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Top of the table saws

My eye is often drawn to weak points on machinery, invariably poor locking and adjusting knobs and levers, but on seeing the Axminster TSCE12R I was drawn immediately to the quality of those same parts that so often let others down.

There are a plastic knob or two, but of good standard, but it was the blade-adjusting wheels that caught my eye. When I clocked these gleaming away with a heavy knurled central locking nut,

I had a good feeling; this was going to be a good ‘un, although with a price of slightly beyond the £2000 mark, I suppose

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Top HI-FI & MUSIC STREAMING

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Sonos multiroom system

With Sonos you can expand your set-up at your leisure — why not start with a budget Play:3. and add a bigger Play:5 later? Then maybe hook up a Connect to your existing hi-fi and router, then add speakers to a Connect: Amp in another room, or a SUB for a bass boost. For a further upgrade, the Arcam rSeries SonLink DAC works a treat with the Connect.

£500

★★★★★

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Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6

Our favourite music streamer is only kept from the top spot by the brilliant flexibility of the full Sonos system;

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Top GEEK ACCESSORIES

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

The Paperwhite’s 6in touchscreen has 62% more pixels than its predecessor, giving it pin-sharp text, but all you’ll care about is the built-in backlight. It’s a godsend for night-time reading, and even in sunshine the always-on light makes text sharper and ‘pages’ whiter than ever. With a solid build, grippy rubber finish and plenty of fonts, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Plus Amazon’s ecosystem still rules supreme. Feeling skint? The non-touch Kindle is just £70.

A light that could change reading habits — Kindle’s still on top

£110 ★★★★★

Pebble

The age of the

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TOP 5 New launches

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Q Acoustics Q-BT3 £400

Making your way in the world of consumer electronics is tough-going for a standard pair of desktop speakers. Why? Because of products like this. The new Q-BT3 speakers not only claim to deliver proper «hi-fi sound» as opposed to a «jazzed up iPod dock» but also feature the higher-quality aptX version of Bluetooth for wireless streaming from laptops, phones and tablets. There’s also an integrated DAC for connecting digital sources.

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Meridian Director £450

We welcomed Meridian’s exploration of the more affordable end of the market with open arms — and a five-star review of

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Top 5 facts

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

AN EXPLORER FAMED FOR KICK-STARTING THE SPANISH CONQUEST OF THE NEW WORLD

ITALY, 1451-1506

01 COLUMBUS NEARLY DIED ON HIS FIRST ATLANTIC VOYAGE

Columbus displayed a keen interest in sailing and exploring from an early age, embarking on several voyages in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. However, his first Atlantic expedition in 1476 nearly ended in disaster, as his ship was attacked by French privateers off the coast of Portugal, forcing him to swim to safety.

02 Asia was the intended destination, not America

Financed by the Spanish monarchy, Columbus embarked on the first of four voyages towards

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Top 5 facts SUN TZU

A MILITARY STRATEGIST, PHILOSOPHER & GENERAL OF NEAR-MYTHICAL PROPORTIONS

CHINA, SIXTH-FIFTH CENTURIES BCE

01 He wrote the manual for war

Sun Tzu is generally credited as the author of The Art Of War, an ancient Chinese military strategy guide that effectively served as the rulebook for warfare. The likes of Mao Zedong, Napoleon Bonaparte, Douglas MacArthur and George Patton have all studied it.

02 He defeated enemies with his mind

Many of Sun Tzu’s theories towards war were centred around psychologically defeating the opponent rather than doing so through brute force. He emphasised the importance of deception and convincing the

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TOP 10 TIPS FOR DESIGNING A PHOTOGRAPHY WEBSITE

If you are a photographer, you want people to be looking at one thing, and one thing only — the pictures. Content, content, content. Make them big, choose them well and edit HARD. You have two nice portraits of the same person? Choose the best one…simple as that. Using two different pictures of the same thing makes your work look weak. I can’t stand it when someone says to me, ‘Oh, I’m not sure about this next one.’ If you’re not sure, why should I be? Be 100% sure of 100% of your images. Remember ‘IF IN DOUBT, LEAVE IT

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Too. Much. Information!

It seems it’s all too easy to overshare

50 shades of awkward

My housemate had invited me to her friend’s party (begrudgingly), but was vague about what it was for. I turned up to be greeted by a mass ofpenis balloons… but it wasn’t a hen party; they were celebrating the 50th time they’d had sex. Yes, really. There were T-shirts with charts citing the average number of times they’d done it per week (three), and how often they’d both ‘come! It was all so awkward I couldn’t handle it, and snuck out after a few drinks. Why?? Ellen*, 24,

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TONY TONI:

Leadership

A good shave will enhance your leader appeal. Leadership is a calling. Leadership in the boardroom is important so that time isn’t wasted; there is someone to lead and plan. Being a leader means channeling the courage to take risks by thinking of non-conventional ideas on how to execute tasks, being a game changer in the industry. It’s to listen and value everyone’s opinion, empowering your employees to speak and share their insights. And being well- groomed allows you to stay empowered. Leadership is being able to get all the employees motivated and working together on the same goal.»

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TONY BROOKS WAS A TREMENDOUS DRIVER, THE GREATEST — IF HELL FORGIVE ME SAYING THIS -UNKNOWN RACING DRIVER THERES EVER BEEN, HE WAS FAR BETTER THAN SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO WON THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. STIRLING MOSS

17th European Grand Prix. Held on the now-forgotten motor racing track at Aintree

(which can still be seen within the Grand

National course to this day), the high-speed contest essentially was a battle between the formidable Ferrari team and a relatively new British racing car contender called Vanwall.

On the overcast Saturday afternoon of July 20, a Vanwall, painted British Racing Green, took the chequered flag to achieve a triple-decker success — the first British Grand Prix (or World Championship) victory by a British car with a British driver. In fact it had two British drivers, for remarkably, the No

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