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Shelter From the Storm – Bob Dylan’s Tempest

  • Posted on March 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm

The Tempest was Shakespeare’s last play so it seems fitting to speculate that Bob Dylan’s latest album, Tempest, could well be his last. At 71 his rasping voice sounds as though it is nearing its end. In time honored fashion Dylan is saying nothing.

The album itself, which is probably the best he has released since Desire days, calls on all the influences from a long and varied career – electric blues, country, rock n roll – and to be fair are all played by some of the best and tightest musicians in Dylan’s history.

This is not a homespun apple-pie collection of songs. They appear to come from a deep dark place within Dylan. It feels like he is taking a long hard look at life and death, and maybe his own mortality.

Tracks like Narrow Way, Pay in Blood and Long and Wasted Years flow like a retrospective glance back at a long hard career.

The opening track, Duquesne Whistle, is a hobo style train song, but man is it sinister, whilst Scarlet Town brings to life the no-hope low points of a corrupt and hard-hit city. The 46-verse title track seems like a throwback to Desolation Row but slides beautifully to a grim end.

The last track on the album, Roll On John is an elegy for John Lennon, but is just maybe a hymn to the silence that Dylan will eventually reach.

Unlike some artists who faced their own mortality in an album, Dylan has not borrowed from any other artist, in the same way that for instance, Johnny Cash did but stands alone, on his own ground and faces down the demons.

Dylan has always led whilst others followed, be it from the Woody Guthrie inspired days that helped the Byrds and Peter, Paul and Mary to fame, or the electrifying Like a Rolling Stone. He introduced the Beatles to dope and led them through The Gates of Eden. OK he did occasionally dabble in religion but came back with the majesty of Blood on the Tracks, Desire and Street Legal.

Is this now his most significant step? Looking at death and at his dwindling twilight days?

Advantages Of Using Narrow Plank Over Wide Plank Flooring

  • Posted on March 31, 2017 at 4:10 pm

The choice of whether to go with wide or narrow planks in your natural material floor is usually thought to be one of taste. But there are many other considerations when choosing flooring. Floors have a huge amount of wear and tear to worry about. How will differing widths affect that? Woods are susceptible to humidity and temperature changes. Maintenance is another factor to think about. Cost may be what ultimately sways you one way or the other as the wide vs. narrow is quite a price difference. Going into your flooring experience with your eyes open will ensure that you love your floor for years and years to come.

Wood flooring has been popular for centuries. In times past it was mostly out of necessity that wood was used. Now wood flooring is valued as a top of the line flooring for its rich textures, colors, and enduring wear. These days more exotic woods are available and are becoming popular. Cork flooring is beautiful and wears well. Bamboo provides a different sort of grain to traditional wood that many prefer. Drastic changes can be made to the look of a home with a simple home improvement of changing the flooring.

The weather can affect a wood floor quite a bit. High moisture environments can wreak havoc on wood. Wide plank flooring is much more susceptible to warping than narrow planks. The more the wood the more likely it is to warp. Large flat pieces of wood always take a hit in high humidity. Small compact pieces endure it well. Temperature also affects a wood floor. Temperature is especially an issue during installation. Wide planks must be acclimated to their environment before installation. Narrow planks can benefit from this process as well. But wider planks require more time than narrow ones.

Maintenance of wood flooring can be relatively simple for narrow plank floors. Occasional sanding and resurfacing along with careful cleaning is enough to keep a narrow plank floor looking its best. Wide plank floors require much more daily maintenance and professional care. Once again, larger slabs of wood are much more susceptible to change through environment and how they are cared for, or neglected. Cost is the final point to consider. Wide plank floors can be the most costly type of floor to install, hands down. Even marble might cost less. Narrow plank floors on the other hand can be afforded by many. Costs also depend upon the type of wood used.

Ways to Search for Actor Jobs

  • Posted on March 31, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Do you have a talent for acting and want extra acting jobs? You should start searching acting jobs for teenagers as soon as possible so that your talent will not be wasted. But you may not know when or how to start. Do not worry, here are some easy ways tips you can practice so to find the right actor job for you.

Talent in acting is not enough. You also need to harness the innate talent that you have. Most people are dependent in their talent that in the end they lost in the long run. Before you start your run in an acting career, you must well harness your talent. Always aim for excellence. Mediocrity has no place in acting business. It is a very competitive world. One moment you are in the spotlight, the other moment you just fade away. To stay in the limelight, you need to have a good foundation. The right time to start your acting foundation is now. Try enrolling yourself to acting workshops that will surely enhance the skills that you have.

Ask for recommendations from friends or people you know. If you enroll in acting workshops, for sure you would meet some good actors that could be a big to help for your career. If you are lucky enough, you can meet directors or producers. Who knows, you might be the next gem in the acting industry. Always be friendly in your acting sessions. Whatever acting role it would be, you would always want to prove to people that you can do it. It is good. It is your fighting spirit that can keep you motivated to continue in such a career.

Try auditioning after your workshop. This is the best way to know if you have what it takes to be the next acting star. Try auditioning for stage plays or movie roles. But do not expect that you will get the main roles at once. Be the best character in extra acting jobs. The directors or producers can see so much potential in you if you are dedicated to such endeavor. Passion and dedication are what you needed in such a career.

You can also do your online search for upcoming schedules of auditions for extra acting jobs in your place. This is the easiest way to find actor jobs. Who knows, you might get hired online. Try the search now and be the best actor that you can be.

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Match Bright Wild Color Shoes With Similar Colored Or Black Prom Dresses

  • Posted on March 31, 2017 at 12:16 pm

It’s an age old event question for women: Which shoes will I wear with my dress? The traditional choice would be simple black heels, but sometimes you just want to make a bigger statement with your wardrobe. Matching bright colored shoes with a bright colored, or even black, dress is not a fashion faux pas or something that you need to agonize over.

The style this year is plain and traditional. Many starlets were seen at the Oscars with monochromatic outfits, little jewelry and subdued handbags. Trend watching prom goers will probably be keeping up with these celebrity styles. If you are not a trend watcher, or just want to stick to your own style, you can use your shoes as a statement to add flair to your outfit.

If you’d like to make the maximum statement, choose a bright colored dress and match the shoes exactly. Be careful when you do this, though, so you don’t get a total color overload. Picking an extremely bright dress and shoes can be distracting to the eye and not give any “visual separation”, a fancy term for focal point in your outfit. It can also leave you second guessing your choice the night of prom.

To avoid second guessing, try less extreme and more traditional colors, such as bright blue or red, with interesting visual details on the fabric. Experiment with asymmetrical necks or hemlines, embellishments or appealing ties or buttons. You should also work to keep from exact matching on shoe and dress colors. The shade of the shoes should be a shade or two lighter or darker than the shade of the dress.

You can also pair brightly colored shoes with a tasteful patterned dress. Choose the brightest, most prominent color from your dress for the shoes. This technique will let you experiment with exciting combinations and make an impression, without donning too much color.

For the more traditional, or those who just can’t decide on a specific dress color, use your shoes to add interest and flair to a neutral gown. You can pair nearly any color or pattern with a black dress. Use the easy matching to try extreme shoes colors and patterns that you would normally pass over.

When choosing your shoes, don’t limit yourself to plain old heels, either. Depending upon the style of your dress, you can try boots, flats, ballerina slippers or stilettos. Shoes with extra embellishments will supplement your other accessories, and can be used to mix and match patterns, colors and styles throughout your outfit.

Your prom outfit should be a reflection of your own style and personality. Use all these elements to supplement you style and show off what you’ve chosen for your prom style.

Online portals for finding scholarships

  • Posted on March 31, 2017 at 11:59 am

Do you want to get scholarship and you are seeking for the best information about various scholarship programs like Fafsa And Scholarships? Then, you should go online and find the best online portal that offers exclusive information about various scholarship programs that can help you financially to study further. Most of the students get confused and overwhelmed when it comes to select the right scholarship program and financial aid. In order to get the right and exact information about the scholarship programs, most of the students attend seminars and ultimately do not get any right guidance. So, these online portals help you making your process simpler by offering exact information about jobs and scholarship programs.

These online portals help you access the best job opportunities and also help you in Finding Scholarships. You can avail the more beneficial information for available scholarship programs so that you can study further and can make your career brighter. Students attend several info sessions and meet with financial aid counselors to qualify for college financial aid but with the help of such online portals you can find out the best suitable program in an effective and easy way.

No matter, which background you belong to, you can certainly apply for financial aid as these online portals offer you complete guidance to qualify for the crucial financial assistance. These online portals are the sure shot way to come out from all the apprehensions that you have over your future plans and you can pay for your college in trouble-free manner. Even these portals allow you access the links for free e-book accessing that will reveal the latest updates, strategies and secrets to find the Nursing Scholarships And Grants.

You can also find the various sources that can write your grant proposals while managing your grant application process. You can find the best answers for your questions like How to give you an edge to use scholarship while browsing the best information at these online portals. These portals will help you to protect yourself from the scholarship scams and effortlessly you can take the more relevant information to get the scholarship.So, what are you waiting for? Just go online now and find the best online portal that can cater your need for getting the scholarship.

Tips On Reducing Your Wedding Photography Costs

  • Posted on March 30, 2017 at 5:59 pm

The costs of wedding photography vary considerably. In fact when researching for the average cost of wedding photography in the UK I was bombarded with such an array of different figures it was almost meaningless. Probably the most credible source I could find was from Moneywise that quoted 839 as an average cost. This amount feels about right so I hope that gives you a ballpark figure.

Bear in mind though its an average so people are spending a great deal more and a great deal less so please dont panic if its a lot more than you anticipated. The Photographer Finder have some incredibly talented wedding photographers with competitive packages less than the average figure above and dont include any of the tips suggested below!

This article is to provide you with some ideas on how to save money on your wedding photography and still have the lasting record you deserve.

Tip No 1 Dont marry on a Saturday

Quite possibly the most effective and easiest way to reduce the cost of not only your wedding photography but also for the rest of your wedding is to not get married on a Saturday. This one factor alone can save hundreds and puts you in an excellent negotiating position.

If you have the typical British reticence of negotiating or haggling, imagine yourself in the other persons shoes. If you can see it from their point of view it makes you a more effective negotiator. Booking a photographer last minute when they have no prior bookings may possibly get you a reduction. Booking far in advance when they dont know how many weddings will occur in that year may also get you a reduction. Booking a wedding on a day that is unlikely to include another wedding will almost certainly get you a reduction.

From a wedding photographers perspective assume they do x amount of weddings a year and 99% of them occur on a Saturday why would they want to negotiate a lower price when they could have a booking at normal cost? However, if you choose another day of the week the chances are they have no likelihood of another wedding so you are giving them an extra booking. The same goes for a venue, choose a Friday in December and you are competing with the Christmas clientele.

Tip No 2 Consider a voucher scheme

For the last few years every time Ive been invited to a wedding there has been a note saying youre company is enough but if you would like to buy us a gift we would really appreciate contributions to our honeymoon with vouchers from such and such travel agent. So why not do the same for wedding photography? Some wedding photographers are already offering this service. Its a great way to cover some or all the cost of your photography or even perhaps upgrade your package. If you were interested it may be worth asking your wedding photographer to put some vouchers together if they dont already offer the scheme.

Tip No 3 Ordering a CD

By ordering a cd of your images instead of prints, albums etc you are reducing the photographers time and expense and consequently cds are being offered by more and more wedding photographers. It is a way of keeping to a tight budget but make sure it is not a false economy. Despite what Tomorrows World said cds and dvds are not infallible. They scratch, skip and malfunction. If you are choosing a cd from your wedding photographer check the images and not watermarked and clarify that the images are hi res (so that you can print them).

Another tip (sorry not a cost saving one) if you are considering buying a digital format instead of prints get them processed by a prolab not a high street processor. There is a very noticeable difference in quality. You have paid for pro pictures so it is worth getting them developed professionally and it is still cheaper to go direct.

Tip No 4 Shop outside your location

Ok, normal advice is to shop locally. However, when shopping for a bridal gown for my friend last year she fell in love with a dress that she couldnt afford and nothing else came close because she had found her perfect dress. After a gazillion hours of shopping locally we extended our search. We went to a town that is less affluent and found the same dress for nearly 20% less. It took a bit of extra time for the fittings but she had the dress shed set her heart on. So its certainly worth considering looking outside your area as your perfect wedding photographer may be in the next county (of course we can do this for you). You will need to take into account the travel costs of the photographer but it could still be a way of saving a pretty penny.

Tip No 5 Hire a Newbie

By newbie, I dont mean amateur. A newbie is someone who has had professional training and possibly a couple of weddings under their belt. He or she will be looking to expand their portfolio and gain experience and the prices they charge will reflect that. The preparation stage and clarifying exactly what you want beforehand is even more important when booking someone with little experience. However, everyone starts their career from scratch and what they lack in experience they should make up for in enthusiasm.

Tip No 6 Limit the length of time you want the photographer at your wedding

Wedding photographers charges are based on their time, their expertise, their experience and the costs of the finished product. If you reduce the length the time they are at your wedding it may be possible to reduce the overall cost. Check with your potential wedding photographer to see whether this will make a difference.

Tip No 7 Modify your wish list to fit their charges

Consider whether you would prefer to have better quality with a more basic package than more images with a cheaper photographer.
As with all cost savings a degree of compromise is involved. The hardest part is deciding just what to compromise on but never hesitate to speak directly to the photographer for advice and guidance.

Top Tips For Travelling With Children

  • Posted on March 30, 2017 at 5:57 pm

No one ever said that travelling with children was easy (well, not anyone who has actually done it), and there are endless things to worry about while on a family holiday. However, taking care of a few things before you head out on your adventures can help minimize your work and hassle while abroad on your family holiday. Travel insurance, child friendly transport and appropriate accommodation can all be researched and booked before you go.

This article offers a checklist of things to do before travelling abroad with your family.

1. Book Family Holiday Travel Insurance

Family holiday travel insurance package deals cover medical and property loss abroad and normally offers discounts over individual rates. These plans are usually quick and easy to purchase, and many can be researched and booked online.

2. See your family doctor

When travelling with your family outside of Europe, there might some vaccinations that you or your children will need to get before you go. In some cases, these vaccinations are necessary before you can even apply for a visa. You’ll also want to refill any prescription medications that you or your family need so you have enough to last the whole trip.

3. Get family friendly transport

If you’re thinking about hiring a car, reserve one large for your whole family and request whatever infant car seats, child booster seats, or other kid extras you might need ahead of time. Sometimes access to these things are limited, and having them reserved ahead of time will make it easier when you arrive.

4. Scan your travel documents

You’ll need to gather up all your family’s travel documents, scan them, and email them to yourself so that you an have electronic access to them at all times in case you need them. You should include all passports, ID cards, copies of your family holiday travel insurance, records of vaccination, doctor and emergency contact details.

5. Make family friendly accommodation arrangements

Before you book and pay for your accommodation, be sure that you’ll have access to the things you and your children need to make your stay more comfortable. This might include asking the hotel or resort to provide your room with playpens, cribs, strollers, or baby monitors. Some larger resorts even have child care services on site.

6. Camera time!

While on your trip you no doubt be making some amazing memories with your children. You’ll want to capture some of these special moments, and not having the correct camera equipment at hand could mean you may miss some. Be sure to pack extra batteries and memory cards and, if possible, try to get a waterproof case. That way you don’t have to worry about your camera falling in the hotel pool if little hands are playing with it.

Modest Business Franchise Ideas

  • Posted on March 30, 2017 at 5:37 pm

Today’s world is very volatile and filled with trials and uncertainties. There are only so many ways of making money and many of these are fast getting saturated. Everywhere, people are looking for new and ingenious ways of earning money. People want to have their own business, but do not want to make a big investment. In such cases, it is good to look for a business idea which does not require too much initial investment. There are many websites which offer budget business Franchises for Sale. The ideas on these sites offer a wide range of businesses from pet grooming to babysitting to tutoring to caring for the elderly.

Virtual Assistant

In addition to traditional low cost business opportunities like babysitting, pet walking, or personal chef business, one of the leading new age businesses to think about is to be a Virtual Assistant. Many small business owners have too many tasks on their hand and wish to have someone to whom they can delegate. Virtual assistants can be of great help to them. They do everything that office assistants do, without even once meeting their bosses. They work on a contract basis from their household. In addition to basic administrative duties and keeping books, they also deliver specialized services like market research, technological troubleshooting.

Business Consulting/Image consulting

There are many low cost franchise opportunities like SEO solutions firms, or round the corner cafes available to people willing to put in the hard work and sincere efforts and of course part with some much short cash. But if parting with the initial capital is a problem, Business consulting or image consulting is another good opportunity for you. You could offer services like business plan writing, marketing, communications, help with legalities involved and so on. If you plan to offer image consulting services, you could advice on etiquette, fashion, dresses, accessories etc. This is one way of building a business around what interests you and what you are passionate about; all the time without too much of initial investment.

Event planning

Planning an event requires elaborate planning and organizing skills. Events/parties can be fulfilling and profitable if adequate hard work and efforts are involved. The overall success of an event planning business will be based on the experience that the planner brings to the clients. An event planner will have to have certain skills which are imperative to Low Cost business opportunities like this one. Good organization and time management, negotiation and budget management, creativity, public relations and marketing skills are a few of them.

Taxi Express Gets Rp 60 Billion Profit, Grow 54%

  • Posted on March 30, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Is ground transportation services brand Express, Express Transindo Main Tbk PT (TAXI) earned a net profit of Rp 60.5 billion. The amount of net income increased 54% when compared to net income in the same period in 2012 amounting to Rp 39 billion. This achievement exceeded the company’s target of Rp 59 billion.

The rise in net profit driven by the acquisition of the company’s total revenue per June 30, 2013 which reached Rp 331.3 billion, an increase of 40% when compared to the same period of the previous year of Rp 237 billion.

“The Company’s financial performance this semester boast, revenue growth and significant earnings thanks to the success and efficiency of the Company’s expansion strategy, in addition to our success was due to maintaining the quality of service,” said Chief Financial Officer Taxi Express David Santoso in a press release, in Jakarta, Friday (2 / 8/2013).

He said the biggest contribution is still dominated by regular taxi which reached 84%. The rest of the Business Value Added Business Transportation Limousine dominated by vehicles that are in Bali, Lombok, Bandung and Jakarta.

Express regular cab fleet itself which operates to this day more than 8,800 units, which is targeted to reach 10 035 units by year-end.

“This year we expect to be able to add to our regular fleet of 2,000 units,” added David.

For this year, he said, the company aims to add 5 new pool in the area Jadetabek.

According to him, from the target, the Company has been getting 3 new locations for the pool. The Company is currently looking for a location for a second pool. Indeed most current pool still in Jadetabek. In addition to the Jadetabek, Express Group also has a pool in the other areas, namely in Bali, Lombok, Medan, Surabaya and Semarang.

Meanwhile, with regard to the new tariff set Express Group, David explained that it does not affect the Company’s financial.

This is because the Express Group implemented a partnership scheme with the driver, so that the new tariff solely to adjust the driver’s income and maintain the welfare of each individual driver’s partner.

While the driver of the Company’s partners deposit value remained elevated and did not participate. “We will continue to focus on improving service to our customers. We are confident in the consistency of the Company’s future financial performance has continued to increase, especially taxi business in Indonesia is very potential, “he explained.

My life and my green bag

  • Posted on March 30, 2017 at 3:38 pm

I’ve been using green bags for quite some time now. At first it was always a struggle but recently I found a way to remedy the situation. My constant problem was that I had the willpower to use my green bags whenever I go shop but my forgetfulness makes all that willpower futile. I keep forgetting it and if you happen to pass by, you’d probably see me reprimanding my own self. It’s crazy, I know. But lately, I bought a new eco-friendly bag. With my old green bag left on our back door so I would always see it on my out, the other bag goes in the passenger seat of the car. This way, I’d have no excuse for not using it. >

The feeling of getting positive comments and praises from management and store employees is great. It makes you want to do more good things. However, some people don’t share the same sentiments and think that it’s just causing more delay. In truth, it actually only takes a few minutes more than just getting plastic bags out of the stack. Besides, I’m more than happy to help in placing my shopped items in my bag. That way, we all would be happy.

Green bags are great shopping bags. You no longer have to worry about stuff falling out and rolling in the car while you’re in transit. You also don’t have to be scared of having heavy stuff fall through off the bottom of the bag. Green bags are sturdy and strong.

They’re not only shopping bags; they’re also great gift bags! When I give out gifts to my friends, I always place them in green bags and finish them off with a bright and colorful ribbon. The result is beautiful. When your friends get them, they’ll be surprised. It’s like getting two gifts at one time. And believe me, the tote bags get to be used longer than the gift.

Reusable bags have made a great impact in my life and I’m making a small impact in saving our planet. Get on the green bag move now and let’s all help save earth.

-Kylie is a content writer for a leading manufacturer of green bags , eco-friendly promotional bags and car seat covers.