Sunny, calm and warm at the Castle this morn, extremely late, overslept and had to go to Tesco for stale bread, gruel and His Majesty’s food.
The study is still full of HPs, Acers, Dells and the occasional Mac because I decided to fettle the garden yesterday, the lawns are lawned, the hedges have been hedged, the borders have been bordered and the shrubs have been vandalised.
His Maj decided to help out, and spent the day chasing anything that moved-or didn’t between stealing my chair, and I popped inside to don my stockings and suspenders to fell a twenty foot California lilac that died of athlete’s foot or some other fungal infection a couple of years ago, there is just the four foot stump to sort out, but I ran out of steam, and the Butler doesn’t “do” gardening.
I see that the owner of a Nottinghamshire snake sanctuary has died after apparently being bitten by one of his own animals.
Luke Yeomans, 47, was due to open the King Cobra Sanctuary, in Eastwood, to the public this weekend.
Police confirmed they were called to a property in Brookhill Leys Road, near Eastwood, where Mr Yeomans had suffered a suspected heart attack.
Officers confirmed the snake had been contained and there was no danger to the public.
In an interview with the BBC earlier this year, Mr Yeomans said he had started the sanctuary in 2008, in reaction to the depletion of the snake's natural habitat in the forests of south-east Asia and India.
At the age of 16 he opened his first pet shop, specialising in snakes and other reptiles and two years on he started to breed his own.
"People do say that I am mad but I say it's better than people saying you're bad. I think everything I am doing is good," he said.
Except for the last thing......
A drug has been discovered which scientists believe can reverse the effects of premature ageing and could extend human life by more than a decade.
Rapamycin, which has been nicknamed the “forever young” drug, was created from a chemical found in the soil on Easter Island, one of the most remote places on Earth and 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile.
It was used in experiments on children suffering from Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS), a rare genetic condition in which ageing is hyper-accelerated and sufferers die of “old age” at around 12 years.
Rapamycin is already used to suppress the immune system in organ transplants.
Dimitri Krainc, one of the study's co-authors, said: “Even a small activation of this 'debris removal' system would extend the health and life-span of our cells and organs.”
Long way to go to get it though..
Several people were fishing over the weekend just off Florida's Atlantic coast when they pulled up a 23-foot-long squid.
They say they were fishing about 12 miles offshore from Port Salerno when they saw the squid, WPTV reported.
"We pulled up... thought it was something to fish on, a pallet or something like that. We looked at it, all three of us were like 'holy mackerel,' " Robert Benz told WPTV.
The squid’s body is about 11 feet long, and its tentacles were so long, it barely fit into the 23-foot-long boat.
“Nobody believes a fisherman," said Benz. "It didn't seem it had been dead long, the tentacles were still moving and it was sticking to you when we got it in.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission took the squid to a facility in St. Petersburg for a necropsy.
Isn’t that illegal?
A knife-wielding robber's attempt to rob an off-license shop in Devon is thwarted by the owner's dog.
Eve Watson, 55, and her six-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Cane, took on the intruder after he jumped over the counter with a Stanley knife demanding money from the till.
The shop owner fought back by grabbing a nearby craft knife, telling the robber, "so you like to play with knives, do you".
Mrs Watson then grappled with the robber and managed to pull down his hood, exposing his face to the CCTV cameras in the shop.
Her dog then joined in, biting the man between his legs before the intruder fled the shop empty-handed.
Apart from his nuts which he put in his pocket.
A married couple conned a major UK supermarket out of more than £1,000 ($1,600) by using the same grocery coupon 63 times.
Nigel and Penny Ward's austerity measures saw them use Tesco Clubcard savings coupons valued at £17.50 at seven stores across the eastern English county of Cambridgeshire, the Cambridge News reported Wednesday.
The Wards, who live in the small village of Fordham, near Newmarket, pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud by false representation from Dec.15, 2010 to June 8, 2011.
The couple, who are both in their 40's, carried out the fraud by using self-service counters to scan the coupon, then leaving a plain piece of paper instead of the used coupon, Cambridge Magistrates' Court was told.
Mary Cleaver, who represented the couple, said, "It was not a sophisticated piece of criminal activity. There was no effort to cover their tracks and they even kept all their receipts."
The case was adjourned until next month for sentencing.
Oh dear-what a shame.......still every little helps.
Chris Malloy tests out his flying motorbike, which he built entirely in his own garage.
The “Hoverbike” can soar to 10,000ft and fly at 100mph. The inventor and helicopter pilot, 32, from Sydney, spent two-and-half years on the project.
Think I’ll stick to the Honda.
That’s it: I’m orf to castrate a water boatman.
And today’s thought: "A Windows user spends 1/3 of his life sleeping, 1/3 working, 1/3 waiting."