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The Avro Ashton fleet was clearly «built for purpose», the aircraft performing every single test or trial with minimum fuss and excellent reliability. At least one complete Ashton deserved to have been displayed along with the many other research aircraft that grace the RAF Museum at Cosford today.

Five Ashtons were withdrawn from use between 1959 and mid-1962, beginning with the prototype WB490, which was allocated for cabin pressure test duties at Woodford on September 9, 1959. This short-lived secondary duty came to end on December 21, 1959, when the aircraft was sold to the specialist aircraft scrap company R.J.

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With a moo, moo here…

Never climb a fence to get a picture, you’d be breaking the law. Plus there is a danger, if there’s a bull or calves and cows together in the field, you could get hurt. Okay, that gets the safety bit out of the way, now the photography.


These wonderful, inquisitive animals are a joy to capture. Rolling pastoral countryside and golden light, the large animals are one of our most common sights when wandering the footpaths of the UK. Being larger, slower animals you can use aperture priority and concentrate on composition more. Look for patterns you can use

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What the future may bring for digital cameras and what features are here now

Camera Tech

By David Willis From the camera obscura to the smartphone, a camera design requires only a few key ingredients: an imaging plane (digital sensor or piece of film); a way to preview the composition (screen or viewfinder); and a way to project the image to the imaging plane. Digital cameras incorporate miniature computers, hardware and software to capture, interpret and store this information while film cameras provide a housing for the roll of film and a way to move the film forward. Digital camera designs were formed largely around these legacy analog systems so photographers who had invested

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Tomorrow is here.

Ruchi Sawhney visits the office of Kumar Group, steered by celebrated architect Gopakumar and his son Anuj in Kochi. There is an established architectural firm, rooted in the rich cultural legacy of Kerala, ready to take a bold leap forward.

Kerala’s architectural heritage is much celebrated and cherished by its people but sadly, the march of consumerism and growth are taking design trends to a new direction. Kochi used to be a city where the eyes would sweep over the swaying coconut fronds and beyond to the blue skies, but alas that was a good 20 years ago. I’ve seen

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Jemima Greaves has spent the last few months learning the art of film photography. Now she embarks on her biggest challenge yet as she seeks to capture the delights of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

After the extraordinary spectacle of the Glastonbury Festival, it was a nervous three-day wait to get my films processed.

I was eager to see whether the magic of those five days would be reflected in my images or get lost in translation. My heart beating faster than it had during the Rolling Stones, I opened the packet of negs to discover an entire roll of film

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Aug. 20: Bobby McFerrin, a virtuoso who never met a musical genre he couldn’t wrap his supple vocal chords around convincingly, turns to spiritual music with his «Spirit-youall» album.


Aug. 14: The highly influential rapper El-P and the Outkast collaborator Killer Mike have joined forces as Run the Jewels. Their self-titled Fool’s Gold release showcases their brilliant, aggressive delivery of complex rhymes. As indie-rap veterans, both are at the top of their game, a refreshing antidote to Top 40 rap artists who peak at younger ages with skills far less honed. As Mike declares on the song «Get

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Kim and Joe Lynch are obsessed with interiors from the past. ‘We’re hooked on the lived-in look,’ says Kim. This explains why every room of their elegant Victorian villa near St Ives is decorated in period style, with layers of rich texture and ornate furniture lending a reassuring sense of history.

When the couple moved here from London in 2002, it took a huge leap of faith, as they had always seen themselves as die-hard city folk. Kim was an art director for a publishing house, and Joe headed up a city advertising agency. ‘I always thought Cornwall was a

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Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4GEDV £83o|

HANDLING: This lens is considerably larger than its 18-35mm sibling and getting on for double the weight too. It handles beautifully and is extremely well made, exuding class. Zoom and focus rings are one-finger light, though there was a bit of play in the manual focusing ring of our review sample.

FEATURES: The headline here is VR image stabilisation-a first for a lens of this type. This is at least partly responsible for the extra weight of 17elements in 12 groups, with a generous sprinkling of premium glass and aspherical surfaces. Aperture is a constant f/4 and compared to the

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Strangers do not go here

Based on the story Anatoly Roma «Collateral» scenario writers — Vladimir Valutskiy, Pavel Finn directors — Mr. VEHOTKO, Roman Ershov operator — Alexander Chechulina artist — composer Vladimir Kostin — EFREM PODGAITS soundman — Galina LUKINA

Roles performed:

Kosirev — Vladimir Basov (Jr.)

Natasha — LARISSA Guzeeva

Chumakov Yuri Belyaev


Lancers — Sergey Kozyrev

Kolupaev — Sergei Bekhterev

«Lenfilm», 1985

Widescreen, Color. 8 pieces of 2080 m.

…Committed a crime — from the safe fishing farm stolen ninety thousand. In one version of the offender — a repeat offender nicknamed «The Plague» — disappeared into the

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LG 50PH660V £630

This plasma is the cheapest TV on test, and unfortunately, it feels it. For a start, it looks cumbersome, all thick shiny black plastic and chunky stand.

It is at least the only TV on test to include a satellite as well as an aerial input — a real plus point if you have an old Sky dish you don’t use any more.

So, down to business. We’ve seen plenty of strong plasmas this year, with particular strengths in black levels and contrast. Yet this is where the 660V is weakest. Even when calibrated, the performance from the Freeview HD

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