FROM THE ED­I­TOR

The Weekend Australian - Life - - FOOD & WINE -

@VISCOUNTBROOKY HAVE you no­ticed, or per­haps even par­tic­i­pated in, the ex­er­cise selfie craze? This is where you shed lay­ers of cloth­ing to dis­play your “gains” and post a pic­ture on­line, of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by a mo­ti­va­tional slo­gan such as #killin­git or #ex­er­ciseev­ery­day. Mod­esty for­bids me from de­tail­ing my own ex­ploits in this area, but Natasha (P16), one of our oc­ca­sional Week­end Word columnists, is de­cid­edly not a fan.

She points out that fac­tors be­yond huff and puff are the key to our longevity. I will tell my pair of dear friends who have em­braced this #fit­fam phi­los­o­phy, find­ing it chimes neatly with their de­sire to pro­mote their Lqd male skin­care range, usu­ally in their un­der­wear. Sod’s law dic­tates that this ma­te­rial in­evitably finds its way on to my Face­book feed just as my boss ma­te­ri­alises at my shoul­der.

We are be­com­ing a na­tion of apart­ment own­ers. As Emily (P10) points out, the trend is par­tic­u­larly pro­nounced in Bris­bane, Mel­bourne and Syd­ney, driven by af­ford­abil­ity and a de­sire for prox­im­ity. Having de­cided to buy a ter­race house last year and ended up with an apart­ment this year, I can put my hand on my heart and de­clare I don’t feel that I am miss­ing out.

Lastly, happy birth­day to Wolf Blass (op­po­site). His type are a van­ish­ing breed, our wine in­dus­try the poorer for it.

STEPHEN BROOK

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