November 26, 2016 admin 0Comment

Pricing and specifications have been announced for the 2017 Alpina B4 BiTurbo range, the first model in the tuning company’s local line-up. Based on the BMW 435i, the Alpina B4 BiTurbo has been extensively reworked to deliver better performance while also featuring numerous styling enhancements and unique interior elements. The main change between the Alpina B4 and the 435i, apart from the obvious cosmetic tweaks, is to the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine under the bonnet. With an additional turbocharger, new cooling system and a forged steel crankshaft, the B4 BiTurbo produces a meaty 300kW of power and 600Nm of torque, 75kW…

November 26, 2016 admin 0Comment

I am loath to take part in the narrative trope that conveys, “Young women who have sex, in doing so, are embarking on a wacky, embarrassing, ill-thought-out comedy of errors,” without some recognition of how cool and worthwhile casual sex can be. Sexual autonomy is often presented as “confessional”—either overly comic or overly melodramatic, and when a female sexual youth is described as a series of “misadventures,” it rankles me. Upon taking in movies, magazines, and the anecdotes of others about the so-called bad behavior of a wayward woman they know, I so often feel like screaming, “She didn’t lampoon…

November 24, 2016 admin 0Comment

Ah, the holiday are upon us, and so too, are forced family gatherings. Movies often show extreme examples of how the ties that bind sometimes strangle. The best family comedies put the fun in dysfunctional as characters have their patience tested — often by the folks who can push their buttons best. Here are ten memorable and darkly funny flicks. 1. “Pieces of April” Poor April (Katie Holmes) is the black sheep of her clan, a tattooed hipster living in downtown New York. She wants to make what may be the last Thanksgiving dinner for her dysfunctional family — long-suffering…

November 23, 2016 admin 0Comment

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love set an NBA record for points in a first quarter by scoring 34 on Wednesday against Portland. Love fell three points shy of the league record for points in any quarter, set by Golden State’s Klay Thompson, who scored 37 in the third on Jan. 23, 2015. Love, who set a team record for points in a period, made 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including 8 of 10 on 3-pointers. He made his first six shots, including five 3-pointers. He missed his only shot of the second quarter, playing about the final 6 minutes…

November 21, 2016 admin 0Comment

When Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo stepped to the podium Tuesday and delivered his memorable soliloquy in handing control of the offense over to Dak Prescott, the team’s brass wasn’t sure exactly what he was going to say. They were in constant conversations with him, so they knew it wouldn’t be adversarial. But Romo didn’t run it by the team’s public relations staff. He didn’t go over his speech with owner Jerry Jones. He simply wrote a letter, read it and solidified his legacy in the organization. As one member of the Cowboys’ organization said, a lot of people preach being…

November 12, 2016 admin 0Comment

You know what the best wake-up call in the world is? It’s not your favorite radio station, nor is it the tender embrace of family or even a puppy licking your face until you stir. It is, in fact, a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 with 612 horsepower singing the song of its people. I know this, because to get to the new Mercedes-AMG E63, I flew from London to Portugal on two hours’ sleep. When I plonked myself into the car, I was barely awake, but when I fired it up, brain caffeine happened. Tech Talks Before we get to the…

November 11, 2016 admin 0Comment

You learn a lot about people when they’re down, President Barack Obama declared Thursday, and he wasn’t talking about an election. Obama saluted the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers for rallying from behind to defeat the Golden State Warriors and end a Cleveland pro sports title drought stretching back to 1964. Obama honored the Cavs on the South Lawn of the White House, squeezing in another sports champion before he leaves office. He opened with: “That’s right. I said world champion and Cleveland in the same sentence.” The Cavs came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the championship against a Warriors…

November 3, 2016 admin 0Comment

  Kevin Durant from underneath the basket with a twisting finish and a quick stare down and comment for defender Jerami Grant. Kevin Durant grabbing a loose ball in the backcourt, pushing it the other way and pulling up to splash a transition 3-pointer. Another 3-pointer, after taking Stephen Curry’s left-handed behind-the-back pass. And another and another and another. Durant was everywhere and everything Thursday night – catalyst for the offense, emotional spark even though the schedule makers supplied one the size of Oracle Arena, the man who turned Oracle into “Roaracle”, the difference as the Golden State Warriors (his…

October 23, 2016 admin 0Comment

Let’s be honest. Buying a near new car can be daunting. Having to spend an entire Saturday traipsing around a dozen dealerships and then coming back even more confused than before is no-one’s idea of fun. This is perhaps why car auctions are becoming increasingly popular. In recent times, the prices of classic cars sold at auction have been substantially higher than the reserve, but when buying used cars that are practically new, it can be quite the opposite. This was evident with a 2011 Ferrari 458 at a recent Manheim auction in Melbourne – even though it was passed in…