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TEXTING AS SOCIAL REGRESS

On its face, you may think there’s nothing wrong with using a smartphone or digital media player to connect with some one who is nearby. But not being face-to-face has its consequences—some fairly obvious, some not so much.

The accident risk when taking your eyes off the road to type in text or read the screen exceeds the risk when driving while drunk. «There are simple limits to our multitasking abilities,» says Stacey Hanke, a Chicago-based management consultant. «We can’t safely drive a car while typing on a keyboard or reading a screen. The human mind simply isn’t capable of

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SHAPE SHIFTER

It was the high ceilings and large rooms that attracted Charlie King to a run-down property round the corner from her flat in southwest London 18 months ago. ‘My partner Andrew and I saw past the dated decor and the strange layout,’ says Charlie, ‘and immediately had ideas about how we could change things around. We wanted to be able to put our own stamp on things.’

PLENTY OF POTENTIAL

Keen to gain an extra bedroom and a proper garden, the couple got down to planning and decided on a layout that would suit them and daughter Honor, 11. ‘We

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SEIKO ANANTA AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH

SPECS

Manufacturer: Seiko Watch Corporation, 8-10, Toranomon 2-Chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8467, Japan

Reference number: SrQ003J1

Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds; chronograph with counters for 12 elapsed hours and 30 elapsed minutes; date display; stop-seconds function

Movement: Manufacture Caliber 8R28, automatic, chronograph; 28,800 vph; 34 jewels; fine adjustment via index; Diashock shock absorption; bidirectional winding; 45-hour power reserve; diameter = 28 mm, height = 7.2 mm

Case: Stainless steel, flanks coated with titanium carbide; flat sapphire crystal is nonreflective on its inner surface; case-back with sapphire viewing window held in place by six screws; water resistant to 100 meters

Bracelet and

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Red-Hot Mama

The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney loves a good challenge. I Iere, the actress, director, writer (her first novel comes out this month), and mother of two shares her tips for turning dreams into reality.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES. When Alison Sweeney did her first shoot for SHAPE in early 2012, she had never posed for a magazine cover in a bikini. “I was so nervous about showing my body,” recalls Ali, who had struggled with her weight since she began appearing on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives at 16. Despite having successfully lost 30 pounds

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Orbat № 2:

Royal New Zealand Air Force

ALTHOUGH THE New Zealand Army acquired its first aircraft, a Bleriot, in 1913, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) was not established until 1934. Sixty years on, the RNZAF has been subjected to various cutbacks, particularly since the end of the Cold War, but at last it is seeing its front line aircraft involved in a number of upgrade programmes.

These include Project Kestrel — phase one of the P-3K Orion upgrade which is nearing completion by the prime contractor Lockheed. This upgrade includes fabrication of replacement wings and other components, plus project documentation.

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MIGHT PUT ME OFF MY BEER…

My old man was a fairly competent muddler. He could drill holes through things and he understood where volts came from.

By the time I was 15 or so I’d emptied the old man’s recollections into my own experience pit. That and a couple of years at Bolton Tech (OND Mech Eng, like the 11-plus equivalent of fixing stuff), interspersed with a stint at Riversdale College, in Garston, on the banks of the Mersey, messing about with big, proper engines with pistons the size of four-gallon buckets, and con rods straight out of Isambard Kingdom’s book of how to ‘mek’

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Impressive taskmaster

Some us will remember the Black and Decker system where you couid add different accessories to its standard mains powered drill to turn it into a saw, sander or jigsaw. A few may have fond memories, others less so. My dad had one that was hit and miss to say the least.

This time around such a tool is being introduced by a different manufacturer, and is powered by Li-ion batteries, but is the launch of a multi-option tool a wise move?

I have to say that I was certainly a bit apprehensive when I first espied the system among

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Hurricane masterclass

EW introductions are needed to the work of Hawker Restorations Ltd based in Suffolk. Just look at the likes of Peter Vacher’s Hurricane I in the UK,Vintage Wings of Canadas Mk.lV,Tom Friedkin’s Sea Hurricane X at Chino,California, USA, and the Alpine Fighter Collections Mk.lla in New Zealand, and you’ll get the idea!

HRL was set up under the expert guidance of Tony Ditheridge in 1993 specifically to rebuild Hurricanes.And it’s a particularly challenging task as Sydney Camm’s fighter is one of World War Two’s most complicated structures to re-create. Hardly surprising then that the most respected warbird operators, such as

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Slowly but surely

Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz many years fans fed with promises to continue a family history Blutt as a feature film, but in the end everything turned out even better. Video rental service Netflix, decided recently to produce their own projects, agreed with the studio for the production of 12 episodes of the show. Writers and actors seize the opportunity and filmed material even 5 hours, and finally the fourth season of the show will consist of as many as 15 full-fledged series.

And it’s worth a little step back and look back at the series itself, trying to understand

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As the heat of sorrow.

Built a children’s choir. All the girls, girls, girls. And on the flanks of them a few boys. Dressed all festive. And they ring the song, second, third. In one of these words: "Beautiful world, and we have to be in it beautiful!" Other children read poems. Dance. So opened Russian exhibition of children’s drawings "Pushkin and Moscow" Republican State Children’s Library in the Kaluga area.

Now in the world of adults, no, no yes and you will hear that de Pushkin obsolete, outdated that it does not meet the intense rhythm of our days, that he … What

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