Espresso yourself: Coffee thoughts leave a latte on the mind

For millions of Australians, each day begins with a hot cup of coffee in order to activate our brains for the working day. The morning coffee run also acts a social lubricant, a creature comfort and, for some, a non-negotiable ritual.

But what if coffee aficionados could get the same effects from their morning latte by simply responding to cues that make them think of coffee – including the smells, sights and sounds?

New international research by Monash University and the University of Toronto has found that the placebo effect of coffee can heighten arousal, ambition and focus in regular drinkers without them actually consuming the beverage.

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What $15 gets you at Sussex Centre these days

It’s a backpacker’s dream, it’s much needed relief for the student and its a quality option for the city worker and prisoners of mortgage repayments.   It’s THE food court to end all food courts that sits somewhere in between shopping mall quickie and casual dining because of its location and because of the cuisines it serves.   Take a hike Maccas, KFC, Oporto’s and Pizza Hut, there’s no room for you here…

Portion sizes seem to be bigger, its a no frills choice that presents restaurant like quality at food court prices without obviously cutting corners and its a formula that’s turned this venue into an icon in the Chinatown and Sydney markets experience with many food service owners outlasting so many over the decades.

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s sensational Autumn season of sound!

Queensland Symphony Orchestra has a sensational season of sound in store for autumn, from hip-hop to Handel and trombone to T-Rex, guaranteed to keep you warm as the temperature (finally) heads south!

After the wonders of Dreamscapes featured the works of Australian pianist and composer, Elena Kats-Chernin as well as Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique (allegedly written under the influence of opium, whilst Berlioz recovered from the heartache of being spurned by an actress who didn’t return his love letters!) on the weekend, next up is Jurassic Park!

‘Theme from Jurassic Park’ is widely regarded as one of John Williams’ greatest works and his score to the film, written in 1993 (nearly 30 years ago!), often makes ‘Top Ten’ lists of the greatest movie scores of all time! On Saturday 27 April, Queensland Symphony Orchestra will perform the entire Jurassic Park soundtrack live with the film projected in HD at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. It’s an epic concert for the whole family, 65 million years in the making!

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Espresso Brothers: Third time’s a charm!

Espresso Brothers may have only been around for just over 6 months, but it’s been a cafe experience 27 years in the making.   Owned and operated by twin brothers, that grew up in the area – who better to cater to hungry locals then those who live and breathe the local inner west lifestyle?

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Adidas Originals: Danny Glover presents Nizza, Contintental 80 and Lacombe footwear

Danny Glover has come a long way with a career in music, television and film   A former writer of 30 Rock, his long list of TV appearances include Community, Atlanta and films include Magic Mike XXL, Spiderman: Homecoming and Solo: A Star Wars story among others.  With four albums also under his belt his nominations and accolades include Emmys, Golden Globes and American Music awards.

His foray into sports fashion is in the unveiling of adidas Originals new product offerings alongside the premiere of a series of short films he has created.  Donald Glover Presents reimagines three classic adidas styles, the Nizza, the Continental 80, and the Lacombe, in subtle, tone-on-tone white canvas.

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Australia’s Fish & Chip Awards 2019: Nominations & Voting now open

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) in partnership with the state and territory fishing industry councils are again looking for Australia’s best fish and chips.  So while you are enjoying your seafood today, make sure you support your favourite chippers and cast your vote.

Voting starts today to find Australia’s best fish and chips!
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15 of the world’s newest 5-star hotels

The 2019 award recipients of Forbes 61st annual Travel Guide recognized the world’s finest properties and rewarding gracious, intuitive service.  210 hotels across the globa achieved the coveted Five-Star Award.  It included 21 new Five-Star hotels, 49 new Four-Star hotels and 62 new hotels in the Recommended category.   Other first-time recipients include six Five-Star restaurants, eight Five-Star spas and 21 Four-Star spas.

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