# Saturday, 18 December 2010

Just when the remains of the last lot of snow were starting to disappear it appears to have started again. It has been snowing in Sevenoaks all morning again and is already at the stage where I don’t think its safe enough to take the car out of the drive. Unfortunately as I learnt last time, the only thing to do in Sevenoaks when it snows is to give in and build a snowman.

posted on Saturday, 18 December 2010 14:05:04 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 17 December 2010

According to this article if you want to lose weight all you need to do is imagine eating calorific food before you eat. Scientists have found that going through the metal motions of eating something such as chocolate bar will make you eat less when you actually eat your meal. In a study volunteers were asked to imagine consuming some food such as a M&M or a cube of cheese. They were then given a bowl of food and asked to eat it. There was a 50% reduction in the amount of food consumed by the participants who has been told to imagine eating before being given the bowl of food. Personally I’m not sure it would work for me, if I imagined eating a bar of chocolate I would have to go to the shop and buy chocolate.

posted on Friday, 17 December 2010 12:46:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 16 December 2010


The Tate's Christmas tree this year is a rather bare affair. It has been created by Giorgio Sadotti and features a circle of silver postcards around the base and a coiled bullwhip. The artist is know for an art practice that “celebrates the power of nothing”. That may be so but a few fairy light wouldn’t go amiss.

posted on Thursday, 16 December 2010 12:42:07 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 15 December 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, 15 December 2010 12:54:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 14 December 2010


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, 14 December 2010 12:00:03 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 13 December 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, 13 December 2010 08:40:10 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 12 December 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, 12 December 2010 11:22:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 11 December 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, 11 December 2010 11:30:41 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback