29.2.08

SUNSET OF
THE WEEK


Stockholm sunset
by Alexis Cox.


BARGAIN OF
THE CENTURY


I just looove ice cream and usually buy
the supermarket own brand.

I mean Häagen-Dazs is nice, yes, but
£4 for one little pot? I don't think so!
My latest discovery are these
ones in Sainsbury: 96p for TEN!!!


28.2.08


IKEA CAT


Latest in the "Katt" range.
May require some
home assembly.


NY SQUIRREL STUDIOS

For rent: Downtown studio apartment.
Prime high-rise location. 1 sq. ft.
Must be a squirrel.


A lower Manhattan wildlife lover has
made sure some of his furry friends
have a warm spot to wait out winter
by building squirrel houses
in
City Hall Park.

Biologist Mark Garvin said he and his
wife appointed themselves caretakers
of about 60 or so squirrels
at the park after 9/11.


"That whole park was coated in white
dust," he said. "The animals were
dying over there, so that's when we
really got determined. I paid a couple
hundred dollars to have each of the
boxes made and
The Parks Department
installed three at the park."

Building the houses was something
the Garvins thought they could give
back to the squirrels. "You have to do
what you think is right in the world,"
Garvin said. "It's a very small thing,
but it's my corner of the universe."


Citywide Parks Ranger Capt. Richard Simon
said squirrels have many uses.
"Old people like
to feed them and the tourists like to see
them," he said. "They're just very friendly,
and they're cute."


AMAZING PIC
OF THE DAY


This looks like something that should
be in outer space but it's actually
a frozen drop of water.


27.2.08

MOCHA'S NEW LEG

Aaah, bless her!

A three-legged elephant is walking
much more easily again after
having an artificial
limb attached.


The new canvas leg was created for
Mocha, a female elephant being
cared for by Thai vets.


The animal was severely injured when
she stepped on a landmine at the
Thai-Myanmar border, losing her front
right leg in the blast but experts at the

Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital
in northern Lampang province have
come to her aid - hoping she can
soon be set safely free on her
own four feet again.


NICE PIC
OF THE DAY


THE EARTH
MOVED


I woke up last night at 00.58 because
my bed was swaying! Sometimes when
really heavy trucks drive past the
house the room shakes just a little
but this was different.

This morning it became clear:
they'd been an earthquake!

The biggest in the
UK for 25 years!


STORY IN FULL/BBC


26.2.08

SUNSET OF
THE WEEK


TIME FOR A NAP

Aaah! How cute?!


HAVE A BAD DAY

Another surprising TV favourite of
mine at the moment is Reaper.

I say surprising as I never normally
watch this type (teeny
American) of shows.

I have a soft spot for the main
character Sam
(Bret Harrison).

His parents sold his soul to the Devil
and part of deal is that Sam captures
souls escaped from Hell.

The show is funny plus I have
major crush on Bret!


GOOD NEWS
FOR VOLES


The government has today given
full legal protection to Britain's
most endangered mammal,
the water vole.

Speaking this morning at WWT London
Wetland Centre in Barnes, the Minister
for Biodiversity, Joan Ruddock,
announced
that water voles will be protected against
being killed, injured or taken from the wild.
Police will also have the power to
prosecute if water voles have
been deliberately persecuted.

WWT has thriving vole populations at six
of its wetland centres, including London
(above), where they were successfully
introduced in 2001. The centre is now
home to 3-400 individuals.


PAW PATROL

Police dogs in the German city of
Düsseldorf are being fitted out
with blue rubber shoes to
protect their paws while
walking the beat.

"The dogs aren't too keen yet, but with
a few weeks' training they should be
used to them," Andre Hartwich,
a spokesman said.


Shards of glass and sharp objects get
stuck between the cobbles of Düsseldorf's
old town and are dangerous for the
20 strong German shepherd squad.


The blue synthetic rubber shoes,
modelled on a design made for
sled-pulling Canadian huskies,
will cost about 15 euros
(£11) each.


25.2.08

NICE COLOURS
OF THE DAY


HOW DO THEY
DO THIS?


This is weird!

Go to
this site, write your first name
on the first line, second name on
the 2nd (no need to fill in the rest)
and click "Visualizar".

How strange!


23.2.08

22.2.08

LONDON AT YOUR
FINGERTIPS

There's probably millions of web pages
dedicated to the Big Smoke.

Time Out has listed

50 of the best so log on to London!


NICE COLOURS
OF THE DAY


Coloured lights under a waterfall
at
Tikkurila paint factory
in Finland.


AH GRAVITY, THOU ART
A HEARTLESS BITCH


My new favourite on Channel 4
is
The Big Bang Theory.


The two main characters Sheldon (Jim
Parsons) and
Leonard (Johnny Galecki)
take geekdom to completely new levels
along with their equally intelligent
but weird friends.

Throw in a pretty girl across the
hall and you've got yourself
a funny sitcom.


21.2.08

A LEAP TO FREEDOM

A rare Royal Bengal tigress was released
into the wild after being rescued from
a rampaging mob that had
chased her for 14 hours.


The pregnant animal's ordeal began
on Monday evening when it emerged
from the
Sunderbans Tiger Reserve,
part of the world's largest expanse of
mangrove forest, and was spotted near
a village 240km south of Calcutta.


As many as 1000 villagers joined the
subsequent hunt, pelting the creature
with stones as they pursued it across
fields, through huts and barns
and up a banyan tree.


Five forest guards were injured as they
fought unsuccessfully to stop the
villagers setting the tree alight.

They calimed the tigress attacked
and injured as many as five people.


The animal was tranquilised after it managed
to escape from the banyan tree, tore through
the fishing nets the villagers had laid
below it and, exhausted, sought
refuge in a much smaller
date palm.


It was treated for minor injuries and
transported by boat along the river
Sundarikati deep into the forest.

The crew opened her cage and the creature
leapt into the water. After pausing to
roar at her rescuers, she bounded
away and disappeared.


The incident is the latest to highlight
the unhealthy proximity of
India's Bengal tigers and the
growing human population.

According to a new report by the
National Tiger Conservation Authority,
there are 1411 tigers left on the
sub-continent, down from
3642 in 2002.


Estimates indicate that as
few as 70 survive in the
Sunderbans forest.


SUNSET OF
THE WEEK


GLASS

Yes, when I sit in a glass
it's funny...for you.


HEARTWARMER
OF THE DAY

When KB adopted Monica from
Dogstrust last December we started
getting regular news magazines
called Wag.

I was reading the latest edition last
and this little story brought a
tear to my eye. Aaaah!


Please click on the image
to view a larger version.


20.2.08

NICE COLOUR
OF THE DAY


Blue sky and ice.


19.2.08

PERFECT SPOT
FOR A NAP


BEELZEBUFO

A 70-million-year-old fossil of a giant frog
has been unearthed in Madagascar
by a team of UK and US scientists.

The creature would have been the size
of a "squashed beach ball" and weighed
about 4kg (9lb), the researchers said.

They added that the fossil, nicknamed
Beelzebufo or "frog from hell", was
"strikingly different" from present-day
frogs found on the island nation.


18.2.08

AMAZING PICTURE
OF THE DAY


Frozen water spray at
Kyrönjoki in Finland.


SUBWAY GEORGIA

A black kitten rescued after more than
three weeks in a Manhattan subway tunnel
had a second ordeal to endure today -
surgery on her broken leg.

7-month-old Georgia was found
26 days after she escaped from her
travel case on a midtown platform but
she suffered a fractured back leg
during her underground stay.

Georgia's broken limb was reset by
Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists.
"Hopefully she's going to come through
everything and be pretty normal,"
Georgia's owner Ashley Phillips, 24,
(below) from Bronx, said.


A $1,500 (£769) reward for finding
Georgia will be split among her three
rescuers - NYC Transit workers
Mark Dalessio and Efrain LaPorte and
meter reader Christopher Cuddy.


A thousand dollars of the reward is being donated
by the
Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals Inc.
The $500 comes from an anonymous
donor connected to the rescue
group
City Critters Inc.

"I'm just pleased it was a happy ending,"
said Cuddy, 26, who first heard Georgia
cry Wednesday as he read meters in
a subterranean tunnel.
Cuddy - who
said he will donate his $500 reward to
the
ASPCA - alerted transit officials and
reignited a search that began after
Georgia first jumped onto the tracks.


VERY SILENT

A song inaudible to humans has become
a top-selling hit in New Zealand and
is set to be released worldwide.


A Very Silent Night, recorded at a
frequency that can be heard only by
dogs, was issued as a charity CD by the
Royal New Zealand Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Surpringly it went to the top of the
charts and distributors in the US and
Australia are now vying for the
rights to international sales.


Although owners sit through several
minutes of silence the dogs are reported
to wag their tails, prick up their ears,
and even dance in delight.


The accompanying video shows Dei Hamo,
a New Zealand singer, and two female
companions mouthing the
words of the song.


The CD was the brainchild of DraftFCB Creative,
an Auckland-based advertising agency,
which claims the recording was
electronically synthesised to achieve
the frequencies audible
only to dogs.


Some remain unconvinced, however.
Since the video appeared on YouTube,
several viewers cast doubt on whether
there is actually any sound at all.


17.2.08

FACE OF
THE DAY


CALLANETICS

I'm not a great fan of sports or exercising
of any form but in the early 90's when
I drove my mum from Finland to Spain
and back three years in a row (she lives in
Spain and wanted to take her car over
for the winter) I did my back in.

I started looking for a suitable activity
to strengthen my back and
found this book

on a programme
called
Callanetics.

I started doing it regularly and really
noticed the difference. Then the book
got put away and I got lazy and
stopped doing the exercises.

I got really fed up about a week ago when
my favourite pair of jeans wouldn't fit
(me thinks the Xmas choc marathon
is to blame!) so I dug out the book
and started doing it again.

And amazingly now, after only a week,
I can already tell the difference. The
jeans are a lot less tight! Brilliant!

Callanetics must be the only exercise where
the rewards are almost instant.
I'm going to keep up with
for another few weeks.

In a nutshell Callanetics is a non-impact
exercise which utilizes precise positioning to
isolate specific muscle groups and by using
tiny yet powerful movements cause the muscles
to work deeper requiring more muscle
fibers to be recruited.


16.2.08

FUNNY PIC
OF THE DAY


ECHO BEACH

I'm not a great fan of "home grown"
soaps i.e I've never seen an episode
of Coronation Street or Emmerdale
for example. The only one I do
watch is EastEnders.

So when
Echo Beach popped up on ITV1
I thought well, I'll watch it the once.

But as it turns out I was hooked from the
word go and it's getting better each week!

I'm hoping they'll make it into a long running
saga ala Neighbours. The current incest
story line is just too juicy!


The second soap they've created of the
writers of Echo Beach,
Moving Wallpaper
is funny as well. The a-hole producer
Johathan Pope played by
Ben Miller is so slimy!


14.2.08

TIDY BADGERS

These black and white furry fellows
have always been my favourites.

Now it turns out they're
extra
tidy as well!


The subterranean secrets of badgers
have been revealed by a BBC film crew.

Over two years, tiny cameras recorded
the comings and goings of
a wild badger family.


While the animals have been well studied
outside of their setts, little has
been known about their
behaviour underground.


FISHY BUSINESS
IN A PINT


Visitors to this year's Rye Bay Scallop
Festival can enjoy the town's signature
seafood with a limited edition stout
made with scallops as
a key ingredient.

Original Rye Scallop Stout has been
created by Kent brewer Shepherd Neame
to celebrate the sixth festival
starting tomorrow.

Brewer Stewart Main (above) said: "This
full bodied traditional stout, brewed with
black rye and crystal malt. Scallops from
Rye are added to the copper in the process
(below), lending a delicate, gamey flavour.
It is a beer for Rye, and with rye, from
Britain's oldest brewer."


The limited edition 3.7 abv Original Rye
Scallop Stout will even boast unique
pump clips in the shape
of scallop shells.


The cask-conditioned stout will be available
in a limited number of Shepherd Neame
pubs and freehouses in the Rye
area during the festival.


12.2.08

SUNSET OF
THE WEEK


AMAZING PIC
OF THE DAY


FATTY

We went to the vet today with
the cats as they were due for the
annual inoculations.

The older one Millie (aka Fatty) is a bit wide
in the, erm, girth department (7 kg's!)
so she's now officially on a diet.
Don't want her poor little
heart giving in!


The ideal weight is around the 4 kg
mark so that's what we'll aim for.

We've been calling her Fats for years so
we'll have to go back to Millie
when she's a slim girl again :-)


BEE AFRAID

Interesting article about
bees in the BBC website.

Bee health is at risk and if nothing is
done about it the honey bee population
could be wiped out in 10 years.

To take just two examples, the
British apple industry would face
devastating consequences,
while bird populations
would also suffer.


11.2.08

OLYMPIC CATS
GET A NEW HOME


168 feral cats and kittens have been
rescued from the site of the London
2012 Olympics as demolition
work continues.

A local animal charity Celia Hammond
Animal Trust has been allowed access
to the site to ensure the safety of the
cats who have taken refuge in the
arious industrial buildings
being bulldozed.


The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)
which has also re-housed newts, frogs
and fish from the east London site,
said demolition work was expected to be
completed in March with construction
on the main venues beginning
later this year.


RARE CREATURE
OF THE DAY


An albino squirrel in a park in
Croydon, South London, by Phil Baber.