Well, guess what? It's back! Bloody thing! The bang on the head in October was the trigger.
I felt dizzy for about a month, then I was alright for a week and thought I'd turned the corner only for it to come back with a vengeance just before Xmas.
I finally went to the Doc yesterday and I just have to suffer it until the liquids in my ears heal.
And of course I've got the viral version (the other is bacterial) which antibiotics do not clear. My doctor said I'm really really unlucky to have it again as it's not very common and to have it twice in two years is quite rare.
Oh well, it's a waiting game.. just a bit bored of not being able to do things normally.
A little black and white cat has been coming to us for her breakfast and dinner for best part of six months now, maybe even longer.
We named her Iddy Piddy because she is so tiny. During the summer she started getting a skin rash caused by flea allergy and its has gotten worse and worse over time, it's all over her body now.
Yesterday she appeared with big areas of raw skin on her head as well as her neck and I couldn't watch her suffer anymore.
I called the Wimbledon RSPCA and a friendly chap there made an appointment to take her to our usual vet to get checked over and start a course of treatment.
She's had jabs and antibiotics and we're keeping her till next Monday until the vet with the help of their "rehoming ladies" (who work for the RSPCA) can place her in a re-homing centre.
She is or has been someone's cat as she's used to people and knows how to use a tray but I'm not letting her go back to wherever she's come from: they're obviously not looking after her or might've even moved away.
The vet checked her for a chip, she didn't have one. That was no surprise as I doubt people who let their cats get into this sort of state and don't feed them would bother with a chip!
Main thing now is to get her well and find her a new home.
The researchers now plan to extend their experiments to look at co-operative behaviour in wolves.
The experiment consisted of taking pairs of dogs and getting them to present a paw for a reward. On giving this "handshake" the dogs received a piece of food.
One of the dogs was then asked to shake hands, but received no food. The other dog continued to get the food when it was asked to perform the task.
The dog without the reward quickly stopped doing the task, and showed signs of annoyance or stress when its partner was rewarded.
To make sure that the experiment was really showing the interaction between the dogs rather than just the frustration of not being rewarded, a similar experiment was conducted where the dogs performed the task without the partner. Here they continued to present the paw for much longer.
Tinkerbell the sheep was born weak and small. Chiara Magarotto, who rents a field from the farm where was born, took the tiny animal home and offered to take her to the vet's the next day.
But daughter Scarlett Wise refused to give up the lamb and after receiving medical treatment she returned to the family home near Torrington, Devon.
Although her sight was damaged and she suffered brain damage, "Tinks" slowly got stronger and now goes out for walks with collie Jack, labrador Hamish, lurcher Millie and Thomas the terrier.
Ms Magarotto believes her daughter bonded with the sheep because she herself was ill as a child and forced to spend 10 weeks in hospital.
"It was horrible as the lamb reminded me of Scarlett when she was poorly," said Ms Margarotto.
"She follows us everywhere and enjoys going for walks with the dogs - she thinks she is a dog - and having tea parties with Scarlett. She even came to Scarlett's pre-school and was perfectly behaved. Tinks is now looking forward to her first Christmas with us."
A fascinating new atlas, featuring cities that are renamed to reflect their etymological origins, is now on sale.
Etymologists and wordsmiths will take particular interest in a new set of maps going on sale in time for Christmas.
The traditional names for the world's cities, countries, rivers and mountains have been altered on an atlas to reflect their origins and literal meaning.
Chicago, for example, is renamed Stink Onion and Cameroon is called the Land of Shrimps.
The logic behind each place name is explained on the back of the maps. Cameroon comes from the Portuguese word camaroes, meaning shrimps or prawns – an allusion to the abundance of these crustaceans in the Sanaga River.
Chicago is derived from a Algonquian (a subfamily of native American languages) word: checagou, meaning wild onions or skunk - a reference to the smell of sodden marshland, which is what Chicago was built on.
Other bizarre names include Dominate the East! (Vladivostock), Realm of the God of the Underworld (Madras) and Great Land of the Tattooed, which, rather unhappily, belongs to Great Britain.
"The maps are not definitive works on the etymological roots of geographical names but more of a stimulus, and a very amusing one at that, to make us think about why places are called as they are," explains Sean Quigley of Outstanding Map Distributors, the firm which has brought the maps to Britain from Germany, where they were originally published.
There are two maps currently available - one world map and one of Europe - each created by the German company Kalimedia.
Copies of the Atlas of True Names can be ordered for £4.99 each from here
Two teddy bears have been sent on a space mission.
The toys, named MAT and KMS, were decked out in custom-made space suits and floated more than 18 miles (29 km) above the Earth in the four-hour expedition.
The toys, bought from Mothercare specially for the mission, endured temperatures of minus 31F (-35C) as they were strapped to seats attached to a weather balloon made by Cambridge University's Space Flight science club (below).
A laptop attached to a webcam captured these stunning images of the bears looking down on Earth from nearly 100,000ft (30 km). The world's first ever teddy space flight launched from Churchill College, in Cambridge, on Monday.
Pupils from nearby Parkside and Coleridge community colleges assisted scientists by creating space suits to stop the teddies from freezing solid.
After completing their mission the pair parachuted back to earth and made a soft landing near Ipswich just 50 miles from their launch pad.
Henry Hallam, 21, an aerodynamics student at Pembroke College at Cambridge, led the successful experiment to monitor weather conditions above the Earth.
The annual cost of adopting a koala is A$40 (£18) within Australia and A$50 (£22) from overseas, which the hospital said goes toward the rescue and treatment of sick and injured koalas, the release of treated animals back into the wild, as well as the preservation and expansion of their habitat.
Adopters receive a certificate, a photograph of the animal, the story of how it ended up in the hospital as well as stickers and booklets about koalas and the hospital. "It's an ideal gift, and particularly these days when kids have everything," Anne Walsh a volunteer at the Port Macquarie-based hospital said.
"I had a phone call from a lady in Singapore today who wanted to adopt five koalas for her relatives for Christmas. I've been delighted with the amount of people wanting to adopt."
Walsh said the rescued koalas are usually named after the area they were found in and the person who helped rescue them. "We've got Westhaven Barry, Kempsey Carolina and Bonny Fire, she was caught up in a bushfire," she added.
Once they have recovered from their injuries or ailments, and are able to live in their natural habitat, the koalas are released back into the wild.
Koalas are native to Australia and are found in coastal regions of the east and south. Their staple diet is eucalyptus leaves.
A feline believed to be the world'soldest has celebrated its 27th birthday.
Mischief is still living up to his name despite "slowing down a little", according to owners Chris and Donna Thorne.
The Guinness World Records has confirmed there is no record holder in the UK at the moment. The previous oldest cat was 29.
Mrs Thorne, 33, of St Austell, Cornwall, said: "It's amazing - he just keeps going on and on."
Mr Thorne, 51, got the black and white cat from a friend in nearby Launceston as a kitten in 1981. He still has photographs of Mischief at just a few months old being cuddled at Christmas the same year.
Despite Mischief's advanced years, he still has a spring in his step. "His name says it all," Mrs Thorne said.
"He still manages to jump over the stair gate and he's round your ankles constantly for food. He's an indoor cat now, and he's losing big clumps of fur, but he's still going."
A spokesman from Guinness World Records said a ginger cat called Spike was the last feline to hold the title of UK's oldest cat but since he died in 2001, there had been no further record holder. He encouraged Mr and Mrs Thorne to get in contact with Guinness World Records.
The oldest cat ever is Creme Puff, who was born on August 3, 1967 and lived until August 6, 2005 - an amazing 38 years and three days. Creme Puff lived with her owner, Jake Perry, in Austin, Texas.
Inspired by the silent movies of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the Frenchwoman uses fish heads on models to address topics ranging from Aids to repression. "Fish are a great method of communicating my opinions on this world," says the 37-year-old, who lives in Berlin.
Since she fell in love with the humble mackerel and sardine 11 years ago, Ms Becker-Echivard has gone on to create a school of art that has left critics open-mouthed.
For each work, she starts fishing around for a topical idea, often gleaned from the radio or a newspaper. She then takes a blank sheet of paper and starts to fillet with ideas before visiting the vast Rungis food market in Paris.
Ms Becker-Echivard's mother then joins in to make the costumes during a creative process that can last up to three months.
"It is meticulous work which takes time," she explains. But, despite the serious topics, she does not take herself too seriously. "Using fish can be a very obviously silly way of expressing a variety of emotions," she admits.
Remember Knut, the polarbear that became a media sensation when he was a cub?
Knut the polar bear, who drew huge crowds to Berlin Zoo, is facing eviction from his home as the zoo is hit by the economic downturn.
When he was a cute, bright white cub, Knut gained worldwide attention, and made the zoo around €5million.
But things went downhill from there - the newspaper Bild claimed that the crowds Knut drew had contributed to the death of a panda, he was branded a 'psychopath' by one zoologist, and then his long-time keeper Thomas Dörflein died in September this year.
Now approaching his second birthday on December 5, Knut is now a grubby brown colour, and no longer draws the crowds. As he matures, he needs more space than his current enclosure requires, and will also need a mate.
Berlin Zoo estimates that it would cost €9million to build Knut a new habitat and find him a partner - funds that aren't available.
"It's simply too much money. We cannot afford a third group of polar bears in such economically strained times," a spokesman said.
In better news, other zoos around Europe are now said to be eager to house Knut. "The sooner he gets a new home, the better," said senior bear keeper Heiner Kloes.
EDIT 20.3.2011: Sad news from Germany: Knut has passed away. He was only 4 years old. RIP on that big ice sheet in heaven.
The world's most expensive Christmas tree worth 150 million yen (£1 M) has just gone on display in Japan. Despite the recession, the makers have created the dazzling 24k gold tree to create a "gorgeous atmosphere".
The tree is decorated with more than 240 jewels including diamond baubles and strings of pearls, weighs more than 21 kkg.
The tree went on display this week at the Ginza Tanaka jewellery shop in Shinsaibashi, Osaka.
"Economic sentiment is sluggish. But, at least in this store, we want people to feel a gorgeous atmosphere," a store official said.
The de luxe tree comes just after the ultimate in lazy Christmas tree decorations was revealed.
The internet sensation is an instant tree (above) that goes from the box to twinkling in the corner in two minutes flat.
And it is considerably cheaper - with prices starting from £70.
The future of a colony of fruit bats has been put at risk after hundreds of pups were abandoned by their mothers in heavy storms.
More than 300 infant grey-headed "flying foxes" are being cared for at a bat hospital since they were left to fend for themselves in the last week.
Most are suffering from hypothermia and deydration, and many have been attacked by swarms of flies.
"Normally, female flying foxes will go to the ends of the earth to save their babies, so it goes to illustrate how bad the storms were," said carer Trish Wimberley of the Wildcare Australia centre in Queensland.
"An ideal way to keep them warm is to wrap them in yellow duster cloths. They are very demanding though - we make sure they are fed every four hours."
The secret of why dogs have wet noses has been uncovered by scientists, who say it is essential to their keen sense of smell.
Traditionally a moist dog nose is viewed as a sign of good health but now experts say the layer of mucus in a dog's nose helps them pick up scents.
So while they may make a mess of windows and clothes, they are also vital to the extraordinary ability of canines to sniff out anything from cocaine to cancer.
Before odour molecules can reach smell receptors, they must get through a layer of mucus – and some molecules are absorbed quicker than others.
A team led by Brent Craven of Pennsylvania State University used MRI images of a dog's nasal airways to develop computer models of how air travels.
They found different molecules are picked up at different points along the passages. The odour molecules are then latched on to by nerve cells, which are much more abundant in dogs than in humans.
Research until now has focused on how receptors pick up different chemicals, but Mr Craven told the magazine: "We've shown that the sorting out of the different odorants before they even get to the receptors is also important."
A Chinese artist is making her own versions of some of the world's greatest paintings - out of vegetables.
Ju Duoqi, 35, is currently showing an exhibition of her "Vegetable Museum" paintings in Beijing.
They include a version of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa composed of tofu and sea kelp, da Vinci's The Last Supper, Picasso’s The Dream, and Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe.
Ju said her aim was to encourage people to see everyday objects in a different way. "I want to give new life to these unnoticeable vegetables, and let them not be bound by what they are anymore," she said.
"Ordinary things can be classic and outstanding. People often overlook them because of their cheapness, unimportance, and temporary nature."
Making art out of veg seems to be all the rage at the moment, more of it in here.
Carl Warner is a London-based photographer who makes foodscapes: landscapes made of food.
The results show that dolphins can exert as much as 400lb of force with their tails.
Gray had supposed they could produce less than a tenth of this amount, and imagined that something about the dolphins' skin allowed them to overcome the force of drag in the water and reach high speeds.
"For the first time, I think we can safely say the puzzle is solved," said Tim Wei, the Rensselaer scientist who led the study.
"The short answer is that dolphins are simply much stronger than Gray or many other people ever imagined."
To determine this, Professor Wei used a new method of measuring the movement of water that he originally developed to track Olympic swimmers.
The technique employs digital particle image velocimetry, which measures the speed of water movements around a swimming dolphin or human.
Retired US Navy dolphins Primo and Puka were filmed swimming through a tank filled with millions of tiny bubbles. Software tracked the movement of individual bubbles, determining their speed and direction, and assigning them a colour.
Professor Wei then used force measurement concepts from aerospace research to translate those velocities into a force that the dolphins' tails were producing - nearly 200lb on average.
When "walking" - keeping upright mostly above water with powerful flips of their tails - the dolphins produced as much as 400lb of force.
Professor Wei will go on to study the motion and force generation of other sea animals.
I popped up Rotherhithe to the Finnish Church's Xmas bazaar today to get a few goodies in preparation for the holidays.
I bought some luumuhillo (plum jam) so KB can bake her delicious joulutorttu (Christmas tarts),Karjalan piirakoita (Karelian pasties) a pastie made from a thin rye crust with rice filling and lanttulaatikko (swede cassarole), a very traditional Xmas dish.
It's easy enough to make it yourself but I was feeling lazy and bought a frozen one.
"The city called for proposals to decorate some boxes in a recently renovated town square," he explains. "They were looking for painters, but when I heard about it I inspected the boxes and had the idea of using photographs".
Joshua was inspired by photorealistic trompe l'oeil paintings. He says: "As far as I know no-one has walked into one of the boxes.The images are all unique, based on the context. They are printed on special adhesive vinyl and should last for about 10 years. It will be interesting to see the surroundings change around the boxes as time passes."
I'm not sure if this is genius ... or a bit creepy!
Barbie's clothes may provide fashion inspiration for millions of young girls but how about wearing her bodyparts jewellery?
Designer Margaux Lange (above) has turned bits of the plastic princess into a collection of accessories, from breasts to hands.
The New York-based designer was inspired by a childhood love of the doll. "I am fascinated with who she is as a cultural icon, her distinguished celebrity status and the enormous impact she has had on our society," she said.
"I take pleasure in the contrast and contradiction of something mass- produced being transformed into a unique piece of art," the designer explained.
The world's first bacon-flavoured chocolate bar is proving an unlikely success with British consumers.
Selfridges, the only UK stockists of the US invention, sold its entire stock in 48 hours and is urgently seeking more.
Mo's Bacon Bar, from Chicago-based Vosges Haut-Chocolat, contains chunks of applewood smoked bacon combined with smoked salt and milk chocolate. It sells at a pricey £5.99 per 3oz (85 grams) bar.
Ewan Venters, food and restaurant director at Selfridges, said: "Bacon and chocolate sounds like a strange combination, but the execution is fantastic. It's a real explosion of flavours and people love it."
But journalist Claudia Connell, a self- confessed chocolate addict and bacon fan, described it as "the most unpleasant thing ever to have passed my lips".
"The chocolate is intensely salty and the smokey bacon pieces are horribly out of place in something so sweet. The whole sensation is like eating chocolate that has been dunked in an overflowing ashtray," she wrote in the Daily Mail.
So I finally met my favourite artist in the world, Toyah, last night. It's been a long time coming, just the odd 25 years!
I went to see Vampires Rock in Chatham, Kent with my friend Heidi.
The show was excellent, the music super, rest of cast and the band very talented and Toyah's own song "Lesser God" from her latest album fits the theme really well.
They look like they really enjoy what they do and the humour is great.
I met her in the foyer after the show and got her to sign one my priced possessions: a very rare red vinyl edition of one the early albums, "Sheep Farming In Barnet". It's going straight back up on the Toyah wall in the hallway.
Thank you Toyah for being an inspiration and making great music and just being you!
PS: Davie had added the pic of me and The Minxy on his ever brilliant site Dreamscape as well. Thanks Davie!
EDIT 1.6 09: The Vampires Rock DVD is now available. Priced at £20 you can order it HERE