1 FIRST Riders MBUK

IT’S EASY TO KEEP THE FRONT WHEEL PLANTED AND YOUR YOUR WEIGHT NICELY BALANCED BETWEEN THE WHEELS TO AID GRIP AND CONTROL ON THE STEEPEST CLIMBS SANTACRUZ BLUR XC X01 AXS RSV £8,099 The US brand’s lightest full-suspension XC bike yet Santa Cruz are back at the sharp end of World Cup cross-country racing, with their htSQD team jumping on this brand new bike. The Blur XC retains a traditional 100mm of travel at each end, but has all the hallmarks of a truly up-to-date race rig. There’s also a Blur TR, with 115mm/120mm of travel. The frame Made from Santa Cruz’s ‘CC’ grade carbon fibre, the new Blur XC is claimed to weigh nearly 300g less than the previous iteration. There’s no rear pivot – instead, the brand have built flex into the sculpted…

1 FIRST Riders MBUK
TWEET STORM

TWEET STORM

THERE’S AN OLD JOKE AMONG TWITTER EMPLOYEES THAT being on the platform is like playing a huge online multiplayer game where every day there’s a different main character—meaning a person who’s critiqued, harassed, or otherwise shoved into the spotlight. According to the joke, you have just one goal: never become that main character yourself. One day in 2018, Twitter’s main character was Vernon Unsworth, a British diver who’d spent days assisting the rescue of Thai boys trapped in a flooded cave. After billionaire Elon Musk offered a minuscule submarine to the rescue divers, Unsworth told the media that Musk’s idea was just a useless PR stunt. Musk then took to Twitter, where (in tweets that he later deleted) he baselessly accused the man of being a “pedo guy,” or pedophile. The…

When Product Placement Is the Real Star

When Product Placement Is the Real Star

Hiram Lodge, the manipulative crime lord who targets the fictional town of Riverdale, sits back in his office chair. After plotting his latest scheme with a cohort over submarine sandwiches, he takes a bite of a Doritos chip, holding the bag in clear view of the camera while looking away pensively. Frito-Lay, which got the snack on the CW Network’s teen drama Riverdale with the help of the No. 1 product placement company BEN, hopes audiences noticed enough to crave their own bag of Doritos, but not so much that they became annoyed. That’s the delicate balance companies strike when using product placement, which is becoming an even more popular form of advertising thanks to factors including increasingly sophisticated data collection and the rise of streaming and mobile video. Linear television, the…

A New Take on An Old Theory

If you’re president, it’s useful if you can convince the American people that there’s a coherent and unified economic theory underpinning what may look like your grab bag of policies. You want something with a bit more intellectual heft than a slogan—something with maybe even a whiff of academia. Yet for a year, as Joe Biden pursued the most ambitious liberal agenda in half a century, his administration didn’t seem to have one. “If you got an ordinary American and asked for the elevator pitch for the Biden plan, I think they’d be stumped,” says Alan Blinder, a Princeton economics professor who was appointed vice chair of the Federal Reserve by President Bill Clinton. That didn’t seem to matter early on. Not long after taking office, Biden got Congress to throw an…

A New Take on An Old Theory
GADGET GURU

GADGET GURU

KEVIN HOWELL, RYDE Q Forget cardio, Guru. I need to gain mass A Guru’s got you, reader. Bulk is one of his many unkind middle names. And before we dig in, know that GaGu was incredibly tempted to facetiously offer 300 words of baking advice here, so you’re lucky he’s in a good mood – though, as a second preface, you’re also a fool if choose you follow his advice. First, refocus your training to follow Guru’s Three Musts of Gettin’ Buffed: eat, drink, and eat again. Frankly even that short list could be trimmed. You want to eat good things every three hours or so, meaning clean protein, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and so on. Don’t avoid carbs, but do save them for an after-gym feed up. If you need help…

GOOD YARN

Sustainable innovation, craft, responsible production, and how we relate to objects and nature are recurring themes in the work of Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. A new series of textile experiments and an exhibition at Berlin’s Gropius Bau, ‘Woven Cosmos’, presents a panoramic take on her thinking. ‘I have always worked on the relationship between objects and human beings; objects are silent partners, there is a lot of healing in them,’ says Jongerius, whose work over the past three decades has touched upon industrial design, furniture, craft, material explorations and chromatic research. Her ongoing work with colour has led her to collaborate with textile manufacturers Maharam and Kvadrat; to leave her mark on classic Vitra furniture by Jean Prouvé, and Charles and Ray Eames; and to design the North Delegates’ Lounge for the…

GOOD YARN

Grounding China’s Personal Shoppers

Vivian Li, a stay-at-home mother in Shenzhen, used to make weekly trips abroad, leaving her husband in charge of their toddler and traveling to Hong Kong or Tokyo with two empty suitcases. She would fill them with Lancôme eye creams, Pola shampoos, Louis Vuitton handbags, and other products that in China were either much pricier or simply unavailable—sometimes clearing out the store shelves for items that internet celebrities had recommended. Then she would return home and send the goods via express delivery to clients who’d hired her to shop for them. Working as a personal shopper, or daigou, was a lucrative job for Li, 28, who could make more than 30,000 yuan ($4,626) a month from her travels. This army of gray-market surrogate shoppers has long been a feature of China’s…

Grounding China’s Personal Shoppers

FLUBBED

Monetary regimes don’t fall often. Half a century ago, in 1971, Richard Nixon ended the Age of Gold by formally eliminating the dollar’s peg to the precious metal. Since then, the dollar and other currencies have rested on fiat—they’re worth something because governments say they are. You could call this the Age of Credibility. In place of gold, a currency’s anchor is the trust in the central bank that issues it. Now credibility appears to be at an end. With central banks desperately ripping up their playbooks to try to rein in inflation that’s veered far beyond target, they’re admitting they’ve been wrong and giving up on trying to steer the markets on their plans for the future. That’s alarming, because the precedent of the 1970s isn’t encouraging. Oil briefly took…

FLUBBED
BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO FERRARI

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO FERRARI

What’s Ferrari, and when did it start making cars? Ferrari is possibly the greatest, most storied fast carmaker of them all, not least according to Ferrari itself. It may rarely miss a chance to trumpet its own legendary status, but then Ferrari has plenty to trumpet. The Italian manufacturer isn’t just one of the most recognisable car brands in the world, but one of the most recognisable brands, full stop. That black-on-yellow horse is as iconic as the Olympic rings, the Nike swoosh or the Apple, um, apple – and it’s adorned some of the fastest, most beautiful, most significant, most expensive cars in history. That equine logo, incidentally, is officially titled the ‘cavallino rampante’, generally translated as ‘prancing horse’. But according to TopGear’s dog-eared Italian dictionary, ‘cavallino rampante’ could equally be rendered as…

WHERE THERE’S FIRE, THERE’S TOXIC SMOKE

WHERE THERE’S FIRE, THERE’S TOXIC SMOKE

ON A RURAL HIGHWAY in Northern California, a July traveler’s tire went flat. Metal rim scraped against pavement. The sparks ignited a fire that ripped through dry forest, whirled into flame tornadoes, and roared over tens of thousands of acres, making fuel of everything in its path. When it jumped the Sacramento River and headed for the city of Redding, Keith Bein prepped his new rig—a trailer holding two tiny electric cars, a lot of tubes and instrumentation, and a white contraption that looks like a miniature lighthouse. Bein works as an atmospheric scientist at the University of California, Davis campus, about 150 miles south of Redding. By the time he hooked the loaded trailer to his truck and began driving upstate, the 2018 Carr Fire—those sparks ignited near a power…

LIVES DEPEND ON FORESTS

LIVES DEPEND ON FORESTS

IN THIS SECTION Seed Bank Alarm The First Forest Take to the Trees Ghostly Redwoods ● VANCOUVER ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA THE HOLLOWED-OUT TRUNK of the ancient yellow cedar felt like a cocoon with its soft floor of bark strips. A mother bear had molded this bed when she came each year to hibernate and to birth her cubs inside the 2,000-year-old tree. In the depth of winter, the shell of sapwood had protected them from the bone-chilling cold and blowing snow. A decade earlier, the mother likely had been born in this same den, near the headwaters of Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island, off the coast of British Columbia. She would have returned each fall, fattened on berries and salmon. I picked one of her hairs from the grain of the wood, the scent…

Now Crypto Is Barking at Me

With virtual life increasingly indistinguishable from everyday reality, it makes sense: Just as the price of dog-inspired cryptocurrencies Dogecoin and Shiba Inu coin have exploded, so has demand for—what else?—living, breathing shiba inus. While Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency created from a meme back in 2013 using the image of a shiba inu, enjoyed a burst of popularity this summer, it was recently overtaken in market value by the slightly less creatively named Shiba Inu coin. In classic crypto style, it sounds like a joke but is immensely valuable, with investors pushing up its price almost 800% in the past month, even though a coin still costs a tiny fraction of a cent. At the same time, shiba inu breeders across the U.S. say they’re seeing more business than ever since cryptocurrency trading brought…

Now Crypto Is Barking at Me
SPECTACULAR SMART LIGHTS

SPECTACULAR SMART LIGHTS

1 IKEA FLOALT Sometimes you don’t want a bulb, you want a whole panel of light to control from your phone or through your smart speaker – and that’s exactly what you get with the Floalt, part of Ikea’s growing range of intelligent illumination products. Available in a variety of sizes, these panels really enable you to get creative with your lighting setup. From £65, ikea.com 2 PHILIPS HUE AMARANT One of the latest products from the smart lightning veterans at Philips Hue is the Amarant, an outdoor light bar that can blanket a wall or a particular part of your property with a white or coloured light. You can even connect several of them together, and they’re perfect for hedges, fences, and any other bit of outdoor furniture that you want to illuminate. £129.99,…

一群人的願意救活5萬人公司!

友達告別10 年低谷從兩年賠千億,到獲利寫新高! 營收3,707億7年新高 股東權益報酬率29.6%歷史新高 俄烏戰爭,讓大家看到,戰爭可能一夕間來臨的殘酷。而當一個國家,或是一個企業陷入沒有明日的絕望處境時,要怎麼做,怎麼想,才能在絕處再逢生?來聽聽面板大廠友達的故事。他, 曾經是「 台灣股市賠最多的CEO」。 花了十年,他才拿掉這個標籤。 二月十一日,剛舉辦完的友達實體法人說明會上,台灣面板雙虎之一的友達董事長彭双浪宣布,去年是豐收的一年,稅後淨利和ROE(股東權益報酬率),都創下了一九九六年創立以來的歷史新高,一年賺了超過六百億元。事隔十多年,他再次啟動在台灣蓋面板廠的計畫。 曾經,友達連續兩年虧損,累計虧逾一千一百億元,虧最多的一季,一天開門要虧三億元。 最慘的時候,媒體都把面板業稱為「四大慘業」之首,其他三大慘業DRAM、LED、太陽能,友達也有兩項。大家都用前途堪虞來形容他們。「我每個月都從二號(惡耗)開始,沒有一號,」彭双浪說。 他,曾是台股賠最多的CEO 「那時,我們像塊肉被掛在那裡,所有蒼蠅都飛過來」…

Go for gold

Go for gold

Located in Osaka, Japan, Leben is a small company whose range is valve based and focuses mainly on the precise execution of established design ideas. The noble exception to this is one of the smaller amplifiers it makes. The CS-300F is a compact integrated that produces 15W with distortion at 10W quoted at a creditably low 0.7 percent THD. How it produces this power is rather unusual. The CS-300F is built around four General Electric JAN-6197 power pentodes, which are rarely seen in audio applications. The 6197 was designed primarily for use in Fifties’ era computers. It was made for stability and robustness at full output (as befits a device being used either on or off). On the original Fifties’ datasheet, though, was a diagram for a proposed amplifier application. This…

McConnell’s debt gamble

AS SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONnell mulled blocking Democrats from raising the nation’s debt ceiling, he faced two scenarios. Neither was good. In the first, the U.S. could default on its debt, triggering a global recession and costing Americans millions of jobs. In the second, Democrats could get rid of the filibuster to raise the ceiling without GOP help and create a Senate where the party in power—notably, not McConnell’s—could prevail with a simple majority vote. So McConnell relented, agreeing on Oct. 6 that Republicans would allow a temporary extension of the debt ceiling to the end of the year. (A vote to that effect passed in the Senate on Oct. 7, and in the House of Representatives on Oct. 12.) But the deal McConnell offered shouldn’t be confused with magnanimity. With…

McConnell’s debt gamble
OUT RAGE MACHINES

OUT RAGE MACHINES

IN response to the question “How do you make a 600-hp sports sedan?” BMW, Audi, and Mercedes have turned in answers so similar that if this were an exam, they’d be accused of cheating. The brands started with the bones of a buttoned-down sedan and crafted a version with a narrow-eyed performance-car glare, a dropped roofline, and a sloping tail. Each car has all-wheel drive, adaptive dampers, brake rotors the size of Saturn’s rings, and a twin-turbo V-8 of at least 4.0 liters making completely unbuttoned dyno numbers. Add up all three and you get 1838 horsepower. Presumably to enrage our readers, the marketing people advertise these things as four-door coupes. “Swoopy, saggy-assed sedans” could work, but that doesn’t quite capture the seriousness of this trio. The Audi RS7, the BMW M8 Competition…

MERCEDES-BENZ EQS

MERCEDES-BENZ EQS

When Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius unveiled the EQS back in April, he described it as a “defining moment” for the world’s oldest car maker. Such statements are often heard in the car industry nowadays. In this case, though, it’s hard to argue against. Unlike the EQC, EQV, EQA and EQB that arrived before it, the EQS isn’t derived from an existing ICE-powered model, instead having Mercedes’ first dedicated EV platform to host a new high-density battery pack that promises a range of up to 485 miles and one of the most advanced interiors you will find in any car. The luxury liftback-style saloon has been conceived to provide buyers with an electric alternative to the traditionally powered S-Class. Positioned at the top of a growing list of electric Mercedes, it acts as a…

ALFA MALE

Surely it had to be the first question to Valtteri Bottas, were you to meet him during one of his early visits to his new team’s base in Hinwil, Switzerland. “How do you like coffee here, Valtteri?” we ask. “There is still work to do,” Alfa Romeo’s new Finn laughs in response. “There’s nothing wrong with the coffee, but it can always be better. “But I’m on it”, he says, adding confidently: “I’m gonna sort it.” After all, that’s what he’s here for: to share his experience and help his new team to improve in every area. We are in one of the two Sauber buildings on Wildbachstrasse, in an immense workshop with a wind tunnel stretched out at second-floor level. Bottas is no longer a stranger in Hinwil. He came here right after his first…

ALFA MALE

Putin’s botched job

THE NEWS, for a moment, seemed encouraging. In a stagemanaged television appearance on February 14th Vladimir Putin grunted a terse “good” to the proposal of his foreign minister that, despite warnings by the West of an imminent invasion of Ukraine, diplomacy should continue. A day later Russia’s defence ministry said that some of the 180,000 or so troops it has deployed at its borders with Ukraine are to be withdrawn to barracks, having completed their military exercises which, it has always maintained, is why they were there in the first place. Officials, and the markets, breathed a small sigh of relief. Alas, open-source intelligence soon showed that, although a few units were moving, many more were preparing to fight (see Briefing). With the candour that has wrong-footed Mr Putin, many Western…

Putin’s botched job
CANON ANNOUNCES THE R3 – AND IT’S BUILT FOR SPEED

CANON ANNOUNCES THE R3 – AND IT’S BUILT FOR SPEED

Canon has announced the development of the EOS R3 – a camera aimed at professional sports and news photographers that boasts 30fps continuous shooting, a brand-new stacked backside illuminated (BSI) image sensor, “next generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF” and Eye Control Function autofocus. The R3 will sit between the flagship EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR and Canon’s current top-of-the-line mirrorless camera, the EOS R5. And its specs suggest it will take aim at the new Sony A1 – at least in the all-important speed stakes. Its headline feature, which matches the A1, is the 30fps burst shooting with full AF/AE tracking and minimal rolling shutter. This is made possible by the new stacked image sensor (the first ever in an EOS camera) that delivers blisteringly fast readout speeds while minimising distortion. The…

Past PCs, Future EVs

THE 20 MOST INFLUENTIAL PCS OF THE LAST 40 YEARS The Compaq portable (aka “luggable”) PC was a game-changer for me. The amber screen was easier on the eyes, and with the 300bps modem, I could log into TSO on the mainframe through the Yale ASCII emulator and start data extractions (Easytrieve + HASP) in the middle of the night without going to the office. The next day, using the network card, I could load the round tapes onto our LAN server for our analysts. And I read PC Magazine.—Bruce Fryer I think the generic IBM-compatible had a major influence on the markets. My first PC was a generic XT with a hard drive and a monochrome monitor. Bought it for $900 at an appliance store!—Mike McKeaney Sr. The GRiD Compass had a…

What’s the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

What’s the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

#RSLOVE “A solo 4½-mile stand-up paddleboard trip on Lake Mead to Hoover Dam. Since then I’ve logged several solo paddles on big bodies of water, including a recent 6.7-mile loop.” @NEESYD2003 For sharing this photo with us, @neesyd2003 will receive our special edition, The Power of Sleep. If you want your picture to be considered, tag photos on Instagram with #rslove. “I went to Iceland by myself and hitchhiked across the country on my 25th birthday. I didn’t tell anyone at home till I got back!” @AMELIA.AFOLAYAN “New sports! Every decade, I go all in and learn a new sport. At age 30, it was running (I’m still at it); at age 40, golf (humbling!); at age 50, sculling (challenging!). With each sport, I’ve met new people and had tons of adventures. I still have time…

Oz Clarke: 8 New World wines that mean the most to me

1 GALLO’S HEARTY BURGUNDY Student wine was filthy stuff, scraped from the dregs of whatever tank was cheapest. And here I was as a student actor, in a vast dorm in Madison, Wisconsin, the air so thick with ‘smoke’ I didn’t know if it was more dangerous to inhale or asphyxiate. And I was downing this mug of juicy, fruity, riotously drinkable red wine. Gallo’s Hearty Burgundy. How could cheap wine be this good? Well, the Gallos wanted to get America drinking table wine. Good grapes were so cheap they even used Rochioli’s Russian River Pinot Noir, Barbera, Petite Sirah and other taste bombs for the Hearty Burgundy. It worked. It seemed to me that if America was the land without class, the land of opportunity, the land of the free,…

What’s in a genome?

What’s in a genome?

It’s been a busy year for the Shark Research Center, with the publication of several key papers that point to the complex and highly tuned functioning of sharks. Among these is a study indicating that the fully sequenced white shark genome is much larger than our human genome. It also shows some interesting results of potential biomedical value. As part of the Shark Research Center’s ongoing work in the field of comparative genomics of sharks, the complete set of white shark Carcharodon carcharias genes – known as the genome – have been sequenced and the findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research paper, titled ‘White shark genome reveals ancient elasmobranch adaptations associated with wound healing and the maintenance of genome stability’, gives new…

Tastes of the Old Country

Tastes of the Old Country

Bushmills Single Malt 21 80 proof, $200 Bushmills is the outlier in Irish whiskey because it’s made in Northern Ireland, not the Republic. Overlook the geographical distinction. This 21-year-old melds Sherry- and Bourbon-aged whiskeys and then finishes the combination in Madeira casks. The result teems with vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, toffee and raisins. Connemara Single Malt 80 proof, $43 Connemara sets itself apart from most Irish whiskey in being not only double distilled, but also peated. The product of the Cooley Distillery, which spearheaded the island’s expansion of production, not only plumes with peat smoke, but follows up with notes of cinnamon, hard candy, bread dough, caramel and salt spray. Green Spot Single Pot Still 80 proof, $75 Made by New Midleton for a wine merchant, Green Spot only recently arrived in the United States—and in very limited…

BOAT BLING

PLUG AND PLAY NARVA introduces the Model 37 submersible LED lighting kit for boat trailers. With its plug and play harness, no electrical skill is needed nor any splicing/joining wires, so making connections is a tool-free operation – just plug and play. Perfect for DIY installation, the Model 37 trailer lamp has been engineered to withstand regular immersion in water. The lamps are fully protected from water ingress to IP68 standard and all hardware is 316 stainless steel. Each lamp is fitted with a waterproof connector, also IP68 standard, that joins effortlessly to the main harness. Each kit contains two 12/24V slimline rear combination indicator/stop/tail/license plate lamps, two amber LED side marker lamps, main harnesses and a seven-pin flat plug. Damaged components can be easily replaced, thanks to the plug and play system. The new NARVA Model…

BOAT BLING

The 27 Best Things We Ate This Year

1 Baklava Fro-yo ANDROS TAVERNA A terrifically tart Greek-style frozen yogurt, this dessert from pastry chef Hsing Chen comes topped with crisp baklava crumbles, pistachio sauce, and a drizzle of raw local honey from Heaven’s Honey. It has just the right amount of sweetness without being over the top. $9. 2542 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square — T.R. 2 Ham and Cheese Cachito KLEIN’S BAKERY & CAFÉ The standout item at this Venezuelan café from sisters Jessica and Dayana Klein is the ham and cheese cachito. Shaped like a croissant, the cachito is made with a lightly sweet dough and stuffed with cream cheese and thinly sliced smoked ham. $5. 426 W. Diversey Pkwy., Lake View East; 4155 N. Broadway, Buena Park — A.C. 3 Walnut Shrimp CHEF’S SPECIAL COCKTAIL BAR To make his take on this Westernized…

The 27 Best Things We Ate This Year

Les Finances d’une famille Préparer sa retraite avec la pierre papier

La cinquantaine, Valérie est infirmière libérale à Perpignan. Elle es mère de jumeaux nés en 1997. L’un vient d’obtenir son master de marketing à Coventry (Angleterre), tandis que l’autre reprend ses études de kinésithérapeute. Elle travaille beaucoup et vit dans une grande maison qui lui appartient en propre. Férue de voyages, notre lectrice a arpenté l’Asie pendant de longues années, à la découverte de ses cultures millénaires, traversant le Népal, le Tibet ou encore le Bhoutan, une contrée encore méconnue et exempte du tourisme de masse. Ce qui l’a frappée lors de ses pérégrinations dans le petit royaume, situé à l’est de l’Himalaya, frontalier de l’Inde et de la Chine, est la dévotion de ses habitants pour la nature. Elle a également séjourné en Zambie, en Chine et au Japon. Elle…

Les Finances d’une famille Préparer sa retraite avec la pierre papier
Les meilleurs contrats d’assurance vie

Les meilleurs contrats d’assurance vie

L’assurance vie pèse lourd. Très lourd même: 1 795 milliards d’euros à la fin de février 2021, un montant record. Ce succès n’est pas volé, s’agissant aujourd’hui du seul « placement à tout faire » du marché. Pêle-mêle, citons une fiscalité toujours avantageuse, une souplesse d’utilisation remarquable et un accès aux places financières du monde entier. Sans oublier l’inclusion d’un support à capital garanti, le fonds en euros qui, malgré la baisse de son rendement depuis dix ans, capte encore les deux tiers de la collecte. Mais l’épargnant ne doit pas être dupe. « Assurance vie » est un terme générique. Sous sa cape, au moins 200 contrats au contenu différent sont distribués par les établissements. Sans compter les centaines de produits sortis des linéaires commerciaux mais toujours détenus par de…

ONE VEGAN RECIPE, THREE WAYS!

ONE VEGAN RECIPE, THREE WAYS!

Stewed berries Here is the perfect recipe for fresh berries in season, or for when you have frozen berries in the freezer that need eating. Granted, the three ways of using them make more than two servings because baking dishes aren’t small enough for two, probably a good thing, because recipes like these deserve to be made for more people to enjoy. SERVES 4 600g (1lb 3oz) mixed berries, fresh or frozen6 tbsp maple syrup, or sweetener of your choicefreshly grated lemon zest 1 Place the berries in a deep saucepan over a low heat. Stir in the maple syrup and a touch of lemon zest. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 2 The stewed berries are now ready to be used in the recipes, or will keep in the fridge for up to 5…

French Connection

In a recent dispatch of her popular newsletter titled “Why I Don’t Contour,” the 37-year-old French-born, Brooklyn-based makeup artist and influencer Violette laid bare her feelings on the face-fixing cosmetics craze. “French people don’t contour. We don’t buy it. We don’t understand it,” she wrote to her subscribers. “It’s like putting on a mask, and that’s not what we’re into.” She goes on to encourage her readers to treat themselves more gently, doing away with the idea that there’s anything that needs fixing to begin with. “Maybe try some color, some red lipstick, eye shadow…take a few pictures, and fall in love with yourself again.” As “French girl” aesthetics go, there’s the unassailable archetype—impossibly cool and deliberately unattainable—and then there’s the 2020s update: earnestly celebrating whatever you’ve got to work with.…

French Connection

Martha Moves On

MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO, Martha’s daughter, Alexis, encouraged her mother, newly single after 29 years of marriage, to spend weekends in the Hamptons, the string of venerable beach towns on the eastern end of Long Island. “She said, ‘Mom, it’s the place to come for a social life,’” recalls Martha, who dipped her toe in as a regular guest at the Sagaponack home of her friends writer Kurt Vonnegut and his wife, photographer Jill Krementz. Within a year, Martha had rented a small cottage of her own on a quiet lane near the East Hampton Library. “I brought in all this cute furniture and gave dinner parties and met people that way—it was so much fun,” she says. “And then Alexis said, ‘You have to buy a house.’” So Martha…

Martha Moves On
AS VIRUS CUTS CLASS TIME, TEACHERS HAVE TO LEAVE OUT LESSONS

AS VIRUS CUTS CLASS TIME, TEACHERS HAVE TO LEAVE OUT LESSONS

English teachers are deciding which books to skip. History teachers are condensing units. Science teachers are often doing without experiments entirely. With instruction time reduced as much as half by the coronavirus pandemic, many of the nation’s middle school and high school teachers have given up on covering all the material normally included in their classes and instead are cutting lessons. Certain topics must be taught because they will appear on exit exams or Advanced Placement tests. But teachers are largely on their own to make difficult choices — what to prioritize and what to sacrifice to the pandemic. “I have to make decisions constantly about what material I’m not going to cover because it is impossible to get it all done,” said Leigh Foy, a chemistry and Advanced Placement biology teacher…

Late Start

I grew up in the middle-class suburbs of Houston, Texas, but my father was born in rural South Dakota. Dad, growing up on a farm during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl years made for a meager existence, although he never saw himself as poor. By farming, ranching and the grace of God, the family of 11 was provided with all their needs. Leisure time was a luxury, and hunting was more about provisioning than it was a hobby. By the time I came around in 1968, the youngest of five children, the subsistence experience of his formative years was well in his past. He never expressed much desire for hunting in his adult years. And now, living so far removed from the open spaces of his youth, I don’t think…

Late Start
Eddy Cue

Eddy Cue

Once when I was a kid, my dad brought home a quadraphonic hi-fi system. It was this new format that was going to take over from stereo, but it never really took off. It’s amazing we haven’t really had a big shift in audio like we’ve had in video, so I’ve been waiting a long time for Spatial Audio. Sometimes new technologies are gimmicks. But this isn’t like that at all. It allows you to be in the room with the musicians actually performing right there. The first person to show me Spatial Audio was Adam Levine from Maroon 5. He called me up and said, “I’m going to send you something I want you to listen to. It’s a real gamechanger for music and it’s hard to imagine ever going back.” I think we’re…

GOODBYE, ISS. HELLO, PRIVATE SPACE STATIONS

GOODBYE, ISS. HELLO, PRIVATE SPACE STATIONS

FROM ITS INCEPTION, THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE Station (ISS) was an improbable machine. As big as a football field and made of 17 pressurized modules and a pair of massive solar wings, the $150 billion spacecraft has been an instrument of research, exploration, and politics, built and maintained by 15 nations, led by the U.S. and Russia. Even as the war in Ukraine rages, NASA and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, continue to cooperate in space. But what politics cannot break, time and age can. The ISS is getting old. Its first component was launched nearly 24 years ago, and orbital hardware can last only so long before equipment breaks down, small air leaks appear, and the constant punishment both by micrometeorites and the continual thermal cycling the station goes through on…

Formula’s Economic Toll

Formula’s Economic Toll

Willie Quan, a father in Massachusetts, spent hours driving to about a dozen stores in a day, getting down on his hands and knees to search for the last remaining bottles of baby formula on a bottom shelf. Saida Cardona, a mom of three in New Jersey, doesn’t have a car, so she’s spending $150 a week to take taxis back and forth to her local Walmart and other stores to hunt for the Enfamil her 6-month-old needs. Jennifer Villegas, a 19-year-old mother in Texas who doesn’t work so she can stay at home with her 5-month-old son, has lost more than $150 to scammers purporting to sell formula online. The US baby formula crisis has been getting worse. Out-of-stock rates spiked to 74% nationally for the week ended May 28,…

In a World of Supply Chain Shocks, Adaptation

In a World of Supply Chain Shocks, Adaptation

On the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, where the remains of a 200-year-old canal built to connect Cleveland with Cincinnati snake around new warehouse parks, a modern tributary of the global economy widens a little more with each planeload of goods that roars down its runways. Rickenbacker International Airport was a bustling hub for air freight well before the pandemic—a day’s truck drive to half of the U.S. population, so the slogan goes. In the past two years, another role emerged: economic relief valve for auto parts, consumer products, and pharmaceuticals to flow around the more prominent but clogged arteries of U.S. trade. The former wartime airbase handled a record 1,655 international cargo arrivals in 2021, a 73% jump from 2019, and overall tonnage rose 18%. Freighters and reconfigured passenger jets fly in…

JOINED BY STARS AND OTHER ROYALS THE QUEEN ENJOYS COLOURFUL GARDEN DISPLAYS AT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

‘Her Majesty loves gardens and riding in a Queenmobile is a great way for her to be able to pursue her passion’ It is one of her favourite events in the royal calendar, so the Queen was determined to attend this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, despite her mobility issues. But rather than walk around the 23-acre showground, she opted to enjoy the colourful sights and heavenly smells of the floral displays from the comfort of a new golf buggy dubbed the Queenmobile – after the Popemobiles used by Popes since John Paul II, including the present Pontiff. Her Majesty looked radiant in a pink lemonade coat and ivory silk dress by Stewart Parvin, adding pearls, a floral Cartier brooch given to her by her parents George VI and Queen Elizabeth and a…

JOINED BY STARS AND OTHER ROYALS THE QUEEN ENJOYS COLOURFUL GARDEN DISPLAYS AT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
THE ANKLES

THE ANKLES

Dab your foot as the front tyre washes out in a loose turn, or simply miss that step on the way to the toilet after one too many post-ride beers and it’s all too easy to roll your ankle. And if you like getting airborne, bailing a jump or even coming up short and casing the landing are two surefire ways to bruise your heels or blow your ankles up like balloons. Stronger feet and ankles are essential for riding, and not just injury prevention, as the power generated in your legs is ultimately delivered to the pedals through your feet and ankles. So if you want to ride faster, jump higher or simply smash through rock gardens, strong, flexible ankles are essential. And while sprains and strains are common, by improving…

The Real Payoff From China’s Covid Vaccines

The Real Payoff From China’s Covid Vaccines

The pandemic made China the world’s top exporter of Covid-19 vaccines, mostly to nations that haven’t been able to afford or procure more effective ones from the U.S. and Europe. Now the country is using that newfound leverage to make an aggressive overseas push for its vaccines against other diseases such as Japanese encephalitis and pneumonia, competing with giants including Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. Studies have found the Chinese Covid shots to be less effective than some Western ones, such as the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna Inc., and there have been repeated questions about the transparency and data standards of its vaccine makers. Even so, developing nations that have had little access to other coronavirus vaccines are poised to grow more dependent on Chinese companies for shots…

5 laptop trends from CES 2022 you can’t ignore

5 laptop trends from CES 2022 you can’t ignore

CES 2022 is typically the single most important media event for the PC laptop industry. This year proved no different despite the sudden and unexpected shift to a largely virtually show (the major chipmakers all stayed remote, as did most laptop manufacturers). In fact, 2022 is shaping up to be an excellent year for Windows laptops. New CPUs and GPUs from AMD, Nvidia, and Intel promise to send laptop performance to the moon—and that’s just the start. Here’s 5 top laptop trends from CES 2022 that simply can’t be ignored. Expect to see some of these notebooks cracking our list of the best laptops sooner than later. 1. LAPTOPS GROW IN POWER (AND POWER CONSUMPTION) The PC laptop world was focused on large, heavy, and expensive laptops at CES 2022. While AMD, Intel, and…

JORDAN 191

JORDAN 191

The early 1990s could and should have been a golden age for new teams as Formula 1 bid adieu to the increasingly powerful, temperamental and costly turbocharged engines which had come to dominate the previous decade. Convinced that ‘new’ F1 was but a small step above Formula 3000, ambitious young teams jumped in feet first. Only one survived as the booming global economy of the 1980s slumped into a bust and, on the recession’s coat tails, the ‘haves’ of the F1 ecosystem marshalled advanced aerodynamic and electronic innovations which took them far beyond the reach of the have-nots. In 1989 the future looked different, brighter. F1 welcomed back naturally aspirated engines and the dream of a slightly more level playing field, after years of manufacturer R&D largesse had elevated the cutting…

THE BUGS IN THE TREES

THE BUGS IN THE TREES

Brian Brown, curator of entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, photographed all the insects in this article using a camera-and-microscope setup that was originally developed to examine flaws in computer chips. On a balmy January morning in Manaus, a Brazilian port city surrounded by rainforest, a group of entomologists and I scattered into a supermarket to stock up for an expedition. Twenty minutes later, in the checkout line, it became clear that we had different ideas about what that meant. I had peanuts, raisins, and bug repellent; the entomologists, all of whom were dipterists, or fly specialists, had heaps of bruised produce, nearly expired trays of chicken, and bits of peacock bass wrapped in cellophane. “I asked for the worst tomatoes they have, the most rotten potatoes and onions—that’s…

Bolt-on brilliance

Bolt-on brilliance

A phrase that crops up a fair bit in turntable reviews is ‘stretch’ (I myself am particularly guilty of it). The idea is that, as well as judging the performance a deck offers out of the box, it is also useful to discuss how much scope it has for improvement – its stretch. This is usually a tricky thing to express within a conventional review, but Pro-Ject has provided an opportunity thanks to the upgrades available for its Debut Series. Consequently, a Debut Carbon Evo (HFC 468) is procured along with the bulk of the available upgrades that can be attached to it. Some of these are universal fitment items, while others are specific to the Debut range. None of them alter the basics of how it operates. It remains a…

Elon Musk’s Sober Outlook

Think Elon Musk and words like “measured” or “cautious” aren’t usually the first to come to mind. But the billionaire visionary and often erratic entrepreneur struck a sober tone on June 21 as he forecast a probable recession in the US and left doubts about his commitment to a $44 billion takeover of Twitter Inc. In an interview with Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait at the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha, the Tesla Inc. chief executive officer said the electric-car maker’s workforce needs to be trimmed as supply chain snarls crimp growth. He was also unguarded in his view that the US economy is headed toward contraction. It’s just a question of when. “A recession is inevitable at some point,” said Musk, who joined the forum via video linkup from the US.…

Elon Musk’s Sober Outlook
XPENG P5

XPENG P5

The P5 is the all-important third model from Chinese EV maker Xpeng and is aimed squarely at young families seeking a highly connected electric saloon. Already present in Norway, Xpeng is poised for major European expansion over the next year, and the P5 will be one of the cars spearheading that push. As the world’s first production car with built-in lidar, it expands on the autonomous features of the sportier P7 and, when the software is ready, will offer an inner-city self driving capability that’s likely to rival Tesla’s so-called Full Self-Driving system. Thankfully, the two lidar units sit well back within the front end, negating the risk of extremely expensive fender-benders. Sitting on the same platform as Xpeng’s first model, the G3 compact crossover, the P5 has quite a high stance…

MEASUREMENTS

MEASUREMENTS

I measured the Pass Laboratories XP-32’s performance with my Audio Precision SYS2722 system (see the January 2008 “As We See It”1), repeating some tests with the magazine’s more-recent APx555 system. The maximum gain was a little higher than the specified 9.6dB for the balanced and unbalanced inputs to the balanced outputs, at 10.2dB. The gain from the unbalanced input to the unbalanced output was 6.5dB. The preamplifier preserved absolute polarity (ie, was noninverting) with both balanced and unbalanced inputs and outputs. (Its XLR jacks are wired with pin 2 hot, the AES convention.) The XP-32’s unbalanced input impedance was close to specification at 20Hz and 1kHz, at 20.3k ohms, but slightly lower at 20kHz, at 17.6k ohms. The balanced input impedance was to specification and twice the unbalanced, as expected. The…

F1 PARADE

A sliver of hope for Silver Arrows As the final laps of the Australian Grand Prix unfolded and the finishing order consolidated behind a no-doubt-relieved Charles Leclerc, a separate but related race began – to secure a spot to photograph the podium. I went up on the TV tower with plenty of time in hand to get an elevated perspective on the podium, so in the closing laps I was just looking around for other potential shots while I was there. This one presented itself: a pan using the catch fencing to create an interesting graphic effect. The Mercedes looked particularly nice in the afternoon sunlight – and it was a nice result for the team too, even if a little luck was involved… Photographer Carl Bingham Where Melbourne, Australia When 4:18pm, Sunday 10 April…

F1 PARADE

INSIDE ZELENSKY’S WORLD

THE NIGHTS ARE THE HARDEST, when he lies there on his cot, the whine of the air-raid sirens in his ears and his phone still buzzing beside him. Its screen makes his face look like a ghost in the dark, his eyes scanning messages he didn’t have a chance to read during the day. Some from his wife and kids, many from his advisers, a few from his troops, surrounded in their bunkers, asking him again and again for more weapons to break the Russian siege. Inside his own bunker, the President has a habit of staring at his daily agenda even when the day is over. He lies awake and wonders whether he missed something, forgot someone. “It’s pointless,” Volodymyr Zelensky told me at the presidential compound in Kyiv, just…

INSIDE ZELENSKY’S WORLD

AS THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE CALLS HER ‘INCREDIBLE’ DAME DEBORAH JAMES LEAVES A BEAUTIFUL LEGACY AFTER ROSE IS NAMED AFTER HER

Roses are her favourite flower and she burst into tears when she heard one would be named after her. But last week, Dame Deborah James was all smiles as she paid a secret visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to see her namesake bloom in person. “I just can’t wait for my family to plant them everywhere this autumn,” the 40-year-old cancer campaigner said. “What breaks my heart and brings me the most beautiful thought is that this variety can be grown forever and maybe one day even Eloise [her 12-year-old daughter] might choose to have it in her bouquet.” The podcast host, who raised more than £6.5m for cancer research after announcing she was receiving end-of-life care for the disease, made an out-of-hours trip to the floral exhibition with her…

AS THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE CALLS HER ‘INCREDIBLE’ DAME DEBORAH JAMES LEAVES A BEAUTIFUL LEGACY AFTER ROSE IS NAMED AFTER HER
THE ELBOWS

THE ELBOWS

BULLETPR OF TRAINING Think suspension, and invariably it’s linkage systems, springs and damping that instantly come to mind. But as mountain bikers we know that our arms and legs have more “travel” than any frame or fork. There’s no CE testing or maintenance programme for our limbs and joints, however, even though the forces you experience when riding are extreme and repetitive. So it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this combination can cause some funky issues in your joints. If you’ve been riding for some time, you’ve probably experienced an occasional niggle or soreness in your elbow joints. Not from impacts necessarily, but from the relentless bombardment of vibrations and muscular tension they undergo every ride. Compounded over time, without proper care, these small niggles can become larger…

11大漲價缺貨股操作攻略

台股漲價缺貨概念股熱潮不斷延燒,除了傳產原物料、航運、鋼鐵、大宗商品大漲,部分車用電子、半導體、利基型電子零組件也吹起漲價或缺貨風潮,究竟台股指數位置會不會太高了?投資人又該如何擇優布局? 「其實從上市公司今年獲利成長率上看五成來看,現階段台股真的不算貴⋯⋯。」今年第二季主動式台股基金表現名列前茅的安聯台灣大壩基金經理人蕭惠中強調,投資人不要單純看表面上的指數去衡量台股,應該用「評價」來衡量,用公司獲利的成長幅度、本益比、股價淨值比的角度來看。 的確,台股上攻到一萬七七○○點之後,上市公司總市值已達五十三.八兆元。從去年第二季到今年第一季的四季上市公司總獲利二.八九兆元,以現階段換算台股本益比僅十八.五倍來看,對比二○○○年以來台股本益比除了極端值以外,多在二十五倍左右至三十、四十倍之間,並不算貴,若以上市公司總獲利今年成長三成來換算,台股本益比目前只有十四倍。 按照安聯投信內部預估,今年上市公司整體獲利,不但相較於去年獲利成長二五%更高、上看五二%,其中傳產獲利年增率大增一四○%、電子業年增三六%,不難理解市場資金為何出現「傳產原物料優於電子」的盛況。…

11大漲價缺貨股操作攻略
Sabre of paradise

Sabre of paradise

This is Vertere’s third cartridge, following the Mystic MC design that was launched last year. Designed with a view to being something that DG-1 Turntable (HFC 463) owners might consider as an update for the supplied Magneto cartridge as well as being an option for non Vertere users, the most unusual aspect of the Sabre is that it is a moving-magnet model, which at the £845 asking price is fairly rare. Vertere argues that having a cartridge that doesn’t require your phono stage to be changed makes the proportional upgrade cost lower. The stylus is a micro elliptical profile, bonded to an aluminium cantilever. Output is given as 4.0mV with frequency response quoted at an impressive 15Hz-25kHz. Vertere states that the Sabre is established engineering rather than a radical clean sheet, but…

MODERN LOVE

MODERN LOVE

My mother is getting married,” my 13-year-old daughter, Domino, told her teacher. “How lovely, who is she marrying?” the teacher asked. “My father,” came the reply. After a bewildering 18 months, I felt a longing for something anchoring. Not only for me, but for my children, who, like everyone else, had been shaken by the pandemic. “Let’s get married,” I suggested to David one evening after supper with the kids, at home on an island in the Bahamas where we live and where we had spent the lockdown as a family. David asked me to marry him 25 years ago when I was pregnant with our son, Felix. Being in my independent-woman phase, I never accepted, but I felt strongly that Felix and our four children who would follow should carry…

UPS Is Winning the Delivery Wars

Dave Helminski will drop off his last package for United Parcel Service Inc. on Christmas Eve 2022 and retire after four decades as a driver in Chicago. He joined UPS after four years in the Marine Corps and a yearlong stint installing carpet. He put in a few years loading trucks, then became a driver and was set for life. After Helminski drops off that last package, he’ll have pensions that provide almost the same $100,000 a year he makes now. “I came out of the lower middle class, and I’m living the dream,” Helminski says, as he heads home from his shift at a large UPS facility in the northern suburb of Palatine. Helminski’s dream industry has lately become more of a nightmare scenario at rival FedEx Corp. The massive…

UPS Is Winning the Delivery Wars

Bluesound Pulse Sub+ Subwoofer

What’s the one thing lacking in even the best soundbar? If you said “deep, realistic, room-filling, floor-pounding bass,” then you are absolutely correct. Bluesound is known for its wireless multiroom audio components and speakers, a family that includes the Pulse soundbar. Bluesound’s original Pulse Sub subwoofer, created to pair with the company’s Pulse soundbar, was a welcome addition. But the new, re-engineered Pulse Sub+ delivers more power and a larger driver, plus even more sophisticated features to extend lowfrequency response with greater impact and accuracy. Bluesound’s Pulse Sub+ ($749) is available in either black or white. The slim, trapezoidshaped cabinet is designed to be mounted in a variety of ways. It’s slim enough to slide under a sofa or end table, and in that configuration four bottom-mounted rubber feet allow the…

Bluesound Pulse Sub+ Subwoofer

Wilson Audio Specialties SabrinaX

Many companies in high-end audio and elsewhere use a trickle-down approach to advance their products. The process begins with the development of a suite of new technologies, capabilities, components, or whatever the relevant entities might be. Typically, it’s a flagship product that functions as the impetus, target, and first deployment of the new technologies. Subsequently, the new technologies trickle down to other models, each one incorporating a subset appropriate to its price point. Looking at Wilson Audio’s products, it is natural to assume that they use a trickle-down approach, but that’s not really how it works. The majority of the development effort is focused from the start on things that will be used in all, or at least several, of their loudspeaker models. The reason it works, Daryl Wilson says, is…

Wilson Audio Specialties SabrinaX
ITALIAN SPIRIT, AMERICAN ACCENT

ITALIAN SPIRIT, AMERICAN ACCENT

EIV LOA 160ft. 1in. (48.8 m) BEAM 29ft 2in. (8.9m) DRAFT (full load) 7ft. 6in. (2.29m) CONSTRUCTION aluminum GROSS TONNAGE less than 500 SPEED (max./cruise) 19/15 knots RANGE 3,600 nm @ 10 knots NAVAL ARCHITECTURE Arrabito Naval Architects EXTERIOR DESIGN Team for Design Enrico Gobbi INTERIOR DESIGN Team for Design Enrico Gobbi BUILDER Rossinavi Last year was a bumper year for Rossinavi. EIV (pronounced Eve) was one of three superyachts the custom builder launched in the space of five months, all of them around the 160-foot (50-meter) mark. The racy trideck designed by Enrico Gobbi of Team for Design represented a challenge for the company as it seeks to respond to growing demand from the U.S. for its one-off yachts. “This boat is a step change for Rossinavi,” Federico Rossi, COO of the family-run shipyard, said after the launch of EIV. “With the increasing and significant interest the shipyard is receiving from the American market, we…

The Fascinating Secrets of SPRING

The Fascinating Secrets of SPRING

KING OF THE HUNT When the first buds burgeon, the air fills with molecules of fragrance that a red fox (Vulpes vulpes) detects weeks before we can. Red foxes have more than 200 million scent receptors in their nose, compared with only 5 million in humans. Their acute sense of smell enables foxes to locate prey in dense grass, under several feet of snow, or in an underground burrow. TEMPERATURE SCANNER WITH A TRIGGER The U.S. is home to an estimated 228 billion trees. They have built-in sensors that respond to the shorter nights and rising springtime temperatures with an imperative command: “Grow, grow, grow!” Plants compete with one another for every second of sunlight and every ounce of water and other resources such as room to grow. When spring returns trees get…

GETTING IN THE SWIM OF IT

Learning to swim as an adult can be a daunting task. Of the three disciplines, it is by far the most technical and challenging to learn later in life. But fear not, we’re here to help guide you through the water. LEARNING TO SWIM AS AN ADULT Learning to swim isn’t just physically challenging, but can be laden with some very real fears too, and it’s often those fears that are the biggest barriers. Morgon Latimore is a U.S. Masters Swimming “adult learn to swim” instructor and Ironman University triathlon coach. “When adults learn to swim, they bring with them a lifetime of experiences, which can be positive and negative," he said. "This is one of the reasons why kids seem so fearless 99% of the time when they’re in the water—they have…

GETTING IN THE SWIM OF IT

Les Finances d’une famille Mettre le patrimoine en ordre pour la retraite

Rares sont les époux dont les parcours sont aussi proches que ceux de Lucie et Patrick. Nés tous deux au Maroc, nos lecteurs ont ensuite grandi en France (après un passage par Madagascar pour Patrick). C’est là, dans les années 70, à peine majeurs, qu’ils ont décidé chacun de leur côté de s’engager dans une carrière militaire. « Nous nous sommes rencontrés en 1983 alors que nous étions en poste à Metz. Depuis, on ne s’est plus quittés », résume Patrick. Puis à Toulouse, ils ont poursuivi leur carrière jusqu’à la fermeture de la base de Francazal en 2000. Les similitudes ne s’arrêtent pas là puisque Patrick et Lucie ont suivi des trajectoires parallèles après leur retraite militaire. Mettant à profit leurs qualité d’organisation et de rigueur acquises dans l’armée, ils…

Les Finances d’une famille Mettre le patrimoine en ordre pour la retraite

Les finances d’une famille Optimiser son patrimoine en limitant les contraintes

Thibaut a pris la décision de voler de ses propres ailes. Après avoir travaillé cinq ans dans une agence immobilière à Pau, où il réside également, notre natif du Sud-Ouest pense en effet que le moment est idéal pour se lancer dans une activité de marchand de biens. Il a donc quitté son employeur, via une rupture conventionnelle, pour s’associer avec des amis et créer une société dont l’objet est de dénicher des biens intéressants, les rénover le cas échéant, avec l’objectif de les revendre ou les louer en fonction du marché et des opportunités. Féru de pierre, il a même validé un BTS professions immobilières. Sur un plan plus personnel, notre lecteur apprécie les sorties entre copains et la découverte des nouveaux restaurants de sa ville. Il pratique le ski…

Les finances d’une famille Optimiser son patrimoine en limitant les contraintes
BISCUIT HEAVEN

BISCUIT HEAVEN

Made with just six ingredients! Oatmeal cookies with blueberries & white chocolate SERVES 15 115g (4oz) Stork margarine (Original Tub) 225g (8oz) soft brown sugar ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 medium free-range egg 150g (5½ oz) self-raising flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 100g (3½ oz) rolled oats 150g (5½ oz) dried or fresh blueberries 100g (3½ oz) white chocolate 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6. Line a baking tray with baking paper. 2 Mix the Stork margarine with the brown sugar and the vanilla until fluffy. Add the egg and mix until smooth. 3 Sift the flour and the bicarbonate of soda, then add to the biscuit mixture with the oats. 4 When the ingredients are combined, add the blueberries and gently mix in. 5 Using a teaspoon, place spoonfuls of mixture onto the prepared…

YOUR PHOTOS

YOUR PHOTOS

BIG BERG BEAUTY Ian explored passes in the Central Drakensberg with Warren Manson and Roy Arouca on the first weekend of September. They were based at Bannerman Hut. Their adventure started up Bannerman Pass, then headed down Judge Pass, climbed Gypaetus Pass, descended South Hlubi Pass, climbed North Hlubi Pass, and in this photo they are ascending The Thumb. Phew! But wait! There’s more… to complete their adventure, they tackled the vertical kilometre from Bannerman Hut up the pass to Sanquebethu and back. And then, finally, they were done. Finished and klaar. Ian Hendry, Johannesburg WINTER MEMORIES The first weekend of September was crisp, after Antarctica pushed a supercold front at us. It was time to play! 1. Shane Murray and Wolfpack buddies at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. “Rule #1 of our Wolfpack is kortbroek or no…

Blue Period

In 1995, the Italian brand Diesel created a groundbreaking advertising campaign that included, among other things, an image of two men kissing. Plenty of people sat up and took notice—not least the teenage Glenn Martens, who was living in Bruges, Belgium. “Diesel was the sexiest brand,” Martens recalls. “At high school, everybody was buying it. You could visit the Diesel store and get a catalog,” he continues, “and on the cover of one of them was that gay couple. That was quite revolutionary for me: It really helped me accept and embrace the person I am today.” Fast-forward more than two decades and Martens, 38—the creative director behind Y/Project, the Parisian label known for its rollicking elevation of streetwear and its subversive way with tailoring—has taken on another day job: creative…

Blue Period
1 BILLION: ACTIVE iPHONES & THE FIRST $100 BILLION QUARTER

1 BILLION: ACTIVE iPHONES & THE FIRST $100 BILLION QUARTER

At Apple’s recent record-breaking earnings call, CEO Tim Cook revealed that the Cupertino company had not only beaten sales expectations in today’s highly volatile market but that there were now more than one billion active iPhones. It not only demonstrates Apple’s brand power and continued growth but sets the firm on a new trajectory as we continue into 2021. ONE BILLION iPHONES As first reported by Reuters following Apple’s January earnings call, there are now more than one billion active iPhones in use around the world - the highest figure since records began. Combined, there are now more than 1.65 billion active Apple devices in use, ranging from iPads and Apple Watches to Apple TVs and MacBooks, demonstrating the company’s enormous reach and market penetration. Although Apple’s smartphone market share has fallen…

Bluesound Node (2021)

View offers Streamer | £549 | whf.cm/BluesoundNode Like the two Nodes before it, the original Node and second-gen Node 2i, this 2021 model enters the surprisingly sparse budget music streamer market with plenty of up to date, all-round appeal – that much is evident before you even plug it in. Bluesound’s proprietary multi-room wireless streaming platform, BluOS, is a given for networked Bluesound gear and, increasingly, streaming products from its sister brand NAD and partner firms such as Dali. So there’s a reassuring familiarity when we first power up the Node, hook it up to our network via an ethernet cable, and open the BluOS app on our iPad to find the Node instantly identified as a ‘device’. From here, local and networked libraries, streaming services and internet radio stations can be accessed, multi-room…

Bluesound Node (2021)
POWER FOR GOOD

POWER FOR GOOD

WHEN OUR TEAM GETS TOGETHER TO CHOOSE the TIME100, we have one barometer: influence. Who shaped the year? Who stood up? Who stood out? Influence, of course, may be for good or for ill—a dichotomy never more visible than in this year’s TIME100, which includes both Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky. They are the poles of this list, and of this moment. The Russian dictator behind a brutal war, and his foe, the Ukrainian President, whose leadership has made him a rare heroic figure in our divisive time. Indeed, while so many crises of recent years—from COVID-19 to climate change—have seemed like calls to collective action, it was in many ways Putin who finally, unwittingly, pulled it off. “The nations of the free world,” writes President Joe Biden in a tribute…

A Job-Survival Clash For Dockworkers

A Job-Survival Clash For Dockworkers

With representatives for operators of 29 West Coast ports and the 22,000 dockworkers who man them in talks, a familiar issue is looming over the bargaining table: automation. On one side, more than 70 terminal operators and ocean carriers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have long pitched modernization as a cure for global trade frictions such as the ones that led to shortages of everything from hospital gloves to air-conditioner parts over the past two years. Facing off against them is the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), which claims that relying more on machines than on human workers will further boost companies’ profits while killing well-paying union jobs. The two sides have been having the human-vs.-machine debate for at least six decades. But the current negotiations are drawing…

Why We Should Spare Parasites

ILLUMINATING THE MYSTERIES—AND WONDERS—ALL AROUND US EVERY DAY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VOL. 242 NO. 1 GROWING UP, CHELSEA WOOD dreamed of becoming a marine biologist and studying sharks or dolphins—the kind of big, exciting animals that biologists call charismatic megafauna. Instead, during a college internship, she found herself peering through a microscope at the innards of a snail. As a kid, she had often plucked these periwinkles off rocks along the Long Island shores and collected them in buckets, but she had never looked inside one. So she cracked a snail open, and under magnification she saw “thousands of little, white, sausage-shaped things dumping out of the snail’s body.” The sausages were larvae of the flatworm Cryptocotyle lingua, a common fish parasite. Seen through the microscope, they each had two dark eyespots, which made them surprisingly…

Why We Should Spare Parasites
RAISING A GLASS TO HER MAJESTY HELLO!’S PLATINUM PARTY DAME JOAN COLLINS IS JOINED BY SOCIETY AND SHOWBIZ GREATS AT OUR SPARKLING SOIREE

RAISING A GLASS TO HER MAJESTY HELLO!’S PLATINUM PARTY DAME JOAN COLLINS IS JOINED BY SOCIETY AND SHOWBIZ GREATS AT OUR SPARKLING SOIREE

Dressed in patriotic shades of red, white and blue, the great and good of British society and showbiz were out in full force to toast the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at a sparkling soirée hosted by Dame Joan Collins and HELLO! editor in chief Rosie Nixon. Lavish private members’ club Upstairs at Langan’s Brasserie, in London’s Mayfair, was abuzz with love, laughter and glamour as guests including lords, ladies, legends and dames gathered last Tuesday – much to the delight of the evening’s hostesses. “We had a fabulous time,” Dame Joan tells us. “It was a marvellous party. “So many of my friends came, which was wonderful. Langan’s did a fantastic job of decorating everything and I was thrilled Rosie asked me to be co-host. “It was a very happy atmosphere – I didn’t want…

缺電 .水荒 投資就業 vs.農地生態

誰都沒想到,在七月盛夏用水、用電的高峰前,台灣已數度出現水電荒! 先看缺電。過去二十年來,全台發生四次大規模停電,其中兩次就發生在今年五月。依據台電統計,歷年最高用電量前十名中,至少有五名出現在今年五月,二十八日用電量飆破三八四○萬瓩,打破歷年用電尖峰紀錄,五月最低備轉容量率一度下降到三.八四%,低於六%供電警戒。 再看缺水。五月,中部六大主要水庫的水位同步創歷史新低,供應台中用水的鯉魚潭水庫, 水位更低於一%,完全見底。四月初,台中、苗栗、北彰化地區開始實施「供五停二」分區供水措施,新竹地區也預計六月要亮起分區供水紅燈。從去年十月到今年一月初,全台共有超過九萬公頃稻作、雜糧蔬菜等作物停灌休耕,這也創下台灣最大規模農地停灌紀錄。 所幸,五月底,接連幾波鋒面助攻,六月初取消所有限水令,也緩解水情不佳的水力發電窘迫。眼下雖然驚險過關,但考驗沒有結束。緊接著,六月,占夏季備轉容量率約二.五%的核二廠一號機就要除役,立即影響入夏供電能力。…

缺電 .水荒 投資就業 vs.農地生態
GREEN STEEL FROM SWEDEN

GREEN STEEL FROM SWEDEN

AT A STEEL PLANT IN LULEA, SWEDEN, WORKERS MAKE the world’s most essential construction material the old-fashioned way: piling iron ore and coke, a kind of coal-derived fuel, in a huge blast furnace, heating the mixture to enormous temperatures, and then “tapping” the cauldron of molten metal, which sends a stream of white-hot pig iron—and showers of sparks—spilling out along a sluiceway. But less than a mile away, the plant’s owner, SSAB, is piloting a less dramatic steelmaking process at a new facility. “It doesn’t look that spectacular,” says Martin Pei, executive vice president and chief technology officer at the Swedish steelmaker. “You don’t see very much either, because it’s all automatically controlled.” It’s spectacular in a different way, though. Traditional blast furnaces emit huge amounts of CO₂. But SSAB’s HYBRIT pilot…

The alternative world order

EACH DAY brings new horrors to Ukraine, where Russian artillery fire echoes like thunder across cities and towns. The metropolis of Kharkiv lies in ruins, victim of two weeks of bombardment. Mariupol, on the coast, has been destroyed. It is too soon to know if a winner will emerge from the fighting (see Briefing). But, on the other side of the planet, the world’s emerging superpower is weighing its options. Some argue that China will build on a pre-war friendship with Russia that knows “no limits”, to create an axis of autocracy. Others counter that America can shame China into breaking with Russia, isolating Vladimir Putin, its president. Our reporting suggests that neither scenario is likely (see China section). The deepening of ties with Russia will be guided by cautious self-interest,…

The alternative world order
Secrets of the Whales

Secrets of the Whales

JOHN FORD WANTED a whale’s-eye view. One summer day in 1978 a pod of killer whales raced toward a pebbled beach on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. The young biologist was waiting in a wet suit and snorkel. The ghostly black-and-white procession steamed in like a team of U-boats, low and fast. Ford pressed on his face mask and slipped into the sea. In waters barely 10 feet deep, the creatures slowed and rolled to their sides. Bodies partially submerged, the fans at the end of their tails—their flukes—wagging, the whales began to twist and shimmy. One by one, each scuffed its side and belly on the stones, like grizzlies scratching against the pines. Ford, age 66, has now studied killer whales, the largest dolphin and from the branch of the Cetacean…

你輕忽的索命殺手 慢性病

你輕忽的索命殺手 慢性病

九月十四日, 知名演員龍劭華猝逝,享壽六十八歲,相驗死因為「疾病因素」。龍劭華有逾十年糖尿病史,而糖尿病常見的併發症之一就是心血管疾病,他的猝逝是因病奪命的冰山一角,如一整座冰山般的慢性病風暴早已悄悄籠罩全台! 台灣自五月爆發本土Covid-19疫情後,至九月二十一日累計死亡八四○例,死亡案例中,令人不安的現象就是高達九成有慢性病史,其中為數極少的三、四十歲年輕死亡個案,也有近七成是慢性病患者。 至今,台灣covid-19死亡率約五.二%,遠高於全球平均的二.○六%(九月二十一日數據)。雖然專家學者指出高死亡率的原因很複雜,但台灣如此「突出」的表現仍是一記警鐘,讓人意識到台灣慢性病問題之嚴重。 「台灣十大死因除了事故傷害外,大部分都是慢性病,像心血管、糖尿病、高血壓等。」台大醫院社區醫學科主任詹其峰解釋,只要是非傳染性疾病(NCD),而且需要持續一年以上的醫療照顧,或導致日常生活功能限制,就可稱為慢性病,也因此癌症也歸類在慢性病裡。 台慢性病早死率 高於韓日星 最後階段臥床長達8.5年…

REMARKS

REMARKS

Richard Branson has been to space. Jeff Bezos just visited, too. Rich people have done this sort of thing before, but Branson and Bezos didn’t just pay for a ticket—they paid for the spaceships. Individuals, if they’re wealthy enough, are no longer beholden to a government craft when they want to leave the planet for a little while. These two voyages have generated an awful lot of takes. Some have celebrated the engineering and persistence required to fly a bunch of humans into space and bring them back safely, or the wonder of pushing the boundaries of possibility. Mostly, though, they’ve proved an irresistible occasion to vent frustrations about billionaires doing billionaire things instead of focusing their resources on the pandemic, or climate change, or any of the other rolling crises…

How to Flip a Neighborhood

How to Flip a Neighborhood

West Adams Boulevard runs east and west through central Los Angeles. To the north rise the skyscrapers of Mid-Wilshire, California’s new Wall Street, and the malls and mansions of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. To the south, such communities as Watts, Compton, and Inglewood line LA’s vast interior grid, composed largely of low-income Black and Latino neighborhoods with steel bars on the doors and windows. West Adams marked the northern curfew line during the Watts Rebellion in 1965 and still bears burn scars in empty lots from the 1992 Rodney King uprising. Today the neighborhood centered on the boulevard, also known as West Adams, is being rebuilt. One of the nation’s largest real estate firms, LA’s CIM Group, is testing the notion that a single developer can turn around a chronically underfunded…

電動車最大贏家台達電

一個公司真的會越老越沒活力嗎?全球最大電源供應廠商台達電是反其道而行。 現在,這家被媒體認為「很不性感」的公司,卻擁有最性感題材:5G、智慧工廠、資料中心、風能與太陽能等再生能源、智慧城市與建築。今年,它可拿下電動車的心臟——動力與電源系統的全球一成市占率。這些題材,帶動台達電股價一年以來大漲一.三倍。 外資研究機構Aletheia發表預估,未來三年內,台達電的電動車營收將可能增為目前的四倍,成為它主要的營收成長動能,並喊出高達四百元的目標價。 與此同時,比它更老的東元是全球馬達前五大,但市值卻僅台達電的十分之一,近來還將經營權大戰搬上檯面;另一家同為生產電源供應器的光寶,股本相當,市值卻只有台達電的五分之一。 幾個台灣企業正遭遇的關卡:二代接班、企業太老難以創新、零組件很難轉型做品牌, 甚至國際購併難成等議題, 它都解開了, 甚至, 它五十年來年年賺錢,年營收複合成長率達二七%。 商周獨家專訪台達電創辦人鄭崇華、董事長海英俊與執行長鄭平,想要找尋他們能與眾不同的秘方。 其實,台達電也曾陷入成功者的詛咒。 一九九九年, 台達電市值超越千億元大關, 鴻海晚一年才追上。當時,…

YOUR LETTERS & QUESTIONS ANSWERED

YOUR LETTERS & QUESTIONS ANSWERED

THIS MONTH ED SELLEY EXPERTISE: REVIEWER Active in the industry since 1999, Ed’s first record was Boss Drum by The Shamen. He splits his time between reviewing and protecting hi-fi kit from his son Will. NEVILLE ROBERTS EXPERTISE: ENGINEER Neville has an eclectic taste for classical baroque and jazz. His wife was forced to marry his transmission line speakers in the eighties and he collects BBC test card music. JASON KENNEDY EXPERTISE: REVIEWER Editor of HFC from 1998 to 2001, Jason’s first turntable was Rega’s Planar 3 and Elvis’ 40 Greatest Hits was his first vinyl, so don’t go stepping on his blue suede shoes. DAVID PRICE EXPERTISE: REVIEWER DP two-finger typed his first hi-fi review 25 years ago. Since then he’s edited Hi-Fi World and HFC. He describes himself as an “unreconstructed analogue addict”. CHRIS WARD EXPERTISE: REVIEWER Like his first kiss, Chris will…

塑造人人熱愛的工作Designing Work That People Love

ADPRI 研究院人力暨績效研究負責人 在美國,由於離職人數創下新高,這個經濟體系下的所有產業部門在努力填補職缺時,都碰到了困難。為了讓人們重返工作崗位,眾多組織正在改變自身的長期政策,並提供前所未有的員工激勵誘因。 舉例來說,貨運公司為了吸引長途運輸的司機重返駕駛室,已經提高薪資。加州的公立學校允許退休教師不必重新認證,就能返校教書。各企業的執行長與人資長,正盡可能提供比競爭對手更吸引人的彈性工時方案。但是,這些措施都忽略了根本的問題。 簡單來說, 工作本身並不符合我們的需求,在新冠疫情之前不符合,現在也不符合。根據我的同事和我在ADP研究院(ADPRI,編按:這個機構專注於研究數據驅動的工作型態)所做的調查, 在疫情前,只有18%的受訪者對工作全心投入,17%感覺在工作中具有高度復原力,14%信任他們的高階領導人與團隊領導人。美國疾病控制中心在2018年的報告指出,71%的成年人表現出至少一種工作壓力症狀,像是頭痛、感覺不勝負荷或焦慮。…

塑造人人熱愛的工作Designing Work That People Love

WE ARE HERE

Quannah Rose Chasinghorse, a groundbreaking Indigenous model, uses her fame to support her activism, reminding people “whose land you’re living on.” Native sovereignty, she says, is key to “defending my ways of life, trying to protect what’s left.” She is Hän Gwich’in and Sičangu/Oglala Lakota, but was born on Diné (Navajo) land in Arizona. Here, Chasinghorse stands in Tse’Bii’Ndzisgaii (Monument Valley), a park administered by the Diné. “We Are Here” appears in the languages of these Indigenous peoples, identified by color: Tla-o-qui-aht Siksikaitsitapi Chahta Karuk Onondaga Mohawk SOVEREIGNTY to Native nations means both the FREEDOM to decide one’s actions and the RESPONSIBILITY to keep THE WORLD IN BALANCE, an idea the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot) express by the word AATSIMOIYIHKAAN. The National Geographic Society, committed to illuminating and protecting the wonder of our world, has…

WE ARE HERE
DeLorean goes back to thefuture

DeLorean goes back to thefuture

“It will have performance to match the Mercedes-AMG GT and maybe the higher-end Porsche Taycans” DeLorean is back, and it’s gearing up to take on the world’s best-established premium brands with a comprehensive line-up of cars in different segments and an array of powertrain solutions. The brand is being revived by a US-based outfit whose CEO, Joost de Vries, was previously a high-ranking official at Tesla and Karma. He has taken the helm from Brit Stephen Wynne, who had run DeLorean as an aftermarket support service since 1995, when he acquired the brand rights following the high-profile demise of the original company. Spearheading the rebirth is a striking battery-electric coupé with rakish, sports car-style proportions, far removed from the wedge-shape silhouette and compact footprint of the 1981 DeLorean DMC. The EV will make its debut…

SECRETS OF AN EXCEL ESPORTS PLAYER: HOW PROS TAP THE TRUE POWER OF SPREADSHEETS

SECRETS OF AN EXCEL ESPORTS PLAYER: HOW PROS TAP THE TRUE POWER OF SPREADSHEETS

Most people view Microsoft’s Excel as a simple “spreadsheet program” that’s rapidly being eclipsed by free web-based apps that can run on any cheap laptop. Well, think again. Modern-day Excel is an advanced analytics tool that can push today’s fastest hardware to their limits, and it’s sexy enough that it rates its own esports coverage. No joke—thousands tuned in live to watch the Financial Modelling World Cup that was broadcast by ESPN. Intrigued by the interest of “gamers” and curious to see just how hard advanced Excel users are pushing the application, PCWorld decided to interview spreadsheet superstar Jason Moore. Moore is the head of analytics and data at an investment firm, and a semifinalist who won cold, hard cash in December’s Financial Modeling World Cup. Moore is also the same Excel…

找出讓年輕人怦然心動的生育政策 這樣做,我願意生

找出讓年輕人怦然心動的生育政策 這樣做,我願意生

台灣生育率跌破「超低」門檻,已整整18年。 這段期間,「少子化」成為許多問題的癥結,政府接連推出的催生政策,卻無明顯成效。 每個不生小孩的決定,背後都有複雜糾結的因素。但《今周刊》的獨家調查,提供了明確努力目標:若增加價格親民的公共托育名額、創造能安心請假育嬰的職場環境大部分年輕人,將更有生育意願。 這是急欲擺脫低生育陷阱的台灣,不容錯過的改變契機。 理財達人郭莉芳, 是四個孩子的媽。她十八年前生第一胎時,唯一能領的補助是勞保生育給付;到了現年七歲的小女兒誕生那年,生育給付才從一個月投保薪資增加到兩個月,她設籍的台北市,則額外發放每胎兩萬元生育獎勵與每月二五○○元育兒津貼,「後來還有很多我錯過的友善生育政策不斷上路,但我身邊不敢生的人,還是不太敢生。」 「不敢生,不是這幾年才開始的,我就有很多同學是『頂客族』,就算有生的,通常也只生一個。」四十八歲的郭莉芳觀察,「原因,大概是我們這一代的集體焦慮吧⋯⋯,每個人都想給子女最好的資源,偏偏又覺得自己手上的資源有限,到了該生育的年齡,就會有很多顧慮。」 不敢生養的集體焦慮 今年人口估「自然負成長」五萬人…

Mr Xi places a bet on Russia

Mr Xi places a bet on Russia

CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY elites can picture an endgame to the Ukraine war that suits China very well. In Beijing, scholars and high-ranking government advisers predict that today’s shows of Western unity will fade sooner or later, as sanctions fail to break Russia and instead send energy prices soaring. In their telling the conflict will hasten America’s decline and slow retreat from the world. A crumbling of American-led alliances will then usher in a new global order, involving spheres of influence dominated by a few, iron-willed autocracies, China chief among them. As for liberal democracies that have taken the lead in writing global trade rules or defining universal values and human rights since the second world war, their sway is being ended by a form of majority rule, Chinese analysts boast. Western…

Return of the Florida Panther

Return of the Florida Panther

‘Welcome to panther country,’ Brian Kelly says when I meet him at a busy intersection in East Naples, Florida, a stone’s throw from a gas station and an urgent care center. Kelly, a state panther biologist, points east into the sprawling subdivision where he lives. A panther was caught on camera just a quarter mile away, he says, and another one made it across the six-lane road we’re standing beside. Yet another panther, an eight-year-old female named FP224, lives nearby. She’s been hit by a car twice, breaking a leg each time. She was treated by veterinarians and released after both accidents. To look for signs of her, we drive to Kelly’s house, next to a patch of forest where she recently denned and birthed at least three kittens. It’s the wet…

Covid variants may slow the world’s march to normalcy

Covid variants may slow the world’s march to normalcy

Long before herd immunity became humanity’s shared obsession, the phrase referred to sick cows. More than a century ago, veterinarians observed that outbreaks of a highly contagious bacterial infection menacing cattle died down once they’d burned through a certain percentage of a herd, so long as new animals weren’t introduced. Soon the concept was extended to a variety of human outbreaks, where it became a staple of epidemiology. Since the beginning of the pandemic, exactly when the U.S. might reach herd immunity for Covid-19 has been furiously debated in congressional hearings, on TV shows, and among the many armchair epidemiologists on Twitter. In the popular imagination, the phrase has become shorthand for the end of the pandemic—a finish line that will suddenly cause the virus to subside and allow maskless normalcy…

TRANSFER CATCH-UP!

Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan to Chelsea Big Rom is back! The Belgian striker played for the Blues from 2011 to 2014, before smashing it for Everton then Man. United. He's here to prove he’s an elite talent! WHAT THEY'RE GETTING! GUARANTEED GOALS! Lukaku bagged 24 Serie A goals last season and scored more than a goal a game at Everton! DOMINANT UP TOP! No-one beats Rom in the air. He’s a danger from set pieces and if a cross comes in, he's winning it! LETHAL LAY-OFFS! Lukaku makes the ballers around him even better. He can hold up the ball and play in his team-mates! Martin Odegaard Real Madrid to Arsenal Gunners fans were hoping this deal would go through after he impressed on loan last season. Ode has been tipped to become a major baller – this is his big…

TRANSFER CATCH-UP!

In conversation with Alasdair Harris

The real moment that draws us to conservation, says Alasdair Harris, is one of empathy and recognition that this is as much a story about people’s survival, identity and future as it is about the conservation of the natural world and biodiversity. Lauren De Vos chatted to the founder of the award-winning social enterprise Blue Ventures about what we’re still getting wrong when it comes to empowering communities in conservation – and what might be worth thinking about to get things right. There is much talk about community-based natural resource management, with many different definitions. What is your particular take on the idea? At its core, community conservation means conservation by and for communities – protecting nature in ways that benefit local people in a meaningful way. This could be through enhanced…

In conversation with Alasdair Harris
A USER’S GUIDE TO TIME TRAVEL

A USER’S GUIDE TO TIME TRAVEL

…It comes down to the fact that, in Einstein’s theory, time is not absolute, ticked off by a universal clock with which everyone agrees, but instead is relative. “I can’t talk to you in terms of time – your time and my time are different,” wrote the English novelist Graham Greene. According to Einstein, the rate at which time flows for someone depends on how fast they’re moving relative to you and the strength of the gravity they’re experiencing. If you can find a way to jump from a region where time flows at one rate to a region where it flows at a slower rate, you can go back in time – you’ll have made a time machine. The recognition that time is not what you think it is goes back…

BACK to LIFE

BACK to LIFE

Grandparents often leave a vibrant legacy in the memories of their offspring. Sometimes the memories are worth preserving and bringing back into the present in a fun way. In the middle of the last century New Zealand designer Richard Hartley and his team worked away quietly penning comfortable sea-kindly boats for a generation with a strong streak of do-it-yourself work ethic. The designs ranged from solid workboats to elegant yachts, from trailer-sailers to surf skis – and they were built in backyards, garages and behind fish and chip shops around the world. One of these DIY builders was Hamilton businessman Jim Roberts. Back in 1975 he launched Mistral – his 22ft, Hartley Voyager. It took him a few years to build her – kauri frames and mahogany plywood held together with resorcinol…

Sam Holness’ Superpower

One day, during a bike workout, Sam Holness got doored. The now 28-year-old triathlete had finished loop three of seven, circling the park near his home in London, when the door of a parked car swung open and knocked him over. A passing cyclist helped him up, and Sam got back on his bike. But the crash broke his routine. Without giving it much thought, he started back at zero. Instead of 50 miles that day, he rode 70. Sam may look like every other dedicated, tri-diehard, clocking 20-hour weeks and overdoing it on his bike miles, but he’s not. He’s autistic. When he crashes in his favorite video game, Mario Kart, he says he starts over. So that’s exactly what he did that day on the bike. He simply started the…

Sam Holness’ Superpower
La boîte à outils de votre retraite

La boîte à outils de votre retraite

Pour améliorer votre future retraite, inutile de chercher un mode d’emploi générique. A chaque situation, ses solutions. Nous en avons répertorié ci-après trente, qui visent à exploiter les mécanismes du système ou à épargner avec discernement. Piochez dans cette boîte les outils propices à votre cas et approfondissez par la suite, si nécessaire. En matière de retraite, la précipitation est mauvaise conseillère. Mais la procrastination aussi. Trouvez donc le juste milieu. Concernant les solutions propres aux différents régimes, par exemple le rachat de trimestres, mesurez toujours le retour sur investissement, c’est-à-dire l’impact sur votre future pension en regard des sommes engagées aujourd’hui. Certains placements peuvent aussi vous aider à améliorer l’existant. Mais si l’épargne est indispensable pour préparer son avenir, donc sa retraite, votre investissement devra toujours être diversifié et…

La ville du mois Paris: c’est le moment d’acheter!

La ville du mois Paris: c’est le moment d’acheter!

Ajoutez deux lettres à Paris : c’est le paradis, énonçait Jules Renard il y a un peu plus d’un siècle. Ce trait d’esprit, l’écrivain aurait bien du mal à le réitérer aujourd’hui, tant la pandémie a miné l’attractivité de la Ville Lumière. Le « Paris bashing » est en vogue. Pire, les Parisiens sont nombreux à souhaiter quitter la capitale pour gagner en surface habitable, s’offrir de la verdure et profiter d’une vie plus sereine. Des projets facilités par l’essor du télétravail. Les prémisses d’un exode urbain? Pas vraiment. Les statistiques montrent plutôt un déplacement de la demande immobilière vers les autres départements d’Ile-de-France, où les prix au mètre carré sont plus accessibles et les biens avec extérieur plus nombreux. « Depuis un an, nous enregistrons des bonds d’activité spectaculaires sur…

FLOWER CUPCAKES

TECHNIQUES PIPNG BUTTERCREAM, USING CUTTERS, MAKING A TWO-TONE EFFECT, CREATING FLOWERS YOU WILL NEED FOR THE CUPCAKES • 110g (4oz) unsalted butter• 110g (4oz) caster sugar• 2 medium free-range eggs• 110g (4oz) self-raising flour• 1 tsp vanilla extract FOR THE BUTTERCREAM • 400g (14oz) icing sugar• 200g (7oz) unsalted butter• food colouring: pink, blue and purple EQUIPMENT • electric whisk or stand mixer• silicone spatula• ice cream scoop or spoons• cupcake cases• small rolling pin• marshmallows• red edible glitter• plastic zip bag• scissors• bowls• piping bag holder/tall glass• pastel green sugarpaste• small leaf plunger cutter• piping bags (x2)• Wilton 2D piping nozzle• small palette knife• small paint brush• cornflour FOR THE BUTTERCREAM ROSE FOR THE CUPCAKES 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Using an electric whisk or a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar together in a bowl…

FLOWER CUPCAKES
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Roy Halston Frowick was a boy raised in Indiana who became a soaring fashion legend and an international household name that defined the heady Studio 54 era—until he burned out from drugs, poor business decisions, and, ultimately, AIDS. Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series Halston, subtly directed by Daniel Minahan, casts a compelling Ewan McGregor as the complex designer. Hamish Bowles talks with Murphy and Tom Ford about Halston, those extraordinary years, and the crushing demands of design at the top. Hamish Bowles: Ryan, what excited you about Halston and his story and made you feel this could be developed into a series? Ryan Murphy: I grew up in Indiana—where Halston is from—surrounded by cornfields and churches, and I always heard about two people who had gotten out and gone on to bigger,…

Just Breathe

If you’re bent on improving your health, you’re likely exercising and watching what you eat. But are you paying attention to how you breathe? Mindful breathing can do wonders to increase your well-being. Considering that you take in air about 20,000 times a day, there’s plenty of opportunity to reap the rewards. THE BENEFITS No doubt, proper breathing is good for your health: Deeper and slower inhaling and exhaling may help your body heal faster from illness, lower blood pressure, and even improve your immunity, according to research. Studies have also shown that the deep breathing associated with meditation can stimulate growth of the brain’s frontal cortex, which regulates emotion. What Happens When You Inhale As you draw air in through your nose or mouth, your pulmonary cavity (the space that houses your heart…

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