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Online review site Trip Advisor has banned all reviews written in Welsh. (Trip Advisor is arguably the world's largest travel websi...

Interesting Fact - Technology

Brits are spending more more than £900 million a year simply keeping our smartphones and tablets charged.

(If that's not bad enough, we waste £134 million a year by overcharging them: According to research commissioned by insurance provider Row.co.uk, part of the problem is overcharging which happens when users plug in their devices overnight.

A massive nine in ten owners keep gadgets on permanent charge, often unaware that overcharging batteries can reduce their lifespan, and under certain conditions lithium-ion batteries can pose a safety hazard. The figures suggest that around 85,000 tonnes of CO2 could be saved if people disconnected as soon as charging was complete.)

Average charging times:-
  • Mobile Phone - 2 hours
  • Laptop, with Express Charge - 2 hours
  • Hand-held vacuum cleaner - 3.5 hours
  • Mp3 player - 4 hours
  • Digital Camera - 2 hours

On This Day

26th June

1284 – The legendary Pied Piper led 130 children out of Hamelin, Germany.

1483 – Richard III was crowned king of England.

1870 – The Christian holiday of Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States.

1917 – The first U.S. troops arrived in France to fight alongside Britain, France, Italy, and Russia against Germany, and Austria-Hungary in World War I.

1945 – The United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco.

1948 – The Western allies began an airlift to Berlin after the Soviet Union blockaded West Berlin.

1960 – The former British Protectorate of Somaliland British Somaliland gained its independence.

1963 – John F. Kennedy spoke the famous words "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a doughnut), on a visit to West Berlin.

1974 - The bar code, allowing for the electronic scanning of prices, was used for the first time on a pack of gum at a supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

1977 – The Yorkshire Ripper killed 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she was the first victim who was not a prostitute.

1977 - Elvis Presley gave his last concert.

1991 – The Ten-Day War began in Slovenia.

1996 – Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin was shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin.

2015 - Militants murdered scores of people in seemingly unrelated attacks in Kuwait and Tunisia. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility; the attacks following a message broadcast by Abu Mohammed al-Adnani to: “... make Ramadan a month of disasters for the infidels.” He doesn't seem to know much about Ramadan, does he? Just remember, people can drip their poison into your ears, but only you can decide whether to accept them into your heart.

On This Day

25th June

1678 – Elena Cornaro Piscopia became the first woman to be awarded a doctorate of philosophy.

1876 – Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer died at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

1947 – The Diary of Anne Frank was published.

1951 - The first colour TV broadcast took place on America's CBS Network.

1991 – Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence from Yugoslavia.

1996 – The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia killed 19 U.S. servicemen.

2006 – Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier, was kidnapped in a cross-border raid from the Gaza Strip in Palestine.

2007 – Severe flooding hit England. Parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire flooded including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull.

2009 - Michael Jackson died.