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GQ Australia February 2016

GQ is the essential style guide for modern men, from grooming tips to fashion details, seductive menus to great travel ideas and the latest bars in which to drink and be seen. GQ Australia is a provocative mix of the very best writing, strong visuals and an unrivalled sense of achievement, intelligence and irreverence, the ultimate urban men's tip-sheet. It's the pinnacle of the premium men's lifestyle magazine market and covers style, culture, entertainment, tech, health, sport, luxury and life.

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3 min
joel bickford

“IT’S NOT JUST OUR JOB TO PRESENT GOOD FOOD, BUT TO KEEP EVOLVING AND TESTING THE BOUNDARIES.” After two years connecting with the fresh produce of the Southern Highlands as head chef of acclaimed gastronomical den, Biota Dining in Bowral NSW, Bickford has hit the big smoke and is on a mission to change the way people think about hotel restaurants. GQ: Is it tricky to connect with the produce you use, now you’re based in the city? Joel Bickford: There’s definitely still a connection. Geographically it’s more challenging not being able to go and pick wild berries and mushrooms, but now my days off are filled with trips to the beach with my kids to pick samphire, beach spinach, seablite and saltbush. Connection doesn’t have to be tangible, more just an…

17 min
julie bishop

It’s obvious acknowledgement of Bishop’s pleasure that she’s to again work under Malcolm Turnbull, a man who’s been a close friend for 30 years; a man who, unlike his predecessor, hasn’t once referred to her as a “girl” The 59-year-old’s pleasure is also, surely, wrapped in the simple fact she’s yet again survived Federal Parliament’s latest game of musical chairs – eight years and three leadership spills – to continue as the Liberal Party’s deputy leader. That she’s maintained the position speaks loudly of the respect she has within the party. It also points to her personal stoicism, given that her tapping Tony Abbott on the shoulder to inform him that he’d lost majority support of the cabinet could have also led to her own professional fall – as both deputy and…

1 min
how the chest was won

BICEPS E-Z Bar Biceps Curl Five sets of five reps (at 10-rep max weight) Technique Standing with feet hip-distance apart, take a shoulder-width grip on the bar, keep elbows under shoulders and slowly curl bar to chest. Return to start position over three seconds and repeat without pausing. CHEST Incline Dumbbell Chest Press Five sets of five reps (at 10-rep max weight) Technique Lie back on an incline bench, arms vertical, palms face forward, dumbbells touching. Lower dumbbells to sides of chest over three seconds until slight stretch felt in chest/shoulders. Return to start position and repeat without pause. Monkey Business Unleash your inner primate with Onnit’s simian-inspired kettlebells, from the 8kg Howler to the 40kg Bigfoot. GQ loves Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s choice, the Gorilla ($69.90). mydfx.com.au Add Chilli To Everything A study of half a million Chinese people by the British…

1 min
yoga gear

1. ‘NAVA’ WATER BOTTLE, $34.95, BY KOR Hydration is essential – especially for Bikram yoga fans. This chic bottle holds 650ml and the ergonomic spout means no tilting is required. 2. ‘3 STRIPE’ TRACK PANTS, $50, BY ADIDAS These classics keep you comfy and cool while finding an inner peace. 3.MICHAEL O’NEILL ON YOGA: THE ARCHITECTURE OF PEACE, $96, BY TASCHEN Bridging the gap from ancient monasteries to suburban gym franchise, O’Neill’s tome is, appropriately, a lavish meditation on yoga and those who practise. 4. FOAM ROLLER, $49.98, BY NIKE Combining trigger point pressure and massage, nothing is better for stretching out tight, weary muscles. 5. ‘URBAN’ CREW SWEAT, $150, BY 2XU Best known for compression gear that’s highly versatile, the Aussie company also produces stylish clothing, which delivers performance and comfort in equal measure. 6. ‘SOL SUDDHA ECO’ YOGA…

1 min
three apps to get things going

GOTO MEETING This multitasking Swiss Army knife of an app allows access to a schedule, joins conference calls with one touch, shares presentations and video conferences if you want some screen time. Free, iOS and Android EXPENSIFY The snazzy name doesn’t make doing expenses any more fun, but this app does make it easy to scan receipts and categorise away trips, all with the goal of providing “expense reports that don’t suck”. Free, iOS and Android DO BUTTON Save yourself literal seconds by setting up the Do Button icon on your phone – to do that one annoying task you have to perform regularly. Like emailing your girlfriend that, yes, you are in fact coming home. Free, iOS and Android PHOTOGRAPHY: CANDY KENNEDY; GETTY IMAGES.…

6 min
driving the future

For all the wondering whether people will give up dreams of being like Dan Ricciardo and opt instead to be driven by their own car, it feels remarkably pleasant to flick the switch and let the machine take over – even when clocking 110km per hour while overtaking a truck on a curve. Stealthily, the car industry has long been priming us to let go of the wheel. Most high-end marques have adaptive cruise control that automatically slows down and accelerates – a sort of driverless-lite. And on the cultural acclimitisation front, Batman began summoning his Batmobile in the ’60s while anyone who lived though the ’80s had a Knight Rider phase. So we’re pretty much ready for the final step – coming to terms with the realisation that cars are better at…