# Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wine-bottle-sediment-007This is interesting its a wine bottle that has been designed to catch the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Chef Martín Berasategui designed it as a way of decanting the wine whilst it is in the bottle. The bottle has a chamber at the base which captures the sediment rather than it being poured out with the wine. It also acts as a decanter because of its special shape.

posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011 10:46:10 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, January 12, 2011

If you are considering a contraceptive implant then it might be worth reading this article. It seem that there have been a number of complaints regarding the Implanon device. 1,600 women have complained to the medicines watchdog including 584 who had unwanted pregnancies as a result. The device when working correctly is implanted under the skin and releases hormones into the bloodstream from a tiny tube in the arm. This is supposed to stop women getting pregnant for three years. The Implanon device, however, has received a number of complaints not only of unwanted pregnancies but also of adverse reactions and incorrectly implanted devices. The NHS has so far paid out more than £200,000 in compensation to women who fell pregnant or who were injured by the implant.

posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 10:23:49 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I have often wondered why we don’t see this headline more often. The story is about an alleged psychic who predicting she would win the lottery went on to do just that a couple of months later. I’m not entirely convinced myself, I wonder whether there was more than a little luck involved.

posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 10:21:53 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I was interested to read this article about a bank robbery in Argentina where thieves spent seven months tunnelling into a vault before making off with the valuables. The article likens the robbery to the film The Bank Job in which a similar robbery was portrayed. In the real robbery the thieves dug a 100ft long tunnel complete with ventilation and lighting over the course of seven months. The thieves had rented a building next to bank from which they dug their tunnel. They waited until New Year Eve to raid the vaults as they knew the bank would be closed for several days. It is thought they managed to empty 140 safety deposit boxes but it is not yet known how much they managed to get away with in monetary value.

posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:19:16 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, January 10, 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, January 10, 2011 10:10:55 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, January 09, 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, January 09, 2011 1:10:09 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, January 08, 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, January 08, 2011 12:50:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 07, 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, January 07, 2011 10:11:35 AM (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, January 07, 2011 10:08:59 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, January 06, 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, January 06, 2011 10:26:34 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback