Operation ALBA. Swiss over Albania

Kaj-Gunnar Sievert looks at the Swiss Air Force’s first humanitarian mission abroad.

THE SWISS HAVE a long tradition of undertaking humanitarian missions and of offering their services in times of conflict. However, owing to the strict neutrality of the country, their air force has been unable to participate in any humanitarian or other aid missions, with the exception of a very few specific assignments. Increasingly over the past few years, the Swiss have A been practising supersonic, night and low-altitude flights over the North Sea, in Sweden, Norway or Sardinia with their Mirage IIIS/IIIBS, Northrop F-5E/F and McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C/D

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Operation Albania

VALONA IN ALBANIA, and Otranto in Italy, are only 50nm (93km) away from each other; two hours’ sailing time for a yacht given good weather. However, Valona is now the centre of a rebellion against the Albanian Government following the collapse of pyramid saving schemes in which thousands of Albanians lost all their life savings. They demanded the resignation of the President, 52-year-old Sali Berisha, but his reaction was to send in the tanks and the first week of engagement saw hundreds of casualties and a massive exodus of refugees to Italy.

With the image of overloaded refugee boats arriving

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Opera в стиле модерн. Заметки в антракте

Свежая, пятнадцатая версия вечного возмутителя спокойствия в бра-узерных войнах последних лет — Opera содержит много неоднозначных решений, оценивать которые стоит на холодную и трезвую голову, поработав некоторое время с браузером, а не сразу после нескольких первых запусков.

Как бы мы ни относились к этому — как к долгожданному отказу норвежских сихзматиков от Presto-ереси, или же как к печальному факту угасания еще одной оригинальной разработки в нашем стремительно унифицирующемся мире, дело сделано.

Долгое время развивавшийся собственный движок сдан в утиль, и теперь под капотом у Opera находится Blink, являющийся развитием популярного WebKit. Другими словами, аналогичный «сердцу» браузеров семейства Chrome/Chromium.

Кроме оригинального

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OPENAIRPLANE.

JUST WHAT AVIATION NEEDS.

I always try to fly at least once a week, but this can be difficult to accomplish when traveling away from home. The idea of renting an airplane on the road has often crossed my mind, but the truth is I’ve never actually done it. As much as I love flying, and would love to explore new parts of the country by air, it has always seemed just too much hassle to find a local rental provider and go through their insurance checkout process.

So, the new venture OpenAirplane grabbed my attention when it talks about

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Open Skies

Kevin Wright reports on the Open Skies Treaty and the aircraft and equipment used to implement it.

THE OPEN SKIES treaty was signed in March 1992, representing, in diplomatic terms, the culmination of a very rapid and intense period of negotiation, between 1990 and 1992. The result was a highly complex technical agreement, aimed at allowing participating states to overfly each other’s territory to monitor their military establishments and activities — a regional confidence and security building measure.

The original idea of an Open Skies regime was first presented by President Eisenhower in July 1955 to a four-power conference in

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OPEN HOUSE

If you’ve ever visited the decorative-arts galleries of a museum and dreamed of sneaking behind the guardrails to rummage through the bureau drawers and lounge on the beds, now’s your honey. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has invited the artist duo of Michael E l m g r e e n and Ingar Drag- set to infuse five of its stately exhibit halls with their puckish imaginations. The result is “Tomorrow” the re-created apartment of a fictional architect nearing the end of a long life and an unsuccessful career. Broke and disillusioned, he has put his home on

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OPEN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

It may be a significant investment in both time and money, but photographers looking for a qualification can’t do much better than a BA Honours degree. While many will study at university, this type of heavily structured learning isn’t for everyone. With this in mind, the Open College of the Arts (OCA) provides a flexible online/distance-learning course that can be started at any time of the year.

Due to its modular structure, units can be studied for personal fulfilment, or with the aim of collecting credits towards a final degree.

There are three levels to the course: Level 1 introduces

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Opel Blitz

Грузовик Blitz — самый известный Opel всех времен и народов.

Ни один более-менее качественно снятый фильм о Второй мировой войне не может обойтись без двух персонажей — танка Panzerkampfwagen VI «Tiger I» Ausf Е и грузовика Opel Blitz. Первый, правда, обычно представляет собой фанерную копию, ибо оригиналов сохранилось крайне мало. А вот вторым повезло больше — Opel на ходу были не редкостью в Советском Союзе, куда они попадали в качестве трофеев, успев послужить как в вермахте, так и в РККА.

КИНО И НЕМЦЫ

К сожалению, сегодня самоходный реквизит многочисленных киностудий находится в жалком состоянии. От настоящих Blitz в основном встречаются

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Oort cloud

BIGGEST ICE SPHERE

It’s incredible to think that a black hole can be so big that it would take light four days to cross from end to end. But far, far out beyond Neptune’s orbit is something much bigger: the Oort cloud. It’s an enormous region of space encapsulating the planets that stretches 50,000 AU from the Sun to around 100,000 AU in diameter at its outer boundaries: from one side to another it’s about two light years long.

It’s made of water, ammonia and methane ice in the form of icy particles and trillions of larger bodies. It’s suspected

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ONE YEAR ON, WHAT HE REALLY THOUGHT OF YOUR DRESS

You may not like everything they have to say but these men are brave — and very, very honest (and, yes, every one of them is still married!)

‘WOMEN BELIEVE VINTAGE MEANS INDIVIDUALITY-WE THINK YOU LOOK LIKE OUR NAN’

Journalist Christian koeh, 36, is married to Suzy Cox, 35, a magazine editor. He says: ‘The dress Suzy originally selected (and accidentally flashed before my eyes when flicking too far on her iPhone one evening) was the opposite of what I wanted my bride to look like on our big day. It was a lacy, phlegmy-hued, ’50s affair, swaddled in netting

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