest over the past few days to try and gauge how badly the service has been affected by the recent bad weather. As someone who uses both Royal Mail business collections and deliveries, 15 inches of snow in the local area has meant 3 days without business collections and 4 days without receiving mail. With the snow starting to disappear both were working yesterday but there are obviously massive delays within the Royal Mail network as mail has backed up at the sorting office.

Looking at the various comments on Twitter there seem to be a lot of people awaiting parcels and getting frustrated because there is no snow in their local area, hence in their mind no reason for delay. I wonder how many of them have taken into account where there parcel is being dispatched from and the fact that many areas have been cut off completely for several days. It seems obvious to me that in many cases mail has to move through regions with problems in order to reach them but judging by the general opinions I have seen, people do not understand this.

I do also find it interesting that many people are of the opinion that the postmen refuse to deliver in these difficult conditions when in fact they are simply not allowed out to deliver mail due to health and safety rules. In all I think Royal Mail are getting a fairly bad press at a time when I am also waiting for deliveries from 2 major courier companies, Royal Mail has delivered to me but a week later still nothing from the couriers.

posted on Wednesday, December 08, 2010 11:57:07 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback