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2. There are fences around London that are made from WWII medical stretchers. During the war Great Britain tore down fences and used the metal for the war effort then recycled the stretchers back into fences when the war ended. These fences still have the curved hand holders.
3. Stats on feet –
- 52 is the total number of bones in your two feet. That accounts for 25% of all the bones in your body.
- 40 is the age at which you may need to start shopping for larger shoes. Muscles, tendons and ligaments in the fee weaken with age causing your bones and the rest of your feet to spread out .
- 250,000 is the number of glands in your feet. (FYI they can secrete up to half a pint of sweat daily)
4. Your Smile – Research shows
- A big grin makes your face more memorable than a neutral expression does.
- Feedback sent to the brain by uplifted facial muscles and that includes a fake smile can ease anxiety.
- From a psychological perspective, a person who is smiling appears more trustworthy than a person who is either frowning or holding a neutral expression.
- According to Shawn Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage, by making smiling a part of our everyday practice, we help our brains create happiness loops that encourage more positive-thinking patterns.
- according to biochemist and artist Sondra Barrett. In her book, Secrets of Your Cells, Barrett explains how cells can distinguish between safety and danger, find and repair problems and create an overall sense of balance within the body.
5. Plants know then they are being eaten. There are certain plants like nasturtiums that emit toxins as a defense mechanism in response to the sounds of a caterpillars chewing – even when the sound is played as a recording . Who knows this discovery may someday help reduce the use of man-made pesticides.
This was sent to me via the Trustmartk Bank and thought it was worth passing this on as I believe it to be good advice to secure your online shopping experience.
Tips for Safe Online Shopping
There is good news and bad news for consumers that shop online or use a retailer’s custom mobile application.
The good news is there are plenty of available bargains online and through a retailer’s mobile app. Shopping has never been easier or more convenient. In fact, consumers are spending more than two hours per day on mobile apps.
The bad news is shopping online or with a mobile device has risks. Unscrupulous people attempt to take advantage of unwary shoppers. In the virtual world, it can be difficult to distinguish reputable retailers from criminals. Thieves can easily set up a fraudulent website or mobile app that appears to be a legitimate business and attempt to swindle you out of your sign-in credentials or credit card information.
Shopping online and via mobile apps requires special precautions:
Use familiar websites and only download apps from trusted enterprise app stores.
Use strong passwords. A complex password can be the best security defense you have.
Use a good anti-virus and anti-malware program. It is critical that online shoppers secure their devices from viruses and other attacks.
Share payment information only with known or reputable vendors.
Use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards can be the safer choice for online shopping—if someone manages to intercept your financial information online, they can do less damage, and you have more recourse than if you’d used a debit card.
Make sure the order checkout area is encrypted. Make sure the vendor uses SSL (secure socket layers) technology to encrypt information. Look for the URL that begins with “https:”; instead of “http:”.
Print or save a copy of your orders and keep it until you receive your product and verify the transaction on your monthly statement.
Buyer beware. If the offer looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Approaching online shopping with a little bit of skepticism can enable consumers to reap the benefits of convenience while limiting the exposure to security threats.
I found this article on a fox news and Not only was I very interested as I am a Qantas member I am sure there are plenty of Qantas flyers would like to know the best way to use their points and not be screwed.
I personally have been very disillusioned with Qantas in the past couple of years as a Member of the Qantas Club for many years and fly internationally usually 2-3 times a year I find they are trying in nature and greedy in business and really don’t give ‘Two Hoots” for their passengers. I have a friend that had spent 24,000 dollars on tickets from Australia to their wedding in Amsterdam only to be charged close to a hundred dollars on her return and to a domestic flight of Qantas, 70 dollars for overweight baggage which was only just over the limit. I have had the same experience, they change the baggage rules randomly and we as passengers pay the penalty for our ignorance I guess you could say. I have written to them only to get a rather insulting “sorry for the inconvenience” in other words you need to just “suck” it up. My bag was 21kgs and I was told that I was 1KG overweight. I always believed the maximum weight was 22kgs so I thought I had plenty to spare.
So readers be aware that your international allowable weight for your bags does not carry on to your domestic flight with Qantas. Even if you have just travelled 20 hours. They “JUST DON’T CARE”.
So when I read this article I thought I would pass it on as we need to know the best way to spend our Qantas Flying points.
This article originally published by Australian Business Traveller
Having earned a stack of Qantas frequent flyer points from flying or using your credit card for your everyday purchases, you’ll want to get the best value out of them.
But it might surprise you to learn that this ‘points value’ can range anywhere from barely half a cent through to a much more impressive six cents, depending on how and where you use those points.
See also: Which frequent flyer scheme should you join?
So if you’ve got 10,000 Qantas Points on hand, they would be worth as little as $50 or as much as $600 – and naturally you’d be eager to avoid the ‘chump change’ end of the spectrum.
With that in mind, here are the three worst ways you can possibly use your points. If any of these strategies sound familiar to you, it’s time for a re-think.
1. Shopping for goods at the Qantas Store
You can trade Qantas Points for an array of products at the online Qantas Store, but you’ll be saddled with a terrible ‘exchange rate’ in terms of the actual purchasing power of your points.
Take a latte-friendly De’Longhi Nespresso U Milk machine, for example. It can be yours for 42,010 Qantas Points at the Qantas Store, or $299 in real money at retail stores. This translates to each of those points having a real-world ‘value’ of 0.71c.
Of course, when you’re shopping around at brick-and-mortar stores or online you’ll find prices well below retail – the same Nespresso machine is sold through several brand-name retailers around the $230 mark – and there’s always room to haggle and even price-match.
Tempted by a new iPhone 6s? That’ll be 222,180 Qantas Points (128GB model) at the Qantas Store or $1379 at the Apple Store, delivering an even lower 0.62c of real value for each Qantas Point.
2. Book your next hotel stay
Airline frequent flyer points never stretch as far on the ground as they do in the air, and redeeming Qantas Points for hotel bookings is no exception.
Using dates in mid-January, we found a two-night stay at the Sofitel So Singapore selling for $934 via the Qantas Hotels website when paying with real money…
… but switch the payment method to ‘points’ on the same nights and you’ll be asked for 145,493 Qantas Points to cover the same:
That again puts the return from each frequent flyer point at around 0.64c – even less than that Nespresso machine you were eyeing off!
As the number of Qantas Points needed for a free hotel night is also pegged against the actual price of the room, there’s also no way of knowing how many points you’ll need for a stay until it’s time to book, by which time the cash price, and therefore the points cost, may have changed again.
3. Book your next flight in economy
Using Qantas Points to book travel in economy has never been a great way to use them as the cash amount you’ll also be asked to pay in taxes, fees and airline surcharges can often approach, and sometimes exceed, the price of simply booking your flight during a cut-price sale.
Qantas has improved this somewhat by lowering the number of points needed to fly in economy on many international routes by roughly 10 per cent and the associated carrier charges by 15-40 per cent, with a return trip from Sydney to Singapore now billed at 56,000 Qantas Points and $294.68 in fees.
Compare that to a recent Qantas sale which offered return Sydney-Singapore flights for $599 outright, and each of those 56,000 points kicks in 0.54c of value towards an ultimate cash saving of $304.32.
You’ll find a little more value when cash fares are higher yet frequent flyer award seats are still available at the same cost – such as stretching 1.6c per point when booking a trip that otherwise flight that other sells for $1200 – but the real value of points very much remains at the pointy end.
Upgrades (especially from business class to first class between Sydney/Melbourne and London), a round the world business class ticket and even an indulgent first class flight on an Emirates Airbus A380 from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Auckland will all deliver better value for your points!
This article originally published by Australian Business Traveller
There is now great concern over the overuse of antibiotics on animals such as pork, beef, and chicken also Turkey.
Today, most meat sold in the US (beef, pork, chicken, turkey, etc.) is raised in a CAFO.
It’s a corporate-controlled system characterized by large-scale, centralized, low profit-margin production, processing, and distribution systems, built around efficiency — producing more for less.
There has been an emergence of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) which has been affecting babies and other diseases in adult humans
In other words to be safe it may need you to change your shopping habits when buying food products for your family especially if you are pregnant.
Organic, grass-fed, and finished meat that is humanely raised and butchered is really about the only type of meat that is healthy to eat.
So when looking for antibiotic-free meat, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the various labels currently in use, as some are useful, while others can be downright deceptive
If you go to The FoodRoutes site “Find Good Food” map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSA’s, and markets near you.
This is a chart from the site of Dr Mercola
I am always looking for new ideas to save money and I enjoy sharing these with you. While I was in New Zealand I found this magazine called “GOOD – simple choices for a simple life”. It had some great ideas and it seems that we are now looking for a simple life with no worries and terrible debt. We can do it, we can make the sacrifices, we can also enjoy life at the same time. That is very important.
I have just finished an e-book called 1001 simple saving tips and suggestions and I hope to have it online by the end of August.
This is my second book (The other book is “Simply Fantastic – Living Better On Less)on a similar subject but this book just lists of the savings you can make without all the dialogue. Simple and easy way to learn what you can save on and keep on saving till you are out of “debt”. Getting everyone out of debt is my aim. As for the country we have to leave that to the politicians who are not making such a good job of it at the moment and that is why we have to take our own lives into our own hands.
Here are some saving suggestions that I believe beneficial to you.
Throw away your catalogues
Put a “No Junk Mail” on your letterbox. The challenge of constantly being bombarded with advertising can be very challenging for “Will Power”.
Spend Winter Nights Together
I know it’s not winter yet and everybody is sweating with the heat but here is a thought. Heating the whole house is very expensive. Shut the doors of rooms like the bathrooms, toilets, unused rooms, laundry and keep the warm in one area where the family can read, watch tv, play games together.
Try to reduce Waste
I know the present time is not like the “Big Depression” but it is not to say we can’t go there again and times are tough for many people now and I believe will get a little tougher. In the great depression households wasted nothing. Brown paper bags were kept for further use, fruit was preserved, toothpaste was put through the wringer to get out the last drop. Even rubber bands were put away for a purpose. Try thinking about what we are disposing of. Maybe we could use that little bit of honey left in the jar or sauce in the sauce bottle.
Everything can be used twice
Using something twice is an age-old practice. In the 40’s everything was used twice. Packing cases were painted and covered and used for side tables. I have seen some and they look great, you would never know. Powder puffs were used as shoe polishes. Cloth napkins washed and reused rather than disposable napkins which are loses the personal touch to a meal.
Don’t use shopping as recreation
Once upon a time recreation was playing cards, cricket or football in the back yard or swimming in the local pool or river or even fishing. It seems that today the recreation is going to the local mall having some “retail therapy”. Not a good idea. Almost a 100% of the time you will buy something and usually it is something that you really do not need. Try staying at home and fixing what is “Broke” instead of replacing it. Be creative, be inventive.
Use the fresh air cure
Today we are so busy doing what we do we forget the one thing that makes us feel good, keeps us in good health and more tranquil. “Fresh Air”. Take a few minutes each day just to walk outside and breathe that air, stand in that sun, feel that air around you. In the weekend have a dig around in the garden for an hour or two in the sun. Make time for your friends, have them around for coffee, it will make them relax also and have a joke or two. Keep the conversation light.
This therapy in itself will help keep away anxiety, trips to the doctor because of bad health, keeps you in touch with your friends, family, and yourself.
This has been proved to me over and over. Many times I have chosen an item for its price not quality and it has come back to bite me. If you need to buy an item for yourself or household choose quality not because it is cheaper. It could cost you more in the end. necessary items like pots and pans, it is better to pay that extra few dollars for better quality because you know you will get more years out of that product than the cheaper one and often made of healthier materials. The same goes for clothing. Buy classic styles that will last in fashion, not something that will be fashionable this week and probably you will not get as much wear out of it and in some cases not look as good.
I love grocery shopping, probably because I actually like cooking, so for me shopping is like an adventure and love looking for new products. I try to stay with wholesome, healthy food and the basic stuff is usually as close to natural and nutritious as I can find.
Two things I always make sure I do before I go shopping is ( a) I have is a shopping list, so I don’t venture too far off the mark and (b) have a sandwich before I go so I don’t go hungry and tempted to buy more than I need on overpriced, unhealthy food for a quick bite, because I am starving hungry.
Here is a list of the staple food that I consider a healthy choice when I go to the supermarket.
BREAD – Sourdough, rye, spelt and mountain bread (Paper thin bread, Saj or markouk, meaning “stretched ” or “patted”, simple bread of Hunza people of Northern Pakistan and the Sardinians from Italy)
WHITE CHEESES – Goats cheese and feta as opposed to processed cheese in plastic.
FROZEN VEGETABLES – Not as good as fresh of course but perfectly healthy and very convenient for the busy cook of the house.
MILK – If you or anyone in the family are allergic to cow’s milk choose oat or rice milk.
SAUCES – Choose Worcestershire, tamari and mustard instead of salty soya sauce, barbecue, tomato and sweet chilli.
WHOLEGRAINS – Choose brown rice instead of white and wholemeal pasta. So you want gluten-free? go for quinoa.
MEAT – Organic is preferable but of course more expensive. Stay away from processed and pressed meats.
TOFU – Not everyone’s choice especially not my husbands. It is packed with protein and fibre. Non meat eaters love it. Try it on your meat free day.
CRACKERS – I love these, you can have a lot of healthy choices, when it comes to what goes on them. Go for the whole grain, corn, rice or spelt.
Always be aware of what goes in your shopping trolley. Read the labels and stay away from excessive trans fats, saturated fats, sodium and sugar and any other ingredient you don’t understand or has a number.
Frugal and healthy eating!
I found this article on the “Fox News” website this morning, so you could say this is “Hot off the Press”.
I had a look at the site Govsales.com I was amazed, this site sells Houses, International property, trucks, cars, aviation and Marine stuff. Not so much in the clothing or sporting gear but there are top end watches and jewellery and a lot of other things for offer.
This is the article from the Fox website
Bargain Shopping? Visit Uncle Sam’s Really Odd Online Warehouse
By Jeremy A. Kaplan
Published November 30, 2010
If you missed out on Cyber Monday, there’s still lots of time to get a great discount at Crazy Uncle Sam’s Online Retail Outlet, where the discounts are as big as the tax code is complicated.
Thanks to several websites sponsored or sanctioned directly by the U.S. government, consumers can help drive down the debt by taking advantage of great prices on government surplus — including everything from old NASA tape recorders to an aircraft service truck to a 4,000-square-foot office complex in Burma.
That’s right, it’s a fire sale — and everything in the U.S. government’s warehouses must go, go, go!
Crazy Uncle Sam’s Online Retail Outlet offers a plethora of government-run auctions of old items, including cars, boats, computers, machinery and even clothing. And all you have to do is point and click at GovSales.gov, the official retail arm of the White House, part of the Federal Asset Sales Presidential e-Government initiative.
The goal of the site is to make available surplus, seized and forfeited items — meaning you’ll find a great deal on that vehicle of your dreams, if you’ve been dreaming of an International Harvester people mover (just $2,000!) or a 1990 refueling truck by the Osh Kosh corporation.
Sure, there are plenty of normal cars, such as this Dodge Ram pickup selling for just under $9,000. Or even this 2006 Buick Lacrosse — no body damage or bullet holes! But when you’re shopping with Uncle Sam, why buy normal? Get a golf cart, if it makes you feel good. The site has tons of them. Or better yet, something unique: an aircraft service truck, perhaps? Not only will the Joneses have to keep up with you for a change . . . we promise you’ll never have a hard time finding it in the parking lot.
Buying goods from the government is more or less as easy as buying them on eBay, since most items are standard auctions with bidding histories, minimum bids and reserve prices. But you won’t find a “Buy It Now” option, and free shipping and overnight delivery are out of the question. If you buy, say, a used a NASA shredder from Cape Canaveral, you’ll most likely have to travel to Florida to pick it up.
GovSales.gov also hosts a variety of bizarre seized goods — medical equipment from Iowa and Tennessee, for example. Looking for a used examination table? We have what you’re looking for! How about an X-ray machine? It’s a steal at $275. Hopefully, it wasn’t stolen in the first place, although you never know …
And if you’re all about location, location, location, it’s the international real estate section where the assortment of stuff really shines. Why not use the buying power of the American dollar and the long reach of Uncle Sam to buy yourself a nice looking house in Bulgaria? Uncle Sam’s sold out in South and Central Asia, meaning there are no Uzbekistan bungalows on the market today. But if you act quickly, there’s a 4,000-square-foot office complex in Burma that can be all yours.
Why would the government own such a place? At these prices, who cares?
Want the perfect little getaway? Somewhere warm, on the ocean perhaps? The government has some beautiful property in Bolivia, not to mention what it terms an “executive residence” for sale in Kingston, Jamaica, on four acres of well manicured lawn. Sounds lovely, no? Just don’t pry into the former owner’s affairs. He may have shot the sheriff.
Other sites have plenty of government-owned excess to unload as well. GovLiquidation.com is one of the biggest, with the tech gadgets and goodies you’ve been wasting time looking for on Best Buy, NewEgg.com and others. There don’t appear to be any new computers available, but Uncle Sam does have 10 pallets of office supplies from Oklahoma City for sale, including Xerox ink, HP toner, and an embossing machine — of course.
Need a new Digital camera? GovLiquidation has a wealth of those, including zoom lenses and Polaroid and Fuji digital cameras. Get ’em while they’re hot . . . and hope they’re not too hot; no one likes buying stolen goods.
Keep in mind that Uncle Sam has been tightening his belt — and you’ll find it for sale in the Textiles and Clothing category. And we’ll be thinking of you while you shop . . . from the open seas, that is. This seized cigarette boat won’t drive itself.