In Australia take-home sales of alcohol from liquor retailers are up 27% (though places at which alcohol is consumed are closed, so those sales, of course, are down). Part of Malcolm Gladwell’s book Talking To Strangers deals with the effects of alcohol. Given what seems to be an increased domestic consumption of alcohol in frequency, …

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It just feels like this story pretty much sums up life during the current Covid-19 shutdown. A surprise outing in a fighter jet unnerved one defence company executive so much he accidentally ejected himself while flying at over 500km/h (320mph), an investigation into the debacle in France has found. The 64-year-old civilian got the most …

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Guardian News featured this clip of a woman playing the violin while undergoing brain surgery. The aim was to ensure that the surgeons were not damaging parts of the brain responsible for fine motor skills. Apparently having patients awake during such operations is not rare, but the violin playing was unusual.

I wake up without an alarm each morning, but there are mornings where I’m 20 or even 30 minutes past the time I usually rise. Of course I’ve got any number of devices that I can set as alarms. Before those devices we used an alarm clock (or two). Some of you might even remember …

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Our decorations were packed away yesterday, after the twelve days of Christmas had concluded. I noticed a story about why the Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas decorations remain on display until February 6. Looking around it seems various media sources have been reporting the story; the earliest I found was from Hello! back on December 26. The …

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