Six hours. It doesn’t matter what city you live in. It doesn’t matter what you do for work. If you’re reading this parked up next to the boat ramp waiting for a mate to get his fishing gear loaded, or in the toilets at work dodging that report you’ve been putting off. Six hours. If you tipped your desk over right now, took to the photocopier with a baseball bat and flipped off the boss on your way out the door you’d only be six hours from serious adventure.
Sure, America has its wild west - albeit one that mainly exists in colourful rather than historical tales, and on the silver screen - but you might not realise that Europe has one too. It’s called Portugal, and it was the setting for the launch of Mazda’s most important new vehicle for more than a decade, the Mazda CX-60, a big, bold new SUV that reminds us of the phrase Steve Jobs famously used to launch the original iPhone - “this changes everything”.
Seriously, how did human beings, with our many obvious flaws and amusing-looking bodies, rise to become the dominant species on this planet?
Some scientists point to the size of our brains (elephants and whales tap their vast noggins and chuckle ruefully), others to our opposable thumbs, our ability to socialise and empathise or our incredible adaptivity and inventiveness.