55th Year for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year

A Weddell seal appears to be in a deep sleep. Lying on fast ice (ice attached to land) off Larsen Harbour, South Georgia, it was relatively safe from its predators – killer whales and leopard seals – and so could relax and digest. Weddell seals reach lengths of up to 3.5 metres–with the females larger than the males , their bodies are covered in a layer of blubber to keep them warm above and below the icy waters of the Southern Ocean. (Black and white category). Photograph: Ralf Sch...

BOOK REVIEW - 'The Testaments' by Margaret Atwood

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2019In this electrifying sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the question that has tantalised readers for decades: What happened to Offred? Review by Ben Hunter, Booktopia

Antler Viva Luggage Range

Hard recessed lines merge with high gloss to form a visually impressive hard case. Twin V's like those in the word VIVA, provide the reasoning behind the product's name. Taking inspiration from futuristic steel framed buildings, Viva is the perfect choice for travellers looking for a cutting-edge hardcase that sets new standards in visual chemistry. This feature packed case used light to full effect to create a metallic-esque optical illustion that is truly out-of-this-world.Visit

A Legend Beneath White Sails

Built by Wall Street millionaires in the 1930s, SeaCloud celebrates its 90th birthday next year. SeaCloud II was built more recently with all the style of the original ship but the technical features of a modern ship. SeaCloud offer a range of departures from port-to-port journeys in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, to actual sailing adventures across the Atlantic ... something to suit anyone. Contact us now for advice on these incredibly beautiful and unique departures.

A Journey Across Rajasthan

After a recent adventure to the subcontinent, Tim Grey shares his impressions of the princely state of Rajasthan, its elusive leopards and fragrant spice-infused samosas.We’ve been in the back of the jeep for about an hour when the sun crawls down the sides of the globular granite hills and sinks into Jawai Bandh dam. Tiny islands of lavender stone float out across it, and scrubby trees rise up from the waters. A lone fishing boat paddles slowly homeward. This, so we’re told...

Beauty & the Beasts - An East Africa Safari with A&K

Losing her heart on the savannah, Susan Bredow marvels at all East Africa has to offer.It’s taking some time to find a suitable picnic spot for lunch. Three lionesses lying low through the midday heat are in the first chosen place beside a small pond.We let them be and drive on until our guide stops in the shade of a balanite tree. He’s looking up for some time before he unpacks.“I set up one day with the table laid and everything ready when a guest not...

Make Your Mind A Better Place with these 5 upgrades

We all want to make the world a better place, but have you ever considered starting with your own mind? Make your mind a better place.Our minds are incredibly powerful! In fact, all of creation starts with an urge, followed by a thought; the quality of that thought will determine whether you take action on the creative urge. The way we think is a habit.  We shut down a lot of possibilities due to the WAY we think. If you are used to being concerned, much of your thinking with refl...

Testing of the new Porsche Taycan

In Scandinavia, just a few kilometres away from the Arctic Circle, it is proving its potential in terms of driving dynamics on snow and ice. At the same time, Porsche engineers are taking advantage of the summer in the Southern Hemisphere. In South Africa, they are conducting performance tests, as well as final adjustments in terms of continuous performance and reproducibility. In Dubai they are carrying out hot-climate endurance runs and testing battery charging under extreme conditions. The...

The Bight, where hundreds of whales gather from Jun-Oct

By Craig Haslam.From June to October each year, Southern Right Whales gather at the beautiful Head of Bight on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. It's renowned as one of Australia’s most spectacular whale watching destinations. With the awe inspiring Bunda Cliffs as its backdrop, the Head of Bight offers a unique opportunity to view up to 170 Southern Right Whales as they frolic in the waters below."Winter might be upon us in South Australia bu...

Flavours of Wakatobi

A number of things can transform a good vacation into an exceptional experience. And one of these is food. A feast for the sensesIt’s been said that a good meal is a feast for both the tongue and the eyes. That being the case, the first visual appetiser presented to you is the Restaurant itself. From bungalows and villas, you follow sand pathways through a coconut grove to the restaurant. Often, you are met with the tangy scents of Indonesian spices and the savoury aromas of f...

Symphony Violinist Who Orchestrates Alien Night-Animal Images

Tan is a violinist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and between concert seasons, leaves his prized antique Italian violin at home to explore the Pacific. Tan will be speaking at this years Underwater Tour from 9 - 14 May, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth A world previously exclusive to scientific academia, if you've seen everything and dived everywhere, William’s images are guaranteed to pique your curiosity and have you wanting to set out on new ad...

Birds of God in the Heart of Paradise

"The people told us that those birds came from the terrestrial paradise, and they call them bolon diuata, that is to say, 'birds of God'" Antonio Pigafetta (c. 1491 – c. 1531)In the absence of natural predators, Birds of Paradise have evolved elaborate plumage and displays that correlate with males’ sexual prowess and fertility. It’s the undercurrent of an evolutionarily stable strategy, that’s to say a way to ensure populations remain balanced perfectly at carrying capacit...

Are you a lover of rare wine, dinners, Burgundy or Bordeaux?

Cochem, Germany - October 23 2018: Autumn cityscape with Moselle river, colourful houses on embankment and Cochem Castle. Congratulations to H Rees from WA for winning the case of La Solitude Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc 2016 hand-picked by Darren Harris of Grand Millesime

Travelers to the center of life

How far can a journey take you? How many new sights, sounds, and sensations can you absorb, when you open your eyes and remove the barriers of your mind? What happens to your heart when a playful green turtle looks you in the eye, or when lightning puts on a spectacular show for you in a burning sunset sky? Do you fret for the spent oceans, as humans take far beyond what they need for profit as well as for survival, only to find joy again when people truly learn to respect nature and protect...