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Kev's Tuesday Breakfast Show Blog

On this day

1889 - In Paris, the Eiffel Tower officially opened.

1978 - In the U.K., legendary racehorse Red Rum retired.

1982 - The Doobie Brothers announced their break-up.

Today’s Celebrity Birthday was born on this day 1971 Ewan McGregor is 49 today.

Today is

“She’s Funny That Way Day”, paying tribute to the female funny bone. How do the women in your life make you laugh? 

Beat the Kettle Question

We now spend more time doing THIS in the morning than eating breakfast, showering, and getting dressed combined.

Answer: Checking email and social media

Our Survey Sez

3-out-of-4 people who do THIS alone say they’d prefer a partner.

Answer: Drive to work.

Inspirational Quote of the Morning  

Learn from the past. Prepare for the future. Live for today.

Wacky Fact

Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach everyday for over 27 years!

3’s A Crowd

Once again this week we’re giving you a chance to win copies of the new Mal Pope Album Butterfly

It’s Mal’s first album  in ten years and it’s Maldwyn now!

You can get the album via Malpope.com or from Derricks Records on Oxford St in Swansea.

This morning’s words are     Leaf   Tree  Time   Light

 

In the News today

People are heeding the advice to stay at home to keep pressure off the NHS, and there are early signs that it is working, the UK's chief scientific adviser has said.

Donald Trump has said the US will be in "a very good shape" in terms of the number of ventilators available by the time the coronavirus outbreak peaks.

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish says he is "deeply embarrassed" after he was pictured at the scene of a car accident on Sunday.

Tonight’s TV Highlights

Phil promises he only wants to talk in Eastenders (BBC1), the tent-sion proves too much for one celebrity in Celebrity Bake Off (Channel 4) and a 68 year old widow picks off potential suitors in Five Guys A Week (Channel 4).

 

How many times have you spilled food or drink on your sofa? Does 6,960 times sound right?

According to a study, over the course of a 12-year life of a sofa we’ll spill food and drinks on it 6,960 times. Really?

The study says the average couch/sofa will be slept on 612 times. We’ll watch 5,340 films on the food- and drink-stained couch. And we’ll watch almost 7,500 hours of TV.

 

Day 8 of the UK lockdown

Harry & Meghan officially step down as senior members of the Royal Family today.

 

The coronavirus pandemic could spell the end of hugging and handshakes for years to come, social scientists warn.

Measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including bans on physical contact, could change human behaviour in social situations, they say.

A heightened awareness of infections after the pandemic could mean the so-called COVID-19 generation may be nervous about physically greeting friends and family.

Experts say the long-standing handshake could be replaced by an awkward nod or elbow bump in all settings, including professional settings such as business meetings and conferences.

Concerns about keeping surfaces disinfected could also lead to compulsive cleaning behaviour and sustained sales of sanitisers.

 

A mind reading machine that turns thoughts into complete sentences in real time could revolutionise communication with people who cannot speak or move.

It has an accuracy rate of 97 per cent - more than twice as high as other brain-signal decoding devices.

An algorithm maps the activity of neurons to combinations of vowels, consonants and commands to parts of the mouth.

This enables it to type word sequences on a computer interface in real time, reports Nature Neuroscience.

It could help people who cannot speak or move. Currently they are limited to spelling words out very slowly using residual eye movements or muscle twitches.

But, in many cases, information needed to produce fluent speech is still there in their brains. It's hoped the technology will enable them to express it.

 

 

The papers this morning have come up with 25 things you could be using your tie on during lockdown.

1. Learn a language   Download one, and spend 30 minutes a day teaching yourself how to speak French, German, Japanese - or whatever language takes your fancy.

2. Help fight coronavirus   Even if you're self-isolating, you can help fight against coronavirus by self-reporting your symptoms each day.

3. Couch to 5k  Keep active by downloading a Couch to 5k app, and heading out into the fresh air for a jog three times a week….and keeping 2 metres away, obviously.

4. Watch the Marvel films in order

5. Come Dine With Me  If you live with other people, take it in turns to cook each other dinner, scoring each meal at the end.

6. Get up to date with your ironing

7. Take a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace

8. Start a virtual book club   You might not be able to meet up in person, but you could organise a virtual book club with your friends

9. Watch The Platform   Netflix's latest horror film     Nooooooo!

10. Phone a friend    Phone an elderly neighbour who might be feeling lonely,  

11. Get stuck into a new podcast

12. Donate to your local food bank  

13. Take a free Ivy League course  Ivy League colleges in the USA are offering free courses online.

14. Clean your oven

15. Buy a gift card Small businesses have been hit hard by coronavirus,  

16. Show the NHS your appreciation

17. Host a virtual pub quiz

18. Dig out an old favourite   Now's the time to take a trip down memory lane.

19. Clean out your wardrobe

 20. Watch all of Shakespeare's plays

 21. Check out the Museum of Modern Art

 22. Take a yoga class  Even if you've never done yoga in your life, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube.

23. Set up a cinema    Make an occasion of a Friday or Saturday night by transforming your living room into a cinema.

24. Get out in the garden     If you're lucky enough to have a garden, make the most of it.

25. Relax   This is a stressful and worrying time for many, so don't put any pressure on yourself to make the most of your time stuck indoors.