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Bosco Verticale: A High- Rise City Forest Development

19 November 2021 | Life-Style

A what? What’s a forest apartment? Inner City? How do you grow forests on a building? You mean climbing plants, not forests? The mind boggles and being a person always attracted to creative, boggling minds I had to check this one out.

I came across the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) concept in the work of architects from the Boeri Studios. (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra) They have built a pair of inner city apartment towers in Milan in an area being rehabilitated. The smallest tower has 18 floors, 76 metres tall and the largest 26 floors and 110 metres high.

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50 Faces: 50 Lives: Jan Wild

Instagram ‘s a funny thing. As I scrolled and liked my way through the day’s posts I came across Retiring_Not_Shy and smiled. Clever. Funny. A woman who models my kind of clothes. Months pass and I post a shout-out for people to be interviewed for my book 50 Faces: 50…

16 August 2021 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

50 Faces: 50 Lives One in A Million: Max Primmer

This week I met a remarkable man. Let me set the scene. It’s my first interview in over a year for my Ageing Well book. For the past year a Covid world made meeting people a risky business. So today I’m as excited as a kid at Christmas as I…

26 March 2021 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

Petrus Spronk: 50 Faces 50 Lives

I published this article after an interview with Petrus Spronk in November 2019..it seems like light years ago! It was one of the highlights of the research for my book and I’ll never forget encountering the creative mind in all its purity and the outstanding talent of this great artist….

19 February 2021 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

Arts


The House of Gucci Shines

The perfect film for the holiday season has just hit the big screen.  House of Gucci directed by Ridley Scott is delightful, beautiful to look at and with a story that is gently intriguing. It’s a film that demands little emotional  energy from the viewer. Just sit back, relax and…

2 January 2022 | Arts

These Are a Few of My Favourite…………….books, programs and distractions in 2021

Ok….. Some questions for you…… What are the books you read this year that you enjoyed? What are the memorable TV programs, films or streamed programming?  What music/ podcasts/ courses did you enjoy in 2021 Summer is my favourite time to catch up on ” distractions.” As the mid-day heat…

15 December 2021 | Arts

Linda McCartney Retrospective: Photo Exhibition

I do like a great photo! Cartier- Bresson, Richard Avedon, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Annie Liebowitz, Diane Arbus….wonderful! Art exhibitions have been severely affected by the restrictions of this Covid year but in the midst of the chaos, Ballarat Art Gallery in regional Victoria managed to open its doors to…

19 November 2021 | Arts

Life-Style


Over the Sea to Skye…..

” Perch where the wind comes at you full-force. Let it blow you apart till your feathers fly and you look like hell. Then abandon yourself. The wind is not your enemy, Nothing in life is. Go where the wind takes you- backwards- higher, lower. The wind to carry you…

9 June 2022 | Life-Style

Gordon Ramsay Rocks!

Let me set the scene. Lesley and I returned from a L_O_N_G  5 – day trip through the Scottish Highlands late last night. The days started early and the schedule was strenuous, so we agreed to have a couple of days to ourselves before leaving for Inverness. And it’s raining…..

17 May 2022 | Life-Style

Wandering in Yorkshire

” What will my ventures entail, as I begin on this unknown trail, even through the rain and clouds, nature’s beauty still shines proud. The vivid greens and ice-cold streams is what true beauty means.”  (The Yorkshire Dales by Gemma Alexander) My obsession with TV programs like All Creatures Great…

6 May 2022 | Life-Style

Living Well


Fear of Travel and How to Travel with Fear

On the day Qantas re-opened International flights after 2 years of Covid, I faced a major dilemma. My shower kept blocking up. I could fix it with one of those rubber suction squashy things, but I knew that I should probably call the plumber. Then there’s the dodgy drain-pipe that…

7 June 2022 | Living Well

Successful Weight Loss and Fitness: A conversation over coffee with Maggie Townshend

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? A Forbes magazine article from 2019 reports that after one week 25% of people have given up their resolutions and after 6 months only 46% of people are keeping their resolutions. And guess what?……. 80% of new year resolutions were about losing weight…

3 February 2022 | Living Well

This Christmas I wish you………

Dear Viva70 Readers It’s been nearly 3 years since a glimmer in my eye and a half – baked idea about a magazine for the over 50’s bounced into my consciousness. ” What if…..?” are two of the most powerful words in our language.  When imagination and passion meet, they…

15 December 2021 | Living Well