CIAO, ROMA

CIAO, ROMA

FENDI IS ROMAN BY BIRTH, HAVING STARTED IN THE CITY AS A fur and leather workshop in 1925. The striking Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana is its storied headquarters, the financial and artistic command post of the company. It’s here that we’re introduced to the relaunched Fendi Casa, a marriage of sorts between Fendi and Design Holding, the owner of a number of legacy brands in the world of luxury furnishings and lighting. Newly joined, Fendi and Design Holding have birthed Fashion Furniture Design (FF Design), a venture focused on developing Fendi Casa’s business and strengthening ties between the house’s trend-driven fashion collections and its interiors arm. Silvia Venturini Fendi, the house’s artistic director of accessories and menswear, has signed on as creative director, taking over the interiors business that her mother,…

Take the money or reinvest?

Take the money or reinvest?

A key attraction of investing in shares is the potential to earn regular, passive income through dividends. While a number of listed companies scaled back or suspended payments in 2020 to maintain precious cash reserves, dividends have been very much back on the agenda in 2021 and 2022. A twice-yearly dividend is a welcome addition to many household incomes. But if you don’t need the cash, it can be worth thinking about a dividend reinvestment plan (DRP). It’s an option that lets shareholders take the value of a dividend in additional shares rather than cash. DRPs are not limited to companies. They are also offered by exchange traded funds (ETFs) and listed Australian property trusts (A-REITs). Many BetaShares ETFs, for instance, come with the option of a DRP. The basic principles, especially…

Salt Therapy

Suffering from run-ruining respiratory issues like asthma, bronchitis or congestion? There’s a spa fix you might see in your search for solutions: salt. Yep, those pretty pink caves you’ve seen on Insta with walls and blocks of salt may offer a treatment known as halotherapy – a practice that involves sitting in a cool, salt-filled room to improve health. Proponents claim it brings big benefits like relief from breathing difficulties, healing for various skin conditions and total relaxation. Truth is, some perks have science behind them – and others you may want to take with, er, a grain of salt (had to!). 1 Salt rooms clear up lungs and sinuses SORT OF. The thinking is that sitting near salt draws water out of your respiratory tract, reducing inflammation and alleviating issues. But that…

Salt Therapy
The UNIVERSE at OUR FEET

The UNIVERSE at OUR FEET

The natural world has unending beauty to explore through photography. It’s easy to conjure up images of stunning waterfalls, landscapes and night skies in exotic locations. With an infinite travel budget, you can explore it all. But as near as your backyard, an unexpectedly vast collection of otherworldly subjects is right at your feet. With a few simple techniques and the right equipment, you can begin to discover the enchanted realm of macro photography. Macro photographers often play by a different rulebook of lines, shapes and colors. Rarely in other genres of photography do you have such flexible control over the fundamental building blocks of an image. • You are not always beholden to gravity.• Your perspectives will inherently be unique.• The closer you get to your subject, the more challenging things…

How to plan what to grow;

How to plan what to grow;

The starting point for working out what veg to grow has to be: ‘what do you like to eat most?’ Make these crops a priority and then think of other considerations for growing crops such as health benefits and the amount of money that can be saved by growing, compared to shop prices. Keep your seed packets in one place and organise them so the packets for the month in which you want to sow are kept together. There are lots of seed organisers out there, or you could keep them in an airtight tin. You will need ▪ Seed organiser ▪ Labels ▪ Waterproof pens STEP BY STEP How to mark out areas for sowing 1 Decide how big you want each sowing area to be and insert canes at the desired intervals, using a…

The 25 Best Stores in the World

NOW THAT SHOPPING ONLINE is just another aspect of everyday life (and copping for the metaverse is part of our inevitable future), it’s never been more interesting and satisfying to buy clothes the old-fashioned way. But the brick-and-mortar experience has changed. It’s taken on new meaning, and become essential in all kinds of fantastic, radical ways. We get it. Going in to browse and try stuff on is a lot more demanding than simply clicking “add to cart,” but these 25 stores do something that no website or virtual world can—they engage all of the senses, including your sense of discovery. Alára Lagos, Nigeria What’s in stock? High fashion with an emphasis on African and Africa-inspired designers like Kenneth Ize, Post-Imperial, and Ahluwalia. What’s the vibe? Founded in 2014 by fashion entrepreneur Reni…

The 25 Best Stores in the World

LAST DANCE

Does Mike Krzyzewski have a chance to end his career by cutting down one last net in New Orleans? By one measure his final team is his most talented: The Blue Devils have five potential 2022 first-round picks. Only Kentucky, in ’09–10, has had that many. Over Thanksgiving weekend Duke faced then No. 1 Gonzaga on a neutral court and turned in arguably the best performance of this season. Paolo Banchero, the star 6’ 10” freshman (right), erupted for 20 points in the first half; sophomore center Mark Williams dominated the paint; and junior forward Wendell Moore Jr. delivered clutch plays. What has bedeviled the Blue Devils is inconsistency, which is to be expected for a team that starts three freshmen and has just one player (senior forward Joey Baker) who has…

LAST DANCE
10 SIMPLE TIPS TO MAKE YOUR iPHONE BATTERY LAST ALL DAY

10 SIMPLE TIPS TO MAKE YOUR iPHONE BATTERY LAST ALL DAY

We don’t all have a new iPhone 13 with giant batteries. Many of us are using older iPhones with aging batteries that always seem to be in the red. Fortunately, there are several ways to save battery life, built right into iOS, that take mere seconds to try out. Here are 10 simple ways to help your iPhone last as long as possible. 1. GO AHEAD AND REBOOT The surefire Mac fix works for your iPhone too. Restarting your iPhone periodically can give your battery life a lift by killing background processes that could be draining precious juice. All you need to do is press and hold the volume up button on the left and the power button on the right (or hold the power button if your iPhone has a home…

Morricone Memories

Morricone Memories

Morricone Cinema Suites for Violin and Orchestra Marco Serino (violin); Orchestra Haydn di Bolzanoe Trento/Andrea Morricone Arcana A495 64:02 Ennio Morricone’s contribution to cinema was massive, with hundreds of scores for the big and small screen. Many went under the radar outside of Italy, while others broke new ground and remain firmly fixed in popular culture. Though Morricone regarded his screen music differently to his ‘absolute’ compositions, the two came together increasingly in recent decades as ‘Il Maestro’ took his music into concert halls and arenas around the world. One man who was with him almost every step of the way was violinist Marco Serino, to whom Morricone dedicated a number of works and arrangements. This album gathers suites of the composer’s film music, arranged for violin and orchestra. Morricone finished work on the suites…

SEWING FOR GOOD: Operation Smile

SEWING FOR GOOD: Operation Smile

Chances are you’ve heard of Operation Smile before. I first became aware of the surgical nonprofit years ago through a late-night commercial featuring Roma Downey as she explained the challenges children born with cleft conditions in developing countries face. Celebrities like Kate Hudson, Jessica Simpson, Milo Ventimiglia and Chrissy Metz have all been supporters of Operation Smile over its four-decade span, in addition to other highly visible brand partnerships. The commercial I originally saw over a decade ago stuck with me. Operation Smile educated me about the fourth most common congenital anomaly in the United States and helped me understand income-based health care disparities in a new way. And they’re still at it, offering medical assistance and educating people 39 years after their founding. Established by Dr. Bill Magee and…

SELECTING BACKGROUND COLORS

SELECTING BACKGROUND COLORS

Who pays attention to backgrounds? Almost everyone these days, it seems, if you spend any time in online meetings. It’s inevitable that someone’s Zoom background will spark conversation, give a little insight into their personality, or just set them apart from the crowd. Others, conversely, are satisfied with a default background. The painter, however, must always consider the background. The color of a background can play a role in the perception of the subject, heightening specific colors, providing a subtle emotional shift or making associations with different historical periods of art. The background, by definition, is a rendering of the space around a subject and, in essence, depicts a void. The painter uses this empty space to set off the colors of the subject by employing effects of hue contrast. Sometimes…

Eat well, live longer! THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET made easy

Eat well, live longer! THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET made easy

Karen Fittall is a health writer who contributes to leading Australian wellness publications, brands and programs. When scientists set out to uncover the lifestyle habits of the world’s longest-lived people, they identified ‘Blue Zones’ or locations with the highest concentration of extreme longevity. Of the five original Blue Zones, two of these — Sardinia in Italy and Ikaria in Greece — are in the Mediterranean. While Sardinia is home to the world’s greatest concentration of male centenarians, one in three residents living on the Greek island of Ikaria make it into their nineties. Dementia is also rare among Ikarians, and the incidence of heart disease is roughly half the amount in Ikaria compared to areas where a ‘Western-style’ diet is standard. A key reason why people from Sardinia and Ikaria typically live such…

EXTENDING THE SEASON WITH LEEKS

SOW: JAN-APRIL HARVES T: SEPT-MAY As winter vegetables go, leeks are one of the best. They are easy to grow, reliable and hardy – and of course supply you with fresh, tasty, nutritious leeks for at least six months of the year. A member of the onion family, leeks are biennials, although we grow them as annuals. The fleshy white shanks are harvested in the first growing season before they flower. If left to grow into a second season, they will produce a tall flower spike and seed. When it comes to varieties, the seed catalogues carry a good range. Some are tried and tested old varieties and other modern hybrids. There are also some very good British-bred leeks available that have been grown especially for our winters and perfect for growing in…

EXTENDING THE SEASON WITH LEEKS
Cav vs Fab

Cav vs Fab

When Fabio Jakobsen finished his opening time-trial at the start of last year’s Vuelta a España in Burgos, he came coughing and wheezing his way through the mixed zone, the area where journalists speak to riders beyond the finish line. This journalist called for an interview but Jakobsen appeared to ignore the request. This is not unusual. Plus, it seemed that the 7.1km up-and-down effort through the city had taken it out of him: he was in some distress. Yet once he had sufficiently recovered, with the coughing fits coming only every 30 seconds or so, he turned around and, riding against the flow of riders finishing their own efforts, made his way back to the journalists. This is unusual, and perhaps it says quite a lot about Jakobsen. At the time,…

UP THE MOUNTAIN, TO A WORLD APART

UP THE MOUNTAIN, TO A WORLD APART

A FLAT-TOPPED PEAK HIGH ABOVE THE AMAZON RAINFOREST GIVES RESEARCHERS A CHANCE TO IDENTIFY NEW SPECIES AND UNLOCK SECRETS OF EVOLUTION. THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE: GETTING THERE. ON A PITCH-BLACK FEBRUARY NIGHT, Bruce Means stood alone, deep in the Pakaraima Mountains in northwestern Guyana. Scanning the cloud forest with his headlamp, he peered through his foggy glasses at a sea of ancient trees cloaked in beards of verdant moss. The humid air, ripe with the smell of decaying plants and wood, trilled with a melodious symphony of frogs, drawing him like a siren song so deep into the jungle that he wondered if he would ever make it back out. Grasping a sapling in one hand for balance, Bruce took a shaky step forward. His legs quivered as they sank into the boggy…

RUSSIA COURT BANS FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM ON ‘EXTREMISM’ CHARGES

RUSSIA COURT BANS FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM ON ‘EXTREMISM’ CHARGES

A Moscow court banned Facebook and Instagram for what it deemed extremist activity in a case against their parent company, Meta. The Tverskoy District Court fulfilled a request from prosecutors to outlaw Meta Platforms Inc. and banned Facebook and Instagram for what they called “extremist activities.” Russian prosecutors have accused the social media platforms of ignoring government requests to remove what they described as fake news about Russian military actions in Ukraine and calls for anti-war protests in Russia. The court’s ruling bans Meta from opening offices and doing business in Russia. Meta declined to comment. Prosecutors haven’t requested to ban the Meta-owned messaging service WhatsApp, which is widely popular in Russia. The authorities also emphasized that they do not intend to punish individual Russians who use Facebook or Instagram. Instagram and Facebook were…

3 Tourism: incredible tourist sites in Africa to visit in 2022

3 Tourism: incredible tourist sites in Africa to visit in 2022

1. The Pyramids of Egypt Pyramids and deserts, history and nature… are some of the elements that attract tourists to Egypt. Speaking of the pyramids, there is still no concluding fact about how the construction was carried out. Note that there are three main pyramids in Giza: the great pyramid of Cheops (or Cheops), the pyramid of Kafhre and the smaller pyramid of Menkaura. And each pyramid was used as a tomb for one of the pharaohs of Egypt. In front of the pyramids is the Great Sphinx, this enormous sculpture in the shape of a cat which each time mesmerizes millions of visitors. The Great Sphinx or as the ancients knew it as “Shesib Ankh” or “the living image”, has to be one of the most recognizable constructions in history.…

PERFECT HARMONY

PERFECT HARMONY

After the owners had completed an architect-designed extension on their 1940s home on Sydney’s North Shore, they knew the garden needed to follow suit. “Because the site had been a construction zone, it was a wasteland of rubble and weeds, and the uneven levels in the rear garden made walking around a challenge,” says landscape architect Sophie Greive of Think Outside Gardens, who was engaged to renovate the space. The owners wanted both front and back gardens redesigned, but contrasting facades called for separate briefs. A “traditional, pretty landscape with seasonal flowering interest” was the plan for the 1940s frontage; with “a low-maintenance design with a balance of hard surfaces and greenery” for the modern pavilion at the rear. Having plenty of areas for their children to play was crucial, as…

Slow exposures without a filter

Capturing water in motion across or through a landscape scene is not a new technique. Smoothing out flowing rivers into a milky blur with a long exposure has always been a popular way to make a shot more dynamic, and it’s easier to achieve than you might think – even without a neutral density (ND) filter to reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor. General advice suggests that to capture the water in flow, you need a shutter speed of half a second, which is usually achieved by blocking sunlight with a solid ND or ND grad filter. On a recent shoot in Scotland, we had left our filters in a bag at the hotel but still wanted to capture this flowing river. Fortunately, by setting a high aperture and high…

Slow exposures without a filter
Football reacts to Russian invasion

Football reacts to Russian invasion

“We were driving and there were tanks coming past us. You see that stuff on Call of Duty. It was surreal. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life”Rukh Lviv player Viv Solomon-Otabor describes leaving Ukraine ◼ UKRAINE Around the world of football, confederations, federations, clubs and individuals have been reacting to the events unfolding in Ukraine. The strongest spotlights have been placed on UEFA and FIFA, with Saint Petersburg originally scheduled to host this season’s Champions League final, and Russia due to take part in 2022 World Cup qualifying play-offs at the end of March. UEFA quickly moved their showpiece event to Paris, while also ending its reported £30 million-a-year sponsorship deal with Russian energy giant Gazprom. All Russian clubs were then suspended from UEFA competitions, ending Spartak Moscow’s involvement in the…

HOW WILL WE DRINK IN 2022?

As gin continues to take over the world, the endless flow of new US gins is overwhelming, even for an aficionado. Beyond the massive, Covid-motivated increases in home bartending, bottled cocktails and home delivery apps like Minibar and Drizly (the latter’s sales increased 350 per cent year-over-year in 2020), more under-theradar trends are emerging. We’ll explore a few of them here. SPIRITS TRENDS Amid the campy silliness of releases like Indoggo Gin from Snoop Dogg, some ideas that appear ill-advised on the surface can surprise. Case in point: Bimini Coconut Gin from Round Turn Distilling in Biddeford, Maine. It tastes like a quality coconut fat-washed spirit made by a top bartender, adding silky mouthfeel and subtle coconut to cocktails rather than being a gimmicky, coconut-flavoured gin.… Then, there are the spirits crafted for…

HOW WILL WE DRINK IN 2022?

OUT OF THE BOX

Ambrosia Coconut Cake Serves 10, Prep and Cook 1 hour, 25 mins 540g packet vanilla cake mix450g can crushed pineapple syrup¼ cup Malibu (coconut-flavoured white rum)250g cream cheese, chopped, at room temperature¼ cup icing sugar mixture600ml tub thickened cream410g can peach slices in juice, drained, chopped1½ cups pink and white marshmallows (150g), cut into quarters 1½ cups shredded coconut (115g), toasted 1 Invert base of a 20cm round springform pan (base measures 19cm). Grease and line base and side of pan with baking paper. 2 Prepare cake mix according to packet directions, reserving icing sachet for another use. Stand cake in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. 3 Drain pineapple in a sieve over a bowl, pressing out syrup with the back of a spoon. Reserve ¼ cup of…

OUT OF THE BOX
HOW BEES MAKE HONEY

HOW BEES MAKE HONEY

Unlike many other bees, honeybee species don’t hibernate in winter. Instead they stay active in their hives, but what’s their secret to winter survival? During the coldest months, honeybees cluster together to keep warm and survive on the sweet substance that they’ve been hoarding for weeks in advance. That special substance is honey. All the bees in a hive benefit from the honey haul, but the job of honey production lies with the female worker bees. These forager bees fill their stomachs with nectar from flowers before returning to the hive to convert it into honey. Male honeybees, which make up about ten per cent of the hive population, spend their lives eating this honey before leaving the hive to mate. There are many factors that determine how much honey a…

ICELAND

1 SKÓGAFOSS This waterfall over a 200ft cliff is fed by two glaciers and is a popular fishing spot in summer. On clear days, rainbows form in its billowing mists. According to legend, a Viking named Thrasi buried a treasure chest behind the falls over a thousand years ago. Local men went looking for the treasure in the 17th century, but only managed to retrieve the chest’s ring handle, which can now be seen at the church in nearby Skógar. 2 SKÓGÁ RIVER Set off on the trail proper and wend your way along the Skógá River for around five miles. Follow the river as it cuts through the dramatic landscape, broken up by scores of waterfalls. There’s a fairly gentle increase in gradient — all the better to admire the gorge’s crystal-clear…

ICELAND
Refuge and COMPASSION

Refuge and COMPASSION

Dr. Amit Bernstein’s interest in refugee mental health was piqued just over a decade ago, when forcibly displaced people—not only men and women, but young people and unaccompanied minors—started flowing into Israel from Eritrea and Sudan. “They looked so resilient,” recalls Bernstein, a professor of clinical psychology with the School of Psychology, University of Haifa, in Israel. However, study after study showed that there was, Bernstein says, “a real public health crisis of mental health that we didn’t know about.” The refugees came from “extraordinarily, shockingly high rates of traumatic stress experiences”: torture, imprisonment, starvation, combat. Following the trauma and stress of forced migration, the refugees also struggled with post-displacement issues, including separation, grief, isolation, loneliness, fear, conflict, and no access to education or work. A representative sample found that two-thirds of…

Veg in focus powerful peppers

Veg in focus powerful peppers

Peppers are one of the tastiest and most colourful vegetables we have, used worldwide in many yummy dishes. There are many types of peppers available to us throughout the year, some deliciously sweet and juicy and some hot and spicy. What better way to enjoy vegetables than when they are in season, like these beauties are throughout March! You can consume them raw, keeping all their nutritional values intact or you can cook them (BBQ, fry, roast, grill on their own or in different dishes i.e. stews, casseroles, risottos, rice dishes etc as well as creating delicious sauces, marinades and pickles) — the options are endless! Nutritional facts Peppers are rich in antioxidants, which are associated with better health and protection against conditions like heart disease and cancer. Peppers are also low in calories…

Bad News

The Rıse and Fall of Jeff Zucker ON THE RAINY MORNING of March 28, 2020, President Trump addressed a phalanx of journalists outside the White House following a call with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “There’s a possibility that sometime today, we’ll do a quarantine — short-term, two weeks — of New York, probably New Jersey, and certain parts of Connecticut,” he said while clutching his umbrella. “This would be an enforceable quarantine. You know, I’d rather not do it, but we may need it.” Hours later, Cuomo was asked during his daily press conference about Trump’s comments. “From a medical point of view, I don’t know what you’d be accomplishing,” he offered with a shrug. But as sunset approached, the governor appeared on CNN with a much more forceful assessment, predicting that…

Bad News
RIVERSIDE RETREAT

RIVERSIDE RETREAT

While taking a walk one morning in 2009, south-Sydney resident Debora Alvares came across a property for sale on a neighbouring street. Recently renovated and boasting beautiful waterfront views, it was too good to pass up – despite her plans to knock down and rebuild her own home. “The house I stumbled on was renovated, but had an old Mediterranean style to it,” says Debora, who bought the place and lived in it for 10 years before reaching out to Richelle Langdon at Oliver Myles Interiors. By then, she was ready to put her own stamp on the home and make it a fresh coastal retreat for herself and teenage daughter Hannah. “The original brief was to update the generous main bedroom, dressing area and home office,” says Richelle. “It grew…

T.V.

T.V.

ESSAY The Riotous, Righteous ‘Atlanta’ Returns Donald Glover’s singular series is back after a four-year hiatus — and boy have we missed it By ALAN SEPINWALL ON MARCH 29, 2018, FX premiered an episode of Atlanta called “Barbershop,” in which rising rap star Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles (Brian Tyree Henry) goes through a series of ridiculous ordeals on behalf of his talkative con man of a barber. Seven nights later, Atlanta gave us “Teddy Perkins,” a chilling haunted-house story in which Paper Boi’s weed-dealing sidekick Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) meets the title character, a ghoul who functions as a fictional stand-in for Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, and other Black musical stars whose great art was inspired by their even greater pain. “Teddy Perkins” — with Atlanta creator-star Donald Glover unrecognizable under facial prosthetics and whiteface makeup…

‘SHOCK AND AWFUL’

RUSSIA’S MILITARY IS WEAK AND BACKWARDS. Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine produced this paradigm-shifting surprise—one that should transform the West’s view of Russia’s prowess, the threat that the country represents and the Kremlin’s future in the global arena. After just one day of fighting, Russia’s ground force lost most of its initial momentum, undermined by shortages of fuel, ammunition and even food, but also because of a poorly trained and led force. Russia began to compensate for the weaknesses of its land army with more long-range air, missile and artillery strikes. And President Putin resorted to a nuclear threat—a reaction, U.S. military experts say, to the failure of Moscow’s conventional forces to make quick progress on the ground. Other military observers are flabbergasted that a Russian invasion force, fully prepared and operating…

‘SHOCK AND AWFUL’

Irish Coffee

Once upon a late St. Patrick’s Day evening, two companions and I changed our orders from pints of Smithwick’s ale to mugs of Irish Coffee, and an argument ensued. I posited that the point of mixing coffee and whiskey was to stay up later and drink more spirit. On my left came the opinion that whiskey was meant to reduce the jangled nerves from the caffeine. The third view was that the coffee was meant to warm you on the walk home. As is often the case, we got to the bottom of more glasses than we got closer to the bottom of the conundrum. Each position has its merits, but the third has an anecdotal backing. The story goes that passengers on airboats to Europe in the 1940s were given…

Irish Coffee
PAVING THE WAY

PAVING THE WAY

The careers of most successful female founders often resemble a winding road of unanticipated pivots and graceful (but no less begrudging) concessions until they find their footing. This is not to say these women did not have well-orchestrated plans for their businesses, but reality has a way of interfering with even the best-laid plans. That reality, in the case of female founders fighting their way to the top of their fields, predominantly comes in the form of capital constraints, lack of organizational support and broad-based, often subconscious gender bias. While capital availability and organizational growth are easier to measure through, for example, invested dollars and head count, subsurface bias is harder to root out. After working with hundreds of female founders, a few patterns have emerged that map to higher levels of…

MICROSOFT’S $69BN ACTIVISION DEAL

MICROSOFT’S $69BN ACTIVISION DEAL

BIGGEST EVER ACQUISITION FOR THE GAMES SECTOR CANDY CRUSH is now owned by Microsoft, along with partner gaming brands including Call of Duty and Warcraft. In a huge deal, MS spent $68.7 billion to buy Activation Blizzard. This is good news if you held Activision stock, as Microsoft paid a healthy premium for the privilege. The deal makes Microsoft the third largest gaming company in the world, with many new titles to add to Game Pass’ 25 million subscribers. It has also left gamers wondering what will happen to their favorite titles. Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, said it will “honor all existing agreements”, adding a non-committal “desire” to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Microsoft has history here. After it bought ZeniMax for $7.5 billion, multi-platform games, such as…

5 METABOLISM-BOOSTING FOODS

Metabolism is the process of turning calories from the foods you eat into useable energy for all the chemical reactions that take place in your body. You depend on your metabolism for vital bodily functions like breathing, digesting foods, regulating your body temperature and circulating blood around the body. A lot of people associate the benefits of having a fast or strong metabolism with being slim. While a strong metabolism is important for maintaining a healthy weight, it is needed for so much more. You need a strong metabolism for a healthy immune system to support brain function and mood, for optimal energy levels, to improve fertility and to promote longevity. Boosting your metabolism can also help prevent premature ageing and protect your body from chronic disease. How strong your metabolism is…

5 METABOLISM-BOOSTING FOODS

VICTORIA VEST

STITCH GUIDE WRAP BODY (KNITTED IN ONE CONTINUOUS PIECE) Note: this wrap is worn with the knitting turned sideways. Using 6.00mm Needles, cast on 105 (110,115) sts. Next Row: Knit. Next Row: Purl. Beg patt Row 1: RS - K2, * K2tog, yfwd, K1, yfwd, sl 1, K1, psso, K2, rep from * 4 more times, P65 (70, 75), K3. Row 2: P3, K65 (70, 75), P37. Row 3: K1, * K2tog, yfwd, K3, yfwd, sl 1, K1, psso, rep from * 4 more times, K1, P65 (70, 75), K3. Row 4: As 2nd row. Rows 1 to 4 incl form patt. Cont in patt until work measures approx 32 (34-36) cm from cast on edge, ending with a 4th patt row (measure at the point where stocking st and patt meet). Work first armhole opening *** Next Row: K2, *…

VICTORIA VEST
EVELYN BY MYERS ELLYETT

EVELYN BY MYERS ELLYETT

Paddington is an inner-city Brisbane suburb defined by charming timber-and-tin houses dotted across an undulating landscape. The spaces between these houses are seasonally punctuated by bursts of purple and red from flowering jacaranda and poinciana trees. Paddington’s historic charm, thriving hospitality scene, proximity to the city and low density make it a popular suburb. Evelyn, designed by Myers Ellyett, is found tucked in behind Paddington’s renowned antiques corner. Evelyn comprises a thoughtful restoration of a 1911 timber cottage and the addition of two new perpendicular pavilions, creating a home in a courtyard configuration. The restoration of the original house involved repairing timber VJ boards and reinstating the original stucco external cladding. Internal spaces were reorganized in a sequence that now flows from public areas at the front of the home to…

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT… Spirituality

For the majority of my life I had seen spirituality as a bit of mystic fun on the side. But as time has passed and I have 40 years to look back on, I’m beginning to understand that spirituality is the whole point of life and not just the pack-of-tarot-cards accessory. A disclaimer: if the word “spirituality” makes your toes curl in your socks, feel free to replace it with “connection” or “meaning”. What I’m talking about is simply finding meaning in a very messy modern world and realising that our connection to others and nature is how we will seek true wellness. The wellness market is a trilliondollar industry, and that is because most of us do not feel “well”. We are desperately seeking quick fixes so we can dig ourselves…

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT… Spirituality
COULD YOU LIVE WITH A SECONDHAND SUPERCAR?

COULD YOU LIVE WITH A SECONDHAND SUPERCAR?

We’ve all dreamed the dream. Cash in the 401(k), sell the sensible-shoes SUV, buy something low, fast, and loud, and drive it every day. But could you live with a supercar? And I’m not talking about in those near-mythical magazine-story moments when, as an empty road twists and turns into the distance ahead, you crack open the throttle and start hunting apexes with a 600-hp snarl exploding in your ears. I’m talking real life: crawling through city traffic, schlepping through the suburbs, hum-drumming it on the freeway. I had three months at home in the U.K. with a McLaren Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) GT to find out. To live the dream. Simultaneously, Mac Morrison did the same in Los Angeles with a 720S Spider, and his recounting of that experience follows mine…

A TABLE TO SHARE

Beef pörkölt stew with tarhonya SERVES 6 // PREP & COOK TIME 1 HR 50 MINS (PLUS STANDING) Pörkölt is a slow-cooked Hungarian stew, enriched with sweet paprika. Tarhonya are the small pasta-like pieces stirred through the stew to cook minutes before serving. 1.2 kg beef chuck steak, cut into 3cm pieces60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil2 onions (300gm), thinly sliced200 gm smoked streaky bacon, diced3 green capsicums (600gm), chopped5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced2 tomatoes (300gm), chopped70 gm (¼ cup) tomato paste¼ cup sweet Hungarian paprika2 tsp caraway seeds1 litre (4 cups) beef stock2 fresh bay leaves600 gm potatoes, peeled, cut into 3cm pieces120 gm (½ cup) sour cream2 tbsp fresh parsley, choppedTARHONYA300 gm (2 cups) plain flour½ tsp salt2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 Season beef. Heat half the oil in a large…

A TABLE TO SHARE
Visionary soul

Visionary soul

Details, last pages. Having travelled varying pathways from business school to the film industry, from Paris to New York and back, Sandra Benhamou finds herself with a particular perspective on the spaces we live in and how they are realised. “Cinema has always been part of my life, and of my inspirations,” says the designer. “I am fascinated and particularly sensitive to the photography and the decors of a film. The universe of great directors, such as Scorsese, Almodóvar or Lynch, can be very inspiring.” This ardour for the cinematic arts has led to a sixth sense for decorating spaces, of bringing together different objects, styles and eras. Benhamou also adds in a love of art and design to colour the decor, with homes becoming a series of real-life mise en scène.…