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This single-storey residence breaks away from the usual linear architectural form to give its owners a rare structure that not only ensures privacy but also allows them to enjoy the surrounding greenery.

A bungalow’s structure plays a significant role in creating a strong identity. Generally, architects and designers like to keep the structures clean and straight-lined, especially when it comes to single-storey homes. Very rarely do we see a structure that breaks the usual norms and exhibits an interesting amalgamation of forms, shapes and patterns.

However, this home by architect Arpan Shah of Modo Designs does exactly that. It not

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OMEGA Refuels Enterprise Jets

OMEGA AIR’s Boeing 707 tanker returned to the UK during June, when it participated in Joint Maritime Course ( JMC) 04/2. Its previous visit was some three years ago. In June 2001, Omega had operated from Prestwick International Airport in Ayrshire, Scotland, in support of the US Navy’s Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) embarked aboard the USS Enterprise during JMC 01/02 (see Omega Air in the JMC, September 2001, p64-65). Since 2000, Omega has gained a great deal of experience in supporting US Navy and Marine Corps operations as far away from its home base in San Antonio, Texas, as

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OLYMPUS VF-4 VIEW-FINDER £249

Announced at the same time as the PEN E-P5, the VF-4 is the latest in a line of attachable electronic view-finders (EVF) for the Olympus PEN range and XZ-2 (while it’ll also attach to some Leicas).

While some photographers will be quite happy with the rear screen for composition, the shooting style of a camera with a viewfinder is much more pleasurable, and using the VF-4 with the E-P5, it really enhanced our shooting experience.

The specification even eclipses the EVF on the OM-D, with an impressive resolution of 2.36m dots and a tilting mechanism of up to 90° for

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Old jets- new missions

THE DESERT AIRPORT is quiet in the early morning hours. As the sun breaks the horizon, the silence is disturbed by the sound of a single J-57 turbojet engine. It begins first as a whine and slowly builds to a confident roar as air is compressed and heated, and fuel flows through old but reliable machineiy. The unmistakable aroma of burnt jet fuel floats gently across a ramp mostly occupied by Cessnas, Pipers, Beechcrafts and the like.

A few moments later the Vought F-8

Crusader stirs from its resting place and creeps slowly past the rows of brightly painted civilian

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Olympus Mons

BIGGEST VOLCANO

Let’s start small – relatively – with the biggest volcano in the Solar System. Olympus Mons can be found in the Tharsis Montes region of Mars and rises to a peak of 25 kilometres (16 miles) high and 624 kilometres (374 miles) wide with an 80-kilometre (50-mile) wide caldera. It towers over even the tallest mountains on Earth, Everest at 8.8 kilometres (5.5 miles) and Mauna Kea (which is 10 kilometres/6.2 miles if measured from the ocean floor), while dwarfing our biggest volcanoes with around 100 times more volume than Hawaii’s Mauna Loa.

The volcanic Tharsis Montes region

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