Archive for August, 2012
Why does everyone know a lot about Italy and nothing or very little about the Island of Sardinia which is an Italian island? Ask your friends if they can find Sardinia on a world map. Most likely, half of them won’t be able to do this. From time to time we hear from the news reports that Silvio Berlusconi goes on vacation to his villa in the island of Sardinia. Sometimes in gossip magazines we find pictures of worldwide known movie stars or sport celebrities spending their vacations in Sardinia. Such news make us think that getting on this island is something really expensive and that an average person cannot afford it. The reason for this is because these “VIPS” mainly spend their time and money on the Emerald Coast. This is indeed a place for wealthy people but it is only a very small part of this beautiful island. Sardinia has a lot more to offer then the Emerald Coast.
The island of Sardinia is one of those places where rich and average class people co-exist perfectly. People of art, famous writers, artists, poets came to Sardinia years ago to get inspiration from the remarkable beauty of the island and simple life with good food and wine. Today the demands are higher and certain parts of the island of Sardinia have turned into glamorous elite resorts. Though everyone that comes to the island of Sardinia enjoys nice quiet beaches with white sand, emerald colours and incredible transparency of the sea, the hospitality of local inhabitants, nice hotels, golf courses, yachts, fresh and delicious food, good wine and the gorgeous nature of Sardinia. All these will definitely improve your health. It is not by chance that the island of Sardinia has one of the highest longevity in the world.
In the past the island was not ready to face mass tourism due to bad infrastructures and low level of service. Today everything has changed. The infrastructure of the island of Sardinia has improved tremendously, many roads, hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs have been built. There are many low-cost direct flights to Sardinia from various European cities offered by Ryanair airlines.
What else is the island of Sardinia today? The island of Sardinia today is a EU region with an economy mainly driven by tourism and agriculture. Sardinia is famous for producing exceptional cheeses and wines. Tuna (bluefin) from the island of Sardinia is exported worldwide.
Over the past 20 years, the isolation of the island has become less apparent, largely thanks to the promotion of low rates on air transportation and advanced information technology. The island of Sardinia was the first region of Italy that has switched to a new standard of television broadcasting. On November 1, 2008 all TV stations in Sardinia broadcast only in digital format.
There are 3 international airports in Sardinia: Fertilia airport in Alghero, Costa Smeralda airport in Olbia and Elmas airport in Cagliari. They connect the island of Sardinia with the main Italian and European cities. Olbia is a headquarter of Meridian airlines founded by Prince Aga Khan in 1963. Also a large number of companies engaged in passenger transport by sea operates on the island. Passenger vessels can get you by sea to France, Spain and mainland of Italy. Travelling by ferry boats is very popular in the island of Sardinia due to a great opportunity to bring a car with you.
The island is small but fascinating for its unique natural beauty. Granite rocks, preserved flora and fauna, the unique sea view with waters changing their colour in the palette from emerald green to dark blue, snow-capped mountains, green hills covered with megalithic cone-shaped structures, semi-tropical fishing villages – this is only a little part of what Sardinia looks like. The island of Sardinia is surrounded by beautiful beaches. In 1920 writer Gerbert Lawrence travelled to Sardinia and in his novel “The Sea and Sardinia” he wrote the following words about the island:” This is a place on earth that has remained out of time and history.” Today, almost a century later, this statement is still true. Of course, modern civilization has brought its changes, but the natural beauty of the island of Sardinia has remained largely untouched. Low population density and various regional environmental laws allow to preserve a unique landscape of Sardinia.
Mass tourism of Europeans to the island of Sardinia began in 1970, shortly after Prince Aga Khan built up the north-eastern part of the island, known as Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), a heaven for the elite. However, for most tourists from all world continents, Sardinia is still a virgin territory.
Sardinian cuisine is diverse and unique. Seafood has an incredible taste (shrimp, lobster, squid, tuna, mussels, etc.). However, a typical dish for holidays is roasted pig or boar, and fava beans cooked in various ways. Such herbs as mint and myrtle are frequently used in cooking. But even the simplest things like tomatoes or carrots have an incredibly fresh taste. It’s no wonder Sardinian tomatoes are sold all over Italy.
The average lifetime of the local population is 81 years. But many have already exceeded the 100 years barrier. They say that even coming to the island of Sardinia for a week, you prolong your life.
If you drink wine regularly, you may not be too concerned with wine bottle labels. You’re probably more concerned with the taste and quality of your drink than anything else.
Still, wine bottle labels can be fun, adding some character to what might otherwise appear to be a generic bottle of wine. If you’re a producer, these can often help to draw the eye to your products, and many will attest to the fact that marketing is just as integral in the world of wines as it is in any other industry.
Labels on wine bottles can give us insight into what it is that we’re drinking. Whether these are accomplished through theming (i.e. national branding), colors that may indicate the subtlety or boldness of a wine’s flavoring, or simply humor to make us smile, there are many ways that labels will often become associated with a bottle of wine.
Let’s take a look at a few of the more interesting wine labels on the market today. With tens of thousands of original wines out there, it would be very hard to cover them all, so surely I’ll miss some good ones.
Ca’ del Solo wine has a very interesting label that certainly got my attention. This label features an evil-looking tiger with a smirk on his face, with an inscription that reads “Bloody Good White” above it.
The language is bold, as is the choice of animal. Both of these things are sure to get a potential buyer’s attention. While I’ve never tried the wine itself, the label was enough to make it memorable.
This next one has just as much to do with its name as it does with its label, but both are smart branding moves. The wine is called Marilyn Merlot, and the wine bottle labels each feature a different picture of Marilyn Monroe on them.
One could easily call this eye candy, to say the least!
Wedding gifts are a must for a wedding. People buy gifts of various designs and shapes. The best gift is one that suits the budget of the gift-giver and the personality of the gift-receiver. Personalized wedding gifts as the term denotes, are gifts that reflect the style-statement or the personal taste of the wedding couple. A personalized wedding gift can be designed for a bride. Again there are other gifts which are personalized for the groom.
Thus the personalized wedding gifts ideas are really significant. The recipient would be excited to have gifts that are specially meant for her/ him. If you want to please the wedding couple, then carry gifts that would express feelings from the core of your heart:
- One of the charming personalized wedding gifts would be to present the couple with a unique bottle stopper. There are ‘groom and bride’ bottle stoppers of innovative designs which make unbelievable keepsakes. There are bottle stoppers which are topped with crystal bride and groom figurine, solid pewter bride kissing the groom, or a simple crystal ball. These stoppers come with a chain and a ring. Give the wedding couple such a gift that would provide them chances to unwind over a glass of wine.
- Usually we want to thank the host of the party that we attend. If you want to do the same but in an unusual way, then a personalized gift like a candle might help you. Gift some amazing candles which can warm up the romantic life of the newly-wed.
- There are sexy candles which measure 16cm tall and 8.5cm wide or 12cm wide and 5.5 cm wide. The specialty of such a candle is that it is wrapped in beautiful cellophane and the wrapping is topped with a silver satin bow. Personalize the candle with your name, the date of the wedding or the initials of the bride and the groom.
- How about gifting bowls with spoons? There are special bowls which come in colors like red, black, white. These multi-purpose bowls have counters for keeping spoons which prevent these from falling into the food. This is an added advantage which makes these bowls very popular. Generally these bowls are made of bone China and are microwave safe. Engraved letters on the spoons and bowls make them easier to choose for any special person. The newly-wed would feel happy to receive gifts that would help them in their new kitchen.
- A friend can gift a wedding poem that is fixed in a golden frame. To personalize the poem he/she can include the name of the bride and the groom. If you want you can also order for golden lettered poem; that is, the script would be written in golden alphabets.
- An Acrylic Fish bowl can be a great decor item. The newly-wed would love to decorate their new house and spend a fortune on the interior decorations. So save their money and effort by gifting them a wall mounted fish bowl. The fish bowl can be hanged on the wall. It will form a beautiful visual display of the natural elements like water, plants, seashells and fish. These bowls come in diameters like 12″ or 14″ approx.
- A night-lamp is a very romantic gift idea. The gift stores are replete with night-lamps of various sizes and designs. The soft glow of the lamp would make the couple feel more romantic and passionate. So make them indulge in love-making with a beautiful night-lamp.
- Another personalized and useful gift idea is having some massage balls. These are small balls with aromatic fragrance. Tell the couple to refresh themselves with aromatherapy. These balls are rolled around feet, hands, necks, shoulders to have a soothing effect. If you are tired, you can roll these massage balls on specific areas of your body to get relieved of the stress. These balls mostly come in pink and white colors.
You can also opt for similar items like a bath caddy made of bamboo. This caddy is water-resistant and can hold many bath-items.
The Work Triangle or The Work Area: One of the most important aspects of any fitted kitchen and its also one of the areas of planning that must involve the input of the cook or chef. There are three main appliances that will determine this area and these are, the cooker, the fridge and the sink or waste area. You may well ask why, well these when you think about it are the three most used places in any kitchen. If any of these areas are too far away from each other it can make using the kitchen to its full potential difficult. So the work area or the work triangle should be given the attention it deserves before proceeding to the other areas of choosing your kitchen, and that is your first fitted kitchen tip.
Available Kitchens: When you go to any showrooms today you will see a huge range of fitted kitchens displayed under strategically placed bright lights, and you think I must have one of these. A little advice, do not rush that decision, and that is your second fitted kitchen tip. One of the areas to check out is the kitchen carcass or the frame. This is where the doors are attached by hinges that will be used many times every day, and you certainly do not want to be adjusting doors in a few weeks after your purchase because some manufacturer decides to cut corners by using rubbish wood from framing, and the hinges and other fittings like runners become loose because the screws used for to attach such fittings are not gripping properly.
Maple Kitchens This is a very valuable hardwood timber, we have in North America the Sugar Maple while in Europe we have the Sycamore Maple. Butchers blocks and bowling pins are mostly manufactured from hard maple from North America and it has a beautiful decorative wood grain that is extremely popular when installing fitted kitchens in Ireland.
Ash Kitchens This wood is a tough hardwood and is used for making bows, fitted kitchens, electric guitar bodies and one of the famous sporting accessories the hurley stick. Hurling is a sport played by sporting warriors all over Ireland and is deemed to be the fastest spot in the world. Not for the faint hearted.
Oak Kitchens One of the hardwoods with a very attractive grain and is widely used for furniture making for centuries. It is also used for making whiskey and wine barrels and is one of the timbers used for the construction of timber framed houses. American Oak custom and fitted kitchens when manufactured and finished of to a high standard are just beautiful.
Knotty Pine Kitchens Pines are mostly grown in the Northern hemisphere and are extremely important in the commercial world and is widely used in the making of custom and fitted kitchens, windows and roofing and floors.
In-frame Kitchens These kitchens can be made of any wood and are simply manufactured by having the doors and drawers sit into the the frame rather than having them protrude like a normal kitchen. They are by far the best style of custom and fitted kitchens available to day. Leinster Woodcraft are specialist in this type of manufacturing and you can see their kitchens by visiting the links below.
Painted Kitchens These kitchens are where the kitchens are painted and can be refreshed over the years. A popular fitted kitchen is where the kitchen base and overhead units are painted cream with an Oak work-top to add contrast and style. Advice, look behind the lovely new kitchen door and ask questions, after all its your hard earned money your spending. Visit the links just right below this article to view images and get quotations.
Do you remember your great aunt hunching over the morning paper with a big magnifying glass in her hand? What was it like when you helped both of your parents as they recovered from cataracts surgery? Do you wonder if you’ll end up just like your older brother, always passing the menu to one of the kids because you never remember to bring your reading glasses into the restaurant? You might think that it’s inevitable that you’ll inherit the family’s “bad eyes” too and your sight will only get worse as you get older.
That’s not necessarily the case. While genetics does play a role in your susceptibility to certain eye diseases, the health of the eyes themselves is largely determined by the way you take care of them and by your approach to your overall health. The food you eat, the amount of exercise you get, and the level of stress that you experience all influence the quality of your eyesight.
There seems to be a broadly held perception that eye disease is unavoidable. Though people will work hard to control their weight and cholesterol, they tend to have a “what will be will be” attitude about their eyes. The majority believe that if there is any hope of saving their sight at all, surgery is the only option. There are numerous peer-reviewed studies that show clearly that these eye conditions can respond to proper diet, lifestyle adaptations, and nutritional supplementation, and that people can preserve their vision.
Below is an outline of how proper nutrition can help you prevent and treat three common eye conditions that have come to be associated with aging. Here’s a basic summary of a vision healthy diet and lifestyle: Focus on eating vegetables (especially leafy greens), whole grains, eggs, and lean meats. Drink plenty of fresh, filtered water. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine, sugar, dairy, and toxic fats. Get a regular dose of exercise (at least 20 minutes of aerobic activity four times per week) and find a positive outlet for stress through practices like yoga or meditation.
1) Glaucoma – What is it? It is known as the “silent thief” because most people do not know they have the disease until it has progressed significantly and vision is severely compromised. If left untreated, glaucoma can result in tunnel vision, and, in the worst case, leave you completely blind. Because of the insidious nature of this disease it is essential that you make your annual visit to the doctor for a complete eye exam; the tests for glaucoma are simple and painless.
Who gets it? About one in fifty Americans over age forty has glaucoma, and it is sure to become even more common population ages. Both Hispanic and African Americans are at high risk for developing the disease – between 17 and 20 times more likely than their white counterparts. Those who are obese or suffer from arthritis or high blood pressure are also likely candidates.
What to do about it? Eat a diet high in vitamin C (citrus fruits, red peppers and tomatoes); omega-3 fatty acids (flax seed oil and cold water fish like salmon, mackerel); and magnesium (nuts, seeds, vegetables, seafood and soy products). It can be helpful to take any of the above as well as ginkgo biloba in the form of nutritional supplements. Also, drink plenty of water, but, instead of flooding the system with a few huge glasses now and then, drink 4 ounces every half hour for a total of 16 small glasses daily. This allows for maximum hydration and tissue cleansing and saves the kidneys from working overtime.
2) Macular Degeneration – What is it? This one is the heavy hitter, causing more cases of irreversible blindness more than any other disease. Central vision – essential to nearly all aspects of life as you know it – is affected when certain cells in the retina’s macula begin to break down. There is no cure at this time, but natural remedies can be instrumental in slowing this disease’s progress.
Who gets it? Women, smokers (the risk is elevated by 200-300%), those with uncontrolled high blood pressure, and people with digestive issues who cannot properly absorb nutrients from their food are most susceptible to macular degeneration.
What to do about it? The antioxidant power of the cartenoids lutein and zeaxanthin is key to the prevention and even the improvement of this debilitating disease. Load up on your leafy greens, including spinach, kale and collards. Also helpful to those concerned about macular degeneration: the antioxidants in bilberry (also available in blueberries and huckleberries); taurine (eggs, fish, and meats); and zinc (meats, oysters, and whole grains).
3) Cataracts – What are they? Free radicals are the natural byproduct of metabolism. They cause a phenomenon called oxidation – a process you are more likely to call “aging.” Arteries harden, joints get creaky, and the eyes begin to cloud with cataracts as these free radicals accumulate over time.
Who gets them? Smokers, people with food allergies (especially wheat, dairy, and soy), diabetes patients, and those who drink more than seven drinks per week all run a higher risk of developing cataracts. That said, all sorts of people develop them: cataract removal is the most common surgical procedure covered by Medicare with 600,000 cases per year.
What to do about them? Glutathione is a compound found in the body that is composed of several amino acids; boost your levels with eggs, broccoli, avocados, garlic, onions, and cauliflower. Vitamin C is helpful in this case too, so all the more reason to add citrus fruits, tomatoes, and red peppers to your grocery cart.
The years will tick by, and, some signs of aging will be inescapable, but you can exert some control over whether eye disease is part of your experience. It’s in your power to age gracefully, just like that nice bottle of red wine you set in your grocery cart beside all of those nice, eye health promoting foods.