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So you’ve got yourself some free time, what are you going to do with it? What’s your go-to activity when you have the time? Do you like to veg in front of the television and binge watch your favourite shows? Do you prefer to take the time to meditate, clear your head and breathe or do you like to get up and do something physical? There are so many apps available to assist you with how to spend your free time, we’ve included a small list below of some of our favourites. Have a look and let us know if there’s a great app you use to help you chill out, relax and have fun.
Geocaching – https://www.geocaching.com/play Available on the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play as a FREE download, but with optional in-app purchases. It’s treasure hunting for adults but can include the whole family! Like to get out in the great wide world but need the motivation to keep walking? If you’ve got a phone, you can locate these little hidden treasures all over the world. Some are very difficult to find, others are much easier. As you progress, you will get better and without trying, you will get a workout for your mind and your body, out and about in the fresh air.
Smiling Mind – https://smilingmind.com.au/ Available on the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play as a FREE download. Developed by psychologists and educators by a not-for-profit organisation to increase mindfulness at home, at school, at the workplace, for sportspeople, everyone! It includes many features like different programs for different people and ages, tracking functionality to review progress, and varying durations so you can fit it in to your day regardless of how busy you are.
Breathe – An Apple Watch app (included with operating system) that monitors your breathing. A quick way to take a few moments from your busy day to focus on your breathing, relax, and increase your mindfulness.
TV when you want it, is what’s happening more and more now, and there are so many different providers to choose from for your next great binge watch! Some of these are free, some require a subscription to access the services, all have hours of great content to watch! Game of Thrones marathon anyone?…
Foxtel Anywhere (https://www.foxtel.com.au/foxtel-app.html)
SBS On Demand (https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/faqs)
Since Colouring-in Books have become very popular recently, they have been made into multiple types of apps that you can download and use on the go without requiring pencils, textas or other colouring mediums. You can find many from your app store by searching for colouring (or coloring) book for iTunes and click the link for a collection of apps available. For Google Play we’ve included the following link for you to browse the available colouring-in apps (https://play.google.com/store/search?q=coloring%20book&c=apps&hl=en).
Podcast apps like Pocket Casts (https://play.pocketcasts.com/) and Podcasts (Apple iOS) (https://www.apple.com/au/itunes/podcasts/) have been very popular for catching up with any subject you’re interested in. News, health, comedy, radio, interviews, crafting, ted talks, sports, true crime and entertainment are all catered for by thousands of hosts happy to discuss the world around them. Listening to podcasts is a great idea for people when they are on the go, relaxing, at the gym, on your lunch break and more. Easy to download from your app store, then browse through the categories to find something that takes your fancy. If you enjoy it, then subscribe to it and when there’s a new episode you’ll get a notification.
So a nice quick list and we’ll not take up anymore of your time. Go, relax, enjoy your free time! However you spend it.
Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy
Food: We have too much and too little; it’s too sweet or too fatty; there aren’t enough vitamins, or minerals, or fibre; it’s wonderful to look at, or not; great to eat, or not; we can’t avoid it and we love to romance it. Whatever your relationship with food, there is no doubt that if you have the luxury of choice, you are always on the lookout for something to tease, tempt and tantalize.
Despite today’s plethora of ebooks and apps on the topic of food (see our previous Tech Savvy A-Z of Apps article), cookbooks are still in high demand as any visit to a book store or the 640 shelves in a public library will confirm. With so many reading choices, I decided to take an eclectic look at the titles available and came up with this brief selection.
There comes a time each year when my chooks are enthusiastically doing what chooks do so well… lay eggs. Consequently, I am always on the look out for new ways with eggs. How to boil an egg by Rose Bakery (aka Rose Carrarini) is a collection of simple and unusual recipes from renowned English chef Rose Carrarini’s Rose Bakery. Recipes highlight the versatility of eggs and include both classic and contemporary approaches – basics like poached, scrambled and fried; to muffins, pancakes, tarts, gratins, cakes and puddings. While not completely inspiring with adventuresome recipes, there are certainly some good options to try. What others have said…
Anyone who has ever tried to grow their own and succeeded will know that beans are boom or bust garden produce. Beans: A History by Ken Albala looks at the fascinating history of this early human cultivar in its many forms, and the way it has underpinned the development of diverse cultures throughout history. Bloomsbury.com says of it: ‘The humble bean has always attracted attention – from Pythagoras’ notion that the bean hosted a human soul to St. Jerome’s indictment against bean-eating in convents (because they “tickle the genitals”), to current research into the deadly toxins contained in the most commonly eaten bean’. Graced with 55 intriguing and tempting recipes from around the world, the book makes a great addition to cookbook lists.
You can preview the book here: http://bit.ly/2wuWx4b
While the bean is well recognised as a great ‘old world’ food in our modern kitchens, it is not by any means the only ancient food source to consider when looking at revitalising our food understanding. The oldest foods on Earth : a history of Australian native foods, with recipes by John Newton, ‘looks at the flora and fauna that nourished the Aboriginal peoples for over 50,000 years. It is because European Australians have hardly touched these foods for over 200 years that I am writing it’ says Newton. Newton argues we need to eat different foods: ‘foods that will help to reconcile us with the land and its first inhabitants’. There is increasing acceptance of traditional Australian ingredients with kangaroo, quondong, muntries and a large variety of Australian seafood being examples of foods that are now considered standard fare. Contributing chefs like Peter Gilmore, Maggie Beer and sous chef Beau Clugston, make a convincing argument for native food inclusion in our restaurants but I can’t help but think it also needs a less ‘haute cuisine’ approach, if it is to herald a ‘new food revolution’.
Of course some ancient foods require a lot more encouragement than others. In its revised form, The eat-a-bug Cookbook by David George Gordon, does much to encourage us to take a more unbiased approach to bug-eating. Bugs are plentiful and rich in protein and have other beneficial nutrients, points out naturalist chef David George Gordon. Gordon also likes to stress that ‘bug-eating is fun, exciting, and downright delicious!’ Entomophagy (or bug-eating) is enthusiastically explored with instructions on DIY home-grown harvests and recipes to tempt adventurous epicurians. How about these ideas to tempt your flagging taste buds? Orthopteran Orzo—pasta salad with a cricket-y twist, Deep-Fried Tarantula and White Chocolate and Wax Worm Cookie. You needn’t take my word of course – take a peak inside here: http://amzn.to/2vVOZUe
You can view an example here http://amzn.to/2gNHNrq
Kate Colquhoun, http://www.theguardian.com
The Library is pleased to announce the release of the September to November Start-up Mondays adult learning and information program.
See the program below for details.