31.1.07

DEAD PETS ARE...
FOREVER


Pet owners can now turn their
dead animals into diamonds.


The gems are made using carbon from the
pet's ashes at
Pet Crematorium CPC,
of Thiplow, Hertfordshire.


The crematorium charges between £2,100
to £15,000 depending on the size of the diamond.


The firm's spokesman, Duncan Francis said:
"Having a stunning diamond created from
the pet's ashes provides an everlasting
link which some people
find very comforting."


AMAZING PIC
OF THE DAY


Ths is from Up Helly Aa, Britain's biggest
fire festival and torchlight procession in
Lerwick, Shetland, to celebrate
the area's Norse heritage.

More pics in here,
here, and
here


AWWWW!

LIFE'S A BEACH -
FOR CYPRIOT DOGS


Dogs are to get a beach of their own on the
sun-kissed Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Dogs are strictly prohibited from the holiday
island's shoreline to keep the beaches
clean for bathers, but Cypriot authorities
have decided enough of the dog's life.

They are looking for suitable beaches where
people and their pets can enjoy the sun and
sea without falling foul of other beachgoers.


The Ombudsman, a commissioner usually
tasked with upholding human rights,
recommended to authorities last year
that dogs should get their
own bathing space.


29.1.07

PHOTOBOOTH
FUN


I was sorting through some old photos today
and found these little gems: photobooth
fun from the 80's. Oh the hair!
The earrings! The make-up!

That's me and Karelian Blonde on the left and
me and my friend Riikka on the right on our
way to a Bon Jovi gig at Wembley Stadium
(in 1995) ...and as much as I hate to admit it,
it's one of the best gigs I've been to!

The line up was Ugly Kid Joe, Thunder, Van Halen
and Bon Jovi. It was one those perfect summer
afternoons and evenings, still and hot...

PERKY LIVES- AGAIN!

A duck which survived being shot before
spending two days in a refrigerator has
now overcome major surgery - despite
briefly dying on the operating table.

Florida vets working to repair the gunshot
damage to Perky's wing panicked
when the duck's heart failed.

But they managed to resuscitate the bird,
who shot to fame when she was found
alive in the hunter's fridge two
days after being shot.

Perky now has a pin in her wing, but is
expected to make a good recovery.

The duck entered surgery with vets
confident that she would survive the
procedure despite serious injuries
to her wing, leg and beak.


But her heart failed during the operation,
prompting senior vet David Hale to
declare her officially dead.
"We lost
her. You know, the bird's dead and
it's over. I'm sorry," he said,
recalling the operation.


"And then, you know, up comes that head
and the wings start flapping and, honestly,
what, 20 seconds later, I mean
the bird was, like, up."


Few details have been made public about
how the medical team brought Perky back
to life, but she was revived using CPR,
or cardiopulmonary resuscitation.


There were scenes of high emotion in the
operating theatre, said Noni Beck, of
the Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary.

"I started crying: 'She's alive!'"

Perky made international headlines when
she shocked a hunter's wife who found
her alive after being stored inside
a refrigerator for two days.

Mr Hale said the duck's slow metabolism
helped her survive the low
temperatures for so long.


ULTRASONIC

The war against the little hairy friends
which have taken over the walls and the
kitchen in the house continues.

Today we went ultrasonic.

Those plug-in devices supposedly let out a
continuous output of over 108dB at frequencies
too high for people, cats or dogs to hear but which
mice and other creatures such as squirrels
can so it should drive them away.


We'll see, I'll be amazed if these urban mice
are stupid enough to fall for it, they don't
seem to be scared of anything else...


28.1.07

JACK AND THE
BEAR

A black bear got more than it bargained for
after straying into a family garden in the US
state
New Jersey. The unwelcome intruder
was forced up a tree - twice - by the
family pet, a tabby cat called Jack.


The terrified bear was only able to make
its escape when owner Donna Dickey
called the hissing cat into the house.

Ms Dickey said Jack liked to keep a close
watch on his territory and often chased
away small animals, but one of
this size was a first.

"We used to joke, 'Jack's on duty', never
knowing he'd go after a bear," Donna said.
"He doesn't want anybody in
his yard," she added.

The bear was first spotted in the tree
by neighbours who thought the 15lb
(7kg) cat was just looking up at it.
They then realised the bear
was afraid of the cat.

After some 15 minutes, the bear descended,
but was chased up another tree, before
finally making its escape when
Jack was called indoors.

Bear sightings are not unusual
in the area of West Milford which
experts say is one of the state's
most bear-populated areas.


CUJO'S COME
HOME


Cujo was a frisky 7-year-old when he
sneaked out of his owners' south St. Louis
yard in July 2000. Now, thinner and grayer
and with a tale that would be fascinating
if only he could tell it, the golden retriever
is back with the Barczewski family.

"It's a miracle," Noreen Barczewski, 41,
said at Friday's reunion.
"We found him!"

Six years and a side trip to can do a lot to a
dog, but it was unmistakably Cujo. There was
the heart-shaped patch of white on his forehead,
the white fur on his toes, his manner of greeting
people by rubbing against them cat-style.

Cujo's homecoming was orchestrated by
Dirk's Fund, a golden retriever rescue group
that has found homes for more than
900 dogs in the past decade.


After slipping away from home, Cujo somehow
ended up 120 miles in Columbia in the home
of an elderly woman. When the woman entered
a nursing home, the dog was sent to
Central
Missouri Humane Society in Columbia.

Bob Tillay, president of Dirk's Fund (below
with Lucy & Buddy), spotted the dog - by then
renamed Willy - on an adoption web site and
arranged to have him brought to St. Louis.

"Sweet old man! He knows how to sit
and shake," the web site cooed.


The dog's ears were so infected he couldn't hear.
His coat was so matted he had to be shaved. And
Dirk's Fund paid to have some cysts removed.

The group eventually took Cujo/Willy to a
nursing home in
Clayton , to serve as a pet
for residents. But things didn't work out -
the dog needed a yard where he could run
off the leash - and his picture went
up on the Dirk's Fund web site.

A week ago, Noreen Barczewski's brother-in-law,
Michael Barczewski, went to the web site on a
fluke. He'd been looking for a dog to adopt and
saw the picture of the old dog with the white
heart mark and white feet. Michael and his
wife, Gail, had been the original breeders
of Cujo. He recognized the dog immediately,
and the reunion followed within days.


Now 13, Cujo had never been forgotten by
the his original family - especially Kayla, who
was just 4 when the dog disappeared. Kayla
insisted on hanging the retriever's red
felt Christmas stocking each year,
confident he'd someday come home.


"I had something in my heart," the fourth-grader
said Friday, patting her pet's soft golden coat,
"and I knew he wasn't gone."


26.1.07

NICE PICS OF
THE DAY


Both of these are from the BBC
"Your Pictures" monthly competition.
The subject this month
was "My inspiration".


Declan Mc Guinness: "I was impressed by
the cloud formation at the top of the hill
when the sun's rays began to fan out
from the middle. The ponies
then magically appeared."


Neil Jones: "I'm inspired by landscapes and
the work of great men. This is the view at
Torre del Lago, near Lucca, Italy.
It helped inspire Giacomo Puccini
to write some of his operas."


25.1.07

OF COURSE I'M NOT
GOING TO MOVE-
I'M A SLOTH!

Scientists in the eastern German city of
Jena said Wednesday they have finally given
up after three years of failed attempts
to entice a
sloth into budging as part of
an experiment in animal movement.

The sloth, named Mats, was remanded to a
zoo after consistently refusing to climb
up and then back down a pole, as part of
an experiment conducted by scientists
at the
University of Jena's Institute
of Systematic Zoology and
Evolutionary Biology.


Not pounds of cucumbers or plates of homemade
spaghetti were appetizing enough to make
Mats move.
"Mats obviously wanted
absolutely nothing to do with furthering
science," said Axel Burchardt,
a university spokesman.


Mats' new home is the zoo in the northwestern
city of Duisburg where, according to all
reports, he is very comfortable.


I'M THE JOKER-
NO KIDDING!


A Dutchman has been issued with an
ID card featuring a picture of himself
dressed as Batman's enemy The Joker.

The man, from Hellevoetsluis, persuaded
officials that he had to wear the costume
because of his religious beliefs.

He wanted to challenge new rules introduced
last year in Holland, restricting the way
people are allowed to pose for
passport and ID card photos.


The Dutch Ministery of Interior Affairs
insists people must keep their mouths closed
and must look serious when posing for photos.


A head dress, for religious reasons is permitted,
but the whole face must be shown clearly.


DENNIS THE DOG STEPS
IN TO BE THE GROOM


A dumped bride went ahead with her
wedding reception - using her
dog to replace the groom.


Emma Knight, 41, was dumped two weeks
before her wedding to Paul Fox, 37.
To cheer
herself up she decided to go ahead
with her wedding reception anyway
.

She dressed her faithful dog Dennis up as
the bridegroom and he was treated to a
piece of the four-tier wedding cake.


Emma wore the £1,500 wedding dress she
had bought and partied until the small
hours with her 100 guests.
The next
day Emma flew to France with her
best pal on a pre-booked honeymoon
to
St Malo, France.

To try and recoup some of her £3,000 losses,
Emma, of
Portland , Dorset, is selling items
bought for the wedding in a local paper.

She said: "It's the best we could make
of a bad situation. We had a great time.


Emma now plans to move on by moving
into a new house...on Valentine's Day!


MORE STUFF
IN PHOTO SITE


I have just updated my My photo site
with a few T-shirt designs I've done
in the last few years.


24.1.07

THE REAL VICTIMS
OF THE "NAPOLI"


Oh, news like this make me so mad!

It's innocent animals, once
again, that suffer...


A new slick has been formed from oil
leaked from the stricken
MSC Napoli as
concerns grow for local wildlife.


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency
said the slick was several kilometres long
and 30 metres wide and was formed from
oil leaked from the ship on Tuesday.


Attempts were being made to contain the
oil with booms and no more was
leaking, a spokesman added.


Work is continuing to pump 3,500 tonnes
of fuel oil from the ship, while some
600 birds are estimated to have died.


The MCA added on Wednesday afternoon
that the new slick was moving southwards
away from the stranded ship and at
the moment was moving out to sea.


Meanwhile, an RSPCA centre, where
420 birds had been taken by Wednesday,
estimated that only 40-50 could
be cleaned and freed.

The birds are being rescued, cleaned
and cared for by RSPCA Somerset


The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
reported that they had had reports of 1,000
birds affected by oil, mostly guillemots,
and estimated 600 would have died.

Since the grounding of the ship 200
tonnes of oil have leaked into the sea.
The procedure to remove the oil from the
ship is proceeding slowly, with around
30 tonnes an hour being pumped out.


FUNNY PIC OF
THE DAY


This pic made me smile...

Somebody's had fun on
the way to work!


FLORA HAS BECOME
A MUM...AND A DAD!


Flora, a Komodo dragon who has never
mated or even mixed with a male, is
the proud mother and father
of five baby dragons.

Both Flora and her babies, which measured
40-45 cm (15-18 inches) and weighed up
to 125 grams (4.4 ounces) when they were
hatched at the Chester Zoo are doing fine.
Two fertilised eggs are still in an incubator.

"Flora is oblivious to the excitement she
has caused but we are delighted to say she
is now a mum and dad," said Kevin Buley
a curator at the zoo. "When the first of the
babies hatched, we didn't know whether
to make her a cup of tea or
pass her the cigars..."

Scientists announced in December in the
journal Nature that Flora had fertilised the
eggs herself, without any male help,
in a process culminating in
parthenogenesis or virgin birth.

Other lizards do this, but Buley and his team
said it was the first time it has been shown
that Komodo dragons, the world's largest
lizards, can also accomplish it.

The baby dragons, all males, are being cared for
in a special area of the zoo and feasting on a diet
of crickets and locusts. Mother and the boys are
being looked after separately as unfortunately
Flora like all Komodo dragons has no maternal
instincts and could in fact eat the babies
if she got anywhere near them.

"We haven't made a decision on names yet -as
Komodo dragons can live for over 40 years,
we want to get the names just
right," Buley added.


BIG SLEEPER AND
WATERY EYES


China has asked its public to come up with
names for 18 baby pandas and vote for the
naughtiest, most voracious and sleepiest of
them all, local media reported on Wednesday.


The naming of the cubs is customary
when they are weaned and eventually released
into their "nursery garden" on February 10th.


The names should be civilised, standard,
creative and able to highlight the panda's
character as a national treasure. Ideas can
be submitted and votes cast on a web site.


The 18 cubs were born between July and
September by 11 mothers raised in captivity at the

China Conservation and Research Centre
for the Giant Panda in the southwestern
province of Sichuan.


"Baby No. 5 was far from handsome at birth,
but he's quite sturdy now and likes to bully his
twin sister. Plus, he's a big sleeper," reads one
description.
No. 6 is a round-cheeked beauty with
"watery eyes" and loves playing with humans.

34 pandas were born in captivity in China last
year but therewere four infant mortalities.
The
giant panda is one of the world's most endangered
species and is found only in China.


An estimated 1,600 wild pandas live in nature
reserves in Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi
provinces, with 217 kept in captivity.


IT HASN'T ALL GONE
TO THE DOGS


An OAP who placed the same bet every
day for more than 10 years has finally won.


The man, who has not been named, won
£142,590 after betting a total of £7.


He picked the winners of eight greyhound
races at the bookies in
Chester-
le-Street, Co Durham.

Coral spokesman Simon Clare said: "It's
phenomenal. It's like predicting where lightning
is going to strike." He added: "It's the same bet he
had placed every day for more than a decade.
And in 40 years betting he's never won
more than £100 before."

The bet included a £1 accumulator
which came in at 141,749 to 1.


MCDONALDS?
NEIN, DANKE!


Good for these guys! Personally I'd rather
lick a toilet than eat a McDonalds.

A German village has won a fight to stop
McDonald's opening on its outskirts
because it doesn't sell sausages
and sauerkraut.

The mayor of the village of Geschendorf in
Schleswig-Holstein, Fritz Kock, 66, said:
"There are 508 people here and we all
agree we do not want foreign trends here.

"We are quite happy with the local restaurant
where we can get sausages and schnitzel,
and all nine local councillors
supported the decision.

"We have had calls from all over the
country praising us for making
a stand against McDonald's."


SNOW!

Isn't it funny how it all
changes overnight?

I declared on the 20th that "Spring is here!"
but then I got woken up by very exited
schoolkids outside the house this
morning...snow everywhere!

Good job I covered the tulips that are already
poking through...This is what the garden
looked like at 8 o'clock this morning:

I love it! Everything looks
so different and light...

23.1.07

A BEER FOR YOUR
BEST FRIEND


After a long day hunting, there's nothing
like wrapping your paw around
a cold bottle of beer.

So Terrie Berenden, a pet shop owner in the
southern Dutch town of Zelhem, created a beer
for her Weimaraners made from
beef extract and malt.

"Once a year we go to Austria to hunt with our
dogs, and at the end of the day we sit on the
verandah and drink a beer. So we thought,
my dog also has earned it," she said.

Berenden consigned a local brewery to make
and bottle the nonalcoholic beer, branded as
Kwispelbier. It was introduced to the market
last week and advertised it as "a beer
for your best friend."

"Kwispel" is the Dutch word
for wagging a tail.

The beer is fit for human consumption,
Berenden said. But at 1.65 Euro(£1.10) a
bottle, it's about four times more
expensive than a Heineken.


22.1.07

THE 13,5 INCH
GOLDEN MAN


It's that time of the year again when
Hollywood's cream gather in one room
to look gracious when they loose.


It's Oscar time.

Anacledo Medina has cast every
Oscar made in the past 24 years.


It's been called "the Academy statuette,"
"the golden trophy" and "the statue of merit."
The entertainment trade paper,
Weekly Variety ,
even attempted to popularize "the iron man."

Thankfully, the term never stuck. Born in 1928,
the Academy Award of Merit — which we know
as simply "the Oscar" — depicts a knight holding
a crusader's sword, standing on a reel of film
with five spokes, signifying the original branches
of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors,
Producers and Technicians.


Each statuette takes 40 hours of work
to make. A pantograph is used to add a
serial number to the base of every Oscar.


Weighing 8.5 pounds and standing 13.5 inches tall,
the statuette was designed by MGM's chief art
director Cedric Gibbons. Frederic Hope, Gibbons'
assistant, created the original Belgian black
marble base; artist George Stanley sculpted
the design; and the California Bronze Foundry
hand cast the first statuette in bronze
plated with 24-karat gold.


The five stages of making an Oscar (left-right):
Britannia pewter base, copper, nickel,
silver, then 24-carat gold.

A popular but unsubstantiated story has
been that the moniker caught on after Academy
librarian and eventual executive director Margaret
Herrick said that the statuette resembled her
Uncle Oscar. Its first documented mention came
after the sixth Awards Presentation in 1934 when
Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky used
it in reference to Katharine Hepburn's first
Best Actress win. The Academy itself didn't
use the nickname officially until 1939.


SOFT KNOCKOUT

THEY are not allowed to scratch, gouge or
pull each other’s hair, but the women
fighters of North America’s newest
professional sport wield a potentially
punishing weapon: a standard
fibre-filled bed pillow.


Hundreds of New Yorkers were queueing
up on Friday night for the US debut of the

Pillow Fight League (PFL), a Canadian
invention that sounds like a male fantasy
but is threatening to become a popular
sport for women who enjoy
behaving badly.

“We beat the crap out of each other and
we’re giggling at the end,” declared Katrina
Randell, a Canadian model whose pillow-fighting
nom de plume is Sally Spitfire. “It’s not just a
bunch of sexy girls in lingerie — get ready,
you’re going to get walloped.”


From its beginnings in a Canadian nightclub
last year, the PFL (slogan: “Fight like a girl”)
has suddenly turned into a cult attraction
with 22 fighting members, an official (male)
referee and a list of rules that forbid
punching, low blows and “rude, lewd
or suggestive behaviour”. It is also an
offence to stuff a brick in a pillow.


To be sure, most of the early audiences
featured what one female onlooker described
as “that leering, creepy old man element
in the crowd”. Neate Sager, a Canadian
sports columnist, wrote: “I’ll leave it in
your hands whether this is postmodern
irony or something that sets
women back, oh, 40 years.”


Yet word began to spread among young
Canadian women that there was more
to the spectacle than “some weird male
fantasy sports league where chicks fight
chicks”, as Guinevere Hall from Toronto
had initially feared. After a visit, Hall
came away thinking: “I wanna beat
up other people with pillows.”

The PFL is the brainchild of Stacey P Case
(he swears that is his real name), 38, a
former drummer who was playing at a concert
when two of the female dancers on stage
had a pillow fight as part of their act.


Seeing that the women in the audience
were cheering them on, Case asked if anyone
else wanted to fight. When he was nearly
trampled in the rush, the PFL idea was born.


Bouts last five minutes and are won by
pinning opponents to the ground (sometimes
with the help of a pillow round their throat)
or belting them so hard that they surrender.

The pillows are standard issue with
man-made fibres, because real down
ends to settle at the bottom of a swinging
pillow and can deliver a knockout punch.


20.1.07

HELICOPTER PILOT
SAVES DEER


This story is unbelievable!

The pilot of a TV news helicopter used the
wind from the aircraft's rotor to push a stranded
deer to safety after it lost its footing on a
frozen lake and could not get up.


A small crowd had gathered to watch the
deer struggling, its hooves repeatedly slipping,
near the shore of Lake Thunderbird in
Oklahoma around 4 p.m. Wednesday.


With the helicopter's camera rolling, KWTV
pilot Mason Dunn used the wind from the rotor
to push the deer, initially sending it into a break
in the ice where the animal managed
to hold onto the ice with its front legs.


Dunn then lowered the helicopter and
the wind sent the deer sliding on its belly
across the ice until it reached shore and
scampered into a nearby wooded area.


I WANNA REALLY REALLY
REALLY ZIGAZIG HA


Spice World The Movie has been
voted the worst film of all time.


It was surprisingly followed by Oscar-winner
Titanic - the highest-grossing
movie in history.


Grease 2 was third, ahead of Waterworld
and
Hostel in the poll of 12,000 British
cinema goers by
MSN Movies.

Spokesman Mike Lok said: "I'm sure most
viewers would admit to getting guilty pleasure
from at least one film on the list.
Some
movies are just so bad, they're good."


The top ten in full:

1 : Spice World the Movie, 2: Titanic,
3: Grease 2, 4: Waterworld, 5: Hostel,
6:
Anaconda, 7: Batman & Robin , 8: Gigli,
9:
Catwoman, 10: Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

PS: Out of those I have seen about half and
I
actually like the Spice Girls
film and Titanic!


SPRING IS HERE!

It's only January but because of the unusually
warm weather (this week has been about
+10-14 C every day) flowers are
already popping up.

Here's a couple of pictures from the backyard, the
little blue ones (in bloom in the insert pic) that
normally come up in late April are already up and
ready to pop flowers any minute. The red flower is
in bloom and there's loads of buds
in that bush as well.

Forecasters are promising colder nights
this week so I've covered some tulip bulbs, that
are already sticking out from the ground,
with plastic just in case of frost.


Global warming? Naaaah!


HAPPINESS IS A
WARM RADIATOR


Mira the cat does what she does best,
luxuriates next to a radiator!


19.1.07

DIVING DOG

A springer spaniel has been nicknamed
Aquadog for her ability to
swim underwater.


Two-year-old Bella draws crowds of up
to 60 people when she goes for a swim.

She dives for stones on the riverbed and
can stay below the surface
or up to 15 seconds.


Owner Rob Vaughan, of Lyme Regis, Dorset,
said: "She's just amazing. You can even see
bubbles coming from her nose while she's
under so she knows by instinct to breathe
out but still holds her breath
while she's under."


As Bella dived in the River Lym, he added:
"If I don't throw a stone she dives under and
swims along the bottom till she finds her own.

She picks up anything she can - old roof tiles,
wooden logs and tree branches."


"If she can't get deep enough she'll drag
the stone with her front paws until she is
in shallower water then dive to pick
it up in her mouth. I couldn't stop her
if I wanted to - she just loves it."


COAST TO COAST
ON A SKATEBOARD


A British adventurer David Cornthwaite
is on the verge of becoming the first person
to skateboard across
Australia.

He will complete his 3,600-mile journey
from
Perth where he started in
August in
Brisbane on Monday.

The 27-year-old graphic designer, who started
skateboarding less than two years ago, decided
on his epic journey after waking up one
morning and realising he hated his job.


Mr Cornthwaite, from Oxfordshire said:
"I thought, the only thing keeping me going
is the skate to and from work.
I saw a
Lonely Planet guide to Australia. There
was a map on the back. Perth was
on one side and Brisbane on the
other and I thought, 'that'll do'."


He prepared by skateboarding from
John O'Groats to Lands End. That 896-mile trek,
which he finished in June, took just over a month.

But Australia brought unique challenges.
He has been blown off his board by the
backdraft from huge road trains, had
to swerve around huge snakes
and had a race with an emu.


Multiple blisters and aching ankles,
toes and feet, have kept him in almost
constant pain for the last six weeks.
Temperatures of 40C and above mean
that he has gone through more than
a dozen tubes of factor 30 sunscreen.

He has worn through 13 pair of shoes and
has an over-developed right calf muscle
which he likens to "a giant
chicken breast fillet".


The charity trek will raise £50,000
and smash the previous record for a
long-distance skateboard, set by American
Jack Smith who covered 3,000
miles across the US in 2003.


After finishing the journey Mr Cornthwaite
plans to give motivational speeches and
write a book: "I'm certainly not
going back to the day job," he said
.


18.1.07

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF
THE HUMAN BRAIN


I have been reading an interesting book
about the human brain. Don't ask me why,
I just saw it in a shop and it looked
really intriguing so I bought it.


In "Mapping the Mind" an award winning
medical writer Rita Carter explores the landscape
of the brain and its connections with the mind.
She introduces the subject with the historical
background of anatomical discoveries and
emerging theories of brain/mind connections.


The last few decades have seen a revolution
in non-invasive brain mapping thanks to
the scientific miracles of
Magnetic Resonance
Imaging and associated technologies. It is
now possible to see which part of the brain
responds to specific stimulation in real time.
The latest brain scan techniques reveal
our thoughts, memories - even our moods.


On a more personal note, isn't it funny
how when something major happens in
one life your brain is extra geared
toward noticing things to do with
that particular event.

For instance everytime I put the radio on I hear
nothing but songs about "the particular"subject, all
TV soaps seems to have "that" storyline, magazines
are bursting with articles about what to
do if "this" happens.

I remember a couple of times when I've had
a pregnancy scare all I could see were women
with babies, nappy adverts, pregnancy
test adverts etc.

It really is strange. But I suppose if one
thing is the overwhelming thought in your
head, that's what you're going to tune into.

It's like if you bought a yellow Mini...
all you would see are yellow Mini's.


WHOOSH OR A
WHATSIT


Today has been so windy that couple of times
the house actually pysically shook.
It was scary!

Everything in the backyard is all over the
place and as soon as I've fixed anything it just
blows over again. Had to put an old garden
gate on top of our plastic picnic
table to stop it from flying away!

This is the scene round the corner, next street
to us. Cars drove round it on the pavement before
the fire brigade arrived to sort it out.

I walked to the supermarket and back and
there was tons of trees that had fallen over,
rubble and rubbish, blown over "To Let"
signs and all sorts of crap everywhere.

On the way home I had heavy shopping and
at one point the wind blew over so hard it lifted
the shopping bags in front of me hoziontally!

And me nearly off the ground. Can you imagine
how hard it must be blowing for the wind to
throw full shopping bags around like
there's feathers in them?!



FAMOUS FRONT
DOOR


Looks like our front door
might become famous!

Not quite the N:o 10 Downing St. standard
but it's going to be on telly.

The location manager for the TV series The Bill,
which is filmed mainly in Colliers Wood
and surrounding areas (they quite often
film next door, our neighbours give them the
whole house to play with), popped round just
now and asked if they could film a scene.

An "officer" is going to come out our house
and go down the alleyway opposite. They
want to film some time next month.

Mind you, I'm not counting the chicks until
they have hatched as this has happened before.
They wanted to use my bedroom and the
alleyway next to the last house I lived but in
the end the director decided to go with
another location in Kingston.

But we'll see, it will be
interesting if it does happen.


QUEUE HERE PLEASE

Every year the creatures living in London Zoo
in Regent's Park have to take part
in an animal 'stock-take'.


Penguins get ready to be counted.

"Hey, make sure my name is down".

This insect-keeper has a tricky job as he
has to count up all the zoo's tiniest animals -
including this leaf insect
clinging to his face!