It is Tuesday morning. You are on a work zoom call and intermittently checking and responding to emails. You get a text from one of your children about a problem they spoke to you about yesterday. A new urgent email arrives that you have to answer immediately. Something comes up on the zoom that you want to respond to. You remember a bill you need to pay today. Modern life has lots of interruptions and distractions.
Sleep is an interesting topic. My father was a psychologist who used to work in a sleep laboratory, so I was brought up with an insider's knowledge of the topic. I learned at an early age that when you dream, your eyes move rapidly behind your closed eyelids (so-called Rapid Eye Movement or REM sleep). I learned that we all have sleep needs, and if those needs aren't met, we can end up with poor health - psychologically and physically.
This pandemic has caused us all to go slightly doolally if you ask me. I find myself doing the strangest things to get my kicks. Case in point: I am currently sitting in a 24 square metre hole in the back garden. The reason I know it's 24 square metres is because Himself has being giving me a blow-by-blow account of his gardening progress.
Saturday: Inception (2010) ITV, 10.45pm - Brilliant thief Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team infiltrate the minds of powerful men and women and plunder their subconscious of its priceless secrets. Powerful businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe) approaches Cobb with a proposition: to plant a single idea in the mind of rival Robert Fischer Jr (Cillian Murphy).
Pain is one of the most unpleasant experiences for all sentient creatures - from humans, to dogs and cats, to mice and rats, to fish and birds. In humans, the self-reporting of pain is the gold standard for pain assessment but this simply isn't possible in animals.
We are warned by earth scientists that the Gulf Stream is slowing down. That great river in the North Atlantic Ocean that sends warm water from the tropics to our shores to keep our climate mild in winter is losing force. It is slowing and it is carrying less water.
March is here and what a great month to get out into the garden or back to outdoor fitness. This of course will bring some of you great joy to be doing the things you love to do outdoors. But if you've been over enthusiastic you could end up with sore muscles and stiff shoulders after hours spent doing what you love.
The Parakeet is a bird that cannot easily be confused with any wild bird found in Ireland. It is a slim-bodied parrot, green in colour with a bright red, parrot-like bill and a very long and very narrow tail. It is more than twice the size of any of our native greenish finches and has a very different, upright body shape and stance.
Himself has turned into a cross between David Attenborough and Diarmuid Gavin. Not only are we feeding the entire bird population of the South East, we are feeding the local squirrels and an odd rat or two.
Low tides are of great interest to the nature enthusiast as they expose parts of the lower shore on rocky coasts that are normally covered by seawater. If you are fortunate enough to have a rocky seashore within your present 5km COVID-19 restriction zone, low tides later this month will be of interest.
By now most of you will have heard the mounting research showing the benefits of Vitamin D supplementation to help protect against respiratory infections and boosting immune response to them. But what else is it Vitamin D good for, how long should you take it, and how much do you need to take?
Saturday - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Channel 4, 9pm. The company of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), including hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), watches in horror as the mighty dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) incinerates Laketown.
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