Lifestyle

July 18 2006


Just like Mobile Movies, another innovative outdoor cinema community is screening films on rooftops in New York.  Rooftop Films originally started showcasing short films on a rooftop in Brooklyn. Now in its 10th year, they screen over 275 movies at more than a dozen locations, including the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus (Brooklyn) and the roof of Downtown Community TV in TriBeCa (Manhattan). Screenings take place Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays all summer long through September 23. Tickets are $8. by Bill T




Transportation

July 18 2006



It's a little Mad Max, without the madness, or umm, the max. It's the Wothahellizat, the off-road, knows-no-bounds 6x6 turbo diesel motorhome with bite!

As many of us eagerly inch towards a mobile, nomadic lifestyle without wanting to sacrifice our digital obsessions, we find the things like the Wothahelliza providing the answer. Like all diamonds in the rough, this motor home looks less glamorous outside then it is practical inside. However considering the vehicle is capable off roading, beautification would be alike to wearing stilettos to the New York marathon.

Stay online, work from home and dare to roam. With a price that challenges that of a one bedroom apartment in most major cities, the Wothahellza is tagged at around $260,000, with a small catch. It's available only in Australia. by Lisa Evans


Transportation

July 12 2006



With world oil prices continuing to soar through the roof, alternative transport energy is a hot topic. The world's latest design in electric cars comes from what is possibly the world's most unlikely source, a fashion design house. Unveiled this week by Paris-based house Maison de Courreages, the Zoop is a high performance 150 kw three-seater electric car. Designers Andre and Coqueline Courreages got their start in fashion working for the legendary French house Balenciaga. Thanks to them the worlds of fashion and engineering may no longer be worlds apart. by Bill T

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June 23 2006


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Music

June 21 2006


Forget the Vines, the hottest band to emerge from Australia in a long time is Van She. The handsome, uber cool lads mesh bits and pieces from 80's post punk, funk and synth pop, 90's grunge, French house, film scores and 70's Krautrock. Formed in early 05, Van She consists of Nick Routledge [vocals, guitar], Matt Van Schie [bass], Michael Di Francesco [synths] and Tomek Archer [drums]. We're predicting huge things for the band. Listen to them now. Also, check out End of Fashion. by Lisa Evans

Fashion

June 9 2006

The hoodie is hot. From the early days when Rocky wore one whilst pounding into meat carcasses, through to our modern day rap poet Eminem, the hoodie, unlike corduroy pants has stood the test of time. Now the infamous hoodie has gone to the dogs with a variety of poochie hoodies for your favorite Fido. Your Shitzu can look shit hot in any one of these awesome hoodies from new Amsterdam based dogsdepartment.com by Andy G

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House

June 6 2006


Personalization and regulation are two words that work beautifully when referring to your own indulgence. This brilliant shower system from Kohler DTV, is the worlds first fully digital unit that caters for your exact showering requirements.

Both water temperature and water pressure can be inputted to the system and set as a customer shower mode. The strength and type of water spray is also open to your personal touch. Both the control pad and the shower itself are smart, sleek and ultra modern looking, turning the bathroom into a futuristic cleaning unit! At just $2000 the age old custom of waiting for the right temperature and pressure have just swept down the drain. by Bill T


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June 2 2006



If you are currently in Germany, you may be driving under the world's biggest set of balls. Adidas have graced an overpass at Munich airport with this brilliant ad for the world cup soccer featuring goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn. The campaign needed to be as large as the current wave of soccer fever sweeping the country. That's a definite goal for the ad gurus at Adidas. What a save! by Billy T


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Travel

May 31 2006

If you've got the cash (a cool $US 2.5 million) you can now own your own piece of one of the world's most luxurious exclusive holiday villas at The Banyan Tree in Phuket. Next month the renowned resort will launch the hot new double Pool Villas, which owners can use exclusively for 60 days of the year.  Owning your own piece of world renowned luxury is the ultimate in status, and the offer is expected to be taken up by status conscious celebrities, royalty and other millionaires for whom money is no object. For members of this exclusive club it's no longer enough to sample a luxury brand, true status now is about owning it. If you're not in the market for a luxury villa you can book a short stay for $2,200 a night. The centre piece of the villas is the floating bedroom, surrounded by floor to ceiling windows that open onto a wading pool. The villas also have two private pools. Why two? Well, in the land of the rich and famous, one (of anything) is never enough, of course! by Bill T

 

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Travel

May 30 2006


Forget Europe's hot spots, if you're aching for a moment of pure, indulgent, unashamedly hedonistic bliss you MUST put a stay at Phuket's exclusive Banyan Tree resort on the top of your to-do-before-i-die-list.  The gods were smiling upon me this week when I got to sample this slice of super-luxe-heaven myself. My real-life fantasy began like this: The Banyan Limo awaits at the airport, a gentle smiling chauffeur greets me. Within 30 minutes I arrive, greeted by a barrage of staff bowing to me as if I am some kind of Buddha, one of whom hands me a bracelet made out of Jasmine flowers (very Fantasy Island). They form a phalanx around me like protective body guards, escorting me through the grand foyer. So this is how Mick Jagger feels, I think to myself. But the star treatment is no act, it's sincere and endearingly polite - so humbling to be on the receiving end.

A golf buggy awaits, the resort is so big that they require the buggies to ferry guests to their villas. I arrive at Villa 205. The Pool Villa (pic above). Sonthaya, my private host welcomes me. I'm completely blown away.  The bed, ever so inviting, faces out to the pool. I've stayed in numerous 5 star resorts in my time but this one is exceptional. Sonthaya explains where everything is, a beach bag with a towel and sunscreen is prepared for me, a fruit bowl with some exceptional fruit sits on the table, my own toiletry bag with everything in it. They have thought of everything, even an outdoor bath to soak in later.

After Sonthaya leaves I decide, like a scene out of Porky's, I strip naked and jump right into the pool.  It's extremely private and not only can nobody else see in, it feels as if I have the resort to myself. But then I've barely left the villa, it's that kind of place. On the second day, I head out to the beach just a two minute walk away. I spot a French couple enjoying an $8 per/1 hr foot massage on their lounge chairs.  By the end of the day I have a golden tan. Later I spot the Presidential suite, or what I've dubbed The rockstars VILLA. It has its own private drive-away entrance so paparazzi shy-celebs can glide straight in from the airport. I'm told Liz Hurley, Olivia Newton John and Pierce Brosnon have stayed there recently.

The following morning as I head out for breakfast walking pass numerous staff who, bow after bow, greet me in Thai 'Sawatdi Kha'. Their smiles contagious and its then I realize what makes this place so special. It's the exceptional service. The Banyan Tree more than deserves its perpetual place on Conde Nast Traveller's HOT LIST.  It's the service, those gently sincere smiling faces, are like nothing I've ever experienced before.
 
At the extraordinary breakfast buffet I mouth the words OH MY GOD over and over as I swallow bite after bite of the perfectly made omelette, poppy seed pancakes, the fruit, the yoghurt, washed down with pineapple and mint juice.  The waitress asks if I would like a copy of the paper, another one passes asking if I would like champagne, "coffee or tea Mr Bill". I order peppermint, I pour a cup, spilling a drop on the plate and it's replaced a second later. The attention to detail by the staff is incredible.

I'm not surprised The Banyan Tree Phuket is one of the most traveled destinations in Asia. The privacy of one of the 127 private walled villas creates the feeling of utter seclusion. I'm told it's a favorite amongst celebrities, royalty, and other VIPs because it's so paparazzi-proof.

It's difficult to avoid hyperbole when talking about the Banyan Tree. It has earned its reputation through its indulgent service, radiant beauty and spectacular setting. We have hunted cool before and will again, however my stay at the Bayan exceeds the word cool and encompasses something brighter, deeper and stronger which resonates within you long after you have parted ways. by Bill T


 
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