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ZZZ ... ZZZ ... ZZZ ... nap away That's a sound you'll all be familiar with, that sound of contented nap. This final post in the April A to Z Challenge is dedicated to all you a-to-zers out there who have made it through April reasonably intact and are now in need of nap. Whether you're a practised napist, or a struggling beginner, this little book will help you develop your technique and get the most out of your nap time. Napism.info…



Why do we yawn, and why is yawning contagious? Nobody really knows why we yawn, even though medical literature is full of possible explanations. One that has gained popularity in recent years, is that yawning may help regulate brain temperature. The brain operates best within a narrow range of temperatures. To lower the brain’s temperature, researchers suspect, the body takes in cooler air from its surroundings by yawning. This argument seems to have been strengthened after researchers placed ice packs of the heads of test subject,…

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 No, not that XXXX ... XXXX Beer! XXXX (pronounced fourex) is a popular brand of Australian beer brewed in Brisbane by Castlemaine. It's very popular in the state of Queensland, where it's commonly found on-tap in pubs and bars. The XXXX brand was first introduced in 1924 and is a throwback to the long-standing tradition of using Xs to indicate the strength of an ale. The brand name built upon XXX Sparkling Ale introduced way back in 1878. There seems to be a widely…



Whistleblower - would you have what it takes? Whistleblower (whistle-blower or whistle blower)  a person who exposes misconduct, alleged dishonest or illegal activity occurring in an organization. The alleged misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health and safety violations, and corruption. Whistleblowers frequently face reprisal, sometimes at the hands of the organization or group which they have accused, sometimes from related organizations,…


Vaka’etu, Vava’u

Vaka'etu, Vava'u - one family's paradise. Vaka'etu is a small island in Vava'u, one of the three groups of islands that form the Kingdom of Tonga. Vava'u is the northern most of the three groups and is comprised of 70 islands, only 17 of which are inhabited. In Polynesia it is told that the islands were created by the god Maui, who caught the bottom of the sea with his magic hook, fished up, and left on the sea surface what became the islands of…



Uluru - The heart of the great red centre of Australia Uluru is probably Australia's most recognisable natural landmark. The sandstone formation is 348 m (1,142 ft) high, 863 m (2,831 ft) above sea level, has most of its bulk lying underground, and has a total circumference of 9.4 km. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t the biggest monolith in the world; Mount Augustus in Western Australia holds that title. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta park, formerly called Uluru (Ayers Rock – Mount Olga) National Park, features spectacular geological formations that…



Tools, and what that means to you. Tools, what does the word conjure in your mind? Is it a set of metric spanners, a garden rake and fork, or perhaps scales, mixing bowls and spoons. We are surrounded by tools, filled with tools, and our minds use tools all the time to make sense of what is around us, to find a solution to a problem or a path to a desired goal. I've always loved tools, both physical tools, hand tools, and…



Sacrifice, and self sacrifice I guess we all have our own idea of what sacrifice is, what we're prepared to sacrifice, and what we expect other to sacrifice for us, or those we love. Definition of sacrifice in English: An act of slaughtering an animal or person or surrendering a possession as an offering to a deity: they offer sacrifices to the spirits. Christian Church: Christ’s offering of himself in the Crucifixion. An act of giving up something valued for the sake…



A Rickshaw Driver's Remarkable Story In 1987,  74-year old rickshaw driver Bai Fang Li returned to his home town to retire from his backbreaking job. However, after seeing children working in the fields and learning from his daughter that the children were too poor to attend school, he came out of retirement in order to earn money to help them.  He returned to Tianjin and went back to work as a rickshaw puller, taking modest accommodation close to the railway station where he waited for clients…

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Quietness Wasn't that nice.   Thanks for calling in and enjoying quietness. If you want to see what others are doing for 'Q' day, check out some of the other great blogs on the A to Z Challenge   Call in again tomorrow, when I'll be taking a look at, 'R' is for ...


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