Category Archives: Lifestyle

Over the last few months, I have been actively involved in several design projects. As an artist, I feel it is part of my DNA to immerse myself in creative activities. For example, writing about horology inspired me to develop my own ideas. Back in the 1980’s when I was studying for my degree in Illustration there wasn’t the vast array of digital devices available. Essentially this meant there wasn’t access to other nationwide artist’s work (never mind on an international level). These day’s social media portals like LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram etc. deliver this content instantaneously. That avoids complacency as a designer and provide constant resources in my capacity as a writer/author. » Read more

Approximately 20-years ago whilst living in the UK I worked as a salesman in the print industry. At the time I saw sales as merely a source of generating finances to purchase properties. However, on reflection, this experience was much more valuable than I appreciated at the time. Essentially it gave me the opportunity to meet owners of success business and key players in the public sector. One great example that instantly comes to mind is a visit to Wedgewood factory in Stoke-on-Trent. I vividly remember a senior manager escorting me to a large empty warehouse and looking amused at the expression on my face. It took a few minutes for the penny to drop but then I realised they were no longer a manufacturer. In fact, the majority of their fine pottery products were now produced in China. » Read more

Becoming a father at the ripe old age of 42 is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Even though there is a huge age gap between myself and son we still connect very well. Ultimately this is because he is very interested in design, sports, and fitness. I am also a person who has embraced new technology and that is crucial to my job. The digital environment we live in today is completely different to what encountered as a child. However, I still feel that basic skills are relevant and shouldn’t be undervalued. That is why I still hand sketch a lot of concepts on paper using pencils, pens, and rulers.

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Like many people I fascinated with the astronomy and in particular stargazing. It is hard to conceive that (via powerful telescopes) we can see planets that are billions of light years away. Due to the sheer scale of the universe (which is still an unknown quantity), many of the visible stars don’t exist anymore. In fact, the beautiful picture we see in the sky is ultimately a snapshot of the past. This poses the question about life forms on different planets and how we can possibly estimate the probability. Literally, there are over a 100 billion galaxies (presently observable). Therefore, in the scheme of things we really are just minuscule grain in a vast desert of sand. However, on planet earth, we all have our personal challenges to overcome. » Read more

A few days ago I watched one of my favourite TV programmes called ‘Grand Designs’. This incredibly entertaining show originally started in the UK but has now been franchised in Australia and presented by renowned architect Peter Maddison. In this particular episode (that aired in 2009) an entrepreneur had ambitious plans to build a contemporary masterpiece in the prestigious Sydney suburb of Cottage Point. Even though he created a phenomenal home for his family he couldn’t afford to reside there. Therefore, the outcome was bitter-sweet and a few years later the property sold for less than the actual build cost. This tale illustrates how crucial it is to have sufficient finances (from the outset) to realise your dreams. Fortunately, the owners of a magnificent residence (called Red Rocks) in Phoenix, Arizona didn’t have these issues. » Read more

On rare occasions (time permitting) I love to visit my local library and leisurely flick through the pages of ‘Men’s Health Magazine’. Even though this publication does have articles about bodybuilding it also enough diverse content to satisfy a broader demographic. For example, they have a strong focus on general nutrition and in particularly healthy food. To a large extent I mainly eat a non-processed diet and at a ripe old age of 50 feel better than ever. However, this doesn’t stop me from drinking alcohol (in moderation) and succumbing to indulgences like dark chocolate. In fact, the latter was the subject of my last book, which hopefully will be released in early 2019. » Read more

In the last 6 years (since moving to Australia) I have really come to appreciate the most important things in life. As a father and a husband, the key priority is ensuring my families general well being. Ultimately this means purchasing reliable safe cars and a dependable security system. Like most people, we have smoke detectors installed and a decent enough burglar alarm. We also have a private intercom with an integrated camera. However, in the modern world sometimes these precautionary measures are still not enough. That is why I was intrigued to learn about the Arlo Pro 2 from Netgear. » Read more

Presently I have been collaborating with some very talented craftsman on a series of design projects. One great example is a bespoke watch concept platform called Paolo Mathai, which is named after my 8-years old son. So far (with an enormous amount of help) I have created 3 unique Swiss mechanical timepieces with another 3 in the pipeline. This creative experience has had a profound effect on the way I write because of the challenges involved. If you are a micro brand trying to break into a competitive industry (dominated by Swatch, LVMH, and Richemont) finances are normally a major consideration. However, despite all these obstacles Égard Watch Company has attracted a huge loyal following. » Read more