It feels good to be back in the swing of things. With Omicron tearing our state apart and the Novak Djokovic waging emotional warfare on our sometimes government, it almost feels like we never left 2021. But for all our whining, there is work to do, namely listing our top finds of the week. Here’s Man of Many’s Staff Favourites for this week.
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One Star Sydney
Nick Hall – Digital Editor
I genuinely love reading Google reviews, it’s like some kind of strange portal into the minds of the world’s most unhinged people. Honestly, have you ever actually read the stuff people post online? They’re willing to give up some serious personal information in a public forum, often un-prompted and out-of-context; it’s truly delightful. This week I stumbled across One Star Sydney, an Instagram page that highlights the best low-quality sh*tposted Google reviews from venues across the Harbour City. From the 1-Star reviews of the Parklea Correctional Centre, which had points knocked off for being a ‘dimly-lit, unwelcoming waste of a birthday’ to the brutal 1-Star rating of The Bayview Hotel in Gladesville for ‘No free jelly beans in the pokie room on Christmas Eve”, the reviews are nonsensical, very real and slightly disturbing. Happy scrolling.
Favourite Article this Week: The NBA’s Biggest Sneakerhead is Selling His Collection for Charity
Birkenstock Arizona Oiled Leather Soft Footbed Sandal
Scott Purcell -Co-Founder
So I’ve finally bitten the bullet and upgraded from my black Havaianas to a pair of proper sandals. I could’ve gone some of the trendier options from Teva but I chose to go with the pretty stock standard black leather from Birkenstock with the soft soles. At the ripe old age of 33, I think it was about time I looked a little more professional with my footwear choice if I’m heading down to the pub or the beach. Not that there’s anything wrong with thongs but I think Birkenstocks can definitely be dressed up a little for many more occasions. I found some cheap pairs through Kogan which seem to have lots of sizing options as well.
Favourite Article this Week: Man of Many 100 – The Top 100 Products of the Year
Blockbuster Board Game
Frank Arthur – Co-Founder
This week I’m taking a trip down memory lane. Hidden within a VHS video case is the Blockbuster board game, perfect to whip out at your next dinner party.
Whether you’re a cinephile or a casual movie fan this game caters to all. Two teams go head to head guessing iconic films as their teammates provide clues by quoting it, acting it or describing it in one word. It’s fun, interactive and the rules are simple. From teens through to adults, pretty much anyone who’s ever watched a few movies can play.
Favourite article: OMEGA Unveils $120,000 Recreation of the Very First Speedmaster
ettitude Bamboo Sheets
Tim Fernandes – Sales & Partnerships Manager
I received a set of bed sheets for Christmas this year and it was one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given. That may sound quite sad, lame or even a little pathetic – But the point I’m trying to get across is that these sheets are seriously that good. By far the softest, silkiest, most comfortable sheets I’ve slept in, even better than the Sheridan sheets you’ll come across in nice hotels (or perhaps your parent’s place).
I was given the Signature Sateen Set, they’re made of organic bamboo (like all the ettitude sheets) which is comparable to a cotton thread count of 1,000, they’re super breathable and quite cooling during the humid summer so far.
ettitude is an Australian bedding and sleepwear brand with environmentally sustainable practices at the forefront of all the products they create. Compared to a cotton sheet set, ettitude’s CleanBamboo sheet set uses 500x less water, creates 52 per cent less carbon emissions and it offers carbon-neutral packaging and delivery, so beyond being an amazing product you’ll also know purchasing these sheets are better for the environment than other brands. You spend a third of your life in bed, make sure you’re covered in the best possible sheets and ettitude products are well worth it.
Favourite Article: The Balvenie Makers Series
New Balance STAUD 54/70
Denise Barnes – Head of Branded Content
New Year, New Sneakers! I’ve always been a big New Balance fan and in particular, I love when they release collaboration projects. My latest obsession is the New Balance STAUD 54/70 sneaker that has the coolest 80’s aesthetic. It’s the 54/70 we all know and love but with a bold and fun twist. STAUD’s take on the 54/70 combines heritage and contemporary elements for a truly unique non-boring white sneaker. I love the mix of materials used to bring it all together; from the premium white leather to the translucent base. Featuring vivid accents, some reflective detailing, and the iconic oversized “N” branding, the 80’s feel on this sneaker is next level. Even the packaging has a retro vibe to it and to top it all off, each box comes with a set of multi-color laces to mix things up.
Mr Smith Hydrating & Treatment Pack
Sam Mangioni – Staff Writer
Instead of my fading hair inducing a daily existential crisis, I’ve decided to do something about it. And while there are many companies helping men find their lost follicles, I’ve started with simply upgrading my shampoo and conditioning routine. Rich in natural moisturising and thickness-producing properties, Australia’s own Mr Smith has been a godsend for my lid. Their Hydrating & Treatment Pack has left my hair feeling nourished and silky smooth, and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking to upgrade their grooming regiment.
Favourite Article: Best Products of CES 2022 (So Far)
The GlenDronach Parliament 21-Year-Old
Jacob Osborn – Staff Writer
Named after the rooks who guard their distillery to this day, The GlenDronach’s Parliament 21 Year is every bit as dense and delectable as its age statement would suggest. Matured in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso casks, non-chill filtered, and presented in its natural colour, this single malt isn’t so much a sherry bomb as much as it is a full-blown nuclear attack. Some sips reminded me of dark rum or coffee liqueur, though the whisky stops perfectly short of overwhelming the senses with sweetness or syrupy texture.
Too rare and delicious to sip any way but neat, The GlenDronach Parliament delivers aromas of milk chocolate, raisin, and burnt sugar, along with hints of butterscotch and orange peel. The taste is gloriously full-bodied and dominated by notes of dark cherry, coffee, and sherry. Oak kicks in at the finish and provides a pleasant counterbalance to the lingering layers of coffee and sugar. Those who loved sherried single malts will certainly love this!