# Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Is a website that allows users to name their own price for a date. Users are divided into two categories “generous” members who offer money for a date and “attractive” members who can accept or decline the offer. Whilst both men and women can join on either side this article points out that the majority of “attractive” users are women and most “generous” users are men. The “generous” users tend to pay between $20 and $100 for a date with users being able to haggle over the price. Users can see the other persons personal profile and pictures at all times, however, they are only able to have their conversation unlocked once a price has been agreed so a date can be arranged. The “generous” member then pays a percentage of the final price to the website and pays the rest of the price in person when they meet their date. It’s an interesting idea although it does seem a little mercenary dating people for money.

posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:33:40 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, April 19, 2011

According to this article a network of green corridors or ”bee roads” is planned to try and help boost the insect population. Under the scheme wild flowers will be replanted alongside roadsides, fields and houses to create green corridors where insects can feed and move around the country more easily. The article claims that the UK has lost more than 3 million hectares of wildflower habitat since the Second World War, leaving insects with nowhere to feed. Gardens are often not rich enough in native nectar rich flowers. The loss in habitat has had an impact on the numbers of hoverflies, bees and butterflies causing many species to decline. The Co-operative supermarket is recreating areas of wild flowers and nectar rich plants such as lesser knapweed, field scabious and birdsfoot trefoil. These will be planted anywhere from parks to playing fields with farmers and other landowners being asked to sow wildflowers as well. It is hoped that they will eventually stretch north to south and east to west across Yorkshire, restoring a total of five hectares in the £60,000 pilot project. Ultimately it is hoped to roll the project out across the whole country allowing insects to thrive and reducing decline. It seems like a really good idea. Personally I have left a number of wild areas in my garden where I encourage the wildflowers to grow. Not only are they very pretty but I have an abundance of bees, hoverflies and butterflies in the garden.

posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 8:45:27 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, April 18, 2011

Allotment 2We have spent a couple of days at the allotment now and as you can see by the picture we have managed to clear most of the brambles. We can now walk on the plot which is an improvement and the really hard work of clearing the roots and double digging the soil has started. I am, however, encouraged by the progress we have made so far and hope to have something growing in it within a few weeks.

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# Sunday, April 17, 2011

I had a few aubergines that needed using up so decided to make a moussaka. The dish took quite a long time to prepare so is not something I will be making on a regular basis but the end result was really tasty. This one was made from a Delia recipe. Basically you need to slice a couple of aubergines into thin rounds, cover these with salt and leave them to sit for about 30 minutes. In the meantime fry one onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Add your mince and fry until brown, moussaka is usually made with lamb mince, but I used beef mince for this one. Add a cup of red wine, 2 spoons of tomato puree, a teaspoon of cinnamon and oregano and seasoning. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until all the liquid is gone. Then in another frying pan, fry the aubergines in batches in a little olive oil until they are golden brown. Drain them on kitchen paper to remove some of the oil. Then arrange some aubergines in your dish and put a layer of mince on top. Keep putting alternate layers of mince mixture and aubergines until you have run out of mixture. The topping is made from a white sauce and egg. Melt a couple of spoons of butter in a pan, add flour and gradually add a pint of milk, seasoning and a bit of nutmeg. Add about a cup of shredded cheese and keep stirring until it thickens. Take off the heat and cool the mixture. Whisk in 2 eggs and pour over top of your mince and aubergines. The cook in the oven for about an hour on 180. In all this took a good 2 hours to prepare and another hour to cook.

posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 10:41:45 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, April 16, 2011

New research which has been carried out by Stuart Young Consulting has questioned the efficiency of wind farms finding they are less efficient than previously claimed. The report claims that wind farms produce just 10% of capacity for more than a third of the time. It also suggests that output is lowest during the times of peak demand. Based on it’s findings the report concluded that wind turbines cannot be relied upon to produce significant levels of power generation. The findings are certainly interesting but I think if wind power is used alongside other ways of generating power it can still be beneficial. I think most people realise that as yet there is not really a plausible alternative to nuclear power.

posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 10:35:20 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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