The Big Issue : Edition 444
THeBigissue25OcT–7NOV2013 9 “You can think of it like having a house party. You can either entertain the guests or clean up the house, but you can’t really do both at the same time.” Sleep researcher Dr Maiken Nedergaard, of the University of Rochester, US, on research that found a vital function of sleep is cleaning out waste toxins built up during the active tasks of waking life. “The brain only has limited energy at its disposal and it appears that it must choose between two different functional states – awake and aware, or asleep and cleaning up.” Good night. – BBC News “Novels and the people who write them...are putting themselves a few rungs above the rest of us. They’re purporting to be intellectual, and...for you to write abook,isforyoutosay,‘Iam better than you.’ My 68 million records beat your one book.” Noel Gallagher, formerly of Brit-pop band Oasis, on why he doesn’t like novelists, and why he’s better than you because he’s sold 68 million records. – GQ (UK) “The prison industry needs to plan its future growth – how many cells are they going to need? How many prisoners are there going to be, 15 years from now? And they found they could predict it very easily, using a pretty simple algorithm, based on asking what percentage of 10- and 11-year-olds couldn’t read.” Author Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane, 2013), during a speech in London on the importance of reading. – The Guardian (UK) “Frankly speaking, I didn’t expect there to be so many admirers of Tolstoy’s classical works in this mad world.” Alexander Averin, a 56-year- old Ukrainian who works in sea transportation, on the response of 3000 people to a call from the Leo Tolstoy State Museum, Moscow, for volunteers to proofread some 46,000 pages of the master’s work, nearly all of which will be made available online. The task was completed in just 14 days. – The New Yorker (US) “I think this bear, which nobody has seen alive...may still be there.” Oxford Professor Bryan Sykes excites Yeti enthusiasts after making DNA tests on bear hair samples found in the Himalayas. He claims they matched those of an ancient polar bear. – BBC (UK) » Frequently overhear tantalising tidbits? Don’t waste them on your friends – share them with the world at firstname.lastname@example.org.