# Saturday, 19 November 2011

This is interesting it’s a papier mache wine bottle. The bottle has been invented by British inventor Martin Myerscough who is currently in talks with supermarkets who he hopes will use his invention. Called the Greenbottle it is made completely of papier mache meaning it has a carbon footprint of just 10% of the equivalent glass wine bottle. It is biodegradable so you can compost it and it should break down within a few weeks. The bottle itself does not actually come into contact with the wine but includes a plastic liner within the box which is presumably not recyclable, similar to the idea of cardboard wine boxes which are currently available. It’s an interesting idea but I wonder how many wine manufacturers will choose to put their wine in paper bottles rather than glass ones.

posted on Saturday, 19 November 2011 10:36:58 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 18 November 2011

The heading says it all really. George from Rainbow has been pictured in a tree at Scotney Castle. If you have forgotten what George looks like, he is pictured to the right. I will leave you to marvel at the uncanny resemblance.

posted on Friday, 18 November 2011 09:24:34 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 17 November 2011

article-2061430-0ECC88D300000578-436_233x274It seems men can now get away with wearing many things you would usually only associate with women. Last week we had fake eyelashes for men, now it appears it is also acceptable for men to wear heels. It seems heels for men are becoming popular with styles such as this Mohawk wedge and knee high boots selling well. I don’t think my husband is convinced but then I think I am more comfortable wearing the heels in our household.

posted on Thursday, 17 November 2011 09:02:21 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 16 November 2011

article-0-0EBC097B00000578-445_468x299This rare yellow pear shaped diamond is due to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in Geneva this week. The diamond which is being referred to as the Sun-Drop Diamond is a vivid yellow, the highest colour grading by gemstone experts. It is the largest known diamond of its kind at 110.3 carats. It is expected to fetch between $11 million and $15 million and the buyer will also have the chance to name it.

posted on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 09:52:40 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 15 November 2011

This is interesting its a potential new treatment that could change the colour of your eyes. The treatment which is being pioneered by Stroma Medical removes the pigment from brown eyes in order to turn them blue. The process involves taking a picture of the iris and working out which areas to treat. The laser is then fired using a pattern to agitate the pigment on the surface of iris. After the first week of treatment the eye colour starts to turn darker as the tissue changes its characteristics. After a further one to three the blue colour then starts to appear.  The treatment is still currently in the trial period and Dr Gregg Homer who is behind the idea is seeking further investment in order to continue clinical trials and finish safety tests. Some eye experts have expressed reservations about the treatment, however, warning it could lead to issues with glare or double vision. Personally although I did have laser eye surgery to correct my vision I would not consider what appears to be a purely cosmetic treatment particularly when there is a risk of side effects.

posted on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 10:56:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 14 November 2011

A rare bottle of 55 year old Glenfiddich whisky is to be auctioned in Edinburgh next month. The bottle is one of only 11 that were produced to commemorate the 110th birthday of Janet Sheed Roberts the granddaughter of the distillery’s founder William Grant. It is thought it will fetch in excess of £30,000 when it goes to auction and is expected to break the current UK auction house record of £29,400. The Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve was casked on Hogmanay 1955. It is described as pale gold in colour with aromas of orange blossom, delicate violets and toasted almonds.

posted on Monday, 14 November 2011 09:11:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 13 November 2011

If this article is correct then you might want to consider the music you are listening to when drinking a glass of wine. A study published in the British Journal of Psychology found that people who drink wine whilst listening to music perceive the wine to have the same characteristics of the particular artist. Those drinking Merlot for example should try listening to Tom Jones for the best earthy and full bodied taste experience. Pinot Grigio on the other hand would be best enjoyed when listening to Lady Gaga.

The study looked at 250 students, half of whom were male and half female. They were given either a Cabernet Sauvignon or Chilean Chardonnay and played one of four songs on a loop for 15 minutes. The songs included Carmina Burana by Orff  which was chosen because it is powerful and heavy. The Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker chosen because it is subtle and refined. Just Can't Get Enough by Nouvelle Vague chosen for being zingy and refreshing and Slow Breakdown by Michael Brook which is mellow and soft. A fifth group drank the wine with no music. The wines were given the highest ratings for being powerful and heavy by those who drank them to the tune of Carmina Burana. Those that listened to Michael Brook rated the wine as mellow and soft more than other tastes. The results of the study showed consistently that emotional connotations of the music influenced the perception of taste.

posted on Sunday, 13 November 2011 12:38:56 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 12 November 2011

I had my 34 week appointment with the midwife earlier this week. Unfortunately it appears the baby is still happily lying in a transverse position, across my stomach rather than turning head down as it should be at this stage. If things don’t change then I will having an additional scan at 36 weeks to check the position. The doctor will then decide whether it is possible to turn the baby or to schedule a caesarean. I guess my main concern at this stage is if I were to go into early labour that the baby cannot be born in this position.  For now I am spending plenty of time on my hands and knees washing floors and weeding, which is supposed to encourage the baby to turn. There is definitely plenty of movement there but she seems determined to stay where she is.

posted on Saturday, 12 November 2011 10:41:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

article-2056654-0EA30A5C00000578-368_468x373If this article is to be believed fake eyelashes for men are becoming more popular. Called Guy Lashes they are stocked at stores such as Boots and Harrods and come in thick or fine varieties. They cost just £4.75 a pair, the question is, would you be seen wearing them?

posted on Saturday, 12 November 2011 10:40:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback