Saturday, 16 February 2008 7 houses we've been sent that we wouldn't buy

Friday, 15 February 2008 7 odd occurrences that have happened recently

  1. Two miniture schnousers with pink camo jackets on
  2. A woman with a helicopter stuck in her hair
  3. Two people dressed as superheros accompanied by a big bear
  4. A Royal Mail van blasting classical music out at full volume
  5. A dragonfly landing on my leg whilst I was out for a walk
  6. A girl shouting her mobile phone number 6 times outside our house. I texted her to let her know!
  7. Looking for chocolate hearts in Waitrose, which they only seem to sell over Yule to no avail, only to find a solitary box of them whilst looking for something in another area of the store.

Thursday, 14 February 2008 7 courtship rituals from the animal kingdom

  1. The Bowerbird
    The Bowerbird's courtship ritual involves the collection and display of a Bower. The bower varies from species to species from a cleared patch of earth to an elaborate hut or covered walkway constructed out of sticks and leaves. These bowers are then decorated with brightly coloured objects, feathers, shells, and other trinkets. The female then inspects the neighbouring bowers and selects the best, before choosing her mate.
  2. The Hedgehog
    The hedgehog's way of attracting a mate involves walking round and round the female hedgehog; sometimes for hours on end until she decides she is ready to mate. Once mating has occurred, both hedgehogs go their separate ways.
  3. The Scorpion
    The mating dance of a scorpion pair involves the male and female locking claws and dancing in circles for an hour or more until they come across a suitable stone. The male then excavetes a 'nuptual chamber' and they retreat into it. Post coitus, the female will often devour the male.
  4. The Sandhill Crane
    The courtship ritual of the Sandhill Crane starts with a long staccato duet before moving into an elaborate ballet where they take turns in bowing, crouching and leaping in the air, flapping their wings furiously.
  5. The Blyth Giant Frog
    The Blyth Giant Frog ritual starts with the male excavating a sandy basin surrounded by water. He then sits in the middle of the basin and sings until a female arrives. She then enlarges the basin before swimming around it laying eggs whilst the male fertilizes them behind her.
  6. The Southern Painted Turtle
    The male Southern Painted Turtle grows long toenails and during courtship he will swim just in front or just above the female and wave his nails in her face until she agrees to mate.
  7. The Blue Crab
    Female Blue Crabs only mate during the final moult when they are in a soft shell condition. 2 or 3 days before mating, the male will cradle carry the female and protect her soft shell from predators. After mating he continues to carry her until her shell hardens again.

Wednesday, 13 February 2008 7 ways to say Shark

  1. Cymraeg: Morgi
  2. Occitan: Làmia
  3. Suomi: Hait
  4. Català: Tauró
  5. Bahasa Melayu: Ikan yu
  6. Português: Tubarão
  7. Nederlands: Haaien

Tuesday, 12 February 2008 7 mottos on the wrappers of Heaven chocolates

  1. Hide them where they'll never find them
  2. For special occassions like when no-ones around
  3. Nothing to wear? Who cares?
  4. Thanks goodness it's legal
  5. Life's too short to surrender all vices
  6. Perfect with coffee, perfect with champers, perfect with red wine, perfect with air
  7. I'll never even come close to the use by date

Monday, 11 February 2008 7 links found in my 'Check me out' bookmark folder

  1. Robin pays flying visit to shop
  2. Are driverless pods the future?
  3. Sitz! Handlers bark German orders
  4. Park hosts pensioners' play area
  5. Balls bring Rome to standstill
  6. 'Ghost-like' white stag spotted
  7. Chickens get woolly jumpers

Sunday, 10 February 2008 7 products named after people I know.

  1. Château Colin de Pey
  2. Jason Healthy Mouth Toothpaste
  3. Bekie's Biscotti
  4. The Howard Chair
  5. Jennifer Sunglasses
  6. Gill Speedskin
  7. Julian Barstool