Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Wednesday.Fat Aussies, Hamsters & more!

Fat Aussies need tougher toilet seats!
According to news reports, Australians are getting so fat that toilet seats may have to be made stronger to bear their weight, the country's standards association said.

Standards Australia said it had begun looking into the problem and expected to recommend "an increase in the strength of toilet seats to accommodate the increasing size of humans". (What they mean of course is increasing fatness.)

The percentage of Australians who are overweight or obese has jumped around 10 percent in the past decade, to 62 percent of men and 45 percent of women, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced recently.

Toilet seats are currently required to meet a rigidity test of 45 kilograms (99 pounds), which supports most people's weight in a seated position, Standards Australia chairman Colin Blair told national radio. A committee including manufacturers and consumers would assess whether that standard was still adequate, he said.

Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Zoe Schwarz & Rob Koral @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Trad Music @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
The Hamsters @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill

The Hamsters

Live events today in Taunton & Bridgwater area
Cantabile @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
The Hamsters @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Modern Jive @ Royal British Legion, Taunton
Dance Festival @ Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton (until 9th)
Curry Tales @ East Quantoxhead Village Hall

Today is No Smoking Day

Still a smoker? Impending smoking ban spurs many to quit
LONDON (Reuters) - The decision to ban smoking in pubs, clubs and workplaces next year has already made more people want to quit the habit, according to a poll relesed today (Wednesday 8th March). The Commons voted in February to ban smoking in all indoor public spaces and the law could come into effect by mid-2007.

A survey of doctors, released to coincide with No Smoking Day, said the change in law was already having an impact, with one in five GPs reporting an increase in the number of patients asking about quitting.

Have a smoke free day.

The Editor

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