# Monday, 10 October 2011

Nestlé has created a TV advert for pet food which has been made to appeal to dogs. The advert features frequencies that only dogs can hear to try and get their attention. Quite how this will convince the dogs owners to purchase the particular brand of pet food is a mystery but one must presume that the dogs will simply ask for it by name. It’s an interesting idea and something which could also be used to advertise cat foods. My cats, already watch the TV, they particularly like bird programmes and often make hunting noises at the TV. Bizarrely programmes with Alan Titchmarsh also seem to have the effect, why? I am yet to find out. I’m sure they would greatly enjoy watching adverts made for them.

posted on Monday, 10 October 2011 11:22:39 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 09 October 2011


If you want something to brighten up your salad bowl then these multi-coloured carrots might be just the thing. They have recently gone on sale for £1 for a mixed bag in Tesco. Featuring white, yellow and purple varieties they certainly make the humble carrot look a bit more interesting. They have been produced naturally in Norfolk from varieties that are no longer grown commercially and are aimed at encouraging children to eat more vegetables.

posted on Sunday, 09 October 2011 21:02:51 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 08 October 2011

More than 300 people in Colchester are hoping they have broken the world record for the largest number of people in a piggyback race. The attempt at breaking the record was made last week in Lower Castle Park, Colchester. It aimed to break the previous world record which was set last November and included 296 people. The organisers are now waiting for official verification to see whether or not there were successful. 

posted on Saturday, 08 October 2011 11:50:06 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

It looks like the recent hot weather could be good news for English wine. It seems the so called Indian summer has led to a last minute surge in the ripening of grapes providing perfect conditions for UK winemakers. According to this article the recent high temperatures have created the perfect balance of acid and sugar in the grapes. Although this years grape crop is likely to be smaller than usual, what grapes there are should produce a sensational wine. It could be a vintage to stock up on, when it starts to go sale.

posted on Saturday, 08 October 2011 11:49:08 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 07 October 2011

Owning a cat or dog can cost you as much as £17k over it’s lifetime, if this article is to be believed. The cost estimate comes from figures from research by Sainsbury's pet insurance and are based on costs such as food, vet bills and kennels over your pets lifetime. They are based on the fact that most dogs live 13 years and most cats 15 years. I’m not sure I spend that much on my four cats but I will say they are worth it for the pleasure and companionship they bring me.

posted on Friday, 07 October 2011 09:06:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 06 October 2011

After many of weekends of work getting to the bare walls, the decorating finally seems to making progress. Rory booked a day off work this week and decided to spend it sanding. The process went surprisingly quickly and we now have nice smooth bare walls. The next step is to apply the base coat. All being well, we might actually have the walls and ceiling painted by the end of the month. Perhaps the end is finally within sight.

posted on Thursday, 06 October 2011 14:04:34 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 05 October 2011

article-1316867580436-0E0D6FDF00000578-920406_636x381A bride in Italy literally stopped traffic with her wedding dress. Her veil measured a record breaking 1.8 mile long. Elena de Angelis needed 600 people to carry the silk veil as it stretched down the road behind her. A large crowd appeared as residents of Casal di Principe in Naples tried to get a glimpse of it. The veil was made of 3.7 miles of material and measured two metres in width.

posted on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 10:32:15 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Cider appears to be becoming more popular with Waitrose saying sales of the drink have overtaken those of Chilean or Spanish wine. The growth comes at a time when lager sales are in decline and suggests that more people are choosing cider as an alternative. The increase has proved to be good news for England's orchards which have boosted production and are this year expecting to set a new record apple harvest. Although cider sales have risen 13% over the past year it does still only account for 3% of sales at the supermarket but is the fastest growing category in the past three months. I have noticed that even in the supermarkets there is now a greater range of better tasting ciders. Gone are the days of cheap strong white cider that could strip paint off a wall. It seems cider is now focussed more on taste and quality. I do quite like cider but personally prefer a medium sweet choice. I do wonder, however, how I go about making some, it might be a good way to use up this years bumper apple crop from the garden.

posted on Tuesday, 04 October 2011 12:38:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 03 October 2011

A study published in the British Medical Journal has claimed that traffic fumes can cause hearts attacks up to 6 hours after exposure. It seems prolonged exposure to pollutant particles and nitrogen dioxide can increase the risk of suffering a heart attack. Although the authors of the paper have identified the risk as small, there is only a 1.3% greater chance of a heart attack after six hours of exposure to the substances it can would still be enough to bring forward a heart attack which was about to happen anyway. It does seem the greater risk is mainly to those who have already been diagnosed with heart problems. I guess what we don’t need the paper to tell us is that traffic fumes are bad for us.

posted on Monday, 03 October 2011 10:26:32 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback