WHO lives there – Affluent retirees, fishermen, yacht owners and beach lovers.
WHAT does it look like – Early 20th century stone villas overlooking white beaches and clear waters create a traditional Belle Époque town.
WHERE is it in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – On the south coast, just 18km from Nice International Airport. Drive along Moyenne Corniche’s mountainous roads for impressive seaside and countryside views.
WHO will love it – Families, history buffs, seafarers and surfers. Note that in summer months surf can be flat - for the best waves, head to the beach in winter when the tide is high.
WHAT goes on there – Relaxing walks along Promenade Maurice Rouvier, hikes along celebrated routes like the Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat, languorous cruises along the French Riviera.
WHERE to go to feel like a local – The family-run Café De La Paix - don’t be fooled by the unassuming exterior, what’s prepared lovingly inside is delicious.
WHO should stay elsewhere – Anyone who gets seasick, those who are allergic to seafood, revelers expecting exciting nightlife.
WHAT to pack – Swimwear, sunscreen, hiking boots, a good book (or two).
WHERE to hide out and write your postcards – La Luna. Sneak away from the crowded beachside restaurants and head to this quiet hideaway. Conduct your correspondence while savoring their celebrated Stracciatella ice cream and sipping the best coffee in town.
WHO lives/spends time there – Commuters, retirees, and part-time celebrity residents like Ralph Lauren, Donald Trump, Martha Stewart and Ryan Reynolds.
WHAT does it look like – Eclectic modern homes surrounded by acres of trees, traditional manors set on perfectly manicured grounds, 17th century churches, and impressive greenery that transforms into a vibrant autumnal mosaic before the leaves drop off to be replaced by holiday twinkle lights.
WHERE is it in New York – about48 miles north of the Big Apple - less than an hour via the Metro North Hudson Line from Grand Central Station.
WHO will love it - City slickers in need of a quiet weekend away, history buffs interested in architecture, families.
WHAT goes on there – Strolling and picnicking at Rosaforte Park, shopping along Main Street and taking in the latest exhibitions at Katonah Museum of Art.
WHERE to go to feel like a local – Grab a coffee at the funky Noka Joe’s on Katonah Avenue and drink it during a morning stroll through Katonah Memorial Park.
WHO should stay elsewhere – Young couples might find this sleepy town a little too isolated.
WHAT to pack – Ugg boots, a cozy scarf and mittens, and a good book to curl up with.
WHERE to hide out and write your postcards – A seat facing the bird observation window at Westmoreland Sanctuary Wildlife Preserve.
You’ve spent the last fifteen minutes hunting for the glasses that are on your head, walked into a room only to forget why you’re there and let your tea go cold before remembering you made it. We all need a bit of a brain boost sometimes and while we can’t guarantee that you’ll walk away with a MENSA membership, there are a number of smartphone and tablet apps that can keep your brain whirring. Research shows that frequent memory training can indeed increase intelligence and boost IQ, so grab your device, load it up with these apps and feel your mind expand as you explore these fun exercises,
Lumosity’s addictive puzzles were developed with neuroscientists and designed to nourish those brain cells in a few short minutes a day, making them perfect for those with extremely busy schedules. This clever app promises that you’ll start feeling the effects after a few uses, but the games themselves are so fun you probably won’t even notice you’re giving your brain a workout.
With an archive of over 30,000 educational resources, HowStuffWorks is brimming with information about almost every subject. Think you know it all? Its built-in tests will show how brainy you really are.
Get creative with this fun drawing app, which already counts artist David Hockney among its fans. Start creating your own masterpieces, which can be transferred between devices so you can keep updating a painting wherever you go. Once you’re done you can show it off on Facebook and Twitter so everyone can appreciate your artistic efforts.
TED’s world-renowned conferences are now available on your smartphone and tablet. From marine wild life to improving your body language there’s a topic to interest everyone. Whether you’ve got 20 minutes or two hours to spare, there’ll always be a conference from the world’s most brilliant boffins to inspire and entertain.
With these handy apps at your fingertips your brain will be whirring merrily away in no time. Grab one of the latest tablets at Very.co.uk and get learning!
With the release of Only God Forgives - Nicolas Winding Refn’s ambitious (and bloody) follow-up to 2011’s Drive - the transformation of Ryan Gosling from Disney idol to edgy leading man is surely complete.
Gosling plays US ex-pat Julian Thompson, on a quest to avenge the brutal murder of his brother in Thailand - and sports yet another iconic look (we’ve all seen the waistcoat), joining a long list of similarly stylish movie gangsters. Whilst there are literally dozens to choose from, here are Style Pilot’s top 5:
Okay, so this may be technically two characters, but they are an inseparable pair. With Tarantino’s stylish wit only matched by those classic black and white suits, it’s difficult to imagine Travolta and Jackson wearing anything else in one of their greatest roles to date.
Craig’s seriously menacing presence as Layer Cake’s nameless protagonist surely wouldn’t have been possible without the character’s signature look: simple bootcut jeans and a maroon-lined black leather jacket. Without Layer Cake, Craig possibly wouldn’t have landed the role of James Bond, arguably movie land’s best-dressed character.
Brando might have been the poster man for the first movie, but Pacino was the most charming in all three films. With smart slicked-back hair and classic suits that remained untouched even in his most volatile moments, Pacino was undoubtedly the Godfather of style throughout Coppola’s epic trilogy.
Portraying famous real-world gangster Frank Lucas, Washington combined a typically blistering performance with crisp beige suits in his brilliant takeover of the New York crime scene.
Sporting smart trench coats and swish fedoras (with a suave moustache to match), Tom Hanks made escaping mob bosses look easy. Classic suit combinations make this the most stylish role of the actor’s career.
The country and soul capital of America might be a strange setting for a Warp Record’s artist but Jamie Lidell explains why he feels right at home in Nashville.
Nashville, Tennessee’s sleepy capital, is a rickety city personalised by the many antique rocking chairs and porches cropping around the area. Country music lovers flock here often on a pilgrimage to the Johnny Cash Museum. Just a short distance away in its downtown area is Music Row, the city’s central hub of gospel and soul music, which is fitting for Jamie Lidell’s innovative mix of soul, r’n’b and techno. The British-born Jamie immigrated here in 2012 to record his self-titled fifth album that borrows influences everywhere from Prince, Steve Wonder and fellow Warp Records artist Aphex Twin. A strange combination but those who’ve followed the soul lover since his beginnings in 1997 will know that it’s been a gradual process; shape shifting from eccentric electro artist to beat boxing soul man.
It’s ten am here and he’s already sipping his first coffee of the day as we speak. Caffeine rushes have replaced his artist’s nicotine addiction. “I try to limit it to a couple of cups per day,” he says. “I’ve tried to go heavy on the triple shots but it’s a little bit decadent and costs a lot of money. It’s kind of like having a ciggy; your body’s saying no but your mind’s saying yes… R Kelly style.” Moving to the Tennessee capital and marrying his long-term girlfriend Lindsey means he’s living life much more calmly nowadays. He’s swapped the raucous parties and morning after hangovers for fixing his home’s broken dehumidifiers, basking in Nashville’s blazing sun and watching Breaking Bad marathons. “I’ve kind of sidestepped in a way of being a musician. As I’m talking now I’m cleaning the house because it’s a bloody mess. I’m living with my wife now. There’s someone else to look after. I’ve never had a house before and there’s a certain beauty to that.” A Fed Ex deliveryman briefly interrupts us. Jamie enthusiastically greets him as he accepts a package containing new equipment for his new studio. In this short ten-minute glimpse, it’s clear Jamie’s dropped down a gear into a much more domesticated life.
It didn’t take an initially glum Jamie long to adjust to his new surroundings. “I try and get all defiant. When you’ve done things that are a big focus and it ends, you get a bit of a low anti-climax,” he says. Jamie previously spent life living in the hurried cosmopolitans of Berlin and New York. He wanted to escape these frantic cities and record in the calm of Nashville; a trait he loved about the city. “I lived in Berlin for nine years and it’s kind of the opposite to Nashville. You get these brutal Siberian winters and I’m not down with that.” Living outside of the busy cities allowed the man to focus on his music, undistracted by the bright lights and many distractions illuminating his former homes. “In a way it’s incredible but you end up going out all the time and you have to get your head down and get on with things.” So could he have recorded his latest album in anywhere else than Nashville? No, because environments never alter his music. “I don’t write music that comes from my surroundings so much. I can still make a banging techno track in the countryside. You can put me in the cupboard and the same music will come straight out.”
But that obsessive mind of his means he’s not quite ready to settle down comfortably. Not right now anyway. “It’s hard for me to relax,” he says. “I always talk about trying to get into a bit of a Buddhist mind state but I’m not really good at letting go. I’m always needing something to obsess over.” His dedication to his craft means he’s constantly striving to develop his eclectic mix of electro, soul and r’n’b and build music transcendent of just a simple music career. “I’m completely obsessed with sound and seeing what’s next. Things are always changing and there are always new challenges ahead. I try to make the most of it because we haven’t got long to live in our little lives.”
Yet these ambitions have faced hurdles along the way. Some have blasted Lidell for being a white British man laying his hands on music rooted with black musicians of the Deep South. “It’s a bit weird that certain kinds of music would be off limits. I don’t like that,” he says. It’s these attitudes that Jamie believes will kill art and music. “A lot of people give you this sensation that you can’t do stuff. People have sacred attitudes where it’s going to stop art. I appreciate the magic of music but I’m also skeptical about things that should be considered sacred. I have mixed emotions about it. I know I’m doing something I love.” His love of soul and r’n’b began in his childhood. Born Jamie Lidderdale, the clean cut church choirs of his hometown Huntingdon never appealed to him; instead he found solace listening to the soulful records of Gap Band, D-Train, Cameo and Zap. “That’s the music that turns me on,” he says. “The more interesting question is what drew me to Stevie Wonder more than Cliff Richard. What was it that I heard as a child without any sense of black or white? Do I like Michael Jackson because he’s black? At that point it gets really blurry.” But five albums in and those doubters have been hushed; his latest effort being celebrated as a concise work yet.
Developing his love of these artists throughout his extensive catalogue has led to one of the biggest dates of Jamie’s summer calendar: Poland’s Tauron Nowa Muzyka festival. Located in an abandoned mine shaft, it’s an interesting setting but one that doesn’t faze Jamie one bit. “People potentially want a wow,” he says. “Whether it’s in a quarry or a shoddy building, I don’t care as long as I hear music that blows my mind. For me it’s a gimmick but at the same time fun. It’s a novelty and people should concentrate on the quality of the act.” But even he admits there’s a romance to seeing amazing acts in equally amazing environments. “If everything comes together and you’ve got incredible music in an incredible place, it’s game over, you’ve nailed it.”
The pressure’s on for Jamie this year as he plays the main stage, a big responsibility compared to when he first performed lower down the bill in 2006. A larger crowd may greet him this year as he shares the stage with Moderat and London Grammar but he has no illusions about the difficulty of attracting and impressing both new and devoted fans. “It’s really hard in today’s world to make people care longer than a second album. I’m guilty of it myself and it’s very rare that I’ll listen to a new song from someone else.” Five albums in and the large gatherings at previous shows means he’s already made people care longer than a second album. “I feel like there’s a cool group of fans who aren’t going to shape shift. Those are my true fans.”
The historic town of Hexham, Northumberland is famous for its market, its abbey and Peter Doherty. Jacqueline and Peter Doherty Sr gave birth to the songwriter on the 12 March 1979. As the wanderer returns on the cover of this week’s NME magazine and with a new Babyshambles album, we look back at the highs and lows of a turbulent career.
Carl Barât and Kate Moss weren’t the first people Peter confessed his love to through music. An 11-year-old Peter first picked up the guitar to impress school friend and crush Emily Baker. Coincidentally, they reunited 18 years later and Emily has even played some support slots for him.
Proof that Peter’s always been a talented wordsmith: he won a poetry competition in 1995 and embarked on a tour of Russia backed by the British Council.
Despite Peter’s drug problems and internal turmoil threatening to split the band in the preceding years, 2004 turned into a high point when they picked up an NME Award for Best Band.
Record label boss James Endeacott championed the band after they played a special showcase for him in 2001. He liked them so much that he recommended them to the heads of legendary record label Rough Trade. An official record deal was signed shortly after (December 21).
'What a Waster' is The Libertines' first ever single. It received little airplay because of its NSFW lyrics, but that didn't stop it reaching No.37 in the singles chart.
The Libertines grew tired of Peter’s frequent drug habits and eventually kicked him out in the summer of 2003. His response: form Babyshambles.
Forget forbidden office romances or raiding supplies from the cupboard: there’s an offence you might have otherwise thought too small to get you fired. It’s a temptation making many office workers sweat the moment a co-worker or boss comes near their computer monitor - the offence is home shopping at work, and it could get you sacked if you’re not careful.
A common problem
It seems thousands of us are guilty of indulging in retail therapy whilst at work. Research from Quidco.com suggests that workers spend at least an hour a day browsing Facebook or home shopping. Out of 2000 workers studied, seven personal tasks were conducted on a normal working day; online banking and checking weather forecasts being the most common.
Andy Oldham, Quidco’s managing director, said: “Everyone gets distracted at work and it seems many workers are spending a large chunk of their working hours concentrating on personal jobs instead.” However, a lot of workers complained that a quarter of tasks could only be done whilst at work, whilst a fifth were just plain old bored with their day.
Many employers have already sacked those desperate enough to check the prices on the trendiest fashions or latest tech whilst at work. A survey by CareerBuilder.com reported that 21 per cent of employers fired someone for browsing non-work related sites on the internet. Elsewhere, certain employees were frustratingly denied access to their favourite retail sites as 50 per cent of employers blocked the offending websites.
Worryingly, shopping at work could potentially harm not only your reputation with your boss, but your company too. Accessing random websites, whether on a desktop computer or a portable device, can allow malware and phishing viruses access to feed on your company’s network.
Research from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association suggests that divulging personal information to unverified websites poses a great risk. Mark Lobel, ISACA’s mobile security project leader said: “The number of portable computers and mobile devices in the workplace is only going to increase, so companies need to create a realistic security policy that lets employees stay mobile without compromising intellectual property.”
So, whilst it might be tempting to indulge in a spot of retail therapy whilst at work, it really may be best to wait until after office hours - as the ramifications of this seemingly harmless guilty pleasure can be dire!
Inga Dirziute and her family suffered severe health problems from eating too much meat. Unable to find a medical cure, she made an expensive decision to change her family’s health for good.
Dreary clouds blanket Shalesmoore’s flashback to Sheffield’s industrial past as rusty warehouses litter the area. Nestled between these buildings is the cosy Pure on Raw café that splashes vibrant colour on this otherwise drab district. It’s everything you’d expect from a health café as green plants and blenders brimming with nourishing orange, green and purple smoothies decorate the building’s inside on this empty Thursday morning. “It’ll pick up later,” says Owner Inga Dirziute, a 24-year-old native Lithuanian. With smooth skin, flowing blonde hair and a confident smile, Inga is a picture of health. Hard to imagine that she suffered severe health and confidence issues two years ago then.
Medicine did nothing for the severe acne outbreaks plaguing Inga’s face, chest and back. “I would try different antibiotics and steroids but nothing would really work,” she says. “Some only worked for a short time but they didn’t go to the root of the problem.” Husband Robert, 29, and son David, seven, were both severe asthmatics. David visited the GP every second month for prescriptions, only for his painful coughs to return and worsen. “He would have chesty coughs and become very ill,” Inga says.
Tired of seeing her family suffer, she did some research and found that meat may have been source of their problems. “I discovered online that our health is actually affected by meat,” she says. “I thought it was time to cut it out.” The Internet and books provided some answers but not all of them, according to Inga. That’s until she discovered a food education course in America specialising in raw food nutritional science, the month-long course costing Inga a whopping 4,500 pounds taken from family savings. A risky investment but it was vital one for Inga to help her family by enrolling and jetting off to Atlanta for the month. Inga says: “It was natural for me to know I was making the right decision. If you have this feeling where you don’t fear anything you know it’s the right decision. I would do it all over again if I could.”
A teenage Inga had already embarked on a similar journey with her 108-year-old great grandmother. She grew up in Russia with her sister but moved back to Lithuania at the age of 10 after her parents divorced. Her sister had moved out and left Inga in a one bedroom flat with her father who was a Marine. He would often serve in Russia, leaving Inga with her great-grandmother on the sandy coast of Klaipéda, Lithuania’s third largest city. They would often visit an allotment outside of the city and Inga would learn about tiny insects and the effects of certain herbal remedies. Her grandmother was the oldest in the area but would look about 80, according to Inga. “One day she just fell asleep and didn’t wake up. That’s the best way to die. She’s my idol,” Inga says.
She completed the course in Atlanta and learned about raw food nutritional science, culinary arts and how cooking foods would strip them of their natural goodness. Inga also discovered creative ways of making delicious meals from grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. She returned to Sheffield determined to cure her family of all illness. The microwaves, toasters and meat were all chucked away and her husband Robert, son David, and five-year-old daughter Kameja were placed on this new green diet. “It didn’t bother them too much,” says Inga. “I think the kids were more glad that I was home.” It was difficult for the meat-loving family at first who would often have BBQs, setting up gazebos for those rainy days. “We were such big meat eaters,” she says. “For us to give up meat was very hard. All our meals would include meat and I couldn’t imagine having anything else.” The family often gorged on roasted chickens, oozing cheese sandwiches or the occasional McDonalds and Inga didn’t want to make the process too drastic because they loved meat so much.
Real meat was replaced with soya substitutions but she still felt tired, needing naps after each meal. “That’s not how young women should feel,” she says. Dairy was next to keep the changes gradual before finally going green. Within months she started noticing the difference. The once skeptical Inga saw her acne disappear gradually and her hunger for meat and dairy eventually followed. “I don’t have any cravings anymore,” she says with an accomplished smile. “Cheese was my biggest addiction and I don’t feel anything for it anymore. I even get disgusted by the smell sometimes and I can’t believe how I used to love that stuff so much.” Inga’s regular meals never contain bread, potatoes, pasta or rice now. Instead, walnuts, almonds, raw cacao and cilantro are just some of the ingredients that make up the family’s regular meals, whilst smoothies made from spinach, pineapple or avocado provide the drinks. Her kids do sometimes miss meat though, craving the occasional McDonalds. There are reminders from her past but nothing too bad. “I have some scars but they’re going away. I’ve forgotten about the past.” Her husband and son’s asthma soon disappeared too as the months passed and they haven’t been to a GP since switching to the new diet.
Inga wanted to show everyone the benefits of a raw diet and eventually decided to open Pure on Raw. “We had no money at the time but when you dream of something, you can get it,” she says. So Inga took out a bank loan and combined this with personal savings and help from friends to make her dream a reality. Business was tough at first and the café received very few customers in those opening winter months. “Everybody was concentrating on their Christmas shopping and nobody knew about us. It was very stressful,” she says. But business eventually picked up through word of mouth. Now you’ll be lucky to even nab a seat on a Saturday without booking, queues piling up well outside the shop on a weekend. Customers can treat themselves to raw delights including BBQ kale chips, vanilla cream pie, banana pancakes or mock BBQ ribs. Her food is so delicious that she often gets questions about raw cooking from customers, some of which have driven from as far as Nottingham to get a taste of her food.
Since opening, customers with health issues have felt the benefits raw dieting. “There was a lady who was ill from cancer,” she says. Although the woman wasn’t cured of cancer, her wellbeing has increased. “Her daughter would normally come and pick up natural juices from us and over time she started feeling better. When you do something that you love and it pays in that way, it is amazing.”
She hopes that the café is a way of paying for her past sins of incessantly pestering people in her previous job at a call centre. Inga would call people for a payday loan company, persuading people to lend money they couldn’t pay back.
“I felt horrible doing a job that did no good to society,” she says. “A sad energy bombarded my ears everyday and I hated it. You feel completely empty and I’m glad I got out of there.”
Inga plans to take Pure on Raw and nurture it into something bigger; think product lines and expansion into a restaurant franchise. “There are a lot of possibilities,” she says. She’s done well so far, building up from nothing and managing staff and a kitchen with little experience, all driven by her desire to help people in the same way pure dieting has helped her. “There are a lot of possibilities. I love this thing and I want more and more people to try this food and incorporate it into their own diet.”
Those after a truly revitalising experience should visit Switzerland. There’s no wonder it topped the 2012 Environmental Performance Index with its scenic alpines and lakes as crystal clear as a Finish tablet. The country nabbed high scores for environmental health by priding itself on low carbon emissions and natural resource management strictly maintained by habitat production and air pollution control. It shows too. You’re never more than 20km from an unpolluted waters – busy cities like Zurich boasting lakes clean enough to swim in – whilst those in its Italian-speaking region can bathe with gorgeous greenery in the hottest sun the country receives yearly. Unsurprisingly, its transport gets the same environmental treatment too. Hop on the efficient Swiss rail network and your eyes will be treated to panoramic views of lush forests, majestic cliffs and chilly glaciers. This year’s Geneva Motorshow wasn’t short of environmentally friendly hybrids either. Showcases from BMW, Audi, Nissan and even Ferrari shows that a Toyota Prius isn’t the only green car on the market, but which have been particular highlights?
As usual, The Germans are still leading the pack when it comes to executive motors. BMW unveiled its new B3 Bi-Turbo this year: a total reimagining of the 3-series it’s based on. Powered by a straight six engine, twin turbo and an eight-speed Switch-Tronic automatic transmission, this smooth four-door cruises from 0 to 62 miles per hour in four seconds flat.
The B3’s looks match the power under its bonnet too. A first for the German manufacturer, 20-inch Alpina Classic Wheels join two elliptical double tailpipes to enhance the classic BMW saloon look. Its rear spoiler reduces significant uplift whilst the front spoiler channels airflow to its cooling system and brake air ducts. Leather upholstery, heated sports seats and ambient interiors means that you’ll be experiencing all of this in complete luxury.
BMW’s new car uses 7.9 litres of fuel every 100km and only burns 183 grams of CO2 emissions when driven moderately, a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption over its older brother, the M3. Prices start around 54,950 pounds for the most basic model, which means you won’t burn a considerable hole in your wallet… or the Earth’s atmosphere.
Elsewhere, Audi’s role as an environmentally aware manufacturer continues to grow: its new vehicle range fuelled by harvested gases from wind farms across the North Sea. Their new A3 Sportback G-Tron – the latest in the company’s eco-friendly SUVs – is a serious contender in this year’s 4x4 market. Two carbon fibre gas tanks accommodate both 7 kg of compressed natural gas and regular gasoline, whilst its 1.4 litre TFSI engine channels 110 horsepower, allowing the vehicle to reach 62mph in 11 seconds flat.
This hatchback covers phenomenal distances making it perfect for the traveller at heart: it can reach 242 miles on compressed natural gas or 559 miles on regular gas. Combine both tanks however and the A3 can get you as a far as 807 miles.
The Japanese Touch
Nissan remain icons in Eastern automobile design since being founded in 1933. Eighty years on and 2013 marks a new stage for the Japanese manufacturer as it unveils its new Resonance concept range, the basis for its new brand identity extending to its Murano, Rogue and future crossover models.
Boomerang taillights and futuristic grills made this one of the glossiest cars unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow. VIP style interiors, dazzling lights and comfy seating – the rear seats enough for five people – also greet future owners. Elsewhere, chrome decorations, rear view cameras and a hologram-style interface will make it seem like you’re commanding your own star ship whilst driving. Francois Bancon, Nissan’s division general manager, described the modern interior an enlightened modernity for today’s crossover buyer who values unforgettable driving experiences with luxurious indulgence.
It’s a true hybrid too. Fuelled by a four-wheel-drive hybrid system, its 2.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor work in synergy at this 4x4’s powerful core.
The Testarossa, the 456 and the 375 MM Spider are just some of the legendary cars Ferrari produced in partnership with Italian designers Pininfarina. 2013 signals the first break in their 52-year-old relationship as the Italian carmakers unveiled the beautiful LaFerrari, their first completely in-house designed vehicle. A striking evolution of the Enzo and Italia, sleek lines map out this sports car’s minimalist body and elegant red paintwork gives it that iconic Ferrari look.
The company’s first mild hybrid car, this stallion provides the highest power output of any Ferrari and keeps consumption as low as 40 per cent. Its 6.3 litre v12 engine gives it 789 horsepower whilst the electric motor adds an extra 160 horsepower. Pairing both motors together, the LaFerrari burns just 33 grams of CO2 emissions and it has a number of electronic gadgets including an ESC stability control, a high performance anti-lock braking system and active aerodynamics for maximum performance.
As you’d expect from a Ferrari, it’s incredibly fast. It reaches top speeds of up to 220 miles per hour, meeting 62 miles per hour in just less than three seconds. It flaunts the fastest lap time (1 minute and 20 seconds) of any road legal Ferrari on the Fiorano Test Circuit, meaning you’ll get both a eco-power house and a stylish record breaker.
A landmark new court ruling could potentially affect vegan rights in workplaces. Alex Yau investigates how currently employed vegans feel.
Imagine heading to work one day and then being fired for one simple thing. Frightening isn’t it? This became a reality for Christian check-in clerk Nadia Eweida back in April when British Airways sent her home for wearing cross that broke the airline’s uniform policy. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in favour of Nadia when she took the case to them, the result influencing how Christians, druids and vegans are treated at work.
This sparked new guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission that could gift vegans special rights in their workplaces and hefty legal costs could befall employers who don’t comply. Titled ‘Religion and Belief in the Workplace,’ the guideline states that: “Employees may assert the right to discuss their personal beliefs in the workplace and employers should not prevent such conversations.” Ecological-minded vegans could be free to educate colleagues about the environmental damage driving to work does and vegan chefs could refuse to clear a fridge stocked with animal carcasses.
Of course, veganism’s popularity has steadily risen over the years, many readily embracing it. One vegan hub is the UK: The British Vegan Society estimates that there are 150,000 vegans in a population of 65 million since 2012. That’s one vegan for every 400 UK citizens. It’s noticeable too. Vegan cafes are popping up all over the UK and the enticing aroma of vegan dishes are present in many restaurants and office canteens. With many of these 150,000 vegans employed across the country, how do some think these guidelines will affect them in employment?
“We need to be cautious”
25-year-old bar supervisor Will Jordan has been vegan for three years, his job requiring him to stray from his beliefs. “I feel awkward handling products like food and drink that aren’t vegan,” he says. “Sometimes I have to taste drinks customers return which I know aren’t vegan. I knew this was part of the job when I took it on though. I expected things like this to take a long time but now is the right time for it to come through. We need to be respectful though because handling it aggressively could portray us badly. It may cost some businesses but if it benefits the wider community, that’s a necessary sacrifice.”
“It should be aimed at certain situations”
22-year-old English teacher Jessica Rogers thinks the guideline suits isolated situations only. “No one can object if they are employed at restaurants that serve meat. It should be aimed at certain situations where an employee wouldn’t be asked handle meat. It would have to prevent vegans from doing tasks that aren’t part of their job description. I would object to something that wasn’t part of my job description.”