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THE PLACE TO BE

FOR GLAMOUR, MOD-CONS AND CELEB SIGHTINGS, PERAQUUM HAS IT ALL AND ITS AWARD-WINNING RESORTS IN THE MALDIVES ARE PARADISE FOUND

LOOKING FOR A HIP, HOT AND HAPPENING HONEYMOON? Then look no further than Per AQUUM’s designer resorts. Constantly refining and re-designing, their two properties in the Maldives are the essence of island chic. Take for example the Ocean Bungalows at Huvafen Fushi. Not only are they huge and combine modern sleek lines with natural island touches, they also feature glass floor panels and Bose surround sound systems. The retreat’s world-famous underwater spa is in a class of its own and

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The onboard Flash

Some of the lesser known features of this little superhero.

Searching for an artificial light source to take your photography a notch higher? Then look no further as you already have one of the most useful options at your disposal— the onboard flash. This little gadget offers everything you will need and best of all, you don’t have to pay for new equipment.

1. That you can get a perfect catchlight

A catchlight is one of tine most common portraiture techniques. It is used to add dimension to the subject’s eyes and make the person look more lively. But what

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THE Newcomers

BEAT OTHER HONEYMOONERS TO THE HIPPEST HOTELS BY BOOKING ONE OF THESE HOT OPENINGS NOW

MONASTERO SANTA ROSA, ITALY

This 20-room hotel, housed in a 17th-century former convent, has been 11 years in the making. Looking down from a clifltop, it’s gasp-inducingly beautiful and tranquil. Paved terraces dotted with double day-beds, canopied sun loungers and swings a deux cascade down the hillside, to the aqua infinity pool with dizzying views of the sea below. The rooms are all local chestnut and walnut furniture, marble bathrooms, king-size beds and eye-popping sea vistas. This is Italy so food is, naturally, a highlight.

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The movies, music and games to test your system

Music

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN The Third Eye Centre

Download, CD, vinyl

Out now ★★★★

Some bands’ collections of B-sides, remixes and ‘rarities’ are overt barrel-scraping affairs, an exercise in contract fulfilment or an admission of creative bankruptcy. Belle and Sebastian do things rather differently.

After all, this is the band that didn’t include a single on an album until their sixth LP (Dear Catastrophe Waitress) — prior to that all the band’s singles and EPs were stand-alone.

So in the manner of 2005’s Push Barman To Open Old Wounds (which rounded up B-sides and what-have-you from the first five albums),

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The Lifer

OS X Mavericks is generating a lot of buzz with its stick-looking app upgrades, but Rik Myslewski is more excited about the features we can’t see

Apple’s OS X Mavericks adds a number of nifty features — I’m particularly jazzed about improvements to the Finder, Safari, and the Calendar app — but even more interesting to us in the geek community are a trio of under-the-hood items that boost both performance and battery life.

The first goes by the oh-so-cute name of App Nap — definitely a «What took you so long?» feature. App Nap keeps an eye on the

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The inheritance of food

Gastronomy is something of a family heirloom in the Rostang household. But, that didn’t stop fifth generation chef and multiple Michelin star holder Michel Rostang from being one of the humblest chefs Sudeshna Ghost has interviewed.

He comes from a family of restaurateurs, so becoming a chef was an inevitability for Michel Rostang. As he himself admits, «I can’t imagine not being a chef. If is natural, I’ve been living and breathing food since I was a baby.” With seven restaurants, and over 30 years of cooking under his belt, many might say if is time for him to enjoy

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THE IMAGE MAKER

In the first of a new series on the art of image manipulation, B+W Photographer of the Year 2012, Clayton Bastiani, reveals a simple technique he uses to create multiple layer images with atmosphere and mood.

love making photographs as much as I love taking them. Photographers have been at it for a very long time — read Colin Harding’s feature (B+W issue 150) on Oscar Rejlander’s The Two Ways of Life, created in 1857 and a fantastic example of combination printing.

Over the coming months I aim to introduce you to some very simple methods of photo-manipulation and photo

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THE GREATEST HITS

THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS, INDIA

No trip to India is complete without a visit to Udaipur, and no trip to Udaipur is complete without a stay at the Udaivilas, a fantasy Indian palace that’s all shimmering cream facades, decorative domes, fountains and OTT opulence. Although relatively new, it feels like it’s been the home of maharajas for centuries. Plump for an outside room with a ‘semi-private’ plunge pool that’s actually an off-shoot of the giant one which snakes round the whole thing like a moat (pictured). Do take time to venture across Lake Pichola to the city’s antique palaces, temples and

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The Gallery.

UNFORTUNATE LIE AT SELBORNE IN SA WOMEN’S OPEN.

English golfer Rebecca Hudson was horrified to find her golf ball lying within a dead branch from a palm tree next to the tenth green at Selborne in the final round of the SA Women’s Open. And a strong wind was blowing the branch about, so she was faced with a moving ball. When the branch stopped moving, a rules official gave her the bad news: she must play the ball as it lies, or deem it unplayable and take a penalty drop.

Natural objects such as dead branches are loose impediments,

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The Financial Continuum

It is often said that life is like a marathon. However, perhaps it is better to consider life as a series of sprints with periods of recovery in between. This can apply in so many areas of our lives. Family, career and finances are all areas of our lives that have periods of all-out sprints and then times of almost coasting. When it comes to the financial race, it is important to evaluate you are and where you want to go, and then to create the map to get there.

On your mark …

In the early stages of financial

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