Two decades after first seeing it, Paula and Gary Yallop bought and extended their dream rural home

Paula and Gary Yallop first spotted their impressive home near Guildford, in Surrey, more than 20 years ago. They loved it on sight, but had to stop themselves buying it, firstly because their two daughters, Keeley and Danielle, needed to stay close to their school and friends, and secondly, because the couple were unable to sell their own property.

However, Gary never forgot about this dream house nestling in nearly four acres of land, so eight years ago, the couple drove down the

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Seat Leon SC

Range-topper gives Volkswagen Golf GTD performance for £3k less

2.0 TDI FR O Price £22,075 O Power 181bhp O Torque 280lb ft O 0-60mph 8.0sec O Fuel economy 47.2mpg O CO2 emissions 112g/km O 70-0mph 47.4m O Skidpan 0.95g

WE LIKE Fresh, taut styling Q Multi-talented turbodiesel engine Q Well resolved ride and handling

WE DON’T LIKE Access to the rear seats is tight Q Still isn’t exciting to drive Q ESP won’t fully deactivate

After a UK launch in the spring, the Seat Leon range is filling out nicely. Having started with the five-door hatchback version, the Volkswagen Group’s

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Seasprites Under Threat Again

AUSTRALIA’S TROUBLED Kaman SH-2G(A) Super Seasprite helicopter programme could be under threat of cancellation once again. Minister for Defence, the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, made the revelation during an ABC Television interview after the government had announced on February 18 that it was launching a review of air combat capability (see p27). Fitzgibbon believes that Australia’s recently elected Labour government, has been passed a procurement mess, saying, «What I see horrifies me, I’ve inherited an absolute nightmare.»

He said the government was not ruling out any possibilities regarding the Seasprite project, including cancellation, but admitted that it would be a

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Search for life.

The five most important people in the search for extraterrestrial life.

Every month we hear of incredible new exoplanets in planetary systems seemingly like our own, and we learn more in the search for past or present microbial life as missions like Curiosity gain worldwide attention, but for some reason the notion that we might be just one intelligent race among many is yet to receive much support from the public at large.

Many people today still seem to have the same opinion that was prevalent in the mid to late 20th Century, that aliens are something that belong only

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Searching for monster stars

In 2010, Professor Paul Crowther and his team discovered the most massive known single star, R136a1.

Can we start by asking what first drew your attention to the R136 star cluster?

Well, it’s probably the prime target for anyone looking for the most massive stars – it’s the most obvious place to look really because it’s the most massive young star cluster in our part of the universe. It’s about the same size as the famous Orion Nebula, but while that’s got a couple of thousand stars, R136 probably contains 100,000 stars or more, if you could see them all.

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Seamus Ryan

Advertising and portrait freelance Seamus Ryan came to London in 1985 with £30 in his pocket and a dream of becoming a photographer. Now with a string of ventures to his name, he tells David Land about the secrets of his stylish photo booths, and successfully balancing commercial and social photography


• Advertising and celebrity photographer, shooting for clients including Bloomberg,

British Airways, Guinness, Nike, Oxfam and Yellow Pages, and receiving awards from the Association of Photographers and the D&AD

16.5 Runs highly successful social and events businesses Boothnation and Pop Up Shoots

16.6 Studio in the heart

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An iridescent green glass tile forms the backdrop of this renovated bathroom.

Beauty may only be skin deep, but sometimes that might be all you have to work with. Small spaces are a given in most apartment blocks in New York — and the rooms in this 1960s-era apartment were no different.

«The apartment was in its original condition when my clients bought the property,» says Alan Berman AAIA, president of Archetype. «We were contracted to carry out a complete remodel, which included updating the guest and master bathrooms.

«The construction comprised 75mm-thick concrete walls with wire mesh and

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Sea Harrier – The Next Generation

A photo-report on the Sea Harrier F/A.2 by Neil Mercer.

ANOTHER CHAPTER of aviation history closed at the end of February, when 800 Naval Air Sauadron (NAS) returned with HMS Invincible, after six months in the Adriatic. During its time there it had been carrying out reconnaissance and Combat Air Patrol (CAP) missions in support of the United Nations Operation Deny Flight. Its return marked the last operational deployment of the Falklands War victor, the Sea Harrier FRS.l. However, at the same time, a new and infinitely more capable type is about to replace it on the front line.


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SEA Change

Milan offers a majority stake in its airport authority

Due to financial distress, the municipality of Milan is preparing to sell its majority stake in the Malpensa and Linate airports authority, SEA. The idea is to sell a 50% stake, which could fetch at least €750 million ($927 million).

Just at the end of last year, the city sold a 29.7% stake to Italian investment fund F2I for €385 million.

Milan has faced strong pressure to sell some assets to reduce its heavy debt. The city considered an initial public offering of SEA shares after the European financial meltdown last

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Scottish TLP

IN JANUARY 1978, the Allied Air Forces Central Europe (AAFCE) staged its first Tactical Leadership Programme (HP) course at Fiirstenfeldbruck AB, Germany, after Air Force leaders recognised a need to improve their pilots’ leadership skills in multi-national air operations. Responding to that requirement, six nations — Belgium, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the United States — signed a Memorandum of Understanding to participate in the programme.

Bidding for Slots

A course schedule for the following year is formulated at a meeting between all potential participants from MOU and non-MOU nations every August. Each nation bids for slots on

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