Archive for May, 2009

World No-Tobacco Day

May 31, 2009

The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2009 is “Tobacco Health Warnings”, with an emphasis on the picture warnings that have been shown to be particularly effective at making people aware of the health risks of tobacco use and convincing them to quit.

To find out more, see the link below –

http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2009/en/index.html

Perhaps giving up smoking was a New Years’ resolution that has bitten the dust – but all is not lost. If you would LIKE to give up smoking, there is lots of help at hand.

http://smokefree.nhs.uk/

http://tinyurl.com/q9ykok

http://www.quit.org.uk/

Good luck!

Lizards Without Legs…

May 30, 2009

What’s the difference between a snake and a lizard? If you are thinking it’s that lizards have legs, you are wrong!

Unlike snakes, lizards have ears and eyelids – but not ALL of them have legs! To find out more about this  breed of lizard – sometimes called Ophisaurus apodus, sometimes called Sheltopusiks, and sometimes  called the plain old Russian Legless Lizard – see the links below.

http://tinyurl.com/p27xgz

http://tinyurl.com/pd9kt4
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24456266@N06/2315195093/

and if you want to see how they actually get about, watch this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&v=5lVq7UtLPE4

Mount Everest

May 29, 2009

Thing of the Day would like to congratulate Sir Ranulf Fiennes and his team on recently reaching the summit of Mount Everest:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8060649.stm

Today marks the anniversary of the first successful climb of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/29/newsid_2492000/2492683.stm

Also in the Bahá’í faith today is the Feast of the Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/bahai/holydays/ascension.shtml

And not forgetting today is the beginning of the Jewish festival of Savuot, the first day of Passover:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/holydays/shavuot.shtml

Ian Fleming

May 28, 2009

Today marks what would have been the writer Ian Fleming’s 101st birthday. There has been a continuous interest in Fleming’s work, particularly James Bond, with films of his work being made and a recent exhibition held at the Imperial War Museum. Here is a website with lots of information about him:

http://www.ianflemingcentre.com/

World Factfiles

May 27, 2009

Summer is almost upon us. Have you decided where you’re going on holiday yet? If not then perhaps the Guardian‘s Country Profiles will help you decide:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/series/country-profiles

You can find out the languages spoken, currency, political system, local dishes and other bits of interesting information.

Veggiedag

May 26, 2009

Fancy trying out being a vegetarian for a day? Unsure about whether you want to commit to a non-meat diet? Wondering if you’ll miss the more carnivorous side of eating? Well the City of Ghent, in Belgium, have recently started having a weekly veggiedag, or Veggie Day. Councillors and Civil Servants give up meat and eat a vegetarian diet for a day. The purpose of this is to highlight the effect of livestock on the environment and help reduce greenhouse gasses.

For more information here is the website:

http://www.gent.be/donderdagveggiedag

And for those who can’t read Dutch here is the BBC’s report:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8046970.stm

World Towel Day

May 25, 2009

Here’s one for all Douglas Adams fans: today is Towel Day, celebrated on this day each year in tribute to the late author Douglas Adams. As any Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fan will tell you, towels are essential for anyone going on an intergalactic trip across the Universe. Here’s the Official Towel Day website along with Douglas Adams’ own page:

http://www.towelday.org/

http://www.douglasadams.com/

So make sure you froods have your towels with you today!

And for all those in the Cheltenham and Gloucester area you may fancy taking a trip to Cooper’s Hill where you could be in with a chance of winning a round of Double Gloucester Cheese… providing you can chase it down a hill and get there before anybody else.

http://www.cheese-rolling.co.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheese_Rolling

WARNING: Thing of the Day would like to remind you all that although chasing cheese down a hill can be good fun it is important to consider your own safety and the safety of those around you. Otherwise someone could get quite cheesed off…

Morph

May 24, 2009

As the weather heats up (fingers crossed) here’s a timely warning about what can happen if you eat too much ice cream…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn3wRDPSIYg

and just  because we at TOTD like it,  here’s Morph with a weird popping turtle-come-tortoise thing! It’s the only way to travel…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GidBsTAep3k

The Hay Festival 21 -31 May 2009

May 23, 2009

The Hay Festival, set in the Brecon Beacons National Park, is a place to get together with writers, comedians and musicians… and to be inspired.

Go along this week if you fancy rubbing shoulders with Desmond Tutu, Stephen Fry, Alan Bennett or Jo Brand. Who knows where it might lead. For more information, see below: Please note, this site works best with Mozilla, not Internet explorer.

http://tinyurl.com/r5crvz

Unusual bus stops

May 22, 2009

We’ve had weird cars and strange buildings. TOTD now brings you 15 unusual and creative bus stops. Waiting for the No.17 would be almost a pleasure in one of these.

http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2009/05/01/15-unusual-and-creative-bus-stops/