Saturday, 28 March 2009


Did you know rabbit's aren't native to Britain?

Yes that's right. We all think of rabbits as being a classic british wild aniamal but they're not!!

They originate in spain and south-west france. They were brought to England by the Normans in the 12th century. They were kept in warrens and farmed for their meat and fur.
They didn't became wild in britain in the 19th century.
Then in the 1950's myxomatosis was introduced in an attempt to curb the population.

Now a day there is an approximate population of over 40 million rabbits in britain.

A couple pieces of vocabulary for you:
Altricial: means an animals offspring that is born needing constant care from the parents, often born blind, deaf and hairless like rabbits are. This is apposed to precocial animals that are born able to fend for them selves like zebra.
Crepuscular: meaning an animal that is only awake around dawn and dusk like a rabbit. this is apposed to nocturnal and diurnal, animals awake only at night or day.

Think about that next time you see a rabbit nibbling grass by the side of the road!!

Borneo update!!

here is a picture of all the routes flown by Royal Brunei airlines, you can see my flight route on here!!

As our study tour draws closer, there genuinely is NOTHING else we talk about. finally, yesterday the tutors gave us our flight details.
So for those interested, i'm going to share with you the immensely long and tiring day i will be spending traveling.
we leave college at 3.30 am. (Tuesday 5th) our flight leave Hethrow at 9.40 (bear in mind it only take about 2 hours to get to Hethrow from college). we will then have a 7 1/4 flight to Dubai, in the United Arab of Emerits near Soudi Arabia so that should be an interesting hour and a half we spend there. we then have an 8 1/2 hour flight to Bandar Seri Begwn in Brunei which is a very small country on the island of Borneo. we get to spend 7 1/2 hours there, how fun. before taking a 40 min flight to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. we will arrive at 5.35 pm (Wednesday 6th). in total it take about 24 hours to get from Hethrow to Kota Kinabalu.
fortunately on the way back we won't be spending as long in Brunei so it's only going to be a 20 hour journey but we still make the same stop overs.

So there you go. that will teach you all not to go to Borneo, it's going to be one hell of a tiring day!!!