Driving Theory Test

A well-established online testing center generally offers candidates a variety of multiple choice tests to familiarize them with the format, style of questions and answers featuring in the DVLA exam. Candidates can take their time to review sample DVLA theory questions to prepare themselves sufficiently for a good pass. Two or three practices on the multiple choice test section should be enough to prepare the candidate to pass with flying colors; more test samples can be readily available from established car theory testing centers or their websites. Candidates for a driving license need to pass the road signs and hazard perception tests besides the multiple choice test for the DVLA exam. These sections can be familiarized with frequent practices of sample questions made available by approved and experienced testing centers. Theory testing Established theory testing web centers can reduce the stress and hassle in passing any vehicle theory test as they provide free practices on similar theory exams to the official test. Updated DVLA tests are posted on these websites to benefit candidates for a better pass instead of depending on old theory test questions sold on DVDs in the market. Theory test for driving tests includes knowing the road signs used in a particular country. There can be a few hundred different road signs which a candidate must be familiar with before sitting for the test; these include warning road signs, motorway road signs and information road signs. A safe and good driver needs to be familiar with all these before plying the road to safeguard self and other road users as well as public property.

One of the major events during our teenage years will be learning to drive and ultimately passing a practical and a driving theory test. This gives so much freedom and independence to our lives. It gives young adults the ability to go to college or university without relying on public transport or parents and the freedom to get a job away from the area that we live some interesting facts and figures about our roads. Reports say that there are over 30 million registered cars in the UK and over the last 20 years the number of registered cars has risen by over 35%. There are over 45 million people that hold a full license to be able to drive in the UK, but the queen is not one of them as she does not need a license to drive. In the UK the legal age we can obtain a full driving license is at the age of 17. You can apply for a provisional license from the age of 15 years and 9 months. Each year 1.6 million people take the practical test of which 43% pass and over 52% of people pass their theory exam. That is over half a million new drivers every year.

If you want to enjoy a safe and hassle-free journey within the boundaries of your state as well as abroad, it is mandatory to possess a valid driving license. It is a legal requirement. For those who do not have a license to ply the road, it is easy to acquire one by answering a short a test. Although this examination may differ from country to country, most are divided into two sections. It includes a road test and a theory test. Before the practical, one is usually required to take the theory test. This is the first hurdle a potential driver has to overcome. Many ask why so much importance is given to the theory paper instead of the practical. The reason is simple. Learning how to control a vehicle will not guarantee a safe drive alone; you also need to know the rules of the road.

Intensive training courses can also be completed. This involves studying and practicing the practical side within a much smaller time frame, usually within a week. This form of learning is not as common. The UK theory side of obtaining a driving license can be learnt at home, previously studying a book on the highway code was the way to learn. However since the early years there have been advances in learning material. Now with the aid of a smartphone or computer you can now learn on line with practice tests and online resources. This way you know that you can achieve the pass mark required.

Source by Shishir Aggarwal

Yeezys and Sneakers – Shoe Shopper’s Delight

A complete outfit stands to be an integral part of any human life. But whether we ever needed to consider what we mean by a complete outfit? Perfectly suited clothing for the occasion could easily be referred to as a complete outfit for that moment.

But is it necessary to follow the rules of dressing? What are the different accessories related to an outfit? All these questions need to answered. Just imagine wearing jeans for an important interview not a good idea. And that too not with formal shoes, just like spoiling it with your attire.

The attire, followed by the person in his/her life very well defines his/her mindset and way of living life. Certainly, each accessory of the outfit be it shirt, t-shirt, jeans, trousers, watch, shoes etc hold their respective importance, but shoes are the sight to behold if worn with a sense of dressing.

Different Types of Shoes-

With changing times, trends related to the design, importance and usability of shoes have certainly changed. Olden times include the continuous use of leather shoes in normal life, social life and professional life too.

But now a days, shoes have categories too. Be it formal shoes, party wear, casual shoes and many more. The most famous of these are the sneakers and formal shoes. The reason behind their popularity stands to be their usability, comforts and many more things.

Formal shoes have a great usage in daily life of professional persons as they prefer to wear them with great ease and also their suitability with the dress of the office timings make them the most preferred choice of professionals.

But imagine going to shopping or some other leisure event with these formal shoes is not a pleasure sight both for the person himself and other around him.

Sneakers and Yeezys-

Sneakers and yeezys are a part of the casual shoes category. These are the type of shoes which very well revolutionized the world of shoes with their design, ease of wearing, compatibility and use. Almost all the famous brands be it Addidas, Nike, Jordan and many more have started to manufacture them.

And to the much awaited surprise, they have paid well off to their manufacturers with their rising popularity day by day. With much affordable cost they are the best pick for today’s generation individuals as well as the older generation too.

The most important part of their popularity stands to be the comforts in them. One could wear them on any occasion of his/her choice with almost all the dressing outfits just due to their compatibility in a special effort of their design.

Also, today, many famous celebrities started to be put in collaboration with famous companies for a new category of sneakers i.e., yeezys. Sneakers are of many type be its high end, higher ankle and lower ankle. Depending upon the choice of individuals they serve to their best use.

With a change in design they also needed to be taken special care of.

Source by Shalini Madhav

Why I Became A Big Gay Rock Star

As our annual celebrations of gay pride approach, you might give some thought to what pride means to you. I recently participated in a group meeting of gay professionals who asked if there even was such a thing as gay pride, and if so, what was it? Though we celebrate pride in group festivals and parades, what pride means to each person is often very personal.

In 2011, I toured the Midwest as a gay rock and roll solo artist. I performed at six pride festivals in five weeks. Just me, my electric guitar and backing tracks, and high energy rock and roll songs I had written and collected about pride, self-esteem, fun and hot men. It is reputed that Led Zeppelin got their name after being told their sound would go over like a lead balloon. In that sense, I had the delivery down pat because that was exactly how my sets went down. Audiences, to quote Iron Maiden, ran to the hills.

I had expected a reaction like this after years of observing bar after bar, festival after festival, showcase the latest in lip-synching drag performers, and DJ’s mixing it up in 4/4 time. More power to them, but tres cliché for a community that celebrates diversity. So I was ready to play out loud to the empty sidewalk, to deliver my stage banter to blades of grass and crickets (though the crickets would not be heard over the tones of a Marshall amp). Was this defeatist attitude setting me up for failure? Not at all.

When I was a kid playing vinyl records of KISS, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, and the Rolling Stones among others, I wanted the ability to create the kind of sonic power they had. At the same time, a new wave of hard rock dominated the music scene simultaneously with my passage into puberty and the subsequent realization of my attraction to the fairer sex — which for me was the samer sex. My inner urges did not align with the gratuitous flaunting of “girls, girls, girls” in the hard rock I loved.

Besides my inner urges, my outer self could not pull off being in a band. With glasses, braces, a gangly frame and no access to an electric guitar or lessons, I couldn’t yet imagine a world outside of my rural Florida home town where I could pursue a life in the world of rock music. I had very little in the way of self-esteem or self-assurance. A campaign promising “it gets better” might have given me a glimmer of hope, but that was for another generation yet to come.

What I realize today is that the sonic qualities of the music I loved evoked a sense of power that was very entrancing to someone who felt powerless. When I came of age and went to the bars, I could not relate to the robotic repetition of the dance music beats in the clubs, which for me elicited a detached trance rather than the gutsy, ballsy swagger of rock and roll derived from the blues. Psychologically, it could be translated as the difference between archetypal masculine and feminine energies. I was absolutely attracted to the masculine, as someone seeking outer empowerment might be.

To many people, it’s enough to buy your favorite music and listen to it. For me, I was totally engaged and connected to the sound, and wanted to create it with my own hands. This might be what made the overblown caricatures of rock hetero-sexism so unnerving for me. It’s at least no wonder that finding other gay guys who liked this music could be so difficult. However, I had entrained to the sound, not unlike how the blues moved the souls of oppressed slaves in the American south.

With the advent of the internet, the search was on to find any signs of gay musical life that could exist off of the dance floor. Indeed there was hope, though nothing that resembled the bombast I was seeking. One true inspiration was a handsome gentleman from Oklahoma. Sid Spencer had three classic country albums under his giant belt buckle. Here was someone flying the rainbow flag in what was another hostile musical landscape at the time. Sid was doing it, and so could I. It was my job, indeed my birthright, to create my music my way. My sound: guitars and more electric guitars. My songs: men loving men in all possible ways. My tagline: a double-entendre to horrify the moral establishment.

Over three years, I recorded an album in my basement that reflected my experience of having each foot in two worlds that no one thought could reconcile. I was laughed at for being gay by the rock and roll crowd. I was laughed at by gays for being rock and roll. Now, no one’s opinion mattered except mine. With this album, I would stand in my own skin, my own identity, and my own power.

Like most artists, I’m probably the most critical of the finished product. I did the best that as I was able with the time, money, resources and skill that I had. Apparently that was good enough to get six festival bookings: something my teenaged-self would have never thought possible. Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Columbus, Minneapolis, Cincinnati: I was a rock and roll road show!

Whether or not you attend a pride festival this summer, give a thought to how you show up with pride in the world. Pride can be the hubris to flip off the people who said you were nothing, the courage to stand in your own shoes, the passion to express your greatest truth, or the coming together of strong people in camaraderie. All of the above put me on the road to being a big gay rock star, even if I’m the only one who ever noticed. I didn’t matter if no one else showed up. What matters is that I showed up.

Source by Steven Reeder

Ramayana By Valmiki Is Not Just A Legend

When we were children our noted film maker Mr. Ramanand Sagar launched his opus magnum Ramayana on Indian television and during those days color Television was a novelty in every household and, though under strict government control, the televisions had a limited number of channels. This teleserial was aired in the evening prime time slot and we clearly remember that we would not shift anywhere during that hour and would watch Ramayana with rapt attention. As a child I remember reading the unabridged Ramayana and it had taken me about a month to finish that epic. By the time I had reached the last chapters I had forgotten the intricate details of the earlier chapters.

Every Indian either living in India or anywhere else in this world knows about Ramayana and the Mahabharata. In India it is every fathers dream to have a son like Rama every brothers dream to have a brother like Lakshman, every wife’s dream to have a husband like Rama. This epic or the Legend has a profound effect in the Indian psyche. The other great epic is Mahabharata,( about which I have written in my earlier article titled “Dwarka and Mahabharata” ) where there is a mention about Ramayana. Mahabharata was an event that had occurred about 5300 years BC which means about 7000years before present. Therefore Ramayana is an event which precedes Mahabharata and that would also mean that Ramayana is 7000 years before present.

Rich in its descriptions and poetic language, it consists of seven books or Kandas and 24,000 couplets and has been translated into many languages. The seven “kandas” of Ramayana are: “Bal Kanda”, the boyhood section; “Ayodhya Kanda”, Rama’s life in Ayodhya, until his banishment; “Aranya Kanda”, Rama’s life in the forest and Sita’s abduction by Ravana; “Kishkindha Kanda”, Rama’s stay at Kishkindha, the capital of his monkey ally, Sugriva; “Sundara Kanda”, Rama’s passage to Sri Lanka; “Yuddha Kanda” or “Lanka Kanda”, Rama’s battle with Ravana, the recovery of Sita, and return to Ayodhya; and “Uttara Kanda”, the section narrating Rama’s life in Ayodhya as king, the birth of his two sons, Sita’s test of innocence and return to her mother, and Rama’s demise or “jala samadhi”. The Ramayana tells of the birth and education of RAMA, (q.v.), a prince and the seventh incarnation of the god VISHNU, (q.v.), and recounts his winning of the hand of Sita in marriage. Displaced as rightful heir to his father’s throne, Rama goes into exile, accompanied by Sita and by his brother Lakshmana. Sita is carried off by the demon king Ravana. With the aid of the monkey general Hanuman and an army of monkeys and bears, Rama, after a long search, slays Ravana and rescues Sita. Rama regains his throne and rules wisely. In the probable addition, Sita is accused in rumors of adultery during her captivity. Although innocent, she bears Rama’s twin sons in exile, sheltered by the hermit Valmiki, said to be the author of the poem. After many years Rama and Sita are reunited.

The first thing that sets us thinking about the legend ,not being a legend but could be a true story is the fact that Ravana abducts sita and takes her in an aerial vehicle called the pushpak rath. Question is if we all say that this was a figment of Valmiki’s imagination then how did Valmiki imagine a   flying  object which could transport humans over great distance? Imagining something which you have never seen before is impossible, and cannot happen. Let us say that you are told to imagine a very ferocious and blood thirsty beast then we would probably put a face of a fire emanating dragon, as we have seen visuals of a dragon, then we would probably put a body of a tyrannosaurus as we know and have seen tyrannosaurus. In short we have seen everything and we have taken parts of those to create a new thing. So Puspak rath was a type of an aerial vehicle and its mention in the epic, makes the epic somewhat of a reality.

The second thing that comes to my mind is the very fact that the monkey soldiers had to built a bridge to connect the southern India with Lanka ( In Ramayana Sri Lanka was known as Lanka ) which means Sri Lanka was separated from the Indian subcontinent. Dr Glen Milne of Durham University is one of the world’s leading expert in the cutting edge science of “inundation mapping”. They use a very powerful computer program to calculate the complex variables to produce accurate models of ancient shorelines at a chosen date and a chosen locality. He has done a fantastic work on the Indian shoreline from 21300 years ago to 4800 years BC. One can see the comparative pictures in the book titled Underworld by Graham Hancock. Sri Lanka was attached with the Indian subcontinent till 10600 years before present. It completely separated from the Indian subcontinent by 4800 years BC. We know that Mahabharata was an event some 5300 BC ie 7000 Before present and Ramayana precedes Mahabharata therefore Ramayana could have occurred before 7000 years before present. Also to make a land bridge between India and Sri Lanka ( between Gulf of Mannar and Palk Straight ) was a daunting task as the length was 48 Km The Encyclopedia Britannica says it was once the world’s largest tombolo ? a sandbar connecting an island to another island or the mainland ? The existence of the bridge obviously cannot be denied! However to what extent there was manual intervention in connecting the gaps between the shoals, islands and rocks is a subject for detailed marine archaeological and geological research. This kind of research has never been carried out nor has any team been constituted so far. However, there is enough evidence about the existence as well as the use of this bridge in ancient Indian history, literature and travelogues etc.

Maharishi Valmiki has recorded in his Ramayan- (Yuudh Kand, sarg 22 and shlokas 45-73) that Shri Rama’ s army constructed a bridge over the sea between Rameswaram and Sri Lanka. Valmiki has narrated in detail that originally Shri Rama’s army camped in Kodikarai but found that place unsuitable for constructing the bridge. Therefore, the entire army was shifted to Rameswaram. Research was carried out by Shri Ram for three days to find out a suitable location in the sea for constructing the land route so that the army could cross over to Sri Lanka. Finally, the suitable location was identified. Shri Nal was a famous shilpakar, who had the expertise similar to that of Vishwakarma in constructing the bridges, was requested to construct the bridge. ( 6/22/45).

After carrying out the survey, Nal declared that a bridge can indeed be constructed. The armymen of Shri Ram utilized various tools and implements for uprooting trees like Taar, coconut, mango, ashoka, bakul etc., and with the help of various yantras transported these trees, stones, and rocks to the seashore. Shilpakar Nal directed the armymen to stand with long ropes/chains on either side and filled the space in between with creepers, trees, stones and rocks and bound them together. The construction of Ramsetu was completed in five days by connecting the existing land route consisting of islands, rocks and shoals. This bridge was being used as land route between India and Sri Lanka for thousands of years, though sometimes part of it was submerged under the seawater. King Asoka’ s son Mahendra and daughter Sanghamitra had used this bridge to go to Sri Lanka more than 2,300 years back.

The ancient Indians had an accurate method of time measurement. They regularly and systematically recorded the `tithis’, days marked according to the phases of the Moon, the months, the seasons, solstices, equinoxes and the positions of astrologically relevant luminaries like the Sun, the Jupiter, the Venus, and so on. In other words, the timings of events were recorded in the astronomical format. To convert this coded information on heavenly positions into a simple calendrical timeline, all that is needed is a database of ephemeris. Sage Valmiki, the celebrated composer of the Ramayana records the birth of Rama in Uttarayana (the Divine Half-year), in the Chaitra month, in the bright fortnight, on the ninth day, in the Punarvasu nakshatra, on a Monday, and under Karka lagna. Valmiki further details the birth with various planetary positions in the zodiac : Sun in Mesha at 10 deg., Mars in Capricorn at 28 degree, Jupiter in Cancer at 5 deg., Venus in Pisces at 27 deg. and Saturn in Libra at 20 deg. These starry configurations are so unique that they have occurred only once so far in measurable history and this helps us to fix the important date, the birthday of Rama, as the 4th of December, 7323 BC. Due to the slow yet continuous precession of the Earth, Rama’s birthday anniversary, celebrated as Ram Navami, has since shifted by about four months over a period of about 9300 years.

Valmiki further has beautifully described the sky (Ayodhya 41/10), when Rama left for forest exile. He states, “Crux (Trishankhu), Mars, Jupiter and Mercury have cornered the Moon. Vaishakha and Milky Way are shining in the sky”. Crux is on line with Hasta (Corvus) on the southern side. On the eastern side of Hasta, there are Chitra, Swati and Vishakha. As seen earlier, Mars was at 303 deg. in Dhanishta. Calculations show that Jupiter was in Poorvashadha at 251 deg. Pushya was at the western horizon with the setting Moon. On the southern side, from the west to the east, all the other planets were situated. So poetically Valmiki describes the sketch as if the Moon was cornered by the planets. The description of the sky, 17 years after the birth-date of Rama, is perfect astronomically. By doing such astronomical calculations backwards following are the dates of few events from the Ramayana:

Rama’s Birth Date 4th December 7323 B.C

Rama-Seeta Married 7th April 7307 B.C

Rama Exiled 29th November 7306 B.C.

Hanuman enters Lanka 1st September 7292 B.C

Hanuman meets Seeta 2nd September 7292 B.C.

Seetu (Bridge) built 26-30th Oct. 7292 B.C on the ocean

The War begins 3rd November 7292 B.C

Kumbhakarna is killed 7th November 7292 B.C.

Ravana is killed by Rama 15th November 7292 B.C.

Rama returns to Ayodhya 6th December 7272 B.C.

Thus Ramayana was not just a mere legend but a historical document of an highly civilized, scientifically oriented, (the people mentioned had the capacity to do research carry out mega projects and had all the advanced war equipments ) civilization that existed some 9000 years before present and if that be so then here was a civilization which preceded all known civilization of the world. Though Epic mentioned Bows and Arrows, do they remind us of hand-held or shoulder fired missiles? Perhaps, yes. The Epic narrates arrows that could chase, change path and direction and always close in on the enemy. The modern weapons are aiming precisely at this. A reminder of heat-tracing missiles? Naga Paanam (Naga meaning snake and Paanam meaning weapon) which could kill a person if remedial course is not administered immediately. We are now reminded of some of the chemical weapons used now. Paasa Paanam (Passa meaning that which could tie and Paanam meaning weapon). These were used to immobilize people temporarily. Immediately our mind goes to stun grenades. These are some of the weapons that were used in the war between Rama and Ravana.

Source by Amlan Roychowdhury

Wholesale Craft Show Do’s and Don’ts – Tips for Artists

This is a companion piece to my article, “Fine Craft Wholesale Shows: A Review of the Philadelphia Buyer’s Market Visiting Artists Program,” also on this site.

In June, 2006 I attended the Philadelphia Buyer’s Market of American Craft Visiting Artists Program. The presenters offered lots of wisdom and nuts-and-bolts tips on wholesaling for artists just starting out in the wholesale market. Here are a few of the golden nuggets I picked up:

Craft consultant Bruce Baker and gallery owner Nancy Marcoe suggested finding markets not just at craft shows, but also at professional association conventions and special interest shows – anywhere potential customers may be. To keep on top of trends, watch TV commercials and subscribe to three magazines – such as Real Simple, W Magazine, and Vanity Fair – just to look at the pictures: “The trail to the market is through trends.”

Common markup for galleries is 2.2 to 3, especially in higher rent areas. Your wholesale prices should reflect that. Tell customers that if a line doesn’t work for them, they can trade it back. While a grouping of your work might sell well, the last stranded three will likely sit there forever, said Baker. Rather than let those pieces wend their way into the “Sale” basket, why not offer to trade them for fresh inventory with new designs?

Inside your shipping box, pack a list of selling points for the sales staff (along with a couple of chocolate truffles). The staff will get instant sales training tailored to your work when they put your pieces on display.

In a tough economy, artists are smart to have low price points as well as high. To keep artists’ production costs down, lower priced pieces should require very little finishing.

One benefit to wholesaling over retailing is the relative ease with which one can build a national reputation (“The banks will love it, and so will Mom and Dad,” said Baker).

Baker also touched upon key operational strategies – from sourcing inventory (“Play hardball with your suppliers”) to shipping (“Keep all promises”). Merchant card services have phased out the “proforma” method of order taking. Today, all you need to do is take the customer’s credit card number and run it through when you ship.

Good contracts are vital to operations, noted Judie Raiford of Raiford Gallery. “Don’t leave anything to chance.” Fulfilling your responsibilities is paramount: “Deliver on time, and deliver what you promise.” Spread out your work across the country. “Don’t be in two galleries within emotional distance from one another,” said Raiford.

Omit contact information from your “care cards” (the information cards passed out to customers). Gallery owners bristle at the idea of customers using their space as glamorous showrooms for your online store. I heard this message repeatedly during the weekend: If you’re trying to wholesale and you have shopping cart capability on your website, you will be shunned.

Wendy Rosen explained that multiple revenue streams are often a must for artists. Think about selling some production pieces under a separate company name (a la Dale Chihuli’s Portland Press sidelines), writing books, and developing specialized products for narrower markets. For example, at the National Baptist Convention there’s a market just for fancy hats, selling for $1,000 each.

Source by Alice Horrigan

Different Types of Sports


Football is a very popular competitive team sport. The object of this game is to score more points than the other team. You can score points various ways like carrying the ball over the goal line, running with the ball over the goal line, catching a pass while standing behind the goal line and many more ways. Whoever has the most points wins the game. The ball is an oval shaped ball. The game is played on a grass field that is 360 feet by 160 feet. The field is separated by many lines for game play. Each team typically plays with 11 players each on the field.


Another competitive team played sport is baseball. This one is played with a bat and a small hard ball. The team with the most points wins the games. Points are calculated by how many players have crossed home plate. One team bats while the other team pitches and plays outfield. After so many strikes, they switch places. The field is diamond shape and made up with grass and dirt. There are 9 players on each team.


Softball is a lot like baseball. It is played with a bat and a softer version of the baseball. Softball uses the same field as baseball does and has the same rules although softball often has additional bases called safe bases. Safe bases are so the first baseman and the runner do not collide with one another during game play. You will typically see these bases in children’s softball and women’s softball games. Points are also calculated by how many players have crossed home plate. After so many strikes, the teams switch places from outfield to batting.


This is also a competitive team sport. Played with a large round ball and a hoop or a basket. The object of this game is to get the ball into the hoop more times than the other team. Each time the ball goes into the hoop points are scored. The value of points depends on where the player is standing when they shoot the ball into the hoop. The court is a solid flat ground with baskets or hoops on each end. There are different size courts depending on who is playing. Regulation court size is 94 feet by 50 feet.


Soccer is a competitive team played game. This game is played with a ball that is round and big and two goal nets, one on each end of the field. The object of this game is to score more points than the other team. You score points by kicking the ball into your opponent’s goal net. You are not allowed to use any hands in this game with the exception of the goalkeeper which is the person who guards the goal net. There are 22 players on the field at one time. The field is varied in length from 50 yards to 120 yards, depending on who is playing and what regulations they are using.

Source by Ivy Johnson

Common Stomach Problems and Their Treatments

Many people today suffer from a variety of stomach problems. You may be one of them. If so, you know how a case of diarrhea or nausea and vomiting can ruin your plans for the entire day. Heartburn can torment you in the late night hours as well as spoil the enjoyment of a good meal. While most of these are temporary annoyances, persistent stomach ailments should cause you to seek out medical intervention. Sometimes these are symptoms of much more serious conditions.

Diarrhea is a problem with loose, watery stools that sends you flying to the bathroom, often at the most inopportune times. It can be caused by food poisoning, or bacterial infections such as e-coli. If you are lactose intolerant you may also feel the unpleasant results of enjoying those dairy products. More serious issues that cause these stomach problems are Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In the case of food poisoning or bacterial infections, your symptoms will usually lessen by consuming only a clear liquid diet within 24 hours. Drink as much fluid as you can because dehydration can be a real concern. To avoid this problem in the first place, always practice good food safety habits in the kitchen, insist on well-cooked food, and return food that is served to you looking as though it has been sitting out for some time, especially if mayonnaise is involved. If mucous or blood shows in your stools, consult a doctor immediately.

Nausea and vomiting are stomach problems that are rarely life-threatening but can also cause dehydration and even shock if unchecked for too long. The typical causes are an upset gastrointestinal tract, pregnancy, vertigo (dizziness) from inner ear problem or motion sickness, food poisoning, brain injury, carbon monoxide poisoning, and reactions to medicine. It seems that whenever the brain is affected by injury or illness, nausea and vomiting will also be present. Taking slow, deep breaths helps settle the queasiness, as do Vitamin B6 and ginger supplements. There are OTC antihistamines that will also ease your distress.

Heartburn is a burning sensation in your upper abdomen or chest that often mimics the effects of heart disease. Because of this, a doctor should be made aware of your condition if it does not respond to OTC acid buffers and H2 blockers. To reduce acid reflux you should quit smoking and drinking carbonated drinks. Raising the top of your bed, eating small meals, and avoiding coffee, chocolate, fatty foods, and whole milk has also been shown to help. Most stomach problems can be improved with lifestyle changes such as these, but more serious ones will need medical treatment including possible surgery.

Source by Hal Conrady

Confidence and Communication – 5 Ways to Boost Your Know-How So You Feel More Confident

Confidence can be elusive for many people in business. Solo professionals and small and home-based business owners often experience challenges with self-confidence. Confidence in business comes from a variety of sources. One of these sources is through gaining knowledge. As a solo professional when you know how to do something, you’ll feel much more confident, which could be the origin of the phrase, “knowledge is power.” Here are the top five ways to boost your confidence through learning so you feel confident and powerful:

1. Take a class: A skills-based class should teach you everything you need to know to succeed in doing the subject of the class. By the end of any class or program designed to teach you a new skill, you should feel fully prepared to put your new skill into practice and be excited about it. For example, after the fourth and final session of my Signature Speech Work Group, a six-week tele-class, participants repeatedly commented, “I feel so much more confident now.” After being in the program, participants felt they had the knowledge, skills, and confidence they needed to deliver their Signature Speech and get the results they want.

2. Read a book: Skimming a book (or e-book) may not give you enough detail to make you feel more confident about a subject. But careful reading, internalizing the information, and beginning to put into practice the ideas from a well-written book will lead to increased confidence. Often after reading a great book and putting some of the principles into practice in my own life, I’ll tell the world about the concepts. Like a great class, a great book will teach you the tools you need to succeed. Once you apply the tools regularly, you’ll begin to feel more confident.

3. Ask an expert: Or more than one expert. Open up a dialog with a person who is an expert in the area you’re studying. Read their free offerings– you can learn a lot by reading the free information available from someone with a great message. True experts are willing and happy to share their knowledge and expertise. Ask that expert if s/he would be open to an interview. Continue to speak to experts in the same subject until you feel well-versed in the subject yourself. (Of course, follow common courtesies of working around their schedule, sending thank you notes, and the like.)

4. Observe an expert: You can become more confident in your skills by watching others doing the same skill well. Want to learn how to make a fantastic meal? Watch and learn from one of the TV chefs at the Food Network. Need to learn about decorating your home? Those folks on HGTV have loads of ideas, tips, and advice. There are instructional DVDs and television programs for just about any topic you’re interested in. Or you can observe someone in person, which may provide you with the opportunity to ask that person questions later. You may realize that you already know most of the information being shared, which alone could help boost your confidence. You could even find yourself saying, “That guy on TV doesn’t know any more than I do about this!”

5. Practice: Sometimes the best way to gain confidence in a new skill is to jump right in and do it. Find a way to try your skill in a safe, comfortable environment. You can practice with a mastermind group of others also developing new skills. Or you can pay an expert to be your coach or mentor. Or work with a trusted colleague or friend. Practice until you’ve reached the point of feeling confident in your ability and ready to   fly  solo.

Source by Felicia Slattery

Kids Video Games – Awesome Gift Ideas

Kids video games are awesome gift ideas. Whether you are looking for that perfect gift for a girl or boy, ages 4 or 10, kids video games are the way to go.

Kids video games are not only tons of fun for a child, but can also be very educational. There are so many gaming system’s out for every age group. Your child can start learning with video games as early as age 2. They will learn good hand-eye coordination while having lots of fun. Video games can teach an array of skills by teaching children letters, numbers, shapes, and words. For older kids they can learn things such as reading and writing.

Most children love to watch TV and play video games. While that time should be limited, the time they spend playing games can be jam packed with learning and fun. Video gaming systems are made for all ages and skill levels. For young children the Leapster and Vtech are great ways to go. For older kids there are PlayStation and Xbox. There are also game consoles, such as the Nintendo Wii, that are encouraging people to get up and move around while playing their video games. The Wii offers a motion sensor approach to game playing , rather than the basic hand held controller with all the buttons. You can even learn exercise techniques with this awesome new game system.

Video games come in every category imaginable. Their is never ending opportunities when it comes to kids video games. For the child that already has a game system, there are some great game rental places online that you can buy gift certificates for. This allows them to choose their own games to play, and is an excellent gift idea.

If you are looking for a great gift for a kid, video games are always a great way to go!

Source by Stacy Mills

What Darts And Dart Boards Are Best?

What Darts should I buy? What Dart Boards are best? Are tungsten Darts better than brass Darts?

These are questions that we are constantly being asked so to assist all the new Darts Players, I have compiled this information. It is meant to provide you with some basic knowledge and advice and we hope that it serves this purpose.

What Dart Board Should I buy? This is probably the most frequently asked question and certainly one of the easiest to answer. There are basically three types of Dart Boards. The kids dart board that we have all played on at some stage, the sisal bristle Dart Board and the electronic Dart Board.

The kids dart boards are generally made of compressed paper, banded with wire and serve the purpose of entertaining kids for a short while. They have a very short life span and within weeks, look tattered or fall apart.

The Sisal Bristle Dart Boards are more expensive but essential for anybody that intends to play often. The board is manufactured from the leaves of the Sisal Cactus, they are tightly bound and will retain their shape, appearance and functionality for a very long term. The major manufacturer is Nodor and we highly recommend their Nodor Supawire and Nodor Supabull II. Advanced players may consider a Nodor Champions Choice, designed with half size doubles, trebles and a mini bull.

The electronic Dart Boards are very popular in America and England but not as popular in Australia. Many of the boards are virtually kids toys, however there are some good, high quality electronic Boards available. These boards require the use of Soft Tip Darts.

Are Tungsten Darts better than Brass Darts?

There are a number of materials that Darts are manufactured from., the main 3 being Brass, Tungsten and Nickel Silver.

Brass Darts are probably the most common and are relatively inexpensive. Prices vary from a few dollars to around $35 and are the best option when you buy your first set of Darts, or are learning to play Darts. They are an inexpensive way of trying different weights and styles, without investing too much money.

Nickel Silver Darts are basically the same as brass Darts, they around the same price range and are generally marginally higher in quality. Like brass Darts, they are suited for use at home or by the occasional Dart Player.

Tungsten Darts are used by the serious Darts Players. These darts are generally high quality and come in a large variety of weights and styles. The tungsten component is generally describes as being 80%, 85% etc. with the higher tungsten value, being the most expensive. Prices start from as little as $15 and go to upwards of $200, depending upon your needs.

What weight Dart is best?

The weight of your Darts is a personal preference. As a general rule, most people would generally throw a weight of 19-24gms. There are of course people that particularly like a heavy weight, such as the Titan Heaviesand others prefer a light weight such as Featherlites.

New Darters should try a few different weights, focusing on 19-24gms for their first set.

Where do I buy Darts from?

The best place to buy Darts is from a reputable dealer that can provide good quality equipment, good prices and after sales service. We recommend the Dart Shop, Australias best online Darts Retailer.

Source by Tony Warne