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THERE ARE ALWAYS TIMES WHEN SOME PEOPLE DO BETTER THAN OTHERS IN TERMS OF FINANCIAL WEALTH…

Tony, we couldn’t agree more. We love you in megawatt-tanned party mode, hobnobbing with the great and the good; and we love that you have made yourself the (very expensive) international go-to man when sheikhs and despots cant quite come to an agreement about how to spend their billions. But is it really possible to be that person and the world’s most high-profile peace envoy? By James Brabazon

Kuwait City, 26 January 2009. The desert air is cool and inviting. Sea mist clings to the steel-and-glass-lined avenues of this tiny Gulf state, fabulously rich in oil. Its streets are busy

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The MT experts are hereto help…

DIY PREAMP BLUES

Can you recommend some decent units and tell me what to watch out for when doing these things? Tom Abbot Sheffield

MT The DIY scene has really grown in the last fewyears and when once there were only a few kits there are now dozens in all shapes and sizes. Seventh Circle Audio (www. seventhcircleaudio.com) has a variety of kits based loosely on several different classic preamp designs from the likes of SSL, Neve and API. However, you will also need to build a Seventh Circle Audio chassis for these preamps (single-unit chassis are available). In the

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Shoot by moonlight

If you restrict your photography to the hours between dawn and dusk, it’s fair to say you are missing out on a heavenly and unforgettable experience

WITH digital technology recently taking such incredible steps in dynamic range and ISO performance, there has never been a better a time to try out the fabulous photographic experience of night-time shoots. All modern DSLRs, from cropped-sensor consumer to full-frame professional models, are capable of capturing the moonlight to an enviable standard. It is all down to dynamic range, which has increased significantly as sensor technology has developed. It’s all very well for a

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PEAVEY

Composer Parlour Acoustic Guitar

Fancy a parlour guitar with a little more oomph that could also be a holiday buddy, but don’t want to sell a kidney? Peavey takes on the challenge. Review by Martin Wheeler

Although it’s a traditional wooden acoustic instrument, the genesis of the Composer can be traced back to 2010 when Peavey bought Composite Acoustics, a company specialising in carbon fibre and graphite instrument building. The first post-CA Peavey instruments were designed with features gleaned from the feedback of original Composite Acoustics players. The resulting top-end guitars were well-received, and it seems that some of the

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ON THE SHELF

We bring you the pick of the new photography books — including one by a B&W photographer who has been nominated for the New Discovery Award at Arles, in France, this year.

POST SCRIPTUM

Christer Stromholm a Max Strom

Hardback, £45

978-9171-2624-93

A box of keys, two goldfish in a bag — Stromholm’s images record the everyday, the minutiae of life that, though often forgotten, form the vast majority of our experiences.

Even a cursory flick through this substantial collection of predominantly B&W images reveals why he is regarded as one of Sweden’s most important and influential photographers. Foregoing models

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MEET THE DE CADENETS

A peach never falls far from the tree… By Sophia Money-Coutts

Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor has just hoicked up her Mulberry jumper to show off the T-shirt underneath — a scarlet number from a vintage shop in LA with the word Atlanta’straining across her chest. It’s a pretty impressive chest, given that the rest of her is elegantly slim. ‘I’m not sure why I’m called Atlanta — I wasn’t conceived there, I wasn’t born there.

The golden couple divorced when Atlanta was five — Atlanta remained with her mother, while John, still recording and touring with Duran Duran, flitted between

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Mark Harrison

Receiving his first commissions from seminal 1980s magazine Blitz, commercial and editorial freelance Mark Harrison has spent much of his career shooting celebrities for such clients as The Times Magazine and The Observer. Now looking to move in a new direction, he tells David Land about finding an agent, the evolution of his style, and the role that video will play in the future

T’ll go into a situation, and within a couple of minutes, I know . exactly what the photographs are going to look like at the end of it», says commercial and editorial freelance Mark Harrison.

In

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MAGNATE OF TASTE

THE Visionary President OF RALPH PUCCMNTERNATiONAL DISCUSSES THE INSPIRATIONAL POWER OF ART, THE BEAUTY FOUND in imperfections AND THE NEXT Big Thing.

WHEN I JOINED THE family mannequin business in 1976, all the other companies were doing very ladylike and elegant mannequins. So we sprayed ours out in high-gloss colors. We went where someone else wasn’t, and that became the design philosophy of Pucci from there on out.

I LOOK FOR PIECES that are unique, simple, timeless and, most importantly, that have soul. I don’t look for furniture that’s been mass-produced; I look for special pieces that have been touched

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Loving these Sweethearts

In resurrecting the Sweetheart brand, there were high hopes for Stanley. But with the Premium planes, while the No.4 smoother was by and large a good plane if lacking finesse in a couple of areas, the block plane was a different kettie of lobsters, suffering from some pretty poor engineering throughout which the initial design stages as well as quality control should have picked up.

So now the vintage 750 socket chisels are back in the range, and I am a little apprehensive. Having been sent a set of eight to have a look at, ranging from 1/8in to 1/4in

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LightBomber. Let There Be Light!

Is LightBomber as fun and unique as it claims to be.

You can do wonders with slow shutter speeds. Create long trails or even conjure up a ghostly portrait. Cameraphones usually do not allow you to control shutter speed manually and use long exposures… until now! An iOS-only app, LightBomber may change the way you use your iPhone camera.

Control Your Shutter

Since this app uses a slow shutter speed, you need a darkened room for best results.

In case of ambient light, the app lets you set the amount of light coming in, using a slider, which is quite

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