# Thursday, December 01, 2011

article-1321356781060-0ECE43A900000578-870510_636x369

article-1321356958949-0ECE449300000578-755857_466x310This is interesting its a sunken bridge which has been created across a historic moat. The bridge at Fort Roovere is part of a sunken waterway surrounding the Dutch fort. Architects built it rather than creating a bridge over the moat so it forms an invisible bridge.

posted on Thursday, December 01, 2011 3:30:04 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Grandmother Barbara Pitt has recently created the scent of Southport in a fragrance. She drew on the towns attractions to create the scent which captures the towns essence. Costing £25 it is on sale at a gift shop in the town and should be the perfect gift for those visitors to the town that want a unique souvenir.

posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 7:55:34 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, November 28, 2011
article-0-0EEEBE1400000578-131_468x286

This is interesting its a fence made of bee hives that helps deter elephants from areas populated by humans. Biologist Dr Lucy King came up with the idea after studying the African Savannah elephant. She noticed that the elephants refused to feed on acacia trees which housed African honeybees for fear of getting stung. Based on this she developed the beehive fence to stop elephants entering farm land. The fences have now been tested in three different districts in Kenya. Since they have been installed a total of 90 different raids by elephants have been monitored but there have only been six incidents of elephants actually crossing the fences.

posted on Monday, November 28, 2011 7:19:36 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, November 27, 2011

ENVIRONMENT-Orchid_2062416cIt never fails to amaze me how many new species of plants are discovered, even now. One of the more recent is what is thought to be the world’s first flowering orchid. Discovered by botanists in Papua new Guinea, the plant has been called Bulbophyllum nocturnum. it is the first known example of a nocturnal orchid that consistently flowers after dark and closes in the morning. The discovery was made after orchid specialist Ed de Vogel took the species for cultivation. He found that when the orchid grew buds they quickly withered as they reached the size when he have expected them to open. It was only when he took the orchid home one night that he realised the buds opened only at night, flowering for only a few hours before dying.

posted on Sunday, November 27, 2011 12:14:58 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 26, 2011
pudding_2061379c

Tesco are selling a Christmas pudding topped with gold leaf in the run up to this Christmas. The pudding costs £16 and is topped with real 24 carat gold. It looks quite nice but I’m not sure I would pay £16 for one.

posted on Saturday, November 26, 2011 10:23:06 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 25, 2011

If you are living on a tight budget then you might want to eat more toast sandwiches. According to this article they are Britain’s cheapest lunchtime meal. The dish which was apparently popular in Victorian times costs just 7.5p to make. The recipe comes from the brilliant Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management which contains many recipe gems. Whether the toast sandwich is one of the better of them is up to you to decide. If you want to make one it consists of a piece of dry toast sandwiched between two slices of bread and butter and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. It doesn’t sound that appetising but is certainly cheap and cheerful.

posted on Friday, November 25, 2011 8:53:58 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, November 24, 2011

article-0-0ED3692B00000578-0_310x440article-0-0ED366B200000578-851_310x440Toy story makers have created a new range of clothing for adults. The clothes will be available in a limited number of Disney stores in the USA and will feature alien inspired tops and a Mr Potato-head hat. Looking at these outfits I’m not convinced it will be that popular.

posted on Thursday, November 24, 2011 10:36:44 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I get a bit sick of seeing the adverts for payday loans offering a quick fix solution particularly when you notice the small print at the bottom of the advert citing an interest rate of 300% APR or similar. Reading this article, it seems there is now a new type of loan targeting consumers that offers a 0% rate but only for 8 days. For the first 8 days of the loan period you can borrow a sum of money interest free, the catch of course is the interest rate after this period which is charged at 50p a day for every £100 borrowed. This equates to 448.3 % APR. There are no other hidden fees to take into account but I do wonder who takes on this type of loan.

posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 10:16:22 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback