'With cases only in single digits on a daily basis now, we need to start doing the other things that make us healthy, like getting back into our sport and getting the gyms open,' Dr Nick Coatsworth told Sunrise. … [Read more...] about Outrage as NSW refuses to set a timeframe for gyms to reopen – despite saying it’s OK for 50 people to hit the pub and the rest of the country is set to open up their fitness studios
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38 Blondie – Heart of Glass (1979) There are plenty of arguments for Heart of Glass not really qualifying as the only UK No 1 punk single. While Blondie came from the genre’s first wave in New York, their 1979 hit mainlined European electronic pioneers Kraftwerk and Heart of Glass in its brilliant, cycling riff, while Debbie Harry’s rhapsodic vocals owed more to Donna Summer (whose I Feel Love the group had been covering), with a twist of downtown irony. It pissed off the punk purists back home – which is, incidentally, pretty much the most punk thing you could do by 1979. LS … [Read more...] about The 100 greatest UK No 1s: 100-8
He is also hugely sceptical of the 12-step programme, which, given Thompson's own religious views, came to me as a surprise – but a pleasant one. His case against it – that it encourages the notion that addicts are in the grip of a disease they are unable to control – is made plausibly, and restores a sense of personal agency to the problem. "The behaviour of addicts looks voluntary because it is," he says at one point, which may enrage or dismay many, but the statistics of relapse among 12-step adherents tell their own story. Willpower may be a puny weapon in the face of the changes made to the brain by addiction – but it really is the best one we have, or can generate ourselves. For my own part, it was encouraging to see, from reading between the lines, my own pet theory about addiction endorsed: that another excellent cure for it is love. … [Read more...] about Ninety Days by Bill Clegg; Memoirs of an Addicted Brain by Marc Lewis; The Fix by Damian Thompson – review
Victoria – No, cafes and restaurants are not allowed to seat diners. That will change on 1 June. Cafes, restaurants and other hospitality businesses like RSLs and bowling clubs will be able to seat 20 patrons in an enclosed space (find out what constitutes an enclosed space here). There will need to be only one customer per four square metres and tables spaced at least 1.5m apart. Venues will also be required to keep the first name and phone number of every customer to help with contact tracing, if necessary. Alcohol will only be available to purchase with meals. From 21 June, the number of diners allowed will increase to 50 patrons. Food courts will still only be able to offer delivery and takeaway. … [Read more...] about Australia’s coronavirus lockdown rules and restrictions explained: how far can I travel, and can I have people over?
Barry said the current “golden age of Irish prose writing”, which has seen authors including Donal Ryan, Eimear McBride, Rob Doyle, Kevin Barry, Mike McCormack and Sara Baume come to the fore, was a relatively new phenomenon. “There are at least 20 people if not more who at the moment would be highly qualified to do this laureateship,” he said. “That hasn’t always been the case. When I was starting out in the 70s you had four or five and that was it.” … [Read more...] about Sebastian Barry named Irish fiction laureate, hailing ‘golden age of Irish prose’