# Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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I have often wondered why car manufacturers seem to spend time creating new electric cars rather than working on improving an existing and popular model. I was interested, then to see that Ford has just released an electric version of the Ford Focus. The new Focus looks like a Focus rather than looking like an electric car. It is not yet clear how far the car will go on a charge or how much it is but I think Ford are on the right track producing an electric version of one of their most popular cars.

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# Monday, January 17, 2011

The BMW 3 Series topped the list as the most popular second hand car of 2010. The figures which come from Auto Trader found that the BMW 3 Series was the most searched for car on its website last year. It was followed by the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Audi A4. I’m surprised by the figures as I see many more Ford Focus cars around than any other make.

posted on Monday, January 17, 2011 10:26:18 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, January 16, 2011

If you are unlucky enough to have had swine flu then there could be a positive side to you catching the virus. Scientists believe that those who recover from swine flu are left with an extraordinary ability to fight off flu viruses. This is because in beating the H1N1 virus the body makes antibodies that can kill a number of other flu strains. The findings from the the Journal of Experimental Medicine could lead to a universal flu vaccine being developed that would protect against all strains of influenza. I will be interested to see how often I get sick after my recent severe bout of flu. With any luck I have this super immunity.

posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 6:50:56 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, January 15, 2011

If this article is correct the average woman spends £71 in the sales on clothes that they will never wear. One of the main problems appears to be buying clothing in a size that is too small hoping that they can slim down to fit into it. All of these sales bargain amount to £3.5 billion worth of clothes that will just sit at the back of the wardrobe. I have been fairly restrained this year when it comes to the sales but I know I have a lot of sale “bargains” sitting in my wardrobe from previous years that I am yet to wear.

posted on Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:34:45 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 14, 2011

According to this article 2.6 million Britons used their credit card to pay their mortgage or rent last year. The figures come from a report by the housing charity Shelter and suggest that many families face a daily struggle to keep a roof over their heads. I find the figures surprising and would be interested to know whether these people have other outgoings that are taking a greater portion of their income or if they simply don’t earn enough to cover the mortgage payment.

posted on Friday, January 14, 2011 9:55:32 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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