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Rigg Design Prize 2019

The Rigg Design Prize is the highest accolade for contemporary design in Australia. Hosted triennially, this prize reflects on the NGV’s dedication to the contemporary design and architectural scene in Australia. In 2018, this prestigious award was awarded to Hecker Guthrie, outstanding Melbourne design practice that has demonstated excellence in creative achievement.

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Installation view of Home: feast, bathe, rest, 2018
Arent & Pyke design studioAustralia est. 2007 Designers Sarah-Jane Pyke & Juliette Arent
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Installation view of Imaginarium, 2018
The Society Inc by Sibella Court design studio
Australia est. 2009 Designer Sibella Court

Ten Australian design studios working in the interior design and decoration field were shortlisted for the Rigg Design Prize 2018 with the exhibition theme as Domestic Living. This required the ten entrants in the Rigg Design Prize 2018 to demonstrate in their interior work how interior design can transcend basic functionality to become a form of communication embedded with values, ideas, attitudes and narrative.

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Installation view of Take It Outside, 2018
Amber Road design studio
Australia est. 2013 Designers Katy Svalbe and Yasmine Ghoniem
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Installation view of Wunderkammer, 2018
Scott Weston Architecture Design design studio
Australia est. 1997 Designer Scott Weston
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Installation view of Inner-Terior, 2018
Danielle Brustman design studio
Australia est. 2012 Designer Danielle Brustman
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Installation view of We’ve boundless plains to share, 2018
Flack Studio design studio
Australia est. 2014 Designer David Flack

 

 

Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang

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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) presents the Melbourne Winter Master-pieces, featuring a dual presentation of past and present Chinese art and culture. Opening in May, this exhibition will bring forth this concept by exhibiting the world famous ancient Terracotta Warriors alongside a parallel display of new works by famous contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang.

The Terracotta Warriors are known as the guardians of immortality and the eighth wonder of the world. This exhibition will feature eight warrior figures and two life-size horses from the Imperial Army, as well as two half-size replica bronze chariots, each drawn by four horses. ‘The Transient Landscape’ by Cai Guo-Qiang on the other hand will see new art works inspired by his home country’s culture and its enduring philosophical traditions, including a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds.

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Cai Guo-Qiang, Qatar, 2016
Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio

Firearms The Art of London

Pair of Flintlock Pistols

These pistols are among the finest known examples of English Neoclassical-style firearms. Each stock is inlaid with engraved sheet silver and embellished with heavy cast-silver mounts. This decoration was inspired by contemporary French Empire firearms, such as those by Boutet also in the Metropolitan Museum’s collection (acc. nos. 36.58a–c, 42.50.7a–n, and 1970.179.1). Several of the motifs are based on ancient Roman sources. On the sideplate, for example, the Nereid riding a sea-leopard derives from an engraving of 1762 depicting a wall painting in the recently found ruins of Herculaneum. On the trigger guard, the oval medallion representing Hercules with a defeated Amazon is copied from a well-known antique gem. The Medusa head on the butt also derives from Classical art, but here the idealized model has been transformed into a grimacing, almost humorous caricature of the legendary gorgon.

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Made by John Manton & Son (British, London 1815–1878). British, London, ca. 1815–34. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932 (32.75.138–.139)

Pair of Flintlock Pistols

The original owner of this remarkably decorated pair remains unknown, but the pistols’ opulence and French character suggests they may have belonged to George IV (1762–1830) or someone in his circle. Their gold-inlaid locks are the most lavish ever produced by John Manton’s firm during his lifetime. The carved eagle on the grip—a feature also found on a pair of the king’s pistols, made for him when he was Prince of Wales, now in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle (Acc. no. RCIN 6166)—is here further enhanced with gold-inlaid eyes. Similarly expressive lions may be found adorning the pommels of contemporary Parisian firearms, a possible source of inspiration for the accomplished steel chiseler Manton commissioned to create the mounts for this unique pair. The mounts, which include elaborate belt hooks chiseled with swirling acanthus leaves, are unsigned.

British gunmakers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries seldom deviated from the sober style that brought them fame throughout Europe and distinguished their work from that of the Continent. But for wealthy clients, particularly the Prince of Wales, later George IV (1762–1830), they shed standard decorative patterns in favor of more ostentatious embellishments. The prince was the preeminent patron of contemporary London gunmakers from the late 1780s through the 1820s, and over his lifetime he commissioned dozens of superlative firearms for sporting, personal use, and presentation. Gunmakers enhanced select firearms and accessories for the prince by substituting silver mounts for traditional steel, adding engraved and gilt ornament to the locks and barrels, and personalizing the weapons with the royal arms and Prince of Wales feathers. But the prince’s affinity for all things French also sometimes guided the gunmakers’ decorative choices. Indeed, he built his palatial London home at Carlton House (demolished in 1827) with an eye to the French Neoclassical style and decorated it with artworks, furniture, and other accoutrements from France. The most elaborate works by royally favored gunmakers catered to this taste and achieved a graceful blend of French-inspired decoration with traditional British design and technology.

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Made by James Purdey the Elder (British, London 1784–1863 Margate). British, London, ca. 1831. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1935 (35.41.1–.15)

Pair of Four-Barreled Turnover Percussion Pistols of Henry Pelham Fiennes Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (1785–1851), with Pair of Box-Lock Turn-Off Pocket Pistols, Case, and Accessories

Recent archival research revealed this lavish set to be one of the costliest pistol ensembles ever made by James Purdey, selling for £101 10s in 1831. Purdey made just ten four-barreled pistols in his career, and this pair is the only surviving set cased with pocket pistols. It is remarkable, too, for its exceptional state of preservation. The combination of vivid blueing, case-hardening, and finely finished wood looks much as it would have to the original owner, the fourth Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne.

One of the most famous British aristocrats of his era, the fourth Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne took delivery of this lavish pistol set from Purdey in April 1831. The duke purchased it for self-defense three months after being assaulted by a mob in the streets of Newark. The attack was prompted by his vigorous opposition to electoral reform, a contentious national issue that reached a boiling point in the early 1830s. Roughly six months after the duke acquired his pistols, the House of Lords rejected a new reform bill, resulting in widespread public violence. Several private residences were attacked, including the duke’s Nottingham mansion, which rioters burned to the ground on October 10, 1831. The duke was in London at the time. Weapons with a small customer base among the elite, Purdey’s four-barreled pistols show the great expense that members of the aristocracy lavished on firearms for personal protection.

Xi’an City of Ancient History & Good Food

Formerly known as Chang’an, Xi’an is one important ancient city in the world that you absolutely must visit! It is now a popular tourist site because of its rich history and good food.

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5 top places in Xi’an:

1. Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum

Listed as a world UNESCO heritage site, the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum located in the Lintong District is the tomb of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. It also holds the world famous Terracotta Army.

2. Bell Tower

Built in the early Ming Dynasty, the Bell Tower of Xi’an is located right at the centre of the city and is an important landmark of Xi’an. It is one of its finest kind in China.

3. Famen Temple Cultural Scenic Area

Known as the second cultural symbol of Shaanxi, the Famen Temple Cultural Scenic Area is renowned for storing the Finger Bone of the Sakyamuni Buddha. One of its sectors, the Namaste Dagoba, has a fascinating theatre performance of the history of Famen Temple that you should not miss!

4. Qianling Mausoleum

The Qianling Mausoleum is where tombs of the imperial family of the Tang Dynasty are located. This includes the tombs of the famous Emperor Tang Gaozong and his wife, Emperor Wu Zetian, the only female Emperor to ever rule in China.

5. Muslim Quarter

Rich in culture and it’s abundance of delicious food, the Muslim Quarter not only enclaves the majority of the Muslim population of Xi’an, but has also turned into one of the most visited tourist spots in the district!

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5 top dishes in Xi’an:

1. Biang Biang noodles

Savoury and chewy in taste, the classic Biang Biang noodles made from wheat flour are served with vinegar and topped with assorted vegetables and braised meats. ‘Biang’ describes the sound made when the noodle dough is slapped against the working surface repeatedly.

2. Liang Pi

Made from wheat or rice flour, Liang Pi (Cold Skin Noodles) is a local snack where cold thinly sliced rice noodles are  drizzled with chilli oil sauce and topped with spices and vegetables. It is a yummy vegan dish!

3. Rou Jia Mo

Invented in the Qin Dynasty, Rio Jia Mo is the oldest hamburger in the world, It is a crispy handmade bread with tender stewed fatty pork patty stuffed in the middle! Other meat alternatives are also available.

4. Yang Rou Pao Mo

Yang Rou Pao Mo is a dish where hand-pulled flatbread crumbles are cooked in a flavourful mutton broth with rice vermicelli and topped with slices of lamb or beef of your choice and pickled sweet garlic. Hand-pulling the flatbread is also a time to gossip and socialize for locals!

5. Suan Tang Shui Jiao

Suan Tang Shui Jiao with locally made mutton dumplings are boiled in a mouth-watering hot and sour soup. Every dumpling is an explosion of flavour! Sesame seeds, chopped leeks and cilantro are added to make the dish pop!

 

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Infertility

by Dr. Mecherl Lim

MD (MA) Naturopath (ND), Holistic Kinesiology


Absolute infertility is where there are no eggs and no sperm. This is rare, so what most couples are really experiencing are partial or sub-infertility, or they can’t conceive within their proposed time frame.

A general definition of infertility is when a couple does not conceive after one or two years of regular, unprotected sex.  This assumes the couple are sexually active at the woman’s fertile time, which is typically from day nine (day one is when menstruation starts) to day 21 in a 28 -day cycle. The peak fertility day is usually 14 days before the beginning of menstruation (in a regular 28-day cycle) and at this time there are around three successive days of high female fertility where the vaginal mucus is clear and slippery or stretchy and there’s at least a sensation of lubrication.

The Website Infertility BBT Charts shows the correlation between all indicators of fertility. If it seems too complicated, or if you have an irregular cycle, discuss this with your GP or Naturapath Practitioner.

WHO IS AFFECTED?

About 15 per cent of couples have difficulty conceiving and this figure doubles where the woman is over 35 years of age. In about 40 per cent of cases the infertility problem lies with the man, and in 40 per cent of cases with the woman. In 10 per cent there is a problem in both partners and in 10 per cent there is no known cause.

Some researchers say that in 25 per cent of cases there is a problem in both partners, and the majority of researchers say sperm quantity and quality are declining.

HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?

Sometimes couples get anxious because they can’t conceive when it’s suitable for them and they need reassurance. A medical diagnosis is needed to establish the cause of infertility, which may involve blood and sperm test, ultrasounds and laparoscopy.

WHAT CAUSES IT?

  • In women and men
  • Ageing
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Immune problems
  • Sperm antibodies (the body does not appropriately recognise sperm)

Contributing factors:

  • Poor general health and unhealthy lifestyle
  • Severe stress, including anxiety about conceiving
  • Insufficient restorative sleep

In Men

  • Low sperm count or problems with the shape or activity of sperm
  • Blocked spermatic cords
  • Testicular disease and infections

In Women

  • Endometriosis
  • Blocked fallopian tubes caused by infections, disease or tissue (Many natural therapies have successfully treated women who have been told their fallopian tubes are blocked, which confirms there are degrees of blockage).
  • Ovarian problems such as polycystic ovarian disease.
  • Disorders of the uterus such as polyps
  • Problems with the shape of the cervix or in the texture of the mucus.
  • Early menopause in young women.
  • Obesity.
  • Oral Contraceptive (over the years) I have seen a number of women who do not return to normal ovulation and menstruation and this seems to be linked to long term use of oral contraceptives).

HOW THE DOCTORS TREAT IT

Medical treatments depend on the cause of the problem.

Following a basic check, your doctor may refer you and your partner to a fertility specialist.

  • Hormonal pharmaceuticals may be prescribed.
  • Surgery may be recommended to remove polyps, cyst blocked fallopian tubes or endometriosis.
  • In Vitro fertilisation (IVF) involves a surgical procedure for collecting the egg, together with pharmaceutical hormones. It involve sperm or eggs from donors and the conception rate is about 20 percent. Before undertaking IVF, most centres organise a counselling session and provide written details so you know what to expect from the treatment, the cost involved and, the risks and outcome.

THE HOLISTIC APPROACH

HERBS FOR WOMEN

A combination of a few herbs such as Dong Qui for abdominal pain, False unicorn for bleeding, Paeonia if Oestrogen is known to be high, Ginger to improve digestion and circulation & Chaste tree is commonly prescribed. The capsule is named as SHE 18,  if you need more info, send a message to http://www.drmecherherbs.com for more advice. The remedies are discontinued as soon as you know you are pregnant.

Caution: If you are taking pharmaceuticals there may be interactions and I would not advise self treatment with herbs in this case.

It is also a must to take a combination of Nutrition Supplements such as Multi-Vitamin /minerals, Fish Oil, B complexes and Folate. In a scientific study of 30 women who had been trying to conceive for 6 to 36 months, half were given a placebo and half were given a combination of Herbs & Nutrition Supplements. After 5 months 5 of 15 women taking the complete course were pregnant compared to the ones without.

As we know some women have a deficiency in B vitamins, especially B12, B6 & Vitamin E.

The trials confirm my clinical experience from 1989 when I began working as a Natural Therapist Practitioner. I was surprised at the number of middle age pregnant patients. They, too, were surprised, because most have teenage or older children and have not used any form of contraception for many years. I myself, had a baby boy at the age of 40. I concluded that pregnancies resulted from improved health and the high intake of correct prescribed nutrition.

Caution: Women, particularly those with vegan or vegetarian diets, may be infertile because of vitamin b12 deficiency, however deficiency symptoms may be masked by high folate diets or folate supplementation.

GOOD ADVICE:

Don’t leave it till it is too late to try to conceive. It will actually be quite difficult for the egg and the sperm to get together. You may have many competing needs such as careers and financial security, but nature may not coincide with these.

Before investing time and money in extreme fertility processes, get your body as healthy as you reasonably can so you will be able to create a healthy baby. However, no amount of healthy living will achieve conception if the sperm are absolutely dead or both fallopian tubes are completely blocked.


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Bo Innovation

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Bo innovation is one restaurant that is a must try for those who claim to be food connoisseurs when visiting Hong Kong. A Michelin Three Stars for ‘Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey’ is the brainchild of Alvin Leong who Is also known best for his Demon Chef persona, his out-of-this-world gastronomic creations, and a tendency of speaking the truth while courting  controversy. A self-trained professional chef that started only nine years ago, this celebrity chef who owns a closet full of black clothes prefers to present dishes that do not look like ‘normal food’, but ‘innovative playful food’ that spur memories through creation.

Time, patience and an open mind are important ingredients customers have to enjoy dining in Bo Innovation. The restaurant is not too big, yet very well decorated and has friendly and professional staff to welcome customers. The only options available to customers are either ala-carte or have food paired with wine selected by the house. Either way, both will required around 3 to 4 hours to complete the full course comprising to only have food or have food with wine pairing. Both requires about 3 to 4 hours to complete the full course comprising 15 dishes of exquisite molecular gastronomy Chinese classics. The menu is fixed.

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It is almost impossible to accurately pen down the dishes served by Chef Alvin Leong. One needs to find time to sit and experience this out-of-the-world world storytelling session through his food creations. Every dish has a story and the waiter serving it is the storyteller. Bo Innovation has cleverly combined sight, taste, feel and smell. Most importantly, it brings back memories in a very clever concept. Some call Bo Innovation the ‘Demon’s Kitchen’, which is translated from the Chinese word ‘厨魔’, but it can also be translated to ‘Magic Kitchen’, as this restaurant is simply magical in many ways.

Sizzling Hot at Heart

Wondering how food preparation using hot stone would taste like?

Maple Palace places the art of intricate Chinese cuisine at the heart of its establishment – to create some of the most tantalizing taste made to leave the customer who walked through its doors asking for more.

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Deep Fried Bean Curd With Chef’s Special Spicy Sauce Served In Hot Bowl

In order to create a more sizzling effect and visit to Maple Palace a memorable dining experience, this season sees the restaurant present one of history’s most esteemed cooking methods known to enhance food’s most flavoursome elements moments after serving.

Bitter gourd may not be everyone’s favourite but its nutritious element are more widely known in the Asian community for various health benefits including weight loss. Maple Palace prepares one of Asia’s most darling and yet simple dish, Scramble Eggs With Bitter Gourd , to perfection.

Check out the restaurant’s chef special Deep Fried Bean Curd With Chef’s Special Spicy Sauce Served In Hot Bowl . If a pastry chef is ranked by creating the best chocolate dessert, than Chinese cuisine chef special using bean curd should be the equivalent.

If there’s any element worth salivating for from the Chicken With Rice Wine & Basil Leaf Served In Hot Stone Bowl , than it’s definitely the blend of the fragrant rice wine and basil. Allow the sizzling steamy hot bowl sear the chicken to perfection infused with chef’s specially selected rice wine.

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Scramble Eggs With Bitter Gourd