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YOUR NEXT STEP?

With a huge choice of entry- to mid-level DSLRs currently on the market I’m often skeptical about any manufacturer’s claims, but can the new 700D from Canon really stand out in a crowd?

Admittedly having seen and used so many cameras throughout my career I’m rarely impressed by much these days, other than actual results. The 700D is aimed as an entry-level camera but I wanted to put it to the test throughout my working week, piggybacking my 5D Mark II, not to test it in comparison with, but it’s just the best way for me to gauge it as

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YAMAHA YZF600-R THUNDERCAT

Overshadowed by the all-round greatness of the CBR600F and the. outright lairy nature of GSX-Rs and ZX-6Rs, the Yamaha Thundercat has still managed to win our hearts and minds. But is it-an emerging classic?

For many mid-1990s sportbike riders, Yamaha’s FZR600R was a track-day hungry, no-frills option at a price initially lower than Honda’s all-conquering CBR600F, but some riders wanted a more civilised means of going about their business that nevertheless still bore the FZR’s racier credentials, and voila, in 1996 Yamaha launched the YZF600R and christened it with more than mere initials: Thundercat. This new, fully faired model retained

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Winjeel-battlefield commander

THE ORIGINS OF THE Commonwealth [Aircraft Corporation CA-25 Winjeel (a title adopted from the Aboriginal language meaning «Young Eagle’) can be traced back to 1948. In that year the RAAF released to Australia’s aeronautical industries, a document that outlined the specifications pertaining to the design and construction of a fixed-wing aircraft for use in the basic training role. This aircraft was planned to replace the long serving DH.82 Tiger Moth and CA-16 Wirraway.

Australia’s Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) responded with a design that would provide ab initio student pilots with a basic training platform to furnish them with the skills

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Wild HEAT

FROM REMOTE SAVANNAH TO TROPICAL JUNGLE, GET CLOSE TO NATURE ON A SAFARI ADVENTURE

TSWALU KALAHARI, SOUTH AFRICA

Want a luxury safari but don’t fancy battling the tourist hordes at Kruger National Park? Then head to the edge of the Kalahari Desert, where you’ll find the stunning Tswalu, described by Forbes magazine as ‘the best safari lodge you’ve never heard of’. Even in a country famed for its super-luxe lodges, Tswalu is the swishest and sexiest. Stay in one of the eight striking suites at the main lodge, the Motse, all of which have an open fireplace, sumptuous bathroom with

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Who THOMAS PHEASANT

Why THE VETERAN AMERICAN DESIGNER’S FOURTH COLLECTION WITH BAKER FURNITURE MARKS THEIR

After working for 30 years as an interior designer, Thomas Pheasant bemoans that perfection is a constantly distant goal. The pursuit of classical beauty continues to guide him, but «perfection is now a motivation rather than a destination for me,» he says. While much of his time these days is spent coordinating his team of architects and designers on residential projects, his latest Classical Evolution range for Baker Furniture is more intimate. «It’s really just me, privately, with my sketchpad,» he says.

Continuing their decade-long collaboration, this recent

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Which telescope?

You can spot the four moons in modest binoculars, 7×50 or 10×50 being the best for this, and you’ll even be able to watch them weave around the planet night by night. If you have a small telescope where you can increase the magnification depending on which eyepiece you use, you’ll see the planet much more clearly and the moons will be more obvious.

Among the most interesting events to observe in the Solar System are the transits, occultations and shadow transits, where you can watch the shadow cast by a moon move across the surface of Jupiter’s disc. This

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WHICH SYSTEM DO YOU CHOOSE?

If you’re after a new camera and have a budget of under £300, you may at first

I think you’re limited to a reasonably well-specified compact at best. Look a little harder though and you’ll find DSLRs, Compact System Cameras and a wealth of sophisticated compacts that can be picked up for under £300. What’s the catch, you may ask? Well, they’re probably not going to be the latest models, but with the pace of sensor development slowing down in the past few years, you’re not losing out that much compared to the latest models, while they may not have

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Which coat ARE YOU?

This winter, choose from oversized and masculine, Fifties-inspired fit-and- flare, or the cosy all-English duffel. Better yet, invest in all three.

MANNISH

I’ve never liked to play second fiddle to men, individually or collectively. I grew up being coached by my mother that the best way around their influence was to use your feminine charm, but I always rallied against this approach. Too many pats on the head by paunch-ridden, patronising stalwarts of the business community (who assumed that because I wore a skirt and had blue eyes I knew little of the big themes of life) ensured I didn’t

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WHEEL

GOOD FUN!

PINK FLOYD’S CURIOUS LITTLE DITTY FROM 1967 IS EVOCATIVE OF THE BRITISH LOVE AFFAIR WITH BICYCLES. SINCE AT LEAST THE 1880S, WE HAVE BEEN BALANCING ATOP CHAIN-DRIVEN TWO WHEELERS FOR ALL MANNER OF ACTIVITIES. CYCLING REPRESENTS FREEDOM. HERE CW SALUTES THREE FIRMS THAT STILL MAKE BIKES IN BRITAIN.

Long before Sir Chris Hoy lifted British cycling to new heights, some sources believe, the first mechanically propelled two-wheeled contraption was built by a Scottish blacksmith called Kirkpatrick MacMillan in 1839. The penny-farthings of the mid-Victorian years were popular with daredevil riders despite their dangerous reputation, but it was not

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Whats happening at…NORTH WEALD

In the second of an occasional new series detailing developments at important aviation heritage airfields

Richard Paver visits

North Weald.

North Weald Airfield, which is owned and run by Epping Forest

District Council, is one of the most historically important aerodromes in the country. It was a major operational airfield during the Battle of Britain and remained an RAF station up until its closure in 1964. It also had a long association with the Royal Norwegian Air Force which based its 331 and 332 Squadrons here during World War Two.

Today, the airfield is still very active and with the

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