A few years ago (well before emigrating to Australia) I went on a fantastic Scandinavian cruise with my family. Even though the trip only lasted a week we visited famous cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg in Russia. However, because of visa restrictions and the age of my son I was unable to depart the vessel to visit the historic Hermitage museum. Another minor disappointment was that last moment Oslo was removed from the itinerary because of events that were happening in Norway at the time.

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Since initiating contact with Frank Heydrich about a few years ago I have become more and more interested in the unique qualities of Meteorite. I have also been amazed at how many other watchmakers share my views. In a previous article entitled ‘Meteorite Watches’ I featured five really well respected watchmakers. The editorial included Frank’s No.50 Hypershark, Louis Moinet’s Tourbillon Watch, Antoine Preziuso’s Tourbillon T 21 Munionalusta (with a case constructed from Meteorite), RJ Romain Jerome 1969 Heavy Metal Meteorite and BLU Open Planet-Meteorite. Other brands like Corum, Arnold & Son, Jaquet Droz and Rolex have also used this organic material to good effect. » Read more

With so many bloggers and diet websites emerging the advice massively seems to vary on a weekly basis. The internet is a minefield of conflicting information and literally anyone can become a food guru (regardless of qualifications and expertise). However, most people would agree that eliminating processed food can achieve profound effects. I am living testament to that theory because my weight (over 2 years) dropped 24kg and my resting heart rate is around 42.

A few years ago I got diagnosed with Coeliac disease and therefore had to radically change my diet. Initially, I ate gluten free alternatives (bread, pasta etc.) but found these products contained less fibre and more sugar. Therefore, I replaced these with healthier alternatives like nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit. In fact, nowadays I eat a huge paleo type (grain free) breakfast that fuels me for the whole day. This was really the catalyst for this article because I wanted to showcase some exceptional hand crafted granola’s available on the market. Here are five micro brands that I would highly recommend. » Read more

I have never been a massive drinker and only indulge on special occasions with friends. Even before I was diagnosed with coeliac disease I decided to cut out beer. Over the last few years I have gravitated towards wine and particular the rich red variety. Certainly living in South Australia there is an abundance of superb world class winemakers. However, even this beverage (which is absolutely delicious) sometimes can sit heavy. That is why a spirit like gin appeals to me.

Presently the craft gin industry is experiencing a renaissance period and the demographic has vastly changed. This is because distillers are producing a purer (chemical free) product infused with native botanicals. The flavour profiles are delicate and in my opinion very sophisticated. That is why you are more likely to see a cool 20-year old hipster drinking this sublime beverage (in a trendy bar) rather than a someone in their twilight years. Here are six amazing gins that I would highly recommend trying. » Read more