We love cedar tops – and now Tanglewood has a pair of guitars with just that, plus some spectacular pieces of tree for backs and sides, and all at a very good price. Review by Rick Batey.

The new Java series from UK-based company Tanglewood comprises a set of four guitars – well, two really, but with an electro option on each – with some tempting timber. Solid cedar, known for its easy-speaking tone, is used for the tops – that makes a pleasant change from sitka spruce. The backs and sides are laminated with rosewood on the inside, but

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Tangerine Dream And Brian May

Starmus: Sonic Universe

Первопроходцы синтезаторной музыки и гитарист Queen сходятся на сцене.

На первый взгляд, Tangerine Dream и Брайан Мэй кажутся странными партнерами. Queen всегда воспевали людей, защитников и спасителей вселенной. Tangerine Dream, во всем своем мрачном эмбиентном великолепии, в 70-х изображали космос, как безгитарную, беззвездную черную массу, совершенно безразличную к человечеству. Тем не менее, оказалось, что у Брайана Мэя есть склонность к космологии, в то время как Tangerine Dream давно стали, скорее, коммерческим предложением, нежели вызывающим страх проектом. В итоге они идеально сработались вместе на этом концертном альбоме, записанном в 2011 году на фестивале Starmus в рамках празднования 50-летия

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There can be up to half a million board feet of lumber in a single mature giant redwood. It seems sacrilegious to think of these natural wonders in woodshop terms, but they did provide our ancestors with the lumber to build entire cities. And it’s impossible to stand among them, if you’re the kind of person who owns a table saw, and not think about the massive amount of rich, red heartwood.

Oh, come on. It’s OK to just think about it.

Nowadays, most commercially available redwood is the result of planting. The virgin forests are off limits. While a


talking shop

Having crafted a stable of acclaimed fitouts for clients including Aesop and Crumpler, Melbourne studio Russell & George is well-placed to discuss the changing face of retail. Directors Byron George and Ryan Russell talk to Gillian Serisier about their design process.

Australians reportedly spent $13.5 billion in online sales in the last year. How can design, and specifically your work, facilitate this evolution for bricks and mortar retail?

Ryan Russell The physical store is becoming an elaborate advertising platform for brands, as well as a connecting device to the online platform. Store design must address both environments, be it a

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Talk show 60 Minutes

In July, 1951, Dial married Clara Mae Murrow, and they had five children: Thornton, Jr. (Little Buck), Richard, Dan, Mattie, and Patricia, who was born with cerebral palsy. The family lived in a brick bungalow that Dial built amid the shanties of Bessemer s Pipe Shop neighborhood, not far from the Pullman-Standard railcar factory where he worked as a machinist. Shortly after Patricia died, in the spring of 1987, Arnett appeared. Dial took it as a godsend.

One of the first pieces that Arnett bought from Dial was a tall sculpture of a turkey, for two hundred dollars, «I said,

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Talk to Your Mac More!

Discover the power of speech by converting your voice to words

Everybody has heard of Siri, Apple’s powerful voice system for iOS that can be used to control apps, answer questions, tell jokes, and dictate messages, emails, and notes. Fewer Mac fans know that you can also perform dictation in OS X. It’s an incredibly useful feature to become familiar with. Although you can’t control a Mac using your voice like Siri, you can dictate emails, messages, and documents using the built-in Dictation feature. Many people overlook Dictation because it’s not switched on by default, and it doesn’t talk back

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Tales of Chinas Tridens

Britain played an important; but largely forgotten, role in the modernization of the Chinese civil aviation fleet in the 1960s and 1970s, after the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) put a toe in the water and purchased six Viscounts in 1963 and 1964. Its involvement with the Trident came about after Pakistan International Airlines’ decision to sell its four Trident 1Es in 1970 to China United Airlines, the civil transport division of the People’s Liberation Army, within four years of acquiring them.

The aircraft were successful, and CAAC quickly followed up in August 1971 with orders to Hawker Siddeley

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Tales from the road

Strum Face

We all love the odd bout of air guitar but, as Adi Vines discovered to his horror, it’s all about perspective

Festival season is almost upon us again and a certain type of guitarist will no doubt be looking forward to the Oulu Music Video Festival in Finland, as this is the home of the Air Guitar World Championships. Justin ‘Nordic Thunder’ Howard will surely be looking to defend his 2012 title against stiff competition from around the world and everyone, both competitors and audience, can all bask in the competition’s utopian philosophy that ‘wars would end and

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Taking the Strain in the Middle East

THE RAF’S Hercules fleet is seeing a major surge in the tempo of its operations in the Middle East to support simultaneous British Army combat deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. It comes at a time when almost half the RAF’s C-130K fleet is undergoing urgent modifications.

As a result, the RAF’s C-130J fleet, operated by 24 and 30 Squadrons, is being heavily tasked during the current rotation of army brigades, totalling more than 20,000 troops, into Afghanistan and Iraq. C-130Js are used to shuttle troops to and from Basra so that RAF Tristars and chartered airliners can land at Al

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Taking flight

A travel-inspired hotelin Atlanta continues a new chapter for Le Meridien

The past few years have been monumental for Le Meridien. which began life in 1972 as an extension of Air France before becoming a member of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts family 33 years later. Since then, a series of Le Meridien’s European outposts and one in Philadelphia have opened that showcase the brand’s $3 billion transformation (another $1 billion is in the pipeline) and its evolving aesthetic informed by culture, cuisine, and the arts. Now a renovation of a historic Atlanta property is following suit.

Formally known as

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