# Tuesday, February 28, 2012

This pink diamond is the largest ever to be found in Australia. It is 12.76 carats in size. Found at the Rio Tinto's Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia's East Kimberly region it it thought to be worth millions. It will now be polished and cut before being graded by a team of international experts.

posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 8:37:58 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, February 27, 2012

The answer it seems is around 60 days. This article which makes for an interesting read looks at how long a person can go without food. The question has arisen after a Swedish man was found buried in the snow in his car. He claims he survived for two months eating only handfuls of snow. Other people have been known to successfully survive for a 50 day period. It seems the amount of fat a person has on them has no bearing on how long they can actually survive as a lack of calories starts to cause your organs to shut down one by one. It is known that people who have gone on hunger strike tend to die after around 60 days.

posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 10:08:16 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, February 26, 2012

If you have trouble parking then it might not be your parking skills that are at fault it may actually be that the spaces are too small. Apparently the average vehicle is now 2 inches wider than the minimum allowed parking space. Research shows that popular British cars have increased in width by around 16% in the past 40 years. The article gives the example of the Ford Escort which was 5ft 2 inches wide when it was launched in 1968. The modern equivalent the Ford Focus, however, now measures 6ft 1 inch, nearly a foot wider. The guidance for the minimum size of a parking bay is 5ft 11 inches, something which has remained unchanged since 1994 meaning many spaces are now a very tight fit for popular models and too narrow for some. That explains a lot and I thought it was my questionable parking ability Smile

posted on Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:52:42 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, February 25, 2012

article-1329492259803-11C7C53A000005DC-272057_636x361These cute little otters appear to be getting a fair amount of coverage because they appear to be praying. They are in fact simply playing with a stone but they are certainly very cute. They were pictured at Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable by Marac Andrev Kolodzinski .

posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 11:05:52 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, February 24, 2012

Australian chef Andy Wrobel has created the world tallest stack of pancakes. He beat a record set in 2008 in Croatia to build a 76cm tall stack of pancakes. Including 60 pancakes in total. The tower did eventually fall over but not before the record was confirmed.

posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 8:53:37 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, February 23, 2012

NHS figures show that women in the North East of the country are more likely to smoke through their pregnancy. The figures show that women in the region are three times more likely to be smokers when they give birth as those in London. The figures come from the NHS Information Centre and revealed 20.2% of women in the North East were smokers when they gave birth compared to 6.1% in London. This is despite the added complications that smoking during pregnancy may cause such as the risk of stillbirth and the increased risk of the baby being born prematurely. Personally I find it hard to believe that anyone would continue to smoke once they are pregnant. With £1million being spent across Shropshire and Telford warning women of the dangers of smoking in pregnancy it seems the message is still not getting though at least in some areas.

posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 5:45:35 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, February 22, 2012

001005We had Penny baptised last weekend on the 19th of February. Despite the service being quite long we were lucky that Penny slept through most of it, only waking up once to have a look around. Here is a picture of the yummy lemon cake we had afterwards and Penny getting ready to go to the church.

posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 11:59:23 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback


This interesting looking tree has been dubbed E Tree due to its resemblance to Steven Spielberg’s character ET. The tree in Essex is thought by some to bear an uncanny resemblance to ET. I’m not sure myself but it is certainly an unusual looking tree.

posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:01:33 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, February 21, 2012

This cute little guy was recently discovered in Madagascar. Measuring just three centimetres it is thought to be the world’s smallest chameleon. The creature is thought to be found only in an area that is a few square miles in size although at this size it must be very hard to be sure.

posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:03:12 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback