Showing posts from July, 2006

Interesting Places - Waterloo Station

London's Waterloo station carries four times as many passengers as Heathrow each day.

(My my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way
The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself

Waterloo - I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo - promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo - couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo - knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo - finally facing my waterloo

My my, I tried to hold you back but you were stronger
Oh yeah, and now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight
And how could I ever refuse
I feel like I win when I lose

Waterloo - I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo - promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo - couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo - knowing my fate is to be with you

And how could I ever refuse
I feel like I win when I lose

Waterloo - I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo - promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo - couldn’t escape if I wanted …

Interesting People # 58 - Bill Gates

Bill Gates does not have an iPod.

(I bet he does really.);-)

Interesting Fact # 340 - Siestas

Siestas are not a southern European invention. An afternoon sleep was common in northern Europe before the industrial revolution.

(I am all for upholding old traditions - zzzzzzz.)

Interesting Fact # 339 - Garages in the UK

While 53% of UK households have access to a garage, only 24% use them for parking cars.

(Sometimes looking into someone's garage can give you a better insight into who they are than seeing inside their house.)

Interesting People # 57 - Keanu Reeves

Allegedly Keanu Reeves doesn't own a computer and instead corresponds with friends by hand-written letters.

(I think that is kind of classy. Not that he'll ever know as he won't be able to read this.)

Interesting Fact # 338 - Child Soldiers

Amnesty International have estimated that there are 300,000 children, some as young as seven, involved in armed conflicts worldwide.

(Suffer the little children.)

Interesting Words - Time

The word "time" is the most common noun in the English language, according to the latest Oxford dictionary.

(And I thought there was never enough of it.)

Interesting Fact # 337 - British Women

41% of English women have punched or kicked their partners, according to a study.

(I've only ever done this in my sleep.)


The speaking clock, which tells the time to thousands of UK callers every day, is celebrating its 70th birthday. The telephone number 123, was founded in 1936 and went nationwide in 1942.

Around 70 million calls are made to the service every year.

Interesting People - Confucius

Confucius's proper name was Kong Zi, and all the world's three million Kongs are popularly supposed to be his descendants.

(What does that make King Kong?)

Interesting Places # 32 - Sweden

More than 10% of new cars sold in Sweden run on alternative fuel.

(Good for them. When do we catch up?)

Interesting Fact # 336 - Birth rates in the UK

Multiple births increased by about a third in the UK between 1984 and 2004 - thanks to IVF treatment and better diets.

(Thanks to????)

Interesting Fact # 335 - Wine

So much wine is produced in Europe that hundreds of millions of bottles are distilled into industrial alcohol each year to help drain the "wine lake".

(I am doing my best to help, honest!)

Interesting Animals # 48- The Dog

Dogs with harelips can end up with two noses.

(I'll have to tell Sam to stop chasing hares!)

Interesting Places # 31 - The UK

On the same note, in the UK, adult deaths by suicide outstrip all road traffic deaths by about 60%.

(Same question.)

Interesting Places # 30 - Japan

According to statistics nearly five times as many people commit suicide in Japan as die in road traffic accidents.

(How many people commit vehicular suicide though?)

Interesting Fact # 334 - Diet

Children inherit a taste for meat and fish but acquire a liking, or loathing, for vegetables.

(I acquired a liking for green leafy vegetables at the age of 35!)

Interesting Fact # 333 - Wrinkles

Wrinkles can determine whether a smoker is more likely to develop lung disease - those with wrinkles have a five times higher risk of disease than those with smooth skin.

(What about those with a face lift?)

Interesting Words # 43 - Apnoea

Apnoea is the scientific term for holding your breath.

(So how long can you apnoea for?)

Interesting People # 55 - John Cleese

John Cleese flies from his home in Los Angeles to London to visit his dentist.

(How many carbon miles is that?)

Interesting Animals # 47 - The Cat

A domestic cat can frighten a black bear to climb a tree.

(Anyone who doesn't believe this has never met my cat Spooky.)

Interesting Fact # 332 - Children's Clothing

Parents of toddlers in the UK spend an average of £406 a year on their child's clothing.

(That's more than I spend on myself!)

Interesting Places # 29 - The Moon

Private individuals can buy up parts of the Moon thanks to a loophole in the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty that simply forbade any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the Moon.

(I'll have the second crater from the right.)

Interesting Fact # 331 - Clothing

Good old gabardine is a rival to modern, synthetic mountaineering clothes - being lighter, hardwearing and water-resistant.

(And I threw away my old gabardine mac years ago!)

Interesting Fact # 330 - Shopping in the UK

A laptop is bought every 3 minutes in the UK.

(I bought mine in Germany.)

Interesting Fact # 329 - Prison Sentences

In the UK 500 people are given a life sentence every year.

(That's a lot of lifers.)

Interesting Fact # 328 - British Debt

Britain is still paying off debts that predate the Napoleonic wars because it's cheaper to do so than buy back the bonds on which they are based.

(Your tax at work.)

Interesting Places # 28 - Bhutan

In Bhutan government policy is based on Gross National Happiness; thus most street advertising is banned, as are tobacco and plastic bags.

(I wish some of our European leaders would take note.)

Interesting Words # 42 - Sosumi

Allegedly, the short xylophone ditty that Apple Mac computers play is called Sosumi - a contraction of So Sue Me - Apple's cheeky riposte to the Beatles' Apple Corps.

(I say allegedly as I don't want to be sued.)

Interesting Food # 23 - Apples

Five billion apples are eaten a year in the UK.

(Does that keep five billion doctors at bay?)

Interesting Fact # 327 - World Cup Viewing Figures

According to the BBC 81% of English viewers tuned into at least one World Cup game.

(Up until the quarter finals yesterday at least.)

Interesting Words # 41 - Erotomania

Erotomania is the name of the condition in which a person holds a delusional belief that someone is in love with them.

(So, what's the word for the delusional belief that you are in love with someone.)