Show Notes for Wednesday, September 06, 2023

Today we visit with Dave Fishwick about the new movie based on a portion of his life. Dave Fishwick (played by Rory Kinnear) sells vans in Burnley, Lancashire. Once the world's most productive and profitable mill town, Burnley is now one of the most deprived and neglected towns in the UK. Dave, however, through a combination of hustle and hard work, has done well for himself - so well that in the wake of the last financial crisis he started lending money at reduced rates to his customers and local businesses. When some of those businesses start making money they ask Dave to reinvest it for them. This gives Dave an idea. Why not set up a tiny local bank that uses local money to fund local enterprise? He will call it: The Bank of Dave.

The elite, London based financial authorities however, haven't granted a new bank license for over 150 years and they're not keen to grant one to a van salesmen from Burnley. Dave must enlist the help of London lawyer, Hugh (Joel Fry), junior doctor Alexandra (Phoebe Dynevor of Bridgerton) and some local rock legends (Def Leppard) to help fight the good cause.

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September 06

National Read A Book Day

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It turns out that laughter really is the best medicine – at least for heart patients. Scientists in Brazil say a simple chuckle is enough to expand cardiac tissue and increase the flow of oxygen throughout the body – thereby providing exercise to a weak heart. In a study, they set out to prove that “laughter therapy” can improve cardiovascular health and ease symptoms of heart disease. They recruited 26 adults, average age of 64, who had been diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Each week for 3 months, half of the group watched comedy shows, while the other half watched serious documentaries. What happened? The group who watched comedies showed a 10% advancement in the amount of oxygen the heart could pump, plus improvement in their arteries’ ability to expand. The researchers suggest that laughter therapy be used for patients at risk of heart problems.

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Researchers are using computer simulations to determine the best conditions for a human settlement on Mars. The team at George Mason University have determined it would take just 22 people to establish a colony on the Red Planet. And what type of person would be ideal for this endeavor? According to the simulations, which span up to 28 Earth years, agreeable personality types are best suited for the job, while neurotics showed the least capacity for adaptation.

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Aaron Paul is ready for Netflix to pay up. The actor, who played ‘Jesse Pinkman’ on “Breaking Bad”, joined a group of his former co-stars – including Bryan Cranston and Jesse Plemons – on the SAG-AFTRA picket line, where he made his intentions for being there crystal clear. According to him, he doesn’t “get a piece from Netflix on Breaking Bad…And that’s insane to me.” A big point of contention between actors and Hollywood studios is the issue of residuals, which is much money made when projects hit streaming services. According to Paul, the streamers “know that they have been getting away with not paying people a fair wage. And now it’s time to pony up.”

It was a bad weekend for “Dune” fans, as Warner Bros. officially announced that it is delaying the release of “Dune: Part Two”. However, director Denis Villeneuve helped cushion the blow with some new comments about his plans for “Dune: Part Three”. He hopes to adapt the second book in the series to make the third movie in his trilogy. Since at least 2021 he has mentioned his hopes to make a trilogy of films – and in an interview with Empire Magazine, he mentioned the plan again, saying: “If I succeed in making a trilogy, that would be the dream.” Of course, that hinges on the success of the second movie, which is now scheduled for release on March 15, 2024.

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It could be a great thing for those who are a bit timid about needles. Or for those who aren’t really thrilled about vaccines in general. Researchers at the University of California-Riverside are working on a plan to replace your shots – with a salad. They plan to grow edible plants that carry the same medication as an mRNA vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the many inoculations that use messenger RNA (mRNA) technology to defeat viruses. They work by teaching the immune system to recognize and attack a certain infectious disease. The UC-Riverside team says if they’re successful, the public could eat plant-based mRNA vaccines — which could also survive at room temperature, unlike some vaccines. They are currently testing using spinach and lettuce, and say that some day, we could grow our own vaccination-plants in our gardens.

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Question: According to a survey on office etiquette, 93% of people agree: You should not do THIS at your desk. What is it?

Answer: Clip your fingernails

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It just might be the next ‘Wordle’. A new puzzle called ‘Connections’ became available through the New York Times this week, following a summer trial, where it became the paper’s second-most played game behind Wordle — despite minimal promotion. Connections, which also can be played on desktop and mobile, is a word association game. Players are presented with 16 words, and are challenged to group them together in 4 different topics. Players have 4 chances to solve the puzzle before losing. Connections showed up in the Times’ Games app and in the news app under the Play tab beginning this week.

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Google Flights has revealed the “hottest” winter holiday spots. Here are the most-searched destinations on Google Flights this year, for trips departing the US from December 20 to January 5…

1. Cancun

2. Miami/Fort Lauderdale

3. London

4. New York

5. Tokyo

6. San Juan

7. Honolulu

8. Orlando

9. Paris

10. Los Angeles

Google also said the best time to book flights for Christmas vacations is around early October.

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