the olive blog doesn't recommend this but Wired's blog's Danny Dumas has an interesting result following smearing the screen with olive oil:
"Water & Oil - Granted, the iPhone's touchscreen isn't really designed for this kind of abuse, but the inspiration for this line of testing stems from some real life scenarios—primarily using the iPhone while in the rain, and while eating. For the water test, I immersed my thumbs in tap water (both hot and cold) and then proceeded to use the device. The results weren't too surprising—water and electronics almost never get along, and the touchscreen was no exception. The accuracy and response of the key presses was 50/50 at best, and when the entire surface was covered with water it became unresponsive. After a quick flick of the included microfiber cloth, it was fine. The oil test was a little different. For this, I dipped both of my thumbs in delicious extra virgin olive oil and then used the device. Strangely enough, the iPhone was much more responsive to tap and drag motions, and it even seemed to do fine when the entire screen was covered. Next up: iPhone sautéed with lemon grass and truffles."
the olive blog has been on tour to the beautiful city of Cahors. There was a Bonsai exhibition in the Cloister of the Cathedral St Etienne. Among the trees was this 15 to 20 year olive tree. tob will post some more spaps of the tree and cloisters in the next day or so.
Following recent plantings in England, Wales now has its first olive grove. Anglesey cooking oil producer, Calon Lân, has planted 50 olive trees next to a vineyard on the northern coast of the island. More here.
A reader posting to The Norman Transcript claims rubbing a dog's coat and skin with olive oil will cause fleas and itching to go away. More here. In response their resident expert says:
Olives contain several botanical compounds that are beneficial to the skin, hair and immune system when ingested, and, like most plants, they may contain mild insect repellants that are harmless when ingested in moderate amounts.
The Lebanese Daily Star has an article on the use of mifrat harvesting tools. The mifrat, invented in Italy, consists of a long pole with multiple pincers and a collection cylinder. The pincers sever the olives from tree branches and the cylinder catches them as they fall. Users can harvest up to 80 kilograms of olives a day using the device, a significant increase over what can be done by hand.