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Oct 22

It’s the work of German engineer and master craftsman Julian von Oheimb, who runs a shop called One Way Machine. And when he saw Clark Gable’s Brougham twenty years ago on a trip to the USA, the experience stuck in his head. ‘Brougham’ started life as a 2001 Softail Deuce with a mere 900 kilometers on the clock, liberated from Harley’s Saarbrücken dealership. (via Brougham: A Cadillac-inspired Softail | Bike EXIF)

It’s the work of German engineer and master craftsman Julian von Oheimb, who runs a shop called One Way Machine. And when he saw Clark Gable’s Brougham twenty years ago on a trip to the USA, the experience stuck in his head. ‘Brougham’ started life as a 2001 Softail Deuce with a mere 900 kilometers on the clock, liberated from Harley’s Saarbrücken dealership. (via Brougham: A Cadillac-inspired Softail | Bike EXIF)

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CplusC Architects and Builders designed the Queens Park Residence in Sydney, Australia (via Queens Park Residence by CplusC Architects and Builders » CONTEMPORIST)

CplusC Architects and Builders designed the Queens Park Residence in Sydney, Australia (via Queens Park Residence by CplusC Architects and Builders » CONTEMPORIST)

Oct 21

Many adults amble through their daily lives without a proper tool kit. When a need arrives—be that for a hammer or saw or any type of screwdriver—they’re at a loss. Perhaps if the value of such a box were instilled at an earlier age, this wouldn’t be the case. That’s where French toy design company Moulin Roty has something to offer. Both their exquisitely designed Les Valises Small Tool Box Set and Large Tool Box Set offer essentials for industrious young girls and boys. Each high-quality tool kit comes with child-sized tools, fashioned neatly in a wooden box. This is no play set; it’s a fully functional beginners’ guide for kids with creative minds. The brand has been making toys for over 40 years, all designed in France and the wood used hails from forests in France or Europe—all of which have been managed ecologically. While adult supervision is strongly recommended, these are more than very thoughtful toys. They are utensils for creation that will leave a lasting impression. Moulin Roty’s Small Tool Box is available for purchase on Amazon for $28, and their Large Tool Box is $74. (via Moulin Roty Children’s Tool Boxes - Cool Hunting)

Many adults amble through their daily lives without a proper tool kit. When a need arrives—be that for a hammer or saw or any type of screwdriver—they’re at a loss. Perhaps if the value of such a box were instilled at an earlier age, this wouldn’t be the case. That’s where French toy design company Moulin Roty has something to offer. Both their exquisitely designed Les Valises Small Tool Box Set and Large Tool Box Set offer essentials for industrious young girls and boys. Each high-quality tool kit comes with child-sized tools, fashioned neatly in a wooden box. This is no play set; it’s a fully functional beginners’ guide for kids with creative minds. The brand has been making toys for over 40 years, all designed in France and the wood used hails from forests in France or Europe—all of which have been managed ecologically. While adult supervision is strongly recommended, these are more than very thoughtful toys. They are utensils for creation that will leave a lasting impression. Moulin Roty’s Small Tool Box is available for purchase on Amazon for $28, and their Large Tool Box is $74. (via Moulin Roty Children’s Tool Boxes - Cool Hunting)

Ducati has often taken a modular approach to motorcycle construction, raiding the parts bin to create something new. Miguel Galluzzi’s design for the original 1990s Monster is the most famous example of that approach—and Ferry van den Boom has taken it a step further for his ‘Evoluzione’ build.
He’s slotted a fuel-injected 900SS engine into a sweet-handling ST4 frame, and upgraded the dynamics via 43mm adjustable Showa forks from a Monster S4. Those elegant five-spoke Marchesini wheels are from a Ducati 998, and the gorgeous single-sided swingarm has been lifted from a Monster S2R. (via What if Ducati made a new Hailwood replica? | Bike EXIF)

Ducati has often taken a modular approach to motorcycle construction, raiding the parts bin to create something new. Miguel Galluzzi’s design for the original 1990s Monster is the most famous example of that approach—and Ferry van den Boom has taken it a step further for his ‘Evoluzione’ build.
He’s slotted a fuel-injected 900SS engine into a sweet-handling ST4 frame, and upgraded the dynamics via 43mm adjustable Showa forks from a Monster S4. Those elegant five-spoke Marchesini wheels are from a Ducati 998, and the gorgeous single-sided swingarm has been lifted from a Monster S2R. (via What if Ducati made a new Hailwood replica? | Bike EXIF)

The Abilene Zoo, in Texas, has a new baby Ocelot! Born 9 September, to proud Ocelot parents ‘Hotrod’ and ‘Ellie’, little ‘Lucy’ is now old enough to be out on exhibit with her mother. (via Abilene Zoo Loves Lucy - ZooBorns)

The Abilene Zoo, in Texas, has a new baby Ocelot! Born 9 September, to proud Ocelot parents ‘Hotrod’ and ‘Ellie’, little ‘Lucy’ is now old enough to be out on exhibit with her mother. (via Abilene Zoo Loves Lucy - ZooBorns)

Obituary: former prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98 -

Australia’s 21st prime minister and a titan of the Australian Labor Party, Edward Gough Whitlam, has died, aged 98.
Mr Whitlam leaves a legacy of unprecedented and unmatched change in Australian politics.
Arguably, he was as much lauded for his reformist leadership and eloque …

Three things must change for a healthier democracy -

There are three drivers in Australian politics - the parties, the voting system and the media - that are all connected and self-supporting. And all are conspiring to hollow out our democracy, writes Tim Dunlop.
To listen in on any halfway serious discussion of politics these d …

Oct 20

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This 1930s Oswald Chisolm-designed Chisolm House art deco property in Dalkeith, Western Australia. 

It is heritage listed and was lived in by the family of the architect up to 1961. It was sold to the current owner in 2000, who went about spending time (and money) on getting the place back to something like its best. That took around 14 years and more than a million Australian dollars. 

If you want it, Chisolm House is being marketed around the AUS$3.2 million mark, which is around £1.7 million. (via On the market: 1930s Oswald Chisolm-designed Chisolm House art deco property in Dalkeith, Western Australia « WowHaus)

This 1930s Oswald Chisolm-designed Chisolm House art deco property in Dalkeith, Western Australia.

It is heritage listed and was lived in by the family of the architect up to 1961. It was sold to the current owner in 2000, who went about spending time (and money) on getting the place back to something like its best. That took around 14 years and more than a million Australian dollars.

If you want it, Chisolm House is being marketed around the AUS$3.2 million mark, which is around £1.7 million. (via On the market: 1930s Oswald Chisolm-designed Chisolm House art deco property in Dalkeith, Western Australia « WowHaus)

Oct 19

Crime and gangs: the path to battle for Australia's Islamist radicals -

The children of refugees who fled Lebanon’s civil war for peaceful Australia in the 1970s form a majority of Australian militants fighting in the Middle East, according to about a dozen counter-terrorism officials, security experts and Muslim community members.
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Say hello to the brand new, limited edition chronograph in celebration of 175 years of Patek Philippe. This new “Multi-Scale Chronograph,” as they are calling it, is really a unique offering. Dubbed the reference 5975, this 40 mm chrono looks similar to the traditional 5170, but it’s not. Let’s get into what makes the 5975 so interesting. So what you’ll see on the dial of the new 5975 are three different scales. This includes a pulsometer scale calibrated to 15 pulsations, allowing physicans to calculate a patient’s pulse in far less than one minute. Outside that, you’ll see a telemeter scale, which is used to calculate distance based on the difference between the speed of light and the speed of sound. Most often used in military situations, one could calculate how far the enemy was by timing the difference between when you saw a flash of light, and when you heard the sound of fire. Finally, the third scale is a tachymeter, or a scale used for measuring speed over known distance. (via Introducing The Limited Edition Patek Philippe Multi-Scale Chronograph Reference 5975 For The 175 Anniversary (Full Specs, Live Pics, & Pricing) — HODINKEE - Wristwatch News, Reviews, & Original Stories)

Say hello to the brand new, limited edition chronograph in celebration of 175 years of Patek Philippe. This new “Multi-Scale Chronograph,” as they are calling it, is really a unique offering. Dubbed the reference 5975, this 40 mm chrono looks similar to the traditional 5170, but it’s not. Let’s get into what makes the 5975 so interesting. So what you’ll see on the dial of the new 5975 are three different scales. This includes a pulsometer scale calibrated to 15 pulsations, allowing physicans to calculate a patient’s pulse in far less than one minute. Outside that, you’ll see a telemeter scale, which is used to calculate distance based on the difference between the speed of light and the speed of sound. Most often used in military situations, one could calculate how far the enemy was by timing the difference between when you saw a flash of light, and when you heard the sound of fire. Finally, the third scale is a tachymeter, or a scale used for measuring speed over known distance. (via Introducing The Limited Edition Patek Philippe Multi-Scale Chronograph Reference 5975 For The 175 Anniversary (Full Specs, Live Pics, & Pricing) — HODINKEE - Wristwatch News, Reviews, & Original Stories)

On 2 October, Zoo Berlin’s Black Rhino, ‘Maburi’, gave birth to a healthy baby boy — via Rumble of Little Rhino Feet at Zoo Berlin - ZooBorns)

On 2 October, Zoo Berlin’s Black Rhino, ‘Maburi’, gave birth to a healthy baby boy — via Rumble of Little Rhino Feet at Zoo Berlin - ZooBorns)

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Oct 18

Ill-judged politics underlies Clover attacks -

"New South Wales now: the new state of business." Really? Could they have found anything clunkier? Could their graphic be more redolent of some rock-jawed 1950s Texas oil-co?
Yet it is disturbingly apt, for a state so rusted-on to last-century values. A state ruled, it now see …