Eddie Howe awarded Freedom of Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been awarded the Freedom of the Borough for his key role in the club’s rise. The council’s “highest mark of esteem” was granted after he took the Cherries from League Two to the Premier League. Eddie Howe was appointed as Bournemouth’s caretaker manager in 2009 when the club was 91st in the league pyramid and facing relegation and possible liquidation… More here.

This is admittedly not a story that will mean anything to most of you, but for AFC Bournemouth fans like myself he has achieved the impossible. Well deserved.

£15 for a cup of coffee

A boutique cafe is selling what it claims is the “perfect” cup of coffee — and if the caffeine doesn’t wake you up, the price certainly will.

The coffee from Le Café Alain Ducasse in King’s Cross costs £15 a cup. It is made from coffee beans which are exported in limited quantities from smallholder farmers in war-torn Yemen through military checkpoints.

The coffee, said to combine notes of bergamot orange, cocoa nibs and grape, followed by red berries and honey, is billed by the company behind it as “one of the finest in the world”. More here.

I suspect many people will try one cup of coffee just to see how perfect it is. Not sure there is too much longevity here though.

You’re taking up quite a bit of my seat…

Airplane interior

Well, a very obese man boards and I can tell instantly he is going to have a tough time fitting in any of the seats. I assume maybe he bought two hence why he’s even attempting to board. I’m mentally crossing my fingers he’s not next to me, but sure enough he ends up pointing to the window seat next to me to let him in…

…I told the guy, “Look, I’ll put up with this if you give me $150 — that’s half the cost of this flight and that would compensate me enough for the circumstances.” More here.

So, who is wrong here or are they both right?

I personally can’t imagine asking someone for money because they took up some of my seat, but then again I can’t imagine getting so big that I can’t fit in one seat.

Coffee prices around the world

Americans are setting records when it comes to drinking coffee. Nearly 65 percent of adults in the country have at least one cup of coffee every day, an increase from 62 percent in 2017 and the highest share of coffee drinkers since 2012.

Whether you like the smell or because it improves your focus, whether you find that it helps with your mood or because you like the taste of it, coffee is undoubtedly the go-to drink in the morning for most people… More here.

Some interesting stats included in the article. I appear to be significantly outdrinking my fellow Brits.

New cups from Starbucks, same coffee…

So, back in September, Starbucks launched the NextGen Cup Challenge, which encouraged businesses of any scale to contribute eco-friendly cup ideas—and 12 finalists have been chosen! The entries aimed to “push the boundaries of sustainable design and find innovative cup solutions,” according to a Starbucks press release, and each offers one of three solutions: one group created innovative cup liners (the polyethylene plastic liners in most to-go coffee cups make them difficult to recycle); a second camp focused on new materials (particularly plant-based substances that are fully compostable); and a third aimed to reinvent reusable cups… More here.

Good to see something being done about this growing problem. All we need now is for Starbucks to do something about the coffee it sells; needlessly calorific, overly strong in the wrong places and just generally poor.

Why We Think Cats Are Psychopaths / Why We Love Dogs

When Becky Evans started studying cat-human relationships, she kept hearing, over and over again, about how cats are psychopaths.

On one hand, anyone who has looked into the curiously blank face of a catloaf knows exactly what that means. But also, exactly what does it mean to apply a human mental diagnosis to felines? We let these clawed creatures into our homes and our beds, but we still have trouble understanding them on anything but our own human terms… More here.

I love my cat, but she scares the crap out of me most of the time.

Cuddling with humans is an important part of canine domestication. Puppies snuggle to keep warm, but it’s not just about that. Research shows that cuddling is one way in which our dogs strengthen their bond with us. Plus, it’s a great stress reliever, increasing oxytocin levels in both dogs and humans. Research has shown that it is more important for dogs to bond with their owners than for other pets (sorry to the cat lovers out there). And even if your dog isn’t a cuddler, for whatever reason, it’s just comforting to have them around… More here.

I love my dog.

Dividing 1 by 998,001

The three-digit number missing from the equation is 998. Strangely, the number jumps from 997 to 999. The number 998,001 is actually part of a small family of numbers with interesting mathematical quirks: the numbers that are the squares of repeating 9s. 998,001 happens to be the square of 999… More here.

Call me a nerd if you like, but I find this oddly fascinating.