Should screen time be limited?

Should screen time be limited?

A siren sounds at 7pm every evening in Mohityache Vadgaon village, in India, announcing that it is time for everyone to turn off screen devices, like televisions and mobile phones. At 8.30pm, a second siren sounds, informing the 3,000 residents that screen-free time is over. The leaders of the village introduced it so that young people could focus on their homework and not be distracted by funny videos or phone messages, and families and friends could talk face-to-face more. However, some say that a screen simply gives access to information – it is not harmful in itself. Instead of having a strict rule, a person can decide for themselves when to put down a device in favour of doing something else. What do you think? Should you set limits on…

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA [Sydney]

IN AN ENVIABLE POSITION nestled between The Royal Botanic Garden and the meandering foreshore of Sydney Harbour, this residential building is located along Sydney’s historic Macquarie Street. “The clients purchased their apartment as their city home and engaged the Atelier service at Space early on during construction of the entire project to complete their interior fit-out,” says David Hartikainen, head of interiors for Space Furniture including its Atelier service. How did you become involved with this project? Atelier was a trusted team due to our familiarity with the entire site, having worked on the interiors for the public areas within the building alongside the developer. The clients came to us seeking a unique, luxurious interior that could be delivered with ease. What were the challenges of the space and how…

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA [Sydney]
FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE

FOR THE LOVE OF A HOUSE

Pat and Carol Schuchard’s Richmond Heights home is decorated in a manner one would expect of these two gifted artists and seasoned home renovators. With artistic flourishes throughout, the home holds a stylish mix of modern and historic furnishings, resulting in swoon-worthy spaces just waiting for a gathering of friends and family. The Schuchards—the business minds behind such historic event spaces as Bevo Mill and the Boo Cat Club—love to entertain with dinner or a cocktail in the comfort of their home. Their former residence, a warehouse on Hodiamont that also served as their art studios, could hold up to 150 guests in the open space across a single floor. The new house is amply spacious but doesn’t offer that kind of room. Long sightlines connect the ground floor spaces, and…

EASY 5KG SHRED

At 50, it’s no secret that Jennifer Lopez is in the best shape of her life – after all, she recently dropped five kilos with a diet and workout tweak. And we can’t deny it, she’s looking abs-olutely flawless! But how has the star managed to bag her best body ever, and what exactly does she do to remain as fit and enviably toned as she does? JLo is known to hit the gym every morning – without fail – for at least a quick 20-minute sweat session ahead of her demanding workday. ‘I don’t like doing it later; it’s harder to get [to the gym] when I have my day already going,’ she says. And while she ensures her body is always on the go, she relies on two distinct personal…

EASY 5KG SHRED
HEALTH IS WEALTH

HEALTH IS WEALTH

Learn to Unplug “For me, I really take the weekends to not think about work, as much as possible,” shares Gwyneth. “Of course, there are certain things that come up, but I really do try to carve out time, especially on a Sunday. I won’t do email, I will just be with my family. I’ll just remember what it is to be a person in a body. And that, to me, really takes my anxiety down, when I really draw clear delineation between work.” Catch More Zzzs “It’s super-simple, but I really love the Dohm white noise machine,” reveals Rachel. “It just has two settings; it’s not anything complicated. It’s just white noise on a high or low setting, so that if my husband is awake and doing things in the house or…

50 WAYS TO KISCKSTART YOUR NEXT TRACK

When you’re inspired, the creation of electronic music can feel effortless. Every sample you select is the perfect one, falling into place on your DAW’s timeline like magic. Firing up and triggering a synth instantly inspires a bassline or hook. MIDI notes and audio build up to create a composition you never could’ve planned. Once those creative juices are fully flowing, it feels like the music is writing itself. If you’ve experienced this zen-like state, you’ve probably been through the complete opposite, too: those times when a blank screen remains overwhelmingly empty, and every technique is doomed to fail. The harder you push against this creative drought, the more stress builds up. If you do push past this ‘writer’s block’ somehow, you can end up with a track that has…

FINDING THE KILLER

FINDING THE KILLER

IN the weeks since four college students at the University of Idaho were found brutally stabbed to death in their off-campus home in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, authorities have reportedly received more than 5,000 tips, conducted nearly 200 interviews, collected 113 pieces of evidence and taken 4,000 photographs. Still, a suspect has yet to be named and no arrests have been made. Even the murder weapon remains to be found. There have been no substantial leads in the case, which has left the small, tight-knit town of Moscow reeling, and the families of the victims — Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, 20 — bereft and tortured by unanswered questions. Until now. On Dec. 7, police revealed they were searching for…

ENGLAND’S GLORY

ENGLAND’S GLORY

The Jaguar drew up on the starting grid resembling a giant gift-wrapped birthday present. With effortless cool the driver broke into a toothy smile of sly invitation, dribbling slightly onto his lacy cravat and pimped out polyester suit as he breathed the words “Yeah Baby”. I was daydreaming again, visualising myself as stunt double to Tom Cruise on the set of “The Leaping Spy”, an imaginary Austin Powers movie with a Jaguar theme. Back to reality and it isn’t half bad, because the real world does actually see me on the track at Goodwood, in the Austin Powers XK8, thankfully minus the polyester and with Tom Cruise nowhere in sight. However, extraordinary good fortune has come my way as I have blagged a few minutes for a photoshoot in the…

For the LOVE of the GAME

The story of Presnel Kimpembe is one of many second-generation Frenchmen, but in the world of soccer he is almost an exception, coming to Paris Saint-Germain from the outskirts of the city. Yet the defender succeeded, beginning in Beaumont-sur-Oise and culminating in wearing the PSG captain’s armband, as well as competing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia with France. Born to a Congolese father and Haitian mother, Kimpembe, 27, had clear ideas for what he wanted to accomplish. Since the age of six, when he took his first soccer steps in the Louis-Larue stadium in nearby Éragny, he had only one goal in mind: to play for Paris Saint-Germain. At the age of 10, he was able to enter the Parisian youth league. Kimpembe’s athletic idols at the time were…

For the LOVE of the GAME

Rethink Your Employee Value Proposition Offer your people more than just flexibility.

THE GREAT RESIGNATION and a highly competitive labor market have made attracting and retaining talent a major challenge for employers. To meet it, many are following a basic strategy: Ask people what they want and try to give it to them. Temptingly simple as this response is, it can be a trap. It tends to focus discussions on the material aspects of jobs that are uppermost in employees’ and recruits’ minds at the moment. In the past the foremost issue was often pay, but most recently it has been flexibility—notably, remote and hybrid work. And while material offerings are the easiest levers to pull (you can decide to give a bonus tomorrow) and are immediately appreciated, they’re easy for competitors to imitate, and their impact on employee retention is the least…

Rethink Your Employee Value Proposition Offer your people more than just flexibility.
GUESS WHO’S BACK

GUESS WHO’S BACK

03 BMW 3.0 CSL → On one hand, the new BMW 3.0 CSL is everything that TopGear stands for. Power. Driving. Heritage. Wings. Stripes. The glorious lack of apology on which a brand is built. The focused concept reaching – albeit limited – production. On the other… there are issues. The ingredients are absolutely there, sweating potential: a 552bhp/406lb ft variant of the 3.0-litre straight six turbo – the most powerful iteration yet – and mentions of things we don’t quite understand the practical applications of, but sound quite racy. A rigid crankcase. A forged, lightweight crankshaft and 3D-printed cylinder head core. Titanium backbox (worth a 4.3kg saving alone) and aluminium bracing in the bay. Ooh, we nod knowingly, excellent. The cooling system and oil supply systems are for high performance and…

Celebrating the WOMEN OF 2022

THE CHANGEMAKER CHANEL CONTOS “Watching the work of all the nominees makes me proud to be in their company. This award means so much to me and I’m honoured it was presented by Grace.” For the past few years Australian women have stood up and raged about sexism and harassment, demanded equal pay and an end to discrimination. They’ve rallied in the streets, spoken out in the media, refused to grin and bear it, and fought for and won seats in parliament. They’ve broken records on sporting fields, filled vacant live music venues with fans and created a burgeoning and prosperous female-led film industry. Each December, marie claire has honoured the Women of the Year, featuring the winners in the magazine. This year, with a return to a more normal way of life, marie claire…

Celebrating the WOMEN OF 2022
The Magnificent 10

The Magnificent 10

Living your life to the fullest is one thing; living your aviation life to the fullest is another. We all know the truth, we are so blessed to do what we do, but we won’t be able to do this forever. Perhaps your medical isn’t renewed, or you simply can’t follow a checklist anymore and you know it’s time. Sure, there are other things in life, but in the meantime, there’s far too much fun to be had in the air. 1 Maralinga Tjarutja There are thousands of seriously scenic places to fly into or over in Australia, but that particular best flying list has been written just as many times. Why not somewhere that pilots don’t put on their pretty list? Somewhere with a dark, interesting history worth finding out more…

space crush

PERCHED HIGH ABOVE THE SOUTHERN Hemisphere’s first Ace Hotel, Kiln restaurant dishes up an internationally influenced menu with hints of Italian, Japanese and south-east Asian cuisine. But when Melbourne design studio Fiona Lynch Office came to consider their plans for Kiln’s interiors, the team looked closer to home. “We sought inspiration globally, so that the design would have the sobriety of American furniture’s DNA while being dedicated to infusing the spaces with local character,” says Fiona. “The palette came together quite organically to reflect the Australian landscape in a beautiful way, tethering these interiors to the historic, urban Sydney neighbourhood.” The term local isn’t taken lightly either, with almost all materials sourced from across Australia – the closest being taken from the property’s building site. Teaming up with Spacecraft Studio,…

space crush
Is exploring space worth the money?

Is exploring space worth the money?

When the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope were released in July 2022, people around the world saw awe-inspiring views of the universe. However, those views came with a hefty price tag: It cost about $10 billion to get Webb up and running nearly a million miles from Earth. Space exploration gives scientists a deeper understanding of our universe and shows us what great things humans can accomplish. Many people, however, say the money would be better spent addressing issues right here on Earth, such as climate change, social injustice, and the rising cost of goods. So what do you think—is exploring space worth the money? Yes—the benefits outweigh the costs Exploring our universe costs a lot of money, but it still comes to less than 1% of US government…

WHAT WOULD RUARK SAY?

Robert Ruark was an American writer and outdoorsman whose name will be forever associated with the phrase, “Use enough gun!” Ruark hunted for much of his life in various places, but he is best known for big-game hunting in East Africa in the mid-20th century with famous guide John Henry “Harry” Selby. His experience convinced him that a hunter had to use a gun and cartridge with a sufficient caliber, energy and penetration to deliver a single, telling blow on the animal being hunted, thus reducing the chances of being injured by a wounded animal. Ruark was probably not the first person to advise others to use a firearm that was “enough gun.” From the late 1700s up until the advent of smokeless powder, it was common for hunting rifles to…

WHAT WOULD RUARK SAY?
So good for you!

So good for you!

FIG – Fruit Of The Gods Botanical name: Ficus carica When eating a fresh fig just plucked off the tree you are eating a ‘false’ fruit as it is really a hollow-ended stem containing a mass of small flowers. The fig tree with its gnarled grey stems and deeply lobed, hairy leaves with a wild fragrance, is a sexy choice for large containers. It loves long, hot summers and cool winters when it will be deciduous. ‘Tiger’ – a cultivar with yellow and green striped figs. ‘Pastiliere’ – verdant green foliage with dark purple fruit. Why plant it? Figs are quite scarce due to a short storage life in shops. To have a feast at hand, plant your own. POMEGRANATE – Wonderfully Soulful Botanical name: Punica granatum Double up the value with this small tree…

JLO’S DAY ON A PLATE

BREAKFAST A bowl of porridge and a metabolism-boosting berry smoothie kicks off her day. LUNCH The gym bunny fills her plate with vegetables as well as salmon for the second part of her day. DINNER ‘It feels like rice and beans, which I grew up with,’ the star gushes of her protein and quinoa dinners. SNACKS She carries around fruit, veg and protein to keep on top of her cravings between meals. NO-GO ZONE Jennifer steers clear of alcohol and coffee. ‘I haven’t had caffeine in years,’ she admits.…

JLO’S DAY ON A PLATE
Diary of a Hospital: Lisa Miller

Diary of a Hospital: Lisa Miller

ABOUT 3,400 PEOPLE sleep on the streets or subways of New York each night, and the week after Christmas, EMTs dropped off one of them, a young white woman, at a Brooklyn emergency room. She had overdosed on an assortment of meds and called 911 on herself. Now she was, as the ER psych nurse on duty that night put it, “decompensating”—her mind running the familiar course from okay to unraveled to not coherent at all. The woman was focused on the subject of her boyfriend, her companion on the street, convinced that he was duplicitous and “trying to be slick.” At the thought, her voice rose to a sharp, panicked pitch. “If he really cared about me, why didn’t he ride in the ambulance with me?” And then, as…

The worst ideas for the future

The worst ideas for the future

Logging on to a work meeting in the metaverse with your legless avatar. Emptying the vacuum bag of your humanoid robot butler every day after it’s finished the floors. Having to call the police to tell them you’re on a rollercoaster, not in a fender bender. And paying for it using a cryptocurrency with such fluctuating value that you’re never sure how much it’s worth. Welcome to our dull, uninspired version of the future. There are exciting visions of the future in the making: driverless cars could rework cities, augmented reality could upend everything from entertainment to education, and robots could release us from physical labour. But right now, we’re building a suburban dystopia. Why are we so bad at imagining our futures? “We spend surprisingly little time thinking about the future,”…

SPEAK YOUR MIND

Anne-Marie appears to be the epitome of a confident pop princess, but there is more to the 31-year-old than meets the eye. The three-time world karate champion got her first West End role performing in Les Misérables at six years old but, despite achieving so much at such a young age, she was often consumed with worry. “When I was younger, I just thought that’s what I was like. I didn’t like being around people and I didn’t really like people looking at me,” she explains. “I didn’t realise what I was going through until people started talking about their journeys. When I saw people talking about anxiety on social media, or there were TV documentaries about mental health, that’s when I started realising what it was.” Now the Essex-born star,…

SPEAK YOUR MIND

Let go of perfectionism

Expert advice Dr Elena Touroni is a psychologist and co-founder of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic. thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Dr Pragya Agarwal is a behavioural and data scientist, and founder of research think-tank The 50 Percent Project. drpragyaagarwal.co.uk I’ve lost count of the number of hours I’ve spent watching TV chefs instruct me in the art of making the perfect roast potato. Growing up, the festive season involved the likes of Delia Smith and Gary Rhodes revealing the wonders of parboiling spuds, of fluffing them in the strainer before adding them to very hot fat. Then, there was the year when, not too long ago, Jamie Oliver caused jars of goose fat to fly off the shelves after declaring it the fat of choice for roasties – but not before they had been given a light…

Let go of perfectionism
A plastic-eating ‘superworm’ might help the waste crisis

A plastic-eating ‘superworm’ might help the waste crisis

NATURE The collapse of soft-plastics recycling through Australian supermarkets is just one more sign that we lack the capacity to handle our plastic waste. Scientists are working hard to find solutions, and perhaps they can get a helping hand from the the larvae of Zophobas darkling beetles. These worms are commonly used as food for pet reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds, but scientists from the University of Queensland have found that they can survive on a diet of only polystyrene. As with other plastic types, polystyrene is difficult to break down, and easily disintegrates into ‘snow-like’ particles which end up in the environment, and in the oceans. Despite the phasing out of polystyrene under Australia’s National Plastics Plan for some uses such as takeaway food, it remains a widely used plastic,…

How to Finance a Used Car

How to Finance a Used Car

BUYING A USED car can be a lot less expensive than buying new, especially as used-car prices begin to ease. But those savings can quickly evaporate if you need to finance your purchase. Interest rates for used cars can be twice what you would pay to finance a new car, which means you could be shelling out thousands of dollars more. In fact, financing a late-model used car could make it almost as expensive as buying new. “Used-car prices today remain pretty elevated, so it’s a good idea to avoid high-cost financing and dealer extras,” says Chuck Bell, a financial policy advocate for CR. “You may save by arranging your own financing rather than going through the dealer. And consider buying from a private seller. It can be more of…

FESTIVE Hangover?

We‘ve all said ‘never again’ – only to wake up with yet another stonking hangover. In fact, 47% of us admit we can’t control our alcohol intake, with the planned ‘just a couple’ of drinks often turning into a full-on binge * . And if you feel your hangovers are hitting harder than before – and lasting for longer than one day – sadly, you’re not imagining it. Liver function decreases with age, making the body less efficient at processing toxins. It’s also worse for women. ‘Our bodies have less water content and more fat content, so alcohol remains longer in the body,’ says nutritional therapist Shona Wilkinson. ‘Women also produce less alcohol dehydrogenase – the enzyme in the body that detoxifies alcohol.’ Reaching for over-the-counter painkillers may not be the answer.…

FESTIVE Hangover?

The COLLECTOR’S EYE

FASHION IS, BY ITS VERY NATURE of seasonality and constant reinvention, ephemeral. Its fragile fabrications, particularly the embroidery, tulles, and organzas that make haute couture, are easily susceptible to damage. And for the simple and obvious reason that it was historically dismissed as a woman’s frivolity, it wasn’t seen by museums as worthy of preservation. Fashion exhibitions at institutions from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to London’s Victoria & Albert to San Francisco’s de Young have become historic blockbusters, bringing in record numbers of visitors and changing the way museumgoers perceive fashion. Though the first French couture label—the House of Worth, founded by Paris-based English designer Charles Worth—was established in 1858, the inclusion of clothing in the permanent collections of these organizations is a relatively recent practice, beginning in earnest…

The COLLECTOR’S EYE
LIFE ON THE FARM

LIFE ON THE FARM

According to estate lore, Gary Jordan, who founded Jordan Wine Estate in Stellenbosch with his wife, Kathy, once proclaimed that his two favourite chefs were George Jardine and Marthinus Ferreira – so when the time came for George to exit The Jordan Restaurant, where for the past 12 years he had set the signature-chef wine estate restaurant standard, it was only fitting that Marthinus would start the restaurant’s next chapter. Having closed his famed DW Eleven-13 restaurant in Dunkeld, Joburg after over a decade, Marthinus relocated to Cape Town with a renewed vigour and focus to make The Jordan Restaurant entirely his own. A self-confessed food nerd who loves what he does with a fervent passion, Marthinus wears his heart, quite literally, on his sleeve – that is, his sleeve tattoo,…

CANDICE WARNER

Congrats on your first MAXIM cover, Candice. Thank you, it’s really exciting. The likes of Jennifer Hawkins, Jessica Gomes, Erin McNaught, Lauryn Eagle… have been on the cover and they’re such established women at what they do, so to be in their company is an honour. Why did you decide to do this photo shoot? So that in five or 10 years – whatever it may be – I can look back and have something I’m really proud of. I work so hard on my body and eating right, so it’s nice to have something like this, so I can show my kids what their mum looked like back in the day and they can see all the hard work and effort I’ve put in. How did you prepare yourself for the big shoot…

CANDICE WARNER
Purple haze

Purple haze

In winter, the sun is lower in the sky for much longer than in the summer months, so the sunsets and sunrise colours have much more time to build. Coupled with some decent cloud coverage (but not too much) and the right type of clouds (in this case, cirrus), you could be lighting up your social media platforms with eye-catching sunset images in no time at all. During this period of the year, the sun sets at a lower angle to the horizon, making the light pass through more of the atmosphere. You can really see the difference to summer sunsets if the clouds are in the right place, near the horizon with gaps for the striking colours to reflect off and fill your camera with images you can feel proud…

Race with the Tall Ships Youth Trust

Race with the Tall Ships Youth Trust

Classic Boat’s address: Jubilee House, 2 Jubilee Place, London, SW3 3TQ cb@classicboat.co.uk Follow the Classic Boat team on Twitter and Facebook The Tall Ships Youth Trust is offering race weekends for groups in 2023. The trust, which runs 72ft yachts, is inviting sailing clubs, schools, colleges and other youth organisations to compete in its Challenger Championships. The trust is the Charity of the Year of the British Classic Yacht Club, as well as that of our sister title, Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting. The trust says: “Sailing onboard an iconic 72ft Challenger yacht, your group will take part in an exciting and competitive race, with a ‘Le Mans’ style start. Out on the ocean, the young people will become an integral part of the crew and get involved in all aspects of running the vessel.…

The Fun-Loving Adventure Kindly Myers

Were you excited to shoot for FHM? Yes! I am always excited to shoot, but especially for my favorite magazine, FHM! Tell us something surprising about you? I spent four years in the United States Army National Guard. Describe yourself in one sentence. I am a funloving adventurer. What are some of your hobbies? I love horseback riding, it's something I have done since I was a child. What is your biggest turn on? Kindness. What turns you off the most? When someone is aide to their server at a restaurant. Describe to us your perfect date. Doing something outdoors. Could be a hike, a picnic, or anything active honestly. I think that's a great way to have fun and get to know someone. What would you consider to be your biggest challenge as a model so…

The Fun-Loving Adventure Kindly Myers
10 ways to keep calm

10 ways to keep calm

1 Good-mood food Eat foods rich in tryptophan, which helps to promote the feel-good chemical serotonin in your body. Find it in turkey, eggs, nuts, seeds, oats, bananas and kiwis. Bear in mind that some food and drinks may spike anxiety, like sugary snacks (causing a crash after the initial high). 2 Have a toolkit There are strategies to banish anxious thoughts. ‘Notice your breath,’ says psychotherapeutic counsellor Audrey Stephenson (audreystephenson.co.uk). ‘Bringing awareness to it will change it, as we often hold our breath or overbreathe when we’re very anxious.’ ‘Fill your mouth with saliva,’ advises hypnotherapist Marisa Peer (iamenough.com). ‘A wet mouth means you’re relaxed, and signals this to your brain.’ 3 Tweak your lifestyle ‘Try to achieve a healthy work/life balance – be assertive if you find yourself taking on more work or…

Harry or the palace? Either way, you fall into the royalist trap Polly Toynbee

Harry or the palace? Either way, you fall into the royalist trap Polly Toynbee

Must we, really? I’m afraid there is no avoiding the great crown soap opera as this finely crafted Prince Harry publicity spectacular engulfs the news. However nugatory the revelations about scenes of brotherly rivalry, beards and broken dog bowls, it’s no use pretending it hasn’t been happening or that the country isn’t dividing into Harryites and Williamists. I doubt last weekend’s angry and contrary ITV interview will restore Harry’s sliding ratings. That interview landed as a neatly choreographed step in the ace publicity machine of Prince Harry’s publishers. After the 2021 Oprah interview, six episodes of the Netflix series, teasers for this week’s four TV interviews and the early leaking of his book, was there anything new for him to say or for us to think? Nothing, beyond the painful spectacle of…

ChatGPT is the dazzling, scary future of AI chatbots

ChatGPT is the dazzling, scary future of AI chatbots

Someone on the internet wrote that ChatGPT just made the first two years of high-school homework meaningless. That assessment is not far off the mark. OpenAI’s new AI text-generation tool currently offers sophisticated, lengthy, and even fun responses to textual prompts, currently all for free. ChatGPT is part Wikipedia, part researcher, part analyst, and part poet. It can write a short paper on the causes and outcomes of the French Revolution. It can write a seven-paragraph essay on why nihilism should be your personal philosophy. It can write an epic poem on the need to brush your teeth regularly. It can write a formal yet sarcastic letter to your neighbor on why he shouldn’t trim your trees without permission. It’s a breathtaking development. It’s also a scary one when you think about…

BODY + MIND + SPIRIT

BODY + MIND + SPIRIT

GET YOUR (NEW) GAME ON Every Sunday morning, Jan Dekker, 78, plays pickleball for free at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Community Centre, where the court is reserved at 10 a.m. for people aged 60 and over. He’s at a pickleball court somewhere in the city four times a week. He’s even played the popular 1960s paddle game on cruise ships. “It’s addictive,” Dekker admits. He enjoys both the socializing and, along with the other sports he plays, the workout that helps keep his blood sugar levels stable. Now there’s evidence that Dekker’s preferred form of exercise provides major health benefits. Research published in the International Journal of Research in Exercise Physiology found significant improvements in cholesterol, blood pressure, oxygen intake and metabolic responses after six weeks of participation in pickleball. The study concluded…

Adventure, One Step at a Time

Adventure, One Step at a Time

HE WAS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE BUCK we had on the farm that year, maybe any year, and I knew just where he lived. Or, at least, I thought I did. There’s a marshy creek that runs down the west side of the property, and that creekbottom transitions to a 100-yard-wide stretch of hardwoods that border a hayfield. The buck lived in the creekbottom and patrolled the hardwoods for does as they made their way up into the field. I knew this because my hunting buddy Josh Dahlke and I had the whole area rigged with cellular trail cameras and we’d been monitoring the buck since August. Most of the photos we had of him came from a camera we’d set over a scrape in the timber, within 20 yards of a…

HOW CHEESE IS MADE

HOW CHEESE IS MADE

Whether it’s in the form of a French fondue, pizza topping, slice of grilled halloumi or sprinkling of feta, there’s a type of cheese to complement most savoury foods. Humans have produced cheese for around 4,000 years, but its exact origin remains unknown. One common theory is that it was discovered accidentally when stomachs taken from butchered cattle were used to carry milk. Inside the stomach is an enzyme that causes milk to curdle, and when transporting milk for long periods, people discovered that their milk had solidified in the process. Upon tasting it, others wanted to recreate this newly discovered foodstuff’s unique flavour. Over time, specific ingredients and controlled conditions provided the world with cheeses of different flavours, colours and textures. Today, cheese is popular globally. In the US, for…

HOW TO GET AHEAD IN YOUR 2023 TRAINING

If you’re feeling a little fatigued following the festive celebrations, spare a thought for Santa Claus who, together with his team of elves and reindeer, delivered presents to around 700 million children worldwide in just one night! Delivering to 1,398 houses per minute Santa had c.715 μs in which to decelerate his sleight, land, slide down the chimney, deliver presents under the tree and return up the chimney. Covering a total distance of 110 million miles (around the distance from the earth to the sun) requiring a speed of 3.5 million miles per hour, Santa (and his reindeer) has truly earned a rest. For the rest of us, rather than sitting back and taking it easy, we have a unique opportunity in the week between Christmas and New Year to…

HOW TO GET AHEAD IN YOUR 2023 TRAINING
WILD AT HEART

WILD AT HEART

I’m a big fan of following the road less travelled. I also like trying shortcuts. And I’m seriously eco-conscious — okay, downright stingy — when it comes to splashing out on unnecessary fuel. So last year, when my wife Ariadne and I started plotting a self-drive route from Lower Zambezi National Park to the far north of Zambia via the Luangwa Valley, we were keen to explore any off-the-beaten-track alternatives to the obvious, but very roundabout, surfaced route that skirts the capital Lusaka on both legs. As trip planning progressed, I started to eye two obscure shortcuts: one through the little-known eastern half of Lower Zambezi en route to South Luangwa, while the other continued to the northern gateway town of Mpika via North Luangwa National Park. True, it was difficult…

The Angel Next Door

Charlie and I had been neighbors for 20 years. In that time, he’d become a great friend as well. I couldn’t have predicted that when he moved in next door. Not because of anything about Charlie himself. He was delightful. The two of us bonded over our love of music, literature and art. He was interested in my projects as an interior designer, and we compared notes about our favorite color combinations. But there was one thing Charlie and I did not agree on: the color taupe. Upon moving in, he’d painted his whole house one of my least favorite colors. My husband, Peter, encouraged me to look past this choice our new neighbor had made, but it had taken me a while to get over it. Thirteen years after Charlie…

The Angel Next Door