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Five fully roadworthy prototypes of the BMW "C evolution" will be put to the test in the London traffic during the Olympioc Games. This will be followed by outings in other major European cities. The practical experience gained will allow BMW Motorrad to prepare for the future launch of the production vehicle.

The BMW Group, the most sustainable automobile manufacturer in the world, is the Automobile Partner of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in London, where it is providing about 4,000 low-emission vehicles for athletes, officials and the organization team.

 
It's Jeans for Genes Day PDF Print E-mail
Make sure you pull on a pair of jeans.... it's JEANS FOR GENES day, raising money for research into genetic diseases. Tell your friends and donate or buy a badge. Visit the facebook page or www.jeansforgenesday.org
 
Save the date PDF Print E-mail

JULY 
■July 10      International Happiness Day
■July 11      World Population Day
 
AUGUST
■August 9      International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
■August 12     World Youth Day
■August 19     World Humanitarian Day
■August 26     World Kitchen Garden Day
■August 29     International Day Against Nuclear Tests

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Put on your happy pants PDF Print E-mail

The United Nations has declared that March 20 each year will be the International Day of Happiness -- and it wants everyone to join in the fun. The UN General Assembly passed a resolution proclaiming the new commemoration that adds to an already packed UN calendar of international days -- from world poetry day to world migratory bird day.
"The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal," said the resolution which was passed by consensus in the 193-member assembly. The resolution calls on all member states "to observe the International Day of Happiness in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness activities."

 

 
June Diary Notes PDF Print E-mail
What's happening in June 2012. Please feel free to weigh in with any events happening.
 ■June 5  World Environment Day  (Theme for 2012: Green Economy)
 ■June 8  World Oceans Day
 ■June 15 Global Wind Day
 ■June 17 World Day to Combat Desertification
 ■June 20 World Refugee Day
 ■June 15-18  Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum
 
The Long Pod Tree PDF Print E-mail

The Long Pod has traditionally been servicing people as an ingredient in African natural medicine. Supposedly an extract from its roots can be used to cure everything from stomach pains, malaria, gonorrhoea to pneumonia. The bark can also be used to treat dysentery, diarrhoea, gonorrhoea, toothache, blackwater fever, abdominal pains and as an abortifacient. Talk about an all-in-one tree. Another good reason you should plant a tree for World Environment Day. Plant a tree this year! This is the International Year of Forests.

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Robot cars on the way PDF Print E-mail

Technology will replace drivers – sooner than you think. The rise of the robot car is inevitable. It’ll happen because most people who buy cars really don’t enjoy driving; they’d rather be doing something else. Technology will facilitate it. In the foreseeable future, driving will lose its appeal and gradually do the dinosaur bit the way vinyl records did a few decades ago. Cars will still be with us; driving will be obsolete. Despite the nostalgia wrapped around driving, which you and I probably share, this trend towards driverlessness is a done deal – it’s as certain as iPods having killed CDs.

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Pinball game set-up PDF Print E-mail

Ford creates giant pinball machine to shame French drivers.They turned a tight Paris parking spot into an oversized pinball game, with bumper-bumps and scores registered on a huge screen via hidden cameras. If  you think the parking attempts in the video are a bit harsh, remember this is a city with one of the most frenzied roundabouts anywhere. The Arc de Triomphe, the frantic six-lane roundabout , on which any accident (by law) shares the blame among every car touched.

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Electric Blues PDF Print E-mail

Resale values of electric cars look set for disaster. With the Nissan Leaf electric hatchback about to be launched down-under, sales of second-hand electric cars are showing early indications of low retained values.

The Australian-made Blade Electron Mark V cost about $48,000 and is based on the petrol-powered equivalent Getz that last sold in 2011 for $13,990-$16,990.

Glass's Guide research analyst Rushad Parkar says retained values for a two-year-old petrol-powered Getz are 84 per cent retail and 52 per cent trade for much higher kilometres travelled. "We at Glass's as of now do not have a policy outlined to determine used values for electric cars,'' he says.

 

 
April diary notes PDF Print E-mail

What's happening in April 2012. Please feel free to weigh in with any events happening.

1 APRIL FOOL'S DAY

1-3 BE ALARMED CHANGE YOUR SMOKE ALARM BATTERY

2 WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS

6 GOOD FRIDAY 8 EASTER SUNDAY

22 EARTH DAY

25 AUSSIE ANZAC DAY awm.gov.au

 
Centenary of sinking PDF Print E-mail

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15 ...

A £2million carnival to mark the centenary of the Titanic's sinking has been condemned as ‘insensitive’ and in ‘bad taste’ by a relative of the shipping magnate who built the liner.

Council chiefs in Liverpool have organised a three-day ‘sea odyssey’ spectacular to commemorate 100 years since the doomed liner sank.

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Flick the fizz PDF Print E-mail
Try to cut down on carbonated soft drinks as research has shown that especially women who drink two or more sugary drinks a day, even if they're fit and of normal weight, appear to be at higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.
 
Fish tales PDF Print E-mail
Factor fish into your diet to stave off Alzheimer's, US researchers suggest. Eating fish weekly, baked or grilled - not fried - helps preserve the areas of the brain responsible for memory and learning. A Spanish study also found a fish rich diet reduced peoples' risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
 
Stop the spread PDF Print E-mail
Flushing the toilet with the lid up can release tiny particles of polluted water into the air. Once they land they could spread nasty bacteria - including E.coli - around the bathroom. Something you definitely don't want on your toothbrush!
 
Heart test PDF Print E-mail

US researchers say they have developed a new test that can predict whether or not a patient will have a heart attack. A study from the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) in La Jolla, California, revealed a potential blood test that emergency-room doctors can use to determine if patients visiting the hospital complaining of chest pains may soon be back after suffering a life-threatening heart attack.

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Royal Help Wanted PDF Print E-mail

If you've ever dreamed of working at Buckingham Palace, there's a job opening right now that could give your resume a royal boost. If you are friendly, discreet and looking for a job, the Queen would like to hear from you.

She is advertising for a trainee butler to deliver breakfast trays to members of the Royal Family.

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