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What is play

We can think of it as work’s opposite. And thanks to Marx, we know that work is the transformation of nature into socially useful resources. Work is what makes the world ours. Play is an exchange of meanings that makes the world of socially useful things worth using.

In his 1938 study Homo Ludens, Dutch historian and cultural theorist Johan Huizinga argues that play is a primary condition of culture: he identifies the «play elements» in various forms of art and entertainment as traces of a primordial human drive. Huizinga argues that play can be set aside from ordinary life,

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STAND AND PLAY

I have always admired the art of trials riding. The skill and finesse required to get the very best out of a trials bike is very impressive. The bikes themselves are aggressive and built for launching up rock faces and attacking some gnarly obstacles. I’ve spent very little time on one — maybe half an hour, max.

With this in mind, I was slightly nervous when Damien informed me of a day on board the Jota Gas and Gas Gas range with the guys who import these machines, the Hell Team.

Boothy and I headed to Pacific Park situated on

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RUARK AUDIO R7

£2300 / ruarkaudio.com

Hang about. I seem to be holding a copy of the Habitat catalogue. Don’t panic, gadget fan. Until 2017, when DFS will include the Autonomous Bum-Grinding MechaSofa in its autumn collection, we have nothing to fear from furniture. And furniture is precisely what Ruark has created with its lovely new R7: furniture that also happens to do a very good job of playing music.

Ha! It’s a… a thing! A music thing! Yes, it is a sound system. It’ll play pretty much anything from any source — it’ll stream your music wirelessly over Bluetooth (aptX), use its

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Play like… Les Paul

Far more than just a name on a guitar and a recording pioneer, Les Paul was a skilled player who knew how to please an audience. Douglas Noble examines his style.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Les Paul was a giant in the fields of electric guitar development and multi-track recording – but he was also a virtuoso guitarist with a distinct sound and a daring style, and, uniquely, he used his work in guitar construction and recording techniques to showcase his playing.

Les Paul’s first guitar was an acoustic with a movable bridge. ‘I discovered that moving the

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Plaque to Watson unveiled at Turnberry.

It was on July 9, 1977 that Tom Watson struck his most famous 7-iron shot, a laser from 178 yards on the 18th fairway of the Ailsa course at Turnberry. The then-27-year-old saw his ball finish two feet from the cup — and all but clinched the second of his five Open victories.

Jack Nicklaus, Watson’s playing partner and nearest challenger, wasn’t quite finished. Minutes after slashing his own approach from the edge of gorse bushes right of the fairway to the edge of the putting surface, the Golden Bear holed from about 30 feet for an unlikely birdie.

Suddenly,

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MULTI-USE GARDENS

Not many people in this country have the liberty of a huge, sprawling estate with multiple garden rooms, each in a different style with a different purpose. As such we have to compromise on what’s most important to us, whether it be an outdoor dining area, kids’ play area or a lawn for the dog, for example. We all have different priorities and combining some of those priorities may not be as hard as you think

The number one question I am asked as a designer is how to combine a great-looking adult garden with a kid-friendly garden without it

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MATCHES MADE IN HEAVEN

If the Beatles had a decent PA, would they have stopped touring? If Jimi had access to a modelling amp, would he have used it? Phil Harris takes a flyer and puts guitars in the hands of players who would have used them well.

All the thinking about the perfect marriage between person and guitar when putting together last month’s column on Peter Green and his legendary Gibson Les Paul Standard set my mind turning (no, it hasn’t come to a complete halt just yet, and for that I’m grateful). Now, both with my hire company and as a guitar

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MACHINES FOR LIVING

The tower blocks that stand stoically on the outskirts of Camberwell have a new play developing in their shadows at a small, local theatre. It is a seemingly apt setting for a production about the legacy of Britain’s brutalist architecture.

Taking its name from Le Corbusier’s collection of essays Towards A New Architecture, in which houses are ‘machines for living in’, the play follows a husband-and-wife team of architects who believe their Utopian ideologies can change the way we live. It is a story that seems overly familiar; you don’t necessarily have to be an architect to know of Alison

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HARD WORK Myasnitskaya

Blade — a dangerous thing. It can leave deep wounds stitching, carefully cut into the surface, pull out juicy pieces of meat, snap off a solid part of the … Hmm … someone’s body. Well, if the blade has a length of about half a meter, well honed, provided with a comfortable grip and well balanced, it is called a sword and can work wonders.

This is not a pair of ladies’ pistol in a holster on steep hips. Feel Die by the Svuord by Interplay!

Demo version of the game (open 1st number for this year) was unexpected, funny,

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MUSIC CENTER

Once rising sienna, any person becomes an actor. No matter what kind of scene — a theatrical stage, a political tribune or dais on the concert scene — people change. Of course, the actor on the stage much like the actor behind the scenes, but it inevitably puts on a mask role for which is presented to the audience. All this applies to musicians. But what role it chooses — matter. You can restrict the musical genre stereotypes — staring at the shoes, strumming, looking thoughtful or rush here and there and jump into the crowd, shaking her hair

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