NIGHT JUMP INTO NORMANDY

Lt. Col. Gerhard L. Bolland was a proud Norwegian American from the farming town of Madison, Minnesota. He started his military career in 1926 in the Minnesota National Guard and was eventually accepted into West Point. An excellent soldier who excelled both physically and intellectually, Bolland graduated from West Point with a B.S. degree and a curricula heavy in military engineering subjects and became a qualified parachutist on July 4, 1942 after training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Versatile and unconventional, Bolland’s energy and drive would serve him well both as a paratrooper and later as an officer in the Special Operations Branch of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services). Attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel on May 17, 1943, Bolland served as the Regiment Executive Officer of the 507th Parachute Infantry…

NIGHT JUMP INTO NORMANDY

Glorious green

PRETTY PASTEL Chicago-based interior design firm M + M designed this fresh, colourwashed butler’s pantry. The space might be small, but the impact is mighty. By matching the soft pastel green hue used on the walls to the cupboards and woodwork, company directors Leslie Martin and Kim Meardon created a space that is filled with joyful colour that will outlive any passing trends or short-lived fads. STRONG PRESENCE Model and LUMA Beauty founder Jessica Hart called upon interior designer and long-time friend Carlos Mota to reimagine her home in the Hollywood Hills. A strong green features throughout the house, used on painted woodwork, for upholstery and textiles and in unexpected and creative ways, such as the wide-width striped ceiling. This contemporary twist helps to balance the combination of rustic textures. LUSH LAYERS With endless shade…

Glorious green
Indispensable additions to your iPhone

Indispensable additions to your iPhone

From social media to social gaming, from multi-format messaging to mighty reference tomes, you name it, there’s probably a free iPhone app for it. Open the App Store on your iPhone and search for an app. If there’s a ‘Get’ button instead of a price, then the app is free to download and use (although there might still be in-app purchases needed for certain features). Facebook > FROM App Store > NEEDS iOS/iPadOS 13.4 or later What could we write about Facebook that you haven’t read already? Not much we’ll wager, but as it’s one of the major social-media platforms and has a great free application for the iPhone and iPad, we won’t exclude it from our list. Using the free Facebook app is far more convenient than accessing the…

THE MOST TRUSTED BRANDS IN AMERICA 2023

RUST IS A BIG PART OF EVERY BUYING DECISION. IT’S THE confidence to know that you can believe a product or service’s sales pitch, that it will do whatever it is supposed to do and that you won’t later regret having spent the money. Trust is a hard to measure, but nonetheless critical quality; difficult for a brand to earn and painfully easy to lose. To help our readers shop with greater confidence, Newsweek has partnered with leading market research firm BrandSpark® International to highlight the 2023 winners of Most Trusted Brands in America for Consumer Products and Services awards. The winners were selected based on a survey of U.S. shoppers who shared their thoughts on which brands they trust the most and why. Brands were considered in five broad retail sectors;…

THE MOST TRUSTED BRANDS IN AMERICA 2023
A FRESH CANVAS

A FRESH CANVAS

When Cynthia and Mike hired an architect and interior designer to design their new home in Corona Del Mar, California, they told them, “this art goes with us.” They had bought their first beach house there in 2012 and knew immediately they had to start buying art. “There were a lot of walls,” Cynthia remarks. “We’ve always enjoyed art, but only then began collecting. My husband and I usually land on the same thing. As long as there’s an empty wall, we’ll buy something. Mike’s as bad as I am.” The resulting collection, brilliantly installed in the new house and since added to, is an eclectic mix of realism and abstraction with pieces purchased from galleries and other pieces specially commissioned for their home. Christopher Brandon of Brandon Architects in Costa Mesa,…

‘Rust’ Shooting Update: Alec Baldwin Faces His Future

Ever since the accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico set of Rust in October 2021, star and producer Alec Baldwin has maintained that the tragedy was not his fault. Though he held the Colt .45 at the time it went off, killing the 42-year-old mother and injuring director Joel Souza during a rehearsal, Baldwin has said he did not know the gun mistakenly contained a live bullet. In addition to that, “I didn’t pull the trigger,” he told ABC News that December. The whole ordeal, he added in the same interview, “doesn’t seem real.” The Emmy-winning actor got a shocking reality check on Jan. 19. That morning Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and special prosecutor Andrea Reeb announced their intention to charge Baldwin, 64,…

‘Rust’ Shooting Update: Alec Baldwin Faces His Future

Why You Should 100% Do Your Honeymoon in a Party City

LAS VEGAS For the Late-Night Lovers If you and your permanent plus-one aren’t afraid to embrace your kitschy side, the walk-in wedding capital of the world should absolutely be on your post-reception radar. Sure, the city may be synonymous with shenanigans, but first, what’s wrong with that, and second, it’s also an A+ destination to indulge and bliss TF out after a job well done in the “I do” department. Where to Stay If you wanna be in the middle of the action, opt for a spot right on the Strip, like the hella-luxe Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace (yes, like the Nobu the Kardashians are always tagging) or the Four Seasons Las Vegas, where you should definitely call ahead for the Saturday afternoon tea. If you’d rather escape the lights come bedtime, Green Valley…

Why You Should 100% Do Your Honeymoon in a Party City
PARADISE WITH A PURPOSE

PARADISE WITH A PURPOSE

A GLOBETROTTER’S GUIDE TO THE LATEST IN TRAVEL “ALL RIGHT, LADIES, let’s get some juiciness into those hips!” The enthusiastic voice of Philippa, our instructor, startled me; I hadn’t been paying much attention to the class. And who could blame me? It was one of the most stunning places I’d ever tried to do yoga—a breezy open-air pavilion, or bale, on a rocky outcrop where I could take in 360-degree views of an azure South China Sea, even from my reluctant downward dog. Azure was just one of the countless shades of blue I noticed at Elang Private Residence (bawahreserve.com; from $25,000 per night, all-inclusive), the new private-island offshoot of the famed Bawah Reserve in Indonesia’s Anambas Islands. Set on a previously uninhabited islet right next to the main eco-resort, which is accessed…

WHY SOME FEET SMELL CHEESY

WHY SOME FEET SMELL CHEESY

One of the most common words used to describe smelly feet is ‘cheesy’. But in actual fact it’s cheese that takes on the stench of unclean feet. The type of bacteria naturally found on the foot which is responsible for foot odour is called brevibacterium, and this is also a vital component in cheese-making. Brevibacterium is present in animal milks and is specifically added to the surfaces of cheeses to develop a strong flavour and texture. It’s the bacteria that gives many cheeses a smell comparable to sweaty feet. This powerful smell is much less enticing when it’s emanating from a pair of feet. It’s caused by bacteria that feed on salts released by the body to produce a rancid-smelling acid. Another example of a bacterium that multiplies on sweaty feet…

The Power of Problems

WE ARE OBSESSED with the wrong question. We ask this question whenever we experience something new. Or create something new. Or see something new. We ask this question of new innovations. We ask it of new relationships and partnerships. Maybe we even ask it of ourselves. Here’s the question: Is this perfect? This is a very easy question to answer: No! Nothing is perfect. Which makes this a terrible question. If you are evaluating something’s worth based on whether it’s perfect, then all you will find is imperfections. You will discard absolutely everything. That is not practical. Instead, we must ask a much smarter question: Is our new problem better than our old problem? With that question, we’re making room for the reality of imperfection—because there will be problems! It’s a guarantee. Once we accept…

The Power of Problems
ROMMEL HAD WON IN NORTH AFRICA?

ROMMEL HAD WON IN NORTH AFRICA?

In 1941, Erwin Rommel (who came to be known as the 'Desert Fox’) had been given control of Germany's North Africa Korps. In a short period of time he had managed to achieve a staggering number of victories against the Allies. Despite this, the North African front appeared to be of secondary importance to the German high command compared to the brutal battles occurring on the Eastern Front. A critical supply issue would result in a number of back-and-forth battles and would eventually prove to be Rommel's undoing. However, historian Ken Delve argues that had Rommel achieved victory, and swept into the Middle East, then WWII could have turned out very differently… What was the situation in North Africa in 1942? In 1940 there had been the failure of the Allied Crusader…

‘We used design tricks to make the room seem bigger’

Leanne Baud, an emergency medical technician, and husband Ash, a plumber and gas engineer, updated the bathroom of their 1930s home in west Yorkshire Before ‘Dull grey tiles went all the way to the ceiling and the basic suite was a budget one. The most annoying thing was the bath, which had a big rounded end that stuck out into the room’ What was your biggest challenge? The room is just 2.4m x 1.8m, so the aim was to make it feel larger. A huge mirror running the length of the bath and up to the ceiling now creates a feeling of space. How did you want your new room to look? I’d seen the star floor tiles on Instagram and loved their aged look; I knew it would work with the charcoal grey paintwork and…

‘We used design tricks to make the room seem bigger’

HERE COMES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Too often, a new development can come across as generic and sterile. It rarely acknowledges the history and context of a place, or does so in ham-fisted, superficial ways that lack substance. Keybridge, a hybrid housing project in South East London by Allies and Morrison, escapes that pitfall by relating very specifically and materially to its history and setting. “We wanted to be part of this,” says Alfredo Caraballo, project lead and a partner at the firm, as he shows me around. He points to a handsome place of worship (St Anne and All Saints Church) and a series of Victorian red-brick terraced shops on South Lambeth Road to distinguish these from a rather motley cluster of new skyscrapers on the other side and to the north of the plot. This…

HERE COMES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Taming the internet

Taming the internet

Why was the bill introduced? It was designed to fulfil the ambitious manifesto pledge made by the Conservatives in 2019: “to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online”. In 2020, a Government white paper spelled out “the problem”: the wide range of “illegal and unacceptable” content and activity online, such as terrorist propaganda, child sexual abuse material, hate speech, illegal drug and weapons sales, harmful content related to suicide and self-harm, and pornography that is easily accessible by young people. The bill has outlasted three prime ministers and four secretaries of state for digital, culture, media and sport, and it has turned into a behemoth, weighing in at more than 200 pages, that aims to fix nearly everything wrong with the internet, from cyberflashing to abuse…

THE ART OF RAW DESSERTS

THE ART OF RAW DESSERTS

ALL FREE-FROM RECIPES Mexican chocolate mousse bars "These chocolate bars are full of flavours found in Mexican chocolate cake: cinnamon, cayenne and cloves. The base is made from buckwheat and almonds, providing a crunchy texture, and topped with an avocado chocolate mousse. They are delightful once they are cut into bars and enrobed in chocolate! The avocado mousse is a wonderful recipe that can be enjoyed on its own, too." Makes 30 For the blond buckwheat crunch base 195g (7oz) soaked and dehydrated almonds 65g (2¼oz) sprouted and dehydrated buckwheat 65g (2¼oz) oat flour 40g (1½oz) coconut sugar 2 tbsp mesquite powder 1tsp ground cinnamon 60ml (2fl oz) melted virgin coconut oil 2tbsp tahini 12 drops of vanilla extract For the chocolate mousse 300g (10½oz) peeled, pitted and chopped ripe…

‘This Feels Like the Time Is Right’

‘This Feels Like the Time Is Right’

Brooke Shields agreed to participate in a doc about her life and career not because of what it would say about her, but for what it could say through her — namely, a discussion about the sexualization of young girls. By now, the celebrity bio-doc is well-trod territory, but Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, which premieres Jan. 20 at the Sundance Film Festival, aspires to be more than a career retrospective. “I’m not interested in famous-person problems. What I am interested in is how fame can amplify and supercharge relatable problems,” says director Lana Wilson, who most recently directed the Taylor Swift Netflix doc Miss Americana. “[Brooke’s] life has been extreme and utterly unique, but her experience of being a woman in America is horrifyingly relatable.” The doc, which sometime after its Sundance…

SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL

SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL

Now it’s 1-1 to Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg X Racing dominated Extreme E’s inaugural season last year, while Hamilton’s X44 team came through at the final round to clinch the 2022 title. Nico wasn’t in Uruguay, but appeared on a Zoom call an hour after the chequered flag. “I can’t believe we lost the championship. It was in our hands for ages.” He said he’d been screaming at the TV at home in Monaco, jumping up and down and tearing his luxuriant hair out. “Every possible thing went wrong this weekend. But it’s been brilliant racing out there. We’ve got the best drivers in the world now. You can see everybody’s on the edge. It went down to the wire.” In year one, it was a tremendous achievement…

How should I prepare for a big trip?

How should I prepare for a big trip?

After several years of backyard exploration and local getaways, many of us are yearning for longer, bigger, more ambitious trips. But am I the only one feeling a bit rusty when it comes to packing my bags and boarding a long-haul flight? We asked AFAR readers for advice on how to prepare for a far-flung sojourn. Here are a few of the dozens of tips we received. Pack smartly—and do the hard work before you leave home The consensus was that you should bring much less than you think. The general refrain: Make a thorough list of what you really need; pick the right luggage; invest in some packing cubes; edit and edit some more. That comfy flight pillow can quickly turn into an albatross clinging to your backpack once you’re on public…

‘It would be impossible for a player today to put together a career like mine again’

“Your name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. We know Brazilian players often have nicknames. Where did “Pele” come from? I was seven when I “met” Pele. I was born in a place called Tres Coracoes. Then when I was seven we came to Bauru. It was a small town but it was bigger than Tres Coracoes and the people thought they were a little more fancy. They started to tease us and the kids called me “Pele.” I didn’t know if I’d done something wrong but I didn’t like the name so I started to fight the other boys. I told them: “My name is Edson.” I was suspended from school for two days. My father had to go down to the school. They asked me: “Why were you fighting?” I…

‘It would be impossible for a player today to put together a career like mine again’
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A REALLY LONG RETIREMENT

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A REALLY LONG RETIREMENT

Follow a local newspaper (or local news website) long enough and you’ll probably come upon a story about a 100-year-old resident who still bowls (or golfs), goes square dancing twice a week and occasionally enjoys a shot of tequila. About 97,000 Americans are centenarians—100 or older—and a handful of those are supercentenarians—individuals who have celebrated their 110th birthday. Maybe you’re convinced that you won’t live that long, especially when you get up in the morning and feel complaints in your knees. And you may have seen reports that average U.S. life expectancy has declined to about 76, the lowest since 1996. But those numbers were skewed by the COVID-19 epidemic and don’t reflect the likelihood that you’ll actually live much longer than that, says Barbara Selig, senior wealth management adviser at…

Making Space

It’s September in New York, just after Labor Day, and Nicolas Di Felice, artistic director of Courrèges, is putting the finishing touches to the French house’s new store in the city. (This is the second; the first shuttered 38 years ago.) It’s in SoHo, and it’s all space-age white, of course, inspired by Courrèges’s original rue François 1er boutique in Paris, which Di Felice recently had renovated. After launching his couture maison in 1961, André Courrèges virtually invented the futuristic grooviness of the’60s with his gleaming vinyl jackets and we-have-liftoff go-go boots. Yet as Di Felice, 39—an animated and garrulous figure, quick to laugh and refreshingly devoid of pretension—has reimagined the Courrèges legacy since joining the house in 2020, there’s been plenty of himself in the mix too. Those spacious,…

Making Space

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS LONDON CELEBRATES SUMMER PURSUITS

PRESS CONTACT. Emma Rickett Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London kicks off the summer season by hosting clients at sought after Hurlingham Club Clients, media and friends of the brand will be offered a truly memorable experience A special champagne and strawberry cocktail has been created for the event “Our continued efforts to offer clients unforgettable experiences is an important part of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London. Hosting patrons and media at Hurlingham is just one of the many high touch encounters and memorable experiences we offer, and is indicative of the marque’s unique approach to connecting with its audience.” Claus Andersen, Brand Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London The ongoing success of the world’s leading luxury brand is built on an intimate understanding of the unique world in which its patrons live, socialise and entertain. Therefore, the…

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS LONDON CELEBRATES SUMMER PURSUITS

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA [Sydney]

IN AN ENVIABLE POSITION nestled between The Royal Botanic Garden and the meandering foreshore of Sydney Harbour, this residential building is located along Sydney’s historic Macquarie Street. “The clients purchased their apartment as their city home and engaged the Atelier service at Space early on during construction of the entire project to complete their interior fit-out,” says David Hartikainen, head of interiors for Space Furniture including its Atelier service. How did you become involved with this project? Atelier was a trusted team due to our familiarity with the entire site, having worked on the interiors for the public areas within the building alongside the developer. The clients came to us seeking a unique, luxurious interior that could be delivered with ease. What were the challenges of the space and how…

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA [Sydney]
FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE

FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE

Pat and Carol Schuchard’s Richmond Heights home is decorated in a manner one would expect of these two gifted artists and seasoned home renovators. With artistic flourishes throughout, the home holds a stylish mix of modern and historic furnishings, resulting in swoon-worthy spaces just waiting for a gathering of friends and family. The Schuchards—the business minds behind such historic event spaces as Bevo Mill and the Boo Cat Club—love to entertain with dinner or a cocktail in the comfort of their home. Their former residence, a warehouse on Hodiamont that also served as their art studios, could hold up to 150 guests in the open space across a single floor. The new house is amply spacious but doesn’t offer that kind of room. Long sightlines connect the ground floor spaces, and…

The Fun-Loving Adventure Kindly Myers

Were you excited to shoot for FHM? Yes! I am always excited to shoot, but especially for my favorite magazine, FHM! Tell us something surprising about you? I spent four years in the United States Army National Guard. Describe yourself in one sentence. I am a funloving adventurer. What are some of your hobbies? I love horseback riding, it's something I have done since I was a child. What is your biggest turn on? Kindness. What turns you off the most? When someone is aide to their server at a restaurant. Describe to us your perfect date. Doing something outdoors. Could be a hike, a picnic, or anything active honestly. I think that's a great way to have fun and get to know someone. What would you consider to be your biggest challenge as a model so…

The Fun-Loving Adventure Kindly Myers

2O23 THE YEAR AHEAD

It’s that time of the year when we look back over the past 12 months in music and see what, if anything, 2022 has taught us. If we’ve learned anything from this year, it’s to expect the unexpected. Who, for example, could have forecast that 2022’s biggest, record-breaking success story – at least until professional overachiever Taylor Swift showed up, anyway – would be Kate Bush, thanks to the use of a 37-year-old single being featured in a TV series? Because of this, we’re not making any wild assumptions for the year ahead, but we are looking forward to new material and tours from Depeche Mode, Kylie, OMD and The Killers plus the delightful surprise that Everything But The Girl have a new album ready for the spring. Speaking of…

2O23 THE YEAR AHEAD

CAPTURE YOUR YEAR

BULLET JOURNAL I simply can’t resist a lovely notebook. So there have been a few times that I’ve stood with my heavy-as-lead suitcases hoping and praying they would allow my luggage onto the overseas flight without it costing me a small fortune for excess weight. Here one from a market in Florence, there one from a department store in Berlin. And of course lots of others from my local stationery shops. Pretty but without a purpose, for years they piled up in my cupboard, until I discovered the usefulness and joy of a bullet journal. Yes, in the journalling world, this is my choice. Before that I was a person with lists everywhere, yellow Post-it notes wherever you looked and a diary to plan my life. Now I have everything in one…

CAPTURE YOUR YEAR
10 ways to keep calm

10 ways to keep calm

1 Good-mood food Eat foods rich in tryptophan, which helps to promote the feel-good chemical serotonin in your body. Find it in turkey, eggs, nuts, seeds, oats, bananas and kiwis. Bear in mind that some food and drinks may spike anxiety, like sugary snacks (causing a crash after the initial high). 2 Have a toolkit There are strategies to banish anxious thoughts. ‘Notice your breath,’ says psychotherapeutic counsellor Audrey Stephenson (audreystephenson.co.uk). ‘Bringing awareness to it will change it, as we often hold our breath or overbreathe when we’re very anxious.’ ‘Fill your mouth with saliva,’ advises hypnotherapist Marisa Peer (iamenough.com). ‘A wet mouth means you’re relaxed, and signals this to your brain.’ 3 Tweak your lifestyle ‘Try to achieve a healthy work/life balance – be assertive if you find yourself taking on more work or…

Harry or the palace? Either way, you fall into the royalist trap Polly Toynbee

Harry or the palace? Either way, you fall into the royalist trap Polly Toynbee

Must we, really? I’m afraid there is no avoiding the great crown soap opera as this finely crafted Prince Harry publicity spectacular engulfs the news. However nugatory the revelations about scenes of brotherly rivalry, beards and broken dog bowls, it’s no use pretending it hasn’t been happening or that the country isn’t dividing into Harryites and Williamists. I doubt last weekend’s angry and contrary ITV interview will restore Harry’s sliding ratings. That interview landed as a neatly choreographed step in the ace publicity machine of Prince Harry’s publishers. After the 2021 Oprah interview, six episodes of the Netflix series, teasers for this week’s four TV interviews and the early leaking of his book, was there anything new for him to say or for us to think? Nothing, beyond the painful spectacle of…

ChatGPT is the dazzling, scary future of AI chatbots

ChatGPT is the dazzling, scary future of AI chatbots

Someone on the internet wrote that ChatGPT just made the first two years of high-school homework meaningless. That assessment is not far off the mark. OpenAI’s new AI text-generation tool currently offers sophisticated, lengthy, and even fun responses to textual prompts, currently all for free. ChatGPT is part Wikipedia, part researcher, part analyst, and part poet. It can write a short paper on the causes and outcomes of the French Revolution. It can write a seven-paragraph essay on why nihilism should be your personal philosophy. It can write an epic poem on the need to brush your teeth regularly. It can write a formal yet sarcastic letter to your neighbor on why he shouldn’t trim your trees without permission. It’s a breathtaking development. It’s also a scary one when you think about…

BODY + MIND + SPIRIT

BODY + MIND + SPIRIT

GET YOUR (NEW) GAME ON Every Sunday morning, Jan Dekker, 78, plays pickleball for free at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Community Centre, where the court is reserved at 10 a.m. for people aged 60 and over. He’s at a pickleball court somewhere in the city four times a week. He’s even played the popular 1960s paddle game on cruise ships. “It’s addictive,” Dekker admits. He enjoys both the socializing and, along with the other sports he plays, the workout that helps keep his blood sugar levels stable. Now there’s evidence that Dekker’s preferred form of exercise provides major health benefits. Research published in the International Journal of Research in Exercise Physiology found significant improvements in cholesterol, blood pressure, oxygen intake and metabolic responses after six weeks of participation in pickleball. The study concluded…

Let go of perfectionism

Expert advice Dr Elena Touroni is a psychologist and co-founder of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic. thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Dr Pragya Agarwal is a behavioural and data scientist, and founder of research think-tank The 50 Percent Project. drpragyaagarwal.co.uk I’ve lost count of the number of hours I’ve spent watching TV chefs instruct me in the art of making the perfect roast potato. Growing up, the festive season involved the likes of Delia Smith and Gary Rhodes revealing the wonders of parboiling spuds, of fluffing them in the strainer before adding them to very hot fat. Then, there was the year when, not too long ago, Jamie Oliver caused jars of goose fat to fly off the shelves after declaring it the fat of choice for roasties – but not before they had been given a light…

Let go of perfectionism
A plastic-eating ‘superworm’ might help the waste crisis

A plastic-eating ‘superworm’ might help the waste crisis

NATURE The collapse of soft-plastics recycling through Australian supermarkets is just one more sign that we lack the capacity to handle our plastic waste. Scientists are working hard to find solutions, and perhaps they can get a helping hand from the the larvae of Zophobas darkling beetles. These worms are commonly used as food for pet reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds, but scientists from the University of Queensland have found that they can survive on a diet of only polystyrene. As with other plastic types, polystyrene is difficult to break down, and easily disintegrates into ‘snow-like’ particles which end up in the environment, and in the oceans. Despite the phasing out of polystyrene under Australia’s National Plastics Plan for some uses such as takeaway food, it remains a widely used plastic,…

Rethink Your Employee Value Proposition Offer your people more than just flexibility.

THE GREAT RESIGNATION and a highly competitive labor market have made attracting and retaining talent a major challenge for employers. To meet it, many are following a basic strategy: Ask people what they want and try to give it to them. Temptingly simple as this response is, it can be a trap. It tends to focus discussions on the material aspects of jobs that are uppermost in employees’ and recruits’ minds at the moment. In the past the foremost issue was often pay, but most recently it has been flexibility—notably, remote and hybrid work. And while material offerings are the easiest levers to pull (you can decide to give a bonus tomorrow) and are immediately appreciated, they’re easy for competitors to imitate, and their impact on employee retention is the least…

Rethink Your Employee Value Proposition Offer your people more than just flexibility.
HIGH TECH ON DECK

HIGH TECH ON DECK

There are some brand names that just go hand-in-hand with an assurance of brilliant engineering and high quality – Rolls Royce, Louis Vuitton, Apple and-certainly among boaties - Boston Whaler. Founded in the United States back in 1958, Boston Whaler quickly earned a global reputation for quality construction and safety – driven in part by high profile publicity stunts that were subsequently made a focus of the company’s advertising. For years, boat magazines bristled with full-page adverts showing Boston Whalers cut full of holes by chainsaw-wielding employees – or even cut in half altogether – still defiantly floating in spite of the catastrophic damage they had sustained. In one award-winning television spot, company president Dick Fisher sat in the bow of a Whaler speaking about its unsinkable hull design, as the camera pulled…

Casino Pocket Complication Lighter

Las Vegas packs a lot of personality into a city in the middle of the desert. It’s synonymous with bright lights, grandeur, revelry, around-the-clock energy and a pleasing glitz that draws both high-rollers and penny-ante players. Now, for its 150th anniversary, luxury cigar accessories designer S.T. Dupont has further compacted Sin City’s essence into the palm of your hand with the Casino Pocket Complication Lighter. Looking more like a luxury timepiece than a lighter, it has a built-in roulette wheel set into one side, displaying all its various gears, screws and other inner workings. Set the wheel spinning via a built-in pushbutton on one side and see where it lands. On the opposite face of the lighter is an engraving of a roulette board, and the rest of the lighter features…

Casino Pocket Complication Lighter
Do You Need a Chromebook?

Do You Need a Chromebook?

We know what you’re thinking. ‘Why on Earth would I need a Chromebook when I already have a MacBook?’ But would you take your MacBook, which could well cost up to £2000, on a hiking holiday when you might be trekking through the wilderness in the rain? Would you work on it in a coffee shop or down the pub? Would you take it camping for watching movies in the evening, knowing it would spend most of your vacation in your tent? Or maybe you only have a desktop Mac; would you buy a Mac notebook just to use on the occasional trip? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘No, it’s too expensive and/or valuable to risk,’ you might want to consider a much cheaper alternative; a…

Wildlife: the tourism paradox

Wildlife: the tourism paradox

Tom Svensson does not consider himself a wildlife photographer, although he photographs wildlife for a living, and is internationally renowned for it. He describes himself as a conservation photojournalist. Few of his images end up as framed prints on anyone’s wall. ‘My main work is conservation, and photography is just my way of getting the information out there,’ admits the Dane, who lives in Sweden when he isn’t travelling. ‘Most of my work is very dark. I work a lot with the illegal wildlife trade and follow the blood trail from the killing of the rhino in Africa, for example, all the way to Asia, where the market for most of it ends up.’ Some of the stories that Tom shares of his brushes with criminal gangs, warlords and officials in despotic…

NOTE TO SELF

Make a set of these easy notebooks so you always have somewhere to jot down your thoughts. We made 12, one for each month of the year, and numbered them, to make it easier to identify them and for when we want to look at them again later, to reflect back on our year. DIFFICULTY: easy to medium TIME: a few hours (drying time included) YOU WILL NEED ♥ cardboard (nothing thicker than 225gsm)♥ paper (any scraps laying around)♥ bone folder♥ wood glue♥ small stiff-bristle brush♥ craft knife and cutting mat♥ metal ruler and pencil♥ clamp♥ fabric scraps♥ printed numbers 1 Cut the cardboard for your book jacket in the size of your choice. Stack the papers on top of each other neatly and place them on the cardboard so you can determine the width…

NOTE TO SELF

Desk Organizing Boxes

A TRIO OF BOXES 1 From ¼" stock, cut two 2×18" blanks for the small boxes and one 2×24" blank for the large box. 2 Rout a rabbet along the top and bottom edges of each blank [Drawing 1]. (Note that the top rabbet is wider than the bottom rabbet.) 3 Rout a chamfer on the top inside edge of each blank. 4 Cut the small box sides (A) and the large box sides and ends (B, C) to rough length (½" over) [Materials List, Drawing 1]. Label the parts to maintain their sequence for the best grain wrap. 5 Miter one end of each piece, then set up a stopblock to cut the pieces to final length. Watch a video on resawing on the bandsaw. woodmagazine.com/learntoresaw 6 Place the parts for one of the boxes end…

Desk Organizing Boxes

Taking silly seriously

Playfulness exudes from Emmaline’s varied artworks, be it a manipulated photograph of a burnt McCain’s pepperoni pizza suspended in a golden sky, or an intricate sculpture of the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) made entirely of ice cream cones. But her unique sense of humour comes layered with insight. The pepperoni pizza has been cooked to ‘absolute crisped-up hell’ representing a universal experience of failure. The model made for AGSA represents her often material-driven practice – in this case, a thousand ice cream cones leftover from a commission that didn’t eventuate. Embracing the practice of resourcefulness as its own aesthetic, Emmaline produces colourful and unpredictable art, often underpinned by an amusing story of its creation or demise. After immortalising the incredibly detailed AGSA wafer sculpture in a perfectly composed photograph,…

Taking silly seriously
WE NEVER LEFT THE TITANIC

WE NEVER LEFT THE TITANIC

This month marks 25 straight years of our ongoing debate about how many people can fit on a big wooden door in the frigid Atlantic Ocean. The minute you read that sentence, your brain automatically replied with whatever opinion about it you’ve held all this time. That’s as it should be. We all must be able to immediately plunge back into the debate, like the Heart of the Ocean necklace sinking beneath the waves. This is our duty to the legacy of Titanic, one of the last glorious vestiges of a global obsession. With so much to watch and so many different ways to engage now, it’s hard to fathom that Titanic took over the collective imagination for almost a year. It was the top-grossing movie in the North American market…

TOP 10 DISCOVERIES OF 2022

INSIDE A PHARAOH’S COFFIN Cairo, Egypt It’s not every day that scientists have the opportunity to look inside the coffin of a member of ancient Egyptian royalty—and to do so without opening it might seem impossible. But the sarcophagus containing the pharaoh Amenhotep I (reigned ca. 1525–1504 b.c.) has now been virtually opened and the mummy inside virtually unwrapped, revealing a wealth of new information about one of Egypt’s great rulers. Amenhotep I’s mummy, which was found in 1881, is one of very few known royal mummies that have not been unwrapped in modern times. During the Victorian era, wealthy patrons threw many exclusive mummy unwrapping parties. “The mummy was never unwrapped because scholars at the time thought it was too beautiful to destroy,” says radiologist Sahar Saleem of Cairo University, who…

TOP 10 DISCOVERIES OF 2022
JEWS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF FIREARMS OWNERSHIP

JEWS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF FIREARMS OWNERSHIP

We now live in an era where every American has experienced significant disruptions to their daily life. Whether from a disease, an increase in sociopolitical angst and even violence, tension surrounding racial issues, or all of the above, many communities are considering firearms as a source of safety, some for the very first time. Being part of an underrepresented or minority community can feel like an additional load on top of the already weighty burden we’ve all experienced, even when it doesn’t feel like there’s an active target on your back. Antisemitic incidents reached an all-time high in 2021, with a total of 2,717 reports of assault, harassment, and vandalism according to the Anti-Defamation League, making that target feel very active for some Jewish Americans. This has led to calls for…

Azores and back THE SCENIC ROUTE

Surely we have all planned imaginary voyages during the winter months and although many remain in the imagination, sometimes they actually happen! I first considered sailing to the Azores five years ago and got as far as buying the charts, but then events intervened, not least Covid. Realising that I’m not getting any younger (at least not physically) I was determined that in 2022 I really would do it. My plan was to sail first to Spain where my wife, Paula, would fly out to meet me for a relaxing holiday in the sun. Finally, I’d sail home to Cardiff by way of the Azores to complete a nice triangular voyage taking advantage of the prevailing winds. Sea-readiness Over the winter of 2021 I made further modifications to Tabitha, my Sabre 27 to increase…

Azores and back THE SCENIC ROUTE
HOTEL HELL

HOTEL HELL

It wasn’t too long ago the Chinese government forced a large number of citizens into a lockdown as COVID spikes were seen across the country. In addition to people trapped in their homes and apartments without proper supplies (and many dying as a result), countless business travelers and tourists were abandoned in hotels throughout China, some relying on the mercy of the hotel, many of whose employees were sent home. James Zimmerman, a lawyer from the Perkins Coie law firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington, flew into Shanghai in April 2022. Despite testing negative for COVID, he was immediately put into quarantine, where he spent 37 days in a semi-squalid hotel room. On April 24, he told Forbes magazine in an interview: “It’s maybe a two-star hotel. At the street level, the…

Why watercolour?

Paul Talbot-Greaves teaches watercolour and acrylic painting in workshops and demonstrations to art societies throughout the UK. He has received many accolades and awards including The Artist Award in 2017 and 2021 at Patchings Art Festival, and The Chaoshan Watercolour Award at the 2021 R1 watercolour exhibition. He can be contacted by email ptgart@outlook.com or through his website www.talbot-greaves.com Watercolour is one of the hardest of media to master, yet it is most often the first choice for beginner painters. So why watercolour if it is so difficult? Well, the most enticing aspect is its user-friendly element. You don't need many materials, and you don't need much space in which to work. Its other main attraction is its ability to capture light. It is the quickest and most effective medium for achieving…

Why watercolour?
How to Colorize B&W Photos in Photoshop

How to Colorize B&W Photos in Photoshop

PHOTOSHOP CC & A CREATIVE CLOUD SUBSCRIPTION A suitable image to edit. Multicore 64bit processor, 2GHz or faster Windows 10 64-bit (version 1909) or later 8GB RAM (16GB recommended) DirectX 12-compatible GPU less than seven years old (4GB RAM recommended) ONE OF THE BENEFITS of a Creative Cloud subscription is that you get almost constant updates to Adobe’s creative apps. You can also access beta versions of parts of the software, which is exactly what we’re doing here with Photoshop. The famous photo-editing app has had neural filters, which use machine learning networks to achieve their aims, for a while now, but they’re an incomplete set and some are still in beta. They’re all interesting to some extent, but one in particular jumps out—the ability to restore and colorize old black-and-white photos with…

HOW TO BUILD A BETTER SMOOTHIE

YOU MIGHT NOT NEED A RECIPE TO MAKE A GREAT SMOOTHIE, BUT YOU DO NEED A GAME PLAN FIRST THINGS FIRST: USE FROZEN FRUIT With frozen fruit as the base of your smoothie, you’ll keep the finished product frosty and help it maintain the right consistency. It’s also the easiest way to make smoothies a regular part of your routine without too much prior planning—just keep the freezer stocked with berries, mango, melon, and stone fruit. BUY IT Raid the freezer aisle for fruit stuck in time at its peak level of ripeness—you can always count on a high level of sweetness and tons of flavor. D.I.Y. IT Go overboard at the farmers market? Cut your fruit into small pieces and seal it in an airtight bag or container; it will keep in the freezer for…

HOW TO BUILD A BETTER SMOOTHIE
FLUFFY HANDWARMER

FLUFFY HANDWARMER

PIN LOOM FLUFFY HANDWARMER Jennifer Chapman MATERIALS STRUCTURE Plain weave with punch needle. EQUIPMENT 9" square continuous-weave pin loom with ¼" pin spacing; 18" square continuous-weave pin loom (or four 9" squares joined together; see note); adjustable punch-needle tool; weaving needle; packing comb; size G-6/4 mm crochet hook. YARNS W.O.W. (100% superfine merino wool; 475 yd/8 oz; Galler Yarns), #07 Cameo and #00 True, 120 yd each. Emmi (75% merino/25% cashmere, 130 yd/50 g; Koigu), #128, 150 yd. DIMENSIONS: 17½" circumference × 12". Note: This project is adaptable to other loom sizes if the rectangle that wraps around the center of the handwarmer is half the size of the punch-needle square that creates the two fluffy ends and the fluffy interior. For example, a smaller version can be made with eight 4" pin-loom squares with an 8"…

DISCOVERING YOUR WORTH

DISCOVERING YOUR WORTH

Discovering Your Self-Worth Despite Challenging Circumstances Does life seem to be a struggle for you? Do you feel overwhelmed and frustrated much of the time? Do you wish you could experience something better? Fortunately, you can enjoy the exciting life you deserve. Success is available to you despite challenging circumstances. It’s important to remember, also, that your self-worth is not defined by your circumstances. What holds you back? Take some time today to question the beliefs you hold that limit your potential. If you look at a challenging circumstance as a wall that’s impossible to climb, you need a fresh perspective. Within you is everything you need to thrive and excel. The more you question the validity of your limiting beliefs, the more success you'll experience in your life. Think…

IS IT STILL OK TO WANT TO GO ON A DIET?

IS IT STILL OK TO WANT TO GO ON A DIET?

FEATURE GRAZIA These days, losing weight can be a triumph and a failure all at once. Depending on which corner of social media you turn to, dropping a clothing size on purpose is either a praiseworthy challenge for toughminded people, or a sad sign of someone who doesn't love themselves. On the one hand, lately the world has seemed more obsessed with weight than ever. When Kim Kardashian announced last year that she'd lost 16lbs in three weeks for the Met Gala, it started a conversation that's still ongoing. First her extreme program was widely reported in the press, then months later it was followed in unsettlingly celebratory detail on her reality show. There was a backlash from nutritional experts and eating disorder survivors, who flagged her diet as unsafe;…

The Theta Orionis challenge

The Theta Orionis challenge

Stephen is a globetrotting observer who is always looking for the next great celestial event. Up for an extreme challenge? One with your unaided eyes? If so, buckle up for this one: splitting Theta1 (θ1) Orionis and Theta2 (θ2) Orionis without optical aid. For some, this challenge may be “out of sight,” but there’s only one way to find out. First, some background Theta1 and Theta2 Orionis are two multiple-star systems within the Orion Nebula (M42). Theta1 includes several stars; the four brightest comprise the Trapezium star cluster at the heart of M42. To the unaided eye, these four stars shine roughly as a solitary 5th-magnitude star. The magnitude is not exact, because the Trapezium’s two brightest components (Theta1 Orionis A and B) are eclipsing binary stars. Theta1 Orionis A dips in brightness…

Protect Your Phone From Damage

DROPPED YOUR PHONE AGAIN? You’re not alone. A 2022 survey conducted by Secure Data Recovery Services found that 44 percent of Americans surveyed fumble their phones at least once a week. The good news: Most new smartphones are built to survive a few hits. “But with premium phones costing $800 to $1,500, it’s smart to take basic precautions,” says Rich Fisco, head of electronics testing at CR. Here are answers to your most pressing phone-protection questions. Should I put a case on it? Yes. In our labs, we intentionally drop smartphones without cases on and they do get beat up quickly—and some break. “But when we added cases to a few of those phones, none cracked,” Fisco says. Which cases work best? Look for cases with a raised edge around the screen to protect the…

Protect Your Phone From Damage
Should screen time be limited?

Should screen time be limited?

A siren sounds at 7pm every evening in Mohityache Vadgaon village, in India, announcing that it is time for everyone to turn off screen devices, like televisions and mobile phones. At 8.30pm, a second siren sounds, informing the 3,000 residents that screen-free time is over. The leaders of the village introduced it so that young people could focus on their homework and not be distracted by funny videos or phone messages, and families and friends could talk face-to-face more. However, some say that a screen simply gives access to information – it is not harmful in itself. Instead of having a strict rule, a person can decide for themselves when to put down a device in favour of doing something else. What do you think? Should you set limits on…

Purple haze

Purple haze

In winter, the sun is lower in the sky for much longer than in the summer months, so the sunsets and sunrise colours have much more time to build. Coupled with some decent cloud coverage (but not too much) and the right type of clouds (in this case, cirrus), you could be lighting up your social media platforms with eye-catching sunset images in no time at all. During this period of the year, the sun sets at a lower angle to the horizon, making the light pass through more of the atmosphere. You can really see the difference to summer sunsets if the clouds are in the right place, near the horizon with gaps for the striking colours to reflect off and fill your camera with images you can feel proud…

WHAT WOULD RUARK SAY?

Robert Ruark was an American writer and outdoorsman whose name will be forever associated with the phrase, “Use enough gun!” Ruark hunted for much of his life in various places, but he is best known for big-game hunting in East Africa in the mid-20th century with famous guide John Henry “Harry” Selby. His experience convinced him that a hunter had to use a gun and cartridge with a sufficient caliber, energy and penetration to deliver a single, telling blow on the animal being hunted, thus reducing the chances of being injured by a wounded animal. Ruark was probably not the first person to advise others to use a firearm that was “enough gun.” From the late 1700s up until the advent of smokeless powder, it was common for hunting rifles to…

WHAT WOULD RUARK SAY?
So good for you!

So good for you!

FIG – Fruit Of The Gods Botanical name: Ficus carica When eating a fresh fig just plucked off the tree you are eating a ‘false’ fruit as it is really a hollow-ended stem containing a mass of small flowers. The fig tree with its gnarled grey stems and deeply lobed, hairy leaves with a wild fragrance, is a sexy choice for large containers. It loves long, hot summers and cool winters when it will be deciduous. ‘Tiger’ – a cultivar with yellow and green striped figs. ‘Pastiliere’ – verdant green foliage with dark purple fruit. Why plant it? Figs are quite scarce due to a short storage life in shops. To have a feast at hand, plant your own. POMEGRANATE – Wonderfully Soulful Botanical name: Punica granatum Double up the value with this small tree…

In a FLASH

He might be classically trained, but chef Warren Mendes still knows how to get dinner on the table, PRONTO. “These recipes are all very quick and simple,” he says. “You can even marinate the proteins ahead, which will make cooking time even faster.” FOLLOW ME: @warrenmendes GRILLED HALOUMI & TOMATO BRUSCHETTA WITH ZA’ATAR CAPER SALSA SERVES 4 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil450g haloumi, cut lengthways into 1cm-thick slices8 slices sourdough, toasted1 garlic clove, halved500g heirloom tomatoes, sliced CHILLI CAPER SALSA ¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil2 tbs drained capers, rinsed, chopped2 tbs finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves2 tbs finely chopped basil leaves, plus extra sprigs to serveFinely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon2 tsp za’atar For the salsa, combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Season with freshly ground black pepper and set…

In a FLASH

MEET THE NEW Miley!

Aside from a few guest appearances and releasing Attention: Miley Live, a compilation album featuring 20 hits from every era of the pop star’s eclectic career, in April 2022, Miley Cyrus has personally and professionally been sidestepping the spotlight for the past couple of years. “Miley’s been in the public eye her whole life and never got a chance to fly under the radar until recently,” a source tells RadarOnline. “It’s been enlightening and empowering.” Laying out her vision for the year ahead, the star said she planned to pull from her life experience and switch things up a bit. “I think a lot of us wait until midnight to go, ‘Well, when I wake up tomorrow in this new year, everything will be different,’ but it won’t be different if you…

MEET THE NEW Miley!

EASY 5KG SHRED

At 50, it’s no secret that Jennifer Lopez is in the best shape of her life – after all, she recently dropped five kilos with a diet and workout tweak. And we can’t deny it, she’s looking abs-olutely flawless! But how has the star managed to bag her best body ever, and what exactly does she do to remain as fit and enviably toned as she does? JLo is known to hit the gym every morning – without fail – for at least a quick 20-minute sweat session ahead of her demanding workday. ‘I don’t like doing it later; it’s harder to get [to the gym] when I have my day already going,’ she says. And while she ensures her body is always on the go, she relies on two distinct personal…

EASY 5KG SHRED
HEALTH IS WEALTH

HEALTH IS WEALTH

Learn to Unplug “For me, I really take the weekends to not think about work, as much as possible,” shares Gwyneth. “Of course, there are certain things that come up, but I really do try to carve out time, especially on a Sunday. I won’t do email, I will just be with my family. I’ll just remember what it is to be a person in a body. And that, to me, really takes my anxiety down, when I really draw clear delineation between work.” Catch More Zzzs “It’s super-simple, but I really love the Dohm white noise machine,” reveals Rachel. “It just has two settings; it’s not anything complicated. It’s just white noise on a high or low setting, so that if my husband is awake and doing things in the house or…

50 WAYS TO KISCKSTART YOUR NEXT TRACK

When you’re inspired, the creation of electronic music can feel effortless. Every sample you select is the perfect one, falling into place on your DAW’s timeline like magic. Firing up and triggering a synth instantly inspires a bassline or hook. MIDI notes and audio build up to create a composition you never could’ve planned. Once those creative juices are fully flowing, it feels like the music is writing itself. If you’ve experienced this zen-like state, you’ve probably been through the complete opposite, too: those times when a blank screen remains overwhelmingly empty, and every technique is doomed to fail. The harder you push against this creative drought, the more stress builds up. If you do push past this ‘writer’s block’ somehow, you can end up with a track that has…

FINDING THE KILLER

FINDING THE KILLER

IN the weeks since four college students at the University of Idaho were found brutally stabbed to death in their off-campus home in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, authorities have reportedly received more than 5,000 tips, conducted nearly 200 interviews, collected 113 pieces of evidence and taken 4,000 photographs. Still, a suspect has yet to be named and no arrests have been made. Even the murder weapon remains to be found. There have been no substantial leads in the case, which has left the small, tight-knit town of Moscow reeling, and the families of the victims — Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20 — bereft and tortured by unanswered questions. Until now. On Dec. 7, police revealed they were searching for…

Three Tickets to Paradise

Three Tickets to Paradise

PANAMA 1 Islas Secas Can you take the trip of a lifetime to a private island while keeping a promise to tread lightly while doing so? Can peak luxury also be truly eco-loving? At Islas Secas, a private island resort set among a 14-island archipelago off Panama’s Pacific coast, the answer is a happy yes. What may be the resort’s top luxury note may also be its eco calling card. With only seven casitas on the one developed island in the group, the maximum number of guests at any time is a scant two dozen. Those are good odds, both for a sense of supreme privacy and for keeping the number of footprints, both literal and metaphorical, to a very small number. Dedicated to being a model of sustainable practice, Islas Secas is…

Adventure, One Step at a Time

Adventure, One Step at a Time

HE WAS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE BUCK we had on the farm that year, maybe any year, and I knew just where he lived. Or, at least, I thought I did. There’s a marshy creek that runs down the west side of the property, and that creekbottom transitions to a 100-yard-wide stretch of hardwoods that border a hayfield. The buck lived in the creekbottom and patrolled the hardwoods for does as they made their way up into the field. I knew this because my hunting buddy Josh Dahlke and I had the whole area rigged with cellular trail cameras and we’d been monitoring the buck since August. Most of the photos we had of him came from a camera we’d set over a scrape in the timber, within 20 yards of a…

How to Finance a Used Car

How to Finance a Used Car

BUYING A USED car can be a lot less expensive than buying new, especially as used-car prices begin to ease. But those savings can quickly evaporate if you need to finance your purchase. Interest rates for used cars can be twice what you would pay to finance a new car, which means you could be shelling out thousands of dollars more. In fact, financing a late-model used car could make it almost as expensive as buying new. “Used-car prices today remain pretty elevated, so it’s a good idea to avoid high-cost financing and dealer extras,” says Chuck Bell, a financial policy advocate for CR. “You may save by arranging your own financing rather than going through the dealer. And consider buying from a private seller. It can be more of…

A Pinch of Pepper

A Pinch of Pepper

• Two important and unusual choices have resulted in an incredible and unique house in Wollongong, designed by architect Alexander Symes for his cousin, Adam Suter, a builder. The first was to build around a 60-year-old pepper tree that Adam and his family had fallen in love with while living at the property prior to the redesign. “I said, ‘that's a crazy idea and will cost a bomb’,” says Alex. “[Adam] said, ‘I know but I want to show how we should look after resources’. He also wanted to show that he has technical capabilities to work within these constraints.” The second choice was something that the pair have both been working towards in their separate businesses – as architect and as builder – to build a Passive House. As a…

FANTASY

Tell us a bit about yourself and life story so far, Mariah. I am from Grand Junction, Colorado USA. I grew up dancing – since I was two years old I focussed on ballet, tap, and jazz five days a week, until I was in high school. I also focussed my energy on being an All-State basketball player, State Champion bodybuilder Junior Division and Varsity in volleyball and track. I was also Valedictorian and Prom Queen until I moved to Las Vegas to pursue my dream as being a Las Vegas showgirl. Dancing evolved into acting and modelling, when I was 18, and since then I’ve been living the dream here in Vegas starring in multiple shows and meeting so many amazing performers and entertainers along the way. I’m currently in…

FANTASY
Mob handed The Sicilian town where a mafia boss hid for years

Mob handed The Sicilian town where a mafia boss hid for years

It is hard to believe that in the small Sicilian town of Campobello di Mazara, where everyone knows each other and their secrets, no one thought to inquire after the identity of the man who had turned up out of the blue, with no known family or friends, over a year ago. Impeccably dressed in designer clothes, he could be seen drinking an espresso at the local cafe on most mornings, dining in a pizzeria, strolling the streets, shopping and cordially greeting his neighbours. That is until last Monday, when he was arrested coming out of a clinic in Palermo and revealed to be Matteo Messina Denaro, the last godfather of the Sicilian mafia and the world’s most wanted mob boss. There is a Sicilian proverb that roughly translates as: “He who speaks…

ACCIDENTALLY FABULOUS [Sydney]

ON THE LOOKOUT for a new project as his own home where he could make an impact and hoping to move closer to the city, interior designer Brett Mickan assumed he’d have to sacrifice space to do so. “When this 300sqm apartment with many challenges came up for sale, it was just too much to resist,” he says. “A predominantly underground space with a secret gambling den sent my spidey senses into overdrive and I knew I could use all my tricks from my career in theatre, film and interior design.” How did you become involved with this project? I live here with my husband Nick. We like to find spaces with potential for big change and to create the ultimate entertaining space to enjoy with our friends. After living…

ACCIDENTALLY FABULOUS [Sydney]
Elon Musk Is a Case Study in How Not to Use Twitter

Elon Musk Is a Case Study in How Not to Use Twitter

Long before Elon Musk became the self-described “chief twit,” he was a prolific Twitter user. Among his 22,000-and-counting tweets, there’s one thread that has given him financial and legal headaches for years. On Aug. 7, 2018, Musk posted this message on Twitter: “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” That tweet, and a handful of others, have already cost him $20 million in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission — which found it to be a series of materially false and misleading statements about the company that caused the stock price to jump — and that tab could increase depending on the jury verdict in the ongoing securities class action, not to mention his mounting legal fees. (Tesla had to pay an additional $20 million to investors…

Porsche targets BMW iX with electric seven-seat flagship

Porsche targets BMW iX with electric seven-seat flagship

“The new range-topping EV will be unlike any previous Porsche production model, say sources” A seven-seat, off-roadcapable luxury electric crossover is being primed by Porsche to arrive in 2027 as a new range-topper that will take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV and BMW iX. It will be unlike any previous Porsche production model, say sources privy to early design proposals, with a length stretching beyond five metres and a profile that is “part saloon, part crossover”. CEO Oliver Blume has described the car, known under the internal codename K1, as “a very sporting interpretation of an SUV”. When it arrives, the advanced four-wheel-drive flagship will head a growing Porsche line-up, consisting of seven individual models. The K1 will offer the latest in synchronous electric motor, high-performance battery and rapid-charging technology –…

Living in Tuscany

Living in Tuscany

Tuscany. The word instantly conjures up visions of an ideal Italy. Renaissance cathedrals rising over the terracotta rooftops of jewel-like cities. Honey-coloured farmhouses gazing out onto vineyard-striped hills. White sand beaches licked by the turquoise Med. All these visions are a reality, although of course they’re not the whole picture of this large central Italian region. There are also the lesser-known delights of leafy mountains dotted with castles, and wild windswept stretches of deserted coast. Less delightfully, there are thick scrums of tourists to contend with in some places, and, almost unbelievably, there are one or two unlovely towns. Tuscany packs in an astonishing range and variety. If there’s one thing this place never is, though, it’s boring. THE MARKET Tuscany’s manifold rural and urban delights have long made it…

“You don’t know shame until a spray tanner picks up your boobs”

grace and beauty In a world where women must choose between beauty and dignity, writer, presenter and podcast host Grace Dent plumps for the former every time As my spray tanner Malika blasted the side of my right tit with ice cold Sienna X Spray Tan, I pondered one of life’s irrefutable truths:a woman must choose early in life; does she want to be beautiful, or does she want to keep her dignity? Beauty – which I grab for every single time – will require a weekly onslaught of grave humiliations. All good natural daylight must be used to pluck facial hair, even if it’s in a traffic jam on Hanger Lane with two lanes of cars beeping. Amazon drivers often find me with a gob chock-full of a sort…

“You don’t know shame until a spray tanner picks up your boobs”

The Global Rise of Unhappiness: WHAT LEADERS CAN DO

IMAGINE YOU ARE IN A ROOM with the leaders of the G20: the president of the United States, the prime ministers of Canada and India, the chancellor of Germany, the president of China, the king of Saudi Arabia and the leaders of the other 14 largest economies in the world. You ask them: What indicators do you follow most closely? All leaders use indicators to measure progress. If you asked CEOs this question, they would probably say ‘revenue growth’ or ‘share price.’ With world leaders, it’s harder to know. Would they say GDP? Unemployment? The poverty rate? Maybe the Saudi king would say oil prices? I am not sure what their answer would be, but I do know what they would not say: none of them would mention happiness. As a result,…

The Global Rise of Unhappiness: WHAT LEADERS CAN DO
FUTURE FANTASTIC

FUTURE FANTASTIC

WITH MORE MORE GAMES on the docket this season and greater visibility than ever before, hockey has truly become a full-time job for Sarah Nurse and the other top players in the women’s game. “It’s kind of funny because, growing up, it was hockey season, right?” Nurse mused at the end of what was a busy and wildly successful 2022. “Now, getting to do that as a professional hockey player is definitely pretty special.” Nurse, 28, currently suits up for the PWHPA’s Team Adidas and internationally for Canada. The Rivalry Series between Canada and the U.S. returned as a best-of-seven affair after debuting as a best-of-three in 2018-19. The series allows the game’s top stars to bring the intensity of national-team contests to big crowds on both sides of the border…

What to do in FEBRUARY

What to do in FEBRUARY

Visit… a National Trust property and marvel at the winter white wonder of snowdrops So many gardens of the heritage houses and estates run by the National Trust boast a glorious carpet-like covering of snowdrops at this time of year. These pretty, delicate flowers, long been revered as symbols of hope, are also a herald that warmer weather is on the way. The 18th-century garden and parklands at Stowe in Buckinghamshire are a good place to head to for seeing the marvellous blankets of these little beauties. Growing in masses in the Elysian Fields, Sleeping Wood and Lamport Garden, they are a sight to behold. Why not take a crisp winter walk to work off the excesses of Christmas and New Year and view the spectacle before enjoying a cup of something…

Leather Lace-Up Boots

While wear takes a toll on fancy footwear from loafers to oxfords and snazzy sneakers, one stalwart shoe is a standby for years of use. Leather lace-up boots take their cue from hard-working kicks designed in the early 20th century. Bred for practicality, but instilled with rugged style, these American-made shoes can take a beating and still look great when paired with chinos and a button-down. Combat, as so often happens with men’s wear, inspired the Trench Boot (bottom, $488) from Oak Street Bootmakers. The World War I General of the Armies John J. Pershing knew the importance of foot protection to infantry and approved the heavily reinforced boot that would be named for him. George Vlagos, Oak Street’s founder and designer, says, “While at the helm of [the American Expeditionary…

Leather Lace-Up Boots
Biden Is All-In on Taking Out China

Biden Is All-In on Taking Out China

The United States has waged low-grade economic warfare against China for at least four years now—firing volley after volley of tariffs, export controls, investment blocks, visa limits, and much more. But Washington’s endgame for this conflict has always been hazy. Does it seek to compel specific changes in Beijing’s behavior or to challenge the Chinese system itself? To protect core security interests or to retain hegemony by any means? To strengthen the United States or to hobble its chief rival? Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s scattershot regulation and erratic public statements offered little clarity to allies, adversaries, and companies around the world. Joe Biden’s actions as president have been more systematic, but long-term U.S. goals remain hidden beneath bureaucratic opacity and cautious platitudes. Last October, however, a dense regulatory filing from…

3 surprise Apple products that could arrive in 2023

3 surprise Apple products that could arrive in 2023

As a new year rolls around, there are plenty of stalwart devices that we know we’ll see in 2023 – new iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches will all make appearances through the year. But there are also sure to be some surprises that no one saw coming – except us. Here are three completely unexpected products that may debut in the early months of 2023. APPLE SECURITY KEY Apple has announced that it will introduce support for physical security keys for Apple IDs to add extra protection for users worried about their iCloud data being hacked. We’ve already seen the feature in the iOS 16.3 beta, which we expect to arrive early this year. Essentially, if you choose to use it, this will replace the current two-factor authentication method that sends you…

LISA MARIE PRESLEY 1968 – 2023 A LIFE HAUNTED BY TRAGEDY

Just three days after a glorious triumph at the Golden Globes, Elvis Presley’s family was hit with tragedy as The King’s daughter Lisa Marie died suddenly from cardiac arrest at just 54. In an emotional statement, her shattered mum Priscilla, 77, announced, “It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us. She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.” Just days before, Priscilla and Lisa Marie had been celebrating the Baz Luhrmanndirected biopic Elvis sweeping the Golden Globe Awards, with the mother-daughter duo in tears as the film’s star Austin Butler honoured them in…

LISA MARIE PRESLEY 1968 – 2023 A LIFE HAUNTED BY TRAGEDY
LEARN MORE: CUTTING ON THE BIAS

LEARN MORE: CUTTING ON THE BIAS

CUTTING ON THE BIAS • Bias runs diagonally between the lengthwise and crosswise grain lines of a woven fabric. The “true” bias runs exactly at a 45° angle to the grain lines (see diagram, below right) and has the most stretch in a woven fabric. Because bias strips can be easily shaped, they are ideal for curved binding and appliqués such as vines and stems. • To cut bias strips, begin with a fabric square or rectangle. Using an acrylic ruler and a rotary cutter, cut one edge at a 45° angle. Measure the desired width from the cut edge, and make a cut parallel to the edge (Photo 1). Repeat until you have the desired number of strips. Handle bias strips carefully to avoid distorting the fabric. HOW TO MAKE CONTINUOUS BIAS…

Michelle Obama I LOVE MY HUSBAND, BUT MARRIAGE IS HARD!

Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming is one of the bestselling bios in history, and in this candid conversation, the American author, 59, talks about her path to “becoming” a successful writer, mother and wife to former US President Barack Obama. We find out in your book that your high school counsellor told you you weren’t Princeton material… I know, I went back to my high school recently and the principal was like, “She doesn’t work here any more.” [Laughs] But it’s OK. I’m good. One of your learnings is that successful people operate “as if they had every advantage in the world”, and it’s a confidence thing. When did you start feeling that? When you’re a woman and you’re a minority, you hear almost the exact opposite. You hear the “can’ts” more often than not.…

Michelle Obama I LOVE MY HUSBAND, BUT MARRIAGE IS HARD!

A Right royal wrangle

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last September, our new monarch, King Charles III, announced he was creating his eldest son and heir, William, Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, of: “The country whose title I have been so greatly privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty.” Among the many titles held by members of the Royal Family, Prince of Wales has special resonance, yet is one of the oddest jobs. Charles held the title for more than 64 years – the longest incumbent – and William, 22nd Prince of Wales in the current line, is, at 40 years old, the oldest to receive it. Traditionally held by the male heir apparent to the throne, the title is not automatic. It becomes merged in the Crown and is…

A Right royal wrangle

Cloud Support: Are Mental Health Apps Helpful?

Dear Cloud Support: “Everyone’s so gung ho about therapy these days. I’ve been curious myself, but I’m not ready to commit to paying for it. A mental health app seems like it could be a decent stepping stone. But are they actually helpful?”—Mindful Skeptic Dear Mindful, The first time you open Headspace, one of the most popular mental wellness apps, you are greeted with the image of a blue sky—a metaphor for the unperturbed mind—and encouraged to take several deep breaths. The instructions that appear across the firmament tell you precisely when to inhale, when to hold, and when to exhale, rhythms that are measured by a white progress bar, as though you’re waiting for a download to complete. Some people may find this relaxing, although I’d bet that for every user whose…

Cloud Support: Are Mental Health Apps Helpful?

Bay Boat Vs. Hybrid: What’s the Difference?

While there are no rules about what constitutes a bay boat or a hybrid, certain features tend to lump boats into one camp or the other. Other boats refuse to be pigeonholed, deftly straddling the line. Before you pick one, consider the following factors. WHERE YOU FISH MATTERS Before deciding which boat is the right one to buy, prospective owners can narrow the field by envisioning where they will be doing most of their fishing. If the answer is mostly offshore, skewing to a hybrid makes more sense. In the right weather, any boat can go offshore. But when the wind kicks up, it becomes a matter of safety and comfort. Boats with more deadrise draw more water but cleave the waves better, resulting in a smoother ride. Hybrids are capable of fishing…

Bay Boat Vs. Hybrid: What’s the Difference?
Is exploring space worth the money?

Is exploring space worth the money?

When the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope were released in July 2022, people around the world saw awe-inspiring views of the universe. However, those views came with a hefty price tag: It cost about $10 billion to get Webb up and running nearly a million miles from Earth. Space exploration gives scientists a deeper understanding of our universe and shows us what great things humans can accomplish. Many people, however, say the money would be better spent addressing issues right here on Earth, such as climate change, social injustice, and the rising cost of goods. So what do you think—is exploring space worth the money? Yes—the benefits outweigh the costs Exploring our universe costs a lot of money, but it still comes to less than 1% of US government…

high style

high style

In the mid–20th century, winter-sports enthusiasts allied with deep-pocketed investors began to transform Rocky Mountain towns that had long ago gone bust, setting out to create ski and recreation destinations. In those early days, it was not entirely uncommon to see modernist structures take root, with many of the greats—Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra, Eliot Noyes, and Herbert Bayer—designing early works in places like Aspen and Jackson Hole. But in the closing decades of the past century, preferences shifted toward styles drawn more from Old West kitsch, making houses detailed with heavy rough-cut timber and stone. More recently, though, a new generation of homeowners and their designers is rediscovering the possibilities of modernism in these high-altitude settings. One of the architects putting their stamp on this landscape is Brian MacKay-Lyons.…

Race with the Tall Ships Youth Trust

Race with the Tall Ships Youth Trust

Classic Boat’s address: Jubilee House, 2 Jubilee Place, London, SW3 3TQ cb@classicboat.co.uk Follow the Classic Boat team on Twitter and Facebook The Tall Ships Youth Trust is offering race weekends for groups in 2023. The trust, which runs 72ft yachts, is inviting sailing clubs, schools, colleges and other youth organisations to compete in its Challenger Championships. The trust is the Charity of the Year of the British Classic Yacht Club, as well as that of our sister title, Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting. The trust says: “Sailing onboard an iconic 72ft Challenger yacht, your group will take part in an exciting and competitive race, with a ‘Le Mans’ style start. Out on the ocean, the young people will become an integral part of the crew and get involved in all aspects of running the vessel.…

LAUREN COHAN

The final episodes of TWD dropped in October. Is the end of the world finally over? Everyone must make peace with the fact that there will never be a clear-cut solution to life. I will say the story lines we address in the last couple of episodes are definitely some of the best in all these years. And there’s always a glimmer of hope. Is that a good enough tease? Rick Grimes disappeared in season 9. Is he alive, dead or a walker? There might be some really great information about what happened to Rick. Unfortunately, I can’t say anything more. Favorite zombie kill? I like the bloated well-walker from season 2. I didn’t kill him, but it was just one of my favorites because of his decrepitude—I’m pretty sure that isn’t a word. But…

LAUREN COHAN

breaking BREAD

Baking bread had a resurgence during the pandemic, from elaborate to quicker and easier loaves. And Jeff and Zoë, authors of The Best of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, make it especially easy for readers to enjoy incredible loaves of bread in only five minutes a day. Do you know what that means? Fresh baked bread is within your reach any night of the week! The Vermont Cheddar Bread is tender, cheesy, and practically a meal all on its own. Or turn it into bread sticks, with the same great flavor in addictive crispy sticks. And when pumpkin meets bread, you have one marvelous masterpiece. The Pain au Potiron is moist (surprising for whole-wheat breads) with tender bites of pumpkin and hints of pepper — perfect for winter squash…

breaking BREAD
Yarn choice

Yarn choice

&MAKE Super Bulky Shade pictured Potion Ball weight/length 100g/80m Needle size 8-12mm (UK 0-000/US 11-17) Tension 9-12 sts to 10cm Fibre content 100% Highland wool Care Hand wash RRP £10.80 Contact www.thefibreco.com 017687 79 292 Plump, bouncy and a delight to knit with, this Super Bulky yarn is part of the &Make range developed by The Fibre Co. It’s a roving-style single-ply yarn, spun from sustainable Peruvian Highland wool, which knits up incredibly quickly - if you want near-instant gratification, this is the yarn for you! The colour palette offers 20 vibrant, modern shades. UK ALPACA Sock Yarn Shade pictured Hot Pink Skein weight/length 100g/400m Needle size 2.5-3.5mm (UK 13-10/US 1-4) Tension Approx. 28 sts and 42 rows to 10cm Fibre content 75% superfine alpaca, 25% nylon Care Machine wash 30°C RRP £18 Contact www.ukalpaca.com 01884 243579 UK Alpaca has developed its first sock yarn, and we’re very impressed with the…

JLO’S DAY ON A PLATE

BREAKFAST A bowl of porridge and a metabolism-boosting berry smoothie kicks off her day. LUNCH The gym bunny fills her plate with vegetables as well as salmon for the second part of her day. DINNER ‘It feels like rice and beans, which I grew up with,’ the star gushes of her protein and quinoa dinners. SNACKS She carries around fruit, veg and protein to keep on top of her cravings between meals. NO-GO ZONE Jennifer steers clear of alcohol and coffee. ‘I haven’t had caffeine in years,’ she admits.…

JLO’S DAY ON A PLATE
Diary of a Hospital: Lisa Miller

Diary of a Hospital: Lisa Miller

ABOUT 3,400 PEOPLE sleep on the streets or subways of New York each night, and the week after Christmas, EMTs dropped off one of them, a young white woman, at a Brooklyn emergency room. She had overdosed on an assortment of meds and called 911 on herself. Now she was, as the ER psych nurse on duty that night put it, “decompensating”—her mind running the familiar course from okay to unraveled to not coherent at all. The woman was focused on the subject of her boyfriend, her companion on the street, convinced that he was duplicitous and “trying to be slick.” At the thought, her voice rose to a sharp, panicked pitch. “If he really cared about me, why didn’t he ride in the ambulance with me?” And then, as…

The worst ideas for the future

The worst ideas for the future

Logging on to a work meeting in the metaverse with your legless avatar. Emptying the vacuum bag of your humanoid robot butler every day after it’s finished the floors. Having to call the police to tell them you’re on a rollercoaster, not in a fender bender. And paying for it using a cryptocurrency with such fluctuating value that you’re never sure how much it’s worth. Welcome to our dull, uninspired version of the future. There are exciting visions of the future in the making: driverless cars could rework cities, augmented reality could upend everything from entertainment to education, and robots could release us from physical labour. But right now, we’re building a suburban dystopia. Why are we so bad at imagining our futures? “We spend surprisingly little time thinking about the future,”…

SPEAK YOUR MIND

Anne-Marie appears to be the epitome of a confident pop princess, but there is more to the 31-year-old than meets the eye. The three-time world karate champion got her first West End role performing in Les Misérables at six years old but, despite achieving so much at such a young age, she was often consumed with worry. “When I was younger, I just thought that’s what I was like. I didn’t like being around people and I didn’t really like people looking at me,” she explains. “I didn’t realise what I was going through until people started talking about their journeys. When I saw people talking about anxiety on social media, or there were TV documentaries about mental health, that’s when I started realising what it was.” Now the Essex-born star,…

SPEAK YOUR MIND
ENGLAND’S GLORY

ENGLAND’S GLORY

The Jaguar drew up on the starting grid resembling a giant gift-wrapped birthday present. With effortless cool the driver broke into a toothy smile of sly invitation, dribbling slightly onto his lacy cravat and pimped out polyester suit as he breathed the words “Yeah Baby”. I was daydreaming again, visualising myself as stunt double to Tom Cruise on the set of “The Leaping Spy”, an imaginary Austin Powers movie with a Jaguar theme. Back to reality and it isn’t half bad, because the real world does actually see me on the track at Goodwood, in the Austin Powers XK8, thankfully minus the polyester and with Tom Cruise nowhere in sight. However, extraordinary good fortune has come my way as I have blagged a few minutes for a photoshoot in the…

For the LOVE of the GAME

The story of Presnel Kimpembe is one of many second-generation Frenchmen, but in the world of soccer he is almost an exception, coming to Paris Saint-Germain from the outskirts of the city. Yet the defender succeeded, beginning in Beaumont-sur-Oise and culminating in wearing the PSG captain’s armband, as well as competing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia with France. Born to a Congolese father and Haitian mother, Kimpembe, 27, had clear ideas for what he wanted to accomplish. Since the age of six, when he took his first soccer steps in the Louis-Larue stadium in nearby Éragny, he had only one goal in mind: to play for Paris Saint-Germain. At the age of 10, he was able to enter the Parisian youth league. Kimpembe’s athletic idols at the time were…

For the LOVE of the GAME
HOW CHEESE IS MADE

HOW CHEESE IS MADE

Whether it’s in the form of a French fondue, pizza topping, slice of grilled halloumi or sprinkling of feta, there’s a type of cheese to complement most savoury foods. Humans have produced cheese for around 4,000 years, but its exact origin remains unknown. One common theory is that it was discovered accidentally when stomachs taken from butchered cattle were used to carry milk. Inside the stomach is an enzyme that causes milk to curdle, and when transporting milk for long periods, people discovered that their milk had solidified in the process. Upon tasting it, others wanted to recreate this newly discovered foodstuff’s unique flavour. Over time, specific ingredients and controlled conditions provided the world with cheeses of different flavours, colours and textures. Today, cheese is popular globally. In the US, for…