“Hybrid Work Balances the Requirements of the Job with Personal Flexibility”

Over the course of the pandemic, almost all the 6,500 global associates of Acushnet—the parent company of golf brands Titleist and FootJoy—were told not to come in to work, and manufacturing shut down. The decision to focus on health and safety was easy, says chief people officer Brendan Reidy. Determining how and when people should return was much harder. Reidy spoke with HBR about how Acushnet’s strong culture embraces hybrid work arrangements. Edited excerpts of the conversation follow. How did you decide when to reopen? Shortly after the shutdown, we experienced a huge uplift in business as people flocked to outdoor recreation. The question became: How do we keep our associates safe while meeting our customers’ growing needs? Our manufacturing operations reopened in accordance with local and state guidelines and when we…

“Hybrid Work Balances the Requirements of the Job with Personal Flexibility”

ANNE HATHAWAY

The first sign that Anne Hathaway had come to steal the show at this year’s Cannes Film Festival was when she stepped out for her first offcial appearance in a stunning Schiaparelli two-piece metallic floral number, skin glowing, her glossy mane perfectly blown out. Next came a Gucci mod minidress, paired with cat-eye sunglasses. By the time she appeared at the premiere for the film she was there to promote, Armageddon Time, looking like an actual angel in a glittering white Armani Privé gown with a satin wrap and cascading train, the internet was buzzing: We were in the midst of an Anne Hathaway renaissance. It has been nearly 10 years since the height of the Hathahaters, the critics who attacked Hathaway for… what was it, even? Being too earnest? Eager?…

ANNE HATHAWAY

Triumph & Tragedy

From the viewing platform just below the spire of Turin’s Mole Antonelliana (the world’s tallest unreinforced masonry building), you can see in the distance a handsome late baroque church with a great dome and two belltowers, high atop a hill east of the city. The church is the Basilica of Superga. It’s a striking sight, especially in the evening, when it glows golden in the setting sun; and it conjures powerful memories for thousands of Torinese. To explain, I must begin with the War of the Spanish Succession, a struggle between the Bourbons, headed by King Louis XIV of France, and the Habsburgs, under Austrian Emperor Leopold I. They both wanted control of Spain and its vast possessions in Europe and the Americas. In 1700, the last Habsburg king of…

Triumph & Tragedy
How to cover the cost of Christmas

How to cover the cost of Christmas

Our money advice expert Faith Archer is an award-winning money journalist and blogger at Much More With Less, Faith was deputy personal finance editor at The Daily Telegraph and is a regular on BBC radio. She aims to make money matters such as family budgeting, pensions and tax easier to understand CONSIDER WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD Think about how much you can afford to spend. How much will you have left after covering all your essential bills? Do you have any savings you can tap into if need be? Be realistic, rather than sticking your head in the sand and spending madly. In an ideal world, no one would run into debt for just one day. Spread your shopping Try not to leave it all to the last minute so you have time to…

ONE NIGHT IN NASHVILLE

Nicole Kidman joins OMEGA in Music City to celebrate the brand’s distinguished history of women’s watchmaking. Women took centre stage when VIP guests gathered to sing the praises of OMEGA in a city famous for its rich tradition of American music. Marathon Music Works in Nashville provided the perfect back-drop for a country-themed celebration of women, hosted by OMEGA and attended by the legendary Nicole Kidman. The multi award-winning star was among the line-up of inspiring individuals featured in the Swiss brand’s latest campaign, which celebrated the many sides of OMEGA women, by highlighting each ambassador’s approach to life and personal sense of style. The screen legend, who calls Nashville home, complemented her look with a 34 mm Constellation Small Seconds in 18K Sedna™ Gold, with diamond-paved bezel and sun-brushed burgundy dial. Nicole Kidman, who…

ONE NIGHT IN NASHVILLE
Designing for Tapestry—What? How? Why?

Designing for Tapestry—What? How? Why?

So you want to weave a tapestry. Chances are you began by learning about the weaving techniques required and maybe wove a few samples. Perhaps you’ve been to a workshop, taken an online course, or carefully followed instructions in books. After a while, you are confident in your technical abilities with tapestry weaving, and you probably know how to correct problems if they arise. You feel ready and eager to weave tapestries, but you might also be thinking to yourself, “Now what?” After the initial excitement and challenges of learning a new technique, you may wonder how you get to the next step. By its very nature, handwoven tapestry is a way to create images at the loom, meaning you need to make decisions about what subject or image to use…

How macho, boastful Bolsonaro finally flopped

How macho, boastful Bolsonaro finally flopped

Two months ago, Brazil’s farright president, Jair Bolsonaro, stood before a sea of supporters in his nation’s capital and used a phallic mantra to declare himself politically “unfloppable”. But last month Bolsonaro suffered a chastening defeat by his leftwing foe Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in a make-orbreak presidential election. As Lula’s win was confirmed, supporters flooded São Paulo’s streets to celebrate Bolsonaro’s loss of potency. “The unfloppable flopped! The unfloppable flopped!” bellowed Gil Alvarenga, a 37-year-old activist from Brazil’s landless movement, as he bounded through the crowds. Experts say the story of how Brazil’s leader went flaccid involves a litany of outrages, ineptitudes and errors committed during a chaotic four-year reign that saw nearly 700,000 Covid deaths, tens of millions plunged into poverty, and South America’s largest economy become an international pariah notorious…

What can you do to get past a fear of heights?

What can you do to get past a fear of heights?

WHEN FORMER Google executive Alan Eustace dove more than 135,000 feet through the air, it was the culmination of three years of work: parachute and balloon design, test falls from 57,000 and 105,000 feet up, and flight simulations. On October 24, 2014, Eustace donned a custom high-pressure spacesuit and strapped himself into a helium balloon. He focused on his breath as he made his ascent, and calmed his nerves by thinking of his practice runs. Then he made skydiving history. The plunge from the stratosphere was 1.5 miles longer than the previous record, making Eustace the current record holder for the highest-altitude free-fall jump. Few would have the stomach to drop at speeds hitting 822 mph from the top of Earth’s ozone layer with nothing but a parachute on their back.…

ANNE HATHAWAY MOTHER LOVE

ANNE HATHAWAY MOTHER LOVE

Of all the roles she’s played, the one Anne Hathaway treasures most is that of “mom”. So she felt a huge sense of responsibility when she portrayed a character based on the real-life mother of her latest film’s director and screenwriter. As to how she approached such a delicate situation, it was “very tenderly”, she says. “Being a mother and having a mother, I know how special that role is to one’s existence. I tried to be very sensitive when I was asking questions because you never want to presume within a relationship like that. You never want to take up too much room. “At the same time, I needed to get information to play the character, so it was all about finding that balance,” continues the 39-year-old star, who has sons…

The Group Portrait: Fighting Fires and Men

The Group Portrait: Fighting Fires and Men

NEW YORKERS HAVE long grown accustomed to seeing female cops and subway conductors, but it’s not often that they come across a woman at the wheel of a careering firetruck. Eight women graduated from “the Rock”—the FDNY training academy—in August, bringing the number of female firefighters in the force to 141, the highest in its 157-year history, out of a total of around 11,000, a glaring gender gap for a department that has been eligible to admit women since the 1970s. Laura Kavanagh, who was appointed the first woman commissioner of the FDNY by Mayor Adams in October, has vowed to address the disparity on several fronts. She wants to ensure that the “diversity that we have in the city is present here in our decision-making, in our operations,” she told…

Khamenei’s Dilemma

Khamenei’s Dilemma

How far has the Islamic Republic of Iran advanced along the road from solidity to collapse? Are the protests that were prompted by the death in police custody of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, on September 16 comparable to the strikes and demonstrations that led to the Shah’s downfall in 1979, or has Amini become a figure in the tragic mold of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street-seller whose self-immolation in 2010 touched off the Arab Spring, a region-wide upheaval that, in the end, failed to fulfill its early promise? And what of a third scenario, which is that the protests will turn out to be little more than a ripple on the surface of an autarky that has future-proofed itself by maintaining the doctrinal purity of enough of its citizens,…

Good Vibes Only Veronika VALENTINE

Model @Veronikatheheartstomper MUA Wendy Doyle | @Gypsecouture PR Company Ratnip | @ratnipproductions Such an absolute honor to have you on FHM! What are you currently working on? First, it’s truly my pleasure and honor to have this opportunity. This October 2022 as I celebrate my 52nd birthday I am excited to represent all women over 50 and to witness all the incredible opportunities that have never been available before! We are blown away by your drive and professionalism, can you tell us what some of the things that motivate you to stay on top of your game are? I have simply never had so many opportunities, I am a Pro Wrestler for LFC and WOF 2 Sports Entertainment Leagues, an ambassador for Healthy Male a supplement company, also Performance Tails a company that makes…

Good Vibes Only Veronika VALENTINE

Is It Wine or Cider?

APPLES TO APPLES Grapes fermented by themselves are one thing, and apples or pears fermented alone are another, but fermenting two disparate fruits together results in a different thing entirely. The various fruits that bubble away in barrels together are only part of the story. In Northern California regions, beset by drought and wildfires, a community of like-minded co-mingled cofermenters may hold the answer to even more important questions. Butterfly Effect The apples for North American Press’ cofermented grape cider come from an 80-year-old organic dry-farmed Gravenstein orchard in the middle of a butterfly sanctuary in western Sonoma County. Owner Matt Niess is one of many winemakers fermenting whatever fruit the land offers and blurring the line between craft cider and wine. Ellen Cavalli and Scott Heath of Tilted Shed might be the…

Is It Wine or Cider?

camp

ROLLR COOLER RovR Like many Colorado parents, Tom DeFrancia wanted his kids to love camping, so he routinely packed every conceivable comfort item, only to exhaust himself hauling cargo from car to campsite. But as a passionate amateur photographer who lugs around cumbersome—and expensive—gear, DeFrancia had mastered the art of efficiently relocating heavy loads and resolved to bring that transport savvy to car camping. In 2017, he launched his solution on Kickstarter: a rolling cooler featuring burly, air-filled wheels for floating over rough terrain and a telescoping, motorcycle-style handle so walkers could save their heels by tugging the cooler beside them. A collapsible tote built into the lid stows dry goods, and a removable bin compartmentalizes the interior to keep bottles upright. Optional accessories include the BikR kit, which converts the RollR…

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STUPID ENGINES IN SENSIBLE CARS

STUPID ENGINES IN SENSIBLE CARS

01 Ford Excursion 6.8 V10 The Ford Excursion is classed in its American homeland as a ‘full-sized SUV’ and everywhere else as ‘a small planet’. The maddest engine was the optional 6.8-litre V10, which developed 310bhp. So, less power than a VW Golf R, from an engine over three times the size. 02 Dodge Ram 8.3 SRT-10 Ford is not the only carmaker to have seen a V10 lying about near a large truck and thought “hmm, those two should get together”. From 2004 to 2006, Dodge would sell you a Ram pick-up with the 8.3-litre V10 from a Viper under the bonnet. One of the most American objects to have ever existed. 03 VW Touareg W12 The Europeans are by no means above slotting preposterous engines into normcore cars. The looniest Toerag was this,…

Calling All (Flying) Cars

Calling All (Flying) Cars

The flying-car sector has been caught in a holding pattern between pie-in-the-sky promises and a marketable reality for decades. But the industry may be approaching a tipping point, with three outfits now close to ushering the concept—and to be clear, we're not talking eVTOL aircraft, but road-legal cars with wings or rotors—into production. Unlike eVTOLs, flying cars actually fit into existing regulatory structures. Of the three models being readied for market, two will initially be sold as kits, which requires a less arduous approval process. The $300,000 Liberty Sport, from Dutch operation PAL-V International, is testing to be sanctioned by the European Aviation Safety Agency as a turnkey flying machine (a process that will take at least 18 months) and will require a gyrocopter license to pilot. With first deliveries projected…

The New Design Critics

The New Design Critics

When Covid hit, Herman Wakefield’s industry was turned upside down. Prices for midcentury antiques skyrocketed because of the home improvement frenzy, and uneducated new dealers were everywhere, ruining furniture and hawking fakes. You could make more money, but you’d have to work harder, improvise, and deal with a lot of idiots along the way. Wakefield, who is in his early 40s, had been selling vintage furniture for four years—and been a fan for nearly 20—and he needed to “blow off some steam.” Though he’d never made a meme before, on November 3, 2020, he pieced together a “starter pack” making fun of new vintage dealers who didn’t know what they were doing. The goal wasn’t to go viral but just to make a handful of other seasoned colleagues laugh. What Wakefield didn’t…

Understanding the Necessity of and Taking Calculated Risks

RISK. More than just a competitive board game for family game night, it’s a real and pernicious phenomenon. Indeed, no activity in life comes without risk. Driving to work in the morning is a risk. Investing in that new tech company is a risk. Not seeing your doctor about that nagging pain is a risk. Having a kid, getting married, starting a business, or even commenting on that annoying social media post all involve risk. It seems like the only way to avoid risk altogether is to just sit on the couch and do nothing, but as it turns out, even inertia is risky. But what even is risk? How does risk play out in the context of business and entrepreneurship? How can one calculate relative risk and use that knowledge…

Understanding the Necessity of and Taking Calculated Risks
The Giving Bird

The Giving Bird

EVERY YEAR, I spend the weeks and months leading up to the November issue of Food & Wine diligently working to develop the next great Thanksgiving turkey. But to be honest, I often end up reverting to a simple, reliable recipe I’ve cooked for years. And there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, aren’t the sides the true stars of the Thanksgiving table? Of course, that doesn’t mean the whole bird isn’t worth cooking. My strategy this year is to keep it simple so that it will nourish me with versatile recipe options in the days following the big day. And no, I’m not talking about the same ol’ leftovers recipes we’re used to. Say goodbye to last year’s turkey salads and sandwiches and hello to inventive recipes, like Thai-inspired…

Harry & Meghan WHAT HAVE WE DONE?

After two years of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex publicly airing their grievances against the royals, Meghan Markle has suddenly changed her tune. Gone is the griping about life in dreary London, with the duchess instead enthusiastically praising the “love and support” she and Harry received while they were in the UK for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. In a new interview with Variety, she also surprisingly declined the latest opportunity to make barbed comments about her husband’s family, with the Hollywood magazine reporting that she worried it would be a “distraction” from their mourning. It’s a far cry from an interview she gave just weeks earlier to The Cut, in which she mused she never signed an NDA so she could “say anything” – a comment that most courtiers took as a…

Harry & Meghan WHAT HAVE WE DONE?

LET’S EAT!

NAPKINS Reusable napkins are a brilliant step towards a greener Christmas – not to mention the fact that they’re also softer, super-absorbent and add much more character to your table than paper ones! Sew a festive set, and then use the pattern to sew some to use year-round. BOTTLE BAG Make your gifting more eco-friendly this Christmas with a handmade bottle bag that will be used and appreciated for years to come. When you can sew, the packaging can be just as special as the gift inside! Find more guides to sewing gift bags at gathered.how. PLACEMATS Decorate your dining table with homemade placemats for a personal touch that guests will love. These are super-simple to make, too, so a great project for when you’re after an easy-sew to help you unwind. Stick on your…

LET’S EAT!
THE DRIEST PLACE ON EARTH THE ATACAMA DESERT

THE DRIEST PLACE ON EARTH THE ATACAMA DESERT

Is it really possible for a place to receive no rain? Yes! Inland from the coastal mountains of Chile lies the Atacama Desert—the driest in the world. In some places there, it has never been known to rain. In others, it rains perhaps four times in a hundred years. Despite the dryness, however, the Atacama’s average temperatures are almost cool compared with those of other deserts, thanks to the chilly Humboldt Current off the coast. Starting near the Peruvian border, the Atacama Desert extends south for more than 600 miles to the Aconcagua River, just above the center of Chile. The land is composed mostly of salars (salt pans), located at the foot of the coastal mountains in the west, and soil beds called alluvial fans, found near the Andean foothills…

Opportunities IN BLACK & WHITE

Opportunities IN BLACK & WHITE

When I first started in landscape photography, there were many subjects and styles that I wanted to explore. I was particularly drawn to black and white because it was fascinating that photos without color could be so compelling. Black-and-white photography can be challenging at first. It requires a different mindset and approach because you need to observe a subject or scene for its tones rather than its colors. Because of this, black and white sometimes falls outside a photographer’s comfort zone—but working outside our comfort zones is where learning and experimentation happen and the creative process begins. Over time, I learned to develop an eye for black-and-white photography. With patience and practice, I came to appreciate a scene’s contrasts and tonalities. I observed which landscapes, weather conditions, light and subjects would lend…

‘I didn’t need to give birth to FALL IN LOVE WITH A CHILD’

‘I didn’t need to give birth to FALL IN LOVE WITH A CHILD’

‘It wasn’t until my late 30s that I realised I’d taken my eye off the ball when it came to motherhood. Since joining the police at the age of 22, my life had revolved around my career. I’d been rewarded with promotion to Inspector, but I’d wanted to be a mum all my life. Now the clock was ticking and I wasn’t in a relationship. The prospect of sperm donation or a one-night stand did not appeal. ‘Too hit and miss,’ I thought. ‘Too many people’s happiness at stake.’ When a colleague adopted a child, I came to see that was the way forward for me and talked it through with family and friends. I knew how much I had to offer and that I didn’t need to give birth to fall…

Gucci

A castle on a hill deep within a forest, encircled by a runway illuminated by a full blood-red moon… It could only be Gucci, where Alessandro Michele’s fascination with magic and mystery found a fitting location in Puglia’s Castel del Monte, an octagonal turreted stringhold built by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, once home to astronomers and magicians. ‘I was looking for a place that gave grace to the mythological,’ Michele says. The designer is, of course, eminently capable of creating magic of his own, and this collection – titled ‘Cosmogonie’, a theory of the origin of the universe – was spectacular and theatrical, full of historical references from different centuries: capes, crinolines, ruffs and trains, all made modern by his magpie eye. PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF GUCCI, GETTY IMAGES…

Gucci
Living in Liguria

Living in Liguria

Hugging a gilded stretch of Mediterranean coast between the south of France and Tuscany, Liguria enjoys a wonderful geographic position with its feet in the sea and its back shielded from cold Alpine air by two wooded mountain ranges. The arrangement makes for wonderful vistas and gives Liguria some of the balmiest air and weather in Europe. It’s this kindly, sheltered climate that made Liguria a popular destination for wealthy convalescents in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and they were followed by artists and writers looking for inspiration. To accommodate all these sophisticated incomers, beautiful Art Nouveau villas sprang up along Liguria’s seaside, as well as handsome grand hotels, charming gardens, fine cafés and the odd casino or two. All these elegant old buildings add considerably to the…

Watch Netflix with adverts for £4.99 a month

Netflix is launching a cheaper subscription option that comes with adverts, in an attempt to stop viewers leaving. It lost more than one million subscribers in the first half of this year, as people switched off amid the rising cost of living. The new ‘Basic with Adverts’ package costs £4.99 a month, and will contain an average of four to five minutes of adverts per hour, each lasting 15 to 30 seconds. It launches at 4pm on 3 November. Shows will be broadcast at a resolution of 1280x720p (high-definition). Netflix said that because of licensing rules around five to 10 per cent of its programmes and films won’t be available on the package, though it hasn’t named which ones. Netflix will continue to offer other subscriptions that don’t contain adverts: Basic (£6.99), Standard…

Watch Netflix with adverts for £4.99 a month
FIND LOVE WITH LAVENDER

FIND LOVE WITH LAVENDER

LAVENDER SPECIES ENGLISH LAVENDER (LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA) Also called true or common lavender, it’s actually native to the Mediterranean. The small flowers attract bees and butterflies. It’s aromatic when brushed against or crushed and is cultivated for its high-quality lavender oil. Form Up to 90cm-high clumps with wispy inflorescences at tips in blue-purple, blue-violet, lavender or white-pink. Narrow grey green to purple-green foliage. Climate Frost tolerant. Flowering time Early to mid-summer. Garden use Formal or informal edging, rock gardens, herb gardens and vegie plots. FRENCH LAVENDER (LAVANDULA DENTATA) Also called fringed lavender, this species is native to Spain. While not as fragrant as other lavenders, its leaves have a rich lavender rosemary scent. Form Up to 90cm-high clumps with colourful light purple flowers at tips. Bright, grey-green narrow leaves have toothed margins. Climate Light frost-tolerant only. Flowering time Early summer to autumn. Garden…

THINGS WE LEARNED THIS MONTH

IS NEFERTITI HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT? Hints of ancient whitewashing in Tutankhamun’s tomb have bolstered the theory that the space was originally intended for his stepmother, Nefertiti. Dr Nicholas Reeves, a former curator in the British Museum’s Department of Egyptian Antiquities, believes he has found evidence of changes made to cartouches on the burial chamber’s northern wall: the current cartouches that depict Tutankhamun being buried by his successor, Ay, may have been painted over cartouches of Tutankhamun burying his predecessor, Nefertiti. Reeves also believes that the facial features of Ay depicted on the wall match other images of the boy king, whereas the mummy’s face evokes Nefertiti’s famous profile. The small size of Tutankhamun’s tomb has puzzled experts since it was uncovered in 1922, but Reeves believes his discovery supports…

THINGS WE LEARNED THIS MONTH
YouTube’s Charm Offensive With the Music Industry Pays Off

YouTube’s Charm Offensive With the Music Industry Pays Off

In a remarkably rapid growth surge, YouTube’s Music and Premium services now have more than 80 million paying subscribers combined, the company tells Variety, up a whopping 30 million from the 50 million the company announced last year. It’s a dramatic leap, especially for a platform where so much can be had for free, and would seem to place YouTube — which is the No. 1 overall streaming platform for music worldwide — as the world’s third-or fourth-largest paid music-streaming service, behind Spotify, Apple Music and China-only Tencent, although such rankings are always piled with asterisks. (The element that is most likely to make YouTube’s competitors cry foul is the fact that it includes free trials in its tally, which not all services do, if they break out such numbers at…

Cody YELLOWSTONE WYOMING

Cody YELLOWSTONE WYOMING

If you’re searching for an outdoor adventure like no other, look no further than Cody Yellowstone. This unforgettable destination offers visitors a front-row seat to winding rivers, sweeping vistas, untamed wilderness, and historic charm. Here, the spirit of the legendary showman and town namesake, Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, is alive and well — from lovingly preserved historic properties to the myriad of memorable activities that bring you up close and personal with the rugged landscape of northwestern Wyoming. Surrounded on all sides by stunning wilderness, it’s easy to imagine that a trip to Cody Yellowstone means roughing it in the backcountry. But while the area boasts many scenic spots to pitch a tent and camp for the night, there are also ample options for those who prefer their accommodations…

SO MANY BUTTERFLIES!

SO MANY BUTTERFLIES!

In the daytime, the insects search for nectar from flowers to eat. Butterflies taste with their feet. The monarchs fly home in the spring to lay eggs. Caterpillars hatch. Then they turn into beautiful butterflies. OTHER BUTTERFLIES There are 18,000 kinds of butterflies. Here are a few.…

Men of the Year

CHRIS HEMSWORTH The former Sexiest Man Alive, 39, who wielded his hammer once again this past summer for Thor: Love and Thunder, is putting himself to the test for epic challenges in the new National Geographic series Limitless, streaming on Disney+. He’s already mastered the roles of husband to Elsa Pataky (who teasingly called him a “wife tamer”) and dad to their three kids. George CLOONEY He’s been crowned Sexiest Man Alive twice, but Julia Roberts, for one, thinks the Oscar winner deserves a threepeat. “Yes! Third time’s the charm,” says Clooney’s close friend and costar in the new romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise. “I need it a little more specific,” adds the actor, 61, who was the magazine’s honoree in 1997 and 2006. “Sexiest Batman Alive.” KENDRICK LAMAR The 14-time Grammy winner believes that…

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HOW TO… Cut your energy bills by finding phantom loads

HOW TO… Cut your energy bills by finding phantom loads

What you need: Power meter Time required: One hour Even when you’re sleeping, you’re using electricity. Unless you make a point of switching them off, your router, smart speakers, printer and screens left on standby will continue to draw a small but steady flow of electricity. You might not have thought about it before but, with energy prices rising sharply, it’s time to start taking note of this so-called ‘phantom load’ power consumption (sometimes called ‘vampire power’). Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to check how much electricity your devices consume and how much they’re costing you. All you need is an energy meter, which you plug into a socket, and then attach a device to using its front-facing socket. Here, we’ll show you how you can use the Power Meter Plug Energy Monitor (£28…

DIY MERRY AND BRIGHT

MATERIALS Baubles Plastic Primer (we used Rust-Oleum Surface Primer Spray Paint) Pencil Acrylic Paint or Posca Pens Sticky tack Universal Clear Lacquer (we used Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer) Ribbon (optional) 1 First, gather some old baubles together. It doesn’t matter if they’re patterned or plain, but smooth is better. Molly found hers hidden away in the basement. You could try nearby charity shops, too. When choosing baubles opt for ones unlikely to smash easily. It’s a fiddly project, so expect the odd bounce of a bauble along the way. 2 Prime the baubles with white paint. Use a fast-drying paint if you’re short on time. Hang the painted bauble near a window, in the sunshine if possible, to dry. It’s better to suspend the baubles whilst they’re drying. This could be as simple…

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Which asset is a better investment - gold or Bitcoin?

If I had to choose between gold and Bitcoin as an investment, it would be hard to go past the allure of the yellow metal. After all, gold has been around for millennia and has been widely used as both a store of wealth and medium of exchange. It also has some intrinsic worth as both jewellery and as a handy material in the manufacture of various products, such as electronics. In short, gold is pretty to look at, highly durable and a good conductor of electricity. That said, gold has seen fairly mixed price performance in recent years, even in the face of a post-Covid surge in global inflation. Whilst many thought gold should have done better given today’s high inflationary environment, aggressive US Federal Reserve interest rate increases and a…

Which asset is a better investment - gold or Bitcoin?

Pilly cam, it was really nothing

Apple’s iPhone development cycle has a problem… and that problem is the cycle itself. The iPhone 11 offered a superb new night mode; the 12 brought a big design change; the 13 remixed the formula and added some decent enhancements, notably in battery life and screen brightness. But it looked the same, aside from a downsizing of the notorious ‘notch’ housing the selfie-cam and the hardware for Face ID. And the iPhone 14 series? It’s a reworking of the same design again, and doesn’t really push things on. There is, though, a change to the notch. In fact, the iPhone 14 Pro does away with it entirely, with the in-display camera cutouts forming a pill shape called the Dynamic Island. What’s more, there are various ways to interact with it in the…

Pilly cam, it was really nothing

Hundreds of thousands of defective cars on the road

Data from the ACCC shows at least 470,000 defective vehicles have been sold to Australian consumers since 2007. And according to the Consumer Action Law Centre, many of these will have ended up in second-hand car dealers and sold on to unknowing customers. “ACCC’s data underscores the need for an ombudsman who can solve lemon car issues quickly and with less costs,” says Tania Clarke, Consumer Action director of policy and campaigns. “We have presented this idea to the Victorian government and opposition parties as our platform for the upcoming state election in November.” CHOICE recently investigated the issue of dodgy car sales to remote Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland and around Australia (see page 29).…

Hundreds of thousands of defective cars on the road
Shared Vision

Shared Vision

A new San Francisco exhibition of works by Diego Rivera reveals the artist’s belief in the many links between Mexico and the United States Diego Rivera (1886–1957) was an artist who wanted his work to be about the masses, as well as be available to them. He ardently believed that art could be used as a means to rethink national narratives, and some of his most prosaic subjects—women making tortillas, a man carrying a basket of flowers, children presenting offerings to the dead, vendors selling bananas at a street market—bespeak his passion for his country of origin, as well as the neighboring United States. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s ambitious exhibition, Diego Rivera’s America (July 16, 2022–January 2, 2023), takes on the Mexican Modernist as a transnational figure and Utopian…

Restrictions due to low water levels

Restrictions due to low water levels

The long dry summer has left some sections of waterway in Scotland and Europe closed to recreational sailors due to low water levels. Flemish Waterways announced at the end of August that pleasure craft could only navigate routes which were used by commercial vessels including the Lumburg and Kempen Canals, East Flanders, West Flanders, Leuven-Dijle Canal, Albert Canal and Kempense Canals. Restrictions will remain in place ‘for as long as necessary’. A spokesperson for Flemish Waterway said: ‘We have decided that pleasure boats will only be able to pass through the locks with commercial navigation. Depending on where the commercial traffic is, this will have an impact. Smaller canals, where there is no commercial traffic, will not be blocked.’ In Scotland, restrictions were introduced on the Forth and Clyde Canal, with no boat movements…

CUPCAKE HEAVEN

P30: BLACK BOTTOM MUFFINS P31: MINCEMEAT MUFFINS P31: PUFFY PLUM MUFFINS P32: HONEY BREAKFAST MUFFINS Black-bottom muffins MAKES 4-6 70g (2½oz) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 75ml (2¾fl oz) Guinness, root beer or buttermilk 20g (¾oz) cocoa powder 100g (3½oz) light brown sugar 100g (3½oz) plain flour ¼tsp bicarbonate of soda ¼tsp fine sea salt 1 large free-range egg white 50g (1¾oz) milk chocolate chips For the cheesecake topping 60g (2¼oz) cream cheese, at room temperature 1 large free-range egg yolk 1tbsp caster sugar ½tsp vanilla bean paste 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4 and lightly grease a 6-hole muffin tray. 2 Start by placing all the topping ingredients in a small bowl and stirring until smooth. Refrigerate until needed. 3 To make the cake, place the…

CUPCAKE HEAVEN
Eat, drink & STAY SLIM

Eat, drink & STAY SLIM

It’s officially the season of overindulgence. And while it’s nice to give in to temptation from time to time, we’ve got some easy ways to make sure you’ll still have a slim silhouette once the New Year bells chime. ‘There might be a few more celebrations than usual, but where many people run into trouble is daily excess,’ says nutritionist Kim Pearson. The following nifty tricks will make stepping on the scales less daunting in January, without you missing out on any fun… 1 DON’T ARRIVE HUNGRY Have a snack, such as an apple and a handful of nuts, if you’ve not eaten for a few hours before you arrive at a party. That means you won’t overindulge. If you turn up with a rumbling tummy, drink plenty of water – not alcohol…

Eating in Space

Eating in Space

Going to space is a little like going camping. You have to carry with you all the food and equipment you need for your trip, so your food can’t be too heavy or hard to prepare. Plus, there aren’t many refrigerators to keep food cold and fresh. Food with all the water dried out is lightweight and doesn’t spoil. So, many space foods are dried on Earth and stored in special packets. Some, such as dried apricots or pears, taste good right out of the packet. But some foods need to have water added to them before they can be eaten. This machine on the International Space Station will add hot water to make this astronaut’s lunch. On Earth, gravity is the force that keeps your feet on the ground and your sandwich…

7 reasons to use a tripod

7 reasons to use a tripod

Many photographers have got out of the habit of carrying tripods. With ISO performance seemingly improving with every new Nikon camera release, photographers are now able to work at higher ISOs than ever before. Whether on an extended overseas trip, or just a local photographic excursion, this has resulted in many shedding a little weight by leaving their tripod behind. But tripods have always been about more than being able to photograph in low light, and having one with you can open up a world of creative choices. Prior to the pandemic, I spent years travelling around the world, photographing in all sorts of countries. I love photographing people and festivals, and although I always packed a tripod – most of the time I didn’t carry it around with me, preferring…

How does insulin work?

How does insulin work?

INSIDE THE BODY ENDOCRINOLOGY Diabetes exists in more than 30 variants, with more than 400 million people worldwide estimated to be diabetic. Some 95% of these have type 2 diabetes, which used to be called ‘late-onset diabetes’, because it typically develops with age and is linked with age-related conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, and arteriosclerosis. The hormone insulin is produced in the pancreas, and it functions as a key that activates sugar absorption in cells. In type 2 diabetes, the cells of muscles, fat tissue and liver are less sensitive to insulin, making it harder for them to absorb sugar. Sugar can then accumulate in the blood, and in the worst cases this can cause severe blood vessel injury. In some type 2 cases, the problem is further exacerbated by low…

MARLIN EVERY MONTH

MARLIN EVERY MONTH

THE Gold Coast has some great fishing, which is why I move there in the mid-1980s. Over recent years I have noticed that the water temperatures on the wider grounds east of the continental shelf rarely drop below 22 degrees. There seems to be southern movement of the big back eddies of the East Australian current in the winter months. I spend a lot of time looking at these charts. It used to be common to see a big back eddy that tapered off at the southern end of Fraser Island, but in more recent times this band of warm water moves south as far as the NSW/Queensland border. This is based on my own observations but the water on the grounds between 150 and 400 metres rarely gets cold.…

THE ART OF PERFECT RAMEN

THE ART OF PERFECT RAMEN

MAKING RAMEN from scratch can seem intimidating: It has several components and requires commitment and time. For those of us who are short on time and want nothing more than a quick meal, this is definitely not the project for you. Homemade ramen’s weakness is also its strength: The lengthy process forces you to slow down from the everyday grind and take time to just…find peace in the here and now. While we’re using store-bought noodles, this shoyu ramen recipe still calls for making four other important components: dashi and tare for the soup base, and nitamago and chashu as showstopping toppings. You can certainly eat a decent bowl of noodles without one or two of these players, but magic happens when they all come together in one bite. For…

WHAT WENT WRONG

WHAT WENT WRONG

AUGUST 2013 Sudeikis and Wilde went on their first date six months after meeting at an SNL afterparty in 2011. “I was madly in love,” Wilde recalled. APRIL 2014 They announced their engagement in 2013 and welcomed son Otis in April 2014. SEPTEMBER 2016 “Jason has a very trusting way,” Wilde once gushed. “There is no other way to go through life.” They had their second child, Daisy, in 2016. JANUARY 2021 The nanny claims Sudeikis discovered the details of Wilde’s romance with Styles via messages on an Apple watch. MARCH 7, 2021 Things seemed friendly when the Ted Lasso star thanked Wilde during his acceptance speech during the Critics’ Choice Awards. APRIL 26, 2022 A year later, he had Wilde served with legal papers while on stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, a move she later branded “aggressive.” SEPT. 5, 2022 Styles…

A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death

W Why are we here? What is our purpose? What does it all mean? For millennia, philosophers from Plato to Monty Python have pondered the biggest question of them all: the meaning of life. Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 humanist masterpiece Ikiru answers this question about as well as any film ever has. Among those shaped by the Tao of Kurosawa was a then-18-year-old Kazuo Ishiguro. “It’s no exaggeration to say that [Ikiru] affected the way I approach my own life and my career,” the Nobel Prize-winning novelist and (very) occasional screenwriter tells Total Film. “It’s always kind of guided me.” The story of a buttoned-up government bureaucrat who finds renewed purpose when he’s diagnosed with a terminal illness, Ikiru resonates not because its tragic central figure undergoes a simplistic Christmas Carol transformation, but…

A favorite food all over the world

Nearly 6 billion pounds of pasta are eaten in the US each year. How did it become such a favorite in restaurants and home kitchens alike? Let’s follow the strands of pasta’s past to find out. What is pasta? One of the world’s most popular foods, pasta is surprisingly simple and versatile. Its name means “paste” or “dough” in Italian. This may be because pasta typically starts as a thick, wheat-based dough that is unleavened (made without yeast or other ingredients that would make it rise). Sometimes referred to as noodles, pasta is available in hundreds of shapes and sizes. People also vary the ingredients—using buckwheat, rice, potatoes, or vegetables. Where did pasta come from? There is some debate over pasta’s origins. The Chinese may have made a noodle-like food as early as 3000…

A favorite food all over the world
How abstract can you go?

How abstract can you go?

LEARNING OBJECTIVES Do you ever find your paintings overworked with too many details? Are you ever bored with the traditional subjects and compositions? Have you ever wondered how you could be looser in your approach to painting, and curious how abstract you might go with your work? Then, this feature is for you. For years I have been trying to step closer to capturing the essence of my subjects and found that I've been gradually moving closer to abstraction, one step at the time. This quest somehow resonates with the minimalist ideology: less is more. To achieve more impact, power, beauty and meaning, you might want to show, use or have less. It is arguably a question of taste, and not everybody will agree with…

25 WAYS TO LIVE STYLISHLY FOR LESS

Erica Davies ON STYLE Whether sharing wisdom on Instagram or in her book, Leopard Is A Neutral, the former fashion editor knows a few things about spending less without taking the fun out of dressing. 1 Go secondhand for your sequins I love a sequin – they’re one of the easiest ways to look party-ready – but I’ve become more and more concerned about the environmental effects of buying them. After all, they are tiny bits of plastic, and we don’t tend to wear them that often – research shows women in the UK buy 33m new sequinned items during party season, with 1.7m of them going to charity shops afterwards*. There’s a lot that can be found secondhand, but you could also consider renting from sites such as Hurr, Rotaro, Hirestreet, By Rotation…

25 WAYS TO LIVE STYLISHLY FOR LESS

Pocket money... Amazon enters the insurance market

● Act quickly if you want a big bonus for switching current accounts, says Jess Clark in The Guardian. The biggest one is currently offered by Nationwide, who will pay new customers £200 if they switch their current account over. Meanwhile, you can get £175 to move to NatWest, but you must start your application online or through the app before 3 November. Then, as long as you deposit at least £1,250 into your account and log onto the mobile app before 16 December, you’ll have your cash by mid-January. Lloyds’ offer of £150 to switch ends on 14 November and a similar deal from TSB that gets you £125 if you switch via MoneySupermarket or MoneySavingExpert ends on 31 October. ● The clocks go back this Sunday, but if they didn’t…

The art and science of crashing

You are in freefall, discombobulated by a kaleidoscope of unfathomable spatial awareness before a violent meeting with the ground. Your sympathetic nervous system has been rapidly shunted into fight or flight; you are now bathed in adrenaline, all rational thought suspended. You have just crashed. But let’s just back up a little bit to your first ever ride, the one with your mum or dad hanging onto the back of your saddle. This was not so much you learning to ride as a lesson in trusting the laws of physics. Launch a bike down a hill and it will ride itself to the bottom; ergo, it is people who crash, not bicycles. The forces that are keeping the bike upright and heading in a straight line are a miraculous cocktail, including (but…

The art and science of crashing
AQUAHOLIC

AQUAHOLIC

Over a decade ago, I entered the scary world of self employment. Like any business, some ideas worked and some didn’t. I had a brilliant idea for syndicating boat test articles. It made no sense, I reasoned, for magazines in different countries to each send one person to do a review when I could write and photograph a boat test and sell it as a complete package worldwide for translation. I’d sell it for a third of the normal cost but to ten magazines, earning three times as much. Brilliant! I spent months collating and talking to boat magazine editors around the globe, all of whom were hugely enthusiastic and I even had a little success, with tests published in Japan, Italy, America and more. But ultimately the enthusiasm wasn’t…

BLIND ATTRACTION

BLIND ATTRACTION

The Hyundai N Vision 74 is the hottest concept car of the decade, and not just because its Tokyo Drift–meets-1980s-box-fenders visuals blew up everyone’s phones when the first images appeared a few months ago. No, the N Vision 74 is much more than stunning eye candy confected under the direction of Hyundai design chief SangYup Lee. This fully functioning, fully drivable concept teases Hyundai’s vision of the future for 21st century performance cars. And it’s totally production feasible. That’s right. Instead of the usual concept car mix of vaporware and unobtanium under the skin, the N Vision 74 uses hardware and technologies you’ll find in existing Hyundai production vehicles. What’s more, Hyundai N brand sources hint that if enough people want one, senior management might well be persuaded to produce a street-legal…

Provocative SOFIE MARIE

Instagram @Yummysofie We’re happy to have you featured in Playboy! Can you give us a bit of a background on your career as a model and where it all started? About 10 years ago, I started bikini modeling as an amateur, and fortunately, I gained a following and a love of being in front of the camera. I am still shy, but back then I was really shy! So the blessing of getting compliments from Wicked Weasel bikini fans really fueled my modeling drive, and my shyness started to melt away. I guess the road to adult started when I got requests to lose the bikini in some of the pictures, and I gave nudity a try. Nude modeling made the step to adult very easy for me. Having a full schedule…

Provocative SOFIE MARIE

Talking dogs

RETIRED MoD POLICE DOG SAVED An emergency operation has saved the life of a retired Ministry of Defence police dog, who kept the navy’s nuclear submarines safe during his six-year career. Eleven-year-old Flint suffered a twisted stomach and was in a critical condition. “I had to kiss and hug him and say goodbye; at his age, the operation was a huge risk,” said his handler Karen Crossley, who served with the MoD police for 30 years. Although the Belgian Malinois pulled through, Karen, from Launceston, Cornwall, had to find £2,000 to pay the vet’s bill as Flint is uninsured due to his working past. Luckily, the Thin Blue Paw Foundation, a UK-based organisation that provides financial assistance and support to those who take on retired police dogs, stepped in to…

Talking dogs

Pencils are an Extension of my Fingertips

Born and raised in Bendigo, Victoria, I couldn’t really say if there was a defining moment in my childhood when I decided I wanted to be an artist. What I do remember is that I have always loved to draw. I actually aspired to be a teacher but it seemed that pencils, either colour or graphite, had become an extension of my fingertips and would not break away easily. I often was asked if my talent ran in the family, and can easily remember my dad spending many hours sketching and colouring the props for our primary school musical productions. There may be some innate ability, yet I also think that if an individual has a passion for something, whether it be drawing, baking or singing, that passion fuels improvement. It…

Pencils are an Extension of my Fingertips
Iran’s Women Lead the Challenge to Theocratic Rule

Iran’s Women Lead the Challenge to Theocratic Rule

THE DEATH OF A YOUNG IRA-nian woman in police custody sparked what activists are now calling an “uprising,” against which Iranian authorities are using methods of abuse perfected over the past four decades to silence dissent. The women of Iran have emerged as the dominant force in the protests and are taking matters into their own hands, bringing together various critical elements of society all insisting on change. Protests broke out in mid-September after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in police custody after her arrest by Iran’s Guidance Patrol, also known as the “Morality Police,” for allegedly defying the Islamic Republic’s conservative laws. In response to the mass anger, the Iranian regime fiercely cracked down on anti-government demonstrations, killing 287 protesters and arresting more than 14,000 people as of October 31, according to…

LOBSTER EYES HELP US SEE INTO SPACE

LOBSTER EYES HELP US SEE INTO SPACE

FOR MORE than half a century, scientists have sought to understand cosmic X-rays and what they reveal about our galaxy and beyond. As it turns out, lobsters — yes, really — can help astronomers do just that. These crustaceans have specialized eyes that can sense motion in low-light environments. By mimicking the eyes’ unique structure, scientists can build visual equipment, or optics, for missions outside of Earth’s orbit that aim to capture stray X-rays. In the future, this technique could broaden astronomers’ view of the sky, and their ability to detect astronomical events. LOBSTERS HAVE developed specialized eyes to see in dark, murky habitats located up to around 2,300 feet below the ocean surface. Though they can’t see images well, these crustaceans excel in sensing motion. Unlike humans, whose eyes consist of rounded…

TENKARA

I love fishing, especially fly fishing, so it’s no surprise that I like to count it as one of my survival skills. I mean, who doesn’t have occasional fantasies of being able to bug out into the woods and live off the land? Depending on where you’re located, fishing certainly sounds like a great way to put food on the table. Of course, if you can’t pack the gear, you won’t have it. That’s why a plethora of “survival fishing” kits have been produced over the years, with some being solid and others being gimmicky as can be. Tenkara is a minimalist fishing method that’s surprisingly close to what most people envision when they think of “survival fishing.” Of course, this system does have some drawbacks, but they’re hardly unique…

TENKARA

IS META ON ITS LAST LEGS?

My favourite meta joke is ‘what does the “B” stand for in Benoit B Mandelbrot? Benoit B Mandelbrot’. My least favourite is Mark Zuckerberg’s ongoing folly, the metaverse, about which I have written before. In January 2022 I said, ‘Zuckerberg’s vision of the metaverse relies on a successful marriage of physical tech with digital culture, and that won’t happen if the physical tech is a virtual reality headset’, and nothing I’ve seen since has changed my mind. Still, the Zuck keeps trying, despite his net worth dropping 70 per cent (according to a Bloomberg report) and Meta’s stock dropping 57 per cent. None of this is helped by headlines that are meant to bolster support for the metaverse but instead attract criticism or even derision. For example, the company recently announced ……

IS META ON ITS LAST LEGS?

FINGERPICKING

Brought to you by… A good, solid fingerstyle technique is important for so many reasons. It can change the way you approach playing the guitar as whole, offer a new tonal palette and be incredibly useful if you ever drop your plectrum mid performance. Many would associate fingerstyle with classical, flamenco or acoustic guitar, but it lends itself extremely well to the electric guitar; just ask Richie Kotzen or Mark Knopfler, to name just two great players who prefer to play sans plectrum. Fingerstyle is very popular in genres such as flamenco, bossa nova, country, blues, country and slide guitar, but is also preferred by some rock guitarists. It is also perfect for those occasions where you don’t have a plectrum, which I’m sure most guitarists have been caught out…

FINGERPICKING
Molly Rose

Molly Rose

Such an absolute honour to have you on FHM! What are you currently working on? I must admit that I am just so over the moon to have been presented with this opportunity, “thanks” is from me to you! Let’s see how to answer this question… Honestly, I always work on many projects - I don’t know where to start! If I had to select just one project to share. One of meaning, merit and a triumph for me? I would have to share the fascinating journey of my new life, and the career path that has blossomed these last few years. First, I was bottomed out with stress and despair due to COVID lockdowns. Then I discovered an opportunity as a content creator and now find myself a respected…

COUCH CADDIES

For this caddy, Robin and Lisa achieved their goal of collaborating on a project using yarn from two farms: Meridian Jacobs in California and Punkin’s Patch in Kentucky. Then they designed a second caddy using Ashford DK yarn. These book sleeves can be made to fit over the arm of your couch or chair to keep track of a book or e-reader, reading glasses, and other gadgets that often get misplaced or disappear into the cushions! Pattern page 87. RIGID HEDDLE PIN LOOM COUCH CADDIES Robin Lynde and Lisa Waterman At Meridian Jacobs Farm in Vacaville, California, Robin and Lisa often talk about what they are reading or listening to. Collaborating on a set of couch caddies designed for books and reading accessories just made sense. For these couch caddies, they worked together by weaving…

COUCH CADDIES

BAKLAVA

Nightingale’s nests, twisted turbans, lover’s lips… In the UK, we may be most familiar with baklava made in a large circular tray and cut into diamond-shaped pieces, but in Turkey this sticky, sweet pastry comes in a whole variety of forms — often with pleasingly poetic names to match. A syrup-soaked sandwich of tissue-thin yufka pastry and ground nuts, baklava has been the ultimate Turkish festive indulgence for centuries, prepared for all manner of special occasions, from weddings to religious festivals. It’s a descendent of the börek and similarly layered, folded — often savoury — yufka pastries, which have been an essential part of Central Asian Turkic cuisine since at least the 11th century. This culinary tradition is thought to have been combined with the Arab practice of soaking pastries…

BAKLAVA

RETAIL Renaissance

Despite much hand-wringing about theso-called retail apocalypse, we’re entering a new golden age of bricks and mortar. After spending more than two and a half years clicking Instagram ads while lounging in pajamas, we’re finding that the concept of getting off the couch and going out to experience the joys and pleasures of browsing, perusing, learning about, trying on, and purchasing great fashion in real life looks majorly appealing. Global luxury labels are turning flagships into physical manifestations of their universes that are filled with food, furniture, and lush gardens. They’re starting conversations with customers and revealing the stories behind these houses in a whole new way. Across the U.S.—and around the world—independent multibrand boutiques and monobrand stores are not just surviving but thriving; singular spaces invite visitors to touch…

RETAIL Renaissance

The animal shelter

This is the animal shelter. There are lots of pets to adopt here. Dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, budgies and fish. This is the Good family. They want to adopt a pet. Which one will they choose? ‘How about a dog? Dogs are great pets. They can go for walks. They can play games in the park, they can fetch and carry things.’ ‘Dogs are terrible pets. They can jump on your bed and bark all night.' ‘How about a rabbit? Rabbits are fun pets, they can jump and hop. They can skip and run. They can stand on two legs and wiggle their ears!’ ‘Rabbits are terrible pets. They can go into the garden and eat your vegetables,' ‘How about a snake? Snakes are cool pets. They can climb and slide, they can be very small…

The animal shelter
Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Ten years ago, a trio of University of Toronto engineering grads dropped what was considered to be the most energy-efficient lightbulb of all time on Kickstarter. The crowd went wild: backers pledged over $250,000 toward the project, and Nanoleaf’s groundbreaking LED technology has been a mainstay ever since — you’ve likely seen the touch- and sound-activated systems backdropping a famous YouTuber, DJ or maybe even your spin instructor. Since its days as a scrappy start-up briefly based out of a factory in Shenzhen, China, the company — which was co-founded by Gimmy Chu, Christian Yan and Tom Rodinger — has gone global, establishing a headquarters in Toronto in 2015, a European main office in Paris in 2018, and outposts in Hong Kong and the Philippines. And it has continued its…

HOW DO DOGS SMELL?

HOW DO DOGS SMELL?

When it comes to a strong sense of smell, there are few animals that can outperform our canine companions. In the same way that humans rely predominantly on sight as a way of perceiving their environment, dogs’ dominant sense to interpret the world around them is smell, so this sense is more advanced than in other animals, including humans. On average, dogs have a sense of smell around 100,000 times more sensitive than humans thanks to millions of olfactory receptors at the front of their brains. Dogs are able to smell around one part per trillion, equal to sniffing out a teaspoon of sugar in an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Dogs use smell as a way to communicate with other dogs, assert dominance, attract a mate and engage in play. This is…

Messi’s last dance

Messi’s last dance

This will be Lionel Messi’s fifth and final World Cup. His last shot at winning it. The national team captain has won everything possible at club level, has capped his national team more than any other player in history, has scored more goals for his country than any other and, after the 2021 Copa America, has now won a major title with the national team. But he will likely bow out from international football after Qatar. “After the World Cup I am going to reconsider many things,” he has said. Messi may no longer be in his prime, but surrounding him is an industrious and talented team that ensures he is still the central figure for the Albiceleste. Confidence is sky high in the camp heading to Qatar. Argentina finished second in the…

No waffling here

No waffling here

WAFFLES REVAMPED? You betcha! And we’re not waffling about it. Loading up a basic waffle recipe with savory and sweet ingredients brings some life to this party. Let’s just say, we know your guests will love these recipes a “waffle” lot. The Savory Cheese & Pastrami Waffles are a riff off of a pastrami and rye sandwich. But, since no sammie is complete without a special sauce, insert the Spicy Mustard-aise (you might find yourself making these waffles simply for the sauce!). And for those with a sweet tooth, check out the two waffles on page 33. Savory Cheese & Pastrami Waffles Makes 4 waffles Total time: 30 minutes 1½ cups all-purpose flour1½ tsp. baking powder1 tsp. each caraway seeds and garlic powder½ tsp. each black pepper and table salt1½ cups buttermilk or whole milk1…

Puggles

Finished size: 162.5cm x 122cm (64in x 48in) Finished block size: 16in square www.sandraclemons.com @sandra.clemons sandypan28@gmail Materials • 1.4m (1⁵⁄₆yd) solid blue fabric (background)• Fat quarter of four navy print fabrics (stars)• 90cm (1yd) solid white fabric• (Flying Geese)• Scraps of assorted print fabrics to total about 70cm (¾yd) (Flying Geese)• 45cm (½yd) solid purple fabric (binding)• 2.7m (3yd) backing fabric• Batting at least 180cm x 140cm (72in x 56in) We are delighted to share this project from the book Scrap Patchwork: Traditionally Modern Quilts by Sandra Clemons, published by C&T Publishing. This book shares 13 scrappy quilts that blend the best of modern and traditional quilting. The projects pair fresh fabrics with classic block designs and trusted techniques. Each quilt features design notes to help you get the look you want when ‘shopping’ your own stash.…

Puggles
Naked attraction?

Naked attraction?

DID YOU THINK THE CRAZE FOR OPEN-top cars without a windscreen was a) reserved for those with money to burn and b) a fad you’d hoped would go away? We’ve bad news if you did, because here’s another. Yes it’s a gen-1 Mazda MX-5 (NA in MX-5 speak) without a roof, windscreen or passenger seat. It has been created by Rome-based Gorgona Cars and is called the Concept NM (for ‘naked monoposto’) and it’s inspired by a similar concept Mazda produced soon after it launched its iconic roadster. To create the NM, Gorgona has not only removed the ’screen, but has also welded both doors shut from their midway point down to the sills to increase rigidity and body stiffness (the top of the door still opens to aid entry and exit).…

EXQUISITE GUCCI

EXQUISITE GUCCI

Such a careful look on the human, after all, is so close to me. I could never imagine clothes as severed from the story and life of the person wearing them. If you ask me, a garment is not, and never will be, just a piece of fabric. It’s rather the means through which we are able to unfold who we really decide to be, it’s how we shape our desires and the ultimate sense of our staying. That’s why I’ve always imagined my collections as films able to convey a cinematography of the present: a score of stories, eclectic and dissonant, that can sacralize the human and its metamorphic ability. The “Exquisite” campaign is my tribute to cinema and to one of its brightest maestros, Stanley Kubrick. A philosophic…

INTO THE WOODS

It all started with a chandelier. Not any chandelier, but a playful carved wooden one reminiscent of an 18th-century theater prop, created by the eminent French interior designers Michelle and Yves Halard. Dee Salomon happened to be in Paris in 1999 on the last day that the Halards’ shop, Maison Yves Halard, was open, and she ordered this irreverent light fixture to be made and shipped to her home in Brooklyn. Salomon, with a business background in publishing and fashion, had for years admired the Halard style, treasuring “piles of tear sheets” illustrating the couple’s insouciant mixture of contemporary artifacts with French textiles and antiques. More recently, she became taken with the aesthetic of their grandson, designer Bastien Halard, whose more current, pared-down style is nonetheless deeply influenced by their eclecticism.…

INTO THE WOODS

HOT DATES

1. Carols MERRY AND BRIGHT This year, Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons is going all-out Christmas, with four festive evenings to include a Veuve Clicquot reception, torchlit walk to St Mary’s Church where a choir will perform and a four-course dinner at Raymond Blanc’s restaurant, belmond.com 2. Music GENRE BLEND London-based artist and DJ Shygirl embarks on five headline tours this December, with dates in London, Manchester, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. Born Blane Muise, her Shygirl moniker began as an alter-ego allowing her to experience unselfconscious freedom; something which can also be found in the lyrics of her debut album Nymph. Stemming from success on the east London grime and queer club scenes, her music flashes between baseline, garage, dancehall and hip-hop, shygirl.tv 3. Experience LIGHT TRAIL Hampstead Heath’s Kenwood House is a magical place…

HOT DATES

The older we are, the kinder we get

I was edgily nervous hosting a soirée recently in my native Dublin. My great fear was that arguments and quarrels would break out among a roomful of people who had very different opinions on all sorts of touchy subjects. There were strong republicans and covert monarchists, pro-Europeans and Eurosceptics, Catholics, Protestants and atheists, and I felt sure voices would be raised in verbal combat. But no: all was sunny. People got along quite harmoniously, without anyone being dull or bland. And this is part of my analysis: as we get older, we become nicer. We grow more tolerant. We allow for other people’s strong feelings about any number of issues. We understand that political or social attitudes aren’t just about the politics or the issues: they may be about some psychological experience…

The older we are, the kinder we get
How Can a VPN Improve Windows Security?

How Can a VPN Improve Windows Security?

Security Beyond Anonymity It’s a good question: how can a VPN improve Windows security? Whilst the privacy side is well catered for, there are some good security enhancements and features a VPN brings to the table. BROWSING ACTIVITY This doesn’t happen often but an ISP can become compromised and details of user activities leaked or stolen. Using a VPN can hide your browsing activity from trackers and even your ISP, enabling you to browse with freedom of fear of having your details leaked or accessed by others. ANTIMALWARE Many VPN providers utilise a level of antimalware into their security layers. This enhances your security by filtering any downloads through the VPN first. Should there be a virus present, then it can be removed or stopped at the VPN before it…

What We Learned From… The Mallian Campaign, 326–325 BC

What We Learned From… The Mallian Campaign, 326–325 BC

When Alexander the Great’s homesick soldiers mutinied on the banks of India’s Hyphasis (present-day Beas) River in 326 bc, he had to abandon his eastward march. Then, to define the eastern boundary of his empire, the Macedonian warrior-king led his army south along the Hydaspes (Jhelum) River. Allied Mallian and Oxydracian tribes fielding 90,000 infantry, 10,000 cavalry and 900 chariots—an army twice the size of Alexander’s—sought to deny the invaders passage through their territory. As it was the rainy season, however, the Mallians and Oxydracians had yet to combine forces, since they usually didn’t campaign in such conditions. The Greco-Macedonians, on the other hand, were willing and able to fight year-round. Alexander led his army into Mallian territory, along the Acesinea and Hydratois (Chenab and Ravi) rivers. Establishing a camp at…

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Second-hand news

An aeroplane in flight can’t beat the laws of physics. On the ground it can’t escape economics. Proof of the law of supply-and-demand’s effect on the price for second-hand aircraft, has never been stronger than in the last few years – the period before and after COVID. Like the property, and second-hand car markets, prices have skyrocketed to unimaginable levels. Just like the classic diagram of an aeroplane in flight, with lift, weight, thrust, and drag, there are multiple forces driving second hand aircraft values, both up and down, as well as increasing or decreasing the volume of aircraft on the market. Up, up, and more up Prices for good second-hand aircraft, of most types, in major markets, are said to have risen, in the last two to three years, in the range…