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RIAT O4

TНЕ ROYAL International Air Tattoo (RIAT) continues to attract more interest from the military aviation enthusiast than any other airshow in the world. It is also one of the United Kingdom’s biggest public events.

In its heyday in 1995, the International Air Tattoo (as it was then called) attracted over 200,000 people and a massive 300+ military aircraft, even though there were severe traffic problems for visitors and despite the fact that at £20 the admission charge appeared inflated. The show was a financial success, which should have been reflected in the contributions to the RAF Benevolent Fund Enterprises (RAFBFE),

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Riat Fairford.

THE 1999 Royal International Air Tattoo which took place during July 24-25 was hot…and we are not just referring to the temperature. The event attracted a record-breaking 483 aircraft, and crowds for the weekend reached 190,000. Easily attracting the most attention was the B-2A Spirit which was parked at the western end of the static line-up, and flew on both days.

Although the massed ranks of aircraft contained many regulars, there were also some very interesting items. How many people noticed that the Saab Viggen was an upgraded Block D variant, complete with four AMRAAMs? Only two squadrons will receive

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Rhino Retirement

THE IMPORTANCE OF accurate and timely battlefield aerial reconnaissance information cannot be understated. Knowing the activities and intent of hostile forces can give a tremendous advantage, with the potential to swing the successful outcome of a battle. It is for this reason, even with the National Defence surveillance system of sophisticated satellites, that each of the armed forces has supported a special reconnaissance aircraft.

Past strategy has been to provide a reconnaissance aircraft that was a dedicated special version of the premier fighter. The aircraft would then have the speed and manoeuvrability to go with or follow behind the strike

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REVIEWS CD

GOD SYNDROME

‘Downfall Omeri (Mazzar)

А вот и новая заявочка на успех — на сей раз от отечественной формации God Syndrome! Их дебютный миньон содержит пяток энергичных вещиц, созданных на стыке мелодичного дата и агрессивного трэша; ну а англоязычная лирика и саунд, доведенный до совершенства в польской студии Hertz, плюс стильно оформленный 6-панельный дигипак придают этому релизу налёт забугорной фирмовости. Конечно, очень приятно наблюдать, когда наши команды вот так достойно стартуют с первого же релиза, но хотелось бы и напомнить, что слушателю нужны не только техничность и профессионализм во всех аспектах альбома, а также и что-то уникальное, яркое, свежее —

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REVEAL THE HIDDEN VALUE.

WHEN YOU ASK an experienced martial artist if he has ever used his training, don’t be surprised if he says, “I use it every day.” He’s not talking about kung-fuing intruders or bad drivers. He’s speaking about how he uses the hidden value of his training—self-discipline and aware-ness—in his daily life.

Most of the basic flight maneuvers students are required to learn also have hidden values. Your job is to make sure your student sees and understands those hidden values. Take, for instance, steep turns. Yes, the FAA says that the objective of the steep turn is to “develop the

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Retailers talk about what went into the decisions behind bringing on their latest designer latest and what lines they have their eyes on.

The inventory experts have traditional jewelry merchandising down to a science: Fill the right categories with the right price points, and reorder fast turners. But when it comes to designer jewelry, it’s not so simple. There is no “right answer” for any given store. A new purchase could depend on the marketplace, customer preferences, the current designer mix, price points, styles, trends, and the list goes on. With that in mind, there may be nothing more valuable to a retailer than hearing “word of mouth” from other retailers about which lines are selling in their stores — and what they

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RETHINKING TYPOLOGIES: ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

Some of the most important pieces from the collection of the Institute’s Department of Architecture and Design are on display at this exhibition. These trace the evolution of basic everyday forms, from lighting and tableware through to modern houses and skyscrapers, documenting how historic innovations in modern architecture and design have become parts of contemporary life.

NATHALIE DECOSTER VARIOUS LOCATIONS & MACAU

After showcasing her works in Hong Kong’s public spaces, French sculptor Nathalie Decoster is taking over Macau’s public spaces to display more than 50 artworks ranging from bronze figures to geometrical iron structures around the Macao Museum of

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Restaurants

Dark humor, rich flavor

Wrong R a m e n gives us a decidedly different take on the r a m e n experience.

he recent surge in the popularity of r a m e n has restaurants competing in terms of authenticity. Not Wrong R a m e n.» Its cramped interiors are flanked by black brick walls decorated with oddball paraphernalia. Scrabble tiles spell out, «The only thing hotter than our r a m e n is you.» Another wall has a list of imaginary overseas branches. One look at the interiors and you immediately know what you’re

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Renting Lenses

Hiring a lens is a great alternative to purchasing an expensive optic

While we’d all like to have a collection of top-class professional lenses nestling in our camera bag, the high prices of these high-quality optics puts them out of reach for most of us. But if you could get your hands on, say, a Nikon 7O-2O0mm f/2.8G AF-S ED VR II for as little as £40, or a Canon EF 85mm f/.2 II L for only £30, you might be very tempted.

While the price of these lenses may suggest they’re being sold off a back of a lorry,

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RENOVATORS SECRET WEAPON: FICEM BOARD

Learn more about this important renovation material, more popularly known as Hardieflex

WHAT IS A FICEM BOARD?

A ficem board—short for fiber cement board—is composed of cement and plant fibers. Although ficem boards are not ideal for load-bearing or structural walls, they can be used for various interior surface treatments, like siding, partitions, dropped ceiling, coves, and other decorative details.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF USING A FICEM BOARD?

“Ficem boards are all-weather proof, unlike plywood and gypsum board,” explains architect Anthony Yan, adding that unlike wood, ficem boards are also resistant to termite. Meanwhile, architect Love de Leon adds,

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