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We all strive to find that elusive balance between a fulfilling career, a happy home life and the demands of keeping it all straight. Finding the tools to help create and manage that balance is key to a smarter, simpler life.
For the working woman, it’s all about juggling. School run versus early morning strategy sessions versus guests for dinner, homework and housework, school and career. It’s a lot to manage, which is why it’s so important to have the right tools for the job, to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that the diverse elements of life converge
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The Jowett Bradford was a respected light commercial in its day, but survivors are now thin on the ground. Bob Weir went to historic Glamis Castle in Angus to meet Barry Eddon, and his early example of this postwar classic.
Glamis is the historic home of the Bowes Lyon family, and the current Earl of Strath more can trace his roots all the way back to King Robert the Bruce. Childhood home of the late Queen Mother, the castle and its royal connections go hand in hand. It is one the most famous stately homes in Britain, and the Earl
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LIGHTLY SWEETENED TRUTH ABOUT FOOD LABELS
We loved food labels almost as long as I’ve loved food. As a child, I would scrutinize the packages of everything I ate, while I ate, to the dismay of every¬one else at the table. I would quiz my younger brother on the amounts and percentages of nutrients in the foods (“Chris! How many milligrams of sodium are in this table¬spoon of ketchup? CHRIS?!”) and make him guess till he got it right. I scoured break¬fast cereal boxes when shopping with my mom to find the healthiest option. I think, perhaps, I was a
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At least 32,000 Merchant Navy personnel were killed or died during the war at sea between 1939 and 1945. One of those who survived was James Hamilton-Smith who, having served in the Merchant Navy in the 1920s, re-joined in July 1940. A series of notebooks and diaries he maintained, presented here by his grandson David Mitchell, reveal a little of the rudimentary training that British seamen were given, as well as a small part of the battle to beat the German U-boats.
James Hamilton-Smith was born in Wolsingham, County Durham on 21 February 1907. He joined the Merchant Marine in
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THE ADONIT JOT STYLUS CAPTURES THE PRECISION OF A CALLIGRAPHER AND THE STROKE OF AN ARTIST ON A TABLET.
If you’ve attempted to write and draw on your tablet, you’d know how difficult they can get: (1) The fat rubber tips of conventional stylus pens block your view and produce thick, crude lines and (2) the pressure of your wrist on the tablet’s surface often leaves unwanted marks on your digital pad.
The Adonit Jot stylus family has the solution. The Taiwanese-based company believes that your stylus should be as sharp as your ideas. Unlike the common rubber-tipped stylus, Jot’s
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If gun manufacturers produced commercials to appear on any of the major networks, Walther’s ad for their PPQ M2 would look like a Lexus commercial. A trusting, deep baritone voice would speak of classic lines, ergonomics, performance, form, function, beauty and even art. Indeed this gun to a true firearm enthusiast is a piece of modern engineering art, for how it balances in the hand and shoots as much as for its appearance.
I wish this gun had been around a few years ago when I was busy filming segments for a gun retailer’s website during the SHOT Show, the
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In early 2004 the Venezuelan Army requested the production of a locally built, multipurpose, lightweight vehicle. In answer to the request, CAVIM (Compani a Anonima Venezolana de Industria Militar), a state owned weapons factory, joined forces with CENARECA (Centro Nacional de Repotenciacion C.A.), also a state company, located at Fuerte Tiuna, dedicated to military vehicles modernizations, and together they developed the vehicle using the American Hummer as a basis for their design.
After finishing the blueprints and initial tests in just 22 days, the prototype vehicle (named Tiuna), was completed, and after some further testing was exhibited during a military
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With his new book, called Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography, Colin Graham is exploring this work. Taking 1980 as his starting point, Graham traces the developments in photography through turbulent times.
‘Collectively, these images show a sceptical interrogation of what the politics of Northern Ireland have done to the place,’ says Graham. ‘They’re not looking at political events or figures, but at the effects that high politics has on local lives and spaces.’
ART AND DOCUMENTARY
The book progresses from 1980 right up to the late 2000s, and in the earlier images we see the beginnings of a complex
Continue reading THE TROUBLES, the conflict between Unionists and Loyalists in Northern Ireland, began in the 1960s and only really ended in the 1990s after years of negotiation. The Troubles also gave rise to a new wave of photography as people sought to use art to process what was happening to their country.
In the middle of Bothel, a suburb of Scheessel, there is a red house. If you ring the doorbell, a young man surrounded by his three cats, Nala, Lotte, and Finn, opens the door. Adrie Baumann, professional aquascaper, won the XL category in this year’s competition “The Art of The Planted Aquarium” at the Pet Fair in Hannover with his aquarium design “Valley of the Weeping Willow.”
Aquascaping, the shaping of beautiful and intricate landscapes in the aquarium, has a growing following of aquatic gardening enthusiasts and brings a new fascination to an old hobby—and a financial boost to the
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The timing of events and processes is becoming an ever increasing necessity in virtually every automation task, not only in the industrial sphere but even in the domestic sphere. No wonder timers arc often referred to as the first step towards automation.
This universal timer offers an ultrawide timing range which can be set with pin point precision anywhere from one-tenth of a second to hundred hours! Dispensing with the ever-problematic analogue dial, this timer is built around common CMOS chips, and features autolatch facility plus such a low current consumption (hat most multimeters would fail to detect it. All
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