He’s a nine-week-old cuddly bundle of mischief, and the new proud owner of my two little granddaughters.
His mum is a golden Springer Spaniel, and dad’s a chocolate brown Cocker. He’s officially known as a Sprocker. Quite how Sam managed to inherit this black coat we’re not too sure, but you have to admit he’s got bucket loads of cuteness. Something tells me you might be seeing a lot more of Sam on this blog.
Kindles and Libraries
I love my Kindle, but I still cherish my wonderful local library, where no request is too much trouble for the lovely staff. However, there is a growing issue concerning the hygiene of borrowing books that have already been through so many hands – and goodness knows where else.
This week alone two friends told me, quite independently, that for hygiene reasons they no longer use public libraries, preferring instead to pay for, and download books to their Kindles.
Now, I’m probably the biggest germ phobic alive, so I can completely understand this viewpoint, but it still saddens me.
Only recently we were all fighting to save our libraries when government cuts put them under threat. It seems that now there is another risk, and this time it could be one largely of our own making.
It isn’t rocket science to know that simple, regular hand washing is the best defence we have against germs and contamination, yet so many of us still don’t bother. How many times have you seen women in shop and restaurant toilets leave without ever going near the soaps and sinks? Ugh!
I recently read a shock report by researchers at a US university who studied contamination levels in a small sample of US hotel rooms. They discovered that the main culprits, as I’ve always suspected, are the TV remotes and bedside lamp switches.
More high levels of contamination were tracked down to the mops, sponges and cleaning utensils on maids’ trollies, thus spreading contamination further around the rooms. Not great news, especially for people who already have compromised immune systems.
The most shocking findings however (and don’t read this next bit if you have a nervous disposition) revealed that from 18 sample surfaces tested for bacteria, fecal bacteria was found on 81 per cent of all surfaces.
Now that’s scary!
Call me fussy…but I never travel without a pack of bacterial wipes and a small disinfectant spray. I might be doubling up on them after reading this.
Have a nice week, everyone. Rena xx