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10 THINGS I DIDN'T KNOW A WEEK AGO

20th May 2017

 

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1              A Star Wars villain has the fastest-rising baby name in the US.(Independent)

2              There are only 7,100 cheetahs left in the wild. (National Geographic)

3              The King of the Netherlands secretly piloted KLM passenger flights for 21 years. (CNN)

4              Paul McCartney is going to be in the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film. (Empire)

5              Joanna Lumley hopes to be fed to the foxes when she dies   (The Sun)

6              The fridge is the filthiest place in your kitchen  (Time)

7              The highest number of hairdressers in the UK per capita - outside of London - are to be found in      South Buckinghamshire.(BBC)

8              Most white British people owe nearly a third of their DNA to German ancestry. (Guardian)

9              There was a third Apple founder. Ronald Wayne (pictured at home in 2010) sold his 10% stake for $800 in 1976. (Mentalfloss.com)

10           In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teens thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy, while 20% thought Winston Churchill was not. (Mentalfloss.com)

29th APRIL 2017

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

1              In 2014, a missing woman on a vacation in Iceland was found when it was discovered that she was in the search party looking for herself. (This week’s header picture relates to this fact)

2              The man who found the 5,000 year old corpse Ötzi the Iceman in 1991 (Oldest natural European mummy) was also found dead frozen in ice in 2004.

3              If you sneeze while travelling at 60 mph your eyes are closed for an average of 50 feet.

4              The most popular item at Walmart is bananas. They sell more bananas than any other single item they have in stock.

5              Sunsets on Mars are blue

6              The first film with a $100 million budget was True Lies, which was made in 1994.

7              The Flintstones was the most profitable network cartoon franchise for 30 years, that’s before The Simpsons came along.

8              In Japan, you are equally likely to die from being struck by lightning as you are from being shot by a gun.

9              In 2013 Toy Story was remade shot-for-shot with real toys and real people! Watch the video!

10           The brain is our fattiest organ, being composed of nearly 60% fat

22nd APRIL 2017

 

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1              There will be a General Election on 8th June 2017

2              Netflix subscribers have spent more than half a billion hours watching Adam Sandler films. (Salon.com)

3              There are 20,000 objects larger than 10cm flying around Earth, which are big enough to cause "catastrophic damage". (Digital Trends)

4              You can take a course studying Dolly Parton at the University of Tennessee. NY Times)

5              Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.

6              In 2005, a fortune cookie company called Wonton Food Inc correctly foretold lottery numbers, resulting in 110 winners and an investigation. No fraud was involved.

7              In 2014, Sony made a cassette tape that can store 185TB of data!

8              .As of 2016, the site MySpace still gets 50 million visitors a month!

9              If you made $1 every second, it would take you 2,511 years to have more money than Bill Gates (over $79.2 billion dollars).

10           Viagra, when dissolved in water, can make cut-flowers stay erect for up to a week longer than they usually would. Try it!

15th APRIL 2017

 

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

 

1                How can you tell when the moon is waxing? The dark side is on the left.

2              Butterflies taste with their feet.

3             US airlines bumped 40,000 passengers against their will off flights last year. (Telegraph)

4              111,111,111 X 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 (Livin3.com)

5              More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.(Livin3.com)

6              The average person spends 6 months of their lifetime waiting on a red light to turn green(Livin3.com)

7              You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.(Livin3.com)

8              There are more lifeforms living on your skin than there are people on the planet(Livin3.com)

9              In 1386 a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child(Livin3.com)

10           The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the world in a lifeti(Livin3.com)

 

8th APRIL 2017

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

 

1              If you had $1 for every year the universe has existed (approx 13.8 bilion years) you wouldn't even make the Top 50 on the Forbes Rich People List - BuzzFeed

 

2              The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution (BBC)

 

3              San Francisco International Airport has a "therapy pig" to comfort travellers (CNN)

 

4              Some lions mate over 50 times a day

5              The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

 

6              Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.

 

7              Starfish have no brains.

 

8              Polar bears are left-handed.

 

9              Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.

 

10           Chimpanzees are as good at recognising each other's bottoms as humans are at recognising faces.

 

 

 

 

1st APRIL 2017

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

 

1              The oldest condoms ever found date back to the 1640s (they were found in a cesspit at Dudley Castle), and were made from animal and fish intestines. (Buzzfeed.com)

2              In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York despite being dead — he suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle until his horse crossed the line for a 20–1 outsider victory. (Buzzfeed.com)

3              There are around 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. If you took them all out and laid them end to end, they’d stretch around the world more than twice. But, seriously, don’t do that either. (Buzzfeed.com)

4              Women have twice as many pain receptors on their body than men. But a much higher pain tolerance.

5              To have your photo taken with the first ever camera, you would have to sit still for 8 hours.

6              Flowers are known to grow faster when music plays near them.

7              A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes.

8              Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.(Do not try this at Home)

9              The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.

10           The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.


 

 

25th March 2017

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

1              Bear Grylls is afraid of cocktail parties (BBC)

2              Parrots find 'laughter' contagious and high five in mid-air (New Scientist)

3              There were a quarter of a million attempts to access Grindr from the Houses of Parliament in December last year, and more than 1,000 attempts were made to log on to the dating site Tinder, and others, like Fab Swingers, Swinging Heaven, Gaydar and YouPorn also registered hundreds of hits (D.Mirror)

4              Living near the best schools "adds £18,600 to house price" (BBC)

5              iPhone users should not say 108 to Siri. 108 is equivalent to 999 in India, so the voice-controlled     personal assistant recognises it as an emergency call and puts you through to emergency services. (BBC)

6              Russians hold curling tournaments with cars (The Telegraph)

7              There is now a Muppet with autism on Sesame Street (BBC)

8              Bob Dylan loves the Stereophonics (The Guardian)

9              Norway is the world's happiest country according to the 2017 World Happiness Report (New York Times)

10           Red Nose Day 2017 (24.3.2017) raises £71m for Comic Relief (BBC)


10. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK

 

18th March 2017

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

 

1              The "five-second rule" about eating food dropped on the floor is true. (BBC)

2              Spiders are the top global predator. (BBC)

3              Jean-Marie Le Pen introduced the duffle coat to France. (BBC)

4              The polka-dot tree frog is naturally fluorescent. Find out more (New Scientist)

5              UK's CO2 emissions are at their lowest since the 19th Century. (New Scientist

6              In Barrow Alaska the sun sets 18 november and does not rise until 23rd January Below freezing 324 days    Between  May 10 and August 2nd sun does not set 330 miles north of Artic circle

7              There is a McDonalds in every continent except Antartica.

8              Daddy longlegs have penises, which technically makes them not a spider.

9              The television was invented only two years after the invention of sliced bread.

10           It took the creator of the Rubik’s Cube, Erno Rubik, one month to solve the cube after he created it; the current world record is 5.55 seconds.

 

11th March 2017

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

 

1              A quarter of all McDonalds Filet-o-fish sandwiches are sold during Lent. Source : Time

2              People who have sex are happier due to the higher levels of 'affectionate touch'  Source : Independent

3              A public swimming pool typically contains 75 litres of urine. Source : The Guardian

4              Anything a duckling meets 10 minutes after its born becomes its parent. (See picture: Hello Mummy!)

5              The color orange was named after the fruit and not the other way around.

6              Honey is the only food that included all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, minerals, water and vitamins.

7              It would take 100 years to watch every video on Youtube.

8              Blue whale fart bubbles are large enough to enclose a horse.

9              There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach in the world.

10           For every human on Earth there are 1.6 million ants.

25th February 2017

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

1              Mick Jagger can't remember writing his autobiography (Source - Spectator)

2              Geologists have discovered an eighth continent: Zealandia (Source BBC)

3              Vicious Valentine's cards were more popular than romantic ones in Victorian England ( Source The Conversation)

4              A typical Tupperware party in the US will yield about $400 (£320) worth of sales. (Source BBC)

5              Honeybees let out a "whoop" when they bump into each other (Source New Scientist)

6              The price of a minimum "basket of goods" has risen by up to 30% since 2008. (Source BBC)

7              UK families spend an average of £11.40 a week on alcohol and cigarettes. (Source: BBC)

8              The first American film to show a toilet being flushed on screen was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. (Buzzfeed.com)

9              Powerful earthquakes can permanently shorten the length of Earth’s day, by moving the spin of the Earth’s axis. The 2011 Japan earthquake knocked 1.8 microseconds off our days. The 2004 Sumatra quake cost us around 6.8 microseconds. (Buzzfeed.com)

10           The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days.  (Buzzfeed.com)

 

11th February 2017

 

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

1              Doing a search on Amazon for children's books gives a list of 2,521,866

2              A Lincolnshire coastal road has been named the sixth quietest in Britain according to new research. Lincolnshire's A1111 - which runs between the market town of Alford to Sutton on Sea near Mablethorpe - has been named the sixth quietest road in Britain for the number of cars using it.

3              Vera Lynn will be  100 in March 2017

4              There are companies that turn a persons cremated ashes into a diamond for approximately £2,000

5              A dating app is being developed to help orangutans find a love match. (Source: The Times)

6              A man sold his back tattoo to German art collector, for 150,000 Euros

7              Being 'hangry' actually exists. (adjective) -  bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger. (Source: New Scientist)

8              David Beckham owns over 1000 pairs of football boots.

9              There is a brilliant vinyl record shop in Mansfield called "Vinyl Lounge"

10           The Super Bowl broadcast is 23% ads.(Source: Business Insider)

 

28th January 2017

 

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

  1.      Denmark is the happiest country in Europe; Italy the unhappiest. (The UK was 9th out of 15.)

2              A new three-bedroom house must have at least 38 plug sockets.

3              Janet and John were named Alice and Jerry in the United States.

4              Adults use maths skills 14 times daily on average and literacy skills 23 times a day.

5              The children who sang on Pink Floyd's number one hit Another Brick in the Wall (Pt 2) couldn't appear in the video because they didn't hold Equity cards

6              On average a UK commuter travels the equivalent of two-and-a-half times around the globe over a full working career.

7              Cambridge University has a "professor of play".

8              iPhones cost $98,000 (£80,000) in Venezuela. (Source:The Atlas)

9              Vladimir Putin thinks Russian prostitutes are "undoubtedly the best in the world". (Source: Vox)

21st January 2017

 

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

1              Holding your baby on your left side might help you bond. - Source Refinery 29

2              In 2022, you'll be able to look to the sky and watch two stars colliding 1,800 years ago. Source BBC

3              For some years before he died, David Bowie had been working on a musical about aliens, mariachi bands and an imaginary collection of unreleased Bob Dylan songs. Source CQ

4              The opening bars to the theme tune of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em spelt the title of the series in Morse code.  Source BBC

5              All electric trains in the Netherlands are powered entirely by wind energy. Source Vice

6              Little Mix's Glory Days now only trails Spice Girls’ debut phenomenon for most number of weeks at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart by a girl band.  Source BBC

7              Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year. Data from Nasa and the UK Met Office shows temperatures were about 0.07 degrees Celsius above the 2015 mark. Nasa says that 2016 was the third year in a row to break the record. The El Niño weather phenomenon played a role, say scientists, but the main factor was human emissions of CO2.  Source BBC

8              There is mobile phone reception from the summit of Mount Everest. Source BBC

9              You can die by drinking too much water and many people do. Like anything we consume, drinking excessive and extreme amounts of fluid – usually water – can result in ‘water intoxication’, a potentially fatal condition.  Check it out on Google

10           There are 8,222 islands around Australia. If you visit one per day it would take you 22 years 6 months and 5 days. Source ITV Documentary

7th January 2017

POST 12 / 2017

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

1              The average household in the UK now owes a record amount of £12,887, even before mortgages are taken into account, according to the TUC. Its research was based on figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the three months to the end of September 2016.  According to the ONS, total unsecured debt hit an all-time high of £349bn at that point. The TUC divided that number by the total number of households in the UK. However, its figures are inflated by the inclusion of student loans, which have increased rapidly over the last couple of years. Last week's figures from the Bank of England, which exclude student loans, put the total at £192bn up until the end of November 2016.  That is the highest figure since December 2008, but not a record.

2              Carrie Fisher has been laid to rest alongside her mother Debbie Reynolds at a private service where her ashes were carried in an urn in the form of an outsize Prozac pill.

3              It's possible to travel by train all the way from Yiwu in eastern China to Barking in east London. Approx 7,140 miles

4              The British government thinks people have £433m of pound coins stashed away in their homes. (As I haven't someone must have £866. Is it you?)

5              There are 79 organs in the human body, one more than previously thought. Find out more (The Independent)

6              Only one member of the US Congress identifies as unaffiliated with any religion. Find out more (The Atlantic)

7              You can use a display computer in an Apple store all day and no-one will ever ask you to leave. Find out more (Refinery 29)

8              In the US, at least one person a week is shot by a toddler. Find out more (Press Union)

9              On any given day half the worlds population are wearing jeans Source 1339 QI Facts to make your jaw drop P140

10           Johnny Cash had a younger brother, Tommy who is also a successful C&W recording artist. His best selling record is In late 1969, while on Epic Records, he delivered his biggest hit, a tune dedicated to John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, entitled, "Six White Horses.” which reached No.4 in US Billboard charts.

26th November 2016                                                   POST 128

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

1              99% of all the species that have ever lived are now extinct.

2              Genophobia is a pathological fear of sex.

3              The world’s population spends 500,000 hours a day typing Internet security codes.

4              Metrophobia n. Fear of poetry.

5              In 1956, there were only 12 cars on Ibiza.

6              The Queen is the first member of the royal family to be awarded a gold disc from the recording industry: 100,000 copies of the Party at the Palace CD, produced by EMI, were sold within its first week of release.

7              In the past 50 years, the percentage of single-parent families in Britain has risen from 4% (Source Daily Mail)to 25%

8              Victoria Coren (Broadcaster - host of Only Connecton BBC) got a first-class degree in English From Oxford became the first person to win the European Poker Tour twice bringing her lifet imewinnings to £1.5 millions

9              Until 1959 unmarried mothers were categorised as 'moral imbeciles' under the 1913 Mental Deficiency Act  (Source Daily Mail).

10           The concept of 'illegitimacy' was not abolished in law until 1987. (Source Daily Mail)

19th November 2016                              POST 117

 

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

1              If everyone washed their hands properly with soap, it would save 600,000 lives a year.

2              A 12.5-stone man contains 110,000 calories.

3              The average British woman spends £100,000 on make-up in a lifetime.

4              A 14-year-old girl who wanted her body to be preserved so she could be brought back to life, won an historic legal fight shortly before her death. The girl, who was terminally ill with a rare cancer, was supported in her wish to be cryogenically preserved by her mother - but not by her father.

5              Spending two hours commuting each day is a reality for many UK workers, says data that suggests Britons are willing to travel further and longer.Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show 3.7 million workers travel for two hours or longer every weekday.

6              Buckingham Palace to get £369m refurbishment

7              14 year old girl cancer sufferer gets court permission to have her body Cryogenical stored. First body stored this way was 12.1.1967 150 bodies worldwide are stored this way

8              Boots TV ad says half a million women have to work Christmas Day.  Paramedics, firefighters, volunteers, nurses and carers who all “sacrifice their Christmas Day to support their communities”

9              Dating app Tinder has 37 options for defining gender, beyond male or female.(Source Vice)

10           A pack of Smarties is more likely to be missing red than any other colour (Source Mental Floss

 

 

 

 

12th November 2016                              POST 105

 

 

10 THINGS

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

1              People spend 1.3 years of their life on

average deciding what to watch on television. (Sourse Now This)

2              An average-sized condom should be able to hold 18 litres of air. (New Scientist)

3              The budget for prison food in England and Wales is £2 per prisoner per day.(Source Refinery 29)

4              Women use the f-word more than men. (Source: Independent)

5              The Chicago Cubs parade and rally of 5 million peopleafter their baseball World Series victory may have been the seventh largest gathering in human history (Source: Fox)

6              11th November is China's Singles' Day which is bigger than Black Friday.  $17 billion sales in one day: Alibaba turned China's Singles’ Day into a shopping bonanza

7              Trump became US President  Hillary Clinton Lost on 8th November 2016 Trump secured more than the 270 Electoral College votes required to take the White House without receiving the majority of votes from individual Americans, scoring 290 to Clinton’s 232.

           But Clinton got 61,324,576 votes as of Tuesday, or 47.9 percent of the total vote, compared to Trump’s 60,526,852, or 47.2 percent

8           Leonard Cohen died 

9              Taking a week off from Facebook can make you a happier person. (Source Huffington Post)

10           Andy Murray became the first British ATP World's  No.1

 

5th November 2016                              POST 091

 

 

10 THINGS

NO 20THINGS 

 

I KNOW NOW I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

I've obviously been doing more learning than usual.

1              Cadbury's sold Scrème Halloween Eggs a special Halloween Crème egg

2              Susan Hil of "Woman in Black" fame has a new book out entitled "The Travelling Bag"  The back cover blurb has to be the best ever for prompting you to buy a book.

3              Wow Said Owl by Tim Hopgood  is a brilliant and positive children's book

4              Visibility in the UK decreases by 25% on Bonfire night.

5              Germaine Greer wrote a 30,000-word love letter to Martin Amis in 1976.

6              You're So Vain definitely is about Warren Beatty (and two other men).

7              Couples who have sex once a week are the happiest. (Sourse NPR.org National Public Radio)

8              There is a NPR website - National Public Radio

9              The first item sold online was a CD of Sting's Ten Summoner's Tales album in 1994.(Source Fast Company) See separate item

10           Tony Blair tried to become a stand-up comedian. Source Daily Mirror)

11           People who get less than seven hours sleep a night consume the equivalent of four extra slices of toast each day. (Source Daily Telegraph)

12           Several US states let you change your vote after you've cast it. (Sorce CNN)

13           Argos and Amazon are now doing Same Day delivery on some items

14           One bull, "Pawnee Farm Arlinda Chief", had more than two million great-granddaughters.Source Atlantic)

15           Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sleep in their own beds far more than past presidential candidates. (Souce Politico)

16           Zika shrinks the testicles of mice. (NBC)

17           The UK's National Sperm Bank has only taken on seven men. The UK's first national sperm bank has stopped recruiting donors less than two years after its launch, it has emerged.  The National Sperm Bank said it was unable to fund further donor recruitment, having successfully only taken on seven men. (Source BBC News)

18           . Drivers in China who dazzle other road users with full-beam headlights are made to stare into the lights for a minute as punishment.  (Source BBC News)

19           On visiting York on Wednesday 2nd November most shops were introducing Christmas displays, merchandise, and themes

20           An increasingly warped sense of humour could be an early warning s

29th October 2016                              POST 087

 

 

10 THINGS I KNOW NOW

I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

1              '6p a minute' cafe thrives in north of England  Ziferblat in Manchester, a kind of cafe that charges you six pence a minute for the time you spend there. Customers can consume as much food, drink and wi-fi in that time as they like.

                The concept began in Russia and a small chain is now growing in the UK. The first one opened in London two and a half years ago, as we reported at the time. With a revamped, more spacious design, it is in Liverpool and Manchester that the business model has really taken off. There are now multiple branches in the cities and more about to roll out.

2              Third runway agreed for Heathrow

3              Paula Nickolds appointed as first female Managing Director of John Lewis. Started as haberdashery assistant

4              An average of 14 million people tuned in to BBC One to watch Candice Brown be crowned the winner. However, the total number of viewers that saw last year's final rose to just over 15 million when those watching on catch-up services were included.

5              Global wildlife populations have fallen by 58% since 1970, a report says. The Living Planet assessment, by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and WWF, suggests that if the trend continues that decline could reach two-thirds among vertebrates by 2020.

6              Pre-tax profit for the John Lewis partnership for the six months to the end of July fell 14.7% to £81.9m, excluding exceptional property items. Mainly due to Waitrose

7              The standard rate for video game voice actors is $825.50 (£647.74) for a four-hour recording session.

8              There was at least one parrot in prehistoric Siberia.

9              Doreen Spooner was Britain’s first female national newspaper photographer For more than 50 years Doreen Spooner captured the famous faces of the 20th Century that would grace the front pages of the Daily Mirror and other British newspapers as revealed in her new book.

10           Nescafe’s fresh new ad for their Dolce Gusto line of coffee stars Black Eyed Peas member and Voice UK coach will.i.am, and he’s been hard at work in the studio.The American recording artist, musician, producer and all-round entrepreneur has been busy remixing the 1968 hit ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ by legendary soul singer Otis Redding.

22nd October 2016                                      POST 077

 

 

10 THINGS I KNOW NOW

I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

 

1              The 600th episode of The Simpsons has been broadcast in the US, making it one of only two scripted primetime shows to reach the milestone. The other, Gunsmoke, ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975 and holds the record for the most episodes, with 635.

2              Toddler Ben Needham "most likely" died in an accident near to where he disappeared in 1991, police have said.

3              I discovered for the first time Z Guage model railway. Z scale is  scale ratio 1:220 and was introduced by the Märklin company in 1972, and is one of the smallest commercially available model railway scales with a track gauge of 6.5 mm/ Scale  1.385 mm to 1 ft

4              Shanghai's Ikea frowns upon elderly daters clogging up its cafeteria.

5              It's possible to run a marathon in three hours 56 minutes at the age of 85.

6              You can't return or rescind a Nobel prize.

7              Half of American adults are in a facial recognition database.

8              Rainbows can also occur at night.

9              Last year the global car market was worth $2.3 trillion

10           In parts of Africa, the number of elephants has dropped by 95%. Every year around 40,000 are illeagally poached Only 400,000 remain

 

And a bonus one because this one I am struggling to beleive in one way, even though it is off rge BBC Magazine website, but on the other hand, if you see how plants in my garden are eaten you can beleive it. But I never see the slugs.

11           The average British garden could be home to 20,000 slugs, each with 27,000 teeth

15-Oct-2016                                                                                                                 POST 067

 

 

10 THINGS I KNOW NOW

I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

 

1              Jessica Ennis-Hill Olympic gold medalist retires

2              Bob Dylan awarded Nobel prize for literature

3              New Michael Morpurgo Book "The Fox and the Ghost King" is out

4              British artists accounted for one in every six LPs sold worldwide last year

5              The maximum £1million  pension pot yields a pension of £22,000 pa

6              Forbes 30th annual guide to the world's richest people included a total of 1,810 billionaires in the world , down from a record 1,826 a year ago. Their aggregate net worth: $6.5 trillion, $570 million less than last year.

7              1% of people of the world own more wealth than the other 99% combined.

8              In 2015 62 wealthiest people in the world owned wealth equal to the total of that of the poorest half of the world’s population

9              Baby sales are not for selling babies they are for selling all the things your baby has grown out of or stopped playing with and you make lots of money

10           On visiting the Chatsworth Beyond Limit Sotheby's Art Selling Exhibition I discovered more than ever that art is a very subjective thing

10a         Something I did know but had confirmed to me:

                Travelling in city slower than horse and cart (although I knew that anyway)

 

8-Oct-2016                                                                                                                 POST 051

 

 

10 THINGS I KNOW NOW

I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

1

Pound sterling worth less than a Euro at airports

2

Trevor Raaf licensed as Prist in Charge at Linby Cum Papplewick Churches

3

Cod have regional accents.

4

Men are more violent when there are more women around.

5

 Replacing the artificial colouring in blue M&Ms would require twice the current global supply of the natural alternative

6

Male squirrels are lazy and females do all the work

7

You can run over a golf ball with a steamroller and still not damage it.

8

Johnny Cash at his final gig an emotional Cash paid tribute to his late wife, June, who died 15th May 2003 aged 73. He died a 12th September 2003, aged 71, from diabetes or was it a broken heart?.

9

I learned I was hopeless at operating I-tunes on the computer and cannot be relied on to give public performances

10

Hurricane Matthew is so powerful causing devastation in Haiti Death toll is at least 300 and is expected to rise. Four people have died in the US.

24-Sep-16                                                                          POST 037

 

 

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1              Paul is believed to be getting £1.2million over three years to be main judge. It means he will bag £400,000 a series, after getting less than £100,000 a year at the BBC. (The Sun)

2              Woody Allen spends $100 a week on lottery tickets.

3              Tall people are more likely to vote Conservative.

4              Being the sole breadwinner is bad for men's health but good for women's.

5              Only 2% of women in China use tampons

6              A hot bath could be better than cycling at lowering the blood sugar levels of type-2 diabetics

7              Mary Berry is leaving Bake Off

8              Asparagus contains a sulphurous compound called mercaptan (which is also found in rotten eggs, onions and garlic). When your digestive system breaks down mercaptan, by-products are released that cause the strange smell.

9              Harry Potter's house - where he slept under the stairs - is up for sale. Sort of. The unassuming brick building used in the films as the Dursley family home in "Little Whinging" - actually Martins Heron in Bracknell - is on the market for £475,000.

10           Bon Jovi's next studio album, due out 21st October 2016 is his 14th

 

17-Sep-16                              POST 023

 

 

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1              The original Bramley apple tree is still alive and in a garden at Southwellat the age of 207… but is suffering from a fungal infection.

2              Whales grieve for friends and relatives and hold vigils.

3              Bees spit water at each other in hot weather.

4              Hilary Clinton has pnuemonia

5              BBC loses British Bake Off which goes to Channel 4

6              Cameron Quits as MP

7              Great Britain's Ellie Simmonds finishes in 2.59:81 - the first ever sub three minute time in the SM6 200m individual medley - to win gold.

8              Jam to get back together

9              16/09/2016   100 days 25th Dec

10           13-sep-2016 Would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday

 

                10-Sep-16    

POST 017

 

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1              Craig Tilstone has a new book, well came out in April '16 "The Interveners" - Brilliant Craig

2              A brilliant comedy in BBC 2 New Sitcom Showcase, Motherland starring Anna Maxwell-Martin and Diane Morgan written by the brilliant Father Ted creator and writer Graham Linehan, with Sharon Horgan, Helen Linehan and Holly Walsh. So well writtenand acted. so funny. Needs a series

3              Rio Paralympics 2016 7-18 September 2016

4              British swimmers Ollie Hynd and Bethany Firth win gold medals and set world records to mark a phenomenal evening in the Aquatics Centre Ollie Hynd surpassed brother Sam by clinching fourth Paralympic medal

5              New I-Phone 7 to be released  Waterproof, twin lens camera,256gb memory and no earphone socket it is replaced by AirPod wireless headphones

6              US Liberty Media is to buy F1 from Bernie Ecclestone F1 is worth US$ 8 bn but has US$ 4.1 bn in debt so US$ 4.1 bn paid £3.3 bn paid

7              Protestors at the Republican convention were banned from carrying tennis balls but were allowed to carry guns.

8              More than 200 UK drivers are at least 100 years old.

9              The world's loneliest snail lives in Hawaii.

10           Intelligent people tend to be messier and swear more than others.

 

4-Sep-2016                                    POST 008

 

 

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1              Sainsbury's helps elderly shoppers with 'Slow shopping day'

2              Relate brace themselves for an increase in calls as marriages fail after holidays. In September 2015 they received 19,527 calls a 9% increase

3              Conjoined twins, Rosie & Ruby Formosa,  who had a slim chance of survival, born joined at the abdomen start school aged 4

4              There is a 10 metre long crocodile on Cardiff Bay beach to mark100th birthday of Enormous Crocodile creator Roald Dahl

5              The first meeting between the parents of Britain's wartime leader Winston Churchill was during Cowes Week 1873 . Lord Randolph Churchill first met and proposed to Jenny Jerome, the eldest daughter of American yachtsman and New York Times proprietor Leonard Jerome, at Rosetta Cottage (now owned by the National Trust and let out for self catering holidays) on Cowes seafront during Cowes Week in 1873

6              Discovered the new album and singing talents of Izzy Buzzi

7              The Bottle Kiln, West Hallam have the very best cherry scones in the world

8              The new bridge at Station Road Hucknall which carries the road over the railway line was lifted into place over the Bank Hol;iday weekend

9              Mother Theresa has been made a Saint declared by Pope Francis on Sunday 4th September 2016

10           What Hi Fi Magazine was introduced 40 years ago October 1976 and totally unrelated the Guage O Guild (model railways) was founded 60 years ago in August 1956

28-Aug-2016                                                                  POST 001

 

10 THINGS I DID NOT KNOW ONE WEEK AGO

 

MY VERY FIRST POST

 

1          Belle Isle the biggest island on Lake Windermere has a round house. The round house according to the narrator on our Windermere boat tour was a calendar house. It has 4 doors - the seasons, 52 rooms - Weeks in a year, 12 chimneys - months in the year, 365 panes of glass - days of year. But I cannot find reference to this anywhere.

2          A391 Keswick to Windermere road reopened in May with a procession that included classic cars and 6 Mountain Goat buses

3          We discovered Allan Bank a National Trust property in Grassmere that stands high on a hill with excellent views of Grassmere Lake

4          Mr McGraggors garden recreated at Allan House. His potting shed must get award for best view from a potting Shed in the UK

5          The thriller film 'Keeping Rosey' I discovered this week. Did not watch it but it looked promising

6          UK won 67 medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics. An all time record

7          Discovered an amazing figurine by  Border Fine Arts, the prestigious Disney collection "A Moment in Time". Snow White and the seven Dwarfes. Only 250 made £695 each

8          Discovered for the first time The Old Laundry Theatre at The World of Beatrix Potter, Cragg Brow, in the centre of Bowness on Windermere. Some excellent original shows and plays presented. Two trustees were Alan Rickman and Victoria Wood.

9          There is a Lake District Miniature Village featuring over 100 buildings made from local Coniston slate, all of which have been carefully handcrafted with hand tools only, no machinery!

10        "In 2016 The essential Go Herdwick accessory for Summer 2016! Our 32 page, full colour trail map contains the locations of all of our ladies along with details of shops selling Go Herdwick merchandise. Get one and Go Herdwick spotting!

Herdwick spotting is a fun activity for adults and children alike and this booklet will help you find all 60 of our ewes! The trail is broken down into the key towns of Keswick, Grasmere and Rydal, Ambleside and Windermere, with a map for each showing where all our ladies are located.

 As part of the Go Herdwickour Anniversary Celebrations, 2016 will see the central Lake District invaded by a flock of life sized decorated fantasy Herdwick ewes appearing in unexpected places - all paying homage to the Herdwick’s iconic status and all in support of our 40th Anniversary Capital Fundraising Drive. All funds raised help the Lake District Calvert Trust to deliver challenging outdoor activities for those with disabilities, through the development of a new rehabilitation centre in Keswick. Money raised will help fund the c £1.3m capital redevelopment of Old Windebrowe, our grade 2 listed farmhouse and tithe barn which is thought to date back to the 1550’s and was once used as a home by William Wordsworth. The redevelopment will deliver six specialised apartments suitable for stroke survivors and those with acquired brain injuries or physical impairments, including a communal area allowing guests to receive occupational therapy and rehabilitative support on-site.  With the additional benefit of being able to access the activities that are already run, this will be a unique new service and further develop the Calvert Trust offering.

When I was a lad at school around 13 years old, our Maths teacher used to call me Wol. At the end of the year as we were moving up a class I plucked up courage to ask why he called me Wol. He told meit was thename of the deslexic owl in Winnie the Pooh. With my Harry Potter glasses he said I looked like the Wise Old Owl in the Winnie the Pooh stories.

 

Being the vain person I am I took it as a compliment

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