# Monday, November 21, 2011

Have you ever worked out much time you spend commuting each year? The average it seems is five weeks a year. That’s based on research by the TUC on official figures from the Office for National Statistics. People working in London have the longest commuting time with the average worker taking 277 hours a year travelling to and from work, that’s about 37.8 minutes per journey. Those in the East of England and the South East have average commuting times of 205 hours a year with workers in Northern Ireland and Wales having the shortest commutes of 164 hours and 166 hours. I would also  be interested to see the average amount of time workers waste being delayed by late running and cancelled transport particularly during the winter months when in some areas the transport system seems to break down completely.

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# Sunday, November 20, 2011
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This is interesting it’s a wedding dress made of human hair. The dress has been made by seamstress Thelma Madine using 250 metres of hair extensions. It also includes 1500 crystals and 12 underskirts. it certainly is unusual although perhaps a little garish for bridal wear. When you think it took a team of 8 people 12 days to make, you can’t help but admire the work that has gone into it.

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# Saturday, November 19, 2011
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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.

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# Friday, November 18, 2011
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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.

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# Thursday, November 17, 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.

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# Wednesday, November 16, 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.

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# Tuesday, November 15, 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.

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# Monday, November 14, 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, November 14, 2011 9:11:11 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback