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Learning Who I Am Not, the Hard Way

Learning Who I Am Not, the Hard Way

The carved footholds were barely perceptible, even to my highly motivated eyes. They were more like minor imperfections in the cliff face than something wrought by man. Fortunately, I had become adept at recognizing the subtle handiwork of the Raramuri, who have been moving through the formidable topography of northern Mexico’s Copper Canyon region for half a millennium. Before committing to what by anyone’s standards would be an inadvisable move, I found myself wondering: Just how did they manage to chisel that diminutive series of steps into sheer rock hundreds of feet above the Rio San Ignacio, which flows through Tararecua Canyon? Four days before, Jay Scott, a longtime hiking chum, and I had embarked upon what we thought would be a relatively straightforward trek into the depths of some of…

THAT WAS FLEETING: TWITTER KILLS OFF EPHEMERAL MESSAGES

THAT WAS FLEETING: TWITTER KILLS OFF EPHEMERAL MESSAGES

Twitter is disappearing its disappearing tweets, called fleets, after they didn’t catch on. The company began testing tweets that vanish after 24 hours last March in Brazil. Fleets were designed to allay the concerns of new users who might be turned off by the public and permanent nature of normal tweets. “However, we haven’t seen an increase in the amount of new people joining the conversation with Fleets like we hoped,” Twitter said in a statement this week. “So as of August 3, Fleets will no longer be available on Twitter.” Kayvon Beykpour, head of consumer product at Twitter, stressed that this is part of how the company works. “(Big) bets are risky and speculative, so by definition a number of them won’t work,” he tweeted. “If we’re not having to wind down features…

THE MINDSET OF A CHAMPION

THE MINDSET OF A CHAMPION

This might be the toughest test Lewis Hamilton has faced in Formula 1 for some time. How to win a fifth consecutive world championship, which would make a record eight in total, against a resurgent Red Bull team resolutely focused on denying him the satisfaction? Max Verstappen is super quick, hungry and bang in form. The RB16B is fast, consistent, reliable – exactly the sort of tool Verstappen has longed for. Conversely, Mercedes’ W12 sometimes looks a bit wayward, unstable and difficult to tame. Certainly, it’s nowhere near as dominant as its predecessor. After a strong run of early races: victory from behind in Bahrain, recovering brilliantly to second at Imola, winning from behind (again) in Portugal and again (comfortably) in Spain, Hamilton suddenly has his hands full. Either the tyres aren’t…

KNOW YOUR SEWING MACHINE BETTER

KNOW YOUR SEWING MACHINE BETTER

READ YOUR SEWING MACHINE MANUAL A sewing machine manual can be more than 100 pages long, which is overwhelming to read when all you really want to do is sew. But give it a skim and you might be surprised what you'll learn! Here are a few important categories to start with that will ensure that you’re using your machine correctly and know what it’s capable of doing. • The names and functions of the machine parts and buttons • The stitches you have and their required presser feet • How to thread your machine and which direction the thread should come off the spool • Suggested needle/thread pairings • How to wind the bobbin and insert it in your machine • How to change a needle and the presser foot • Troubleshooting tips, including how to fix…

European Latitudes

European Latitudes

Wander through cut-stone archways and under massive old wood beams. Pause to take in a lifetime’s worth of collected pieces—furnishings, art, objects. Pass through intricately hand-carved doors to a stone-tiled patio where azure water laps near gently swaying fan palms. Absorb the best of old-world Mediterranean beauty—half a world away in the hills near Austin. “The homeowner, Sharon Michie, is an avid traveler, and this home is inspired by her experiences and the places she’s fallen in love with in France and Spain,” architect Ryan Street says. “The scale and proportions are all drawn from what you’d expect in a Mediterranean hill town. But this is also Texas. It wouldn’t work to copy a home on the Mediterranean coast and plop it down in Austin.” Instead, Street began with a vision of…

When Brand Building Gets Personal

When Brand Building Gets Personal

What’s the difference between building a brand behind the scenes and building one inspired by your own needs? Dany Garcia is learning that now. She’s typically known as the woman fueling massive companies—as Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s manager and business partner, cofounder of the multi-platform production company Seven Bucks Productions, and the first female owner of a major professional sports league in the U.S. (she co-owns the XFL). But now she has launched a brand designed to solve her own problem: She is a professional woman and a bodybuilder, wants clothing that can work for her all day, and believes it’s an underserved market ready to explode. So now Garcia is taking what she learned from growing other people’s brands and applying it to her own. Her clothing line is called…

WALK THE LINE

DEAN WHITE Kisa, Mr Go’s, Ombra Dean White started 2016 with a love of good food and a tonne of ambition. The born-and-bred Wellingtonian had been working in Auckland for most of that year, learning the restaurant ropes from the founders of Bird on a Wire and helping them to open their Ponsonby Central branch. “The plan was to bring the concept to Wellington,” says Dean, who fell in love with the chicken-based eatery on a visit to Auckland. But then plans changed and the founders decided to consolidate their brand in the upper North Island rather than heading south. Dean headed home with plans to either find a job doing what he’d previously been doing (sales repping for a food company) or strike out on his own. The latter won out. “All I’ve ever wanted to…

WALK THE LINE

Setting the Record Straight

“I was a very political kid—the kind that throws rocks at Israeli soldiers and fantasizes about liberating Palestine,” Sama’ Abdulhadi says via Zoom from her childhood bedroom, lifting a hand to toss a tangle of dark hair behind her shoulder. Her phone tips to the side as she does this, revealing the terraced cityscape of Ramallah through an open window. Today, the 30-year-old Palestinian DJ finds herself at the heart of a far more complex cultural struggle than her childhood self could ever have imagined: She is awaiting trial on charges of desecrating a holy site and disrespecting religious symbols. Late one afternoon last December, Abdulhadi, a fixture on the West Bank party scene since her teenage years, began a five-hour set at the Nabi Musa, an ancient stone compound in…

Setting the Record Straight
Music to my ears

Music to my ears

Karen Gomyo Violinist I’ve been getting back in touch with things I used to listen to, and really connecting to a place of pure joy. I remember falling in love with Plácido Domingo as an artist when I was 11, going to my first opera at The Metropolitan Opera. So I’ve been indulging myself in a recording of Verdi’s Otello, that first opera. I have a DVD of it that I absolutely love, with Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa, the Royal Opera Orchestra and Georg Solti. As a young violinist I collected all possible recordings I could get my hands on of 20th-century violinists. There’s one in particular that I really love, called 20 Great Violinists Play 20 Masterpieces; and if I had to choose one violinist on there, it would be…

WILL SECRET FILES REVEAL THE TRUTH?

Bombshell documents about Ghislaine Maxwell’s private life could reveal damning details about her relationship with the Clintons and Prince Andrew. This month, a federal judge in the United States ruled that the secret files would be unsealed. The documents are part of a batch of material gathered by Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s legal team, who allege that Maxwell recruited her when she was just 16 as a sex slave, taking her to Jeffrey Epstein to be repeatedly raped and abused. Until July 2020, British socialite Maxwell lived a life of privilege, consorting with the upper echelons of society and getting exactly what she wanted, when she wanted it. She became entangled with millionaire financier Epstein in the early ’90s, travelling the world with him and partying with celebrities, politicians like former US President…

WILL SECRET FILES REVEAL THE TRUTH?
HOW HAD I SURVIVED?

HOW HAD I SURVIVED?

Hearing a knock on the front door, I leapt to my feet, legs shaking with nerves. ‘This is it,’ I thought. It was March 2009 and, aged 21, I was about to meet my birth mum for the first time. I’d been adopted at two months old, and while I adored my wonderful parents Barbara, then 51, and Warren, 55, I’d always been curious about my birth mum. ‘I just want to know how I came to be here,’ I’d told them when I was 18. They were so understanding and it had been easy to track my birth mum down. Through the adoption agency, I learnt she was called Tonya Glasby and she lived a one-hour flight away. They put me in touch with her and, to begin with, we…

OVERREACHING VS. OVERTRAINING

For many people, being an athlete or chasing athletic goals is all about challenging ourselves. Just like anything in life, this pursuit requires balance. Navigating whether to approach training with rest or resolve can be one of the most challenging conundrums for athletes. Some athletes are ‘pushers.’ They always do more work, and without appropriate instruction, they can drive themselves into the ground. These people often end up exhausted or injured. Other athletes are timid. They err on the side of rest, and they tend to skip workouts at the slight sign of fatigue. Neither of these athletes are reaching their full potential. We have to meet somewhere in the middle. In order to inspire fitness gains, it is important to push into fatigue in a controlled manner. This teaches the body to adapt…

OVERREACHING VS. OVERTRAINING
Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition

Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition

NOPE, I’M NOT SOLD ON THE WING. Or the wheel design, and neither the mix of gloss carbon, satin paint and matt stripes, or those modish diamondcut wheels. Oops, did I say that out loud? Sorry. Unintentional. These things are entirely subjective, of course. You may feel differently, and you’re entirely free to do so. But ‘F1 Edition’ – really? The obvious conclusion is that this is a special edition timed to coincide with Seb and Lance’s weekend wheels turning green. As manufacturers struggle to shift expensive new high-performance cars, every opportunity has to be capitalised upon to shift more metal. Actually, while your cynicism might point you in that direction, the above really is not the case; I can only encourage you to read on, because this is one special…

Chill out

Chill out

A WARMING WORLD will make summers increasingly uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean air-conditioning bills need to rise too. For centuries, architects have helped folks brave the heat using tools like natural ventilation and passive cooling. The key is controlling how the structure interacts with solar energy. Designing with the sun’s rays in mind can keep a dwelling comfortable with minimal impact on the planet and the wallet, making staying cool a breeze. Summertime shade Deciduous trees block rays during the ice-cream-and-lemonade months, but let them through during winter. Awnings and overhangs also work. Building into a hillside provides cover and takes advantage of the soil’s insulation. Reflective roofs Insulating the roof or attic keeps the cold in and the hot out (and vice versa when days turn frigid). Light-colored shingles, or newfangled dark ones…

Paternity LEAVE

Paternity LEAVE

Conceptual art rarely commands an audience of 200 million. It’s an eye-watering figure that exceeds even Marina AbramoviĆ’s world-famous staring contest at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Yet in 1987, the feminist art duo Polvo de Gallina Negra (“Black Hen Powder”) took over live television in Mexico for a performance about the depredations and empty flattery of motherhood under the patriarchy. The artists in this collective, Maris Bustamante and Monica Mayer, made use of their guest appearance on the popular talk show Nuestro Mundo, by expropriating standard armchair pitter-patter to stage a live performance, an act of fathomless chutzpah. Over the hairsprayed coiffure of Guillermo Ochoa, Nuestro Mundo’s tentative host, the artists slipped a flowery yellow apron made tumescent by a styrofoam belly, crowning Ochoa Madre por…

COUNTRY ESCAPE

COUNTRY ESCAPE

Prompted by a desire to give their young son Harrison a wholesome country upbringing, film producer and designer Jessica Miller and her actor husband, Ben, decided to take the leap and leave London in 2014. The couple initially enlisted the help of a buying agent to find a property in Oxfordshire, where friends had relocated, but none of the houses felt right. Then, by chance, flicking through the pages of a magazine, Jessica’s mother spotted a beautiful Arts and Crafts house in Gloucestershire that had just come on the market. “When we first viewed the house, I remember being struck by the wonderful sense of flow,” Jessica says. “It immediately felt like this was our house and, in my head, I’d already moved in. I had an instant connection. It was…

Feel Happy, Even When You’re Not

FROM THE ATLANTIC NORMAN ROCKWELL CREATED some of the most iconic images of 20th-century America. His paintings, such as the Four Freedoms series from World War II and The Problem We All Live With from the civil rights movement, were intended to evoke the best in people who saw them: hope, solidarity, courage, justice. But much of his work also inspired happiness, capturing scenes of lighthearted joy. Consider Shiner, which depicts a young girl with a black eye sitting outside the principal’s office with a grin that tells you she has just been the victor in combat. I have seen these paintings my whole life, starting with my grandfather’s beloved dog-eared coffee-table book of Rockwell’s greatest works. A printing press operator in Longview, Washington, my grandfather was no art connoisseur. But he…

Feel Happy, Even When You’re Not

HOT TO TROT

Until now, vol-au-vents have been the stuff of nightmares for me. Loaded with claggy béchamel sauce studded with tinned tuna and corn, they were a typical mid-week meal growing up – and I’d feign a mystery illness every time. But there’s no need at Porcine. Here, the passé puff-pastry case has been elevated to contemporary heights with delicate chunks of scallop and sweet braised fennel. A decadent Champagne sauce pools underneath, like a moat around a fancy French château. The reincarnated vol-au-vent is just one example of the confident cooking you can expect to find at Paddington’s latest arrival. Brought to you by an all-star cast – Nik Hill (The Old Fitz), Harry Levy (Don Peppino’s) and Matt Fitzgerald (Solotel Group) – the bistro fuses French classics with British pub vibes…

HOT TO TROT
POWER PLAYER

POWER PLAYER

WHAT KIND OF EVENT – and what type of person – pulls together an eclectic guest list that unites Cherie Blair, barrister wife of a former prime minister, with with DJ Cuppy, a music sensation who has 7.4 million Instagram followers and is the daughter of one of Nigeria’s most successful businessmen? The answer is the private view of rugby star Maro Itoje’s debut art exhibition, A History Untold, which ran at the Signature African Art gallery in Mayfair last month. The great and the good assembled – Labour MP David Lammy and the British High Commissioner to South Africa among them – to celebrate the positive contributions that black figures have made to society across the centuries, touching on everything from mathematics and jazz to the Industrial Revolution. ‘The…

BLUES FOR AMY

BLUES FOR AMY

SPRING WAS TURNING TO SUMMER AS THE 18-YEAR-OLD AMY Winehouse landed at Miami International Airport. It was the last week of May 2002 and the nascent singer was newly signed to EMI Music Publishing, who had decided to try matching her with Fugees/Nas producer Salaam Remi. Winehouse and her 21-year-old manager, Nick Shymansky, both just kids really, were buzzed to be in the States: rolling around in a hired convertible, living it up at the beachside art deco Raleigh Hotel. It had taken some convincing by their shared A&R man Guy Moot before Remi had agreed to meeting Winehouse, having been unmoved by what he considered to be her Erykah Badu-lite neo-soul demos. But on day one at Remi’s downtown Creative Space studio, when Winehouse walked in with her guitar, sat…

Harry vs. William BATTLE OF BROTHERS

Harry vs. William BATTLE OF BROTHERS

It was an uneasy, brief truce. Prince William and Prince Harry put aside their differences for the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, at London’s Kensington Palace on July 1. But tensions between them were still obvious. Harry dutifully trailed behind his big brother as they made the rounds, greeting their aunts and uncle, as well as the sculptor and the gardeners. They did not give any speeches, just a quick “Ready?” from William before they pulled off the tarp covering the statue, followed by a rare joint statement issued to the press. “Today, on what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday,” it read, “we remember her love, strength and character — qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives…

The refill revolution

The refill revolution

We’re all used to bringing reusable carrier bags to the supermarket, following the plastic bag levy. But bringing along reusable containers to refill everything from pasta to shampoo could also become part of our regular shopping habits. Refilling is now becoming mainstream as almost all the major supermarkets have recently announced plans to offer refillable products. Aldi is trialling refill stations for rice and loose pasta, while some Waitrose stores now offer dispensing stations of refillable products in the same aisle as its packaged equivalents. Tesco has partnered with Loop so customers can order products online, from baked beans to sauces and cleaning products, then have them delivered to their door in reusable packaging. Once the customer is done with the packaging, it’s put into a reusable tote bag for a courier…

Beached ferry – the Severn Princess

Beached ferry – the Severn Princess

Not all restoration projects are successful. Some never get off the ground – others get a big push at the start and then founder. “Quite a few of the 1,300 NHS registered boats will be unrestorable,” says Brian Corbett, also a trustee at MHT. “Restoration decisions are based on sustainability. Will the completed vessel attract people, will there be a revenue stream going into the future?” From 1924 until the Severn Bridge opened in 1966, the Aust ferry crossed a turbulent mile-wide stretch of the River Severn saving drivers a 60-mile round trip to Gloucester. The same route was used since the Roman times and is recorded in use in the 12th Century as well. The last ferry to run the route was called Severn Princess and was rediscovered in Ireland in 1999 under…

WORKING AND LIVING SMART

You may have seen some of its designs without realising that they were a big part of your shopping experience. The family-owned Futuristic Store Fixtures has designed store concepts for several well-known international chains in Singapore and overseas for over 40 years. It recently launched the first flagship products of its newly expanded Futuristic Home line. The Venator Gaming Desk and Diva Smart Table not only look great but also boast integrated technology. The former sports a sleek Thermofoil tabletop with integrated wireless charging and stations for gaming accessories and the latter, a Bluetooth speaker and a lamp. We chat with CEO David Low about the inspiration behind the launch of Futuristic Home and what the brand hopes to achieve. TELL US MORE ABOUT THE FUTURISTIC HOME CONCEPT. Futuristic Home was conceptualised during the…

WORKING AND LIVING SMART
A Tale of Two Targas

A Tale of Two Targas

Of all the things Porsche is universally revered for, perhaps the greatest success story for the company is the longevity of its engineering and designs. Porsche’s entire design philosophy is shaped around the 911 which, in particular, has triumphed over adversity for nearly 60 years with its engine in the back, its unique layout and design remaining staunchly loyal to Butzi’s original masterpiece. By way of enduring technology, we need only consider the likes of the ducktail as an aerodynamic aid, turbocharging (specifically VTG), or twin-clutch automatic gearboxes, all of which have, over the years, become established ingredients of the Neunelfer’s repertoire. History tells us that once they are introduced onto the 911, Porsche’s new technologies and design principles tend to be everlasting. The only chapter of 911 narrative which seems to…

The power of regeneration

The power of regeneration

Deadpool and Wolverine aren’t the only ones with the ability to regrow their bodies: axolotls are real-life regenerators. Cellular regeneration occurs daily for most organisms, such as replenishing blood or skin cells. However, few can regenerate whole limbs, and it’s rare to find an animal like the axolotl, which can go as far as regenerating its spinal cord and vital organs. After these salamanders lose limbs, in the days that follow their bodies have the ability to reorganise the cells at the site of the wound, beginning to regrow what’s been lost. The process involves cells called blastemas, which work in a similar way to pluripotent stem cells that can transform into different cell types. These cells are able to transform back into the building blocks of the axolotl’s missing piece,…

A ‘real journey’ Driven towards species protection

A ‘real journey’ Driven towards species protection

WHEN RICHARD HENRY, New Zealand’s ‘grandfather of conservation’, was in Tamatea/Dusky Sound in 1894, he said the sound of kākāpō booming was like distant thunder. In four years, with a small dinghy and the help of his sniffer dog, Henry moved 572 kiwi and kākāpō from rat and stoat-infested forests to Resolution Island, believed to be predator-free. Tragically, it wasn’t. More than a hundred years on, the battle for the birds has been reignited. But while resources now are greater than one man, his dinghy and dog, the challenge remains huge. The Tamatea/Dusky Sound restoration partnership encompasses DOC and Fiord-land community, tourism and business groups. It aims to eradicate pests from around the southern fiord, re-introduce ‘missing’ species and create a ‘bio-bank’ of species for relocation to pest-free locations. Paul Norris is heavily…

Glass half full

In his introduction to a 2000 Norwegian translation of On the Psychological Effects of Wine, a work by 19th-century Italian novelist Edmondo de Amicis, the Norwegian psychiatrist Finn Skårderud made an interesting suggestion. It was one about which he was only partially serious. What if our everyday malaise had a simple solution: wine? “After a couple of glasses, everything falls into place. It feels right,” he wrote. “You quickly conclude that you were actually created with a negative blood alcohol content of about 0.05 per cent.” In other words, life would be better if we corrected that balance; if we spent most of our time, well, a little bit drunk. Of course, a specific blood alcohol level might be difficult to maintain, Skårderud acknowledged, and it would be easy for a…

Glass half full
HOW YOUR DONATIONS HELP…

HOW YOUR DONATIONS HELP…

‘Getting these packs from the school was a godsend’ Mum-of-three Pat*, from Newcastle “I would like to say a massive thank you for the hygiene packs we received from the school the other day. They have had a massive impact on our household. It has made the children look after themselves a lot better during this horrible lockdown. Before receiving these packs the kids would just sit around in their PJs all day everyday without thinking about their hygiene. Having these packs now though has enabled them to look after themselves better by giving them an incentive to get up, have a bath or shower with the products you provided, and brush and look after their teeth (they were doing this already but they all loved the fact they got a new…

Six ideas for July

Six ideas for July

Make a summer bucket list It’s officially summer; school’s out, the temperatures are soaring, and the days are long. Why not make a list of the things you want to do this summer? It’s a fun activity to do with the kids, your partner or your friends, as a great way to spend time together. The good thing about a summer list is that you can make it as big or small as you want. Include theme parks and festivals if you think you’ll be able to tick them off, but if money’s tight or you’re staying closer to home, try swimming in the sea, eating chips on the beach, or making your own ice lollies – they are all fairly inexpensive and easy things to do that will ensure that you…

A.I. IN PHOTOGRAPHY

If you were to ask me what the biggest jump in photography in the last 10 years has been, I’d argue it’s not sensors or lenses, but artificial intelligence. Today, so many of the tools our cameras use are enhanced by AI, and companies are pouring millions into developing technologies that seek to improve our hit rate when shooting, or help us automate mundane tasks. On the flipside of this is the idea that AI technology takes away from the creativity of the individual behind the camera – and that by using these technologies we’re moving away from the ‘essence’ of photography where the camera is simply a tool to see the world. In a way though, these are similar arguments we heard when moving from film to digital and when…

A.I. IN PHOTOGRAPHY

I GET VACCINATED?

01 PROTEIN SHAKE When you’re injected with a vaccine against a virus, your immune system is exposed to foreign viral material. ‘Where old-school varieties contain weakened forms or pieces of the virus that present viral proteins to your immune system, newer ones – such as those for Covid-19 – deliver antigens [substances that evoke an immune response against them] in the form of genetic code, telling your body to make the antigens itself,’ says Cameron Bissett, a student at the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, who worked on initial preclinical trials of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. ‘Viral vector’ vaccines like this one package genetic code in a different, harmless virus and your immune system will start to respond within 24 hours. 02 OPERATION: FIGHTBACK The immune system starts by alerting your body…

I GET VACCINATED?

4 WAYS WITH AUBERGINES

Smoky aubergine and yoghurt dip with sumac • 1 medium aubergine• 3 tbsp tahini• 2 heaped tbsp of full-fat Greek yoghurt• 1 tsp sumac, plus a pinch to serve• Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 1 Place the aubergine over a lit gas hob. Leave to char the skin for approx. three minutes on each side, turning using kitchen prongs. 2 Once the skin is blackened, place in a covered bowl and leave until cool enough to handle (you want it to still be warm as this will help when removing the skin). 3 Pinch the stem of the aubergine in one hand and with the other use the side of a spoon to gently scrape the skin off the aubergine flesh in a downwards motion. 4 When all the charred skin is removed, cut…

4 WAYS WITH AUBERGINES
How to see what Google knows about you and delete it

How to see what Google knows about you and delete it

Google collects a lot of data about you if you use the company’s services. To its credit, the company makes finding and deleting that data easy by showing most of it on a single website. Here’s how to see the bulk of what Google knows about you, and how to delete it if you want. Once you delete data from your Google Account, the company immediately starts removing it and stops using it for personalization. “We then begin a process designed to safely and completely delete the data from our storage systems,” Google explains. It may be forced to keep some information to satisfy legal requirements, which you can read about at the link just provided. GOOGLE ACCOUNTS The primary starting point to see what information Google has about you is the My…

Embracing controlled chaos

There’s no more exciting time for Ginger Poulson than draft time. The amateur scouting analyst for the Blue Jays believes it would be hard not to love something when you’re working on it year-round, nonstop. But heading into her fourth draft as a member of the Toronto organization, the excitement continues to build. “The draft is such a fun experience,” Poulson said. “It’s probably my favorite time of the year, and the draft room is one of my favorite places in the world. “It’s a culmination of so many people’s work that spans for months, even years. Seeing how we value the information from everyone in the room and really collaborate to create that great process is such a cool experience.” Poulson understands the plethora of factors accounting for the organization’s draft process,…

Embracing controlled chaos
OUTDOOR CINEMA: HOW TO SET UP AN OUTDOOR PROJECTOR IN YOUR GARDEN

OUTDOOR CINEMA: HOW TO SET UP AN OUTDOOR PROJECTOR IN YOUR GARDEN

Setting up an outdoor cinema in your own backyard is a lot easier than you think. Outdoor projectors start at reasonable prices and even the most affordable models offer huge picture potential. Built-in sound systems and makeshift projection surfaces can keep things within budget, but for proper AV quality, try dedicated speakers and an outdoor projector screen. This is outdoor cinema, though. Light pollution may be beyond your control and even big speakers can sound small in the open air. Striving for projection perfection will lead only to frustration. Instead, work with your settings – don’t blow a fuse trying to fight the elements. Picking a garden cinema set-up is about identifying the features you need, choosing the right equipment, being mindful of your budget and staying on the right side of…

PANDEMIC-PROOF LUXURY

PANDEMIC-PROOF LUXURY

Sweeping away years of scepticism around online sales, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the auction world into an incredible phase of experimentation last year. In a bid to find newer ways to connect with their clients amidst a global health crisis, luxury auction houses took a massive digital leap with record sales in 2020. According to Mercury Project, a Switzerland-based research firm, the five big auction houses — Antiquorum, Bonhams, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips — clocked a revenue of CHF 316 million against all odds last year. “As the world started to shut down in March, we were not sure how the luxury watch market would respond to the pandemic, but we soon realised that our clients were still hungry for watches. They wanted to buy from the confines of their homes.…

Can CATS Predict EARTHQUAKES?

Can CATS Predict EARTHQUAKES?

Our planet quakes thousands of times a year, but we still can’t predict exactly when and where earthquakes will strike. What if animals’ odd behavior could warn us? Ancient Greeks told a story about how mice, weasels, snakes, and centipedes ran off days before a terrible earthquake. And people still claim that animals act weird before earthquakes hit. Dogs keep on barking. Cows stop making milk. Toads jump out of ponds. From 2009 to 2012, scientists videoed ants living in an active earthquake area. They found the ants were more active at night instead of during the day in the hours before an earthquake. Researchers have reviewed hundreds of reports like this, but most were just anecdotes—single observations that cannot be tested or repeated. Where’s the Proof? San Francisco geologist Jim Berkland predicted quakes…

All in the FAMILY

Childhood surfing holidays spent with their father on the NSW South Coast were fresh in their memories when brothers Luke and Jay Baldwin bought this four-bedroom 1950s bungalow in 2018. Two hours’ drive from Sydney, it would be the ideal weekender and getaway from their busy working lives. However, for these professional green thumbs – Luke is a landscape architect and Jay is a landscape construction manager, at Formed Gardens – their design flair never goes on holiday, as this home reveals. That sense of style extends both inside and out, the two melding into a seamless whole. When they first sighted the cottage, it was a humble fibro, tellingly described by the real-estate ads as a “DIY delight”. The house was the victim of a renovation abandoned midway by the previous…

All in the FAMILY
“When We Save Quiet We Save Everything Else”

“When We Save Quiet We Save Everything Else”

AFTER THE GREAT QUIET descended during the COVID-19 lockdown, we saw what the power of silence could do—to our over-stimulated brains and to the natural world. It was so quiet from March to May 2020, that scientists determined this “seismic silence” to be the longest period of quiet in recorded history. While we might have become more creative, whales migrated closer to shore due to the lack of ship noise interfering with their sound location, wildlife were free to roam—a puma sauntered through Chile’s deserted capital city, coyotes were spotted near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge—and in New York City, residents heard more birds than traffic. But as the world reopens and airplane engine roars increase can we keep the last quiet places…well, quiet? On a Quiet Quest Gordon Hempton, the Sound Tracker, hopes…

The Way We Buy Wine Now

IN THE ONLINE I-WANT-IT-NOW WORLD, you can get almost anything you want any time you want. Push a button, fill out a form, and there at your door are dish towels and diamonds (4.1 carats, $75,960, yours on Amazon), cat food and caviar and chopsticks (why not LED light-saber ones, while you’re at it?). I needed some touch-up paint for my car not long ago: It came to me second-day from Russia. Feeling bored and lonely? A virtual friend on replika.ai might help. Just feeling straight-up weird? Overnight yourself a Brazilian rainbow boa constrictor from xyzreptiles.com, and throw in some frozen mice for good measure. But surprisingly, when it comes to “almost anything,” one of the few things that can actually be hard to get online is wine. Thanks to the…

The Way We Buy Wine Now
We Were There

We Were There

Gupta refutes the gesture of erasure, confirming the presence of these men and the culture of cruising that was a part of Delhi. On November 26, 1982, the Guardian, in its Third World Review section, ran a piece with the startling headline “They Dare Not Speak Its Name in Delhi: Sunil Gupta on the Secret Suffering of India’s Homosexual Community.” At the time, being gay in India was still illegal, as decreed by Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, instituted in 1861 during the British rule of India. “One of the best kept secrets in India is the practice of homosexuality, although there is no lack of practitioners from all social classes,” Gupta writes, noting the constant “fear of discovery” and that Indian society “requires the individual to dedicate his/her…

6 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PERIOD LESS PAINFUL

It’s a pretty common scenario: You, on the couch, clutching a pillow, cursing your cramps. In fact, dysmenorrhea (the scientific term for pain associated with menstruation) affects about half of all women who get their period for at least one or two days each month. But discomfort doesn’t have to be a regular occurrence. Follow these strategies to keep you feeling strong and healthy all month long. 1 GET AHEAD “Most period cramps are caused by an overproduction or oversensitivity to the hormone prostaglandin", explains Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynaecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine in the US. “Prostaglandins help the uterine muscles contract, but they can also cause other muscles like those in the gut to contract, causing pain as well as diarrhoea…

6 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PERIOD LESS PAINFUL

No-Bake

Rainbow Fruit Ice Pops Serve up a taste of sunshine with these layered frozen delights that are bursting with fruity freshness 1 cup raspberries1/2 cup coconut water1 Tbs. lemon juice2 Tbs. agave syrup6 (1 cup) ice pop molds with handles or paper drinking cups and wooden ice pop sticks2 peaches, peeled, pitted, sliced1/2 cup orange juice1 Tbs. lime juice4 kiwi, peeled, sliced1/2 cup pineapple juice In blender, puree raspberries with coconut water, lemon juice and 1 Tbs. agave syrup until smooth. Evenly divide mixture among ice pop molds or drinking cups. Freeze at least 1 hr. Rinse blender. In blender, puree peaches, orange juice, lime juice and remaining 1 Tbs. agave syrup until smooth. Pour over raspberry layers in molds. Freeze at least 1 hr. Rinse blender. Puree kiwi and pineapple juice until smooth. Pour…

No-Bake
DEBUNKING 3 OF THE MOST COMMON MEDICAL MYTHS

DEBUNKING 3 OF THE MOST COMMON MEDICAL MYTHS

1. VEGANS DON’T GET ENOUGH PROTEIN. A vegan diet is one completely devoid of all animal products, ranging from red meat to eggs and even milk. One myth that has been perpetuated throughout our culture is that this type of diet would not offer enough protein to satisfy our daily requirement, and that animal-based protein is needed for survival. Some of the largest land mammals are completely herbivorous, which vegans argue is a testament that eating animals is not necessary for survival, stature, or muscle integrity. Humans require 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. This equates to about 56 grams for an average 70 kilogram (154 lbs.) person. By substituting animal products with protein-rich beans such as pinto beans, lentils, and edamame, soybean-based products, and other protein-rich foods,…

Can Science Cure Death? It Sure Looks Like It.

Can Science Cure Death? It Sure Looks Like It.

NICK SARAEV IS 25 YEARS OLD, FAR TOO YOUNG, IT WOULD seem, to be thinking about death. And yet, since he turned 21, he has taken steps to prevent the infirmities of old age. Every day, he takes 2,000 mg of fish oil and 4,000 IU of vitamin D to help prevent heart disease and other ailments. He steams or pressure-cooks most of his meals because, he says, charring meats creates chemicals that may increase the risk of cancer. And in the winter, he keeps the humidity of his home at 35 percent, because dry air chaps his skin and makes him cough, both of which he considers manifestations of chronic inflammation, which may be bad for longevity. Based on the life expectancies of young men in North America, Saraev, a…

The Urban Exodus

The Urban Exodus

City dwellers experienced a once-in-a-generation collective primal urge last year: escape. Like Roman aristocrats and wealthy Londoners during plague pandemics of yore, many of us chose to head for the healthful air of the countryside. Those who lacked a well-appointed bolt-hole urged their brokers to acquire one pronto, sparking bidding wars in spacious suburbs and resort towns such as the Hamptons. Sales of South Fork homes priced at more than $2 million rose 156 percent in the last quarter of 2020 compared to the previous year, while one village, Quogue, saw an increase of 388 percent, according to Corcoran. Some ex-urbanites have enrolled children in local schools and plan to stay put indefinitely. Snowbirds who used to migrate annually to Florida hot spots such as Boca Raton are now feathering permanent…

AWAKEN YOUR INNER CHILD

AWAKEN YOUR INNER CHILD

We dip Zoo biscuits – blue, pink, orange and green – into rooibos tea, with Eva Cassidy’s ‘Wade in the Water’ playing in the background. My friend from Johannesburg is visiting me and the cats. ‘Rietie, I just want to sit with you,’ she says. Her heart is aching, her mother died recently. Her father is lonely. She has to come to visit from the North. Zoo biscuits soothe. We think back to children’s parties, to moms who comforted with sweet treats. Often it’s those things from long ago that keep us strong when we are older. The childhood teddy bear, Granny’s old eiderdown, the crocheted blanket that Mom made from yarn remnants while we were at school. Childhood is indeed a time of wonder. Every day is filled with discoveries. The baby…

Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

1. Cascadian Conflict Congrats to Seattle on becoming the NHL’s darling new baby. Everyone wants to pinch your big, slimy cephalopod cheeks! But watch out: Little brother can’t be far behind. After all, nearby Portland has a rich hockey tradition: The Portland Rosebuds were the first U.S. team to compete for the Stanley Cup when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in 1916. They also have an arena (the Moda Center) and a great potential name: the Buckaroos, a moniker the Rosebuds adopted in the 1920s. 2. Lift Off Most of these proposed new NHL franchises are in the northern half of the map. That makes sense: It’s colder. But it’s hard for us to fit all the text on the page up there, so uh … Texas gets another team. Congrats! Seriously,…

From the Ground UP

I know my younger sister, Inge, well. I know her style and she knows mine, which is why we get along well. So, not surprisingly, she entrusted me, along with my husband, to design the interiors and exterior of the garden house/pool house on her property outside Bruges, Belgium. What appears to be an old building is largely new. This garden building was completed in 2019, but it looks as if it has existed since the eighteenth century, which was the intention. In fact, many, but not all, of its architectural elements have been salvaged from old European buildings—the bricks, floor tiles, the orangery’s windows, the oak beams that course the ceiling, the roof tiles. The dwelling functions as its own residence, complete with a kitchenette, a bath, and a wonderful sitting…

From the Ground UP
Inflation

Inflation

Well into the 19th century, the word “inflation” referred mostly to bodily phenomena. It meant an enlargement of hot air in your stomach, a cancerous growth, a swollen organ, an imminent fart. Samuel Johnson’s dictionary from 1755 called it “the state of being swelled with wind.” Today, inflation tends to be used in an economic context, denoting an increase in the price of goods and the resulting loss in purchasing power. Five percent inflation means that $1,000 in June 2021 can buy you 95 books; before, it got you 100. Yet the word has not drifted so far from its roots. It’s still described as an illness in our body economic, a toxic byproduct of gluttonous government spending and bloated wages for workers. The response from some quarters to President Joe…

off to the beach

Ultimate lobster rolls Lobster rolls are a classic dish on the north-eastern coast of America. A brioche bun is stuffed with lobster, mayo and celery and served with salty potato ‘chips’ – they’re a real treat. Take the elements to the beach then assemble. You could also use white crabmeat. Esther Clark SERVES 4-6 PREP 35 mins COOK 5 mins EASY 3 x 500g cooked whole lobsters, fresh or frozen (defrosted if frozen)3-4 tbsp mayonnaise1 small lemon, juiced1 celery stalk, finely chopped¼ bunch of chives, finely sliced pinch of cayenne pepper, plus an extra pinch to serve6 brioche hot dog buns or8 small brioche rolls1-2 tbsp butter ready salted crisps, to serve (optional) 1 Crack the lobsters open using the back of a chef ’s knife or a lobster cracker. Do this carefully so…

off to the beach
Cool compositions

Cool compositions

The way you organise the elements in a scene is incredibly important for images that exhibit visual balance and draw the viewer into the image. Simply lifting the camera to your eye and shooting without care or attention is definitely out of the question. Try composing handheld with the camera at different heights, and move around the subject to find the best angle before attaching the camera to the tripod. Next, start thinking about composition and how the different elements within the scene balance with each other. 1 Centrally composed It’s often said that you should never compose a seascape or landscape with the horizon or subject in the centre of the frame – but with some seascapes, it provides more balance than the rule of thirds. The reflection of the sunset on…

YOGA FOR DIGESTION

YOGA FOR DIGESTION

If you suffer from digestive issues, you’ll know how debilitating they can be. Bloating, stomach cramps, indigestion, nausea – not to mention that growing list of ingredients you have to avoid – can mean nourishing yourself becomes a daily challenge. But elimination diets and food restricting aren’t the only way to manage your symptoms and heal the underlying cause of your digestive complaint. Research published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine found a 12-week course of hourly yoga sessions three times a week not only improved the participants’ quality of life and significantly reduced their IBS symptoms (think stomach pain, nausea, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and fatigue) but also meant they could reduce their medication. So how does yoga help? As well as improving overall wellbeing, yoga calms an overactive parasympathetic nervous…

smart YOU solutions

Chair move boosts afternoon energy When an afternoon slump strikes while you’re sitting at your desk, perk up with this simple stretch: Scoot to the edge of your seat and extend your legs in front of you, inhaling as you lift your hands overhead. Exhale while slowly bending down toward your feet, letting your head drop and shoulders relax. Hold for a few breaths, then slowly roll back up. This modified yoga move stimulates the nervous system and boosts oxygen flow for a burst of can-do energy. QUICK POLL How do you keep feet from slipping? It’s so uncomfortable when our feet overheat and slide around in our sandals. FIRST readers reveal the easy ways they sidestep the slippage 61% ❤ this idea! Place double-sided tape in your insoles to help anchor your feet in place,…

smart YOU solutions

HEY NEIGHBOR! SAY HELLO TO ANJA TYSON

“If you're feeling overwhelmed by the state of the world and wondering how to help, look around where you are right now. You’ll probably see your work appear,” says Anja Tyson. For her, this happened during New York City’s first lockdown in 2020 when she launched neversleeps.nyc, an online resource connecting individuals with ways to help their communities. Created on a Friday night using a free WordPress template, the website gets its name from its hometown and Tyson’s all-hours schedule. As a single mom with a full-time career as a sustainability consultant in the fashion industry, Tyson maintains the site on nights and weekends. “I really believe in the importance of building community and sharing resources,” she says. Here, Tyson shares her tips on how you can do the same. Follow…

HEY NEIGHBOR! SAY HELLO TO ANJA TYSON

We Might as Well Fly

The Woman in Valencia Annie Perreault Translated by Ann Marie Boulanger QC Fiction 216 pages, softcover and ebook A WOMAN, WITH ALL WE CONSIDER beautiful decaying, her blond hair faded, her frame bone-thin and her pale skin as waxy as death, quietly drops herself from the fourth-floor terrace of a four-star hotel near the Mediterranean coast. The last person to speak to her, Claire Halde, watches, frozen, as she clutches the falling stranger’s purse — a purse that whispers to her, in the universal language of women, that its owner no longer has need of such earthly trappings. A few feet away, Claire’s husband and children splash away in the pool, happily unaware. Time slows to a crawl. There is a trail of blood along the wooden deck from the woman’s cut wrist. She lets…

We Might as Well Fly

Canon EOS 250D

Looking to get your hands on your first DSLR? Then this compact all-rounder from Canon could be just the ticket. It’s feature-packed and fairly quick and easy to get up and running. While the camera features a traditional DSLR style layout and buttons, it was smaller than we’d expected. But, that being said, there’s enough of the 250D to achieve a decent, steady hold. We managed to curl three fingers around the 250D’s grip at the front, while our forefinger hovered over the shutter release button. The thumb of the right hand ergonomically comes to rest on the pad at the back. On the feature front, the manufacturer has managed to throw in a pop-up flash along with the regular vacant hot shoe for the attachment of an accessory flashgun. There is…

Canon EOS 250D
Mallee MEANDERINGS

Mallee MEANDERINGS

THE Western District town of Nhill was the starting point for this Mallee trip by members of Melbourne’s Midweek 4WD Club. The Club has an older demographic than some 4WD clubs and, as its name suggests, members generally try to avoid busy weekends and holiday periods. With COVID having largely put the kibosh on 4x4 touring in 2020, the Mallee, only five hours’ drive from Melbourne, was the farthest some of our group had travelled for 18 months. After hitting the gravel a few kilometres out of Nhill, tyre pressures were reduced to 25 to 30psi to take the edge off the rough surface, before heading towards our camp at Big Billy Bore some 100km to the north. After being confined to the city for so long it felt like coming home…

LISTENING TO STONEHENGE

LISTENING TO STONEHENGE

STONEHENGE REMAINS profoundly mysterious. We still aren’t certain who built it, or why they aligned its geometry with the summer solstice, or brought the smaller stones from 180 miles away, or what range of purposes it served. But every year scientists learn more about the great stone enigma on Salisbury Plain. Most recently, a team from the University of Salford, in Manchester, and English Heritage, the charitable trust that manages Stonehenge, made a breakthrough about the monument’s acoustical wonders. Despite the lack of a roof, the research team has found, the original circle of 157 standing stones (only 63 complete stones remain today) once acted like a sound chamber. For people in the inner sanctum 4,000 years ago, the placement of stones would have amplified and enhanced human voices and music…

Father and Sons

Father and Sons

Rivers are round, naturalist Aldo Leopold said. He meant the seamlessness of life and continuum of energy flowing from sun to plants to insects to trout. For John N. Maclean, the round river that connects now and then, and family and friends, is the Blackfoot. The Montana river, which flows near his family’s cabin in Seeley Lake, starts with a slide down the west slope of the Continental Divide, meanders through flats, then quickens and hugs the east flank of the Garnet Range before yielding to the Clark Fork near Missoula. It’s a river given prominence by his father, Norman Maclean, the author of A River Runs Through It, a dark poem of a book about rivers and fly-fishing, but more intimately about a troubled brother who lived at full throttle…

Hello, Trello!

When it comes to genealogy, there are never enough hours to do research. And to make matters worse, we can easily get distracted from our work when we do find the time by bright shiny objects (also known as “BSOs”) such as automated record hints. What’s a family historian to do? To best streamline your research, you’ll want to develop a system to log—and save for later—the seemingly endless genealogy “to-do” items that crop up as you learn more about your ancestors. And when you finally do handle those tasks, find a way of logging what you found there to prevent repeating yourself in the future. Enter Trello <www.trello.com>, a free online collaboration tool that organizes projects and ideas into easy-to-navigate boards, lists and cards. If you’re ready to level up your…

Hello, Trello!
BOWL ME OVER

BOWL ME OVER

Tropical Fruit Smoothie Bowls HANDS-ON: 5 MIN. TOTAL: 5 MIN. Opt for a frozen banana if you prefer a thicker smoothie bowl. 2 cups fresh or frozen cubed mango1 small banana, frozen if desired¾ cup chopped fresh pineapple1 cup unsweetened refrigerated light coconut milk1 to 2 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach1 Tbsp. honeyOptional toppings:¼ cup chopped macadamia nuts¼ cup unsweetened raw coconut chips, toasted2 to 3 Tbsp. crystallized ginger, chopped8 tsp. chia seedsFresh mint leaves Place mango, banana, pineapple, coconut milk, spinach, and honey in a blender; process until smooth. Divide among 4 bowls and sprinkle evenly with toppings, if desired. Serve immediately. SERVES 4 (serving size: 1 cup smoothie) CALORIES 154; FAT 4g (sat 1g, unsat 2g); PROTEIN 4g; CARB 31g; FIBER 5g; SUGARS 22g (added sugars 4g); SODIUM 24mg; CALC 15% DV;…

Q: WHAT SHOULD I WEAR AT THE OFFICE?

Looking back, the death knell for the power suit may have actually sounded years ago. In 2016, JP Morgan made headlines when it announced the relaxation of its executive dress code in order to reflect ‘the way [the workplace] is changing’. The Wall Street bank was trying to adapt to its increasingly informal-looking clientele, who were abandoning the buttoned-up look in favour of ‘business casual’. Other banks soon followed – Goldman Sachs loosened the wardrobe guidelines for its technology division the following year, to help attract more top-tier Millennial and Gen Z talent, before expanding it into a company-wide policy in 2019. ‘In almost every industry, short of working in a courtroom where a gown and wig are a uniform, we’ve seen a shift towards being able to wear more expressive…

Q: WHAT SHOULD I WEAR AT THE OFFICE?
The Influencers’ Influences EARTHWORLD ARCHITECTS

The Influencers’ Influences EARTHWORLD ARCHITECTS

While Braam de Villiers and André Eksteen were earning their degrees at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Architecture in the mid-1990s, the concept of sustainable architecture was virtually unheard of. Yet André vividly remembers one of their lecturers, Dr Dieter Holm, insisting that his students heed the warnings of the environmental NGO Club of Rome, whose now-famous “The Limits To Growth” report (published in 1972) predicted that economic growth couldn’t continue indefinitely due to Earth’s finite resources. “The 1980s saw the rise of mass-production drafting, where theme parks and malls became the norm in Pretoria,” recalls André. “Developers were counting their cents, and the buildings were not designed to last for decades. Most of them have been redeveloped or demolished.” That’s not to say that there wasn’t also a wealth of…

THE YOGI’S GUIDE TO Better Mental Health

THE YOGI’S GUIDE TO Better Mental Health

IF THE LAST 18 MONTHS have left you feeling more fearful, anxious, hopeless, or depressed, you’re not alone. Between a global pandemic, social unrest, extensive job loss, a dwindling economy, and more Zoom meetings than we could count, the past year and a half has been—let’s be honest—lousy. Even as widespread vaccinations signal a turning point in the deadly coronavirus pandemic, its impacts are far from over, says the American Psychological Association (APA). “We’ve been concerned throughout this pandemic about the level of prolonged stress—exacerbated by the grief, trauma, and isolation—that Americans are experiencing,” says Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, APA’s chief executive officer. The APA’s latest poll shows the impact of this stress: 67 percent of US adults reported unwanted changes in sleeping habits since the pandemic hit, while nearly…

Sense the Benefits of Nature

Research shows that time in nature offers an abundance of psychological and physiological benefits. However, according to data gathered by Statista, over half of the world’s population lived in urban areas in 2021, with around 82% of North Americans, 80% of Latin Americans, and 75% of Europeans residing in cities. Luckily, even if you don’t have easy access to lush forests or fresh sea air, opening up to the benefits of nature is as simple as tapping into your five senses. Sight People who look out their windows at a natural landscape report higher life satisfaction, happiness, and self-esteem, and less loneliness and depression. But if your view offers more grey concrete than green leaves, consider some houseplants or even artwork depicting nature, which have been shown to reduce stress and offer…

Sense the Benefits of Nature

REACH READERS WITH A NEWSLETTER

Eighteen years ago, novelist and poet Erika Dreifus completed an MFA degree and found herself inspired to share literary opportunities and resources with other writers. A newsletter, she decided, would help her to broadcast this information widely while creating a writing community. In 2004, she launched The Practicing Writer, a digital newsletter published on the first day of each month. “I was also trying to cultivate more teaching and related opportunities in the writing world,” Dreifus explains. “The newsletter allowed me to alert subscribers about my own services and courses.” Digital newsletters for writers have been around for decades. Some provide subscribers with writing prompts and short essays on craft. Some feature interviews or author profiles or guest posts by people connected in some way to the literary community. Some, like The…

REACH READERS WITH A NEWSLETTER
2021 Ducati Multistrada V4S

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4S

The large-displacement adventure motorcycle segment is a critical landscape for manufacturers, providing the financial margin and consumer excitement needed to sustain future opportunities in this rapidly changing market. Traditional superbike producers like Ducati have expanded their offerings to include scramblers and adventure models, all benefiting from the brand’s style and performance. The new Ducati Multistrada V4S, featuring their flagship Panigale V4 motor is their best adventure bike yet, and a solid shot across the Bavarian bow. As a touring motorcycle, the new Multistrada is the most comfortable Ducati I have traveled on, combining the smoothness of the V4 with the upright riding position of an adventure bike. While the performance of the Ducati is to be expected, the touring attributes are worthy of notable praise, starting with the wind protection and…

The heat is on out west

The heat is on out west

THERE is no question that the drought and recent heat across the western US is bad. Unseasonably high temperatures baked Washington and Oregon, with new highs of 41.7°C in Seattle on 28 June and 44.4°C in Portland on 27 June. Canada, better equipped for blizzards, also suffered in a deadly, record-breaking heatwave. A dry winter means exceptional and severe drought now blankets large swathes of the western US states, with hot summer months still to come – leading to worries of another potentially disastrous wildfire season. The drought is intense even for a region that played host to part of a historic six-year drought starting in 2011. “It’s extraordinarily bad already,” says Peter Gleick at the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California. Spectacularly dry conditions don’t guarantee a wildfire season worse than last…

Prep for a Pet

Think on It You may be eager to welcome a pet into the familia. But first consider if you can manage the commitment of caring for a pet for the long haul. That could mean up to 15 years for a dog and up to 20 years for a cat. Puppies need to go out every hour until trained, says Emily Fromm, chief development officer at the Petfinder Foundation, in Tucson. And puppies and kittens need to be fed three times a day. “Kids should also plan to spend two hours a day playing with the animal and giving it stimulation and exercise,” she adds. Do a Practice Run Observe your kids with animals before adopting, says Kenny Lamberti, director of grassroots advocacy for Best Friends Animal Society. Pet sit for a friend,…

Prep for a Pet

THE AWAKENING

In March 2020, with the stunning arrival of the novel coronavirus, the bustling, worldwide business of bareboat and crewed charter-yacht vacations came to a standstill. Now, a little over a year later, with vaccinations available and national borders reopening—and with many weary sailors emerging from isolation and eager to both travel and hoist sails—the pandemic seems to be in retreat, and the charter industry as a whole appears poised for an astounding comeback. Which leads to two questions: What, exactly, happened? And what does the future really hold? Charlie Cary knew from the first moment he laid eyes on the pristine waters of Sir Francis Drake Channel—the storied strait coursing through the celebrated, sun-splashed isles that constitute the sailor’s paradise known as the British Virgin Islands—that he’d arrived somewhere very special.…

THE AWAKENING

Italian Dinner Alfresco

IT’S ONE OF THE SIMPLE PLEASURES of summer: sitting around an outdoor table with friends, enjoying a home-cooked meal, and soaking in the laid-back feeling of the season. But the mad dash to put all that food on the table might leave the host feeling far from relaxed. Not so with this special Italian spread that’s full of make-ahead potential. A board piled with proscuitto, arugula, Burrata cheese, and grilled bread makes a so-easy cocktail-hour nibble—you can even enlist guests to help while you toss together a fresh vegetable-packed spaghetti. A hearty kale Caesar salad can be ready to go a few hours in advance (in fact, it’s even better that way), and bite-size meatballs are just as delicious cooked ahead, frozen, and reheated in a pantry-friendly tomato sauce. For the main…

Italian Dinner Alfresco

Hold my Drink

Hi, I’m Aby and I’m not an alcoholic. However, by the time this article gets published it will be more than six months since I decided to get sober. I had my last sip of alcohol on New Year’s Eve--a full 15 minutes before the clock turned twelve. The idea to stop drinking came to me the moment I decided to move back permanently to Manila from Madrid in November of 2020. The clean slate in Manila and the beginning of a new year offered an opportunity to cultivate fresh habits and quit old ones—including the dreadful drinking habit I picked up in Spain. You see, I had been living in Madrid for the last couple of years. In Spain, I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful selection of fine but affordable Spanish wines,…

Hold my Drink
The suburbs as they are, and could be

The suburbs as they are, and could be

Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, I am left with a nagging sensation that it is horrifying not only because of the death rate – which is in fact much lower than a pandemic has the potential to produce – but because it has revealed rather more fundamental underlying patterns. They describe a set of deeper crises now finally here at scale, beginning to roil and roll around us. A global pandemic, almost certainly generated by rampant biodiversity degradation, appears hot on the heels of Australia’s continent-scale bushfires and is, in turn, followed by devastating floods. And yet life itself seemed on hold. There was a great waiting though for what no one knew. — Richard Flanagan, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams1 These crises, encompassing not only COVID and climate but also…

MALE INFERTILITY IS MORE COMMON THAN YOU MAY REALISE.

1 in 6 couples will have trouble conceiving. 30% of fertility issues are due to male factor infertility. WHEN TALKING ABOUT INFERTILITY, PEOPLE OFTEN SPEAK ABOUT FEMALE FERTILITY FACTORS. THE TRUTH IS THAT IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO. “There’s a lot of stigma around male infertility,” says Monash IVF Consultant Andrology Professor Rob McLachlan. “Many of my patients are really sad that they can’t get their partners pregnant. But the truth is that 1 in 20 men are infertile. Male infertility is so much more common than people realise,” he says. Male fertility problems may include blockages to the transport of sperm, sperm problems (like low sperm count), erectile dysfunction or issues with hormones. Some of these fertility problems are treatable with expert help – allowing men to go on to have healthy…

MALE INFERTILITY IS MORE COMMON THAN YOU MAY REALISE.
BORED & TIRED?

BORED & TIRED?

Most of us have spent more time with our partners in the past year than we ever have before. Let’s be frank – we are tired of each other. Even the strongest relationships have felt the strain. Now, as restrictions have eased, this is the perfect opportunity to take stock and give your relationship some badly needed TLC. Ask what you both want from your relationship from now on It’s time to start talking about how you want your relationship to look in future. What did you like about the past year? What, ideally, would you change? Invite your partner to share their views honestly. Sit down together. Rather than saying, ‘This is what I want,’ be interested in what the other person has to say. Discover what you can agree on. Ask…

POSTCARD FROM THE HAMPTONS

WHEN DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER THE HAMPTONS? ‘I visited more than 15 years ago and instantly fell in love with the empty beaches, relaxed vibe and small-town feel – a world away from bustling NYC. It’s obviously best known as a summer hotspot, to which people really do flock from the city, but my earliest memory is of walking along the shore in winter when there was snow. I’ve returned every year since.’ YOUR IDEAL DAY HERE? ‘It would start with breakfast at Sip’n Soda in Southampton. It’s a family-run, old-school American parlour serving burgers and shakes, but also does great brunch platters and omelettes to order. Following that, I would have a picnic on the beach and go for a swim or play tennis. In the evening, you can’t beat a barbecue…

POSTCARD FROM THE HAMPTONS
Can Cryptocurrency Replace the US Dollar?

Can Cryptocurrency Replace the US Dollar?

Even though its value is no longer pinned to great stacks of gold in Fort Knox, the US dollar is a stable and trusted currency worldwide. It’s the reserve currency for the world, supporting international transactions and all aspects of the global economy. But will it continue to hold that position? Might Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency eventually replace it? At the virtual RSA security conference (RSAC 2021) in May, Dr. Kenneth Geers, external communications analyst for Very Good Security, explored this topic, along with Very Good Security’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Kathy Wang. “Is cryptocurrency going to change my life? Change the world?” asked Geers. “Will it bring the end of the nation-state?” Geers led off by pointing out Bitcoin’s amazingly meteoric rise. On May 22, 2010—a day now dubbed Bitcoin…

Is climate change making storms worse?

Is climate change making storms worse?

An otherwise relatively quiet season of tropical storms in the Atlantic came to a noisy end when Hurricane Dorian struck Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas on 1 September 2019. With wind gusts of 295km/h, the tropical storm smashed much of the beautiful archipelago to matchwood. Roofs were blown off houses, cars knocked over; waves up to seven metres high caused major flooding. When the destructive storm finally loosened its grip on the Bahamas a few days later and moved up the American east coast, a total of 77 people had lost their lives, with 245 men, women and children missing. Hurricane Dorian was the most powerful storm ever to strike the Bahamas. The powerful winds placed the tropical storm high on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane wind scale. Category 1 storms begin…

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

“ILLUMINATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT TO THE HUMAN SPECIES. THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS FIRE’S BEEN CONSIDERED AN ESSENTIAL PART OF EVERY HOME, CAMP OR CAVE.” Illumination has always been important to the human species. That’s one of the reasons fire’s been considered an essential part of every home, camp or cave. The desire to light up the night is why we’ve invented electric lights and endless models of lanterns, flashlights and other lighting devices. As we all proceed into more and more modern technologies, let’s refresh our simple knowledge of lighting with some of the very basics we can make that go back to the beginning: oil lamps and candles. OIL LAMPS Oil lamps have been around for at least a few thousand years. They can take many forms, but they’re simply a vessel…

let's cook… sweet potato boats

let's cook… sweet potato boats

You will need: 1 sweet potato per person1 handful of spinach1 clove of garlic, grated1 tin of chickpeas, drained1 small tin of sweet cornGrated cheeseOilSalt & Pepper Put the sweet potatoes whole in the oven to roast for 20 minutes. Take the sweet potatoes out of the oven. Let them cool for a bit. Cut them in half. Scoop out the flesh. Transfer the fried mixture into the shells of the sweet potatoes. Pack nicely and grate some cheese over them. Prepare the filling by frying the garlic, spinach, chickpeas and sweetcorn in a pan with a little oil for 10 minutes. Add the flesh to the pan and fry for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Place them back in the oven for 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Take them out of the oven and…

Daring Air

Daring Air

Wakesurfing is undoubtedly cool, wakeboarding lets you experience the thrills of big air, and good old-fashioned water-skiing will forever be fun. But the most versatile towable remains the inflatable. Once made from literal tire tubes, which is how we still refer to them, today’s versions are more durable and maneuverable, and they amp up the thrill level far beyond the tubes of old. Yes, in the process some offerings have gotten a little, shall we say, unique. (Did we really see a four-passenger stand-up model that looks like a giant traffic cone?) But overall, inflatables have gotten a lot more fun—which, after all, is the point. How do you choose the best inflatable for your friends and family in this sea of durable, maneuverable, thrilling—and occasionally downright weird—blow-up toys? We’d argue…

wait, you mean i can eat that?

pear & raspberry oat crumble serves 6 | prep 10 mins (+5 mins standing) | cooking 1 hour LF 4 large pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1.5cm pieces2 tbs pure maple syrup1 tsp vanilla bean paste1 tbs wholemeal spelt flour250g (2 cups) frozen raspberries Greek yoghurt, to serve (optional)crumble45g (¼cup) wholemeal spelt flour % tsp baking powder90g (1 cup) rolled oats2 tbs pure maple syrup1 tsp vanilla bean paste1½ tbs olive oil spread 1 Preheat oven to 190°C/170°C fan forced. Lightly grease a 1L (4-cup) baking dish. 2 Combine the pears, maple syrup, vanilla, flour and raspberries in a large bowl. Gently toss to combine. Transfer to prepared dish. Cover dish tightly with foil. Place on a large baking tray. Bake, stirring halfway through cooking, for 40 minutes or until the fruit is almost…

wait, you mean i can eat that?
Can You Be Addicted to ISOLATION?

Can You Be Addicted to ISOLATION?

IT’S 5 A.M. ON A SUNDAY MORNING when I truly take in my surroundings. I’m on a makeshift dance floor in the basement of a random local shop with a roomful of strangers and the one friend who’s happy to take any evening as far into the night as I am. She looks terrible. I can only assume that, after eight hours of frantic drinking and dancing, I look the same. Once again, a night that started out relatively civilized—a meal at a bougie new restaurant—has descended into chaos. Reckless nights out like this were a staple of my life BC (before topped off with brunch and more escapades with another set of friends the next day. The prospect of a night in—or, worse, a night in alone—seemed dull. Tragic, even.…

GILT EDGED

GILT EDGED

LAYERED SHADES of white on white and the installation of a new master ensuite and additional skylights and windows uplift the interiors of this heritage home. Phoebe Nicol of Phoebe Nicol Interior Architecture skilfully updated, refreshed and rationalised the Woollahra, NSW, property, bringing it into a new century all ready to face a beautiful future. How did you become involved with this project and what was the client’s brief? Owners Jessie and Maclay approached me in January 2020 as they had just purchased the house and were excited to renovate. It was their first home and their first renovation, and they wanted to create a young space that balanced its heritage features with a pared-back modernity. The final result is a home that is easy to live in without compromising…

WHEN COVID NEVER GOES AWAY

LATE LAST SPRING, Brian Block, M.D., noticed that some of the people coming into his clinic at the University of California, San Francisco—the one he and his colleagues created to help people recover from severe Covid—weren’t who he’d anticipated. Alongside those who had been hospitalized with Covid, which was the population he and his colleagues had expected to care for, about a quarter of the patients were people who had never been hospitalized for the disease. They’d had “mild” acute Covid—a fever, a cough that they’d recovered from quickly. But months after thinking they’d beaten the illness, they didn’t feel like themselves—heart palpitations, brain fog, an inability to exercise even close to how they used to. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Monica Lypson, M.D., was seeing the same…

WHEN COVID NEVER GOES AWAY

In praise of FRIENDSHIP

I introduced myself to my now oldest best friend by whacking her around the ankles with a hockey stick. We were 12, she was new to our comprehensive and very good at hockey. I’d been there a year and wasn’t, but what I lacked in skill I made up for in competitive ‘enthusiasm’, and I didn’t think much of the flashy new girl who could run tons faster than me. ‘I am incredibly lucky to have these women in my life’ Despite my shameful lack of sportsmanship, a few weeks after The Incident, she and I became friends. Forty-five years later, she still cheerfully reminds me of our wobbly start – when I told her I was writing this for w&h, she said, ‘Are you going to mention you could have broken…

In praise of FRIENDSHIP

Herbs for healthy pets-inside and out

Pets also need some pampering in winter. Like people, animals feel the cold and their immune systems are put under pressure by cold weather. There are skin complaints, joint inflammation and arthritis that can flare up as well, especially in older animals. Besides being kept warm, cats and dogs, even birds, can benefit from healthy herbal tonics added to their food and drinking water. Using herbs to ease digestive problems and expel worms are other ways to help to maintain a pet’s general level of health, while herbal washes keep coats and skin healthy. (It is always important to stress that herbal treatments should never replace a visit to the vet.) According to Mary Wulff-Tilford and Gregory Tilford, authors of Herbs for Pets (Bowtie Press), the greatest healing potential of herbs…

Herbs for healthy pets-inside and out
I Found the Perfect Place to Retire

I Found the Perfect Place to Retire

Sometimes things get settled in an unsettling way. During the pandemic and lockdown, our household made a life-altering decision: We settled on a place to retire. And we moved there. Retirement, however, is still a ways away. So here’s how this came to be: A year ago in this magazine, I wrote about how my wife and I, then living in Northern Virginia and knowing we didn’t want to stay there in retirement, were homing in on two possible retirement locales: somewhere in the Carolinas or in Staunton (pronounced, I have to point out, STAN-ton), a small city in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. In one week last summer, Linda and I quietly reached the same decision at the same time: Staunton it is. Beaches or mountains? We grew up Jersey Shore rats,…

“You need to know where your data is going to identify compliance and risk issues

“You need to know where your data is going to identify compliance and risk issues

Last month, I was reviewing the relationship between a UK client and a US technology provider who stored personal data on behalf of my client. The provider’s terms stated that it “complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework” for transfers of personal data from the EU to the US. I had a couple of problems with that. Firstly, the UK is no longer within the EU, so a commitment to comply with the Privacy Shield for transfers from the EU doesn’t help. Secondly, the EU-US Privacy Shield is no longer valid as a mechanism to permit transfers of data from the EU to the US. I started writing a long piece of advice to my client explaining the problems with data transfers to the US, the lack of ideal solutions and…

Whiskey Shiver

The Irish coffee was invented in the 1940s near Shannon, Ireland, and made the leap to the United States in the 1950s, when the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco made it famous. The drink then swiftly showed up in restaurants around the nation, but the full story of its rise is complicated and contentious, involving competing claims of airport bartenders and Irish publicans, and disputes over cream versus whipped cream. Too much to get into here. But know this: The piping-hot concoction of coffee, cream, and Irish whiskey would soon collide with another drink trend, and to the good fortune of all. Ice cream blender drinks hit their stride in the seventies and eighties, a time when classic cocktails were dismissed as dull and stodgy. Bartenders decided that every drink…

Whiskey Shiver
Across Cultures

Across Cultures

“I didn’t begin my career in fashion to make beautiful dresses. I want to share ideas and tell stories through my work. To create a sort of marriage between my Italian background and international patterns. I want to produce something that has a mixed origin with its own distinct identity.”STELLA STELLA JEAN wanted to create textiles that echoed her own story. As a mixed-race Italian – her father is a blond-haired Italian and her mother a dark-skinned Haitian – she had her fair share of challenges growing up in the ’80s and ’90s when multicultural families were not a familiar sight in Italy. “People stopped in the street and pointed at us.” It was her own story that inspired Stella. By using it as inspiration, she started to create garments using button-down…

POETRY IN MOTION

Thomas Tuchel’s first European match as a manager came in 2011, when he faced Romanian minnows Gaz Metan Medias with Mainz in the Europa’s League third qualifying round. It didn’t go well, either – Gaz Metan triumphed on penalties after a pair of 1-1 draws. Tuchel might have recovered from the disappointment pretty quickly, but his managerial rival of 10 years ago didn’t quite use that match to launch his own career. Cristi Pustai has just left his job at Romanian second-tier side Dunarea Calarasi following their failure to get promoted. The 53-year-old went unpaid for several months, as were his players. But he won’t be unemployed for long. If Pustai ever decides to give up football, sick of the various problems in Romanian football, he could simply turn to his other…

POETRY IN MOTION
Tools to Get Them Talking

Tools to Get Them Talking

Babies NARRATE IT: Even if your child can’t respond yet, don’t let that stop you from chatting them up. Rebecca Politis, associate director of health-care services at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, recalls talking to her daughter while she was in her carrier. “I had to get stuff done, so I’d say, ‘Now I’m going to do some laundry,’” Politis says. You can also try responding when they babble to teach them that after one person speaks, the other answers. FACE THEM: Look for times to speak to your baby face-to-face. “Give them the chance to focus on what your mouth is doing,” says Heidi Miller, director of Heidi Miller Speech & Associates, in Florham Park, New Jersey. “That ‘mirror modeling’ is going to help them learn.” Toddlers GIVE TASKS: A 2-year-old typically understands more…

Inspired by Pie

Gluten-free Banoffee Scones Makes 8 to 10 Banoffee pie, featuring toffee and bananas, inspired this decadent gluten-free scone. Ripe banana, mashed to almost a liquid, is a key ingredient. Although we used traditional English toffee bits, the recipe will work just as well with milk chocolate toffee bits. 2½ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour*¼ cup caster sugar1 tablespoon baking powder¼ teaspoon fine sea salt5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed½ cup English toffee bits5 tablespoons mashed ripe banana5 tablespoons cold whole buttermilk, divided2 large eggs, divided • Preheat oven to 375°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in toffee bits. • In a small bowl,…

Inspired by Pie

HEAVY LOAD

Lately, no matter who I talk to, one subject eventually seeps into the conversation. It’s not the vaccine rollout, or work, or the strange state of the world. No – people want to talk about fatigue. Not so much a case of burnout or lack of sleep, more a cloudy and forgetful feeling of apathy that’s settled over us in 2021 as the pandemic drags on. Friends and colleagues share their symptoms quietly, knowing how lucky we are here in Australia. No one wants to sound ungrateful, what they really want to know is: Why am I feeling like this now? “Last year I ate badly, I stayed up until 3am scrolling my phone. It was stressful and different, but I still was able to accomplish things,” says Alicia, a 35-year-old living…

HEAVY LOAD
No./4 Could this be Marvel’s biggest-ever action movie?

No./4 Could this be Marvel’s biggest-ever action movie?

GIVEN THAT IT’S populated by characters who can fire laser beams from their hands or wield magic hammers, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had more than its fair share of great action sequences over the years. Think Chris Evans beating up goons in a lift in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, or the backwards battle in Doctor Strange. But it’s fair to say the MCU has been lacking a great out-and-out action movie. Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings might just change that. Its title star — played by Simu Liu — is a master of pretty much any martial art you’d care to name, and some you wouldn’t. And, as he embarks upon a journey that may see him either take on the villainous mantle of his father,…

Eat more, lose more!

HOW IT WORKS 1 It might sound mad, but you can eat more in order to lose more weight. It’s all down to the water content and energy density (or basically the amount of calories) per gram of food. 2 To lose those annoying extra inches you need to focus on low-energy density (LED) foods that provide fewer calories per gram. These foods are often naturally high in water and include things like fruit and vegetables, or soups and stews. 3 LED foods having more water is good news for big eaters because you get more volume for your calories. So you can pile up your plate higher than ever, while consuming less energy overall so you still lose weight. 4 High-energy density (HED) foods tend to be low in water. These often contain…

Eat more, lose more!
8 WAYS TO WALK YOURSELF fitter & stronger

8 WAYS TO WALK YOURSELF fitter & stronger

When it comes to walking, according to Joanna Hall, fitness expert and creator of WalkActive, getting your technique right can really up the fitness benefits. It also means you don’t put too much stress on your body. ‘People think walking is easy, but just as there is a technique to perfect your tennis stroke or golf swing, the same is true of walking,’ she explains. ‘Get it right and you’ll notice improvements in pace, posture and body shape.’ 1 FEET FIRST Unfortunately, our feet can be stiff and immobile so our foot hits the ground flat with restricted movement. We need to have a more active foot, which means when it hits the floor, we should use a full roll from the heel, through the base of the foot, over the ball…