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THE GREAT DESERTS OF THE WORLD

THE GREAT DESERTS OF THE WORLD

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

FUTURE MAGIC

FUTURE MAGIC

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

MICROSOFT SHUTTING DOWN LINKEDIN IN CHINA

MICROSOFT SHUTTING DOWN LINKEDIN IN CHINA

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

When less is more…

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

When less is more…
THE EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL ANXIETY

THE EVOLUTION OF SOCIAL ANXIETY

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

The Great Order

The Great Order

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

Easy There, Pal

Easy There, Pal

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

Earthly Delights

Earthly Delights

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

RETHINK COMPOSITION

RETHINK COMPOSITION

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

GREEN YOUR ORGASMS

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

GREEN YOUR ORGASMS

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

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

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

CAN YOUR SCHOOL PUNISH YOU FOR YOUR POSTS?

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

CAN YOUR SCHOOL PUNISH YOU FOR YOUR POSTS?

How to get noticed? Always be yourself…

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

How to get noticed? Always be yourself…

Cabin Shawl

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

Cabin Shawl
JACK’S PUMPKIN SURPRISE

JACK’S PUMPKIN SURPRISE

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

The heat you can eat

The heat you can eat

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

The Right Medicine

The Right Medicine

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

WHITE HOUSE WRITERS

WHITE HOUSE WRITERS

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

NATURAL LAMOUR

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

NATURAL LAMOUR
4 Ways to Healthy Habits

4 Ways to Healthy Habits

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

Cinema sweethearts

Cinema sweethearts

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

A pandemic of poor service?

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

A pandemic of poor service?

Indulgence

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

Indulgence

SHAPE Shifters

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

SHAPE Shifters

TRAINING WITH KENNEDY

Tim Kennedy’s Sheepdog Response Level 1 pistol class will teach you many things, but for getting fast, accurate hits on target, these concepts are two of the most critical. Read up and practice hard! TIP 1: BRING THE GUN TO YOUR EYES One thing that you see from new shooters is they have a tendency to move their head when lining up their sights. The speed at which a shooter finds a proper sight picture generally goes hand in hand with the amount of training they have, but bad habits also die hard. Often we will see experienced shooters hunch their shoulders and move their head down when drawing their weapon, not because they are hunting for their sights, necessarily, but because they have spent so many hours unconsciously training their body…

TRAINING WITH KENNEDY
SMART HOME

SMART HOME

1 CARING, CLEANING AND COOKING ROBOTS You might already have a robovac or voice assistant, but in your smart home of the future, helpful robots will become more useful and commonplace. They’ll take care of your daily chores, like cleaning, doing laundry or chopping up vegetables. But they’ll also play an essential role in providing care and companionship for older people or anyone with mobility issues or disabilities. They may also be able to look after your children and pets, giving you instant access to real-time video, so you know what’s going on wherever you are. 2 LEARNING YOUR HABITS AI advances mean your smart home will know your habits, talk to your devices and proactively make changes to your environment. For example, data from sensors in your PJs will turn on the…

HIGH SOBRIETY

HIGH SOBRIETY

The question everyone’s asking at social gatherings these days is not so much “Who are you wearing?” but “What are you drinking?” There’s Sophie nursing a highball of Seedlip’s Garden 108 (a distillation of peas, hay, spearmint, rosemary, thyme and hops), with apple and plum cordial and a hip soda. Garnished with a pea pod. Tony’s drink, Lyre’s Italian Spritz, has notes of orange peel and the same mixture of tart and sweet flavours you’d expect from a true-blue Aperol spritz at a boozy lunch under a Tuscan sun. Cynthia is drinking a Brunswick Aces sapiir with notes of green cardamom, parsley and pepperberry, balanced by sweet citrus and native Australian lemon myrtle, mixed with a Fever-Tree pink tonic. Welcome to the brave new alcohol-free world, populated by grown-up cordials, seltzers, special-effect brews…

Spinning Arts, Education, and Economy in India

Spinning Arts, Education, and Economy in India

Handspinning has become like breathing to me these days. A regular practice keeps me balanced and grounded. It has helped me heal my wounds after my father’s death and reconcile with my life. The Chalo Charkho Ramiye program is about the revival of handspinning in India through a holistic approach. The Indian spinning wheel, or charkha, is generally associated with India’s independence movement and Mahatma Gandhi, but for me, it all started with a passion to revive an indigenous craft that is fast becoming almost extinct in my country. To my surprise, only after two years working with the program did I find out that my mother had learned charkha spinning in school. The occupational skills of farming, textile making, and carpentry formed the core of the Indian education system. We began…

EXTREME SPORTS

EXTREME SPORTS

GOLD MEDAL GRIND Aussie skateboarder Keegan Palmer has made Olympic history at 18 years old! Keegan entered the Tokyo Olympic Games ranked fifth in the world, and moved through the qualifying session with a score of 77. However, his first attempt in the final was a kickflip varial 540 that registered an incred score of 94.04! From there, Keegan was the likely winner, but he didn’t stop – he nabbed an amazing score of 95.83 on his third and final attempt! It was Keegan’s highest personal score, and the Olympic Games is definitely the best time to finally achieve it! Keegan became the first ever Olympic gold medallist for Men’s Park Skateboarding, and Australia’s third-youngest Olympic gold medallist of the century (behind Kyle Chalmers in 2016, and Ian Thorpe in 2000).…

Putting Covid to the Test

Michelle Longmire co-founded Medable in 2015, but it wasn’t until the Covid-19 pandemic that the drug-development software platform came into its own. Medable’s technology helps pharma giants such as AstraZeneca administer remote clinical trials and navigate the complications of pandemic shutdowns, saving time, money, and lives. The company’s valuation leapt from around $100 million to $2 billion in just 18 months, and it has raised more than $300 million in venture capital this year. Now Medable must scramble to keep up with demand. Before becoming an entrepreneur, I was a practicing dermatologist and postdoc researcher at Stanford, searching for identical twins with a condition called systemic sclerosis, a rare autoimmune disorder. But to find those study subjects, I needed to connect with anyone in the world living with this condition and…

Putting Covid to the Test

9 Ways to Create CHARACTERS FOR KIDS

1 OBSERVE YOUR SURROUNDINGS Elly Jahnz: “I love to sit outside in a busy area and sketch people going about their day. The general public are an endless source of inspiration when it comes to creating characters. I look for details that stand out – patterned clothing, a fancy hat or a particular way of walking and use these things to put life into my work. I try and avoid over-emphasising any one element as I don’t want to create a caricature. “Observation is still important even if I am creating non-human or children’s characters – so many successful characters have traits that are recognisable from daily life.” 2 CONSIDER THEIR ACTIONS Evgenia Malina: “To develop a convincing character, you need to explore how it moves and how it expresses emotions. Does it stumble…

9 Ways to Create CHARACTERS FOR KIDS
Sleep Solutions

Sleep Solutions

If there were an Olympics for insomnia, Rachael K. of Ohio might have a shot at the gold. For three excruciating years, she couldn’t sleep longer than two to four hours at a time. And she participated in all three insomniac events: difficulty falling asleep, waking in the night, and waking up too early in the morning. With a scientist’s dedication, she studied every aspect of her life: When she slept and how well she slept. What and when she ate. How she got along with the people in her life. Which bedtime routines helped her relax and which didn’t. She also tracked down and consumed current thinking on improving sleep. Based on her diligent research and rigorous documentation, she was able to gradually regulate her sleep pattern. Rachel now celebrates sleeping an…

Frightfully fun decor extras

Spread big smiles with a spooky porch All it takes is a few eerie and eye-catching party-store adornments to quickly create a hauntingly happy Halloween doorway! To get the look, affix a cardboard party-store skeleton to a door using pieces of poster putty. To finish, frame the doorway with a pair of oversize black planters, pumpkins, decorative crows and hanging party-store spiders and bats. Wow with plant stands Pumpkin-shaped plant stands offer a fun way to display fall blooms! To do: Pick up 3 wood pumpkin cutouts and 3 wood trays from the craft store. For each, use wood glue to attach the pumpkin base to a small plank of wood; let dry. Glue one long edge of a tray to pumpkin as a shelf; let dry. Apply 2 coats of orange spray…

Frightfully fun decor extras
7 ways Apple can make the AirTag so much better

7 ways Apple can make the AirTag so much better

Apple loves a good second-gen product, frequently snaring early adopters with a promising but flawed or incomplete original product before hitting the mainstream with a sequel that fixes the biggest issues with the first model. This list goes on—Apple Watch, Apple Pencil, even the original iPhone. And now we can add the AirTag to that list. While there’s a lot to like about Apple’s tracker, there are several ways Apple can improve it with the inevitable AirTag 2. 1. THE HOLE TRUTH Some object trackers have holes and some do not, but the ones against which the AirTag is most obviously competing—the Tile Pro and Mate, Samsung SmartTag, even the Chipolo One Spot, hosted on Apple’s own Find My network—tend to fall into the Swiss cheese category. They have a hole, and…

Fireplacement

Fireplacement

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

5 crafts to try and buy in Guatemala

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

5 crafts to try and buy in Guatemala

Mental health

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

Mental health
SLOW AND STEADY INTO SPACE

SLOW AND STEADY INTO SPACE

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

Adorned in Denim

Adorned in Denim

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

DO ANIMALS LIE?

DO ANIMALS LIE?

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

eat real

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

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‘I THINK I’M GROWING UP’

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

‘I THINK I’M GROWING UP’

Suburban Experiment

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

Suburban Experiment

PUT THE WORK IN AND THE WORLD IS YOURS

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

PUT THE WORK IN AND THE WORLD IS YOURS

Games night

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

Games night

Color VISION

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

Color VISION

The trouble with game development

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

The trouble with game development

CHUKAR CURRY

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

CHUKAR CURRY

Does Your Child Have a Hidden Sleep Problem?

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

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

Are Women on a Collision Course With the COVID Ceiling?

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

Bake & Share Breads

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

Bake & Share Breads
The Road Ahead For Single Malt

The Road Ahead For Single Malt

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

How Pets Help Us Bond

How Pets Help Us Bond

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

HOW TO GET BACK TO NORMAL

HOW TO GET BACK TO NORMAL

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

A TRADITIONAL WAY TO TEACH LIFE LESSONS

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

A TRADITIONAL WAY TO TEACH LIFE LESSONS

Cozy Holiday Glow

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

Cozy Holiday Glow
ONE-PAN PLAN

ONE-PAN PLAN

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

color happy

embrace the clash File this look away on your major outfit inspo moodboard-we can picture you wearing this to your BFF’s birthday party next month, too. taste the rainbow Push your denim to the back and dip your toes into the world of color. Royal blue pants? Thought you'd never ask. meet monochrome Love color, bot also minimalism? Step into one selected shade and prepare to look instantly polished. double up Pick one hue ot highlight, then apply it to both your jacket and your shoes. (A matching masterpiece.) channel the sun Even in October, you can play with a palette of sunshine shades. Neon yellow peeking out from under your puffer? Here for it. (Extra points for mismatched kicks and two-toned lips.) keep it fun Dare to discover new ways to work what you have, like knotting a sunny sweater…

color happy
IMPORTANCE OF EVERYDAY OBJECTS

IMPORTANCE OF EVERYDAY OBJECTS

EVERYDAY ARTISANS lived in the recently discovered metropolis, and their belongings are poised to give great insight into their lives. Project director Zahi Hawass believes “the discovery of the city will enrich our knowledge of the life of the artisans and workmen who made all the beautiful artifacts for the temples and palaces during the golden age of Amenhotep III.” So far, the town consists of three main districts: administrative, industrial, and residential. The industrial spaces included workshops for making garments and sandals as well as glass and metal workshops. There were studios for crafting amulets and small statues. The area for butchering meat provided clues to help date the city’s occupation. One of the jars found has text saying it contained 23 pounds of meat butchered in the courtyard…

Citroën’s vision of urban mobility

Citroën’s vision of urban mobility

SKATE, A NEW platform concept, is Citroën’s vision for the future of autonomous shared mobility in cities and forms part of a revolutionary “open-source”model that the firm says could improve traffic fluidity by 35%. The platform, equipped with level-five autonomous capabilities to move around urban areas with no human input, can operate “almost continuously”24/7, charging itself at dedicated hubs. It has a maximum speed of 3mph or 16mph, depending on its surroundings, and is equipped with Citroën’s Advanced Comfort hydraulic cushion suspension set-up for optimum ride quality. Bespoke motorised spherical wheels designed by Goodyear allow for 360deg manoeuvrability, “just like a computer mouse”. The Skate has been designed to accommodate interchangeable travel ‘pods’ from a variety of providers that offer different takes on the concept of ride sharing. Citroën says the pods can be…

Creating FALSE MEMORIES

Creating FALSE MEMORIES

The starting point for Total Recall is the idea that fake memories can be implanted in a person’s brain, such as memories of an exotic holiday they never actually had. This isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds, because memory isn’t as cast iron as we think. Only a fraction of our experiences get filed away as long-term memories, and these have a tendency to distort slightly each time we remember them. It’s even possible to convince people they had completely fictitious experiences, which they then recall just like real memories. For example, if a friend ‘reminds’ you that you had a flight in a hot-air balloon and shows you a doctored photograph of the occasion, you may become convinced you remember it even though it never happened. Also, patients who suffer…

How Important Are Forage Fish?

How Important Are Forage Fish?

In the last 10 years or so, fisheries science has been moving toward ecosystem-based management. In the simplest of terms, this means that all those flora and fauna in the ocean, and land as well, have some level of interrelationship. So, just as some movement has been made toward implementing this management philosophy, out comes a study that basically says hold your horses. The study says we don’t think the interrelationship between predator and prey is as strong as it is being portrayed by fisheries managers. Put another way, the study says there is not a strong correlation between the stock status of the prey and the stock status of the predator. This study was not done by any run-of-the-mill marine biologists, but by some of the most well-known scientists in…

Nature’s Warnings

Nature’s Warnings

KNOWING HOW TO predict weather is far more than a matter of convenience. It can make a huge difference for your daily logistics, safety and survival. Decisions on whether or not to cross a large body of water by canoe, attempt a mountain climb or stop and set up camp can all be made more certain by being aware of any incoming weather. You can learn a lot about longterm predicting through cultural learning — information passed down through generations. For example, termites covering the holes at the top of their mounds in Sri Lanka usually means the rainy season is about to start. Bees building their hives higher up off the ground might mean the snow is going to be deep this winter in Ontario. In a new area though, you’ll likely…

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg has made the ultimate sacrifice for the Guardian. She’s allowed us to turn her into a human oil spillage. The treacly black stuff is dripping from her hair, down her nose, past her cheeks on to her neck and shoulders. Down, down, down it drips. By the time we speak on Zoom, a day later, she has just about got herself cleaned up. Has she ever been covered in oil before? (It’s actually a mixture of non-toxic finger paint and olive oil.) “No,” she says. This is a typical Thunberg answer – short, factual, to the point. She never likes to waste her words. How did it feel? “It felt better than I thought it would feel. I had a ribbon on my hair to not get my hair…

Greta Thunberg
DUNE

DUNE

EXCELLENT GOOD OKAY POOR AWFUL OUT 21 OCTOBER CERT 12A / 155 MINS DIRECTOR Denis Villeneuve CAST Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Stellan Skarsgård, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Sharon Duncan-Brewster PLOT In the far future, an intergalactic empire runs on a substance called Spice. When dynastic family House Atreides is sent to the desert planet Arrakis to oversee the Spice operation, Duke Leto (Isaac) senses a trap, Lady Jessica (Ferguson) schemes in the shadows and Paul (Chalamet) faces his destiny. IN DUNE, MUCH is made of dreams. It’s the first word of Denis Villeneuve’s film, spoken in a booming, bone-rattling voiceover before a single production logo has even appeared. It’s prophetic dreams of a blue-eyed girl on the planet Arrakis that drive protagonist Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) towards his mysterious future. Villeneuve himself has often named Dune as…

A TRUE WARRIOR

She seemed to move through the world with an effortless grace — a legendary beauty, acclaimed actress and a fashion icon. And so, when UNICEF officials offered Audrey Hepburn the largely ceremonial role of Goodwill Ambassador in 1989, they assumed she would be a figurehead. “UNICEF expected that Audrey Hepburn would be a pretty princess for them at galas,” explains her son, Luca Dotti. “What they really got was a badass soldier.” Indeed, beneath her luminous exterior, the real-life Audrey was a deep and complicated woman who had endured much suffering — both physical and emotional — and found herself shaped by it in ways her fans would never know. Empathetic to the struggles of others because of the horrors she’d known during World War II, Audrey transformed her UNICEF job…

A TRUE WARRIOR
Would you date someone if they’re UNVACCINATED?

Would you date someone if they’re UNVACCINATED?

When the voluntary COVID-19 vaccine first became available in December 2020, it quickly split the UK population into two camps – those for the jab, and those against it. For months, the hotly debated topic continued to dominate headlines, and recent news that a single jab for 12- to 15-year-olds is now being offered has seen the subject of vaccines thrust into public discourse once more. In fact, conversations surrounding vaccine status have become so prevalent that even dating sites including Tinder, Match, Hinge and Plenty of Fish allow users the option to display a badge on their profile to indicate whether they have been vaccinated. So, is it a deal-breaker for those looking for love, with results from a recent YouGov poll showing that some 28% of adults would not…

YOUR MONEY: SAVE FOR HOLIDAYS NOW, SKIP REGRET LATER

YOUR MONEY: SAVE FOR HOLIDAYS NOW, SKIP REGRET LATER

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

A guide to edible flowers

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

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

15 THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A ROOFTOP TENT

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

Forgotten Women of the Ancient World

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

Forgotten Women of the Ancient World
WILD AND THREATENED

WILD AND THREATENED

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

Daddy Talk

Daddy Talk

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

Follow our 7-DAY MEAL PLAN

Follow our 7-DAY MEAL PLAN

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

Mission Possible

Mission Possible

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

No./8 Why Nolan is going nuclear

No./8 Why Nolan is going nuclear

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

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

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

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

Who wants TO BE PERFECT?

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

Who wants TO BE PERFECT?
MOBILE GAMING

MOBILE GAMING

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

A look into the crystal ball

A look into the crystal ball

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

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

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

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

Eye Opener

Eye Opener

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

Tomorrow’s colour

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

Tomorrow’s colour
Breakfast Is Served

Breakfast Is Served

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

THE INTERNATIONAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2021

THE INTERNATIONAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2021

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

The Must List

The Must List

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

A New Kind of LUXURY

A New Kind of LUXURY

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

For planet and POCKET

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

For planet and POCKET
LIFE ON THE SURFACE

LIFE ON THE SURFACE

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

Festive Cakes

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

Festive Cakes

natural instinct

ON ANY GIVEN MORNING you’ll find Pam Brook and her husband, Martin, walking through the rainforest on their macadamia farm, enjoying the cool green foliage, the tinkling creek and the bird calls. “It’s a really peaceful place and it gives a great sense of calm and grounding,” says Pam of their property in McLeods Shoot in the NSW Northern Rivers region. It’s the kind of nourishing practice that energises Pam, 67, for her busy life as an entrepreneur, farmer, health advocate and cookbook author. It’s also a gratifying reminder of how much they’ve achieved. When Pam and Martin, 71, bought the 39-hectare Byron Bay hinterland property in 1988, it was a run-down dairy farm with barely a leaf to shade its bare hills. Now those hills are alive with macadamia trees,…

natural instinct
DISNEY WORLD OPENED 50 YEARS AGO; THESE WORKERS NEVER LEFT

DISNEY WORLD OPENED 50 YEARS AGO; THESE WORKERS NEVER LEFT

Applying to be one of the first workers at Walt Disney World, high school graduate George Kalogridis made a split-second decision that set the course for his life: he picked a room where prospective hotel workers were being hired. Chuck Milam got a tip about a job opening from a transplanted Disney executive whose new house he was landscaping. Earliene Anderson jumped at the chance to take a job at the new Disney theme park in Florida, having fallen in love with the beauty of Disneyland in California during a trip two years earlier. At the time, the three were among the 6,000 employees who opened the Magic Kingdom at Disney World to the public for the first time on Oct. 1, 1971. Now, they are among two dozen from that first…

Evolution of Nissan’s icon

1969 Datsun 240ZX The 240Z – or Nissan S30 or Fairlady Z as it was also called – was, on paper, fairly conventional. A 2.4-litre straight six in a rear-drive coupe, though later 2.6 and 2.8 engines came in 260Z and 280Z guise. 1978 Datsun 280ZX Essentially a redesign to follow on from the 280Z (from which its drivetrain came), the ZX powered into the 1980s with turbochargers for some later models. Paul Newman famously raced a 280ZX. 1984 Nissan Z31 300ZX More aerodynamic and now with V6 power instead of in-line engines, the Z31 brought more power to the Zed, but also became heavier and duller, approaching the 1500kg mark at its portliest. 1989 Nissan Z32 300ZX A fine-driving return to form for the model: stiffer, lighter, and offered in both atmo and turbocharged guises. Its tail-lights provide the styling…

Evolution of Nissan’s icon

How do you teach kids about gender?

FROM THE MOMENT children are born, they’re bombarded with messages on gender. Girls wear pink and boys wear blue; ladies are gentle and gents are tough; lasses are preschool teachers and lads are construction workers. Not all stereotypes are so explicit, but studies suggest that these norms can quickly lead kids to form self-limiting rules, false ideas, and damaging prejudices. Thankfully, research also offers a solution: Adults should talk to toddlers about gender from the moment they’re able to hold a conversation. But these sensitive lessons can be challenging. We asked four child-development experts to lay out some guidance for helping young ones navigate these topics. “Kids need lots of messages to learn within-gender differences and cross-gender similarities. Whenever they say something like, ‘Girls like ballet,’ respond with, ‘Do we know any…

How do you teach kids about gender?

SACHA BARON COHEN

When Sacha Baron Cohen left England for the US, it was partly because the Queen Mother was able to do an impression of Ali G. “I realised, ‘OK, my work here is over and I can’t do the job any more,’” he recalls, laughing. He makes a good point: Ali G lampooned Establishment figures and how can that conceit work if the very top of the British Establishment know exactly who you are? Yet, this past June, it was rumoured that Baron Cohen did a secretive set of Ali G stand-up at The Comedy Store in Sydney. We spoke in July, when he called me from Byron Bay, where he has been living during the pandemic. We were to talk about his best year yet, which boasted the double Oscar-nomination heights…

SACHA BARON COHEN
NEOS: The Humble Airline of Italy

NEOS: The Humble Airline of Italy

FOUNDED IN June 2001, NEOS immediately placed an order for two Boeing 737-800s. The first (Città di Milano · I-NEOS · MSN 32733 · LN 1078) arrived just in time to take off for its maiden flight from Milan (MXP) to Cape Skirring (CSK) and Dakar (DKR) on March 8, 2002. Later that year, as the summer season was set to start, the second aircraft joined the fleet (I-NEOT · MSN 33004 · LN 1144), and the airline placed an order for two more of the type. NEOS always had a strong partnership with Alpitour World, Italy’s biggest travel and holiday agency, although the airline was under the TUI brand at the beginning. Alpitour bought NEOS in 2004 and made it its official air carrier. Competition in Italy has been fierce with…

HOW TO CAPTURE THE GORGEOUS COLORS OF FALL

HOW TO CAPTURE THE GORGEOUS COLORS OF FALL

Fall is a unique time of year for photographers, with a range of color hues that lend themselves to rich and detailed imagery. Whatever the weather, there are numerous opportunities to capture beautiful landscapes at this time of year. In this article, I’m going to give you all the tips and tricks you’ll need to make the most of the gorgeous colors of Fall. EQUIPMENT AND SETTINGS As well as your camera, you’ll need a wide-angle lens to be able to successfully capture landscapes. But a telephoto lens can also be very useful if you want to shoot detail shots, or photograph some of the more visible wildlife out and about in Fall. If you don’t want to carry round multiple lenses due to weight, a zoom lens with a focal length range…

TALKING ABOUT YOUR GENERATION

Columnist and author of Don’t Be a Dick, Pete, a memoir about sons, fatherhood and sibling relationships According to the latest data on Men’s Health’s reader demographics – which shows that your median age is 37 – I’m likely to be slightly yet significantly older than you. I’m in my early forties, while you’re geriatric millennials. And, trust me, you have it much worse than me. Everyone hates millennials. Everyone has always hated millennials. All your life, you have had to put up with older generations complaining that you’re too sensitive, too guileless, and that you spend so much money on sandwiches and avocados that you’ll never be able to afford your own house. And now, guess what? It turns out that the generation that came after you hates you, too. If you’ve…

TALKING ABOUT YOUR GENERATION
How to eat well with cancer

How to eat well with cancer

‘If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, the food you eat can make a huge difference to your experience. But it’s not easy to know exactly what to eat, especially when you’re dealing with side-effects such as loss of appetite, fatigue, a sore mouth and weight loss,’ says Jane. ‘Food can improve how you get through treatment, how strong you feel, how you manage the side-effects and how you live with the disease. Taking control of what you eat and how you eat can be extremely important when it feels as though you have no control over your body and your life. If you’re helping a loved one through cancer, learning about the best foods to help them could be a wonderful way to offer support. It can seem like there’s…

US GOVT TO PROBE ZOOM’S $14.7B FIVE9 DEAL FOR NATSEC RISKS

US GOVT TO PROBE ZOOM’S $14.7B FIVE9 DEAL FOR NATSEC RISKS

A U.S. government committee that reviews foreign investment in telecom is probing videoconferencing company Zoom’s $14.7 billion deal for cloud call center company Five9. In an August filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the Justice Department, which chairs the committee, said it would review the deal “to determine whether this application poses a risk to the national security or law enforcement interests of the United States.” The Justice Department “believes that such risk may be raised by the foreign participation (including the foreign relationships and ownership) associated with the application.” The Wall Street Journal first reported the probe. The Justice Department did not say in its filing what the foreign ties of concern were and spokesperson Wyn Hornbuckle declined to answer questions. Five9 spokesperson Allison Wilson declined to comment. Zoom said in an…