It’s been a week of comings and goings, hellos and goodbyes. Topping the list of goings, a nation mourns as Glastonbury has been furloughed. With huge regret, but surely to no-one’s real surprise, the organisers of the performing arts mud-fest announced it would be imposing another fallow year.  Which is good news for the recovering…

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Back when school children attended school (remember that?), around this time, kids would excitedly compare their Christmas presents. And wonder why other peoples’ gifts all seemed to outshine their own. This year, such comparisons will have to wait. Boris “the Grinch” may have cancelled Christmas, but most of us were still at least able to…

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In a year of firsts, the Oxford English Dictionary has declared that it won’t be naming a word of the year. Apparently, 2020 has proved to be a year “which cannot be neatly accommodated in one single word”. Really? For reference, last year’s Word of the Year was Climate Emergency. Oddly, one might have thought…

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If your gluteus maximus has mysteriously started to feel a bit achy today, don’t worry. It could well be the result of too much sitting around on non-office chairs while WFH. In which case, take a walk. However, a more likely diagnosis is that your pain in the derriere is a direct result of a…

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In 1546, John Heywood wrote“As you be muche the worse. And I cast awaie.An yll wynde, that blowth no man to good, men saie.Wel (quoth he) euery wind blowth not down the cornI hope (I saie) good hap [luck] be not all out worn.” Which essentially translates as, ”it’s an ill wind that blows nobody…

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It’s been a veritable land of milk and honey for metaphor lovers recently. Simile-philes will have been like kids in a sweet shop come to that.  It’s all thanks to Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jonathan Van Tam who has had the unenviable task of appearing on the telly to advise us all to stay…

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Shocking news of the week comes from Denmark – somewhat surprising in itself given the country’s relative low profile. But, who knew that the Danes were the world’s biggest breeders of mink? 17 million of the poor blighters are to be culled after the discovery of a mutated version of coronavirus. The Prime Minister, Mette…

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So, it’s official: 50 is no longer the new 30. In fact, once you’ve passed 54 your get up and go will have got up and gone says researcher, Hermundur Sigmundsson, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Trondheim. Passion and grit in early life fades past 54 apparently. Hmmm… perhaps this is…

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