The lead-in to Christmas is well underway and we’re all wondering how we’re going to pay for the influx of gifts our family members are expecting. Before the budget blows out and we wind up putting ourselves in credit card debt, you need to decide just what you should be gunning for. Here are some of our favourite picks from the last week, all wrapped up with neat little Man of Many’s Staff Favourites-shaped bow.
Chivas Extra 13YO Oloroso Sherry Cask
Nick Hall – Digital Editor
When we heard that the previous Chivas Extra was set to be replaced, we instinctively poured one out for our fallen homie, but now we’ve uncovered the replacement, we don’t feel so bad. The new Chivas Extra 13YO Oloroso Sherry Cask brings a bunch of new flavours to the Chivas blend, delivering a richer finish than we’re used to. We were lucky enough to get out hands on a bottle of the Australian exclusive this week, along with some pretty timely highball ingredients, making the end of week drinks a little more refreshing.
For me personally, I really love the artwork on the bottle. Each new Chivas expression scores a unique visual expression from renowned street artists Greg Gossel. It looks cool, tastes great and is available now.
Murdoch Beard Moisturiser
Scott Purcell – Co-Founder
Not sure where this came from or who sent this to us in the office, but it’s pretty timely as I’ve been growing out my beard for the past two weeks – testing out the bald + beard look after shaving my head over COVID. It’s now getting to the itchy stage so I was stoked to try this out to alleviate any irritation or pain. What does it do? The all-in-one moisturiser conditions and softens facial hair and the skin underneath. Almost like a melting soft ice cube to your face after a rough shave. It smells great too. Highly recommend for anyone growing out their stubble.
@soytiet on Instagram
Frank Arthur – Co-Founder
I’ve recently started following @soytiet on Instagram and let me tell you, this internet phenom has filled my week with joy. Amassing a TikTok following of over a million, @soytiet became a viral sensation through a series of unique vocal performances across social media, thus cementing his spot as one of the greatest memes of 2020.
If it’s the voice of an angel you’re looking for, then @soytiet might not be for you. However, one thing I can guarantee, is that the melodic yet bewildering vocals are sure to keep you entertained.
LG Signature Wine Cellar with InstaView
Denise Barnes – Native Content Manager
If you love wine, have enough space in your house or apartment and can afford luxurious appliances, LG’s Signature Wine Fridge will be right up your alley. In fact, this is the closest you will come to actually storing your wines in an underground cellar.
Featuring optimal storage technology, two temperature zones to suit both red and white wine, a UV-resistant design, an impressive InstaView feature (knock twice on the door to see inside) and a convertible drawer that you can use for various other fridge or freezer functions, it seriously doesn’t get much better than this.
Although I’ve been lucky enough to experience this glorious fridge first hand, sadly, it’s probably not something I will be able to afford anytime soon, but a girl can dream, right?
Drive To Survive
Alex de Crespigny – Editorial & Social Coordinator
Better late than never, Drive to Survive has been out for a year or two now but, in typical Alex style, I’ve only just ended up turning it on. For those who don’t know, its a Netflix doco that intimately follows the drivers, teams and companies behind each Formula 1 racing team. We’re talking Daniel Riccardo and Red Bull, Charles LeClerc and even bigger names like Lewis Hamilton make an appearance in Season 2.
For fans of F1, this will act as a little behind the scenes show to augment their regular season viewing. But for layman’s, Drive to Survive is sure to get you hooked on the high octane action. From teammate on teammate crashes to the demise of multi-million dollar business relationships, it offers a unique perspective on one of the most opulent and exciting sports in the world.
F1’s a weird sport. Undeniably one of the most physically challenging and mentally straining but, at the same time, I thought it was the sort of thing senile old men with too much money would throw on in the background at their third wife’s garden parties.
Since watching Drive to Survive, my opinion hasn’t exactly changed, but I have developed a newfound respect for the business. It’s cutthroat, exciting and with more plot twists than a Christopher Nolan movie. Highly recommend checking out Drive to Survive if you haven’t already.
Get a Free Shave or Beard Trim!
Tim Fernandes – Sales and Partnerships Manager
Gillette is doing great stuff at the moment. Not only supporting men’s health charity Movember for the third year in a row, but offering free shaves and beard trims on weekends for anyone who can head to their pop-up store in Bondi throughout November. To promote the launch of their new brand King C. Gillette, you can book in the ultimate professional barber experience free of charge, and relax with a Mo trim, beard style or the complete “close shave”.
If you can’t make it to Bondi you can still have the professional barber experience at home with their entire King C. Gillette range of facial hair products, available from Coles. This includes a very fancy chrome-plated double-edged safety razor, transparent shave gel (so you can actually see where you’re shaving), beard & face wash, soft beard balm and oil and finally a quality beard trimmer with 3 x interchangeable blades for less than $60. By far the best quality shave and beard care products you can get from the supermarket.
Raspberry Pi 400
Ben McKimm – Intern
Compact computer company Rasberry Pi has announced the Rasberry Pi 400. The device looks mostly like a keyboard but internally hides an ARM-based computer that allows the device to be plugged into TVs and monitors using the included dual HDMI ports. The Raspberry Pi 400 takes a MicroSD card for storage and you can even plug a mouse into the device to turn it into a fully-fledged micro-computer. The computer is best used for day-to-day tasks such as coding, and media playback.
The main advantage of the micro-computer is its tiny form factor. Never before have you been able to transport around such a small and approachable device. The micro-computer is great for beginners who are wanting to learn the art of coding. The Rasberry Pi 400 has just enough power to make it suitable for tasks like turning on and off smart home devices, build stop motion cameras, and other basic tasks. The device doesn’t disappoint in the technical specs with 4GB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 5.0. There are a pair of micro HDMI ports that can output up to 4K / 60Hz, two USB 3.0 ports, and a single USB 2.0 port. The whole device is powered by USB-C which is a must-have in 2020.