Archive for March, 2008

Two years on the toilet

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

When I first read this article, I couldn’t believe what I was reading – a woman Kansas spent two years sitting on a toilet.  Her boyfriend eventually got help and she was taken to hospital to have the seat removed.

Apparently he took her food and drink and repeatedly asked her to leave the bathroom.

But aside from the legal implications now being discussed, I have a few unanswered questions:

– did no-one miss her in all this time?  I mean, her boss, colleagues, family, etc.?

– where did her boyfriend go to the toilet for the last two years?

– what did they tell visitors to the house?

OK, perhaps that’s all none of my business, but it’s got me wondering, all the same…

As easy as pi?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

I may have learnt all about the Greek letter pi at school and its significance in maths for calculating things to do with circles, but it’s actually something else that I remember it for.

In a special episode of Dr.Who, broadcast as part of “Children in Need”, the Master skipped across a chequered floor and retorted “try it Doctor, it’s as easy as pi”, to which the Doctor eventually muttered “3.14159265”.

I remember that scene so clearly, that it has helped me to memorise the beginning of pi for years. Since most people only remember the 3.14 bit, it’s almost showing off to know so many numbers in it, and yet there are a handful of people out there who have memorised a lot more of them.

So I guess they in particular will have celebrated pi day last Friday. Now, I know it’s an important number, but does it really need a day named after it?

Buying property in the Canary Islands

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Have you ever considered buying a holiday flat on a sunny island?

If you have more than 300,000EUR to spare, then this may be just the time to do so.

Take Lanzarote, for example. Apparently most people are interested in looking at apartments and studios – priced below 300,000EUR, according to one of the islands largest property portals: Lanzarote Guidebook.

Anything above 300,000EUR is only attracting 13% of enquiries, so if you’re looking for something larger then you are going to be in the minority and may possibly have a good choice of properties available.

Whether you decide to move to the island on a permanent basis, or let out the property as an investment, you might get a better deal here than in some, more expensive European countries.


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