Wall o Lessons Learned

Blind dates, fly cutters, and dreaming big

A FEW MONTHS AGO, I had a blind date go bad.

First let me define blind date. One perk of being a rookie homebuilder is almost every week for the past year I’ve been introduced to a new tool or gadget in the shop. Each time I encounter one of these unfamiliar tools, I experience a range of emotions—a concoction of excitement, nervousness, and anxiousness. That’s why I affectionately call these first encounters blind dates.

My date on this night was with the most intimidating tool yet.

After researching several options for cutting

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Walking with heritage.

20 Heritage Walks is an assemblage of twenty booklets and eighteen maps which like an equiangular spiral covers myriad of places which are important in cultural, historical and architectural senses. While leaving no part of Delhi untouched, the authors and their team of experts of sketches, maps, line drawings and photography have maintained an immaculate balance between esoteric architectural debates and a proletarian understanding of landscapes and their history. There is dexterous relating of people with things that went into the making of structures and superstructures. It is well conveyed that evolution of architecture is not an adventitious upshot. There

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When Patricia Vitiello nearly died from a stroke, she vowed never to take her well-being for granted again. As told to ABIGAIL LIBERS

On the morning of my 47th birthday last year, I woke up early to prepare for a big meeting at work. As I sat at my kitchen table at 5:30 a.m. sipping coffee, I suddenly felt a familiar sensation—one I’d been dreading for a long time. It started as a tingle in my right hand and quickly turned to numbness. Because it had happened eight years earlier, I knew what this meant: I was having a stroke.

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Waddington international airshow.

IN THE aftermath of the Kosovo conflict, many military airshow organisers are facing problems due to personnel shortages and operational commitments. Fortunately for RAF Waddington and the airshow public, the Lincolnshire airfield was spared and the show went ahead as planned over the weekend of June 26/27.

For a change it was blessed with superb weather — well, for at least 50% of the weekend — with the Saturday offering almost perfect conditions. The event also succeeded in attracting some very interesting aircraft, despite many units still winding down from operations over Yugoslavia. Participants from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany,

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Voyager cruises final region before leaving the Solar System

The legendary NASA spacecraft enters ‘magnetic highway’

At around 18 billion kilometres (11 billion miles) from Earth, Voyager 1 is the furthest man-made object from

Earth and has been for some time.

It’s also set to become the first manmade object to leave the Solar System, as it enters a region at the outer boundary known as the magnetic highway, a smooth lane along which charged particles can travel, which scientists are only now able to investigate properly.

“This strange, last region before interstellar space is coming into focus, thanks to Voyager 1,” said Voyager project scientist Ed Stone. “If

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One of the more unusual islands in the news recently is the quirky and troublesome one near the end of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. In your home, the kitchen island is likely more top of mind with it often being the centre point of the most used room in your home.

With all sorts of amazing configuration ideas for islands, when Saskatoon HOME saw this U shaped island we thought it was worth taking a close look! This inventive twist for the kitchen is the brainchild of Nathan and Dallas Stobbe, Donna Senterre and their team at Haven Builders.


Vostok 1 and the first man in space.

Strapped to a Vostok 8K72K launch vehicle, spacecraft Vostok 1 made history as it launched the first man, Yuri Gagarin, into space.

It was a clear day on 12 April 1961 as soon-to-be cosmonaut, Soviet pilot Yuri Gagarin stepped out to board the vessel that would make him the first person to not just pass the boundaries of our atmosphere into space but to also the first to orbit the Earth. The spacecraft that would make this a reality? Vostok 1 — a 4,725kg spacecraft that would mark the beginning of the Vostok programme; a fleet of six manned spacecraft

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Volvo V40 Cross Country


Когда вы последний раз ехали на хэтчбеке гольф-класса 200 км/ч так, чтобы хотелось прибавить? Volvo V40, даже с антиасфальтовым званием Cross Country, и не такое умеет, хотя в его классе принято хвастать иными талантами. Вместительность, доступные цены — это все не про V40, который стоит в Украине в полтора раза дороже родоначальника сегмента, Шутят, что ли? Нет. Построенный на платформе предыдущего Ford Focus и формально выступающий в С-классе Volvo V40 субъективно играет в другой лиге: дизайн, отделка, длиннющий список оборудования, но важнее — ощущение езды на

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Неведомо, где начинается практичность этого автомобиля, но границ ей не видно! Взять хотя бы удачный подбор гаммы моторов или их экономичность. Не говоря уже о главном преимуществе «вагона» перед хэтчбеком — большом багажнике… О самом важном для Golf Variant седьмого поколения рассуждал Дмитрий ТЫТЮЧЕНКО.

Хронологически универсал всегда отставал от хэтчбека. Если последний — уже седьмое по счету поколение модели, то универсал — только пятое. Но теперь с Variant нет такого казуса, как раньше, когда универсал строили на платформе хэтчбека прошлого поколения.

Только длина колесной базы сократилась на… 2 мм Но эта пара «пустяков» из меряется линейкой — пассажирские конечности чувствуют


Volkel Open Day

Kees van der Mark reports on the annual Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days.

THIS YEAR’S Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days were held at Volkel air base, one of the three current Dutch F-16 bases, on June 18 and 19. Two operational squadrons (311 and 312 Sqns) and a training unit (306 Sqn) all operate the Mid Life Update version of this versatile aircraft at Volkel.

Static Display

Some enthusiasts at Volkel could be heard complaining about the lack of interesting aircraft on view. With aircraft such as Turkish NF-5s, Singaporean A-4s and Slovenian PC-9s having visited in recent

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