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Ten Ways To Get Kids Excited About The Family Trip

Your children are not so thrilled. In fact, the 13 year old, a girl, has asked if she could stay with her best friend while you and her whiny younger brother go to Europe without her.

How do you turn the scenario around? How do you detoxify the inevitable, "Are we there yet?" Here are ten ways to go.

1 Get them into the mood of the place in advance. Watch movies or read books set in that particular country or city. This will involve them in the places on an emotional level, and they'll be really keen to actually go to "where it happened." Many of these media offerings are about kids, and that's always an interest builder. Some of these stories show the kids as the brave, the bold and adventurous ones, while the adults in charge need their help. Nothing like being more in control of a situation than the grownups to whet your appetite for travel.

2 Find places that are intriguing, not well known and "kid friendly" to visit. As a former kid, I'm sure you remember how PAINFUL "seeing" something can be. Plan to go to places where you will be "doing" something. Active places win hands down with kids. If you do go to a "seeing" place, plan an activity, such as a scavenger hunt, to transform it into a "doing" place. Imagine the fun you can have at spots such as the perfume museum in Paris, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, or at the City of London museum sound and light show depicting the famous fire that destroyed London!

3 Plan shopping trips that your kids will enjoy and have them save up for special stuff they like, or give them allowances. Allow equal time for each in the shop of his/her choice. Getting stuff is always a blast, and showing the stuff off to friends gives them bragging rights as well!

4 Let the kids share in the planning. Set aside some days, blocks of time, evenings as you write out your itinerary and tell the kids that they decide what the whole crew does at those times. This gets them involved and excited about the things that THEY look forward to.

5 Go heavy on the local entertainment. Kids love music, movies, sports events. Plan these kid friendly events with your kids input, and you're sure to have a blast. Soccer) match. Go Beckham!

6 Leave some time for relaxation. Stay at a hotel with a swimming pool, a tennis court or other game centers. Don't begrudge them that important video arcade time.

7 Plan to meet local kids. Studies all show that kids love meeting other kids. If you have friends or people imitation van cleef diamond earrings you can connect with in your destination who have kids, plan a visit. You can also connect by searching the internet for kids' interative sites.

8 Put your kids in charge of the photography department, or at least their own photography department. Provide each with a good camera. You don't have to bring a computer; there are plenty of internet cafes and some hotels have web access. If they are anxious to share photos with their friends back home and keep vca alhambra earrings fake in touch, this is a good way to do it.

9 This may be the only don't in the list, but I feel strongly about it: Don't insist they keep a journal or diary. This is a chore. Unless they themselves come up with the idea, mum's the word.

10 Have fun: this means you too. Taking your kids on a trip will provide experiences vintage alhambra earrings fake and closeness with them that will last until their own kids are ready to be launched. Nowadays, even grandparents are traveling with their grandchildren.
Sep 29 '17 · 0 comments
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El mundo conoci los efectos de la microcefalia asociada al virus del zika principalmente a travs de Solange Ferreira, de 39 aos, y su beb Jos Wesley.

La madre de imitation van cleef butterfly earrings Pernambuco, en el noreste de Brasil, conoci en diciembre de 2015 al fotgrafo Felipe Dana, de la agencia de noticias Associated Press, y su historia se hizo viral con la entrada del nuevo ao.

"Lo que yo ms quera era que comenzaran de una vez los tratamientos, para que no quede ms atrasado de lo que ya est", le cont Solange en febrero BBC Brasil.

Pero segua esperando unas sesiones de rehabilitacin que no llegaban.

"Cuando voy por la calle a imitation van cleef diamond earrings veces la gente me llama y me imitation sweet alhambra earrings dice que vio las fotos de mi beb en un blog y que quieren compartirlas no se con quin en internet. Y yo les digo que pueden compartirlas sin problema".

"Pero cuando me dicen que mi hijo no va a caminar, me enojo con ellos", relat la brasilea.

La conmovedora historia de Jos Wesley, el beb smbolo de la microcefalia y el zika en Brasil que an espera tratamiento

Zika: Quin es el nio de la famosa foto del beb con microcefalia en el balde de agua?

ABRIL: MiPrimerAcoso: el hostigamiento sexual lleg a internet

En abril, uno de los temas con ms repercusin en la red fue el del hostigamiento sexual.

Fue la activista y columnista colombiana Catalina Ruiz Navarro quien public en su cuenta de Twitter el mensaje que dara origen a la campaa MiPrimerAcoso, y deca as:

"Cundo y cmo fue tu primer acoso? Hoy a partir de las 2pmMX usando el hashtag MiPrimerAcoso. Todas tenemos una historia, levanta la voz!"

Miles de mujeres en Mxico y otros pases de Amrica Latina aprovecharon la ocasin para narrar cmo fue el primer acoso sexual que sufrieron.

MiPrimerAcoso, la creadora del hashtag que sacudi internet y la importancia de que las mujeres no callenJUNIO: "Cien aos de soledad" en memes

Jacqueline Bustamante, una profesora de Lenguaje y Comunicacin, conquist las redes sociales cuando public en Facebook los trabajos que les haba pedido a sus alumnas del Liceo Carmela Carvajal, en Chile.

La tarea consista en representar a travs de un meme algunos captulos de "Cien aos de Soledad", de Gabriel Garca Mrquez. Y el experimento se volvi viral en redes.

"Cien aos de soledad" en memes: las creativas estrategias de la profesora que conquist a las redes con una tarea de literaturaJULIO: El triste final del oso Arturo

El oso polar Arturo haba llamado la atencin de medio mundo en los ltimos aos por las condiciones en las que viva en un zoolgico de la ciudad argentina de Mendoza.

En julio, el animal falleci a los 31 aos. Y su muerte reactiv la polmica en Argentina respecto a si se debe mantener animales en cautividad, especialmente en donde viva Arturo, el ltimo oso polar del pas.

La muerte del ms famoso habitante del zoolgico provoc una oleada de mensajes en redes sociales, muestras de pesar de parte de celebridades argentinas y pronunciamientos de organizaciones de defensa de los animales y ambientalistas.

"Esperamos que sea el ltimo oso polar retenido en un zoolgico de nuestro pas", dijo en un comunicado Greenpeace.

La polmica muerte del "triste" Arturo, el ltimo oso polar de ArgentinaAGOSTO: Ro2016: Los Juegos Olmpicos

Las Olimpiadas de Ro 2016 fue lo ms tuiteado en todo este ao.

Segn la lista que dio a conocer al red social, el hashtag Ro2016 y los memes relacionados con la cita deportiva fueron los temas ms conversados en la plataforma digital.

En BBC Mundo hicimos una cobertura especial con todos los triunfos, derrotas, medallas, historias y momentos de los Juegos Olmpicos.

Toda nuestra cobertura de los Juegos Olmpicos de Ro 2016OCTUBRE: NiUnaMenos y MeHagoCargo: las reacciones ante la violencia de gnero en Amrica Latina

La muerte de Luca, una adolescente que fue violada y asesinada en Argentina, llev a una protesta masiva convocada en Argentina pero respaldada desde varias ciudades latinoamericanas en contra de la violencia de gnero.

El "aberrante" caso del empalamiento de una nia de 16 aos que indigna a Argentina

NiUnaMenos: miles de mujeres se toman las calles de Amrica Latina para exigir el fin de la violencia de gnero
Sep 29 '17 · 0 comments
Security Council Adopts Resolution Extending Arms Embargoes Imposed on Somalia

The Security Council this morning extended the arms embargo on Somalia until 15 November 2016 while reaffirming the country's sovereignty over its natural resources. It also reaffirmed the arms embargo on Eritrea.

Adopting resolution2244(2015) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter by a vote of 14in favour and 1abstention (Venezuela) the Council also extended the mandate of the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group until 15December 2016, and reiterated its expectation that the Government of Eritrea would facilitate the Group's entry into that country.

Reaffirming Somalia's sovereignty over its natural resources, the Council underlined the vital importance of the Federal Government of Somalia putting in place a resource sharing agreement to ensure that the national petroleum sector did not become a source of increased tension. The Council condemned the ongoing export of charcoal from Somalia in violation of the total ban on charcoal exports.

The Council expressed serious concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Somalia and condemned in the strongest terms increased attacks against humanitarian actors. It also expressed concern about continued reports of corruption, diversion of public resources and financial impropriety involving members of the Federal Government Administrations and the Federal Parliament, underlining that individuals engaged in acts that threatened Somalia's peace and reconciliation process might be listed for targeted sanctions.

Also by the text, the Council urged the Government of Eritrea to allow access or provide information, including to the Monitoring Group, on the Djiboutian prisoners missing in action since clashes between the two countries from 10 to 12June 2008.

Following the vote, Venezuela's representative explained that his delegation had abstained because the negotiating process had not taken certain points of view into account. Venezuela had requested more consultations with a view to reflecting the certain points of view in a balanced and dynamic text.

Somalia's representative said the Federal Government had worked tirelessly over the last year to reduce threats to peace and security, and had shown its commitment to ensuring compliance with the Council's resolutions. Somalia now had functioning institutions, and four legislative instruments pending before Parliament related to public finance management reform. While Somalia did not agree with all the Monitoring Group's findings, it would seek to strengthen their relationship further, and the Government would be pleased to welcome it on a more frequent basis.

Eritrea's representative noted that the two justifications used to impose sanctions on his country were alleged support for Al Shabaab and Asmara's dispute with Djibouti. However, the Monitoring Group had found no evidence of support Al Shabaab, he said, adding that Eritrea and Djibouti had asked Qatar to mediate their dispute. The Council had sadly decided to extend the sanctions for another year, he said, noting that sanctions affected the poor and restricted Eritrea's ability to defend its sovereignty.

Representatives of the Russian Federation, New Zealand, China, United Kingdom and United States also spoke.

RAFAEL DARO RAMREZ CARREO (Venezuela) said his delegation had abstained because the negotiating process had not taken certain points a view into account. Venezuela had requested more consultations in order to reflect various points of view in a balanced and dynamic text, but had been surprised to find that negotiations had reopened within a small group of members. That recurring practice affected the transparency and inclusiveness necessary to guarantee the participation of all members, he said, demanding respect in the Council for the points of view of all members, be they permanent or elected.

Pointing out that his delegation chaired the Sanctions Committee, he said better relations with the two concerned Member States were necessary, emphasizing that sanctions should imitation van cleef turquoise earrings not be used to punish countries and hurt their people. They were only helpful in bringing about political solutions. The resolution's operative paragraph7 gave the impression that some permanent members felt the sanctions regime was an end in itself and wished to extend its mandate indefinitely. Venezuela called upon all Council members to revise the organ's working methods and the ways in which its sanctions committees worked.

PETR V. ILIICHEV (Russian Federation) said his delegation had voted in favour of the resolution because its imperative purpose was to achieve peace and stability in the Horn of Africa. The Russian Federation had concerns, however, about intrusive provisions that undermined national sovereignty, some of which were based on facts not confirmed by the Monitoring Group. Experts should not transcend the purview of their mandates, and should base their reporting on facts, he stressed.

GERARD VAN BOHEMEN (New Zealand) welcomed the fact that the resolution enabled Somalia to exercise governance over its natural resources, including fisheries. As for Eritrea, New Zealand hoped that improved relationship between that country and the Committee would enable the Council to make decisions in line with the purpose for which the sanctions had been applied.

YONG ZHAO (China) said he had voted in favour of the text because the Federal Government of Somalia, with international support, had been dedicated to the implementation of its Vision 2016, which China welcomed. It was to be hoped that the resolution would be implemented fully and play a constructive role in promoting Somalia's reconstruction. The Monitoring Group's report had indicated no evidence of Eritrea's support for Al Shabaab and the Council should adjust its sanctions with a view to eventually lifting them. African issues should be solved in an African way, notably through dialogue, and efforts to foster regional peace, stability and development, he emphasized.

MATTHEW RYCROFT (United Kingdom), while welcoming the adoption, said that, unfortunately, the text reflected two approaches. The one between the Monitoring Group and Eritrea was on the wrong path because the experts had not been able to visit the country since February 2011. "The text couldn't be clearer on what Eritrea must do," he said. "Eritrea is master of its own destiny." It could either admit the Group and engage in a serious discussion on sanctions, or choose continued isolation. It was to be hoped that Eritrea would choose the first course of action. On the other hand, the Monitoring Group had built a strong relationship with the Federal Government of Somalia, he said, commending its progress on weapons management. While progress in public financial management had been made, more was needed because it was essential that the Government ensure the trust of its people.

DAVID PRESSMAN (United States) expressed strong support for the text, which mandated that the Monitoring Group continue its work and reflected the Council's understanding that the international response in the Horn of Africa must be comprehensive in order to be effective. Somalia had transitioned from "State failure" to State building, which was why the United States supported language concerning stronger, more transparent legal frameworks. The United States continued to support the commitment to eliminate funding for Al Shabaab, including by renewing the interdiction of charcoal exports.

He went on to caution that without stronger legal frameworks and resource agreements, resources risked becoming a driver of conflict, adding that his delegation welcomed the importance that the Somali Government had placed on addressing such issues. It had sought international support in relation to extensive illegal fishing in waters where it had jurisdiction, he noted, before going on to call upon all countries to cooperate with the Monitoring Group, and upon Eritrea to allow a visit by the Group. Its refusal to engage must change before calls for the lifting of sanctions could be considered.

ELMI AHMED DUALE (Somalia) said the Federal Government had worked tirelessly over the last year to reduce threats to peace and security, and had shown its commitment to compliance with the Council's resolutions. In 1992, Somalia had faced civil unrest and later, during a nascent Transitional Government, had lacked federal and regional institutions and financial oversight mechanisms. Today, by contrast, the country had functioning institutions, including the Board of Directors of the Central Bank and the Parliamentary Oversight Committees.

He said four legislative instruments relating to public finance management reform were pending before Parliament: the audit bill; the public finance management bill; the public procurement, concession and disposal bill; and the anti money laundering bill and counter terrorist financing bill. Moreover, three years into its Vision 2016, he continued, Somalia was revising its constitution and supporting imitation alhambra van cleef earrings the formation of three interim regional administrations. The last one, for the Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions, was proceeding soon, which would complete the federalized map of Somalia. Just this week, the process to complete the third strand of statehood had begun, he said, adding that the National Consultation Forum aimed to facilitate a citizen led State building process.

On the security front, he drew attention to "sweeping" reforms that committed the Government to building a more integrated and accountable security sector. An upcoming review would include a national threat assessment that would streamline roles, missions and resource allocations. Also, Somalia had significantly improved its compliance with the requirements of weapons and ammunition management notification, reporting and control. He reiterated that while Somalia did not agree with all the Monitoring Group's findings, it would work with the Group during the next mandate and seek to strengthen their relationship further. The Government would be pleased to welcome it on a more frequent basis.

GIRMA ASMEROM TESFAY (Eritrea) said the two justifications for imposing sanctions on his country were alleged support for Al Shabaab in Somalia and the dispute with Djibouti. The Monitoring Group had found no evidence of support for Al Shabaab, whereas Eritrea and Djibouti had asked Qatar to mediate their dispute. As the reasons for imposing sanctions were non existent, the logical action for the Council should have been to lift them immediately and unconditionally, and to end Monitoring Group's activities. However, the Council had sadly decided to extend the sanctions for another year, he said, adding that sanctions affected the poor and restricted Eritrea's ability to defend its sovereignty.

Referring to a press release from Eritrea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he said the Council had, despite the objections of some of its members, opted to extend the sanctions under pressure from the United States and its usual allies, while invoking non existent facts in its desire imitation van earrings to punish Eritrea. Meanwhile, Ethiopia continued to occupy parts of Eritrea in violation of Council resolutions, he said. That country enjoyed the protection of the United States, adding that, in the short term, his country and the region would suffer the effects of unwarranted United Nations actions. In the long term, however, international law as well as regional peace and security would be the victims.

"Recalling all its previous resolutions and statements of its President on the situation in Somalia and Eritrea, in particular resolutions 733 (1992), 1844 (2008), 1907 (2009), 2036 (2012), 2023 (2011), 2093 (2013), 2111 (2013), 2124 (2013), 2125 (2013), 2142 (2014), and 2182 (2014),

"Taking note of the final reports of the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (the SEMG) (on Somalia (S/2015801) and Eritrea (S/2015/802)) and their conclusions on the situations in both Somalia and Eritrea,

"Reaffirming its respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea respectively,

"Condemning any flows of weapons and ammunition supplies to and through Somalia in violation of the arms embargo on Somalia and to Eritrea in violation of the arms embargo on Eritrea, as a serious threat to peace and stability in the region,

"Expressing concern that Al Shabaab continues to pose a serious threat to the peace and stability of Somalia and the region,

"Welcoming the improved relationship between the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the SEMG, and underlining the importance of this relationship improving further and strengthening in the future,
Sep 29 '17 · 0 comments
Still Listen To In 2015

For people who love movie scores these are real people, we assure you last year was a peak time. From Steven Price's Oscar winning "Gravity" score to smaller ones from Joel P. West ("Short Term 12") and Graham Reynolds ("Before Midnight"), 2013's movie scores had a cue for every mood.

Not so this year. The most memorable moments in "Wild," "Boyhood," "Whiplash," "Obvious pink van cleef necklace fake Child," "Selma," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "The Fault in Our Stars," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "The LEGO Movie," "The Interview" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," to name a few, came accompanied with either an existing track or original song (everything is awesome, you crazy "LEGO Movie"). Which is great for people who also love movie soundtracks guilty! but less so for score fans. Sure, Antonio Sanchez's "Birdman" score is fantastic within the framework of the film, but would anyone want to listen to it during a random Tuesday commute?

With that in mind, here are the eight movie scores released this year that profile as having longevity aka each will have a permanent home on our HuffPost Entertainment Spotify playlist of movie scores.

No one had a better year than Alexandre Desplat, who wrote three of the year's most memorable scores (and also the ones for "The Monuments Men" and "Unbroken"). His "Godzilla" theme was so damn loud that even the title has an exclamation mark. Let them fight.

Alexandre Desplat, "The Imitation Game"

Desplat's score for "The Imitation Game" isn't necessarily deep, but the main theme is as Oscar friendly as the film itself. It's the type of track you'd expect to hear play as Benedict Cumberbatch walks up to accept his Academy Award.

Alexandre Desplat, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

There's that news van again. Desplat's score for Wes Anderson's latest film is gave millennials their very own "Third Man" theme.

Hans Zimmer's "Interstellar" score was no "Inception" (or even vca butterfly necklace imitation "Rush" or "Man of Steel"), but it was haunting and big. If we ever fall into a wormhole, this is what we'll be thinking about.

Johann Johannsson, "The Theory of Everything"

Similar to "The Imitation Game," Johann Johannsson's score for "The Theory of Everything" feels expressly written to win Oscars. But who cares when the theme is as beautiful as this?

Alex Ebert, "A Most Violent Year"

Alex Ebert, he of Edward Sharpe and the van cleef and arpels mini alhambra necklace imitation Magnetic Zeros fame, wrote 1981's best John Carpenter score.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "Gone Girl"

The year's best onscreen moment? We'll take the Cool Girl montage in "Gone Girl" over many other worthy contenders for one reason alone: this above track, written by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Jonny Greenwood, "Inherent Vice"

Working with Paul Thomas Anderson again after "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master," Jonny Greenwood's noir y "Inherent Vice" score sounds like something Bernard Herrmann would like. But then it's also beautiful and wistful. The above track, "Amethyst," which plays during the film's sweetest scene, being a prime example of its power.

BONUS: Nick Thorburn, "Serial"

"Serial" had the most infectious theme. Sorry, Desplat.

The Case For "Edge of Tomorrow"

Tom Cruise's best movie in nearly a decade had a terrible title and some pretty uninspiring trailers, but none of it mattered when it came to the film itself. As directed by Doug Liman, "Edge of Tomorrow" is like a Road Runner cartoon mixed with "Jerry Maguire" and some lost John Wayne movie about World War II (except with aliens replacing Nazis). Cruise is inspired as the cowardly lieutenant colonel, but it's Emily Blunt who steals the show. Playing a true war hero (and propaganda symbol) who helps Cruise through his time travel loop, Blunt is the year's most awesome action star. "Edge of Tomorrow" was one of the summer's biggest surprises, and it remains a standout on the list of 2014 features. If only all action movies took as many risks as Liman and his cast do here. Christopher Rosen
Sep 29 '17 · 0 comments
Scented Geraniums as Mosquito Repellent

Scented geraniums (Pelargonium spp.) feature deeply lobed, slightly fuzzy green foliage that emits a range van cleef and arpels four leaf clover necklace imitation of fragrances that mimic everything from roses to pine to coconut, depending on cultivar. The lemon scented citrosa geranium (Pelargonium citrosum "Van Leeni"), has been touted as the "mosquito plant" for its supposed ability to keep the biting bugs away. While the plant looks pretty in pots on the patio table, don't rely on scented geraniums to keep you off the skeeter menu when dining al fresco. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. Their sharp lemony scent is similar to citronellol, a main compound in the essential oil used in the natural mosquito repellent citronella.

Research Research published in "The Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association" in 1994 found "Van Leeni" an ineffective mosquito repellent. Researchers found no significant difference in the number of mosquitoes landing on a human in the center of a circle of the geraniums and one standing in an area with the same number of mosquitoes, but no plants. SchreiberPlantLust: Pelargonium CitrosumUniversity of Nebraska Lincoln: Citronella Plants Do They Really Work?

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The Alternative Mechanic

Imagine your body is a car. Instead of your liver, you have an engine block. Instead of your thyroid, you have a fuel pump. Your immune system has been replaced by a steering rack and your digestive system is now a catalytic converter. And so on.

For the first few years, ownership of your shiney new Honda is a rewarding experience. It's smooth, reliable and a joy to own. Then, imagine your joy when you find out that a new grade of petrol has been invented. Unlike the petrol your car has been designed to use, this one has been refined and altered and blended with new chemicals so it only costs a fraction of the normal amount to produce. Its then shipped thousands of miles and is now on sale at a supermarket near you. Sure, you here muttering about how this cheap fuel damages your car and you have concerns as to how it's processed, but the mainstream media say its OK and it saves you every month.

After a short while, the car starts to falter. However, you can still make it through the day and gradually adjust to this reduced level of performance. However, slowly but surely, these issues cannot be ignored and the car really falls into a state of disrepair. Whereas the human body equivalent may be an immune system that is prone to inflammation or problematic digestive function, in this van cleef arpel bracelet copy scenario your Honda is now badly misfiring and is regularly failing to start. You need to get a mechanic. However, you make mandatory contributions from fake van cleef vintage alhambra bracelet your salary to pay for the National Honda Service scheme, and are therefore entitled to use one of these own mechanics.

So you call out the NHS mechanic. You don't get a choice who you see and the guy turns up in a tired looking clapped out van that sounds like it may break at any point. The breaks squeal as he pulls into your forecourt and the exhaust lets out a cloud of thick black smoke. He glances at the car and, without opening the bonnet or getting the engine running, he says, Honda is misfiring. My manual tells me that this is Honda Misfiring Syndrome some cars just have it and that you'll need to add PetroSteroid to the fuel every time you fill up for the rest of the car's life.

When you question him on why the Toyota ran fine for several years without the cheap processed fuel and only recently became a problem, he gives you a disdainful look and dismisses your question. make any difference, its only fuel. When you tell him that your friend also had the same additive recommended and it damaged the engine, he shrugs. remember who the mechanic is here, OK? The manufacturer of PetroSteroid sent out a rep to me and he told me that this product is safe and that this is the best way to deal with every single case of Honda Misfiring Syndrome. He even showed me some studies to prove it. Before you can ask any more questions, he slaps a prescription for PetroSteroid in your hand, and you realise the consultation is over. Looks like you'll be paying the prescription fee of a month for your PetroSteroid for as long as you have the car.

Confused as to what to do, you add the PetroSteroid into your car's fuel system (in much the same way you'd add anti inflammatory medication into the body). You are relieved to see that this actually reduces the misfiring, although the starter motor is still playing up quite badly. You go back to the NHS mechanic, but he tells you to go away for a couple of months and keep using the new chemicals in the hope that the starter motor function will pick up. It does not. What's more, now the engine is making a funny noise and the electrics have stopped working totally. It's winter and driving along in the cold is becoming unbearable.

You call out the NHS mechanic again this time it's getting pretty desperate. He looks more tired that before and very annoyed that you are bothering him. As before, he gives the car a casual once over, and declares that the car is suffering from a new condition, on top of the first condition. and Electrical Dysfunction Disorder (EEDD) its become really popular in the last two years but luckily I've got another fuel additive. It does cause some side effects but there's another additive I will prescribe you to deal with those. He slaps another prescription for PetroStatin and You ask the mechanic if he will run any tests on the car at all, but he sidesteps the issue. You wonder why EEDD has only become a popular diagnosis since the new additive, PetroStatin, was released onto the market and ask the mechanic what he used to do before this new additive was available. You mention that you are concerned how many chemicals you will have to add every time you fill up and that you would like to really find out what the root of the problem is. He takes this very personally and your consultation is once again over.

The new additives do seem to create a bit of heat in the fans, but you still have to drive with your gloves on. On top of this, it's not long before the car steadfastly refuses to start. By this stage, the electrics are totally vca bracelet knock off screwed, the ECU does not function and it is an undriveable mess.

Desperate, you call a different mechanic. You thought about doing this before, but this mechanic isn't covered on the NHS so you have to pay out of your own pocket now. You've heard the mainstream mechanics call him an 'alternative practitioner', so you don't know what to expect. When he turns up, his car is clean and purrs effortlessly. When he gets out, he talks to you and asks you what the problems appear to be, when you first noticed them and whether they were worse at some times and not at others. You are very surprised when he actually asks you what type of fuel you are putting into the car. He then spends some time underneath the car, exploring various sites of possible imbalance and carefully assessing the tuning of the car from several angles. You're just thinking of how logical this approach actually is when he then crawls out from underneath the car to tell you that, underneath all the problems, your car is still a well made machine that can be restored to optimal function. Sounds great!

he adds, will need to cut out all those toxic chemicals that are messing up your car and you should stop using that low grade fuel. I'll change the ECU and reconnect some of the loose wires, that should restore the power and all the electrical functions. But that won't do it all you'll also need to change all the filters, and start checking the oil and fluid levels on a regular basis, get the tyres changed when they get low. Give the car a weekly check up. Hang on a second the other mechanic didn't ask you to take responsibility for the health of your car! Surely theres an easier way? Is it really realistic to do all these things this mechanic is suggesting? And what about the cost? This guy is asking to you buy the quality fuel does he realise that will cost you 30% more every time you fill up?

Accepting that you are decidely short on options, you do what the mechanic suggests and, in return, you rediscover the joy of driving. Your car is responsive and nippy once more, it starts first time every time and the electrics are faultless. It drives the way it was built to drive. And what's more, it was really rather simple.

The concept of maintaining a healthy body is simple, too. It is the current system of mass food production and drug dominated crisis medicine that make things more complicated. Set up for profit rather than health, these multi national corporations' interests are served by distorting our values on food quality, dietary balance and healthcare expectations. The pharmaceutical giants' interests are served by creating disease and consolidating the sale of drugs.

Humans are the most adaptable species on the planet but do not have the ability to adapt this fast. The growing incidence of obesity, CVD and cancer provides an alarming demonstration. The time has come for individuals to think for themselves and question the quality of their food sources, question the the mythology that has been accepted in the mainstream media and doctors' surgeries. Do we really get high cholesterol because we are statin deficient? Or suffer from chronic pain because our blood levels of paracetamol are low? Should we be satisfied with a so called healthcare system that papers over multiple nutrient deficiencies and their related disorders with man made drugs?

We all see how absurd the example above is yet, when it comes to the way we think about healthcare, Western society has truly gone to sleep behind the wheel. We entrust our bodies to a system run by pharmaceutical corporations, whose very profitability is dependent on selling drugs, not making us well. Only by waking from our slumber and taking responsibility for our health and our food will we be able to avoid the maladies of a modern agrochemical culture and a distorted heathcare system, and the burden of chronic disease that comes with it. On a basic level, if we provide our bodies with quality, uncontaminated fuel and the generous level of nutrients that nature intented, then we will look and feel like nature intended. Its really rather simple.
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Sky Sports presenter makes Ricky van Wolfswinkel gaffe live on air

Reading from the auto cue is not the easiest of van cleef gold replica bracelet skills, particularly when pronouncing the names of the many foreign players that fill the Premier League.

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When discussing Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Lewis accidentally called the Norwich City striker 'Ricky van Wolf Sphincter', before quickly adding a 'Winkel' at the end.

With so many foreign players van cleef vintage alhambra bracelet copy in England's top flight, tongue twisting names and peculiar pronunciations are common, making mistakes inevitable. But the Wolfswinkel gaffe was perhaps one of the less likely players to stumble over considering the name of the Netherlands striker is probably the most interesting thing about him.

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Steyn dropped from Bok squad for European tour

BLOEMFONTEIN South Africa have dropped veteran flyhalf Morne Steyn for their tour of Europe next month and included four uncapped players for tests against England, Italy and Wales.

Coach Allister Coetzee has drafted in flanks Roelof Smit and Jean Luc du Preez, wing Sergeal Petersen and centre Francois Venter, with a number of established players missing out.

Steyn is one of those, paying the price perhaps for a static performance in the record 57 15 home loss to New Zealand in the Rugby Championship earlier this month, while Francois Hougaard, Juan de Jongh, Francois Louw and Julian Redelinghuys are all injured.

Other players not considered include Jan Serfontein, Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Marcell Coetzee, Coenie Oosthuizen and Bismarck du Plessis.

Loose forward Duane Vermeulen has been told he must work on his conditioning, though he would have missed part of the tour with his wife due to knock off cartier clover necklace give birth next month.

Wings Ruan Combrinck, JP Pietersen and 2007 Rugby World winning prop Jannie du Plessis are all returning.

"It is very pleasing to see the return JP and Jannie as their experience will be vital for us, as well as Ruan, who is now fully fit again," Coetzee said in a press release from SA Rugby on Saturday.

"They are welcome additions to the squad because we have a long list of injured players who are unfortunately not available for selection. We prefer to see it as an amazing opportunity for the players selected in the squad. We are looking forward to turn things around on tour against quality opposition."

Coetzee selected a separate squad for the opening match of the tour against the Barbarians on Nov. 5.

It is a game that falls outside of the international fixture window, meaning he could only consider home based players, 12 of who are uncapped.

"It is great to have such a big group of young, exciting players with us for the Barbarians match. I view this as a great opportunity to start building for the future.

The selection of many of these players are part of our road map for 2019 (World Cup)," Coetzee said.

The Springboks will play England at Twickenham on Nov. 12, before clashing with Italy and Wales on consecutive Saturdays after that.

Squad to face Barbarians:

Forwards: Lourens Adriaanse, Nizaam vans necklace replica Carr, Uzair Cassiem, Lood de Jager, Jean Luc du Preez, Thomas du Toit, Pieter Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Lizo Gqoboka, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Oupa Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, RG Snyman, Roelof Smit, Adriaan Strauss (captain).

Backs: Ruan Combrinck, Damian de Allende, Faf de Klerk, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Cheslin Kolbe, Jesse Kriel, Rudy Paige, Sergeal Petersen, Tian Schoeman, Jamba Ulengo, Piet van Zyl, Francois Venter.

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Backs: Ruan Combrinck, Damian de Allende, Faf de Klerk, Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana, Elton Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Pat Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lionel Mapoe, Rudy Paige, Sergeal Petersen, JP Pietersen, Francois Venter.
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Six things you must do in Izmir

1. Catch of the Day

Izmir is an ideal base, if you don't require a sandy beach and resort facilities. The airport, served by UK budget airlines, is only ten miles from the city centre. Izmir can be crowd free even in the first week of August, when historic sites such as Ephesus and Pergamon are awash with tourists.

I stayed at the waterside Crowne Plaza Hotel, with stupendous views over the bay. A free shuttle bus takes guests the six miles to the city centre. In the evening the day's catch is barbecued at fishing boats tied up on the waterfront promenade and served between great hunks of fresh bread. Utterly fresh: perfectly simple.

Lot of bottle: You must sample the local brew, fruit wine at Sirince

2. Go GreekAlexander the Great started building the city and the Romans finished the job, so it's worth a visit to the Roman and Greek remains at the Agora. Go early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat, and walk among the colonnades and remnants of once mighty gates.

Statues of Poseidon, Demeter and Artemis from the altar of Zeus are displayed in the site's museum. They are knocking down homes and rehousing people, and taking down a multi storey car park so the site can be expanded.

3. Book a guide

Most people who visit Izmir by cruise ship are whisked off to the big attractions by coach, at 40 a head or more. I recommend taking a personal guide instead. If you are with three or more people, you save serious money. My guide gave me a clover necklace brand replica tour of Izmir, breaking for an excellent (20 for two) lunch in the market.

Our last call in the city was to the Ansansor quarter for a trip in the antique, recently renovated and free elevator, enclosed in a tower made of bricks. It zings locals up from the cobbled, sea level street to the clifftop neighbourhoods. Stop at the terrace cafe for great views over central Izmir. Next day my guide took me to Ephesus 50 miles away.

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The spacious Konak Square, with a 1901 clock tower as its central feature, is the spiritual heart of the city and, arguably, of modern Turkey tiffany s necklace replica the fight for independence after partition in the wake of the First World War began here.

From the square, it's a short stroll to the cafe lined seaside promenade, the Kordon, and the customs house on Konak Pier built by Gustave Eiffel and restored as a chic shopping centre. I recommend the short ferry trip across the bay from Pasaport for some fresh sea air and good views back over Izmir.

5. Roman roaming

Ephesus is a fabulous place, with the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean. It is the closest thing to Pompeii as a place of buried marvels still to be excavated only an estimated 15 to 20 per cent has been unearthed.

But it does get extremely busy (and very hot). You should go as early in the day as you can, perhaps overnighting in nearby Seluk. Use the eastern entrance, then walk down the Marble Road, past the many highlights such as the Library of Celsus and the 25,000 seat amphitheatre.

6. Retreat to the olive grove

Tours to Ephesus often add the village of Sirince, about five miles away in hills smothered with olive groves and vineyards. A number of the mainly 19th Century houses have become boutique hotels. Local people make wine and olive oil and grow tasty peaches. I stayed at the Nisanyan boutique hotel where, from the terrace at dusk, I watched the swallows hand over to the night shift of bats. It was Ramadan and they announced the pre dawn feast by someone walking round the village beating a drum. It was authentic village life.

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The man who rediscovered Africa

Chinua Achebe has died at 82. This article also appears as the introduction to Achebe's, currently available through Everyman's Library.

When, in 1958, the London publishers William Heinemann received a manuscript of Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart," they were unsure whether to publish it. The central question, according to editor Alan Hill, was this: "Would anyone possibly buy a novel by an African?" Not only were there a mere handful of examples of African writing in English at the time such as Amos Tutuola's surreal "The Palm Wine Drinkard" and Cyprian Ekwensi's novel of contemporary Lagos, "People of the City" but none of them had the ambition, the subtlety, or the confidence of "Things Fall Apart."

Chinua Achebe had initially conceived it as a story of three generations: a man in pre colonial Igboland who struggles against the changes brought by the first European missionaries and administrators; his son who converts to Christianity and receives some Western education; and his grandson who is educated in England and is living the life of the new elite on the cusp of independence. Achebe later scaled down the novel, focusing only on the first generation, to produce a carefully observed story of the African European colonial encounter set among the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria in the 1890s, with the tragic hero Okonkwo at its center. Achebe's second novel, "No Longer At Ease," would skip a generation and tell the story of Okonkwo's grandson, Obi, a civil servant in 1950s Lagos. His third novel, "Arrow of God," about an Igbo priest and a British district officer in 1920s Igboland, can be read as representative of the times of Okonkwo's son. All three novels, taken together as Achebe's "African Trilogy," create a full and beautifully nuanced arc, a human chronicle of the cultural and political changes that brought about what is now seen as the modern African state.

After William Heinemann overcame their reservations and published "Things Fall Apart" in June 1958, it became a critical success. Achebe, the Times Literary Supplement van cleef and arpels replica alhambra bracelet wrote, had "genuinely succeeded in presenting tribal life from the inside." A novelty indeed. "Things Fall Apart" was pioneering not in its subject but in its African point of view, as there were already many well regarded books about Africans written by non Africans; tribal life had already been endlessly portrayed from the outside. Achebe himself first read some of the better known examples of these "colonialism classics" as a secondary school student in the 1940s. "I did not see myself as an African to begin with," he has written about his response to the African characters. "I took sides with the white men against the savages. The white man was good and reasonable and intelligent and courageous. The savages arrayed against him were sinister and stupid or, at the most, cunning. I hated their guts." As Achebe matured and became more critical in his reading, he began to understand the enormous power that stories had, and how much this power was shaped by who told the stories and by how they were told. As a university student in the 1950s, in addition to reading Wordsworth, Shakespeare and Coleridge, Achebe also read Joyce Carey's "Mister Johnson," a novel set in Nigeria, which Time magazine had named the "best book ever written about Africa." Achebe disagreed. Not only was the Nigerian character in the novel unrecognizable to him and his classmates but he also detected, in the description of Nigerians, "an undertow of uncharitableness a contagion of distaste, hatred, and mockery."

There has been much written about Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" as a response to Mister Johnson, and one likes to think that Achebe would have written his novel even if he had not read Cary's.

The strangeness of seeing oneself distorted in literature and indeed of not seeing oneself at all was part of my own childhood. I grew up in the Nigerian university town of Nsukka in the 1980s, reading a lot of British children's books. My early writing mimicked the books I was reading: all my characters were white and all my stories were set in England. Then I read "Things Fall Apart." It was a glorious shock of discovery, as was "Arrow of God," which I read shortly afterwards; I did not know in a concrete way until then that people like me could exist in literature. Here was a book that was unapologetically African, that was achingly familiar, but that was, also, exotic because it detailed the life of my people a hundred years before. Because I was educated in a Nigerian system that taught me little of my pre colonial past, because I could not, for example, imagine with any accuracy how life had been organized in my part of the world in 1890, Achebe's novels became strangely personal. "Things Fall Apart" was no longer a novel about a man whose exaggerated masculinity and encompassing fear of weakness make it impossible for him to adapt to the changes in his society, it became the life my great grandfather might have lived. "Arrow of God" was no longer just about the British administration's creation of warrant chiefs, and the linked destinies of two men one an Igbo priest the other a British administrator it became the story of my ancestral hometown during my grandfather's time. "And No Longer at Ease" transcended the story of an educated young Nigerian struggling with the pressure of new urban expectations in Lagos, and became the story of my father's generation.

Later, as an adult confronting the portrayals of Africa in non African literature Africa as a place without history, without humanity, without hope and filled with that peculiar sense of defensiveness and vulnerability that comes with knowing that your humanity is seen as negotiable, I would turn again to Achebe's novels. In the stark, sheer poetry of "Things Fall Apart," in the humor and complexity of "Arrow of God," I found a gentle reprimand: Don't you dare believe other people's stories of you.

Considering the time and circumstances under which he wrote, perhaps Chinua Achebe sensed that his work would become, for a generation of Africans, both literature and history. He has written that he would be satisfied if his novels did no more than teach his readers that their past "was not one long night of savagery from which the first Europeans acting on God's behalf delivered them." He has, on occasion, adopted a somewhat anthropological voice in his fiction: "Fortunately among these people," we are told in "Things Fall Apart," "a man was judged according to his worth and not according to the worth of his father." But what is remarkable is that Achebe's art never sinks under this burden of responsibility. His criticism of the effects of colonialism on the Igbo is implicit, but so is his interrogation of the internal structure of Igbo society. When Nwoye, Okonkwo's son in "Things Fall Apart," breaks away from his family and community to join the Christians, it is a victory for the Europeans but also a victory for Nwoye, who finds peace and an outlet for deep disillusions he had long been nursing about his people's traditions. When a character says, "The White man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers and our clan can no longer act as one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart," the reader is aware that Achebe's vintage alhambra bracelet knock off narrative is as much about the knife as it is about the vulnerabilities, the internal complexities, the cracks that already existed.

Achebe writes spare, elegant sentences in English but it is a Nigerian English and often, more specifically, an Igbo English. All three novels are filled with direct translations from the Igbo, resulting in expressions like "still carrying breakfast" and "what is called 'the box is moving?'" as well as in laugh out loud lines, especially for an Igbo speaking reader, like "the white man whose father or mother nobody knows." It is, however, the rendition of proverbs, of speech, of manners of speaking, that elevate Achebe's novels into a celebration of language. In "Arrow of God," for example, Ezeulu eloquently captures his own cautious progressiveness when he tells his son whom he has decided to send to the missionary school: "I am like the bird eneke nti oba. When his friends asked him why he was always on the wing he replied: men of today have learnt to shoot without missing and so I have learnt to fly without perchingthe world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well you do not stand in one place."

Achebe takes his characters seriously but not too seriously; he finds subtly subversive ways to question them and even laugh at them, and he refuses to rescue them from their foibles. Okonkwo, perhaps the best known character in modern African writing in English, is the quintessential Strong Man, and is ruled by a profound fear that blinds him. His insecurities result in a relentless harshness and an extremist view of masculinity he is so terrified of being thought weak that he destroys a person he loves and yet the reader empathizes with his remorse, repressed as it is.

It is impossible, especially for the contemporary reader, not to be struck by the portrayal of gender in "Things Fall Apart," and the equating of weakness and inability with femaleness. More interesting, however, and perhaps more van cleef sweet alhambra bracelet knock off revealing, are the subtle ways in which Achebe interrogates this patriarchy: Okonkwo denigrates women and yet the child he most respects is his daughter Ezinma, the only character who dares to answer back to him and who happens to be confident and forthright in a way that his male children are not. My favorite part of the novel, and a small part indeed, is the love story of the old couple Ozoemena and Ndulue. When Ndulue dies, his wife Ozoemena goes to his hut to see his body and then goes into her own hut and is later found dead there. Okonkwo's friend Obierika recalls, "It was always said that Ndulue and Ozoemena had one mind. I remember when I was a young boy and there was a song about them. He could not do anything without telling her." This recollection troubles Okonkwo because, in his eyes, it casts doubts on Ndulue's authentic masculinity. He says, "I thought he was a strong man in his youth." The others agree that Ndulue was a strong man and had led the clan to war in those days. They do not see, as Okonkwo obviously does, a contradiction between the old man's greatness in the realm of masculinity and his mutually dependent relationship with his wife.

It is this rigidity of Okonkwo's, in addition to his uncompromising nature, his rashness, his excesses, for which the reader feels impatience. Yet, when placed in the context of the many small humiliations of the colonial encounter, his actions become worthy of empathy. The power structures of his society have been so easily overturned. Okonkwo is left struggling to understand a world in which the dignity he had always taken for granted has disappeared, in which elders are treated with scorn and he, proud warrior that he is, is flogged by agents of the District commissioner. The reader is moved to understand the helpless rage, and final violent actions, that are Okonkwo's response to the enormous, and perhaps baffling, political and economic power that came with Christianity and Colonialism. We are left, in the end, with an unforgettable tragic character: a man who is gravely flawed but who has also been gravely wronged.

Ezeulu, the character at the center of "Arrow of God," which remains my favorite novel, is both flawed and wronged like Okonkwo, and is also held captive by what he imagines his society expects of him. Unlike Okonkwo, a character who was clearly in Achebe's control, Ezeulu is wondrously unwieldy and his deep complexity lends "Arrow of God" much of its enduring power. I suspect that, as happens in the best fiction, Chinua Achebe did not have complete control over this character; ultimately the spirit of Ezeulu dictated how his story would be told. "Arrow of God" is told from the points of view of both Ezeulu and the British district commissioner Winterbottom; when the novel begins, the central event has already occurred, much like a Greek drama, and what Achebe explores is the aftermath. Ezeulu has testified against his own people in a land case with the neighboring town, because he is determined to speak the truth, and this action has earned him the respect of the district officer the as well as the ire of his local opponents. It will also act as a catalyst that added to Ezeulu's stubborness, his idealism, his pride will contribute to his tragic end.

Like "Things Fall Apart," "Arrow of God" shows the angry helplessness of people in the face of formalized European power: powerful men are treated with scorn by government agents, great men are flogged, the justice system is replaced by one the people do not understand and do not have a say in, and the internal dynamics of the society is turned around.

In "No Longer at Ease," however, this helplessness is replaced by something inchoate but less suffocating, because the terms have changed during the short lived optimism of independence. Obi, struggling with the pressures of the new Nigerian society, captures this change when he thinks of his boss the Englishman Mr. Green, who he is sure "loved Africa but only Africa of a certain kind: the Africa of Charles the messenger, the Africa of his gardenboy and stewardboy. In 1900 Mr Green might have ranked among the greatest missionaries, in 1935 he would have made do with slapping headmasters in the presence of their pupils, but in 1957 he could only curse and swear."

Achebe writes in the realist tradition and there are often traces of the autobiographical in his work. He was born in 1930 in the Igbo town of Ogidi, southeastern Nigeria. His parents were firm Christians but many of his relatives had retained the Igbo religion and so he grew up a witness to both sides of his heritage and, more importantly, a recipient of stories from both. Influences of his great uncle, a wealthy and important man who had allowed the first missionaries to stay in his compound but later asked them to leave because he found their music too sad, are obvious in "Things Fall Apart." He worked as a radio producer in Lagos in the 1950s and the details of this life film shows and clubs and bars, observing formerly expatriate clubs that were now admitting a few Nigerians give "No Longer at Ease" its verisimilitude. It was through a radio program that Achebe heard the story of an Igbo priest in a nearby town who, as a result of a number of events with the British administration, had postponed the sacred New Yam festival, which had never been done before. He decided to go and visit this town and the story inspired "Arrow of God."

All of Achebe's work is, in some way, about strong communitarian values, the use of language as collective art, the central place of storytelling and the importance of symbolic acts and objects in keeping a community together. This is debatable, but perhaps what Updike had understood was that Achebe was as much concerned with a person as he was with a people, an idea well captured in the proverb that a character in Arrow of God recites: "An animal rubs its itching flank against a tree, but a man asks his kinsman to scratch him."
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