Helen's Blog - Friday February 7th 2014

HI there

It is day 3 of the What am I today & here are the clues so far:

1: I am a tourist attraction

2: It can be stormy where I am

3: I have also been visited by the rich & famous

4: The views are beautiful where I am

5: But I’m thought to have been around since early 19th century

6: I am in Wales


Putting the bins out, making the bed and putting the toilet seat down have emerged as acts modern men consider to be romantic, a study revealed.
Researchers found while old favourites such as a candlelit dinner or buying flowers are still on the list, helping with chores or even looking after their children to give their other half a break are also among the more modern 'romantic' actions.
Doing the ironing without being asked, putting a load of washing on and pushing the vacuum around the house are also among the things men think are romantic.
It also emerged seven out of ten men only 'try' to be romantic when they are on holiday with their partner.

A spokesman for luxury hotelier Sandals Resorts, which commissioned the research, said: 'These days it seems just helping with everyday chores or remembering their partner's birthday is considered romantic by the modern man.
'But whilst these things are important, both parties in a relationship should also make an effort to keep the romance alive.

'Whether it's drawing a bubble bath with rose petals and candles, making her favourite cocktail or breakfast in bed, or even just a surprise picnic of Champagne and strawberries on the living room floor when it's raining outside, your partner will love being made to feel extra special.
'Of course nothing speaks romance more than a holiday or trip away, to enjoy some true quality time together.'

Over 22,000 fans have signed petition demanding a plus-size Disney princess.
Jewel Moore, a US high school student, started the petition on Change.org entitled ‘Every body is beautiful’ because she wants more positive representations of plus-size women in the media.
She said: ‘I’m a plus-size young woman, and I know many plus-size girls and women who struggle with confidence and need a positive plus-size character in the media.

‘If Disney could make a plus-size female protagonist who was as bright, amazing, and memorable as their others, it would do a world of good for those plus-size girls out there who are bombarded with images that make them feel ugly for not fitting the skinny standard.’
She added: ‘It would make many young girls feel confident and worthy to see a strong character that looks like them. This move on Disney’s part would have an amazing positive ripple effect in people all around the world.’ So far, 22,800 people have signed the petition.
Disney princesses like Cinderella, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Jasmine in Aladdin are always thin and beautiful.


Rain-lashed penguins at Scarborough sanctuary given antidepressants
Penguins native to South America prescribed pick-me-ups to try to raise spirits after weeks of relentless wind and rain
Penguins in a British sanctuary are so fed up with the miserable winter weather they are being given antidepressants.

Wild Humboldt penguins are used to withstanding inhospitable weather in the coastal areas of South America, but those living in captivity in Scarborough are struggling with the constant wind and rain lashing the country.
Staff at the Sea Life Centre there have become so concerned they have started to administer the medication as a pick-me-up.

The centre's display curator Lyndsey Crawford told the Guzelian news agency: "Humboldts in the wild on the coast of Peru and Chile can be subjected to some pretty wild extremes of weather. What they don't get though is weeks of almost daily downpours and high winds.
"After the first week out birds were just a bit subdued, but after over a month now, they are thoroughly fed-up and miserable, much like the rest of us."
Three years ago the animals became similarly stressed and anxious when they were chased by a trespasser who broke into their enclosure. The experience left the animals, which are particularly vulnerable to any change in routine, frightened and it took some time for them to produce eggs again. 

According to staff, misery can lower the penguins' natural defences even more easily than in humans. That has lead them to prescribe "uppers" to try and head off any more serious symptoms. "They're doing the trick so far, but we are all praying for the weather to change and at least a few successive days of sunshine to give the penguins the tonic they really need," said Crawford.

A man called his council to complain he was being “harassed” by a frog and demand that pest control officers get rid of it.
He said the frog had made itself at home at the bottom of the stairs in his block of flats, but instead of shooing it off he wanted back-up.
It was just one of the weird queries dealt with by the call centre for Crawley borough council in West Sussex.

A spokesman said: “We advised him it would probably hop off on its own, but he was adamant the frog was harassing him.”
The operators deal regularly with satnav mishaps.
They also bat off demands for cash – in one case from a woman needing clothes for her new job, and another from a man who wanted his rail fare to attend a funeral.

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Steve Shaw playing Aztec Camera - Somewhere In My Heart