DOUBLE UNDERS

If the last time you touched a jump rope was in grade school, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. A trusted training method for boxers like Muhammed Ali, jumping rope improves stamina and conditioning while building speed and agility. But even if you’re coordinated and fit, there’s a learning curve to mastering any new movement. Plenty of CrossFit devotees and jump rope lovers struggle with double unders (two rotations of the jump rope per jump), a skill featured in several WODS. And since messing up means literally whipping oneself with the rope, practicing can become frustrating fast.  “There’s kind … Continue reading DOUBLE UNDERS

LIGHT ALE

The final decades of the 20th century weren’t kind to Britain’s bottled beer styles. The popularity of old pub staples, Brown Ale and Light Ale, declined dramatically as their drinkers grew old and died. In the middle of the century, it was a very different story. Light Ale, buoyed by the surge in sales of bottled beer, was a rising star of the pub trade. The dubious quality of much draft beer prompted drinkers to start mixing it with bottled beer. Light and Bitter—a half-pint of Ordinary Bitter topped up with a bottle of Light Ale—was one of London’s favorite … Continue reading LIGHT ALE

SHOOTING PORTRAITS

Settings and equipment to use for portraits: Lens – to flatter your subject use a short telephoto lens. Tripod – use one when you and the subject aren’t moving. Remote trigger or cable release- use one! Shoot in Manual mode. ISO – low like 100-400 if possible, higher if a faster shutter speed is needed. Focus mode – autofocus, set it to a single point and use back button focus. Drive mode – single shot. Aperture – between f/2 and f/4 for a single subject (get the background out of focus) or f/5.6-f/8 for groups. Shutter speed – at least 1/200th … Continue reading SHOOTING PORTRAITS

STORM TOURBO X

The Limited Edition Tourbo-X is the first ever Tourbillon watch from STORM, a feat of mechanical engineering. This Limited Edition timepiece features the triple axis Tourbillon automatic movement. Each intricate movement is made individually by hand, creating a timepiece more accurate than an ordinary automatic, as the rotating tourbillon cage negates the effect of gravity on the escapement. Sapphire crystal glass front and back ensures the movement is perfectly protected from scratches.  The Tourbo-X features a see through case back and contemporary 3D Roman numeral dial with semi transparent back, allowing you to see the movement underneath in more detail.  … Continue reading STORM TOURBO X

BÖKAN ROOFTOP BAR

Bōkan 38 Bar & 39 Rooftop, Canary Wharf Get past its uninspiring Canary Wharf location and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Bōkan, a three-storey restaurant and bar at the top of the Novotel. With Mad Men-style, mid-century-modern furniture, exposed industrial fixtures on the ceiling, and warm, statement lighting, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to stay inside. But on a glorious summer’s day, Bōkan’s terrace is the place to be for an after-work drink, a Saturday brunch and live jazz on Sundays – all served up alongside breathtaking views of London. Address: 40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, London E14 9TP Telephone: +44 20 3530 0550 Website: bokanlondon.co.uk Continue reading BÖKAN ROOFTOP BAR

THE DAIQUIRI

Don’t get out the blender. For a Daiquiri, you won’t need it. Though the Daiquiri is most often seen in slushie form, often injected with strawberry flavoring, it’s really a simple cocktail. There are three ingredients: white rum (although some prefer it with dark), sugar, and lime, shaken over ice and then strained into a chilled cocktail glass straight up. All the ingredients are of tropical decent, so it’s fair to categorize the Daiquiri as a drink best served under palm leaves. But with sugar, rum for earthy sweetness, and fresh lime juice for tart counterbalance, it’s always good, in … Continue reading THE DAIQUIRI