Saturday, 28 January 2017

Weird hair ice found in Miserden – but what is it and how does it form?

Hair ice.What is 'hair ice'?
That was the question at the forefront of one Gloucestershire Live reader's mind when she sent in these pictures.-


A weird and wonderful journey to M&M's World, London's most peculiar tourist attraction

The M&M's family takes on the Beatles, naturallyYou have activated the My M&M’s colour mood analyser. We will now determine your colour mood,” the female voice sounds from somewhere in the ceiling.
It all feels a bit 1984 – a sugar-coated Thought Police initiative – but no, this rather bizarre assessment is related to something else sugar-coated.
A chap, clad in biker leathers, with shaved head and thundering beard, is standing in the marked spot necessary to have your “colour mood” determined. Tats, piercings and all, he waits.-read more

Saturday, 21 January 2017

10 weird and wonderful Antarctic firsts

Antarctica is a place where firsts and challenges are an unavoidable part of the experience
It is the continent which, more than any other, demands respect – and a hardy sort of traveller who is prepared to put up with the worst the weather can throw at them. Not Europe (although the winds at Brighton on a rain-swept morning can be more than fierce) but Antarctica, that frozen tip of the planet – where anything goes, as long as it’s snowy.
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the first unassisted solo crossing of the land at the end of it all. But then, Antarctica is a place where firsts and challenges are an unavoidable part of the experience. Here are 10 of the milestone moments in the history of the continent – plus a few suggestions as to how you can pay a visit yourself.
First unassisted solo crossing
Norwegian explorer Borge Ousland was the mould-breaker here. His expedition into the Antarctic “summer” – between November 15 1996 and January 17 1997 – was a speedy endeavour, zipping across the South Pole on skis, with kite assistance, in just 34 days. Ice off a duck’s-Read More

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The weirdest items seized by immigration officials from smugglers trying to bring them into Australia

One of the most impressive items intercepted by Australian biosecurity officers last year was an entire boar's head. The delivery from Russia was eventually cleared after no biosecurity issues were identified
Human skulls, a boar's head, a spooky sacrificial bat and bear claws are some of the strangest items that airline passengers have tried to bring into the country.
The objects were intercepted by Australian immigration officials in the last year from travellers because they pose a biosecurity risk.
Australian Border Force issued up to 3,500 infringement notices to people who tried to smuggle the items in the 2015/16 financial year.