An icon for a secular age Elizabeth II’s image has dominated our lives

We carried her in our pockets and purses, jangled her and handed her over, put her in slot machines and bought soft drinks with her. The face on her coins was ineffable and timeless, and dominated our age. The monarch’s face on a coin is a guarantee of value that connects the Queen with Roman emperors, with King Offa; modern British money carries on it an icon of rule as old as coinage itself. The power of the Queen in her depictions, from cash to art, from films to photographs, from paintings to novels, was as charismatic as that of any historical king, queen or tsar. In real life, Elizabeth II was the model of a constitutional ruler. In our imaginations, however, she was absolute. If a constitutional monarch is a “figurehead”,…

An icon for a secular age Elizabeth II’s image has dominated our lives

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service,” vowed a fresh-faced Princess Elizabeth on her 21st birthday. She stood by those words during a life that was long – so long that few people alive today can remember a time before Queen Elizabeth II, said Stephen Bates in The Guardian. She ascended the throne when Winston Churchill was still in Downing Street; the last of the 15 prime ministers who served her was not even born until ten years after his death. She met 13 US presidents, from Harry S. Truman to Joe Biden, and countless other world leaders. Some were villainous. Once, walking her dogs in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, she hid behind a bush…

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
HOW TO PREVENT CYCLING CRAMPS

HOW TO PREVENT CYCLING CRAMPS

BICYCLING COACH DAVID LIPSCOMB Muscle cramps can put, well, a cramp in your training. I know from experience. In the 1990s, after a successful Black Belt career in the martial arts, I began training exclusively for cycling events. I was in excellent shape, yet frequently got calf and inner thigh cramps—those rapid, painful contractions or muscle overtightening that can last from minutes to hours—early in preparation for the racing season. While cramps are usually temporary, they can cause significant pain and even momentary immobility in the affected muscles—most commonly in the quads, glutes, and calves. I knew I had to use the right training program, nutrition, and trial and error to develop a plan. Thanks to the following winning strategies, I’ve been cramp-free for decades: KEEP RECORDS OF YOUR RIDES. Pay attention to where your cramps…

’80s Fords icons

Escort XR3 & XR3i When the Escort went front-wheel drive in 1980, it provided hot hatch potential. The XR3 arrived in ’81, with a 96bhp version of the CVH engine – plus unique alloys, black grille and spoilers. Fuel-injection arrived in 1983 to create the 105bhp XR3i, which evolved via the Mk4 Escort update of ’86. Fiesta XR2 The Fiesta had been on sale for four years when Ford launched the ‘hot’ version, with the 1981 XR2 featuring the old 1.6 Kent engine, pushing out 84bhp. The Mk1 XR2 (pictured) was a big hit, so a Mk2 Fiesta-based version was sure to follow in 1984 – this time using the latest 1.6 CVH offering 95bhp. Capri 2.8i Another 1981 newcomer was the V6 Cologne-engined Capri 2.8i, which brought 160bhp to the party. With updated trim…

’80s Fords icons
THE FORBIDDEN CITY

THE FORBIDDEN CITY

In the heart of modern Beijing is the world’s largest palace complex, big enough to hold 50 Buckingham Palaces and covering more than 7.75 million square feet. Known as the Forbidden City, it served as the symbolic and political center of imperial China between 1420 and 1912. Its forbidding moniker reflected how most subjects of the realm were never allowed to enter its walls. The entire complex is filled with palaces, gardens, courtyards, and living quarters. It was built by the Yongle emperor, the third Ming ruler (r. 1403-1424). He declared himself emperor and consolidated his power in Beijing, moving the capital some 620 miles from Nanjing in 1403. Sources say it took 100,000 artisans and a million forced laborers to build the Beijing complex between 1406 and 1420, on the…

The power of immediate feedback

LUCA DELLANNA ECONTALK Russ Roberts: My guest is author and consultant Luca Dellanna. Our topic for today is his fascinating book, The Control Heuristic: The Nature of Human Behavior. I want to start with the conception of the brain that you put forward – the idea of the distributed brain, and how you liken the brain to a corporation or a company making a decision. I found this to be a very powerful way to think about impulsive behaviour and how to change that behaviour. Explain what you have in mind about the distributed brain. Luca Dellanna: I think that our brain doesn’t work as one, and I’m not talking about left hemisphere or right hemisphere. I’m talking about the fact that the cortex and other parts of our brain are made of different…

The power of immediate feedback
iPhone 14 could be Apple’s most divisive range yet

iPhone 14 could be Apple’s most divisive range yet

The summer is receding and autumn is rearing its head. That means one thing: it’s nearly iPhone season. And this year’s iPhone 14 range is shaping up to be one of the most interesting phone line-ups from Apple in recent years. We’ve collated all the news, rumours and leaks to see just what we can expect come Apple’s September event. Here’s everything we know so far. Goodbye, iPhone mini The iPhone 12 range saw the introduction of the iPhone 12 mini, a shrunken-down 5.4-inch device for smaller hands. While it never sold particularly well, it still had a dedicated audience, but it seems Apple got cold feet. The rumours that are swirling around allege not only will there be no ‘mini’ phone in the iPhone 14 range, but it will…

SAVOR THE JOY

SAVOR THE JOY

BEING A PARENT in these uneasy times is like taking a masterclass in life’s 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. The path of parenting contains moments of tremendous joy, pride and possibility, plus moments of heartbreak, fear, and confusion. As our children grow up in a world with so much beauty and so much devastation, our task becomes ever more complex. As my mother-in-law often says, “Small children, small problems; big children, big problems.” With all the problems we parents hold and help our children through—from colic to broken bones to broken hearts to feelings of disconnection and alienation—we can lose sight of the pleasure present on the path of parenting. Pleasure is often easiest to access when our children are small and we feel deeply connected with them, delighting in their first…

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHYONY GALA

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHYONY GALA

2022–23 Opening Night Gala! This year, the beloved celebration of music and community features Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the San Francisco Symphony in an imaginatively entertaining presentation of Felix Mendelssohn’s jovial music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with actors and not-to-be-missed guest stars. As well as the San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Night Gala concert on September 23, there will be an All San Francisco Concert on September 22, co-chaired by Cynthia Inabe and Robert Melton, an essential part of the opening week design/theme (all décor by Blueprint): celebrations. This is dedicated and presented for the people involved with the Bay Area’s nonprofits, social services groups, and community organizations, in recognition of and gratitude for the work these groups do to serve and enrich the lives of Bay Area citizens. The concert…

Mysterious artefacts hint at ancient China’s ‘fairy world’

Mysterious artefacts hint at ancient China’s ‘fairy world’

Abronze sculpture of a snake with a human head, along with a large number of other artefacts including finds made of bronze, jade and gold, have been discovered in a series of pits at the archaeological site Sanxingdui in Sichuan, China. The discoveries also include a bronze box with jade inside, gold masks and a bronze altar. “The sculptures are very complex and imaginative, reflecting the fairy world imagined by people at that time, and they demonstrate the diversity and richness of Chinese civilisation,” Zhao Hao, an associate professor at Peking University, said. Two pits were excavated in the 1980s, and six more have been excavated since 2020. Archaeologists have discovered a total of 13,000 artefacts that are believed to date to the Bronze Age, between 4,500 and 3,000 years ago.…

Helping caregivers rejoin the workforce

Helping caregivers rejoin the workforce

BEST WORKPLACES FOR INNOVATORS Caregivers are a talented and selfless segment of the workforce. Many such individuals—a good number of them professionals—found themselves having to put their careers on hold as they dealt with the challenges of providing care during a pandemic. (Working moms, for example, represented a large portion of the 1.1 million women who exited the workplace in the year leading up to February 2022.) And they are now finding it difficult to re-enter the workforce. Audible—the Newark, NJ-based audio storytelling company—wants to rewrite the narrative for this sector with its “Next Chapter” Returnship Program, which offers 16-to 20-week paid internships to professionals with recent gaps in their employment history. Of those who have successfully completed the program, more than 80% have received full-time job offers from Audible. Returnships are just one…

HOME WORKER

NOW APP THESE THINGS We have tried very many productivity apps over the years, but Things remains our favourite for freelancing and solo home working. It makes it easy to track projects, personal stuff and calendar events, and perhaps most importantly of all it’s really fast. £8.99 / (iOS) MICROSOFT TO DO Microsoft’s free app is a wonderful task and time manager, and because it’s cross-platform you can use it across all kinds of devices including PCs and Android phones, as well as on anything with a browser. It’s fast, simple and useful. £free / Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, web • NOW ADD THESE LUMIE HALO As the days get shorter again, many home workers may find their work area a little too dark – and over time that can get you down. A light therapy lamp can help…

HOME WORKER
COOKING THE CARIBBEAN

COOKING THE CARIBBEAN

The food of the Caribbean is as multilayered as the numerous cultures that have touched its waters. Recipes passed down through the generations by word of mouth, and flavors brought from West Africa, South Asia, and beyond speak of resilience with each bite. Fruit chutneys, fiery pepper sauces, and the ubiquitous breadfruit are always worth traveling for—but to find out what’s really cooking today, we spoke to some standout chefs about their work and the places they proudly call home. MICHELLE AND SUZANNE ROUSSEAU Jamaica For nearly three decades, Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau have worn many hats in the culinary world: authoring award-winning cookbooks, hosting television shows, and running various restaurants in their home country, Jamaica. The sisters call themselves storytellers and preservers of Caribbean culture—all inspired by the recipes of the women…

LLOYD FACES CASH FIGHT TO STAY IN THE BTCC UNTIL THE END OF 2022

LLOYD FACES CASH FIGHT TO STAY IN THE BTCC UNTIL THE END OF 2022

British Touring Car Championship racer Dan Lloyd says he will be unable to complete the season in his Excelr8 Hyundai i30 N as crash damage has wiped out his funding. The 30-year-old is eighth in the standings and has taken two wins from the 21 rounds that have taken place so far this season. However, a heavy crash in the reversed-grid final round at Oulton Park in June has left him on the brink of having to withdraw as he does not have the funds for the final two meetings, which are due to take place at Silverstone (September 24-25) and Brands Hatch (October 8-9). Lloyd said: “I’ve been working non-stop since the huge crash at Oulton but I’ve been up against it with over £100,000 worth of crash damage to find. “It’s…

Before she was Queen... SHE WAS MUMMY

To the world, she was Her Majesty the Queen, but to her family, she was Mummy, Grannie, or Gan-Gan. She was already mother to Prince Charles, 3, and Princess Anne, 1, when she devoted herself to a lifetime of service as Queen at just 25 years old. But as she navigated the early years of her rule, the relationship with her eldest children suffered. The youngsters were left in the care of nannies for a bewildering six months when she and Prince Philip went on Commonwealth tour, and Charles famously hated being sent by his parents to brutal Gordonstoun boarding school in Scotland. “Harry had inherited her naughty sense of humour” —SOURCE “The Queen and her husband could never be accused of being the most tactile of parents,” says one royal insider. “They were…

Before she was Queen... SHE WAS MUMMY
LOVE, MONEY, HEALTH FORECAST

LOVE, MONEY, HEALTH FORECAST

ARIES ★LOVE: First Week. November’s murky skies make it difficult to see beyond the clouds and mists of a sweetheart’s intentions. Second Week. Passion ratchets up, but at inopportune moments. Rein in your enthusiasm and wait for the right time and place. Third Week. On the 19th and 20th the Moon transits Libra in the house of relationships (the 7th). Cooperation reigns. Fourth Week. Cupid has a penchant for cross-cultural attractions, and you’re open to the adventure. Try something new and different. ★MONEY: On the 8th the Full Moon in Taurus lights up the house of your assets and income (the 2nd). Solid values and accurate checks and balances are in order, and you’ll see to it that they remain in place for the long term. In the first half of the…

How can I avoid tourist traps?

How can I avoid tourist traps?

Like many of you, I’ve been caught in the occasional “tourist trap” over the years. I’ve found myself waking up in a cookie-cutter hotel room, with a generic print of a local landmark over the bed, or on a street full of gift shops selling puntastic T-shirts. Then I ask myself, “How did I get here? Aren’t I a better traveler than this?” Tourist traps are everywhere tourists can be found, and they can ensnare us all. But what exactly is a tourist trap? And how should we think about them? What constitutes a tourist trap? A tourist trap is, by definition, a place that attracts and exploits tourists. But Merriam-Webster doesn’t leave much room for nuance. After all, one person’s trap is another person’s treasure. A tourist trap is often cast as the…

Outsmart insomnia—no Rx needed!

Wake up early? Frequently rise before the sun (and your alarm), then have trouble falling back to sleep to clock enough Zzzs? Help is here! Snacking on dried tart cherries (or even drinking tart cherry juice) after dinner is all it takes to sleep deeply through the night. In fact, Louisiana State University investigators say that the fruit’s melatonin helps you sleep up to 1 hour and 24 minutes longer—better results than Ambien provides. Groggy in the a.m.? Fall allergies can make it hard to breathe overnight, causing “mini wake-ups” that leave you tired. The fix: Sip a cup of pure apple juice before bed. Its polyphenols tamp down the body’s release of histamine, which causes an overreaction to allergens. In fact, a Japanese study suggests it significantly reduces sneezing, nasal swelling and…

Outsmart insomnia—no Rx needed!
Now time to buy

Now time to buy

In case the intelligence has yet to reach you, it’s worth knowing that 2022 marks 60 years of the cinematic James Bond. To celebrate the occasion, film company EON Productions has tasked the auction house Christie’s with the mission to raise more than £3 million (approximately $3,600,000) for charity by selling 60 remarkable items spanning the classic films across the decades. The two-part sale will take the form of an invitation-only, 25-lot live auction in London on September 28 (although other bidders will be able to participate by telephone and online) and an online-only sale of the remaining 35 lots that will include posters, props, watches and costumes used in the 25 canon James Bond films to date. But the undoubted stars of the event will be the remarkable line-up of vehicles…

What scandal? Marin photos spark debate about who a leader can be

What scandal? Marin photos spark debate about who a leader can be

Sanna Marin has been the focus of unusual – by Finnish standards – international attention ever since she became the world’s youngest prime minister at the age of 34 in December 2019. Not every Finnish prime minister makes the cover of Time or has their holidays reported on in Italian newspapers. Raised in modest circumstances by her mother and her mother’s female partner, Marin worked in her 20s as a cashier in a department store. Now, as well as prime minister, she is mother to a young child, has a social life and occasionally goes to festivals and parties. For the more conservative parts of society, all that seems hard to combine in one person. It was not only Marin who made headlines when she took office, but her whole government: in…

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO… Electric cars

This year marks the 10th birthday of the Tesla Model S. It’s been a T decade since the dream of a mass-produced electric car with fast charging, internet connectivity, over-the-air software updates, massive performance, loads of practicality and hundreds of miles of range became a reality. During that time, increasing awareness of the damage caused by fossil fuels, married to a surging public appetite for electric cars, has seen myriad new and legacy car manufacturers enter the e-vehicle space. As a result, there’s never been more choice and EVs are more affordable than ever before. So is now finally the right time for you to buy an electric car? For a lot of drivers, the answer is yes. Despite the car market still being ravaged by component shortages and global supply chain…

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO… Electric cars

Minions Moments

10. A SNEAKY TRIP TO THE MOVIES Not only do the Minions and their Mini Boss, Young Gru, sneak into a cinema to watch a movie, but they also set off fart bombs to scare off the rest of the audience. A classic prank method to snag the cinema for themselves! 9. TUPPERWARE PARTY Instead of selling containers, the cheeky Minions are more interested in making many fart noises with the Tupperware. Gru’s mum was unimpressed, but we weren’t. LOL! 8. CRIMINAL RECORDS AND GADGETS Seeing Young Gru meet a young Dr. Nefario at the record store was so cool – and finding out that the record store was actually an underground villain den. We loved seeing the first gadget Nefario gave Gru! 7. DISCO FEVER Now, would it really be a Minions movie without a big…

Minions Moments
Top 30 landscape photography tips

Top 30 landscape photography tips

TOP 30 LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS Top 30 landscape photography tips A guide to getting the most from your landscape photography For many people new to the world of photography, one of the easiest and most accessible areas first explored is the great outdoors and why not? You don’t need a studio or masses of expensive equipment. There is plenty of available light, unless you’re feeling adventurous and want to try night photography and beautiful seaside or countryside scenes are usually not too far away by car or a brisk walk. Landscape photography is an amazing and rewarding experience for both novice and seasoned professional. Whether it’s just a record of a day trip you’ve made to a new location with the family or a more serious professional endeavour, landscapes when…

What the weather stations detected

What the weather stations detected

Among the revelations still emerging from 2019 and 2020 weather station data: High-altitude snow and ice have been vanishing much faster than previously thought. “The summit of Mount Everest may well be the sunniest place on Earth,” climate scientist Tom Matthews says—and when that energy is reflected from or absorbed into the mountain’s surface, it causes solid ice to change directly to vapor, producing significant losses of the ice mass even at air temperatures well below zero. “There’s more melting going on than we knew at high altitude,” he says, “which affects our estimates of how much snow there is” and can affect appraisals of glaciers’ sensitivity to temperature change. Station data also produced useful findings for Everest mountaineers: For example, Matthews discovered that the amount of oxygen available to…

The Winning Pitch

MONO The stretch of monofilament is a plus, especially when setting the hook in close quarters. BRAID For backing, braid is insurance against a big fish dumping line. LURES Try pitch-baiting for mahi and tuna with topwaters. “Anglers can use spinning tackle to pitch baits to fish in situations beyond just trolling.” Pitch-baiting significantly ups the odds on catching gamefish attracted to your spread. Keep a bait ready on a rod rigged with monofilament line to absorb the shock of close strikes. When a fish pops up, you pitch it out. React quickly enough and you’ll hook more fish, but you have to be dialed in. Primarily a technique for billfish trolled on teasers, pitch-baiting also benefits anglers live-baiting for pelagics or simply prospecting swaths of ocean for schooling fish the likes of mahi and tuna. More on…

The Winning Pitch
Amazon increases Prime cost for first time in eight years

Amazon increases Prime cost for first time in eight years

Amazon is to raise the price of its Prime service in the UK for the first time in eight years. Monthly subscriptions will rise £1 to £8.99, while annual membership will increase from £79 to £95. The new price kicks in on 15 September, and will be applied when your membership is next due to be renewed. The move follows Amazon increasing prices for Prime in the US in February. The increases in the UK are lower than those in several other European countries. In France an annual subscription will rise from €49 to €69.90, a 43 per cent increase, while prices in Italy and Spain will both rise by 39 per cent to €49.90. Subscribing to Prime gives you free next-day delivery by default, though other fast delivery options are available, including…

The Last, Lonely Days of IVANA TRUMP

The Last, Lonely Days of IVANA TRUMP

IVANA TRUMP’S HOUSE at 10 East 64th Street, which she purchased for $2.5 million in 1992 after her divorce from Donald Trump, is modest compared with the former mansions of Gianni Versace and David Geffen on the same block. Twenty feet wide with a 1920s limestone-column-and-pediment façade, it could pass for a small nation’s consulate or a mausoleum. Inside, it was all Ivana: red carpeting, gilded paneling, and animal prints. She was especially proud of the grand curving staircase with a mural, she once told People magazine, “painted on so it looks like it’s a balcony, looking into French-Roman gardens”—the backdrop for countless regal publicity moments with her posing in ball gowns, peddling a relentlessly queenly idea of herself almost to the very end, even as her realm had shrunk. Her…

King Charles III: a new era for the monarchy

King Charles III: a new era for the monarchy

“Never in British history has a monarch had so long to prepare for the role,” said Henry Mance in the FT. King Charles III is, at 73, the oldest person ever to ascend the throne. He became heir to it at the age of three, and has waited for seven decades to inherit. But during that time, he has not stood idle: he had to “define the waiting role”, championing causes including “inner-city revival, sustainable agriculture and interfaith understanding”. His work, however, has often been “eclipsed by his personal life”, especially the very public unravelling of his marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales, which saw his popularity plummet. Now his daunting task is to follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth II, arguably the “most perfectly cast sovereign” Britain has ever…

The Ocala National Forest: A Piscatorial Exploration

The Ocala National Forest: A Piscatorial Exploration

The bug, a size 2 fly rod mouse imitation, hit the water with a gentle splat. Immediately, the water bulged nearby, a large bulge, a harbinger of good things to come. After a long moment, the bug just disappeared. It could have been a bluegill strike. I set the hook with authority. The fish, surprised, wallowed on the surface a moment, the way only a large bass can. Then the water exploded, and the battle was on! Normally a coastal saltwater fisherman, a recent drive through the Ocala National Forest stimulated my curiosity. I’d been there a few times through the years on paddle trips, but had never fished there. Some research and a campsite reservation at Juniper Springs National Recreation Area followed. I’d be spending four days exploring and fishing the…

AN OVERNIGHT TO REMEMBER

AN OVERNIGHT TO REMEMBER

BORN and raised in South East Queensland, we have always enjoyed exploring and navigating to hidden gems in our national parks. We have spent the last few years poring over maps and finding lesser-known trails to remote bush camps to spend more than a day out in the wild. We kept thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there was a guidebook dedicated to multiday hikes?’ After discussing this aloud, we realised we were the perfect pair to create such a book! Overnight Hikes South East Queensland provides maps and track notes for multiday hiking adventures. We have also included useful information such as phone reception, reliability of water sources and swimming holes. From the avid trekker keen to suffer in the outdoors to the novice hiker heading out on their…

It’s never too late to get healthy!

When you’ve stuck with an unhealthy habit for decades, it’s easy to think that making changes in later life is more hassle than it’s worth. But there’s plenty of evidence to say otherwise, with one US study revealing that over-65s can make significant health improvements, including a reduction in disease risk, with simple diet and exercise tweaks – even if you were previously unhealthy. “It’s absolutely never too late to make a positive lifestyle change. It’s about both current and future quality of life and disease prevention,” says GP Dr Zoe Watson. Even if you’ve been smoking since you were a teenager, giving up can have a big impact on your current and future health. “In the short term, when you stop smoking you’ll notice improved sense of taste and smell,…

It’s never too late to get healthy!

East Coast Chic

PEOPLE, SPACES, & IDEAS WORTH A CLOSER LOOK 1 / THE BACKSTORY Sure, this Wash Park home’s crisp, preppy look is a bit of a departure from Denver’s ever-popular modern farmhouse style, but that’s because its roots are on the East Coast. Homeowners Andy and Erin Miller—a Denver native who attended Dartmouth in New Hampshire and a Chicagoan who earned her degree at Bowdoin College on Maine’s coast, respectively—met in Boston. They spent weekends exploring the historic harbor towns and lighthouses along the Northeast’s picturesque coastline, and those idyllic years would eventually inform the couple’s elegant, borrowed-from-tradition design sense. Jobs, relatives, and lifestyle pulled the pair to Denver in 2014, and when this redbrick, five-bedroom, five-bath house hit the market in 2019, they jumped at the chance to create a family home…

East Coast Chic

The looming crisis

What happened Experts warned that lives could be at risk this winter after the energy regulator increased the price cap on domestic bills by 80%. The hike – which comes on the heels of a 54% increase in April – means that, from 1 October, the monthly energy bill for an average household paying by direct debit will jump from around £164 to £296, equivalent to £3,549 a year. The 4.5 million households with pre-payment meters will see their annual bills rise to £3,608, based on typical usage. The increases reflect steep rises in the wholesale price of gas, largely as a result of the war in Ukraine. Analysts have predicted that average monthly bills could surge again to £450 in January, and £550 in April. In response to complaints that the…

The looming crisis

Pick the perfect pot

Terracotta Clay containers help to keep roots cool and they look especially appropriate in cottage gardens or where you’re growing herbs and Mediterranean plants. They vary in the shade of orange – from bright to pale and dusky. Check they are frost-proof (and note, frost-resistant doesn’t mean frost-proof), otherwise they may crack and crumble in icy weather. Galvanised tubs and tanks look great filled with vegetables, fruit trees and spring bulbs such as tulips and daffodils. The galvanising will prolong their life but they may still start to deteriorate after five years or so. That said, I love them and they seem to suit almost any garden. Keep them off the ground on ‘pot feet’ to prolong their life, and bear in mind they can get hot in the summer. Stone troughs Brilliant for…

Pick the perfect pot
Battle of the Breast

Battle of the Breast

Breastfeeding in public is a hot topic that seems to push buttons on both sides of the debate. Some would say it’s even hotter than the breastfeeding versus formula-feeding war! Apparently in Greece, it’s such a hot topic that they have an entire day dedicated to breastfeeding in public! The big question is, which side of the debate is right? Is it just a natural act of feeding your baby or something indecent that others should be shielded from witnessing? BREASTFEEDING IS NATURAL, GET OVER IT! I can’t help but think of my own discerning mum here. Her own journey with breastfeeding was one riddled with challenges. The entire topic was tip-toed around, even family members would shun the conversation just as quickly as it began. She recalls feeling a certain sense…

A day in the life

LEARNING OBJECTIVES ■ An introduction to urban sketching ■ What happens at a group meet-up ■ Sharing with others To borrow and paraphrase from the Urban Sketchers’ website – www.urbansketchers.org – urban sketching is drawing on location (in other words, not from photos, memory or imagination), indoors or out, capturing what you see from direct observation, using any kind of media in your own individual style, and sharing the end results. The sketching itself can be done either as part of a meet-up event organised by an Urban Sketchers’ chapter or as a solo activity. Hopefully what follows will give you an insight into a day in the life of an urban sketcher and encourage you to go along to a meet-up yourself. Next month I’ll share some of the…

A day in the life

I am my greatest asset

I grew up in the Philippines as the eldest of six siblings. Our family was not well-off, so I understood the value of money from an early age. More importantly, I understood the value of education and the importance of gaining knowledge to generate an income. I completed my bachelor’s degree in computer science and was fortunate enough to pass a scholarship exam, which allowed me to receive allowances and payments for tuition fees. I did part-time jobs while studying, working as service crew for a fast-food chain, and used some money that I got there to assist my younger siblings. I’ve since undertaken a master’s degree in information systems and am currently working as an IT consultant and undertaking an MBA. It hasn’t been an easy journey. In the effort to help…

I am my greatest asset
SKYWALK CORE

SKYWALK CORE

The Core is Skywalk’s modular lightweight harness for hike-and-fly. It can be paired with an inflatable protector that uses Skywalk Permair technology, making it, Skywalk claim, the lightest harness with permanent protection on the market, and perfect for hike-and-fly comps that mandate protection. Design The base harness uses two leg loops and a solid back with a series of webbing straps for the structure. It’s not the lightest on the market, weighing 410g – nearly twice as much as the AirDesign Slip and nearly four times heavier than Ozone’s F*Lite. Skywalk have chosen to use heavier materials for durability and extra comfort. It certainly feels more substantial. The seat area has a 2mm layer of foam in it, as well as stiffening sheets in the leg loops to give a more comfortable ride.…

The English Riviera

The English Riviera

“Quel bon pays!”, exclaimed the Frenchman on first sighting this stretch of the English coastline: “What a beautiful country!” The foreigner was Napoleon Bonaparte. After his disastrous defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, the military leader was held captive in a ship called the HMS Bellerophon, which dropped anchor for a couple of days near the Devon fishing village of Brixham. Like many before and after him, Napoleon was captivated by the particular light and beauty of this stretch of coast, with its steep wooded cliffs plummeting down to the sparkling English Channel. Napoleon was captivated by the light and beauty of this stretch of coast, with its steep wooded cliffs plummeting down to the Channel Though Bonaparte didn’t actually set foot in Devon, the resorts along Torbay’s coastline have much to…

A Hidden Cost to Reversing Roe

A Hidden Cost to Reversing Roe

WHEN TERESA BARBOSA MAR-ried her husband Michael, children were always part of the plan. The couple was delighted when she became pregnant a few years later, but their joy soon turned to despair. “As we prepped for this new chapter, a fire destroyed our home,” she told Newsweek. “In the ashes of our home, we learned that my pregnancy was terminating. Everything was literally crumbling around us.” Over the next decade, the couple drained their life savings paying for round after round of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments that were unsuccessful. “We were broken emotionally and financially,” she says. In 2019, the couple adopted Sofia, now 5, and Barbosa founded the nonprofit Gift of Parenthood to help others in dire need—many of them women of color like her—pay for IVF treatments. Gift…