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I'm finally going to have a holiday at the end of this week. I'm going to New Zealand, and I've heard only the nicest possible things.


Given that my apartment doesn't have any form of air conditioning besides a wholly useless portable piece of crap, it might not surprise you to know that I haven't really slept the last couple of nights. It's been boiling in Sydney, and I haven't coped.


Congratulations - it's a short working week! For some people, their work week ends on Wednesday. Others will be back for a (fairly casual) Friday, like myself. But whatever your working schedule, most people will be enjoying Australia Day with friends, family and food.

And because it's Australia Day, there's no better time to grab a BBQ and torch the living snot out of some meat and veg.


Our national holiday is fast approaching. A day of sasuages. Triple M on the radio. Backyard cricket. Companies doing stupid things to get attention. And (probably) an awful lot of drinking.

But what plans will you have for the upcoming public holiday?


I make it a point not to eat pizza, or at least as little as humanly possible. It's not that I hate the doughy, topped delight that Italians brought into the world - it's that I love it too much.

But when I was in Las Vegas for CES last week, I made an exception. And holy shit, did I make the correct choice.


Part of the reality every Christmas is that people get bored. I'm talking real bored. And since you've got to kill time anyway, and sitting around a television or a screen is a great way to do that.

But everyone has different tastes. So the question is: when you've got a few hours to kill over Christmas, and you and your family or chosen family are all in the one room, what do you watch?


Real talk: custard is, without a doubt, the bee's knees. And given that Christmas is literally weeks away, that means its not long before I get to consume my body weight in cold, glorious custard.


So we're just a few weeks away from Christmas, and because I spent most of my life as a fat kid who loved nothing more than a big family dinner I can't help but think about the future.

That future being Christmas food.


Since chess is already in the news, it's a perfect time to talk about our experiences and memories with the iconic game.