Top 5 Facts About the Williamsburg Bridge

Even though it is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge is just as noteworthy. Some Williamsburg Bridge interesting facts might be surprising. Following are five fun facts about the Williamsburg Bridge.

1. Groundbreaking Design

The Williamsburg Bridge was the first bridge to eschew masonry towers in favor of steel. This choice made the bridge both faster to build and cheaper. It also meant that the towers needed smaller foundations and could be reinforced if need be at a later time. No weight is carried at all by the cables between the towers and the anchor points. The ends of the Williamsburg Bridge are supported underneath by trusses instead. This reduced the cost of the bridge, and makes it unique among suspension bridges.

2. Record Setting

The main span of the Williamsburg Bridge, at 1,600 feet, was the world’s longest until the Bear Mountain Bridge was completed in 1924. When the bridge was built, only one bridge in the world was longer – Scotland’s cantilever-designed Forth Bridge. When it opened, the Williamsburg Bridge supported the heaviest load of any bridge in the world. It provided two elevated railway tracks, four streetcar tracks, two lanes of road in each direction, and foot and bicycle paths above the trolley tracks.

3. Heavy Metal

The trend-setting metal towers of the Williamsburg Bridge are 333 feet tall and made of over 3,000 tons of steel each. Roughly 17,500 miles of wire, weighing over 8,000 tons, were used to make the eight 18-inch-thick cables suspending the bridge. That’s enough wire to wrap around the Pentagon over 20,000 times, or to put a six-strand electric fence the entire way around the state of Texas. The massive structure of the bridge brings more than 140,000 vehicles, 100,000 subway riders, 600 cyclists, and 500 pedestrians across the East River every day.

4. Spotted in Popular Culture

Williamsburg Bridge interesting facts include its appearance in movies such as The Amazing Spider-Man,American Gangster, The French Connection, Johnny Suede, Live and Let Die, The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie,The Naked City, Once Upon a Time in America, Scent of a Woman, Serpico, and The Siege. It’s referenced in novelsThe Alienist, City of Bones, The Last Olympian, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins would practice on the bridge, and named an album, The Bridge, in its honor.

5. Celebrations

New York went wild for the bridge’s formal opening. There were parades in Brooklyn and Manhattan, a fireworks display, and a flotilla of 200 ships on the East River. To mark the 100th anniversary in 2003, Domino Sugar made an enormous cake – consistently described as “truck-sized” – as part of a celebration that included musicians, street vendors, exhibits, and a parade of dignitaries across the bridge. The American Society of Civil Engineers designated the Williamsburg Bridge as a National Civil Engineering Landmark in 2009.

Is Your Body Ready To Lose Weight?

We all get times when we want to burn more fat and lose weight quickly.

You know, when you’ve got a holiday coming up, or a party where you want/need to look amazing and make people want to ask “hey, you look great. What’s your secret?”

The question is… has this ever actually worked for you?



If it has then well done to you! You’re one of the elite in this world that can eat better and lose weight on demand.

Quick question – how long did it take to lose the weight?

Did you have to starve yourself, fight off cravings and strictly count calories for 4-6 weeks before the big event?

Yes? Thought so.

That meant you had to really work to get the body to burn fat and lose weight. The reason you had to work at it for so long is quite simply your body wasn’t ready to lose weight.

The problem lies with today’s modern society.

• We breathe air full of pollution.

• We eat far too much processed food.

• We get bombarded with adverts for fast food.

• Every shop you go into has shelves stacked up with fizzy drinks.

• We’re led to believe that if something’s got fruit in the name, or says it’s low calorie then we should eat more & more of it.

Sadly this isn’t good for the body. All of the above are full of toxins that we pump into the body daily without a second thought.

When these toxins get into the body they stay in the body.

Now pay attention for “the science bit” to explain what happens next.

Each cell in the body (and we’re made of about 50 trillion of them) has a small layer of fat around it to protect it from harmful chemicals in the body.

When these toxins enter the body each cell simply thinks “I don’t want that to affect me, I’ll wrap it up in fat and protect myself”, and that’s exactly what it does. The toxins that get near to the cell get coated in fat to bind them and maintain the cellular health.

Now think of this – what happens when all the cells in the body coat toxins in fat to stop them harming the body, what happens?

I’ll tell you – the cells get a little bigger (and so do we) and eventually the fat-wrapped toxins break away and get stored as fat.

“Where does this happen?” I hear you ask.

• Your stomach

• Your arms

• Your legs

• Your butt

• Anywhere from your nose to your toes & everywhere in between! So as you can see our lifestyle makes us bigger & fatter! Now with this in mind we need to think of why you struggle to lose weight.

If you are filling your body with toxins, and all of your cells are surrounded by fat-wrapped toxins, these cells can’t perform their normal activities. These include using calories for energy, cleaning up infection and of course breathing. When this happens your metabolism slows down at a cellular level.

A slow metabolism while you still eat plenty will do one thing – make you fatter!

“Ok Simon, I think I get it. I need to cut these toxins out then, yeah?”

YES! Exactly. To allow the body to work as you want it to, and to get it ready to lose weight, you need to eliminate the toxins in the body.

Sounds easy, right? Just don’t eat processed foods, drink sugary drinks, don’t believe the hype about low calorie foods, oh yeah and from the list above – don’t breathe!

Hm… that may be difficult. Not breathing again so you don’t fill up with toxins again.

There must be an easier way (at least we hope so!)

The answer is to cleanse the body. To sum it up in another word – detox.

Now I’m not talking about rushing out to Boots for an over the counter detox kit as, to be honest, a lot of high street detox kits simply don’t work. Instead you are going to work through a controlled diet and combine this with a supplementation programme that will literally force the toxins out of your body, leaving you feeling fresher, healthier and lighter as it pushes the fat out of your body too!

The detox is made up of 2 components: diet and supplementation

The diet solution is something known as “The Elimination Diet”, created by UK personal trainer Dax Moy. This is a strict method that needs 100% effort, but if you commit 100% effort Dax guarantees you will lose weight and see results. From my own experience with my own clients I have used this with I can confirm this is right. You will lose weight.

The aim of the elimination diet is to restore the health of your digestive & intestinal tracts, so that you can make the most of the nutrition from the foods you eat. This in turn will allow the nutritional and biochemical status quo of the human body to be re-established.

As you follow the diet plan you’ll notice several things:

You will lose a rather large amount of ‘stubborn fat’ and excess water in a relatively short period of time.

This is because the human body, when overwhelmed with toxins, will ‘dump’ many toxic substances within the adipose tissue stores (fat) in order to reduce their circulation throughout the body. When there are no longer toxins entering the body, those toxins will then be processed and expelled along with the fat (and a lot of

excess water) that is storing them. Of course, the downside of this is that temporarily you may feel a little off-colour as those toxins ‘hit’ you.

Your food cravings and non-physiological (emotional) hunger will reduce or go away entirely

When your body no longer has to produce chemical reactions against a background of toxic ‘static’ you will find that you are able to extract a greater amount of nutrients from the foods you eat. Because of this you will notice that your hunger will reduce substantially.

After all, if you’re getting all of the vitamins and minerals and other nutrients that your cells need, then why would you be sent ‘eat’ signals, right? A body that is getting the correct quality and quantity of nutrients self regulates,

giving you ‘feed me’ signals when nutrients are low and ‘stop’ signals when they are topped up. Just as nature intended!

Your health and your general vitality will improve

After the stored toxins have said goodbye and you’re no longer adding others, you’ll notice that many ailments will either reduce or go away entirely. For similar reasons to reducing appetite and emotional hunger, you will find that once your body is getting everything it needs to ‘build’ good health that you’ll be repairing yourself more effectively and your aches and pains will fade away.

But not just that!

You’ll notice that hair, skin and fingernails are healthier and stronger and that your energy levels are at a higher level than they have been in ages. In addition you may find that if you are on medication that your doctor may need to reduce the dosages and that you may be able to come off the meds altogether.

Not bad for a diet that doesn’t ask you to count a single calorie or weigh and measure your foods is it?

In fact, during this eating plan you may even find that you’re eating more calories than before and yet still find that you’re dropping weight as a result of the elimination process.

Though I’d love to claim that all of this is fat, the truth is that much of it will be water. This is because a toxic system holds more water in order to ‘dilute’ the toxins it contains and, once they’re gone, the water goes with it.

You will lose fat though…lots of it!

Many of those that have used this eating plan have found that, on average, they lose 7-10lbs in 2 weeks.

But whilst both weight and fat loss are desirable outcomes for many people that’s not the real point to this eating plan.

This whole system is about improving your health, your wellness and your vitality and if you follow the method of the elimination diet to the letter then you will definitely see results fast.

Put very simply, all you have to do is cut out the following from your diet for 30 days:

All Caffeine containing products – Coffee, Tea, Hot chocolate fizzy drinks

Sugar – Including sucrose, glucose or fructose, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup

Processed Food – The list is almost endless but pretty much anything tinned, baked or pre-packed or if it has numbers or unpronounceable words on the packet

Wheat Products – Bread, biscuits, cakes, pies and breakfast cereals

Dairy – Milk and cheese (only in part one of programme)

Alcohol – All of it, even your ‘diet vodka’

Red Meat – Tastes nice, but takes a long time to digest & puts a lot of stress on the body in the process.

Let me guess, now you’re thinking there’s no food or drink actually allowed and it’s a starvation diet, yes?

Well…it’s not that bad!

Search the internet for The Elimination Diet and see exactly what is entailed (it’s so detailed that it’s a whole other article on it’s own. The best one is by Dax Moy).

Don’t forget part 2 of the formula – the supplementation.

Yes “The Elimination Diet” is powerful and will lose you weight on it’s own, but I’m here to give you a boost to both your results & your health.

The supplements will cleanse your body of the harmful toxins that we discussed in part 1 of this series. To do this I recommend the Healthy Starter Pack from Nature’s Sunshine as a basic set, or if you want more of health boost and want to ensure that your whole body performs as well as it was designed (remember the engine analogy?) then go for the Healthy Starter Programme from Nature’s Sunshine.

“Yeah, thanks, but what’s the difference, what do they do, and why should I take them?”

Healthy Starter Pack +

Toxins are stored in many parts of the body therefore it is important to use a detox that cleanses the entire body. The Healthy Starter Pack is a unique ten day herbal detox designed to clean the whole body of cellular waste.

The Healthy Starter Pack+ Contains –

Black Walnut

Black Walnut is a rich source of the trace mineral chromium and is also high in iodine. Its inner bark, leaves, fruit and unripe husk are used in herbology. The tree grows widely in the western U.S. and Canada and is native to the hardwood forests of the Central Mississippi Valley and the Appalachian region of North America. It is a large tree and can sometimes reach a height of 100 feet and 4-5 feet in diameter. The earliest known reference to the walnut tells that Alexander the Great introduced it to Greece from the Middle East. In fact, in almost every part of the world, the walnut is part of local herbal nutrition.

Herbalists have traditionally used the husks as a nutritional aid for the intestinal system. It has long been considered one of America’s most valuable native cathartics. It is also called an astringent because it is rich in tannin, a toning substance. It’s properties also make an excellent vermicide, sudorific, antiseptic, and febrifuge.

There are benefits from the rich supply of organic iodine and tannins which contain antiseptic properties. It also has oxygenating abilities that help to burn up excess toxins and fatty materials. It aids in regulating blood sugar levels, and has been used for herpes, impetigo, athlete’s foot, ringworm and counteracts hemorrhoidal bleeding in the colon.

It’s excellent properties enable Black Walnut’s to aid many body systems, such as:

Weakened Immune System Weakened Skin System Weakened Intestinal System Weakened Glandular System

It has neither a strong taste or odor and is considered a mild enough herb to try for many disorders by those who are afraid of stronger herbs. For this reason it is very well tolerated by children.


Burdock is a common weed with giant leaves, and seeds (burrs) that cling tenaciously to clothing.

Burdock supports the urinary system in a variety of ways, including helping to remove excess fluid from the body. This may be the result of its tannin content. It also soothes the digestive tract and promotes appetite.

Burdock seeds are crushed to make a popular tincture used to purify the blood, to treat gout and ulcers, arthritis, rheumatism, and cure skin diseases such as acne and psoriasis.

In India and Russia, the root is a popular anti-cancer remedy, and in China it is believed to be an effective aphrodisiac, useful in treating impotence and sterility.

The volatile oils of burdock seed are said to be an effective diaphoretic, used to inducing sweating as an aid in neutralizing and eliminating toxins from the body.

This activity is widely utilized by herbal practitioner’s in the treatment of liver problems, gallstones, flu, and to support the kidneys in filtering acids from the blood stream.

Studies of burdock show that it is high in minerals, being a good source of iron. Data also indicates that the root is a good source of the carbohydrate inulin which can account for 45% of the plant mass.

Burdock is also a good source of essential oils and other compounds that exhibit bacteriostatic and anitfungal activity.

Burdock is an effective diuretic, and is considered a very safe herb and food product.

Psyllium Hulls

Psyllium is perhaps the most efficient soluble fiber that exists. Soluble fiber absorbs water, and when it does, it generally absorbs toxic or other unwanted substances in the colon with it. In fact, psyllium hulls typically absorb anywhere from 8-14 times their weight in water! This is far more than any other known fiber–including oat bran. Oat bran does well to absorb 15% of the water that psyllium hulls will. Psyllium is also used to help add bulk to the stool, regulate constipation, and shorten transit time of food in the colon.Many, many studies have been done about psyllium over the years. In one particular study, psyllium given to senior citizens reduced food transit time from about 53 hours to 30 hours–a significant difference. Other similar studies with different groups show similar results.

Cascara & Buckthorn

Cascara & Buckthorn Combination. This herbal laxative supports proper waste elimination and encourages a clean colon. The herbs in this popular combination are a source of calcium, crude fibre, magnesium, phosphorus and sodium. It contains, cascara sagrada bark, buckthorn bark, licorice root, capsicum fruit, ginger root, oregon grape, turkey rhubarb root, couch grass herb and red clover tops.

Gentian & Cascara

Gentian & Cascara Combination Contains 17 herbs that support proper digestion and waste elimination. The formula is a natural source of calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium, silicon and zinc. It contains, gentian root, Irish moss plant, cascara sagrada bark, fenugreek seeds, golden seal root, slippery elm bark, safflower flower, black walnut hulls, myrrh gum, parthenium root, yellow dock root, dandelion root, oregon grape root, uva ursi leaves, chickweed herb, catnip herb and cyani flowers.

Peony & Cinnamon

Peony & Cinnamon Combination is a Chinese combination of 12 herbs designed to support the needs of a stressed wood constitution The Chinese call this formula tiao he, which means ‘harmonising’. This formula supports both the digestive and nervous systems, optimising liver health and reducing stress. Its primary herbs; scute, peony, bupleurum and atractylodes; help normalise the nervous system during mental agitation and normalise the upper digestive system during tension and distress. It contains, bupleurum root, peony root, pinellia rhizome, cinnamon twig, dang gui root, fushen plant, scute root, zhishi fruit, atractylodes rhizome, panax ginseng root, ginger rhizome and licorice root.

Between them, these 6 products cleanse the stomach, the digestive tract, the intestines and many other internal organs, flushing the toxins out to allow the body to return to a natural level of performance.

NB – The detox programme is not recommended for children, women who are pregnant or nursing, or people experiencing ill health. Please note: If Diarrhoea occurs during the cleanse the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill may be compromised.

The Healthy Starter Programme

This has the same core content as the Healthy Starter Pack, but it also has 2 extra ingredients:

Liquid Chlorophyll is a great tasting ‘minty drink’ which the whole family can enjoy throughout the day. Chlorophyll is the substance responsible for a plant’s green colour. Among its many benefits, Chlorophyll is a good natural cleanser and it helps eliminate body odour. Add Liquid Chlorophyll to water for a great tasting drink that has effective cleansing properties, making it a valued addition to your cleanse programme. Liquid Chlorophyll has a virtually identical chemical make-up to haemoglobin (red blood cells) allowing this to synergistically transport more oxygen around your body as it cleanses you too!

Bifidophilus-Flora Force is a milk-free probiotic supplement, providing important strains of friendly flora which naturally inhabit the intestinal tract. These aid the digestion and absorption of nutrients, and help to maintain a healthy immune function. Bifidophilus Flora Force provides billions of beneficial intestinal micro-organisms that offer a whole range of health benefits. It contains 3.5 billion friendly micro-organisms, including lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium longum. Nature’s Sunshine’s Bifidophilus capsules are enteric coated which means they release the friendly bacteria in the intestines where it is needed and not in the stomach.

The benefits of these bacteria would take an entire other blog post on their own. In a short version simply think that they will put the good bacteria back into the areas of the digestive & intestinal systems that have been cleansed of the bad, harmful bacteria, allowing you to absorb maximum amounts of the healthy nutrition the elimination diet will provide you with.

Ok, you’ve survived.

Do you now know why you can’t just try and lose weight and make it happen? Simply put your body is full of toxic waste that it needs to get rid of before it can burn fat. But what happens to the body when you remove this toxic waste……

If you want me to help you and advise you in getting started just get in and we’ll get your fat moving asap!

Yours in fitness,

Simon Caddy

7 Way to Find Investors For Your New Business

If you have a solid business plan, you may want to look for potential investors. While this is a difficult step, you may want to stay ready. It’s suggested that you should talk to hundreds of potential investors before choosing the right one for your new business. Here are a few good ways to look for the best investors.

Start-up Launch Platforms

You can contact companies that offer research, information and assistance to new business owners. They help you start your business and look for the right investors. These companies have millions of members all over the world. So, you can get in touch with a good company that offers these services.

Angel Networks

Another way is to look for angel investors. They will offer funds in addition to provide advice, mentorship and access to valuable contacts. As a matter of fact, this is all what you need in order to get your business started and then run it with great success. Make sure you do try out angel networks. These organizations have a list of tons of angel investors who help new businesses with their funds.

Crowdfunding Sites

Just like other sources, crowdfunding sites give you access to different types of good investors. They include common people who want to be part of the next big thing as well as philanthropists who want to help others with their dreams. Aside from this, crowdfunding sites may include accredited investors looking for fresh ideas for investment.

Actually, each site has different focal point for incentivizing investors. Therefore, we suggest that you read up on each site to choose one that aligns with the powerful strategic goals you have set.

Incubators And Accelerators

Since your new business is like a baby, you need to work with a good accelerator or incubator. This way you can get the investor resources to grow your business. These investors perform a big role and help you turn your ideas into a business.

At times, some incubators and accelerators provide physical space so you can establish your office. Since other start-ups will share the same physical space, you can share ideas growing your businesses together. Start-up accelerators like Ycombinator and TechStars provide advice and many other services to investors like you.

Small Business Administration

You can also contact the Small Business Administration for funding. The organization has been offering solid programs for the stimulation of the economy. Basically, they offer loans and grants to small start-ups.

Social Networking Sites

Aside from LinkedIn, many social networking websites can help you get in touch with different types of investors. These sites help you to contact investors all over the world. Moreover, they promote your products or services in other countries of the world as well. Some good names in this field include Meetup, Cofoundr, Startup Nation and EFactor, just to name a few.

Private Equity Firms

If your start-up has great potential to grow into a big business, private equity firms can help you. They can provide you with millions of dollars so you can grow your business. You can check them out as well.

So, try out these funding sources to grow your new business.

What Does Personal Growth Mean to You?

Everyone defines Personal Growth in his or her own terms. It is amazing how many people refer to it as a journey, while others look at it as an evolution.

A group of individuals and industry leaders have generously shared what personal growth means to them. There is so much wisdom in each and every one of their statements-a richness of experience in life that helps us understand who we are and why we are here.

Here are some of them:

“Personal Growth is the pursuit of positive activities, experiences, and education: The process expands your consciousness and opens you up to possibilities far beyond your currently perceived limits and boundaries.” ~ Kathryn Arnold ~

“…A constant examination of what is and isn’t working in your life, and an exploration of new ways of being to achieve a fulfilling life, which is composed of health, wealth, love, and personal self-expression.” ~ Matthew Britt ~

“We are alive, and if we aren’t growing we are dying. Make sure you’re growing! Lifelong learning and striving for growth are the secrets to life.” ~ Debbie Hoogestraat ~

“The willingness and ability to look at life situations head on and to make informed choices is empowering. Instead of making decisions based on fear and negative past experiences, everybody

can learn new strategies to succeed each day. At the heart of the matter are growth and change.” ~ Eric Turiansky ~

“Discovering who we are is a lifelong pursuit. The process embraces the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual aspects of ourselves. It is the journey, not the destination!” ~ Monika Zands. ~

“The study of the self is both an internal and external experience. The gamut of lessons we learn along the way shows us how to break habits and patterns so we expand from what we think is available to us or possible in our lives.” ~ Lee Lam ~

“Living more fully means the ability to open yourself up to the possibility that you are capable of more than you are currently doing. It is about recognizing the frustration you feel about where you are in your life, the negative and positive feelings you have about yourself, and knowing that there is more about you that

you haven’t developed yet.” ~ Korby Waters ~

Personal growth is about possibility, focusing on what you want, and living your full potential. Personal growth is in the process of being commonly understood and accepted in society. Many of us have been enjoying its value for years, while some of us may be learning about the benefits of personal growth for the first time. I ask that you start exploring what personal growth means to you as you enjoy making it a way of life.

Become Psychic Instantly! The Number 1 Technique For Developing Psychic Powers in 30 Days (or Less)

Who else wants to become psychic? You do, right? Are you curious if there is more to life than meets the eye? Do you wonder about invisible beings, spiritual experiences, apparitions, fortune tellers and the wild and wacky world of the unknown? I know that I did… and if you’re anything like me, (or reading this article right now..:-) I’m going to guess you have the very same ambitions and intuitions about the magical and mysterious world around us all.

If you’ve tried to develop psychic abilities without much luck so far… you are NOT alone. (and the truth is… it’s NOT your fault!) Most of the psychic advice out there is pretty bad, and most of the courses are simply NOT completely enough to give you the sort of intuitive insight necessary to have your first big breakthrough.

I’ll tell you a little secret…

There is really only ONE surefire way to truly develop psychic abilities, and to make it happen in a hurry. It’s not about reading books. And it’s not about going to seminars or watching DVD’s. It’s about training your brain, pure and simple. And there is ONLY one proven way to turn your brain into a powerful psychic magnet, and that’s through using brain entrainment software or sound technology.

Brain entrainment, or what is called hemi or holo synch technology, simply turns ON the “god” center in the brain. Its the switch that scientists now believe modulates mystical experiences, and truly… can be accessed by anyone who owns a pair of headphones, and has a healthy appetite for adventure! (and is a truly life changing experience to boot!)

It’s safe, fast and one of the easiest ways to not only develop psychic abilities, but to have your very first out of body experience. To astral project or travel. To refine and re frame your own NATURAL intuitive instincts in amazing and life altering ways… and in my life, was the biggest discovery that put me onto the passionate path I’m now on. (and with luck, soon… so TOO will you!)

UPDATE! As I re-read this article 5 years later, I realize I’ve discovered a lot over the 5 years from when this was originally published. While I used to use all sorts of tools and technology to “train” my brain to enter into altered states, today I do a lot of very basic meditation, visualization and guided imagery work.

It requires no extra tool or technologies, and you can truly make your passion for psychic and spiritual growth PORTABLE in the very best way. As long as you have attention and awareness and a willingness to explore them both, you CAN have magical spiritual experiences that reveal much more of the world than most can see.

The REAL secret?

Stop reading, and start diving in and doing it! Nothing worth knowing in the psychic “realm” can be learned through an article alone. You have to feel an urgency to explore, experiment and experience the magic for yourself!

How A Balcony Can Help You Save Money?

Balconies are a beneficial addition to any apartment, home or building and have many uses. A balcony adjoining a dining room or sitting room adds an extra dimension to any home. Without a doubt, balconies are the perfect choice for an outside room extension. Small-sized balconies are wonderful additions which enhance any living space, while large-sized balconies can be used as main living areas which bring the wonderful outdoors into view. Modern, vintage or a sleek style? All of these are feasible options.

Below we discuss how a balcony can help us save money:

Save Some Money and Get Some Exercise

It always feels good to escape outside to get some relaxation. However, in this busy world of ours, it is often difficult to get out of the house every day to get some fresh air. You can use your balcony for this purpose, and you can even drag your yoga rug on to the balcony to exercise in the morning or even later in the day after work.

Enjoy a Special Treat within Your Home

A great hotel-style balcony outside the sitting room or bedroom is a good choice and establishes a link between the outside and the inside. A balcony which is big enough for a table and two chairs creates a special place to enjoy a sunrise breakfast or a sunset dinner.

Sightseeing without Paying a Penny

A balcony can offer a bird’s-eye view of the area while you sit or read a book. A high-level balcony can get plenty of the sun and offers sky views, which will give you a new energy to kick-start each day.

Save Energy and Give more Life to Your Clothes

You can run a clothesline on the balcony and air dries as much of the laundry as you can. Excessive use of the dryer can be damaging for your clothes, so don’t overdo it. This can weaken the fibers of the clothes. If you partially dry your clothes so that they are slightly damp, and then hang them to air dry on your balcony, you will not only save energy and money, but your linens and clothes and other items will last much longer.

Allows More Privacy

A balcony is usually surrounded by the three walls of the house or apartment. This means you can have plenty of privacy when using your balcony for any purpose.

Grow Organic Food at No Extra Cost

A balcony is an ideal place for growing vegetables using the container vegetable gardening method. There are many advantages to this sort of gardening. The vegetables can be grown in spectacular pots while urban architecture can influence the kind of display you want. In addition, you can change the combinations and designs on a whim by swapping plants, as well as move the containers. This will not only save you money, but will also provide you with healthy organic food.

In a nutshell, the following benefits can be achieved by having a balcony:

  • Use the balcony for yoga or exercise and save money that you would have spent at the gym.
  • Put a cozy sofa or a comfy chair on the balcony and enjoy the fresh air like you would in a park.
  • A balcony can offer wonderful scenic views.
  • A balcony is a link between the outside and the inside of a home.
  • A small table and some chairs can make a balcony a special place to enjoy meals.
  • A balcony can provide a bird’s-eye view of the world while you just sit, think or read a novel.
  • A balcony offers plenty of sun and sky views.
  • A balcony can be used to grow your own vegetables.

5 Amazing Facts About Arsenal FC

Arsenal Football Club or Arsenal FC is a Professional English football club which plays in the English Premier League A division. This London club joined the first ever club from the South of England in 1893. Furthermore, since enrolling the First Division in 1904, they have gained the second most points. The club is regarded as one of the most successful clubs in Football.

So These are 5 Amazing Facts you probably didn’t know about Arsenal FC.

  1. The club was not intentionally founded to play Football
    The Arsenal FC club was originally for the purpose of mourning the 1886th victim of the Satanic cult. The club,in fact, was originally founded by a secret society. However, the official statement of the club was announced not before 1886.
  2. The haunting Stadium
    Before the division of the continents in ancient times, it is believed that the North London was the homeland to the earliest Aboriginal Americans. Also, there have been a lot of dead bodies of the Ancient Indians buried below the stadium ground.
  3. Bin Laden was a Die Hard Gunner
    It would surprise you hearing the fact that Bin Laden, the founder of Al-Qaeda group, was actually a regular season holder of Arsenal FC. It is also believed that he had attended the several major games of Arsenal. After the revelation of this unknown fact, the club finally decided to ban Bin Laden from attending the Highbury Stadium which was the previous official stadium of Arsenal Football Club.
  4. The golden Premier League Trophy
    The 2003-2004 premier league season is probably the life-memorably season for the whole football fans around the world. Arsenal successfully managed to win the Premier League title without losing a single match in 38 games played. Arsenal FC, however, grabbed the record of a record of 26 wins and 12 draws. The club was handed the only Golden Premier League trophy by the FA. Till date, not a single English Football Club has beaten this record. The club’s longest undefeated run was 49 games until the controversial penalty of Ruud van Nistelrooy ended the record. Since then, there has been a great rivalry between these two clubs.
  5. The one and only English Team that hasn’t been Relegated
    Arsenal Football club was finally promoted to the first division in 1919. Since then, the club has never got relegated. Probably there will be the only team in the history of Premier League not to downgrade its position. The team has been in the top flight English football since 1919-1920.

So these are the best 5 Facts about Arsenal FC.

Another mind-blowing fact is the current stadium, Emirates Stadium, is the second largest stadium in England after Old Trafford of Manchester Untied. This stadium has a total capacity of 60,432 while Old Trafford, The Manchester United Stadium, has little more with the total capacity of 75,635.

The Importance Of Waste Management

With so much concern recently about being more green and economically friendly, waste management has become a very important topic. People and companies are starting to realize that the things they use, and the way they dispose of them can make a big impact on our world.

Management of waste can involve many things. It encompasses collecting waste material and processing it in some way, or trying to recycle it. It can have both health and environmental implications. Residents and companies are constantly looking for the best and least expensive ways to handle the ever growing problem.

Waste can take many forms. It may be solid, liquid, gas, or in some cases radioactive. Some is non-hazardous while some can be quite hazardous, especially if not handled properly. It is a matter of major concern for many people and companies.

The handling of waste varies according to specific areas, and locations within specific locations. For example, some countries deal with the issue differently. Even within the same country, different locals are treated differently. City waste is often handled differently from rural. Also there is usually a major difference between residential and industrial issues. Some countries have a limited amount of involvement in dealing with the problem.

There are various ways of dealing with the materials. Landfills have been the most common for years. If handled properly, they can be inexpensive and effective. However, with the growing population, available space has become a problem for them in some places. Incineration is also a popular technique. It works well in places that have a limited amount of land space available. The material is heated to get rid of it. However, there have been some questions about the danger of possible hazardous emissions using this technique.

One ever increasing popular solution is recycling. With this the product is reused or made usable in another form. The raw materials are reprocessed. The most popular materials to recycle are aluminum, steel, glass, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, and PVC. The process can be as simple as an individual recycling common objects to companies recycling on a large scale. It is an excellent way to reduce waste and hazards.

Another popular solution is waste reduction. With this, ways are found to reuse products without having to buy more. This can be simple things like reusable shopping bags as opposed to plastic. It can also mean fixing something rather than replacing it. This can be done on small or massive scales.

Waste collection is also important when dealing with this issue. The collection methods can vary greatly. Most residential collections are the responsibility of local governments. Some underdeveloped countries have little to no established collection policies.

Waste management is a very important issue today. Each person and each company needs to find their own ways to deal with it. If we all work together, we can stop the problem before it gets out of control. We are all responsible when it comes to making our planet safer and more environmentally friendly.

Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali – Examples of Self Reliance

“To be a real champion you have to believe in yourself when nobody else is.”

– Joe Louis

Joe Louis, heavyweight boxing champion for 12 consecutive years (1937-1949), certainly knew what he was talking about. Back then, being an African American boxer made life not easier. Joe Louis had to face other battlefields besides boxing. In his time, the racial injustice was remarkable – segregation and discrimination against Afro-Americans were omnipresent in public areas. However, Joe Louis was convinced that one thing is needed to succeed,

“You have to believe in yourself when nobody else is!”

This quote might exactly be the reason why Joe Louis managed to emerge as one of the first African American athletes to break the sport’s color barrier.

As I was meditating on this quote, another great boxing champion came to my mind. He is considered to be the greatest of all time and his name is Cassius Clay, better known as Muhammad Ali. He was not only known for his remarkable boxing style. Muhammad Ali was also an amazing orator, using the official press conferences as a personal stage to showcase this obvious talent. One of his trademark quotes describes perfectly his boxing style,

“Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee!”

Through stunning footwork, quickness and endurance, Ali knocked out “Great Champions” like Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and many more. Back then, he was the man to beat. However, times were not always rosy. During the time of the Vietnam War, he declined the military service. This was regarded as high treason. Therefore, Ali not only lost his heavyweight championship and boxing license, he was also facing the possibility to be sent to prison. During those desperate and nerve wracking days, this boxer stood up to his beliefs, instead of listening to the advice or critical voices of others.

In acting this way, this boxing legend showed the whole world that he could not only fight with his hands. Once again, this amazing athlete proved a point through his eloquence. This is a short list of his controversial quotes:

“No Vietcong ever called me a Nigger!”

“I’m not boxing any more. I now face another heavy weight, I’m now fighting the U.S. Government.”

“So what?! I ain’t got to be what nobody else wants me to be. And I ain’t afraid to be what I want to be.”

“Now I shall stand up and fight for a government that doesn’t care about my people?!”

No, it was not cowardice that held Muhammad Ali back from going to war in Vietnam. In fact, it was a courageous and compassionate act. Comparable to Bill Russell, he cared selflessly about his people. And he did it by using his status and fame to send a message. In the years of living in boxing abstinence, he fought another, far more important battle; the battle for his people. He always said that he was the “PeopleĀ“s champ!” and proved it in an impressive way.

In the end, Ali was pardoned by the supreme court, winning maybe the most important fight of his life – and it was a win that serves as an example to stand up for one’s convictions. And, maybe it is because of his extraordinary successes in the boxing ring that makes you agree that Ali is the greatest boxer of all time, but actually it is the fact that he really lived up to the words of Joe Louis, because he believed in himself when nobody else did. This story teaches us a lot:

– It teaches us to have faith in ourselves even when the flow is going against us.

– It teaches us to stand up for which is right.

– It teaches us to keep going, even when times are hard; knowing that the rewards are far higher than the actual risk.

In closing this chapter, let me finish with a final thought:

In believing in ourselves, in standing up for that which is right and in holding on, even when times are difficult, we encourage others to do the same – just like Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali.

– “Faithbook – Inspiration through Quotes, Notes & Poems”, Martin L. Stern—inspiration-through-quotes-notes-and-poems/15739230

Five of the World’s Most Famous Awards

Awards are given out for many reasons and to many different types of people. From children winning a ribbon at a school sports day to a celebrity taking home an Oscar, awards and trophies have been given out for many hundreds of years. Today they continue to hold a significant part in our lives. Whatever they are given out for, trophies all have one main purpose, to award excellence within a chosen field.

Academy Award

Also known as the Oscars, the Academy Awards are held during the first part of the year to recognise films that premiered the previous year. The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is responsible for awarding the Oscars and within this grand evening several Oscars are given out for different categories, such as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. The awards were first held in 1929 and now it is considered one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world, being telecast live in over two hundred countries. In the recent 2011 Academy Awards the movie “The King’s Speech” won the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, with this accolade going to British actor, Colin Firth.

Nobel Prize

A Nobel Prize is an international award given by Scandinavian committees recognising cultural and scientific advances. The Nobel Prize was first given in 1895, named after a Swedish chemist name Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite. There are prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace and these are considered the highest prizes to receive within these fields. The prize is a gold medal, a diploma and a sum of money, which varies depending on the Nobel Foundation’s income within that year.

The Medal of Honour

The Medal of Honour is the highest military award given by the United States government and is given by the President. More than half of these medals awarded since the Second World War have been awarded posthumously due to the nature that the award is recognised for, which is for outstanding acts of bravery done by a person while putting their life at risk. There are three versions of the award, for the Navy, the Air Force and the Army.

The Victoria Cross

Another military honour, The Victoria Cross is given for valour during battle and is awarded to members of the Commonwealth armies. It was first introduced in 1856 by Queen Victoria to honour acts of bravery during the Crimean War. Since that time it has been awarded one thousand three hundred and fifty six times. Within Britain it is awarded by the King or Queen, and within other Commonwealth countries by the Head of State.

The FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is awarded to the winner of the World Cup soccer final, a soccer tournament held every four years for the competing nation’s senior men’s teams. The first tournament was held in 1930, and except for a break during the Second World War, it has continued to be held ever since. It involves thirty two teams and is watched on television by people from all over the world.