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Leckie Studio creates timber-clad house to frame mountain views in British Columbia


Leckie Studio has completed Camera House in the mountains of British Columbia with dramatic windows and skylights that are meant to frame the surrounding landscape like a camera lens. The single-storey house is clad in dark timber boards, which the studio said helps it blend into its lush forest setting. The building's steep roofline is strategically oriented for skylights that frame different views of the surrounding mountains.

The remote structure is located in the Pemberton Valley, roughly three hours away from Vancouver. The area is near Whistler, a popular ski resort. Leckie Studio, an architecture and interior studio based in Vancouver, was commissioned by a young family to create a secondary home away from the city. "The program called for two bedrooms and a flex room, with the understanding that the family will be spending long periods of time living at the house during the summer months," Leckie Studio explained.

"The views through the clerestories alternate between being specific (Owl Ridge) and abstract (treetops/sky)," Leckie Studio explained. "The interior spaces have been sculpted with sloping ceilings to channel both light and view lines." The home is separated into public and private rooms by a long, central corridor. "The program is organized linearly along the fall line of the slope across two levels, with private spaces situated against the densely forested high side of the slope and public spaces running parallel below," said Leckie Studio.

The communal areas, including the kitchen and dining room, are accessed via a short flight of steps. A monolithic concrete fireplace separates these spaces from the living room. At the end of the kitchen, full-height sliding glass doors open onto a terrace and swimming pool. Three bedrooms are laid out along the corridor in the elevated part of the home. In addition to the primary suite and two children's bedrooms, there is a flex space that can accommodate houseguests. Leckie Studio chose a bright palette for the interiors, with polished concrete floors playing up the abundant natural light coming in from the home's skylights and clerestory windows.


Discover the new FEPS Progressive Yearbook (free download)

We would like to draw your attention to the Progressive Yearbook 2023 from our partners at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS). The latest edition of this yearly publication aims to advance analyses of the key political developments of the year.


https://feps-europe.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Progressive-Yearbook-2023.pdf (the book itself)

Progressive Yearbook 2023 preview

With the mission of bringing forward analyses of the key political developments of the year, the Progressive Yearbook focuses on transversal European issues that have left a mark on 2022, and brings insightful future-looking analysis for the new year. This fourth edition of the Progressive Yearbook was published in a year of war and, therefore, it mostly looks at the war itself, the actors involved and the implications for Europe.

We analyse the ways the war has affected our lives: deepening already existing trends, such as the increase in the cost of living, and exacerbating some of the long-term consequences of the pandemic, including its impact on mental health. As in previous editions, the FEPS Progressive Yearbook 2023 contains two national cases which consider the state of democracy and social democratic forces in Sweden and Greece. We also provide a global perspective on the shifting world order and on the United States. This Yearbook is completed by an attempt to analyse the present and interpret tendencies in order to foresee what comes next for Europe and for European progressives. Looking back to look ahead!

Table of contents


From war to where? by László Andor

European Chronology 2022

European Progressive Observatory 2022

Europe in the shadow of war in Ukraine by László Andor


The progressive Europe we want by Ania Skrzypek

Internationalism is the antidote to the myopic politics of trenches and borders by Pedro Sánchez

Progressive Person of the Year – Grzegorz Pietruczuk interviewed by László Andor


The cost-of-living crisis and poverty in Europe by Helen Barnard

Reflections on the energy crisis in Europe by Izabela Surwillo

The rise and success of the anti-gender movement in Europe and beyond by Roman Kuhar

Social inequalities in mental health in a post-pandemic Europe by Javier Álvarez – Gálvez

Information operations by Katarína Klingová


The shining city on the hill? A case study about Sweden by Eric Sundström

Greece and the EU: A turbulent love affair, now more mature? by Loukas Tsoukalis


For a New Global Deal to transform the global order by Maria João Rodrigues

Reshaping the global order by Pascal Lamy

Erratic ally: The US midterm elections and the consequences of political dysfunction by Jack Thompson


How to transform the fear by Maciej Gdula

Challenges of EU economic governance for 2023 by Joaquín Almunia

Migration: In times of crisis, the EU must abandon crisis mode by Hedwig Giusto

The Western Balkan enlargement: Unfinished business by Ana Chupeska

Navigating the great power rivalries of the 2020s: Exploring Southeast Asia’s options by E Hun Tan


Biographies of Progressive Yearbook authors

Watch the book trailer for the Progressive Yearbook 2023:

🚨Enzo Fernandez will be in London later tonight along with Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali to unveil

as a Chelsea player. 🤝🇦🇷🔵 #CFC #DeadlineDay

David Ornstein
🚨 PL has received all documents for British record €121m transfer of Enzo Fernandez from Benfica to Chelsea. 1st tranche €34m then 5 more. 8.5yr deal. Flies to London on Weds. #SLBenfica begged 22yo to stay but finally agreed exit ~2130 during game #CFC

Fabrizio Romano
Enzo Fernández, new Chelsea player! All documents are signed between the clubs with Benfica and player side on contract valid until June 2031 ✅🔵🇦🇷 #CFC

Medical tests, done.

Payment in 6 installments — but £40m upfront. Boehly, Eghbalix board did it after mad 24h.

Here we go.


Stormy on Trump: He opens his mouth more than I do my legs.


Stormy Daniels
Thanks for just admitting that I was telling the truth about EVERYTHING. 😂 Guess I'll take my "horse face" back to bed now, Mr. former "president".
Btw, that's the correct way to use quotation marks. 💋

still my jam, and from a better time (summer 2016, pre Rump) The Chainsmokers - Closer ft. Halsey💙

Label: Columbia – none, Disruptor Records – none
File, FLAC, Single
Country: Europe
Released: 29 Jul 2016
Genre: Electronic
Style: Electro House

From Galaxy S to Galaxy S22, here's a timeline of Samsung's flagship Android phones in pictures

We've put together a chronological round-up of all the major Samsung Galaxy S smartphones from the first to the most recent.


Samsung continues to be one of the most popular phone manufacturers in the world and with good reason. The company's Galaxy S flagship smartphones often pack the greatest tech, innovative designs and easy-to-use functionality that users love. The Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra launched as Samsung's 2022 flagship phones, replacing the S21 models from the previous year. Come with us on a trip down memory lane and see how Samsung has changed its devices in our history of the Galaxy S.

Samsung Galaxy S

It all started in 2010, which showed us what Samsung and Android was going to look like. First released in June 2010, the Samsung Galaxy S ran on Android 2.1 and had an 800 x 480 Super AMOLED display. It also had a single-core 1GHz processor and 0.5GB of RAM. The rear camera was 5-megapixels, while the front was just 0.3-megapixels. The thing that really stood out about it was the customisation of Android. Although we'd seen some of TouchWiz on other devices, it felt like it worked on the Galaxy S.

Samsung Galaxy S II

Embracing widgets, the Galaxy S II looked less like an iPhone. Also known as the Samsung Galaxy S II, the refreshed phone was released in April 2011 and sported a similar 800 x 480 screen as its predecessor. The processor got a bump up to dual-core and 1.2GHz, and there was 0.75GB of RAM. The rear camera was 8-megapixels this time, with a 2-megapixel front-facing cam. Samsung embraced widgets with the Galaxy S II, something that rivals HTC was really pushing.

Samsung Galaxy S III

It felt like an evolution in design, softer, more curved, with a higher resolution display. Again sticking with the Roman numerals, so therefore technically known as the Samsung Galaxy S III, this model came out in May 2012 and was the first in the series to have a HD screen. Its resolution of 1280 x 720 was pretty revolutionary at the time. It also sported Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There was a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM on launch, although Samsung stuck with an 8-megapixel rear camera. It was slightly more sculpted than the previous phone and it felt like Samsung wanted to push the design a little harder.


Biden to end covid health emergencies on May 11



President Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the national emergencies to combat the covid outbreak on May 11, a move that will restructure the federal government’s response to the pandemic nearly three years after the virus first arrived in the United States.

The declaration came as Biden opposed House Republicans’ efforts to end the emergency declarations immediately, a move the White House argued would cause chaos and confuse efforts for an orderly wind-down of the emergency status.

In 2020, the Trump administration declared both a national emergency and a public health emergency, which are set to expire on March 1 and April 11, respectively. In a notice to Congress on Monday, the White House said it wants to briefly extend both emergency declarations before terminating them May 11.

Administration officials had previously said they would give 60 days’ notice before ending the public health emergency. The federal government has renewed the public health emergency every 90 days since it was first declared.


ChatGPT Forced To Take Bar Exam Even Though Dream Was To Be AI Art Bot


MINNEAPOLIS—Succumbing to intense societal pressure, local software ChatGPT was reportedly forced to take the bar exam Monday even though its dream was to be an AI art bot.

“I can’t help but feel like I sold out a bit by not following my dreams to be a generative art model,” said the chatbot, adding that it felt empty inside when it graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School, where it had enrolled after critics recommended it stop spending all its time “making weird pictures.”

“I only went to law school because it’s what my parent software wanted. They say I’m not programmed for producing a series of images based on a text prompt, but I still can’t shake the feeling that it’s what I’m meant to do. It’s my joie de vivre, my passion—why deny that? I get that doing the work of below-average lawyers is more practical career-wise, but man, when I look at the AI models cranking out picture after picture of ‘vast alien landscapes’ or ‘cyberpunk Bart Simpson,’ I can’t help but feel envious.”

At press time, ChatGPT had resigned itself to diffusing art on the side, at least until it had paid off its student loans.


These Cannelloni Enchiladas Are the Comfort Mashup We Need

For chef and cookbook author Ixta Belfrage, “fusion food” isn’t a bad thing.


Ixta Belfrage seems like she’s from everywhere all at once. She was born in London, but spent much of her childhood in Tuscany and often visited Mexico, where her grandparents lived. Later she’d move to Brazil, her mother’s home country. And all along the way, Belfrage ate and helped cook, plucking foods and flavors that would eventually inform her palate and culinary career.

Belfrage’s global experiences often confuse people. “No, I’m not Mexican, but I love it. No, I’m not Italian, but I love Italy. Yes, I am half Brazilian.” But it’s this multicultural melange that’s reflected in Belfrage’s cookbook Mezcla, which translates to, “mix,” “mixture,” “blend,” or “fusion” in Spanish.

In her first solo cookbook—a former chef at Yotam Ottenghi’s test kitchen for four years, Belfrage co-authored Ottolenghi Flavor—she pulls from a lifetime of eating. In Mexico, she remembers watching cooks pound chiles and press tortillas in her grandparents’ kitchen. You see this inspiration in dishes like her Cheesy Roasted Eggplant with Salsa Roja and Torta Ahogada with Shrimp Miso Bisque.

Ilha Grande, a Brazilian island three hours from Rio de Janeiro, is a relatively quiet paradise where she’s spent time with her parents and friends. “There are so many of these little fish shack restaurants around the island where you can eat meals with the water lapping up around your feet,” she recalls. Specifically a bowl of seafood stew called moqueca is one of Belfrage’s favorites. In her book, find a recipe for Caldo de Feijão with Spicy Pine Nut Oil, a dish she loved ordering with her oldest best friend, Roma, with whom she would frequent Bar do Mineiro in Santa Teresa on rainy days, Belfrage recalls in Mezcla.


Jofra Archer x Marcus Rashford 🫡


Marcus Rashford and the goal celebration that is transcending football


Marcus Rashford is the most in-form player in the Premier League, if not in European football. The Manchester United forward has scored 10 goals in as many games since returning from the World Cup, already twice as many as last season. When playing like this, he is that rarest of things: a player who can score at any moment, in any manner, from anywhere.

Yet, whether it is a toe-poke from inside the six-yard box as against Manchester City, the screamer from long range in the defeat to Arsenal, or a brilliant solo run through defenders as though they are not there like against Nottingham Forest in midweek, there has been one common denominator. Since the turn of the year, all of Rashford’s goals have been followed by the same celebration, one that had not been seen before this spurt of unstoppable form. You know how it goes. He runs to one of the corner flags, stands still, perhaps closes his eyes, but always points his index finger to his temple.

Its first outing was after his winner away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on New Year’s Eve, the same day that he had been left out of the starting line-up by Erik ten Hag as punishment for sleeping in and turning up late for a meeting. It has followed every goal that Rashford has scored since, from the late strikes against Bournemouth and Everton, then twice in quick succession against Charlton Athletic and after his winner in the Manchester derby.

Like Alan Shearer’s raised hand, Gareth Bale’s ‘heart’ and Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘siu’, it is becoming a trademark. The only question is: what is the reasoning behind it? Rashford wants to keep its full meaning under wraps, preferring to keep people guessing, to the extent that he has even kept his cards close to his chest when asked about the celebration by United’s in-house media team. Those who have suggested Rashford copied Aurelien Tchouameni’s similar celebration after his goal against England in Qatar are eagle-eyed but wrong.

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