10 more tips for a stress free Christmas

Christmas should be a time for relaxing and enjoying quality time with those  you love, but for many by the time the big day arrives, they are too exhausted to enjoy it!

The key to a stress free Christmas is to be prepared, stick to a budget and make sure you take time out for yourself.

Spend it with your loved ones

Try not to get caught in the trap of spending the day with relations who you don’t get on with. Politely decline any invites and make sure you spend the day with those people who make you happiest.

Rest

Although it is the party season, too much partying and late nights will leave you too exhausted to enjoy the day itself, so be sensible.

Pressure

Don’t fall into the trap of having to create the perfect Christmas, as it will be hard to live up to expectations. Just have fun!
Weather

Don’t be tempted to stay inside just because it’s cold and dark outside. A brisk family walk will build up an appetite and leave you bursting with energy.
Be a good neighbour

Doing a good deed or two will make you feel good too, so make some time to visit an elderly neighbour, or collect some shopping for a friend. Companies such as same day courier Manchester all about freight
can get your gifts collected and delivered on the same day.
Wish List

If you’re after something in particular, make sure your loved ones know, and help them out with any specifics i.e. size, colour etc.

Talk

Life can be so busy that sitting down for a good chat can do you the world of good, so build time for talking into your day.

Simple Things

Watching Christmas movies and playing games can really bring families together; just a pen and paper and a game of charades can do the trick! The Italian Prime Minister
Minister is urging schoolsin Italy to hold back on the homework and let families enjoy quality time together.

Manners

Encourage children to be grateful for their gifts and give gifts themselves – even if it’s a homemade card.

Those We’ve Lost

Sometimes talking about those we’ve lost can be therapeutic, and happy memories can bring a smile, so don’t avoid the subject – celebrate the good times.

Is the tank the answer to our road traffic problems?

The short answer to this question is no it is not but there might be a time when we consider it. On the face of it a
Tank is probably one of the most efficient ways of getting around the country as they are pretty much designed to go
anywhere you want them to. You can get a good idea of what it’s like to drive one by going on a Tank Driving Experience and a good place to start is by looking at Armourgeddon Tank Driving Days.
The Tank that most people get to drive is the British armies’ old workhorse the FV432. It doesn’t have a whacking great big gun turret on the top like a Challenger, Warrior or Abrams but that is a good thing because when you get on up to speed the gun tends to flap about a lot if you haven’t secured it properly and also it scares people.
Can you actually take one of these out on the roads? You might be surprised by the answer.

You’d be surprised because the answer is a categorical yes! If you look on the back of your driving licence although
you won’t see a tank on there you will see classifications of goods vehicles. You need to have a H licence for a heavy goods vehicle which means that most truckers could go out and legitimately drive a tank. Before you start looking through the military surplus catalogue and booking in your test there are a few things that you might want to
consider before you start thinking that you can go rolling down the road in an antique T-34 that you’ve got cheap of
a Russian man on E-bay. First of all the gun cannot work and neither can the grenade launchers. While there Police
are happy for you to go about your business in it in a law abiding way they will take a dim view if the tank still has its heavy weapons fully functioning. Just a quick note a modern tank is very expensive and arms manufactures usually like you to buy in bulk rather than just one.

To be honest the FV432 is probably you best bet. Its fast(ish) and is not a massive lump of metal. Well, it is a massive lump of metal but it is a bit more user friendly. As it doubles as troop carrier it is also has the ability to get all the family in it. Don’t expect to get anywhere quickly though the top speed is only thirty two miles per hour. At least you’ll never get done for speeding!

Putting the needle on the record.

When Thomas Edison developed the first phonograph, the first machine to be able to record and reply sound he probably did not foresee how it was going to be developed. One thing for example he certainly did not anticipate is the work of someone like Public Enemy’s Terminator X
scratching and mixing on the decks. The use of music for business for example is one that is very relevant and owes much to the record player.

It is especially useful as a tool for creating the right kind of environment that you want your business to have and the image that you want to convey. A company like moodmedia.co.uk/in-store-music-for-business
for example can provide you with a bespoke approach that looks at your busy in great detail from your mission statement to your financial projections so that you get a playlist that will complement you perfectly. What about record players themselves and records too? How did they become the force they were and are starting to become again?

Edison’s invention was relatively simple. It used a drum system that rotated a foil innard. When you spoke into the
recording element it imprinted the recording onto the foil.When you played it back, or another recording that had been made a series of needles ran over the foil. The vibration of the needles produced the sound out of the speaker.
There was one major issue the whole thing was a deeply cumbersome thing that was not exactly portable.Enter then Emile Berliner.The phonogram had become smaller and more compact and the final piece of the portability and use of the phonogram was the invention if Berliners disc or record.This was a system that had one continuous groove throughout.

The system of using a needle to translate the vibrations into sound and put through the speaker was a great move
forward. The system was still very expensive but after the Second World War the use of plastics became more widespread and with the addition of plasticisers to Poly vinyl chloride or PVC as it is better well known.
This meant that records could be pressed quicker and cheaper. This played perfectly into the hands of the new record industry and the massive demand for the sales of new recording artists that were coming on to the market. With the fully portable record players that were available people record collections were about to grow to very large sizes and a whole new cultural phenomenon was born.

Some of the Best Diamond Films

Diamonds have inspired humans since the first one was uncovered from the ground. Therefore, it’s not surprising that diamonds have been the subject of many a Hollywood film.
Throw in some glittering gems and a touch of drama and you’ve got yourself a great movie. Here are some of the best-known diamond-themed movies:

1. Snatch

This was the second film directed by Guy Ritchie and told the tale of a gambling addict attempting to fence a stolen diamond of 84 carat weight. The film centres on the criminal underworld of stolen diamond dealers. In an hilarious twist, the diamond ends up being swallowed by a dog! The dog is fine as the story twists and turns through a web of confusing encounters.

2. To Catch a Thief

This classic thriller by Alfred Hitchcock stars Cary Grant as a retired jewel thief trying to proclaim his innocence after a number of diamond thefts occur near to where he lives in the French Riviera. He escapes the police and uncovers the real thief to clear his name.

3. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

There isn’t much about diamonds in this movie classic but the song that featured in the film made it an iconic diamond reference. ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ was performed by Marilyn Monroe as a showgirl looking to wed a rich man. As she sings and dances, smartly dressed men shower her in diamonds.

4. Diamonds Are Forever

It’s no surprise that the chic and sophisticated James Bond is drawn to the luxury and strength of the diamond. This was Sean Connery’s last 007 movie and saw him osing as a diamond smuggler. His old adversary Blofeld is intending to use the diamonds to build a laser that can destroy Washington DC. Make sure your diamonds are made to last forever with Coloured Stone Diamond Engagement Rings from https://www.comparethediamond.com/diamond-engagement-rings/coloured-stone

5. The Pink Panther

These classic comedies follow the mishaps of the clumsy Inspector Clouseau, as played by the legend Peter Sellers. In some of the series, Clouseau is trying to locate the expensive pink diamond known as the ‘Pink Panther’. As you can imagine, this leads to some very entertaining and interesting mishaps and confusion.

6. Titanic
The huge blue gem that features in this James Cameron classic was based on the real-life Hope Diamond. In the movie, the ‘Heart of the Ocean’ is presented to Rose by the fiancée she doesn’t want to marry. Rose is wearing the stunning stone when she strips for a nude drawing by the poor man she’s fallen for played by Leonardo di Caprio. The gem used in the filming was a prop supplied by Asprey and Garrard jewellers and consisted of a blue cubic zirconia set in white gold.

Giving something back to the animals in our country

As a nation of animal lovers, it is no wonder that there are thought to be around 9 million dogs and 8 million cats
living here in the UK and a staggering 51 million pets living in domestic homes across the United Kingdom. Animal art is also becoming more and more popular with people choosing to animal prints up on their walls and you can also
buy Cat Lap trays from places like https://personalisedlaptrays.co.uk/
or perhaps grab one for a friend for Christmas.

Due to the large numbers of animals here in the UK it is a sad inevitability that some of these will end up as strays on the streets or being mistreated in their own homes. This is where the RSPCA and various rescue charities come into
play. Following on from their yearly analysis the RSPCA reported that around every 30 seconds someone dials their animal cruelty line and it was reported that they received over a million calls in 2017. A million calls is a vast number of animal cruelty and welfare issues for the organisation to deal especially as they only have around 500 active animal staff working for them in roles such as animal welfare officers, animal collection officers and inspectors.

The RSPCA was first established in 1824 when it was originally named the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals before the Royal patronage was established in 1840 by Queen Victoria. The organisation deals with a vast
number of cases each year as well as help sick and injured animals belonging to owners who can not afford for their veterinary care and they also rehome numerous animals each year. The figures are astounding:

In 2017 some of the figures included:
. Over 114,000 animals rescued from their current environments
. Over 44,000 animals were found new homes
. Investigation of over 140,000 cruelty complaints
. Just under 1,500 convictions against those individuals who broke the law in   relation to the protection and welfare of animals
. Over 200,000 animals were taken to the RSPCA
veterinary practices to be microchipped, neutered and to be treated for a variety of illnesses and injuries.

The number of convictions compared to the number of investigations that take place each year is incredibly low, andthis can be due to the difficulties in taking these kinds of cases to court and providing sufficient evidence to prosecute an individual.

Which are the best Christmas events to visit this year?

With Christmas ads on the airwaves and Christmas songs in the shops, it’s that time of year again. Why not get out and about and enjoy some of the great Christmas events in Gloucestershire. Whether you meet Santa himself or cheer and boo at the panto there’s so much to enjoy!

Enjoy mulled wine at a Christmas market

There’s no shortage of Christmas markets spreading cheer and goodwill throughout Gloucester this Christmas. Cheltenham delivers a delightful outdoor shopping experience with over 40 stalls, while the Dean Heritage Centre brings a Victorian flavour to the festivities. Meanwhile, the iconic Gloucester Cathedral promises carols on the hour at their Christmas market which takes place in the beautiful cloisters.

Meet Santa

Father Christmas is everywhere in Gloucester this year, putting in appearances at the Regent Arcade in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds Clubhouse. At the Slimbridge Wetlands Centre
you can enjoy breakfast or tea with the elves and post a letter direct to the North Pole. The whole family will also love the opportunity to see the majestic wild swans and geese being given their evening feed on the enchanting floodlit lake.

Take in a Christmas show

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then it’s time to relax with a festive trip to the theatre.

Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre has a packed programme of shows for all the family this Christmas, from the children’s classic The Velveteen Rabbit to Dickens' Old Curiosity Shop. Star of the show is the annual panto – this year it’s Aladdin, directed by Blue Peter’s Peter Duncan and it’ll have you cheering, booing and laughing out loud! There’s also Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Stroud, and a spectacular Dick Whittington at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury.

An alternative Christmas

Want to try something different this year? Stagecoach West is offering a Friends and Family Explorer ticket so you don’t need to miss a single Christmas light switch on and you can leave the car at home. Use your ticket to head for Hip Hopmas Eve at Cafe Rene in Gloucester to groove to some old school hip hop classics or head for the Regent Arcade and sign up for Elf School!

Mexican Grand Prix Facts

If you love Formula 1 racing, maybe you’ve always dreamed of watching a race
somewhere hot and exotic. The Mexican Grand Prix fits the bill perfectly and has
taken place at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City a grand total of
19 times since 1963. After more than 20 years of not hosting the race, the Mexican
Grand Prix returned to the F1 racing calendar in 2015. For your own once-in-a-
lifetime trackside experiences, visit the Mexico F1 Paddock Club with
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The History of the Mexican Grand Prix
The very first Mexican race took place in 1962 where it was staged at the new
Magdalena Mixhuca circuit in Mexico City. The park also hosted events like
basketball, field hockey, track cycling and fencing for the Summer Olympics of 1968.
By 1963, the circuit became part of the Formula 1 Championship. However, it
wouldn’t be long before the Mexican race lost its place on the F1 calendar mostly
due to its incredible popularity. The organisers felt they could not control the
hundreds of thousands of spectators causing a safety issue for drivers. The last race
until 2015 happened in 1970 and was won by Ferrari team driver Jacky Ickx.

To help with safety, the circuit was partly redesigned and given a new name – the
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. It was named after two local racing brothers who
both died in racing accidents – Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez. It briefly returned to
the F1 calendar in 1986 and was a favourite with drivers, particularly the nerve-
wracking final corner named Peraltada. Sadly, the track fell out of favour once again
as organisers couldn’t fund the improvements needed to keep the track up to date.
Fast forward to 2015 and the Grand Prix once again returned to the Autodromo
Hermanos Rodriguez. The circuit had been redesigned with the main alteration being
a slow-speed section near the stadium which effectively halved the perilous final
Peraltada corner. Each race is a sell-out and it’s very well supported by local fans as
well as international ones.
Mexican Grand Prix Fact File
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is the highest track on the F1 calendar at
2,240m above sea level. At the other end of the spectrum, the lowest track is the Yas
Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi and the Sochi Autodrom which both lie less than 1m
above sea level.

The driver Jim Clark is the only driver to complete a ‘Grand Slam’ at the Mexican
track in 1963. He took pole position, the quickest lap and won the race.
It was at the 1986 Mexican Grand Prix that driver Gerhard Berger had his first of 10
Grand Prix wins. He achieved this incredible success in a Benetton B186 and won
the Mexican race on just one set of Pirelli tyres.
The last turn on the newly designed circuit was renamed after British racing driver
Nigel Mansell in 2015 after winning the race twice in both 1987 and 1992.

Top rugby training tips to get you to the top of your game

Rugby is a wonderful game of skill and tactics and the best players must be in peak physical condition to play to their optimum ability. Understanding your best position, and the skills that are inherently required for that role is a big breakthrough in maximising the performance.

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Building fitness for rugby is not easy and takes a lot of hard work and commitment. It can be achieved through careful training and specific exercises, and it’s important to plan for both physical and mental fitness.

Brain training

Rugby is a physical game, there’s no doubt about it, but the most successful players are also mentally fit and prepared to take to the field. Prepare for the highs and the lows as all players will face both in different measure, and how you approach one can often determine how much of the other is seen.

Mind and body can benefit from interval training, and as the game itself tends to be played in bursts of around 30 seconds, it makes sense to train in similar circumstances; commit to 30 seconds of very intense activity followed by a period of rest. Time yourself for the 30-second bursts; pick an exercise, do it for 30 seconds as well as you can, as many times as you can, and then rest for 30 seconds to recover. Repeat both for as long as you can continue the exercise until you cannot go on. It’s a great preparation for the reality of the game where the intensity comes in bursts.

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Group training

Rugby is a team game, so of course, it’s important to train with others and practise the various set pieces together, though it is also important to be able to focus and train alone. Of course, knowing you’ll be practising with others can be motivation to keep going when otherwise you might have talked yourself out of it!

Make the most of your pre-match preparation with the right drills and rugby training videos from experts like Sport Plan https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Rugby/Backs-Moves/ULSTER-pdbm39.jsp. Once you’ve put in the training, it’s game time. Read the tips from Total Rugby
to get the most from your game time.

Training with others in subgroups to mimic who will do what during the game will also help.

Current Trends in Wedding Photography

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Wedding photography is an evolving field that requires artistic talent, vision, and highly technical expertise.

In the past wedding photography was almost always limited to stiff posses without much regard for the underlying story, emotion, romance, and behind the scene events of the wedding day.

Although there is still a big segment of the wedding industry that practices traditional photography with its preplanned poses, and recreation of the wedding peak events such as the kiss, the ring exchange, etc., the modern wedding couple demands a more contemporary approach to their wedding day.

Wedding photojournalism has been in vogue for the past decade. The central idea behind it has been the capture of the wedding events without any interference or direction from the wedding photographer. The photographer is there to capture the true essence of the wedding day. As a result of this realistic approach the photographs are a true representation of the wedding day. Hard core wedding journalistic will be totally opposed to posing any wedding related event. If it doesn’t not happen during the wedding it won’t be recorded. This includes family group photos.

Several photographers offer a hybrid approach to wedding photography, usually a combination of traditional and journalistic wedding photography. In this approach the photographer focuses on documenting the wedding day but the coverage also includes a session with the couple for formal posed or semi-posed photographs and also family group photos.

The latest trend in wedding photography is toward a more fashionable approach. Inspired on high-end fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, GQ, American Photo, etc., and wedding magazines the photographer seeks to make the couple’s fantasies real.

In the fashion wedding photography approach the goal is to make the wedding couple look their best. Their romantic interplay is glamorized to its maximum expression. The everyday couple becomes like wedding celebrities. Attention to detail is required to achieve the perfect look. This approach requires a great deal of artistic talent behind the camera and also great computer image editing skill to produce a unique photo. Half the photo is made on the camera with the second half achieved though digital image editing and manipulation.

Which style is best, is for you to decide. In our experience a big segment of the wedding couples want to capture the reality, details and romance of the wedding day but at the same time they have fantasies about their wedding and the way they should look.

When making a decision for a wedding photographer look closely to the photographer’s portfolio and see how it agrees with your philosophy on how your wedding day should be photographed. Regardless of your philosophy please make sure that you select a master of the craft, you and the next generation deserve masterpiece memories of your wedding day.

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Pros And Cons of Using Microfiber Towels

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The invention of microfiber brought a revolution in the market few years back. Microfiber towels were successfully launched for cleaning and dusting. Microfiber towels even proved useful to clean oil stains. Right from its inception, this fiber was considered to be far more superior to other fibers available in the market. Microfiber is not only superior in quality but is also quite affordable so it became extremely popular in the cloth industry.

With an excellent cleaning capabilities these towels also became very popular at home for day to day use. This is why people started using such towels for heavy cleaning.

Prior to the invention of microfiber, people preferred to use cotton towels which had an excellent absorption power. But microfiber towels have very high absorbency as compared to cotton towels. Microfiber was an excellent alternative to the old cotton in various products like in microfiber bath towels, sportswear, dusting towels etc. Since these towels have very high absorbency, they are very often used by sports persons and in the gym since they effectively absorb sweat of the person. The average life of microfiber towel is many times more than other conventional towels.

Microfiber brought real change to our lives as it delivered excellent products which replaced other fibers used so far. It is considered to be the best material to wipe out all stains on furniture. If suppose you have spilled some liquid on table or some sauce in kitchen then a microfiber towel can be used to clean them perfectly without leaving a trace of the incident. This kind of towel is not only known for being the best absorbent and it also dries up quite fast.

Microfiber bath towels are extensively used at swimming pools because of its high absorption quality. When swimmers come out of the pool they wipe out their bodies using these. Also, since they are ready to use in very short interval of time as they dry up very quickly, the swimmer can use it again after the wash.

Microfiber bath towels are generally preferred by people living in colder regions where drying your towel daily after bath is not that easy. Even at room temperatures microfiber bath towels dry up much faster as compared to regular cotton bath towels, hence preventing your towel from acquiring mildew odor which initiates due to dampness.

Microfiber bath towel need special care while washing. An extra effort is required from your end to maintain such towels. You can easily wash cotton bath towels with hot water and soap in your washing machine, but washing these towels is a bit more elaborate. While washing a microfiber bath towel you need to follow the wash instructions given on your towel. By following these simple wash instructions you can enjoy using the microfiber towel for a very long time.

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