Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Get Quizzical with Radisson Blu

Do you like online quizzes which come with a chance to win a surprise?  If so you may like to get quizzical with Radisson Blu Hotels.  They are running a quiz at the moment and the major prize they are offering is a weekend for two at their hotel in one of five stunning European locations.

The game is really straightforward (and not very difficult, but don’t tell the organisers that!).  You get three questions and each has three possible answers.  If you get all three correct then you are entered in to a prize draw.  As well as the top prizes you stand to win gift vouchers up to the value of a hundred Euros.

There are some terms and conditions, of course, but if you are over 18 and live in the European Union or the European Economic Area you will probably be eligible.

I have been scratching my head and wondering where I would go if I won one of the major prizes. The answer – although it was a difficult one to come to – would have to be Madrid.  The capital and largest city in Spain, it has everything I would look for in terms of a great weekend away.

Above all else it is a city which positively drips with culture.  While not enjoying the wonderful surroundings of the Radisson Blu Hotel I would make sure to fill my time with trips to some of its amazing places.  

The two museums I would have to visit are the Museo del Prado and the Museo Reina Sofía.  They are full of treasures from the world over as well as from Spain itself.

I know that to visit a city for its museums is not the ideal for everybody but, rest assured, Madrid is a bustling, lively city.  Whatever you want from a weekend away you are likely to find it there.

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Sunday, 12 December 2010

Time for a New Tarp?

It is usually at this time of year that people realise that their tarps are not quite what they should be.  So, why not take advantage of a winter sale over at the tarpsplus website.  It has a variety of different tarps for you – from canvas, mesh to poly tarps that are sure to suit your purpose.

Whether you need a tarp for your truck or something larger like a baseball field, this website has everything that you need.  You can even get tarps for your swimming pool!  Low prices for single tarps are guaranteed and if you are buying in bulk you will receive a generous discount.

So, if you need a new tarp, go to tarpsplus.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Rangefinders – An Extremely Cool Christmas Gift

Do you have someone close to you who is golf mad?  Are you still wondering what to get them for Christmas?  Then you should really look no further because OpticsPlanet have the best rangefinders around and all for very competitive prices.

The Bushnell Tour V2 Rangefinder is a name that every golfer will recognise and comes at a great price on the OpticsPlanet website.

You might also be interested in looking at the Bushnell Tournament Pinseeker.   This is the best golf rangefinder on the market and is designed for tournament use.  So what if your friend or family member is not going to be the next Tiger Woods?  With this equipment that’s how he will feel even if he doesn’t win many prizes!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Help Your Project with the Co-operative Community Fund

Are you involved in a project which directly address a community issue in a positive way and which has an innovative approach to the way that the project is conducted? If so you may also have to take time out to scratch your head and wonder how the project is going to be funded.

If that is the case – or you know someone who is involved – then you should carry on reading this. The Co-operative Community Fund last year gave over a million pounds away to projects which are of direct and quantifiable benefit to the community. Your project could become the next recipient of funding.

I have always been interested in dance and drama so if I was going to set up a project it would be along those lines. People underestimate the power of the arts to change people’s perspectives and attitudes and local drama groups have been seen along the years to be of great benefit to the overall health of the local community in terms of spirit and vitality.

However, your project does not have to be along these lines and neither does it have to have charitable status. The grants start at £100 and go up to £2000 which is an amazing sum of money with which to work with and help the community. So, if you are involved in community work which you think would benefit from a grant from the Co-operative Community Fund or know someone who is working in the community, then click the link below and investigate this further. This could really be the beginning of something wonderful.    

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Saturday, 27 November 2010

The Old Spice Guy - Giving Men an Excuse to Dress Down

Ever since the phenomenally successful Old Spice Guy campaign was initiated, men all over the world have been using it as an excuse to take their clothes and bare pretty much everything to the world.  This of course has been with varied degrees of success.  One thing they all have in common, however - they all cling to the bottle of Old Spice for dear life.  No doubt this is because otherwise they would probably be arrested.

Here, with just a towel to hide their, ahem, shame, we present some of those men willing to bare almost all.


Thursday, 11 November 2010

Time to Buy Stylish Winter Hats

Winters are coming and it’s time to shop for stylish woolen clothes that can keep you warm and at the same time make you stand out from the rest of crowd. And, that’s why we are going to introduce Winter Hats Boutique to you. offers a wide selection of , women and kids. From Beanies to Bonnets, Berets to Caps no matter what you are looking for.

At Winter Hats Boutique you can easily find a hat of your choice which is stylish, comfortable and of course keeping you warm. Winter hats Boutique provides Free UPS shipping on all orders. Use Discount coupon code “15OFF” to get a 15% discount on your orders.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Lower Your Diabetes Risk

Are you aware that unwanted weight is just about the number one risk factor for type 2 diabetes?

Yes, additional circumstances, for instance genes and aging do play a role in type 2 diabetes. But a major international Obesity Task Force estimated in 2002 that 60 percent of diabetes cases around the globe were due to weight gain, and in Western nations it was nearer to 90 percent.

If you are obese or overweight, you are 90 times as more likely to develop diabetes as somebody who isn't, as outlined by a review of medical literature published in 2003 by University of Kentucky as well as other

In accordance with Gerald Bernstein, MD, director of the diabetes management program in the Gerald J.  Friedman Diabetes Institute at Beth Israel Clinic in Nyc, fat cells which go close to your belly work to close
the action of insulin, that is essential to lower the blood sugar.

Insulin normally triggers the liver to take up extra blood glucose and store the energy for future use. But when the liver is submerged in fat tissue, insulin can't get the liver to react.

As a result, blood glucose levels can accumulate in the bloodstream, where it might damage organs all over your body. But even a relatively moderate quantity of weight reduction and exercise can shield you from diabetes.

Routine workout makes cells more responsive to insulin, so they absorb more blood sugar. Exercise also improves your cholesterol and lowers blood pressure level.

All three factors are crucial. Individuals with either prediabetes or diabetes have a much greater risk of heart attack and stroke than other folks in the population and controlling the 3 can lower that risk.

Inside a 2002 study, people with prediabetes reduced their risk of diabetes by 58 percent after slimming down, eating better, and exercising 150 minutes weekly in comparison with people who did not.

One common goal is by using a pedometer and target walking a minimum of 10,000 steps per day.

Exercise helps in case you don't slim down. But if you undertake, you've got added protection against the disease. You should not lose a lot of weight to learn.

In accordance with Nadine Uplinger, RD, a certified diabetes educator and director of the Gutman Diabetes Institute in the Albert Einstein Health-care Network in Philadelphia, Losing approximately 7 percent of
one's weight prevents or delay diabetes.

And also you? What you will be waiting for? Begin to eat healthy and exercise from today!

About the writer: D. R. Ohara is writing for the website, her personal hobby blog centered on suggestions to help individuals to stop Diabetes and raise the awareness on healthy eating.

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Buy Gold at the Right Price

Did you know that as of last year a total of 165,000 tonnes had been mined over the course of human history?  That is a very large amount indeed and goes part of the way to show just how valuable a commodity this precious metal is considered.  Of course if you take in to account that this has been going on for over six thousand years it only adds to the allure.  If you have been considering it, now is probably the right time to .

The at the moment is such that gold, always a good investment – is something that those with a sharp eye for making savings and increasing their assets at the same time are leaning towards.  You need to make sure, however, that you buy your gold from a company that has an excellent track record and an unrivalled history of helping investors each and every step of the way.

Pensions and their associated portfolios can be volatile and as such a has been shown consistently to move against the direction of stocks, bonds and mutual funds.  Take a look at this short explanatory video if you need further convincing – it is only three minutes long and could prove the best time you have spent recently!

Regal Assets is a site that really does live up to their name – you are treated like royalty from start to finish.  If you are a little wary because you have never bought gold for investment purposes before, these are people that you can rally trust.  They update their prices in real time and you can be assured that the very helpful staff will return your email or your call within the hour.  So, if you are looking for that nest egg, large or small, for your retirement portfolio, try Regal Assets.

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Furniture From Home - Find the Furniture of your Dreams!

When you are looking to buy furniture online there are one or two givens.  First, you should really go with a store that has a track record that is proven without a doubt and one that has a reputation for high quality customer service.

Next of course is that the home furniture that they have is of top quality – after all, this is something that you will want to use and enjoy for many years to come.  Finally you should really research shipping rates as well as policies that the stores have in case you need to return or exchange the furniture.

When put like that it makes it sound as if buying frm online furniture stores can turn out to be something of a headache.  Think again, because the folks over at Furniture at Home make all this very easy and straightforward.  Plus they have a great website which makes it easy to find what you are looking for.

What I particularly like about their website is that you get a variety of choices which lead you to exactly what you want (something that many furniture websites lack).  You can choose to shop by room, from your bedroom or dining room all the way down to your entertainment center.  If you have a certain look to your house you can shop by style – everything is there from Early American to Old World.

Finally if you have a color scheme in mind then there is a third option to shop by color.  Perfect!

Wilmington North Carolina Real Estate

If you are looking for Wilmington NC real estate then you should really try this website.  The Blue Coast people have pt together a very crisp and well designed user interface that is so easy to use.  You can find the real estate that you are looking for effortlessly, with the ability to search by map, zip code or even subdivision.

The site isn’t just for people looking for a new home either – you can sign up to their seller services.  Once the decision has been made to sell, people want to do it quickly and for the maximum price.  The Blue Coast Realty Corporation can ensure that this happens with a minimum of fuss for you – so you can concentrate on the move.

Talking of which, when you are moving house one of the first things you will want to do is to take a look at a picture of the property.  As well as providing you with street views, this website allows you to take a look at an aerial view of your possible new home, to get a better idea about it size in relation to the rest of the neighborhood.  This may sound very technical but due to the very user friendly interface you can do it in a few clicks.

So, if you are looking to move to Wilmington NC, this website is one that you should really visit straight away.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

What Would You Do with £40,000?

Now there is a question you don’t hear every day!  Each week PayPal are giving away that amount to one lucky person.  The only condition is that they have made a purchase using the online payment system to purchase something – plus the more purchases you make the more opportunities you get to win the prize.

I’ve been doing quite a lot of chin rubbing to come up with what I would do with that sort of money.  My more conservative instincts are telling me that I should put it to one side and keep it as a nest egg for something special in the future.  That’s the angel at the shoulder, as it were.

The devil on the other shoulder, however, is demanding that I blow the lot.  Perhaps a boring choice, but if I did succumb to temptation it would be a holiday that I would go for.  I would get on a plane with a friend or two to head for Iceland and some whale watching.

While we were in the area (in a way!) I would then transport the lot of us over to Saint Petersburg in Russia for a few days of immersion in to the great art and architecture of the city – not to mention a few nips of vodka.

 To equip myself for this visit I would buy:
  • A camera bundle from Dabs to record the trip
  • Lego travel games from Firebox for those moments when we feel the need to while away an hour or two
  • A scratch map from I Want One Of Those to record all the places I have been
  • An iPod from Ebuyer to listen to my music on the trip
  • A laptop to Maplin so I can keep in touch with the blogosphere while we are on the trip.
Not an exhaustive list by any means – I think I would still have quite a bit left of that £40,000.  Who knows, as I will be paying for those little gifts to myself with PayPal, I might even win another £200,000 on top.  After all, the draws are weekly and each time I buy something I get another entry.

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Thursday, 28 October 2010

Miss Cellania at Blog World

Blogworld - a huge convention for bloggers (well, what else would it be with a name like that I guess?) recently too place in Las Vegas.  Miss Cellania, who has her own (and eponymous) very cool blog visited the convention and soaked up the atmosphere - and quite a lot of coffee too from the sounds of it.

Her report on her visit can be found over at Neatorama.  It is well worth a read - I must admit to being jealous of what sounds like a marvellous geek fest.

IZEA - Help to Monetize Your Blog

One of the more dispiriting things about blogging is the lack of money you can make from traditional forms of online advertising.  By that, what I mean are the banner adverts that you can place around your posts.  Money seems to build up at a snail's pace!  It can work very well but sometimes you need over a thousand page views just to make a dollar!  It is little wonder that so many bloggers give up so quickly.

You might argue that it is a way of sorting the wheat from the chaff.  However, there are other ways to monetize your blog and one company at the forefront of this is IZEA, who have created an excellent name for themselves in the world of  through their SocialSpark network.

With IZEA you can go down the traditional road of placing ads on your blog.  However, if you have a niche readership this can mean getting little financial return for all your hard work.  Again, many say that they blog for the love of it and that is fine.  However, if you would also like to make some money from your online publishing then IZEA offers other ways.

Just about the best thing that IZEA does in my opinion is to give bloggers the opportunity to write sponsored posts on their blogs.  IZEA has a strict code of conduct so there are rules to follow – and of course you will find that the advertisers must do the same.  What is more, many people who read blogs are happy with sponsored posts being on your blog.  After all, if they read magazines and newspapers they are used to this format of advertising.

So, my advice, if you want to monetize your blog, is to take a look at IZEA.  As well as being one of the most trusted platforms for blog monetization they are very helpful – there is a whole community of other bloggers there who are willing to help you along too!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Debt Consolidation - Think About It!

Debt consolidation – two words that people who are in debt need to consider very carefully. You need to consider the process with extreme care before you proceed and to do your research to see whether it is the right move for you to make. Remember that what happens after your can sometimes be worse that the situation you are in now.

To begin with your credit score will be hit for many a year – and that may mean an embarrassing moment or two in the mall. Plus you may well be able to sort your finances out perfectly well on your own instead of paying a debt consolidation company to do it for you.

Do some research and make the right move for you!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Amazing Animals of Myth & Legend

Are you interested in weird and mysterious creatures?  This is an excellent piece chock full of creatures that I had never heard of.  All of this cryptobiology could give you palpitations! The above, for example, is the minhocao  (big earthworm in Portuguese), which is said to burrow underground, is believed to be a relic of the dinosaur age. Sightings were mostly reported in Brazil during the 19th century. Some people think that minhocaos are still spotted but accidentally reported as another cryptid, the giant anaconda.

The Big Caption

Over at The Big Caption, the news pictures from around just keep rolling in - but with a difference.  The originals are captioned and the re-released on an unsuspecting public.  It is not always in the best of taste either, which makes the pleasure guilty - and so even better.  If you are easily shocked or offended though - don't go there!

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Never Lose Anything Again!

If you are anything like me then that will mean that you haven’t got a terribly good track record when it comes to losing things.  When those things happen to be valuable (either in monetary or emotional terms) then trawling around lost and found offices, not to mention the police station, can be a little bit of a drag to say the least.

Now there is a very cool way of ensuring that you don’t have to go through all of that.  Get TagBak and you can simply tag your items and then they will find their way back home to you without you having to lift a finger.  Honesty of course is important  here – but this is one way to encourage people to be just that!

What is even better there is a Get it back discount code that can be used to give you 15% off.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Create Your Own Website - Free!

Guess what!  I have just created my own – extremely cool – website in under ten minutes.  Plus (possibly the best thing too) it was all free.  If you would like to create a free website  then take it from me – the process is really straightforward.  I am about as technical as a frog so if I can do it then so can you.

Of course I had some help and that is where hpage.com came in.  Once you sign up as a member (which again is free and is quick and easy, no checking your email for confirmation links, you just choose a name, a password and away you go) you can choose from hundreds of templates that are already stored on the site or you can adapt them to create your own.

For non technical people like me there is a step by step help system which you can open in a new window and follow until you are more confident.  The system is very straightforward and I found that I had created a home page within ten minutes.  Plus it had the features you might expect or want already set up, such as a guestbook and a contact list.

All in all, this was an enjoyable experience (something which I thought I would never say when it came to building websites, something I usually leave to others).  I didn’t need to know flash or HTML – or anything like that at all.  A few simple steps and there it was!  Why not try it out for yourself?

Monday, 30 August 2010

Fall In Love In Slow Motion

Is it love, as two strangers look across the room? Glass shatters, water droplets hit the pavement in slow motion, as onlookers crave the attention these two young lovers express within their eyes.
Is it real? No! It's graphics, and pretty good ones in fact.

This slow motion film called "Nuit Blanche" explores a fleeting moment between two strangers, revealing their brief connection in a hyper real fantasy.

Directed by: Arev Manoukian
Cinematographer: Arev Manoukian

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Spheres is a space opera including mesmerizing choregraphy evoking atoms, DNA, seeds, spirals, and fractals. The opera was inspired by Anaxagoras of Clazomenae and it was showcased in 2008 at the live music performance by URBAN ORCHESTRA at the city council new year celebration meeting critical acclaim.

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Essay Writing - All the Help You will Ever Need

There are lots of different types of essays and the chance are, if you are reading this, that you are experiencing a little trouble getting to grips with what type of essay you should be writing.  Help is at hand – you may have been given some analytical esay topics to consider and your next question?  What is an analytical essay?

Put simply an analytical essay is when you have to give the readers a better understanding of a particular subject (that is, what you have been asked to write about).  Sometimes, though, the words just dry up and you find that you are in need of some help with your essay writing as well.  That’s cool, because there is plenty of help to be had there too – as long as you find and use the right service.

At EssayChampions you will find an enormous amount of help.  There are pages and pages devoted to helping you to understand exactly what it is that you have been asked to do (often the first and major stumbling block to a successful piece of academic work). 

If you have been asked to produce an argumentative essay where your opinion of well researched facts is of paramount importance, you do not want to waste your time writing an analytical essay which may get you no grade at all (despite all that hard work).

So, know what you have to do – and don’t be ashamed of getting help.  EssayChampions is there for exactly that – to ensure that your essays, assignments and dissertations are of the highest quality possible.  Plus you get all the benefits of using the best essay writing service on the internet, and develop your skills at the same time.

When it comes to essays then style, tone and content is important so that your essay is the best it can be.  Likewise, when you seek help with your essays, make sure you use the best service too.

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David Tennant's First TV Appearance - When He Was 16

We now him now as Doctor Who (even though he has recently left the part) but David Tennant has been around on TV for a while longer than that.

With a little help from his Wikipedia page and then a trawl through YouTube we have found his first ever TV appearance. This was an anti-smoking campaign aimed at young people and was filmed in 1987 (the outfits most definitely show that!). It was shown on TV and was also shown in schools.

Amazingly enough, even though David plays a smoker in the film we never see him take a single drag from one of the dreaded cancer sticks! We must also apologise to viewers of this video outside of the UK. Mr Tennant performs here in his original Scottish accent (which he carefully maintains to this day when not acting, bless him) and because this is on YouTube we are afraid that we do not have the facility to provide you with subtitles.

The quality isn't brilliant either - well, this is the eighties, cash strapped Britain and a low budget ant-smoking campaign but make up your own mind whether you think his star quality is there already!

One thing is for sure though if you take this clip as evidence.  The young David Tennant was never going to have a future as a professional soccer player.  He isn't quite bending it like Beckham here!

Actually, perhaps we should be apologising to our Scottish readers for saying that! Needless to say, years before the Tardis, the Cybermen and the Daleks, David was already showing a flair for the craft! Enjoy!

What do you think?  Please leave comments below!

Transmission - New Animated Science Fiction Short

This short piece is about two robots who are left alone on a dead planet.

It was finished in March 2010 and so is brand, spanking new!  The animation was created using Autodesk Maya which the animator admits is a pain to use and hopes that he never uses again! However, this bleak but short piece is extremely well done and has an ominous sound track that goes with the animation really well.

It is perhaps darker than most of the animations we feature here, but we thought it was so cool that you would all enjoy it as much as we did!

TVCI IPL Treatments

Did you know that there is a huge difference between laser treatments for hair removal and skin conditions such as excessive pigment?  We certainly didn’t and some of the facts about IPL Laser Treatments surprised us.

Did you know, for instance, that difference wavelengths target different problems on the skin? Or that lasers can target very specific and small areas of skin without affecting the other parts surrounding it?

Neither did we!  Fortunately there is some great information to be found at the Victorian Cosmetic Institute website which details the pros and cons of IPL Hair Removal and other issues surrounding the treatment of that most delicate part of our bodies, the skin.

What does IPL stand for (we knew someone was going to ask!).  IPL is an acronym for Intense Pulsed Light abd not to get too Anniston on you, all the science can be found on the site we have described here!

So if you are thinking of laser treatment for skin conditions, not only hair removal, and you want to know your IPL facts, then pay them a visit!

Google DNA: 10 Cool Google Logo Designs

Google is by far the most famous Internet search engine company on the planet, and the company’s logo just may be more famous than the company itself. Countless times, Google has tweaked its logo to conform with the changing seasons and so much so that even clever Google fans have gotten into the act of change.

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The Top Three Roller Coasters to Ride Before You Die

Roller coasters are the backbone of any amusement park and continue to draw huge crowds of adrenaline junkies to its mind-blowing twists, turns and break-neck speeds.
Not to mention, the enormous hills and dizzying loops that makes its riders want to hurl up their lunch!

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The 10 Most Striking Actresses Who've Played Bond Girls

Bond girls are generally thought to be mainly living eye candy, clad in next-to-nothing, (or skimpy bikinis) sensuously positioned at various pool/beach scenes for the sole purpose of being seduced by Bond, James Bond.

This is not strictly true, because many of them have also been fellow agents, members of enemy organisations, or even spies and creepy henchwomen. In several instances these girls were the ones who invariably saved the day and the very skin off Bond's charming, secret-service behind.

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