Playing catch up

Playing catch up

‘It’s easy to say we’re having a tough time when we’ve been through the last eight Formula 1 world championships, winning them all, and we’re not in that position this year,’ says Mike Elliott, technical director of Mercedes AMG Formula 1, on the team’s 2022 performance to date. ‘We’re bound to think it’s not brilliant. However, looking at a wider context, the 2022 regulations intended to mix up the field and improve the show. In that way, Formula 1 achieved those outcomes.’ At time of writing, with four races left of the season, Mercedes was sitting third in the Constructors’ Championship, 67 points behind Ferrari and an insurmountable 232 points behind Red Bull Racing. Mercedes’ change of fortune since the introduction of the new era has been well documented. Its car this season,…

Teaching climate change minus the dread

Teaching climate change minus the dread

In the woods of Lake Placid at the North Country School is a house with lakeside and High Peaks views accommodating 18 people attending the Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, a partnership of The Wild Center and the Finger Lakes Institute. Down the road is the renovated barn where they will participate in presentations and workshops. The bucolic natural setting is intentional. Immersion is often the best way to learn. The group of educators represents classrooms, museums, cultural institutions, science centers, aquariums, and nonprofit organizations including the Smithsonian Institute Museums, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 4-H Camps, as well as elementary, middle, and high schools. At the end of the summit, they all hope to leave with best practices for reaching young people on the topic of climate change. The focus for…

PHOENIX RISING

PHOENIX RISING

If we’re being literal, the hills above western Los Angeles are actually the only place where Jennifer Aniston is the girl next door. That’s what people called her for a long time. The girl next door, which is a ’90s euphemism that means she’s unintimidating, approachable. But here, along avenues of impermeable iron gates, among houses hidden behind hedges grown to make sure you know your place, the vibe is pretty intimidating. To live here, one assumes, you have to have achieved a certain kind of Olympian status, like having been among the most beloved figures in American pop culture for 30 years. This is what I’m thinking when the gates to her house swing open and I enter onto a pea stone car park. Pruned trees, gurgling fountains, 500-foot-tall front…

Christmas bauble BAKE & MAKE MOULDS

Have fun and get creative with our trio of Christmas bauble designs, ideal for making festive chocolates and cookies, resin tree trims and even soaps for you to keep or gift! The gloss interior ensures a silky smooth finish for your baubles. EACH KIT INCLUDES Two bauble silicone moulds (random colour selection). NOTE Use one mould for food and the other for craft plus other non-food uses. ONLY $ 19.95 FOR 2* OOZY CARAMEL-FILLED CHOC BAUBLES These fab Chrissy choccies come with a gift inside – a glossy caramel centre. Yum! BUY YOURS TODAY AT BHGSHOP.COM.AU *Postage and handling additional. Delivery within Australia only. Offer available while stocks last.…

Christmas bauble BAKE & MAKE MOULDS
HANDSON

HANDSON

STRIKE INDUSTRIES MASS DRIVER COMPENSATOR FOR GLOCK (GEN 3, 4, OR 5) STRIKEINDUSTRIES.COM MSRP: $100 Compensators on pistols have become increasingly popular, beyond just competition race guns. They redirect gases expelled from the muzzle to counteract muzzle flip and felt recoil. Nothing in life is free — they emit obnoxious muzzle blast and flash and can be finicky. Glock has long offered “C” versions of their pistols, ported on top for some reduction in muzzle rise. Attaching a full-blown aftermarket compensator to your Glock has typically involved swapping in a threaded barrel, then screwing on and timing the compensator. However, this requires you to purchase another barrel in addition to the compensator. Furthermore, in some states it’s illegal to install a threaded barrel in a semi-automatic handgun. Strike Industries designed its Mass Driver Compensator system…

IRON MAIDEN RUN TO THE HILLS

This legendary track appeared on Maiden’s 1982 metal classic The Number Of The Beast, and features Dave Murray on lead duties with Adrian Smith holding down the rhythm guitar on ‘root-5th’ powerchords. The song kicks off with a run of tricky string bends which need to be pitched as accurately as possible. Aim to hit the target notes quickly, without drawing out the bends. The verse features Maiden’s trademark ‘gallop’ riffing – a repeating rhythm played mostly on two-string powerchords. Play a constant down-down-up picking pattern, keeping your motion as minimal as you can. Murray’s solo features fast legato licks, but it’s nearly all based in the good old minor pentatonic scale, so hopefully the phrasing will feel familiar. SOUND ADVICE Everything you need to know before playing ‘Run To The Hills’ Get the tone CHANNEL…

IRON MAIDEN RUN TO THE HILLS

SIPPING PRETTY

Ocho Old Cuban A classic cocktail with a twist of modernity. 45ml Bacardi Ocho 8YO Rum6 mint leaves, plus extra to garnish25ml sugar syrup (1:1 white sugar to water)20ml lime juice2 dashes Angostura bittersice prosecco, to top Add all the ingredients except the prosecco to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Double strain into a glass and top with prosecco. Garnish with a mint leaf. SERVES 1 French 75 Showcasing our new Bombay Premier Cru, this tipple is a celebration of nature’s finest ingredients. 35ml Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru15mls fresh lemon juice1½ teaspoons sugar75ml Brut Sparkling Winelemon peel, to garnish Add the gin, lemon juice and sugar to a cocktail shaker and shake to combine. Strain into a champagne flute and top with the sparkling wine and a twist of lemon peel. SERVES 1 Patrón Paloma A classic cocktail…

SIPPING PRETTY
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET FLYING HIGH

TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET FLYING HIGH

Walking the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival for the cannibal romance film, Bones and All, Timothée Chalamet turned heads in a blood-red, custom halter jumpsuit created by his favourite designer and friend, Haider Ackermann. Bold choices and creative collaborations have become a hallmark for Chalamet. He has carved out a unique niche in Hollywood, parlaying his first big break in 2017 – when he became the youngest performer in 80 years to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in Call Me by Your Name – into non-stop work. After starring in critically acclaimed films like Lady Bird (2017), Beautiful Boy (2018), Little Women (2019), Dune (2021) and Don’t Look Up (2021), he reunited with Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino for Bones and All, based…

Make paper snowflakes

PAPER SNOWFLAKES An easy and affordable way to make your own lovely snowflake decorations. YOU WILL NEED ♥ 9 white paper bags ♥ craft glue ♥ sharp craft scissors ♥ twine ♥ paper clip Place all the paper bags with the open sides facing away from you. Apply a strip of glue down the middle and along the bottom edge of the first bag and glue a second bag on top. Apply glue again and repeat the whole process until all nine bags are glued together in a bundle. Now draw the pattern as above onto the top bag and cut out the pattern from the bundle of bags. You can also try out other patterns to make various snowflake shapes. Open out the bags carefully and then glue the first bag to the last one…

Make paper snowflakes
Shooting the Moon

Shooting the Moon

The moon can be our worst enemy in many types of astrophotography shots, washing out our Milky Way or star trails images, or becoming a hindrance to our aurora-filled skies by flooding the landscape of snow with light and preventing us from being able to capture the full aurora. That said, a good photo of or with the moon can be exquisite. The most important thing to consider, when shooting the moon, is just how bright it is. The moon is a tricky subject. It will easily be clipped because it’s literally reflecting the light from the sun, however it isn’t bright enough to simply take a snapshot. We can usually overcome this by bracketing our exposures and creating an HDR image in post. Doing this with our Nikon camera is as…

ADVENTURE IN SOUND

ADVENTURE IN SOUND

WHAT IS SOUND? The simplest definition of a sound is anything that can be heard. So a beautiful piece of music, a barking dog, a wailing police siren, and a friend’s voice are all examples of sounds. For a sound to be made and then heard, three things must happen. First, an object vibrates, making very fast back-and-forth movements. The vibrating object moves the surrounding air, producing sound waves. Next, the sound waves pass through a medium, such as air, water and even solid objects. Third, a receiver, such as a person’s ear, picks up the sound waves. The ear then converts the sound waves into electrical signals, which the brain understands as sound. HOW FAST IS SOUND? The speed of sound varies depending on what type of medium the…

The Future of Federal Cannabis Legalization

The Future of Federal Cannabis Legalization

First of all, it is necessary to define who this cannabis forgiveness is aimed at to avoid confusion. While President Biden intends to offer a federal pardon for those imprisoned for crimes of simple possession of cannabis, he does not intend to extend it to those who have been accused of commercialization. While freeing those incarcerated for the possession and use of cannabis is a great step forward, it does not provide a complete solution for a large number of people who continue to pay disproportionate sentences. Other events: 2022 has been a year of great changes and it seems to paint a rather promising 2023 in the US for the cannabis industry. Other events worth mentioning are: The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) board of directors voted in…

O FENOMENO

O FENOMENO

The story of Ronaldo’s 2002 World Cup begins four years earlier, at the Chateau de Grande Romaine in Lesigny, 20 miles southeast of Paris, France. It is the early afternoon of July 12, 1998. Ronaldo eats lunch and retreats to his room in the luxury, secluded hotel that the Brazilian Football Confederation has selected as the national team’s base for the World Cup. Ronaldo is apparently relaxed enough to take a nap despite being hours away from what ought to be his coronation as the king of world football, confirming his status as not only the radiant future of the game but its unstoppable present too. At 9pm local time, the World Cup final will kick off. He is 21 years old and just a year removed from a world-record transfer from Barcelona…

'dunit again

'dunit again

i t's the morning after the European premiere of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery at the London Film Festival, where it played as the closing night gala. Total Film was also in attendance, in what's probably the first time we've ever been part of the same cinema audience as Edgar Wright and Grace Jones. If anyone's feeling worse for wear, it's not showing. “I was a little bit sore, but not as sore as some other people,” grins Daniel Craig, looking predictably sharp in a dark blue knitted jacket. “It was amazing,” he says of the previous evening's revelries. “They don't come around very often. But it was proper. It was the London Film Festival. It all came together. It was great.” The film's writer/director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars:…

RUM COCKTAILS TO MATCH ANY Season

Most rum cocktails are served icy cold, whether on the rocks, straight up or frozen. The daiquiri, piña colada and dark ’n’ stormy all evoke tropical vacations and hot days when we seek a sweet cooler. But long before the days of ice machines and jet-setting to the Caribbean, rum was the spirit of colonial America, a savory, all-weather drink enjoyed warm or hot. Sugarcane-based alcohol has been around since the days of Marco Polo, but distilled rum made its greatest foothold in the 17th century, arising from the vast sugar plantation of the Caribbean islands, made possible by slave labor. Molasses, a byproduct of sugarcane refinement, was shipped to New England, where it was made into rum. The portable potable was then sent to Africa and traded for slaves. The human…

RUM COCKTAILS TO MATCH ANY Season

10 Things to Learn Before the End of the Year

1 How to Create a Joy-Inducing Bouquet For advice, we went to Jün Piñon, floral architect in San Francisco, who teaches flower arranging to 2,000 people a year. “Keep your arrangements simple,” Piñon says. “People tend to put so much stuff in, and their house ends up looking like a Mafia funeral parlor. Do 10 sunflowers in a cluster. And everyone loves cymbidium orchids, which aren’t that expensive and can last for weeks. Or you can always do a monochromatic arrangement of different flowers, all together, in a bright color. Be creative with your containers. I’ve done arrangements in a soup tureen, a martini glass. Look in your cupboard. If you’re buying flowers from the supermarket, stick with roses. They’re the most popular choice, so there’s lots of turnover of stock.…

10 Things to Learn Before the End of the Year

12 Days of Christmas Collection

12 EXCLUSIVE XMAS DESIGNS! Designed by: Cheryl McKinnon Max. stitch count: 39 high x 39 wide Max. design size: 7.5x7.5cm (3x3in) Stitch time: 6 hours each These designs were stitched on 14 count aida fabric. Materials For each hoop • DMC Iridescent White 14 count aida; 18x18cm (7x7in) • Stranded cotton as listed in the key • Size 24 tapestry needle • Wooden embroidery hoop; 10cm (4in) diameter Materials available from www.willowfabrics.com We used DMC Iridescent White 14 count aida for all the 12 Days of Christmas designs, mounting them in 10cm (4in) wooden embroidery hoops, which we painted with an emulsion paint match pot 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS A special pack containing 12 10cm (4in) wooden embroidery hoops, 12 pieces of 14 count DMC Iridescent White aida, and the DMC stranded cotton is available from www.willowfabric.com for £51.90 plus P&P, or turn to page…

12 Days of Christmas Collection

The joyful home

As a lover of vintage, I often romanticise elements of the past, especially at Christmas. It’s the time of year when I immerse myself in cosy feelings of nostalgia, with rituals that appear year in, year out. At Hill House it all begins with lighting scented candles in festive scents of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. It is no coincidence that they are all spices that can be found growing on the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada, and as such they remind me of my mother’s Christmas cakes and pies from when I was a child. Seasoning with spices is an integral part of Caribbean cooking and the introduction of certain smells also marks the moment when my baking flavours turn from fresh and lightly essenced to deeper, richer tastes that flood…

The joyful home
the Ultimate Trio

the Ultimate Trio

Robin Chiasson Model @the.fit.fab.robbie MUA @christinaloughrin Such an absolute honor to have you on feature FHM! What has your journey as a certified bombshell been like so far? FANTASTIC! I would say since entering my 40s, I’ve been having the time of my life. I’m having so much fun not worrying so much about what others think. If it makes me feel good and motivates others to seize new opportunities, then I’m game for trying it! We are blown away by your drive and professionalism, can you tell us what some of the things that motivate you to stay on top of your game are? It’s simple. I love to challenge myself; I always have. The more I force myself out of my comfort zone the more satisfying the end result is. When I find…

Give thanks beautifully!

Give thanks beautifully!

Set the mood for joy with a chic harvest setting The key to a Thanksgiving tableau that’s rustic yet refined: combining earthy fall colors, fresh-picked accents and elegant extras. Here, a dining table is layered with a cozy off-white cloth, sleek wine goblets and amber- and sage-hued cloth napkins sandwiched between stacks of green and cream dinnerware. Gracing plates with a mini gourd and a place card continues the welcoming, seasonal style. The showstopping touch: a deconstructed autumnal “runner”! To get the look, place a wooden cake stand near the table’s center and top with candles, a pumpkin and a wine bottle. Next, line up gourds, pumpkins and candles down the table’s center and tuck in berry sprigs, greenery and white blooms to fill in gaps. It’s a relaxed yet chic setting…

Golden Age

ROLEX DAY-DATE 40 How a watch showered in sapphires – both on the bezel and the dial – can retain any air of subtlety is a trick only the Crown could pull off. And just because Rolex loves to geek out over incremental changes to its enviable stable of grails, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have fun en route. At a glance, this Day-Date is small-ish at 40 mm, but compact watches are having a moment. Just DM Drake if you don’t believe us. Day-Date 40 £87,600 Rolex GUCCI 25H TOURBILLON Amid the bombastic Alessandro Michele runway shows, it’s easy to forget that Gucci has been playing the haute horology game for half a century, with sometimes groundbreaking, always whimsical results. In this way, the Italian fashion house has quietly gone about making its watches…

Golden Age
SPEAKING EYE TO EYE

SPEAKING EYE TO EYE

Saying no when Fidogives you his best “puppy-dog eyes” can be extremely difficult. For thousands of years, dogs have been cajoling people by making this pitiful, adorable expression—an ability that may be the result of selective breeding, a new study says. Tiny muscles around the eyes and mouth enable terrestrial mammals to form myriad facial expressions. Those muscles are more similar in dogs and humans than in dogs and wolves, says the study by researchers from Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University. In wolves, most of the facial muscles are slow-twitch fibers, which adjust less rapidly, while in humans and domesticated dogs, most of the muscles are fast-twitch fibers, which react quickly. It’s this musculature difference that allows dogs to make puppy-dog eyes and other animated, humanlike expressions that wolves can’t. Communicating with facial cues…

RED DOT OR NOT

RED DOT OR NOT

Within our modern shooting vernacular, the term “red dot” has become slang used to identify almost any weapon sight that provides an illuminated red dot as an aiming point. The term is used to describe true red-dot sights, reflex sights, holographic sights, prismatic sights … and even conventional riflescopes. However, just because shooters often describe all these sights as red-dot sights doesn’t mean all of these sights are red-dot sights. A true red-dot sight is a non-magnifying optical sight that uses a reflector, and the unit is totally enclosed. Credit for the first electronic red-dot sight belongs to Aimpoint. The “Aimpoint Electronic” was introduced in 1975. Aimpoint is still a leader in the field of red-dot sights, but over the past almost half-century, the technology hasn’t only evolved, Aimpoint now has…

Move More, Stress Less

Move More, Stress Less

And while we might feel the need to maximise every minute, this constant pressure can damage your health. It exposes you to higher than usual levels of hormones linked to your ‘fight or flight’ response — contributing to health problems including depression and high blood pressure. Stress can become a bit of a cycle. When you’re under pressure you’re less likely to eat well and exercise. We may also resort to overeating, smoking or using alcohol or drugs to cope with life’s demands. These unhealthy habits add to our health problems – so the cycle continues. EXERCISE BEATS STRESS You might feel like reaching for a glass of wine at the end of a long day, but research suggests you’re far better off tackling your stress on an exercise mat…

JOSÉ JEULAND INCREDIBLE INDIA

JOSÉ JEULAND INCREDIBLE INDIA

Years ago, when I was still a professional triathlete, I had yet to dive into the world of photography, yet my interest was piqued by documentary programs and photography books that explored countries around the globe. I was inspired by the vibrant cultures and ways of life in each region—especially India's. And hence, with a heart full of anticipation and a bag full of photography gear, I set off on my very first trip to India. FIRST TRIP TO INDIA NEW DELHI When I first arrived in New Delhi, I spent most of my time wandering about in neighborhoods and cities, wholly engrossed in capturing some street photography. By sheer luck, it was Republic Day in India when I landed, presenting me with the perfect opportunity to experience and witness the cultures…

THINGS WE LEARNED THIS MONTH

IS NEFERTITI HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT? Hints of ancient whitewashing in Tutankhamun’s tomb have bolstered the theory that the space was originally intended for his stepmother, Nefertiti. Dr Nicholas Reeves, a former curator in the British Museum’s Department of Egyptian Antiquities, believes he has found evidence of changes made to cartouches on the burial chamber’s northern wall: the current cartouches that depict Tutankhamun being buried by his successor, Ay, may have been painted over cartouches of Tutankhamun burying his predecessor, Nefertiti. Reeves also believes that the facial features of Ay depicted on the wall match other images of the boy king, whereas the mummy’s face evokes Nefertiti’s famous profile. The small size of Tutankhamun’s tomb has puzzled experts since it was uncovered in 1922, but Reeves believes his discovery supports…

THINGS WE LEARNED THIS MONTH
TAKE COMFORT

TAKE COMFORT

For years, Scott McGillivray has been our trusted go-to guy for all things home related, from design advice to smart real estate investing. Now he’s teamed up with Mobilia to create a signature line of furnishings that combine great design and smart functionality that all meet his high standards for quality. We talked to Scott about the new collection. S@H: How did the partnership with Mobilia come about? SM: I’ve been working with Mobilia for a few years now. The relationship started really organically when we were doing the TV shows and working with clients. We were looking for beautiful design and functionality [in furniture], and we started integrating Mobilia products into the show. The collection evolved from understanding and designing modern and classic furniture that is timeless and that also features…

HIGHER & HIGHER

Have you ever felt like you don’t matter? That you exist in a world that doesn’t see you? Everywhere I go, I meet people who tell me they’re struggling to be accepted as themselves, whether it’s at school, at work or inside a larger community. They describe the self-consciousness that comes with feeling like you don’t belong in the space you’re in. It’s something I’ve known and lived with much of my life. Nearly everyone on earth experiences this sort of feeling at some point – that prickling awareness that you’re somehow not suited to your environment, that you’re being viewed as a trespasser. But for those of us who are perceived as different – whether due to our race, ethnicity, body size, gender, queerness, disability, neurodivergence, or in any number…

HIGHER & HIGHER

Stitched with LOVE

TREE TIME Sewing a pretty patchwork mat for underneath the Christmas tree is a great way to use up any fabric remnants you may have. It looks gorgeous and is ideal for catching and gathering those pesky fallen pine needles, too. Sew fabric pieces together, either by hand or machine, leaving a 1cm seam allowance. For maximum effect, you could even wrap presents in colours to match. Buy vintage material and fabric squares from Etsy. For craft supplies, try Hobbycraft INSPIRED BY NATURE Welcome guests into your home with some foraged touches – freshly cut sprigs from the garden in a bud vase and a fallen tree branch hung with a few handmade decorations will do the trick. Try stitching heart shapes in fabric, filling with cotton wool and add ribbons for hanging. Otherwise…

Stitched with LOVE
How to cover the cost of Christmas

How to cover the cost of Christmas

Our money advice expert Faith Archer is an award-winning money journalist and blogger at Much More With Less, Faith was deputy personal finance editor at The Daily Telegraph and is a regular on BBC radio. She aims to make money matters such as family budgeting, pensions and tax easier to understand CONSIDER WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD Think about how much you can afford to spend. How much will you have left after covering all your essential bills? Do you have any savings you can tap into if need be? Be realistic, rather than sticking your head in the sand and spending madly. In an ideal world, no one would run into debt for just one day. Spread your shopping Try not to leave it all to the last minute so you have time to…

ONE NIGHT IN NASHVILLE

Nicole Kidman joins OMEGA in Music City to celebrate the brand’s distinguished history of women’s watchmaking. Women took centre stage when VIP guests gathered to sing the praises of OMEGA in a city famous for its rich tradition of American music. Marathon Music Works in Nashville provided the perfect back-drop for a country-themed celebration of women, hosted by OMEGA and attended by the legendary Nicole Kidman. The multi award-winning star was among the line-up of inspiring individuals featured in the Swiss brand’s latest campaign, which celebrated the many sides of OMEGA women, by highlighting each ambassador’s approach to life and personal sense of style. The screen legend, who calls Nashville home, complemented her look with a 34 mm Constellation Small Seconds in 18K Sedna™ Gold, with diamond-paved bezel and sun-brushed burgundy dial. Nicole Kidman, who…

ONE NIGHT IN NASHVILLE

CHAMPAGNE WISHES

Apple Cider Mimosa Pour 2 oz. spiced apple cider into a champagne flute or wine glass; top with 3 oz. champagne. Beermosa Pour 2 oz. orange juice into a champagne flute or wine glass; top with 3 oz. Belgian-style white beer. Blue Lagoon Mimosa Pour 2 oz. lemonade and ½ oz. blue Curacao into a champagne flute or wine glass; top with 3 oz. champagne. Classic Mimosa Pour 2 oz. orange juice into a champagne flute or wine glass; top with 3 oz. champagne. Ginger Mule Mimosa Pour 1 oz. ginger liqueur and ½ oz. lime juice into a champagne flute or wine glass; top with 4 oz. champagne. Hawaiian Mimosa Pour 2 oz. pineapple juice and 1 oz. coconut rum into a champagne flute or wine glass; top with 2 oz. champagne. Peach Melba Bellini Pour 2 oz. peach nectar and 1…

CHAMPAGNE WISHES

Selena Bares All

Selena Gomez had major reservations about releasing her new documentary, Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me. The film — which came out on Nov. 4 on Apple TV+ — captures the last six years of her life, unflinchingly following her through her 2018 break-down, her subsequent struggles with mental illness and her bipolar disorder diagnosis. “I almost wasn’t going to put this out,” she told Rolling Stone. “God’s honest truth, a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure I could do it.” Now Gomez has no regrets. “There were some serious nerves leading up to the premiere,” says one source. “But the feedback Selena has gotten has been mind-blowing. Everyone is thrilled and telling her she should be really proud of herself, which she is.” While Gomez, 30, has long been open…

Selena Bares All
Our Insatiable Love of Eating

Our Insatiable Love of Eating

IT’S A HOLIDAY TRADITION. You lean back in your dining chair in a mild food coma, as glazed and inert as a honey-baked ham. You can’t eat another bite. You may never eat again. And then someone says the magic word: “pie.” That golden crust, the tantalizing aroma of brown sugar and pecans—yes, you’ll have some pie! There’s a scientific term for what you’re experiencing, and it’s not gluttony. (That’s the judgy one.) It’s called hedonic hunger: the desire to eat for pleasure, as opposed to consuming the calories your body needs for energy. Why are we so drawn to foods our systems don’t need? Because fatty, buttery, creamy, sweet-and-savory deliciousness has a powerful effect on the brain’s reward system, so our heads nod yes even when our stomachs say nah. Your…

ISLAND TIME

ISLAND TIME

The best home stories usually originate with far-fetched what-ifs, questions that are often the catalysts for massive changes that push people into new frontiers. The tale of this charming, twobedroom waterfront cabin on Bainbridge Island is a perfect example. The owners are the founders of a small wallpaper outfit called Abnormals Anonymous based in Poulsbo, a quaint waterside village northwest of Seattle known as the area’s Little Norway. The “anonymous” factor began as a whim, so their designs could speak for themselves and the couple could work quietly behind the scenes and continue their careers in production and design for television, film, and commercials. To keep the ruse alive, we’ll call them Henrietta and Paco. The pair met when they were in Nashville working on separate design gigs. Henrietta was working with…

Faith & An Unreliable God

It is important for many theists to show that their belief is rational, and this often involves them rejecting obviously irrational beliefs. Holding that the Earth is six thousand years old is irrational because it directly conflicts with strong scientific evidence to the contrary. Saying that God could move any hypothetical object while at the same time being capable of creating a rock so vast that even He could not budge it is also irrational because the two claims are logically incompatible. Nevertheless, some religious claims are quite feasible. Someone who, for instance, thinks God guided the world’s evolutionary process or in some sense inspired human authors to write sacred texts can often reconcile their faith with an open and affirming attitude towards scientific discovery and analytical thinking. However, in…

Faith & An Unreliable God
BOAT CUISINE

BOAT CUISINE

BLACK SHEEP RYDE Delightful though the Isle of Wight destination of Ryde is, its small craft drying harbour is only accessible for 4.5hrs of every tidal cycle. On our last visit there, a lunchtime arrival was out of the question and it was mid-afternoon before we hit the town. But that didn’t mean we weren’t hungry; we were. Surprisingly for a seaside town on a Sunday afternoon, the options along the Esplanade appeared limited, so we decided to venture inland and try our luck on busy and bustling Union Street. But from what we could see, it was much the same story as on the seafront. We’d missed the lunchtime sessions and would have to wait several hours for the eateries to reopen. Then, just up the hill from the Mad Haberdasher and opposite…

Apple hangs up on SIM cards

Apple’s press events are arguably the biggest dates in the tech calendar each year. Over the course of an hour or two, the industry looks on as CEO Tim Cook reveals what’s new with the company’s latest hardware – and how the company is reshaping the industry for the year ahead. Because where Apple goes, the rest of the tech industry normally follows. The events themselves are not only about new products, either – with a flick of the Keynote slide, Apple will rewrite expectations and kill entire industries or product categories. This includes the iMac controversially dropping the floppy drive in 1998, the MacBook Air killing the optical disc drive in 2008, and most notoriously of all, 2016’s announcement that the iPhone 7 would be launching without a traditional 3.5mm…

Apple hangs up on SIM cards
The World’s Changing Appetite for Meat

The World’s Changing Appetite for Meat

FOREIGN POLICY examined data on the global consumption of meat between 2008—when rising food prices stirred the unrest that led to the Arab Spring—and 2017, the most recent year for which we have comparative data. Some key trends emerge. The correlation between GDP growth and the increased consumption of meat is weakening. Populations either plunging into or emerging from conflicts see wide fluctuations in diet. And in a hopeful sign for a warming planet, a small but growing cohort of individuals are seeking out alternative and more sustainable sources of protein. +0.69% The global change in meat consumption: Average annual percent increase in kilograms of meat consumed per person between 2008 and 2017, based on data from 165 countries. How the World’s Most Populous Countries Consume Meat Per capita consumption in kilograms per person…

Semifreddo

Semifreddo is little more than three core ingredients: whipped sweetened egg whites, cream for richness and chocolate for flavour. Our preferred method, and the one used here, starts with whole eggs, whipped to a rich aerated zabaglione. The need for an ice-cream machine is replaced by whipping ingredients to envelop air, which along with sugar prevents ice crystals forming, creating a pleasant semi-frozen mouthfeel for which the dessert gets its name. Our flavourings, while decidedly non-traditional are delicious and perfectly in tune with Australian summer entertaining. Step by step 1 Place 300gm finely chopped white couverture chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Using a 600ml carton of thickened cream, bring 125ml (½ cup) cream and 1 tsp vanilla bean paste to the boil in a small saucepan; pour over chocolate; stir until smooth.…

Semifreddo
‘I Actually Still Wonder to This Day How It Truly Started’

‘I Actually Still Wonder to This Day How It Truly Started’

Kaley Cuoco is an actress and producer who, at just 36, has already been working in Hollywood for 30 years, making her name on the TV sitcoms 8 Simple Rules, which ran on ABC from 2002 through 2005, and The Big Bang Theory, one of the most popular shows of the 21st century, which ran on CBS from 2007 through 2019 (for 279 episodes, the longest run of any multicam sitcom in TV history). Her most recent show, however, is a single-camera dark comedy: HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, a program about a stewardess who finds herself in terrifying circumstances and then has to figure her way out of them. She has both starred on and, for the first time in her career, served as a producer of that show,…

Preserving Vinyl Records and CDs

Preserving Vinyl Records and CDs

1 Keep them cool. The single most important factor to consider when storing vinyl and CDs is temperature. The ideal storage condition is about 50°F with 30% humidity, but the coolest location in your house (perhaps an outside wall, or somewhere away from heating vents) will likely do. Also avoid storing discs near a light source: windows, lamps, desk lights, ceiling lights, and sunlit windows. 2 Store vertically, not horizontally. The weight of vinyl records or CDs stacked on top of each other can damage the discs’ surfaces and cause scratches. Store them upright in sleeves or cases, with support on both sides to avoid bowing or curving. Don’t lean discs against other objects, which can warp them. 3 Handle with care. Always wash your hands with soap and water before handling…

Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon

Half Moon Theatre sits in the heart of Limehouse in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, spitting distance from the DLR and mainline station. Formerly a pretty rundown area, it is now gradually being redeveloped. Chris Elwell, director/CEO and I are chatting over cups of tea in the light, airy first floor foyer and it’s busy because this is one of the theatre’s vibrant, long-established Careers in Theatre days. Over a week, ten local secondary schools – all from Tower Hamlets which partly funds the scheme – bring Year 9 and 10 students to study a short piece of text in development. In four groups (stage management/PR, design, lighting and acting) they work out how they will stage the extract at the end of the day. As we sit there, a splendid…

Orcas work together to attack great whites

Orcas work together to attack great whites

GREAT WHITE SHARKS (KNOWN SIMPLY as white sharks by scientists) and orcas are both apex predators, able to kill many other creatures, but rarely attacked themselves. However, video footage and surveys from a South African study published in Ecology suggest orcas are the topmost seagoing predator of all – and that white sharks are well aware of that danger. “We had all the pieces of evidence pointing to the fact that orcas were preying on white sharks,” says lead author Alison Towner, a marine biologist and PhD candidate at Rhodes University. “But we were not quite sure of the hunting strategies the orcas used, nor how the sharks initially responded.” Previous clues included white shark carcasses with their livers missing, washed ashore on the Western Cape in recent years. “Tagged white sharks…

STEVE AOKI SELLS THE FUTURE

Most people heard noise. Steve Aoki heard music. It was just, in his words, “intentionally abrasive” music. What’s the difference between noise and intentionally abrasive? This was back in the 1990s, when Steve Aoki was a kid growing up in the California punk and hardcore music scene. Bands were playing loud, cacophonous stuff. His parents called it “devil’s music.” But Aoki was intrigued, because although this music turned most people off, it also drew a community together. It wasn’t just garbage; it was a barrier to entry, and an appealing puzzle. “It didn’t fit with the world, and that was what spoke to me,” Aoki says. “You have to climb through the noise to find the gem.” In one way or another, that mindset has guided Aoki through a singular career. He is…

STEVE AOKI SELLS THE FUTURE

10 TIPS TO GET YOUR TECH FOR LESS

The annual Black Friday sales event is coming up on 25 November. Black Friday is the best time of year to get the latest products for a steal and, most importantly, to get your Christmas shopping started. The cost of living has been particularly brutal this year, with everyday prices soaring insanely high. From food shopping to energy bills, everything is taking a hit, so it’s unsurprising that many people are worried about affording Christmas this year. If you fall into this group, scoring some Black Friday deals can definitely help you save on Christmas presents, replace old or broken devices and stock up on everyday essentials. But before you head to the checkout, keep these 10 money-saving tips in mind when braving the Black Friday sales. Happy shopping! 1 MAKE A LIST…

A reprieve for the Democrats… but maybe not for Biden

A reprieve for the Democrats… but maybe not for Biden

A dependable rule of thumb in US politics is that incumbent parties take a beating in midterm elections, said Derek Thompson in The Atlantic. And last week’s looked set to be especially punishing for the Democrats, given the state of the economy and President Biden’s low approval ratings. Pundits anticipated a bloodbath: the coming red wave, predicted one, would resemble “the elevator scene from The Shining”. Yet in the event, the horror show never materialised. Biden’s party defied the gloomy narrative by losing only a relatively small number of seats in the House of Representatives, and by retaining their delicate majority in the senate. The last Democratic president with control of the senate to achieve a comparable reprieve in the midterms was JFK, 60 years ago. This election confirmed Biden’s status…

Three smashing starters

Try a twist on the classic prawn cocktail Prawn & crab cocktail lettuce cups This elegant platter gives everyone the chance to create their own perfect little prawn cocktails. You can get started on this the day before by making the sauce and salsa. Serves 8 (easily halved) Prep 30 mins No cook FOR THE SAUCE 4 tbsp mayonnaise 3 tbsp tomato ketchup 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 lemon, zested and juiced pinch of cayenne FOR THE TOMATO SALSA 4 tomatoes, deseeded and finely diced 1 small red onion, finely diced 1½ tbsp hot sauce TO SERVE 3 Little Gem lettuces, leaves separated 300g cooked and peeled prawns (we used a mixture of king prawns and small North Atlantic prawns) 200g white crabmeat (or more prawns) ½bunch of chives, snipped lemon wedges, to serve (optional) 1 Mix all the…

Three smashing starters
PUTTING THE K IN KINDNESS KIM KARDASHIAN HONOURED WITH AN AWARD AT ALL-STAR HOLLYWOOD GALA

PUTTING THE K IN KINDNESS KIM KARDASHIAN HONOURED WITH AN AWARD AT ALL-STAR HOLLYWOOD GALA

At an evening of glamour and giving, Kim Kardashian led a guest list of Hollywood’s finest to raise millions for a cause she called “meaningful”: children living in poverty. The reality TV star and businesswoman was honoured with an award at the glittering Baby2Baby Gala in Los Angeles, joined by her sister Kylie Jenner and mother Kris. Kim, 42, turned heads in a pink, floor-length, figure-hugging Balenciaga gown to receive the Giving Tree Award in recognition of her support for the charity, which supplies necessities to families in need. GOWNS AND GIVING Also looking a million dollars was actress Jessica Alba, who sits on the charity’s board of directors, in a pink 3D Carolina Herrera gown, adorned with tulle flowers and rhinestones. Model Alessandra Ambrosio shimmered in a floor-length Monique Lhuillier dress, while singer Kelly…

HOSPITAL TRAINS

HOSPITAL TRAINS

While hospital trains can also have civilian purposes, since their advent they have mostly been used by armed forces around the world, to treat wounded and ill military personnel. Their use stretches back almost as far as the introduction of military railways and were first used during the Crimean War (1853-56). Opened in 1855, the Grand Crimean Central Railway was built by the British to initially supply ammunition and provisions to Allied soldiers fighting the Russians at the Siege of Sevastopol. It eventually stretched to 23km in length between Sevastopol and the British military headquarters at Balaklava. A major factor in the Allied success during the siege, the railway was mostly horse-drawn, and from April 1855 the British soon realised they could use empty trains to take injured and sick soldiers away…

CATEGORY WINNERS

OUR JUDGING PANEL Eliza O’Hare, editor of Inside Out magazine. Brett Ward, general manager of international marketing at Brickworks Building Products. Cameron Bruhn, Head of School and Dean of Architecture at The University of Queensland. BEST SUSTAINABLE PROJECT GANTRY HOUSE OOF! ARCHITECTURE Designed for a multigenerational family of seven (plus two dogs!), this Victorian home had to be robust and functional, with the right mix of spaces to facilitate alone time and togetherness. And with so many bodies in one space, sustainability was key. The recycled brick-veneer exterior provides thermal mass for pleasant living temperatures, while the main roof is at an ideal pitch for solar panels and rainwater collection. At its top, a spine of north-facing clerestory windows provides natural light and cross ventilation year round, eliminating the need for air-conditioning. oof.net.au WINNER GANTRY HOUSE…

CATEGORY WINNERS
SELF SHIFT OBSESSION

SELF SHIFT OBSESSION

The X300 saloon can now be considered as the ‘entry level’ path to classic Jaguar ownership – long criminally undervalued, as was the XJ40 before it, and for that matter, pretty much ever saloon model the chaps at Browns Lane have ever produced. Whilst not claiming any pretence to investigative journalism, what started as a simple photoshoot of a reader’s treasured Jaguar soon escalated into a more complex backstory involving rather a large number of manual transmission cars… and a family connection. JAMES’S GREEN ONE To explain and unravel the story in an orderly fashion… we met James Bailey to sample his green 3.2 XJ Sport. James is a fan of bargain performance cars, his current fleet extending to a 2.8 Ford Capri Mk3, but he has always liked Jaguars,…

Devil’s in the detail

Devil’s in the detail

THE final two Environmental Land Management (ELM) schemes were announced at last week’s digital Oxford Farming Conference, following the launch of the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) just before Christmas (Town & Country, December 8, 2021). The goal is to halt the decline in species by 2030, bring 60% of England’s agricultural soil under sustainable management by 2030 and restore 300,000 hectares (741,316 acres) of habitat by 2042. Although Government has a responsibility to ensure that farmers feel incentivised to make this happen, stressed Defra Secretary George Eustice, the choice lies with farmers as to what extent they may participate. A Local Nature Recovery (LNR) scheme will reward those who create space for Nature—applications open in 2023, with funding for 15 projects (covering 10,000 hectares) initially, focusing on threatened native species and…

The Restaurant Within the Restaurant

Dining at June, the intimate 20-plus course tasting experience created by chef Sean Brock, is a culinary adventure in five acts: a wild ride that will wow you, challenge and confound you, gratify and soothe you. Located on the second floor of his flagship Audrey in McFerrin Park, the 37-seat restaurant continues Brock’s homage to his maternal grandmother Audrey June Morgan, who nurtured his passion for growing, preserving, and preparing food. While rooted in seasonality and the chef ’s Appalachian heritage, the menu draws on the finest ingredients that Brock has sourced from around the world. Moreover, it reflects the ongoing teamwork in the adjacent Lab, devoted to research and development for all courses served. “We use the PIE model in our work,” says Brock, standing at a counter laden with…

The Restaurant Within the Restaurant
7 Heat-Saving Lifestyle Hacks

7 Heat-Saving Lifestyle Hacks

Lower your thermostat. The DOE recommends turning thermostats down 7 to 10 degrees when you’re not at home and at bedtime to save up to 10 percent ($90) per year on an average heating bill. And consider a smart thermostat. “A smart thermostat can automatically adjust to your habits and changing weather via sensors,” says Rebecca Foster, CEO of VEIC, which administers energy efficiency programs, “so it does the work of optimizing performance for you.” These typically cost $100 to $300 but can save you another 8 percent on heating and cooling bills per year. As for your water heater, lowering it from 140° to 120° F and cutting 8-minute showers in half could save $168 a year. $50 How much a smart thermostat that meets Energy Star criteria may save you…

HOW TO... RIDE ON THE LIMIT

If you only ever do the same things, you’ll never progress further than where you were. This is true for more of us than we care to admit when it comes to our riding. It’s easy to stay in our comfort zone and not take unnecessary risks because we all have lives to carry on with after the ride. Still, we want to improve, so how best can we push our riding, and when is it wiser to calm things down? HAVE A GOAL It’s all very well wanting to push your abilities and get better at riding, but making your goals more specific will help. For example, do you want to improve your jumping and drop skills, cornering ability, or how you tackle steep technical descents? Trying to achieve all of…

HOW TO... RIDE ON THE LIMIT

NEW HORIZONS

We are not exaggerating when we say that Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II is one of the most recognised and desired two-time zone watches ever. And as it is common for Rolex’s sports models, the GMT-Master II isn’t a watch that you can simply rock up to a boutique to purchase. Waiting and priority lists for this model are par for the course due to its overwhelming demand. The watch began life as the GMT-Master in 1955 and first came into prominence when it became the official watch of Pan American World Airways, better known as ‘Pan Am’, the most prominent American intercontinental airline at the time. In 1982, Rolex endowed the watch with a new movement that allowed the hour hand to be set independently of the other hands. Since…

NEW HORIZONS

USA REVEAL 2023 STAMP SUBJECTS

The US Postal Service has revealed some of the many stamps to be issued in the USA during 2023, with subjects as varied as the Great Smoky Mountains, Winter Woodland Animals, and Women’s Soccer. One of the most prolific plans in the annual calendar, the USA’s stamp schedule also honours a range of personalities, including author Toni Morrison (1931-2019) whose novels explored the diverse voices and multifaceted experiences of African Americans and included The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved. In 1993, Morrison made history as the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The stamp features a photograph of Morrison taken in 2000. Iconic pop artist Roy Lichtenstein will also be honoured with a set of five stamps, each featuring one of his works of art;…

USA REVEAL 2023 STAMP SUBJECTS
AQUAHOLIC

AQUAHOLIC

Over a decade ago, I entered the scary world of self employment. Like any business, some ideas worked and some didn’t. I had a brilliant idea for syndicating boat test articles. It made no sense, I reasoned, for magazines in different countries to each send one person to do a review when I could write and photograph a boat test and sell it as a complete package worldwide for translation. I’d sell it for a third of the normal cost but to ten magazines, earning three times as much. Brilliant! I spent months collating and talking to boat magazine editors around the globe, all of whom were hugely enthusiastic and I even had a little success, with tests published in Japan, Italy, America and more. But ultimately the enthusiasm wasn’t…

ANNE HATHAWAY

The first sign that Anne Hathaway had come to steal the show at this year’s Cannes Film Festival was when she stepped out for her first offcial appearance in a stunning Schiaparelli two-piece metallic floral number, skin glowing, her glossy mane perfectly blown out. Next came a Gucci mod minidress, paired with cat-eye sunglasses. By the time she appeared at the premiere for the film she was there to promote, Armageddon Time, looking like an actual angel in a glittering white Armani Privé gown with a satin wrap and cascading train, the internet was buzzing: We were in the midst of an Anne Hathaway renaissance. It has been nearly 10 years since the height of the Hathahaters, the critics who attacked Hathaway for… what was it, even? Being too earnest? Eager?…

ANNE HATHAWAY
BLIND ATTRACTION

BLIND ATTRACTION

The Hyundai N Vision 74 is the hottest concept car of the decade, and not just because its Tokyo Drift–meets-1980s-box-fenders visuals blew up everyone’s phones when the first images appeared a few months ago. No, the N Vision 74 is much more than stunning eye candy confected under the direction of Hyundai design chief SangYup Lee. This fully functioning, fully drivable concept teases Hyundai’s vision of the future for 21st century performance cars. And it’s totally production feasible. That’s right. Instead of the usual concept car mix of vaporware and unobtanium under the skin, the N Vision 74 uses hardware and technologies you’ll find in existing Hyundai production vehicles. What’s more, Hyundai N brand sources hint that if enough people want one, senior management might well be persuaded to produce a street-legal…

Cody YELLOWSTONE WYOMING

Cody YELLOWSTONE WYOMING

If you’re searching for an outdoor adventure like no other, look no further than Cody Yellowstone. This unforgettable destination offers visitors a front-row seat to winding rivers, sweeping vistas, untamed wilderness, and historic charm. Here, the spirit of the legendary showman and town namesake, Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, is alive and well — from lovingly preserved historic properties to the myriad of memorable activities that bring you up close and personal with the rugged landscape of northwestern Wyoming. Surrounded on all sides by stunning wilderness, it’s easy to imagine that a trip to Cody Yellowstone means roughing it in the backcountry. But while the area boasts many scenic spots to pitch a tent and camp for the night, there are also ample options for those who prefer their accommodations…

SO MANY BUTTERFLIES!

SO MANY BUTTERFLIES!

In the daytime, the insects search for nectar from flowers to eat. Butterflies taste with their feet. The monarchs fly home in the spring to lay eggs. Caterpillars hatch. Then they turn into beautiful butterflies. OTHER BUTTERFLIES There are 18,000 kinds of butterflies. Here are a few.…

Men of the Year

CHRIS HEMSWORTH The former Sexiest Man Alive, 39, who wielded his hammer once again this past summer for Thor: Love and Thunder, is putting himself to the test for epic challenges in the new National Geographic series Limitless, streaming on Disney+. He’s already mastered the roles of husband to Elsa Pataky (who teasingly called him a “wife tamer”) and dad to their three kids. George CLOONEY He’s been crowned Sexiest Man Alive twice, but Julia Roberts, for one, thinks the Oscar winner deserves a threepeat. “Yes! Third time’s the charm,” says Clooney’s close friend and costar in the new romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise. “I need it a little more specific,” adds the actor, 61, who was the magazine’s honoree in 1997 and 2006. “Sexiest Batman Alive.” KENDRICK LAMAR The 14-time Grammy winner believes that…

Men of the Year

the most luscious LAYER CAKE

MASCARPONE & ORANGE CREAM OLIVE OIL LAYER CAKE MAKES 16 TO 20 SERVINGS HANDS-ON TIME 2 HOURS TOTAL TIME 4 HOURS Orange Cream 1/2 cup granulated sugar1 tbsp cornstarch2 tsp finely grated orange zest4 egg yolks1/3 cup orange juice1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed Olive Oil Cakes 3 cups all-purpose flour2 1/2 tsp baking powder1 1/2 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt1 cup olive oil3/4 cup buttermilk1 1/2 tbsp finely grated orange zest1/4 cup orange juice3 eggs1 1/2 cups granulated sugar Mascarpone Icing 1 475 g tub mascarpone cheese, cold1 473 ml carton 35% whipping cream, cold1 cup icing sugar1 tsp vanillaCandied Orange Slices (recipe, this page)2 sprigs olive or sagechopped pistachios (optional) Orange Cream In saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and orange zest. Add egg yolks and orange juice, whisking to mix well. Set saucepan over medium heat and cook…

the most luscious LAYER CAKE
HOW TO… Cut your energy bills by finding phantom loads

HOW TO… Cut your energy bills by finding phantom loads

What you need: Power meter Time required: One hour Even when you’re sleeping, you’re using electricity. Unless you make a point of switching them off, your router, smart speakers, printer and screens left on standby will continue to draw a small but steady flow of electricity. You might not have thought about it before but, with energy prices rising sharply, it’s time to start taking note of this so-called ‘phantom load’ power consumption (sometimes called ‘vampire power’). Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to check how much electricity your devices consume and how much they’re costing you. All you need is an energy meter, which you plug into a socket, and then attach a device to using its front-facing socket. Here, we’ll show you how you can use the Power Meter Plug Energy Monitor (£28…

10 brilliant uses for WAX PAPER

10 brilliant uses for WAX PAPER

1 Help cheese stay fresh longer Whenever you buy cheese to make a charcuterie board, the leftover blocks always seem to spoil before you can enjoy them. The save: Double-wrap the block—first in wax paper, then in aluminum foil. The paper wicks away mold-causing moisture while the foil keeps the block from drying out—so fresh cheese keeps for a week and aged cheese for over a month. 2 Quiet a shower curtain rod Eek! Every time someone in your family moves the curtain to get in and out of the shower, you hear that ear-piercing squeak. To the rescue: wax paper! Just rub the rod with a sheet of wax paper. The waxy coating lubricates the rod so the curtain glides smoothly and quietly. Ahh! 3 Lift stuck-on candle wax If the taper candles you…

SEXUAL EVOLUTION

If you've used TikTok recently, you may have noticed a slightly off-kilter trend: men around the world are sharing rave reviews about their vasectomies. What started as a response to the overturning of Roe vs Wade in the US in July has taken on a life of its own. Uploads with the hashtag #vasectomy have been viewed more than 579 million times, and there are 30 million views on #snipsniphooray, which, among other things, details hilarious and inventive care packages significant others have for after the procedure. Here in Australia, we thankfully don't have the same challenges with access to legal abortion, but vasectomies are still trending, particularly among young people who don't want kids. According to Medicare, the procedure for men and people with penises aged between 25 and 34…

SEXUAL EVOLUTION
A Cottage Kitchen with Holiday Cheer

A Cottage Kitchen with Holiday Cheer

1 CHARACTER BUILDER Reclaimed Wood Horizontal wood plank walls and salvaged pine beams from a former cotton mill add timeworn texture to James Farmer’s Perry, Georgia, cottage, Farmdale, which he modeled from an old house plan by storied architecture firm Spitzmiller & Norris. 2 DECORATIVE ACCENT Faux Bois Planter Taking center stage on the island, a faux bois planter is filled with an abundance of fresh finds from James’s garden, such as sprigs of juniper berries and winter’s best crop: lemons. French for “false wood,” faux bois relies on concrete and chicken wire to mimic wood’s natural form. GET THE LOOK: Faux Bois Trough Planter from $59; martha.com 3 COUNTRY CLASSIC Ironstone Tureens A collection of antique white ironstone adds architectural interest to open shelving. First produced in England during the early 19th century, ironstone earthenware originated as an…

The Life Of RYANN

Superb photo shoot, Ryann, and congrats on your first MAXIM Australia cover. Thank you! I’m so excited and feel extremely grateful right now. I loved everything about this photo shoot – the atmosphere was fun, positive, respectful and being comfortable on set – that always makes for a great shoot! Well, you look gorgeous. When do you feel you’re at your sexiest? Thank you so much! I have two very different versions of feeling sexy. One is when I am in front of the camera, and I have to tap into my own confidence, power and femininity in the lens. The second is when I’m playing music all through my house and I can be uninhibited dancing around in sweats with no make-up on. It is sexy to me to feel happy and…

The Life Of RYANN
Will Amazon’s new robots take the jobs of humans?

Will Amazon’s new robots take the jobs of humans?

When children in the 1950s and 60s wondered how robots would aid us in the future, most would have imagined human-like machines helping out with incredibly hi-tech tasks around the home. Few would have thought of gigantic robotic arms doing something as menial as picking up a book and placing it in a crate. What’s exciting about that? But such machines might have greater consequences for humans than a smiling cyborg that cooks you dinner every evening. It’s actually extremely hard to build a robot that’s versatile enough to pick up a range of items. This is why Amazon is so thrilled about Sparrow (pictured), which it demonstrated recently to the press at its robotics hub near Boston, Massachusetts. “Sparrow has vacuum-based suction pads to pick up products of different shapes and sizes” Unlike…

‘I WANT TO INSPIRE GENERATIONS AT THE QATAR WORLD CUP’

AGE: 21 POSITION: Forward TEAM: U.S. Men’s National, FC Dallas CLAIM TO FAME: Named 2022 MLS Young Player of the Year; son of Colombian footballer David Ferreira PERSONAL: An aspiring zoologist who raises horses, chickens, goats and alpacas on his Dallas-area farm I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SOCCER player, but there was a pivotal moment when I was 5 years old and saw soccer fans in Brazil cheering for my dad, David Ferreira, who was playing for the club Atlético Paranaense in 2005. During winning matches, the Brazilian soccer supporters would celebrate like the team had won the World Cup. But when the team lost, it felt like the world was going to end. Seeing how much a soccer player could impact a human being is what made me want to do this as…

‘I WANT TO INSPIRE GENERATIONS AT THE QATAR WORLD CUP’

Christmas Brunch

Menu SCONE Cinnamon Roll Scones Plum Spice Fruit Tea SAVORIES Everything Bagel Stratas Hash Brown Canapés Layered Holiday Salads English Breakfast Black Tea SWEETS Tropical Oatmeal Cookies Cranberry-Lime Fruit Bread with Honey Butter Cherry Danish Christmas Tree Roasted Almond Fruit Tea Tea Pairings by Chicago Tea House 312-932-0639 | chicagoteahouse.com Cinnamon Roll Scones Makes 12 When a beloved breakfast favorite and a teatime staple combine, it creates a divinely delicious treat that is sure to start your day on a sweet note. 2 cups all-purpose flour¼ cup granulated sugar1 tablespoon baking powder½ teaspoon baking soda¼ teaspoon fine sea salt½ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed½ cup cold whole buttermilk2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar¼ cup chopped lightly toasted pecans¼ cup raisins1½ tablespoons ground cinnamonCinnamon Roll Icing (recipe follows) • Preheat oven to 375°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. • In a large…

Christmas Brunch

WONDER WALLS

MATERIALS Masking tape Matt emulsion paint (we used Inchyra Blue by Farrow & Ball) Laser level (optional) Paint brush or dishwashing sponge To detach the tape, use a hairdryer, as it softens the glue for a damage-free removal 1 Apply long strips of masking tape to the wall in evenly spaced vertical stripes, 3 inches wide and spaced 3 inches apart. To get perfectly even stripes, use a laser level, or use a 3-inch piece of tape in between each stripe, then simply peel this small strip off. 2 Cut a 2-inch dish-washing sponge and dip it into the paint, making sure to remove the excess. Now paint a freehand zigzag design on top of the masking tape. Don’t worry about the patchy look, as you can build up the design, layer by…

WONDER WALLS
THE SHOW MUST GO ON

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

ABSTRACT This article outlines how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced different domains of the global entertainment industry regarding the physicality, synchronicity, and digitizablity of businesses. Physical location-based businesses with synchronous content delivery suffer from the outbreak; online businesses largely benefit from the lockdown situation. Continuity of impact is influenced by two interrelated factors: whether there are explicit alternatives for consumers and whether the altered consumer attitudes and behaviors during the pandemic become habitual, transformative, or ceased. We reach two points of comparison: the direction of the COVID-19 impacts (positive vs negative) and the continuity of the changes (continuous vs temporal). Our analysis yields four different scenarios that help us take a view of the unprecedented effects on the entertainment industry with a more comprehensive perspective: disastrous (negative and continuous), silver…

Childhood Memories

Childhood Memories

I remember my senses being enticed by art as a young boy, when my mum would sit at her easel and create her oil paintings. Even the smell and feel of the buttery consistency of the paint appealed to my senses. I remember thinking how, someday, I wanted to be able to bring my own visual interpretation of the world to life on canvas. I would draw and draw as a boy. My main focus then was trucks. Living near the highway at Narrabri gave me plenty of first-hand experience with them. In 1985, my family moved to Dubbo and built a cabin at nearby Lake Burrendong. With that came the purchase of a boat, and my new obsession was born! Every weekend was spent on the water and the world it opened…

A COLUMN ON THE PRINCIPLE OF POPULATION

“IF PEOPLE DON’T HAVE more children, civilization is going to crumble,” proclaimed Elon Musk from a Tesla factory late last year. As usual, he was treated as an oracle. Deepening the effect, he added, preposterously: “Mark my words.” Musk spoke his truth at a Wall Street Journal event while hyping his proposed Tesla bot, an android that performs grunt work. Only a bot army, he said, can meet the corporate need for laborers willing to work without rest, meals, or complaint. (Human dignity is a drag on profits.) But until the bots are up and running, Musk’s Squid Game still needs flesh-and-blood workers. “The fundamental constraint is labor,” Musk said. “There are not enough people. I can’t emphasize this enough: There are not enough people. One of the biggest risks to civilization…

A COLUMN ON THE PRINCIPLE OF POPULATION

Big Fake Eels on the Bottom

SEARCH Ledges in 30- to 50-foot depths stack stripers hiding out of the current. BOUNCE Make sure your eel bumps bottom, then slowly lift and free-spool back to draw strikes. SET Striped bass often eat on the free fall. Cup the spool and rear back before flipping the bail. “I started with a more aggressive jigging action, which proved as cold as a block of ice.” Some 20 feet separated Cory Crochetiere and me aboard MARC VI while jigging for striped bass off Rhode Island this past July. Using identical tackle—Penn rods and Battle III 5000 reels, 20-pound Sufix 832 braid, 40-pound fluoro leader, GT plastic eels and Atlas jig heads—Crochetiere was pitching a shutout. After Cory released his sixth big striper, I studied what he was doing differently. This intel provided a boost toward getting strikes and…

Big Fake Eels on the Bottom
Apple is quietly preparing for a future without the iPhone—or another big thing

Apple is quietly preparing for a future without the iPhone—or another big thing

Apple’s at the top of the world—and from this standpoint, it’s hard to see how the company could be anything other than the market leader and taste maker it’s been in recent memories. I’m not about to suggest that its decline and fall are imminent, but those who (like me) remember the dark days of the 1990s know that success is never guaranteed. In any case, it’s unlikely that a company as massive and dominant as Apple would simply vanish into the ether—poof. But as the company’s grown and matured, it’s undeniable that its nature is changing. Those changes aren’t without precedent. Over the last several decades, there’s been a pattern among dominant tech companies. Where once they might have ruled the world by producing the thing that everybody needed to have—whether…

SO THAT’S WHY WE SAY THAT

“IF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE MADE ANY SENSE, LACKADAISICAL WOULD HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH A SHORTAGE OF FLOWERS.”— DOUG LARSON, JOURNALIST As anyone who’s sat through an English exam can tell you, as a language English is baffling. And yet, somehow, the average native-speaker has managed to learn 42,000 words. Granted, many are of the a, the and but variety. Still, few of us know how the words we utter were derived or what they really mean. What follows is a hodgepodge (there’s a good word) of fun facts about the language that gave us Shakespeare, Hemingway, Dickens and those idiots on Twitter. THE STORY BEHIND THE WORD Did you know that the word muscle comes from the Latin musculus, which means ‘little mouse’? Apparently, the ancient Romans thought that the movement of…

SO THAT’S WHY WE SAY THAT

Frosted & Iced

SPICED COOKIE WREATH CAKE Makes 1 (9-inch) cookie cake This is the jumbo frosted gingerbread cookie of your dreams. Resembling a holly-dotted wreath, this showstopping treat deserves a place of honor on the holiday spread. ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (140 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled for 10 minutes½ cup (110 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar1 teaspoon (3 grams) tightly packed lemon zest1 large egg (50 grams), room temperature3 tablespoons (63 grams) molasses (not blackstrap)1¾ cups (219 grams) all-purpose flour2 teaspoons (4 grams) ground ginger1 teaspoon (3 grams) cornstarch¾ teaspoon (2.25 grams) kosher salt¾ teaspoon (1.5 grams) ground cinnamon½ teaspoon (1 gram) ground cardamom½ teaspoon (1 gram) ground cloves¼ teaspoon (1.25 grams) baking powder¼ teaspoon (1.25 grams) baking sodaCitrus Buttercream (recipe follows)Garnish: assorted holiday sprinkles 1. Preheat…

Frosted & Iced
USED, NOT ABUSED

USED, NOT ABUSED

Ford produced its fifth generation of F-series pickup and commercial trucks for the 1967 to 1972 model years. Built on the same platform as the fourth-generation F-series trucks, the fifth-generation body underwent style changes, had a larger cab, and offered expanded engine options. I wanted to model an F-100 that had been extensively used over the years and turned to the Moebius Models 1/25 scale 1972 F-100 Sport Custom. In terms of accuracy and quality, the kit offers a complete engine that can be displayed with a removable hood that lacks hinges. Visible ejector-pin marks need to be filled, and some areas needed work to fit together properly — particularly the windshield and the cap. But after that, it’s all about getting a realistic appearance. FINAL THOUGHTS AT LAST, I went around my…

Killer Feature in iPhone 14 is Just What Pilots Need

Killer Feature in iPhone 14 is Just What Pilots Need

It’s no secret that Apple just introduced its latest iPhone, the 14, and while pilots are generally iOS friendly, thanks in part to apps like Garmin Pilot and ForeFlight, not to mention the great cameras in Apple phones, this latest iPhone has a feature that pilots might feel that they need. In 2007, we were all introduced to the very first Apple iPhone. At that time, there was no thought to throw it in your flight bag. After all, why bring a cellphone with you when one of the reasons for your pleasure flights was likely to get away from the tethered terrestrial world of always being in touch? Times have changed. Our phones and tablets have become important tools and ones that we would likely not want to leave earthbound when…

Victoria Budd

Such an absolute honor to have you on feature FHM! What has your journey as a certified bombshell been like so far? It is an absolute honor to be featured in FHM for the second time!!! And the pleasure was all mine! The journey hasn’t all been sunshine and roses, but the challenges along the way have strengthened my mind and body. It’s the reward of freedom, fun, and adventures that makes up for all the sacrifices I’ve had along the way! We are blown away by your drive and professionalism, can you tell us what some of the things that motivate you to stay on top of your game are? Now that my son is almost 2, he’s brought me to a whole new level and has helped push me…

Victoria Budd

BETRAYED ON MY WEDDING NIGHT

As I stood in front of Steve, then 43, and swore to love him unconditionally, I was a jumble of emotions. It was September 2021 and while I was elated to be marrying the man I adored, I was also enormously relieved that this moment was finally here. You see, ever since Steve had got down on one knee, we had endured nothing but trauma and tragedy, and I often wondered whether our wedding would ever happen. But surely, now, this was my happily ever after… ‘I THOUGHT IT COULDN’T GET ANY WORSE’ When Steve asked me to marry him in July 2016, I’d envisioned walking into the perfect venue in a long white dress, our first dance, the speeches, all surrounded by our beloved friends and family. It was everything I’d…

BETRAYED ON MY WEDDING NIGHT
Couture, Italian Style

Couture, Italian Style

These days, the phrase “Alta Moda” has become synonymous with Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion-fantastical extravaganzas and peak Italian craftsmanship. But 10 years ago, for the world beyond Italy, such sartorial heights were strictly delineated by haute couture and its Parisian stewards. “Not one person believed in our idea,” says Domenico Dolce. “Especially its all-Italian soul.” The duo brought a swift end to that skepticism, though, with their first Alta Moda show, held at the 14th-century San Domenico convent in Taormina for a crowd of about a hundred. Like those that have followed, it was as much destination weekend as show: a consecration of the designers’ Italian aesthetic and unapologetic glamour with amped-up bespoke fashion, bombastic jewels, and an inordinate dose of merrymaking. There was celebrity wattage (Scarlett Johansson, Stephanie Seymour). There…

How will future coastal defenses handle rising tides?

How will future coastal defenses handle rising tides?

OVER THE LAST CENTURY, seas have risen by roughly a foot, making sunny-day floods a regular occurrence, particularly on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Under the most dire climate scenarios, the ocean around the United States will go up another two to seven feet by the year 2100. As higher tides climb up America’s coastlines, which are far too developed to move residents away from the water entirely, the country will need to embark on a campaign of coastal defense building—sea walls, levees, and floodgates—to protect urban areas as varied as Houston, New York City, and Charleston. In the South, where seas are rising fastest and hurricanes are intensifying, much of that work has already begun. Those efforts hold clues for how future strategies might take shape across the country. Buffering…

How to Be A Wealthy Franchisee

How to Be A Wealthy Franchisee

David answers my call on his Bluetooth-enabled helmet from atop an Aspen ski slope. I catch him just before he pushes off to descend this powdery, blackdiamond heaven. He doesn’t need to take calls on vacation—he just likes being available. I assure him we can talk later. Certainly, we can wait until he’s reached the bottom. David is one of the top franchisees in a brand of early childhood development centers. He has money, but equally important, he has time. He doesn’t always have to be at work, and his wife never has to be there. She practices law. Together, they bring in plenty of money to raise their family in a great neighborhood, travel, and ski. David runs his business. It doesn’t run him. David is a good example of…

SUPER SPACE Station!

SUPER SPACE Station!

Humans have been living in space for over 30 years. As you read this, astronauts are doing science experiments while orbiting the globe. Where do they live? On the International Space Station, or ISS for short. This cool research lab is for learning more about space. So what exactly goes on in the station? Can we grow plants there? Can humans survive in the harsh conditions? The crew on board the ISS is finding out! A Flying Home The ISS is about the size of a soccer field. It is powered by solar panels that spread out like wings. It travels at super speed—280 times faster than a car on the highway—but it is not powered by rockets! Instead, the ISS is mostly locked into orbit by Earth’s gravity and gets whipped…

Liquid Effects

Add a drop of liquid realism to your images Whether it’s droplets of water on a bathroom mirror, rain spattered windows or even just condensation on the side of a cold glass of beer, there’s something appealing about those little drops of liquid and the way they catch the light. Recreating water effects can be a bit of a challenge to get right. Water catches the light invarious ways and then there is the opacity and making the drops appear to have depth and substance to them. We have a tutorial for you that can create a lovely water droplet effect and you can use it on surfaces to create a condensation look. 01 To begin, we have our image of a woman holding out her hand to the camera.…

Liquid Effects

“Hybrid Work Balances the Requirements of the Job with Personal Flexibility”

Over the course of the pandemic, almost all the 6,500 global associates of Acushnet—the parent company of golf brands Titleist and FootJoy—were told not to come in to work, and manufacturing shut down. The decision to focus on health and safety was easy, says chief people officer Brendan Reidy. Determining how and when people should return was much harder. Reidy spoke with HBR about how Acushnet’s strong culture embraces hybrid work arrangements. Edited excerpts of the conversation follow. How did you decide when to reopen? Shortly after the shutdown, we experienced a huge uplift in business as people flocked to outdoor recreation. The question became: How do we keep our associates safe while meeting our customers’ growing needs? Our manufacturing operations reopened in accordance with local and state guidelines and when we…

“Hybrid Work Balances the Requirements of the Job with Personal Flexibility”
familiar friends

familiar friends

If you don’t think you’d know a gesneriad from a gerbil, I have two words for you: African violet! Yes, this old-fashioned favourite is one of the many groups within the enormous Gesneriaceae family. Nicknamed the ‘gesneriads’, these plants are found mostly in tropical and subtropical zones, and are beloved for their knockout flowers. Many varieties sport interesting leaves too, adding another layer of appeal. Within the family are 152 genera and more than 3500 species – far too many to explore here. Instead, I’ll focus on two of my favourite genera: Streptocarpus from Africa and Sinningia from the Americas. Both genera include some trusty favourites that are making a well-deserved comeback, as well as some lesser known but equally stunning beauties. Streptocarpus Of the 184 Streptocarpus species, the hands-down stars of the…

YouTube’s Charm Offensive With the Music Industry Pays Off

YouTube’s Charm Offensive With the Music Industry Pays Off

In a remarkably rapid growth surge, YouTube’s Music and Premium services now have more than 80 million paying subscribers combined, the company tells Variety, up a whopping 30 million from the 50 million the company announced last year. It’s a dramatic leap, especially for a platform where so much can be had for free, and would seem to place YouTube — which is the No. 1 overall streaming platform for music worldwide — as the world’s third-or fourth-largest paid music-streaming service, behind Spotify, Apple Music and China-only Tencent, although such rankings are always piled with asterisks. (The element that is most likely to make YouTube’s competitors cry foul is the fact that it includes free trials in its tally, which not all services do, if they break out such numbers at…

Triumph & Tragedy

From the viewing platform just below the spire of Turin’s Mole Antonelliana (the world’s tallest unreinforced masonry building), you can see in the distance a handsome late baroque church with a great dome and two belltowers, high atop a hill east of the city. The church is the Basilica of Superga. It’s a striking sight, especially in the evening, when it glows golden in the setting sun; and it conjures powerful memories for thousands of Torinese. To explain, I must begin with the War of the Spanish Succession, a struggle between the Bourbons, headed by King Louis XIV of France, and the Habsburgs, under Austrian Emperor Leopold I. They both wanted control of Spain and its vast possessions in Europe and the Americas. In 1700, the last Habsburg king of…

Triumph & Tragedy

Provocative SOFIE MARIE

Instagram @Yummysofie We’re happy to have you featured in Playboy! Can you give us a bit of a background on your career as a model and where it all started? About 10 years ago, I started bikini modeling as an amateur, and fortunately, I gained a following and a love of being in front of the camera. I am still shy, but back then I was really shy! So the blessing of getting compliments from Wicked Weasel bikini fans really fueled my modeling drive, and my shyness started to melt away. I guess the road to adult started when I got requests to lose the bikini in some of the pictures, and I gave nudity a try. Nude modeling made the step to adult very easy for me. Having a full schedule…

Provocative SOFIE MARIE

Talking dogs

RETIRED MoD POLICE DOG SAVED An emergency operation has saved the life of a retired Ministry of Defence police dog, who kept the navy’s nuclear submarines safe during his six-year career. Eleven-year-old Flint suffered a twisted stomach and was in a critical condition. “I had to kiss and hug him and say goodbye; at his age, the operation was a huge risk,” said his handler Karen Crossley, who served with the MoD police for 30 years. Although the Belgian Malinois pulled through, Karen, from Launceston, Cornwall, had to find £2,000 to pay the vet’s bill as Flint is uninsured due to his working past. Luckily, the Thin Blue Paw Foundation, a UK-based organisation that provides financial assistance and support to those who take on retired police dogs, stepped in to…

Talking dogs

Pencils are an Extension of my Fingertips

Born and raised in Bendigo, Victoria, I couldn’t really say if there was a defining moment in my childhood when I decided I wanted to be an artist. What I do remember is that I have always loved to draw. I actually aspired to be a teacher but it seemed that pencils, either colour or graphite, had become an extension of my fingertips and would not break away easily. I often was asked if my talent ran in the family, and can easily remember my dad spending many hours sketching and colouring the props for our primary school musical productions. There may be some innate ability, yet I also think that if an individual has a passion for something, whether it be drawing, baking or singing, that passion fuels improvement. It…

Pencils are an Extension of my Fingertips

THE NEW GRATINS

Christmas cookbook Part one THE delicious. GUIDE TO SIDE DISHES FOOD STYLING KIRSTEN JENKINS Parsnip and brie dauphinois gratin Serves 6 as a side Hands-on time 25 min Oven time 50-55 min Specialist kit 1.5 litre ovenproof frying pan or baking dish A dauphinois dialled up to 11, this gratin throws wintry parsnips into the classic mix along with thick slices of brie and a splash of brandy for something seriously decadent. NEXT TIME The thick slabs of brie are a treat in this gratin, but to ensure everyone gets their fair share of cheesy goodness, you could chop it into smaller pieces and scatter it all over the dish. Spinach, celeriac and soured cream gratin Serves 6 as a side Hands-on time 35…

THE NEW GRATINS
Lindsay: “I’M EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE”

Lindsay: “I’M EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE”

Things didn’t always look good for Lindsay Lohan. By 2013, the child star-turned-troubled adult had been court-ordered to attend rehab six times and accumulated just as many mug shots. “I was irresponsible,” she’s said, admitting to marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy use in addition to excessive drinking. “I was experimenting.” But a lot has changed over the last nine years. After moving to Dubai to escape the spotlight in 2016, Lindsay says she got a “fresh start” — and with it has come love and a now-welcome career resurgence. In fact, the last 12 months alone have seen the Just My Luck actress, 36, ink new podcast and movie deals, appear in a viral Super Bowl ad, as well as marry financier Bader Shammas. “I’m excited for the future,” she recently gushed…

Designing for Tapestry—What? How? Why?

Designing for Tapestry—What? How? Why?

So you want to weave a tapestry. Chances are you began by learning about the weaving techniques required and maybe wove a few samples. Perhaps you’ve been to a workshop, taken an online course, or carefully followed instructions in books. After a while, you are confident in your technical abilities with tapestry weaving, and you probably know how to correct problems if they arise. You feel ready and eager to weave tapestries, but you might also be thinking to yourself, “Now what?” After the initial excitement and challenges of learning a new technique, you may wonder how you get to the next step. By its very nature, handwoven tapestry is a way to create images at the loom, meaning you need to make decisions about what subject or image to use…