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WILDLIFE UP CLOSE

Ever decreasing circles -getting close to wildlife

Wildlife photography is often considered the domain of extreme long lenses. These great bazooka-like lumps of glass, metal and engineering plastic that cost a fortune and weigh a proverbial ton are seen as an easy solution when your subjects are shy, skittish and difficult or dangerous to approach.

While there are times long lenses are unavoidable, anyone who has ever worked with super telephotos will tell you that far from being an easy solution they are especially challenging to use well. The high levels of magnification they achieve means that every tiny movement

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Whats in the sky?

The cold, dark night skies of February are starting to show us the first hints of spring…

Northern hemisphere

The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

Viewable time: All through the hours of darkness

Otherwise known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, M51 is possibly one of the most famous galaxies after the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies. The reason for this is the beautiful photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. As you can see in the picture, the larger galaxy is pulling material from the smaller in an act of celestial vandalism.

The Sombrero Galaxy (M104)

Viewable time: Mid-evening until the early hours

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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

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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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WE HAVENT HAD THIS MUCH FUN IN A LONG TIME. THANKS JINRI PARK.

Two words: Nongshim noodles.

This is not an endorsement. We’re just trying to junk a cliche by substituting something else. And here’s how the old trick goes: we find a woman from another country, of some exotic mix or ethnicity, and we scramble for a kind of food or drink so obviously from their place of origin as metaphor for what they are. So Russian women are like vodka. Korean women are—forgive us for even thinking we were so clever—hotter than kimchi.

So no, Jinri Park is not fermented cabbage. She is Nongshim noodles, those flaming packs of processed ramen

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WAKE-UP CALL _

When Patricia Vitiello nearly died from a stroke, she vowed never to take her well-being for granted again. As told to ABIGAIL LIBERS

On the morning of my 47th birthday last year, I woke up early to prepare for a big meeting at work. As I sat at my kitchen table at 5:30 a.m. sipping coffee, I suddenly felt a familiar sensation—one I’d been dreading for a long time. It started as a tingle in my right hand and quickly turned to numbness. Because it had happened eight years earlier, I knew what this meant: I was having a stroke.

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VINTAGE PETER GREEN

Great article on Greeny in the August issue. The first time I saw Peter Green and this guitar was at The Beachcomber in Nottingham. This was when the soul band era was ebbing and the blues boom was taking hold: sad, in a way, as one could meet girls via soul, while the blues was blokes and bored girlfriends! Anyway, my hero was Jeff Beck, who I had seen with the Yardbirds, and Peter was the new guy in the Bluesbreakers: somehow I had sidestepped Eric Clapton twice. Peter knocked my socks off and I couldn’t wait for the Bluesbreakers

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Under other flags

Despite its proven track record, ease of maintenance and its reliable Hercules engines, what could have been a vibrant export market for Beaufighters failed to materialise. Only three countries directly opted for the type, while a third acquired a handful through a clandestine route. Two of these nations used them in anger.

During the war, four Commonwealth air forces flew ‘Beaus’: Australia (five squadrons in the Pacific, two in the UK), Canada (four in the UK), New Zealand (two in the UK) and South Africa (two in the Middle East). As charted in the feature Whispering Death, Australia also built

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Time to Press Reset!

MIDDLEBROOK heads off to Nepal with a bag full of technology and wonders what happened to the good old 3:2 aspect ratio

I am never quite sure what the publication dates of PP are, but I am guessing that by the time you read this I will be on a plane to Nepal. Right let’s see, have I got everything packed? I need two bodies, six lenses, two flashes, spare batteries, cards and chargers, a tripod and shutter release, two hard drives, a laptop… and a clean pair of pants.

Yesterday I headed to Republique in Paris to meet with

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Time To Call The Pros?

In this issue we explain the process of mastering and how you can do it yourself within your chosen DAW. But sometimes it’s best to get the pros in, and they don’t come more reputable than Optimum Mastering, which counts Portishead and Courtney Pine among its clients…

Shawn Joseph is the director at Bristol-based Optimum Mastering which has been providing a bespoke mastering service since 2004. With a specially created mastering suite – costing in excess of six figures to construct – plus many, many high-end pieces of hardware, it’s easy to see why you might choose its services over

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