14 Travel Essentials to Remember

No matter where you are travelling overseas you are sure to travel on either a airplane or cruise liner to get there. Most people fly because it is quicker and allows them more time for their holiday. However, there are essentials to remember for the trip that can make life very inconvenient if they are forgotten.  Make a list and check it off as you pack or do what’s on it.

Here is a list of 14 travel essential to remember for your journey.

  • First aid. It is horrible to get sick when you are in a strange place and don’t know where to get medication or a doctor because you can’t speak the language and no one seems to know yours. Take basic first aid stuff with you as well as enough prescription medications for your stay.
  • Having enough water is essential. You cannot take a bottle of water onto most airplanes. In carry-on luggage, you can only take one tiny enough to hold 100mls, plastic and resealable into a special plastic bag available at the airport. This allows you to take asthma medication or nasal sprays. However, bigger things can be stored in the luggage

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Carpet Design – The Easiest Carpet to Clean

When choosing new carpet it is easy to go overboard and want the shag or long pile carpet because it feels so soft and warm and totally luxurious to the touch – at least while it is new.  Even the mid length pile carpet choices feel wonderful and look great in the samples. However, experienced carpet cleaners will tell you that once they get a bit of wear and tear, those long strands tend to get matted, especially during carpet cleaning procedures.

The easiest carpet to clean is the one with the least amount of pile. Flat looking carpet may not look as luxurious, but if you get a colour you like you’ll end up appreciating it a lot more due to the ease of cleaning if offers. Not only is the vacuum cleaner easier to push and pull over it, stains and spills come out much more easily.  Vacuuming a long pile carpet is more difficult because all those long strands get sucked up.  But they also get tangled easily, which traps the dust and dirt in and under them.

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How to Prepare for Botox Injections

Once you have made the decision to have those Botox injections or wrinkle relaxers as they are known, you will need to see a doctor to ensure they are right for your problem. Sometimes dermal fillers are another option that may be beneficial, depending on where your wrinkles are and how deep they are. Once the doctor has made sure Botox is the way to go, you have to tell him or her exactly what medications or supplements you are taking.

This is because some such products are blood thinners and may cause more bruising or even bleeding after the injections. To prevent this, the doctor will very likely tell you to stop taking them for two weeks before the injections are due. These products are: –

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What do Architects Need to Know About Timber Flooring?

Duty of the Architect

With only a few exceptions, there is no single project done by an architect that sources its products from an individual supplier. Many manufacturers work together with the architects, engineers and contractors to design and build the home. Everything from the roof, the windows, the kitchen counter tops and even the hinges are specifically selected for their functionality and aesthetic quality. The same selection process goes for something as seemingly simple as timber flooring. It is a structural element that contributes greatly to the quality of the space, so it’s of paramount importance that architects select the most appropriate material on which we walk.

The Role of Wood Flooring

This іѕ where wood соmеѕ in. You’ve seen bad wooden floors, but really great timber flooring is an instant turn-on. It’s sexy. It’s clean. Fake wood flooring and ceramic tiles don’t come close to the depth of texture you will find in an all-natural, wooden floor

. Each individual plank has a unique pattern that cannot be copied by the plank next to it.

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Who Can Benefit From Breast Implants?

The answer to who can benefit from breast implants may seem obvious, but there is more to it than simple physical looks. Of course we know that people with very small breasts will benefit from having implants if they are unhappy about their body image, but not all women worry about that.

And those that do may be worried about it for the wrong reasons. For instance, many women see having this operation as the be-all and end-all to their worries. They expect to have an improved lifestyle, multiple dates or a partner, a satisfying sex life and children all due to having larger breasts. The truth is this won’t necessarily happen.

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What are Your DJ Expectations?

When it comes to choosing a DJ, event and party planners have certain expectations. Once you have considered your expectations and decided exactly what you want, DJ hire becomes a lot simpler and you are more likely to be successful in choosing the right person for the job. Not all DJs do the same kinds of things; for instance, some just play music and don’t talk, so if you want your DJ to perform MC duties as well, it is essential to choose someone who has those skills.

Here are some questions to ask before choosing a DJ

  • Do I need a DJ who talks or one that just plays music?
  • Should the DJ be interactive with the crowd or quiet and sophisticated?
  • What kind of music would best suit my event and does the DJ have that?
  • What kind of experience does the DJ need to have? Some are experienced with large crowds and outdoor spaces, while others prefer to work indoors in a smaller area.
  • What kind of equipment does a DJ need for my event? Any outdoor event requires different DJ equipment from indoor events to be successful.
  • Do I need a flexible DJ who can play song requests from the crowd?
  • Is the DJ dependable in turning up on time and giving a good show? No one will want a DJ to turn up late or drunk, so dependability is very important.

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Roof Design – For Today’s Lifestyle Trends

Trends in lifestyle and buildings change over the years and this is what has happened in Australia, as well as overseas. The lifestyle trend these days is to take the inside out by creating alfresco rooms that are just as comfortable and convenient as indoors. Colorbond roofing is the ideal solution for outdoor themes because it is lightweight yet strong enough that it can span a large area with minimal support. This reduces the cost while enabling the view to remain uncluttered.

Colorbond-roofing

These days we see outdoor kitchens, comfy outdoor seating, fire pits or other kinds of heating, lighting and in some cases, even Wi-Fi connectivity outside. Over all this there needs to be some kind of protection from that sudden flurry of rain so we don’t have to run inside. Very often, the outdoor area is next to the house for convenience and so the roof can simply continue from the home over the alfresco area. This can be done very easily if the roof is strong and lightweight.

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10 Ways Pilates Will Help You Get Fit

If you are looking for ways to get fit – or fitter – doing Pilates could be just what you need.  Mat exercises like Pilates are dominated by women, but men too, can find ways to fine tune their muscles and fitness with Pilates. Men with lots of muscle are not necessarily as fit as they imagine because over developed muscle mass prevents flexibility unless certain exercises are done to ensure it.


Here are 10 ways in which Pilates can help men and women to get fit.

  • While the muscles that are used in daily movement are usually strong and fit, there are other muscle groups that typically don’t get much exercise and this neglect makes them weaker than they should be. Pilates teaches you to focus on these muscle groups and move in ways that will strengthen them.

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A Major Renovation to Save You Moving

Sometimes the home we love becomes unsuitable for some reason. It may be too big to manage as we grow older, but often the problem is because it is now much too small. The trouble is, if you’ve been in an area you like for some years and have good friends there it can be difficult to move. If you don’t want to call a removalist like Brilliance Removalists Brisbane, here is a major renovation you could possibly do to get that extra space you so badly need.

Look up!

Renovating the attic will give you the space you need if you can’t build outwards due to the boundary being too close. Going up will create a charming room suitable for teenagers, who are happy to climb the stairs. In fact, they may be happy to use the pull down stairs, which will save quite a bit on the cost of the upgrade.

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Treatments for Tattoo Removal

Some tattoos are quite pretty, while others are revolting. People with any kind of tattoo often regret the day they decided to have than ink injected under their skin. Sometimes they have the initials of a loved one tattooed onto their skin, then when they break up it is something they wish to get rid of. Nowadays there is a better treatment to get rid of those initials or any other tattoo called PicoSure Tattoo Removal.

In the past nothing was able to remove a tattoo; then various treatments were tried, mostly with little success. In some cases the results were worse than the tattoo, leaving the skin scarred and unattractive. These days things are a little different – or rather, a big bit different. Laser treatment was found to break up the pigments under the skin into small pieces so that the body could get rid of them naturally, rather than trying to remove them surgically.

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London Consortium Cine Club

The Cine Club is a series of film screenings organised by PhD students around a specific theme. This year the Club is exploring the theme of ‘the still image in moving pictures’. The screenings take place fortnightly in the ICA cinemas and are followed by discussion. Ideas for background reading are suggested and also discussed. The screenings are open to all Consortium and Birkbeck postgrad students.

Entry is free. All screenings take place in ICA cinema 2. Please arrive early as the films will begin promptly at the advertised time.

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4th Annual AHRA International Conference / Call for Papers

C-SCAIPE Suite, Kingston University London
4th Annual AHRA International Conference / Call for Papers
Architecture, Urbanism & Curatorship
Abstracts Due: 16 July 2007

This is the fourth annual international conference to be held in the United Kingdom by the Architectural Humanities Research Association. The theme of the conference, Architecture, Urbanism and Curatorship builds on our earlier conference themes, namely The Politics of Making: Theory, practice, product (2006, Oxford), Models & Drawings: The invisible nature of architecture (2005, Nottingham), and Critical Architecture (2004, London).

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‘The Games’ film screenings

London Consortium Research Fellow, Hilary Powell‘s film The Games is being screened twice during Architecture Week. The film is a 15 minute surreal exploration of the current landscape of the area in East London now being developed for the 2012 Olympics.

The film can be seen and discussed at both these events:

– London Architecture Week event, Wednesday 20th
– Space Studios / Museum of London event, Olympic Artists, Saturday 23rd June

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Design Tips for Improving the Exterior of Your Home

Many people get caught up with inside renovations while leaving the outside of their home to the weather. But if the outside is not attractive your home will lose value and people will think the inside will be just as bad or worse, important when it comes time to sell. You may never get a chance to book Brilliance Removalists Perth if you don’t take steps to renovate the outside of the home. It is not as difficult as you may think, as these 12 tips show.

  • Paint the outside of the front door a bright colour, add new door handles and locks and purchase a new front door mat. Add one or two attractive pot plants that match or contrast and you will have created street appeal, something that is important, even if you are not going to sell.

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How to Keep Your Carpet Clean Without Really Trying

Carpet is such a popular floor covering because it is soft, comfortable, warm and helps to reduce noise.  The only trouble with it is that carpet cleaning is a bit more difficult than a hard floor surface and you may need assistance from professional carpet cleaners such as Brilliance Carpet Cleaning Perth. This often means the carpet only get vacuumed, but rarely washed professionally. Over time it gets grubby, but no one notices unless furniture is moved around and you can see patches of the original colour.

We would never leave a hard floor surface unwashed for a year, yet that seems normal for the carpet. This is often because the carpet is in the bedroom where not much wear and dirt gets on it. No one tramps into the bedroom with muddy shoes. However, if you want your carpet to last longer and look nicer, it’s a good idea to keep it cleaner in between professional shampoos.

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6 Design Tips for Your Pergola Furniture

When it comes to pergolas residents understand that they not only enhance your lifestyle, but can be used in many ways. They can be erected right against the home and attached to it, or they can create a little oasis in the back yard for anyone to wants, to enjoy. To get the best out of your pergola, here are some tips on how to furnish it.

  • First of all you need to make it comfortable. A board on two drums just won’t cut it. People love to be comfortable, especially if they’ve worked hard all day and need to rest. There is plenty of affordable outdoor furniture that is suitable for use in a pergola. Add a full sofa or some easy chairs so you can chat with a friend there. If you are on a strict budget look on gumtree or go to garage sales for cheap furniture. A little paint and it will be like new again. A table will also be handy and if there’s room add a cupboard for storage.
  • Thinking of paint, use lots of colour in the pergola, don’t be content with dull and boring. You can make that pergola sizzle with interesting colour in the pot plants, furniture and other accessories. Adding one or two whimsical ornaments will keep you smiling.

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Protection with Security Fencing

The Need

The installation of security fencing around our homes, schools and businesses is, in part, due to rising crime rates that only ever seem to be going up. It’s a problem not restricted to a specific city or country, it’s global, and there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution.

One of the main reasons that most people make an investment in a fence is for security. These days, nobody likes to live in a home without some sort of fence. Particularly if they live in an area that has a high crime rate. Security mesh fencing is a practical solution for people living in those areas.

Security Fencing

One of the more effective ways to tackle the problem is to make it harder for intruders to enter a property – the deterrence factor. Premises that are well guarded and secure tend to keep the lazy burglars away as they prefer to go after easy targets. The demand for security fencing has grown exponentially as the demand continues to rise. With that in mind, contacting security fencing companies to install adequate fencing around your property should be no problem.

Pool Fencing

Security fences aren’t just for keeping out thieves. They have a lot of other uses too. If you have a swimming pool, then a secure pool fencing needs to be installed as part of the compulsory council regulations. Keeping children, yours and others, from entering the pool area is essential to avoid a drowning tragedy. Pools require regulation fencing with self-locking gates and these rules have been in place for years. Your swimming pool area deserves more than a standard security fence. Enhance the beauty of the surrounds by installing a good looking, functional and durable security fence.

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Home Design Options to Make Access Easier

Not all homes are suitable for those who cannot manage steps or stairs easily. People who have been injured or the frail aged are likely to find it difficult to go upstairs in their homes. Rather than having to purchase a house with no steps and then have the trouble of packing and calling a removals company the options of installing a lift of some kind should be looked into. There are several different types.

The simplest and easiest of all is the chair lift that works in tandem with your staircase. It is just like a chair, but it attaches to the handrail and glides gently up or down at the touch of a button. There is a seat belt to ensure safety. Those using it need to be able to work out how to operate the chair and to stay in it for safety, so it may not suit anyone with dementia unless they have a carer with them all the time.

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Pool Cleaner Design

If you have a pool you’ll understand the need for an automatic kreepy krauly pool cleaner of some kind. Doing the job manually is very difficult for many people, taking a lot of time and effort. However, there are three quite different types of cleaner and within those types there are different models, so it’s wise to find out about them all before making the decision. Here are some tips to help you.

Suction design

The cheapest type of pool cleaner ranges from about $200 to $500. This is the suction type cleaner that works by sucking water through the hose and through the skimmer and pool filter. It uses the pool filtration system to work and it can clean walls as well as the floor of the pool. The force of the water running through it is what moves it around the pool, thus, it can miss spots.

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