How to ease your sugar cravings

Even if you try to eat a healthy diet, it’s likely you’re prone to sugar cravings every now and then. It’s a rare person who isn’t. Perhaps you hanker for something to beat the mid-afternoon slump, a boredom-busting snack or the comfort of cake in times of stress. Enjoying a sweet treat now and then isn’t ‘bad’ of course. But many people in the UK consume much more than the recommended 30g per day of ‘free sugars’. These include commercially made granules, syrups, fruit juices, fruit juice concentrates, fruit purees and honey added to sweet and savoury foods (not the sugars found in whole fruit and veg, and in dairy products). Consuming too much free sugar is widely accepted to be bad for your health, but scientists and nutritionists say…

How to ease your sugar cravings
WEEKNIGHT WINNERS

WEEKNIGHT WINNERS

GREAT MAC AND CHEESE HANDS-ON 5 MIN TOTAL 25 MIN SERVES 6 SUBMITTED BY GEORGE COUCH $1.20 PER SERVING 91 REVIEWS This kid-friendly stovetop mac uses dried pasta, a go-to budget stretcher. We added broccoli and ham to make it a one-dish meal. If you like, sprinkle toasted bread crumbs on top to mimic a crisp-topped oven-baked mac. ¼ cup butter½ cup chopped onion1½ Tbsp. flour½ tsp. salt3¼ cups milk8 oz. macaroni (2½ cups)1 cup bite-size fresh broccoli florets1 cup diced ham1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese (6 oz.)Toasted bread crumbs (optional) 1. Heat butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute more. 2. Add milk and macaroni to saucepan and bring to a boil,…

REACHING NET-ZERO: CITIES ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION, NOT THE PROBLEM

REACHING NET-ZERO: CITIES ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION, NOT THE PROBLEM

The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) showed a stark scenario. It highlighted that little progress has been made in terms of limiting temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels; and in order to meet such a goal, emissions must peak in the next couple of years. While the report showed some scepticism about the potential of some technologies designed to limit emissions, there was some optimism around cities. Debra Roberts, the IPCC cochair, recently referred to cities as “a key place for mobilisation”1. But why does the IPPC focus on cities, an invention from thousands of years ago with a reputation for bad air quality, in a world where electric vehicles and machines that suck carbon from the air are developing rapidly? THE URBAN FOOTPRINT SHAPES…

TOP 10 NHL MOMENTS OF 2021-22

TOP 10 NHL MOMENTS OF 2021-22

WE SAW SOME AMAZING performances this season in the NHL. And while Alex Ovechkin continued to pile up goals, the new generation stepped up as well, from Connor McDavid to Auston Matthews to Trevor Zegras. And while it’s always difficult to distill the magic of an NHL season into just 10 events, we had some great highlights to pick from this year. We also welcomed the 32nd franchise into the league in the Seattle Kraken, and although the new kids didn’t have much success in the standings, they definitely won in other ways. So let’s count down the best of the 2021-22 campaign. >NO. 1: AVALANCHE WIN THE STANLEY CUP THE COLORADO AVALANCHE won their first Stanley Cup in 21 years, defeating the back-to-back champs from Tampa Bay in six games. Defenseman…

Can My Sink Be My Sous Chef?

If you have limited space and have room for only one sink, it has to actually help you clean up and prep: Make sure to choose a model that’s deep enough to hide dirty dishes—or even a whole drying rack!—until you can load up the dishwasher. Other essential features include a high enough tap (with sprayer) so you can easily clean a colander of berries or greens, and a material that can take a beating and still look good. Designer favorites include quartz sinks, which come in several colors, resist stains, scratches, and color fading, as well as high-quality, durable stainless steel. Get Some Help With Cleanup The Case for More Than One It used to be that one kitchen sink did it all, functioning as a cleaning area, vegetable washing station, bottle…

Can My Sink Be My Sous Chef?

The LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL

ARTICLE FIRST PUBLISHED: ISSUE 91 FEBRUARY 2019 Hey, Timmy, how would you describe your style? During my playing career I spent a lot of time in athletic gear — hoodies and so on. But it’s always great to wear an elegant-looking, slim-fit suit when you’re attending an event of some sort. Do you have a favourite type of suit? I’d probably have to say the slim-fit pure wool in black and blue — can’t go wrong and sure to get many compliments. Cut and fabric are key — suits are a wardrobe staple, so I think it’s important to make sure all the elements are right. Got it. How difficult was it to make the call on retiring from football? It wasn’t too hard to be honest — I knew I was making the right call…

The LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL

Unexpected Finds in Unexpected Places

Back in ‘99, I was working at UW Greenhouses, and I got on the bus at this certain corner on a hill. I would always get on at that certain corner. And one day I slid down the bus aisle and I found an 1888 Indian Head cent. This one lady was saying “Aren’t you going to sue him?” Being so happy that I found that rare coin I smiled and said, “I’m okay.” Funny thing though, last year I received a magnifying glass and was checking around and it was actually an 1883 Indian Head. Ken Jackson Madison, Wis. In 1981 I was 14 years old, and the now long-gone King and San Jose King and Story Flea was still operating. I would cruise up and down the aisles and marvel at…

Unexpected Finds in Unexpected Places

Trending now

Like everything in life, art has constantly reinvented itself and artists throughout the centuries have sought new and unique ways of expressing themselves. But what does the immediate future hold for the art world? According to the world-renowned Eden Gallery, based in Manhattan, here are the Top Ten Art Trends to look out for in 2022: 1 Virtual Art Events – these have become more sophisticated and can reach larger global audiences. 2 3D Motion Graphic Design – technology lets us enjoy more art at home and artists are using it to create digital outdoor exhibits. 3 Crypto Art – last year saw record-breaking sales and increased awareness of NFTs. 4 Street Art – it’s been around for years, but has never been more accessible. 5 Art Outdoors – There’s a broad trend to take…

Trending now
Summer Stunners

Summer Stunners

Peach Salad TOTAL 15 MIN; SERVES 4 Spicy chiles and sweet peaches come together in this simple, summery salad perfect for backyard parties. Lemon vinegar and manuka honey lend each bite a sweet-tart zing and silky texture, amplifying the juiciness of fresh peaches. Top a generous serving with grilled chicken or shrimp for a hearty main course. ⅔ cup lemon vinegar (such as O Citrus Champagne Vinegar) (see Note)⅓ cup manuka honey1 tsp. kosher salt1½ lb. fresh peaches (such as Flavorich or July Prince) (about 4 medium peaches)½ cup blanched raw peanuts (about 2¾ oz.), toasted1 to 2 (½-oz.) fresh Holland finger, cayenne, or red Fresno chiles (to taste), seeded if desired, and thinly sliced (about 3 Tbsp. per chile)¼ cup packed fresh basil leaves (such as Thai, sweet Italian, or African blue…

READY, STEADY STITCH

+ Take your embroidery hoop off the jumper when you’re not stitching as it will stretch the fabric SWEATSHIRT Got a jumper that’s been languishing at the back of your drawer? Or one from the charity shop that needs some TLC? This your opportunity to turn it into an item of sheer joy with just some embroidery thread and a few stitches. Take Rebeckah’s design as a starting point but feel free go wild style with your floral embellishments. This would also make a lovely gift for a pal – the crafty alternative to sending a bouquet of flowers. CAP Adding pretty flowers and leaves will instantly uplift any headgear. Embroidery newbies will love this project as it uses simple lines of lazy daisy stitches interspersed with pearl seed beads. It’s a blooming beautiful…

READY, STEADY STITCH
WHAT’S THE BUZZ?

WHAT’S THE BUZZ?

Insects make up roughly ¾ of all described living things Entomophagy is the technical term for eating insects, which are known to be high in protein Some 2 000 insect species are consumed by humans in at least 113 countries Studies predict that a 10% loss in the gross population of insects could result in 14% of all animal and plant species facing extinction Walter Rothschild, a member of the outrageously wealthy Rothschild banking clan, owned a collection of fleas dressed in tiny costumes A study at Washington University’s Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology found that BEES DREAM (which suggests unexpected similarities between how invertebrates and humans sleep) Scientists are trying to tap into a cockroach’s ability to ward off harmful microbes, which could help develop drugs to overcome ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE Incidentally, cockroach brain tissue…

Self-steering Fireblade!

Self-steering Fireblade!

IMAGINE THIS. YOU are barrelling along a freeway at the legal speed limit on the latest Honda Fireblade when the traffic suddenly converges to avoid a pileup. In a split second, your handlebar is tweaked by a mysterious force and you avoid a serious crash. This isn’t fiction, but the latest development in Honda’s long-term goal to make its motorcycles completely safe, even ending fatalities by 2050. In pursuit of that, its best brains are working hard on car-style rider assistance systems. Fortunately, Honda is also aware that we don’t ride bikes simply to get from A to B efficiently and safely, and nor will owners be happy to hand over control to a computer. So this means the development focus is implementing safety nets in such a way that we…

Radical Joy

At SAM SMITH’S COUNTRY HOME in Buckinghamshire, England, there’s a little barnhouse tucked to the side of the sprawling property. A small faux menagerie — turtles, flamingos, even a sloth named Keith — overlooks a patio where Smith’s year-old Bernadoodle, Velma (named for the merry murderess in Chicago), suns herself. Inside, there’s a billiards table, a sparkling crystal chandelier and a full bar; feathered, palm tree-shaped lamps and a 2-foot-tall, stuffed Ewok round out the cozily jumbled decor. It might be the perfect facsimile of the pub in town — well, except for the neon sign hanging in the rafters that reads “Fist Me.” “I was like, ‘What do we call the pub?’ — I know it’s not really a pub, it’s a little barn,” Smith says, taking in the scene.…

Radical Joy

The Beauty of Being J.Lo

Jennifer Lopez has had a busy week. On July 24, her 53rd birthday, the superstar announced she’s expanding her business empire with JLo Body by JLo Beauty. People spoke to the mogul—36 hours before she shocked the world with her surprise Las Vegas wedding to Ben Affleck, 49, on July 16!—about her foray into body care, where she gets her confidence and who makes her feel most beautiful (spoiler alert: her husband). Let’s get right to it. Why a body line? And the very first product is a firming cream. Some people are skeptical of firming creams—why start with that? I remember, from a very young age, my mother wishing that there was some magic formula that was going to make her cellulite disappear. And the truth is, we know that [product]…

The Beauty of Being J.Lo
A House Party in Tuscany

A House Party in Tuscany

Who else needs a holiday? For now, all we can do is imagine a week in Tuscany, enjoying beautiful fresh food from a local farmhouse and learning to paint. It was this exact idyllic setting in which chef Amber Guinness spent her childhood. In Arniano, a gorgeous 18th-century farmhouse in Tuscany, Guinness learned to cook and paint. It was there, in 2014, that she established The Arniano Painting School, a residential painting course and immersive art and food experience that has become a dream travel destination. In her latest cookbook, A House Party in Tuscany: Recipes, Stories and Art from Arniano, you’ll find 75 original recipes including classic dishes and cocktails, seasonal menu suggestions, tips on hosting and entertaining and a “recipe” for starting an oil painting. Scattered through the book…

JAMMING ONLINE

JAMMING ONLINE

F1 22 So far in 2022, we’ve seen quite the change in the F1 landscape, with brand new regulations as well as Ferrari returning to the top. So of course the brand new F1 game from Codemasters this year has also seen its biggest revamp in years. This is also the first year where new Codemasters owners EA has a big say on the final game. Yet the biggest question is, will this year’s iteration of the world’s most famous motorsport live up to the hype that its real-life counterparts have delivered so far? New Look, New Rules As is the norm in the majority of EA SPORTS yearly sports titles, expect to see all the latest car designs and liveries to match the real-life cars, but the biggest change from the gameplay…

ENGLISH BREAKFAST

For almost 200 years Tiffany & Co. has been a name synonymous with New York City, from its 1905 landmark building on Fifth Avenue to memorable appearances on homegrown celebrities like Lady Gaga and Jay-Z. But many may not know that the brand set down roots in London well over a century ago, opening its first retail boutique there, on Regent Street, in 1892. A new Tiffany & Co. exhibition, “Vision & Virtuosity,” debuts at London’s Saatchi Gallery this June. It’s an immersive experience divided into seven “chapters” spanning almost 70,000 square feet and chronicling everything from Charles Lewis Tiffany’s relatively humble beginnings (he started the company as a fresh-faced 25-year-old) to a survey of the firm’s most illustrious designers (Jean Schlumberger, Paloma Picasso, Elsa Peretti) and even to re-creations of…

ENGLISH BREAKFAST
REMOVE YOURSELF FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

REMOVE YOURSELF FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

Personal information has never been more accessible. Your social profile and posts can give away all sorts of details to people you know, and people you don’t – from potential dates to employers and identity thieves. There are all sorts of steps you can take to reduce your exposure, but policies and privacy settings change over time, and breaches can’t be ruled out. The surest way to protect yourself is to shut down your social media accounts completely. It may also be good for your mental wellbeing to cut ties with any platforms that you feel are no longer enriching your life. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single, straightforward way to close every account. The process is different for each service, it isn’t always instant, and it doesn’t necessarily mean your information will…

U.S. NATIONAL PARKS

TOP 20 U.S. NATIONAL PARKS 1. Yellowstone Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana 91.69 It’s been 150 years since President Ulysses S. Grant signed the national park program into law—and anointed Yellowstone the first reserve. Since then, the park has only become more popular. Among the thrills readers cited: the 500-plus active geysers and the diverse wildlife. 2. Grand Teton Wyoming 89.42 3. Yosemite California 88.67 4. Rocky Mountain Colorado 88.17 5. Glacier Montana 88.14 6. Zion Utah 86.44 7. Katmai Alaska 86.17 8. Kenai Fjords Alaska 85.73 9. Great Smoky Mountains North Carolina and Tennessee 85.51 10. Olympic Washington 85.21 11. Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands 85.14 12. Denali Alaska 84.91 13. Isle Royale Michigan 84.77 14. Grand Canyon Arizona 84.73 15. Glacier Bay Alaska 84.62 16. Voyageurs Minnesota 84.39 17. Mount Rainier Washington 84.24 18. Sequoia & Kings Canyon California 82.99 19. Acadia Maine 82.91 20. Theodore Roosevelt North Dakota 82.00…

U.S. NATIONAL PARKS
FERRARI SP48 UNICA: A NEW ONE OFF FROM MARANELLO

FERRARI SP48 UNICA: A NEW ONE OFF FROM MARANELLO

• A unique new Ferrari designed to a client’s brief • The SP48 Unica is a two-seater sports berlinetta powered by the same twin-turbo V8 as the F8 Tributo • Bespoke design and aero modifications give the SP48 Unica a sporty and dynamic look Maranello, 5 May 2022 – The Ferrari SP48 Unica, the latest addition to the Prancing Horse’s One-Off series, was unveiled today and joins the most exclusive group in Maranello’s entire production: unique, absolutely bespoke cars crafted to the specifications of a single client and designed as a clear expression of their own individual requirements. The SP48 Unica, designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre under the direction of Flavio Manzoni, Chief Design Officer, is a two-seater sports berlinetta developed on the F8 Tributo platform. Its taut lines and aggressive stance make…

Moment Makers

Moment Makers

In the late 1990s, while taking a summer program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design intended to help students refine their ideas and build a strong portfolio before applying to architecture school, David Schwarz had a revelation of sorts: Maybe he didn’t actually want to become an architect after all. Though he still loved buildings, his interests had begun to drift away from the analog aspects of the industry. “By 1999, I had moved to San Francisco, and I got swept away in the digital design revolution,” he says. At the time, tech start-ups were thundering onto the global stage. In late 2006, recognizing parallels between the two worlds, Schwarz and co-founder Erik Karasyk launched HUSH, a Brooklyn-based experience design agency that excels at translating a company’s overall mission into…

STUDIO SPOTLIGHT: THE CERAMIC STUDIO

STUDIO SPOTLIGHT: THE CERAMIC STUDIO

Visiting on a sunny day in May, Rani and I sat outside and chatted in a beautifully planted garden, while the students took a break and enjoyed coffee and cakes. Rani first contacted ClayCraft five years ago but, for various reasons, I never made it to her old studio and, in hindsight, I’m glad, because then I may never have visited this stunning new site. Like so many other potters, Rani first fell in love with clay at school. She would stay behind at break or lunchtime, helping the tutor to clear up, or quietly handbuilding but then adult life took over and the moment was lost. “My parents were adamant that when I left school I’d work in a bank like my sister. I was sent to a secretarial…

So You Want to Buy a Restaurant…

When most people think of a franchise business, they first think of burgers. Or pizza. Or coffee (and donuts). Or tacos. There are, of course, many different markets in which franchises thrive, but the success and growth of numerous fast-food behemoths have made it so that, if you were to play a game of word association and offered up “franchise,” most people would probably instantly respond: “McDonald’s.” But your first thought shouldn’t be your last one. When deciding whether to purchase a restaurant franchise, you must focus on the characteristics of the business from a franchisee’s perspective. Only that can determine whether this industry is the right one for you. Popularity is one of the wonderful advantages of having a food business, but there are also some challenges you need to be…

So You Want to Buy a Restaurant…

The Bear Necessities of Putting

FOR MY MONEY, the greatest putters of the modern era are Tiger Woods, Ben Crenshaw, Brad Faxon and Jack Nicklaus. I see a lot of players try to mimic the styles of the first three but rarely Jack's. Odd, to say the least—you don't win 18 majors (including two at St. Andrews, host of this year's Open Championship) without a world-class stroke. In speaking to many students over the years, some have mentioned not being comfortable with the way Nicklaus set his head so far behind the ball at address. Fair enough—not many golfers are left-eye dominant like Jack. But what about the other aspects of his stroke? Here are three elements I think every golfer—including you—should copy. 1. Forward ball position. Nicklaus played the ball off the instep of his front…

The Bear Necessities of Putting

Are you getting enough of the ‘youth hormone’?

✔ Bite into a cheeseburger Beef and cheeses, such as cheddar, Swiss and mozzarella, brim with an amino acid called arginine. And in a Syracuse University study, folks who upped their arginine intake raised their HGH levels by 121%. Turns out arginine blunts the release of somatostatin, a hormone that impairs HGH secretion. Other smart (and tasty!) picks: pumpkin seeds, walnuts, chicken and turkey. ✔ Sip iced tea this way Drinking a tall glass of iced green tea daily does more than cool you off—research in Alternative Medicine Review suggests it boosts HGH production by 321%. A compound in green tea called EGCG combats the cell damage that can lower HGH output. Tip: Add a squeeze of lemon to your green tea. Purdue University research reveals citric acid and vitamin C in the…

Are you getting enough of the ‘youth hormone’?

How to have a gut-healthy summer

stylist advertorial From festival snacks to understanding ‘gut-lag’, we discuss how to keep your tummy happy and healthy this summer rom balmy evenings in the park to the return of festival season, there are plenty of reasons why we eagerly anticipate the arrival of summer. But the long days and hot nights can also disrupt our regular routines, impacting our body – especially our gut. Often called the body’s ‘second brain’, the gut plays a crucial role in our health and wellbeing, affecting many functions, from our mood and energy levels to our sleep and immune system. At the centre of this is the gut microbiome (GM), a unique ecosystem in our digestive system teeming with trillions of bacteria and microscopic organisms. Bigger than the average human brain, the GM communicates messages to our brain…

How to have a gut-healthy summer
Dream Vacations/ No. 1 in Travel Agencies

Dream Vacations/ No. 1 in Travel Agencies

THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY is surging back to life: Dream Vacations’ sales of cruises are up 32% and resort and tour vacations are up 33% in 2022. To help franchisees meet increased demand, the company recently launched the Dream Vacations Advisor program, which recruits independent contractors to join existing franchisees as associates. Just like franchisees, these advisors have access to personalized marketing resources such as dedicated websites, sweepstakes, promotional emails, and social media posts. PHOTOGRAPH BY HARRY WATSON FROM WATSON VISUALS/DREAM VACATIONS…

THE FUTURE IS…NOW?

THE FUTURE IS…NOW?

Perhaps no prediction in sports carries fewer risks and more rewards than christening a particular discipline “the sport of the future.” If the sport takes off, you’re clairvoyant. If the sport doesn’t take off… well, the future is an indefinite time, right? With Formula One edging ahead of pickle-ball (SI, July 2022) in sport-of-the-future hysteria following the emergence of Netflix’s Drive to Survive—and the Miami Grand Prix’s successful debut—let’s take a look back at some other sports that have garnered similar hype over the years. Drivers, start your prognostications. BALLOONING BALLOONING: THE SPORT OF THE FUTURE.… I AM CONVINCED THAT EVERY YEAR WILL FIND MORE PEOPLE DISCOVERING THE PLEASURE OF THIS SPORT.(DARLINGTON, ENGLAND) NORTH STAR, DEC. 1, 1906 The hot-air balloon enjoyed a moment in the early 20th century, with Charles Rolls (of…

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE IPHONE 14

With the next generation of iPhones right around the corner, rumors are flying about what we will and won’t see in this upcoming batch. This September, we’ll likely see the unveiling of new iPhone 14 models, and here’s what the rumors say we should expect from them. GOODBYE TO THE MINI, HELLO TO THE MAX Leading the rumor pack is the belief that the iPhone mini’s brief reign is coming to an end. We can still expect to get four new iPhone models in 2022, but low sales will likely replace the mini with an alternative. Instead, we may see a new model of iPhone debut: the iPhone 14 Max. The Max will be a bigger version of the entry-level iPhone 14, said to come with a 6.7-inch screen, compared to the…

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE IPHONE 14
Hyundai creates bold drift machine

Hyundai creates bold drift machine

Hyundai is looking to future technology with the hydrogen-fuelled N Vision 74 concept, which highlights a lesserknown part of its history. Design boss SangYup Lee recounted that the car’s genesis was a fortuitous coming together of projects. The engineering team sought to trial a high-performance hydrogen powertrain and wanted to clothe the engineering prototype in an attention-grabbing body. This turned out to be the perfect opportunity to realise slumbering plans for a homage to the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupé design by Italdesign’s Giorgetto Giugiaro. The car is powered by two rear-mounted electric motors with more than 670bhp, fed by a 62.4kWh battery that can be charged on the go by a 95kW hydrogen fuel cell. The large battery can be rapid-charged like any BEV and the 4.2kg hydrogen tank can be refuelled…

JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION 12A

JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION 12A

★★★☆☆ OUT NOW CINEMAS DIRECTOR Colin Trevorrow STARRING Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, B.D. Wong, Campbell Scott, Isabella Sermon SCREENPLAY Emily Carmichael, Colin Trevorrow DISTRIBUTOR Universal RUNNING TIME 147 mins You never get used to it!” sighs Laura Dern as her returning palaeobotanist Ellie Sattler finds herself once again in the vicinity of some miraculously revivified dinos. Seven years on from Jurassic World, and almost three decades after Jurassic Park, the makers of the latest entry in the Michael Crichton-inspired franchise will be trusting audiences retain the same residual affection for a series that has still to equal the exhilarating highs of Steven Spielberg’s gamechanging original. Bringing back Dern, Sam Neill’s Alan Grant and Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm is virtually an admission of such in a lega-sequel…

SKILL BUILDER: FABRIC VALANCE

MATERIALS FOR ONE VALANCE Finished size: 17½×59½", including tabs Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width. 1⅖ yards nondirectional novelty print FABRIC is from the Sew Wonderful collection by Paper and Cloth for Moda Fabrics (modafabrics.com). CUT FABRICS Cut pieces in the following order. From novelty print, cut: 1—28×60" rectangle 6—5×8" rectangles ASSEMBLE VALANCE Measurements include ¼" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated. 1) Fold a novelty print 5×8" rectangle in half lengthwise, right side inside. Sew along long edge to make a tube (Photo 1). Center seam on back of tube and flatten, pressing seam open. Turn tube right side out; press. Repeat to make six flattened tubes total. 2) Fold a flattened tube widthwise with center seam inside (Photo 2). Baste across top raw edges to make a tab. Repeat to make…

SKILL BUILDER: FABRIC VALANCE
SPOTTING AND JOTTING

SPOTTING AND JOTTING

“I've always journalled throughout my life, but when I went to study abroad in Ireland, the practice of my travel journal truly started to thrive. Ireland's astounding nature, the people, the stories all needed to be remembered and recorded. I usually use watercolour or whatever I have on hand – sometimes I feel like using black ink, sometimes gouache. It's mostly about having fun and relaxing for me. Most of my pages are in both Czech and English.” Magdalena Konečná, @divoka.tuzka “I've been keeping holiday journals for 25 years. I'm very much a ‘need to be busy’ person and am useless at sunbathing, so the diaries keep me occupied and provide a canvas for sketching and drawing within a context. I like the simple narrative of a holiday, nothing challenging, just painting…

Huge black hole devours an Earth-size chunk every second

Astronomers have detected the brightest and fastest-growing black hole to have existed in the last 9 billion years. The enormous cosmic entity is 3 billion times more massive than the Sun and swallows up an Earth-size chunk of matter every second. The newly discovered supermassive black hole, known as J1144, is around 500 times as massive as Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way. A ring of superhot plasma around the enormous void also emits around 7,000 times more light than our entire galaxy. Australian astronomers discovered the cosmic juggernaut using data from Australian National University’s SkyMapper Southern Sky Survey, which aims to map out the entirety of the sky in the Southern Hemisphere. “Astronomers have been hunting for objects like this for more…

Huge black hole devours an Earth-size chunk every second

The Big Losers in Musk’s Twitter Bid: Tesla Investors

▸ ELON MUSK’S campaign to buy Twitter is a big business story that’s masking an even bigger one. The bid has had the media buzzing about Musk’s plans for his takeover target. The mogul wants to transform the social media platform into an anything-goes town square, which might mean restoring Donald Trump’s megaphone. And pundits wonder whether the maverick can really quintuple the ailing company’s revenues in five years, as he’s been promising. So far, Musk’s vacillating, race-then-retreat pursuit has been a disaster for Twitter’s operations and stockholders. After agreeing in April to take Twitter private at $54.20 a share, Musk began stalling a few weeks later, alleging that the number of “bots” and fake accounts on the platform was far higher than Twitter claimed. Many have seen that gambit as an…

The Big Losers in Musk’s Twitter Bid: Tesla Investors
HORROR FICTION FOR LITERARY WRITERS

HORROR FICTION FOR LITERARY WRITERS

Today we often think of horror as a single unified genre of writing, conjuring thoughts of ghost stories and monsters. But the reality is that there are different ways to write horror, and an author’s decision about the kind of horror story they want to write will impact the available markets for that story’s publication. THE PROBLEM WITH DISCUSSING “GENRE” There seems to be a widely held belief within the field of publishing (and even more so within MFA programs) that there are two kinds of prose writers. There are the literary fiction writers, whose stories grapple with the deepest issues of humankind, and whose characters feel as real as your favorite (or least favorite) family members. And then there are the genre fiction authors, whose stories have as much depth as…

BATHROOM NOTES

EARN YOUR STRIPES Looking to zone a larger bathroom without losing the sense of space? The design set are turning to power tiling to divide and conquer, and the results are beyond beautiful. ‘The key is to create some drama without making the bathroom feel busy,’ explains interior designer Orla Read. ‘Here, we wrapped tiles over the ceiling to mimic the cocooning comfort of an enclosure. I especially love the hand-painted green stripe on these tiles. You see the paint lines and the movement in colour, so the pattern doesn’t feel flat.’ DECO DETAILS British bathroom design powerhouse BC Designs has launched its first furniture collection, Victrion. The capsule collection of art deco-influenced vanity units comes in four shades – Nimbus White, Forest Green, Earl’s Grey and Dark Lead – with a choice…

BATHROOM NOTES

WHY THE FISH LIVES IN THE SEA

Many long years ago, when Nigeria was ruled by wise King Eyo, the fish still lived on land! He would walk through the bush quite comfortably on his tail and fins, and breathe air just as you and I do. His best friend was the leopard. They would meet every day to go for a walk and discuss matters large and small. The leopard enjoyed these talks very much, and looked forward to them. The warthog also lived In that town, and the fish once met him as he was walking to market. The warthog greeted him politely, and they began talking. The two had such a nice time talking and joking with one another that they decided to meet again the next day. Soon, the fish and the warthog began meeting up every…

WHY THE FISH LIVES IN THE SEA
Sound and vision

Sound and vision

Claire Gillo Based in Devon, former AP staffer Claire Gillo is a photographer specialising in event and business-branding images. See her website at www.clairegillo.com and Instagram: @clairegillophotography Event photography requires you to think fast, act to the ambient light and to predict where your subject will end up in the frame. It draws lots of parallels with wildlife photography and your aim is to record the optimum moment and to capture the atmosphere. There are many challenges that come with event photography, such as low light, however if you enjoy people-watching and connecting elements in the scene then you’ll enjoy photographing events too. When it comes to shooting an event, less is more. You want to be nimble, light, and not have a backache from an overloaded rucksack! A mirrorless camera system has…

Blueberry Pancakes 3.0

Blueberry Pancakes 3.0

You can make decent blueberry pancakes by dropping a few handfuls of fruit into any old batter, griddling the rounds, and dousing the stack liberally with maple syrup. But pair sweet-tart, high-season fruit with a complexly flavored crumb that’s got plenty of cushiony fluff and lightly crisp edges, and your lazy summer breakfast takes on a whole new level of luxury. Those were the pancakes I had in mind as I got to work on a batter that would stand out against the vivid berries—not just capture them. The dry ingredients were predictable (all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt), as was the egg for structure and flavor. But the dairy was an obvious place to upgrade: Buttermilk instead of milk not only provided a bit of tang but…

LOVE, LOSS LETTING GO

LOVE, LOSS LETTING GO

CHARLIZE THERON appears to have it all. The stunning 5-foot-10 former model is one of the most beautiful — and accomplished — stars in Hollywood. In 2004, at the age of 28, she took home the Oscar for Best Actress for her searing performance of a real-life serial killer in Monster, and then went on to star in blockbuster hits like Mad Max: Fury Road, The Fate of the Furious and Snow White and the Huntsman. But her daughters Jackson, 10, and August, 7, sense something’s missing. “I was in the car with my two girls and my little one said something like, ‘You need a boyfriend!’” the Dior J’adore spokesmodel once revealed. “And I said, ‘Actually, I don’t. Right now I feel really good.’” For Charlize, no man, no problem.…

ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSHES

The AI adviser Oral-B iO Series 10 Automation will one day do away with dentists, leaving robots to wash and floss our fangs. Until then, this clever cleaner’s the next best thing. Putting AI in your mouth, it tracks your brushing action across six zones, using lights atop the magnetic charging dock to show where to focus those micro-vibrations. When you’re not wielding the wand, an integrated clock indicates the best time to brush, while an app points out where you can improve your technique. £tba / oralb.co.uk BUDGET BRUSHES The value vibrator Ordo Sonic+ Skimping on oral hygiene is a fast track to fillings, but healthy teeth needn’t cost hundreds. Good for 40,000 pulses per minute, this £50 job has four modes for a cleaning experience to suit the needs of your gnashers. Soft bristles go…

ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSHES
A two-tier health system?

A two-tier health system?

Why are waiting lists so long? Even before Covid-19, demand for NHS healthcare was far outstripping supply: there were 4.4 million people on waiting lists in England in early 2020. But the pandemic made things much worse: about 2.4 million NHS operations were cancelled in England and Wales in 2021. GP appointments were greatly restricted. There are now 6.6 million people – over a tenth of the population – waiting for treatment. Around 332,000 have been waiting over a year – 13 times the comparable number from May 2020. The most pressing backlogs are in cancer care and elective surgery – mainly knee and hip replacements (more than 730,000 people) and cataract operations (600,000). Some have been waiting for five years. And there are comparable crises in access to GP appointments…

Bye-bye, summer health bothers!

A belly rub beats bloat! Spiking temperatures can trigger water retention—and a swollen stomach. The easy fix? Gently rub your abdomen in a circular motion. Researchers in Taiwan say the massage reverses fluid retention in 15 minutes by ushering trapped water into the lymph system, where it’s shuttled to the bladder for release. Prevent motion sickness with roses Summer is an ideal time to hit the road, enjoy a boat ride or hop on an amusement park attraction with the little ones in your life. To keep motion sickness at bay while you’re soaking up the season’s fun, dab rose perfume or rose oil onto your wrists and take a whiff of it before and during any motion-centered activity. In a study from Canada’s Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, folks who inhaled a pleasant rose…

Bye-bye, summer health bothers!

GLAD BAGS

New Zealanders are known for innovation,” says Jessie Wong, designer and founder of bag label Yu Mei. She would know. As part of a handful of Kiwi designers ethically making accessories, her unique outlook is shaped by proximity to pristine environments. She uses deer nappa leather for her bags, a by-product of the Otago venison industry in a country where, uniquely, deer isn't endangered and hides would otherwise go to waste. Butter-soft, it is also strong, meaning her minimal pieces are built to last, all advantages evident in the offering she recently created for Sydney-label Esse Studios. Similarly, Georgia Davison has every one of her bags for her label Georgia Jay made by hand in studio, a slow fashion practice influenced by her upbringing in New Zealand. “We grew up…

GLAD BAGS

Simon Brodkin ‘NOT MANY PEOPLE GET ARRESTED SIX TIMES AND CAN CALL IT A CAREER’

Simon Brodkin – often in the guise of alter ego Lee Nelson – has showered cash over Sepp Blatter, gatecrashed Kanye’s Glastonbury set and supplied Swastika-emblazoned golf balls to Donald Trump. But the comedian has re-evaluated who he is and why he behaves as he does after receiving an ADHD diagnosis. THE BIG ISSUE: When did you suspect you suffered from ADHD? SIMON BRODKIN: In all honesty only from the moment my doctor diagnosed me six months ago. I always knew I was a bit off kilter. I mean not many people get arrested six times and can call it a career. It was only when I started learning more about ADHD, I had my jaw-drop moment. I started crying as I listened to an ADDitude podcast on my way to…

Simon Brodkin ‘NOT MANY PEOPLE GET ARRESTED SIX TIMES AND CAN CALL IT A CAREER’
EUROPE in 12 top winery visits

EUROPE in 12 top winery visits

After two years of sofa tourism, European travel is finally back on the agenda this summer. This, clearly, is great news. And even allowing for some of the winery-related activities that didn’t make it through the pandemic, wine lovers are still spoiled for choice; all but the most introverted wineries offer tastings – and often tours too. In fact, the problem is not what’s on offer – it’s what (and how much) you can convince your travelling companion(s) to take part in. After all, strange as it may seem, not everyone likes to spend sunny afternoons standing around in a barrel cellar. This article picks out a dozen of the best visits that offer so much more than just wine, ensuring everyone goes home happy. Booking in advance is essential…

YOUR OWN PRIVATE NATIONAL PARK

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK—IT’S A stunner. But let’s be honest: It’s the Times Square of national parks. Last year, more than 4 million people visited the park. If communing with German tourists—lots of them—is what you seek, then go to Yellowstone this summer. (That’s assuming you can even score a campsite; last year they sold out months in advance.) If you prefer to commune with nature, then have we got the place for you: one of the least visited national parks in America, an island that saw just 25,000 visitors in 2021, a locale so remote you’re guaranteed to never see a German tour bus. This place is called Isle Royale. The 50-mile-long island sits on the northern rim of Lake Superior. There is no WiFi, and cell service is spotty. Cars aren’t…

YOUR OWN PRIVATE NATIONAL PARK

Fast and furious Newport Bermuda

The 52nd running for the Newport Bermuda Race lived up to its nickname of the ‘Thrash to the Onion Patch’. The biennial bluewater classic saw 187 yachts start in tough conditions of 22 knot south-westerlies, dense fog alternating with bright sunshine, thunderstorms and a large swell. Early leaders were Antoine Rabaste’s 80ft trimaran Ultim’Emotion2 until it dropped its rig on the first evening. Instead line honours went to Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo, who completed the 635-mile course in elapsed time of 33 hours, setting a new course record and sailing at an average speed of 19.24 knots. “The forecast under-appreciated just how rough the sea state was,” said Carroll, “The whole crew is wiped out. They're tired.” Navigator Chad Corning said they spent much of the race trying to throttle back. “We were…

Fast and furious Newport Bermuda

Light, versatile laptops

Light, versatile laptops aren’t just for those of us that can afford to splurge on the latest Apple laptops and Ultrabooks. If you look hard enough, you’ll find a few that can match that light weight and slim design, not to mention a full feature-set, with a price tag that won’t have you worrying about next month’s rent. And, considering how expensive the cost of living is now, having an affordable computer that’s both portable and flexible is more crucial than ever. Some normalcy may have returned since the beginning of this pandemic – many are finally taking that summer holiday that was supposed to happen two years ago – but plenty of matriculating minds and professionals are still stuck in a hybrid situation that requires being able to study or…

Light, versatile laptops

The house with the golden windows/Indlu enamafasitela egolide

Sita lived in a small, square house, on a narrow street, on the side of a hill. Her family all worked very hard. Her mother made beautiful saris for women and her father made smart suits for men. Because her mother and father were very good at what they did, many people asked them to make clothes. There was always a lot of work to do, so Sita and her sister helped their parents with the sewing. The two girls sat in the tiny bedroom they shared and worked together. But sometimes there was just not enough space for both of them AND the sewing and they would start to argue. One day Sita had an idea. It was a lovely summer evening and she decided to take her sewing up to…

The house with the golden windows/Indlu enamafasitela egolide
PINK LADY® FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2022

PINK LADY® FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2022

Indian photographer Debdatta Chakraborty won the overall prize of Pink Lady Food Photographer Of The Year for 2022 with an intimate image full of warmth and humanity, titled Kebabiyana. The photograph was taken on Khayyam Chowk, an ordinary Indian street in the city of Srinagar (in Kashmir) that, by night, transforms into a buzzing food hub. Vendors fire up charcoal ovens and fill the air with the smoky aroma of grilled delights such as wazwan kebabs, a popular Kashmiri street food. “It is always a source of excitement and wonder when one single image rises to the top in the awards, ” commented Caroline Kenyon, the Director/Founder of the Pink Lady Food Photographer Of The Year competition. “In today’s world – more than ever – we feel the need for comfort, for…

This week’s TV

Thirteen Lives PRIME VIDEO • When a football team became trapped in Thailand’s Tham Luang cave after heavy rainfall in 2018, the eyes of the world watched as rescuers battled to save the young boys and their coach from the maze of flooded and incredibly narrow tunnels. This one-off drama tells the story of how some of the world’s most skilled divers teamed up with Thai forces and 10,000 volunteers to attempt a rescue like no other. Colin Farrell, Viggo Mortensen and Joel Edgerton play members of the diving team who risk their lives to rescue the boys. DON’T MISS DON’T MISS Irma Vep SKY ATLANTIC • Based on a 1996 film of the same name, this eight-part series stars Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who’s best known for starring in films such as The Danish…

This week’s TV

TURTLES CAN ALMOST STOP AGEING–WHY CAN’T WE?

Some cold-blooded animals can slow their ageing so much that they’re essentially not ageing at all, according to the findings of the most comprehensive study of ageing to date. Published recently in the journal Science, the study was carried out by an international team of 114 scientists at Penn State and Northeastern Illinois University and involved 77 species of reptiles and amphibians. The team hopes that by studying these animals they can gain insights that could lead to treatments for age-related conditions in humans. During the study, the team found evidence that turtles, crocodiles and salamanders all aged so slowly that their lifespans are longer than would be expected for animals of their sizes. In fact, some turtles aged so slowly that the team concluded they experienced ‘negligible ageing’, where their…

TURTLES CAN ALMOST STOP AGEING–WHY CAN’T WE?

Get a Handle on Your Credit Card Debt

Revolving credit, which includes credit cards, surged by 21.4% in March, according to the Federal Reserve. But at the same time that credit card debts are growing, rising interest rates have made carrying a balance more expensive. After two years of pandemic-related restrictions, I understand the urge to spend more on experiences and make up for lost time. I pay my credit card in full every month and have never carried a balance. However, I know that’s not the case for many millennials. If you’re carrying credit card debt, consider these strategies to eliminate or reduce what you owe—before it’s too late. Take stock of your debt. If you have balances on multiple credit cards, make a list that shows how much you owe on each card, the interest rate, and the…

Get a Handle on Your Credit Card Debt

LEWIS PICKS ALONSO AS HIS GREATEST RIVAL

Lewis Hamilton has credited Spaniard Fernando Alonso as being the toughest competitor he has come up against over the Briton’s 300-race grand prix career. The seven-time World title winner was quizzed in the buildup to last weekend’s French Grand Prix and said that his 2007 McLaren team-mate gave him the sternest challenge. It was Hamilton’s maiden year in Formula 1 and he pipped Alonso to second in the drivers’ championship that season – even though the team lost all of its points due to the ‘spygate’ scandal. Hamilton said: “It’s difficult to say who has necessarily been the strongest competitor because every time you’re with someone, you’re in a different place in your life. I remember the task of being alongside Fernando when I was 22. I was so young mentally and, of…

LEWIS PICKS ALONSO AS HIS GREATEST RIVAL
THE BEST OF 2022

THE BEST OF 2022

NETFLIX BOYS ALLOWED Heartstopper Available now Every so often, a TV series comes along that seems to make the world a bit of a better place. The coming-of-age drama Heartstopper achieved just that, thanks to its progressive representation of the LGBTQ+ community. Its charming central love story, about the relationship between schoolboys Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor), found favour with those navigating adolescence, but also adults, who were left gratified to see societal views having shifted in such a positive way since their own years in education. DAVID BROWN FAMILY FORTUNES Ozark Available now A thrillingly ambiguous final scene rounded off Netflix’s biggest sleeper hit, bringing to a close the saga of the Byrde family. Led by dad Marty, they have gradually turned from rookie crooks to a clan of seasoned operators, in a show that…

Where Americans Get Their Energy

Where Americans Get Their Energy

WHITHER COAL? Coal-fired power peaked in 2007, then declined 61 percent by 2020. It surged in 2021, spurred by rising natural gas prices. WATER POWER As recently as 1950, hydropower generated 30 percent of the nation’s electricity, and it remained the leading renewable source until 2019, when it was overtaken by wind. For now, water-driven production outstrips that of solar, supplying 6 percent of U.S. power. NUCLEAR CAPACITY As of 2021, 19 percent of the electricity generated in the United States is nuclear. SOLAR ON THE RISE Since 2008, solar capacity has increased nearly 300-fold and is sufficient to power some 18 million homes. Since 2014, the average cost of solar panels has dropped nearly 70 percent. CHART SOURCES: U.S. ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION, LAZARD’S LEVELIZED COST OF ENERGY ANALYSIS, 2021; ALAMY (5)…

Singapore emerges stronger, post-Covid

Singapore emerges stronger, post-Covid

Singapore is open for business and ready to welcome you and your delegates. The Lion City’s ability to host world-class events has never been in doubt. Now, building on experience developed through the pandemic, in addition to its range of conventional venues and unconventional spaces for offsite events and gala dinners, Singapore has several new facilities enabling the city to be used as a broadcast centre for hybrid events. Attendees and organisers will be reassured by Singapore’s commitment to safety, technology and sustainability. The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted industries and halted travel, resulting in an estimated US$28 trillion in lost economic output and 114 million job cuts. It underscored the need for all organisations – especially ones heavily dependent on face-to-face interactions – to better future-proof themselves through innovation. It is this…

Paul Hollywood: Lemon Drizzle Cake

‘[This] is my favorite cake of all time,’ says The Great British Baking Show judge, who features the recipe in his new cookbook Bake. ‘The perfect lemon drizzle has a light and airy sponge and a sharp, zesty crunchy topping. My version has quite an intense lemony flavor, but other than that it’s a total classic, and I don’t think you should mess with those classics’ ¾ cup (6 oz.) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing pan2 tsp. grated lemon zest, plus 2 Tbsp. fresh juice (from 1 lemon), divided¾ cup plus 4 Tbsp. superfine or granulated sugar, divided3 large eggs1⅓ cups (about 6⅛ oz.) all-purpose flour2½ tsp. baking powderPinch of fine sea salt3 Tbsp. whole milk 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease bottom and sides of an 8½ × 4½-inch…

Paul Hollywood: Lemon Drizzle Cake

FRANCE’S UNSPOKEN, UNFINISHED CIVIL WAR

IT IS SUMMER NOW AND FRANCE is a fairyland of sunlight. But everywhere they look, the French see only their own shadow. Where does it come from, this little flicker of gloom that follows the French even when their days are long, their evenings warm, the sky empty and blue? For many years the shadow was a taboo that few of them would talk about, even though each could see its reach in their families, communities and politics. Marine Le Pen is its heir; Éric Zemmour is its orphan. The shadow is Algeria — and an unspoken, unbroken, unfinished civil war which for 70 years has bound the French to a place that most of them do not even know. The war gave France the Fifth Republic, the framework for its…

FRANCE’S UNSPOKEN, UNFINISHED CIVIL WAR
“Help me stop worrying all the time!”

“Help me stop worrying all the time!”

Break the cycle You’re not alone When we’re overwhelmed with worry, it’s easy to feel like we’re the only one in the world struggling. But that’s the furthest thing from the truth. “The most underlined verse in the Bible is, ‘Be anxious for nothing,’” says pastor Max Lucado. “Just knowing that what you’re feeling is nearly universal helps you open up to greater optimism.” Name fears When worries are vague, they’re extra scary—that’s why it’s helpful to articulate them as concretely as possible, urges expert Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D. “First, bring your attention to your physical sensations, be it a tightness in your chest or a churning in your belly, because your emotions live in your body,” she advises. Then when you feel dread rising up, give voice to it, as in: “I’m worried about…

LOVE is worth WAITING FOR!

Plans for Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s first wedding in 2003 – called off due to “excessive media attention” – involved truckloads of yellow roses, a custom-made Vera Wang gown, 400 guests, three decoy brides and a top-secret Santa Barbara location. Almost two decades on, the reunited A-listers decided to elope in a quickie Las Vegas wedding, wearing clothes from their closets and not a celebrity guest in sight. But what it lacked in fanfare, it made up for in love. “Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things”—LOPEZ “We did it,” Lopez began her post on her On The JLo newsletter. “Stick around long enough and maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in a drive-through in Las Vegas at 12.30 in the morning and at the…

LOVE is worth WAITING FOR!

spice-tacular

the ethos of Indian food is really simple and seasonal,” Anjum says. She wants to move away from the common misconceptions that it’s complicated to make, often unhealthy and only eaten on special nights out. In actual fact, real Indian food can be the exact opposite. Celebrity chef, cookbook author and founder of brand The Spice Tailor, Anjum wants “people to understand Indian food properly”. “Indians in India eat Indian food three times a day,” she explains. “It is what you feed your family in the easiest way possible.” While learning her mother’s traditional Northern Indian recipes to share with her own children, she was inspired to pass on what she learned to a wider audience. In 2003 she wrote her first cookbook, focused on traditional Indian food with a healthy twist.…

spice-tacular

8 WAYS TO LIVE EVERY DAY LIKE YOU’RE ON VACAY

Think back to your dreamiest summer memory: a lazy day at the beach, followed by dozing in the hammock with a new read, then dinner by the water as you watched the sun set. Ever wished you could capture that blissedout feeling well into fall? Yep, you totally can. Let us explain. LOCK IN EASY LIVIN’ Why are we so darn happy during the summer? One word: freedom. “When you’re not tied to a school schedule, time is your own,” shares life coach Anea Bogue. Continue that independent streak during the school year by scheduling some “you” time every day, suggests Bogue. Get absorbed in a new book, give yourself a mani or take your dog out for a walk on a pretty street nearby. Whatever you do, it’ll be a welcome break…

8 WAYS TO LIVE EVERY DAY LIKE YOU’RE ON VACAY
Going to school with your horse!

Going to school with your horse!

Have you ever wondered what it is like to go to school with your horse? Abbey Tierney is a student at NEGS, and both Abbey and her horse Zulu board there. Abbey let’s us know what it is really like being at school with your horse! How long have you been at NEGS and what year are you in? I have been at NEGS for a year and I’m currently in Year 11. What does an average weekday look like? I get up at 5:30 am and have a shower and change for the day, then I go and make sure my friends are up! Then when the boarding house opens at 6:30 we go out to the Equestrian Centre to do our horses! My horse Zulu is stabled so I unrug him for…

PLAN YOUR FIRST FAMILY HILLWALK

PLAN YOUR FIRST FAMILY HILLWALK

SKILLS, TIPS & TRICKS TO GET YOU HIKING LIKE A PRO 1 Be realistic. If they’ve never been up a hill before, a mountain summit might be asking a bit much. For a first outing, a route that you’re familiar with is probably best – you’ll have enough to focus on without having to factor in tricky navigation. But if you are bagging a peak, remember that the summit is only the halfway point. 2 Choose a walk with plenty of interest along the way. A lake to skim stones, a cave to explore, a tree to climb, a boulder that looks like Shrek – it helps keep kids motivated if there’s always something exciting just around the next corner. 3 Allow loads of time. Like, more time than you think you ever…

Earth + warming = speedier ocean

Earth + warming = speedier ocean

Ocean currents play a big role in floods, droughts, and other large-scale weather patterns. They’re notoriously complicated and there’s debate among researchers about how to untangle conflicting sources of information. Satellite data seems to suggest that ocean currents are, on average, becoming more intense. But satellite data only stretches back about 30 years – so it’s hard to be conclusive. Now those findings have been backed up by several million more years of data, thanks to researchers at the University of Sydney – and some rocks. “If we think of the long-term evolution of the Earth, either in the past or into the future, then three decades is not a lot,” says Dr Adriana Dutkiewicz, geologist at the University of Sydney. Dutkiewicz, along with colleague Professor Dietmar Müller, went to geological records taken from…

THE SEA ANGLING CLASSIC

THE SEA ANGLING CLASSIC

There was certainly no shortage of razzmatazz at Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays last month during the lead up to the Sea Angling Classic. The thousands of SAC flags were everywhere. Subtle and understated in a British way it was not! Poor Admiral Nelson must have been rolling in his grave. But by the end of the four days of parades, marching bands, a lot of flag waving, some very competitive fishing, and a big money prize giving ceremony, I was left thinking that this USA-style event might be just the kick up the backside the sea angling match scene needs to inject some life back into it after decades of stagnation and decline. The event is the brainchild of Ross Honey, owner and founder of Angling Spirit which already successfully runs the…

Pacific reopens to cruisers

The westward cruising route across the South Pacific is beginning to reopen after two years, as countries including New Zealand and the Cook Islands ease entry restrictions for foreign yachts after the pandemic. New Zealand, which had some New Zealand, which had some of the strictest entry protocols in the world, is reopening its border to tourists and visa holders two months earlier than planned on 31 July. As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “New Zealand is now fully open for business.” This will include reopening the country’s maritime border to foreign flagged vessels. All yacht crews intending to enter New Zealand will still have to undergo Covid testing and complete advance notice of arrival forms. Opua is currently the only open Port of First Arrival, although more ports are likely be…

Pacific reopens to cruisers
TITANIC & ME

TITANIC & ME

Cutting a solitary figure, standing at the very edge of the now decommissioned dock in Belfast where the then-largest movable structure on Earth ever built was launched one-hundred and nine years earlier, and over half a century before I was born, I looked as far out to sea as I possibly could. My isolation, aided by the chill in the air and the winter breeze made me confront a question I needed an answer to. Why was there such a tangible connection between me, a ship, and a tragic event of such epic proportions that the utterance of its name still epitomizes great loss? Whilst I was totally overwhelmed by the wonder of human endeavor and ingenuity, I instinctively knew that this alone did not fully capture the hold this…

MAKE YOUR FRIENDS LAUGH

MAKE YOUR FRIENDS LAUGH

National Tell a Joke Day is on August 16. To mark the day, follow the tips below to help you deliver funny jokes that will get people chuckling. 1. Find inspiration. If you don’t have a joke in mind, many libraries stock books with jokes for kids. Ask a librarian to help you find one, or ask a parent to help you look up jokes for kids online. You can memorize jokes you find or use them as inspiration for writing your own jokes. 2. Know your audience. Think about who you will be telling the joke to and what they might find humorous. For example, if your joke has to do with Minecraft, it might be funnier to a friend than to a grandparent. 3. Practice first. Try telling your joke to…

WHERE VAN GOGH PAINTED

An exciting workshop took place this past A April and May in the South of France with five teachers and 24 students and patrons coming together to paint in the land of the Van Gogh landscapes. This fine art project, dubbed Americans in Paris, was created in 2016 by artist, curator and gallery owner Vanessa Rothe of Vanessa Rothe Fine Art Gallery. The project comprises a group of contemporary realist artists following in the footsteps of the historic masters who had traveled to Paris to be inspired by its culture, art and beauty. Americans in Paris aims to introduce some of today’s leading fine artists in realism to exciting new subjects, often only discovered by traveling abroad, as well as study group composition from the masters in some of the top…

WHERE VAN GOGH PAINTED

Salads with substance

GELF’S STORY He’s been at River Cottage for 10 years, where he works with Hugh F-W to delight guests with his innovative menus. Gelf was raised as a vegetarian, growing up on his dad’s homegrown produce prepared by his mum, yet he dismissed salads as ‘rabbit food’ until he became a chef, at which point he fell in love with them. He’s one of the pioneers who’ve helped make veg-centric cooking the new normal. These recipes are from his first book (see p100). “Like most children, I had a few foods I couldn’t get on with cauliflower was top of that list. As a chef, I’ve put a lot of effort into trying to overcome the aversion, and this way of preparing my old nemesis is my favourite” Roast cauliflower…

Salads with substance
A Fresh START

A Fresh START

Brad Pitt is clearly having a blast during the whirlwind press tour for his new action flick, Bullet Train. On July 16, he gamely smiled alongside costars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry and Joey King for a rare Instagram selfie (posted by Taylor-Johnson), and two days later he was photographed playfully kicking his legs in the air while posing for pictures in Paris. “I’ve never seen somebody who wants to have so much fun,” Henry said during a recent interview about what it was like to film with Pitt. “He’s just out there ready to have a party.” It’s about time. It’s no secret the actor struggled in the wake of his 2016 split from Angelina Jolie and their ongoing bitter custody battle over their minor children (the exes share Maddox,…

Scammers buy pensioners’ Facebook data for just 16p

Scammers can buy the personal data of pensioners on Facebook for as little as 16p, it’s been claimed. A BBC investigation found that fraudsters were targeting wealthy pensioners by advertising sets of data such as ‘UK Old Age High Income Leads’. Criminals can use this data to commit identity theft, such as impersonating a victim to open a bank account and take out huge loans, or buy goods in their name. They could also resell the information on the dark web to other scammers. A team from the BBC’s Morning Live show bought the details of 1,000 people living in Britain. The data, which the BBC securely destroyed, included names, email and home addresses, their approximate net worth and an estimated income bracket. The reporters contacted every person whose details they’d acquired to tell…

Scammers buy pensioners’ Facebook data for just 16p

Be glad you didn’t buy…

Social-media platform Snapchat’s parent firm, Snap (NYSE: SNAP), saw its stock slide after posting a $422m loss for the second quarter of 2022, says Forbes – double the loss in the second quarter of 2021. The company cited a downturn in advertising revenue as the culprit and now plans to reduce its rate of hiring “substantially”. Snap made a promising market debut in 2017, but struggled last year amid changes to Apple’s privacy policy that gave iPhone users the option to block advertisements that tracked their behaviour across different apps. This hampered advertising sales. The share price is down 86% in a year.…

Be glad you didn’t buy…

Summer beautiful from head to toe

SUNBURN? Calm it with iced tea When spending an afternoon gardening or lounging by the pool, it’s easy to forget to reapply sunscreen every 90 minutes, which can leave us nursing a red, painful burn. To the rescue: green tea ice cubes. “Anti-inflammatory compounds in the tea reduce redness, while rubbing it on cold takes the irritating sting out of a burn,” says New York City dermatologist Michele Green, M.D. Even better? The high amount of antioxidants in the tea speed the healing of scorched skin. To do: Steep 2 bags of green tea in 2 cups of hot water for 10 minutes; remove the tea bags and pour the liquid into an ice cube tray, then freeze overnight. Pop out one cube and rub onto sun-burned skin for 5 minutes, then rinse. We…

Summer beautiful from head to toe

Color THERAPY

AS MANY OF US have sought out small daily sources of joy to counteract the stresses of the past few years, color therapy has garnered renewed attention. The idea of using color to evoke feelings of optimism, to feel more energetic—or even to quell anxiety—is appealing in its accessibility. “Studies have shown that lavender can have a soothing effect, while a soft daffodil yellow can make the brain feel happy,” says New York psychologist Sanam Hafeez. Light blue has also been demonstrated to have a calming quality, green can help you reset, and red may be invigorating. While color’s influence on mood is temporary, even a quick dopamine hit can help change your mindset, making a swipe of bright makeup not just trendy but therapeutic. EYE CANDY The easiest way to embrace…

Color THERAPY

Holiday hell at Dover

Controversy of the week Anyone hoping to avoid the mayhem at the airports by driving to continental Europe at the start of the school holidays “will have had a nasty surprise”, said Matthew Lynn in The Spectator. Last weekend, vast queues built up around the port of Dover and the Eurotunnel terminal at Folkestone. Thousands of travellers spent six hours or more trapped in their cars. Sections of the M20 were closed; Dover declared a “critical incident”. Inevitably, “hardcore Remainers” leapt to blame all this on Brexit: weren’t we warned that increased checks would make travelling to Europe a lot harder? The only problem with this analysis is that it’s “nonsense”. The French have always checked our passports; the UK never joined the Schengen Area, which allows for border-free travel. What’s…

Holiday hell at Dover
Royals & Their Dogs

Royals & Their Dogs

1 Prince George with Lupo / 2016 Before their three children came along, Prince William and Princess Kate welcomed a fur baby to their family: a black cocker spaniel named Lupo. In 2018 the couple opened up about the addition, saying that Lupo was welcomed to keep Kate company while William was deployed in the Falkland Islands. The dog subsequently starred in multiple family photos—including a summertime portrait released to celebrate Prince George’s third birthday. When Lupo died in 2020, the couple shared a rare personal post on social media, writing that the pup “has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much.” 2 King George V / 1893 George V and his wife, Queen Mary, always had a dog nearby—in fact,…

Natural Habitat

Ask Maria Nation about the backstory behind her Berkshires garden, and she’ll launch into the history of its many iterations before coming to its current moment of splendor. She’ll talk about the 20-year evolution that started with the meager foundation plantings in place when she first bought the 8-acre property from Wanda Toscanini Horowitz (Vladimir Horowitz’s widow). The initial incarnations were willy-nilly, fed by the prevalence of perennials purchased from neighborhood garden centers. As Maria became more educated about her plants, the scene began to evolve into what it is today—a cleaner, more architectural configuration of big statements that depends more on large swipes with pruning shears and less on fussing around with weeding tools. But what really drives Maria’s garden could be distilled into a quick explanation: She comes…

Natural Habitat

The First Russian

Peter the Great’s African: Experiments in Prose by Alexander Pushkin, translated from the Russian by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler and Boris Dralyuk, edited by Robert Chandler. New York Review Books, 195 pp., $16.95 (paper) In January 1832 a New Year’s gift arrived at the home of Alexander Pushkin. The parcel had been sent by a close friend, the art collector Pavel Nashchokin, along with a note: “I am sending you your ancestor.” At the center of the gift, an inkstand, was the figure of a small Black boy with bright red lips leaning against two bales of cotton. Inside them, in lieu of the white crop, was ink (chernilo, literally “black stuff” in Russian). The substitution revealed Pushkin’s ancestor to be a man of “great foresight,” wrote Nashchokin, for else how could a…

The First Russian
Avian flu is killing thousands of UK birds

Avian flu is killing thousands of UK birds

A DEADLY STRAIN OF AVIAN FLU IS ripping through seabird colonies around the Scottish coast, leaving thousands of dead and dying birds in its trail. “We are in completely unchartered territory and the impact that this form of avian influenza is having on wild birds is completely unprecedented,” says the RSPB’s Paul Walton. In response to the deepening crisis, Defra has launched a research consortium to understand the impact of this new strain of avian flu on wild birds and poultry. “The research will investigate how avian flu viruses are emerging, despite wild bird populations having prior exposure to genetically similar viruses,” says a spokesperson for Defra. “Scientists will also look at wild bird movements and… [take] samples from different wild bird species to build up a better picture of the risk that different…

Birthday Wishes

A birthdate is one of the most basic facts about an ancestor’s life. Yet determining the correct one can prove quite the challenge for genealogists. Dates of death are literally carved in stone, and marriage dates have been recorded by churches for hundreds of years. Both regularly appeared in news-papers as obituaries and marriage announcements, respectively. But birthdates are more likely to be a mystery—perhaps even to the individual him- or herself. People may simply have relied on what they were told by parents and other relatives, particularly before the adoption of government-issued vital records. Some localities kept records as early as the 1600s, but many states didn’t adopt mandatory registration until the late 19th (or even early 20th) century. The result is a wide variety of records (created throughout a person’s life)…

Birthday Wishes
The art of the limited palette

The art of the limited palette

If you are new to watercolour it may surprise you to learn that the fewer the number of colours included in a painting, the more colourful the watercolour will appear. The use of a few colours in a painting is termed a limited palette. The concept became the guiding principle for my watercolour painting quite early on, and even when I use a wider range of colours in a painting, it is still the limited palette thinking that guides the choice of colours selected. A limited palette is far from limiting. It not only makes watercolours appear more colourful, but makes mixing more efficient. It frees the artist to concentrate on tone and shape, as well as preventing unnecessary huematching and the danger of muddy mixes. I am delighted to be…

DRESS A CHAIR

I have always had a soft spot for pretty fabric. And I definitely have too much to use just for sewing projects. Decoupaging a piece of furniture with fabric is a wonderful way to use two favourite items in your house to make something lovely and new. I also love the texture that textiles give furniture. Here I have used an old school chair that has stood on our veranda for ages waiting for attention and a floral fabric from my SophiaHelen collection. TIP: You can get the loveliest pieces of fabric by asking décor shops for their old sample books. YOU WILL NEED ♥ furniture item you can paint ♥ water-based paint in the colour of your choice ♥ decoupage medium (I use Annie Sloan’s Image Medium) ♥ craft brushes ♥…

DRESS A CHAIR
CELESTIAL ENCOUNTERS

CELESTIAL ENCOUNTERS

Natural phenomena and geological mysteries are commonplace in the world’s driest nonpolar desert, the Atacama of Northern Chile. Fields of geysers blast boiling water. Salt flats stretch for miles, punctuated by flamingoes in lagoons. And occasionally, stunning desert flowers burst into bloom after rare rainfall; some spots in the Atacama see just a few millimeters of precipitation per decade. Wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, this land of dry air also claims crystal clear night skies, glowing with the southern constellations year-round. The entry point for tourists (and many researchers) is the artsybohemian village of San Pedro de Atacama, situated on a high Andean plateau 30 miles west of Bolivia. Visitors, it turns out, can also spot celestial marvels in the dusty sand at their feet. Unique, glassy black…

ON THE MOVE

ON THE MOVE

No matter how many times you hit the water in search of fish a loose plan of attack needs to be devised around how you’ll tackle things from the get go. There’s an element of unpredictability that inevitably unfolds across the course of a day that has the potential to alter this plan but nonetheless it really is hard not to play out a fishing mission in your head before the boat has even left the ramp. It’s fair to say that nowadays many of these devised “plans” no longer involve the use of an anchor however and it seems this once frequently called upon device has succumbed to the label of an old school fishing method. From fancy electric motors through to highly detailed sonar equipment modern day fishing…

Coping with SUNBURN AND HEATSTROKE

Sunshine is good for vitamin D production, but it is easy to underestimate your time in the sun, not realising you’re burning. Sunburn can be very painful, increases the risk of later skin cancer and accelerates skin wrinkling. Children and the elderly are more prone to burning and heatstroke. Prevent both by limiting sun exposure time, even in the shade if it’s very hot. Frequent cool drinks keep you hydrated and cool you, but avoid caffeine and alcohol. Use high-SPF sun cream and wear light, loose, natural-fibre clothes, a hat and sunglasses. Cool your skin by sponging with tepid (not cold) water. Apply water-based cream as a moisturiser and, if needed, take ibuprofen or paracetamol for the pain. Sunburn Seek medical help from your GP or call 111 if you develop sunburn over a…

Coping with SUNBURN AND HEATSTROKE

the skin whisperer

Scarlett Johansson has a controversial statement to make: “Most people are pretty happy with their skin.” It’s one she says is backed up by the consumer research she did before launching her new skin-care line, The Outset. It’s also backed up by her own experience: “I just want to preserve the skin I have for the future.” For Johansson, skin care is a game of defense. “My routine is about putting moisture into my skin,” she says. “My skin has never reacted well to resurfacing. It doesn’t survive that complicated type of routine.” Johansson first experimented with skin care as a 12-year-old on the set of The Horse Whisperer. “I remember the makeup artist giving me cleansers, acne creams, there was a pink gunk,” she says. It was the beginning of…

the skin whisperer
ASTRONOMY FOR BEGINNERS

ASTRONOMY FOR BEGINNERS

THE TEAPOT AND TEASPOON WHEN: JULY AND AUGUST At this time of year, low above the southern horizon, lurk two tea-related asterisms. An asterism is a pattern of stars which hasn’t been officially recognised. In essence, anyone can create an asterism, but only the really relatable ones gain traction and stick. The tea-related asterisms both belong to Sagittarius the Archer. Sagittarius is so far south that from the UK it never fully rises. The bit that does rise contains a set of stars that resemble a teapot. It may take you a few minutes to sort out the view, but once you do, the pattern is quite striking. The two stars that form the apex and western base of the lid, along with the star marking the base of the spout, form the…

Knives and Ukraine

As we were putting our annual military knife issue to bed, the War in Ukraine raged on with no end in sight. Meanwhile, amid all the death and destruction in Eastern Europe, the effect on the domestic knife industry seemed minimal. For instance, as KA-BAR’s Joe Bradley notes in the story beginning on page 12, the conflict was having no influence on KA-BAR’s sales or the types of knives it was making. Curtis Iovito of Spartan Blades said since Spartan made knives for war in Afghanistan and Iraq for the past two decades, the Ukraine war hasn’t affected the company that much, including knife prices, though that could change due to inflation and supply issues—as well as knife demand as the war evolves. According to Daniel Winkler (page 60), 25 to 30…

Knives and Ukraine
Driver cancels parking fine after Google proves he wasn’t there

Driver cancels parking fine after Google proves he wasn’t there

A motorist has overturned a £100 parking fine after using Google’s Location History to prove he had not overstayed in a car park. Premier Park, which manages 850 car parks across the UK, fined Jamie Chalmers for over-staying in a car park by three hours, even though he claimed he hadn’t used it. Chalmers, from Hilsea, Portsmouth, appealed by sending evidence of his Location History that showed he had instead visited two drive-through restaurants nearby. Premier Park upheld his complaint and cancelled the fine. He told the Telegraph that he was “shocked” by the fine, which he was given while on a night out celebrating his 21st birthday. He said Premier Park sent photos of him driving back to a main road, and giving way at a junction. Other drivers could use Location History…

THROUGH MY EYES: JOURNEY OF A WILDLIFE VETERINARIAN

THROUGH MY EYES: JOURNEY OF A WILDLIFE VETERINARIAN

<READING MATTERS> When we hear about wildlife translocations, conservation research, dehorning and such intriguing activities, do we ever actually consider who performs this work and what exactly is involved? Who are these people, and how did they end up in that position? For many people, the idea of working with wildlife, with the sun on our back and dust on our faces, may be a romantic ideal, fueled by our all-too-infrequent forays on safari. Over the years, I have been able to gain some insight to the role that wildlife veterinarians play in maintaining and protecting our wildlife. They are, like many others, unsung heroes of the conservation effort, often working in difficult, stressful conditions and relying on a great deal of scientific and technical expertise. Without question, it is very hard, physical work.…

Solve high summer skin woes—naturally!

Heal bug bites… with a honey spot-treatment. Antiinflammatory agents in the sweetene ease redness and swelling while its antibacterial properties keep skin from becoming infected. And when applied cold, it helps numb skin to stop the itch. To do: Store honey in the fridge, then dab onto bites. Let sit for 15 minutes; rinse. Ease a sunburn… with a watermelon compress. The fruit’s lycopene reduces inflammation protects skin from the sun’s UV rays to keep a burn from worsening and repairs skin’s barrier to mend any damage. To do: Puree 1½ cups of watermelon, saturate a washcloth with the juice and place on sunburned skin for 10 minutes; rinse. Calm ‘chub rub’… with an aloe and petroleum jelly salve. Aloe’s polyphenols soothe and heal already chafed skin, while the jelly creates a slick barrier to thwart friction…

Solve high summer skin woes—naturally!

HOW I BECAME THE FAKE TOM CRUISE

I wasn’t exceptional in college by any means. I studied English literature because I knew that charm and charisma could influence my overall grade in a way they couldn’t in math and sciences. I sang a cappella in a group whose repertoire was stuck in the 1940s and was a bottom-rung substitute on the squash team. My crowning achievement was being chosen by my peers to deliver my class’ graduation day address, known as the Harvard oration. It was a genuine honor. Little did I know it would foreshadow my role in creating the world’s most popular deepfake. As it would turn out, giving that speech really screwed with my head. I was supposed to deliver an original speech from memory not only to my classmates but also to members of the…

HOW I BECAME THE FAKE TOM CRUISE

TAKE A TRIP

If you would like to cover a notebook and it’s a different size, modify the instructions by carefully measuring the book cover and adding on extra fabric if needed for the turnings and flaps Materials • Sampedro White 14 count aida; 18x31.5cm (7x121⁄2in) • Stranded cotton as listed in the key • Size 24 tapestry needle • Lining fabric; 18x31.5cm (7x121⁄2in) Materials available from www.willowfabrics.com Designed by: Cheryl McKinnon Stitch count: 70 high x 49 wide Design size: 12.5x9cm (5x31⁄2in) Stitch time: 10 hours This design was stitched on 14 count aida fabric. Double-check that you’ll be stitching in the correct position on your fabric – it’s easy to accidentally stitch the design on the back cover! Make a… passport cover Step 1 WRAP your fabric around the passport to check the position of the front cover and then mark the design…

TAKE A TRIP

ASK THE beauty expert

One day in Capri, the smell of the Tyrrhenian Sea filled the air and Champagne bubbles tickled my nose as I got engaged. I remember what I was wearing, olfactorily speaking: Dior Lucky, a joyful lily of the valley. This bottle of happiness still transports me back to that day—and there are five good reasons why. THERE’S A BIOLOGICAL PATHWAY BETWEEN SCENT AND EMOTION. With each breath we take, we inhale more than air. Above the nasal cavity is the olfactory bulb and, when stimulated by scent molecules, its neurons send messages directly to the brain’s limbic system, which controls behavioral and emotional responses. So, as we perceive smell, we get an emotional bang at the same time, says Rachel Herz, PhD, a neuroscientist and adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and…

ASK THE beauty expert
COOKING IS FUN

COOKING IS FUN

eggy rice When it comes to food, we can never get enough of eggs and rice! In this recipe, we combine them to create a seriously easy-to-make and so-yummy-we-could-cry-of-joy meal. What you’ll need: • 300g of cooked rice• 100g of frozen peas• 2 tbsp of oil• 1 small carrot, diced.• 2 large eggs• 1 clove of garlic (sliced)• 1 tsp soy sauce Cook the rice according to the instructions on the packet. You can also use leftover rice which you simply need to re-heat. In a frying pan or wok, heat the oil. Then add the eggs and scramble them using a spatula. Transfer to a plate. The secret to them being fluffy is to make sure the pan is very hot. In the same pan, add the clove of garlic, frozen peas, carrot and soy…