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Five thousand square feet of brutalism,” is how Justin Hooper and Charlotte Seddon lovingly describe their new home. The couple—he’s a creative director at an ad agency, she’s a floral designer, and they have two children—had previously lived in a West London semi-attached Victorian. But they’re both midcentury modernists and they shared an extreme rehabbers’ dream of finding an industrial fixer-upper, “the more dilapidated, the better.”

They set their sights on the Scottish Highlands, where they have family, and drew a circle on the map around the Inverness Airport, which would enable them to be long-distance commuters. Spotted by Charlotte on UK real estate site RightMove, the HMS Owl, a World War II air squadron control tower, fit the bill: it had been left derelict for decades and Justin and Charlotte took on its restoration—and much of the labor—as a passion project: “The most important thing for us was to preserve the raw, bruised, but not broken feel of the building,” Justin tells us. Having had a Plain English kitchen back in London, they turned to the company’s off-the-rack line, British Standard, to create a canteen for their kitchen-less quarters. Take a look at the charmingly spooky results.

Above: The HMS Owl is situated on Easter Ross Airfield, 22 miles north of Inverness and near the shores of the Moray Firth. The three-acre spread was used by the Royal Navy during WWII as a base for torpedo-carrying aircraft and was last in operation in the late 1940s.

Justin and Charlotte painted the four-story tower matte black and sunk half of their renovation budget into reintroducing Crittall windows: During the war, the company had supplied its steel-framed designs to British military buildings, including the HMS Owl. Get the low-down on steel factory-style windows in Remodeling 101. Photograph by Peter Moore, Geograph

Above: The recently installed kitchen—in what had been the officer’s mess—is far from new looking. In keeping with the exterior, the couple went with a crepuscular matte charcoal for the cabinets, left the storm-ravaged brick walls exposed, and kept signs of 21st-century life largely under wraps.

“Intrigued by the curiosity of the Owl and its severe structure, we were keen to design a kitchen that was in keeping with the spirit of the wartime control tower,” report the British Standard crew. That’s a classic Aga Cast-Iron Cooker in the center of the action. The bridge faucet is a Lefroy Brooks.

The kitchen is fitted with British Standard poplar-faced cupboards in Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black, offset by wood counters of 30-mm-thick (1.18-inch) iroko finished with teak oil.
Above: The kitchen is fitted with British Standard poplar-faced cupboards in Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black, offset by wood counters of 30-mm-thick (1.18-inch) iroko finished with teak oil.
The refrigerator is an under-the-counter Bosch (and there’s also a Fisher & Paykel full-size fridge in the adjacent utility room. (For ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: The Best Under-Counter Refrigerator Drawers and 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Refrigerators.)

Above: For a moodily cohesive effect, the couple extended the Off-Black to parts of the brick walls.
They gathered most of the furnishings at local auctions. The hanging factory lights, Justin tells us, are Czech and came out of a Bristol night club. For similar industrial lighting, see Reborn in the USA: Soviet Lighting from Fixt Electric.

Anglepoise Wall-Mounted Lamps, originally used by map readers at the tower, were installed to light the cabinets and counters.

Above: Anglepoise Wall-Mounted Lamps, originally used by map readers at the tower, were installed to light the cabinets and counters. The building was little more than a concrete and brick shell when the couple purchased it. They sealed the ceilings and floor, leaving them “as pitted and raw and full of history as the day we first visited.” Follow their journey on the British television series Restoration Man.

A vintage medicine cabinet serves as a liquor cupboard.

Above: “The four of us are collectors, and the nearby beaches are a place to find crazy bits and pieces, including bones,” says Justin; he thinks the vertebrae came from a sheep.

The family is now living in the HMS Owl and they offer a room in the restored air control tower on Airbnb; follow @hmsowl. As for Justin, he now spends a few days a week working in London and points beyond: “We are pioneering the future, living in the wilderness and working in media.” Photograph by Charlotte Seddon."

Pilot Owen Leipelt filmed as his friend's plane hit the water off Half Moon Bay 

He alerted air traffic control and kept circling above the crash scene on Tuesday

In the water below, the pilot of the downed plane, David Lesh, was also filming

He captured the moment his plane sank before filming his rescue from the water

Both Lesh and his female passenger were rescued unharmed by the coast guard

Pictures show the plane sinking and the two survivors as the helicopter arrives

The two survivors even seem in good spirits, laughing and joking in the water....

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The friends had left from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose and were in the air together to take pictures of Lesh's new aircraft when it lost power

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the accident, a spokesman confirmed Pilot Owen Leipelt filmed as the engine on his friend's new Beechcraft Bonanza light aircraft failed and the plane hit the water off Half Moon Bay. Leipelt alerted air traffic control to the incident as he kept circling above the crash scene on Tuesday. 

Loungtastic's Vids On YouTube! 🛬 In the water below, pilot of the downed aircraft, David Lesh, 34, was also filming on his waterproof phone as he and his only passenger, who has not been identified, found themselves treading water for 40 minutes before being rescued. They were unharmed.

'I was probably 3,400 feet, did everything I could. I couldn't get the motor running and put it into the Pacific.

'We skipped along the water for a few hundred feet and the impact was very minimal, it was not hard at all and we immediately opened the door and got out onto the wing. 

'We took a quick inventory of what was in the plane. I grabbed my cell phone and the keys to the car. 

'I knew we had about 20 or 30 seconds before it sunk.' 

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the accident, a spokesman confirmed to the 

A spokesman for the FAA said: 'The FAA and NTSB will investigate. The NTSB is the lead agency and it typically takes the NTSB a year or more to determine a probable cause of an accident.' 

Lesh said he believes bad gasoline "caused the plane to malfunction."

Surprise! The Rock is a married man -- he finally worked up the courage to say "I do" to his longtime girlfriend, and it went down in his home state of Hawaii.

Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian tied the knot Sunday after more than a decade of dating, and they both wore white -- a beautiful full-length gown and veil for her ... and a button-down with white pants for him to really rock the island vibes.

The Rock shared the big news Monday morning, writing on IG, "We do. Hawaii. Pōmaikaʻi (blessed)." He also shared a pic of himself dipping Lauren into a romantic kiss with an ocean backdrop.

His acting partner, Kevin Hart, was one of the first to congratulate him on wifing up Lauren.

The couple's been together since 2007, and they have 2 daughters together -- 3-year-old Jasmine and 1-year-old Tiana. Johnson also has an 18-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.

As for the timing of the wedding, it comes just weeks after The Rock announced he "quietly retired" from wrestling.

An amazing thermal video of Boeing 757 landing at Gatwick Airport has been taken by the UK National Police Air Service.

The thermal imaging video shows up all the “hot” spots in white and you can clearly see the engine exhaust and then on landing the wheels and brakes “light up.”

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Terror at Oshkosh

This video is a brief analysis on getting very close to a crash at Oshkosh. No finger pointing here. Landing in such an enviroment is unusual and stressful for sure. Check the video first and then ask yourself a few questions.

As the analysis points out, the pilot likely went for full elevator up and this avoided a more critical issue. But was this an attempt to go-around or just to save the landing? Landing at OSH, knowing that thousand of people are looking and operating in non-standard ways is not easy. But is there a reason not to initiate a go-around?

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Teacher Punished For Giving Oral Sex To Students


If this woman, Jill Meldrum-Jones, looks to you like she's feeling terrified, that could well be the case. She admitted to doing something completely wrong and inexusable on an airplane (and other places), lost her teaching career and faces jail time because of what she did.


You would think a married teaching assistant and mother of two living and working in England would enjoy a chance to chaperone and be part of a four-day school trip to South Africa just for the break, wouldn't you?


Wouldn't you expect that a 37-year-old teaching assistant, who is also a wife and mother, would teach the kids about South Africa since that's where the class was going? But instead, Meldrum-Jones went where she shouldn't have ever gone at all...


On the airplane full of students, Jill Meldrum-Jones sexually molested a 15-year-old student of hers by masturbating him and giving him oral sex during the flight home to England from South Africa. She actually admitted to doing those two acts three times each during the 10 hour flight "under the cover of darkness."


Even worse, this wasn't the first time Meldrum-Jones had performed sex acts on this child. She told the court there were several other occasions she engaged in sexual acts with this student during this school trip. The teaching assistant admitted that the first time she performed a sex act on the child was on a mini-bus on the way back from a day-long excursion. In addition to the charges of child molestation, Meldrum-Jones pled guilty to two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity which involved him performing oral sex on her.


After the South Africa school trip, rumors about something going on with the teaching assistant and student were circulating and the two were often seen going for walks together. The school can't be named to protect the child. Under questioning by authorities, Meldrum-Jones admitted what she'd done before pleading guilty in court.


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Airline Secrets Revealed

It doesn’t matter if being up in the air feels like a second home to you and you’re practically an honorary pilot at this point for how much you jet set — there’s a lot you probably never knew about your commercial flying experience.


1 You’re probably flying with dead bodies.

Airlines need to make money however they can, and that includes taking on additional cargo like corpses and body parts. Ever wonder how donated kidneys make it from St. Louis to Dallas, or a body is flown from one city to another? Now you do.

--->2 You should never, ever drink the coffee or tea.

Your commercial flight has only three possible ways of getting the water for that fresh brew: bottled (too expensive, you’ll need to fly private for that), bathroom tap (the same sink someone may have used to deal with air sickness after a bout of turbulence), or from a fresh tap water holding tank that’s positioned just a few inches from the human waste and trash tank on most commercial flights. You do the math, and consider a can of seltzer or bringing your own Starbucks on board.


--->3 Cabin lights get dimmed for a reason.

It’s not mood lighting, people. It’s for the sake of your eyes adjusting more easily to the outside world in the event of a crash upon landing. Less soothing than thinking your pilot just wants to create a spa-like environment, right?

--->4 Your floatation device may be missing.

While airplane designing minds decided long ago that storing floatation devices and vests under seat cushions would be a great way to maximize space and safety, they never accounted for the popularity of thieving passengers. It turns out those vests are one of the top stolen items on airplanes, and the crew hardly has time to notice. Make sure you check under your seat before taking off.

--->5 Your cell phone won’t make the plane crash.

But the signal censors up front in the cockpit are pretty sensitive, so if your pilot is up front trying to get clearance for a takeoff and you plus 30 of your favorite seat mates can’t just enjoy airplane mode for a few minutes — you’re going to delay everyone. Don’t be that person.

--->6 Nobody can tell you not to breastfeed.

If you’re up in the air and your baby is hungry or cranky, it’s your right to feed. If the passenger next to you complains or causes a stir, the cabin crew is usually obligated to relocate them, not you.

--->7 Bad passengers are seated in the kiddie section.

If for some reason your seat changes last minute and you find yourself in the middle of a family of 14 young children, it’s likely because you did something to annoy the gate agent. Yes, they can punish you, so it's best not to be rude or demanding.

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Trump Impeached

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Impeachment Begins...

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Faced with new allegations against President Trump and administration stonewalling, Democrats have ended months of caution.

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor before the House vote on a resolution to formalize impeachment proceedings, marking a significant step in the ongoing inquiry into Impeaching President Trump...

“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” she said after emerging from a meeting of House Democrats in the basement of the Capitol. Mr. Trump, she said, “must be held accountable. No one is above the law.”

The announcement was a stunning development that unfolded after months of caution by House Democrats, who have been divided over using the ultimate remedy to address what they have called flagrant misconduct by the president.

In this case, with an avalanche of Democrats — including many who had resisted the move — now demanding it, Ms. Pelosi said that Mr. Trump’s reported actions, and his administration’s refusal to share details about the matter with Congress, have left the House no alternative outside of impeachment. The inquiry has the potential to reshape Mr. Trump’s presidency and to cleave an already divided nation only a year before he plans to stand for re-election.

At issue are allegations that Mr. Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to open a corruption investigation of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his son. The conversation is said to be part of a whistle-blower complaint that the Trump administration has withheld from Congress.

Mr. Trump said on Tuesday that he would authorize the release of a transcript of the conversation, practically daring Democrats to try to find an impeachable offense in a conversation that he has called “perfect.” But Democrats, after months of holding back, demanded the full whistle-blower complaint, even as they pushed toward an expansive impeachment inquiry that could encompass unrelated charges.

“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Ms. Pelosi said.

In a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Ms. Pelosi told senior Democrats that the chairmen of the six committees that have been investigating Mr. Trump for various issues would put together their best cases on potentially impeachable offenses by the president and send them to the Judiciary Committee, according to two officials familiar with the conversation. That could potentially lay the groundwork for articles of impeachment based on the findings.

The decision to begin a formal impeachment inquiry does not necessarily mean that the House will ultimately vote to charge Mr. Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors — much less that the Republican-controlled Senate will vote to remove him. But Ms. Pelosi and her leadership would not initiate the process unless they were prepared to reach that outcome.

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