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Queens Of The Stone Age

…Like Clockwork

Возвращение в строй стойких адептов дезерт-рока.

Миф и величие QOTSA всегда были связаны с их бессмертием. Эти легенды из Палм Дезерт могли закинуться одновременно всеми самыми жуткими наркотиками, известными человечеству, без малейшего изменения кровяного давления, десятилетиями без устали извлекать из своих инструментов самый крепкий пустынный рок и щелкать, как орешки, рок-группы послабее. Они рубят со времен каменного века и будут продолжать до наступления следующего. Ну, по крайней мере, так думали мы и они сами.

А затем в 2010 году их могучий лидер Джош Хомм перенес клиническую смерть на операционном столе во время стандартной хирургической операции и воскрес со

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Quality from Quangsheng

I purchased my first Quangsheng plane just over a year ago and since then I’ve slowly been replacing my Stanley and Record family with their cousins from the Far East. What has really impressed me is the consistent quality that comes throughout the range, and this latest addition — a stainless steel spokeshave — is every bit as good.

It arrived housed in the Quangsheng trademark wooden box with its sliding lid, in which it will live safely for years to come.

Quality casting

The spokeshave is fractionally larger than the standard adjustable Stanley model, with an attractive gull-wing design

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Quake — это не только ценный мех…

Ну почему у id Software игрушки не выходят, а? Как выпустят какой-нибудь DOOM или Quake — тут же выясняется, что вместо нормальной игры опять получилось нечто вроде набора «сделай сам». Нет, конечно же, стыдиться тут особо нечего, эпохалка и все такое, ДУМу до сих пор куча народа ДУМает, но почему ни к одной не-идовской игрушке нет десятка-другого редакторов уровней, монстров, графики и прочей ерунды? А ведь есть и такие маньяки, которые, забросив deathmatch, только тем и занимаются, что сидят и «глюкалу полируют» — то игроку мишень на спине нарисуют, то пещер всяких нагородят, монстров за каждым углом расставят, интеллекта им

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Quad ESL-2812

£6500

They don’t just look different, they sound it too. But they also make conventional speakers seem inadequate.

‘Legendary’ is a word bandied about by PR executives far too often. Can a smartphone case ever be described as ‘legendary’? We’ve seen it done. But forget the hyperbole, because Quad’s electrostatic speakers really are legendary.

For the ESL-2812, Quad has upgraded the internal power supply in terms of both layout and quality of components, strengthened and damped the frame that supports the diaphragm and made the grille more acoustically transparent so that it interferes even less with the sound.

All the

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Q2: больше D чем Q?

Этот год был не самым удачным для id Software. Шумные скандалы не утихали вокруг небольшой и не в меру скромной компании. Жажда начать собственное дело заставила уйти из id практически все самые известные фигуры. Сбежали те, кто постоянно был “на свету», те, кто числился в идеологах и родителях гиперпопулярной серии 3D shooter’oB. id Software вернулась к своему изначальному состоянию, что очень символично. Ведь во многом следующий проект — это возвращение к истокам.

CTS. Небольшая “стенка» из трех компьютеров на стенде Activision. Нет громкой рекламы, огромных щитов с названием игры или девочек, вручающих буклеты. Только толпа серьезных (и не очень) дядек,

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Q Acoustics Concept 20

£350

They look similar to the 2020is opposite, but the Concept 20s have great new-tech under their skin.

Concept 20 stands

We don’t always recommend buying stands from the same people who built the speaker, but not only are the Concept 20 stands (£200 a pair) gorgeous, they also put the speakers at the right height (at least for our listening position) and firm up the delivery impressively well. Also consider biwiring — it makes the sound more open and transparent.

We love the Q Acoustic 2020i speakers. So much so that we gave them an Award in 2012. But

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Q Acoustics 2020i

£165

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the addition of an ‘i’ would indicate only a minor update to a product. Yet the ‘i’ added by Q Acoustics to the already accomplished 2020 speakers back in 2011 brought with it a raft of changes, from a brand new tweeter to a carbon fiber-featuring mid/bass cone, plus a revised crossover to tie it all together.

These changes were designed to put the 2020s back on top of the budget stereo speaker pile, and with two Awards now tucked into their belt it’s fair to say they worked.

The secret is the

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Putting on A SHOW

Jewellery houses are increasingly displaying their wares as art, which is exactly as it should be, says Carol Woolton.

Carnelians, cabochons and diamonds shimmer seductively on a long necklace, displayed in the Bulgari store. It’s the type of piece with a story to tell, imbued with the memory of its era. A glance at it conjures a snapshot of a tanned Elizabeth Taylor in Positano, throwing the pendant over a purple- patterned kaftan, the turquoise sea lapping in the distance. It’s a Seventies masterpiece. The chaotic colour and flamboyant style mask its complex design, so the original drawing and a

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Pushing Boundaries

MIT sets out to prove its unconventional airliner delivers the benefits promised

Aircraft all look the same these days because the traditional tube-and-wing shape works well, both technically and operationally. To convince manufacturers to change direction would take a compelling demonstration of the benefits of a different approach.

A team led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created a stir in 2010 when it unveiled an unconventional «double-bubble» airliner concept, claiming it could reduce fuel burn by 49% relative to today’s Boeing 737-800 without resorting to any advanced technology, and by a whopping 70% if it incorporated all the exotic

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PURE ENDURO

There’s something about dirt bikes that gets under your skin (and nails). Just ask Nick Green who was a passion for the Suzuki PE enduro range.

A rider popping a wheelle the length of Teignmouth seafront on a bright yellow two-stroke might not have done much for the image of motorcycling but 30 years ago It certainly left a mark on a Devon teenager.

The open-mouthed youth was Nick Green; the bike a PE Suzuki and three decades on from that memorable day he now owns one of the best collections of the iconic Japanese enduro machines in the country.

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