Appalachian tragedy

Appalachian tragedy

Eastern Kentucky Catastrophic flooding last week left at least 37 people dead and destroyed entire towns across eastern Kentucky. After more than 1,300 water rescues, hundreds of residents remained missing, and officials said the death toll is likely to rise. As up to 10 inches of rain fell over 48 hours in already saturated counties, floods and mudslides offered a fleeting window to escape from many towns for which just one rural road or bridge serves as an access point. Rescue efforts struggled to overcome downed cell service and destroyed infrastructure, including dozens of bridges now washed out or inaccessible. In the town of Fleming-Neon, the city hall was destroyed, with everything inside covered by more than a foot of mud, and the town bank, pharmacy, and post office were also…

Heat apocalypse

Heat apocalypse

Western Europe Blistering temperatures scorched much of Western Europe this week, leading to more than 1,100 heat-related deaths in Spain and Portugal and blazing records in other countries. Temperatures soared as high as 104.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the United Kingdom, where only 5 percent of homes have air-conditioning, while Paris saw a high of 104.9 degrees. Wildfires ripped through forests in France, Portugal, Spain, and Greece, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. Firefighters in France’s southwestern tourist region of Gironde fought two blazes that destroyed nearly 50,000 acres of land and sent smoke billowing over nearby Bordeaux. “It’s a monster like an octopus,” said Gironde regional president Jean-Luc Gleyze, “and it’s growing and growing and growing in the front, in the back, on both sides.” The U.K., France, and other countries declared…

Guillaume Herbaut wins WPP Long-Term Projects Europe

Guillaume Herbaut wins WPP Long-Term Projects Europe

In November 2013, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Kyiv in the Ukraine to protest against the decision of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych to pull out of signing an association agreement with the European Union. Demonstrations, focused on the Maidan (also known in English as Independence Square) in the capital, spread throughout the country, and were violently suppressed. President Yanukovych fled to Russia in February 2014 as a consequence of the demonstrations, and a pro-EU government took power after new elections. This exacerbated tensions between the east and west of the country. In March 2014, Kremlin-backed forces occupied the Crimean peninsula. Russian is widely spoken in parts of the east of the country and in the Crimean Peninsula; with roughly 30% of Ukrainians using it as their…

NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE

NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE

OLIVE OIL ADDS YEARS TO YOUR LIFE Forget an apple a day. According to a new study, consuming a half tablespoon of olive oil on a daily basis lowers your risk of dying from a variety of ailments. Among participants who were followed for 28 years, those who consumed this small amount had a lower risk of death from heart disease (19 per cent), cancer (17 per cent), neurodegenerative diseases (29 per cent) and respiratory disease (18 per cent). Whether taken straight from the bottle or cooked into a meal, olive oil’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties contribute to overall health—as does finding ways to replace any artery-clogging fats currently in your diet with this Mediterranean staple. Good Oral Hygiene Protects More Than You Think Gum disease can lead to losing much more than…

AT-HOME JERKY

AT-HOME JERKY

Have you ever noticed when you’re in the checkout lane at the supermarket that you’re flanked with sleezy tabloids on one side and beef jerky on the other? At least, that’s how it is here in my hometown of Charlotte, but I suspect it’s pretty much the same wherever you live. The tabloids are there to satiate prurient interests, the jerky to satiate hunger. The reason for jerky’s ubiquitous presence is that it’s an extremely popular and increasingly trendy snack and party food, and with good reason. One ounce of beef jerky is only 80 calories, yet it delivers 12 to 15 grams of protein and contains no more than 2 percent fat. In other words, it’s pretty damn healthy. But most importantly, it’s delicious. What’s more, it’s quite easy and…

.357 MAGNUM MELEE

.357 MAGNUM MELEE

If you live in an area that experiences all four seasons, then you likely are familiar with varying your carry rig to the weather. When the cold air rolls in, many CCW holders don’t mind carrying a revolver, as concealing the larger framed handgun is far easier when you don a sweatshirt, heavy winter coat or both. Often, that revolver is chambered in .38 Special, and in most cases, this cartridge provides adequate penetration and stopping power. However, it’s important to remember a would-be threat this time of year will likely also be wearing several, thick layers of clothing generating an issue for this lighter cartridge. Furthermore, if said threat walks on four legs you might as well be carrying a cap gun. The solution for those who prefer a wheelgun…

Happiness The Explorer

Happiness The Explorer

When I tell people that I am a life coach, they quite often say, give me your best tip. My ego would like to have something really funny or extremely wise to say, but for years it’s always stumped me. Until one day, I was given the best life advice ever, summed up in no less than two words: Stop thinking! Have you ever tried to stop thinking? Maybe the first time you tried to meditate you thought it was about stopping your thoughts entirely, to only find that the more you tried to stop them, the more your brain became as busy as the traffic during rush hour. You can’t completely stop thinking and you wouldn’t want to either. But something many of us find ourselves stuck in, is over thinking.…

KURT RUSSELL

Make no mistake about it: Kurt Russell was pretty dadgum proud when he was notified by officials of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum that he had been invited to be an inductee into the museum’s Hall of Great Western Performers. But he was even prouder that his late father, character actor Bing Russell, would be inducted alongside his son. The elder Russell actually “starred” in a hugely entertaining 2014 documentary, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, which focused on his colorful 1973-77 career as the flamboyant manager of the aptly named Portland Mavericks, an independent Class A minor league baseball team. But C&I readers likely know him better for his decades of supporting roles in innumerable TV and movie westerns, including The Magnificent Seven, Last Train from Gun Hill, The…

KURT RUSSELL

Get the shot

Dave Fieldhouse An award-winning freelance photographer from the Midlands, Dave specialises in landscape, street and architectural photography for magazines and corporate clients. www.davefieldhousephotography.com, @davefphotos on Instagram/Twitter. Shoot wide open If it is our intention to create clean, crisp images, we are going to need to allow a lot of light onto that sensor. Not a problem during the day, but at night a compromise needs to be made. This is where an understanding of the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO becomes useful. As with all genres, the photographer needs to decide what kind of image they want upfront. For my street images, I want frozen action, some sharp details around the focal point, and as little noise as possible. This means I tend to shoot in aperture priority at f/2, or…

Get the shot

It Happened One Day in June

Like many great works of art, James Joyce’s Ulysses has an existence beyond the printed page, an artistic half-life that has endured now for 100 years. It is a novel to learn from and obsess about, and you can spend a lifetime immersed in its pages. Nevertheless, many uninitiated readers view Joyce’s epic with paralyzing fear, something the author didn’t exactly allay with this admission in the mid-1920s: “I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.” The stance is flippant, though in many ways, Joyce intended for the novel to be intimidating. Ulysses is not fast food. It discomfits conventional wisdom, challenges ossified beliefs, attacks commonplaces, jogs…

MORE THAN A MEMORY

MORE THAN A MEMORY

TRENDS COME AND GO, BUT MEMORIES CAN LAST A LIFETIME. That’s how Jeff Robson and Nadia Barienbrock approached the redesign of their Southern California home. When the couple initially moved into the cottage set entirely above their garage, they knew it would eventually be a teardown. But in the years before their family doubled in size, they cozied up in what felt like a treehouse, often entertaining in a large front yard. Fast forward a few years: With no room for a crib within the 800-square-foot footprint (“unless it was in our living room,” Barienbrock quips), the Newport Beach couple moved out and started brainstorming. They needed more space but wanted to honor the integrity of the 1930s home, a structure with windows on every wall. They wanted to incorporate the outdoor living…

Whitewall Willpower

Whitewall Willpower

It was a sweltering-hot 1951 summer day in Detroit—the kind of day ice-cold lemonade and sun tea were made for—when my dad, a Detroit police officer, came home early from work with news that made my day. I was working in the backyard garden with my mom and little sister, Arlene, when my dad, a man of few but pointed words, walked into the yard and cleared his throat with a rumble. We all stopped what we were doing and looked up at him, but he was only looking at me. “I found a car for you, son, and for a hundred bucks, it’s yours, ” he said. “She’s a 12-year-old coupe. Runs good but needs paint.” My jaw fell open and I dropped my rake. What I hadn’t mentioned earlier to my…

PORSCHE CAYMAN FROM $115,900

PORSCHE CAYMAN FROM $115,900

The Porsche 718 Cayman repeated the success of its predecessors by scooping World Performance Car of the Year in 2017, marking a trio of wins since it became the hardtop companion to the Boxster in 2005. It was thoroughly deserved and came despite — or perhaps because of — new drivelines that changed the car’s character, with the previous 2.7-litre and 3.4-litre six-cylinder naturally aspirated engines replaced by turbocharged boxer four-cylinders of 2.0-litres and 2.5-litres. The fours share DNA with the turbo 3.0-litre sixes now in the 911 and bring both more power (18kW for each) and efficiency gains of up to 13 per cent. The Cayman’s previous slight power advantage over the Boxster disappears with the 718 and the coupe becomes the entry model for the first time, with the 220kW 2.0-litre…

The Synth Factory HoriZEN Software Synth

The Synth Factory HoriZEN Software Synth

Finding a versatile synth plug-in that caters for all musical styles can feel like quite a challenge. However HoriZEN, from The Synth Factory, makes every effort to seamlessly bridge the gap from EDM to atmospheric, with plenty of unique variations along the way. Housed within its own software interface, HoriZEN is a new ROMpler-style plug-in which, from its opening sonic salvo, dispenses a colour reminiscent of a CS-80, through the patch called ‘Look to the HoriZEN’. This speaks for itself! Character HoriZEN is heavily laden with impressive functionality. At the core is a ROMpler engine that allows the layering of up to four samples. Synth Factory provide some fine examples here, with over 500 sample sources ranging from vintage to contemporary, and stylistic highlights suitable for most genres of music. The samples…

STAYING SAFE in EXTREME TEMPERATURES

STAYING SAFE in EXTREME TEMPERATURES

The great outdoors can be enjoyed in all seasons. However, it is important to be aware of the effects extreme temperatures have on the human body. Learning the danger signs and planning ahead allows everyone to stay safe during grand adventures. Before considering how to react in an extreme heat crisis, carefully plan ahead to prevent an emergency. Choose a location with shade and near water. Check the weather forecast. When soaring temperatures are possible, plan outdoor activities for early in the day or late evening. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and a hat. Bring along plenty of water (preferably with electrolytes), protect your skin, go slower than usual, and take breaks. Plan on eating a salty snack once an hour. Also, let someone know where you are going and use…

GADGET GURU

GADGET GURU

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

SCULPTURAL Bliss

SCULPTURAL Bliss

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1859) lived in Philadelphia from 1838 to 1844. Outside his home there, now a National Historic Site, David Caccia’s black painted bronze sculpture of a raven with an 8-foot wingspan sits atop a 12-foot steel pedestal and casts ominous shadows on the house’s wall. Poe’s masterpiece, “The Raven”, represents “Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance” according to the poet. The raven has been trained to utter only one word, “Nevermore.” The narrator mourns his lost love and is reminded he can never hold onto her. “Nevermore” emphasizes his longing and despair. The last stanza of the poem summarizes the forbidding and forboding of the black bird to the narrator’s study. And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber…

BEAR!

BEAR!

Anyone who hikes, camps, hunts or fishes in bear country has thought about it. Those who live or work where bears also live need to be ready for it. Discussion groups online are filled with opinions on it. Friends around campfires entertain each other with legends about it. What should you do when confronted by a bear? SLIM CHANCES First know this: despite highly publicized accounts, bear attacks—and specifically human fatalities from bear attacks—are extremely rare. How rare? Well, that’s a tricky question because every source seems to document its statistics a bit differently. Some list any type of encounters, some actual attacks, some include incidents in zoos, some include only stats where human fatalities occurred. One source (Blog.Batchgeo.com) lists 183 fatalities from bears in North America since 1784. For our purposes, discounting the…

Yeah, YOU CAN PICKLE THAT!

Once the recipes have gone through the pickling process, they’ll appear a little cloudier in the jars than what you see here—but they’ll still be delicious! Spicy Pickled Strawberries I developed a unique healthy recipe to feature my most-loved spring and summer berry. My favorite way to serve these strawberries is as an appetizer with cheese. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, CA Prep: 10 min. + chilling • Makes: 6 servings ½ cup rice vinegar1 tsp. chili garlic sauce1 tsp. toasted sesame oil½ tsp. grated orange zest½ tsp. black sesame seeds1 green onion, minced2 lbs. fresh strawberries, hulled In a bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Add strawberries and stir to coat. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. If desired, transfer to jars and cover tightly; store in refrigerator up to 2 days. ¾ CUP 85 cal.,…

Yeah, YOU CAN PICKLE THAT!
WINDMILL CEILING FANS

WINDMILL CEILING FANS

When Kelly Eggers kept getting in trouble with her neighborhood’s HOA because her truck was too big to fit in the garage, she knew it was time to return to her farm-girl roots, leave the city, and move back to the country. Eggers grew up on her grandparents’ farm in Kansas before adulthood and her corporate career took her away from the lifestyle she loved. Once she made the decision to move to a property with acreage in North Texas, she and her husband, Phillip, started working on plans to build, not just their dream home and dream barn, but both in one. The concept of living in a beautiful barndominium took shape. By this time, Eggers’ grandmother, whose health was declining, had moved into an assisted-living facility and invited Eggers to take whatever…

JOURNEYS of exploration

JOURNEYS of exploration

When Alexandre Kantorow walks on stage he exudes a curious combination of shy bewilderment and casual self-assurance, as if he can’t quite believe that he’s in front of all these people yet knows that everything is going to be OK. When he plays the piano, the music seems to flow through his body; he never looks under pressure or physical strain, even when performing the most demanding repertoire. His movements are free and loose yet precise, like a well-coordinated rag doll. He is one of the most relaxed pianists you could imagine. Casual self-assurance can easily tip over into knowing arrogance. But with Kantorow it never does, and speaking with him only enhances this impression. We meet first at his UK debut recital at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s Southbank…

GROW YOUR OWN

GROW YOUR OWN

THE FIRST TOMATO you grow yourself will probably be the most expensive one you ever eat. The same is true of peppers, zucchini, carrots, and any other crops you raise. While costs do go down as you gain expertise and reuse tools and materials, your initial gardening efforts will be less a means of saving money than a commitment to a hobby. But it’s a rewarding hobby that builds skills, drives you a bit nuts, and offers you the means in uncertain times of supplying yourself and your neighbors with your favorite fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Supply came home to me as an issue when there were no garlic bulbs to be found at the market. “The whole shipment came in rotten,” the produce manager told me. “It looked like it…

Rush’s Moving Pictures at 40: A superdeluxe artifact

Rush’s Moving Pictures at 40: A superdeluxe artifact

Certain albums stand as monuments because of the influence they had on contemporary and future musicians despite having little commercial success. The Velvet Underground & Nico comes to mind. So do the early Ramones albums. And then there are albums that had just as much influence but were megahits—a much rarer thing. One of those, surely, is Rush’s Moving Pictures, a multiplatinum seller with hits that have stayed in rotation on certain FM radio stations ever since the album’s release more than 40 years ago. Moving Pictures has influenced generations of rock, prog, grunge, and even jazz musicians. Its pairing of virtuoso musicianship with radio-friendly riffs, hooks that are at once edgy and direct, and lyrics that are at the same time plain-spoken and enigmatic captured the imaginations of nascent MTV-generation…

NARMER FIRST PHARAOH OF EGYPT

NARMER FIRST PHARAOH OF EGYPT

Five thousand years ago, there was no single nation of Egypt—at least not as it exists today. There were, and had been for thousands of years, two lands: Upper Egypt in the south and Lower Egypt in the north. There are millennia-old inscriptions on ceramics and depictions of leaders from each kingdom that show two distinct entities with different sets of traditions. Prior to unification, depictions of kings showed different regalia. Rulers of Upper Egypt wore a tall white crown called a hedjet, while in Lower Egypt kings donned a short red crown called a deshret. Around 3100 b.c., a king of Upper Egypt, known as Narmer, changed all that. By incorporating the lands west of the fertile, triangular Nile Delta region into his own kingdom—which spanned the lush Nile Valley…

BAD AND BEAUTIFUL

Knives with attitude always have been popular among many makers and cutlery enthusiasts, and, if you’ve ever been to a BLADE Show*, chances are you’ve seen some eyepopping examples. Many have in-your-face themes, with daggers and fighters getting lots of love among them. If Samuel Lurquin’s Wardog Fighter looks familiar, that’s because it is—it served as one of three cover knives for the June BLADE.. However, due to space requirements, we were unable to give the knife its just due in that issue, so we correct that oversight here. Sam is an ABS master smith from Belgium who makes bullet-proof tactical fixed blades ticketed for extreme “rough ’n tumble” use beyond the call of duty. Sam’s English is somewhat limited, so we turned to Dave Ellis, proprietor of Exquisite Knives, who specializes…

BAD AND BEAUTIFUL

A Guide to Money and Divorce

One thing I learned from a friend who recently went through a contentious divorce is that knowing about your finances is as important as knowing your legal rights. I also learned that’s often easier said than done when women are caught up in the emotional trauma of divorce, especially if children are involved. And regardless of how much you know about your family’s finances, you’re likely to be gobsmacked by the sheer volume of information you’ll be asked to provide. If you are in this situation, one of the first things you’ll have to do is compile a statement of net worth, listing such items as income, expenses, assets and liabilities. “This can be a huge challenge if you don’t pay the bills or know the passwords,” says Lisa Zeiderman, managing…

A Guide to Money and Divorce
Crochet essentials

Crochet essentials

HOW-TO VIDEOS For handy videos and step-by-step picture tutorials, visit www.gathered.how/crochet-for-beginners HOLDING THE HOOK Try these methods and see which works best HOLDING THE YARN Even tension results in even stitches MAKING A SLIPKNOT The first loop on the hook CHAIN STITCH Use this stitch to make your foundation chain How to count chains TREBLE CROCHET (tr) US term: double crochet One of the most popular stitches in crochet, this simple stitch is twice as high as a double crochet stitch DOUBLE TREBLE CROCHET (dtr) US term: treble crochet This is a stitch regularly used as an elongated version of the treble (described above). It’s worked in a very similar way to the treble, as follows: 1 Make a foundation chain. Skip 4ch, *yrh twice, and insert the hook under the top loop of the next ch. 2 Yrh, pull the yarn through the ch…

Elden Ring

Elden Ring

LET’S GET THE elephant in the room out of the way first. Elden Ring is a Souls game. From Software’s string of action RPGs have a reputation for being brutally hard and unforgiving. From the original Demon’s Souls in 2 09, via the main Dark Souls trilogy and Eldritchs pinoff Bloodborne, players have thrown themselves against the twin terrors of a game world designed to make them suffer, and gigantic bosses with matching health bars built to hammer home the point. Sometimes literally. However, Elden Ring sees the Souls game, previously a Metroidvania-like dungeon-crawl that offered little sympathy to the underpowered character (or even those who found the controller a bit awkward to use) take a new approach. There’s nothing as scandalous as an Easy mode, but the open-world setting does…

agency leaders

Maria D’Amato Executive creative director, GSD&M ON THE ROAD BACK TO GSD&M “I worked in digital design at agencies like Engage (later Moxie Interactive) and Schematic (later Possible Worldwide) but really found my footing during my first stint at GSD&M. When R/GA opened their Austin office, I left GSD&M to start the visual design practice there. I helped to grow the office, the team and the client roster, but eventually heard the siren song of my old stomping grounds as GSD&M was getting ready to launch [the] Experience Design [program].” RECENT WORK “Command the Stack,” a concept that created “the world’s first AR flight simulator game, [giving] players an exciting look at some of the U.S. Air Force’s most advanced aircraft and the missions they lead. The game is based on a real Air Force…

agency leaders
ROLLS-ROYCE

ROLLS-ROYCE

The ‘one of one’ Rolls-Royce Phantom Orchid has been designed for Singapore. The orchid was selected as an inspirational theme for resilience, beauty and strength. Orchids have long been a focal point for art through the ages, but this is the first time they have been chosen for a Rolls-Royce commission. The orchid is the most coveted of ornamental plants: elegant, exotic, graceful yet hardy. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Singapore unveils ‘one of one’ Phantom Orchid Created by the marque’s Bespoke Collective at Goodwood in collaboration with artist Helen Amy Murray The ‘one of one’ Rolls-Royce Phantom Orchid has been designed for Singapore. The orchid was selected as an inspirational theme for resilience, beauty and strength. Orchids have long been a focal point for art through the ages, but this is the first time…

¿Qué es el proyecto MoonRanger?

¿Qué es el proyecto MoonRanger?

La Universidad Carnegie Mellon y la startup Astrobotic –ambas estadounidenses– están desarrollando en colaboración con la NASA el róver MoonRanger, un pequeño y rápido vehículo autónomo que buscará agua en la Luna y será lanzado el 7 de diciembre de 2022. Con el tamaño aproximado de una maleta mediana y 18 kilos de peso, recorrerá el polo sur lunar en busca de hielo y lo hará a un ritmo de un kilómetro diario, una velocidad sin precedentes para este tipo de vehículos espaciales. El MoonRanger proporcionará precisos mapas en 3D de la superficie de las regiones polares del satélite, en particular de sus cráteres y fosas. Dado que estas depresiones topográficas proyectan sombras muy amplias, deberá desplazarse en la oscuridad, y por eso dispone de visión nocturna: proyecta líneas láser hacia…

Once again, Manchin blocks a climate bill

Once again, Manchin blocks a climate bill

What happened President Biden and congressional Democrats scrambled this week to salvage the remnants of their domestic agenda, after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) effectively killed a package of tax increases on the wealthy and corporations, a boost in health-care spending, and a program to cut climate-change emissions by 50 percent by 2030. Since last December, when Manchin scuttled a scaled-down, $2 trillion version of Biden’s ambitious Build Back Better social-spending bill, he and Senate Democrats had negotiated to create a more modest alternative. But last week Manchin infuriated Democrats by pulling the plug on the effort, saying that due to rising inflation he wouldn’t support any climate spending or tax increases. The support of the red-state centrist Democrat, whose state remains dependent on fossil fuel companies and who owns a coal…

More Brexit drama

More Brexit drama

London The EU said this week it would launch legal action against the U.K. after Boris Johnson’s government introduced legislation to amend the agreement on how goods are moved between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. When the U.K. was negotiating its exit from the EU, the main sticking point was how to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland, a British province, and Ireland, an EU member. The compromise—which Johnson personally praised and promoted—was the Northern Ireland Protocol, which requires customs checks for goods to and from Northern Ireland. But now, Johnson wants to remove some checks to placate unionists in Northern Ireland who say the province is being treated as a foreign country. The EU said it flat-out refuses to renegotiate any portion of the Brexit treaty. Deportation policy in turmoil London The…

Beyond Optimism and Pessimism

I am so crushed by the weight of personal illness, the death of my sister from COVID, the war in Ukraine, racism and religious bigotry at home, and environmental collapse everywhere, I can hardly get myself up in the morning. I want to be an optimist, but I am becoming a pessimist. How can I hold on to being an optimist? RABBI RAMI: Rather than worrying about being optimistic or pessimistic, focus on being activistic: doing what you can to alleviate suffering and promote justice in the world. If you are optimistic, you may assume your efforts will impact the world for the good. If you are pessimistic, you may doubt your efforts will have any impact at all. But neither position matters. What matters is what you do, not what…

Beyond Optimism and Pessimism

How to Catch a Killer

THE MISSING DAUGHTER NEW LISKEARD, ONT. |1996 A teenager decides to walk home alone and is never seen again Nothing bad seemed to happen in New Liskeard, a small lakeside town in northeastern Ontario, until one September evening in 1996, when Mélanie Ethier—a 15-year-old who had recently told her best friend she wanted to become a teacher—went to her friend Ryan Chatwin’s house to watch the thriller Sudden Death. Around 1:30 a.m., Ethier said good night. On another day, she likely would have called home for a ride, but her house’s land line had been cut off; her family was behind on the bill. So she chose to walk alone. It was roughly a kilometre to her house. According to one unproven witness account, when Ethier crossed a bridge along her route, two men…

How to Catch a Killer

The vulnerability of joy

Have you ever left a lovely catch-up with a family member, feeling full with joy and gratitude, only to find yourself imagining something terrible happening to them? Perhaps you’ve noticed yourself feeling excited about a new romantic relationship, but then you’re met with a wave of anxiety and thoughts that it will end. Or maybe you’ve experienced a positive event such as getting a new job or promotion, and then thought that it was too good to be true. Foreboding joy In her book Beautiful World, Where Are You, Sally Rooney poignantly captures how fear is the thief of joy and how we can get in the way of our own joy. She describes her character Eileen’s experience: “What if I’m the one who can’t let myself be happy? Because I’m scared…

The vulnerability of joy

PB’S GIANT REIGN E+ 1

Countless hours on the trails make this the ultimate test of performance as well as reliability £6,299 / 29/27.5in / giant-bicycles.com I’ve spent the best part of the last three months fettling the Giant Reign E+ 1 and I’ve finally got it how I want it. The last piece in the puzzle was moving the flip-chip in the rocker link to the high geometry setting, which raised the bottom bracket height by 5mm and steepened the head angle by 5mm. I did this not because I was constantly clipping pedals, but because raising the BB height (and my centre-of-gravity) makes it easier to destabilise the bike, which in turn makes it more manoeuvrable. It helps that the steeper head angle also shortens the front centre measurement, making it easier to load the…

PB’S GIANT REIGN E+ 1
NORTHERN LIGHTS

NORTHERN LIGHTS

“READING THE MAP IN ITSELF BECOMES PART OF THE GAMEPLAY” Oskar Stålberg joined UsTwo Games for two reasons. Firstly, the pay was better than he could get at Ubisoft. And secondly, like 26 million others with a mobile phone, he’d been wowed by Monument Valley – the mesmeric, Escher-like puzzle game about manipulating miniature dioramas. As it turned out, however, Monument Valley was the business of UsTwo’s London office. Working in Malmö, Stålberg was stuck instead with a Play-Doh project – not the kind of snowglobe worldbuilding he’d hoped for. Since going indie, Stålberg has made up for lost time – making a name for himself as a developer of exquisite, shrunken worlds which delight the players who look in on them. “I’ve always been fascinated by those kinds of things,” he says.…

Solide Unterhaltung

Solide Unterhaltung

Das Albrecht DR 895 CD gibt es in Walnuss, wie unser Testmuster, und in Schwarz. Beide Farbvarianten haben eine Oberfläche in Holztextur, was viel unempfindlicher ist als beispielsweise Hochglanzlack. Albrecht hat mit dem DR 895 zwar nicht das Radio neu erfunden – es baut sogar in weiten Teilen auf das 890 CD auf, was wir vor einigen Jahren ebenfalls im Test hatten – man hat vielmehr dem bewährten Design und der gleichermaßen bewährten Technik eine grundlegende Überarbeitung gegönnt. Das Gehäuse baut nun großzügiger in die Höhe, was mehr Platz für Lautsprecher und Display schafft. Einfachste Bedienung Das Display ist mit gut zehn Zentimetern Diagonale so großzügig, dass man beispielsweise die Icons des Hauptmenüs locker zweizeilig abbilden kann, ohne dass sie von weitem nicht mehr zu erkennen sind. Ohnehin macht das Menü…

TON COLET WINS THE BEST SOMMELIER IN CATALONIA 2022 CONTEST

TON COLET GANA EL CONCURSO AL MEJOR SOMMELIER DE CATALUNYA 2022 After two years during which, due to Covid-19, it had not been possible to hold any sommelier competitions, neither in Spain nor its regions, the Catalan Association of Sommeliers (ACS) held its Best Sommelier in Catalonia Competition in mid-March at the Fórum Gastronómio in Girona. The ACS competition’s purpose is to build and disseminate knowledge of the sommelier profession, along with wines and gastronomic products from around the world (but with a special focus on those from Catalan), and to further strengthen the bonds, friendship and collaboration between wine professionals. The ACS has around 500 professional members and is a non-profit organisation that works primarily to promote the profession of sommelier and all the training and promotional activities associated with the…

TON COLET WINS THE BEST SOMMELIER IN CATALONIA 2022 CONTEST

WHAT’S THE FUCKING DEAL?

SOMETIME IN the last year, NBA executives noticed something alarming—like, really fucking alarming: press conferences peppered with profanities, f-bombs flying freely. S-bombs and other assorted bombs, too. So before it could turn into a full-blown shitstorm, the league decided to act. Memos were sent, warnings issued, fingers wagged. The message? Curtail the cursing, or pay the price for your impudence. Then came the fines. Knicks forward Julius Randle was hit for $25,000 in early January, for saying (twice) that he wanted his critics to “shut the fuck up”—an “egregious use of profane language,” according to the league’s statement. The next week, Nets star Kevin Durant was hit for $15,000 for calling the schedule “fucked up”—a quote the league deemed merely “profane,” though clearly not egregious, given the lesser fine. In April, feisty Timberwolves…

WHAT’S THE FUCKING DEAL?

Set the music free

A WALK AWAY FROM THE COTSWOLD town of Stow-on-the-Wold, site of the final battle of the first Civil War, lies the village of Longborough. Blink and you’ll miss it. Though it has been settled for 5,000 years, its mark on cultural life is a recent one, made possible by the conversion of a chicken barn into an unlikely opera house. It was the dream, realised in 1998, of Lizzie and Martin Graham. They got the idea while watching an opera on television. Its 500 seats come from the refurbished Covent Garden. The building’s façade — a literal and metaphorical one, for the auditorium remains rather basic — is topped by statuettes of a trinity of composers. The beloved figures of Verdi and Mozart on either side, with Wagner, no one’s idea…

Eat Your Fish and Have It Too

Eat Your Fish and Have It Too

My 16th summer was all about fish. That is, it was all about catching fish. While other boys spent their teenage summers earning money or playing baseball, I chased fish. Largemouth bass, bluegills, catfish and redeyes were in my dreams, awake or sleeping. But mostly, the dreams were about bass. My fishing tutors—outdoor sports magazines—glorified bass. And I became very good at catching the largemouths. Fish passion had even brought me fame and prizes as I had won the Boy Scout Fishing Jamboree. Fortunately, my widowed mother owned an isolated cabin on a little river. On school nights, we stayed in town. But the cabin felt like home. Big trees walled the clear, cold river with green. In places, the running water was shallow enough to wade across. A mile below the…

AMBASSADOR OF FLAVOUR

AMBASSADOR OF FLAVOUR

There are certain advantages of opening a property during the pandemic. Despite the hurdles, it gave Raffles Bali’s director of culinary Gaetan Biesuz and his team enough time to bring their culinary offerings to perfection. “Time is of the essence if you want to pursue greatness. You should not rush the process, otherwise you lose the opportunity to understand how far you can go. Instead, we have used it wisely to research, learn, discover, define, and build what we want to achieve as a team. Every day is an opportunity to make things better,” says Biesuz. Since its opening in 2020, Raffles Bali has been building its reputation as a leading dining destination in Bali. Located in Jimbaran, the all-villa property’s culinary team has been occupied with sourcing for local produce…

cook the cover

cook the cover

Bring home the (hassel)bacon with our creamy chicken bake in a carbonara sauce. let’s go! 1.2kg even-sized baby coliban (chat) potatoes20g butter1 brown onion, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, crushed500ml (2 cups) pouring cream2 tsp Massel Stock Powder Chicken Style2 (about 330g in total) barbecue chicken breasts, skin removed, torn into thick strips6 short cut bacon rashers40g (⅓ cup) pre-grated 3 cheese blendFresh chives, chopped, to servegarlic butter50g butter, melted1 garlic clove, thinly sliced creamy chicken hasselbacon carbonara with garlic butter serves 4 | prep 30 mins | cooking 1 hour 10 mins 1 Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan forced. Cut a small slice lengthways off 1 potato so it sits flat on the chopping board. Place a bamboo skewer on either side of the potato (see tips, p16). Use a small sharp knife to make…

When a Tension Gets Attention

Q I’ve seen lots of therapists in my life, but I’ve never been able to get rid of my self-esteem problem. I try so hard to feel good about myself and my life, but there’s always somewhere I fall short. Is there any way to fix this problem, or do I just have to live with it? KEVIN: I remember a classmate in grade school telling me I was built upside down. When I asked why, he said, “Because your feet smell and your nose runs.” “Run” has a hundred or so meanings in English! A playful way into your question about fixing your self-esteem is to explore a different meaning of “fix.” When a problem refuses to be fixed, it may indicate that we need to fix our attention on…

When a Tension Gets Attention

The New Age of the Society Swan

THEY WERE WALKING, breathing Slim Aarons photos come to life—literally. The photographer who defined midcentury style by taking photos of “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places” frequently captured them at home and at play, and often both. Some 60 years later, much like “walkers” and long lunches at La Côte Basque, these stylish women—whom Truman Capote dubbed his “swans”—have largely faded from view. But this season, they took wing again. Look no further than the 2022 prefall shows at New York Fashion Week, where the swans’ silhouettes found their way into collections as varied as Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Khaite, and Christopher John Rogers—complete with some thoroughly modern updates. At Oscar, perfectly cut tweed suits came with statement buttons and bare midriffs. Carolina Herrera’s models stood on…

The New Age of the Society Swan

Seen and Unseen

Color is frequently a point of discussion when observing art. “The color is vibrant,” one might say, or “Those colors seem to really pop.” Often viewers will pick out their favorite colors—sapphire blues in mountain lakes, oranges that warm and soothe within sunsets, or the emeralds of an eye that peers out of a painting—as their attention slips through the different hues in an artwork. What many viewers don’t discuss, at least not as much, is value—the lightness and darkness of a color. A painting’s values are right there in every corner and every color of the work, and yet values are so strongly tied to color they can be tricky to wrap your head around. Sometimes it’s helpful when color can be stripped away entirely, which is what RJD Gallery…

Seen and Unseen
A Camera Light as a Pen

A Camera Light as a Pen

Forgotten Filmmakers of the French New Wave a film series at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, May 4–June 2, 2022; and the Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 6–June 19, 2022 The Legacy of the New Wave in French Cinema by Douglas Morrey. Bloomsbury, 263 pp., $135.00; $36.95 (paper) French New Wave: A Revolution in Design by Tony Nourmand, Graham Marsh, and Christopher Frayling. Reel Art, 302 pp., $59.95 The curators of the series “Forgotten Filmmakers of the French New Wave” have set more than one trap for themselves with their provocative theme. As cinema studies have increasingly moved to expand the canon by incorporating works that were once treated as minor or marginal, if not altogether ignored, the criteria for evaluating a film’s aesthetic worth or a director’s historical…

ASSASSIN’S SPEED

ASSASSIN’S SPEED

@JORDANFARLEY It was only a matter of time until David Leitch directed Brad Pitt in an action movie. The pair met when Leitch was Pitt’s stunt double on Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and their friendship deepened over four more actor/stunt performer team-ups. Then Leitch moved into directing with John Wick and Atomic Blonde, and Pitt, mightily impressed, signed up for a hilarious one-second cameo as The Vanisher in the Leitch-helmed Deadpool 2. “We have a great relationship and we fell back into some great banter, ” Leitch tells Teasers, confirming there was only ever one choice to play Bullet Train’s antihero Ladybug, an assassin we follow onto the titular Japanese Shinkansen and into a screeching succession of fast-paced (300km an hour!) set-pieces. “Brad is the epitome of cool and he’s so good…

ACADEMY of ART UNIVERSITY

ACADEMY of ART UNIVERSITY

GRADUATION FASHION SHOW St. Brigid Church, San Francisco, CA May 12, 2022 ALLYN MAE FOX, BFA Fashion Design GRADUATION YEAR: 2022 Allyn Mae Fox, BFA Fashion Design, grew up in Manila, Philippines. For her thesis collection, Fox found inspiration while observing passengers sitting on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains, waiting for their stops. It reminded her of time spent in quarantine, with everyone’s lives put on pause. To develop her looks, Fox used the design software CLO3D to translate her designs from 2D to 3D, allowing her to create her patterns and toiles with less waste. BLAICI XIONG, BFA Fashion Design GRADUATION YEAR: 2022 Blaici Xiong, BFA Fashion Design, grew up in Sacramento, California. As a young Hmong-American artist, Xiong is deeply committed to her culture. With deep roots in Hmong culture, Xiong bases her thesis collection…

The Japanese art of cultivating a purposeful life

The Japanese art of cultivating a purposeful life

The quest for meaning in life is something that humans have pursued as far back as we have scripture. From philosophers and artists to your own quiet moments or dinner table conversations, the questions continually surface for individuals: “What is the meaning of my life?”, “How do I find my passion?”, “Can I wake up with joy for what I do each day?” and “What is the secret to longevity?” Turning to the wisdom of the Japanese culture, the mysteriously beautiful yet pragmatic concept of ikigai is a time-proven compass, stemming from ancient tradition to modern day application, to cultivate a long life of purpose and happiness — and you can apply it to your earthly experience too. The meaning of ikigai Ikigai ( ) is composed of Japanese characters that translate…

High-Revving Classics

High-Revving Classics

SUZUKI CAPPUCCINO (1991-1998) Japanese market constraints produced the Cappuccino, the ‘C’ in the so-called ‘ABC’ of tiny sporting coupes built in the 1990s to push the yellow-plate, taxcheating ‘kei car’ class to its limits. Unlike the Mazda-Autozam AZ-1 (A) or Honda Beat (B), official UKmarket versions of the Cappuccino were produced between 1993 and ’95, before emissions legislation killed it off. Unlike our other cars, the Cappuccino was turbocharged – allowed under the kei car rules despite a maximum horsepower extraction of 63bhp imposed on its 657cc engine. UK cars were all red or silver; that turbo-intercooled 12-valve engine made a decent fist of pushing along its 725kg kerb weight. Rust claimed many examples, with parallel Japanese Domestic Market import cars particularly vulnerable unless a winter rust protection pack was fitted. Thirst for…

ADAM’S 22 STYLE TIPS FOR 2022

1 OPT FOR OUTSTANDING OUTERWEAR Think about it: Your coat is the first thing people see, so why not make it fabulous? This hooded anorak comes in perfect-for-spring hues and is water- and windproof. 2 Find Your Nude Consider a heel, wedge, or flat that matches your skin tone the LBD of the shoe world. It lengthens and slims legs, can be worn from winter to fall, and goes with every ensemble. 3 BE A WRAP STAR Swimsuit shopping can be a pain in the area you are trying to cover. A plunging one piece with a waist-defining wrap front is always foolproof—it works on every body type. This one has compression and goes up to size 22. 4 Pick a Carryall That Does It All A bag that works in different ways (crossbody, fanny pack, shoulder…

ADAM’S 22 STYLE TIPS FOR 2022

On the Nose

CADDO LAKE STATE PARK 245 Park Road 2, Karnack. 903-679-3351; tpwd.texas.gov One morning in early September 2020, a tanker truck from the National Fish Hatchery in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, rumbled down US 271 toward Caddo Lake in East Texas. Normally, the truck carries bass and other sport fish in its tank, ready to replenish one of Texas’ many reservoirs. That day, however, the tank was filled with something curious: 6,500 baby paddlefish, velvet-skinned beasts with long oar-like noses, called “rostrums,” and faintly shocked expressions. The American paddlefish is the last surviving species of a 125-million-year-old family, according to Timothy Bister, a district fisheries biologist at Texas Parks and Wildlife. (Its last remaining relative, the Chinese paddlefish, was driven extinct between 2005 and 2010.) Growing up to 5 feet long and weighing around 100 pounds, paddlefish once…

On the Nose
EQUIPMENT CORNER

EQUIPMENT CORNER

UPDATE Instant-Read Thermometers An instant-read thermometer is one of the most essential kitchen tools. Our former favorite, the ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4, has been discontinued, so we tested its replacement, the ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE (model THS-235-447), and found that it has all the features we loved in our previous favorite: It sports a large, grippy handle that is easy to hold in different positions; a rotating screen with large, highly legible bers; and a backlight that goes on when viewing conditions numare dim. Like the Mk4, it’s waterproof to a water depth of 39 inches for 30 minutes, it goes to sleep when not in use, and the display wakes up automatically when you pick up the entire unit. The ONE improves on the Mk4, though: As its name indicates, it takes…

Get with the programmers

Get with the programmers

cm How did you get into music software? JG “I’ve had a keen interest in plugins for a very long time. I followed the latest developer news and always wished I could one day make my own. Now that is a reality, and I spend a lot of my time (even when asleep) dreaming up some new concepts for plugins.” cm What makes your plugins stand out? JG “When thinking up new ideas for plugins, I have two main goals. First I like to find a way to offer as many features and options as possible, while simultaneously making the plugin easy and fast to use. This balancing act is important to me. Secondly, I try to innovate in some way. Either with a completely new concept or a more efficient or interesting…

THE NEW BOSS

Dear Reader, As this magazine goes to press, Elon Musk, who is attempting to buy Twitter, has announced that, once he ascends to the helm of the micro-blogging colossus, a certain politician who was previously banned from the platform will be let back in. I’ll pop in with my usual disclaimer: We talk about tech here, not politics. It doesn’t really matter who this politician is or whether you agree with the ban. The question is about whether a sensible process exists for moderating content and whether there will still be one if Musk completes his purchase. The news of this impending change is causing a stir throughout the Internet. Musk has declared himself a “free speech absolutist” [1] and has said that he considers Twitter to be a public square, where…

THE NEW BOSS

PRIDE STARS

One of Adweek’s core values is celebrating talent, leadership and innovation from all backgrounds and from all walks of life. We strive to showcase the veterans and rising stars who may not be getting as much recognition as they deserve. Each of these Pride Stars is special because they fully bring themselves to the table, embracing every part of their personality. They’re more than just a gay business designer or lesbian who started her own company. They’re multifaceted people who remind us all that we don’t have to limit ourselves to one label or identity—and that we’re more than just a stripe on a rainbow flag. From founder and CEO of Scout Lab Kaitlyn Barclay to fashion designer Telfar Clemens of Telfar, the 2022 Pride Stars—Adweek’s third annual honors—are an…

PRIDE STARS
TV Films

TV Films

SATURDAY JULY 2 CITY OF EMBER Steampunk curio TVNZ 2, 7.00pm A Terry Gilliam-esque kids’ sci-fi fantasy adapting the 2003 book by Jeanne DuPrau set in a labyrinthine underground city that pre-teens Saoirse Ronan and Harry Treadaway want to escape. It might have had a great cast (Bill Murray stars as the villainous mayor) and imaginative production design, but it’s otherwise forgettable. (2008) THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 Retweet Three, 7.00pm Yes, there have now been two movies based on the Angry Birds video game. This second one is better. Thankfully, it looks like the last. (2019) ONCE WERE WARRIORS Those eggs aren’t going to cook themselves Eden, 8.30pm A chance to revisit Rena Owen’s previous great New Zealand screen role ahead of Whina opposite the equally electric Temuera Morrison as Jake “The Muss” Heke. It’s often been voted the best NZ…

THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS

THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS

A family of four live in this newly-built good class bungalow (GCB). Unlike small houses where the challenge is to make more space, the challenge, in this case, was to enhance the spatial quality of the interior. The clients engaged Index Design when most of the structural works were near completion on the recommendation of architect Liu & Wo Architects. The homegrown firm was responsible for the interior concept design and development, spatial planning, material selection and detailing, interior fittings (including furniture selection), fixtures and equipment, project management, and completion. The family moved in at the end of 2021 after a three-year process. In keeping with the home’s modern tropical architectural style, the interior design features travertine walls and expansive full-height fenestrations set amidst a lush landscape. “We adapted the architect’s modern…

MICHAEL WOOD ON…

“We lament the loss of all the good things that come with city life” Watching with horror the destruction of Mariupol in Ukraine – the obliteration of a city of more than 400,000 people – my mind went to other cities, other times. More than 30 years ago, in the aftermath of the war with Iran, I went to southern Iraq, the heartland of ancient Sumer, and the sites of Nippur, Eridu and Uruk – the first true cities on Earth. Today the ruins of Uruk lie out in a windswept desert. Walking its six-mile circuit leaves an unforgettable feeling of the transience of human achievement. The site is 100-feet deep in debris; one’s feet crunch Ubaid pottery and Sasanian glass, the detritus of more than 5,000 years of city life. The…

MICHAEL WOOD ON…
Future Classic

Future Classic

Modern games you’ll still be playing in years to come MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY THE BACKGROUND Eidos-Montréal seemed like the perfect fit for an adventure based around Marvel’s lovable rogues when Eurogamer and Kotaku first revealed the news of a new Guardians Of The Galaxy game in January 2017. The Canadian developer was no stranger to imaginative, futuristic worlds, having been behind the acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution in 2011 and its sequel Mankind Divided in 2016. Of course, the Guardians were already familiar with many gamers thanks to the success of James Gunn’s blockbuster movies, the long-running comic-book series and Telltale Games’ own episodic adventure game which would debut a few months later in April 2017. There was clearly a thirst for the kooky quintet and superhero games in general, and…

BUILDING A BERRY PATCH

“With careful selection and enough space you could have an extended berry harvest from spring, throughout summer and into autumn” Winter is the perfect time to prepare your patch for that crop of summer berries you’ve always wanted. No more plastic punnets, an unrivalled depth of flavour and the joy of being able to pick the sweet taste of summer straight from the bush. Coming in many shapes and sizes, berry bushes and vines are a delicious and prolific addition to the edible garden. The group of plants we commonly call berries includes cane-grown fruits like raspberries, bush-grown fruits like blueberries and small plants like strawberries. Cane-fruiting berries can be unruly ramblers and usually require trellising, while bush-fruiting berries grow as compact-sized bushes or low spreading plants, and can be well suited…

BUILDING A BERRY PATCH
BUYER’S GUIDE: Aston Martin DB9

BUYER’S GUIDE: Aston Martin DB9

Performance 0-62mph/top speed 4.8 seconds/190mph Running costs 17mpg (coupé auto) £135 fill-up CO2 /tax 333-394g/km £600 SINCE 1913, Aston Martin has produced some of the most desirable and luxurious sporting cars. They’ve always been expensive to buy and run, but depreciation has brought the DB9 within reach. It’s nearly two decades since the first one was made, but it still looks attractive, sounds fabulous and is very quick. This might all sound like a recipe for a string of huge and unaffordable bills, but if you buy well, a DB9 needn’t cost a fortune to run. History THE Aston Martin DB9 coupé replaced the DB7 in spring 2004, with a 450bhp 5.9-litre V12 engine and manual or automatic transmissions. By the autumn there was a Volante convertible. In July 2006 an optional Sport Pack was introduced with reworked suspension, then in…

Sportier looks and new tech for Kia XCeed

Sportier looks and new tech for Kia XCeed

sean_carson@autovia.co.uk ● Revised grille, digital dials ● On sale towards end of year KIA’S XCeed accounts for 10 per cent of the brand’s total UK sales, so it’s no surprise the firm has updated its Driver Power-winning family crossover for 2022, adding more style and tech, while returning with a plug-in hybrid powertrain option. The design tweaks follow the facelifted Ceed hatchback, with new LED headlights and a revised front grille. There’s also been an emphasis on making the car look sportier. The silver skid plate on the lower front bumper and the new air curtains help here, as does the option of chunky 18-inch alloys and a new, racier GT-Line trim level. At the rear, there are new, slimmer LED light clusters, while the 44mm extra ground clearance over the standard Ceed hatchback gives…

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Studio Abbey Road, London Producer Norman Smith Released 1967 Infamously, Floyd’s debut album was recorded at Abbey Road’s Studio Three while The Beatles were piecing together Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band next door in Studio Two. Nearly half a century later the two records are still regarded as British psychedelia’s twin peaks and yet in tone they couldn’t be further apart. With Paul McCartney in the creative driving seat rather than the acid-affected Lennon, Pepper is an inclusive, beatific creation, one embraced instantly by millions of Britons. Piper, meanwhile, is unsettling, scary and full of trap doors and secret passageways. Even if the listener puts out of their mind the fate of its chief songwriter and listens as it would have been heard in 1967, darkness is wherever you look – from the…

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Death threats

Death threats

Seattle A 48-year-old man was arrested last week after allegedly yelling racist threats outside the house of Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) while carrying a .40-caliber handgun. A neighbor said the man, who lives just half a mile from the first Indian-American woman elected to the House, yelled “Go back to India!” and “I’m going to kill you!” near midnight. The neighbor also said the man drove by Jayapal’s home three times yelling profanities. Jayapal, 56, was home at the time and said the man tried to pitch a tent in front of her house. She said home security cameras documented his threats, but prosecutors did not immediately file hate-crime charges, citing a lack of hard evidence. As violent threats toward public officials escalate, Jayapal said, it would be a “terrible sign”…

Gross Anatomy

Gross Anatomy

“The first step in cinematographic thought seems to me to be the utilisation of existing objects and forms which can be made to mean everything, because nature is profoundly, infinitely versatile.”—Antonin Artaud, “Cinema and Abstraction” It’s been ten years since Sensory Ethnography Lab cine-anthropologists Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel made a quite literal splash at the 2012 Locarno Festival with their first feature-length collaboration, Leviathan, which still stands as arguably the single most impactful advancement in film language this century. “Here is a true 21st-century ethnography,” wrote Phil Coldiron in these pages, “cutting through the stories and forcing us to reconsider our mode of engaging with all that is not ourselves.” Their latest work, De Humani Corporis Fabrica—a film inspired by Andreas Vesalius’ like-named books on human anatomy (its initial 1543…

Letters

Letters

Welcome to the neighbourhood Here is a map of my neighbourhood (above), which is Bristol, but just the few roads immediately surrounding our house. I used Daler-Rowney System 3 acrylic paint with two shades of green for the background. The darker green was applied with cardboard strips, rather than a brush, to give a mottled effect. The field stripes on the right were applied with a credit card. I used a brush for the rest. The roads were painted with System 3 silver. I love the patterns that maps make. Clare Coyle Inspiration I have just invested in a set of Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and was wondering if anybody can give me some hints and tips on the best way of using them. I have had some drawings waiting in my drawer of Siamese fighting…

The Edible Flower Garden

The Edible Flower Garden

Some flowers and flower buds can be eaten - but often we don’t even realise that is what we are eating! Have you ever noticed the splashes of colour in a fancy restaurant salad – these are sometimes flower petals, perhaps from nasturtiums or sunflowers. Did you know that cauliflower and broccoli are actually developing flowers and that artichokes and capers are flower buds too? Flowers are underused and are very useful additions to our daily diet. Take zucchini flowers – these can be stuffed or simply battered and deep fried. Flowers add interest to salads or can also be added to jellies (e.g. rose petals in apple jelly). Violet flowers are often candied and make great cake decorations. Lavender flowers can be used to flavour chocolate, biscuits, and desserts. HOW…

Lessons from the Cobbfather

Damuck says watching Snoop’s open attitude in the kitchen is “infectious.” WORKING WITH SNOOP is just as fun as you’d think. Watching him try lychee (not a fan—“too much like an eyeball”) or his first homemade crouton (huge fan) was priceless. While I was helping on the set of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party—creeping in the background of their amazing friendship—he was endlessly curious, asking Martha to “teach him how to learn.” I’ve actually learned some things from Snoop too. When Martha told Snoop about my cookbook, Salad Freak (available now!), he lit up—both literally and figuratively: “A book of salads, that’s what I need!” Then he pitched me his idea for a BBQ Chicken Cobb, aka your classic Cobb, but with bling on it. It’s got smoky, sweet, and sticky…

Lessons from the Cobbfather
THE HURACAN ERA: CAR #20,000 ROLLS OFF AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI’S PRODUCTION LINE

THE HURACAN ERA: CAR #20,000 ROLLS OFF AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI’S PRODUCTION LINE

Eight-year success story through 12 road and three track versions Automobili Lamborghini announces Huracán number 20,000: an STO model in glorious Grigio Acheso Matt for a client in the Principality of Monaco. While the Huracán Super Trofeo Omologata is the pinnacle of Huracán performance in a road car with racing spirit, it heads an extended family of Huracán models that have delivered aspirated performance with characterized dynamic handling and driving emotion since its 2014 launch. “At its unveiling we said that with the Huracán, Lamborghini is writing the next chapter in its great history,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “The Huracán has delivered an evolution of design, technological know-how, driving adventures, track records and sales records since its launch. It was designed as a car to provide super sports…

TASTE VALENCIAN ORANGES

I’ve had oranges in my life since I was a little girl. When you’re from the Valencia region, they’re a constant presence; you grow up with boxes and fridges full of oranges. My house is surrounded by orange trees — as soon as I step outside, I see them. My uncles have orchards of oranges, my mother worked in a warehouse processing them, and throughout his life my father would spend the winters picking oranges and the summers preparing trees for the new season. It’s tough work; in our region, at least, it’s still done by hand — the pickers go to pick the fruit, they don’t use machines. You know an orange from Valencia as soon as you taste it — it has a unique flavour you won’t find anywhere else.…

TASTE VALENCIAN ORANGES

MY PATH TO THE ALTAR WITH T1D

i was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 10 and had no idea how it would impact my life. My condition means that my body doesn’t produce enough insulin, which helps blood sugar enter your cells to get used for energy. Without insulin, my blood sugar can get too high or too low and can be a huge risk to my health. As a result, I inject myself with insulin multiple times a day and constantly monitor my blood sugar. Now, at 28, I’m thriving as a smallbusiness owner while documenting my journey with T1D on social media. My mission is not to let my chronic illness stop me from doing what I love, like hiking and being active every day. I like music festivals, going out with friends…

MY PATH TO THE ALTAR WITH T1D

Seaside Heights

“I WAS HOME all the time, for the first time. My kids didn’t know what to do with me,” says Tess Sanchez, a Los Angeles-based mother of two and longtime talent and casting executive for a major studio in town. “I got laid off at the beginning of quarantine in 2020. And I’m not good with idle time.” You could say that Sanchez took on the project of remodeling a neglected and odd house in the Pacific Palisades, turning a cramped, dark space into a haven of natural light and beautiful textures, as a very exclusive hobby. While other people struggled to learn Italian, Sanchez designed a deck extension and toured marble yards with her builder via FaceTime. Some people got into jigsaw puzzles. Sanchez became an amateur construction forewoman. “I’ve always…

Seaside Heights
ALIVE AND KICKING

ALIVE AND KICKING

You can use almost any bait imaginable to entice a catfish—everything from grocery-store offerings like chicken liver, hot dogs and shrimp to homemade stinkbaits, dead fish and even lures like jigs and crankbaits. But the catfish’s incredible senses of taste and smell work best for tracking down live treats such as small fish, crayfish, worms, frogs and various insects. NIGHT CRAWLERS These big worms are first-rate catfish baits. Gather your own by raking through damp leaf litter, or purchase some at a bait dealer. Keep them cool—not cold—for longer life. They seem to work especially well when drifted in rivers and streams. Top Trick: One problem with crawlers is they tend to get lost when fished on the bottom. To remedy that, buy a Lindy Worm Blower—a little plastic bottle with a needle…

Jeremy Allen White Has Everyone Stressed

Jeremy Allen White Has Everyone Stressed

YOU’VE LIKELY SEEN the image floating around your feeds: Jeremy Allen White, hair rakishly disheveled, raising a tattooed forearm in brooding frustration. This still, from The Bear, has quickly sent an admirably loud faction of Twitter tumbling down a rabbit hole of tortured lust for White’s character—a fine-dining chef named Carmy who returns to Chicago to take over the family sandwich shop after his brother’s suicide—despite all better judgment. His face is kryptonite, vacillating between composed stillness and rapid emotional outbursts, eyes perpetually slightly wide regardless of who’s on the receiving end of his gaze. Carmy’s got a smile like an apology and a smirk like an inside joke. White, in his first lead TV role since Shameless, guides the series’ thrilling first season through turns both comedic and dramatic,…

4 IMPORTANT COMPOSITION RULES TO IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

4 IMPORTANT COMPOSITION RULES TO IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

In its most general terms, photographic composition is the way in which you compose an image through particular framing. Although there are hundreds of different composition rules and tips, the composition rules can be broadly narrowed down to these four that I’m going to discuss in this article. Let’s get started! BALANCE Balance is all about the visual weight of the elements in your image. When you look at a photograph the elements in it need to work together to produce a balanced image. There are many ways of achieving balance within an image. One of the simplest ways is to produce a symmetrical image. An image using reflectional symmetry, where one side of the composition is the exact mirror image of the other is an easy way to produce a balanced image.…

UN MUNDO SIN CONEXION A INTERNET

El certificado IdenTrust DST Root CA X3 es de autentificación que permite la conexión entre un equipo y el servidor de internet. El problema es que quedó obsoleto el 30 de septiembre del año pasado, imposibilitando que al menos un tercio de todos los equipos existentes en el mundo pudieran conectarse a la red. El problema pudo afrontarse creando actualizaciones de software para dispositivos como iPhone y iPad con versión iOS 9 o anteriores, computadoras Windows XP Service Pack 2 o anteriores, o consolas PlayStation 3 con firmware 5.00 o anteriores. En paralelo, Rusia lleva varios años desarrollando algunas alternativas para vivir al margen de las comunicaciones digitales globales y resistir así a las ofensivas digitales de Occidente. El 1 de noviembre del año 2019 entró en vigor la Ley del…

UN MUNDO SIN CONEXION A INTERNET

In at the start

Jim Lesurf has spent a lifetime in audio, both as an engineerat UK hi-fi company Armstrong and reader in physics and electronics at St Andrew’s University When did ‘hi-fi’ as a serious interest first become established in the UK? I’ve seen various dates claimed for this, based on different arguments. But I feel that the most sensible answer has to start with: ‘It depends…’! Of course, the most obvious event that can be identified as indicating when hi-fi became a ‘thing’ on these shores is the appearance of the first issue of Hi-Fi News, which was published in June 1956. EARLY GIANTS I was just starting primary school at the time, and I doubt anyone within a mile of where I lived would have recognised the term ‘hi-fi’ back then. But the magazine’s…

In at the start

Of Many Minds

The Navy Yard Garden & Art, in partnership with the Boston Planning & Development Agency, is offering the public the unique experience, Of Many Minds, featuring 20 large scale sculptures by Michael Alfano, to be displayed at the Charlestown Navy Yard along the Boston Harborwalk. Alfano’s monumental, figurative bronze and mixed media sculptures will be organized into groups of six along a one-mile section of the Harborwalk, stretching from the USS Constitution National Park to Mayor Menino Park at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, “where more than a million people per year, of all walks of life, will be able to access art and culture free of charge,” notes the exhibition press release. In addition, the artworks will be paired with open ended quotes to encourage other interpretations, while also furthering Alfano’s philosophical…

Of Many Minds
THE SUMMER is magic!

THE SUMMER is magic!

GEMMA GALGANI «Estate con le mie sorelle, Ida e un bel volo in Portogallo» «I miei progetti per l’estate, come direbbe il giornalista Ennio Flaiano per le idee, sono pochi ma ben confusi! Intanto, dopo due anni trascorsi a Roma, per quanto piacevoli nonostante il periodo del lockdown, a pochi giorni dal mio rientro a Torino, posso dire di sentirmi un po’ frastornata ma a casa. Altra prospettiva è quella di trascorrere un’estate in compagnia delle mie sorelle, con più tempo a disposizione per frequentarci e sostenerci reciprocamente: loro sono una componente essenziale della mia vita. Poi rivedrò con gioia infinita amici e amiche, che ho proprio la necessità di abbracciare e riprenderò le mie abitudini quotidiane, a partire dal caffè mattutino nello splendido Parco della Tesoriera. Parlando invece di spostamenti, trascorrerò…

What Are You Looking At?

Gawkers: Art and Audience in Late Nineteenth-Century France by Bridget Alsdorf. Princeton University Press, 285 pp., $60.00 The flaneur was a familiar figure in nineteenth-century Paris: a solitary, quasi-artistic man (though not always) who strolled the streets like an urban epicure. A psychogeographer perhaps, avant la lettre. Identified by Baudelaire in his essay “The Painter of Modern Life” (1863), he has become as essential to our picture of that period as the demimondaine, the fashionable café dansant, the top hat, and the glass of absinthe. It’s tempting to imagine tourists in the first half of the Belle Epoque waiting on boulevards to see one pass by with cane, monocle, and superior expression. The flaneur has also had an echoing afterlife: my first novel (Metroland, 1980) featured two pretentious adolescents in the London…

What Are You Looking At?
THE NEW KING ERIK

THE NEW KING ERIK

“WE ALL BOUGHT INTO HIS METHODS. IF TEN HAG HAD SAID ‘JUMP IN A DITCH’, WE WOULD HAVE DONE IT” There was rare emotion in Erik ten Hag’s voice, as he stood in front of his players one May morning in 2017. For once, the poker face was gone. For once, he was allowing his squad to stare into his soul. A day earlier, Ten Hag had vanished, to the surprise of players accustomed to his utter dedication to Utrecht. The decisive match of their season was hours away, and they didn’t know whether he’d turn up at all. That Sunday morning, Ten Hag returned – from the hospital, where he’d rushed after his son had been in a life-threatening traffic accident. He’d been there for his family; now he knew he…

It’s Time For Calendar Zero

It’s Time For Calendar Zero

Remember when “inbox zero” was everyone’s goal? The idea was that, someway and some-how, it was possible to clear your thoughts by clearing your inbox. As I write this, I have 131 unopened emails waiting for me. Inbox zero is a fantasy, and I accept that. I have come to believe that we should not define our success by (or tie our sanity to) things we cannot control ourselves. If anyone can email us—you could email me right now!—then the number of emails in our inbox at any given moment is out of our control. So instead of shooting for inbox zero, I have shifted my goal to something that is within my grasp. It’s called “Calendar Zero.” This is my term for a day without meetings. It is a day to do…

Conscience unclear

Conscience unclear

There was a time, in the Ancient Greek city state of Sparta, when votes were measured using acclamation voting: whichever side shouted the loudest, won. This practice, though undoubtedly invigorating, eventually yielded to the rather more logical system of counting. However, this ancient system now appears to have been resurrected, in the form of social media. As National MP Simon O’Connor found out, there is now such a thing as a conscience which dare not speak for terror of being pilloried by an electronic cacophony. In a week that provoked horrifying echoes of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the US Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade threatens more than the rights of women. It’s hard to read the court’s action as anything other than a massive betrayal of all citizens, given previous…

GLORIOUS TWELVES

GLORIOUS TWELVES

On the face of it, here we have two very different propositions: the V12-engined Jaguar (forever the affordable classic) and the rather more exotic Aston Martin in top-end Vantage form. Under the skin though, they share more than you might realise. And although they weren’t direct rivals back in the day, the twists of fate and the classic car market see them closer on value today than they’ve ever been. So, which of these V12 grand tourers gets our vote? JAGUAR XJS You’ll see the title above is ‘XJS’ rather than the hyphenated ‘XJ-S’, which signifies our choice of the post-1992 facelifted car to challenge the baggage of Aston Martin heritage. Financed by incoming Jaguar owner Ford Motor Company as an alternative to a proposed ‘F-Type’ then in development, the project cost…

PORSCHE MACAN FROM $84,800

PORSCHE MACAN FROM $84,800

Porsche’s Macan range, updated in mid-2021, opens with the 195kW/430Nm 2.0-litre turbopetrol base model at $84,800. The 280kW/520Nm 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbopetrol Macan S is $105,800. The 324kW/550Nm 2.9-litre twin-turbo GTS is $129,800. All variants are fitted with Porsche’s exceptionally slick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission, permanent all-wheel drive and Off-Road electronic drive modes. Macan GTS gained sports tuned air suspension as part of the update. Adaptive dampers are standard on S. Macan is more expensive than Audi’s Q5 (with which it shares around 30 per cent of its components), BMW’s X3 and the Range Rover Evoque. But even a cursory glance at its specifications suggests that Porsche offers segment-leading performance. Porsche’s self-penned “sports car of the (mid-sized) SUV segment” claim is backed up by healthy numbers. For the 0–100km/h sprint, they are 6.2 seconds for…

Wong Kim Ark, Face of U.S. Citizenship

Wong Kim Ark, Face of U.S. Citizenship

His American Life ca 1871-73 Wong Kim Ark is born in San Francisco, California to Chinese immigrants, Wong Si Ping and Wee Lee. 1882 The Chinese Exclusion Act passes, which limits Chinese immigration for 10 years and restricts naturalization. 1890 Wong returns to China with his parents. He marries and conceives a child before returning to the United States. 1895 U.S. officials challenge Wong’s citizenship while detaining him for months off the coast of California. He sues. 1898 Finding for Wong, the Supreme Court declares birthright citizenship the law of the land in the U.S. In 1897 the 14th Amendment was barely three decades old when it was put to the test, thanks to Wong Kim Ark. Ratified in 1868 in the aftermath of the Civil War, this addition to the U.S. Constitution defines U.S. citizenship in Section 1: “All persons…

To be or knot to be

To be or knot to be

IF you like fuss-free tough plants that flower for months, persicaria (knotweed and bistort) should be on your shopping list. Producing airy tapers of crimson, raspberry, pastel pink or ivory flowers, they add colour and informal style to borders and provide bees with nectar. These stalwart perennials can bloom from July into October, and sometimes November, and provide attractive foliage that can take on fiery tints in the autumn. However, it’s crucial to select the right type of persicaria! Upon reading the word knotweed, most gardeners will reel, thinking of the infamous Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica), which, indeed, used to be grouped within the same genus before being recategorised. Some species of persicaria, including P. wallichii and P. runcinata, can spread at an alarming rate and ought to be avoided, but…

STAGE & SCREEN CHOICE

STAGE & SCREEN CHOICE

Polished piano portrait Composer Alex Heffes takes to the keyboard to perform what is an impressive career showreel Alex Heffes Sudden Light – Themes for film and television (arr. solo piano) Alex Heffes (piano) Silva Screen SILCD1686 49:39 mins He is by no means the first composer to unpick their music for the screen and reimagine it on the piano keyboard, and stripping back pieces to their barest essentials can really expose both the music and the person behind it. But Alex Heffes has nothing to worry about, for the British composer (now based in the US) is as talented at playing his music as he is writing it, and so this is a very listenable survey of some of his best work for film and television. Real life drama has figured prominently in Heffes’s…

A PERFECT MARLIN 1894

I’ve always enjoyed shooting lever actions. I didn’t have as much time to use them as I wanted to in years past, but they are amongst my favorite rifles to shoot. Like many gun guys my age, a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun got me hooked in my youth. Target practice in the backyard doing my best Wild West gunslinger imitations with my father were some seriously good times. I then spent a short time with a Marlin 39A but eventually lost touch with lever actions until the late 1990s. It was around that time that one of my coworkers at my off-duty job in a gun store got me hooked on the Single Action Shooting Society. Along with a ton of time on a couple of Ruger Vaqueros in .45…

A PERFECT MARLIN 1894
Going Rogue

Going Rogue

A new class of social media managers is adopting a vernacular that diverges from the mother tongue of advertising: They’re snarky, making their jobs as corporate employees part of the bit and sometimes criticizing the brands they’re being paid to promote. Consider a few examples that have each been liked and viewed thousands of times across social platforms. In a TikTok for sparkling water brand Spindrift, employees sung a lackluster rendition of Lizzo’s hit song “About Damn Time,” noting, “when you’re a brand so you can’t use the original audio,” referencing how popular music isn’t available to brands on TikTok. The mascots for language learning app Duolingo and sponge brand Scrub Daddy simulated having sex, but they had to create a new version to stay in line with Duolingo’s legal department. “POV:…

Laura Linney Resists Interpretation

WHEN LAURA LINNEY starred in a 2002 Broadway revival of The Crucible, her favorite part was Act Three, in which her character, Elizabeth Proctor, doesn’t appear onstage. “I would be underneath the floorboards of the theater, just listening,” she says. “You could hear the orchestration of the voices. Liam Neeson tromping around. Then you realize just what a fucking genius Arthur Miller was. When you’re in the work like that, it just envelops you and moves through your body.” Linney is an actor’s actor, Juilliard trained and now on the school’s board of trustees. For more than 30 years, she has made a career in television, film, and the theater. She recently wrapped the fourth and final season of Netflix’s Ozark and has begun shooting an Irish drama, The Miracle Club,…

Laura Linney Resists Interpretation
HOW A FOREIGNER CAN BECOME AN EXPERT IN JAPANESE WEAPONRY

HOW A FOREIGNER CAN BECOME AN EXPERT IN JAPANESE WEAPONRY

The first question is, What on earth are you doing in Japan? Jessica Gerrity: If you mean what am I doing for a living, let me go down the list. I’m a tourism and PR ambassador for Saitama, the prefecture I live in. My job is to find interesting local places, traditions and craftspeople. I then conduct interviews and help promote the people on social media in order to raise awareness and interest. For example, I recently had the pleasure of visiting a master of traditional sword making, Kawasaki Akihira. I spent a day interviewing him and filming his process of forging swords in the traditional manner. It was fascinating to watch — like time travel to a period when this craft flourished out of necessity. At BudoJapan.com, I work as a…

RIVA 68 DIABLE

RIVA 68 DIABLE

Few designers must feel a heavier weight of expectation as they put pen to paper than those in the team at Officina Italiana Design who have been drawing Rivas for the last 27 years. Imagine having that history, that reputation for innate beauty and that iconic name weighing down heavily on the tip of your pencil. That’s one way of looking at it, the other is that Riva has come such a long way since those seductively varnished mahogany craft granted the brand its legendary status. Yes, the name sets a certain standard but the design team also has carte blanche to create something special and not to worry (too much) about the cost. Practicality be damned, just make it beautiful. In this regard it is mission accomplished as far as the…

Quella foto in cui non sorridi

IL CORPO È LA RAGIONE DELL’AMORE. DOPO È LA FORTEZZA CHE LO PROTEGGE. DOPO È LA PRIGIONE DELL’AMORE.YEHUDA AMICHAI Non ha cancellato tutte le fotografie come le aveva promesso. Ne ha tenuta una. Ne aveva bisogno, per essere certo che quei mesi con lei erano esistiti davvero. Non solo nella sua fantasia. È ben nascosta nel cellulare, quell’immagine. Deve scorrere indietro fino al gennaio 2018, e anche così è camuffata tra fotografie di assegni e altre dei suoi figli. Ricorda bene come è rimasto seduto in macchina dopo l’ultimo incontro, a cancellare foto dopo foto. Incluse alcune che avrebbe voluto tatuarsi nella memoria: In mutandine e reggiseno di pizzo, appoggiata al davanzale, in casa. (Dopo le aveva chiesto di indossarli per il loro incontro, e appena entrata l’aveva appiccicata al muro e le aveva ansimato…

Quella foto in cui non sorridi
COMPLETE STRONGHOLDS GUIDE

COMPLETE STRONGHOLDS GUIDE

FINDING A STRONGHOLD To locate a stronghold, use an eye of ender (crafted by combining an ender pearl and blaze powder). When used, the eye will float into the air, leaving a pinkish trail, before it either drops to the floor or shatters. Follow the direction of the trail, collect the eye (if possible), then throw one again to repeat the process. Eventually the eye will float in place over one spot – dig down here and you’ll reach the entrance to a stronghold. END PORTALS Every stronghold contains an End portal room, although this may be cut off due to the generation of other structures such as caves, ravines, and mineshafts. So take care when exploring! End portal rooms contain an inactive End portal which can be activated by ensuring there is an…

Infotainment

Vauxhall Grandland Pureconnect Key features: DAB radio THE Vauxhall comes with a 10-inch touchscreen display and 12-inch digital instrument cluster. There are plenty of features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sat-nav, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB ports. Wireless charging is included on this top-spec Ultimate model, too. The screen looks good, and the digital dials have loads of available information that’s easy to access. The on-screen menus aren’t the easiest to navigate, so we found that using one of the smartphone connections was easier. The screen itself isn’t as responsive as the Skoda’s, but it’s better than the Nissan’s in that respect. The Grandland has a reversing camera as standard, plus this version comes with a 360-degree camera as well. We found that the cameras are rather low-resolution, though, and this could obscure…

Infotainment