It’s hot and dry again. How long till there’s another fire?

It’s hot and dry again. How long till there’s another fire?

Thursday 17th October started promisingly enough. I’d been invited to record a podcast at my local library before giving a lunchtime talk about Poor me!, the book I wrote with Piers. It was an unusually hot day for October with temperatures well into the 30s. It was also very windy. By the time I parked my car, the wind was strong enough to rip the door out of my hand. The podcast went well...

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Being active is like a medication. Who says? 102-year-old Fauja Singh

Being active is like a medication. Who says? 102-year-old Fauja Singh

Fauja Singh didn’t start running till he was 89 and, since then, he has run nine full marathons. Recently retired from competitive running, he still jogs every day. Obviously, few people of any age could, or would want to, run a full marathon. I can’t think of anything worse. But I do like his message about taking responsibility for your own health and well-being. In this Guardian article...

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Stress causes dementia. How relaxing.

Stress causes dementia. How relaxing.

Don’t you love headlines like this one from the Independent? Stress in middle-aged women could increase risk of dementia Women who experience stressful events such as divorce are at a higher risk of developing the condition The rest of the article goes on to tell us that ‘common stressful life events may have “severe and long standing physiological and psychological consequences”...

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Abbott says climate change is crap. Do farmers agree?

Abbott says climate change is crap. Do farmers agree?

I spent yesterday in the Legislative Chamber of NSW Parliament House at the GAP Summit on  Food Sustainability, International Food Markets & Agriculture. We heard lots about Australia’s fragile soils and the challenges of managing land beset by drought and floods. We also heard a lot about Australia’s adaptive, innovative and resourceful farmers. Today I read that Tony Abbott,...

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If confectionery is banned, what will tempt us?

If confectionery is banned, what will tempt us?

In England, people supporting a campaign called Junk Free Checkout is on a mission to have confectionery removed from the supermarket till area. Parents hate being pestered by their kids and many adults find it impossible to resist temptation when it’s in such close proximity and, often cheaper than elsewhere. In the Independent article ‘Sweets at supermarket tills are ‘fuelling...

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