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Books: Bugs in the System

In the summer of 1942, Ed Wilson, age thirteen, decided that it was time to get serious about research. He had already determined that he wanted to be an entomologist, a choice made partly out of interest and partly out of injury. As a child, he’d been fascinated with marine life. One day, he jerked too hard on a fish he caught, and one of its needlelike spines lodged in his right eye. The lens had to be removed, and, following the surgery, to see something clearly he needed to hold it up near his face. Insects were just about the only animals that submitted to this treatment. That summer, Wilson was living with his parents in Mobile, Alabama, in a run-down house that had been built by his great-grandfather. He…

Books: Bugs in the System

Nordic SWEATER

Materials FINISHED QUILT: 71⅛0" Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width. ▫ 4¼ yards solid white (rows 1–7, sashing)▫ 1 yard blue chambray (rows 1, 4, and 7)▫ ½ yard pink stripe (rows 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7)▫ 1⅛ yards gray chambray (rows 2, 3, 5, and 6)▫ ½ yard solid black (rows 2, 4, and 6)▫ ⅓ yard pink print (rows 2, 4, and 6)▫ ½ yard solid light blue (rows 3, 4, and 5)▫ ¼ yard red chambray (rows 3, 4, and 5)▫ ⅔ yard navy pin dot (binding)▫ 5 yards backing fabric▫ 79⅛8" batting CUT FABRICS Cut pieces in the following order. From solid white, cut: ▫ 7—3½×42" strips▫ 25—2×42" strips▫ 8—3½×27" strips▫ 2—3½×15" strips▫ 1—3½×11" strip▫ 62—3½×5" rectangles▫ 6—2×27" strips▫ 1—2×21" strip▫ 3—2×15" strips▫ 2—2⅛" rectangles▫ 16—2×5"…

Nordic SWEATER
HAPPY SNAPPER

HAPPY SNAPPER

As I write this I'm just a few days from my 34th birthday and it was 16 years ago to the day that I got my first DSLR camera. I then fell in love with kiting photography when I moved from Australia to Cyprus 10 years ago, with my favorite toys in tow – my camera and underwater housing. I was spending most of my free time at my friend’s kite school, Kahuna Surfhouse, and after years of shooting the locals I decided to take a trip to Greece to see if I could get the chance to photograph some of the best freestyle riders on the globe. It was one of the best decisions I ever made! Last year I got to photograph some of the world’s top riders…

GIVING BACK, the ITALIAN WAY

THE PARK OF BEAUTY, Brunello Cucinelli’s Edenic 250-acre redevelopment project in the valley surrounding his Solomeo, Italy, headquarters, features a youth soccer stadium, hiking trails, lush vineyards, golden wheat fields, and silvery expanses of alfalfa leading to a travertine exedra with the inscription “Tribute to Human Dignity.” And this April, it also came to host a vaccination site that has doled out more than 30,000 Pfizer courses. “It’s in difficult moments that you need to be creative,” Cucinelli says. When northern Italy became a Covid-19 epicenter in February 2020, he was uniquely positioned to help his local community. Cucinelli, whose 100-year-old father, Umberto, labored as a farmer and later as a cement-plant worker, has spent the past four decades transforming the Umbrian hamlet two hours north of Rome into a vibrant…

GIVING BACK, the ITALIAN WAY
Also Playing

Also Playing

OCTOBER OCT 22 RON’S GONE WRONG Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, and Ed Helms lend their voices to an animated coming-of-age story about a shy student and his new “best friend out of the box,” robot Ron. (In theaters) OCT 29 ANTLERS Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons team up in a Guillermo del Toro-produced chiller about a mysterious creature haunting a small town in Oregon, and a young boy hiding a dark secret. (In theaters) ARMY OF THIEVES This prequel to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead stars Matthias Schweighöfer (who also directs) as a bank teller swept up in a robbery that happens to coincide with the zombie apocalypse. (Netflix) NOVEMBER NOV 5 THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN From cowboys to cats! Benedict Cumberbatch (yes, him again) plays eclectic British artist Louis Wain, who, after adopting a kitten,…

HYDROGEN BUS POWER

HYDROGEN BUS POWER

Due to global demand, we are running out of the fossil fuels that are used to power vehicles on the roads. Hydrogen, on the other hand, is accessible everywhere across the globe and has a high energy content per unit of weight. There is plenty of hydrogen on Earth to be used as vehicle fuel, being the third most abundant element on its surface after oxygen and silicon – but it doesn’t exist naturally in its pure form. In order to produce the fuel, hydrogen needs to be extracted from compounds such as water and methane. The first hydrogen-powered car was invented in 1806, but after two centuries this technology now exists in much larger machines. Hydrogen as a fuel presents a more sustainable, zero-emission alternative to fossil fuels. Its potential…

It’s Squash Season

It’s Squash Season

Kabocha Squash Pizza with Sage Pesto ACTIVE 45 MIN. - TOTAL 1 HOUR, 10 MIN. SERVES 4 1 lb. fresh pizza doughAll-purpose flour, for work surface and dusting2 oz. sliced prosciutto¾ cup, plus 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided1 small kabocha squash, peeled and seeds removed, squash cut into ½-inch pieces (about 3 cups)2 Tbsp. chopped lightly salted shelled pistachios, toasted1 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated with a Microplane grater (about ⅔ cup)2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)1 tsp. kosher salt1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, plus more for garnish1 cup fresh sage leaves½ cup sliced red onion (from 1 medium onion)4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)Black pepper 1. Place pizza dough on a lightly floured work surface. Let rest at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel, until…

Fireplacement

Fireplacement

Since the earliest days of humankind, we’ve gathered around a fire for warmth, protection, food preparation and community. And while we no longer rely on an open flame for cooking or heat, there’s still something about fire that draws us to it. Fire is primal; it’s mesmerizing; it’s comforting. So it’s no wonder that from New York to New Mexico, fireplaces are seen as essential log and timber home features no matter the climate. They ground a space, anchoring a home to the earth. But the great room isn’t the only spot in the house that may benefit from a little firepower. While planning your home, consider all the areas where the flicker of the flame and the glow of the embers could warm your heart (as well as your toes). Smart…

5 crafts to try and buy in Guatemala

1 TEXTILES Traditionally, Mayan women spun plant fibres into thread, although wool or cotton is more common today. They then weave the thread into fabric on a backstrap loom hooked around their back to create rugs, blankets and ponchos. Motifs and colours depict regional differences, with blue customary around Lake Atitlán, and triangles in mountain villages. 2 BASKET-WEAVING Local women stitch coils of longleaf pine needles and dried sage-green pajón grass together with raffia, which is dyed as vibrant as Guatemala’s native bird, the quetzal. The baskets, which emit a subtle pine scent, are used to collect coffee cherries, to display produce at markets or as plates, coasters and decorative wall hangings. 3 WORRY DOLLS The size of a fingernail or thumb, worry dolls are made by wrapping foam and fabric around a toothpick. Local…

5 crafts to try and buy in Guatemala

Mental health

PEOPLE who stop taking antidepressants because they feel they no longer need them or because they don’t want to be on long-term medications could trigger a relapse into depression, a study has shown. The findings may be taken by some as reason to continue taking such medicines indefinitely – but, in fact, the picture is more complex. In many high-income countries, the number of people taking antidepressants is at record levels, with an estimated one in 10 people using antidepressants in England. The medicines can cause side effects such as loss of sex drive or appetite and sleeping problems, and can be hard to stop taking. Some people say that doctors are too willing to prescribe these drugs to people who might be better helped by psychological therapies or by changing their…

Mental health
SLOW AND STEADY INTO SPACE

SLOW AND STEADY INTO SPACE

“If you’re looking for the fury and vibration of a rocket, you’ve come to the wrong place,” says Jane Poynter, co-founder of Space Perspective. “Our Spaceship Neptune offers a gentle ride into space that lets clients absorb the astronaut experience.” The football-field-sized space balloon carrying the bulbous cabin into the sky at 19km/h (picture the pace of a leisurely bike ride) is in marked contrast to the thunderous Flash Gordon blast-offs of Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin. Spaceship Neptune’s swanky, pressurised lounge is a panopticon of windows and includes a bar and bathroom. There’s even Wi-Fi. Instead of G forces gluing flyers to their seats, eight passengers and one pilot will sit in recliners, chatting and sipping cocktails as they gradually zoom out on Kennedy Space Center – Spaceship Neptune’s home…

Adorned in Denim

Adorned in Denim

DENIM POUCH Upcycle a pair of old jeans with great pockets by transforming them into a cute pouch, using the existing back pocket as an exterior pouch pocket. SUPPLIES • One pair non-stretch denim jeans • 1/4 yard of coordinating woven cotton fabric (lining) • Two 1/2"-wide swivel lobster clasps • Size 100/16 denim needle • Matching all-purpose thread • Removable fabric marker • Rotary cutting system • Pattern or tracing paper PREPARE Draw a 5"x7" rectangle on pattern or tracing paper; cut out. Designate as the pouch template and mark one short edge as the upper edge. Repeat to create a 4"x5" flap template. Designate one long edge as the upper edge. Prewash and dry the jeans. Cut along each outer seam on the jeans, beginning at the leg opening and ending at waistband. Spread out the jeans flat with the back facing right side…

DO ANIMALS LIE?

DO ANIMALS LIE?

It’s no secret. Insects, birds, and many other animals cheat, bluff, and trick each other. Why? Because being deceptive can give animals an edge on survival. It can help them escape their enemies, catch prey, and even attract a mate. Phony Fish Angler fish live in the deep sea. They get their name from some unusual headgear. Dangling from a spine on the top of their heads is a built-in fishing lure. At the tip is a glowing lump that may look like a worm, strings of algae, or tiny shrimp—all tasty tidbits to a passing fish. When an angler is hungry, it flicks its “rod” and jiggles the false bait in front of its mouth. Pity the fish that is fooled and swims near. Snap! Rather than finding a meal, it…

eat real

Let’s, party! taste.COM.AU 15th Birthday Real taste. Real food. Real Life. rainbow beetroot PLATTER Drain a 450g can baby beetroot and coarsely chop. Place beetroot, 2 tbs fresh lemon juice and 1 tsp each of ground cumin and coriander in a bowl. Season. Use a stick blender to blend until smooth and thickened. Stir through ½ cup Greek-style yoghurt. Transfer dip to a serving bowl. Arrange sliced vegetables in colours of the rainbow around the platter. WORDS TRACY RUTHERFORD PHOTOGRAPHY BRETT STEVENS STYLING DAVID MORGAN FOOD PREPARATION GEMMA LUONGO…

eat real

‘I THINK I’M GROWING UP’

THE LAST TIME I saw Pernille Teisbaek in person was during Paris Fashion Week at the Nina Ricci show in February 2020. Just weeks into the year and I had already run into her on the fashion week circuit in Copenhagen and New York. But by Paris the temperature had changed, the chatter about this virus going around was becoming louder. We did an awkward should-weshouldn’t-we hug greeting (we didn’t), but nevertheless I assumed I’d see her somewhere in a few months when the merry-go-round of shows came around again. Back then, Zooming was just what you did between shows. I don’t need to tell you what happened next. So how did Pernille, by this point a front-row fixture, feel when the circus stopped? She was lucky, she says, in that…

‘I THINK I’M GROWING UP’

Suburban Experiment

@BRADTORCHIA In March, one year after California’s stay-at-home order first put a pause on live events, DJ Adam Cooper moved his show to the yard he shares with a small group of renters in Los Angeles’s El Sereno neighborhood. With a blue sky above and palms swaying in the background, he livestreamed a mix of Afro-Caribbean and amapiano tracks to his virtual audience. It was everything his landlord, architect Max Kuo, had hoped for when he transformed the rear structure of a rental property that he owns into a blank slate for future tenants’ personal and professional pursuits. “The project was always concerned with the question: How do you create a living space for different tenants to come together?”MAX KUO, ARCHITECT The cofounder of AllThatIsSolid, a practice based in the Malaysian capital of…

Suburban Experiment

PUT THE WORK IN AND THE WORLD IS YOURS

I met my husband, Graham, at the University of Cape Town over 30 years ago when we were both studying philosophy. He was doing his master’s; I signed up for Philosophy 101 as a half credit because rumour had it that it was a ‘Mickey Mouse’ course. Boy, was that rumour wrong! Instead of studying the meaning of life or the ethics of organ donation as I’d expected, philosophy messed with my head by forcing me to consider concepts such as ‘the meaning of meaning’ and ‘what is truth?’ I came away feeling stupid. Like most uni students I know, I can’t remember much of what I learned back then, but one thing from philosophy did stick with me: the concept of mixing your labour. It’s an idea made famous by…

PUT THE WORK IN AND THE WORLD IS YOURS

Games night

Bored? Looking for adventure? Wanting to heat things up in your life? I’ve got you sorted with a game that can be played by the entire family, providing hours of fun and excitement, and all you need is a freezer and some aspiration – THE GREAT FREEZER DEFROST CHALLENGE. I happened upon this game quite by accident. Like many things during these COVID-19/20/21 times, it came about because I was home. A lot. I cleaned out everything in my house: wardrobes, linen press, pantry, cleaning cupboard, shed, home office and was living the Kondo dream. Everything around me was sparking joy, except my teenagers, who were sparking dissatisfaction and disappointment – but we’ll save that for the memoir. There was one thing left – the fridge and freezer. I found the fridge…

Games night

Color VISION

On social media, artist Lucy Bull’s landscapes read like tunedup Impressionism with shades of Mark Bradford. Or maybe late Monet lily pads on acid. In person, there is something more sinister going on. Bull’s psychedelic paintings hiss and vibrate like Bridget Riley stripes on a hot sidewalk. They dominate the room with a ferocious joy. The same could be said of Bull, who at 31 is a fixture of the Los Angeles art scene, a position she held long before her recent sold-out solo debut at the David Kordansky gallery, and one that extends out past the purview of the artist. Her beloved eponymous desk gallery, which she runs out of her house in Echo Park, is infamous for turning exhibitions into all-night parties, which Bull doesn’t mind, but she confesses to…

Color VISION

The trouble with game development

By now, you’re probably familiar with at least the broad strokes of the lawsuit brought against Activision Blizzard by the California Department Of Fair Employment And Housing. Since it was filed in July, its allegations have inspired a lot of discussion around “frat boy” workplace culture”, with “cube crawls” seeing male employees drinking “copious amounts of alcohol” and wandering between office cubicles, leading to “inappropriate behaviour toward female employees.” The full complaint makes for grim reading. The result of a two-year investigation by the DFEH, it describes “a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women”, spanning everything from unequal pay and opportunities for promotion to rape jokes and unsolicited comments about the bodies of female employees. Former World Of Warcraft creative director Alex Afrasiabi is named specifically, alleged to have preyed…

The trouble with game development

CHUKAR CURRY

YOUR CLASSIC Indian dishes like curry, are great for two things: a long slow simmer to tenderize wild birds, and a sauce that will take your tastebuds on a rapid transit of flavor. To get there and make this dish, time is required, along with the initial spice investment. Yes, there are several spices, some pricier than others, but they’ll last for many meals and after you try this recipe, you’ll be thankful you made the investment. While other Indian dishes may call for a yogurt marinade, I opted for a fairly simple brine here. A good brine works in two ways: it will imbue the meat with flavor, similar to a marinade, but, most importantly, the salt in the brine will bind to muscle fibers and help retain moisture when…

CHUKAR CURRY

Does Your Child Have a Hidden Sleep Problem?

VANESSA LUTZ, of Henderson, Nevada, grew concerned when her then 18-month-old son, Teddy, developed nasal congestion, severe nosebleeds, and dark circles under his eyes. The family tried solution after solution for years, including prescription allergy treatments, high-end air filters, and nasal rinses, but nothing helped. “Teddy came across as an angry and depressed individual, which is pretty sad considering he was 4,” recalls Lutz. “He would say things like, ‘I hate school. I don’t want to go to school.’” Finally, a doctor connected Teddy’s daytime symptoms with his frequent snoring and nighttime mouth breathing. They’re signs of an under-the-radar sleep disorder associated with problems including depression, ADHD, obesity, and poor grades. Sleep-disordered breathing, as health professionals call it, is often the result of underlying mouth, jaw, and throat problems created by…

Does Your Child Have a Hidden Sleep Problem?
Are Women on a Collision Course With the COVID Ceiling?

Are Women on a Collision Course With the COVID Ceiling?

WHEN FORMER PEPSICO CEO Indra Nooyi joined the beverage and snack giant in 1994, she had never worked with a more senior woman or even had a close female colleague at her level. The 15 top jobs in the company were all held by white American men in blue or gray suits. The bylaws of corporate America had been written for men by men. Nooyi would go on to change some of those rules, but to get to the top, first she had to learn them. “If you don’t understand what happens in the corridors of power by interacting with men, you end up falling further behind,” she says. Those corridors, like the rest of our lives, have moved online over the past 18 months, making it even more challenging for…

Bake & Share Breads

ROSEMARY AND PEPPER JELLY QUICK BREAD Makes 1 (8x4-inch) loaf ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened1 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese3 large eggs2 cups all-purpose flour¼ cup finely ground cornmeal2 tablespoons sugar1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary1¾ teaspoons kosher salt1¼ teaspoons baking powder½ teaspoon ground black pepper¾ cup whole milk½ cup red pepper jelly 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Spray an 8x4-inch loaf pan with baking spray with flour. 2. In a large bowl, beat butter and Parmesan with a mixer at medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, rosemary, salt, baking powder, and pepper. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with milk,…

Bake & Share Breads
The Road Ahead For Single Malt

The Road Ahead For Single Malt

Single malt Scotch whiskies are among the most expensive spirits found on liquor store shelves, with entry prices starting around $30 and rising high from there. They draw attention from luxury consumers as well as whisky collectors, and the category’s success is one of the more conspicuous indicators of what premiumization looks like at the retail level. The U.S. is the most valuable export market for Scotland’s malts and, for the years leading up to 2020, were an increasing force within the wider U.S. spirits market. A one-two punch—from tariffs and the Covid-19 pandemic—put things into reverse. In 2020, single malts in the U.S. declined overall by 5.5% to just over 1.7 million cases, that volume is still ahead of 2018 levels. Assuming the tariffs are permanently remove and the pandemic…

How Pets Help Us Bond

How Pets Help Us Bond

OUR FURRY FRIENDS have some tricks to teach us about getting along with one another, researchers say. After all, if dogs and cats can live together in harmony—and even love each other like Henry the dog and Baloo the cat, above—shouldn’t humans be able to set aside their differences? Here’s how pets can help us do that. They Provide Instant Connection Let’s say you have neighbors you rarely speak to beyond a perfunctory hello when you see them on the street—a frequent occurrence, as people become more socially isolated. A dog, whether it’s yours or theirs, gives you a reason to stop and talk and something to bond over, says Lori Kogan, Ph.D., a professor of human-animal interaction at Colorado State University. “A pet is a safe zone,” she says. Even in…

HOW TO GET BACK TO NORMAL

HOW TO GET BACK TO NORMAL

IT’S been a slow, sometimes painful process, but our vaccine rollout is finally picking up speed. Although we’re nowhere near where we should be, once the process opened for 18-34-year-olds, our vaccination statistics shot up. That means as more people become fully vaccinated, we’ll be socialising more, returning to the office and generally starting to ease back into the world pretty soon. For many it’s a thrilling prospect. But there’s a flipside that’s emerging too: the anxiety of getting back into life after-months of lockdown. Although lockdown has been hard in many respects, there have been benefits on many levels, including being more involved with our families, having better work-life balance and generally having a better quality of life despite the challenges of the pandemic. That’s why, for many people, the pressure that comes…

A TRADITIONAL WAY TO TEACH LIFE LESSONS

Over the past few years, I’ve spent countless hours at his BJJ school, and during that time, I amassed a great deal of information about this art. I respect my son’s instructor — he’s a kind man who cares for his students and parents. I noticed, however, that after each class, the instructor rushes to sweep, mop and disinfect the mats for the next group of students. This usually takes 10 minutes, which means he never has a chance to talk with students or parents between classes. My son always helps his instructor with the cleaning, but no other students do. One day, I politely asked two teenagers to assist their teacher because some parents were waiting to speak with him. Both teens looked at me with disdain. One said, “I am…

A TRADITIONAL WAY TO TEACH LIFE LESSONS

Cozy Holiday Glow

With a sentiment for the past combined with their updated traditional home, Brenda and Joe McGee cherish a lighthearted time at home during the holidays. Plans to assemble all things Christmas, including the old and the new, become a group effort for the McGees. During the Thanksgiving holiday, Brenda gathers their four adult sons to assist with unpacking décor, setting up trees, and positioning other heavy decorative pieces. “I utilize their enthusiastic days together not only for games, movies, and great conversations [but also] being part of the holidays ahead,” she says. She remarks that going up and down the attic stairs is much easier for them, and in fact, they enjoy contributing before leaving for their separate homes. From collected Nativity scenes to angels large and small, Brenda’s holiday displays…

Cozy Holiday Glow
ONE-PAN PLAN

ONE-PAN PLAN

SKILLET-ROASTED CHICKEN BREASTS HANDS-ON 15 MIN TOTAL 25 MIN SERVES 4 SUBMITTED BY CHEF JOHN 148 REVIEWS 4 (7-oz.) boneless, skin-on chicken breasts1 tsp. salt¼ tsp. black pepper2 Tbsp. olive oil1 Tbsp. chopped fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary, or 1 tsp. dried herbs (optional)⅔ cup apple cider vinegar2 Tbsp. water4 Tbsp. cold butter, cut into pieces 1. Pat chicken breasts dry; sprinkle both sides of each breast with salt and pepper. 2. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Put chicken in skillet, skin sides down, then sprinkle with herbs (if using). Cook, undisturbed, until skin is golden, about 6 minutes. Turn over chicken and cook about 6 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest parts registers 165°F. Transfer chicken to a plate. 3. Drain grease from skillet.…

4 Healthy-Life Lessons the PANDEMIC Taught Us

4 Healthy-Life Lessons the PANDEMIC Taught Us

The pandemic changed our lives in countless awful ways. But the huge challenges we overcame shifted our perspectives in helpful respects as well. “A lot of people have come out with this sense that you need to do something a little bit differently,” Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., the nation’s top doctor, said in an interview with Good Housekeeping Editor in Chief Jane Francisco. “These moments of crisis are opportunities for us to step back and reflect on what really matters, what’s going to help our families be healthier, what’s going to help our children be happier.” Here, four happier-life lessons to embrace. 1 IT’S TIME TO PRIORITIZE MENTAL HEALTH. “For many people, the pandemic — especially with the isolation and physical distancing — led to a deeper sense of loneliness,” says Dr.…

Tortona

SIZE YARN West Yorkshire Spinners Colourlab DK (DK weight, 100% wool; 225m/245yds per 100g ball) YARN STOCKISTS West Yorkshire Spinners 01535 664500 www.wyspinners.com NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES 1 pair 3mm (UK 11/US 2-3) knitting needles 1 pair 3.5mm (UK 10-9/US 4) knitting needles 3mm (UK 11/US 2-3) circular needles, 40cm long, for neck edging Stitch markers TENSION 24 sts and 29 rows to 10cm over st st using 3.5mm needles CHART KEY BLOCKING DIAGRAM KEY For general abbreviations, see p89 COMBINING A black background with vivid blocks of colour, this sweater by Dario Tubiana has a retro 1980s look. It is knitted using the intarsia technique, and Dario’s design includes a high ribbed neckline, and black sleeves decorated with a broad stripe of orange. It’s knitted in ColourLab DK from West Yorkshire Spinners. This is a pure British wool which comes in 18 vibrant solid shades, and is machine-washable. BACK Using…

Tortona

This Is the Place

KEVIN PERRY was riding his bike near the Great Salt Lake when the first bullet whizzed over his head. A couple seconds later, a second round plunked into the sand a few yards from his feet. He hit the ground, crawling under a trailer he was towing. Terror battled confusion: Who the hell was shooting at him, and from where? It was October 2017, and he was alone on the playa, a wide-open, waterless lake bed that extended for miles in every direction. The nearest cover or vegetation was more than a mile away, and Perry knew this part of the lake was popular with target shooters, so it was not a good place to be exposed. “They just saw something moving out there and decided to take a couple of…

This Is the Place
The call OF THE WILD

The call OF THE WILD

‘WHEN I FIRST GOT HERE, A FRIEND TAUGHT ME what the different night-time rustles and noises meant – how to work out whether it’s a snake or a rat.’ Over a crackling 4G WhatsApp call, author Stephanie Theobald is talking about the realities of living in a cave on the edge of California’s Mojave Desert, which she’s done since June 2020. ‘I sleep on a board, which I’ve raised off the floor with stones because of the scorpions,’ she tells me. Within eco circles, ‘rewilding’ as a term has been long used to describe a type of hands-off, nature-first conservation that attempts to restore natural processes and wildlife to landscapes decimated by human intervention. But now the concept has been appropriated by those who have chosen to live in symbiosis…

Come to the TABLE

Come to the TABLE

MOODY MOMENT For understated luxury choose a moody palette with walls painted in deep blues or greens. Keeping the ceiling a bright white adds contrast, but if you prefer a more enveloping feel then paint the ceiling the same rich colour. Take inspiration from traditional gentlemen’s clubs by introducing leather chairs to add texture, but give a modern twist by choosing a contemporary shape. OPENED UP ‘When designing a dining space in an extension, I recommend incorporating a skylight into the ceiling, as opposed to a fully glazed roof,’ advises Emma Sims-Hilditch, founder and creative director of Sims Hilditch. ‘This creates a lovely soft light which falls onto the seating area, without making the space too hot. If the extension has a view onto the garden then place the table so that guests…

A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE OVER ANTARCTICA

A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE OVER ANTARCTICA

ON DEC. 4, a three-way celestial tango will once again occur as the Sun and the Moon line up with Earth to produce the greatest of nature’s spectacles: a total solar eclipse. And while many eclipses occur in faraway places, this one takes the cake. The darkest part of the Moon’s shadow during December’s eclipse will touch only the continent of Antarctica. So, pack your camera, your eclipse glasses, and your winter survival gear if you’re going to chase this event. What’s going on Total solar eclipses occur more often than total lunar ones, but more people have seen a total lunar eclipse (although the number of observed solar eclipses has been rising in recent years). The reason for the disparity is simple. During a lunar eclipse, anyone on the nightside of…

Choc peanut spider cookies

Makes 18 cookies Hands-on time 25 min, plus cooling Oven time 13-15 min You’ll also need electric hand mixer or stand mixer; 2 large baking sheets lined with compostable baking paper MAKE AHEAD You can freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months. Prepare to the end of step 3 (don’t put the oven on), then open-freeze before packing into bags. Cook from frozen, adding 4-5 minutes to the cooking time. KNOWHOW Find edible cake decorating eyes from most larger supermarkets or online from Ocado and Amazon. • 200g light brown sugar• 50g golden caster sugar• 150g unsalted butter, softened• 2 medium free-range eggs• 250g smooth peanut butter• 200g plain flour, sifted• 100g Reese’s Pieces, roughly chopped For the decoration • 37g bag Maltesers• 200g packet Kinder Choco-Bons (Schoko-Bons)• 110g packet Cadbury Curly Wurly Squirlies, chopped into spider legs•…

Choc peanut spider cookies
YOUR MONEY: SAVE FOR HOLIDAYS NOW, SKIP REGRET LATER

YOUR MONEY: SAVE FOR HOLIDAYS NOW, SKIP REGRET LATER

Factoring holiday expenses into your budget all year long is effective for avoiding debt, but it’s not always feasible with a limited budget or unforeseen expenses. When that’s the case, lacking a strategy for holiday spending can leave you vulnerable to debt and overspending that delays financial goals. But it’s not too late to come up with a last-minute plan to save money for the holidays. The small end-of-the-year window can offer some time to make money moves that help prevent a holiday debt hangover. ALIGN YOUR HOLIDAY BUDGET WITH FINANCIAL GOALS When determining how much to spend over the holidays, begin with your budget, suggests Jason Speciner, a certified financial planner at the firm Financial Planning Fort Collins. “Start with how much money you’re willing to spend — and able to spend — on…

A guide to edible flowers

Edible flowers can bring a lovely sense of colour to baked goods, frozen treats or most things really. Imagine a crisp garden salad coloured with bright nasturtiums and a tangy vinaigrette. Or a lemony, almond cake topped with lightly whipped cream and a simple arrangement of purple pansies. You might be surprised to know that many flower varieties are edible. In fact, some varieties might already be growing in your garden or neighbourhood. If you have a garden, you can easily grow your own edible flowers from seed. Even a few small pots on your windowsill will do – you don’t need much space at all. Alternatively, farmers’ markets or specialty food stores often sell them, just be sure that they are organically grown without sprays of any kind. Floral flavours Here’s a…

A guide to edible flowers
15 THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A ROOFTOP TENT

15 THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A ROOFTOP TENT

1. EASE OF INSTALLATION Before considering a tent seriously, check it’s compatible with your roof rack. If not, are you happy to pay for expensive roof rack modifications? Get up to speed on the installation process on YouTube or with instruction manual PDFs. Ensure you have the necessary tools and check whether drilling is required. Non-arduous on-and-off procedures are obviously preferable, especially if you intend on removing the tent during periods of inaction. Ask the manufacturer if they can install for you and at what cost. 2. WEIGHT In Australia, 42kg to 52kg is about the best you’ll find. Some market leaders include James Baroud’s Grand Vision, Drifta’s Wildland, Darche’s Intrepidor, and Bundutec’s Moremi Extreme Light. Light models like these tend to have fibreglass or full canvas roofs. Tents with aluminium or steel…

Forgotten Women of the Ancient World

Ancient history tells the stories of heroic men who changed the face of the world. But there are abundant tales of heroic women who have been left out of those stories and who had as much, and in some cases, even more of an impact on history. Extraordinary women like Atalanta, who sailed to Colchis on the Argo in search of the Golden Fleece and joined the hunt for the Calydonian Boar. Tomyris, Queen of the Massagetae waged war against King Cyrus of Persia and won. Cynane was the older half-sister of Alexander the Great and a fierce fighter like the women of her Illyrian heritage. These are only a few of the remarkable women who fought against and alongside the greatest men of history but are never mentioned in…

Forgotten Women of the Ancient World
WILD AND THREATENED

WILD AND THREATENED

The McCloud River ranked number 7 on American Rivers’ 2021 Most Endangered Rivers list. The threat comes from a proposed project to raise the height of Shasta Dam by 18 feet. If completed, this project would inundate 5,000 acres of land and nearly a mile of the McCloud River above Shasta Lake. It would also flood 39 sacred sites of the Winnemem Wintu, the Native Americans whose ancestral lands encompass much of the lower McCloud watershed. The portion of the river that would be flooded is currently owned by Westlands Water District, who purchased the entire Bollibokka Club property in anticipation of the dam being raised. While the project would theoretically add about 70,000 acre feet of water per year for agricultural use in the Central Valley, this is literally…

Daddy Talk

Daddy Talk

If you had first asked me what gentle parenting was, I would have looked at you with confusion, wondering if you had spoken to me in a completely different language. The truth was I had a common misconception of what being a gentle parent was. I was raised in a single-parent household, that was ruled by my mother’s iron fist. When she met my stepfather, that changed into an abusive household. I fought my way through my childhood every single step of the way. I often looked down on softer kids because they never struggled. This mixed with a contempt that I developed as I became an adult and saw a glaringly obvious perception that children were spoilt brats that lacked discipline. As a child, I was often quite prone to emotional…

Follow our 7-DAY MEAL PLAN

Follow our 7-DAY MEAL PLAN

Monday BREAKFAST Easy protein pancakes Kick off the week with a healthy energising breakfast. Top with fresh sesonal fruit. find the recipe online LUNCH Chicken satay salad Make a speedy lunch that’s healthy and filling to see you through the day. find the recipe online DINNER Sticky paneer mango naans These paneer naans make a great meat-free Monday dinner. page 75 Tuesday POST-WORKOUT LUNCH Mixed bean salad Try our hearty and nutritious mixed bean salad with eggs for a protein-packed meal. page 66 AFTERNOON SNACK Vegan date & walnut flapjacks A nutty, vegan low-sugar snack, perfect for that 3pm slump. find the recipe online SEASONAL SUPPER Creamy pumpkin pasta Showcase autumn squash by blitzing with mascarpone to make a silky, gently sweet pasta sauce. page 114 Wednesday LUNCH Chiptole soup This healthy and comforting soup is packed with veg, and the spices bring a touch of heat. page 64 DINNER Aloo chole Transform a can of chickpeas with this fragrant dish from Good…

Mission Possible

Mission Possible

Why They’re Badass Rice was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 at age 37 and fought the disease twice more, with a melanoma diagnosis the following year and breast cancer again in 2016. She met Weiss, a cervical cancer survivor, through a mutual friend in 2017, and the two bonded over their shared battles as well as an attendant challenge: Insurance plans wouldn’t cover the costs of fertility preservation, despite the likelihood that the necessary, lifesaving treatments Rice and Weiss were to undergo would impair their reproductive systems. “I could choose to pursue this course of treatment to save my life, but if I did, I would never have the opportunity to become a mother,” says Rice. While they were each able to pay to preserve their eggs out…

No./8 Why Nolan is going nuclear

No./8 Why Nolan is going nuclear

THE CHARACTER Nolan has shown a fascination for characters whose morality endures the ultimate test, a la the Devil-tempted Faust of German legend (the subject of the opera seen in Batman Begins, no less); Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight, for example, or deviant magician Robert Angier in The Prestige. Modern figures don’t come more Faustian than J. Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist who created the most destructive force witnessed by humanity and deeply regretted it, becoming ostracised for his anti-bomb beliefs. “It’s just this most monstrous responsibility,” as Nolan said in Tom Shone’s book about the director, The Nolan Variations. THE HISTORY World War II drew Nolan back to Earth after the epic odyssey of Interstellar, so it is no great surprise that he returns to the era following…

‘Gambling left me homeless – now I want to help other addicts’

‘Gambling left me homeless – now I want to help other addicts’

On her wedding night in February 2018, Lisa Walker had just one thing on her mind – and it wasn’t consummating her marriage with her new husband, Gary Wright. In fact, she was desperately hoping Gary would go to bed before her, so she could slip off to gamble in the casino of their Las Vegas hotel. When he eventually went to bed at midnight, she promised she’d be right behind him. Instead, still in her wedding dress, she took out a £2,000 payday loan and played the slot machines until dawn. ROCK BOTTOM After the couple flew home to Essex, Lisa borrowed money from her son Danny, 24, to pay off the loan – but instead she blew the lot on more bets. Mum-of-two Lisa, 49, who’s now a gambling support worker…

Who wants TO BE PERFECT?

We all have a list of flaws we measure ourselves against, and they often take centre stage in our minds, outshining all our other traits and strengths. Things like: I talk too much; I’m too sensitive; Am I doing enough, feeling happy enough? Wouldn’t it be easier to be a little kinder to ourselves, and accept we are still lovable and successful regardless of our imperfections? Here, we help you escape that cycle of ‘undeserving’, when you judge and berate yourself for not measuring up. 1 LIVE IN THE PRESENT Be honest with yourself and understand who you are right now rather than who you think you’re supposed to be. Psychologist Sarah Gregg recognises that we often perceive happiness as something that has to be earned rather than something we deserve. So we…

Who wants TO BE PERFECT?
MOBILE GAMING

MOBILE GAMING

Who’d have thought the famous MG octagon badge would ever grace anything like this? Following the ‘Cyberster’ concept unveiled in April, MG have released an even more radical vehicle – the ‘Maze’ concept. While the Cyberster concept did have the faintest hint of classic MG roadsters in its design, the Maze is a new idea altogether. Since the revered MG name was purchased by Nanjing Automobile Group in 2005, the focus has been on the present and the future. That continued when Nanjing merged with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation to create SAIC Motor a few years later. Starting with mid-sized sedans and hatchbacks, compact city cars and SUVs have been the reborn MG’s sole focus of late, so don’t expect any remanufactured MGAs and MGBs to come out anytime soon. More recently, SAIC Motor…

A look into the crystal ball

A look into the crystal ball

Mercedes Concept EQG It was inevitable – even Merc’s G-Class is going electric. This one’s a preview, and is from the school of concept-car thought that reckons every electric car needs to look like it’s fresh from the set of some classic Star Trek. A glowing animated grille, blue touches everywhere and monobloc wheels all feature, as do illuminated beltlines. Merc says it’ll be good off-road but, as our European editor says, the weight of the ladder-framed G might limit range to around 150 miles. NEED TO KNOW What is it? A look at an electric G-Class Tech specs LED lighting EVERYWHERE, electric all-wheel drive Aimed at? Taking the rugged G ethos into the electric age When can I get one? It’s just a concept for now, but a production version will follow…

Why TV is still desperate to find the next Game Of Thrones

Why TV is still desperate to find the next Game Of Thrones

Next month will see the debut of a TV show based on an internationally bestselling series of high-fantasy novels that the author never personally finished. It will have a huge budget, a sprawling cast and will centre around the one known as the “Dragon Reborn”, who will either save the world or destroy it. But this won’t be the much-anticipated Game Of Thrones prequel about the Targaryens, House Of The Dragon. Instead, it’s The Wheel Of Time on Amazon Prime, based on the novel series by Robert Jordan, who died before finishing his final volume, which was then completed posthumously by Brandon Sanderson (George RR Martin, author of the series behind Game Of Thrones, has no such excuse for the decade-and-counting wait for his penultimate volume). The following month will see…

Eye Opener

Eye Opener

They may be standard issue among modern superyacht crews, but you would have been hard-pressed to find a polo shirt or pair of shorts among the crew of this particular vessel. Pictured here in South Africa shortly before she was decommissioned in 1997, Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia was run by Royal Navy officers (always freshly starched), as well as a division of the Royal Marines and a Royal Marines band who accompanied the yacht on official trips – taking pomp and circumstance with them. Britannia was commissioned for Queen Elizabeth II and launched in 1953 at Scottish yard John Brown and Company (which also built the Lusitania, First World War battleship HMS Hood and famous Cunard liners including the Queen Mary). She was the second royal yacht named Britannia, following the…

Tomorrow’s colour

Dulux’s annual colour forecast is a highly anticipated unveiling of what colours are most likely to permeate our daily lives in the year ahead. For 2022, it has selected a range that paints the future with optimism, calm, and boldness of expression. Here is HOME’s selection of images from the latest forecast. This spread: Flourish — a combination of colours that speaks to a sense of adventure and passion in what we hope will be a not-too-distant, post-lockdown future; ripe, bolder colours such as petrel blue, desert red, and dusty rose, alongside pops of vintage gold. This spread: Restore – a timely palette that seeks to evoke clarity and calm while also simplifying the spaces we inhabit. The Restore palette consists of gentle, earth-based neutrals alongside more rugged, natural tones: buttercream, pumice,…

Tomorrow’s colour
Breakfast Is Served

Breakfast Is Served

A new crop of beefy vegan burgers sold in the supermarket meat section has changed the way we do dinner. Innovative plant-based options at fast-food spots are making quick, easy, and accessible vegan lunches a reality. And now, a growing trend of egg-and meat-free sandwiches is promising to finally make on-the-go vegan breakfast dreams come true. Peet’s Coffee uses a thin everything bagel to hold together mung bean-based folded JUST Egg, Beyond Meat Breakfast Sausage patty, and dairy-free cheese at stores nationwide, while Philz Coffee locations in Chicago, California, and Washington, DC opt for a more classic English muffin to do the job, along with a packet of hot sauce. This year, coffee giant Starbucks began trialing its own fully vegan breakfast sandwich—not to be confused with its Impossible Breakfast…

THE INTERNATIONAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2021

THE INTERNATIONAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2021

The inaugural International Portrait Photographer Of The Year competition has been won by Forough Yavari, an award-winning portrait and fine-art photographer based in Brisbane. After studying art at university, photography turned from a personal hobby into a professional challenge for Forough. The result of her endeavours over those years has been her presence in multiple painting and photography exhibitions, as well as winning several national and international awards. Her works have been exhibited in venues and galleries internationally. Forough was awarded the Master Of Photography by Australian Institute Of Professional Photography (AIPP) in 2018 and the WPPI Master Of Photography in 2019. In 2020, she achieved her Double Master Of Photography from WPPI. Her winning photograph is titled Solitude, which also won the competition’s Portrait Story category. The three other category winners…

The Must List

The Must List

TV 1 Evil This delightfully spooky Paramount+ series—starring Mike Colter, Katja Herbers, and Aasif Mandvi as a trio of supernatural investigators—is simultaneously the scariest and funniest show on TV right now. It’s also the only one that combines these staff favorites: canned margaritas, haunted elevators, and pro-union zombies. —DEVAN COGGAN BOOKS 2 Far Sector By N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell In my opinion, Jemisin is the best sci-fi novelist of our time—and her first superhero comic is mind-blowing. A new paperback collects all 12 issues of Far Sector, in which a new Green Lantern (and Janelle Monáe look-alike) must solve a murder on a space station…and figure out why emotions have been outlawed there. Campbell’s gorgeous art deserves a spot in a museum, or at least on your bookshelf. (Oct. 19) —CHRISTIAN HOLUB MUSIC 3 A Beginner’s Mind Sufjan…

A New Kind of LUXURY

A New Kind of LUXURY

A stay with English Cottage Vacation is far more than your typical luxury cottage experience; it’s an “appanage”, a term that hosts Nathan and Laura Kurton use to define their new holiday concept’s special attributes. Well Cottage combines the simplicity of English rural life with superlative modern service This is a tailor-made, ultra-luxurious, completely private experience that comes with one all-inclusive price. To top it off, the level of care and attention to detail that you’ll experience elevates English Cottage Vacation above other luxury options. This is where the nation’s reputation for legendary elegance meets exceptional hospitality. English Cottage Vacation centres on Well Cottage, an 18th-century thatched gem that sleeps up to six guests. You’ll find it nestled in the quaint and characterful hamlet of Bedchester in rural Dorset. If you’re keen to…

For planet and POCKET

We believe better products shouldn’t cost the earth. That’s why The Warehouse’s range of sustainable homewares makes it affordable to put the planet first. Our products come with sound credentials from global leaders like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), so you can shop knowing you’re doing your best for the planet. From beeswax wraps to recycled pillow filling, our homeware products put sustainability front and centre – just take a look at some of our products below. But we’ll never compromise on price. Starting from just $4, our stylish range makes it easy to integrate sustainability into your lifestyle, whatever your budget. More care. Less waste. Better products. That’s our mission. Join us on our journey and shop better instore and online. thewarehouse.co.nz/here-for-good Eco shopping solutions Say no to…

For planet and POCKET
LIFE ON THE SURFACE

LIFE ON THE SURFACE

THE HEART OF THE MATTER An indisputable leader in countertops for 25 years, Silestone has undergone a complete transformation to stay above the rest. By creating the ultimate mineral surface powered by HybriQ+ technology, an innovative high-performance blend of premium minerals, quartz, and recycled materials, today’s technology is more sustainable while maintaining functional and aesthetic integrity. Ideal for the heart of the home, the Ethereal Series sets a new standard in comforting white marble patterns. AN AIR OF CHANGE In our fast-paced world, only the strong and adaptable survive. This philosophy extends to the materials built into our living spaces—particularly those with the most demanding humidity and cleaning conditions, such as the bathroom. By perfecting what is perfect, improving and reinventing even the most successful of surfaces, Silestone promises superior, impressive quality and…

Festive Cakes

MORAVIAN SUGAR CAKE Moravian sugar cake is a centuries-old culinary specialty of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, region. Folklore holds that the original Moravian male settlers to the area sought women with big fingers because that meant that more buttery sweetness would make it into the nooks and crannies that the women made in the cake. This fluffy bread-like dessert is popular year-round, but it’s an essential item on the family table during the holidays. Makes 1 (9-inch) cake 1 small potato, peeled and chopped2 (0.25-ounce) packages active dry yeast¼ cup warm water (105° to 110°)1 large egg¼ cup whole buttermilk¼ cup granulated sugar13 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and divided½ teaspoon plus ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt, divided2¼ cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour1½ cups firmly packed light brown sugar½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1. In a…

Festive Cakes
MAVERICKS

MAVERICKS

THREE YEARS AGO Tom Cruise set out to cast a new generation of magnetic, and chiseled, pilots for Top Gun: Maverick, the highly anticipated sequel scheduled to land on Memorial Day weekend next year. After scouring young Hollywood, he found his squad: Glen Powell, Jay Ellis, Lewis Pullman, Danny Ramirez, Monica Barbaro (playing the first female pilot featured in the franchise), and Miles Teller. Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski wanted real stunts with cameras capturing actual flight patterns, so the star curated the training he wished he’d had back in 1986. “In anyone else’s hands, Top Gun is a CGI movie,” says Powell. “Only Tom puts real actors in real planes.” The aircraft were flown by pilots, but the cast were in the cockpit for such long, intense stretches that sometimes…

MAKE IT COUNT Make it Switzerland!

MAKE IT COUNT Make it Switzerland!

Life’s no holiday so when you finally take one this winter, choose the best—Switzerland. Skiing in and among Europe’s highest mountains never disappoints in a country speckled by glittering 4,000m peaks, snowsure glaciers and charming car-free villages. Top quality, superb service and a complete range of styles and prices are on the Swiss menu: from affordable two-star family hotels with breakfast and dinner included, to ski-in/ski-out high-mountain huts, to blow-out grand hotels. Whatever your style or budget, raise a fork to fondue in a weather-worn wooden barn, a sparkling glass to five-star decadence with a level of service the world’s still trying to emulate, or an après-ski cup of the most delicious hot chocolate on earth. Magic? That’s Switzerland! Valais-Matterhorn Region, Portes du Soleil Looking for a big bang for your buck…

Our Kind of Halloween Candy

Pumpkin carving isn’t the only Halloween activity on our list: We’ve got our eye on some organic lollipops that are more than just delicious—each one is filled with edible flowers or herbs, like marigolds. They’re an opportunity to connect with your kids in the garden. Amborella Organics lollipops may look like any typical version of the popular candy, but they’re far from it. You can plant the biodegradable stick in the ground to grow the plant or herb that inspired each flavor, from Baby Blue Eyes to mint. The goal, co-founder Taylor Clarke says, is to encourage people to “think about the things they consume a bit differently, and get into nature and have a relationship with plants.” The idea for the pops came from Taylor’s husband, Brennan Clarke, who was inspired to…

Our Kind of Halloween Candy
LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE

LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE

When most people start out photographing people or wildlife, they’ll normally find themselves going for a fast shutter speed to try and freeze the action. The great thing about this is that when it’s done well, it allows us to gaze upon incredibly fleeting moments or see things we might not have normally been able to see. Making the decision to slow things down however – either a little or a lot - opens a huge array of creative possibilities that just aren’t possible with a fast shutter speed. In this article I’ve shared a variety of ways you can think about using a slow shutter when photographing people or wildlife. Some of them are relatively easy, but others might (as they do for me!) frustrate you, however they can be great…

Mismatched Seating

Pull up a chair. Is there a more welcoming sentiment than that four-word phrase? As families across the country convene this time of year, putting aside any grudges in the name of gravy, there’s something sweetly symbolic about a dining table surrounded by seating of all sorts: a stately Windsor alongside a humble ladder-back positioned next to a well-rounded spindle or a 100-year-old high chair. A mix-and-match tableau offers a visual reminder that there’s value in the varied—and always a way to accommodate a last-minute guest or two (or more!). After all, a family is a collection of sorts, and it’s the quirks and imperfections, rather than the shared traits or common surname, that keep things interesting. As you approach the Thanksgiving season and beyond, let go of the “matching…

Mismatched Seating

HOT OR COLD: YOU PICK!

CIDER-BOURBON THERMOS COCKTAIL HANDS-ON 10 MIN TOTAL 15 MIN SERVES 6 SUBMITTED BY JULIANA HALE NEW RECIPE GO ONLINE TO RATE & REVIEW 2¾ cups apple or pear cider¼ cup pure maple syrup3 bags cinnamon-flavored black tea1 inch fresh ginger, sliced3 cardamom pods, cracked6 oz. bourbon¼ cup lemon juiceCinnamon sugar, apple slices, and cinnamon sticks for garnish 1. Bring cider and maple syrup just to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat. Add tea bags, ginger, and cardamom. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags and spices. Stir in bourbon and lemon juice. 2. Transfer to a warmed 32- to 40-oz. thermos. [For a chilled cocktail, after removing tea bags and spices, put saucepan in a bowl of ice water and stir occasionally until chilled. Add bourbon and lemon juice; transfer…

HOT OR COLD: YOU PICK!
THE GREAT DESERTS OF THE WORLD

THE GREAT DESERTS OF THE WORLD

Deserts have called out across the ages to explorers and adventurers, from Lawrence of Arabia to Levison Wood. There’s something about the vastness; the idea of great oceans of sand without an end in sight. Often far from signs of civilisation, these are immense places where it can feel like time is standing still, even as the sand shifts around us, transforming the landscape grain by grain. We go to the desert to find ourselves, the saying goes, to take a deep breath and contemplate existence. Or you can just zip around on a quadbike if you prefer. Deserts cover more than a fifth of the earth’s land area and are found on each of the seven continents. Sahara, Kalahari, Atacama… these are names that evoke reverence, inspire awe. But there’s…

FUTURE MAGIC

FUTURE MAGIC

BASKETBALL IS A universal game that can provide opportunities for so many people around the world. Shooting Touch, a Boston-based non-profit, is committed to offering those opportunities and so much more for the urban youth and women living in Boston, and almost 7,000 miles across the North Atlantic Ocean in Rwanda. Founded by Lindsey Kittredge and her husband Justin in 2007, Shooting Touch initially started as a grassroots basketball program. Today, their impact is monumental: the non-profit runs a free youth basketball league in Rwanda, where they also set up medical tents to provide crucial testing for HIV and breast cancer. At their camps and clinics, the program works to tackle the stigma that women in the country aren’t supposed to hoop, while also having important dialogues with their players about…

MICROSOFT SHUTTING DOWN LINKEDIN IN CHINA

MICROSOFT SHUTTING DOWN LINKEDIN IN CHINA

Microsoft is shutting down its LinkedIn service in China later this year after internet rules were tightened by Beijing, the latest American tech giant to lessen its ties to the country. The company said in a blog post Thursday it has faced a “significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China.” LinkedIn will replace its localized platform in China with a new app called InJobs that has some of LinkedIn’s career-networking features but “will not include a social feed or the ability to share posts or articles.” LinkedIn in March said it would pause new member sign-ups on LinkedIn China because of unspecified regulatory issues. China’s internet watchdog in May said it had found LinkedIn as well as Microsoft’s Bing search engine and about 100 other apps were engaged in…

When less is more…

I’VE lost count of how many tales I’ve heard over the past few months about lockdown restorations. You’ll no doubt have a few to tell yourself. Maybe you did one? They are all basically the same story: a Land Rover was acquired a long time ago and has been in the queue for resuscitation for more years than the owner cares to remember, but lack of time and other priorities ensured that nothing ever got done. And suddenly, thanks to the only thing that lockdown gave us – time – what was a pile of bits is now a fully-functioning Land Rover. I know of five such projects within a few miles of home here in Hampshire, including one very early Series I 80in that has a very interesting history, and…

When less is more…
THE EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL ANXIETY

THE EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL ANXIETY

Amidst a year and a half of Zoom fatigue and interactions that feel like plastic replicas of the real thing, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear just how important sociality is to our well-being. So it might seem counterintuitive that for many in the U.S., the return of aspects of a more “normal” life is also bringing something else: a serious dose of social anxiety. Erin Tone, a clinical psychologist at Georgia State University, characterizes social anxiety as a set of varied experiences arising from the possibility of a social threat in the environment. Tone says most of us experience social anxiety in tiny doses — in fact, it’s considered unusual to never experience it at all during your life. And for a subset of people, these anxious responses seep…

The Great Order

The Great Order

When schools and churches speak of Heaven and hell, of God and the devil, this is right. It is wrong, however, to explain it as good and evil powers. That must at once plunge every serious seeker into error and doubt; for where there are two powers there must also logically be two rulers, hence in this case two gods, a good one and an evil one.And this is not the case!There is only one Creator, one God, and hence only one Power which streams through all that exists, animating and furthering it!Abd-ru-shin At first glance, the immeasurably rich diversity in nature sometimes seems to be utterly inordinate, as, for example, the jumbled, swirling array of organisms that we can observe through a microscope in a drop of water appears to…

Easy There, Pal

Easy There, Pal

A few years ago in Bimini, we met a couple on a smaller boat who seemed quite apprehensive about making the crossing back to the U.S. mainland. They asked if they could buddy boat with us. I said fine, but “you need to make your own weather decision” and—you should have seen their faces when I added—“as long as you understand that basically we will be there to rescue the survivors.” In talking with them, we realized that no matter what kind of problem they encountered, regardless of wave and wind conditions in the middle of the Florida Straits, they expected us to be there to fix it for them, or tow them to the United States. These are surprisingly common expectations among people new to buddy boating, and it’s important…

Earthly Delights

Earthly Delights

Botanical Clay Pots How-To STEP ONE Gather terra-cotta pots with simple, clean lines—smaller ones to hold votives, and larger vessels for flower arrangements. STEP TWO Press air-dry clay into the silicone molds, scraping off any excess with a plastic knife so the clay is flush with each mold. STEP THREE After a couple of minutes, while the clay is still wet, gently flex the mold and pull out the accent—use a toothpick to help wiggle out any stubborn edges. With the vase on its side, attach the embellishment with craft glue, curving it to the surface. Let harden completely overnight. If using the pot to hold flowers, line it with a vase or plastic bag to prevent leaks. | INSTANT UPGRADE | Bursts of Sun This month, the word roast is most often used to describe a certain gobbler.…

RETHINK COMPOSITION

RETHINK COMPOSITION

With experience, it becomes clear that colour in an autumn scene affects the location at multiple levels. As you walk up to a location you’re immediately struck by the breadth of the colour range, and the scope of the change that has taken place, in a relatively short time. Even if you’ve never visited that spot before, you can see from the trees present how the seasonal change will have metamorphosed the environment. Then, once you look more closely, you can see how on a small scale colour can be seen to interact at a local level. Even an array of fallen leaves on a path, all of different shades of red, yellow and orange, can create a beautiful vignette of the greater scene. From this realisation it’s possible to understand…

GREEN YOUR ORGASMS

On my quest to be more environmentally friendly, I’ve cut out plastic water bottles, adjusted what I eat to include more plant-based foods and avoided driving around the city. But I haven’t yet found eco-friendly swaps in the bedroom. Turns out, disposing of a sex toy might actually be more difficult than kicking an ex to the curb. Sex toys are typically made up of a mixture of a few different plastics (some recyclable, some not), and a lot of them have electronic components and batteries that count as e-waste. Most municipal waste facilities in North America won’t even accept used sex toys, on account of them being a potential biohazard. So our discarded sex toys go to the place where all toxic exlovers belong: the dump. There, they leak chemicals…

GREEN YOUR ORGASMS

JUST A LIST OF TOTALLY VALID REASONS TO LIE ON YOUR BED IN A WET TOWEL FOR 3 HOURS

1 You splurged on new towels and they’re nicer than any of your actual clothes. 2 You’re air-drying today (IYKYK). 3 You’re already 30 minutes late to drinks. What’s another 2.5 hours? 4 You’ve almost—SO CLOSE—scrolled to the bottom of your ex’s new significant other’s IG. 5 You’re also in a second IG black hole: the comments on a now-canceled influencer’s latest post. 6 You’re working on your ~mindfulness~ (read: doing absolutely nothing and loving it). 7 Your dinner plans were *blissfully* rescheduled and your bed is now your home for the foreseeable future. 8 You’re getting wine drunk with your dog. That is all.…

JUST A LIST OF TOTALLY VALID REASONS TO LIE ON YOUR BED IN A WET TOWEL FOR 3 HOURS

CAN YOUR SCHOOL PUNISH YOU FOR YOUR POSTS?

Imagine something happens at school that upsets you: Maybe a teacher gave you a less-than-stellar grade or you didn’t get the part you wanted or your coach benched you for the long-awaited semifinal game. So you take to social media to rant. From your bedroom, you record a story time video lamenting what happened. It gets kind of heated (maybe a couple four-letter words come out) but whatever, you’re just speaking your mind, right? And then you hit post. The next morning, your video goes viral… in a not-so-good way. It spreads across your whole school, finally making its way into the hands of administrators. They decide to punish you for causing a “disruption.” Suddenly, you feel like a YouTuber apologizing for some bad joke you tweeted. Except you’re not a celebrity, you’re…

CAN YOUR SCHOOL PUNISH YOU FOR YOUR POSTS?

How to get noticed? Always be yourself…

Getting noticed can be hard for an artist. You need that one great piece that breaks through the noise of the internet and gets people talking for all the right reasons. For David Talaski it was his pin-ups of familiar Marvel faces. “Going from cheeky superhero pinups to an official Superman cover wasn’t the career trajectory I saw coming!” says the artist. His series of humorous glimpses into the everyday lives of The Avengers caught the eye of the commissioning editors at DC Comics, and soon David was drawing the Man Of Steel. SUPER-BIG BREAK “At the time I’d barely started doing cover work, so getting an email from DC was already a big surprise. Then realising that they wanted me to paint Superman and make it Pride-themed made the whole thing feel…

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Cabin Shawl

STRUCTURE Plain weave. EQUIPMENT 2-shaft or rigid-heddle loom, 28" weaving width; 5-dent reed or heddle; 4 large stick shuttles. YARNS Warp: 100% fine wool pencil roving (155 yd/3–4 oz; Marathon Basin Wool Mill), natural white, 408 yd. Note: This is yardage after felting. See project steps for felting directions. Weft: 100% fine wool pencil roving, natural white, 318 yd (yardage after felting). Shetland Navajo Tapestry Singles (75% Shetland wool/25% mohair; 190 yd/4 oz; Baize Shetlands), Dark Indigo, Gold, and Variegated Green, about 50 yd each. Note: In addition to the accent stripes, the Shetland Navajo Tapestry Singles are used for embroidery and wrapping the fringe. OTHER SUPPLIES Dressmaker’s pencil; mild detergent; darning needle; spray bottle. WARP LENGTH 136 ends 3 yd long (allows 7" for take-up, 27" for loom waste; loom waste includes fringe). SETTS Warp: 5 epi (1/dent in a 5-dent reed…

Cabin Shawl
JACK’S PUMPKIN SURPRISE

JACK’S PUMPKIN SURPRISE

He loved the costumes, and the treats, and the excited kids – not to mention the jack-o’- lanterns everywhere! It gave him a warm feeling when he saw jolly orange faces lit with candles on every doorstep. Jack got invited to lots of Halloween parties, and everyone liked to see his scarecrow body boogie! But now that Halloween night was over and all the trick-or-treat sweets were eaten, Jack felt sad. Everyone was getting ready for Christmas, and the jack-o’-lanterns were left outside with their candles extinguished. Jack saw a big one sitting on a front step, its toothy grin lopsided. He sighed sadly – that jack-o’-lantern had to go in the food waste bin soon. That was when he heard a meow! What could that be? He peered curiously at the jack-o’- lantern. Was there…

The heat you can eat

The heat you can eat

Some like it hot — do you? If you eat chilli every day, then you’re not alone; one quarter of the world’s population eat chilli at least once a day Despite its current world domination, until 1492 chilli wasn’t grown or eaten outside of Central and South America, where there is evidence of its cultivation and consumption for 8000-plus years. It’s thanks to Christopher Columbus’ spice-seeking travels and adventurous Portuguese traders that chillies spread around the world and the global obsession with this fiery fruit began. The compound in chillies that gives them their burn is capsaicin which, when ingested, triggers pain receptors in our body, alerting it to a dangerous physical heat. It’s the same mechanism that helps us know to drop a hot pan if we hold onto it. But why oh…

The Right Medicine

The Right Medicine

When David Boulware read that a cheap and plentiful drug called ivermectin had shown some promise in treating COVID-19, he was eager to study it. The University of Minnesota physician and infectious disease researcher had seen a few small but encouraging studies on the drug, which was most often used to treat parasites in both animals and people. Boulware set up the study early in 2021 with a methodology considered to be the gold standard: the randomized controlled trial, where one group of patients receives the drug, and the other gets a placebo. In May, Boulware’s team put the word out about the study, aiming to recruit 1,100 volunteers. But then something strange happened: He began to receive hostile emails from people who fervently believed that ivermectin was a miracle cure…

WHITE HOUSE WRITERS

WHITE HOUSE WRITERS

That American presidents decisively influence the country’s life, including its culture, is a given. Author in Chief looks at presidents and literature, revealing how some key architects of America’s political order helped lay the foundations of American writing. The new nation had little literary heritage amid an era in which, even in the Old World, professional writers were rare. The sole colonist to star in the field was Benjamin Franklin, while the Low Church Protestantism and certain strands of the Enlightenment widespread in America shared a moralism averse to literature as entertainment. Politician-writers such as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson hardly could have been expected to break with a tradition strong enough to persist until the 20th century, when authors shifted from moral and political fiction to storytelling set in America.…

NATURAL LAMOUR

SPACE... It’s the first thing you notice when you walk into this striking penthouse apartment on the top floor of one of the Steyn City blocks in Johannesburg’s “new North”. The high ceilings give a first impression of an expansive home, rather than the typical boxy square found on other estates around the city. “We needed to get height into the apartment,” explains architect Lesley Carstens, who worked on the project with her partner, architect Silvio Rech, and interior designers Nabeela Abdul-Karrim and Nina Roux. BY USING TEXTURE, THE TEAM HAS CREATED A CONTRAST BETWEEN ELEVATED GLAMOUR AND EARTHY TACTILITY. “The ceiling heights were initially quite low,” says Silvio. “We could not change the window heights, but we pushed the engineers and architects to raise our ceilings as high as possible.” To…

NATURAL LAMOUR
4 Ways to Healthy Habits

4 Ways to Healthy Habits

Fall conjures up images of mountains of roasted turkey, fresh-baked pumpkin pie and bright candy apples—none of which are ideal for weight management! Fortunately, though, the season has many redeeming features that can help you get closer to your health goals. Indeed, the good news for people with diabetes is that studies show blood glucose levels are typically lower during the autumn months. Here are a few tips for embracing the fall to accelerate your healthy habits. 1 Recognize and manage mood dips. Experts recognize that, with less daylight and the stress of the looming holiday season, fall can cause mood dips. Being on a strict diet can worsen these dips, making you feel constantly “hangry.” One tried-and-tested weight-management strategy that can help avoid low moods is being mindful of what you…

Cinema sweethearts

Cinema sweethearts

Her laptop open, Patrice sat in the local café with a satisfied grin on her face. Killed several birds with one latte, she thought. Away from her new apartment, her sister Laura wouldn’t be popping in to remind her she had no social life. And without the unfamiliar noises of her new digs, her imagination could focus on her mystery novel. She set to work, typing quietly, when suddenly, a voice sounded. “Excuse me, is this seat taken?” Patrice winced; she’d been trying to finish a sentence. “Uh, yes?” She looked up. A man stood before her, a laptop under his arm and a coffee in hand. Clear blue eyes under dark brows looked down at the chair opposite her. He let go of it. Then she realized what she’d said. “Oh, I’m sorry.…

A pandemic of poor service?

Because of Covid-19, we are experiencing longer wait times than normal.” How often have we heard this when contacting companies in the last 18 months? There’s no doubt the events of 2020-2021 have been unprecedented, but research shows many customers are now getting fed up with companies pulling the ‘Covid card’ when failing to meet their needs. In the Institute of Customer Service’s 2021 report, which surveyed 10,000 people, they found almost a quarter of customers believed that some organisations have used Covid-19 as an excuse for poor service, while 14.9 per cent of customers experienced a problem with an organisation – the highest rate since 2009. Excessive queueing, stock shortages and delays, lower quality products and services, organisations not adhering to Covid-19 rules and difficulty contacting the right person all came…

A pandemic of poor service?

Indulgence

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bundt Cake With Cream Cheese Filling ACTIVE: 25 min TOTAL: 1¼ hrs EQUIPMENT: 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan Pumpkin puree and applesauce provide tenderness and moisture to this cake, eliminating the need for butter or oil. 6 ounces cream cheese, softened1¼ cups granulated sugar, divided4 large eggs, divided2 teaspoons ground cardamom, divided1 teaspoon lemon juice1 teaspoon vanilla extract1½ cups all-purpose flour1½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 teaspoon baking soda¾ teaspoon baking powder½ teaspoon salt1 15-ounce can unseasoned pumpkin puree¾ cup unsweetened applesauce¼ cup packed brown sugar1 cup cranberries, thawed if frozen, halved, plus more for garnish 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan with cooking spray. 2. Beat cream cheese, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, ½ teaspoon cardamom, lemon juice and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth. 3. Whisk…

Indulgence

SHAPE Shifters

Fine jewelry has long drawn its prestige from the versatility of the unique pieces that lavish on the crowned heads and great figures of high society. This centuries-old tradition, common since the 1800s, has its origins in a double necessity. First, a very practical one: The need to make the most of rare stones at a time when most modern mines had not yet been discovered. These stones were often passed down through generations. The jewelers’ role was to transform the original jewels to the tastes of the day; it was not uncommon for a tiara to morph into a necklace over the course of its ownership. The other need arises from new social mores of discretion. Clasps disappeared and chatelaines cleverly concealed watches that can be looked at tactfully.…

SHAPE Shifters