Owl & Hare HOLLOW PART 1

Owl & Hare HOLLOW PART 1

Welcome to the gorgeous 2023 Block of the Month designed by Natalie Bird. The design features 48, 8in blocks presenting a collection of pieced, appliqué and stitchery blocks —&from sweet little hexagons to Dresden Plates, Coff in Wheel blocks and lots of delightful elements. Each part will include a collection of the diff erent techniques to keep you engaged and challenged! This issue includes the full materials list for the entire project. The fabrics used are from Natalie's most recent fabric collection — Owl & Hare Hollow —and two previous ranges — Blume and Grow and Birdhouse Basics. You can make this quilt from your stash or perhaps some new purchases — whatever pleases you. If you wish to make it in the same fabrics that Natalie has used, including the…

KING CHARLES RUSHES TO LA ‘IT'S TIME TO FORGIVE’

KING CHARLES RUSHES TO LA ‘IT'S TIME TO FORGIVE’

With each of Prince Harry's baseless accusations against his family and emotionally charged TV rants, King Charles’ heart has sunk lower and lower. The 38-year-old's latest appearances, with 60 Minutes’ Anderson Cooper in the US and ITV's Tom Bradby in the UK, have drawn condemnation of hypocrisy from his loudest critics – but for those closest to Harry, they see a sadder side of the duke's constant need to attack the royal family from his new home in California. “Harry has made his case over and over again, and the more he goes on, the more desperate he sounds to provoke some kind of reaction from the palace,” says a source. “Charles is finally starting to understand that Harry doesn't hate him or the institution, and has started to see his public…

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!

We all know someone who still rues the day they let go of a beloved classic and dreams of somehow being reunited with the object of their desire. Well, Blair Bryant isn’t one of them, because sitting in his Hobart garage today is the original 1957 Ford Thunderbird he purchased as an enthusiastic 16-year-old in Southern California many decades ago. Blair’s is not your run-of-the-mill T-Bird, but a rare 1957 model with race-inspired ‘E-Code’ performance options, including larger capacity 312 cubic inch (5.1-litre) V8, alloy intake manifold and twin Holley four-barrel carburettors. The Hobart consultant explains that growing up in California he was attracted by the T-Bird’s cool looks, its relative rarity, V8 performance, and the fact it was known as a movie star car, driven by the likes of Marilyn Monroe…

Apple iPad (2022)

Apple iPad (2022)

View offers Tablet | £499 | whf.cm/iPad2022 The iPad has officially hit double digits, and this year marks the biggest design change the standard iPad has undergone since its 2010 inception. For the bulkier chunk of change required to pick up this year’s pad (last year’s model launched at £319), you do get some beefier internals, including a processor upgrade to Apple’s A14 Bionic. This is the same chip found in the iPhone 12, and it remains blisteringly fast despite being a couple of years old. Other upgrades include 5G support on the cellular model and a camera boost from 8MP to 12MP. Gone is the traditional rounded slab with chunky bezels flanking the screen and housing the home button that has been the dependable iPad style we have come to know and…

Horoscopes

Horoscopes

Taurus APR 21 – MAY 21 With four planets stimulating your sign, the pace isn’t letting up. Thrown into the mix, Mars could propel you into a more public role or onto the sporting field. Some Bulls might be roped into coaching, while for singles, social stars could see you dating up a storm. TIME TO TRY Get involved with a worthwhile cause or a local fundraising project. JESSICA ALBA The businesswoman is dependable, a hard worker and also a great listener. Gemini MAY 22 – JUN 21 You can’t keep everyone happy! While your inner peacemaker is yearning to do good, you may find yourself caught in a dispute – and the waters could get murky. If a medical matter has been weighing on your mind, investigations should prove revealing. TIME TO TRY Reassess your investments while…

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE!

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE!

VIA Alpina is a classic among the long-distance hikes in Switzerland. This trail takes you once through the northern Alps of Switzerland in a series of 20 daily stages. Its 14 alpine passes and great variety of alpine culture, flora and fauna are the fuel of a hiking enthusiast’s dreams. If you go hiking for several days, not only will you discover the unknown side of Switzerland, you will also get to enjoy a great deal of Swiss hospitality. Green-blue lakes, delightful rolling hills or passes bursting with panoramic views: what you see on foot, you will remember. 1 The Via Alpina travels past glaciated peaks such as the Wildstrubel (Kandersteg to Adelboden) and the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. The trail itself stays solidly on trekking terrain. At times this trek…

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Alex_Ingram@autovia.co.uk @AxleIngram Visit autoexpress.co.uk for the latest new cars and drives Performance 0-62mph/top speed 3.3 seconds/155mph THE Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo accelerates from 0-62mph in 3.3 seconds. While we’ve seen other rapid estate cars – the Mercedes-AMG E 63, for example – get close to that figure before, it’s even more mind-bending here. Maybe it’s the disconnect between such amazing speed and the accompanying noise – little more than an augmented starship hum – or the fact that the instant response from the twin electric motors (which develop 671bhp in overboost mode) can whack your head back into the headrest in a way many supercars can’t. The Taycan’s acceleration is absolutely savage. All of this is true in the standard Taycan of course, but this Cross Turismo introduces a few key differences in how you live with…

READY FOR CHRISTMAS AND BABY NO. 3 BINKY FELSTEAD AND HUSBAND MAX ON A SWEET PREGNANCY REVEAL — AND WHY THIS WON’T BE THEIR LAST

With the Christmas tree lights twinkling and the fragrance of clove-studded oranges filling the air, the beautiful home Binky Felstead shares with her husband Max Fredrik Darnton is ready for this season’s festivities. But Christmas came early for Binky, who is pregnant with her third child, when she found out that her new bundle of joy, a sibling for five-year-old India and 18-month-old Wolfie, will be a boy. “Max couldn’t stop smiling when we found out – he was so happy, which made me happy, too. He was desperate for another boy,” says Binky as she invites HELLO! to the family’s south-west London home. It’s been a big year for Binky and Max, who held their dream wedding in Corfu over the summer, surrounded by family and friends. But next year looks to…

READY FOR CHRISTMAS AND BABY NO. 3 BINKY FELSTEAD AND HUSBAND MAX ON A SWEET PREGNANCY REVEAL — AND WHY THIS WON’T BE THEIR LAST

THE KNOW.

THE YEAR WAS… According to recent research from an Australian university, 1978 was the year when the world’s quality of life peaked. We had it all: polyester flares, bouffant hair, Grease, the first test tube baby was born and Space Invaders was launched. Woo hoo! HOW MUCH? It looked innocuous, but a new anti-skid device, the safety breaker, was launched to stop disc-brake motorcycles more quickly and smoothly. It “greatly reduces chatter, fade and helps eliminate wheel hop", and was available at “all switched on accessory shops”. ERA TECH Yamaha released its first four-cylinder streetbike in 1978, the XS1100E. It conquered the 750-1000cc market by developing a new model that boasted a whopping capacity at a very tasty price. At the time, the market leader BMW simply couldn't compete with Yamaha's claimed performance of 70.8kW…

THE KNOW.
BREAK FOR SUMMER

BREAK FOR SUMMER

1 Get away without going away Finally, you have time to chill at home. But, before you reach for that to-do list, think again. If your spare time is all about catching up, it’s not much of a break. Instead, try the following ideas for getting downtime with your stay-at-home break. 2 Shake it up Stay up late, sleep late and eat at slightly dierent times, as you would when you’re on vacation. Aim to create an environment that gets you out of your normal routine. 3 Host a kerbside happy hour There’s nothing more relaxing than hanging out with friends on a warm evening as the sun sinks and the kids ride up and down the block on their bikes. But don’t get hung up on the formalities of throwing a party. Just declare…

RAAISELHUIS

DIT klink soos een van daardie dwaalstories of “urban legends”, maar hoewel dit wel ’n vreemde storie is, is dit allermins onwaar. Aan die kern van die verhaal is ’n groot huis vol uitspattige huisraad in ’n gevestigde woonbuurt. Ook die rygoed is nog daar: drie luukse Rolls-Royce-motors en ’n peperduur Lotus-sportmotor in die tamaai motorhuise. Maar die inwoners is weg; skoonveld – al byna 12 jaar lank. En al het hulle spoorloos verdwyn, bly al hul huisgoed hier behoue in hul verlate huis. Hier in Gqeberha gis die gemeenskap al lank oor die huis van raaisels en sy eienaars. Tog probeer baie van die bure die raaiselhuis se adres dig bewaar uit vrees vir onwelkome besoekers of inbrekers in die buurt. Dié dat Huisgenoot op ’n vreemde skattejag van twee dae moes gaan…

RAAISELHUIS

MAILBOX

Q This creeper, bought from a private seller in Cairns, has grown quickly, and its cuttings produce roots when placed in water. Could you please tell me its name and whether it’s okay to share its cuttings with friends? Karen Woods, Cairns, Qld AB BISHOP SAYS This is Mexican flamevine (Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides). I really appreciate that you’re asking advice about whether you should share cuttings with friends. You’ve obviously cottoned on to the fact that it’s a quick grower and potentially weedy, and you’re spot on! It’s a declared pest and prohibited plant in Western Australia. It has huge potential for spreading into bushland and causing environmental problems in subtropical and tropical climates. It smothers other plants and spreads via its seed, which is dispersed by the wind, and vegetatively by…

MAILBOX

Harry Connick Jr THE JAZZ SINGER

Harry Connick Jr and his eldest daughter, Georgia, are soaking up some early morning sun. The deep blue Indian Ocean rolls onto Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia as they stroll across the sand, chattering, laughing, taking a little father-daughter time out from Harry’s schedule as the newest judge on Australian Idol. The women in Harry’s life mean the world to him. That’s why he brought his eldest daughter – who had long dreamed of seeing Australia – along for the Idol auditions. His whole family – wife Jill Goodacre, and Georgia’s sisters, Kate and Charlotte – will also be here in February when the competition kicks off in earnest. “My wife and my girls,” he says, “they are a constant source of joy and inspiration for me. There’s nothing else that comes…

Harry Connick Jr THE JAZZ SINGER
China’s complicated Olympic mood

China’s complicated Olympic mood

THE TERM “raucous” could not be applied to the crowd at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics—perhaps because many of them were officials, attending as a reward for good conduct. So on the few occasions that spectators at the Bird’s Nest stadium did show emotion on the cold, clear evening of February 4th, their reactions were worth studying. Chaguan was among dozens of Beijing-based foreign reporters invited to the ceremony. He sat in a section of the stadium separated by fences and guards from the “closed-loop”, a secure quarantine zone created for Olympic athletes, coaches and dignitaries newly arrived from an outside world that, in contrast with China, has resigned itself to living with covid-19. Most of the stadium’s seats were kept empty, as a pandemic precaution. Olympic…

Paula Duncan The older I get, I grow stronger

In the course of a morning, Paula Duncan has laughed and cried and laughed again, whirling around the room, talking up a storm. Family, love, career, depression, cancer, divorce and infidelity – nothing is off limits. “I’m not shy about expressing myself and telling everyone how I feel about life,” the multiple Logie-winning veteran of 17 Aussie series from Number 96 through The Young Doctors, Cop Shop, Prisoner, Home and Away and Neighbours smiles wryly. “I haven’t done anything different to a lot of my darling friends, but I guess my face is pretty familiar and I do wear my heart on my sleeve!” At 70, and celebrating half a century in showbusiness, the down-to-earth star is reflective. With two failed marriages behind her – one of them to former Cop Shop heart-throb…

Paula Duncan The older I get, I grow stronger
Prince Harry‘WHAT HAVE I DONE?’

Prince Harry‘WHAT HAVE I DONE?’

The bombshells have been coming through thick and fast since even before Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir was officially released on January 10. And as the Duke of Sussex continues his publicity tour to promote his book Spare, the revelations continue to shock. “[William’s] frustrations were growing and growing and growing. He was shouting at me. I was shouting back at him. It wasn’t nice. It wasn’t pleasant at all,” Harry explained to journalist Anderson Cooper during a recent US 60 Minutes interview regarding a previous altercation between him and his brother. “And he snapped. And he pushed me to the floor.” Along with his strained relationship with the Prince of Wales, Harry’s book details his earlier drug use, losing his virginity and being unable to comprehend his mother’s death for years.…

HANDS-ON DRIVING

HANDS-ON DRIVING

LOST SKILLS Not so long ago, the conversation topic at a Happy Hour group I happened to be at centred on the riveting subject of gearboxes. In particular, just how much better the latest generation torque converter gear shifters is compared with the older style automated manual transmissions (AMTs). In case you are wondering, it was a gathering of motorhomers, because it's not a topic that so much gets the attention of the caravanning brigade. The short version of this is that motorhomers were very relieved when the likes of Mercedes-Benz, IVECO and Fiat developed their respective torque converter gearboxes. The older AMT gearboxes more or less did their job but gave less-than-stellar performances. In the middle of this conversation, someone lamented that manual gearboxes, aka millennial anti-theft devices or stick shifters,…

Bird of Play

Bird of Play

“It hasn’t rained in weeks, so the rain has made the track slippery as hell,” one of Suzuki Australia’s techs said as I rolled out of pit garage number 49. I don’t know if hell is a slippery place or not, but I didn’t want to find out on my first trip to Phillip Island for a ride around the famous circuit by throwing a bike down the tarmac. And that bike was the fresh Gen III Hayabusa, a modern icon of motorcycles. So fresh that the new ’Busa had arrived in the country only days before my soggy spin around the Island and it was the only one on the continent. After I’d finished with it, it was to go on show at various dealerships across the country. A…

FEBRUARY a month in the GARDEN

looking good Dahlias With their bright colours lighting up the late-summer garden, dahlias are deservedly back in fashion. Buy potted dahlias now in full bloom, or look for packaged tubers in the shops during late winter and spring. Dahlias with single flowers are wonderful for attracting bees to their pollen-filled centres and, because the simple flowers aren’t too weighty, most won’t need staking. Pick blooms for indoors and the plants will go on producing flowers well into autumn. It’s time to... • Trim summer-blooming shrubs after their flowers have faded • Dig out and break up congested clumps of daffodils and jonquils before their bulbs start making new growth, then re-plant • Fertilise rose bushes with an organic-based rose food to promote a great autumn display • Pick up and bin diseased leaves from fungus-infected plants • Clip…

FEBRUARY a month in the GARDEN
VOLKSWAGEN Scirocco R

VOLKSWAGEN Scirocco R

MOST ENTHUSIASTS WILL clock 1974 as the year of the Volkswagen Golf. The original Mk I Golf heralded a new era for hatchbacks – and VW – with 35 million of them (and counting) sold since. Yet the Golf had a talented sibling that carved a motoring niche in its own right, even if it hasn’t reached the same stratospheric fame: the VW Scirocco. The Scirocco is less familiar to many Australians as it took almost 40 years for the nameplate to arrive in Volkswagen showrooms here – and even then, it was a single-flavour performance variant, the Scirocco R. Yet it was worth the wait, even if many Aussies were confused by what the Scirocco’s role in the line-up actually was. The Scirocco’s place follows that of another legendary sports car.…

FIELD OF DREAMS

FIELD OF DREAMS

Glencrutchery Road, Douglas, Isle of Man. The commotion of the most famous start line in racing filters through us as we line up, single file. The ambient noise of cheering spectators and frantic mechanics slowly fades, replaced by the scream of four-cylinder engines ready for takeoff. Like parachutists leaping into an airborne battlefield via a tap on the left shoulder, each rider releases the clutch and roars down Bray Hill, which at its precipice is like riding off the edge of the world at 260km/h. I’ve hardly had time to process what I’m about to do, thanks to the rapid fire of the start procedure. At 10-second intervals, you’re constantly shuffled along to the starting area that’s signalled by a board reading: Rider and Machine Only. It’s now just you and…

Why do people kill?

Why do people kill?

Film Crazy, Not Insane Alex Gibney On Sky in the UK from 1 December and streaming on HBO in the US THERE is a scene in Crazy, Not Insane, a documentary about the work of forensic psychiatrist Dorothy Otnow Lewis, where she recalls the day Martin Scorsese rang. The director was shooting Cape Fear, and had heard of Lewis’s study of violent murderers. Robert De Niro, playing a psychopath, wanted to meet one. Could she possibly make an introduction? “It was so funny,” says Lewis in the film, clearly still tickled by the memory. “I felt like a casting director!” They compromised on an attempted murderer. Her brush with Hollywood doubles as both welcome light relief in a film otherwise trained on the darkest corners of the human psyche – and a shrewd comment on…

DO YOU REALLY NEED A GVM UPGRADE?

WHAT DOES GVM MEAN? YOUR vehicle’s GVM, or Gross Vehicle Mass is the amount of weight you can carry combined with the total mass of the vehicle (known as kerb weight). If you have a kerb weight of 2500kg and a payload of 650kg, the Gross Vehicle Mass is 3150kg. That means you can add or carry 650kg of accessories or passengers, before you're over GVM. While 650kg sounds reasonable, that can be eaten up quickly with bar-work, winches, drawers and long-range fuel tanks, hence why GVM upgrades are so popular with four-wheel drivers, as you are legally permitted to carry more weight with an increased GVM over the factory offering. WHAT IS A GVM UPGRADE? A GVM upgrade involves the professional fitment of an aftermarket suspension kit which has been designed, tested and…

DO YOU REALLY NEED A GVM UPGRADE?
China’s vision for global security

China’s vision for global security

WITH EACH day that fresh blood is shed in Ukraine, it becomes more painfully clear that China and the West have clashing notions of how to preserve world peace. Since President Vladimir Putin first invaded his neighbour, hopeful voices in some Western capitals have called China an ideal mediator between Russia and Ukraine. Such optimists cite the supposed pragmatism of the modern Chinese Communist Party. They note the ties of trade and investment that bind the Chinese economy to Russia, Ukraine and wider Europe, and conclude that brokering peace is in China’s selfinterest. Alas, their elegant arguments cannot overcome a stark and ugly point of difference. Most Western governments and citizens want Mr Putin to lose in Ukraine, and to pay an instructively high price for his aggression. China’s rulers…

A matter of some pride

Support for gay rights in Japan is gaining momentum WHEN AIKO (not her real name) was at school nearly 20 years ago, her parents found a love letter another girl had written to her. “They cried a great deal,” she recalls. They told Aiko it was a phase and forbade her from going out at night. When she moved away to college, they told her not to come home if she was going to talk about her feelings. She feared a lonely life. Japan has yet to legalise gay marriage, leaving it out of step with all other G7 countries and even a former colony, Taiwan, which did so in 2019. The OECD, a club mostly of rich countries, ranks Japan ahead only of Turkey among its 38 members for legal protections…

A matter of some pride
LIEFDE ONBEPERK

LIEFDE ONBEPERK

DIE coronaviruskrisis, met al die onsekerheid wat dit wêreldwyd meegebring het, was ook maak of breek vir verhoudings. Terwyl die liefde tussen sommige paartjies nog meer geblom het, het die krake in ander se verhoudings ál duideliker geblyk. Geen wonder die egskeidingsyfer het skielik die hoogte ingeskiet nie. Tog was daar pare wat tydens die inperking meer gehaltetyd as ooit tevore saam kon deurbring of nog hegter daardeur saamgesnoer is. En ander wat selfs in dié tyd van onsekerheid liefde gevind of ’n nuwe maat werklik leer ken het. Huisgenoot het met ’n paar bekende pare gepraat wie se liefde sterk staan ondanks die storms wat ons in die afgelope maande moes trotseer. Hier vertel hulle hoe hulle die liefde en hul maat opnuut leer waardeer het, van die nuwe perspektief wat hulle op…

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THE DAY KEITH MARRIED NICOLE

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THE DAY KEITH MARRIED NICOLE

Controlling the message was paramount for both Keith and Nicole, something that Father Paul Coleman, who was to conduct the marriage ceremony, learned very quickly. He innocently told a reporter that the service would be short, sweet and simple, and that the couple was “very much in love”. Soon after, the padre was quietly told to “cool it” by the team running the big event, headed by Nicole’s publicist, Wendy Day. Day had been down this road before, having corralled the media during the marriage of Russell Crowe, another high-profile client, to Danielle Spencer back in April 2003. A few days prior to the wedding, some twenty photographers, who had set up camp outside the Kidman family home, started to stir when the garage door began opening. But they were very surprised…

The View from Yours

Kate's Kindness Let's all applaud Titanic star Kate Winslet for stepping in to keep blind cerebral palsy sufferer Freya Hunter (13) at home in Scotland with her loving family. The teenager who relies on piped oxygen to breathe was in danger of being placed in a nursing home because her mum Carolynne (49) couldn't afford the estimated £17,000 cost of running the lifesaving equipment next year. Kate heard of Freya's plight and donated the cash. It's not the first time she's saved the day for struggling families. Kate and her Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio raised £300,000 to help pay for ovarian cancer treatment for Gemma Nuttall after the young mum had been given only a year to live by NHS doctors. Statement fashion It's a huge shame for so many reasons that Christine McVie is sadly…

The View from Yours

Bonheur de Jour PART 6

Proudly brought to you by Finished size: 203 x 142cm (80 x 56in) Note: Refer to the Fabric Key for the specific fabrics Kaari used for her quilt. Instructions are provided for machine zigzag (Broderie Perse) and hand needleturn appliqué, but they can be readily adapted to suit other methods if you prefer. Seam allowances of ¼in are used throughout for the piecing. Instructions are given for working from the printed Pattern Sheet in the magazines, but you can download the digital patterns from www.homespun.net.au and print them out instead. This Block of the Month project has been published over six issues of Homespun, from issue 23.2 (April/May 2022) to this issue, 24.1 (February/March 2023). The list of materials required to make the complete quilt appear in the April/ May issue. Contact our subscriptions…

Bonheur de Jour PART 6
Recent medical findings for a healthier body

Recent medical findings for a healthier body

Activity snacks We already know that prolonged periods of sitting reduce the body’s ability to filter sugar from the blood following a meal. However, if you break up sedentary periods with just two minutes of walking or 15 squats, that can improve blood sugar clearance after meals. In a new study, researchers wanted to see if there might be any effect on protein metabolism. They had subjects sit for long periods across 7.5 hours, interrupting sitting every 30 minutes by two minutes of walking or 15 squats. They found that the activity improved the efficiency of amino acid use for repairing old or damaged proteins and building muscle. The researchers say that this highlights the need for breaking up long sedentary periods with what they call “activity snacks” in order to…

EVERYDAY

VEGETARIAN GLUTEN FREE DAIRY FREE Charred chicken wings in hot ancho and honey SERVES 6 //PREP TIME 15 MINS //COOK 20 MINS (PLUS SOAKING, PICKLING) 1 dried ancho chilli, coarsely torn (see note)1 garlic clove, crushed2 tsp coriander seeds, toasted1 tsp sweet paprika175 gm honey, plus extra honey for brushing125 ml (½ cup) red wine vinegar1.2 kg chicken wingettes Vegetable oil, for brushing500 gm watermelon, peeled, cut into rough 2cm pieces1 small red onion, thinly sliced Micro coriander, to serve 1 Place ancho chilli in a small heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water and set aside to soften (15 minutes). Drain water, reserving ¼ cup. Place chilli, reserved water, garlic, 1 tsp coriander seeds, paprika, 115gm honey and 1 tbsp vinegar in a small blender and blend until smooth; season to taste. 2 Place chicken in a…

EVERYDAY

Open new doors

I was born in Chengdu, China – also the birthplace of pandas – but when I was four, we moved as a family first to Britain, then to the United States, eventually settling in New Zealand. Within six months of leaving China, I had forgotten how to speak the local Chengdu dialect. My dad told me that one day on the bus when I was five or six, I just started speaking English and that was that. My parents, and occasionally my grandparents when they came to visit, did their best to teach me Chinese. By then, however, I had decided I couldn’t see the point of spending extra hours indoors, repeating words and writing characters repeatedly while my friends were out playing. It was only years later, having finished my postgrad studies…

Open new doors

Zest for life

There’s really so much to love about citrus trees. They grow everywhere that’s warm and sunny, look lush and handsome year round and, to top it all off, reward growers with tangy, juicy fruit that can be eaten, drunk or preserved. Once it was the lemon that graced every backyard. While it remains number one in the citrus stakes, limes are now trending. The rise in popularity of the seed-free Tahitian lime (above) is not just because people want to have a slice on hand for a gin and tonic; cooks love lime juice for its fresh, exotic flavour, which works well squeezed over meals or in desserts. Backyards are bursting with orange, blood orange, mandarin, grapefruit, cumquat and native finger lime (right), with its colourful fruit and juicy, caviar-like beads of…

Zest for life
Contender: 2023 Nissan Z

Contender: 2023 Nissan Z

PROS • Comfortable ride • Approachable handling limits • More power than before CONS • Extra power offset by extra mass • Cabin feels old despite being new • Limited-slip differential only on upper trims VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door hatchback ENGINE, TRANSMISSION 3.0L twin-turbo direct-injected DOHC 24-valve 60-degree V-6, 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,519 lb (57/43%) WHEELBASE 100.4 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 172.4 x 72.6 x 51.8 in ON SALE Now What’s old is new again? The 2023 Nissan Z takes that phrase literally, as it represents yet another rehash of a rear-wheel-drive platform dating back to the 2003 350Z. Nissan reanimated those old bones for the 370Z in 2010, and here they are again for the new, numberless Z. Next to its mashup of retro Z styling cues—the nose is pure, original 240Z, while the tail is more…

“I’ve found my happy place”

“It’s so liberating, so exciting. I am the happiest I’ve been in such a long time.” Deborah Hutton kicks off her sandals and steps into a tiny, south-coast beachside cottage. It’s filled with the sound of the surf, the smell of salty air and memories of archetypal Aussie summers whiled away in fibro holiday houses by the sea. In the kitchen, a kettle is on the boil. Also in the kitchen is the salty-haired boyfriend, Andrew Marsh (AKA Marshy), a surfer and meditation teacher. Deborah looks relaxed, settled, happy – many miles, metaphorically and geographically, from the hum and whirl of activity that consumed her day-to-day life in Sydney. She settles on the couch cradling a mug of tea, and the woman who has sprinted from one project to the next since…

“I’ve found my happy place”

Geared property may not provide enough income, but dividends could be useful

The good news, Kylie, is that in your late 40s you have built up a solid, diversified base of wealth. A fully paid off home is a great effort and you have equity in your investment property. I'm very pleased to see the $300,000 in super. Super is a terrific vehicle for your future financial stability. I can't see much point in paying off more than a minimum on your investment property. Beach-side towns have performed well during this strange Covid period and I am sure it is rented on a regular basis. After expenses and interest, you may lose a little on this property or make a little – I'm not much fussed about this. If you lose a little, it is tax deductible. A small profit, I suspect, would be…

Australian BY DESIGN

Australian BY DESIGN

Personalise it Visit us in store to see how you can make it your own. Choose your Fabric on the Louis Sofa Choose your Wood Stain on the Broadway Range Bring textural timber pieces together with a stylish modular, for laidback living synonymous with Australian style. LOUIS 5-Seater Fabric Corner Lounge Suite with Ottoman in “Romo” Mink Fabric (W345 x D270 x H75cm) $5999; BROADWAY Coffee Table in Stain Colour Mimosa (W135 x D80 x H42cm) $1599; BROADWAY Lamp Table in Stain Colour Mimosa (W60 x D60 x H50cm) $899; BROADWAY 4-Door/2-Drawer Buffet in Stain Colour Mimosa (W200 x D48 x H85cm) $3199; FINLAE Table Lamp (W45 x D45 x H70cm) $249; GOLDEN BLOOM Velvet Cushions (45 x 45cm) $49ea; SANTINO Throw in Charcoal (160 x 127cm) $99.95; KOBE XL Rug (250 x 350cm) $1729. HARVEYNORMAN.COM.AU…

AMD announces RX 7900 XTX & RX 7900 XT

AMD announces RX 7900 XTX & RX 7900 XT

AMD has finally unveiled its next-generation GPU architecture, RDNA 3, and the first two cards to be built using the architecture: the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and the Radeon RX 7900 XT. Both cards will be available to purchase on December 13, 2022. We’ve been waiting a long time for details on these two cards, so let’s not dally around. AMD’s bringing some impressive specs to bear with its two brand new enthusiast-grade cards, and the RX 7900 XTX is promising to deliver up to 61 TFLOPs of compute performance – nearly three times the 23 TFLOPs from the RX 6950 XT. The RX 7900 XTX will employ the power of 96 RDNA 3 Compute Units (CUs), tantalisingly close to a triple-digit count. It will operate at a game clock of 2.3GHz,…

Politics

The head of Ukraine’s armed forces, General Valery Zaluzhny, predicted that Vladimir Putin would mount a new offensive as early as January, or more likely in the spring. Russian forces continued to attack Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure with drones, many of which were shot down. America is reportedly close to approving the supply of Patriot anti-missile batteries to Kyiv. Ukrainian forces claimed to have struck a hotel in occupied Luhansk province which was being used as a headquarters by Wagner, a Russian mercenary group run by a friend of Mr Putin. Cash for favours The European Parliament removed Eva Kaili as a vice-president after she was accused of accepting bribes from Qatar. Ms Kaili, a Socialist MEP from Greece, denies wrongdoing, as does Qatar. Belgian authorities have charged four people with trousering €1.5m…

Politics

Kate and Meghan’s NEW BATTLE

The new Prince and Princess of Wales are arguably more popular than ever. Stepping up to the plate in their new roles, it’s no doubt they are wowing their audience. But behind the closed doors of their new home, Adelaide Cottage in Windsor, they will be breathing a huge sigh of relief. For I can reveal Kate and William have been hugely nervous about their recent tours, including the one stateside, especially after the truth bombs Harry and Meghan detonated against the Royal Family, not to mention the Netflix trailer that cruelly landed as they were embarking on their Boston tour. A US trip was always going to be a big deal. It marks the first official royal visit since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex accused the Firm of racism, misogyny, neglect…

Kate and Meghan’s NEW BATTLE
PATHS LESS TRAVELLED

PATHS LESS TRAVELLED

LAST YEAR, I walked the Overland Track with three friends. It was a long-planned trip, suggested in February and executed in November. February seems the right month to say yes to things, but this time last year I was recovering from a back operation; not capable of walking three kilometres along a beach, let alone contemplate the 60-odd kilometres of the Overland. So, to say yes seemed a small act of faith. The walk was the fancy version where you sleep in a hut, have your meals cooked for you and only carry a light pack. The luxury felt a little like cheating, but the opportunity to walk with old friends, and to ease my injured body back into a six-day walk, was ideal. I signed up. Nine months later, I met…

Box 8 Waipu LETTERS

Memories HI PAUL, I first met Bob and Raewyn Armstrong at the Pukekohe Hot Rod clubrooms in the mid-’70s. Rough as a possum’s shit, but what a lovely guy and girl. I am so glad that I caught up with them both at Squeak’s place in March. He and Murray Butler, Ralph Wright and Ron Collet also were joys to behold in those days. Although I was older than them, they were my hero’s and role models. Alan Lim was another, and you couldn’t find a rougher one than him. All of them had and still have hearts of gold. To those who have passed, may they rest in peace; they were true hot rodders. One of these days, I hope to meet them again. Grahame Berry. Hot Rods, Beer and Cigarettes WHEN Richard…

Go on, Scram!

Go on, Scram!

Street scrambler is a fitting tag for Royal Enfield’s new Scram 411, a bike allegedly designed for those who tackle the urban jungle throughout the week but who want to use the same machine to escape it on the weekends. Based on the brand’s midsize Himalayan adventure tourer, the obvious visual differences with the Scram include the deletion of the touring screen, high-mount front guard and front carrier racks, as well as the fitment of a 19-inch front wheel instead of the Himalayan’s more off-road biased 21-incher. Other visual giveaways include the Scram’s unique headlight surround, its nifty little side covers and the fitment of a one-piece seat. Mechanically, both bikes are very similar, running the same half-duplex split cradle frame, the same Euro 5-compliant 411cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine, and the same five-speed…

best dressed

RITA SILVESTRI My husband and I left Italy in 1969 and arrived in Melbourne the same year. I was 22 years old. We came here thinking we were going to stay one or two years – like a long honeymoon – and then we’d go back to Italy. But we loved it and stayed forever. I got married in a little red miniskirt and jacket – it was the only thing I had that day, because I eloped. I didn’t tell my parents that I was getting married; nobody knew. I wore the suit with a white shirt, white shoes and a bag. I told my parents I was going to a girlfriend’s party and then I went out the door, off to city council to get married. And then at night…

best dressed
Inbox GO AHEAD, TELL US WHAT YOU REALLY THINK

Inbox GO AHEAD, TELL US WHAT YOU REALLY THINK

EVs may be the future, but current lithium-ion battery technology is not the answer EV’S BIG PICTURE HAVING READ read Andy Enright’s big drive of the Mercedes EQS, ‘Change we can believe in?’ (Wheels, October), I suggest he’s presented only one side of the very complex EV equation. Here’s the ‘darker’ side. Whilst EVs may be the future, current lithium-ion battery technology is not the answer. Such batteries require the mining, processing, transport, refining and manufacture of large quantities of lithium salts, cobalt, nickel, graphite and copper; often from poorer countries at heavy environmental and social cost. (In the Congo, impoverished families pick through rubble for ‘blue’ cobalt nuggets which currently earn them a pittance.) Then there’s the increased battery and vehicle weight problem: should we include the manufacturing/environmental impact of bigger brakes/pads/and many other components? However…

January 2023 In brief

Gone TOO SOON Farewell funny girl Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Kirstie Alley has died at 71 after a short, fierce battle with cancer. Versatile, feisty and funny, she’s remembered for her role as Rebecca Howe in Cheers, and for Veronica’s Closet. In Look Who’s Talking she played opposite John Travolta, who said theirs was “one of the most special relationships” of his life. Her son, True, and daughter Lillie Parker shared that her “zest and passion for life ... leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did.” Women we love Songbird Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie died last month at 79. Mick Fleetwood said, “Part of my heart has flown away ... I will miss everything about you”. Doctor Spice Geri Halliwell-Horner (Ginger Spice) has received an honorary doctorate for contributions…

January 2023 In brief

February 2023 In brief

Royal VISIT Zara’s magic ride A sun-kissed Zara Tindall was radiant as she cantered along the beach at Surfers Paradise, while in town for the Magic Millions thoroughbred racehorse auction. The King’s niece, a former Olympic equestrian, and her husband, Mike Tindall, have been ambassadors of the event for 10 years. At the launch, Zara said she was glad to be back in Oz. “It’s nice to come back down and see all our friends again. It really is like a family and it’s been hard not being here for two years.” Women we love First in bronze Cricket legend Belinda Clark chose a stance that was “bold and courageous” when she posed for her bronze statue, the first to immortalise a female cricketer. The people’s pick Artist Juanella McKenzie’s woven carry dish, created to honour past…

February 2023 In brief
Almost the last word

Almost the last word

Masses of people The human population has more than doubled in the past 50 years, so has the mass of our planet and everything on it increased? John Rieuwerts Yelverton, Devon, UK The extra mass of a doubled human population has come from the soil, oceans and atmosphere, so the overall mass of the Earth system hasn’t changed. I find it humbling to know that the countless atoms that make up “me” were previously scattered across the world and have even been part of people who lived in past centuries. As such, each of us is a temporary collection of elements borrowed from the largely finite mass of the Earth system and will ultimately be recycled back into it. Ashes to ashes. Greg Harris Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates While the human population has doubled in the past 50…

January

HELLO YELLOW There’s nothing sunnier than a massed display of sunflowers. On Sunday January 29, Spring Bay Mill in Triabunna (trayapana) on the east coast of Tasmania (lutruwita) is holding its annual Sunflower Celebration, a festival embracing sustainable living, gardening, Indigenous history and cultural practices, and… sunflowers. For thousands of years, this site was a traditional gathering place for the palawa people, before its latter incarnation in the 1970s as the world’s largest wood-chipping mill. Over the past decade or so, this industrial site has been reinvigorated as an events venue, designed, built and run on sustainable, regenerative principles, and is once again a place for people to gather, learn and be inspired. It also won gold in the Positive Impact Tourism category of last year’s Tasmanian Tourism Awards. For more…

January
Leaders of the space race

Leaders of the space race

THERE ARE PLENTY of things in this life on which you can’t put a price, but space is not one of them. Virgin Galactic reckons it can help you join the 62-mile-high club for $250K, while back here on earth, we’re calling it 20 grand, give or take, for the regular kind of space. That’s the rough difference between what Mazda charges for its top-spec all-wheel-drive five-seater CX-5 and its bigger brother you see here, the seven-seater CX-9 Azumi flagship. Okay, they’re not directly comparable because of equipment and tech differences, but engines and transmissions are shared, so it’s not an absurd observation: those two small seats in the third row amount to around $10,000 each. But to plenty of Aussie families, they’re so invaluable they actually are hard to…

Samsung just can’t quit foldable phones: Meet the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3

Samsung has a fever, and the only prescription is—more foldable phones. The biggest name in Android phones has announced the third generation of its foldable Galaxy smartphones: the Galaxy Z Fold3, a flagship model that opens like a book, and the smaller Z Flip3, a less expensive model that opens vertically and hearkens back to the flip phones of the early 2000s. Both phones include new features to improve durability, which may help mitigate public perception that foldable phones just can’t withstand the rigors of, well…repeated, incessant folding. And you’re going to want a sturdier phone, given Samsung’s price tags: $1,800 for the Galaxy Z Fold3 and $1,000 for the Galaxy Z Flip3. Preorders run through August 26, and if you do take the plunge before then, you can get $200…

TASSIE TRAILS

TASSIE TRAILS

At last! It was near enough to three years ago that I was contemplating an overdue run to Tassie – preferably with one of the motley fleet out of the shed. And yes, the dreaded C…D (use of the full name of the great plague is now frowned upon in our household) got in the way. Even so, this is Tasmania we’re talking of, so surely not too much has changed in the several years since we last graced its shores. Well, yes and no. The big news for anyone taking the vehicle ferry is the Melbourne terminal moved to Geelong just a few weeks before we were due to sail. In fact, the whole thing was so fresh that there were still some old signs up on the freeway network, pointing…

DESIGNING A BOOT ROOM

DESIGNING A BOOT ROOM

1 PROVIDE FUNCTIONAL SEATING ‘Bench seating provides a practical place to sit while putting on shoes or preparing a bag to go out for the day. Incorporating additional storage under the seating for hiding away wellies, walking boots and trainers will always prove invaluable,’ suggests Louisa Eggleston, creative director at Humphrey Munson. A seating area is also a way to add character. ‘Although a boot room is a functional space, it is still part of the home and the design should be treated with the same care as a sitting room,’ says Louise Wicksteed, design director at Sims Hilditch. ‘Choose patterned cushions for bench seating or a fun shade to paint the joinery.’ 2 GET SELECTIVE ABOUT STORAGE A boot room can quickly become a dumping ground as outdoor clothes are discarded. Creating separate…

Randomly generated recruits

Randomly generated recruits

NEW SCIENTIST closed its offices on 13 March, a week or so before the UK went into national lockdown. Since then, I have spent most of this year in a small radius around my north London flat and have been into the city centre only a handful of times. As a native Londoner, it is strange to be so cut off from the city, which is why the opening moments of Watch Dogs: Legion took my breath away. As the camera panned over incredibly realistic looking versions of the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and even a lovingly rendered Brixton tube station, I felt homesick for the city I’m living in. But this isn’t really London as I know it. The game is set in the near future, the streets full of driverless…

Why Macron matters

WHEN HE WAS first elected president of France in 2017, Emmanuel Macron immediately became a standard-bearer for radical centrism. He was young, clever and eminently reasonable. Also, it was a time of panic for liberals. Britain had voted the previous year to leave the European Union. America had just elected Donald Trump. Across Europe populists were climbing in the polls, even in sober places like Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The far left were in power in Greece. Italy’s Northern League would soon enter government as half of an all-populist coalition that flirted with leaving the euro and rebuffed migrants rescued in the Mediterranean. All around the rich world politicians who promised to raise walls, ignore experts and turn back the clock to an imaginary golden age were in the ascendant. No…

Why Macron matters

Of the ages

THE PHRASE “new capitalism” may not arouse as much passion as “down with capitalism”, but it would at the very least seem to promise—the clue is in the name—a fresh approach. When Kishida Fumio first used the phrase last year in his campaign to lead Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and thus the country, its meaning was still unclear. “Ask me in a few months—we’re supposed to figure it out,” one of the members of Mr Kishida’s New Capitalism Realisation Council replied when Banyan made discreet inquiries in October. Mr Kishida has since sought to clarify his signature initiative. He cannot be accused of a lack of ambition: “We want to lead the world’s economic thinking with a ‘new capitalism’ originating in Japan,” he told a conference in December. Yet…

Of the ages
Scott free

Scott free

IN JUNE 2020, Jorge Valencia of the Point Foundation started receiving calls and emails from consultants doing due diligence on his organisation, which helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students into higher education. They wanted financial statements and asked questions about how the group was responding to the pandemic. For a nonprofit organisation that relies on donations, it was nothing out of the ordinary. What came next, however, was. Just a few weeks later they received another call, this time with news that MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon, wanted to make a large gift. There were no restrictions on how the money was to be spent or plans to monitor the group’s work beyond a short annual report—just a request to keep quiet…

Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion

The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History by Margalit Fox. Random House, 329 pp., $28.00 Persuading people to like something is a trade. Persuading them to change their minds and like something else is a skill. But inducing them to believe in something that their senses and experience tell them is plainly unreal or untrue—unicorns, papal infallibility, Trump’s assertions, ghosts—requires art and almost manic self-confidence. The “confidence men” of Margalit Fox’s title, two British prisoners of war who planned the most eccentric and devious of all escapes, had plenty of both. But Fox puts their story into a broad historical setting, using it to illustrate the ways in which scientific inventions made possible not only empowerment but also credulity and manipulation. It’s often pointed out that…

NEW IDEA FOOD DID YOU SAY PIE MAKER?

Caramel Strawberry and Apple Brioche Pies Makes 8, Prep and Cook 25 mins 4 brioche burger buns, split²⁄³ cup caramel spread,plus extra to serve200g fresh strawberries, sliced2 Granny Smith apples,thinly sliced 1 Lightly spray a 4-hole (¹⁄³-cup capacity) pie maker with oil. 2 Press four bun halves into pie maker holes. Spoon 1 tblsp of caramel spread into each. Top with half the strawberries. Then half the apple slices (about 3 slices in each). Close lid. 3 Cook for about 5 minutes, or until golden brown and apple is tender. Carefully transfer to a wire rack. Turn off pie maker. Remove pies. Repeat with remaining bun halves, caramel spread, strawberries and apple slices to make eight pies in total. 4 Serve warm pies, drizzled with extra warmed caramel spread. TIP Pies can be made ahead and reheated in…

NEW IDEA FOOD DID YOU SAY PIE MAKER?

LAS CONFESIONES MÁS ÍNTIMAS DE CARLOTA CASIRAGHI EN NAVIDAD

CARLOTA Casiraghi, la filósofa de la Casa Principesca, sigue sorprendiendo y desafiando expectativas. Ahora, con una entrevista en la que aborda su vida como nunca antes. A sus treinta y seis años, y vestida con fascinantes «looks» de Chanel —es su embajadora—, la hija de la princesa Carolina habla para la revista «Town & Country» de sus inquietudes, de la maternidad y, por primera vez, también, de la relación con su madre. LOS HIJOS Sobre los retos de ser madre asegura que «mi día típico no es tan emocionante o diferente al de muchas mamás». «Todos los días pasas por momentos en los que te preocupas por tus hijos o te agotan y luego pasas por otros momentos en los que compartes muchísimo con ellos y ni te cuestionas el hecho de…

LAS CONFESIONES MÁS ÍNTIMAS DE CARLOTA CASIRAGHI EN NAVIDAD

Wild Glamour

• Hollywood Gondwanaland. With a brief like that, how can you go wrong? Akas Landscape Architecture, Green Sheep Collective and a creative couple with design nous, clear vision and open minds have transformed this disconnected Pascoe Vale brick veneer into a thermally-efficient mid-century gem. Its big views, personality and Gondwanaland garden are designed to keep morphing along with its inhabitants. Dubbed 50/50s House, this house exemplifies the cumulative power of small, carefully considered, beautifully executed interventions on a large hilltop rabbit warren. It reconnects a garden-loving family to the spaces they share and a lush habitat that energises them. To be clear, this project was no designer-led rescue operation. The double-storey abode was ageing and disconnected in parts but cool as hell thanks to intact mid-century charm and the design smarts, eye-catching…

Wild Glamour
Space researchers hope for five missions to the outer Solar System

Space researchers hope for five missions to the outer Solar System

Is there water on dwarf planet? ● AIM OF MISSION: In 2015, the Dawn probe reached the dwarf planet of Ceres in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn’s pictures indicate the existence of an underground ocean that leaks water onto the surface. ESA aims to collect samples from a crater to find out if there is water there – and perhaps even life. ● CHALLENGE: Mars’ gravity can be used to send the probe towards its destination on its way out. But on its way back it must use fuel, slowing its return. ● DISTANCE: 294 million km. ● TRAVEL TIME & COST: Launch in 2029 and arrival back on Earth in the early 2040s. The cost would be approximately A5.6bn. China to land on Jupiter moon ● AIM OF MISSION: The Chinese Gan De probe is to fly…

Caught in the net of a catfish

Caught in the net of a catfish

The victims had waited more than 10 years for this day, and Victoria’s County Court was full, the front rows occupied by those who’d been subjected to psychological manipulation so cruel and unusual it isn’t covered by a specific law. The press had packed into the back rows to witness the bizarre case. Occasionally someone would swivel to glimpse the perpetrator, slumped in her chair; a dowdy woman in white sneakers and a fuzzy purple jumper. If Lydia Abdelmalek had any comprehension of the gravity of her crimes, she didn’t show it. The 32-year-old wore a blank expression, showing no remorse for the lives she’d destroyed. Since her arrest, Lydia had maintained she was an innocent bystander. And why would she be involved? To those who knew her, Lydia appeared to…

access

access

Your say Access, AMCN, PO Box 6, Bittern, Vic, 3918 access@amcn.com.au OGIO Excelsior Win OGIO’s ultra-padded air-mesh backpack valued at $79.95! Include your full name and address in your letter, via post or email. Long letters will be cut to fit, so don’t ramble. The views expressed by readers are not necessarily those of the editor. Fair dink’em Over the last several issues of AMCN I noticed that many of the bikes featured have no pillion seat at all and the few that do are often rated “immediately hopped off and walked away laughing,” as per Pete’s better half referring to the Harley-Davidson Street Bob (AMCN Vol 70 No 19). I can’t be the only rider out there who regularly enjoys carrying a passenger, so how about a feature on the best bikes for pillions in the various…

BREAKFAST FOR champions

Cook’s Tip For a different flavour and texture, replace one of the cans of white beans with a can of chickpeas. Cook’s Tip Making your own juice is a healthy way to go. You know exactly what goes into your drink. And, because it’s made with fresh fruit, there are no additives or preservatives. HUEVOS RANCHEROS PREP 15 MINS COOK 1 HOUR 5 MINS SERVES 4 (AS A BREAKFAST) 4 Old El Paso Mexican Wholegrain Tortillasor gluten-free wraps, cut into triangular pieces1 Tbsp olive oil1 large brown onion, finely chopped2 cloves garlic, finely chopped1 small red chilli, deseeded, finely chopped1 large red capsicum, chopped500g very ripe tomatoes, chopped60ml (¼ cup) salt-reduced vegetable stock or gluten-free stock4 x 60g eggs, at room temperatureCoriander leaves, to serve 1 Preheat oven to 180°C (fan-forced). Arrange the tortilla triangles, in a…

BREAKFAST FOR champions
Seven must-watch WENTWORTH episodes!

Seven must-watch WENTWORTH episodes!

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! WENTWORTH (s1-8, part 1) Watch On Demand With the second half of the thrilling final season making its explosive return soon, now is the perfect time to jump into the world of Wentworth. Foxtel magazine chats to the drama’s establishing director, Kevin Carlin, to find out which episodes of the acclaimed Aussie prison series are essential as you rewatch it all On Demand ahead of the last season ever. NO PLACE LIKE HOME (s1, ep 1) The premiere episode aired in May 2013, introducing viewers to both legendary inmate Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) and Wentworth Correctional Centre. “It’s essential viewing, in that it sets up the pivotal themes for the series: the corrosive nature of power; the actions that we’ll take to survive in a brutal environment and how those actions incrementally and irrevocably…

marvellous MULCH

marvellous MULCH

We all know mulch is the stuff we put on our gardens – but it’s so much more! It’s usually made from chopped up branches and trunks, but there are many other organic and inorganic options. Their specific qualities make them suitable for different applications, such as ornamental beds, vegie gardens, underneath trees and in bare areas. Mulch really is the bee’s knees, because one simple act of mulching covers many tasks. It starves weeds of sunlight and air, slows water run-off, and reduces evaporation, keeping soil moist. Over time, it helps to improve the structure of clay, which facilitates air and water movement through the soil. It adds nutrients and structure to sandy soils. Mulch reduces erosion and insulates soil, benefiting plants and soil organisms such as earthworms. It can…

Slow and steady does it

I am a 36-year-old, working professional, married (my wife is aged 42) with two little monsters who are now five and two years old. Our goal is to save and invest though property, shares and super, and hope that compounding will result in the dream of retiring at the age of 55 and 61 respectively. Because I grew up as a second-generation migrant single child, with both my parents on low wages due to their low English language ability, I saw saving money as very important. Anything I wanted needed careful consideration and planning, using pocket money earned by doing house chores. Like any young adult, during my teenage and university years, any money I made from part-time work was splurged instantly. It wasn't until I started my first full-time job that…

Slow and steady does it

Using an Android device as a fixed Wi-Fi hub with internet access

Homes and offices typically have a fixed line internet connection, but now there is a new option. The opening up of high capacity 5G means that fixed line broadband will be a thing of the past for many people. Of course, high-speed broadband has long been available over the mobile phone network but data plans have been a big limitation until recently. Wireless Internet While 5G gets the hype, broadband internet can run quite well over the 4G mobile networks. For example, Vodaphone and Optus offer mains-powered internet hubs designed to serve as routers that you can connect to via wi-fi or even by plugging in a network cable. These devices contain a mobile SIM and connect to the internet via the mobile phone networks. At $20 per month on a contract…

Using an Android device as a fixed Wi-Fi hub with internet access

Lush & lovely

When people ask what my favourite indoor plants are, philodendrons are at the top of my list. There are nearly 500 known species and countless hybrids, and the variety of sizes, leaf forms and growth habits is mind-blowing! Leaves can be small, large, heart-shaped, toothed, sword-like or deeply lobed, with a smooth or velvety texture in various shades and patterns of green, pink, red and orange. Philodendrons, or ‘philos’ to their friends, are mostly climbers or vines, but a few of them are self-headers, meaning they have clumps of leaves that emerge from a thickened arborescent stem. Some species creep along the ground, too. Despite their many unusual forms, they are fairly low-maintenance plants and will happily grow indoors without much fuss. Of course, there are a few exceptions, with some needing…

Lush & lovely

JELENA DOKIC “There’s always a light at the end of a tunnel”

“After the book was published I got a lot of my confidence and self-esteem back because it is the first thing that goes when you’re in a domestic violence situation.” As Jelena Dokic starts to prepare for her “happy slam” – the Australian Open in hometown Melbourne – she confesses it’s been an emotional roller-coaster of a year. The former tennis prodigy, who in the past has said she felt like an outsider, is now winning a burgeoning army of fans as the Nine Network’s star commentator on the world tennis circuit – adored not just by viewers but players too. Jelena’s authenticity is her crowning glory. She wears her heart proudly on her sleeve and battles negativity with a courageous passion. And in response, her career is soaring. The thing is, Jelena…

JELENA DOKIC “There’s always a light at the end of a tunnel”

Speed up your metabolism

The word ‘metabolism’ gets thrown around a lot, but many people don’t know exactly what it means. Think of it this way: If your body were a car, your metabolism would be the engine. But, instead of it being housed in one central location under the bonnet, your cells work together to turn food into fuel. That means the kilojoules (calories) your body burns – by moving around, but mostly just by your breathing, thinking and, well, existing – are turned into the energy it needs to keep every organ and system running smoothly. How efficiently this happens depends on everything from your diet to your genetics to your stress levels – even your sleep cycle plays a role. Here’s what you need to know to pep up your metabolism. 1…

Speed up your metabolism

Restraint under fire

THE OFFICE of Valery Zaluzhny, the head of Ukraine’s armed forces, has few personal touches bar a framed photograph on his desk, of a soldier in uniform. “When I am at ease, when things are going well, this picture is lying face down, I don’t need to look at it. When I have doubts about something I put it up straight,” he explains. The picture is currently upright. It shows the late General Hennady Vorobyov, who commanded Ukraine’s ground forces from 2009 to 2014. He rejuvenated the top ranks, instilled a culture of respect for subordinates and refused to deploy troops to suppress public protests in 2013-14. “I look at the photograph trying to figure out what Hennady Vorobyov would do,” General Zaluzhny says. It is no wonder that the general’s choices…

Restraint under fire
SCIENCE UPDATE

SCIENCE UPDATE

Megalodon crunched down on oily noses Prehistoric whale skulls with repeated bite marks reveal that sperm whales must have been a popular meal for the biggest shark the world has ever known. ANIMALS For centuries, humans hunted sperm whales for three things: their teeth, the ambergris secreted in their intestines, and a fatty amber oil known as spermaceti, which resides in the whale’s head, and is key to its production of sound. A sperm whale’s nose is a complex system of connective tissue, air ducts, muscles, and perhaps 2000 litres of spermaceti. In less enlightened times, this oil was used in cosmetics, textiles and candles. Now scientists have discovered another hunter that went after this trove of oil – the biggest shark ever to have existed on Earth, the prehistoric megalodon. This extinct…

Chuck a U-ey

Most riders learn this skill at learner level because you have to, to pass your training – then promptly forget it. U-turns are actually an important part of your riding skill arsenal, something you may realise as you tiptoe your way across a busy road on the point of capsizing. And dropping a bike even at this low speed can be very expensive. Not to mention embarrassing… Here’s a refresher course on how to u-turn a big bike, even something the size of a BMW K 1300 R. Like everything, it’s easy once you know how. Start here STEP 1 U-turn skills are similar to those used when riding slowly. You need to set the throttle just above idle and forget it. It stays put after that. Some bikes need more, some…

Chuck a U-ey
Something wicked this way comes

Something wicked this way comes

America is increasingly concerned about the possibility of war in the Taiwan Strait. It has good reason ON JUNE 29TH 1950 the uss Valley Forge, flagship of America’s Seventh Fleet, passed through the Taiwan Strait. A battle group defended her flanks, America’s first naval jets sat in her hangar, and a new vision of American-dominated Asian security unfurled in her wake. Only a few months before, America’s secretary of state, Dean Acheson, had declared that “The Asian peoples are on their own, and know it.” But on June 25th Stalinist North Korea launched an invasion of its southern neighbour, and a country confronting communism could no longer leave Asia alone. America would fight with South Korea. It was to join in that defence that the Valley Forge was steaming north from Subic…

MAGIC PUDDINGS

Red Velvet Cherry Ripe Self-Saucing Pudding Serves 6-8, Prep and Cook 1 hour 1½ cups self-raising flour¹/3 cup cocoa powder, plus extra to serve½ cup firmly packed brown sugar75g unsalted butter, melted, cooled2 eggs²/³ cup milk3 tsps red food colouring4 x 52g bars Cherry Ripe chocolate, chopped Vanilla ice-cream and icing sugar mixture, to serve SAUCE ¼ cup cocoa powder1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 Lightly grease a 10-cup capacity ovenproof dish (about 23.5cm round x 6cm deep). 2 Sift flour and cocoa into a large bowl. Stir in sugar. 3 Whisk butter, eggs, milk and colouring in a medium jug. Add to flour mixture. Stir until combined. Spoon into prepared dish. Spread evenly. Scatter over chocolate bars. 4 To make sauce, sprinkle combined sifted cocoa and sugar evenly over pudding mixture. Slowly pour 2¼ cups boiling…

MAGIC PUDDINGS
Built to Spill

Built to Spill

• Set into a sloping site with views of MacMasters Beach on the Central Coast of New South Wales, James Headland of Pangkarra Gardens has sensitively composed a series of layered spaces woven around a carefully considered home by architect David Boyle. “I've always had an appreciation of the natural world,” explains James. “Understanding the natural environment and how it functions … [is such] an important part of designing gardens.” This notion of nature within a garden is reflected through James's work in his use of diverse planting palettes and hardscape material configurations that evoke a site-specific sense of place. Distinctive zones have been created that were informed by local ecology plant groups of sclerophyll forest, coastal heath, rainforest and riparian zones. Each of these groupings suited a specific aspect or microclimate…

EAST COAST MOOD

shop it Pack light and holiday right with these beachy essentials 4 Sunday Riley ‘C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil’, $60, Mecca. SUNSHINY DAYS ARE CALLING US – and Noosa is happily answering. Already famous for its delicious weather (hello, ‘Sunshine Coast’), surf breaks and aquamarine waters, Noosa has also produced a small but significant assemblage of fashion and interior brands that are making an impact on the Australian design scene. With some of these covetable labels putting down digs alongside the sandy beaches and resort stays of South East Queensland, a vacay in Noosa, with its access to lush rainforest walks, fresh tropical produce and swoon-worthy shopping, is a very appealing prospect indeed. eat… LAND & SEA BREWERY 19 Venture Dr, Noosaville landandseabrewery.com Enjoy a range of craft beers plus take a tour of…

EAST COAST MOOD
Quilty Treasures

Quilty Treasures

⬣ Every inch a hero Two WWII navy veterans were honoured for their service at an emotional ceremony at Bentleigh RSL in Victoria earlier this year. Harold “Hiram” Ristrom and Margaret Hattersley (nee Hartley) were presented with a Quilt of Valour and a recognition of service. Harold, 98, was a landing craft coxswain in HMAS Kanimbla I, which landed US combat soldiers and their equipment onto Panaon Island in the campaign to retake the Philippines from the Japanese. Made “with love, care, and at times some tears”, the quilt Harold received is used daily on his bed. “I’m amazed; I slept for eight hours solid with this quilt, which I normally never do,” he said. Margaret’s admiration of a neighbour’s Women’s Royal Australian Naval (WRAN) Service uniform prompted her to enlist. She became…

UNCLE PHIL’S choice PICKS

UNCLE PHIL’S choice PICKS

FIND ’EM ALL on tradeuniquecars.com.au or go straight to the car by SCANNING THE QR CODES 1968 FORD FAIRMONT XT $50,000 A SIX-CYLINDER XT IS A RARE SIGHT TODAY WHEN I saw this XT Ford Fairmont it got me thinking, when did I last see one of these? I reckon it must have been at a car show or on the telly. This looks to be in pretty good nick with its grey paintwork, deep red vinyl trim and a few accessories added. It claims to be a three-owner car with its original engine rebuilt to drink the modern bowser brew and the column shift three-speed auto has also been restored. These cars and their Holden and Valiant equivalents were daily family fodder back in the day, now they’re rarer than rocking horse poo,…

Slow down!

SLOW-COOKED LAMB IN ALE SERVES 4 PREP 20 MINS COOK 8 HOURS 10 MINS • 1.2kg forequarter lamb chops• 2 tbsp plain flour• 4 tbsp olive oil• 1 bunch Dutch carrots, peeled, trimmed• 500g baby chat potatoes• 6 sprigs thyme• 1 dried bay leaf• 1 brown onion, diced• 3 cloves garlic, crushed• 1 cup chicken stock• 345ml golden ale beer• steamed green beans, to serve 1 Put lamb and flour in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat, then shake off any excess flour. 2 Heat ½ of the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat. Add ½ of the lamb and cook, turning occasionally, 4 mins or until browned all over. Transfer to bowl of a 4.5L-capacity slow cooker. Repeat with remaining oil and lamb.…

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IT’S STUMPS FOR A TOP SPORT

IT’S STUMPS FOR A TOP SPORT

LET ME lift the curtain a little on running road tests. We sometimes have very little time to get under the skin of the car, so we usually come up with a premise beforehand based on experience and heuristics and only if the car diverges from expectations does that premise get ditched. Understanding when to pivot is the difference between good and bad testers. But with long termers we have the luxury of time. Here we have hundreds of hours of seat time to craft a considered verdict. And time with the Subaru BRZ S is something I’ve come to see as a heck of a privilege. But it’s not all rosy. Only over an extended period do you discover things like the compromised front passenger seat. This is set low,…

HOW TO LAUNCH IN A CROSSWIND

HOW TO LAUNCH IN A CROSSWIND

When you learn to fly, you are told it is dangerous to launch with the wind beyond 45 degrees off “straight up the slope”. Crosswinds cause turbulence. So why would you launch in a crosswind? In hike-and-fly, you often cannot reach a perfect launch slope. It might have taken hours to get to your chosen peak, and the weather might have changed. The forecast might be wrong. Or you just need to get off the mountain before the rain comes in. If you can do it safely, there’s no reason to restrict yourself to “perfect direction”. But it can be risky to ignore the dangers of the crosswind. So what to do? In this article I’ll show you how to keep yourself safe on a steep slope. Here are 10 steps to help…

The iPad Pro is a killer machine, but its software is killing me

The iPad Pro is a killer machine, but its software is killing me

Nobody needed to convince me that Apple’s at the top of its game when it comes to designing iPad hardware. The 2018 iPad Pro was so fast that more than two years later, it can handle more or less anything that you can throw at it. The 2020 iPad Pro was essentially the same speed – and it didn’t matter. So here comes the 2021 iPad Pro, which is an even more extreme dunk in terms of features. Adding an M1 processor isn’t going to add the same boost as it did on the Mac side, because the iPad Pro was always powered by an energy-efficient Apple processor. But it’s still an upgrade of two processor generations, and that matters. A new display on the larger model allows Apple to set…

raise a glass

THERE’S NOTHING THAT SPEAKS of country Australia more than cracking open a cold one at the end of a long day. Drinking is intricately woven into the fabric of our lives as we grow and change: with the riotous fun of the B&S ball giving way to a civilised Friday-night glass of wine on the verandah with a friend. So it’s not surprising we’re rich in celebrated drinks producers, with Australian wines, spirits and beers all drawing attention (and awards) on the global stage. More surprising, perhaps, is the boom in non-alcoholic beverages. Over the past year, the demand for alcohol-free and low-alcohol drinks has risen fivefold, according to Endeavour Group, which owns BWS and Dan Murphy’s. Once seen as the poor relation of the real thing, alcohol-free drinks are now…

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How to set up a Mac to run either macOS Mojave or macOS Big Sur

How to set up a Mac to run either macOS Mojave or macOS Big Sur

Big Sur is a major upgrade to macOS, and some people are ready for it. However, if you’ve been running Mojave or an earlier version of macOS to keep 32-bit applications running, you may still be holding back. If you’re otherwise ready to move forward, you have a few options for keeping your Mojave installation active. In each case, I’d recommend starting by making a full disk image backup of your current macOS setup with Disk Utility, SuperDuper!, or Carbon Copy Cloner. In case something goes wrong, you can revert to it or restore from it. Your easiest path is to buy or use a sufficiently large external drive and clone to it directly from your current Mac. This lets you even boot from it in a pinch, so you don’t have a…

How to go plant-based

Exactly 10 years ago I changed my diet overnight, swapping my standard Western diet – lots of quick, convenience foods, not much fruit and veg – for a wholefood, plant-based diet. The year before that, following my second year at university, I’d become very unwell, going from being a normal student to becoming housebound in a matter of months. A few months later, having spent most of that time in and out of hospital, I was diagnosed with postural tachycardia syndrome, a condition that affected the functioning of my autonomic nervous system. I struggled to control my heart rate and blood pressure, which meant that when I stood up my heart rate spiked, my blood pressure dropped, and I was so dizzy I felt that I couldn’t move. I had chronic…

How to go plant-based

Letters

Supporting the ECJ’s ruling Your article on the European Court of Justice’s judgment on public registers of beneficial ownership, a decision you suggest will make it harder to track dirty money, missed a number of crucial points (“Laundry softener”, December 3rd). The registers encompass all firms in the European Union, thus catching millions of ordinary businesses (for example, a hairdressing salon or bakery) as well as companies with sensitive activities (a business that supplies goods to Ukraine, say, or medical equipment to abortion clinics in America). And before the judgment you had a situation where the registries obliged every compliant family business with no links to crime or tax evasion to disclose its shareholding structure to anyone in the world, opening up possible rifts within the family. The registries affect only companies…

Heartening heroics

Volunteers are filling the many gaps in the fight against covid-19 MANY INDIANS are up in arms about the government’s handling of their country’s all-engulfing second wave of covid-19. Hospitals, testing facilities, even crematoria are overwhelmed. Vaccines are in short supply. The government squandered a lull in infections over the winter, a common criticism runs, and is now flailing in the face of the inevitable resurgence. But while there is no shortage of hapless officials, there is also an impressive supply of ordinary citizens, charities, private companies and even the odd public servant taking their own initiatives to mitigate the crisis. Devendra, a 38-year-old teacher in the rural state of Jharkhand, became a tabloid hero when, after receiving a distress call from a friend in Delhi, 1,400km away, he scoured his state…

UAVs over the UAE

UAVs over the UAE

Strikes on the United Arab Emirates may backfire on the Houthi rebels AFTER SEVEN years of fighting in Yemen, the roar and thump of missile interceptors is a familiar sound in Saudi Arabia. But it was a shock for residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Early on January 24th the UAE said it had shot down a pair of ballistic missiles fired from Yemen. Videos posted on social media captured loud booms over Abu Dhabi, the capital. The Houthis, an Iranian-backed militant group that controls part of Yemen, claimed responsibility. Since 2015 they have been fighting a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and including the UAE, which invaded Yemen to depose them. A week before the missile attack, the Houthis launched a drone attack on Abu Dhabi’s airport and an industrial…

SUMMER SWEETNESS

LILLY PILLY CORDIAL Lilly pilly is one of those fruits that, when you know what it looks like, you start to see everywhere. It works in both sweet and savoury dishes, and this delicious cordial. • 500g lilly pillies, plus extra to serve • 1 tsp tartaric acid • 220g caster sugar • Juice of 2 lemons • Myrtle leaves (optional), to serve 1 Combine lilly pillies, tartaric acid, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan, add 1 litre water and bring to the boil. Boil for 5 mins or until the fruit is just starting to soften. Remove from heat, mash fruit, then strain through a fine sieve. Pour into a sterilised bottle. 2 Use like any cordial – put a splash in a glass and add water and ice to taste, garnishing…

SUMMER SWEETNESS
News

News

Ancestry releases Jameson Distillery employment records Family history website Ancestry (ancestry.co.uk) has published the employment records of the famous Jameson Distillery in Dublin. More than one million records are indexed and available to search, accompanied by images of the original documents. The records, which are held by the Irish Distillers Archive (irishdistillers.ie), contain detailed weekly wages books and include each employee’s name as well as their occupation, hours worked and wages paid. They span from 1862 to 1969, although records holding personal information are only available to view until 1937 because of data-protection regulations. Rhona Murray, senior content acquisition manager at Ancestry, said: “Occupation records can be a key resource for those researching their family history, as they often provide more detail and context on how their ancestors lived day-to-day. The Jameson Distillery staff…

WILD THEORY: DID LIFE SHAPE THE UNIVERSE?

WILD THEORY: DID LIFE SHAPE THE UNIVERSE?

Disorder, or entropy, inevitably increases, according to scientists. This simple assertion allows them to predict the final destiny of the universe: in the end, everything will be spread out into a cold, lifeless gas. As regards life on Earth, things have, however, developed in the opposite direction: evolution has produced a succession of well-ordered life forms – from simple biological molecules to complex animals and humans. So how can life violate a law that applies for everything in the universe? The state of disorder in a physical system is calculated based on the number of possible states in which the system can be. The more possible states, the greater the disorder – also known as entropy. So far, physicists have not taken life into consideration when they calculate the total entropy of the universe,…

The power of micro-movement

The power of micro-movement

Does your back twinge when you stack the dishwasher? A neck niggle when you drive? While minor complaints might not significantly affect your quality of life right now, “If ignored, they could snowball into a bigger problem,” says Hazel Anderson, UK-based women’s health specialist at Six Physio Chelsea. As we age, we become more prone to creaky joints, stubborn injuries and damaging falls – but it doesn’t have to be all downhill. Nor does keeping our bodies on track require lots of effort. Performed within small ranges of motion for short periods of time, micro-movements are easy, day-to-day exercises that can mitigate against decreasing strength and mobility. The best bit? You don’t have to hit the gym and there’s not a sit-up in sight. Use it or lose it “From our mid-30s…

SOFT MODERN STYLE

THE RENOVATION WAS ALREADY IN full swing when Sydney homeowner Sandra contacted Chloe Matters to take over the design side of her project. The reno was only intended to be a small refresh but blossomed into major work, with builders from Jcorp Construction at the helm. But that special interior design perspective was needed and so Chloe worked her magic. Joining a process that was already in progress wasn’t easy, but in the end it made all the difference. OPENING UP Many structural changes were needed in the downstairs areas. A wall was removed to create an open-plan design in the kitchen, dining and living space. To maintain structural integrity after these changes, beams were installed in the ceiling. And when it came to materials, marble was key. Sandra preferred grey…

SOFT MODERN STYLE

fun cooking

berry-stuffed FRENCH TOAST Eat French toast on the go! Whisk together 3 eggs, ½ cup pouring cream, ½ cup milk, ⅓ cup caster sugar and 1 tsp vanilla bean paste in a bowl. Spread ⅓ cup spreadable cream cheese over 4 thick slices of choc-chip brioche. Thinly slice 8 strawberries. Divide among slices. Top with ¼ cup strawberry jam and 4 more brioche slices. Melt 10g butter in a large frying pan over medium-low heat. Dip 2 sandwiches in egg mixture, turning to coat. Cook for 3-4 minutes each side or until golden. Repeat with 10g butter and remaining sandwiches. Dust with icing sugar. tutti frutti Make sweets aparty of summer fruit and use all the shortcuts under the sun! MANGO MAKE AHEAD This four-ingredient frozen yoghurt is super easy. Pipe it into bowls to…

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NEW GROUND

Unlike the sort of elemental storm meteorologists can prepare us for, menopause arrived like an unforecast tsunami. Previously, life may not have always been a smooth ride but (if I can prolong the metaphor), although I may have driven erratically, at times, I had always maintained control of the wheel. Suddenly I was all at sea. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t think, I was awake in the small hours with a thumping heartbeat worrying about everything from what book to read next to the rising ocean levels. And that was way before my body began its slow betrayal. Physically, I was suddenly engaged in a war that I could never win. As the hormones that, fewer than four-decades previously, had kick-started my fertility began their lengthy decline, they seemed to…

AMRM News

AMRM News

Casula Hobbies expect their production run of New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR) four-wheel water tank and shunters float wagons r-t-r in HO scale are expected to arrive about the time of publication. Auscision Models have received painted factory pilot models of their N scale r-t-r NHFF, NHJF, NHKF coal hoppers in State Rail Authority of New South Wales (SRA of NSW) with Candy and blue L7 logo, FreightCorp, Pacific National and ‘Patch’ livery and BGKF Grain hoppers in Southern Shorthaul Railroad livery. Ausicision Models has also received painted factory pilot models of their HO scale r-t-r CHS, NHVF coal hoppers in PTC blue, SRA of NSW, Freight Rail, FreightCorp, and Pacific National liveries and BGVF grain hoppers in Southern Shorthaul Railroad livery. Ausicision Models have announced a re-run of their Australian National…

HARLEY UNVEILS PAN AMERICA

HARLEY UNVEILS PAN AMERICA

After many hints and previews, Harley-Davidson’s ‘Pan America’ adventure tourer was officially unveiled in February and will be rolled out globally this year. Harley’s launch video for the upcoming model was high on style but light on content. There was also some mixed messaging, like a claim that Harley have always been in the adventure touring space, then adding the freedom of design with the Pan America came from never producing a bike like this before. The launch video also states that the Pan America is the first adventure tourer designed and built in America, ignoring the Buell XB12x Ulysses from more than 15 years ago, which was also the first bike to put Harley-Davidson in the adventure touring game, albeit indirectly. Regardless, what is clear is that the Pan America is a…