# Friday, April 15, 2011

If you are looking for an unspoilt beach in Britain then you may want to check out this article. It lists some lesser known beaches  (at least they were until the article highlighted them) that might be worth a visit. Among the beaches it recommends are Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Great Bay in St Martins on the Scilly isles and Oldshoremore in Sutherland. Many of the beaches are located in more isolated areas so require a little bit more effort to get too but I guess that’s why less people make do make the effort to visit them. A small price to pay I feel for a bit more of the beach to yourself.

posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 11:23:13 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, April 14, 2011

That’s according to this article which says ministers are considering lifting the requirement to have a vehicle tested every year. Instead drivers would need to get their vehicle tested once every two years. The move is being considered to help motorists who are already struggling with rising petrol prices. The Government’s own analysis, however, has found that relaxing the rules could lead to an extra 30 deaths on the road every year. Personally I think a yearly Mot can be an important safety reminder, particularly if you don’t get your car serviced regularly. It can prove to be expensive but in some ways I would rather have the reassurance that I am driving a safe car. Perhaps they should look at reducing the cost of an Mot from the average £55 to perhaps £30, this would make it more affordable whilst still giving the peace of mind of a yearly check.

posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:28:14 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, April 13, 2011

AllotmentIn a moment of madness I have recently taken on a plot on an allotment. Not that you would currently know it is an allotment. It is currently covered in waist high brambles and nettles and even has a few established trees. Having spoken to other people at the allotment the plot has not been touched for around 10 years. It’s certainly going to be a challenge to get it cleared. We did make a start yesterday clearing the worst of the brambles. I estimate it will take a few more days before we clear the rest. Then comes the really hard work of digging all the roots out. I am hoping to get a small patch dug over in time to plant some potatoes. Although the allotment will be a challenge it is encouraging to see it coming along slowly.

posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:02:43 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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This is interesting it’s a short article about a lady called Maria Hose Cristerna who not only has covered herself with a large number of tattoos that cover nearly 100% of her body but has also recently had horns implanted to try and look like a vampire. To complete the look she also has specially shaped vampire fangs and has changed the colour of eyes, I presume with contact lenses, although the article doesn’t make this point clear. It certainty is an interesting look and as a mother of four children I can’t help thinking she must get a few odd looks on the school run.

posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 9:14:47 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, April 11, 2011

According to this article brown bread is starting to becoming more popular whilst sales of white bread in the same period have fallen. Whilst sales of white bread do still far outweigh those of brown the figures do suggest that people are starting to buy more brown loaves. Sales of white bread have fallen by 1% whilst sales of brown have risen by 6%. To put the figures in to context, however, white bread still accounts for 66% of the 12million loaves sold each day, a total of 7.9million, whilst brown accounts for around 27%, 3.24million loaves a day and seeded for seven per cent around 840,000 loaves.

posted on Monday, April 11, 2011 12:00:58 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, April 10, 2011

That’s according to this article which looks at Tesco’s new offering tescocars.com The company hopes to offer its users an improved car buying experience. Tesco claim that they have analysed the common problems that people currently have with the industry in order to offer a better service. They will focus on cars which have been well looked after by their previous owners such as ex-fleet or lease cars. The cars are likely to have an higher than average mileage but will still be nearly new and need no work doing to them. Every vehicle will have to meet a 167 point independent RAC Plus inspection and a road tests. Buyers will be able to have their car delivered to their home address or collect it from a national handover centre. It’s certainly interesting to see Tesco moving to corner yet another market, it will be interesting to see how popular their service becomes.

posted on Sunday, April 10, 2011 3:17:21 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, April 09, 2011

If you like me participated in the Big Garden Birdwatch then you might be interested in this article. It looks at the results of the birdwatch which found small birds have actually increased in numbers despite the harsh winter. Findings of goldcrests have doubled whilst long tailed tits have increased by a third and coal tits have increased by a quarter. Some other results are listed below but it certainly looks like encouraging news for songbirds. We are lucky to have lots of different types of birds in our garden, and I try to encourage them by leaving out bird feeders and leaving some wild areas for insects.

House sparrow - 4.2 birds per garden in 2011, rise from 3.8 in 2010

Starling - 3.9, up from 3.1

Blackbird - 3.3, stayed the same

Blue tit - 3.2, up from 2.6

Chaffinch - 2.4, up from 2.2

Wood pigeon - 1.9, stayed the same

Great tit - 1.6, up from 1.4

Goldfinch - 1.5, up from 1.3

Robin - 1.5, stayed the same

Collared Dove - 1.3, stayed the same at 1.3

posted on Saturday, April 09, 2011 1:18:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, April 07, 2011

That’s according to an entomologist (Insects as food are known as entomophagy) who says UK consumers will turn to insects as food when meat becomes scarce. Prof Marcel Dicke of Wageningen University believes that we should get used to eating insects because by 2020 they will form an important part of our diet. He believes that people will start to change their minds about eating insects as meat starts to become more expensive and is heading a four year programme aimed at producing a business plan to bring insects to western tables. Insects are low in cholesterol and high in protein as well as producing less waste so have the advantage of producing less carbon emissions than conventional livestock. I’m not convinced myself, but will try most foods once so won’t be ruling out eating a few bugs.

posted on Thursday, April 07, 2011 12:54:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback