25 April

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Today is ANZAC Day

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Espresso Martini

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Since 1916, both Australia and New Zealand, not to mention some Pacific island nations, have commemorated today as Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day, a chance to remember the men and women who lost their lives fighting at Gallipoli during WWI.

On 25 April 1915, the first Australian and New Zealand Army Corps forces landed at Gallipoli, marking the start of the horrifically bloody Gallipoli campaign, a misguided attempt by a 40-year-old Winston Churchill to conquer a strategic peninsula in Turkey. Though other forces fought in the campaign, Gallipoli is part of the heritage of three nations: it was a defining step in the journey to independence for both Australia and New Zealand, and a career triumph for Atatürk, who went on to found modern Turkey.

At military services, soldiers begin commemorations with a "gunfire breakfast" of coffee and rum, commemorating what those long-dead soldiers drank before going over the top. Dick Bradsell's iconic Espresso Martini, is similarly bracing.

Today is also the anniversary of DNA going public

On this day in 1963, James Watson and Francis Crick published an academic paper describing the double helix that creates the molecular structure of DNA.

An iconic image, the double helix solved one of the biggest questions in biology - how genes pass between the generations - and opened the doors for a new field, genetics. From genetically modified food through to predicting cancer risk, from cloned sheep through to foetal screening, from glow in the dark rabbits through to mice with human ears, their discovery has absolutely transformed the world.

To mark a discovery that's transformed our lives, we're enjoying a DNA cocktail, an easy-going 90s cocktail created by Emmanuel Audermatte. And we are toasting not just Crick and Watson but Rosalind Franklin, the researcher whose pioneering X-Ray photo enabled their discovery, and who never won a Nobel prize.

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