Snuffy the seal…

26 06 2013

I readily admit that I am waaaay behind the times but I only just saw this and had ot share it

 

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Buzzing around

18 07 2012

I saw this bee feeding and just had to get a pic





Sit boy

17 07 2012

 

An even older pic here, apparently I took this in 2004 with a Kodak Easyshare….
What I do know was that this was up in the mountains just outside of Malaga in Spain.





The most expensive ingredients in the World

14 05 2012

After my recent move into the new house some people have started to wonder whether I haven’t developed ideas above my station.

Well just to cast aside all doubt here is a quick round-up of some of the most expensive ingredients in the World…

Saffron – $1,000/lb

A classic contender for World’s most expensive ingredient. Saffron is the dried stigma of the cunningly named “Saffron Crocus” or Crocus sativus to give it’s proper name.

For anyone who is wondering why some dried pieces of a flower are so expensive have a look below at what wikipedia has to say…

“To glean an amount of dry saffron weighing 1 lb (450 g) is to harvest 50,000–75,000 flowers, the equivalent of an association football pitch‘s area of cultivation; 110,000–170,000 flowers or two football fields are needed to gross one kilogram. Forty hours of labour are needed to pick 150,000 flowers. Stigmas are dried quickly upon extraction and (preferably) sealed in airtight containers.

Saffron prices at wholesale and retail rates range from US$500 to US$5,000 per pound, or US$1,100–11,000/kg, equivalent to £2,500/€3,500 per pound or £5,500/€7,500 per kilogram. The price in Canada recently rose to CAD 18,000 per kilogram. In Western countries, the average retail price is $1,000/£500/€700 per pound, or US$2,200/£1,100/€1,550 per kilogram. A pound contains between 70,000 and 200,000 threads.”

White Truffles: $ 14,000/kg

Another long time heavy weight of the culinary World, white truffles have long been sought after by discerning gourmets for their earthy taste and pungent fragrance.

Native to the Piedmont region of Northern Italy although they can also be found in parts of Croatia. White truffles are the rarest and most costly of all the various species of truffle and as such carry the biggest price tag, the highest price ever paid for a single truffle was set in December 2007, when Macau casino owner Stanley Ho paid 330,000 USD (£165,000) for a specimen weighing 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb), discovered by Luciano Savini and his dog Rocco.

Bit different from paying 99 pence for a kilo of button mushrooms in Tesco!

Edible gold: $90-100/gram

Though gold has no nutritional value, 24k gold is perfectly edible and adds a luxurious and beautiful decoration to dishes and drinks.

Edible gold leaf is popular in cake decorating and for adding a bit of flair to certain cocktails. The metal apparently passes directly through the body unaltered, not sure I would want to try and retrieve it though!

 Ass (Donkey) Cheese $700/lb.

Home to 100 Balkan donkeys, the Zasavica Special Nature Reserve along the Zasavica River produces a smoked donkey’s milk cheese that they call “Pule.”

They justify the obscene price of the cheese by quoting the rarity and  value of the milk used…Not sure I would want ass milk either to be quite honest!

 

 Hop Shoots $1300/lb

Hop shoots are funnily enough the young shoots of the hop bine, yes bine not vine.

Hop shoots are only available between January and mid April. Because of the short period of availability, labour intensive cultivation and low yields hop shoots often rank as the most expensive vegetable in the World!

 

 





Dog sex man charged with buggery

29 07 2011

 

The house where the act took place (right)

A Limerick man has  appeared before Limerick District Court charged with ordering his Alsatian dog to have sex with a 43-year-old mother of four, who died from an adverse allergic reaction to dog semen.

The Irish Sun reports that Sean McDonnell, 57, is charged with buggery contrary to Section 61 of the Offences against the Person Act of 1861 – and is believed to be the first person in Ireland to be charged under the legislation.

Should Mr. McDonnell be found guilty he could well face the maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The Irish Daily Star adds that McDonnell and the deceased woman had discussed the arrangement at some length on a bestiality chat room, and that Gardaí are satisfied that the intercourse was consensual.

Well that is a relief what would the World be coming to if dogs ran around raping people willy nilly?





Woman dies after dog sex in Ireland

19 07 2011

43-year-old mother of four died after suffering a massive allergic reaction to dog semen

The woman, a mother of four children, suffered the reaction to the dog’s semen after willingly engaging in sex acts with an  Alsatian dog in county Limerick, Ireland

The woman died in October 2008, shortly after intercourse with the dog, and after a three-year investigation it was confirmed that her death occurred due to an adverse reaction suffered after having sex with the animal.

A source told The Star last night that the unfortunate woman involved came in contact with a man who provided the dog on an internet chatroom.

“Both these people would have been visiting bestiality websites and at some stage it appears they agreed to meet up for sex,” the source said.

“The Alsatian then entered the picture and it appears that intercourse took place between the lady in question and the dog on the night that she died.”

Disturbingly, the source added that the dog “appeared to have been groomed” to have sex with women.

Ok so a few things here… firstly WHY? secondly WHY? oh and WHY? ….Risk of adverse reaction to dog spunk aside I just don’t get why anyone would want to f*ck a dog

Still that’s Limerick City

 





Goosey Goosey Gander…

11 08 2010

A couple of weeks ago my geese moved house.

They weren’t aware that this was gonig to happen and at the time seemed rather put out by it all, but then I can’t blame them.

They were rudely awakened and put into a crate before they could bully their way out of the door of their house and then got to spend a fun filled car journey listening to the top 40 hit list interspersed with my ranting at the various at dodgy drivers I came across.

On getting back to my house I remembered that I hadn’t bothered to make them a new home in advance so then in the sweltering heat had to knock something together out of some breeze blocks and corrugated metal… mmmm attractive.

Mishaps aside though they have now been here a week and other than missing their normal quacky companions they have settled in well.

They are enjoying having the free reign of the garden and after a couple of days managed to find the hen house, this has been an immense source of glee for the geese as they now have something to herd around in front of them in their oh so bossy fashion.

They have also realised that the baby bath full of water is for them rather then some mysterious phantom baby that is tardy regarding bath time. They love it unfortunately it isn’t big enough for both of them at once but they have become very good at sharing and taking turns.

As soon as WordPress decides it likes me again I will make a point of uploading some of the many piccies and videos of our new residents.








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