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Man of Many’s Staff Favourites – 30 April 2022


If you, like us, have been glued to the television watching the bizarre courtroom antics of the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard case, the weekend brings some sweet relief. Back to the normality of football and sleep-ins, we can finally catch up on the week’s events from a completely un-Elon-ed approach. With that in mind, we’re diving into our favourite releases and pickups from the past seven days. Here is Man of Many’s Staff Favourites.

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Air Bud: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Nick Hall – Editor-in-Chief

Look, I love implausible ’90s family films as much as the next guy, but something has always bugged me about Air Bud. The movie about the dog that can sort of play basketball despite having nest to no ball-skills just feels like a stretch too far, however, I’ve never really voiced my opinion – mostly because the topic of Air Bud rarely comes up in conversation. John Oliver saw no reason to let that stop him. The Last Week Tonight host took to the internet this week to discuss the ethics of the family film in ways that are far more eloquent than I could ever articulate and I’m forever grateful. Prepare to have your childhood ruined.

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Naomi C. Gallay Art

Frank Arthur – Co-Founder

I’m really into the work of Swiss artist and designer Naomi C. Gallay. Her website describes her art as “focused on the human form, transcending the boundaries of classical portraiture and gestural abstraction”, which is just a colourful way of saying – cool paintings of people. She explores race, culture and diversity through the use of silhouettes and block colours to build intriguing minimalist figures that are truly captivating. I don’t have my own Naomi C. Gallay piece yet but hopefully, I will one day.

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Hamelin Bay, Margaret River

Tim Fernandes – Senior Sales & Partnerships Manager

I recently did a couple of weeks’ holiday in WA, which included three days in Margaret River and obligatory winery tours of several vineyards. The region is known for good wine of course, but an absolute highlight of the entire trip was actually hanging out with stingrays at Hamelin Bay. Just 30 minutes south of the main town of Margaret River, Hamelin Bay is known for idyllic turquoise water, dozens of shipwrecks in the early 1900s, occasional whale strandings and finally – Stingrays so friendly they come to the shore and nibble your toes (in a friendly way). The Eagle Ray and Smooth Rays swim along the shore all day, coming right to the beach to be fed by fisherman and locals, especially at sunset. They’re a protected species, so you shouldn’t actually be feeding or touching them, but just watching dozens of rays in their natural environment, glide up and down this ridiculously beautiful beach is an absolute must-do for any Margaret River visit.

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Is It Cake?

Clelia Niyikiza – Branded Content Assistant

I’m sure you’ve heard of it if you haven’t already seen it yet. You know that TV show where you guess if the most realist looking Hats, Purses, shoes, a bag of cash and savoury foods like tacos is cake or the real deal. I discovered this over the first long weekend, and I could see why I kept hearing about it prior. When looking for the easiest show to watch with another person, or a group of mates, I recommend this. I’ve only seen it in two different settings, but it made enough of an impact to recommend it as a favourite. A small warning, it can get pretty competitive. The first time I saw it was with another friend, and they got pretty competitive, pausing it to analyse the cake to determine who knew best. I would recommend watching it with a group of mates like I did the second long weekend. It was the perfect way to wind down after a long walk all day and made even better when turned into a fun drinking game.

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Spiritualized – Everything Was Beautiful

Rob Edwards – Branded Content Writer

Jason Pierce and co. have returned with Spiritualized’s ninth studio album and it’s absolutely staggering to me how an act now in its fourth decade can still be this good. Clearly echoing elements of their 1997 classic Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space without becoming an exercise in nostalgia, this latest outing has not left my headphones since its release and I’m confident it’ll be a contender for my album of the year as 2022 wraps up. Overflowing with Spiritualized’s signature sound that blends future space jams with that sense of the tactile that only comes from using instruments made of wood and metal, this is everything my ears want to hear right now.

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2019 My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon

Jacob Osborn – Staff Writer

The man behind Booker Wines, farmer and winemaker Eric Jensen created this robust cab in honour of neighbour and mentor Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure Winery. Its name makes direct reference to Asseo, who used to refer to Eric as his “favorite neighbor” in a thick French accent. From this tradition, a modern classic was born, which pays a purposeful homage to Asseo’s Bordeaux roots.

Crafted in San Luis Obispo, California, and bottled at 14.4% ABV, My Favorite Neighbor blends Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and a touch of Malbec. The grapes were sourced from local “A+” vineyards owned by Jensen’s wine-grower friends, organically farmed, and made at Booker’s solar-powered winery. A nose of red cherry, raspberry, and herbs gives way to an earthy palate of black cherry, plum, fig, and coffee. The finish is clean and long with a complex structure and silky tannins.

This is a clean and uncompromising wine and it goes out to not just Stephan Asseo, but all of Jensen’s generous neighbours. Unlike most counterparts in this range, it’s free of any additives or concentrates and all the more nuanced as a result. Purity, be thy name!

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