Weekend Reading

The Fascinating, Creepy New Research in Human Hibernation for Space Travel No interstellar travel movie is complete without hibernators. From Prometheus to Passengers, we’ve watched protagonists awaken in hibernation pods, rebooting their fragile physiology from a prolonged state of suspended animation—a violent process that usually involves ejecting stomach fluids. It’s such a staple of Sci-Fi that it’s hard to imagine it any other way. It is not a woman’s responsibility to make a man a better human being Women don’t want to be caretakers of badly raised, ill-mannered or generally troubled men. Essentially, women don’t want to raise men, we want to grow together. Yes. Still. All Men. GoGo Penguin’s Guide To Manchester’s Jazz Underground After a stunning gig last …

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Buying better

As those of you who have met me in ACTUAL REAL LIFE (cos hey, us Bloggers also exist in the real world) can no doubt attest, I am not the most fashion conscious person. I’m aware of high street trends but my exposure to that is largely what I see out and about, I don’t read about fashion, I don’t get exposed to many adverts about fashion, I am not fashionable. I’m comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt, sometimes a shirt, and whilst I don’t mind dressing for the occasion I tend to view clothes as a necessity rather than a delight. And no, that doesn’t mean I would rather be naked all the time, no-one needs to see that… …

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Unexpected Life Lessons from the Gym Now there’s a title I never thought I’d type. It’s been bang on a year since I started regularly going to training at AG Fitness and it’s been nearly 10 months since I upped my sessions to three times a week. I love Abba! A great write up of the wee gym I go to. A hiker in the Cascades thought she would die in a snowstorm. But a stranger was looking out for her. Just before reaching its northern terminus at the Canadian border, the Pacific Crest Trail runs through the Glacier Peak Wilderness, an unforgiving stretch of rugged timberland in Washington state’s Cascade Range. Faith in humanity restored. How A Dog Could …

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Six by Nico: Middle East

Back to Six by Nico for their latest menu – MIDDLE EAST – and I’ll admit upfront that of all the world cuisines this area is my least favourite (it’s all those olives) but as ever I entered the restaurant with a quiet optimism that my opinion would be swayed. MEZE PLATTER – Falafel, Caper & Raisin puree / Ewes Curd Kibbeh, Coriander Emulsion / Duck Leg Dolma, Preserved lemon KEBAB – Lamb Belly, Red Cabbage Slaw, Ras El Hanout Yoghurt, Pickled Cucumber SPICED CAULIFLOWER – Rose Harissa, Barrel Aged Feta, Kamalata Olives, Toasted Almond SEA BASS – Baba Ganoush, Pomegranate, Freekah, Walnut GLAZED CHICKEN – Orange Blossom, Medajool Date, Sumac Carrot, Chicken Skin Dukkah BAKLAVA – Hazelnut & Chocolate …

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Meditation in the Time of Disruption When I was 8 or 9, I became preoccupied with death. It wasn’t that I was afraid; I just like to be prepared. Meditation. Good for you? Or just another big business cashing in? Why do some people hurt more than others? Anyone who came of age in the 1990s remembers the “Friends” episode where Phoebe and Rachel venture out to get tattoos. Spoiler alert: Rachel gets a tattoo and Phoebe ends up with a black ink dot because she couldn’t take the pain. I’ve a fairly high pain tolerance (tattoos being a good example). Until it comes to plucking eyebrows… UGH European Parliament Approves Ban On Some Single-Use Plastics, Reduction On Others The …

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This Melissa McCarthy Story Just Might (Maybe? Possibly?) Cheer You Up Melissa McCarthy was hovering six feet above Los Angeles, in a glass tube, wearing a helmet and goggles. Just when you thought you couldn’t adore her more. There is no non-wanky way to sign off an email, study finds THERE is no way to end an email that does not make you sound like a bit of a twat, it has been confirmed. The Institute for Studies found all email sign-offs suffered from problems such as being weirdly matey, passive-aggressive or sternly formal like a threatening letter from a bank. Thanks. Sincerely, with regards. The Denial Diaries: On #MeToo Men With No Self-Awareness Dan Harmon had no plans to …

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IDLES

If you’ve not heard of them, then sod off and give them a listen as a lot of what I’m about to write won’t make much sense if you haven’t heard their music and ideologies. Done? OK good. When you tell people you are off to a gig at the weekend, people always ask you to describe the band, ‘what are they like?’ they ask.It’s almost always something I answer with a series of comparisons; they are bit like x with a hint of Y and the attitude of Z. That kind of thing… Yet the best description I can come up with to describe Idles isn’t based on comparing them to anyone as that would be selling them short. …

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The banana is dying. The race is on to reinvent it before it’s too late During the summer of 1989, Randy Ploetz was in his laboratory just south of Miami, when he received a package from Taiwan. I can’t imagine NOT having bananas. That Time Coca-Cola Released a New Soda Just to Spite Pepsi Few companies have a rivalry as fierce and longstanding as PepsiCo and Coca-Cola and in their never ending battle for soda market dominance each company has gone to some spectacular lengths to screw over the other. I find this all the more amusing given I mostly drink water these days (yeah, I’m on my high horse, what of it?!) Nationalism Isn’t Patriotism At a time when …

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This Is Your Brain on Nature When you head out to the desert, David Strayer is the kind of man you want behind the wheel. He never texts or talks on the phone while driving. He doesn’t even approve of eating in the car. “Everything is Waiting for You” by David Whyte Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity. The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy A new study shows that after years of declines, BitTorrent usage and piracy is on the rise again. The culprit: an increase in exclusivity deals that force subscribers to hunt and peck among a myriad of streaming services to actually find the content they’re looking for. The 20 Best iPhone …

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Kitchen machismo off the menu as female chefs blaze a trail in Scotland Julie Lin MacLeod worked in male-led kitchens for years, and her experiences there – inappropriate sexual advances among them – served as motivation to open her own place, one that would be run by women. Some of the best eateries in Glasgow on this list. 5 Psychological Strategies to Ease the Stress of Perfectionism The last three months I’ve been trying an experiment. It’s something that I’ve never done before, and in a certain way, it’s been a huge challenge. However, in other ways, it’s been an enormous stress relief, and I would say a largely successful effort. Read for myself, sharing for others. ‘I have an …

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