# Monday, 10 January 2011

A vulture has been arrested in Saudi Arabia on suspicion of being a spy. The vulture was tagged at a Tel Aviv University as part of a migration research project. It flew in Saudi territory where the transmitter which read “Tel Aviv University” aroused suspicion. It is now being held on the suspicion that it is a Mossad spy. It is not yet clear what methods of questioning are being used to determine whether the bird is innocent of the alleged offence.

posted on Monday, 10 January 2011 10:10:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 09 January 2011

According to this article the Open University which was once dominated by mature students is now attracting more younger age groups. It seems that at a time when people are increasingly struggling to make ends meets the appeal of the Open University where you can study part time is really coming into its own. It is now attracting more under 25s because of its lower tuition fees and the fact that they can work whilst they study. In many ways it is a more viable option. I chose to do my Master degree with the Open University some years ago because they was no way I could afford to study further without working. During my course I worked full time and was still able to keep up with the study commitments although it did take up all my spare time and lunch breaks. It seems to me a good way to further your education whilst working and without running up large debts.

posted on Sunday, 09 January 2011 13:10:09 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 08 January 2011

This is interesting its a cat called Pogo whose job it is to test whether dogs are suitable to live with cats. Pogo interacts with the dogs to see whether they are going to be suitable for re-homing in a home where there are cats. At first Pogo is safe within the cat cage where he meets dogs of all sizes to gauge their reaction to him. If a dog pasts the first test and Pogo remains relaxed then he is let out of the cage to interact further with the dogs. Dogs that pass the second test are then deemed able to go to a home with cats. The Dogs Trust say that Pogo has lived with dogs all his life and is not put under stress during the encounters.

posted on Saturday, 08 January 2011 12:50:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 07 January 2011

article-1294260220754-0CA67D74000005DC-45156_636x418This is Lucy who at the grand age of 39 is thought to be the oldest cat in the world. She is deaf and rather stiff but at the equivalent of 172 in human years she is doing well for her age. Lets hope she lives for a few more years yet.

posted on Friday, 07 January 2011 10:11:35 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

It never fails to amaze me what some people consider an emergency. For me 999 is there to report a serious crime or an accident that requires urgent medical attention. It seems, however, that some people don’t understand this. According to this article some of the reasons people have called the number include to report out of date milk on a shelf and to report that a new bed had not been delivered. Recently I remember there was also a lady who called to report a stolen snowman. When you think how many calls the emergency services deal with especially over the busy Christmas period it does me make me wonder what these time wasters are thinking.

posted on Friday, 07 January 2011 10:08:59 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 06 January 2011

Personally I am still getting over the last of the Christmas food and Easter is the last thing on my mind but if this article is to be believed Easter eggs are already appearing in some supermarkets. A Tesco store in Portslade, East Sussex already has its Easter Egg display in place and others are likely to follow suit. According to Tesco there is a huge demand for Creme Eggs as soon as they go on sale. I do wonder if people really want to buy Easter eggs this early.

posted on Thursday, 06 January 2011 10:26:34 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 05 January 2011

As someone who used to wear contact lenses I find it interesting that this article claims customers are wasting money buying their lenses on the high street. According to the article if you know your prescription you can buy contact lenses from anywhere and buying on the high street could mean you are paying three times as much. Personally I don’t find this surprising I used to purchase all my contact lenses online and the difference in price was amazing. I guess people get used to buying from their optician and don’t think to shop around.

posted on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 13:01:09 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 04 January 2011

According to this article advertisers have developed adverts that can be watched at up to 12 times the normal speed and so can be watched by those people who use services such as Sky+. Apparently advertisers are becoming concerned that their commercials are being missed due to people fast forwarding them and so have developed the new ads. These feature lingering shots of brands and logos and are designed to be viewed at higher speeds. Personally I always watch programmes from the planner and forward through the adverts so it will be interesting to see when these new ads start appearing.

posted on Tuesday, 04 January 2011 13:13:13 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 03 January 2011

This is an interesting article. It claims that scientists in Abu Dhabi have found a way to create rainstorms in the desert. According to the article scientists employed by the ruler of Abu Dhabi have managed to create as many as 50 rainstorms using technology. They use giant ionisers to generate fields of negatively charged particles. These promote cloud formation and can then produce rain. It is thought this is the first time that a system has been able to produce rain from clear skies.

posted on Monday, 03 January 2011 13:03:50 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback