Some words of wisdom

April 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

It really is thin air! Living in a high-altitude city nearly HALVES your risk of being obese: “Living at a higher altitude could help prevent obesity, a new study has found. Researchers studied overweight military personnel stationed at different altitudes across the United States, and found that those in service at high altitude were less likely to progress to obesity. The six-year-long study concluded that soldiers at high altitude were 41 per cent less likely to go from overweight to obese. The group of American researchers looked at nearly 100,000 U.S. Army or Air force servicemen and women, with at least two years of service, from January 2006 to December. The study, published in the April issue of PLOS One, followed military members stationed across the United States, some at high altitudes (1.2 miles above sea level or higher, such as around Colorado Springs) and others at low altitudes (0.6 miles or lower). They found that overweight U.S. service members are 41 per cent less likely to become obese when stationed at high altitude.”

Fishermen laugh as huge great white shark swims up to their boat… before it tries to tear the MOTOR off: “The fishing vessel was travelling about two miles off the coast of Pottsville in the Australian state of New South Wales, when the shark started circling. Although it launched an attack on the boat minutes later, the fishermen were not fazed, laughing as they grabbed a camera to film themselves feeding the 16 foot monster a tin of tuna, before slapping it and sending it on its way. Fisherman Daniel Flemming thought the massive great white shark may have been a dolphin at first. He realised he had made a mistake when the creature started attacking the outboard motor and bait board. The fishermen switched off their engine after the great white attacked the boat, which appeared to calm it down.”

Picturesque 750-acre Scottish island with NINE cottages, a cafe, post office and salmon farm offered for sale at £1.95m: “An island off the western Scottish coast with no shops, no roads and a population of just three, is on the market with a price ticket slashed to under £2m. Tanera Mòr, a 766-acre island a mile and a half offshore in the Inner Hebrides, was put up for sale last May with a guide price of £2.5m. Tanera is owned by the Wilder family who bought it in 1996 and run it as a tourism enterprise with holiday cottages and a sailing school. Owners Lizzie and Richard Williams and their baby daughter Rosie, are the only full-time inhabitants of Tanera Mòr. It has a salmon fish farm, several holiday cottages, a small sailing school, a café and a post office, which has operated its own local post and printed its own stamps since 1970.”

The glory of steam lives on: “With a puff of steam and the rumble of wheels on train tracks, this is the impressive sight of restored steam locomotives charging through the North Yorkshire countryside for a weekend of action. Rail enthusiasts may have been forgiven for thinking they had stepped back in time as they admired the engines and took pleasure rides at this year’s Steam Gala Weekend. The North Yorkshire Moors railway was among 5,000 miles of track and 2,300 stations closed by Dr Richard Beeching in 1963 but was brought back to life four decades later and is now the busiest heritage route in the world. The Class A4 Bittern was among the engines on show following its recent tour with sister steam trains as part of the National Railway Museum’s ‘Mallard 75’ events at York and Shildon. One of the locomotives visiting the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the first time was Roger Hibbert’s LMS Class 3F ‘Jinty’ 0-6-0 tank engine No. 47406, on loan from the Great Central Railway.”

A bird-brained idea! Goose builds its nest in the middle of a dual carriageway: “It might not seem the best place to set up home but this mother goose has done exactly that – and set up her nest right in the middle of a busy dual carriageway. The Greylag goose has bedded down in the shrubbery on the Castle Mills Bridge in York, just inches away from busy fast-flowing traffic. While the expectant mother may have chosen the camouflaged spot to lay her young, the welfare of her goslings when they hatch has become a cause for concern. Anne Pyrah, from Selby Wildlife Rescue Centre in Barlby, North Yorkshire, said: ‘My concern is that cars will swerve to avoid them if a chick is on the road’. All wild birds are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which states that none should be harmed nor should their nests be moved or interfered with. Ms Pyrah said that numerous people, including drivers, have called her with concerns – but said that until the eggs hatch there is little the wildlife group can do.”

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