Extra Virgin October 2009
Editorial

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Matthew Freemantle

I am not what you would describe as a physical machine. My dad was, which makes it worse. Its like Apple following the iPhone with the release of two tin cups attached by a long piece of string. He was built like Hercules. I am built like Billy Elliott.

That’s not entirely true. I am fitter than most and do work out occasionally. I have even been known to go to gym. Recently I spent five months frequenting an outside gym where I would do pull ups while passers by looked on. I liked to think they had their phones out to take pictures. The reality was probably that they felt they should be ready to call the ambulance.

I got fit. Or, I got fitter. That made me drink more water and eat more vegetables. I drank less alcohol and, oddly, watched less television. I read and played tennis and walked over bridges smiling at people. In short, I improved. Working out and being fit made me happier. It seemed simple...

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Travel

Not So Fun Runs - Arthur Christopher

There is endurance racing, there is foolish endurance racing and then there is this: Our list of the five most ludicrously gruelling races on our planet. This is not for the faint hearted, its for the faintly insane.

The Race Across America...

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Travel

Making a Scene - Arthur Christopher

Hollywood does Blood, Sweat and Tears on screen better than anyone. From Stallone to Van Damme to De Niro, we remember some of the best - and cheesiest - scenes that get the blood pumping.

You wouldn't have thought five minutes of a man running around in a grey tracksuit would make such compelling viewing, but when it's Rocky Balboa in the tracksuit and the soundtrack is Eye of The Tiger, we'll put up with almost anything...

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Money

Is 2010 Recession Proof? - David Mayfield

There are a few of us for whom the date 2010 and the word money bring to mind Paris Hilton. She is set to star in a film titled The Money next year as, god help us, herself. But the rest of us will think about the soccer world cup, and whether the economic downturn will spoil the party. David Mayfield finds reason for optimism...

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Environment

Pegging Down Climate’s Big Number - Leonie Joubert

Leonie Joubert sat down to an early morning coffee with journalist-turned-activist Bill McKibben ahead of International Day of Climate Action on October 24 to talk about saving the world. As you do.

We're meeting in Kalk Bay, near Cape Town. It is very early and I’m working my way through a second coffee. “The biggest single task for our society, for the next forty years, is the rapid transition away from fossil fuels towards something else,”...

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My Space- Janice Anderssen

Haring after the latest fashions can be a goose chase that can cost not just a fortune but also your chances of a home you truly love, says Janice Anderssen. Rule number one: Lose the rulebook.

I don’t give a hoot what everyone else is doing, whether that’s shopping for the latest designer lounge suites, choosing expensive art for the walls or dressing up windows...

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