Advent calendars are a lot of fun, and if there's one thing we need these days, it's a little more fun and colour in our lives. This brings us to a more adult way of partaking in this year's Christmas festivities than usual.
Get your mind out of the gutter, we are talking about alcoholic advent calendars. Instead of little chocolate treats, imagine trying out 12/24 different tiny tipples as you count down to Christmas. I don't know about you, but it sounds like a wonderful way to end the year, and a possibly more cost-effective way to try out the different alcohol in the market.
Here are some alcoholic advent calendars we're eyeing.
ShutterstockIn a bid to arrest escalating power prices, Australia’s federal, state and territory governments have agreed to impose caps on the wholesale price of coal and gas. Announcing the decision after National Cabinet met on Friday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said parliament would be recalled next week to pass the necessary legislation. He indicated there was enough crossbench support for this to be a formality. There will also be $1.5 billion to subsidise electricity bills for househo
Vulnerable Queensland adults who require care or support should have a watchdog to prevent them from being abused, neglected and exploited, a report says.State Public Advocate John Chesterman has called for a new safeguarding commissioner in a report into protections for vulnerable adults.
A local doctor wheeled out by NSW Labor to run in a key Sydney seat has withdrawn his candidacy.Ryde doctor Francisco Valencia was until Thursday Labor's candidate for the state electorate of Ryde in the upcoming NSW election.
Welfare officers at Tasmania Police lacked knowledge and understanding about post-traumatic stress disorder, the former partner of a sergeant who took his own life has told an inquest.The death of much-loved Sergeant Robert Cooke, 49, in 2020 is one of four police officer suicides being examined by the inquest.
A secret report on raising the age of criminal responsibility will be publicly released after a meeting between Australia's attorneys-general.Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus on Friday met his state and territory counterparts to discuss Australia's justice system, including reforms about the age of criminal responsibility.
Everyday discrimination could make up as much of half the burden of psychological distress among Indigenous people.In one of the first studies of its kind, Australian National University researchers have found 30 per cent of Indigenous adults experience high levels of psychological distress compared to 13 per cent of non-Indigenous adults.
Flood-affected tourism operators along the Murray River are open for business and want to spread the word to holiday-makers.At Echuca on the Victorian-NSW border, Campaspe Lodge owner David Connally said businesses were facing cancellations and trepidation from tourists.
George "Johnny" Johnson, the last known survivor of Britain's World War II "Dambusters" bombing raid on German infrastructure, has died at the age of 101.The PA news agency said Johnson died peacefully at a care home in the Bristol area of southwest England on Wednesday night.
Google, Oracle, Microsoft and Amazon will share in the Pentagon's $US9 billion ($A13 billion) contract to build its cloud computing network.The move was announced a year after accusations of politicisation over the previously announced contract and a protracted legal battle resulted in the military starting over in its award process.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will likely have to reach agreements regarding Ukraine in the future but feels betrayed by the breakdown of the Minsk agreements.Putin said Germany and France - which brokered ceasefire agreements in the Belarusian capital Minsk between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014 and 2015 - had betrayed Russia and were now pumping Ukraine with weapons.
The local bourse has suffered a day of losses amid fears about the economic outlook and even nuclear war, with oil prices plunging on concerns of reduced demand even as China relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.The benchmark S&P;/ASX200 index finished Thursday down 53.
Neil Brooks is set to learn next year whether multimillion-dollar business fraud charges levelled against the Olympic swimming champ and his wife will be dropped.It is alleged they made dishonest representations to induce Glenn Melcheck and his wife to pay $2 million and buy 50 per cent of the Brooks' sports merchandise company before it failed months later in 2008.
The rise in COVID-19 cases is slowing nationally as NSW eyes a peak in its infections on the horizon.States and territories reported a total of 111,449 new cases on Friday, a six-per-cent rise on last week's figure but well down on the 15-per-cent jump the week earlier.
An environmental group has started legal action in a bid to stop the expansion of a coal mine that produces 10.The expansion, approved by the NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) in September, would make the Mount Pleasant operation the biggest open-cut coal mine in the state, with an annual production capacity of 21 million tonnes.
A man has fled from a Northern Territory home naked after residents caught him allegedly attempting to sexually assault a child near Darwin.Police have called on the Palmerston community to help find the man following the incident about 2.