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Helen's Blog - Monday February 10th 2014

Hello there & hope you’re well & have had a great weekend

I was so disappointed on Wales’ loss in the 6 nations against Ireland on Saturday but OMG (as the youngsters say) what a great start to Garry Monk’s first game as manager. I think Derby’s are always so exciting & I was absolutely chuffed when we scored a goal then to score 2 more to win 3-0 against Cardiff was just brilliant.

 

Also how amazing was it to see Garry get so passionate during the match. Well done boys!

On the show today it will be a brand new What am I at 3.30 as I was the ‘Dylan Thomas Boat House’ in the lovely village of Laugharne. I shall be something completely different today.

 

WHAT A PROPOSAL!

As its Valentine’s day this Friday I thought I would share this very romantic story on what a man did to propose to his other half

A Londoner put more effort than most into popping the question - when he rowed a diamond engagement ring 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean before proposing.

Harry Martin-Dreyer, 27, made the crossing in a small rowing boat with crew mate Alex Brand, braving blisters, treacherous waves, extreme heat and sharks before arriving in Barbados.

After 50 days of rowing, a decidedly wobbly and bearded Mr Martin-Dreyer then dropped to one knee and proposed to girlfriend Lucy Plant.

Mr Martin-Dreyer had kept the ring in a waterproof bag, only revealing his plans to Mr Brand once they were underway on the voyage which raised £145,000 for leukaemia and diabetes charities.

Luckily Miss Plant, 27, accepted and the boys then celebrated with family and friends, who had been waiting on the waterside in Port St Charles.

"We could barely walk when we got out of the boat. We were wobbling on our feet like Bambi and walking into pillars," said Mr Martin-Dreyer.

"Lucy thought I had just fallen over to start with. It took her a while to work out what I was doing."

Miss Plant, who met Mr Martin-Dreyer six years ago when they were at Bristol University together, said she was relieved when she finally saw the rowing boat appear on the horizon - but was initially confused by his proposal.

She said: "He pulled me aside and did this odd move, I assumed he'd fallen over. He had it in a vacuum packed bag, it's a really beautiful diamond solitaire.

"It was fantastic - a complete surprise. I kept saying 'no, no, no' - and Harry said: "Can I take that as a yes?"

 

LOOK WHAT WASHED UP!

Scientists are working to classify a new species of "whopper" giant jellyfish that has been found on an Australian beach.

The 1.5-metre (4ft 11in) specimen was found by a family in the southern state of Tasmania, who then contacted a local marine biologist.

Such a jellyfish has been seen in the past, but not one so large and not one that became beached, said Lisa Gershwin, a scientist with the government's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

"We know about this specimen but it hasn't been classified yet, it hasn't been named," said the scientist who has been working with jellyfish for 20 years.

"It is so big it took our breath away.

"It's a whopper of an animal but it's not life-threatening, although it does sting."

The unclassified species is related to the lion's mane jellyfish, the largest known species of the marine animal in the world.

Ms Gershwin said there had been a huge jellyfish bloom in Tasmanian waters over the past month.

CSIRO scientists now have enough pictures and samples to begin a proper analysis and give the creature a name.

Despite this, much remains unknown, including how it eats and breeds, and its habitat.

"It's so big but we know nothing about it," said Ms Gershwin. "It highlights again how much we still have to learn about the ocean."

The jellyfish was found by the Lim family on a beach south of the Tasmanian capital Hobart.

Mother Josie said: "It blew our minds away.

"It's not really jellyfish territory here and all we could do was stand back and admire it."