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9 December

Book of the day

minihabitsMini Habits for Weight Loss
(Mini Habits: book 2)
Stephen Guise
(UK: Selective Entertainment, 2016; USA: Selective Entertainment, 2016)

We’ve blamed ourselves for lack of discipline. That didn’t help.  We’ve blamed calories, carbs, and fat. That didn’t help.  We’ve blamed our diet formulas. That didn’t help.  It’s time we looked at the practice of dieting.

You will never diet again. Say goodbye to calorie counting, restrictive food bans, or other forced behaviors. In Mini Habits for Weight Loss, you will learn how to lose weight naturally, in the precise way your body and brain are meant to change.

Ideal for those who are allergic to corporate jargon and will throw a sickie before having to play a trust game with colleagues.

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine or Amazon (Mini Habits for Weight Loss)
Available in the USA via Amazon (Mini Habits for Weight Loss)

readers-1-sunFacts of the day

9 December

1968 In San Francisco, CA, USA, NLS – ‘oN-Line System’, a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed – was publicly demonstrated for the first time.


This comedian-actor-punk rocker Jón Gnarr formed The Best Party in 2009 as a satirical joke on the state of Icelandic politics, and promptly won the 2010 municipal elections in Reykjavík, defeating the established Independence party.

Jón Gnarr was Mayor of Reykjavík from 2010 to 2014, standing on policies such as ‘free towels in all swimming pools, a polar bear for the Reykjavík zoo, all kinds of things for weaklings, Disneyland in the Vatnsmýri area, a ‘drug-free’ Althing by 2020, sustainable transparency, toll booths on the border with Seltjarnarnes, to do away with all debt, and free access to Hljómskálagarðurinn (orchestral rotunda park)’. The Best Party announced that they would not enter a coalition government with anyone that had not watched the HBO series The Wire.


In 1999, residents in the state of Maine in the USA constructed the world’s biggest ever snowman: it was 34.44m (113ft) tall.


The Cambridge University Press is the oldest publishing house in the world, established in 1534 after letters patent were granted to the University by Henry VIII. The company’s 500th anniversary is therefore due in 18 years’ time.

Writers birthdays

1392 Peter, Prince Regent of Portugal (Portugal)
1608 John Milton (UK)
1847 George Grossmith (UK)
1848 Joel Chandler Harris (USA)
1891 Maksim Bahdanovič (Belarus)
1899 Jean de Brunhoff (France)
1899 Leonie Fuller Adams (USA)
1901 Ödön von Horváth (Hungary)
1915 Herbert Huncke (USA)
1916 Wolfgang Hildesheimer (Switzerland)
1918 Jerome Beatty Jr (USA)
1926 Jan Křesadlo (Czech Republic)
1942 Joe McGinniss (USA)
1944 Ki Longfellow (USA)

Jokes of the day

Q. What’s the difference between publishers and terrorists?
A. You can negotiate with terrorists

Cartoons: Doug Savage, Publishing, Savage Chickens

Quote of the day

Neil Gaiman: ‘A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.’