# Tuesday, December 28, 2010

According to this article product placement could soon be coming to UK TV. The practice whereby shows can receive revenue for placing brands in the programme will be allowed on British TV shows from February 28th. Characters in shows will be able to refer to products by name and be seen eating, drinking and wearing branded goods. The new rules will allow product placement in all dramas, documentaries, soaps, entertainment and sports programmes but it will still be banned from all children’s and news programmes and in UK produced current affairs, consumer affairs and religious programmes. Personally I don’t really see a problem with product placement as long as it doesn’t detract from the content of the show I am watching but I can see that prime time shows are going to be attractive for large advertisers.

posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 12:21:28 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, December 27, 2010

I have been following with interest the argument that we should block pornography at the source. The argument appears to be that it would stop vulnerable children from coming into contact with porn if we were to block it at the source. I do wonder, however, whether it is such a good idea to start censoring peoples viewing habits. Whilst I can appreciate some people might want to block porn completely, if you don’t want to view it, you don’t have to. If the government were to start censoring certain web pages, however, I wonder where it would stop. I have the feeling it would start with hard core pornography and before we know it we would find there are many other sites that we can no longer access because they are deemed not appropriate by the government. Personally I would rather choose what I want to view without restrictions, if we get into this type of censorship its a slippery slope before we go the same way as a country such as China which simply blocks any content which doesn’t tow the party line.

posted on Monday, December 27, 2010 12:17:30 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, December 26, 2010

If the recent bad weather is starting to get down then you might want to try listening to some bird song. Naturalists claim that listening to five minutes of bird song is just the thing to improve your mood and give you a much needed warm glow. Not only does it ease tension but it also reminds us that spring is just around the corner. The National Trust has compiled recordings of the dawn chorus as a reminder that spring is just around the corner. They can be heard and downloaded at the website at the following link.

posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 1:29:10 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article gardeners could soon be banned from using peat. Ministers want to force gardeners to use more environmentally friendly alternatives rather than taking more peat from bogs. The problem is that millions of tons of greenhouse gases are released from disturbed peat bogs each year. Rare plants and animals are also at risk because peat is often stripped from bogs more quickly than it can be renewed. Many garden centres already sell peat free alternatives but many gardeners and growers feel these are inferior and so would not support a ban.

posted on Sunday, December 26, 2010 12:31:59 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, December 24, 2010

I have been unlucky enough to suffer from a bout of swine flu recently. As someone who is rarely ill it took me a bit by surprise. The illness is much like normal flu but with an extremely high temperature. What surprised me, however, was the fact that I was confined to bed for two whole days. Usually I would quite happily struggle through a bout of flu but I can honestly never remember being so sick. It was impossible to lift my head for two days due to the feeling of dizziness in my head and resulting nausea if I tried to sit up. This coupled with the fact that I was running a high fever and could not get warm did not make for a happy time. It appears the only way to shift this evil bug is to simply stay in bed and rest. Two days of bed rest later I was left with a constant cough but no other symptoms. Lets hope I have built up some immunity and don’t suffer so badly next time.

posted on Friday, December 24, 2010 4:10:19 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

That’s according to research carried out by Oxford University. It found that if everyone ate five portions of fruit and vegetables a day it would prevent 15,000 early death. This would include an estimated 7,000 from coronary heart disease, 5,000 from cancer and 3,000 from stroke. Increasingly dietary fibre would save another 4,000 lives whilst watching fat intake would save another 7,000.

posted on Friday, December 24, 2010 4:07:22 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, December 23, 2010

According to this article sales of British blue cheese have outsold their French counterparts for the first time. The figures are according to Britain's biggest food retailer, Tesco and indicate that people are choosing to buy more British varieties. The supermarket has sold 16% more British blue cheese than French blue over the past 12 months. Favourites appear to be Blue Wensleydale, Yorkshire Blue, Blacksticks Blue and Shropshire Blue. Personally I always buy a British cheese where available, so it’s good to see other people are starting to do the same.

posted on Thursday, December 23, 2010 11:06:33 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, December 22, 2010

At a time when it is generally assumed that newspaper readership is declining this article makes an interesting read. It suggests that 12,681,472 people still buy a newspaper every day. The figures come from ABC figures and show that the 10 London based national titles sell an average of 9,540,993 a day. The 68 English regional dailies (mornings and evenings) together sell 2,085,116. In addition the non paid for dailies sell 1.344,959 (Metro) 700,000 (Evening Standard)  and 113,321 (City AM) making newspaper readership nearer the 15m mark. Personally I don’t buy a printed newspaper anymore but I do still read those that are still freely available online.

posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 11:36:26 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, December 21, 2010

According to this article aliens can now declare themselves on the Serbian Census. There is now a new section for visitors from other planets to declare themselves if they should wish to do so. They can list themselves as aliens but do not have to give any details of their sex, religion or ethnicity. It will be interesting to see how many aliens take advantage of this.

posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 11:23:44 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, December 20, 2010

I have always avoided store cards because of their extremely high rates of interest but was interested to read this article which suggests some may now charge you for not using them. Santander have written to customers to tell them that their terms and conditions have changed. The company which issues store cards for House of Fraser, Debenhams, Laura Ashley and several other high street chains will now be able to charge a £10 fee to customers who do not use their cards for six months. The article suggests that many shoppers take out store cards to take advantage of introductory rates over Christmas without intending to use them on a regular basis. Bearing in mind that many store cards charge almost 30 per cent interest this seems to me another good reason not to use them.

posted on Monday, December 20, 2010 11:00:07 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback