GT ACADEMY TIME TRIAL CLOSES WITH OVER 765,000 EUROPEAN ENTRIES

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Gran Turismo®6 demo downloaded by more than 1.3 million worldwide
Leading competitors move to National Finals and first taste of Nismo performance cars

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London & Paris – 31 July, 2013: Nissan and PlayStation®’s award-winning GT Academy competition attracted more than 148,984 racing-driver hopefuls from the UK to take part in the 2013 qualifying time-trial. The online phase of the virtual-to-reality competition closed on Sunday night with more than 765,000 entries overall recorded from the 18 participating European countries. Worldwide, more than 1.3 million people downloaded the special demo of the forthcoming Gran Turismo®6 game that featured ultra-realistic recreations of Silverstone Circuit, the all-electric Nissan Leaf and Nissan 370Z.

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‘Very sad about tot…’

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The Tot and Royal Yachts – two great traditions trashed by venial politicians

‘Very sad about tot…’
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In a number of respects the Old Navy that I knew and loved is no more. Sailors do not sleep in hammocks these days, the female of the species now serves alongside chaps at sea – and the tot is no longer on regular issue.

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How Did Earth’s Primitive Chemistry Get Kick Started?

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This image from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean shows a collection of limestone towers known as the “Lost City.” Alkaline hydrothermal vents of this type are suggested to be the birthplace of the first living organisms on the ancient Earth.
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How did life on Earth get started? Three new papers co-authored by Mike Russell, a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., strengthen the case that Earth’s first life began at alkaline hydrothermal vents at the bottom of oceans. Scientists are interested in understanding early life on Earth because if we ever hope to find life on other worlds — especially icy worlds with subsurface oceans such as Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s Enceladus — we need to know what chemical signatures to look for.

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Uma Thurman Leads Worldwide Celebration in Campari Calendar 2014

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Iconic film star Uma Thurman announced as leading lady in Campari Calendar
and Koto Bolofo as photographer

Milan – 30th July 2013 – Today, Campari® is officially unveiling Uma Thurman as the star of the Campari Calendar 2014, which will be captured by noted fashion photographer, Koto Bolofo. The iconic, edgy actress takes the lead in the 2014 edition of the Calendar which is entitled ‘Worldwide Celebrations’, with each month focusing on a unique festival from a number of different cultures around the world. Through this intriguing new theme, Campari intends to highlight how cultures around the world have become more global than ever before, and reinterprets each celebration through its spirit made of passion, style and charisma.

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Anatomy of the Ship, The Battlecruiser Hood

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To her credit, Hood was the largest RN warship and a beautiful vessel that could be used to advertise the power of the Royal Navy, serve when required as a Royal Yacht, look magnificent as the Flag Ship. On the debit side, she was a wet ship, some saying that there were destroyers that were drier in any sort of weather. Most significantly, she proved unable to match the rate of fire and accuracy of the German battleship Bismarck and her thin sparingly applied armour was unable to protect her magazines from plunging fire, resulting in her loss with almost all hands. In fairness to the ship, the shock of her destruction was as much to do with unfounded belief in her invulnerability, and poor gun handling skills that may have resulted from her crew becoming accustomed to acting as a floating billboard for Britain and the Royal Navy, rather than as a working ship of war.

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Anatomy of the Ship, The Battleship Dreadnought

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HMS Dreadnought was one of the most important warships in history and the most important ship of the late 19th Century. She was so significant that navies were forced to describe their battleships as ‘pre-dreadnought’ or ‘dreadnought’. At the time of her design, the Royal Navy was the most powerful navy in the world and had reigned supreme for almost a hundred years. If Dreadnought had marked the height of British ship design she would be a suitable epitaph for the Royal Navy as is began to move towards decline. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Royal Navy is that even after British politicians have done everything possible to ensure that it declines to a minor coast defence force, it is still capable of innovating and designing outstanding new warships.

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Windsor Festival 2013 unveils a rich literary lineup

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Visitors are spoilt for choice with an eclectic mix of literary events at this year’s Windsor Festival

 

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In a celebration of music, literature and the arts, the annual Windsor Festival will once again host an enchanting series of high quality events around Windsor’s finest venues. The highly respected arts festival will be located within and around the grounds of Windsor Castle, by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen, from 16th September – 29th September 2013.

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