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You leave town tonight, right now.

And when you’re gone; you stay gone, or you be gone.

If you arc lucky enough to own a weekend pied-a-terre, you can give free rein to your interior design fantasies. At least, this was the way one young couple saw it when they bought their apartment in Poznan, a city in western Poland. The pair is from Poznan originally, but for years they have lived and worked in the capital, Warsaw. Their Warsaw-flat — their home during the week — is rather more conventional.

Frequent travel back and forth between the two cities led the couple to the decision

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When Jennifer Boatright and Ron Henderson complained to the county in the hope of retrieving their savings, they got another surprise. Lynda Russell, the district attorney, told them she had warned repeatedly that they did not have to sign the waiver, but, if they continued to contest it, they could be indicted on felony charges. I will contact you and give you an opportunity to turn yourself in without having an officer come to your door, she wrote in a letter mentioning the prospect of a grand jury. Once again, their custody of the kids was threatened. Boatright and Henderson decided to fight anyway.

When out-of-town drivers who felt victimized by a Tenaha forfeiture called local lawyers for help, their business wasn’t always welcomed. «That’d be like kicking a basket of rattlesnakes,» one defense lawyer warned a forfeiture target, Often they were referred to a defense attorney named David Guillory, in nearby Nacogdoches. Guillory is abroad-faced man with blue eyes and the gregarious, cheerful disposition of a Scoutmaster. (He is, in fact, an assistant Scoutmaster of local Troop 100, and keeps the «Handbook of Knots» by his desk, near heaps of legal briefs.) He moved to Nacogdoches seventeen years ago and set up shop

Continue reading When Jennifer Boatright and Ron Henderson complained to the county in the hope of retrieving their savings, they got another surprise. Lynda Russell, the district attorney, told them she had warned repeatedly that they did not have to sign the waiver, but, if they continued to contest it, they could be indicted on felony charges. I will contact you and give you an opportunity to turn yourself in without having an officer come to your door, she wrote in a letter mentioning the prospect of a grand jury. Once again, their custody of the kids was threatened. Boatright and Henderson decided to fight anyway.

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A c h i l l e C a s t i g l i o n i brought post¬war Italian design into the future, but he never left his sense of humor behind. The architect and industrial designer (1918-2002) created dozens of products and was so influential that New York’s Museum of Modern Art granted him a full-scale retrospective in 1997. His studio in Milan draws thousands of acolytes each year. And his many iconic designs— including the 1962 A r c o lamp with its marble base and great curve of steel, his M e

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WHAT IS HE BUILDING

DOWN THERE?

HALFAAMPIESKRAAL IS A WORKING GUEST FARM WHERE SURPRISE IS PART OF THE COLLECTION OF FURNITURE…

There’s a farm in the Overberg that never sleeps. It’s always busy there. If the owners aren’t converting the farmhouse, the outbuildings or the barn into a lively party and wedding venue, they’re rearranging the furniture. Or the potted plants. And now, rumour has it, they have something new up their sleeve-and it sounds intriguing…

You can safely bet on the good morning crow of an out-of-time rooster when you visit Halfaampieskraal. But that’s it, and that’s good. For the rest of your

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What Is an Inclusive Culture?

Resoundingly, the CEOs agreed on what an inclusive culture meant for their organizations. They defned it as one in which employees can contribute to the success of the company as their authentic selves, while the organization respects and leverages their talents and gives them a sense of connectedness. “In an inclusive culture employees know that, irrespective of gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, and physical ability, you can fulfll your personal objectives by aligning them with the company’s, have a rich career, and be valued as an individual. You are valued for how you contribute to the business,” said

David Thodey

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WHAT HE REALLY THINKS ABOUT IN BAD…

Diving into the male psyche can be a dangerous game — especially when it comes to sex — but we took the plunge and asked more than 700 men 61 intimate questions. Forewarned is forearmed: read this and never be surprised at men again. Remember, knowledge is power.

SO WHAT EXACTLY ARE MEN GETTING UP TO?

First things first: most men lost their virginity between 16 and 19. An energetic 3% claim to have slept with over 100 women, but overall they were less promiscuous than you might imagine, with only half having had a one-night stand.

WHAT KEEPS HIM

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What fur?

AS FUR CONTINUES TO HAVE A PROMINENT POSITION ON THE CATWALKS, EMILY SHEFFIELD INVESTIGATES THE MORAL MAZE OF WEARING IT. PHOTOGRAPH BY JENNY VAN SOMMERS

Early June and I am standing — breath held — in a vast cavernous concrete space, whitewashed walls and racks of washboard-stiff mink skins stretching as far as the eye can see. They are lopped together with string, tails grazing the floor, tags identifying each lot — 20 female black cross mink, beside batches of 20 male blue iris.

There is a smell — cloying and sweet, which clings like a wet film of moisture

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What does effort look like?

Going the extra mile is the difference between success and failure, and it’s do-able, says business guru CATHERINE CONNOR

What does effort look like? The recent Aspire Bespoke attendees have been the inspiration behind my motives in sharing these thoughts.

I have just spent two days informing and educating some fantastic photographers. All are determined to take the brave stride into the marketplace with style, the right answers and confidence. But even when you have the right answers, the confidence has to develop with you at a timely pace which comes with experience.

All on the course were inspired to

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What do you want to be when you grow up? Thats a question posed to young people from their earliest days in school. By the time they fnish college, many top U.S. students answer, A consultant. At Harvard, according to its student newspaper, the

Crimson, 16% of those in the undergraduate class of 2013 who had accepted job ofers by graduation were bound for the consulting industry—putting it ahead of fnance (15%) and technology (13%) as the most popular career choice. If you work for a consultancy’s client, you may soon see some fresh faces camping out in a conference room just down the hall.

What, exactly, will they be doing in there? It’s a reasonable question.

McKinsey, Bain, and BCG billed a combined

$10 billion in 2011, but compared with that of most industries, their work remains cloaked in mystery. Consultants are forbidden

Continue reading What do you want to be when you grow up? Thats a question posed to young people from their earliest days in school. By the time they fnish college, many top U.S. students answer, A consultant. At Harvard, according to its student newspaper, the

What do astronauts do in their spare time on the ISS?

You’re right in thinking that it’s not all work and no play on the International Space Station (ISS). Since days or even months of solid work are certain to cause a large level of stress among space workers, flight planners back on Earth schedule time where astronauts can relax, exercise and have some fun.

Perhaps one of the most popular pastimes is simply looking out of the window. From inside the ISS, crewmembers can peer out of numerous windows at the spectacular sight of the Earth spinning below them. Sunsets and sunrises are also amazing, occurring every 45 minutes above

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