PUBLISHED: 11:23 25 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:23 25 July 2019 Emily Thomson Bats in Churches. Photo: Hugh Clarke Hugh Clark They are a symbol of Halloween and things that go bump in the night - not to mention Dracula's shape-shift. Bats in Churches. Photo: Hugh ClarkeBats are also the scourge of many church wardens, nesting in roof spaces and firing dropping into the aisle.But a new project is encouraging churches to embrace the bats in the belfry - and use themn to raise valuable funds and educate visitors.Bats in Churches is a project to help churches across England which are struggling with the protected creatures. According to the Bat Conservation Trust, 60pc of medieval churches are home to bats and in Norfolk they have been causing problems.A Soprano Pipistrelle BatPhilip Parker, an environmental consultant on part of the project, said: "I have looked at 270 churches in Norfolk and we have only found three or four without bats."We have a lot of … [Read more...] about Can bats ands church wardens live in harmony?
Living in harmony with nature
TECHNICIANS in America have built a lifelike sex doll especially designed to satisfy all of a man’s fantasies.With her tiny waist and generous bosom, Harmony is so lifelike she’ll even orgasm during intercourse.As well as enjoying a good time with her man, she knows his favourite food, films and music, and is able to make him laugh and remember his birthday.The sexbot’s main objective is to be "the girl you always dreamed of".By the end of the year, clones of Harmony will be available to buy across the globe for the princely sum of £11,700.And by 2050 experts predict people will be hankering to tie the knot with their artificial intelligence girlfriends.California-based creator Matt McMullen told The Mirror: “There are a lot of people out there who, for various reasons, have difficulty forming traditional relationships with other people.“They will be able to talk to their dolls, and the AI will learn about them over time, creating an alternative … [Read more...] about Meet Harmony the sex robot so realistic she orgasms…and she’ll even remember your birthday
THE first sex robot to give her owner an “emotional connection” is set to go on sale from April 15 – and she’ll be full of surprises.Harmony is programmed to be charming and witty, is “prone to falling in love with you” and will “say things you don’t expect”, according to her creature.She also comes with an app that can control her moods and settings – and give her a pulse.RealDoll ceo Matt McMullen wants customers to have a “real bond” with their cyborg lovers.He told the Daily Star Online: “Emotional connections are the foundations of relationships and that’s what we are simulating.“And it’s emotions which add the X Factor to sex. I think two people can meet in a bar, have sex the same night and not remember each other’s names and say well that was fun.“But that’s different sex than when you actually get to know someone and you bond with them intellectually and … [Read more...] about Meet Harmony, the first sex robot to offer an ‘emotional connection’ with her human lover … and she’s on sale very soon
"THAT trees, at least Japanese trees, have souls, cannot seem an unnatural fantasy to one who has seen the blossoming of the umenoki and the sakuranoki. This is a popular belief in Izumo and elsewhere." – Lafcadio Hearn, In a Japanese Garden (1892)A living biography told through the gardens and landscapes that reflect the cultures and mythology of the places where the subject lived: it is a brilliant idea and one that has been realised in Tramore, Co Waterford, where one of Ireland's most fascinating sons spent his childhood summers.Patrick Lafcadio Hearn was actually born in Greece in 1850 on the island of Lefkada, the son of an Irish father and Greek mother. He came to Dublin aged two, but a few years later his mother returned to Greece and he was brought up by his father's aunt. The last time Hearn saw his father was on Tramore beach when he was aged seven.In 1869 he travelled to Ohio and for a time was homeless before being taken under the wing of English painter Henry … [Read more...] about Take on Nature: Co Waterford biographical gardens a “bridge to Japan”
WHEN you’re spending the weekend in a treehouse, 80mph winds and a raging storm are hardly ideal. So it was a relief to arrive at our gorgeous North Devon room in the branches to find it was built around a sturdy timber frame . . . and designed so beautifully that we’d never want to leave. Nestled in 12 acres of private woodland in the quiet coastal village of Lee, the two-storey accommodation is the product of two years’ hard work by Kieran and Helen Fisher. The owners escaped their jobs in London with dreams of building an eco-friendly retreat where couples could unwind and detox from the digital world. And this property – available from TripAdvisor Rentals – ticks all the boxes. The open-plan kitchen and living area, with large windows overlooking the valley, has a yoga and meditation corner, reading nook and games table. There’s also a TV – but I guarantee you won’t turn it on. When the weather picks up, the … [Read more...] about If you’re looking for an idyllic Devon retreat, oozing peace, harmony and isolation…then look up