My response to this, when I finally processed the information last week, was the reflex American gesture of buying more stuff. Like those spreads in Real Simple magazine, which urge consumers to declutter by ordering a lot of bins and containers, the plastic bag ban is a solid opportunity to shop while feeling virtuous. I could, at this stage, give you chapter and verse on the relative merits of foldable canvas versus stiff-sided reusable bags, plus the freezer bag option, and I’m on the fence about wheels. Anyway, I’m excited about a bunch of bags with cool patterns being delivered to my house on Friday. … [Read more...] about Is there anything more Un-American than New York’s plastic bag ban?
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Around the same time that Redzepi founded Mad, Meyer, who sold his majority stake in Noma in 2013, began testing New Nordic principles far beyond Scandinavia. After mapping the countries of the world on metrics such as economic development, crime rates and biodiversity, Meyer decided to open a restaurant called Gustu in Bolivia’s capital, La Paz, with another talented young Danish chef, Kamilla Seidler, at the helm. Seidler and her team used Bolivia’s fauna and flora to create the restaurant’s idiosyncratic cuisine – llama tartare, alligator escabeche and a lot of quinoa – and brought the restaurant on to the foodie radar. But more importantly, she completed the restaurant’s primary objective: training the restaurant’s Bolivian staff so she could leave Gustu in their hands. … [Read more...] about What Noma did next: how the ‘New Nordic’ is reshaping the food world
As natural as breathing, eating and sleeping. Let’s get real, let’s get walking — but, please, let’s tackle the ticking timebomb that is diabetes in a sensible way that doesn’t reward people for taking responsibility for their own wellbeing. … [Read more...] about The Femail Face-off: As doctors trial a new incentive scheme… Should we bribe the fat to get fit?
The bill also creates new offences that only apply to current and former intelligence operatives and contractors in a move which appeared to directly address the risk of documentary disclosures being made following revelations by the US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden – whom Brandis has previously labelled a “traitor”. … [Read more...] about Journalists will face jail over spy leaks under new security laws
In the same boat, most women would leap out of bed and proceed with their day, pushing their anxiety to the back of their minds, like old yoghurt to the back of the fridge. They would count their blessings (oh, to be newly in love at 46) and, perhaps, load the washing machine with extra fierceness. At most, they might confide in a friend. Not Wolf, though. Off she hopped, first to her gynaecologist, and thence to New York's "top nerve man", who told her that she had a mild form of spina bifida, as a result of which her wonky spinal column was compressing the branch of her pelvic nerve that ends in the vaginal canal. Soon after, her doctor performed successful surgery on Wolf's vertebrae, fusing them in order to release pressure on the nerve. And soon after that she was back to her orgasmic best: "I began again, after lovemaking, to experience the sense of heightened interconnectedness, which Romantic poets and painters called 'the Sublime'." … [Read more...] about Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf – review