Getting A Wedding Loan

Weddings are becoming more and more expensive, with the average UK wedding costing well over £15,000. Each year the cost is rising, and people are spending more and more on their weddings. In order to pay for this very special occasion, you might want to consider taking out a wedding loan. A wedding loan can help you to fund all or part of your wedding, and means you can have the ceremony you really want. If you want to know more about wedding loans, here are some things to consider before applying. Wedding loans are unsecured Although it might be possible to get a secured wedding loan, most wedding loans are personal unsecured loans. This type of loan does not …

Composting To Reduce Landfill Sites, And The Path To Biofuel Sustainability

Throughout Europe all nations are committed to the processing of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to divert as much of our organic waste as possible away from landfill. This is a high priority for the United Kingdom if we are to reach Government recycling targets which are designed to ensure we comply with required landfill diversion rates as set by the EU Landfill Directive. What is the easiest way to divert organic waste away from landfill, and close a lot of landfills for good? The answer to this is composting. Composting is the natural way to bring left-over organic material back into the nutrient cycle. It also replaces chemical fertilisers and improves the quality of the soil, reducing crop pests, and …

Corbels – Modern Uses And What To Look For

Corbels, as an architectural element, have been around for hundreds of years. Their popularity has not diminished but has, in fact, increased over time. The word “corbel” comes from the French word for raven presumably because of its “beak” like projection. Originally corbels were used as a structural component bearing a load. They were typically made of stone (though old timber corbels abound) and are still in many places supporting balconies, parapets and arches. Some of the finest examples of corbels can be seen in old Europe. The wooden variety of corbels exists in many timber frame structures especially in England. Often ornately carved, corbels were used to embellish window sills and to support oriel windows – a form of …

Different Types Of Shorts And Their Uses

The great thing about shorts is the comfort they provide. Made from a variety of materials and styled in a number of lengths, they are appropriate gear for a variety of uses, including sports, walking, climbing, swimming and all around casual wear. Athletic shorts are used when playing racquetball, working out at the gym, and playing sports. They are generally loose fitting and made of nylon for shape or cotton jersey for breathability. “Bun huggers” are short, tight, and made from spandex and/or nylon. They are worn by girls and young women when playing such sports as volleyball. Their tight fit and ultra short length give the wearer an increased range of motion. For biking and running, special shorts are …

Christmas Cards Facts

Did you ever wonder who sent the first Christmas Card? The first commercial Christmas card is believed to have been designed and printed in London in 1843, the same year Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol”. Previously, people had exchanged handwritten Christmas greetings, first in person and later via post. By 1822, homemade Christmas cards had become the bane of the U.S. postal system. That year, the Superintendent of Mails in Washington, D.C., complained of the need to hire sixteen extra mailmen. Fearful of future bottlenecks, he petitioned Congress to limit the exchange of cards by post, concluding, “I don’t know what we’ll do if it keeps on.” In 1843, Sir Henry Cole, a wealthy British businessman, wanted a card …

Choosing Funfair Attractions For Your Wedding Or Party

Funfair Attractions for Weddings Although any wedding is primarily about the bride and groom, it is becoming an accepted practice to see a complete entertainments package being organised to entertain the guests before and after the reception. This entertainment can range from a magician for the children to a rodeo bull for the more adventurous ‘big kids’. A number of people are booking fairground rides and games, along with fun items like candy floss barrows and popcorn stands. Like any other service industry, funfair operators came in many guises, ‘the good the bad and the ugly.’ So how should you go about ensuring the attractions you book will be suitable for what is one of the biggest days of your …

Helping Fight Crime In The Community

Criminal damage, drunken behaviour, stabbings, general anti social behaviour and even the occasional shooting are just some of the things you might witness on the streets of the UK, across Europe and the United States. So faced with potential trouble makers on their doorsteps on any given day or night of the year what can business owners do to protect their business in the fight against crime? Well for owners of bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs or indeed any premises that sell alcohol their exposure to trouble is potentially increased as most of the anti social behaviour is caused by people of all ages who are drunk and out of control. Whereas going out for a few drinks with friends …

Home Energy Makeovers

While not legislated as it is in the entire United Kingdom, the United States is nevertheless no slouch when it comes to home energy assessment. The use of a domestic energy assessor to determine what a home is doing to reduce carcinogens from being released into the environment and to improve its energy efficiency has become, if not common place, at least readily available. One company has been training and employing domestic energy assessors by the hundreds for the last four decades. A leading provider of these certified domestic energy assessor professionals, the firm studies and energy efficiency of homes in 30 of the U.S. states. It also moved into the realm of commercial and government buildings, which many domestic …

Pots And Pans Ammunition Used Against British In The Battle Of North Point At Baltimore

Commercial ports at various locations on the upper Chesapeake Bay were founded during the 17th century and called “Baltimore.” In 1706, the Maryland colonial General Assembly created the port at Locust Point as a tobacco port of entry. The present city of Baltimore dates from July 30, 1729 and is named after Lord Baltimore. Lord Baltimore was the first Proprietary governor of the Province of Maryland. Baltimore’s growth seem to be boundless in the mid- to late 18th century as a granary for sugar-producing colonies in the Caribbean. This growth was partly due to the fact that Baltimore was shorter in distance from the Caribbean as compared to other large port cities such as New York City and Boston, which …

Bistro Tables: Style Icons, Not Just Furniture

Bistro tables and chairs are without a doubt the most popular restaurant dining furniture in the world today. The global accessibility to information provided by the Internet means that people anywhere can tune in and turn onto cultural and design innovations and trends from all over the world. Like Toadstools Although bistro tables and dining furniture have been around for well over a hundred years, they are like all evergreen design classics. They find new audiences all over the urbane and not so urbane world. In fact, bistro tables are wherever restaurant dining is to be found – from Paris, France to London, England; from Bangkok, Thailand to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and from Sydney Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. Bistro …

Best Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

The following article lists some simple, informative tips that will help you have a better experience with honeymoon. Beach destinations continue to be the most popular choices for a romantic honeymoon getaway. Honeymoons are the ultimate romantic vacation and just about any chosen destination can translate into a romantic escape for the newlyweds. The following are just a few of the many romantic honeymoon destination ideas. Any of the Hawaiian Islands are always an excellent honeymoon choice. Whether you decide to do a little island hopping and visit several islands or spend your entire honeymoon on one island you are bound to enjoy an extremely romantic destination. The pristine and uncrowded beaches and warm, sparkling blue water are just a …

Silk Or Real? Your Wedding Flower Questions Put To Rest — At Last

Silk or real; what’s a bride to do? For many brides, the question is really perplexing — especially for those who want to mix a dash of “Do-It-Yourself” into their wedding flower preparations. Obviously, silk comes with some advantages — it’s tough and shelf stable, and the petals won’t come off at the worst possible moment. On the other hand, silk flowers don’t always look real, and they aren’t always a bargain, either. The fact is, the silk versus real dilemma is more confusing than ever, thanks in part due to the increasing sophistication — and accompanying cost — of silk and latex flowers. To navigate this new terrain, we interviewed Paul Ajao, a professional florist and cofounder of Pure …

Americans Are Ranked 41st In Lifespans

In America, we take understandable pride in being Number One. We are, after all, the richest people on Earth. We have the largest military. We’re still the only country to have put a man on the moon. Why, then, are we only the 41st (yes, you read that right) longest living people on the planet? According to the latest report by the U.S. Census Bureau, an American baby born in 2004 can expect to live 77.9 years. That’s over 4 years less than a Japanese baby, who can expect to live a full 82 years.” “Something’s wrong here when one of the richest countries in the world, the one that spends the most on health care, is not able to …

A Stag Weekend in Vilnius – the Greatest in Pre Wedding Fun, Part Two

This is Where I Ate a Thigh of Roe Deer and washed it Down with Acorn Coffee! If you’ve ever wanted to savour the culinary delights of beaver, cow’s tongue or smoked hog’s ear- and who hasn’t? – the east is where to feast. In Vilnius they’ve got a specialty beer divined from both malt and peas and a cup of coffee is traditionally made from ground acorns. There’s a lot to love about traditional Lithuanian fare and not least because it has ‘hangover cure’ written all over it. Imagine waking up after a serious night on the tiles, so hungry you’re willing to gnaw your big toe off, your stomach has that old time vat of acid feeling and …

A Guide To Antique Engagement Rings

Antique engagement rings are a unique and beautiful alternative to a new ring. The tradition of giving separate rings for the engagement and the marriage started in Victorian England. The first DeBeers diamond minds in the late 1800s helped increase the popularity of engagement rings. The earliest diamonds were not nearly as brilliant as today’s rings. The first mine cut diamonds were not very clear. This improved in the early 20th century with the European cut diamonds. These are often found in rings from the Art Deco period. Diamond cutting continued to improve and evolve into the brilliant cut that is still used today. Larger stones are found in Victorian rings. While these diamonds don’t have the clarity of newer …

10 Tips To Survive An Unexpected Holiday Hurricane

As you pack the last items of your luggage, ready for your tropical vacation, nobody likes to think about the event of a natural disaster. The thought that a hurricane could ruin your perfect ‘relaxing’ break in the sun should rightly be the last thing from your mind, but if you’re heading to a region where such natural disasters are known to occur, it can never hurt to be prepared. Of course worldwide travel insurance can provide some peace of mind that you’ll be reimbursed for your medical fees or lost valuables, but in terms of survival, some hurricane advice is absolutely essential. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of 10 things you can do to ensure your safe …