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Three Simple Maths Problems

Here are three simple maths problems that you should be able to do in your head:

  1. A smartphone and a case cost $110 in total. The phone costs $100 more than the case. How much does the case cost?
  2. It takes 8 printers 8 minutes to print 8 brochures. How long would it take 24 printers to print 24 brochures?
  3. On a field there is a patch of weeds. Every day the patch doubles in size. It takes 30 days for the patch to cover the whole field. How long does it take for the patch to cover half the field?

Solutions will be provided at a later date.

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Joseph Stalin: Waiting For Hitler (Part 2)

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Congo: The Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck (2010) – 2

One reason van Reybrouck describes his history of the modern Congo as ‘epic’ is because so much happens that it becomes quite bewildering. Possibly …

Congo: The Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck (2010) – 2

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What Sound DOES a Duck Make?

by Ken Greatorex You’d probably answer “QUACK!“ And indeed, you’d be right some of the time. Some ducks quack. Some don’t. Because I’m a Skeptic in …

What Sound DOES a Duck Make?

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How did Creoles React to the Louisiana Purchase?

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Why did the US Join World War One?

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European Witch Trials and Forgotten History

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The Chloroformist, by Christine Ball

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I’m going to preface my thoughts about Christine Ball’s fascinating story of The Chloroformist who brought anaesthesia to the operating table with a confession: I am brave about snakes, spiders and the dentist, but although everybody else has their cataracts done with a local anaesthetic, I didn’t.  I got myself in such a state about the mere idea of being conscious while they messed about with my eyes, that they had to knock me out properly to do it.  I felt even more ashamed of myself when I read in the first chapter, the list of procedures performed without anaesthetic during the chloroformist’s apprenticeship :

For the rest of the summer, young Joseph Clover followed Dr Lubbock around Norfolk.  Together, they excised skin tumours, opened abscesses, divided contracted tendons, tapped hydrocoeles, amputated toes and removed a cataract.  All these procedures were performed on conscious, terrified patients who were held tightly…

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The very best of cartoonists against COVID-19

Simon Chapman AO

Here are some of the best I’ve seen. If you know more, please send them to me (via contact) & I may add.

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#COVID19 #OTD

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