nokia lumia 2520

Work and play with the Nokia Lumia 2520

Want something for work and for play, and you don’t quite have bone structure for a mullet? Try the Nokia Lumia 2520 instead.

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Essence of elephants by 2013 Greg du Toit: Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Grand title winner

The search for the next Wildlife Photographer of the Year begins

Essence of elephants by 2013 Greg du Toit: Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Grand title winner

Essence of elephants by 2013 Greg du Toit: Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Grand title winner

From displays of extraordinary animal behaviour to unexpected views of nature, the hunt is on for the planet’s best wildlife images for the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.

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Cutty Sark

A bygone age of speed with style on the Cutty Sark

There’s a certain type of poetry when beautiful form matches excellent performance, and it becomes even more special when it’s wrapped up in an engineering feat of teak over an iron frame and miles of rigging. The Cutty Sark was designed to be fast, and to carry tea. And to see it now there’s an echo of the romance of a bygone age.

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Hayden Smith's favourite spot to write

Artist interview: Hayden Smith: ‘I believe artists are the voices of society’

Hayden Smith is a copywriter, poet and author, who’s currently working on lifestyle magazine CHAZ

Hayden Smith's favourite spot to write

Hayden Smith: My favourite spot to write is the mouth of the creek at Deukmejian Wilderness Park

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Hayden Smith, I’m a copywriter, poet, and author.

Why do you do what you do?

I write because I love it. I mean  truly, deeply love it. It’s provided me with a certain inexplicable freedom that I cannot live without. It’s been this way ever since my first journal in grade school.

What’s your background?

I’m a first generation American. My dad is from Trinidad and my mom is front St. Lucia.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

Inspiration.

What role does the artist have in society?

I believe artists are the voices of society. I think that speaks for itself, no pun intended.

What art do you most identify with?

Visual art, because I’m  a visual learner. That includes music by the way, because music is visual to me. I see every note, every story painted by each lyric and each rhythm.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

The first time I ever watched Star Wars.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

In 2009 I once woke up in last night’s clothes in the middle of summer, after too much vodka and too many cigarettes with two good friends.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I worked at Godiva Chocolatier, Hot Topic, and I was a security guard at a museum for a while, ha.

Why art?

I never had any other choice, art chose me.

Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

I tend to spend a lot of time in seclusion when I’m deep into my work. I’ve noticed that most artists do. To counteract it I try to maintain a healthy social life. Going out with friends, dating, that sort of thing.

What do you dislike about the art world?

The elitism.

What is your dream project?

CHAZ Magazine, a lifestyle mag I’m currently working on!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

My dad once said “sometimes it’s not what you do that counts, it’s what you don’t do.”

Follow Hayden on his Facebook page and check out his books.

#TheHamsterStunt

#TheHamsterStunt – Hamster takes on 15-tonne truck challenge and wins!

The Hamster Stunt sees a hamster take on the challenge of steering a 15-tonne truck up a Spanish quarry with the help of just a cage and a carrot – the carrot (and pedal work) provided by a person.

The stunt is the latest in Volvo’s range of adventure films that has made a virtue out of their image of reliability and strength. And it’s been quite a turn around, if The Hamster Stunt is anything to go by.

The whole idea is to show that even a hamster could manoeuvre something so big through a course that was so perilous using Volvo Dynamic Steering.

Just for comparison, the hamster is just 175 grams – you do the math!

And how much more fun is it to see a stunt hamster (called Charlie, by the way) take on the challenge in film, than just to be told ‘at low speeds, a heavily laden vehicle is so easy to manoeuvre that it can be steered with just one finger. When driving on the highway, this dynamic steering system offers unbeatable directional stability’.

The dramatisation of the technical innovations of Volvo Trucks is part of its live-test strategy, and #TheHamsterStunt was shot in a closed-off quarry at Los Tres Cunados, Spain, and was directed by Jamie Rafn, known for his one-take spot ‘Walk’.

And indeed #TheHamsterStunt went live one year after the launch of viral film ‘The Ballerina Stunt’, when slackliner Faith Dickey balances between two trucks driving on a motorway. And it then there’s the more recent #TheHook, when Claes Nilsson balances on the front panel of a Volvo truck as it dangles 20 meters above the ground.

“More films are on the way this autumn that show our trucks undergoing tests in conditions that are unusual, to say the least,” reveals Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks.

Our films reveal the technical innovations of our new truck models in a unique way. There will be more spectacular tests on film in the future.”

Watch the film to enjoy the hamster capers, and click through for more of the films and to follow Volvo’s Facebook for the other films that are on the way.

Patrick Dempsey at Le Mans

Heart-throb actor focuses on Le Mans role

There’s a long tradition of actors at Le Mans, and heart throb Patrick Dempsey (him from Grey’s Anatomy) seems the real deal – especially when it comes down to preparation.

Patrick and his other Porsche Motorsport team mates have taken getting ready for the world’s most famous 24-hour endurance motor race to the extreme at their secluded French chateau.

Watch the video to see how extreme this preparation can get.

But then, Patrick is rather taken with driving for Porsche at Le Mans.

“Everything is magic about Le Mans. The history, how the track has evolved, and the drivers who have raced here, all of that really means something to me,” he said.

“It’s a tremendous honour driving for Porsche with their history at Le Mans… and a little bit of pressure.”

It’s not the first time Patrick has taken part in the race.

“We started working on coming back before we even left Le Mans in 2009,” he said.

“It is just very difficult, so many factors, so many moving parts, it almost takes more than a year’s worth of planning to race at Le Mans in any given year. We worked constantly to get back and enough came together to make it back this year. In some ways it felt like we were gone for so long but in other ways, with the constant work by Joe and everyone, it seems like we made it back when were ready, and on schedule.  Just getting to Le Mans is an amazing feat alone, before you even run the race.”

Hence the intense preparation, but is the Hollywood heartthrob just eye candy? Apparently not according to team mate Patrick Long: “Patrick has a lot of energy and he trains hard at the sport. A lot of times people assume that a Hollywood actor is going to come in and sort of look the part, play the part and then go home, but Patrick is a real competitor, he loves the sport.”

And as other driver on the team Joe Foster says: “The struggles we had to get back to Le Mans after four years have actually helped Patrick become a better driver. The behind the scenes effort we have put in to finally get back to Le Mans has been very motivational for Patrick.”

The Porsche Motorsports team seems very together – take a look at the film to see just how together they are, and click through for more of them at Le Mans.

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