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What would be the п¬Ѓrst thing
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Learn to fly a plane.
with my family through Italy and
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the different cultures.
up to Machu Picchu.
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pride for New Zealand. I have
dad’s medals and a photo of
him whilst serving overseas
proudly on display at home.
Anzac Day in particular is
when I miss him most.
Your biggest challenge next
month will be? As CEO of a
small business, the challenge
as always is multi-tasking from
dawn till dusk.
What business leader or
sports coach would you most
like to have lunch with? Right
now, John Key – I’m not sure
if he is a business leader or a
coach. Steve Tindall or Bill Gates
would be equally as stimulating.
Everyone should own one
of these... A coffee machine.
Have you discovered a really
cool place to eat out?
I travel frequently, so either our
patio at home or if I’m away,
Amisfield in Central Otago or
Frescos in Sydney CBD.
Is it possible for the country
to be smokefree in the
future? I wish. As long as it is
never caffeine or wine-free!
What’s the last thing you
bought to use at home? My
sexy new coffee machine.
What’s the longest you’ve
been loyal to one particular
brand and why? Probably
ASB. I grew up with them from
school years. I’ve never had
a reason to change, and they
often give me reasons to stick
with them.
Share a “success” story that
happened to you this month?
Watching my kids grow in
personal confidence over a
Kiwi Summer.
What does Anzac Day mean
to you? Remembrance
Share a “success” story that
happened to you this month?
Passing a university exam that
I could have sworn I should
have failed.
What does Anzac Day mean
to you? A chance to reflect on
all those who have given their
life for the ideals that we live by.
What would be the п¬Ѓrst thing
on your “Bucket List”? Play
Augusta National Golf Club.
Share a “success” story
that happened to you this
month? Eighty percent growth
of Coopers п¬Ѓne ales in a very
tough environment.
What does Anzac Day mean
to you? An extra day’s leave on
the Tuesday.
Your biggest challenge
next month will be? Nothing
Your biggest challenge next
month will be? Visiting the
compared to those who need to
rebuild their lives in Christchurch.
Hawke’s Bay without playing
Cape Kidnappers.
What business leader or
sports coach would you
most like to have lunch with?
What business leader or
sports coach would you most
like to have lunch with?
Richard Branson.
What business leader or
sports coach would you most
like to have lunch with? Bob
For a business leader, Rob
Fyfe because he just seems
to do everything so right.
Sports coach, Ricki Herbert as
who could pass up meeting
somebody that took a team to
the world stage when nobody
expected them to get there?
Parker. This is the person who is
a true leader.
Everyone should own one of
these... An iPod, to tune out
Everyone should own one of
these... A bach near any New
the world and concentrate on
what you need to.
Zealand coastline or a tent! It’s
equally as good.
Have you discovered a really
cool place to eat out? Nothing
Have you discovered a really
cool place to eat out? Andre’s
beats a few quiets and a BBQ
at a mate’s place.
French Restaurant or Tables at
Nice Hotel in New Plymouth.
Is it possible for the country
to be smokefree in the
future? Definitely but why wait
and respect for what our
forefathers did for our country,
so that have we a lifestyle that
we are accustomed to today.
And for the п¬Ѓghting spirit they
instilled in us as Kiwis to carry
on in adversity.
Your biggest challenge next
month will be? Overcome the
grief of losing a family member
in the Christchurch earthquake.
Is it possible for the country
to be smokefree in the
future? I can’t see it! Not in the
near future anyway. It doesn’t
worry me now that you aren’t
able to smoke in bars, cafГ©s
and restaurants.
What’s the last thing you
bought to use at home? A
juicing machine. Early morning
fresh juices are the best way to
start the day.
What’s the longest you’ve
been loyal to one particular
brand and why? Diesel
clothing. I п¬Ѓnd their jeans are a
brilliant п¬Ѓt for me and the quality
of the denim is superb.
for the future?
What’s the last thing you
bought to use at home?
Towels, because sometimes
even the boring things need to
be replaced.
What’s the longest you’ve
been loyal to one particular
brand and why? Sanitarium
Marmite – hundreds of school
lunches to get you hooked
and once you’re onto Marmite,
there’s no looking back or an
alternative that’s anywhere near
as good.
Everyone should own one of
these... A Delonghi Nespresso
coffee machine.
Have you discovered a really
cool place to eat out? You
can’t beat The French Café. or
O’Connell St Bistro.
Is it possible for the country
to be smokefree in the future?
Hopefully one day.
What’s the last thing you
bought to use at home? A
new, more powerful Wireless
Modem Router.
What’s the longest you’ve
been loyal to one particular
brand and why? Six years
– Coopers fine ales, a superb
portfolio of lagers and ales to
satisfy every occasion, plus it
helps pay the mortgage.
Jean Philippe Buche Andrew Brown
Age: 29
Lawyer & Cyclist with the Subway
Pro Cycling Team
Age: 36
New Zealand Post
Age: 29
Customer Services Manager
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on your “Bucket List”? A trip
What would be the п¬Ѓrst thing
on your “Bucket List”?
to New York. The one city in the
world that just has to be visited
at least once in your lifetime.
Sky Dive.
Share a “success” story that
happened to you this month?
I upgraded to a car that comes
free of a winter rainforest and
the petrol light works. My feet
are dry and I wont have to
panic about being stuck on a
bridge again.
What would be the п¬Ѓrst thing
on your “Bucket List”? Don’t
let the baldness fool you, I’m
way too young for that! At this
stage, it would be to go on a
safari to see the lions in Africa
Share a “success” story that
happened to you this month?
We п¬Ѓnally got resource
consent to get rid of a big,
ugly tree on our section that
blocks out the sun. That’s
pretty boring really but it’s the
best I’ve got this month.
What does Anzac Day
mean to you? It’s important
to remember not only the
ANZACs but all those who
died and served in military
operations for New Zealand
and Australia.
Your biggest challenge next
month will be? Surviving a
good mate’s stag do and then
trying to race the Auckland time
trial champs the next day.
What business leader or sports
coach would you most like to
have lunch with? Well, I’m a
cyclist, so what do you reckon?
Everyone should own one of
these... A meatball footlong
Subway and an iPhone.
Have you discovered a really
cool place to eat out? If you’re
in Queenstown, head out to the
Kawarau Bridge Bungy, then
have lunch at The Winehouse &
Kitchen – it’s fantastic!
Is it possible for the country
to be smokefree in the
future? Yes, people are slowly
realising that it’s a nasty habit.
What’s the last thing you
bought to use at home? A
Mitsubishi heatpump – awesome!
What’s the longest you’ve
been loyal to one particular
brand and why? Milky Bars
because they are the best
white chocolate bars around
and I secretly always wanted
to be the Milky Bar Kid but
instead of blonde I’m balding.
Finally being able to do more
vigorous sports after a year
with severe back pain followed
by surgery.
What does Anzac Day
mean to you? Not much
as I am French. However, I
understand from my Kiwi wife
that it’s a very important day
for New Zealanders.
Your biggest challenge next
month will be? Trying to stay
relatively sane and alive after
looking after our two-year-old
twins full time for the next
two months.
What business leader or
sports coach would you
most like to have lunch with?
Warren Buffett and
Eric Cantona.
Everyone should own one of
these... An iPhone and/or iPad.
Have you discovered a really
cool place to eat out? CafГ©.
on Kohi in Kohimarama for its
great food and superb views of
the sparkling Auckland harbour.
Is it possible for the country
to be smokefree in the
future? No. It’s a great idea but
I can’t see it happening. They
will п¬Ѓnd anything to smoke even
if it’s hedge clippings.
What’s the last thing you
bought to use at home? A
new microphone and headset
to Skype my family in France.
What’s the longest you’ve
been loyal to one particular
brand and why? I have been
loyal to Sony for almost my
whole life. It started with my
Sony Walkman when I was
aged ten. I have never had
any problems with any
Sony products.
Share a “success” story that
happened to you this month?
What does Anzac Day mean
to you? Late shopping.
Your biggest challenge next
month will be? Making it past
the п¬Ѓrst six weeks post Daylight
Savings without missing a
morning meeting (so not going
to happen).
What business leader or
sports coach would you most
like to have lunch with?
Terry Serepisos, just to say,
“You’re fired.”
Everyone should own one
of these... A chemical toilet.
Have you discovered a
really cool place to eat out?
Rob Van de
Age: 33
Environmental Engineer
What would be the п¬Ѓrst
thing on your “Bucket List”?
To п¬Ѓnally get time to do the
12-day walk through the
Kahurangi National Park I have
planning with my mates for the
past ten years.
Share a “success” story that
happened to you this month?
Saving enough for our wedding,
and knowing that we are now
saving for a trip to Europe.
What does Anzac Day mean
to you? An opportunity to stop
and think about the past, and
what price has been paid by
generations before us.
Your biggest challenge next
month will be? To stay sane,
whilst balancing work and life.
What business leader or
sports coach would you
most like to have lunch with?
Richard Tonks – to see how he
keeps doing it.
Everyone should own one
of these... A Coffee machine
Elephant Hill Estate & Winery.
– how can you live without one?
Is it possible for the country
to be smokefree in
the future? I did it, absolutely.
What’s the last thing you
bought to use at home?
Have you discovered a really
cool place to eat out? 601
Big Black Saks.
What’s the longest you’ve
been loyal to one particular
brand and why? Neutrogena.
I get younger by the day. My
story, I’m sticking to it!
sake bar – fresh, tasty and
good value.
Is it possible for the
country to be smokefree in
the future? Yes.
What’s the last thing you
bought to use at home? A Paint
brush – ain’t renovating fun.
What’s the longest you’ve
been loyal to one particular
brand and why? Leonie at
Vada – nine years and still the
best cut in town.
Nick Lovegrove
Ivan Kabalin
Gary O’Neil
Jason Armishaw
Rob Treacher
Age: 27
Communications Manager
Age: 42
Commercial Head, SonyEricsson
Age: 24
IT Business Development
Age: 51
Director, AMPM
What would be the п¬Ѓrst thing
on your “Bucket List”? Travel,
What would be the п¬Ѓrst thing
on your “Bucket List”? Ride in
What would be the п¬Ѓrst thing
on your “Bucket List”? Get
What would be the п¬Ѓrst thing
on your “Bucket List”? A
through the birth of my п¬Ѓrst
child (in May) without fainting.
skydive – been meaning to do
one for years.
Share a “success” story that
happened to you this month?
Share a “success” story that
happened to you this month?
Working with a great team
to organise Auckland’s first
Startup Weekend (auckland. So much
progress has been made in
such a short time – it’s amazing!
My 15-year-old daughter took
great delight in obtaining her
learner driver’s licence and is
taking to driving like a duck to
water – cool (but serious) stuff.
travel, travel!
a stage of the Tour de France.
Share a “success” story that
happened to you this month?
Share a “success” story that
happened to you this month?
I did a translation of our
company website into Russian
and we had it checked by
a native speaker, who was
convinced that another Russian
had done it. I am not a native
speaker, I have only ever studied
it at university. It was a real buzz
to have my work recognised.
I got my stuff that I freighted
home from the UK three
months ago.
What does Anzac Day mean
to you? Several years ago,
Your biggest challenge next
month will be? Buying a house
I started joining my English
grandfather for the noon
service. He didn’t often talk
about his experiences in World
War II but on this day, he would
share some of them with me.
He died in 2009 and Anzac
days have not been the same
since but we still attend the
service with my grandmother.
before the interest rates change.
Your biggest challenge next
month will be? Working out!
What business leader or
sports coach would you most
like to have lunch with? The
Mad Butcher!
What business leader or
sports coach would you
most like to have lunch with?
Your biggest challenge next
month will be? Launching a
PLAY – I’m lucky enough to
have got my hands on one prelaunch and they’re incredible!
What business leader or
sports coach would you most
like to have lunch with? What
Have you discovered a really
cool place to eat out? Prego.
Is it possible for the country
to be smokefree in the
future? Leave it as it is. I think
are we having for lunch?
What’s the last thing you
bought to use at home? A
little Austrian restaurant in
Glendowie, called Restaurant
Konditorei Carinthia.
hammer – to devastating effect.
What’s the last thing you
bought to use at home?
soldiers who fought for us.
Everyone should own one of
these... A Sony Ericsson Xperia
Gordon Tietjens.
other brand of e-reader!
could happen now!
What does Anzac Day mean
to you? A day to celebrate the
successful Startup Weekend
on 1-3 April, landing my п¬Ѓrst
client with my new business, and staying
calm around my eight-monthpregnant partner.
Have you discovered a really
cool place to eat out? A nice
Is it possible for the country
to be smokefree in the
future? It will happen but it
the heroes of an era and
personified Kiwi spirit around
the world, so Anzac Day means
a lot to me.
we are by a long way better
than the rest of the world, so
it’s best not to tinker with things
too much.
Everyone should own one
of these... A “Kindle” or some
What does Anzac Day mean
to you? The Anzacs were
Everyone should own one
of these... A MacBook Pro.
Have you discovered a really
cool place to eat out? Not lately
What does Anzac Day mean
to you? My dad was a not
only a returned WW2 RNZAF
serviceman but an ex-POW.
It’s our one special time of year
when we can all pause as a
nation to consider and give
thanks to all those brave souls
who served our country.
Your biggest challenge next
month will be? To accelerate
the forward momentum of
our business.
What business leader or
sports coach would you
most like to have lunch with?
Michael Hill. Now there’s a man
with a great story.
Everyone should own one
of these... A Warwick
but I’m open to suggestions.
3B1 notebook.
Is it possible for the country
to be smokefree in the
future? Yes, we just have to
Have you discovered a
really cool place to eat out?
get the government to push
my mate, James Stewart’s
What’s the longest you’ve
been loyal to one particular
brand and why? I have been a
What’s the last thing you
bought to use at home?
Sony man all my life (shameless
plug, sorry guys) but it’s hard to
go past the best.
What’s the longest you’ve
been loyal to one particular
brand and why? Isaac’s Cider
– it’s great!
Symonds Street’s Middle
East cafГ©.
Is it possible for the country
to be smokefree in the
future? Absolutely. Could take
a while though...
What’s the last thing you
bought to use at home? A
SodaStream machine. We now
drink gallons of ice-cold, free,
fizzy water and we don’t bother
with that syrupy flavouring.
I can’t actually remember but I
did buy a Total Gym a couple of
years ago.
What’s the longest you’ve
been loyal to one particular
brand and why? “It must be
What’s the longest you’ve
been loyal to one particular
brand and why? If I do stick
Watties.” Hey, I grew up in
Hastings! I’ve eaten it all my life
and still do. We only buy Watties
in our house. Don’t bring any of
that Oak stuff near me.
to one, it’s mostly because it’s
something I’m comfortable with
and I’m used to.
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APRIL 2011
1 Apr Phil Edwards Band – Album
Release Tour – YOT Club, Raglan 2 Apr
Twin Trees Festival – Ruakaka Tavern,
Bream Bay 5 Apr Usher – Vector Arena,
Auckland CBD 6 Apr Gerry & The
Pacemakers and Herman’s Hermits
– Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
9 Apr NRG Rising Album Release Party
– Clyde Hotel, Wairoa 13 Apr Jimmy Eat
World – Powerstation, Eden Terrace 14
Apr Storehouse – Brain Surgeon Limbo
Tour – Hotel Bristol, Wellington 16 Apr
Ken Nicol – The Free House, Nelson 18 Apr
Bruno Mars – Vector Arena, Auckland CBD
22 Apr – 24 Apr Waiheke International
Jazz Festival All Day Jazz Shows
– Waiheke Island Resort / The Dunes / The
Bay, Waiheke Island 25 Apr Trudy Lile and
Mojave – Coopers Creek Vineyard, Huapai
27 Apr Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi
Band – Powerstation, Eden Terrace 30 Apr
Bob Dylan – Vector Arena, Auckland CBD
1 Apr – 2 Apr A Greener Way 2011:
Sustainable Living Field Days
– Ashhurst Domain, Ashhurst 5 Apr
iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2011
– Various venues in Dunedin, Dunedin
9 Apr Kaipara Kai and Fun Festival
– Selwyn Park, Dargaville 13 Apr The
Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tasting
– Crowne Plaza, Auckland CBD 16 Apr
Southeast Asian Night Market –
Frank Kitts Park, Wellington 22 Apri – 24
Apr The Square Affair: A Festival of
Miniature Attractions – The Square,
Palmerston North 29 Apr Arrowtown
Autumn Festival – Arrowtown
Athenaeum Hall, Arrowtown (Start) 30
Apr Cheesemaker For A Day – Make
Your Own Feta & Haloumi – Historic
Village on 17th, Tauranga
2 Apr Salomon Southern Tri Series
– Jack’s Point Autumn Triathlon
– Jack’s Point Resort, Queenstown 3 Apr
Porirua Grand Traverse – Battle Hill
Farm Forest Park, Porirua – Mana 7 Apr
Nordic Walking First Steps Course
– Te Rapa Sportsdrome – Ashurst
Park, Hamilton 10 Apr Arrowsmith
Thee Run 42km Off Road Marathon
– Mt Arowsmith Station, Methven 15
Apr Chiefs vs Crusaders – Baypark
Stadium, Mt Maunganui 19 Apr
ECHO Walking Festival – Katikati
War Memorial Hall, Katikati 23 Apr
Mangere Mountain Guided Walks
Summer Season 2010/2011
– Mangere Mountain Education Centre,
Mangere Bridge 24 Apr DirtMasters
Ben Lomond Downhill – Ben Lomond
Scenic Reserve, Queenstown 30 Apr
Placemakers Superstock Series
– Grand Final – Arena Manawatu,
Palmerston North
Bowls Oxford Inc – Monthly Triples
Tournaments – Bowls Oxford, Oxford
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his “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break
Silence” speech in New York City’s
Riverside Church.
b. 1965 – Robert Downey, Jr
b. 1979 – Heath Ledger
Usher – Vector Arena, Auckland CBD
iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2011
– Various venues in Dunedin, Dunedin
Auckland Aces v Central Stags
Plunket Shield Cricket – McLean
Park, Napier
1954 – Elvis Presley records his debut
single, “That’s All Right”
Gerry & The Pacemakers and Herman’s
Hermits – Regent on Broadway,
Palmerston North
2011 World Class New Zealand
Awards – Langham Hotel, Auckland CBD
Apotheosis – Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin
1987 – Sugar Ray Leonard upsets
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
b. 1975 – Zach Braff
NZ International Piano Festival
– Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE,
Auckland CBD
ANZ Championship – Waikato /
BOP Magic vs NSW Swifts – Queen
Elizabeth Youth Centre, Tauranga
1980 – Paul McCartney releases
“Coming Up”
Michelle Shocked – Powerstation,
Eden Terrace
Convene Auckland 2011 – SkyCity
Convention Centre, Auckland CBD
1961 – Ray Charles wins four Grammys
1981 – Human spaceflight: The first
launch of a Space Shuttle: Columbia
launches on the STS-1 mission.
b. 1979 – Claire Danes
Jimmy Eat World – Powerstation,
Eden Terrace
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Tasting – Crowne Plaza, Auckland CBD
The Tuesday Open Mic – One 2 One
Cafe (121), Ponsonby
Elizabeth Marvelly – The Home Tour – TSB
Theatre – TSB Showplace, New Plymouth
ECHO Walking Festival – Katikati War
Memorial Hall, Katikati
b. 1979 – Kate Hudson
4 5 6
11 12
Bruno Mars – Vector Arena, Auckland CBD
Echo Walking Festival – Te Aroha
Gold Rush – Te Aroha i-SITE Visitor
Centre, Te Aroha
8 9 0
Operatunity Presents – Rock around the
�50s – Taupo Baptist Church, Taupo
Super City Uni Games 2011
– Hikuwai Plaza, AUT University,
Auckland CBD (Start)
TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival
– Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth (Start)
1962 – NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft
crashes into the Moon
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
– Powerstation, Eden Terrace
International Administrative
Professionals’ Day Breakfast – James
Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington
1968 – Jimmy Ellis beats Jerry Quarry for
heavyweight boxing title
1981 – Xerox PARC introduces the
computer mouse.
b. 1984 – Patrick Stump
26 277
Phil Edwards Band – Album Release
Tour – YOT Club, Raglan
Acoustic Smoothie – Titirangi Festival of
Music – The Top Floor, Titirangi
A Greener Way 2011: Sustainable
Living Field Days – Ashhurst Domain,
Ashhurst (Start)
Mangawhai Walking Weekend 2011
– Mangawhai District, Mangawhai (Start)
b. 1980 – Randy Orton
Twin Trees Festival – Ruakaka Tavern,
Bream Bay
A Greener Way 2011: Sustainable
Living Field Days – Ashhurst Domain,
Ashhurst (Finish)
Armageddon Expo – Christchurch
Convention Centre, Christchurch (Start)
Salomon Southern Tri Series
– Jack’s Point Autumn Triathlon
– Jack’s Point Resort, Queenstown
b. 1939 – Marvin Gaye
Gerry & The Pacemakers and Herman’s
Hermits – The Opera House, Wellington
Armageddon Expo – Christchurch
Convention Centre, Christchurch (Finish)
Mangawhai Walking Weekend 2011
– Mangawhai District, Mangawhai (Finish)
1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his
“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.
b. 1985 Leona Lewis
Tiny Tapping Toes – Music Centre of
Christchurch, Christchurch
Yank Tank Thursday – Botany Town
Centre Square, Botany Downs
Nordic Walking First Steps Course
– Te Rapa Sportsdrome – Ashurst
Park, Hamilton
1953 – The first west-to-east jet
transatlantic nonstop flight
1964 – IBM announces the System/360.
b. 1964 – Russell Crowe
NRG Rising Album Release Party – The
Frasertown Tavern, Wairoa
The Food Show Christchurch – CBS
Canterbury Arena, Christchurch
1899 – Martha Place becomes the first
woman to be executed in an electric chair.
1968 – The Beatles go gold again,
receiving a gold record for the single,
“Lady Madonna.”
NRG Rising Album Release Party – Clyde
Hotel, Wairoa
Kaipara Kai and Fun Festival
– Selwyn Park, Dargaville
Mangere Mountain Guided Walks
Summer Season 2010/2011
– Mangere Mountain Education Centre,
Mangere Bridge
1967 – The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series)
takes its maiden flight.
Gerry & The Pacemakers and Herman’s
Hermits – Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
All Ford Day – Manfeild Stadium, Feilding
The Canterbury Wind Quintet – The
Nut Point Centre, West Melton
Arrowsmith Thee Run 42km Off
Road Marathon – Mt Arrowsmith
Station, Methven
1953 – The first 3D film is released in
New York.
Storehouse – Brain Surgeon Limbo Tour
– Hotel Bristol, Wellington
NZ Symphony Orchestra Presents
Elizabeth Marvelly & Carl Doy – Civic
Theatre, Rotorua
Waikato/BOP Magic vs. Canterbury
Tactix – Energy Events Centre, Rotorua
1927 – The first Volvo car premieres, in
Gothenburg, Sweden.
The Funky Meters – Powerstation,
Eden Terrace
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Tasting – Crowne Plaza, Auckland
CBD (Start)
Chiefs vs Crusaders – Baypark
Stadium, Mt Maunganui
1966 – The Rolling Stones release
1983 – Tokyo Disneyland opens
b. 1982 – Seth Rogen
Ken Nicol – The Free House, Nelson
Southeast Asian Night Market
– Frank Kitts Park, Wellington
Cape Brett Challenge
– Te Rawhiti, Russell
1987 – Michael Jordon becomes 2nd
NBA to score 3000 points in a season
b. 1965 – Martin Lawrence
Auckland Vintage Jazz Society
– Takapuna Boating Club, Bayswater
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Tasting – Crowne Plaza, Auckland
CBD (Finish)
Taupo Home & Garden Show – Great
Lake Centre, Taupo
REAL Duathlon 2 – Ambury Regional
Park, Mangere Bridge
b. 1974 – Victoria Beckham
Our: House Presents Deadmau5 +
Skrillex – Vector Arena, Auckland CBD
Afternoon Delights – Music Centre of
Christchurch, Christchurch
Emrging NZ Grape Varietals Wine
Tasting – Scenic Cellars, Taupo
1977 – Broadway play Annie opens, first
of 2,377 performances.
GrassRoots – The NZ Blues and Roots All
Music Festival 2011 – Puhinui Reserve,
Wiri (Start)
Mangere Mountain Guided Walks
Summer Season 2010/2011
– Mangere Mountain Education Centre,
Mangere Bridge
Riverton Easter Carnival 2011
– Riverton Racecourse, Riverton (Start)
b. 1981 – Jessica Alba
Storehouse – Brain Surgeon Limbo Tour
– Wine Cellar, Newton
Arrowtown Autumn Festival
– Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall,
Arrowtown (Start)
Super City Uni Games 2011
– Hikuwai Plaza, AUT University,
Auckland CBD (Finish)
b. 1970 – Andre Agassi
2 3
7 8 9 10
6 177
14 15 16
Waiheke International Jazz Festival
All Day Jazz Shows – Waiheke Island
Resort / The Dunes / The Bay, Waiheke
Island (Start)
The Square Affair: A Festival of
Miniature Attractions – The Square,
Palmerston North (Start)
1965 – Number one hit on UK music
charts – The Beatles – “Ticket To Ride”
Waiheke International Jazz Festival
All Day Jazz Shows – Waiheke Island
Resort / The Dunes / The Bay, Waiheke
Island (Finish)
GrassRoots – The NZ Blues and Roots All
Music Festival 2011 – Puhinui Reserve,
Wiri (Finish)
The Square Affair: A Festival of
Miniature Attractions – The Square,
Palmerston North (Finish)
21 222 23 24
Bob Dylan – Vector Arena, Auckland CBD
Cheesemaker For A Day – Make
Your Own Feta & Haloumi – Historic
Village on 17th, Tauranga
Placemakers Superstock Series
– Grand Final – Arena Manawatu,
Palmerston North
29 30
Anthony Hopkins in Thor.
Two worlds. One hero.
This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe from present day
Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the centre of the story is The
Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions
reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to
live amongst humans as punishment. Once here, he learns what
it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his
world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. Kenneth
Branagh directs this fantasy epic which stars Australian actor Chris
Hemsworth as the ancient Norse god and Natalie Portman in her
п¬Ѓrst foray into comic book movies.
Here we are again. No time to
waste, so it must be time for the
ten-word film reviews for the
M2 man on the move...
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is the inspirational true story and
rare insight into the rise of Justin from street performer in the small
town of Stratford, Ontario to internet phenomenon, to global super
star, culminating with a sold out show at the famed Madison Square
Garden in 3-D. The п¬Ѓlm includes home movies of the pint-sized icon
as a baby, and cameos from Miley Cyrus, Usher and Boys II Men. A
pants-wettingly intense experience that will have you gripping onto
your girlfriends and screaming OMG at the top of your lungs. This is
your last chance to experience Justin before his voice drops.
Courtney Cox in Scream 4.
New decade. New rules.
Fugitive. Celebrity. Slacker. Joker. Alien.
The gang’s all back but this isn’t Scooby Doo. Solving the mystery
doesn’t mean revealing it was Old Man Peterson, the owner
of the haunted amusement park. No, in this game people die
and in it’s latest incarnation forget the rulebook – all bets are
off. Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns
home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she
reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as
well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney’s
appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting
Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole
town of Woodsboro in danger.
For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen)
has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons
unknown, the space-travelling smart-arse decides to escape the
compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town – a rented RV
containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings
(Nick Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a
young woman they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch
a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as
two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his
fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes...
Candy, chicks and rock �n’ roll.
Where does the Easter Bunny live? Easter Island, of course.
Blending state-of-the-art animation with live action, Hop tells
the comic tale of Fred, an out-of-work slacker who accidentally
injures the Easter Bunny and must take him in as he recovers.
As Fred struggles with the world’s worst house guest, both will
learn what it takes to п¬Ѓnally grow up. This п¬Ѓlm features Hollywood
flavour-of-the-minute Russel Brand as the voice of Fred bringing
his free-wheeling and anarchic “brand” of humour to a tale that
could be in danger of becoming yet another cutesy romp.
Life’s not always kind, is it?
Mike Leigh is a director whose methods are steeped in mystery.
How he creates his movies is a closely guarded secret. However he
does it, he manages to produce п¬Ѓlms that are involving, different and
undeniably human. His п¬Ѓlms are movies for grown ups. There are very
few explosions or giant CGI robots in his films but that isn’t a bad
thing. Here he takes us into a small world with a tale that doesn’t try
to dazzle our eyes, instead it seeks to capture our hearts. In Another
Year, we meet a married couple who have managed to remain
blissfully happy into their Autumn years, and are surrounded over the
course of the four seasons by friends, colleagues, and family who all
seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.
No Angel: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone
Tom Bower
Bernie Ecclestone went from selling second-hand cars in London’s East End to
becoming the multi-billionaire president and CEO of Formula One Management
and Formula One Administration, and part owner of Alpha Prema. For the п¬Ѓrst
time, details of his rags-to-riches story are revealed, including the staggering
wealth Bernie has accumulated over the years, the wheeling and dealing, and
unvarnished facts from Formula One drivers, ex-girlfriends, politicians and others
he’s encountered. No one makes it to billionaire status without taking down some
opponents, and getting a bit nasty along the way – and this book reveals the gritty
details of how Bernie clawed his way to the top.
RRP $73.99 (Hardback)
The Red Coffin
Empire of Gold
Stevin Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Sam Eastland
Andy McDermott
As the sequel to Freakonomics, despite
the authors and many others attempting to
nail it down, no one can really summarise
what these books are about. And there’s a
reason for that – there really is no unifying
theme (despite, in the introduction the
authors making a poor attempt to п¬Ѓnd one).
Basically, it’s not really about economics,
and it doesn’t really ask questions so
much as pose weird theories about the
way the world works (why walking drunk
is more dangerous than driving drunk, why
prostitutes are charging less for oral sex
these days, why car seats are no safer
than seat belts, and so on). It reads like a
series of magazine articles without enough
substantial evidence, and relies too heavily
on anecdotes and stories. So you can
analyse it all you like but in the end, this
book is lacking in any kind of impact in
terms of information and writing, and, well,
it’s a little boring.
In 1939, Stalin is facing the threat of
Nazi Germany and has placed his hopes
on a 30-tonne steel monster, known
to its inventors as the T-34 tank, and
the “Red Coffin” to those men who will
soon be using it. But before the design
can be finished, the weapon’s architect
Colonel Nagorski is found murdered.
Meanwhile a group called the White
Guild, made up of former soldiers of the
Tsar, may be behind the death of the
Colonel, and Stalin’s trusted investigator
Pekkala must embark on a mission to
track them down and expose their plans
to propel Germany and Russia into
conflict. This book is the sequel to Eye
of the Red Tsar, but can be read as a
stand-alone book. Packed with Russian
history, blazing guns and a supporting
cast including Stalin, Nicholas II, Hitler
and Rasputin, you’re in for an actionpacked read.
Empire of Gold is like a cross between The
Da Vinci Code and the National Treasure
movie. Think, man and woman on the
hunt for lost treasure such as the Holy
Grail or in this case, El Dorado, and they
have to defeat the baddies along the way.
Andy seems to like this formula – this is
the seventh book in the series, all of which
involve a man and woman on the hunt for
Atlantis/the tomb of Hercules/Excalibur/
take your pick, and they have to п¬Ѓnd it
before the baddies do and the secrets are
unleashed, bringing “an end to civilisation
as we know it.” In real Dan Brown/R.L Stine
style, most chapters end with cliffhangers
like someone being kidnapped/having a
gun pointed at their head/in an explosion/
take your pick. So this one isn’t going to go
winning any Nobel prizes for literature, but
fans of this formula will enjoy it just as much
as the Da Vinci Code/National Treasure/the
other books in the series.
RRP $39.95
RRP $39.99
RRP $29.99
How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell
Robert Frederick Zenon “Bob” Geldof, KBE was born in 1951 and is considered more
than just an Irish singer. He’s a songwriter, author, and political activist and his newest
solo album is his first since 2001’s Sex, Age & Death. It’s his fifth as a solo artist but
if you include his work with his band Boomtown Rats, this work would be his 11th
project. From track one, it’s obvious that Geldof hasn’t lost any of the enamel that has
helped him bite into the core of what dwells in the songwriter’s soul. “How I Roll” has
early strains of Joe Cocker’s remake of The Lovin’ Spoonful classic “Summer in the
City.” It quickly veers off to almost become a soliloquy of how the artist must continue to
become a champion of issues for the undermined and underprivileged. The single “Mary
Says” has a stylistic similarity to cornerstone musos from the 1970s – Crosby, Stills
and Nash – and brings out the harmonic talents of Sir Bob. The album contains new
Geldof compositions recorded with his band in his home and in other mates’ studios.
It’s produced by his longtime collaborator Pete Briquette and musically defines the
sexagenarian as being more than comfortable with where he’s at in life. It’s an album that
reiterates his musical and songwriting talent without any overt activism.
As covers go, I really dig it. And as albums go, I totally get the groove of this third offering
by the aussie electro-synthpop band. Recorded over a six month period in a warehouse
space the band rented in Melbourne, and mixed in Atlanta, this has all the hallmarks of
post-punk dance with the clarity of 80s alternative music. It’s musically futuristic, but
with clever concise rhythm and a constant syncopation that adds credence to their pop
percussion. It’s a wonder the group was able to produce this album considering their
hectic and never ending touring schedule, but the result is noteriety and the headline
for events like Lollapalooza and the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Frontman Dan
Whitford, who created a lot of the raw synth and vocal framework of the album, describes
the project as “this weird vision of a tropical, jungle, tribal sound. A place or an idea that
we wanted to reach with some of the songwriting; to explore a looping hypnotic trance
and revise the whole palette of what Cut Copy was about.”
The album was commissioned as a musical showcase for one of this country’s
distinguished and renowned Maori writers, Witi Ihimaera. Prolific Wellington-based
producer Charlotte Yates invited 12 personally selected New Zealand recording
artists to create songs from lyrics written by Ihimaera and the resulting album was
premiered at a unique concert for the Auckland Arts Festival. The invited artists include
Lupin with Taranaki songbird Victoria Girling-Butcher, LA Mitchell, Unitone Hi Fi, Ruia
Aperahana, Horomona Horo, King Kapisi, Warren Maxwell, Maisey Rika, The Twinks
with Milan Borich and Tim Arnold ex-PLUTO, SJD, Teremoana Rapley and Charlotte
Yates herself with the track “Kingfisher Come Home.” The project is a significant
juxtaposition of art forms and knowing this, I took from the album its legacy, and
nothing more. There are some really “nice” tracks but nothing stand-out-ish. What
I did get from the album was a musical interpretation of the high-impact lyrics of an
author whose writing I’ve enjoyed since reading his first short story in the 1970s, right
through to all his major works since. I also get a sense of respect from how the artists
have created the songs. Would I listen to the album again? In the right place and at
the right time. Would I buy a copy? Already have.
Dick “Magik” Johnson
Club fans will be flocking to grab a copy of this album. It’s a celebration of all things
dance and highlights the success of 2010 for the different music genre that made the
playlist of maverick radio station George FM. Dance veteran DJ “Magik” Johnson has
put his deft talent to effective use by creating a collection of sampled, shaped and
skilled tracks that includes Kiwi artists Vince Harder and P-Money, and the music of
Shapeshifter, David Dallas and PNC. The opening track explodes with the hit-busting
“Young Blood” from The Naked and Famous and pretty much never loses momentum
from that point on. Getting the remix treatment from Johnson and mix-master P-Money
quells the ravenous appetite of any house or dance music groupie. You would do well
to keep this album close by at all times. You know, just in case you decide to have a
serendipitous “rage.”
New Releases
TRON: Legacy
As the sequel to the original TRON movie released in 1982,
Legacy starts out about seven years after the end of the п¬Ѓrst п¬Ѓlm.
Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) has taken over Encom, and tells his
young son Sam of his exploits “on the grid” and promises to take
him there one day. Just before he disappears without a trace, he
also tells his son that he is on the verge of bringing a “miracle”
to the world that will redefine the human race. Fast forward to
Sam at 27 years of age, where he discovers a secret lab, and
entering his father’s last computer command, is transported into
the cyber universe of the grid. Here he discovers the grid is under
the dictatorship of Clu, the computer program Flynn designed
to run the program, who plans to invade the “real world.” Sam
is reunited with his father, who has been trapped there since he
disappeared, and with the help of Quorra (Olivia Wilde) together
they have to stop Clu before he enacts his plan. So the storyline
isn’t exactly genius, but it’s worth watching just for the visual
effects, and the soundtrack by Daft Punk is an excellent match.
See it on Blu-Ray 3D if you can.
Castle – Season 2
This season came back even stronger than the п¬Ѓrst with more
puzzling and serious crimes to solve, and good character
development. Crime-solving duo, author Rick Castle and detective
Kate Beckett continue unraveling mysteries, including the one of
who murdered Beckett’s mother – and although more is revealed
about the murder this season, questions remain unanswered,
leaving room for this storyline to continue in further seasons. The
show takes another serious turn with Beckett being taunted by
a serial killer obsessed with her alter ego, Nikki Heat. Detectives
Esposito and Ryan become a more integral part of the show in
this season, breaking up the Castle-Beckett flirtation storyline, and
Castle’s mother, Martha and daughter, Alexis get less screen time
– so overall, less of the fluffy stuff, and more attention on the gritty
homicide investigation side of things. In the end, the only mystery
that goes unsolved is why Castle and Beckett can’t get together
– but then, there wouldn’t be much of a show left if they got
married and settled down in a house with a white picket fence and
a Labrador. Maybe they’re saving that one for the finale.
After The Waterfall
New Zealand cinema often seems to have a bleakness to it (In
My Fathers Den, Rain) and this is no different. That’s not to say
it’s no good – in fact, despite its depressing content, this is an
impressive directorial debut from Simone Horrocks. Based on
the book The Paraffin Child by Stephen Blanchard, this drama
is set in Auckland’s West coast and tells the story of John Drean
(Antony Starr), a forest ranger whose four-year-old daughter
Pearl (Georgia Rose) mysteriously disappears in the bush while in
his care. In the fallout that follows, John accidentally burns down
his house and п¬Ѓnds out his wife is having an affair with his best
friend, who is also the cop working on Pearl’s case. The sense
of mystery surrounding Pearl’s disappearance mingles with the
desolate New Zealand landscape and a haunting soundtrack, to
create a п¬Ѓlm that emphasises the grief and guilt experienced by
Starr’s character. Starr does an excellent job of holding together
what might otherwise be a sparse and slow п¬Ѓlm.
The Kids Are All Right
Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are in a committed
relationship and the “Momses” of two teenagers. Nic is a somewhat
wound-up physician, whereas Jules is the more “groovy” of the two
and on the verge of a mid-life crisis. Their two children, Joni (Alice in
Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Cirque du Freak’s Josh
Hutcherson), are born of each woman from the same unknown
sperm donor. As Joni is planning on leaving the nest for uni, Laser
pleads with her to track down their biological father. Enter Paul
(Mark Ruffalo) – a farmer and restauranteur/man child who rides
a motorbike. Cue hilarious family banter, less than subtle themes
about family values and social anthropology, love scenes and more
than a few emotional moments from the women concerned. Moore
and Bening give great performances and the movie has some really
funny moments, but let’s just be honest here: the only way you’re
going to sit through this if your girlfriend makes you. The good news
is, you can make her watch TRON: Legacy with you afterwards.
The bad news is that Devil is based on a story by M. Night
Shymalan, who also produced the п¬Ѓlm, but the good news is
that it’s not nearly as bad as The Village. You’d call this one
more of a thriller than a horror – there’s not a huge scare factor
but at 80 minutes long it’s a nice short piece of entertainment.
The п¬Ѓlm begins with the voice-over of a security guard
explaining the legend of how the Devil will sometimes roam
the earth to gather a group of damned individuals, and torture
and kill them before claiming their souls. Then just like the story
predicted, in a high-rise building in Philadelphia, п¬Ѓve people
become trapped in an elevator. As they begin to be killed off
one by one, Detective Bowden (Chris Messina) tries to п¬Ѓnd a
way to free them and п¬Ѓgure out which one is the killer. As a side
story, Bowden is a recovering alcoholic who explains that the
reason for his alcoholism was the hit and run death of his wife
and toddler son п¬Ѓve years prior (hint hint). The movie switches
between claustraphobic elevator scenes and the struggles of
those outside to free the trapped individuals, and as with all
Shymalan movies, the mystery is only revealed at the very end.
Some will like the surprise “twist” but clued-up viewers would
have already guessed the ending just by watching the trailer
– it’s a little obvious, and if you don’t guess it, you’ll probably
have a “D’oh!” moment when it’s revealed.
Lamborghini is famous for its sculpted testosterone-fuelled designs, but they’re also concerned with what goes on
underneath the bonnet too. Their all new V12 power plant might not look like art, but its specs are enough to leave even the
most hardened automotive snob shaking. This powertrain features a completely new transmission concept for super sports
cars. The “Lamborghini ISR” automated manual gearbox combines minimal shift times and convenience with low weight and
dimensions to guarantee the intuitive gearshift that you expect from a super sports car. This is then bolted to a 6.5 litre
12-cylinder engine pumping out 525 kW (700 hp) and maximum torque of 690 Newton metres. Developed with state-of-theart technology, the pairing offers a high performance, high-revving exhilaration, low weight and moderate gas emissions. The
new powertrain will enter this year.
It is often thought that driving a flash sports car brings
into question certain aspects of your manhood. However,
a new study from the Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology suggests that guys who drive sporty cars get
more attention from women. The study, titled “Conspicuous
Consumption as a Sexual Signalling System,” surveyed 408
students at a public university about their feelings toward
potential mates. Each participant was told about a person
of the opposite sex, including details such as education and
job. Then the participant was either told that the person had
bought a new Porsche Boxter or a new Honda Civic. When
asked to rate the imaginary person on how desirable they
were in terms of a long-term or short-term relationship, the
results showed that women preferred to have a short-term
fling with the Porsche owner, but showed no preference
between the Porsche and Honda owner when it came to
a long-term relationship. Men, as it turned out, didn’t care
what women drove. Go п¬Ѓgure.
People are set to become human billboards as
Superette, an Auckland boutique chain, has come up
with one of the most innovative advertising ideas yet. To
promote a recent sale on short shorts, they put indented
plates on bus stop, mall, and park benches, so that
when people sat down, the message was imprinted
on their thighs. The idea was that as well as having
branded seats, an army of free media was created, with
thousands of imprints being created and lasting up to
an hour. The idea works in principal – but how many of
those imprints would have actually have been readable?
And the plates on the benches themselves were written
in reverse. But perhaps they’re onto something – putting
adverts just centimetres below a girl’s behind is sure to
get plenty of views, right?
It seems that scientists aren’t satisfied with finding fully mummified
dinosaurs in the frozen wastelands of the world anymore. Now they
want to bring these creatures back to life. Specifically the woolly
mammoth. This might read like a plot for another Jurassic Park sequel
but Dr. Akira Iritani from Kyoto University is deadly serious. The good
professor is so confident of his pending success, the dialogue is not
so much about how this will all happen but what to do with the woolly
beast when it’s born. The procedure includes inserting the nuclei
of mammoth cells into a modern elephant’s egg cell. The extinct
proboscideans will then be brought to full term by its genetically similar
elephant surrogate. The key to this breakthrough technology is the
ability to extract cells containing DNA from the soft tissue of the frozen
animals. And although most of the prehistoric vertebrates died out
more than 5,000 years ago, Dr. Iritani claims he’ll have one resurrected
in about five years. Let’s hope the scientific team has seen all the
Jurassic Park movies before starting the “back to life” programme.
Tucked away in the corner of High Street, this little cafГ© is
the perfect place to stop and grab a long black after hitting the
shops. Grind on High is famous for its breakfast Bocadillas (fresh
rolls п¬Ѓlled with scrambled egg, fresh basil, tomato and relish)
and award-winning Toasted espresso, not to mention the prices
are damn reasonable for their quality – a flat white is only $3.30.
Located at 51 High Street. (09) 379 7344.
All your Star Wars dreams are about to come true
– according to scientists, any day now we could see a
second sun appear in the sky, and for several weeks,
night will become day on Earth. The red super-giant star
in Orion’s nebula – Betelgeuse – is losing mass, indicating
that gravitational collapse is occurring and the star will
soon turn into a supernova. The giant explosion will be
tens of millions of times brighter than our sun, and will light
up Earth’s atmosphere, appearing as a second sun. Some
experts have speculated Betelgeuse’s explosion may
cause a neutron star or result in the formation of a black
hole approximately 1,300 light years from Earth, which is
doing nothing to dispel the 2012 myth…
Having a body like Brad Pitt in Fight Club might get you all the
girls, but if you’re lacking in the abs department you might want
to try playing the “funny guy.” In a study, titled “Men’s Sense of
Humour and Women’s Responses to Courtship Solicitations,”
a researcher recruited several young men to sit in a bar near a
woman, while one of them told three jokes to his companions,
who responded with “That’s hilarious!” and, “You always know the
good ones!” The companions then left, and the joker asked the
woman (who had overheard) for her phone number. The woman
was then “debriefed” and asked to take a short survey to rate the
man on his attractiveness, intelligence, and sense of humour. The
results showed that the joke-telling (as compared to the control
condition, where no jokes were told) was associated with the guy
getting more phone numbers, and a better over-all evaluation. So
looking like a funny guy is good for when you’re trying to get the
girl, but just don’t go forcing your friends to laugh at your jokes
– you might end up a nigel-no-mates.
An age-old pancake recipe looks to have held the secret
to a technological breakthrough that will revolutionise
a whole range of new products. Engineers at Taiwan’s
Industrial Technology Research Institute recently created
a flexible plastic material that they hoped would replace
the glass backpane that’s used in most displays we use
today. The new material, dubbed FlexUPD, would enable
manufacturers to build display panels on a foundation
that was far lighter, thinner, more durable and flexible.
However, they became stuck – literally, when it came to the
manufacturing process, which required the plastic п¬Ѓlm to
be mounted on a glass panel. Here’s where the pancake
thing comes in: The heat of the process meant the plastic
bonded to the glass panel behind it, and every time they
tried to peel it off, it tore. They tried, and failed, 63 times.
However, inspired by a traditional Chinese recipe for making
pancakes, one engineer suggested that the team use a layer
of oil between the glass and plastic, which once heated,
would release the plastic pane from the glass panel. That
lead to the development of a polyolefin separator, an oil-like
material that did the trick. Who knows what secrets lie in
those good old waffle recipes?
Pointing your п¬Ѓngers, a banana, a stick, or whatever you
could get your hands on and going “PewPewPew!” may
have been one of your favourite childhood pastimes, but
now there’s a grown-ups version. At the Global Game Jam
2011, the guys from Incredible Ape introduced “PewPewP
ewPewPewPewPewPewPew” (yes, that’s really the name)
– a game that involves two people using two microphones
to control one jet-pack equipped, shape shooting spaceman. Thus the sound “PewPewPew” creates the action of
“PewPewPew.” Coming soon to Xbox Live Indie Games.
Connected Driving technology is not a new concept for vehicles,
and BMW is not the only car brand that is developing driver
assisted systems. But the luxury car brand has certainly kicked
up a gear with the introduction of the Vision Connected Drive
concept vehicle. It’s debut was an heralded success at the recent
International Motor Show in Geneva. BMW created a showcase
for their pioneering technology in the form of an impressive
two-seater roadster, which fully demonstrates their integrated
mobile internet technology in spectacular style. The vehicle
gathers information from its environment through cameras,
sensors and antennae, at all times engaging internet connectivity.
It conveys this information to the driver and passenger using
three colours which are displayed in and around the car. In a
normal driving situation, the car is always “connected” to other
cars on the road, and if it detects a dangerous situation, visible
parts of the car will light up in red to alert the driver, or it will
simply stop the car by itself. This is an example of the “safety”
experience of the vehicle. Another function deals with information
which is coloured blue on the roadster. This does things like
letting you get driving directions, maps and details of your п¬Ѓnal
destination, like where the best pubs are, and relays all that
information through the in-car monitor. This is the “infotainment”
experience. The last experience lights up the car green, and is
headlined, “convenience.” In this mode, the vehicle is all about
making your driving easier through its connectivity. It does so
by synchronising mobility devices on the car like activating the
automatic parking procedure and by launching micronavigation
on your smartphone. Even though we’ve barely scratched the
highly polished surface of this impressive concept car, you at least
get a feeling of appreciation for the extraordinary creativity that
has gone into forging our future transport options. One I’m sure
that will include this Vision Connected Drive BMW roadster at the
forefront of vehicle innovation with technology.
Ultra Intensive
Age-defying Complex
This couldn’t come at a better time because I’m
desperately in need of a new pair of jeans. If you are too,
then read on. And if you’re into racy, style-setting strides
made of denim, then read on. Although the innovation of
adidas Originals is not immediately noticed, it doesn’t take
long to appreciate that this debut collection is as attention
grabbing as its voyeuristic advertising campaign. The two
new styles for men – the “Conductor” and the “Rekord”
– are provided in a variety of washings with more on offer
as the range expands. Both brands come in the modern
carrot style and can be worn dressed-up or casually with a
pair of kicks. There is subtle but clever detailing with each
pair from contrasting colours on the inside of the jean to
give a flash of colour when you cuff-up the legs, to the
choice of zip or button fly fronts. The trefoil stitching feature
on all п¬Ѓve Conductor pockets provides room enough to
carry all your precious bits. Just a word of advice though
– don’t leave your new Originals where your partner can get
them. As good as these look on you, the same pair look
awesome on her.
В» Mimics the desired effects of BotoxВ®
This new collection gives a manly slant to bloke bling with
bold, solid designs that have attitude and a masculine
edge. Oversized pieces include dog tag necklaces and
bracelets. The collection includes a styled version of a
sound wave pattern which mixes culture and technology.
There are sleek design elements that are subtle but
edgy on the wide rings and the variety of pieces on offer
includes the expressive fusion of leather bracelets with
steel tags attached. The new Guess collection would
modernise any style-driven guy.
luxury you deserve
Another focused collection for Autumn and Winter means
you’re well taken care of with the new range of hard-wearing
essentials from the enduring fashion brand. Marcs have
created stylish options of military inspired coats, as well as
their popular classic selection. Jackets and coats provide
protection from the wintering weather, but without losing your
stylish edge. The latest collection is refined and smart with
sharp asymmetrical variations in some of the jackets and
tasteful textures in the winter weighted blazer. Cool classics
like simple chinos and well п¬Ѓtting pants corner the market
with the addition of the refined cargo, a tailored pant featuring
cargo style pockets and roll up buttons. All these hard
wearing essentials and even more season inspired styles are
both comfortable and tailored, presenting the Marcs man as a
modern and enduring fashion-focused individual.
Created by long-time school buddies, John Juniper and John
Solorio, this vintage-style eyewear was inspired from their passion
for photography and design. They eventually agreed on the styles
from the �50s through to the �80s using both the materials and
shapes from that fashion period. Jeff and John wanted Dita to be an
alternative to label branded eyewear and did this partly by making
the logo details intentionally subtle so that the frame itself defined
its look. Another distinctive element of the brand is by having all of
its frames hand-made in Japan using quality materials like titanium,
18K gold, white gold and Japanese zyl acetates. It’s not surprising
then that the range has become a favourite of the well-known and
well-heeled. Celebrities fans include Lenny Kravitz who prefers Dita
“Selector,” Bruno Mars is often seen in the “Spectator” style and
Rasheem Devaughn is a fan of “Copious.” Other A-lister fans include
Brad Pitt, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Jessica Simpson, Penelope
Cruz, Kate Hudson, Eva Mendez and Jamie Foxx.
You may think you’re being clever by using your girlfriend’s fancy
face products, but you actually need something more suited
to your skin. Men’s skin is thicker than women’s, the texture is
coarser, less hydrated and more likely to present dullness. The
new Olay Men Solutions range balances the moisture levels in
the skin to prevent large pores, acne, and signs of fatigue and
dullness. The Olay Men Solutions range includes formulations
of Niacinamide, vitamin Pro B5, vitamin B3, vitamin C, Ginseng,
Green tea, witch hazel and cucumber. The products provide
a solution for multiple skin concerns; controlling oil secretion,
keeping skin hydrated and improving skin elasticity. The Olay Men
Solutions range includes the Refreshing Energy Range for normal
to oily skin and the Multi Solution range for normal to dry skin. As
an added bonus, these products won’t make you smell like your
girlfriend. RRP $12.99 – $19.99.
When you hear the names Iten or Bugatti you know it’s in the context of
mechanical precision and supreme luxury. So when the two came together to
create a belt buckle the only result would be “a masterpiece.” Gifted designer
Roland Iten used the same technology in this buckle as you would п¬Ѓnd in
luxury precision watches including custom bridges, cogs, wheels, springs
and pinions. And like the legendary Bugatti supercar, all the parts interconnect
to produce a sophisticated and exquisite mechanism engineered from
components in solid white gold with rose gold accents, lightweight titanium
and stainless steel, hand crafted, polished and assembled by hi-precision
watch-making master craftsman R Magnin Bijouterie. A rolling click calibration
lock complication, vertical rotating friction controlled pin and a mechanically
leveraged belt insertion clip are all part of this meticulous accessory and
all maintaining savoir-faire under the smoked sapphire crystals and CГґtes
de Genève engravings. Now I know you’re thinking, “What would the true
gentleman connoisseur expect to pay for an R22 Mk.I-22mm Bugatti edition
belt buckle?” Dude, if you had to ask, then... well, you know the rest.
1. Colin-Mathura Jeffree & Nikki Phillips. 2. Andre Rowell & Heloise Garrity. 3. Cathy McKeown & Marisa Johnstone 4. Helen & Doug
Borne. 5. Teuila Blakely & Shavaughn Ruakere. 6. Brian & Joy Sinclair. 7. Peter Williams & Wendy Petrie 8. Ido Drent, Natalie Medlock & Ari
Boyland. 9. Nicholas O’Flaherty & Jennifer Duval-Smith
1. Malcolm Phillipps. 2. Melissa-Anne Smit Jay Kachelhoffer. 3. Jo Holley. 4. Krishanie & Tim Lawrence. 5. Krishanie Lawrence, Kayla
Langhorne, Heloise Garrity, Julia Fyers & Summer Hamilton. 6. Sally Martin & Amelia Reid. 7. Jared Turner, Emmett Couling Skilton &
Dean O’Gorman. 8. Matt Andree Wiltens, Abigail Fonseca, James Nicholls & Ailise James.
9. Dianne Reynolds, Emma Barton, Shelley Blundell & Shannon Simons. 10. Sarah Edwards & Carly Morris. 11. Turet Knuefermann & Danilo
Santana David. 12. Tania & James Griffin. 13. Katheryn Sidders, Cathy McKeown, Marisa Johnstone & Kathryn Love. 14. Leon Heketoa & Fou
Brown. 15. Ido Drent, Will Hall & Ari Boyland. 16. Jonathan Ogier. 17. Jamie Wilson & Anna Moore. 18 Georgina, Joy, Brian & Greg Sinclair.
1. Craig Hall & Sarah Wiseman. 2. Rai Banbury, Rob Sinclair & Nina Stojnic. 3. Nikki Phillips. 4. Dave McLeod & Phil Dossett. 5. Grant
Chilcott’s Neo-Swing Dektet. 6. Mike Erkkila, Prime Minister John Key & Selina Lawson. 7. Andre Rowell, Wendy Petrie & Peter Williams. 8.
Laressa Marinovich, Prime Minister John Key, Sarah Edwards, Carly Morris & Tim Lawrence. 9. Kayla Langhorne, Heloise Garrity, Julia Fyers
& Steve Westley. 10. Winner of the Red Wine of the Year. 11. Heemi Katene-Hill. 12. Seba Farry. 13. Jean-Michel Tallott & Sarah Wakeman.
14. Wendy Petrie, Prime Minister John Key & Peter Williams. 15. Prime Minister John Key. 16. Anderson Mar & Diane Nuyad. 17. Tim
Lawrence, Prime Minister John Key & Andre Rowell. 18. Prime Minister John Key & Teuila Blakely. 19. Jo Holley & Prime Minister John Key.
20. Emmett Couling Skilton, Ido Drent, Prime Minister John Key, Natalie Medlock, Ben Barrington & Ari Boyland. 21. Anderson Mar, Diane
Nuyad, Julia Fyers, Prime Minister John Key & Kayla Langhorne. 22. Dave McLeod, Prime Minister John Key & Tim Lawrence. 23. Jared
Turner, Wendy Petrie, Nikki Phillips & Colin Mathura-Jeffree.
like it hot
As they say, if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen – but Martin Bosley can
reached 20, he was head chef at the Grain of Salt, where he won the Best Restaurant in
New Zealand award. And within a few years, he was head chef at Brasserie Flipp – listed
as one of the best restaurants in the world in Courvoisier’s Book of the Best.
Two columns, a book and multiple awards later, Martin Bosley’s
is still going strong and the man himself is working as hard as
ever. M2 talks to Martin about flavour matching, New Zealand
cuisine and what it takes to be one of New Zealand’s most
successful restaurateurs.
What’s an average day like for you?
I guess the average day would be about 12 hours, that’s not all in one
hit, but I start at about 6:30 and go on until about ten, 11 at night.
So you’re able to balance things, and keep a work-life balance?
Someone said to me years ago, this is your rose and you’re
smelling it – you know how they say, stop and smell the roses
– this is my rose and I’m enjoying it, this is the work-life balance for
me. This is my life, this is my passion. Where I п¬Ѓnd the work part
comes in and gets mundane is all the admin I have to do these
days. So the balance is getting out and doing the rest of it and
doing what I love, which is cooking and writing.
Have you noticed a change in expectation of service
in New Zealand?
People are expecting a really high standard of service, and for the
most part, they get it. They expect it at whatever level they’re dining
at – they expect to have great service at a café, great service in a
restaurant like mine. What they’re not prepared to do some of the
time is pay for that level of service in a restaurant, they think it should
be automatic. Any flaws that get exposed in a café are ignored or
forgiven, but in a restaurant like mine, we’re not given the same
opportunity, there’s no second chance sometimes. New Zealanders
do have a high standard and expectation, as we should.
What is your approach in the kitchen – are we talking
Gordon Ramsay stuff?
No, I’ve had the same crew for so long, that’s largely unnecessary,
if someone’s just made a basic mistake. I lost the “angry guy” thing
a number of years ago; I was quite young and really insecure, and
that was what the angry guy was all about.
And now we’re just focused, there’s no yelling or screaming,
which is a waste of energy. You need people to feel good about
what they’re doing to cook good food, and to produce a really
stellar product, so we provide an environment that is creative
and calm, and if you’ve got a problem then instead of yelling
and screaming and calling people names, we say “let’s deal with
the problem.” It’s a really healthy environment and I’ve had zero
turnover in four years.
You mentioned in your book that in your pocket you keep
lists scribbled down of ingredients that you encounter. Is that
your process?
Yes, it is actually. Last night for instance, I did this garden-to-table
dinner in Auckland and one of the chefs did this carrot purГ©e that
had ginger and cinnamon through it, so I wrote that down, carrot
and cinnamon. I hadn’t encountered that before, and it was the
kind of thing I don’t want to forget. He was using that as a savoury
thing but my п¬Ѓrst thought was we could do that as a dessert dish,
you know, carrot cake, that’s not that great a leap to go to carrot
icecream or carrot pudding.
And I write flow-charts of flavours as well. I start with a central
theme like scallops, and go from there – scallops go with this,
with that, and the flavours come together. So you might end up
going, scallops go with asparagus, goes with bacon, goes with
eggs, so you’ve got a little scallop salad with a poached egg. It
just falls into place.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Think before you speak, that was my mother – engage your brain
before opening your mouth. And listen. Listen to people, listen to
ingredients, listen to your staff, listen to what people are telling you,
and you’ll learn so much.
Martin’s latest book, Martin
Bosley brings together over 100
of his favourite recipes. Turn
the page for three such recipes
from this stunning collection
that you can try at home.
artin continued his successful career in the
restaurant industry while traveling between
Australia, Auckland, Wellington and France
over the next few years. It was in France
where meals at Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Bras
and Troisgros inspired him and his business
partner to open a seafood restaurant, where
guests could have a unique dining experience. The result was
Wellington restaurant, Martin Bosley’s.
Hot & Cold Pea & Ham Soup with Spanner Crab,
Lemon Oil & Pea Shoot Salad & Prosciutto Powder
When we started serving soup, we did it as a trio. But as the soups
50g unsalted butter
180g onion, chopped into 2cm pieces
180g celery, chopped into 2cm pieces
180g peeled carrots, chopped
into 2cm pieces
2 rindless rashers bacon, chopped
1 small ham hock
200ml white wine
1 bay leaf
6 black peppercorns
4 litres water
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Melt the butter in a deep saucepan.
Sweat the onions, celery and carrots
in the butter until tender. Stir the
bacon into the vegetables and
sautГ© for 5 minutes until fragrant.
Add the ham hock and white wine,
and simmer to reduce the wine by
half. Add the bay leaf, peppercorns
and water, and simmer for 3 hours,
skimming off any scum that comes
to the surface. Strain through a п¬Ѓne
chinois and season with salt and
pepper (reserve the hock for another
use). Fill 2 Pacojet canisters with
the peas and cover with the hot
ham stock. Freeze overnight. Before
serving, process one of the canisters.
Tip the contents into a saucepan
and bring to a simmer. Process the
second canister and keep in the
freezer until required.
120 spanner crab meat
2 teaspoons п¬Ѓnely chopped chives
20ml lemon-infused olive oil
16 snow pea shoots
sea salt to taste
In a small bowl, gently toss all the
ingredients together and season with
sea salt.
2 teaspoons prosciutto powder.
Arrange the salad to one side of each
soup bowl, top with a quenelle of the
frozen pea soup and dust with prosciutto
powder. Pour the hot soup into the bowl.
1kg peas
Recipes by Martin Bosley from his book Martin Bosley. Photography by Jane Ussher.
Soy Sake Lacquered Groper with Fried Silken Tofu,
Bok Choy & Shiitake Mushroom Pickle
1 litre water
100g brown sugar
2 heads bok choy, leaves
separated and rinsed
60ml soy sauce
20g black peppercorns
30ml sake
50g yellow rock sugar
90g sugar
2 bay leaves
Mix all the ingredients together in a
saucepan, bring to a simmer and reduce to
a thick syrup.
6 sprigs thyme
250ml white wine vinegar
500ml water
10 fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced and
stalks removed
Mix together all the ingredients except the
mushrooms in a saucepan and bring to the
boil. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove
from the heat and cool completely.
Place the mushrooms in a non-reactive
bowl, pour over the pickle mixture and
refrigerate overnight. Remove herbs and
drain before using.
500g silken tofu
flour for dusting
750ml grapeseed oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Drain the tofu and cut into 2cm cubes.
Dust with flour.
Heat the grapeseed oil to 180В°C and fry the
tofu until golden. Drain on paper towels and
season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
4 x 180g groper п¬Ѓllets
400ml soy sake lacquer
Preheat the oven to 180В°C. Place the groper
п¬Ѓllets in a shallow baking dish and brush
with the lacquer. Put the п¬Ѓsh into the oven
for 3 minutes, then baste with more lacquer.
Cook for another 3 minutes, depending on
the thickness. Remove the п¬Ѓsh to a plate.
Place the п¬Ѓsh in the centre of each plate
and spoon over any leftover cooking juices.
Arrange the bok choy leaves, tofu and
pickled mushrooms around the п¬Ѓsh.
20g brown mustard seeds
Bring a saucepan of salted water to the
boil and blanch the leaves for 2 minutes.
Remove and plunge into a bowl of iced
water. Drain in a colander and transfer the
leaves to paper towels.
Strawberries & Black Pepper,
CrГЁme Fromage, Preserved Ginger
& Strawberry Ginger Coulis
Strawberries take savoury seasonings so well. Perhaps one of the
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
150g mascarpone
200g strawberries
100g cream cheese
freshly ground black pepper
250g cream
Wash and hull the strawberries. Drain on
paper towels and cut into quarters. Place in
a mixing bowl and season with a couple of
healthy grinds of black pepper. Set aside.
125g icing sugar
125g plain unsweetened yoghurt
Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean
into the mascarpone, add the cream
cheese and beat together until smooth.
125g caster sugar
Whip the cream to soft peaks with the
icing sugar then fold in the yoghurt.
Gently fold the cream mixture into the
mascarpone mixture.
100g crystallised ginger
Rinse and wring out a large piece of
muslin. Place the mixture in the cloth,
gather the edges together, tie and
suspend over a bowl to drain.
Refrigerate overnight.
125ml water
In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and
water to the boil for 2 minutes, then add
the crystallised ginger. Leave to simmer
until the ginger is soft. Drain, reserving the
ginger-infused syrup for another use. Set
aside the ginger to cool. Once cool, cut
into 5mm dice.
125g caster sugar
125ml water
300g strawberries, washed, hulled and
roughly chopped
grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
200g crystallised ginger
In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and
water to the boil for 2 minutes.
Place the strawberries in a deep saucepan
with the sugar syrup and remaining
ingredients. Simmer for 20 minutes
then transfer to a blender. PurГ©e until
smooth, then pass through a п¬Ѓne chinois.
75g isomalt
Preheat the oven to 200В°C. Lightly coat a
Silpat mat with non-stick spray and place
on a flat baking sheet. Sprinkle the isomalt
over the mat and melt in the oven for 3
minutes until the isomalt becomes liquid.
Remove from the oven and leave to set.
Place 2 tablespoons of crГЁme fromage
in the base of each glass. Top with the
peppered strawberries and cover with the
coulis. Sprinkle with the preserved ginger.
Break the isomalt into pieces big enough
to cover a glass, then place a piece on top
of each glass. Using a brГ»lГ©e torch, apply
just enough heat for the isomalt to soften
and melt down the sides of the glasses,
sealing the tops.
James Franco is the stealth bomber of the
entertainment world. That might seem like an odd
comparison to be making but bear with us on this. The
stealth bomber was a weapon that appeared to arrive
from nowhere. No one had seen the technology used to
develop it. There had been no evolution of aircraft that
culminated in the creation of the delta bomber. It was
suddenly right there, winning the war.
One minute, Franco was another actor whom you had
seen hanging out in the background, then suddenly, he
was a leading man and hosting the Oscars.
For anyone who was paying attention, it was easy to see
the subtle advances in aviation that lead to the creation
of the stealth bomber. The same is true of Mr Franco. If
you were watching, you could see that he’s put a lot of
work into his overnight success.
He started off as a freak, or should that be a geek?
Franco described the show as “one of the most fun” work experiences
that he has had. He went on to say, “When we were doing Freaks and
Geeks, I didn’t quite understand how movies and television worked,
and I would improvise even if the camera wasn’t on me. So I was
improvising a little bit back then but not in a productive way.”
He was cutting his teeth. So a cancelled show was not a terrific start
but Franco had something that made people sit up and pay attention.
While Freaks and Geeks sank, his career was setting sail. He followed
his failed television career by appearing in the romantic comedy,
Whatever It Takes. Critics advised audiences to do whatever it took to
avoid this film. It’s hardly a highlight in the history of cinema. However,
Franco was still afloat.
Next up, he was in a car-crash of a п¬Ѓlm but one that a lot of people
slowed down to see. James Franco became James Dean.
It was 2001 and Franco was cast in the title role of Dean in the madefor-television biopic about the actor’s tragic life. Similar to Franco, Dean
started his career on television before exploding seemingly fully-formed
onto the big screen in the iconic п¬Ѓlm, East of Eden.
Franco got all “De Niro” on the role. He went deep into the persona of
Dean. Franco went from being a non-smoker to smoking two packs
of cigarettes a day, dyed his dark brown hair blonde, and learned to
ride a motorcycle, as well as play guitar and the bongos. In order to
really climb inside Dean’s head, Franco spent hours with Dean’s old
buddies. He read every book on Dean he could get his hands on and
watched his movies over and over. As if this wasn’t enough, Franco
further immersed himself in the role by cutting off communication with
his family and friends, as well as his then-girlfriend.
“It was a very lonely existence,” he notes. “If I wasn’t on a set, I was
watching James Dean. That was my whole thinking. James Dean.
James Dean.”
This kind of dedication to the role would no doubt have impressed
Dean himself. The iconic actor was a member of the legendary Actors
Studio where he studied Method acting under the famous acting tutor,
Lee Strasberg. Method actors are often characterised as immersing
themselves in their characters to the extent that they remain in
character even off stage or off camera for the duration of a project.
It might sound a bit much for a role in a small budget one-off TV
movie but there was a retrospective method to Franco’s madness.
People couldn’t help but notice his performance.
Noted reviewer, Ken Tucker had this to say about the actor’s
performance: “Franco could have walked through the role and done
a passable Dean but instead, gets under the skin of this insecure,
rootless young man.”
Franco’s dedication got him noticed and it bore some serious fruit. He
received a Golden Globe Award for his performance.
He was on Hollywood’s radar as someone to watch. This was a lad
who was extremely easy on the eye but also had the acting skills to
match. The next year, he snatched up the role of a homeless drug
addict in the drama, City by the Sea. This part came his way after his
co-star, Robert De Niro saw a snippet of his work in James Dean.
It must be a pretty good day in the life of an actor when you get
noticed by an actor of De Niro’s skill and stature. True to form, Franco
dived into the role by living on the streets for several days to better
understand the character.
This same year, he also immersed himself in another role by being
adopted by a green goblin and making best friends with an irradiated
teenager. Okay, he didn’t really do that but we wouldn’t be surprised
if he did. Franco appeared in Spider-Man as Harry Osborn, SpiderMan’s best bud and son of the villainous Green Goblin. This was as
big as movies get.
Spider-Man grossed $114 million during its opening weekend in the
US and went on to earn a whopping $822 million worldwide. That’s
not too shabby. However, in all the madness of the web-slinging,
the upside-downing kissing and the rain-soaked nipples, you’d be
forgiven for missing Franco. Still, it was the kind of role that ensured
Franco would have his pick of roles from now on. He continued to
choose parts that challenged him as an actor and kept his feet п¬Ѓrmly
planted in his Method boots.
For the п¬Ѓlm, Annapolis, he did eight months of boxing training. In
Tristan + Isolde, he played the famous hero, Tristan and became a
skilled horseman and swordfighter in the process. He also flew with
the Navy’s precision flying team, the Blue Angels, and got his pilot
licence for his part in Flyboys. He racked up an impressive series of
roles and in the process, moved himself further from his role as “that
actor” and into a trailer with the star on the door.
Next up, Franco returned to play with some old friends. Pineapple
Express was a goofy balls-out stoner action comedy produced by
Apatow who had produced Freaks and Geeks and co-starred one of
Franco’s old friends from that show, Seth Rogan. Apatow said this
about Franco at the time: “You tell him, �Okay, you’re going to play a
pot dealer,’ and he comes back with a three-dimensional character you
totally believe exists. He takes it very seriously, even when it’s comedy.”
The New York Times even managed to look beyond the low-brow
nature of the film and find itself impressed by Franco’s performance:
“He’s delightful as Saul, loosey-goosey and goofy yet irrepressibly
sexy, despite that greasy curtain of hair and a crash pad with a
zero WAF (Woman Acceptance Factor). It’s an unshowy, generous
performance and it greatly humanises a movie that, as it shifts genre
gears and cranks up the noise, becomes disappointingly sober
and self-serious.”
Even in a п¬Ѓlm where everyone would have forgiven him for sitting back
and coasting, he still brought the big guns. This is a man who, unlike
many actors, wasn’t happy just to rest on his laurels and sleepwalk
through the film. Yes, we’re looking at you, Mr Rogan. His performance
was so convincing, he was awarded High Times Magazine Stoner of
the Year Award. Forget your Oscars and your Golden Globes, these are
people who know what they’re talking about.
After sucking on a doobie, Franco found himself looking for
something else to sink his teeth into. For his next big role, he once
again shared the screen with another method guru: Sean Penn.
Milk was a п¬Ѓlm that was both challenging and a crowd-pleaser at
the same time. After all, there’s nothing that Middle America dislikes
more than movies about homosexuals, and nothing Hollywood loves
more. It must be hard for an actor to п¬Ѓnd much airtime while Mr Penn
is chewing his way through the scenery but Franco held his own. His
performance won awards and critical praise.
So after reaching such heady heights, you would expect Franco to
build on this by seeking out another high-profile film. However, Franco
is nothing if not unpredictable. For his next role, he joined the cast of
the long-running daytime soap opera, General Hospital. Yes, he went
from appearing in an Oscar-winning movie to a soap opera. On the
show, he played Franco, a multimedia artist with unfinished business
with a mob enforcer. As you do.
Franco called the role performance art and to further blur the lines of
the fourth wall, the п¬Ѓctional Franco held an exhibit at the Museum of
Contemporary Art in LA, while the real Franco held an exhibit at the
museum based on his experiences on the soap opera.
He has since cropped up in a series of roles on television and in п¬Ѓlms
but you really have to hand it to him for his latest role. Thankfully, this
time around, Franco chose not to go full Method on his role because
it was the kind of role many actors might have given their right arm
to play. Literally.
udd Apatow’s name is on everyone’s lips these
days. He’s the power producer behind movies like
Anchorman, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up,
Superbad, Get Him to the Greek, and countless
other hits. But back in 1999, he was struggling with
a television show called Freaks and Geeks. It was
getting good reviews and it was on a lot of watch
lists but sadly, it was canned after just 18 episodes.
However, in its short run, it discovered and launched the careers of
currents stars such as Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and, of course,
one James Franco.
In 2003, while hiking, Aron Ralston found himself in a tight spot. A
boulder had become dislodged and pinned his right forearm on a
canyon wall. Ralston hadn’t told anybody of his hiking plans and
knew no one would be searching for him. Assuming that he would
die, he spent п¬Ѓve days slowly sipping his small amount of remaining
water while trying to extricate his arm.
Eight years later, Ralston found himself sitting in a darkened screening
room watching 127 Hours – the fictionalised film of his ordeal.
One row behind him sat Franco. The actor was convinced that the
young adventurer would be disappointed with his performance. It’s
one thing to play a dead legend but it’s a whole other story playing
a living one.
Ralston, he says, spent much of the п¬Ѓlm whispering in his wife,
Jessica’s ear and Franco began to worry that he didn’t like what he
was seeing. “The first time I watched it with an audience, I sat behind
Aron,” he says. “He was sitting with his wife and all throughout the
movie, he kept leaning over and whispering to her, and I thought, �Oh
God, I guess he hates it!’
With 127 Hours, the audience is reliving a true story and by that point,
has invested in Ralston’s plight, and they want him to get free no
matter what it takes.
“You go through so much with this character that by the time you get
to that scene, I think people want him to go through with it and so are
actually experiencing that scene in a different way – in a much closer
kind of way.
“I think maybe even people that normally wouldn’t want to watch that
kind of scene, are actually trying to watch it or will him through it in a
way. And so that’s why I think some people are having those reactions.
“Danny is very aware of the sensitive nature of this kind of scene but
п¬Ѓrst and foremost, we have to be loyal to what Aron went through; we
have to respect what he went through. It took him over 40 minutes to
cut his own arm off and our scene is like three minutes.
“And he said that from a quarter of the way through to the end, he
had been crying the whole time. I guess he had leaned over to his
wife and he was just telling her about the real experience, getting her
support. So hopefully, he likes it and obviously, it’s a very emotional
experience for him to watch the film.”
“To cut back on it any more would really shortchange what Aron went
through. You have to make the experience a little difficult because it
is a portal, not just for the character but also for the audience to get
through. You want to give them that experience of getting through
this difficulty, so that they can come out on the other side and have
that relief on the other side.
“James is so good that the first few times I watched it, it was so real
that I didn’t even think he was acting,” says Ralston. “His response
and his emotions are so realistic. I have to say that I think James did
a phenomenal job with it and I’m really happy with what he does in
the film.”
Ralston also admits that within an hour of becoming trapped, he
began to contemplate the unthinkable – that he would have to
amputate his own arm in order to get free.
He pushed it to the back of his mind but eventually, as his limited
water supply ran out and fever began to ravage his body, he took
drastic action – using his blunt, cheap multipurpose penknife to
pierce the skin and using the very boulder that trapped him as a lever
to break the bones in his forearm.
“A story about a man trapped in the wilderness, no matter how
dramatic his escape, presents any п¬Ѓlmmaker with a considerable
challenge. Namely, how do you make five days of confinement
cinematically interesting? Boyle brings his unique, dazzling style to
the story with flashbacks and hallucinations, and it becomes a fastpaced, visual feast,” says Franco.
“Danny is so good at incorporating all the elements that make a great
film. Once he’s edited and the music is in there and everything, he
delivers a full experience.
“I think another reason the movie feels so intense is not necessarily
because of the amputation scene that a lot of people are focusing on;
it’s because of the overall effect of the movie – the way that it’s shot.
“I thought about this before we did it because it’s a story told primarily
through physical actions and all these little victories and failures, and
if done right, it brings an audience close to a character.
As Franco points out, when audiences watch 127 Hours, they are
confronted with one very pertinent question – just how far would you
go in order to survive?
“He’s not telling you how Aron’s feeling, he’s showing you; he’s doing
it and so the audience really gets on board with the character. And
when the character does speak, it’s a very unconventional device
where he’s talking directly to his video camera.
“But, knock on wood, I don’t think any of us will ever be in that kind of
situation – unless you are plugging your refrigerator in and get stuck
behind it somehow,” he laughs. “But I don’t think any of us will have to
contemplate cutting our arms off.
“That gives the character a justification to talk directly to the
audience. Yes, he’s talking to his family and friends but he’s looking
right into the lens as if he’s talking right to the audience – so it creates
a very intense experience.”
“If you think about it, like Aron says himself, it’s insane. And you know,
the boulder could have landed on his head, not on his arm, and he’d
have been dead. So it’s a very unusual situation.
For Franco, the challenge of making 127 Hours was considerable
– not least because he rarely had other actors to perform with.
Mostly, he was alone in a canyon. But, he says, the whole creative
team – Boyle, screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy and the cinematographers
– had to adapt to an unusual narrative structure. “I’m certainly happy
with the way that Danny created his own very unique experience.”
“The movie allows us to experience it with the character and then
maybe question our own lives. I guess working on the movie reinforced
my appreciation for having my family and my loved ones.”
The scene itself has attracted much debate but for Franco, it’s essential
that audiences share that moment of release with the character, no
matter how grisly it is.
“There are tonnes of things that are worse in Saw III or other horror films;
people get decapitated, disembowelled and all of that. But it’s because
you know it’s a horror film, you know these characters are expendable.”
“It was like, �What’s he saying?’ because I couldn’t see his face. I
started to think maybe he’s thinking I didn’t do the part right. Then
when the movie was over, I went up to Aron and said, �Come on,
man, tell me what you think? Was it okay?’
It is indeed. Ralston’s inspirational story of survival against the odds
is truly remarkable and Franco’s performance in Danny Boyle’s
gripping, extraordinary film is quite brilliant – and that’s according to
Ralston himself.
“Because if you look at it, once it’s out on DVD and you slow down
that scene, it’s like, �Oh, they are actually not showing that much.’
I truly believe that the reason that scene feels so intense is actually
the context and everything that’s come before, and the audience’s
relationship to this character.
“Some people have trouble with that scene and the unfortunate thing is
that the more we talk about it, the more people talk about it, it builds it
up in a certain way, so some people are now going to be disappointed
when they get to that scene and it’s like, �Oh that’s all it was?’
And the thing about Franco is that he is not a man to shy away from
a challenge.
He might have started out a freak or a geek but with hard graft,
dedication to his craft, and a wide assortment of interesting roles,
he has made his way to the top of his game. If his recent trajectory
is anything to go by, the man’s still got some ride ahead of him.
Hopefully, strange religions, drugs, or hookers in closets won’t knock
him off course. But then, Franco seems smarter than all that. And far
too focused on the career that he has stealthily built for himself.
When you share your birthplace
with other iconic names like
aviatrix Jean Batten, Sir Howard
thespian Temuera Morrison,
you get a head start in following
the hardworking legacy of these
talented trail-blazing mentors.
on’t get us wrong, for
Marvelly it’s been nothing
but sheer determination and
hard work. A value that the
late Sir Howard saw and
nurtured when he became
one of her biggest fans, and
most influential mentors. From the age of 13,
Sir Howard saw enough in the gifted Marvelly
to admit that “she’s just so good” – enough
recommendation for anyone when it comes from
one of this country’s legends of entertainment.
Like every young “wannabe” the classical-pop
crossover performer admitted to being that
kid “singing Britney Spears into her hairbrush.”
Nowadays there are more refined challenges
that are evident on her sophomore album. Home
fuses musical influences, including elegant
versions of iconic songs by Crowded House and
Dave Dobbyn. The chic and grounded 23-yearold is homegrown with п¬Ѓnesse, and she sings
with the timbre of warmth and confidence that
allows her to draw on a contemporary edge to
her classical training. This is one classy classical
crossover songbird.
When you journey through Australia’s Larapinta Trail,
you’ll experience one of the most vast, unusual and
harsh landscapes on the planet.
he 223-kilometre
trail runs along
the spine of the
West MacDonnell
Ranges, and
has 12 different
sections you
can experience,
taking one to two days each. The trail
takes its name from the Northern Territory
indigenous name for the Finke River, one
of the oldest water-ways on Earth. World
Expeditions tours travel in small groups of no
more than 16, so despite the popularity of
the Larapinta trail, you still get a sense of the
vast Australian landscape.
Trekking the big ridgeline of the West
MacDonnell Ranges, we gained a rare
perspective of vast flood plains, the rocky
razorback outcrops and sheer scale of this
ancient land. Walking through 800 millionyear-old rocks with fossils that were amongst
the п¬Ѓrst life forms on earth at Bitter Springs
sure puts things in perspective.
During our journey we walked to Count’s
Point, where for the п¬Ѓrst time we saw the
comet impact crater, Goose Bluff, which
would be a feature of the landscape for the
next few days, bringing an entirely different
sense of reality to our travels.
After a long, hot day of walking in the sun,
we were able to swim in a refreshingly cold
billabong to wash off the red dust. While
we cooled down in the water, the guides
prepared a tasty and abundant dinner of
the Australian version of a hangi – a roast
dinner and even a cake for dessert – all
cooked in the ground over hot rocks.
While we settled down for the night our
two guides, who are local Alice Springs
experts and experienced trampers,
shared their wealth of knowledge and
their interpretation of the stories from the
traditional land owners. World Expedition
guides are known for having many
years experience covering the culture,
geography, history and environment, and
share a deep passion and knowledge for
the country.
The walking changed daily from flat to
uphill and through gorges, but several
things remained the same – great food,
amazing guides and spectacular scenery.
That, with the opportunity to sleep under
the stars in a swag, was an experience
I will recall for the rest of my life and are
highlights that will bring me back to do this
trek again – as well as recommending the
trip to friends and family.
The Larapinta Trail is perfect for couples who
want to reacquaint themselves with what
really matters. It cleared my head, blew out
the cobwebs and made me feel good about
being alive. What an amazing experience for
anyone, especially for two people to share in
an adventure of a lifetime.
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What I expected is definitely not what I
saw or experienced on this walking and
camping adventure. The open expanse of
the sky provides a dramatic backdrop to the
variety of colours, terrain, flora and fauna.
The contrasting greens and reds of the
landscape were astounding, and we spotted
spiny lizards, echidnas, black footed rock
wallabies and owls amongst the scrub.
Explore dramatic landscapes and imperial
monuments. Immerse yourself in Chinese culture
and learn of ancient tales of mythical proportion.
images, ideas
or emotions
China conjures
up for you,
talk to anyone
who has visited
there and you will come away with one key
bit of information: it is a “must-experience”
destination. As you’d expect from the
most populous (more than 1.3 billion
people) and most continuously populated
(at least 4,000 years) place on the planet,
China brims with an astounding history,
interesting people, and an incredible array
of culinary styles and diverse cultures
you’re unlikely to encounter anywhere
else. It is a land of contrasts, with some of
the most densely populated cities in the
world, yet many travellers describe China
as having a surprising amount of vast,
wide open spaces.
So where do you start your odyssey? If you
want to see the Great Wall of China, then
this is obvious: Beijing.
As the capital of China, formerly called Peking
by the Western world, Beijing is recognised
as one of the world’s greatest cities.
Staying in Beijing is like walking through
the pages of a history book. Tiananmen
Square is at the entrance to The Forbidden
City which was built 600 years ago and
only recently (late 1970s) opened its doors
to the West. The Forbidden City is the best
preserved imperial palace in China and is
the largest ancient palatial structure in the
world. It was home to 24 emperors of the
Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1911)
Dynasties with 90 palaces, 980 building and
around 9,000 rooms surrounded by a moat
on 174 acres, right in the heart of Beijing.
First you must experience the many
museums, pagodas, temples, bridges and
gardens, or be carried by rickshaw through
the hutongs (alleys) of old Beijing to visit the
Siheyuan (courtyard houses) since these
neighbourhoods are quickly disappearing
due to new construction. Then, head out
of town towards the Terracotta Warriors,
kilometres of rice paddies, mountains, п¬Ѓelds
and forests, and the Great Wall of China.
The Great Wall of China is more than 8,500
kilometres long. The п¬Ѓrst set of walls were
designed to keep intruders out of China
and built with earth and stone during the
third century BC.
The best way to learn about the Great Wall
and the remote sections of this ancient
construction is to have a guide describe
the culture, history, traditions and myth that
surrounds the place. Can you really see the
Great Wall from the moon? How did people
live during the early time of construction?
How did such ornate detail remain
intact while other parts of the wall have
crumbled? You can spend anywhere from
four hours to more than 14 days walking
certain sections of the Great Wall.
All this history and exploration will work
up quite an appetite. And you’re in luck,
because another of the most talked about
aspects of China is the incredible food. Most
restaurants in China serve communal style
so that you share each dish – “tapas style.”
The great thing about eating this way is
you can try a variety of different foods. And,
don’t forget to try Peking duck in Beijing. It is
the most ordered dish in the capital.
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Construction continued for the next
thousand years with more than one million
workers, mostly farmers and prisoners.
During the Ming Dynasty, large fortifications
were built in new areas. Since the wall is
not a continuous wall, but a series of walls
that follow the land formation, these watch
towers were an important addition to this
military structure.
As staggering and fascinating as the
Great Wall of China is, you’d kick yourself
if you didn’t explore China further. The
Terracotta Warriors are the most significant
archaeological п¬Ѓnd of the 20th Century.
Seven thousand soldiers, horses and chariots
stand guard at the tomb of the п¬Ѓrst emperor
of China, Qin Shi Huang who ascended to
the throne in 246 BC at the age of 13.
he mandate had
been to keep the
many prisoners
here just this side
of death and so
they were. Barely
existing, they were
so willing to die.
But they were
Irish Catholic and
even more afraid
of divine retribution
if they committed
suicide; they were
already in hell and the thought that this
might truly be forever was unendurable.
So they entered into desperate lotteries in
which they hoped to be murdered. It wasn’t
a one-prize draw, either. The winner got
put out of his misery and his murderers
were sent back to Botany Bay to await
trial, which was a blessed relief. Jail on the
mainland was a soft billet compared to life
on Norfolk Island and there was the end of
a rope to look forward to. They were going
to hang by their wretched necks until they
were dead and they couldn’t wait.
Leaving the haunted foreshore and driving
up the hill to the main settlement of Burnt
Pine is like coming blinking into the sunlight
from an afternoon movie. It’s a kind of fuzzy
portal where you’re not longer absorbed
into the movie but you haven’t quite
rejoined the real world.
All those normal things – the kids calling
and laughing, heading home from school,
friends talking to each other from one car
window to the next, stopped in the middle
of the street, a burst of laughter over a cup
of coffee at an outdoor cafГ©. It all seems
vaguely obscene because just down the
road in a glass topped case is a cat o’
nine tails, that in the greater scheme of
things hasn’t been used all that long ago
when the prison yards ran with blood.
Down along the waterfront, the cranes on
Kingston Wharf pluck the п¬Ѓshing boats from
the water. All it takes is a bow, a curtsey
and a smooth retreat. The sea is too rough
to leave a boat at anchor and the cranes
swing them in and out of the water like
toys. In between, the boats head out into
the Pacific where the big fish hunt – huge
grouper, yellow-fin tuna, kingfish, trevally
and even the ten-kilogram snapper every
п¬Ѓsherman/woman/person is praying for.
It’s little wonder that the sea around
Norfolk is so rough. The island is only
eight kilometres long and п¬Ѓve kilometres
wide, nothing really big enough to quell
the huge surges of the open sea. But it’s
a big little place with a vineyard, coffee
plantation, restaurants, shops and nearly
2000 inhabitants. Not very long ago it was
a tax free haven as well and the place to
go in the Pacific for duty free perfume,
electronics, German steel and top of the
range п¬Ѓshing gear at ridiculous prices.
When Australia bought in GST,
that all went by the wayside and
prices will never be as cheap again.
However, down at the end of town is
Pete’s Place with racks of rods and
stacks of steel at prices that compel
you to spend.
If the fishing palls, there’s always golf
down in Kingston, which is the capital
of Norfolk Island. Like many capitals,
it’s not the biggest settlement in the
country and perhaps when you were
first told of the fact you’d hang around,
briefly, waiting for the punch line. It’s not
coming. The eight Georgian houses,
the ruins of three others, a tumble of
bricks and mortar that used to be a jail,
the Old Military Barracks that are now
the seat of the Norfolk Island Legislative
Assembly, a museum and a meandering
herd of cows that are the last word
in bovine insolence, make up Norfolk
Island’s major “city.”
It was here, too, that what
makes today’s Norfolk Islanders
so intrinsically Norfolk Islanders
originated – the arrival of members
of the now extended family of the
Bounty mutineers. The rock called
Pitcairn, that they called home, had
become too small for the burgeoning
tribe of Fletcher Christian, and Queen
Victoria had one of her small ideas
that had big consequences. She
told the Pitcairners that they could
resettle on Norfolk.
The group took this to mean
that they could have Norfolk, a
misunderstanding that remains in
some dispute to this day. Some of
them stayed, some went back to
Pitcairn but the point of the story is
that it was these settlers more than
any other, who gave Norfolk Island its
particular identity. Norfuk, the patois
of the Island, came from the blended
regional accents of Bounty sailors from
the north west of England and the
Tahitian dialect of the men and women
who joined them. And the surnames
of true Norfolk Islanders reflect those
of the original mutineers, such as
Christian, Buffet, Quintal and Adams.
Norfolk is a little island with a big
history but everything has settled into
a more peaceable existence now. The
glorious sub tropical tangle of Norfolk
Island is lush and green and full of
hope, even if it was fertilised by blood
and bone and not the kind we put on
gardens today. And there’s no point
in screwing up your nose at what you
think is gratuitous hyperbole because
that is the way it was. And the way it
is now is that well-fertilised hibiscus
bushes grow all over the island, heavy
with flowers in fat bloom. They are all
the things that Norfolk Island once
wasn’t and have a tender fragrance,
befitting of a place that has been
brought gently back from an
horrific past.
When you were a teenager, you could probably devour eight
McDonald’s cheeseburgers in one sitting, and still be hungry. But
once you approach 30, you might begin to realise that your body
yourself eating rabbit food just to maintain your weight.
he reason you can’t put it away like you used to might
be down to your metabolism, which declines by about
two percent every decade after the age of 20, and by
п¬Ѓve percent every ten years after your reach 40.
So how does the metabolism work? When you eat,
your body breaks down the different components
into energy that it can use to run different cellular
processes. Enzymes released by your thyroid gland and pancreas
help to break your food down into sugars, amino acids, and
fatty acids.
Spice it up
It turns out capsaicin, a compound found in
chili peppers, can also п¬Ѓre up your metabolism.
According to a study published in the Journal of
Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, eating about
one tablespoon of chopped red or green chilies boosts
your body’s production of heat and the activity of your
sympathetic nervous system, resulting in a temporary 23
percent spike in your metabolism. Chili also adds flavour to
many dishes, so try chopping it п¬Ѓnely and stirring it through
a stir fry, thai curry or pasta.
These three types of energy are then absorbed into your
bloodstream and transported to cells in the body to run different
processes. Any excess energy is then stored by your body as
muscle or fat, so that it can be used in the future. When your
metabolism slows down, more energy is stored – yes, that’s your
spare tyre we’re looking at.
The good news is that you don’t have to start nibbling on celery,
and there are things you can do. Try these 12 metabolism-boosting
tips to kick-start your body back into gear.
Fish Oil
Ginger and Cinnamon
A study from the
International Journal
of Obesity found that
including п¬Ѓsh oil in
the diet increases metabolic rate
by 26 percent. Researchers say this is
because the Omega 3s in п¬Ѓsh oil reduce the leptin in your body, and
lower leptin levels lead to an increase in metabolism, allowing you
to burn fat. Similar studies have shown that this effect is multiplied
when combined with exercise.
Not only does ginger aid in digestion, but it increases body
temperature and metabolic rates by as much as 20 percent
after eating. This is because ginger stimulates gastric
enzymes, which can aid metabolism and improve gastric
mobility. Try including some sliced ginger in a stirfry, or try a ginger tea.
While you’re at it, include some cinnamon in your diet, which has a similar
effect to ginger. For breakfast, try an ice-cold banana smoothie with
maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon – you’ll have the added benefit of
the magnesium in the banana, and the ice-cold drink in the morning will
kick-start your metabolism.
Eat organic
Researchers in Canada found that
dieters with the most organochlorides
– chemicals found in pesticides – stored
in their fat cells were the most susceptible
to disruptions in mitochondrial activity and thyroid
function, leading to a slow metabolism. Avoid this
effect by swapping to organic produce – there is
a wide range of organic produce available in most
supermarkets now.
Cold Water
German researchers found that
drinking six cups of cold water a day
can increase resting metabolism by
about 50 calories daily. The researchers
suggest that the increase may come from the work it
takes to heat the water to body temperature. Drinking
plenty of water has the added benefit of helping you
to feel full, and making you less likely to overeat.
Don’t Cut
Food stimulates energy
metabolism required for
digestion, a process called
“dietary induced thermogenesis” – so
when you cut calories, the calories
burned from eating diminish, and
so does your metabolic rate. Also,
restricting calories signals to the
body that there is no food available,
so it tries to conserve energy from
carbohydrate and fat by slowing down
your metabolism, putting your body
into storage mode. Try eating healthy,
but regular meals, and make sure you
don’t skip breakfast.
More than 300 biochemical
reactions in the body
require magnesium to
function, including muscle,
nerve and heart function, and energy
metabolism. Include plenty of green
vegetables in your diet as well as
nuts such as almonds, cashews and
peanuts, whole grain cereals, and
legumes such as lentils, which are all
excellent sources of magnesium.
Gain Muscle
Muscle tissue uses more
calories than fat tissue
because it has a higher
metabolic rate – which
means, the more muscle you have, the
more energy you expend in day to day
life. Aerobic exercise also speeds up
your metabolism for four to eight hours
after you stop, so hitting the gym is a
win-win situation.
B Vitamins
B6, B12, folate, thiamin and
niacin are required for the
healthy functioning of your
central nervous system, the
metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and
protein, and energy production. Without
adequate amounts, you will feel fatigued,
and your metabolism will slow. You can get
your vitamin B from dairy products, poultry
and green leafy vegetables – so include
plenty of eggs, spinach, asparagus, beans,
and broccoli in your diet.
A study published in the
Journal Physiology and
Behaviour found that the
average metabolic rate of
people who drank caffeinated coffee increased
16 percent over that of those who drank decaf.
The reason is that caffeine is a central nervous
system stimulant, so your daily coffee can help you
burn off up to 200 extra calories a day. Just make
sure you hold off on the sugar, and use skim milk
instead of full fat.
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Studies have shown
that those who get an
average of nine hours of
sleep a night release more metabolismboosting hormones than those who
don’t. When sleep deprived, your body
releases the hormone cortisol, which
slows down metabolism and results
in fat storage. Sleep deprivation also
alters the production and action of
other hormones, slowing the secretion
of thyroid stimulating hormones. Give
your metabolism a hand by making
sure you get an average of eight hours
sleep every night.
Green tea is said
to contain a plant
compound called
ECGC, which promotes fat burning. In
one study, people who consumed the
equivalent of three to п¬Ѓve cups a day for
12 weeks decreased their body weight
by 4.6 percent. For even more of a boost,
try green tea’s big brother, oolong. This
semi-fermented tea contains polyphenols
that help block fat-building enzymes, and
research shows that your metabolism
will be raised for two hours after a cup of
oolong. Try these teas hot, or keep a jug of
iced green tea or oolong in the fridge.
How to get
what you
want in life
You wake up to your dog licking your face, get ready for work, kick your piece-ofKVOLDBSCFDBVTFJUXPOUTUBSUUIFOESJWFUPXPSLUISPVHISVTIIPVSUSBGГЋD8IFO
you arrive, your boss yells at you before kicking off early for the day to go test-drive
a new Mercedes, and your colleagues dump their work on you before making a few
home, Celine Dion starts playing, and you have a little cry about the fact that you
w man, that must really hurt your feelings.
Here, have a tissue and a nice cup of Stop
Being A Little Blouse. We’ve got news for you,
wimpy boy: it’s time to man-up. Decide what
you want, and then go get it, Hulk style –
smashing everything that comes into your path
with your big, veiny, green п¬Ѓsts. Okay, maybe
you don’t need to get violent. In fact, we’ve put together a guide to
getting what you want, in five easy, non-violent steps. First up…
…decide what you want
It’s no use being in a constant state of dissatisfaction if you can’t
identify what it would actually take to make you happy. Take some
time to make a list of long-term goals, such as owning your own
business, a mansion, and three girlfriends with their own reality
television show. Now make a list of short-term goals, such as getting
п¬Ѓt, getting a new job, and a social life that exists outside of chat
rooms. Then, make a step-by-step plan to achieve each of those
goals by breaking them down into smaller segments.
Now, try to do one thing every day towards your goal. For
example, if you want to п¬Ѓnd yourself a girlfriend, on Monday you
can sign up to a dating website. On Tuesday, you can go to the
supermarket and put some bananas in the front of your trolley. On
Wednesday, you can go to a Speed Dating evening. On Thursday,
you can ask out the girl at the coffee shop. And on Friday, you can
go back to watching Sleepless in Seattle with your dog, because
at least he loves you unconditionally. But you can always try again
next week. And before you do, you will need to…
…do your research
There’s no point in applying for a job as a bartender if you don’t
know the difference between a Margarita and a Mojito. Everybody
has met some idiot who goes around telling people he’s going to
be the next Tiger Woods, but he’s never picked up a golf club in
his life. And then there’s the guy who says he’s going to be a multimillionaire, but he’s unemployed. That’s because it’s easy to look at a
successful person and say “I can do that!” but chances are, Skippy,
you can’t. So what do you do? You do your research. Read books,
or take a course, or get yourself a mentor – someone who’s been
there, done that. Ask them what they did and what advice they have
for someone wanting to follow the same path. Which leads us to…
….hard work
and perseverance
There’s a little something called hard work that you’re going to have
to acquaint yourself with. Just look at any top athlete – they didn’t
get there overnight, it took years of practice and training, and there
were many setbacks and injuries along the way. Likewise any man
who started his own business will tell you he didn’t do it without a
whole lot of late nights, blood, sweat and tears. Okay, maybe not
the tears. But you’re going to have to learn how to turn set-backs
into opportunities, and to seek alternative options if you hit a dead
end. With perseverance, however, just keep in mind that persistently
asking out the girl you like may be misconstrued as harassment or
stalking. Which brings us to…
…knowing when to quit
So it’s been three years, and still your social-networking site for pets hasn’t
taken off. You were sure it was the next Facebook, and you were the next Mark
Zuckerberg. But you need to learn the difference between persevering and
flogging a dead horse. A “dead-end project” is one where you won’t get any
better or different results despite continuous effort. And often, we are reluctant to
recognise it. Let’s be honest: sometimes humans can be pretty stupid, and blind
determination or stubbornness can get in the way of us knowing when to let go.
For example, if you’re still chasing after the girl you’ve had a crush on since you
were 16, and she’s now married with kids and still doesn’t know your name, you
may be hitting your head up against a wall. Or if your dream was to be head of a
company where you’ve been employee of the month every time for the past four
years, but still haven’t been given a pay rise or promotion…. dead horse, buddy.
Move on. This is a common occurrence; people will often stay in a less than ideal
situation because they fear they can’t do any better. If you leave the job you hate,
there’s a small risk, but you’ve got a pretty good chance of landing a better job and
a fatter paycheck. However if you stay where you are, you risk nothing, but you gain
nothing. Which brings us to…
…don’t stand in your own way
Sometimes, fear of failure can stop you from leaping into the unknown. But we’re
telling you now, the chances of a job opportunity, a million dollars or the woman of
your dreams climbing in through your window and falling into your lap while you’re
playing World of Warcraft in your bedroom is about a billion to one. When it comes
to getting the life you want, the one person most likely to get in your way is you. If
you lack self belief, drive, or motivation, or if you’re just a lazy sod, you’re not going
to get anywhere and you’ll only have yourself to blame.
Another commonly cited reason for holding back is fear of success. As Nelson
Mandela said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is
that we are powerful beyond measure.” You know, that old chestnut. It might sound
confusing at first, you might ask, “Why would someone be afraid of success?” Well,
put it this way: why would you continue to live with your mum and work part-time
at the movie theatre when you could be out, working hard and running your own
business and living in your own apartment? Because it’s easier. Likewise, continuing
to work in your safe, 9 �til 5 job, for a moderate wage, is a nice, comfortable option
compared to quitting and starting your own business venture from scratch.
How to get the woman you want
First of all, unlearn everything you’ve heard from a) Two and a Half Men, and b)
Dating books like The Game. Putting a woman down, using sexual innuendo,
playing hard to get, and being cocky, won’t get you anywhere and if it does, you’ve
just attracted a woman with desperately low self-esteem. And you don’t want to
go there. Look at the kind of women Charlie Sheen is spending time with. Get my
drift? If you want to get the girl, the formula is quite simple: dress nice, be polite, be
confident, smile, and listen to her. Trust us on this one.
How to get the job you want
Networking is always a good place to start when trying to get your foot in the door.
Next, do whatever you can to get an interview or meeting with the top dogs, and do
as much research on the company as possible. For the interview, dress professionally.
No matter how casual the workplace is, you can’t go wrong with turning up in an
(ironed) shirt, tie, and suit. Make a good first impression by being confident and
having a firm handshake. Make eye contact, sit up straight and don’t mumble. Now
based on your research, tell them why you would be a good asset to their company.
How to get the lifestyle you want
If you want the house, the car and the bach, buying a Big Wednesday ticket every
week isn’t exactly a fool-proof plan. There are four ways you can go about getting
rich: Climb the corporate ladder (time + hard work); take up a second job (time +
even harder work); stay where you are, and save hard until you have enough cash
to buy yourself the house/car/bach (time + suffering); or you could start your own
business (time + hard work + huge risk). Sorry, no get-rich-quick schemes here.
Best get your nose to the grindstone.
The point is, grow some proverbials and take the leap. The path to success is
never an easy one, that’s why before you start on your journey, you have to think
clearly about what it is you want to achieve, and whether or not it will really make
you happy. And once you’ve set your mind on something, don’t lose sight of it. It
may sound clichГ©, but just as the song goes, you can get it if you really want.
The leadership
equation =
Motivation is one of the most powerful forces in the world; it gets
us up in the morning, it takes us to work and gives us the desire
to achieve our dreams. However, when we are lacking motivation,
minutes feel like hours and our dreams stay just that, dreams.
s a leader, we are
entrusted with the
responsibility of motivating
people around us, a group
of individuals each with
different personalities,
priorities, ambitions and
dreams. We often forget that not everyone
has the same drive and passion as we do,
and we easily fall into the trap of getting
frustrated with people who don’t share
that same vision.
Motivating ourselves is hard enough, let
alone other people. But why? Why do
some people respond positively to a pep
talk yet others seem to be reluctant to leave
their comfort zone? It’s a difficult puzzle
because motivation is incredibly personal
and unique to an individual, but there is
a simple solution. There is a formula that
explains how motivation is produced, and
a correct understanding of this formula will
help you motivate not only your team but
yourself as well. Sounds too simple? Well,
it’s like everything in life; solutions are easy,
it’s the getting there that’s difficult.
A mind produces motivation when there’s
a balance of discomfort and hope. Without
discomfort, there’s no reason to change, and
without hope, there’s no reason to believe we
should try. So there are your two questions
that need to be answered: What’s the reason
to change? And is there enough belief to try?
Let’s look at each one in more detail
If a person feels that everything is okay,
then why would they consider changing?
Too often we assume that people share
our concerns and are fully aware of the
consequences if their behaviour continues,
but more often they think, “It’s not that bad”
or “It’s not that serious,” which means that
their discomfort is too low, so the balance is
wrong and no motivation is being produced.
In these circumstances, it’s not until
the situation gets serious and you start
talking disciplinary action that realisation
sets in, but by then, a lot of time and
effort has been exhausted, and in some
cases, your relationship with that person
is damaged. You need to understand
the other person’s perspective of what is
happening, and compare it to your own.
Test their perceptions by asking them,
“What’s the reason to change?” Most
people will look at your bizarrely and reply
“Well, because you’ve told me to.” This is
a red flag, a warning sign. True motivation
is very personal and any true reason to
change has to be likewise a personal
reason. Probe until you get an answer that
turns from “you” to “I” such as “I don’t
want to let everyone down”, or “I want to
be successful.” Once they understand that
the state they want to be in is not the state
they currently are at, then we are creating
discomfort, but not too much. How many
times have you seen a staff member leave
a manager’s office upset or physically
shaking after a manager’s tirade – not too
many times I hope – but it does happen
that the law is laid down so heavily that
discomfort goes too high, again creating
imbalance and no motivation is created.
A person needs to have a realistic
projection of where their current
behaviours will take them. Then and
only then is there enough discomfort to
generate change.
Regardless of what level of discomfort
someone is feeling, or how much they
want to change, nothing will work without
hope. In every single case you will see that
belief precedes evidence – people have
to believe that something is achievable
before they can actually do it. As a leader,
you need to check that there is enough
belief in order to balance the discomfort.
If the person does not believe that they
can do it, then there’s no balance and
the mind doesn’t generate motivation.
How many times have you heard people
say, “I didn’t think I could do it.” That’s
self-destructive before they have even
started, and there’s no wonder that they
fail. Yet surprisingly, having too much
belief can be equally destructive, overconfidence trips us all up eventually.
Hope is generated when the self-image of
that person is perceived to be capable of
achieving the necessary goal. Remember
self-image is different to self-esteem.
You only have one point of view in terms
of self-esteem, but you can have many
self-images – one for each situation you
п¬Ѓnd yourself in. You may have a positive
self-image of yourself for delivering a
presentation on a topic that you are an
expert on, but a very poor self-image in
other areas.
If the reality of what is required doesn’t
match the self-image, then the mind
generates tension until they are both
matched. Ask your staff if they believe
they can do something and study their
reply, look for reasons that are personal
and directed towards them such as “I
believe I can because...” Once you hear
this, then you know that genuine realistic
hope is present.
Motivation is a very personal and
powerful source, but it is our
responsibility as leaders to help people
as well as ourselves, to п¬Ѓnd that delicate
balance of discomfort and hope. Once
that balance is found, then not only
do we have the courage to chase our
dreams, but we have the passion to
make them a reality.
Mark Wager is a Leadership coach with Elite LD Limited
Contact: 021 354 831 or [email protected]
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t’s estimated that 30 percent of the
industrial world’s workforce is now
employed as contractors or flexible
workers. While there are no precise
statistics available for New Zealand,
the Australian Bureau of Statistics
reports that approximately 25 percent of
the Australian workforce is currently on
contract or considered temporary staff.
In 2011, the number of people opting to
call themselves professional contractors is
on the increase and it’s easy to see why.
Companies are serious about being п¬Ѓscally
sensible. More than ever, they are battening
down the hatches and focusing on their
core business. Then for everything from
HR, to project management, or for a oneoff IT project, these same companies are
contracting in a professional to deliver
– and then leave.
On the other side of the desk, many
individuals now prefer contracting as their
dedicated career path. The reasons are
many from wanting to have a real life outside
the office to realising that professional
contractors can earn 25 percent more than
their permanently tethered office colleagues.
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aged 30 to 55 years of age who are
highly skilled in say, HR consulting, payroll
management, business analysis or project
management. They want the freedom,
flexibility and stimulus that the everchanging contract work lifestyle provides,”
says Jane Kennelly.
Kennelly adds that it’s thanks to the likes
of LinkedIn that skilled professionals and
those looking to use their services are
building communities to п¬Ѓnd each other
when the need arises.
Dave Hopkins came from Mayo, West of
Ireland and is now a professional contractor
in New Zealand. Nine years ago, he and his
wife arrived while on their OE.
“We wanted to get away from our average
jobs, have a holiday – and we’ve ended up
never leaving New Zealand.”
Dave Hopkins is now п¬Ѓrmly part of that
new breed of professional contractor.
With a university degree in science, Dave
takes on contracts that revolve around
managing people in projects.
• Be able to sell yourself:
There is no room for modesty as you are the commodity and a
company won’t contract you unless they think you can deliver the
goods. Typically, a contracting company will meet with you only
after the recruitment agency has done the hard work to assure the
client you are the contractor with the suitable credentials.
• Turn up on day one ready to go:
Arrive with your own equipment from pens, paper to laptop.
Remember you’re not an employee, so it’s up to you to hit the
ground running. This includes being prepared to п¬Ѓnd your own
phone and workspace – it’s unfair to expect employee treatment as
the company is paying you a good rate, so make it easy for them.
“The reason I became a contractor is
that I don’t like working for a �boss.’ So
I thought what can I do to stop having
bosses? The answers were either to set
up my own business, or create a business
where I’m the product I am selling.”
Dave is quick to emphasise that
contracting for him is a mental thing. “I go
to work each day thinking I’m working for
myself but in reality, I still have to deliver,
I still have to report and perform and
someone definitely pays me.”
In the past four years, Dave has completed
seven contracts in organisations as
diverse as pharmaceuticals, software
design, shipping logistics, education and
telecommunications. The bulk of Dave’s
contracting work revolves around project
and quality management assignments.
Apart from a better hourly rate, being a
professional contractor allows Dave to do
the school runs and be on call to pick up
a sick child. “I can leave my desk pretty
easily at a moment’s notice, unlike my wife
who’s a full time HR Director for a multinational,” said Dave.
Dave says he gets his contracts via wordof-mouth and his recruitment company,
Frog Recruitment.
• Service, service:
Ultimately, it is all about the service you provide. Your current
contracting company is your next reference. Any value you
can add on daily basis will benefit you in the long run. Your first
question should never be, “What time is your lunch break?” You’re
the hired gun and you should be ready to get on and deliver.
• Take out professional indemnity insurance:
It’s quite expensive at approximately $2,000 a year but some
recruitment companies will not contract your services out unless
you are covered for any major boo-boos.
Dave’s final piece of advice is:
Don’t look for hugs and kisses from your contracting employers. You
are an independent, so don’t expect to be part of the social club or
even to be invited out for a drink. You are there for your expertise
and to deliver on time. It’s a case of always remembering that you
are a separate entity – adapt to this mindset and you’ll do well.
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Three guys, a few beers and some rough brainstorming
on a napkin was all it took to kick-start a business
venture that looks to change the way businesses and
consumers interact in New Zealand.
These guys are definitely set for
success if their enthusiasm is anything to go by. M2 talks to
Robbie and Mike from 0133 about what it takes to start your own
business, and how they stand up against the competition.
Are you going up against Yellow pages and the 018 service?
Robbie: It seems to be a general misconception that Telecom
owns 018 and that we are simply a business directory. Yellow
pages owns 018 and while they may be our closest competitor in
this market, the truth is, the Yellow Pages 018 proposition pales
in comparison, simply by the fact that we are free to call, locally
owned and operated, and provide a much more extensive service.
These factors alone provide businesses with far more value while
providing consumers the most simplistic solution for information
sourcing. Why pay to call 018 for a limited response? Why even
pick up a print directory? Why even go online? Just call us and we
do all the homework instantly.
How do you promote businesses?
Robbie: When consumers call us free from landline or mobile,
anytime of the day or night, looking for something that you
provide, we inform, recommend and then offer to send more info
or connect that caller directly to your company. It’s like having
all your advertising and marketing collateral on one profile that
is then advertised to targeted “ready to buy” consumers. And
you don’t have to pay huge air time and ad space fees like you
would on billboards, television and radio. From there, our clients
can measure their exact return on investment because the whole
transaction is monitored by a powerful analytical engine. It’s really
the most complete advertising solution out there.
What do you think gives 0133 an edge?
Robbie: The real beauty about 0133 is that we have created
a full advertising solution for businesses that is completely
moulded by the evolving consumer demographic. It’s our
back-end service that can continuously grow to keep up with
changing consumer expectations. Today we live in the “I want it
now” generation. Being able to call toll free from anywhere in the
country to п¬Ѓnd what you need, when, where and how much is a
very powerful thing and it’s something that no other marketing
solution in the country can provide. When I’m shopping, I
don’t want to do all the homework, price comparisons, online
searching and shop to shop travelling. I want to know where to
get what I want at the best price.
Mike: It’s all about targeted advertising and targeting people at
the right time. You get bombarded with all sorts of advertising,
billboards, radio, television, but it’s when you are ready to buy,
or look for that product, with 0133 you have that information.
You’re driving home in your car, or on your way to work and you
hear all these ads, but come the weekend, you can’t recall all
that information.
So a lot of businesses have signed up already, but did it feel
like a bit of a gamble?
Robbie: No, we’re pretty steadfast in what we’re doing, we really
believe in the concept. I guess, we don’t have any preconceived
ideas that this is going to be an easy road, but the support
that we’ve had thus far has been sensational, we can feel the
momentum, it’s getting stronger and stronger every day.
So where did the idea come from?
Robbie: Long story short, Paul and I have been friends for quite
some time, Paul came to Mike and I last year, and over a beer he
presented us with this concept. On a napkin, we started drawing
it out and planning, and I just saw the immediate benefits. We
decided to form the business together, and we’ve been hard at
work ever since.
How do you guys work together? Do you bring different
strengths to the party?
Mike: I think we all do a bit of everything. Robbie has a sales
focus, and Paul has got a creative focus, I tie up the loose
ends and manage the ongoing relationships, but I think we all
complement each other really well.
One thing that’s really important is that we trust each other to
do what we know best. I know what Robbie’s good at and what
Paul’s good at, and I’ll trust them to do it. If you don’t have that
trust, you’ll always be trying to meddle in things you don’t know
much about. So it’s a really good dynamic.
You have this vision of where you’re going, but how do you
share that passion with your staff?
Mike: Robbie and Paul and I have been doing the bulk of the training
so far. We’re all very passionate about it, and it’s rubbed off. All our call
centre staff are excited about what we’re doing and they’re jumping
on board and sharing that journey with us. Not only that, but from the
inside, it’s easy to see how this service will seriously benefit you as a
consumer. That alone makes the staff feel very privileged to be on the
ground floor of a company looking to do something very dramatic.
Robbie: We always say, “the sky’s the limit” when it comes to
your role in the business. Because we’re new and we’re agile, the
opportunity for growth in this company is huge.
Is there a secret to starting your own business?
Robbie: Optimism, focus, attitude – you’ve just got to own it, live it,
breathe it, don’t procrastinate. Just get on with it, muck in boots and
all, don’t be afraid to do anything. We’ve painted, we’ve put furniture
together, we’ve all been on the phones, we’ve trained. I do some
finance stuff, do the budgets with our CFO, so you’ve just got to be
prepared to work long hours, but it will pay off.
Also, be open-minded to constructive criticism. We are fortunate
to have quite a significant board of advisors all with extensive
backgrounds across a diverse range of industries. This has really
helped us establish strong working relationships and strategic
alliances with associations and complimentary affiliates, as well as
assist in building an operationally efficient enterprise.
What’s the advice you’d give us for negotiating?
Robbie: I think be optimistic, be tenacious, be positive, and be
prepared. The biggest thing is attitude and passion. Planning is
everything. Make sure that when you deliver the proposal, you
have that self-belief and confidence.
Mike: Just be confident, always be positive, go out there knowing
it’s going to happen.
he idea is simple: Businesses pay a
monthly fee to have themselves listed
with 0133. Customers make a free
call to the local operators with either
a business name or just a rough
idea of what they’re after, and the
operators offer a personalised service
to get them in touch with the business
most suited to their needs – all while
promoting companies based on their
unique selling points.
Strength in numbers
This time of year is always a significant milestone in the wine calendar. While
the wine drinkers are trying to squeeze every last moment from the closing
Summer, viticulturists and winemakers are beginning the annual vintage
season and working around the clock to turn grapes into the early stages
of great wine. In addition, around this time some of the best wines harvested
and produced in previous years, which have been slowly maturing and
developing in oak barrels, are now ready to be released on the world.
Bin 138 Barossa Valley
Grenache Shiraz
Mouvedre 2009
The Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre
blend (GSM for short) is a
blend of three uniquely different
wines, but when combined
together can produce a rich,
full-flavoured wine, without
the big hefty tannins of its Bin
counterparts. Each different
grape has a part to play in
this blend, with the grenache
adding a musky bouquet, the
shiraz producing fruit-forward
flavours, while the mourvedre
adds spicy, leathery notes.
Produced from some of the
oldest vines in the Barossa
Valley, the Bin 138 is a crowd
pleaser with its fruit-driven style
and smooth texture.
RRP $32.99
Bin 389 Cabernet
Shiraz 2008
Bin 150 Marananga
Shiraz 2008
The Bin 389 is most famous
for being referred to as “Baby
Grange,” partly attesting to the
fantastic quality of this wine,
and partly due to the fact that
some of every 389 vintage is
matured in the same barrels
that held the previous vintage
of the iconic grange. First
produced in 1960, the Bin 389
has a fantastic reputation for
its longstanding quality and
the 2008 vintage definitely
delivers. Not for the fainthearted,
underneath this wine’s big and
bold exterior are succulent
flavours of blackcurrant, coffee
and chocolate. Known for its
consistency over the years,
we think the 2008 Bin 389 is
something a little bit special.
The Bin 150 Shiraz is a
slightly different approach
to the traditional Penfolds
winemaking process, with this
wine 100 percent grown in the
Barossa Valley sub region of
Marananga. The 2008 wine
is the inaugural release for
Penfolds, and upon tasting it,
I’m sure it will not be the last.
A stylish wine, it is an intense
blackish purple in the glass,
but don’t let this put you off.
Immensely drinkable, flavours
of ground coffee beans blend
with the more traditional dark
berry fruits. Only small in
production, the Bin 150 will
not last long.
RRP $49.99
RRP $49.99
o this month, we have been lucky enough to
taste some examples that I’m sure need no
introduction. Penfolds is arguably Australia’s
most recognised global wine brand, and has a
long and proud history after being established
by British doctor Christopher Rawson Penfold
in 1844. A true mark of Penfolds’ success has
always been its exceptional selection of wines that vary in range
and style, with its famous Penfolds Grange Shiraz a true wine icon
(and pricey at over $500 a bottle).
If this is a little outside your budget, never fear because the
new vintages of the Penfolds Bin range offer the same classic
Penfolds style, at a fraction of this hefty price. Steeped in
tradition, Penfolds traditionally maintained a system of numbered
“bins” in the cellar where the very best wines were stored, often
for the exclusive enjoyment of the company’s directors. Now they
mark the individual identities of Penfolds exciting new breed of
wines. So without further ado, gentlemen, it is my pleasure to
introduce to you the latest Penfolds graduates of 2011...
Bin 28 Kalimna
Shiraz 2008
Bin 128 Coonawarra
Shiraz 2009
Bin 407 Cabernet
Sauvignon 2008
Bin 23 Adelaide Hills
Pinot Noir 2010
First made in 1959, the Bin
28 Shiraz is named after
the famous Barossa Valley
Kalimna vineyard, purchased
by Penfolds in 1945. This
п¬Ѓne example is the 50th
commercial release of Bin
28 and shows why Australia
is heralded the world over
for producing exceptional
warm-climate shiraz. Classic
pepper notes are combined
with flavours of dark plums
and spice. Finely balanced,
the Bin 28 has a soft and
supple texture for such a rich,
juicy wine. Penfolds head
winemaker Peter Gago calls
it one of the vintages of the
decade... we don’t disagree.
The Coonawarra region is 380
kilometres south of Adelaide,
close to the border of Victoria,
and produces an elegant style
of cool climate shiraz. The Bin
128 was п¬Ѓrst produced in 1962,
and is 100 percent grown in
the Coonawarra region, giving
it a unique point of difference
when compared to other
Barossa Valley shiraz blends.
Crimson red in colour, the Bin
128 can be described as rich
and flavoursome yet quietly
restrained. The palate shows
notes of raspberries and black
pepper, showcasing a wine with
true п¬Ѓnesse. A stylish wine for
those looking for something that
is easy to approach, but full
and flavoursome.
First launched in 1993
because of the abundance
of high-quality fruit available,
the Bin 407 can only be
described as a textbook
cabernet sauvignon. A
wonderful example of the
longstanding Penfolds
formula of combining ripe
fruit with excellent use of
oak, this wine is a blend
from some of the best warm
climate vineyard sites in
South Australia. Vibrant in
colour, the Bin 407 has an
intensely flavoured palate
with strong berry and spice
flavours. Only getting better
with some age, this wine is a
must for the cellar.
The opposite of its shiraz
counterpart, the pinot noir
grape flourishes under a cool
climate, so Penfolds have
taken to the high altitude
Adelaide Hills to produce
this wine. However, don’t
be fooled, despite pinot
noir being traditionally a
lighter style red wine, this is
a classic Penfolds example
– big, bold and flavoursome.
Concentrated fruit flavours
of strawberries and black
cherries come to the fore,
and are wrapped in a soft,
silky texture. Only in its
second vintage, we are
certain the Bin 23 is destined
for big things.
RRP $49.99
RRP $39.99
RRP $32.99
RRP $32.99
avid Elmsly and Andrew
Somervell started the New
Zealand Beer Festival back
in 2007, and thank God they
did. Now men who just aren’t
“Wine and Food festival” types
can enjoy good beer, good
food and good music, all in one
place. This year’s New Zealand
Beer Festival is bigger and
better than ever with 70 beers
from more than 24 breweries in New Zealand and internationally.
There will be a range of foods to chow down with your beer,
and live music includes good Kiwi beats from Tahuna breaks,
Phil Edwards band, Sweet Mix Kids, Sam Hill, Sentimental
Sound System and Franko. M2 talks to David and Andrew about
business, beer and breweries.
What got you into event promotions?
David: When I was growing up and going through university, I
would put on dance parties to help pay my way, so I know how to
promote and attract crowds. We were at a food and wine festival
six years ago, we were surrounded by lots of people, but the
music was really lame. I thought, this festival would be so much
better if I could select all the music and bands, I could make it
into a really good festival. Andrew turned to me and said, “No, it
would be way better if we were drinking beer.” From that moment
we just went, “Right, we’re going to do a beer festival!” It was a
real eureka moment. I don’t like drinking wine that much, why
would I run a wine festival when I could run a beer festival, and do
it exactly how I want to? So we got to work.
How much planning goes into each event for you?
David: We start working about six months out, we’re very open with
breweries and welcome feedback, we ask them what they liked about
what we did, if there’s anything they want to add in or anything they
want to change. Once we’ve got a feel for how we went last year, we
identify changes and work on them. We have to consult with police
and district licensing, then I start getting my feelers out for new bands,
new marketing angles – we’ve always got a fresh angle.
The marketing side of things is obviously a key part of it. So
what kind of marketing angles do you use?
David: Almost everything is online now, we were one of the п¬Ѓrst
events to run paid advertising on facebook over three years ago
and that worked really well for us. This year we’ve created a
facebook application where you create a six pack of beer bottles,
and drag your friends’ profile pictures onto different bottles. You
can change the label of the beer to their personality, and then
once you’ve uploaded your six pack you can unlock discounted
tickets. We know from experience that people buy tickets in
groups, so we wanted to п¬Ѓnd a fun way that people could get
their crew together and create a fun experience.
What is your long-term strategy?
Andrew: We put our heart and souls into this thing, when I look
at successful large festivals around the world, the common
theme is that they look after their customers, they keep the event
exciting and fresh to come back to year on year. I’ve seen too
many event promoters fall by the wayside because they take
unnecessary risk, and never get to see the ten year mark or
become a great part of the local event calendar.
The long-term strategy, the way to run the business is through
nurturing long-term relationships with customers, the brewing
industry, liquor licensing and police. We go back to them every
year, the same meeting, we know what we’re doing and it gets
easier with our proven track record. There’s a key theme we will
never change, and that’s the appreciation of great craft beer.
Is the market changing, are you getting a different crowd
coming along?
David: We get a great mix of guys and girls because the festival
wraps the craft beer theme with food, music and other things that
make it a great day. Getting a guy to a beer festival is a no-brainer,
but we’ve tried hard to get the girls to come as well. Over time, I
would hope that the crowd has become a little more sophisticated.
Andrew: Absolutely, we both do different things – we have a
shared vision for the festival – but I focus on marketing and
branding, and Dave on operations. When it comes to getting the
event looking great, choosing bands, and arranging suppliers,
that’s Dave’s focus. I focus on relationships, ticket sales,
branding, marketing, stuff like that. We’re calling and emailing
each other daily for months.
At this stage, going up to the big day, is it a stressful time
for you?
Andrew: There are a lot of different strings to pull to get things
across the line. Our relationships with suppliers, band members,
volunteers, all of them know what they need to do and get it
done with little input. That gives us time to work by exception and
concentrate on the little things that show on game day. Dave’s
done a great job of bringing all the suppliers together and getting
a plan together, now we just have to concentrate on spreading
the word, selling tickets and enjoying the day!
Andrew: It’s key to us that this is not about drinking lots of cheap
beer. We get three emails a day saying “Hey, do I pay $35 and get to
drink free all day?” People come back to us at the gate saying, “We
didn’t realise we have to pay for beer,” and we give them their money
back and send them on their way. You’re always going to get that,
but the market that the brewers want there, the police, food vendors
is a more mature, 25-plus, affluent demographic who are there to
taste the wide range on offer. We offer 70 different beers, so there’s
something for everyone. My idea of taste is different to the person
standing next to me, but there’s something for everyone and that’s
what it’s about. Something I’ve really chased down hard, probably
at the expense of revenue is our tag-line “beer, food, music and
summer” – it’s not just beer, it’s a day out, an experience. You want to
have some awesome beers, listen to some music, have some food
and have some good times with great mates. That’s the focus.
How do you guys work together, do you have
complementary skills?
It’s not just beer, it’s a
day out, an experience, you
want to go and have some
cool beers, listen to some
music, have some food and
have some good times with
great mates.
Craft beer has grown quite well in popularity. What do you
think is behind that? Are we looking for something different?
David: The craft beer industry has picked up on the growth
seen in the wine industry, food matching and so on. People are
wanting something a bit different, made with soul and a story.
The taste palette is wider than what the mainstream breweries
would produce, and people are just excited to try something new,
a little premium, a treat even.
Is there money in producing craft beer in New Zealand? Are
the breweries surviving?
David: They’re definitely surviving, there are four or five craft
breweries that will start to create headaches for the big
breweries, who are starting to emulate the styles of beer they
brew. Tuatara and Epic are two that are having a lot of success
overseas as well; there’s definitely an underground following, but
they’re doing better than just surviving. Aside from that there’s
those mum and dad teams that are two-man, or four-man
companies, they’re doing it because they just love beer. They’re
making an income out of it but they’re not going to be driving a
new Porsche tomorrow or anything.
When did the smaller breweries start affecting the big boys
and the kind of beers they’re producing?
David: The big boys bought into the craft industry long ago,
Lion with Mac’s for example, and DB with Monteith’s. They’ve
really started to push and explore flavours that even five or six
years ago you weren’t seeing. Monteith’s has the “hand made
on the west coast” perception, and you’ll notice they’ve put a
real effort into pushing it recently and adding new flavours, Mac’s
have done a real on-premise push, with their Mac’s brewbar
experiences. They definitely see it as a growing category.
What advice do you have for negotiating?
Andrew: Be colloquial, set your own start price to be talked up
or down from.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Andrew: Probably, be yourself, and be honest about yourself.
I’m a pretty blunt person but it’s because I say what I mean,
and I don’t ever do anything that I wouldn’t want anyone else to
know about.
The New Zealand Beer Festival will be held on Saturday,
26 March at the Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland, from 12:30
to 9 pm. Pre-sale tickets cost $25 or $35 on the door. For
more information, see
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Why did you get involved with martial arts?
As a kid, I think I was just taken in by the dynamic nature of the
martial arts, like a lot of youngsters. I think if you take any small kid
to see a martial arts demo or performance, you’ll see they naturally
get excited by the energy, and before you know it, they’ll be imitating
the performances and doing their own version of Kung Fu Panda.
How has your tertiary degree helped your Taekwon-Do?
The studies I completed at the University of Auckland continue
to help a great deal. I feel my undergraduate study gave me a
solid basis from which to apply a critical mind-set that helps me
to train and coach in a smarter, more scientific way on a daily
basis. Sport and exercise science training principles in areas such
as strength and conditioning, recovery, nutrition and exercise
rehabilitation have helped me bounce back from the inevitable
injuries that occur when training at high volume and intensity
year-in and year-out. More recently, the post-graduate studies I
п¬Ѓnished last year saw a shift toward the mental side of the game,
where I researched the impact that specific “self-talk” cue-words
have on enhancing sporting performance.
What’s your main message to Taekwon-Do or martial
arts students?
I often reflect on a message that probably applies to a lot of things
but if we love what we are doing, we’re going to go far no matter
what. Whatever adversity we encounter along the way is not only
going to be a learning experience but will be buffered by our love for
the art, which no one can take away from us and ultimately allows
us to prioritise and make sacrifices in a way that keeps us growing,
adapting and learning when others are unwilling to do so.
Does New Zealand have a healthy attitude towards sport,
considering everyone just wants to make the big bucks?
I don’t think that’s why I continue to dedicate my life to the martial
arts. Having worked with and observed athletes from all different
codes working at the New Zealand Academy of Sport, it seems
that money isn’t what drives the majority of sports people who
represent New Zealand. Instead, maybe it is just that the public
is more exposed to those sports where the “big bucks” lie. So
overall, I’d say we have a national attitude to be proud of, with a
lot of people in a vast array of sports willing to make sacrifices for
the honour of representing our country.
Do you think people choose a sport or does the sport choose
the person?
Surely both but I like to think that we choose our own destiny more
than we wait for destiny to come and choose us.
What will your involvement be at the World Championships in
Wellington in March?
I will be competing in individual and team events, as well as
coaching members of the New Zealand junior (under 18) team.
Competition wise, this will be my п¬Ѓfth ITF (International TaekwonDo Federation) world championships. My main divisions are under
80kg sparring in which I took silver at the previous worlds, and
special technique (a series of п¬Ѓve different jumping kicks in which
competitors compete to kick boards at increasing heights until they
are eliminated) in which I am ranked as the current no.1.
What special preparation is there for a world championship?
This campaign began almost a year ago. As with other sports,
our lives tend to revolve around training. Whether it is п¬Ѓnding the
time to see the physio, п¬Ѓt in resistance training or plyometrics,
do some sparring or pad-work or work on some of the more
technical aspects, from an athlete’s point of view, at least from my
perspective, this means that most other things in life tend to sit on
the back-burner for a bit.
What’s the difference between the two major federations of
Taekwon-Do in the world? One being the ITF (International
Taekwon-Do Federation), which is running its world
championships in Wellington this year and the other being
the WTF (World Taekwon-Do Federation), which also runs
their own world championships and is included as an Olympic
medal sport.
While the two arts are similar in regard to the style of kicking
techniques employed in competition, there are some important
differences. In the WTF sparring competition, competitors wear body
protectors and while they kick above the belt, including to the head,
are prohibited from punching to the head.
ITF competitors wear a glove, which resembles a light boxing glove,
do not wear body protectors and may punch to the head as well as
kick above the belt. Points are awarded similarly in both styles, with
more difficult techniques such as high kicks being awarded greater
points than simple kicks or punches.
Personally, I appreciate both arts, and have trained and competed
with people involved in both federations. However, I have focused
my energy on promoting International Taekwon-Do and representing
our country at ITF events, which as I mentioned earlier is the largest
unified martial arts organisation in New Zealand.
How can we get martial arts more support in New Zealand?
Firstly, as far as International Taekwon-Do is regarded, it is
heartening to see a dramatic increase in exposure of our art over the
last decade, with steady and gradual increases in support from both
the government and the media.
Will you have to leave New Zealand to take your
Taekwon-Do further?
When I п¬Ѓrst began competing internationally, I think that was
definitely the case but with the support we have seen the New
Zealand government give ITF Taekwon-Do, we have managed to get
our top competitors far more exposure to the scene overseas than
was previously possible.
Our “carded” athletes training out of the NZAS (New Zealand
Academy of Sport) have had the opportunity to compete at major
open and championship tournaments throughout Asia, Europe,
North and South America in a way that allows for an optimum
level of challenge throughout the year in a way which the previous
generation never imagined.
This previous generation paved the way for our п¬Ѓrst generation of
carded (SPARC supported athletes) who have trained around the
world with leading coaches and competitors, and this generation
has also been supported with athletic scholarships in their studies,
several of which have pursued study in п¬Ѓelds which complement
their lifestyles as sports people like myself.
What’s the best advice you ever got and what do you always
pass on to your students?
Before my п¬Ѓrst world championships, I remember being anxious and
my first martial arts instructor, Chris Dessa simply telling me, “Just
don’t forget to use your loaf.”
Although it didn’t seem particularly profound at the time, it’s a phrase
that in retrospect holds a great deal of meaning for me. The simple
reference to that often overlooked but always recognised “mental
edge,” which separates the good from the truly great is something
I return to when I’m looking for a way to evolve as a martial artist or
help others to do the same.
his isn’t a case of Jack of all trades, master of none
– Carl Van Roon has mastered them all. This 27year-old has won multiple gold medals at previous
Taekwon-Do World Championships, has an MSc in
Sport and Exercise Science, a Postgraduate Diploma
in Exercise Rehabilitation, and is a trained TaekwonDo instructor. Oh, and he’s a model. With all those
credentials, it would be easy to be jealous of this guy
if he wasn’t such a good bloke. M2 talks to Carl about
being a professional athlete in New Zealand, and
training for the world championships.
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Maserati began life on 1 December 1914, in Bologna,
Carlo, Ettore, Ernesto and Groucho. They began
business with one simple goal: to build cars that won
races. It was something they achieved in spades.
However in its life Maserati has changed hands more
times than Lady Gaga has changed costumes. >>
n 1937, the remaining Maserati
brothers sold their shares in the
company to the Adolfo Orsi family.
They took the Maserati brand to a
series of stunning victories on the
racetracks of europe. In back-toback wins in 1939 and 1940, a Maserati
8CTF won the Indianapolis 500, the only
Italian manufacturer ever to do so. They
also almost built a race car for Hitler but
they don’t really talk about that much.
Then in 1968, Maserati found themselves
under the ownership of CitroГ«n after a
takeover bid. Less than seven years later,
Maserati was in new hands again. In 1975,
the company was taken over by Alessandro
de Tomaso, an Argentinian former racing
driver, who became managing director.
Then in 1993, Maserati was acquired by
Fiat. Four years later, Fiat Auto sold a 50
percent share in the company to Maserati’s
long-time arch-rival, Ferrari.
Eventually, in 1999, Ferrari took full
control, making Maserati its luxury division.
In all honesty, it was the best thing that
could’ve happened to the brand.
Maserati had been passed around like a
pizza at a teenage party. All that was left
was the memory and the greasy stained
box of past victories. Under Ferrari, all
this changed. A new factory was built,
replacing the existing factory that was
built in the 1940s. Ferrari breathed new
life into the stalled engine of successes,
after many lackluster years of Maserati
teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The
“mmmm” was back in Maserati.
However, the story wasn’t over yet.
In 2005, Maserati were split off from
Ferrari and merged with Alfa Romeo.
So it’s a company that has been owned
and operated by some of the best car
manufacturers in Europe.
That’s a toe-curling pedigree and one
that not many other car companies could
come close to. Through this process
Maserati has created some of the most
beautiful motor cars in history including
– but not limited to – the 1957 Maserati
200SI at the Scarsdale Concours, the
Maserati “Birdcage,” the 1959 Maserati
5000 GT Coupe, the Maserati Sebring
and, naturally, the mouth-watering
GranTurismo. It’s this automotive
evolutionary process that has led
Maserati to unveil their latest piece of
automotive desirability.
At the recent Geneva International Motor
Show, Maserati took the wraps off the
new 285 kmh version of its glamorous
GranCabrio. Reading through the press
release, it’s clear that this car has more
specs than Maserati has had owners.
Much of the tech frankly sounds a little
scary. Check this out.
“The naturally aspirated engine produces
in this configuration 331 kW (up from
323 kW) and has 510 Nm (up from 490
Nm) at the peak of its rich, thick torque
curve. Maserati’s Friction Reduction
Program has made the GranCabrio
Sport’s engine react more quickly to driver
demands and cut fuel consumption by six
percent. The top speed of the GranCabrio
Sport is 285 km/h.”
Frankly, a lot of that doesn’t make a great
deal of sense to us. “Rich, thick torque
curve” sounds like something from a
pornographic film and as for a “naturally
aspirated engine,” what the heck is that? A
quick online search for the word aspirated
gives us the following definitions: 1. An
expulsion of breath in speech 2. The act of
breathing in, and our favourite, 3. An object
of such desire; an ambition. So it’s an
engine that speaks to you, breathes and is
an object of desire.
I don’t think this is what the PR monkeys
intended when they wrote the release
but just one look at this engine and you’ll
agree it’s all of these things. What’s more,
when you hear this sex kitten purr you’ll be
standing up and paying attention.
With a sexy beast like this engine under the
hood you definitely need something to keep
the “aspiration” under control, so Maserati
has improved the handling accordingly.
The Skyhook active-suspension system
has been upgraded – now with a more
aggressive tuning – and they have adopted
ventilated and cross drilled dual-cast brake
discs for more powerful braking during
sustained high-speed use.
Visually, the GranCabrio Sport is distinguished
by its rampant sex appeal. This begins at
the GranCabrio’s unique nose with a black
grille and a Trident with red accents. The
headlights are now black with white edges,
while front corner splitters and the redesigned
side skirts are both body coloured. The
GranCabrio Sport also debuts a new body
colour for Maserati: Rosso Trionfale, inspired
by the red Italian national colours used on
1950s racing Maseratis. In 1957, Juan
Manuel Fangio won his п¬Ѓfth F1 World Title at
the wheel of a Maserati 250F in this shade
of red – because as we all know, red cars go
faster. It’s been scientifically proven according
to a guy we met down the pub.
Okay, all this mechanical yabba dabba is a
given when you purchase a car of this calibre,
and you expect it to be packing some highend mechanicals. The thing that sets the
new Maserati GranCabrio (specifically the
GranCabrio Sport) aside is its looks.
It took a lot of history to make this car and it
shows. Attention to detail is what you get with
a Maserati; that and a car that will turn heads
and lift skirts. It’s fitting that the Maserati
logo is a trident because this car – like its
predecessors – is a racy little devil.
Here at M2, we see a lot of concept cars. They always look
either jaw-droppingly sexy or jaw-droppingly mad. They turn
heads and bring huge crowds to the display stands at the auto
shows. They’re innovative and stylish. Design and style coming
together in a great big automotive pash.
hen something
happens. On the
way from the design
studio to the shop
floor, the cars
change and instead
of the wonderful
promise of the concept instead, we get the
bland reality of the jelly mould. Sure, they
might keep a wing mirror or a fuel injections
system or two but the end result more
often than not is a bitter disappointment.
Which was kind of how we felt when
Pagani Automobili revealed their latest
model – the Pagani Huayra. It was a classic
concept car п¬Ѓlled with tasty technological
treats, mad, wonderful design features and
style up the whazoo. We were blown away
by the looks and the specs. But sadly,
just another concept car. Then someone
politely pointed out this isn’t a concept.
This is a production car.
Okay, that’s when we sat up and started
paying serious attention. This is a car we
can actually buy? Not to say the car didn’t
already have our attention – it’s hard to
miss – but now we could see, finally, a car
than delivers all the promise of a concept
car onto the shop floor.
For a start, just look at it.
The PR blah blah that the company has
sent out tells us that this car was designed
“through meticulous attention to detail
that has resulted in a continuous and
exhausting search for proportion and
elegance.” But really, all you need know is
this beast is sexier than Mila Kunis asking
you if you’d like to have a threesome with
Sofia Vergara.
Yes it’s bloody beautiful, but this isn’t style
over performance. The Pagani Huayra is
basically a wing, able to actively change
its angle of attack by changing the height
of the front from the ground and operating
independently of the four flaps placed at
its ends. The result is that the machine
changes its shape from time to time to
ensure the minimum friction coefficient and
the maximum downforce. It’s like a super
model with a heavyweight title.
Now let’s have a look under the hood. The
Pagani Huayra is powered by a 6.0-litre
(5980 cc) Mercedes – AMG V12 Bi-turbo
M158 engine developing more than 700 hp
and 1000Nm of torque. The exact output
п¬Ѓgures of the Pagani Huayra have not been
announced yet.
The engine of Pagani Huayra sends it
power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed
sequential cross. It also has an AMT robotic
transmission system with driving programs.
Robots help you drive, how cool is that?
Just like R2D2 in the X-wing.
State-of-the-art vroom vroom. This means
the Pagani Huayra can reach a top speed
of 370 kilometres per hour and generate
as much as 1.5G of lateral force during
cornering. The estimated 0-100 km/h,
acceleration time of Pagani Huayra is
estimated to be around the 3.3 second mark.
This car isn’t just something that will sit in
your driveway and look sexy. The way it’s
been designed will endure some of the
most extreme conditions in the world. The
turbines are designed to offer an immediate
response to the minimum stress of the
butterfly, giving the driver complete control
over the power at any speed and preventing
unwanted delays in disbursement. The two
radiators on the sides of the mouth anterior
ensure the best cooling efficiency of the
intercooler located above the cylinder head.
This cooling system is designed to operate
in adverse conditions of Death Valley with
temperatures above 50 °C. That’s right
– you can drive this car in Death Valley!
As you can see we’re all a bit gushy and
fan-boy over this car but it’s so rare that
we see something so wonderfully mad that
is actually available to buy. So let’s talk
about price, shall we? Well, the Pagany
Huayra price list hasn’t been announced,
but chances are you won’t get much
change out of $1.8 million. So chances
are – unless you have a very big piggy
bank – you might not be buying one just
yet. However, for us that’s not really the
point. The point is we live in a world where
magnificent creations such as the Pagany
Huayra exist. Some people cry when they
see a beautiful sunset but we believe to
truly know the beauty of the world is to
watch a you-tube clip of this car revving
up in a garage.
Pagani Automobili, we tip our hats to you,
you mad, wonderful bastards.
Tomorrow’s diesel cars
haven’t yet been created.
But we’re thinking about
the fuel they’ll run on.
Introducing new BP Ultimate Diesel. It’s our most advanced diesel fuel yet.
Apple have released the game-changing (like we haven’t heard that
phrase been chucked around a lot lately) next generation iPad. Is it
really? Well, it’s thinner, faster, has two cameras, will retail around the
same price as the original model and it’s lighter. What more do you
want? Fine, it also comes in white. Satisfied now? Maybe the battery
life could’ve been improved and it would been nice to have a larger
screen with corresponding large-scale retina display. But the silly
button problem that locked orientation, that’s been fixed and “2” has
an HDMI-Out, which means you can hook it up to your television
for better presentations or just enjoying that dodgy movie you
have. Oh yeah, it also comes with a cool smart cover that attaches
magnetically to its side... in a range of colours no less. You can’t
forget that this tablet device hasn’t even been in the marketplace for
a year yet. The п¬Ѓrst ever iPad was sold in April 2010. So to have this
category defining product introduce a next generation redesigned
model within such a short period of time is significant. Obviously,
the great masterplan of Apple was to capitalise on the momentum
of their global gizmo, that, and growing feedback regarding a few
shortcomings in the original device, like a camera. However, the
company still deflects its competition. The question is, for how much
longer? Since other technology companies have surged forward
in capturing a slice of the lucrative tablet market. Regardless of the
great “create the next-big-thing race” the iPad deserves its multi
technology awards and iPad 2 is strongly deserving of the mantle of
“game-changing” consumer gadget.
As style defining as the iPod, iPhone and iPad have been,
third party docks have seldom stacked up in terms of their
looks and their sound for that matter. That was until now
however, with Bang & Olufsen’s first entry into speaker
docks, the BeoSound 8. And what an entry it is. As well
as being very good at the technical side of things, Bang
& Olufsen make some jaw-droppingly beautiful products
and this puppy is no exception. Everything might be all
3D these days but the BeoSound 8 pays homage to two
dimensions with flat faced and rear coned shaped speakers
which makes the unit seem as though it is hovering when
attached to a wall. The BeoSound 8 can take iPod, iPhone,
iPad, AUX line-in USB and it can also be networked using
the Apple Airport Express. And in keeping with the unit’s
consideration of aesthetics, it comes available with the
choice of black or white speaker covers and the option to
buy additional speaker covers in a range of other colours
if you feel the desire to colour coordinate. And of course
for the most important point, the sound: quite simply, it
sounds as good as it looks. Sound definition and frequency
response is very good, especially for something of this size.
A very impressive package.
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Casio’s new XJA245 Data Projector packs a lot of punch
for size: 2,500 Ansi Lumens – WXGA, USB and Wireless
all within an A4 sized body weighing only 2.3kg. This
amazing Tardis-like capability means that it slips neatly into
a briefcase and travels with you easily to presentations.
Casio has applied its clever new Laser & LED Hybrid Light
Source to achieve a mercury-free high-brightness projector
which allows for a long light source of around 20,000
hours. This will get you through the entire season of Lost
more than a few times. The longer life of this technology
compared to conventional projectors employing mercury
lamps means that you save money and the time and effort
involved in exchanging lamps, while still maintaining clear,
high-quality images. This projector is evidence that big
things come in small packages.
RRP $2,795
This has to be compared to an iPad, so here we go.
Hardware-wise the Samsung Galaxy Tab is roughly half
the size at seven inches, meaning it’s basically a large
Samsung Galaxy S cellphone. It’s the same width as
the iPad, but obviously lighter. It has two cameras, front
and back (with a flash), a micro SD card slot and also
a sim card slot for phone calls, which the iPad doesn’t
have. Is it better than an iPad? That depends. I like the
bigger size of the iPad, and the Galaxy Tab feels too
small, more like a very large phone. Obviously in terms
of software you’ll be using Android so you’ll be able to
play Flash on the web. The more I play around with the
Galaxy tab the more I wonder about the size they’ve
chosen. It’s just too big to be easily portable, yet too
small to use as a laptop replacement for surfing the
web. The iPad is still the King, but if you like the size of
the Galaxy Tab then this is a great tablet.
RRP $999 cheaper on a phone plan
The Samsung 9 series is the pinnacle of televisions,
and the Samsung LED 9000 3D is just sexy. It’s
crazy thin at 8 millimetres, yes you read right! This
55-inch piece of nirvana has a full stainless steel
frame and comes with everything a television wants
and needs. It has four HDMI ports, including a
USB port to play various multi-media п¬Ѓles directly
from the flash drive or USB HDD. Not only does it
support 3D, it’s able to convert 2D viewing into 3D
in real time. I had my doubts when I was told about
this but the results were actually pretty good. It also
features WiFi connectivity, DLNA-compatible media
streamer, Samsung Apps, Internet television and an
EnergyStar rating of four. But wait there’s more. You
also get a touch screen remote control that can be
used as a second, mini television! Great for watching
one channel and having the cricket in the small
screen to keep up to date. Amazing!
RRP $9,999
The newest smartphone to impress the gadget craving
community had an enthusiastic launch at the World Congress
in Barcelona at the beginning of this year and the reaction
was almost choreographed. All us geeks can tend to be a
little “gadget wary” with new technology launches, but since
mention of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY was speculated,
the anxiety levels of technophiles world-wide effervesced. First
and foremost this is a significant smartphone. As the younger
brother of the impressive Xperia X10 it has the genetic makeup of the extreme handset with all the superior benefits of
Android 2.3 or Gingerbread platform. Then without skipping
a heartbeat, PLAY can slide out it’s neatly housed gaming
control to expose a world of mobile gaming. The game pad
has a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder
buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square
and triangle. This almost had me salivating. Coupled with
snapdragons 1 GHz CPU and embedded super sharp Adreno
GPU graphics, you get super smooth play-back 3D mobile
gaming and web browsing, providing you with a superior
smartphone with the enviable element of immersive gaming.
And when the inclination strikes, you can play any of the
pre-loaded games for up to п¬Ѓve continuous hours. This is a
serious gamers-take-it-anywhere device. The bonus being it’s
from the highly respected Xperia family of smartphones. That
credential alone was enough to blow me away, but then add
the gaming experience and you’ve got a serious game changer
(pun intended). As a footnote it’s also the first PlayStation
Certified device, which is no small feat to be embraced by the
“Daddy” of Global Gaming. Sony Ericsson tell us it will be in the
marketplace in the second quarter of this year and pricing will
be announced around release time as well.
CeBIT 2011
he largest computer
expo in the world
is held annually
in Germany
and is known
to geekdom as
CeBit or Centrum
der BГјro-und
The Hanover
hosted event for the “Centre of Office and
Information Technology” continues to be a
barometer of state-of-the-art information
and technology and although this year’s
was a scaled down expo, more than 4,200
companies from 70 countries still attended.
It’s worth noting that after several years
away, the tech-fest saw the welcome
return of companies like Oracle, HP, Xerox,
Canon, Epson and Siemens Enterprise
Communications. As with CES, which was
held at the start of the year, CeBit echoes
2011 as being the year of the tablet with
some analysts predicting sales of tablet
PCs smashing 50 million units this year.
And so predictably CeBit served up an
overdose of tablets.
But as the keynote theme this year was
“Work and Life With The Cloud” there
was also a focus on smartphones – let’s
face it, no self-respecting technology
event would be without them – as well
as business solutions and applications
for emerging gadgetry, 3D (with and
without glasses), IT security, cloud-based
print technologies, intelligent networking
for health and traffic applications and
sustainable energy for both business and
domestic environments.
There is a chorus of consumer calls for
greater computing power and significant
memory capacity and the cloud is showing
how it is able to facilitate these requests.
As a super trend, entire systems are
able to interact across this technology
landscape from wherever you work.
CeBit was able to highlight examples of
cloud technology in use, covering multi
devices and without noticeable issues
with continuity.
Wireless was also a significant part of CeBit
2011. One company was able to profile a
PC that was wireless for data and power.
This “induction” technology attaches
an antenna underneath a working desk
and a low-powered magnetic п¬Ѓeld
emanating from the device is then able to
continuously power it. As the magnetic
п¬Ѓeld is so low there is no detectable
reaction or harm to the user.
Tobii was at the show this year
demonstrating their “Eye Tracking”
prototype for the wider market. Using
your eyes to manipulate the mouse
cursor of your computer had enormous
potential for supermarkets to monitor what
shoppers were “noticing.” They could then
manipulate the eye-appeal of a product by
making the packaging more attractive or by
placing it in a better position on the shelves.
This was a show for technology players and
consumers both large and small and it was
good to see a broad spectrum of ideas and
applications being demonstrated. The expo is
another encouraging example of the positive
influence technology innovation can have on
our lives and how creative application can
have a more efficient influence on our goals
for premium productivity.
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list directly from your phone, and you can easily switch between audio and
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Price: Free
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There are plenty of messaging apps available but this one has to be
one of the best – Handcent is a fully customisable message app, with
hundreds of themes available, a built in spell checker, a built in blacklist
to block unwanted messages, security lock options, and customisable
notifications for different friends.
Price: Free
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taste, п¬Ѓnd new music to listen to, and make your own playlists from the 8
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Two of a man’s most prized possessions are his smartphone and his remote
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Lower back pain is said to be the most prevalent and most expensive to
manage musculoskeletal condition in our society today. The latest ACC
New Zealand statistics have shown that about 25 percent of work injuries
are related to back pain conditions and that a whopping $130 million has
been spent on treating them. Joyce Ramos, a trainer at Concept 10 10,
discusses how some prescribed cures can actually make the problem
worse, and how Concept 10 10 may be a better solution.
ost people who
suffer from
lower back
pain cannot be
given a specific
diagnosis and
are said to be
suffering from
idiopathic lower back pain or non-specific
lower back pain. This arises from ageing
and is affected by occupation, genetics,
and personal behaviour. The degeneration
of the inter-vertebral
disc and muscle atrophy
are the two most
recognised causes of
lower back pain.
The inter-vertebral
discs contain a gel-like
substance to resist
compression and
absorb shock caused
by everyday movement.
However, the scary thing is that at 11 to
16 years, the inter-vertebral disc starts
to degenerate, reducing their ability to
absorb shock. So if excessive loading on a
degenerated disc is applied, damage can
occur, resulting in lower back pain.
Unfortunately, our abdominal and back
muscles lose strength as we age. So
often, exercises will be prescribed to
activate particular muscles to develop and
maintain the strength to stabilise the lower
back and reduce pain. However, there is a
concern over different styles of abdominal
exercises currently practiced. Studies have
shown that abdominal exercises such as
longlaying, hooklaying, and bench curl
ups, which are all performed while lying on
the ground and involve the flexing of hips
and knees in different positions, result in
an increased load placed on the lumbar
spine, worsening back pain.
Also, most lower back exercises practiced in
different п¬Ѓtness facilities today, such as trunk
lifts and leg lifts, which are either done on a
bench or a Swiss ball, are usually found by
most people to be too difficult. These types
of exercises don’t allow people to isolate
lower back muscles, as the exercise position
allows the buttocks and thigh muscles to
contribute to the movement.
Concept 10 10 has now brought the
solution to New Zealand as part of a full
body п¬Ѓtness regime. The revolutionary
MedX equipment and
the specialised training
methods used by
Concept 10 10 have been
developed over 25 years
of medical research. The
lower back and abdominal
machines are designed
to have you in a sitting
position more appropriate
and comfortable for most
people, especially the elderly. The lower
back machine prevents the activation and
movement of the thighs, and lower leg
muscles, allowing the targeted muscles
to be activated. This allows a greater
increase in strength of the lower back
muscle to stabilise the lumbar spine. The
abdominal machine is designed to allow
a short range of motion to prevent the
hip flexors from activating, enhancing the
isolation of the abdominal muscles. The
machines are designed to allow slow flexion
and extension movements of the trunk,
enabling a greater force to be exerted by
the targeted muscles and also decreasing
the chance of the lumbar vertebrae from
jarring, which prevents the inter-vertebral
disc from wear and tear. The result – a
stronger, more supported back.
Concept 10 10 is located at 9 Morgan st, Newmarket,
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In some countries,
the amount of your
speeding ticket is
based on how much
money you make.
In Finland, a man
who had an annual
income of $7 million
was issued a speeding
ticket for $116,000.
Scientists began experimenting
with micro “waves” at the end
of WWII using “magnetrons.”
Percy Spencer happened to
stroll through with a chocolate
bar in his pocket and noticed
that it had melted. He thought
he might be able to use the
magnetron to cook food, which
lead to the “Microwave” oven.
18 percent of adults
are afraid to ride
in a car with their
Saturday mail delivery in
Canada was eliminated
on 1 February 1969.
Great grandmother
Lillian Lowe has laid
claim that she is the
world’s oldest Facebook
user. Lowe turned
103 last year – and
she updates her status
from…her iPad.
In ancient England, a person could not have sex unless they had
consent from the King. When anyone wanted to have a baby, they
got consent from the King, and he would give them a placard,
which they hung on their door while they were “in action.”
The placard read, “Fornication Under Consent (of the) King.”
For some beer
commercials, they add
liquid detergent to the beer
to make it foam more.
Over 2,500 left-handed people a year are killed from
using products made for right-handed people. The word
“left” in Latin means “sinister” and “right” is “dexter.”
Therefore, ambidextrous simply means “both right.”
$145 million
is made
from mobile
services daily.
It takes about 48 hours for your
body to completely digest the
food from one meal.
25 percent of
women think
money makes
a man sexier.
The Sun produces so much
energy, that every second the
core releases the equivalent of
100 billion nuclear bombs.
The most famous decorated Easter eggs
were made by the well-known goldsmith,
Peter Carl FabergГ©. In 1883, the Russian
Czar, Alexander, commissioned FabergГ©
to make a special Easter gift for his wife,
the Empress Marie. It had an outside shell
of platinum and enameled white, which
opened to reveal a smaller gold egg. This
opened to display a golden chicken and
a jewelled replica of the Imperial crown.
Only 57 “Fabergé” eggs were made.
Two-thirds of
the people in the
world have never
made a phone call.
The dot over
the letter “i” is
called a tittle.
You could
theoretically lose
weight eating
celery since
it takes more
calories to digest
celery than are
contained in
the vegetable.
The human
brain is much
more active
at night than
during the day.
The first tie was
worn in Croatia.
The most
wedding in the
world was held
in Dubai, and
cost around
NZ $48 million.
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