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The perfect hangover recipe

Last week there was a seasonal news story about hangover cures. I caught it on Breakfast TV rather than in print, and offer this link, from the “Birmingham Live” website, with the details. Titled “Ultimate hangover cure discovered by boffins in time for Christmas party season” it suggests these ingredients: 65% pear juice, 25% lime… Continue reading The perfect hangover recipe

Sport

This month’s screenshot showing Leeds United top of the Championship

Here, for the fifth successive month on this Blog, is a screenshot from the BBC website showing Leeds United at the top of the Championship, the second tier of English football. As mentioned in many earlier pieces, like this one from November, I have followed Leeds since childhood, and I have timed these regular posts… Continue reading This month’s screenshot showing Leeds United top of the Championship

Sport

Unsuccessful sporting decades (Cork hurling, Yankees baseball, Spurs football)

We are a few weeks away from the end of the current decade, the least successful of my lifetime for three different teams, playing three different sports, in three different countries. From at least the 1940s onwards, Cork (hurling, Ireland), the New York Yankees (baseball, USA) and Tottenham Hotspur (football, England) had won at least… Continue reading Unsuccessful sporting decades (Cork hurling, Yankees baseball, Spurs football)

Trivia

“Tenable” questions, week ending 22 November 2019 (Series 4, Episodes 26-30)

Here are the questions and answers for the current series of ITV quiz show “Tenable”, episodes broadcast between Monday 18 and Friday 22 November 2019, Series 4 Episodes 26-30 (S4Ep26, S4Ep27 and so on). The format here is the same as in earlier pieces such as this one from last weekthis one from last week:… Continue reading “Tenable” questions, week ending 22 November 2019 (Series 4, Episodes 26-30)

Reading · Word of the week

Word of the week: marginalia

  Earlier this month I wrote about Saul Bellow’s 1976 memoir “To Jerusalem and Back”, noting that I would “mention it again soon on these pages”. The phrase that prompted me to write that earlier piece, and which can be found on page 108 of my “Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics” edition, was “Now that the reading… Continue reading Word of the week: marginalia

Trivia

“Tenable” questions, week ending 15 November 2019 (Series 4, Episodes 21-25)

Here are the questions and answers for the current series of ITV quiz show “Tenable”, episodes broadcast between Monday 11 and Friday 15 November 2019, Series 4 Episodes 21-25 (S4Ep21, S4Ep22 and so on). The format here is the same as in earlier pieces such as this one from last week: a list of the… Continue reading “Tenable” questions, week ending 15 November 2019 (Series 4, Episodes 21-25)