FROM THE ED­I­TOR

The Weekend Australian - Life - - FOOD & WINE -

KEVIN McCloud, who cap­ti­vates many of you with his weekly dose of hu­man am­bi­tion/folly that is ABC TV’s Grand De­signs, is a fre­quent visi­tor to Aus­tralia.

As ac­com­plished on the re­ceiv­ing end of ques­tions as he is ask­ing them, he fea­tures on our Style pages to­day. The in­ter­view is wide rang­ing, but I did find his ideas about fur­nish­ing small spa­ces par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant to me.

If you think you are be­ing charged through the nose by the restau­rants you eat at, you are not alone. John (op­po­site) ex­am­ines how even mid-range din­ing es­tab­lish­ments can set you back up­wards of $250 for a “nor­mal” night out, a du­bi­ous value propo­si­tion ac­cord­ing to John. Our cover, by es­teemed car­toon­ist Peter Ni­chol­son, sums it up per­fectly.

Fi­nally, here is the win­ning en­try from our chil­dren’s birth­day cake com­pe­ti­tion, made by Talia Boltin, of Cau­field, Mel­bourne. I can’t vouch for what the kids thought of it, but the adults on the judg­ing panel were might­ily im­pressed. Talia wins a prize from Books For Cook, Mel­bourne. Go to theaus­tralian.com.au/ex­ec­u­tive-liv­ing for our gallery of your cakes.

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