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The youngest ship to be broken

In Ships Mail (SM, July) Andrew Mackinnon asks if the 15-year-old Albert Rickmers was the youngest ship ever to be broken up. The shipping business is very cyclical, and during economic downturns many vessels are broken up prematurely.

After the 1973 oil crisis, tankers were sent for lay-up after completion, and many were scrapped, including BP Tanker’s British Diplomat (1963/30,815gt), which was only 12 years old. Similar things happened during the 1930s Great Depression, most notably with Atlantic Transport Line’s large passenger cargo ships Minnewaska (1923/21,726grt) and Minnetonka (1924/21,998grt), which went to the breakers aged only 11 and ten years

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THE DOCTOR IS IN!

Rossi is Back on Yamaha, and Back on the TopStep

The last 2 years have been rough for fans of nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi. And who isn’t a fan of the charismatic Doctor, one of the most successful motorcycle racers of alltime (second in overall wins only to the great Giacomo Agostini)? When Rossi left Yamaha-where he won four MotoGP championships between 2004 and 2010 — to join Ducati for 2011, it seemed like a match made in motor racing heaven: Italy’s greatest racer on Italy’s greatest motorbike. Instead, it was an unmitigated disaster.

Hopes were high when Rossi

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Tailored time

Customizable components and anti-counterfeiting features make Vacheron Constantins Quai de l’Ile appealing to collectors. How does it hold up as a practical everyday timekeeper?

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VACHERON CONSTANTIN QUAI DE L’ILE AUTOMATIC DAY DATE

Manufacturer: Vacheron Constantin, Chemin du Tourbillon 10, CH-1228 Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland

Reference number: X85IOP2A

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds; day and date; power-reserve display; stop-seconds function

Movement: Self-winding manufacture Caliber 2475 SC/1; 28,800 vph; 27 jewels; index adjusted via setting screw; Glucydur balance; Kif shock absorption; 40-hour power reserve; diameter = 26.2 mm; height = 5.7 mm

Case: Rose gold and titanium, highly domed sapphire crystal with non-reflective treatment

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Stereo Spectrograph

Most stereo systems have some kind of music level indicator, The indicator may be as sim pie as a set of LEDs, ordinary low-voltage lamps or V-U (volume-unit) meters. These were later replaced by bar-graph type LED indicators. Though attractive, they provide only one-dimensional ‘movement’ of LEDs with the music. Now this system has also become very common.

Presented here is a spectacular system to replace the outdated music level indicators. This system is capable of providing a smart, two-dimensional ‘dancing’ effect on a square matrix of 100 LEDs.

In this system, out of 100 LEDs arranged in a square

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Soul to SOLE

Bella Pollen recounts how an extraordinary collection of shoes took her on an equally unusual journey, from Monaco to Kabul

Imagine you were the kind of woman in whose wardrobe hung only couture; suits by Schiaparelli and Molyneux, swing coats by Dior, a rack of slithering bias-cut gowns stitched by Vionnet’s tireless seamstresses. Imagine, too, that you were in possession of a pair of shoes to match every one of these outfits — and by match I’m not suggesting “go reasonably well with”, I mean match: the same colour, cut from the same bolt of material. And lastly, imagine those

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Some of Japans most dominant companies owe their success not only to technology and process expertise but also to an often-overlooked factor:

During the past decade, they’ve been quietly turning their supplier relationships into a tool for innovating faster while radically cutting costs. Welcome to the new keiretsu—a modern version of the country’s traditional supply system.

During its heyday, in the 1980s, the traditional keiretsu system—an arrangement in which buyers formed close associations with suppliers—was the darling of business schools and the envy of manufacturers everywhere. Although there was some tentative movement in the West toward keiretsu- like supplier partnerships at the time, the rise of manufacturing in lowwage countries soon made cost the preeminent concern. Most Western companies today wouldn’t dream

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SMALL-SPACE SOLUTION SIZE 735SQF

THIS HOMEOWNER MADE A GRAB-BAG OF STYLES WORK IN HIS COMPACT FLAT BY PLANNING EVERY DETAIL METICULOUSLY.

While homeowners who undertake their own renovations often recall the experience as a headache-inducing one, Robert Chin speaks of it like it was a cinch. This apartment is his third home in 10 years, and the second one he has single-handedly conceptualised.

«I wanted this home to be completely different from my previous place, which was contemporary. This time, I wanted my home to look lived-in,» he explains. It was with this rough concept in mind that the bachelor, who is also an

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Sex therapy

For change-your-life sex advice, sex psychotherapist, Rachel Morris

Whydon’tmen stick around?

Men always blank me after I sleep with them. I don’t understand — I’m really good in bed and try everything to please them. I see much less attractive girls than me with boyfriends all the time. What am I doing wrong?

You’re suffering from selective perception — only seeing what you believe to be true, and overlooking evidence to the contrary. Assuming all men are shallow, sex-crazed dogs looking for porn queens and Barbie dolls means they’re the only kind of men you see, and the only ones

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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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Princess Tigerlily

HER FATHER IS IN QUEEN, AND HER MOTHER HAD A VERY INTENSE MOMENT WITH A CADBURY’S FLAKE. TOGETHER, THEY CREATED TIGERLILY TAYLOR – MODEL, PHOTOGRAPHER, PHILOSOPHER… BY SOPHIA MONEY-COUTTS

She’s got attitude, this one, you can tell. Not only from the hardcore stare and the minxy grin, but because she’s done things that her dad — Roger Taylor, the Queen drummer — wouldn’t approve of. What things? Tigerlily, 19, couldn’t possibly say, ‘but the trick is, never get caught,’ she explains. ‘As long as I work hard, he doesn’t mind.’

The model — ‘call me Tiger — has just finished

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