This is bliss.
Part of an article on segmented sleep from The Guardian one year ago:
For centuries we were accustomed to the idea of “first sleep” or “dead sleep” and “second sleep”. It was accepted that between this first bout of slumber and the next there would lie an hour or so of quiet wakefulness, sometimes known as a “watch”. This period was often used for prayer, or writing, or sex, or even for visiting the neighbours. But the idea of two sleeps dwindled in the late 17th century, so that by 1920 it was practically obsolete. For the last century or so we have been wedded to the idea of eight solid hours abed. And since the key to our sense of restedness often lies in our perception of how much sleep we have had, the figure of eight hours looms large.
I have been puzzled by the Black Alert for the Philippines issued by the HK Govt in 2010. At the time fair enough, but still on three years later! Unfortunately this has totally undermined the credibility of the Home Affairs Department involved in issuing this advice. The following article from South China Morning Post by Howard Winn on 17 April 2013 puts in very well:
Recent events have highlighted the absurdity of the government’s attempts to give sensible advice on outbound travel. There are now some 16 countries that warrant an amber alert on the government’s outbound travel alert website. This advises travellers to “monitor the situation and exercise caution”. The list includes Malaysia, India, Pakistan, and Thailand. Egypt and Lebanon are given a red alert, which advises avoiding non-essential travel. A black alert warns to avoid all travel.
Here we find Syria which is undergoing a vicious civil war and the Philippines, which in the opinion of our government, is just as dangerous. This makes nonsense of the travel alert since the Philippines is nowhere as dangerous as Syria.
It gets a black alert because of a one-off event in Manila when a badly handled hostage-taking incident in August 2010 resulted in the deaths of seven Hong Kong tourists and their tour guide. Interestingly, there is no warning to avoid the US after the Boston bombing.
Despite the dire threats of thermonuclear war from North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, our government has not offered any advice. Nor have people been advised to steer clear of Shanghai and its environs where bird flu lurks. Fortunately, the travelling public is able to take a more realistic view of risk in the Philippines. We see that foreign visitors there hit a record high of almost one million for the first two months of the year, up 15 per cent on the comparable period last year. Visitors mainly came from Korea, the US, Japan and mainland China. Interestingly visitors from Hong Kong for the period soared 98 per cent over last year to 23,000. It is surely time to stop this irresponsible, politically motivated farce and drop the black alert for the Philippines.
Got the ball!
Excitement is looking for books.
Is this a Kindle Fire?
Nice.Will it talk the talk and walk the walk.
Why the new phone?