David Meece

Roald Bradstock

FUN AND GAMES I was told not to do any sport when I was diagnosed with spina bifida. My mother had noticed that my head was growing in disproportion to the rest of my body, and I remember being six years old in hospital looking at an X-ray of my back.

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

Time for relaxation, friends and family


March 21 - April 19

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Jenny Pat

LOVE OF KNOWLEDGE I grew up in Vancouver. I was born in Hong Kong, but moved to Canada in 1996. I used to study philosophy. I was a bit of a weird kid. I was reading Aristotle and dialectics and stuff like that when I was 17, 18. My mom said I couldn't read that stuff because it would fry me and make me into one of those depressive people.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Pioneering online writer moves beyond medium

How did you first become a writer?

In the beginning I just wrote for fun online - I didn't take it seriously. Then people liked what I wrote, I was approached by publishers, and here we are.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Gaile Lai

STAR IN THE MAKING I started modelling when I was 14. I was wandering the streets of San Francisco when two Italian photographers spotted me. They booked me for my first editorial shoot. I still have the spread - when I look at it now, I think it's obvious I had no idea what I was doing. But I guess that's what they wanted for that particular shoot - a young and innocent look.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Reclaim your time and space

Parkinson's Law states that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Likewise, clutter expands to fill the space available for its existence.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Joyce Samoutou-Wong

AFRICA CALLING I'm an ordinary Hong Kong girl, but I've had a thing for Africa since I was two years old. I don't know why, I wasn't into safaris or Tarzan. It could have been the stories told by the missionaries at the church my parents took me to. I thought all of my peers were interested in Africa, too, but my best friend called me crazy when I asked her if she was.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Father's lament

My thoughts for months have been consumed with my younger son's future.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Mud, sweat and gears

As an executive director of a large corporation, Ho Ren-hua, 30, has the sort of buttoned up job that is common in a teeming metropolis. But even in the urban jungle, the Shanghai-based Singaporean finds the time and energy to hit the road.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

David Rockefeller Jnr

DAYS OF WAR I have a child's impression of the second world war as I was only four when it ended, in 1945. Luckily, I didn't have the fear someone in London or Hiroshima would have had. But I did miss my father because he was a captain in the United States army in North Africa. He was in the intelligence division and after the war he played an important role in the reinvigoration of France.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Daniel Libeskind

TELLING STOREYS My work addresses not just the surfaces of things, but how architecture, urban space and buildings can tell a story, and how they can bring hope to often gloomy pasts. As a child of Holocaust survivors, who grew up under communist dictatorship in Poland, I didn't have to research these issues in the library - they're part of my own visceral past.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Don't let negativity of others affect you


March 21 - April 19

There is a big difference between a leader and a dictator. Which one are you? This question will surface now, because you are being asked to take on extra responsibility and possibly even to lead a large project.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Zoom for improvement

Photographer Olaf Mueller has never really struggled with weight. At university, he was a sporty student, working out and playing team sports regularly. After marriage and two children, he continued to be active, eat a low-carb, high-protein diet and exercise religiously.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Junot Diaz

COMING TO AMERICA I'm from a low-level military family of old, conservative, country people. They moved to the city of Santo Domingo [in the Dominican Republic] before I was born. My memories of the Dominican Republic are very strong, because leaving home was so traumatic that it cast everything that I would have normally forgotten into amber. I moved to the United States when I was six.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

This week's forecast from the heavens


March 21 - April 19

Emotions are running riot this week, so it's up to you to channel those feelings wisely and positively. Perhaps there is irritation between family members, or you're going through a rough patch with your best friend. Either way, a calm response is key. Try to see the other person's point of view before jumping in.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am