Flash Mob Opening at Derby Train Station Forecourt

Flash Mob Opening at Derby Train Station Forecourt

On 16th April 2013 Derby celebrated by way of dance to an appropriate tune “The Loco-Motion” from a Flash Mob Opening at Derby Train Station Forecourt after months of disruption and a lot of money spent. See the video below:

Other dances were performed too (at least one other) and the opening ceremony can be seen here (http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/VIDEO-Flash-mob-dance-marks-station-facelift/story-18745358-detail/story.html) in the article published by the Derby Telegraph.

This is how it looked before the latest upgrade:

Derby Station Forecourt Before 2013 upgrade
Derby Station Forecourt Before 2013 upgrade

. . . and before that it looked like this:

Derby Station Forecourt 1980
Derby Station Forecourt 1980

CycloCable Gets Bikes Up That Hill

CycloCable

We all know it’s a bit of a pain cycling up steep hills especially on your journey to work, but CycloCable gets bikes up that hill.

Well the Norwegians have got that sorted, in Trondheim at least. Just watch this video:

You can see more detail about how the ‘CycloCable gets bikes up that hill’ at Gizmodo. Better still why not nip over to the Poma CycloCable® Page to read more about the system.

Earwax? What’s That All About?

What Is Earwax?

I’ve often wondered what is earwax all about but never specifically investigated it. Well today I just happened across this article on the BBC News website in the Health section and now I am the wiser.

It’s entitled: ‘Secretion secrets: things you didn’t know about earwax’. It discusses the following five issues:

  • How it gets out of an ear.
  • It’s anti-microbial properties.
  • It matters where your family is from.
  • A vacuum rather than a syringe might help clear it out.
  • It can be a pollution monitor.

I expect people with earwax problems may find section 4 of interest since it says ears can be cleaned with a specialised vacuum cleaner. See example below:

earwax

It goes on to describe how this is a more pleasant and more efficient procedure than syringing. If you haven’t seen it here is the featured image of the cross section through a human ear.

WARNING: Do not try using a domestic vacuum cleaner for cleaning ears.

Dry Ice In Water

Observing The Reaction Of Dry Ice In Water

I always wanted to try this (put dry ice in water) and last year I got the opportunity. When I bought some meat from Donald Russell it was delivered packed in dry ice (frozen CO2) i.e. solid carbon dioxide. This dry ice was used to keep the meat cool in transit. The meat and dry ice are transported in a polystyrene box which provides lots of insulation. However the heat does percolate a package like this and the dry ice sublimates, but usually there is some left on arrival. If not the meat temperature may rise too high. So I had a source of dry ice.

The first thing I wanted to do as soon as the meat was stored in a cool place was put the dry ice in water and watch it bubble away and the vapour flow out and down the side of the container. I caught it on video below:

Teapot Cleaning Methods

Should you practice teapot cleaning or not?

Some people think teapot cleaning is unnecessary and that it spoils the flavour of the tea. If they have traditional brown earthenware teapots they probably don’t see all the tannin stains on the inside. With a stainless steel teapot you see them all and they start to form very quickly from new, or after cleaning. Tannin makes a teapot look disgusting. Not something you want guests to see when you make them a cuppa, or when they make one for you.

Teapot cleaning can be avoided by keeping it clean. One way is to make sure it’s emptied and rinsed out immediately after use. Letting it stand with old tea in it until the next mash allows the tannin deposits to grow. Continue reading “Teapot Cleaning Methods”

How To Open A Wine Bottle Without A Corkscrew

This Is How To Open A Wine Bottle Without A Corkscrew

It would appear to be a very simple process to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew. Just look at this video to learn how:

If you aren’t happy with that method try this one. There probably aren’t many corkscrews where this chap comes from:

Of course the British way is the simplest. Only buy wine bottles with screw caps and just unscrew them.

Reference:

The Telegraph.

Another Method Of Opening Food Cans

Introduction

The video here demonstrates another method of opening food cans without a traditional can opener.

This Is Another Method Of Opening Food Cans

This is another method for opening food cans without a can opener. It involves grinding off the folded over edge of the can. The grinding material is in this case is flat concrete laid on the ground. I must warn you it does get a bit messy when the can begins to open:

Reference:

The Telegraph – opening food cans without a can opener.