# Friday, 28 January 2011

If this article is to be believed Australians are increasingly choosing wine over beer. If the trend continues it is thought wine sales will overtake beer sales within 10 years. In fact the consumption of beer has dropped by almost half to its lowest level in 50 years. Wine sales, however, have increased three fold over the same period.

posted on Friday, 28 January 2011 09:54:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Whenever I see an article like one I am reminded of the importance of micro chipping your pets. The article is about a cat called Star that went missing from the Isle of Wight. Surprisingly he has now been found over a year later 300 miles away from his home in York. Star was handed into a York Cats Protection Centre where he was scanned for a chip. He has now been reunited with his owner but it is still not clear how he ended up in York.

posted on Friday, 28 January 2011 09:51:50 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 27 January 2011


This is interesting its a wine that contains a venomous snake. Produced in a village in Vietnam the wine contains snakes and scorpions. It is made with either a cobra or scorpion encased in the wine. The poison of the creature, however, is cancelled out by the alcoholic content of the drink and the fermenting process. The wine is thought to have many health benefits and is used to treat various problems such as back pain, rheumatism and lumbago. It is also thought to increase male virility.

posted on Thursday, 27 January 2011 10:55:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 26 January 2011

According to this article a cat in Boston has been ordered to do jury service. The cat called Tabby Sal has been called to sit in judgement at a US court. He had been refused a request for disqualification on the grounds that he is unable to speak and understand English. It appears the error may have been caused by the owner listing her cat in the wrong place on the census. As things stand the cat will have to appear at the court.

posted on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 09:41:35 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 25 January 2011

A shopping centre in Cheltenham had to be closed due to seagull attacks. The gulls began dive bombing customers on two levels of the shopping centre car park. They became increasingly aggressive and the decision was taken to close two levels of the arcade. It it thought hawks will now be brought in to scare them away.

posted on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 10:41:35 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback


This is the Beach Garbage Hotel, a project that has been created to highlight the rubbish that is washed up on our beaches. The hotel in Spain has been built by German artist Ha Schult. He has covered the walls with waste found at dumps and items brought at flea markets with around 30% of the items being found on beaches in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. He is quoted as saying "I created the Beach Garbage Hotel because the oceans of our planet are the biggest garbage dump."

posted on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 10:30:12 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 24 January 2011

If this article is to be believed Starbucks are now selling cups of coffee that contain nearly a litre of liquid. The new Trenta cup size has recently been rolled out in stores across 14 American states starting in California. The cup holds 918ml or 31 ounces and will at first be used to sell iced coffee, tea and lemonade. I wonder whether the new size will be popular. I can certainly never imagine myself thinking, man that was a really late night, I need a litre of coffee.

posted on Monday, 24 January 2011 10:20:33 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 23 January 2011

This is interesting its a proposal which could mean heavy drinkers are given a special zone in which they are allowed to drink. The scheme which has been proposed by a councillor from Colchester believes that the areas alcoholics should be given a special “wet zone” in which they can drink out of the way of the rest of the public. Currently anti-social drinkers in the area are constantly moved on by police because they and the dogs they often have with them are intimidating to the general public.

It is clear that some areas do have a problems with this issue. I remember when I used to work in Richmond, Surrey, there was a large group of men and their dogs who spent all day in the church yard drinking. It is clear they do need somewhere to go during the day where they do not cause problems. I’m not sure, however, that giving them a special zone in which to drink solves the issue. It seems to me it’s just sweeping the problem under the carpet rather than trying to deal with the root cause.

posted on Sunday, 23 January 2011 08:57:24 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 22 January 2011

According to this article an infection is currently threatening Britain's oak trees. The disease which has killed millions of oak trees in California is now a threat in Britain. It is thought to be as deadly as Dutch Elm disease which is responsible for wiping out millions of trees. In an effort to control it thousands of diseased trees are being felled. In 2003 it was present in a handful of oak trees but it has since jumped species and began infecting Japanese and European larch trees. Larch makes up around 5% of the forest cover in Britain so it has the potential to spread rapidly. The main problem is people carrying spores from infected forest areas on their tyres and boots.

posted on Saturday, 22 January 2011 12:59:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 21 January 2011

According to this article it will soon cost £70 to fill up the average family car. Prices are expected to reach a record high when they go up another 8p a litre on the 1st of April. This will push the cost of unleaded petrol up to £1.36 a litre and diesel to £1.40 a litre. The increases mean that it will cost £70 to fill a car with a 50 litre tank. The cost 12 months ago would have been £56, meaning an increase of as much as 25% over this period. It certainly is becoming very expensive to run a car but with public transport being hugely expensive and unreliable, in many cases a car journey is the only option.

posted on Friday, 21 January 2011 10:26:39 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

According to this article retailers are increasingly using scent in their stores. A Canadian company called Mood Media has been working with 20,000 different stores in Britain to help boost their sales. They use a combination of techniques including sound and visual media, with the latest trend being the use of scent. Popular scents include Lotus Flower and Enchanted Apple. The company has already created scents for Habitat, Timberland and Guest. The perfumes are pumped out through the air conditioning units and are aimed at making the customer stay in the store longer. The smells have to be subtle so that the customers don’t notice it except on a subconscious level.

posted on Friday, 21 January 2011 10:22:35 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback