Sunday, 31 October 2010

RSPCA - saving the animals one by one.

Everything we do supports our goal of preventing cruelty – and all our successes drive us to continue making life-changing differences.

We work tirelessly to rescue domestic animals and wildlife.


Our wildlife centres rehabilitate animals who can be returned to the wild.

The fawn was plucked from its pregnant mother after she was killed in a car crash.

It was reared at the RSPCA Wildlife Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire, then released into the wild.

But the male roe deer was deemed too tame for its natural environment and was euthanased.

BDS spokesman David Kenyon said: 'If the RSPCA took the decision to raise the deer, then they should have taken the long-term decision to put it into a petting zoo.

'It was irresponsible to bring up a deer and expect it to go back into the wild.

'I have heard of deer being raised and put in petting zoos, but I have not heard of one being raised and then put down. That's a first.'

"Staff were very hands-off during the deer's stay at the centre. They did not talk to the animal, or pet him, and they threw his food over the wall so there was no direct contact," she said.

When the deer was released into the wild on October 20, however, he was apparently unable to cope with his new environment, so RSPCA staff caught him and put him to sleep.

One of these things is not like the others.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Want to buy some crap? I have just the company for you...

More tagline idiocy, via FailBlog:

While not quite as amusing as, (well as was - it is a porn site now) or even, you would have thought that someone involved with the website would have picked up on it.

Based in the UK if anyone in Belfast, Co. Antrim would care to drop by and laugh at them.

Washing Ariel at 15'C. Or maybe it'd be better at 30'C after all...

Suggested by Rob[11]; first an old(er) advert...

Hot pasta sauce. Hot chocolate sauce. Hmm - hot date.[1]

But, a cold wash. [Turns dial to 15°C][3]

New Ariel Excel Gel - it's unique new gel specially designed from scratch[6], to give outstanding cleaning from as low as[4] 15 degrees[2][3]. So now you really can, "wash on cold."

New Ariel Excel Gel. Outstanding cleaning from as low as 15 degrees.
[1] What sort of stains are Ariel alluding to here? Or is it just my mucky mind.

[2] Ignoring the hint given in the video; degrees what? Fahrenheit? Rankine? API? (There's a whole list here for those who want to examine this particular piece of stupidity.)

[3] Without looking, do you know what's the coldest cycle on your washing machine? Let's have a look a few random machines:
  • The Hotpoint 6200 series - 30°C (page 12)
  • The Creda 1000 Supaspeed[5] -  40°C (page 8)
  •  The Becko WME 72xx series - 'Cold' (whatever) but the lowest they quote is 30°C (page 18)
  • The Boshe WFC2062/05 - (you'll have to take my word on this one, but the German manual is available from their website - no direct downloads) - 30°C (page 7 of the larger manual.)
If you have one of these 'older' machines, then being able to wash clothes at 15°C using this specially designed from scratch[6] detergent is really rather pointless, unless you're prepared to go and ditch your working washer for a newer model, however; before you do...

I'm sure there are newer washing machines out there that actually would do colder, if they had two inlets; one for cold and the other for hot.

But most machines these days have only one inlet (to save on manufacturing costs - it's nothing to do with energy efficiency,) typically for  cold water (which the machine then heats if/as required - a marvelous energy saving if you have, for example, hot water produced by cheaper means other than the mains electricity - making the point of sometimes being able to wash at low temperatures rather meaningless,) but it's not unknown for you to be required to attach your hot water to it instead. Now, if you've got water pumping into your drum at - what - say up to 50°C, you're still not going to get your 15 °C wash.

[4] Weasel words.

[5] I'm sure there's another post in there, but I can't be bothered.

[6] Now, far be it for me to say, but bragging about Version 1.0 of something is not really something you should be doing.

However, should your washing not come out entirely perfect at 15 degrees curvature[2] the first time, a wonderful company have come up with a solution.

Can you guess who it is yet?</rolf harris>

Stain Removal the First Time

Some things are just difficult to get rid of, the first time.[7]

It's the same with getting rid of tough dried in stains on the first wash. [Subtitle: Not for use on wool, silk, leather.][8]

Now there's a stain remover from Ariel. [Subtitle: Tested at 30°C[9] vs. detergent alone] It helps your detergent to get rid of stains which otherwise  would may go away the first time.

More stains out, first time. New Ariel Stain Remover. Discover the complete range with confidence. Guaranteed results or your money back. [Subtitle: Return survey+deposit[10]. Conditions apply. For details]
[7] "Have you tried Ariel Detergent 15°C V1.0 and found it lacking?"

[8] Do not use on the leather jacket you wore on that messy hot date[1] Or on her silk stockings.

[9] Hmm. Why won't this new one work at 15°C then? I wonder. Perhaps you should have tried V1.0 at 30°C after all. Oh[3] - you did? As you were...

[10] What's all that about then? You need to leave a deposit to get your money back?

[11] As Rob pointed out:
The website:
The blurb:
"The gel has been specifically designed to work right into your fabrics, offering outstanding stain removal and brrrrilliant results even at low temperatures. No wonder consumers are saying it's one of the most brrrilliant detergents they've ever used!"

(Not this particular consumer; it's no better than Lidl own brand detergent, just brrrrrrilliantly more expensive)