Sunday 29 August 2021

Mouse-Eating Pitcher Plant at California Carnivores

 


This giant Nepenthes pitcher plant caught and ate a mouse in our carnivorous plant nursery. See what’s left after the digestion!  This happened naturally without any intervention from us. In the wild, these plants will catch small mammals like rats and mice. 


Monday 23 August 2021

Vaccine Magnetic Powers

 


Why should I be exposed to so much nonsense?! They are making me old! Stop believing fake garbage!!


Friday 20 August 2021

Tuesday 17 August 2021

'Island' of dead fish rotting off St. Pete Pier

 


A wave of dead fish arrived near the coast of St. Petersburg days ago. They've been spotted in mangroves, near the shoreline, and out in Tampa Bay. Officials said Tropical Storm Elsa made it worse.

"We’ve collected 15 tons of fish in those 10 days and nine tons of those fish have been picked up in the last 24 hours," a city official explained.

Here's the time-lapse view from SkyFOX showing a large island of dead fish north of the St. Pete Pier and winding through Snell Isle canals.

COMPETITION: Win Baptiste Series 1 and 2 Box Set on DVD



Baptiste Series 1 and 2 Box Set - Released on DVD from 23rd August

And to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 Boxsets on DVDs to give away.

Synopsis: 
One of TV’s best loved French detectives Julien Baptiste, played by the inimitable Tchéky Karyo, returns for the highly anticipated second and final series of Baptiste and is joined by the fantastic Fiona Shaw. Following its run on BBC One, Baptiste Series Two gets its DVD release this Summer courtesy of Acorn Media International.
 
Making waves with the hugely successful drama The Missing Series 1 & 2 Julien Baptiste went solo in his own show Baptiste from the same creators/writers Harry and Jack Williams. The gripping six-part crime drama garnered critical acclaim and now both series will be available as Baptiste Series 1 and 2 Box Set alongside Baptiste Series Two on DVD from 23 August 2021 following its premiere on BBC One.

The second series joins Julien Baptiste as a changed man, following a devastating personal tragedy, his life will never be the same again. Having pushed his wife Celia (Anastasia Hille – Keeping Faith) away, he is looking for anything to distract him from his pain, whether it’s alcohol or an all-consuming new investigation… when news reaches him that Ambassador Emma Chambers’ (Fiona Shaw – Killing Eve) whole family has disappeared without trace, he wastes no time in offering his help, knowing that this could be the case he needs.

Travelling to the scene of the crime, he embroils himself in this huge undertaking, and Emma quickly realises that she needs Julien as much as he needs the case. Even though he’s no longer on the force he is the only person that can really help with his experience and capacity for understanding human nature.

It becomes apparent that this isn’t a clear-cut missing persons investigation and soon Julien and Emma are sucked into a dangerous world of terrorism, politics and extremism. As Julien tries to escape his own struggles, will he pay the ultimate price to help find Emma’s family?

Also starring Ace Bhatti (Line of Duty) and BAFTA rising star winner Conrad Khan (County Lines).


For your chance to win just answer the question below.

COMPETITION CLOSED

Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 30-08-21
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.
5. Entries that come directly from other websites will not be accepted.

Sunday 15 August 2021

Construction with Chinese characteristics

 


This is the steel bar used in the construction of a building in China. Its fragility is disturbing. In China, it’s everyone's dream to own their own home. China's real estate industry is arguably the largest in the world. The majority of Chinese people's savings are invested in their homes. But the quality of China's housing construction has always been a concern for buyers and residents alike. The Chinese refer to buildings that are of poor quality or even have serious safety problems as tofu-dreg projects.

These are just some of the tofu-dreg projects in China so far this year. The term "tofu-dreg" was first coined by former Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji. After he inspected the collapse of floodwalls in a southern city in 1998, the Premier angrily criticized it as a "tofu-dreg project" when asked about the cause of the failure. Since then, the term "tofu-dreg construction" has appeared frequently in all major Chinese media and has gradually become well known. 

More than two decades later, the collapse of "tofu-dreg" projects in China has not disappeared or decreased. Instead, it has become more frequent. It keeps repeating itself and eventually becomes a characteristic of China that is known by the world.