• BELINDA EARL'S SEVEN WONDERS

    THE EARL'S PICKS | August 29th 2008 Nisbet Plantation As chief executive of Jaeger, Belinda Earl is credited with bringing an ageing brand into the 21st century. She tells Rebecca Willis about the seven wonders of her world, from Devon to Nevis via Barcelona ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, Summer 2008 read more » COMMENTS: Comments PlacesPlacesRebecca WillisSEVEN WONDERSsummer 2008
  • MY BIG FAT CRETE WEDDING

    In Crete, guns and marriage go together like a horse and carriage, so a wedding is a striking mixture of ancient and modern. Philip Watson joins the party read more » COMMENTS: Comments greecephilip watsonPlacessociety
  • GAMING: JUMP ON BOARD

    Wii FIT | August 27th 2008 Weight loss tool or party game? Tom Standage wiggles his hips and gets some exercise ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, Summer 2008 Does standing on a white plastic board and assuming a yoga pose, while trying to keep a skittering dot on a TV screen inside a circular target, count as exercise? I'm not convinced, but this is what Nintendo wants you to believe. The plastic board, which resembles a set of bathroom scales, is the centrepiece of Wii Fit, a new set of games that supposedly turns Nintendo's hugely popular Wii console into a fitness centre. It is not quite as nutty as it sounds. Sensors inside the board measure your weight and make educated guesses, as you lean in various directions, about your posture. You can then choose between various exercises, including yoga poses, balance games and aerobic workouts. Unlike with a fitness DVD, the board means the Wii can check that you are really doing the exercises, and monitor your performance. There's a simulated hula-hoop game where you wiggle your hips to keep an increasing number of hoops circling the waist of a cartoonish on-screen figure. You can step on and off the board to do step-training exercises, and do push-ups in the usual way, but with your hands on the board. read more » COMMENTS: Comments GAMINGLifestylesummer 2008Tom Standage
  • A DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION DIARY

    DISPATCHES FROM DENVER | August 27th 2008 Roger McShane "Americans have a remarkable talent for creating transparently pointless political rituals", writes The Economist's Washington, DC bureau chief. He takes in the media circus of the Democratic National Convention ...  From ECONOMIST.COM read more » COMMENTS: Comments IdeasPlaces
  • THIS WEEK: A SELECTIVE GUIDE

    SEX, DRUGS AND FESTIVALS | August 26th 2008 Marco Nouryby in "Désir", photographed by Joan Marcus Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE Our guide to what's on around the world, compiled by Jessica Gallucci and Ariel Ramchandani read more » COMMENTS: Comments ArtsbooksfilmmoviesPERFORMING ARTS
  • THE MISSION: JOINING THE CIRCUS

    WILL SMITH LEARNS SOMETHING NEW | August 26th 2008 "I have found the silver bullet that will stop the trade in illegal drugs ..." From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, Summer 2008   Where? Twenty feet up in the air, hanging from two canvas straps in a big top in Amsterdam. read more » COMMENTS: Comments Lifestylesummer 2008THE MISSIONWill Smith
  • JOSEPH MITCHELL'S TRUE FACTS

    NOTES ON A REPORTER-STYLIST | August 25th 2008 unforth/flickr Decades on, Joseph Mitchell's journalism still feels fresh. Garth Risk Hallberg examines a man who immortalised the fading treasures of a changing city ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments booksLifestyle
  • WARPING TIME AND CHEATING DEATH IN "BRAID"

    BRETT MCCALLON | AT PLAY | August 24th 2008 "Braid" The element of time--thrilling, oppressive--has long been a feature of videogames. But what happens when we we have the power to move time backwards? Undo decisions? Some daring new designers, such as Jonathan Blow, are letting us find out ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE read more » COMMENTS: Comments Brett McCallonGAMINGIdeas
  • THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF CRICKET BOOKS

    A TRUE OBSESSIVE | August 23rd 2008 Wisden The frantic pace of a corporate financier led Tim Bunting to retire in his mid-30s. Now he spends his time and money on collecting cricket books. He finds it therapeutic ...  From ECONOMIST.COM read more » COMMENTS: Comments ART AND AUCTIONArts
  • LEO ABSE, SPIRITED AUTHOR, CAMPAIGNER

    "LOVE AND BE LOVED" | August 21st 2008 Jillian Edelstein Leo Abse, a colourful MP and author, died on Tuesday, aged 91. We remember him--and his life, richly lived--by republishing this profile, written by Maureen Cleave for the summer issue of Intelligent Life ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, Summer 2008 read more » COMMENTS: Comments FEATURESIdeas

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