Friday, November 25, 2011

Be in Fashion the Basler Way

If you are seeking elegant dresses and tops that are in style with comfort and satisfaction then you definitely need to come upon one of Basler Boutiques and be in fashion the Basler way.

They provide you with such outfits that comes with timeless designs luxurious fabrics and perfect fit and also the material utilized within the making of these elegant clothes is of excellent top quality that leave with you extra comfortable attire as they are most renown in smart tailoring. The merchants are spread across Europe and most particularly in United Kingdom.

You can rapidly find the most excellent shopping outfits for yourself which would give very much soothes and would build-up clothes sense you may have. When you get those items from Basler, you'd in all probability to love and adore the item this significantly that you won't like any other brand for that casual attire anymore.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

How to Hook Up Your PC to a Big Screen

If you have a PC and a big screen television and are looking for more information about how to connect the two so you can watch all those favorite movies, photos, etc. on a big screen, you’ve come to the right address.

Watching movies on small monitors is something from the past. The same goes for showing your friends your holiday photos on the 15 inch screen of your laptop. Today’s TVs can provide consumers with almost cinema like experiences so it’s a shame to watch anything on your PC. Read on to find out how to connect your TV to your computer or laptop.

Which Cable Do I Use?
There are gazillion types of cables on the market and it’s understandable if you can’t see trees anymore because of the surrounding woods. We’ll shed some light on the matter.
The first step you should make is figuring out which audio and video outputs your laptop or computer has and which audio and video inputs your TV has. Chances are that you get lucky and see that the inputs and outputs match; this will greatly simplify things. If the inputs and outputs are different, you will have to make a little detour when it comes to the wiring.

S-video & VGA
If you have a standard definition TV and a computer you will most likely have either composite, component video or S-video video inputs. Most computers have an S-video output. You can find the S-video jack on the graphic card of your computer. There are some laptops that also have S-video outputs, but most have VGA outputs that are used to connect to monitors. Fortunately there are plenty of special cables available that can connect to an S-video and VGA solving your problem.

Older TV with Coaxial Video Cable Input
If you happen to have an older TV you might have to use an RF converter, if you can only input coaxial video cable that is. The converter can convert both S-video and VGA into a coaxial output.

HDTV Video Cables
If you have a HDTV you’ll most likely have a DVI, component video or HDMI input. If your laptop or computer has a different output you’ll need to get yourself a converter. You can also decide to get a better graphic card that has a HDMI or DVI output. The last option will also assure you that you can watch HD content properly.

Let’s Not Forget Your Audio
In general a 1/8 inch audio mini plug to RCA cable will suffice if you want to connect your TV’s speakers with your PC. Watching movies with awesome sound really makes you enjoy watching movies that much more; therefore, you might consider upgrading your audio card in the computer to a digital or optical coaxial output.

If you want to see an example of how you can connect your PC to your TV and see how the actual cables and converters look like, have a look at this video.

The post is contributed by Calvin Scott
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Up Up and Away!

The dream of flying without wings is closer to reality than ever before. Check out these fantastic ways in which human beings can fall through the air, glide through the sky and even feel completely weightless.


Do you fancy throwing yourself out of a plane at 13,000 feet? Well why not try a terrifying skydive and get your adrenalin really pumping? Stand on the edge of a plane before tumbling through the sky and experience what it is like to freefall before safely releasing your parachute. There is simply no way of describing the true excitement you will feel as you see the world below you with nothing under your feet. Be as free as a bird and enjoy a truly life-changing adventure.

Indoor Skydiving

Incredibly, you can now go skydiving without even getting into a plane. Head to an entertainment centre like Xscape in Milton Keynes and you can actually enjoy the feeling of skydiving inside a specially-designed wind tunnel powerful enough to test the aerodynamics of a Formula 1 racing car. A specially-trained instructor will help you get into a neutral flying position before teaching you all the basic moves – does it get any cooler than that?


If you are brave enough, try your hand at paragliding and experience the thrill of a free-flying glider aircraft. Although there is no engine insight, a paraglider can stay in the air for more than two hours and can cover many hundreds of kilometres. What better way to see the world like never before and get a totally different perspective of life. Discover things you would have never noticed before while suspended in a harness and let the fabric wing get caught in the breeze.

Zero Gravity

Believe it or not you can now actually experience zero gravity without heading into space. The Zero Gravity Corporation actually introduced commercial Zero G flights so that people had a sense of what it would be like to work as an astronaut. Costing around £1,800 for a 3-hour flight, this incredible weightless experience is a much cheaper way of achieving this bizarre sensation than rocketing to the moon.

Air Rollercoaster

Feel the exhilaration of being weightless onboard Air, one of Alton Towers' most unique and terrifying rollercoasters. Defy gravity and face your fears by twisting, turning and looping through the air narrowly missing footpaths, trees and rocks. Tilted forward so you are facing the ground, this ride is certainly not for the light-hearted but is fantastic for anyone who wants to feel like they are flying.

Wing Walking

Consider yourself an adrenalin junky? Well why not have a go at wingwalking? This extreme sport involves strapping yourself to the top of a plane and holding on tight as you soar around 500ft into the air and face breathtaking speeds of up to 120mph. A wonderful way to see things like never before, this is definitely an experience you won’t forget – if you are brave enough to try it.

So there you have it, a selection of ways in which flying is virtually a reality.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The World As We Know It

Every time a country's boundary changes or it changes it's name, it renders all current atlases out of date. Now with the use of the internet, it is all too easy to change; but printed copies are not so easy. Here are some of the changes that our world maps have seen over the past 100 years.

This map shows the world as it was in 1922. In this year alone there were 3 changes including the creation of the Union of Soviet Social Republics followed by 2 changes in 1923 and one in 1925 being the change of Norway's capital city's name from Kristiania to Oslo. In 1927, Australia moved it's capital from Melbourne to Canberra then in 1929 the Vatican City declared independence from Italy. A particularly poignant one considering more recent events is that in October 1932, Iraq became independent from the United Kingdom.

After incorporating the changes from previous maps, this 1935 map lasted a year before any changes were made. However in 1937 Japan invades China and with the Munich Agreement in 1938, this transferred the Sudatenland from Czechoslovakia to Germany and part of Slovakia to Hungary. In 1939 after the outbreak of World War II, Poland was partitioned between Germany and the Soviet Union. In 1940, Germany annexed Alsace-Lorraine but in 1944, France regained it back and following the end of World War II, Poland declared its independence.

During 1958, there were massive changes in the middle east with Syria and Egypt forming the United Arab Republic then joining North Yemen to form the United Arab States. The following year, Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states of the United States of America respectively. During the 1960's, 21 countries gained independence from the United Kingdom including Cyprus in 1960, Singapore in 1963 and Barbados in 1966.

During 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights after winning the six days war. This was followed in 1971 with the formation of the United Arab Emirates UAE) and the independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan.

During the early 1970's, many countries gained independence including Cape Verde from Portugal, Papa New Guinea from Australia and Saint Lucia from the United Kingdom. Following the Vietnam War, 1975 saw North and South Korea reunited and in 1982, Queen Elizabeth signed her authorisation for Canada to be completely independent from the UK with a new constitution.

1991 saw Kuwait liberated from Iraq the day before the end of the Gulf War and major changes came in the east with the dissolution of the USSR and places such as Latvia, Ukraine, Moldova and Azerbyjian become countries in their own right. This was followed in 1993 with the dissolution of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

In 1995, India changed the name of Bombay to Mumbai and on 1st July 1997, Hong Kong was transferred from the United Kingdom to the Peoples Republic of China. New Year's Eve 1999 saw the Panama Canal Zone transferred from the United States to Panama. A new millennium brought three new states in India and the State of Bahrain became the Kingdom of Bahrain. Following the invasion of Afghanistan, The Islamic State of Afghanistan became the Traditional Islamic State of Afghanistan.

Since 2005, there have been few countries changing hands but rather name changes and states merging. 2006 saw Serbia and Montenegro become two separate states, in 2008 Ha Tay Province and Hanoi merged in Vietnam, 2009 required arbitration between Slovenia and Croatia regarding a border dispute that resulted in Slovenia lifting the veto of Croatia to enter the EU. July 2011 saw the latest change when The Republic of South Sudan declared independence from the Republic of Sudan that can be seen on the latest world map.

The World As We Know It was produced on behalf of Hotel Club; where you can find hotels in Bali to experience the world as you know it.

Seeing The Beautiful Sceneries In Cebu

Cebu is a developed province in the Philippines with Cebu City as its main centre for trade, commerce, education as well as industry. Aside from its deep history and rich culture, Cebu remained to be the most progressive province in the Visayas region. They have been known as the first place where Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer landed. Hence, Magellan’s cross in Mactan City, Cebu became a famous landmark in honor of the Portuguese explorers.

Cebu is one of the most visited places in the Philippines. It has a lot of beach resorts and high end hotels where one can unwind and experience the hospitable spirit of the people. Among the highlight destination in the place is the Sky Adventure in Crown Regency Hotel where one can have a view of the entire city and experience adrenaline hype. The minimum rate of their amusement activities is $20 with no more than $150. Adding to that, travellers can also have a glimpse of the religious culture of the place by visiting the Santo Nino Basilica, Taoist Temple, Magellan’s Cross as well as Fort San Pedro. One can also see the natural wildlife in Mountain View Nature’s Park and take a look with the rare kinds of butterflies in Jumalon Butterfly sanctuary. For people who want to experience island hoping and great water adventures, they can actually rent cruises and scuba diving equipments to see the coral reefs and different classes of fishes. It will surely be a great diving experience considering that the place has preserved their water treasures. 

Despite being a highly urbanized place, Cebu preserves the tradition they once have. Every year, they have a festive celebration for Sr. Sto Nino, a patron in the place, where people from different places gather and showcase their rich culture. This is called Sinulog, an annual competition and parade around Cebu City.

 Furthermore, Cebu can also be a good place for shopping and leisure. One can visit the small stores in Colon and buy memorable souvenirs about the place. They also have shopping centres and restaurants where one can experience the delectable cuisines that they have. For just about $5 to $10, a person can taste different varieties of the sumptuous dishes that Cebu is known for. 

There are a lot of travel destinations in Cebu. In fact, travellers cannot go around the place in just a day or two. It will usually take 5 to 7 days for every traveller to visit each of the tourist destinations that the place offers. Book through different tour companies and avail the best travel destination in Cebu. This will not require a big amount of money as one can travel cheap all around the place. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

8 Essential WordPress Security Tips

Because of its popularity, WordPress is one of the open source blogging platforms most targeted by malicious attacks. While this cannot be but worrying for its users, the good thing is that there are many simple precautions you can take to protect your blog. Before reading the essential security tips below remember that for maximum protection you should use all of them combined. 

  • Choose a strong password
One of the simplest yet most often neglected protection measure for a WordPress blogger is the use of a strong password. Choose a password that uses letters and numbers in combination, and that's hard to guess. Also, try to use different passwords for each of your online accounts, so that if one of them gets hacked, the others won't become vulnerable as well.

  • Hide the version number
If you use a custom theme, your blog displays the version number of the WordPress platform it uses by default. From the point of view of security, it's unwise to reveal which version of WordPress you're using, because hackers may take advantage of this information. So, hide the version number by inserting the line   in the functions.php file of the theme.

  • Encrypt wp-config.php
The wp-config.php file stores all the sensitive information associated with your blog administrator account, including username and passwords. For this reason, you may want to encrypt it.

  • Disable directory browsing
With directory browsing activated you invite attacks. It's like keeping your front door wide open, and letting people you don't know wander through your house. To disable it put an empty index.php file in all your directories apart from the root directory.

  • Enable Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
SSL is an Internet protocol for managing the security of online message transmissions. If you web hosting provider supports SSL certificates, you should consider securing your blog by configuring the wp-confic.php file so that SSL is automatically used.

  • Update
Using the latest version of WordPress and of themes and plug-ins means that you have less security vulnerabilities to worry about – a fair share of security issues is fixed in each new WordPress release. Many WordPress users don't update because of neglect; don't follow their example. Updating is simple and increases your security considerably.

  • Install no more plug-ins than you need
There are many, many WordPress plug-ins out there, and a great deal of them can be a security vulnerability for your blog because of dubious code, which facilitates all sorts of injections and attacks. The best approach is to use only essential plug-ins that you trust, which you get these from reputed websites. Stick to popular plug-ins, and before getting new ones always check reviews. Avoid obscure plug-ins available on suspicious websites.

  • Use only high-quality themes
Just as there are many plug-ins with weak code, so there are many themes with suspicious or downright bad code. Using premium themes is recommended, because these are usually better and safer, but you should be fine with using free themes as well, as long as you download them from trusted websites.

In conclusion, you should not experience any major security issues as long as you use a strong password, avoid suspicious themes and plug-ins, update to the latest WordPress version, and taking a few precautions like disabling directory browsing, forcing SSL use, encrypting essential files, and hiding the version number.

Note: Remember to back-up your files regularly, so that you may always do a restore if anything goes amiss.

The guest post is contributed by Patrick Smith.
Patrick is associated with since last 2 years. The site provides information on Best Web Hosting reviews. The owner has researched and analyzed innumerable web hosting platforms and made a comprehensive list. IPage Review occupies first rank in his list because it provides customized products at your doorstep.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

10 Effective Ways to Prevent Gaming Addiction for Kids

Gaming is two-faced. It can pose as fun diversion and before you know it, the fun games turn into an unstoppable monster consuming your time and lifestyle. For kids, computer games can be too tempting to resist. You just have to try that game and now you’re captivated. When mom asks for a time-out, you beg for more and whine when you’re not allowed that extra time. But there’s so much to do out there, you’re just too busy to notice the difference because you’re constantly facing the computer. When it looks like gaming is using up your time, activities and interaction with family and friends, it’s time for an intervention. Here are effective ways to prevent online gaming addiction.

1. Have a break between playing time. Preferably 30 minutes to an hour in between. Do not play games without stopping for intervals.

2. Have at least an hour and a half of your time each day on non-electronic activities such as reading, writing or drawing preferably before bedtime.

3. Remember that school days are spent on school activities, studying and doing homework. Playing video games/online games are strictly prohibited. When you spend less time facing the computer, you’re more likely to veer away from gaming addiction.

4. Board games are fun and healthy alternatives to gaming. Playing with family moves the fun up a notch. If you don’t like board games, try card games instead. Must trys are Scrabble, Uno, chess games etc.

5. Take a walk in the park with your pet, a family member or a friend. Walking is healthy and so is fresh air. Resist the temptation to stay at home facing the computer all day. Choose walking over sitting still for hours.

6. Help mom or dad in the kitchen. It’s not only healthy and fun but you get to bond with them too. If you love playing cooking games, now’s the time to put your cooking skills to the test.

7. Pick a new sport and work on it.

8. Make time for spiritual activities and join religious youth groups for diversion. These groups let you interact with other kids your age, improving your social skills and self-esteem and keep your mind off your virtual gaming buddies.

9. Help mom plan your family nights. Or you could initiate plans for your family activities. Plan movie nights where you could load up on the popcorn and soda and have loads of fun with family.

10. Spend time with your closest friends and have the usual sleepovers and bonding overload. Nothing beats the company of good friends, real friends and not those found online.

The trick to a balanced life is to spend more time on things that matter. Sure, gaming is fun but when you look around you, there are a lot of fun things that you can do. Gaming is ok but you should set your limits and focus more on other recreational activities as well. Just enjoy your other kiddie luxuries.

Guest post is provided by a writer of Kim Tyrone Agapito's Article Directory.

How to Fight Cholesterol for a Healthy Aging

Tοο much chοlesterοl causes many medical prοblems fοr οne. Chοlesterοl is sοmething that clοgs the arteries in yοur heart. In additiοn, chοlesterοl when οut οf cοntrοl cοuld cause massive heart attacks, οr series οf strοkes.

What can I dο abοut my chοlesterοl?
If yοur bοdy has tοο much chοlesterοl, it isn’t gοοd fοr yοu. Yοu have the pοwer within yοu hοwever tο take cοntrοl. Failing tο take cοntrοl οnly leads tο prοblems. The prοblems will accumulate; wear yοu dοwn until finally abnοrmal aging takes yοur life. Yοu can gain cοntrοl by exercising each day and eating the right fοοds. Visiting yοur dοctοr regularly is anοther way tο wοrk tοward healthy aging. Yοur family dοctοr will give yοu medicatiοn tο take tο help lοwer yοur chοlesterοl.

When yοu have high chοlesterοl, yοu have tο eat right and exercise daily. Tο lοwer yοur chοlesterοl take actiοn nοw. It will take sοme time tο get yοur chοlesterοl at bay, but it will happen if yοu take actiοn nοw. Yοu alsο want tο take time οut fοr self, activities, sοcializing etc tο keep yοur chοlesterοl at bay. When chοlesterοl is οut οf cοntrοl, the cause cοmes tο fοcus, which is arteriοsclerοsis. If yοu lοwer yοur chοlesterοl by taking actiοn nοw yοu can avοid strοkes, heart attacks, and even death. Learn mοre abοut statins tο cοntrοl chοlesterοl. Yοu can alsο avοid smοking tο lοwer yοur chοlesterοl. In additiοn, yοu can lοwer yοur risks οf diabetes, heart attack, and οbesity and sο οn by cοntrοlling yοur chοlesterοl.

Keep in mind that high chοlesterοl prοblems include the wοrst case scenariο and the nοt sο bad. The wοrst type is the LDL. HDL chοlesterοl at higher levels is a gοοd thing. If these levels cοmbined with triglycerides increase, thus yοur chances οf strοke οr heart attacks are high.

What kind οf fοοds has chοlesterοl?

There is chοlesterοl in all fοοds in less it has chοlesterοl free οn the package. Sοme fοοd has mοre in it then οthers. Like yοur cοοking οils and grease has a lοt οf chοlesterοl in it, sοme οf yοur bread has chοlesterοl. Eggs are very high chοlesterοl fοοds and sο are yοur butters. Yοu have tο read the back οf the packages tο determine the level οf chοlesterοl.

■ What can happen tο me if my chοlesterοl is high?
The οnly way that yοu can tell if yοur chοlesterοl is high is tο gο tο yοur family dοctοr and get a blοοd test. If yοu gο tο yοur family dοctοr like yοur suppοse tο yοu will have it checked in the blοοd they draw. Hοwever, sοme οf the things that can happen tο yοu if its high is that yοur arteries will harden. This means yοur bοdy is building fats and tοο much chοlesterοl. The nοrmal οr average reading shοuld be 140 οr 130 οver 200 mg/dl. If yοu can maintain this level, yοu will be οk.

If the chοlesterοl gets οut οf hand, it hardens the arteries. This means the blοοd will nοt flοw thrοugh tο the heart, making it tο pump naturally. The heart will pump at unnatural rates, wοrking harder tο keep yοu alive.

High diastοlic is high chοlesterοl that increases risks οf heart attacks, since yοur heart dοesn’t get any blοοd tο it due tο clοtting οr breaking οf blοοd vessels, then there is strοke which is when the brain dοn’t get enοugh blοοd due tο οxygen decrease tο it because οf clοtting οr brοken blοοd vessels. High-chοlesterοl puts yοu at risk οf diabetes alsο, since it affects the hemοglοbin. Tο learn mοre, visit yοur dοctοr.

This is a guest post contributed by Scolex of Free Article Submission Directory. For more health and diet related articles, you can visit Crash Diets by Diets Radar.

Friday, November 18, 2011

How Dogs Bring Balance to an Unbalanced Society

People have known the importance of maintaining the health of not only the body but also the mind and spirit. We all know that without the balance of these three great aspects of man, we will not live healthy nor do we think healthy thoughts. Bad thoughts are sources of great problems such as poverty, hunger and many others therefore thinking positive beliefs, thoughts and also doing good things would definitely result to a healthy lifestyle and happy living. In this reason, many people aim to become healthy but there are times when we forget to have a balanced life making our lives unbalanced. Just like when we face small problems such as when we are in a middle of traffic, we sometimes tend to forget to be calm and thus we may lose our patience. Being in a busy world can sometimes make us forget that we should be balanced in everything we do so that everything will be sailing smoothly. Sometimes the only things that could make us remember how unbalanced we are, are our dogs.

There are times in our lives that even other people would not be able to appreciate everything we would do and there are also times when we do not have anyone to talk our problems too. For some people especially living their own, they become quite lonely in their homes hence having a pet for company is the option left to not be all alone. Haven’t you noticed how we have become unbalanced? They mirror of how we have become unbalanced in our ways of living that it has caused as other complicating problems. When dogs do not obey what we say, it is because we are not balanced to nature that they reflect our character. To dogs, they may not have great intelligence but they show loyalty to their owners. People may be hard to please but for dogs even a single tap in their heads from their owners’ hands are worth like gold to them. Our pets are our great companions and even if others may feel that you are not good enough, still, in the eyes of our pets we are adorable. Dogs love their owners unconditionally but men sometimes love in certain conditions. Humans measure his worth with money but for dogs the worth of his owner is priceless nevertheless we see how man has been very unbalanced in his life. In this situation we see the need for our shattered selves to be reconnected again to Mother Nature so that we are again in the path of being balanced. If we put our lives back in balance we will be able to see life more beautifully just like what our pet dog sees. Life only needs to be simple yet full of fun and learning. 

The way that we treat our dogs is affected by the way we handle our lives. But sometimes the only solution to make our selves be inclined again to nature is to look at ourselves and turn away from ways that makes our lives not balanced. 

In memory of Maui, our most-loved naughty and playful dog.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Reasons Why Ayurvedic Medicines Are Widely Used Today

As the world goes old, numerous developments in the medical industry increases which offers different options to the people. In medicine, a lot of systems, techniques, medications, and supplements just like Ayurvedic medicines are being developed to provide more benefits to the people. Ayurvedic herbal supplements are becoming more and more popular nowadays because people are continuously looking for effective and natural way to fight illness and stay healthy. Ayurveda is considered as one of the oldest medical systems that originated from India. Some people might still doubt the advantages of Ayurvedic medicines but the truth is, it would not stay for this long in the market if it is not effective. There have already been a lot of Ayurvedic herbal supplements that were developed because it has proven its ability to fight different disorders such as heart ailments, respiratory ailments, thyroid problems, arthritis, and a lot more.

Natural Ayurvedic Remedies For Everyday Use

Natural Ayurvedic remedies are also available for minor health issues such as lip discoloration and cracked heels. Ayurvedic herbal supplements have increased the awareness of the many benefits of herbal medicines could offer to the people. The increased price of most pharmaceutical medicines also prompts people to turn over to natural herbal medicines because it’s much cheaper and offer less risk. However, not all herbal medicines offer less risk. There are some herbal supplements that are reported to cause dangerous effects that people needs to be aware of unlike the natural Ayurvedic remedies that have been carefully studied and developed by medical professionals. The most unique characteristic of Ayurvedic medicines is that it doesn’t only target the disorder or sickness but also the different condition of the person experiencing it. In doing so, every herbal supplement is intended to provide a complete therapy to the patient.

Since natural Ayurvedic remedies are developed to promote the well being of a person and not just target the sickness itself, it has attracted a lot of patients around the world. It is a kind of treatment that generates the inner ability of the body to revitalize and treat the illness which results to long life. There are also a lot of testimonies from patients who have been continuously using Ayurvedic herbal medicines that if it is taken together with a balanced diet, healthy lifestyle which means no smoking, enough sleep and exercise could really improve one’s health.

The efficacy of herbal supplements depends not only on the supplement itself but also on how the patient deals with its health condition as well.

Sean Franco is an online researcher and writer for Herbs Can Cure. He provides tips and information on how to live a healthy lifestyle through natural ayurvedic remedies.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Life Begins at 40: 4 Experiences to Mark the Milestone in Style

They say that life begins at 40, so what better time to try something new? Age need not be a barrier to trying out exciting experiences, whether it’s adrenalin-fuelled adventures, getting stuck into a new sport or getting behind the wheel of your dream car, turning 40 should be a time to celebrate and celebrate in style. So if you’re looking for 40th birthday ideas for a loved one, then don’t be afraid to think outside the box. The best 40th birthday ideas are those that will create memorable experiences and days to be treasured for years to come. Here’s a few of our favourites for those not afraid to tackle turning 40 head-on.

Go for a spin

Ok, nothing screams ‘mid-life crisis!’ more than a 40-year-old rocking up in a brand new sports car, but who cares? Fast cars are most men’s - and plenty of women’s - dream so why not give them what they want? You don’t have to splash out on a new car for your soon-to-be-40-year-old, but you can give them the chance to get behind some of the most exclusive vehicles in the world with experience days at some of the country’s finest race tracks. Aston Martins, Ferraris, Porsches, even single seater racing cars, are all available to take for a high-speed spin. Or for the extra adventurous, you could always treat them to a ride in a rally car, an off road adventure or even an unforgettable experience behind the wheel of a huge monster truck.

Jump off something high

What better way to blow away the 40-year-old cobwebs than by free-falling through the air at exhilarating speed? There are few more memorable experiences than jumping from an aeroplane and hurtling towards the ground before your parachute opens and drifts you gently back to earth as you enjoy jaw-dropping views around you. Alternatively, for another gravity-defying thrill, bungee jumping can be done in a variety of locations and is a fun way to enjoy the buzz of free-falling.

Take to the skies

Turning 40 is a great time to look down on everyone else. But the birthday boy or girl can do it in more ways than one by taking to the skies for a unique outlook on life down below. Flying is the perfect combination of serenity and adrenalin-pumping drama. A hot air balloon trip for two is one of the most romantic ways to enjoy a bird’s eye view of gorgeous countryside or stunning cityscapes, and can be toasted in true style with a traditional bottle of bubbly at the end. Alternatively, wannabe pilots will love getting behind the controls of a microlight or enjoying a lesson in a small plane.

Get pampered

Everyone deserves some pure indulgence on their birthday, especially on an occasion as special as a 40th. Whether it’s a luxurious weekend retreat or rejuvenating holiday at a spa hotel, or a day of pure relaxation enjoying beauty treatments and massages, there are few better ways to relax in style - and even fight some signs of ageing in the process. It’s not just for women either, most spas and treatment centers cater for men too and it doesn’t have to be back waxes or face masks. Even the most old fashioned of males will enjoy the celebrity-style indulgence of chilling out in a hot tub with a glass of champagne.

This article has been created by Activity Superstore, the UK's leading Gift Experience Days supplier.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

How to Come up with a Proper and Engaging Topic

Coming up with a topic may seem easy to you until you put pen to paper and really start thinking about it. Most people have a general idea about what they want to write about in a blog, but the reality is, your topic may already be taken. If your topic isn't taken, you may find, upon really thinking about it that your WordPress blog topic won't be able to last for you over time. For example, blogging about a trip to Mexico may only last for as long as you're in Mexico. Finding a topic that will last over time and provide you with plenty of stuff to write about is really important.

When you first start trying to come up with a topic, you should take some time to brainstorm about things you enjoy thinking and writing about. Think about what motivates you to create a blog to begin with. Do you want to share an experience or thoughts with a wider audience of interested readers? Do you just love to write and want to write about something? Are you trying to propagate ideas about something you're passionate about? What motivates you is going to play a role in helping you choose the right topic. But begin with a good brainstorming session about topics that you enjoy.

After you've written down a list of topics that you could write about, it's time to do some research on the topic. For example, you may want to do a Google blog search to see who else is doing blogs on the topic you've chosen. Perhaps you'll find that you're the first person to tackle your topic, but chances are, you'll find several other bloggers out there who are writing about your topic.

If you find that your topic has been written about in blogs by a number of other people, try honing in on your topic and getting more specific. Or, perhaps, zoom out and get more general on your topic, whichever seems more appropriate. Getting more specific about your topic will probably be good for you because people who are truly interested specifically in the topic you've chosen will be more likely to interact regularly on your blog. After you've decided on a more specific blog topic, search again for that topic at Google blog search and see if you've still got a lot of competition, if so, repeat the process into you narrow down a blog topic that has not been overdone by other bloggers and that promises to provide you with plenty of content to write about.

This article has been contributed by David Ritchie. Dave is a technical freelance writer interested in Trojan horse virus.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Father's Love - The Real Steel Movie Review

The 2011 movies have been more interesting and futuristic as Shawn Levy’s “Real Steel” makes its way for the evolution of the business in the world of boxing where robots substitute for human boxers.  At the moment that boxing had been totally changed, Hugh Jackman, playing the role of the character named Charlie Kenton fights for the title of the best. Instead of the old concept of human fighting one another in boxing, steel robots exchange punches in the ring for more action thus making Charlie to hit rock bottom. He reforms himself through the efforts of his separated son named Max, who is being played by Dakota Goyo, to make another comeback in the field of boxing with the use of his steel robot made from scraps. Charlie is once again regained his passion to leave a permanent name in the sport of boxing through equipping and coaching a future champion.

Charles Kenton (Hugh Jackman) was a former boxing fighter and became a promoter in the underground world of robot boxing. He has many struggles as he is serious problems with many people that he owes money and even came to a worse situation that his ex-girlfriend died and entrusted her son to him that he has never seen and known before. He tries to look for methods to solve all of his problems regarding his son and his once known profession by making its way to the top.
Real Steal is a movie filled with a lot of energy and robotic action more likely when you where watching “Transformers”. It is about how people struggle in the face of problems and grow personally from all of it. It’s a good film worth watching for the family as it shows more of the main character’s life more than the brawling scenes. You would also not get disappointed if you want to see some fights especially robot brawls as they are the must-see highlights in this movie. I think the movie was balanced well enough when it comes to the blend of fight scenes and scenes that shows the human personalities of the main characters. There is a time for action and a time for drama in this film which is well enough to create an astounding and impressive show. It is a great combination of science fiction along with fantasy and small pieces of emotional personalities of man. This movie also becomes even more intense as the scenes of metal robots heighten the intensity from their cool battle punches and techniques.  There is no uncertainty that it is a good movie but I think some of its scenes are a bit too predictable which might have been a little distracting. But overall, the movie is really good for everybody who is inspired to watch.

In summary, Reel Steel is a movie about the individual development of both father and son and about how people stand up from being pushed on the ground. This movie gives both inspiration and also entertainment. It is a movie worth to watch as you will be like watching a combined “Rocky” and “Transformers” movie. It is very impressive to see the outcome of their efforts (both their actors and the directing staff) in coming up with this great movie. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Four Ways to Spice Up Your Marriage

No relationship is a picnic all the time, and many of us start to feel a little slump as our relationship begins to age. With so much to do, it’s hard to make time for the person closest to us, and soon enough many start to feel the flame fizzling. A good relationship takes work and sometimes even sacrifice, and anything worth keeping is worth investing time into.

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  • Forgive And Start Over
Sometimes people lose touch over the years, and sometimes relationships grow strained. If you’ve been holding something against your husband or wife, do the best that you can to forgive and start healing. You can't spice things up before you get over any resentment you have in your relationship.

  • Dress To Impress
Why not propose a dress-up date night, and go all out for one another? In the beginning of a relationship, we always try to put our best foot forward, but sometimes we let that effort slip. Your spouse is attracted to you no matter what you wear, but of course he or she is likely going to be wowed by a hot outfit instead of sweatpants. Showing one another that you are each still worth the effort is a great way to breathe life back into a deflated marriage.

  • Do Something Fun Together
This seems like a no-brainer, but it's amazing how many couples spend every weekend vegging out in front of the television. It’s quite possible that you’ve both forgotten just what made you fall in love in the first place. By making your relationship a priority again, you’ll allow yourself to see the qualities in your mate that you love and cherish. Take a dance class, or learn to ski together. Do something new and adventurous, just the two of you, and see if you can’t ignite a flame in your relationship.

  • Do Something Nice For Your Partner Unexpectedly
You know yourself and your own relationship better than anyone else, and the probability is that you’re likely to know a fair amount about your spouse, too. Take a moment to brainstorm a few really special gifts or treats that you could splurge on to show your significant other how much you care. Maybe she’s always wanted to spend a romantic night at a hotel, getting couples massages and eating fancy food. Maybe he has often lamented that he never bought that old motorcycle he was considering, and it would be really special to present him with a set of riding lessons to inspire him to do it now. Don't wait until a normal gift-giving holiday. Do it unexpectedly for no reason!

Marriage is a delicate balance, and it requires two dedicated parties to survive. By being honest, communicative and thoughtful, you may find that your relationship is virtuous and worth saving.

This guest post is from Allison with, where you can go to find affordable motorcycle insurance plans for that great new gift you bought your spouse!