Wilson Audio Sophia 3


If you expect to get a bit of style with your £16,500 speakers you might be a bit disappointed by the Sophia 3s. Distinctive and unusual perhaps sums it up best. They’ll appeal to a die-hard fan of Silent Running (we can’t be the only people to think they look like the garden-tending robots of the ’70s sci-fi classic, can we?)

Wilson Audio has prioritised function over form, though, for these undoubtedly high-end speakers.

The idea here is that the shaping and cabinet materials work optimally for each range of frequencies. The company has also opted for a full

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Building a photographic website needn’t be a complicated and costly affair, as long as you stick to some basic guidelines and use a good hosting site — as Elizabeth Roberts discovered when she asked Tim Clinch to help her achieve the impossible…

Hi Tim…it was the boss. The Editor of B+W Photography magazine. ‘I’ve got an idea’ — always a bit worrying this — ‘I need a website, and I need a good edit of my pictures to go on it and, if possible, I need it done in a day. Oh…and I’ll need a blog set up as well.’

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The ancient aviator and the Albatros

Geoff Roberts air tests Aero’s latest Albatros variant, the L 139.

MY FIRST HIDDEN reactions to an invitation to fly in the Aero L 39 Albatros could never be described as being fired with wild enthusiasm. After all, since 1974, over 2,800 of them have been produced and operated in 16 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America — hardly a new aircraft. Secondly, I admit to being influenced by badly informed sources regarding what I could expect at Famborough ’94. «L 39? An airborne Skoda isn’t it?» «Built by Emmett, I think.» How wrong they and I were.

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We love cedar tops – and now Tanglewood has a pair of guitars with just that, plus some spectacular pieces of tree for backs and sides, and all at a very good price. Review by Rick Batey.

The new Java series from UK-based company Tanglewood comprises a set of four guitars – well, two really, but with an electro option on each – with some tempting timber. Solid cedar, known for its easy-speaking tone, is used for the tops – that makes a pleasant change from sitka spruce. The backs and sides are laminated with rosewood on the inside, but

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Stripping and Refurbishing Mosin Nagant Rifles part 2

Over the years, having indulged in owning and restoring a few classic Jaguar cars, I learned quite a few tricks of the business, which I have since been able to utilise in the restoration of a number of military rifles, helping some of them to look almost new. The quality of finish does depend upon a number of things, one of the most important being the amount of time taken to understand what is required for each stage prior to setting out to tackle them. With regard to former Russian/ Soviet Mosin Nagant rifles, many of these sold by specialist

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I am a regular reader of Guitar & Bass, usually between songs at We Will Rock You, where I have been the bassist in the band since the musical opened in 2002. Prior to that, I played with Whitesnake, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, Brian May etc, but in the ’70s when I wasn’t touring or recording you could often find me hanging around in Top Gear in Denmark Street. Reading Sid Bishop’s column each month is therefore very nostalgic, but it was quite a shock nonetheless to find myself in a photo in the June issue in Sid’s column. I


Panasonic Lumix DMC G2

When Panasonic released the Lumix DMC G1, it was the first digital interchangeable lens camera system that would just about fit into a pocket.

The tiny body and lenses were achievable thanks to Panasonic’s pioneering development of the Micro Four Thirds system. Using a half full-frame size sensor, already enabled Four Thirds lenses to be closer to the sensor plane than conventional DSLR cameras, but in the Micro system, this was reduced further, as there was no mirror mechanism restricting the distance of the back of the lens to the sensor. This allowed the diameter of the lenses needed to

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Microfishes and invertebrates to go

Rachel O’Leary has had a lifelong passion for the aquarium hobby, including, especially, the invertebrates, which are sometimes overlooked—possibly due to the myths and misunderstandings that surround their maintenance. They are, she says, easy to keep and desirable when maintained in the proper conditions. Undemanding: it’s what every hobbyist likes in a crustacean.

Within the past 10 years, the hobby has blossomed into a full-time business for this mother of three from York, Pennsylvania. She calls her enterprise Invertebrates by Msjinkzd, a name that seems perfectly suited to a consummate aqua rest with a nonconformist streak. While tending to her

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Giggs: ‘The Pram will be very close!’

Hi Ryan! What’s it like to be part of the coaching team?

It’s a new challenge and the next stage of my career. The opportunity came out of the blue but I’d been working on my badges in preparation for life after playing, so I said yes, thanks very much! It’s certainly been an eye-opener, seeing what goes on behind the scenes.

I guess the manager wanted continuity. He brought in Phil Neville as well — we both know the club inside out so hopefully we can help him in what he wants


Rosehip called wild rose, because it gave rise to cultivated rose. In nature, wild rose grows throughout the northern hemisphere. Currently, it is grown and how very valuable culture.

Botanical Reference

Rosehip cinnamon (Wild Rose) — shrub, much branched from the family Rosaceae, up to 2 m. The branches are thin, covered with brownish-red bark, with flattened slightly curved spines, sitting at the base of leaf cuttings. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate, glabrous, ovate, 5-7 leaves, gray-green below. Five-flowers, pink or white. Fruits of brown-red, ellipsoidal, about 5 cm in length, on the outer side of the long convex appressed hairs smooth. Blossoms in May-July. Fruits false, ripen in August and September.

A useful composition

Rosehip is called a natural concentrate of vitamins. Vitamin C is contained in large amounts in

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