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Fancy a cuppa? Pros & cons of tea & coffee.

Fancy a cuppa? Pros & cons of tea & coffee.

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Most people consume at least one hot drink every day. The most popular beverages are tea and coffee, but herbal tea is also a favourite. While the occasional cuppa is doing no harm, what are the long-term effects of drinking tea and coffee every day?

The bad news

The most noticeable impact of drinking tea and coffee is staining. Tannic acid creates the dark colour in both tea and coffee which causes the enamel, the hard white coating on teeth, to stain brown. The more you drink, the heavier the stain. Tannic acid is also present in red wine and some fruits.

An easy solution to avoid staining is to rinse with a glass of water after every cup. Water neutralises the acids left in your mouth after drinking, and washes away tannins. You could also:

  • wipe the teeth with a tissue
  • sip iced tea and coffee through a straw, which will only stain the back teeth
  • remember to brush and floss at least twice a day.

The good news

Tea and coffee can reduce the likelihood of dental caries, or tooth decay. This is, of course, only the case if the drink is unsweetened – adding sugar does not contribute to better dental health.

Unsweetened roasted coffee can reduce the likelihood of dental bacteria.

  • In one study1, roasted coffee inhibited the growth of the S. mutans bacteria, one of the strains responsible for tooth decay
  • In another study2, coffee was shown to reduce the way bacterial cells stuck to the surface of teeth, which in turn lessened the likelihood of caries (tooth decay).

Tea also inhibits the growth of several strains of bacteria, including the kind that cause tooth decay. Tea also contains polyphenols, naturally occurring chemicals which can reduce the formation of plaque.

  • Not only does this reduce the likelihood of cavities, but polyphenols also decrease your chances of having bad breath
  • Studies show that the polyphenols in tea also help prevent atherosclerosis, a condition where fatty deposits cause narrowing of the arteries
  • Polyphenols also have strong antioxidant properties, and can protect cells against damage caused by free radicals.

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Publishing and the recession

Publishing and the recession

In recent times I’m sure you’ve noticed far more red discount stickers posted out around bookstores. Maybe you’ve seen the number of publishing jobs being advertised have drop off significantly (not to mention the wages). Perhaps your own workplace has laid of employees to reduce costs.

There’s been an adage in the industry that publishing is recession proof. Then why are there telltale signs that the industry, with an exception of on-demand, is suffering?

This question needs careful consideration before jumping to conclusions… and now may be just be the opportune time to brush up on your publishing skills, take some time to do some writing or explore some innovation within the publishing industry.

For years, publishers have argued that “because books are inexpensive, provide lasting pleasure and are sought by a relatively affluent clientele, their appeal persists even in hard times.” Yet anecdotal evidence can be scary.

However, an article by Telegraph.co.uk points out that there are specific areas falling in sales that are largely the cause of the overall publishing dip. These are largely tabloid-style celebrity books or ‘trade non-fiction,’ about food and drink, health, mind, body and spirit issues et cetera. Furthermore, they show that GPS systems have been the cause of a blow to maps and atlases and computer books are becoming obsolete as most people are opting to do a quick search online.

A lot of this is just showing a temporary shift and a natural progression. As journalist Helen Brown states “most publishers agree we’re likely to turn away from the grimmer stuff. Misery memoirs will take a nosedive, as will “suicidally bleak” literary fiction.”

Furthermore, Jamie Byng of Canongate, feels that the financial restrictions mean that there will be “fewer but better books: publishers will sharpen their focus.”

What does this mean?

Be innovative. Be creative. Refine your skills. Make good use of your time.

According to many critiques of the recession: it hits less-educated workers much harder.

Adam Hale, chairman of the technology leadership group at the Prince’s Trust, says job-seekers must be distinctive and proactive and must communicate well. “Having done things that are a little bit different, having made maximum use of your time are all important – do lots of things that make you distinctive,” he says.

Author Jim C. Hines wrote on his blog: “In the face of all this, here’s what I intend to do: (1) Keep writing. (2) Keep submitting. Because everything else is out of my hands…I didn’t start writing fiction in order to gain a stable, secure income stream. Don’t get me wrong, I love the income, but that wasn’t the purpose. I started because I love it, and I’m not about to stop writing because we’ve hit a rough patch.”

As Rick Haglund of the Detroit Bureau wonderfully puts it: “Recessions end. I’ve lived through five of them in my career.”

Now is a great time to move around, explore, retrain and spread your wings.

If you’ve got the drive, you’ll succeed. Just be patient and innovative.

Simply have a look at the booming online and on-demand industry: Number of On-demand Titles Topped Traditional Books in 2008.

Or maybe, just maybe, you could use this time to write your memoirs?

Entering the workforce

If you are of Generation Y (born 80s-early 90s) and just entering the workforce, this is actually a great time. Over the next 5-10 years most of the Baby Boomers will be retiring and there will be more jobs than people to fill them. I cannot stress enough how being qualified can slingshot you to the front of the crowd in the post-recession frenzy!

by Luke Freeman

Digital Cinema Evaluated – Essay

Digital Cinema Evaluated – Essay

I’ve been doing an essay on Digital Cinema, there is some pretty interesting stuff out there and how it is probably going to affect us… I would really love to see cinemas start to screen more alternative content (e.g. live concerts and independent films!!!) and I look forward to the idea that small independent cinemas might pop up with interesting content (Mac Uni already screens stuff in one of their lecture halls).

Its a long read and not quite an interesting journaistic style, but I’ll leave it here for future reference.

The rise of digital independence

The introduction of digital technology arguably represents the most exhaustive technical and social changes in the history of cinema, greater than both sound and colour (Ford 2005). In analysing who benefits from the proliferation of digital cinema, it is helpful to review it in the context of the traditional film making process and then to define digital cinema in regard to this. Developments in digital media are having a significant impact on the spectrum of cinema production (filming, editing and effects) and distribution (printing, shipping and screening). This results in both positive and negative ramifications that can be addressed in relation to a number of recent Australian films with digital processes.

The world of cinema began to change with the advent of films like the original “Star Wars“ (Associated Press 2005) which pioneered and developed digital editing and rendering techniques. This explosion has led not only to digital film industry but also the proliferation of technologies as video games, DVDs and video podcasts (Manovich 2007). Digital technology has also allowed the possibility of interactivity (e.g. alternate endings on DVDs), however this essay will instead focus on the feature/short film productions which are designed to be projected in a theatre.

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