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The Unexplored Benefits of Britain

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The UK doesn’t strike many as a particularly desirable vacation spot but if you’re looking for a sedate break that’s filled with understated charm, you could do far worse. For all its diminutive stature, Great Britain has a wealth of history and culture that encompasses ancient Celtic and Roman traditions as well as playing host to some of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the world. While the country has an unfortunate reputation for bad weather (and poor dentistry), it only takes a few hours in ol’ blighty to realize that there’s far more to this plucky little country than you realize.

 

Firstly… There’s more to the country than London

London is a magnet for overseas tourists but if you’ve visited the UK and only seen London, you haven’t really seen the country at all. There are a great many destinations across England, Scotland and Wales that offer great theatre, sumptuous food and historic architecture that eclipses anything you’ll find in the nation’s capital. Sure there’s The British Museum, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, but there’s also huge lines, over-inflated prices and an unpleasantly aggressive bustle that’s really uncharacteristic of the country as a whole.

 

Messing About In Boats

The country is best explored by its historic waterways to which the country owed so much of its industrial success at the turn of the 20th century. Renting a canal boat and exploring the country allows you to travel uphill or downhill through historic locks and travel through picturesque glens. If you’re looking for a more sedate and rural holiday filled with history and scenery, you could do far worse. You can hire a luxurious boat in various locations by clicking here. As well as the act of boating, you’ll find that major tourist attractions are often situated close to waterways including a range of historic castles and stately homes.    

 

A world of art and culture

London has some great galleries, but they’re really just the tip of the iceberg. The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art in Newcastle is a distinctive building on the banks of the river Tyne that plays host to a wide range of fascinating exhibits. Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is a beautiful building that happens to be the oldest public museum in the UK and  Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is Scotland’s most popular museum, but the most popular museum in the UK outside of London.

 

Potter around

If you have a Harry Potter fan in your life then there’s far more to do than go searching around King’s Cross station looking for Platform 9 and three quarters. Indeed, if you plan far enough in advance you can catch a showing of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End but tickets are extremely expensive and sell out fast. Travel a little outside the city and you’ll find the Warner Bros. studio tour in Watford which is jam packed with sets, costumes and memorabilia from the films, or you could travel right up to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland which (aside from being a site of great historical interest) doubled as Hogwarts in the first two films.

 

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Tips On Customizing Your Cornhole Board

Posted in fun activities, fun things to do, lifestyle
on October 7, 2017

Cornhole is an “All-American” game that is loved by many. Although funnily enough, its origins remain unclear. While most people truly think that the game of cornhole originated in America by a farmer in Kentucky back in the early 1900s, others insist that it dates all the way back to 14th century Gemany. Either way, the game remains stunningly popular throughout America. This is why lovers of the game are always looking to customize their personal cornhole board. Luckily, this is very easy to do. In fact, there are even many ways to do this.

If the board is widely used by children, it may be fun to allow them to paint it. Not only does this make a great art project for the young ones to engage in, but it also brings the family closer together. Practically any design may be painted on the board, and for those with true artistic skill, cartoon characters or other such “fun” things may be painted on the cornhole board as well.

If a nice but plainer look is desired, the board can simply be lacquered. This still gives the cornhole board a sophisticated “smooth and shiny” look but also helps to protect the wood from the elements. Remember, always apply the lacquer either outside or at the very least, in a well-ventilated area. This is because breathing in fumes from the lacquer can be very dangerous, up to and including death. They can also be explosive in a poorly ventilated area.

 

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Another very easy way to instantly transform the cornhole board into any football lover’s dream is to adorn it with nfl cornhole decals. Decals of all variety are very easy to apply and incur no mess to deal with afterwards. Only the backing paper must thrown away in a responsible fashion.

No matter how you design it, have fun personalizing the cornhole board of your choice. Not only will it show off your personality, but it will bring all sorts of amusement when friends and family gather to play the great American game of cornhole.

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Proper Bike Gear For Safe Riding

Posted in lifestyle, outdoors
on September 15, 2017

Most people use a motorcycle as a mode of transportation which is convenient and economic. Convenient because it can weave in and out of vehicles and need not get stuck in a traffic jam. It is also convenient when it comes to finding parking space in public areas and it takes up very little space on the driveway of your home. And if ever your bike’s engine refuses to start, you can easily push it by yourself. It is economical because it consumes less petrol and that helps to save cost on petrol. Not only that, it also saves on parking fees and in most countries, motorcycles are exempted from paying tolls.

Besides using a motorcycle as a mode of transportation, some people ride motorcycle as a form of recreational sport. These motorcycles are called dirt bikes. Dirt bike is usually a lightweight motorcycle designed for use on rough terrain, such as unsurfaced roads or tracks, and used especially in scrambling. We used to call these bikes scramblers.

The dirt bike is also a two-wheeled vehicle just like the street motorcycle. Both are differently designed and both are designed for different functions. The street motorcycle is designed for distinct street use and the dirt bike is designed for off-road riding. There are obvious differences between the motorcycle and the dirt bike in overall designs, the construction and materials used.

The dirt bike is built for easy mobility, jumping and climbing functions. The body of the dirt bike is small and light for easy control and for absorbing shock on jumps while on the rough roads or uneven tracks. The normal motorcycle is heavier and is built for style and stability.

 

 

 

Every dirt bike rider needs to put on proper safety gear which could help save life or from serious injuries. Below are some important dirt bike gear a dirt bike rider should have:

  1. A good quality helmet for head protection.
  2. A pair of good quality goggles to protect eyes from dirt and dust.
  3. A neck brace to protect from serious neck injuries.
  4. A chest protector to protect body parts and internal organ from crash impact.
  5. A pair of under gear shorts to help prevent chaffing and irritation when riding.
  6. Knee braces for knee protection and moto socks for extra padding for knee braces.

A pair of good quality boots for protection of lower leg, ankle and foot.

 

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What To Expect With Finance/Accounting Temporary Positions

Posted in lifestyle
on September 13, 2017

The financial industry is competitive, which means that it’s tough to find full-time employment with an accounting or finance firm. As such, it’s sometimes necessary to utilize the services of a recruiter to locate the best finance job opportunities, even if they are temporary. If the idea of working as a temp is new to you, then here are some things that you can expect in the world of part-time employment:

 

Jobs are Usually Longer Than Regular Temp Staffing

 

When you collaborate with a generic temp agency, jobs can last as little as a day or as long as a couple of months. Typically speaking though, those in the financial industry will be a bit longer on average because of the nature of the business. Also, the work can be more spread out so instead of working 8 hours for a week, it could be four hours for two weeks. This obviously changes with each company, but it’s less common to just get hired for a single day’s worth of work.

 

It’s an Opportunity to Build Your Skills

 

As a rule, temp jobs are there to fill in the gaps at a company which means that you will likely be doing a wide variety of tasks, even if you’re not that experienced in doing them. However, you should take advantage of this because it helps you improve your skills and enables you to enhance your resume for when you find a full-time position.

 

It Can be Feast or Famine

 

Usually, there are busy and slow periods for most accounting and finance firms, so the amount of work can depend on the time of year. While having part-time employment can be great as far as flexibility, it also means that you may be struggling to get enough money at times. Therefore, you should always be as prepared as possible for things to slow down work and money wise until you get a more permanent position.

 

According to finance recruitment in Orange County, the best way to ensure that you get the most out of temp work is to find a high-quality recruiter that specializes in your field. This will give you peace of mind and help ensure that you get employed much faster.

 

 

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How To Pack The Right Clothing For A More Comfortable Trip

Posted in clothing, lifestyle, travel, travel tips
on July 27, 2017

 

I had my fair share of packing my bags with clothes that I didn’t even use during the duration of my trip. You’ll probably wonder why. Well, I didn’t do my assignment properly before embarking on a journey.

Traveling is just not bringing your travel documents, putting clothes in the bags, and going to the airport for the big travel day. Traveling needs planning too, the same way you will do on what kinds of garment will be best suited for your journey.

Here are simple tips to consider when packing the right clothing to ensure a more comfortable, and joyous trip:

Know your destination’s climate/season

This is one of the primary reason why I wasn’t able to use some of my packed clothes during my trip to Budapest last September of 2016. I know that Budapest is in Hungary and the latter is in Europe. Having been to Europe many times, I assumed that by September, the weather would have cooled down to warrant a jacket, and thicker fabric for my tops. I have been to Germany in August and it was cold already for me. I didn’t check about Hungary’s climate.  So, I packed mostly long sleeved tops with thick fabric.

Assumption will only throw you off with your planning. Do your research. Know your destination’s climate. Check for weather forecast, and what season they have there.

Ever since that not-so-smart-packing event, I have been more diligent in doing my assignment by checking weather forecast before I arrive to the destination. I even check historical data of how the weather was like a year before just to give me an idea if I should bring coats, tops that I could layer later on.

Find out the weather/season of your destination. Pack warm clothing if you are heading to a colder country. Pack light clothing if you are going to the tropical areas, and check the season! I cannot stress these info enough.

For someone who has been traveling for a long time, I should have gotten this one right.

 

Identify the type of trip

This trip could be one or the other or both. Identify if the trip is solely for outdoors like trekking or hiking (and even camping). Is this for business?  Is this purely for leisure? Are you going to attend formal functions? Just by knowing the purpose of the travel itself, can give you the idea of what to take along, like what fabric is best for warm weather.

Pack clothes that are usually neutral in color so you can mix and match them depending on the activity you have planned for the day. Doing so can help you to avoid over packing. And here’s another tip so your bags won’t be bulky with so much clothes that you will barely wear, try bringing along wash-and-wear types of fabric if in case you are traveling during the warmer months. There are thin thermal wear available too that are not very bulky, and are quite warm which makes them perfect for colder season. My favorite brand for thermal wear is Uniqlo.

 

Bring the right clothing size

We sometimes forget that we are going on a trip, and with those trips, sometimes we can get engage in lots of walking for tours and sightseeing. What if you have mistakenly packed a loose trouser without a belt, and soon found yourself walking alongside other tourists in the tour group. Oh, the only difference there is, they are having a comfortable, fun time walking along  while you tug your loose pants with one hand, and hold the map on the other. Got the picture?

Bring only clothes that fit you properly, that means, not too loose, not too tight. Clothes that are your right size allows you for more freedom of movement without tugging on your skin nor falling off your waist.

 

Bring your undergarment

Trust me, even the most seasoned traveler like myself can still go wrong in this department. Sometimes, I would pack all my underwear and not my camisole to go under my very thin and see-through blouse. So, I end up buying one.

Bring 1 or two camisole to go along the color of your tops. These are very lightweight and will not take so much space as they can be very small when rolled and stashed in the luggage.

As for your undergarment, make sure the garters are not loose and frayed. Don’t throw in just any kind of underwear. The ones you take along must also fit you well and has no loose garter or broken bra hooks, and stuff like that. You don’t want to keep tugging on your underwear that keeps sliding off your waist, right? How about bra straps that keep falling off and you keep fixing it? Very cumbersome! If you’re a guy, you might have it a little easier, but these briefs here are a great place to start.

 

Bring the right footwear

Time and time again, we still get this wrong for many reasons. We pack so many footwear for many activities. Why not, bring a sneakers or rubber shoes instead if you are going to be active during the trip instead of bringing one for walking on tours, one for use when you try the gym in the hotel, flat shoes for other days, flip flops when going to the beach, and the list can go on. Bring one rubber shoes if you plan to run, and take long walks. Bring flip flops, and a flat shoes that you can dust off easily if you are going to the beach. If you are going during winter time, bring a nice boots that can be used even during snow time. Don’t bring your entire shoe closet.

 

Now that you have all these handy tips to help you pack the right clothing for a more comfortable trip, make sure you do not over pack too. The best way to enjoy a trip is to pack only the essentials.

 

 

 

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A Luxury Pet Hotel Is Like A Vacation For Your Pet

Everyone needs a vacation now and then, and this includes your dog or cat. Why ask someone to check on your pet when you can leave them at a pet hotel? There are plenty of luxury pet hotels that make your pet feel right at home. Here are some of the services offered for dogs and cats at a pet hotel.


Dog Boarding Services

Club or Signature Suites: You can choose between a Club or Signature Suite for your dog. The suites include a raised orthopedic cot, two play sessions and a bedtime biscuit. There are several additional features for the Signature Suite, such as glass privacy doors and sound-proofed walls. You can view your dog on the community or private web cam.

Daily Care: The staff at the pet hotel makes sure your dog receives the care he needs each day. He is given up to three premium meals and four potty breaks a day. The daily housekeeping creates a clean, safe environment for your dog. You can even add room service to the amenities.

Calming Atmosphere: The staff works hard to create a calming atmosphere for your dog. He is greeted with a friendly voice and soothing background music, and he is always comfortable in the climate-controlled surroundings.

 

Cat Boarding Services

Luxurious Boarding: The cat wing is kept separate from the dog wing to keep all pets happy and safe. You can choose between a standard or window penthouse condo for your cat. The glass fronts make it easy for your cat to explore and become familiar with her surroundings.

Cozy Condos: The condos are separately vented to keep your cat healthy. Every condo can accommodate up to two cats, but your cat only stays with a member of her family. Your cat is sure to enjoy the cozy bedding found in each condo.

Multiple Levels: The cat towers feature several layers for climbing and playing, and there is plenty of room for your cat to take a nap. The lowest level features a private litter box.

Daily Care: Your cat receives the love and attention she needs during her stay at a pet hotel. This includes up to three premium meals a day, and you can ask the staff to stick with her home diet.

Your four-legged friend is always in good hands when you leave them at a luxury pet hotel. You can rest assured that your pet receives the care they need while you are on vacation.

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Driving Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

Posted in driving tips, lifestyle, safety, teen drivers
on April 8, 2017

Teen Drivers: One of the Most Dangerous Times of their Lives

One of the markers that confirm a teenager’s path to adulthood is almost complete is when they get their driver’s license and are able to head out onto the highway.

It is also a point in their life when they are most vulnerable and likely to be involved in an accident that is caused by lack of experience, irresponsible driving behavior, or both. Young drivers who are still inexperienced may be driving out of their adrenalin rush without being responsible and safe not only to themselves but to the other motorists and pedestrians.

This resource looks at the statistics relating to teen drivers and offers some useful insights and tips aimed at teens and their parents that could help them to stay safer behind the wheel. And here are some tips to help young teens who are just starting to get behind the wheel and still building up their confidence in driving.

Drive with an adult supervision
For the young teen driver, this may defeat the purpose of having a driver’s license when you cannot drive on your own yet. The adult supervision is only temporary until such time that the young teen is ready to drive more responsibly and maturely on his own.
Avoid distractions
Having a license is not a go-signal for the young driver to be multi-tasking and getting distracted on the road while driving. Avoid checking the mobile phone, talking or texting, or even chatting with your passengers. The primary responsibility of the teen driver is to be safe to himself and to other motorists and pedestrians. There is no room for getting distracted with trivial things. It pays to be alert at all times. 
Buckle up
This is the universal rule for drivers and driving in general. Whether you are already an experience young driver or just starting out, no one is exempted to this rule. Everyone needs to wear their seat belts while inside the vehicle and under no circumstance that this should be disregarded for everyone’s safety.
Do not speed up
Follow the speed rules on the road. The license is not to be used to drive a fast car much as a teen’s adrenalin calls for it.  It is advisable for the adults to set example so that the young driver will pick it up and practice himself.
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