An interesting slice of life series of articles at the Songfacts webpage focuses on the changes to their lives that writers of famous songs have experienced. In most cases these are not the people who sang the songs that became hits. Some of the names are familiar, lots aren’t. But each story demonstrates that one …

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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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Hallelujah is a song composed by Leonard Cohen and performed by hundreds of popular music artists. Come Christmas time you may hear another set of lyrics that have been composed as a seasonal (Christian) version. If you want to know more about the background of the song this Mental Floss article has a few facts …

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One of the faces that launched thousands of internet memes features an image sourced from stock photos of a mature aged gent with a fixed smile and eyes that seem to portray mixed emotions about the situation he’s found himself in. He was dubbed ‘Hide the pain Harold.’ Oddly enough he features in large numbers …

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