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Switzerlands FSK 17

Peter Haclerode reports on Switzerland’s rarely seen, but highly efficient, airborne Special Forces – FSK 17.

DESPITE IT’S LONG-MAINTAINED policy of neutrality, Switzerland has always considered defence to be a high priority. The Swiss armed forces maintain a high degree of professionalism and are extremely well armed and equipped — and yet national servicemen have only 17 weeks basic training to their credit, topped up by a 19-day refresher course every two years.

However, the Swiss armed forces also include a small, but highly trained, special forces element, the Fernspah Kompanie 17.

In 1968, the Swiss decided that its army

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SWING

This garden plaything must be the most popular that has ever been devised. I have tried to avoid one or two problems that do occur when designing and making a free-standing swing. The bases are very long and the swing is braced at the sides so you don’t need to secure it into the ground. If you fit a plywood base it will prevent the mud puddle which is so often found beneath swings, and the dangerous concrete that usually fills the hole after the first season’s use.

Today many gardens are fairly small and there are more paved patio

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Swedish heavyweights

Scania will be well known to most MMI readers as a major Swedish manufacturer of commercial vehicles, specifically heavy trucks and buses. However, the company also manufactures diesel engines for other heavy vehicles (including military), marine use, and other general industrial applications.

In 1900, Maskinfabriks-aktiebolaget Scania was founded in Malmo in the south of Sweden as a manufacturer of bicycles. By 1903 the first cars had left the factory, and two years later Scania built their first truck.

Scania’s origins (through merger) actually trace back to 1891 and Vabis (Vagnsfabriksaktiebolaget i Sodertalje), Vabis founded in 1891 as a railway carriage-manufacturing

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SWEPT AWAY

FOR A SOPHISTICATED EUROPEAN GETAWAY, OPT FOR THE GREEK ISLANDS AND UNLEASH YOUR INNER GODDESS

BOASTING CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATERS, GOLDEN-SAND BEACHES AND RUSTIC TAVERNAS overflowing with fresh local seafood, the island of Skiathos in Greece is a brilliant choice for honeymooners seeking an old-world escape with a dash of glamour.

You’re certain to fall in love with the island’s traditional blue and white architecture, and thanks to a happening harbour scene, there’s no chance of island ennui setting in.

Run by forward-thinking hoteliers, the Santikos family, each delivers a first-class experience. Skiathos Princess is sophisticated and understated with beautiful gardens and

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swat3: close-quartersbattle

Скажите мне, что вы видите на скриншотах? Неужели то же, что и я? R6, но в полицейских кос­тюмчиках?..

Не верьте своим глазам! Это Sierra, выпустив SWAT2 и сама, наверное, ужаснувшись, решила сделать нам красиво. Если бы разработчики SWAT 3: Close- Quarters Battle с негодованием этого не отрицали, можно было бы подумать, что «движок» лицензирован у г-на Клэнси… Но нет, говорят, сами додумались. В то же время продюсер проекта Rod Fung с детской непосредственно­стью сообщает, что «это просто даже удивительно, как много ме­лочей мы позаимствовали ото­всюду». Среди мелочей — управ­ление одновременно пятью под­чиненными и абсолютно «настоящее оружие», в том числе и

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Surviving NATO shootdowns

AFM’s Alan Dawes sheds light on reports from *the other side’ describing the experiences of downed Yugoslavian Air Force pilots.

IN THE comparatively brief history of aerial combat, the role of the fighter pilot has always been glamorised in much the same way as we looked upon medieval knights. It is, therefore, tragically apt that the majority of Yugoslav Air Force fighter pilots known to have been shot down during Operation Allied Force have all belonged to the elite 127 Squadron, known as The Knights. The squadron name celebrates the memory of Serbia’s revered medieval leader and his band of

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Surprised by Joy

By THE EvE of our fourth wedding anniversary, we had wanted to have a baby, but without success. My husband asked me what I would like for our anniversary, and I sheepishly answered, “a baby.” He gently told me he couldn’t promise me that, but that we’d have a nice celebration of four happy years.

But an anniversary wish impossible for my husband to promise was not impossible for God! The next day, we heard that after waiting four months with an adoption agency, we had been chosen to parent a baby due to be born in two weeks! Miraculously,

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SURROUND SOUND, QUICK DIRTY

A simple wiring trick derives center channels.

Back in the late 1970s, I worked as a movie theater projectionist. That’s when I learned this dead-simple trick for wiring a center-channel speaker to augment the right and left channels.

To do it, you wire the left and right speakers to the amplifier as usual, red to red and black to black. Then wire a middle speaker by connecting | one pole to the amp’s right red output and the | other pole to the left red output. This will take the signal that’s shared by the left and right speakers, more

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Surfs Up

Although we’re not in Hawaii that’s no excuse to not search out some pretty sweet surfing spots and challenge your photography skills, here’s our advice to get you started

If there’s a life bucket list for the adventurous and the action fuelled individuals then surfing the coast is without a doubt in the top five.

Setting Up for the Surf

So you’ve hit the sand, gear in hand, ready to plunge into the big blue to capture those spectacular waves and the surfers graciously gliding on them, so a camera with a decent frame rate is a must to catch

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Supplier Services In Need of Improvement

Dealers and designers give suppliers passing grades when it comes to delivering the products and services most important to them, although there are apparently improvements still needed within the product-supply chain.

For kitchen and bath product suppliers, there’s seemingly both good and bad news as companies continue to find their legs in a market that’s clearly recovering but, nevertheless, remains challenging.

The good news is that dealers and designers give suppliers generally passing grades when it comes to delivering the products and services most important to them. The bad news is that there are clearly improvements needed within the industry’s

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