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***Dilantin: Know Its Side Effects*** I've noticed that doct unimarter UniMarter
***Dilantin: Know Its Side Effects***

I've noticed that doctors on TV medical dramas, when faced
with a seizing patient, cry out for the reliable standby drug
Dilantin.Also known as phenytoin, Dilantin has relieved seizures in
patients for the past sixty years and counting.But, like most prescription medications, Dilantin has its share
of nasty side effects.If you have recently been prescribed this drug then you need to
read on to know what you're in for.I'm not knocking Dilantin. I've been using it for nearly twenty
years to control my seizures. But, like the Boy Scouts say, be
prepared.Common side effects of this seizure medication include clumsiness, double vision, slurred speech, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting (ironically the same side effects felt after a seizure).These side effects occur mostly when you begin taking the drug.
Your body needs time to adjust to the medication.Even now I have bouts of dizziness, clumsiness, double vision,
and slurred speech.Occasionally, Dilantin causes a liver disorder. If your skin
appears yellow, you have a rash, your appetite no longer exists,
and you frequently feel tired then see your doctor immediately.If you have ever had liver disease be sure to tell your doctor
before you start taking Dilantin. You may not be able to use
this seizure medication.Low blood pressure is another possible side effect. I mean 'the
feeling ice cold while shaking uncontrollably until you pass out'
kind of low blood pressure.This happened to me once. I actually felt my blood pressure drop.
I should have gone to a hospital. But, like most people, I
stubbornly refused. But I suffered a long hellish two hours before my blood pressure rose again. I was lucky.Dilantin can also cause excessive facial hair growth, which is not great if you happen to be a woman.Be prepared to improve your dental hygiene. Dilantin often causes
the gums to swell and bleed. Break out the dental floss and start
using it every day. Your dentist will insist on it.If you are a woman planning to have children, and you're using
Dilantin, then be aware there is a small chance for congenital
malformations. This risk increases if you are taking more than
one anti-seizure drug.Now, the FDA has rated Dilantin a category 'C' drug, which means
the FDA isn't sure whether or not this drug causes birth defects.But why take a chance? Talk to your doctor.For you diabetics, Dilantin may increase your blood sugar. Be extra careful while monitoring your blood sugar levels.You cannot drink alcohol while using this medication. No 'But what if's'! The beers you chug with your best buddy will react with the medication by either putting you into a deep sedation or it will cause you to have a seizure.I found this out the hard way, only I was awake during the seizure. You don't want to be awake during a grand mal seizure! Being unconscious is the epileptic's friend, believe me.Avoid sleeping pills, aspirin, and heartburn medications. These
drugs combined with Dilantin can bring on a seizure.I drink a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime. I use ibuprofren
for headaches. I don't need to use any heartburn medications
(knock on wood).These are only a few of the medications you need to avoid while on Dilantin. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you take any medications, including herbal supplements.You will need to increase your intake of vitamin 'D', vitamins 'B6'and 'B12', your calcium intake, as well as iron and folic acid. Dilantin decreases all of these supplements in your body.Don't let this information scare you. You hear scarier side effects caused by other prescription drugs on those TV commercials.Dilantin is cheap and it works. The side effects are regrettable,
but nothing in life is perfect.I can function normally because Dilantin has tamed my rebellious
brain. Its side effects have become a minor inconvenience easily
lived with.Talk to your doctor if you have questions concerning this or
any other epilepsy medication. If your doctor speaks in 'medicalese'insist he or she speak in plain English.For more information on this and other epilepsy medications
visit the American Epilepsy Society online.Epilepsy can be frightening. But Dilantin can tame the beast.Jenny Harker is an experienced writer, gardener, and seasoned epileptic.Copyright Jenny Harker 2005

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***Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe - A Review*** Befor unimarter UniMarter
***Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe - A Review***

Before we begin to crack open Faustus with venerate instruments tipped with the blood of morality, we need to make our peace with what the definition of ?morality?, as a word, as an expression, as a universal truth is. Then, we need to cartwheel toward what the mechanics of the discrepant channels of ?morality? could be. So, let us pick up that scalpel, polish it out until it blinks blindingly, and begin to dissever with an unmatched callousness and a precision conversant only to unfailing flagrant egos.Notions of Morality and Morality PlaysMorality is without definition, it is based more on structure but that?s so vastly variant that it cannot be called structure, but instead we can ideally define it as a highly malleable sort of conviction within oneself, ?subjectivity? is perhaps the word I am striving to mine out. Morality is subjective. And this subjectivity again does not belong to one man or a set or a faction or a universe of them; this sort of subjectivity is impressive and it is dependable entirely on the solidarity of its conception. Weak minded men bear a delicate sense of morality; resolute men carry morality as their firmest assets. So, morality is subjective and subjectivity is the height of resolution, but, take note, both morality and subjectivity are parallels, even if they share the same source of origin and search the same habits for cultivation.The intention of anything that surprises the knowledge of the prevalence of morality in men is or has to be handled by the same and set form of subjectivity. Something of this nature is what a Morality play is all about. Morality plays weren?t critical, seditious or subversive, but still, in a dearth of these attributes they were, most consequentially, didactic. That is, that they gave direction and motive to having an inbred impulse of morality, that could not be employed by perception or deceived in perspective, i.e., that couldn?t be impressed upon by subjectivity, and necessitated succoring it with the goal of its preservation. In matters of morality, all or any subjectivity is at a loss and without foundation. And sometimes, men commit the very endemic error of misconstruing morality, instead of subjectivity, as the basis of action. This is perhaps the reason why the very first form of plays, or theatre at its infancy, discussed an issue that though presented levity but enforced the fickle formula of man?s favorite fallacy - his morality.Morality Plays, as is rampant in popular knowledge, resuscitated the oldest hypothesis of Good and Evil, to what man must owe his predilections and what aims he must defend, what he must uphold and what he must scorn. They were didactic not in teaching something exclusive, but conveying the rigidity and grandiose, august austerity of something as non-exclusive as one?s own moral preference. They magnified what men must commit themselves to, what men have committed themselves to and what these commitments must aspire to at most and what they must at least encompass; that conduct when bad made for untoward endings and when good, was a sanctioning passport to the pearly gates; that the Bible was as chaste and righteous in its each syllable as the breath of God in Bethlehem; and they helped the oldest notions foster, sometimes the means varied and often the content, but rarely did the intention waver. If you must ask why, recall that this was for the likes and sakes of a broader spectrum of subjectivity that belonged not to the composite nature of one man but the dull indifference of multitudes, and commit multitudes to their common fallacy, and they?ll delightfully lap it up, for what wrong can men find in a place wherefrom they derive the premises of what?s right.What authors like Marlowe himself, did was to make such stalwartly puissant and fanatical subjects as endurable and cause to rejoice, they either corrupted their protagonists beyond all reprieve and expiation, or cast them so unsullied, so unblemished by the execrable that all and any of their attributes were extremities and what more, they coded it impeccably (quite judiciously too) with the marveling combo of epithet and noun ? the Common Man. That, it is to be reckoned, is what bolstered the edifying, didactic element in these plays. As an old song goes, ?a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down?, the masses swallowed up the interfering nature of the play disguised as insouciant, when writers like Marlowe used sartorial writing styles to dress these insinuations up, and tone the commandment-like mandate allusions to moral-preening down, and bedeck them in raiment, idyllic, literary and most crucially? passable.?Doctor Faustus? ? Christopher Marlowe gets down with the boogieGhosts in attics do not exist in cardinal corporeal form. Neither does morality. However, we bear a feeling for them, like we bear a feeling for the expectation of finding a newspaper on the porch, receiving a call in the afternoon, and getting laid in a brothel. Morality is ghost-like, we bear only a presentiment towards it; it is not something tactile, tangible and talking from personal experience, infallible and in that case, not in the least bit reliable. (Ha, ha, wouldn?t that be convenient? Imagine, a guiltless rapist, a superhuman politician and a saintly strumpet!)
Christopher Marlowe dishes out his own share of the large palette of morality, and takes up the murkiest nuance and wets the tip of the sable-hair brush sharpened with wetness, dips in an ion?s worth of resolution and poses in a majestic stance for a coup de grace. ?Doctor Faustus? is a Morality play by the same standards and grounds that any Morality play is a Morality play ? it confirms morality as a necessity, almost an ideal, and the course of the consequences when its not.Can you not just imagine Marlowe all dressed up with that very pliable Malacca cane breathing down the nape of you neck and sighing hoarsely, intoning syllables like a foreigner intent on butchering dialect, ?Moral is Good. Amoral is Bad. Everything else is secondary.??It was the attitude of an age, and writers are nothing but mediums of attitudes, and if not that, then they?re supposed rebels; Marlowe was not a rebel. ?Doctor Faustus? parades most perceptibly even to the most unprofessional eye that it lugs all the paraphernalia of a Morality Play. It is like a transcendent cricket match: Good versus Evil, nine wickets down, Faustus on batting, last over, and the last sextet of balls, and the bloke?s pretty much cutting the cropper on each one. You?ve got Satan leading the host team and Mr. Almighty heading the adversaries, got Good Angel and Bad Angel in the line up, Mephistopheles to boot and a right wing non-diplomatic, uncompromising demeanor to hack the hole in the floor. Faustus caves in for itching temptations that need the balm of self-indulgent gluttony, and now he must face the repercussions of his blighted, insubordinate-to-moral-values outcast nature. At the end of it, for his deeds and for yielding, he feels up the wrath of a nice boot up his privates, metaphor intended.What?s all Morality-play-ish about it? It is goddam exacting. It intimates that a pregnant cessation on one?s voracity is imperative, that overkill breeds evil and dissatisfaction imports it, that only stern principles of morality can engineer and engender true satiation and no pleasure can aim to compare to the one of rigidity in uprightness, that no man must readily or otherwise acquiesce to the demands that men often make of themselves, the one of surpassing and over-reaching. Too bad, that Marlowe and his chums never saw a Bollywood flick, I can wager my wits that they would?ve loved the picture perfect ending, bad pun also intended.All queries and questions regarding the text should be shot at - mosaics12@rediffmail.com

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***Lipstik Clothing Is At The Top When It Comes To Fashion Forwar unimarter UniMarter
***Lipstik Clothing Is At The Top When It Comes To Fashion Forward Children's Designs***

If you have a little girl, you will absolutely love clothing by Lipstik. This trendy designer clothing line is geared towards the feminine styles that little girls love. If your child wants to feel like a princess every day, then you must browse through our collection of girls' apparel by Lipstik. This label also includes the English Roses Collection, which was developed in collaboration with Madonna, based on her book, The English Roses.We sell dresses with ruffles, capris with lace, tee shirts with beading, and a host of other adorable ensembles. If your little girl loves anything pink, then she will delight in the Lipstik line, as many of these pieces come in vibrant shades of pink. Dresses come tiered, with layers upon layers of soft ruffles. Does your little girl feel more comfortable in pants than in skirts and dresses? Well, we sell a host of funky pant-sets that come in adorable styles that cater to a girl's sense of fun and fantasy.At www.HugsnKissesboutique.com, we believe that consumers should have access to the best children's clothing labels, without having to travel far and wide. Our online site is a work in progress, and we strive to constantly update our selections according to the latest fashions. Lipstik is one of our most popular labels, and for good reason. The clothing is well made and durable, and the designs are whimsical and fresh. You don't have to worry about beads falling off or ribbons coming loose, as great attention is paid to detail and craftsmanship.Lipstik for GirlsThe English Roses collection has become a big hit, as this line of girls' apparel is both romantic and feminine. Fabric designs are soft and contain a host of flirty colors that girls tend to love. If your little girl wants to dress up every day, then Lipstik is the brand of clothing for her. Let us know if you have any trouble finding what you are looking for, and we will gladly assist you. We can be reached at 609-485-0038, should you have any questionsDorian Jones

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***Nokia Introduces OS 2006 for the 770*** Nokia today annou unimarter UniMarter
***Nokia Introduces OS 2006 for the 770***

Nokia today announced OS 2006 for the Nokia 770 Internet tablet. OS 2006 is a major update for the 770 and includes a host of new features and performance enhancements. Probably one of the most prominent additions to OS 2006 is the addition of Google Talk.The Nokia 770 is a Linux-based WiFi-enabled small form factor Internet tablet that allows users to access Internet based services anywhere an open WiFi connection is available. DailyTech reported earlier this week that Nokia and Google had signed a partnership agreement to develop portable technology solutions and the inclusion of Google Talk in OS 2006 is the first indication of that partnership.Nokia today announced OS 2006 for the Nokia 770 Internet tablet. OS 2006 is a major update for the 770 and includes a host of new features and performance enhancements. Probably one of the most prominent additions to OS 2006 is the addition of Google Talk.The Nokia 770 is a Linux-based WiFi-enabled small form factor Internet tablet that allows users to access Internet based services anywhere an open WiFi connection is available. DailyTech reported earlier this week that Nokia and Google had signed a partnership agreement to develop portable technology solutions and the inclusion of Google Talk in OS 2006 is the first indication of that partnership.OS 2006 includes other updates as well, including better memory management, the Jabber / XMPP protocol through Google Talk and SIP support. Nokia hopes to support Skype competitor Gizmo?s VoIP client on the device in the near future as well. Google will also be the default search provider for the device.http: / / www.usdigg.com

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***Sending SMS in Foreign Languages For Example Arabic, Greek, He unimarter UniMarter
***Sending SMS in Foreign Languages For Example Arabic, Greek, Hebrew etc.***

Mobile phone penetration is increasing globally. With the increase in handsets, being able to communicate with the handset owners in their own language is something that is becoming increasingly important.The first question that comes to mind is how it works when foreign languages are sent to mobiles from a web site. Based on the fact that computers fundamentally just deal with numbers, letters and characters are stored using a unique number for each and in the past these unique numbers had to be assigned through the use of encoding systems. As a result hundreds of different encoding systems existed, none compatible with each other and none of them containing enough characters to deal with all languages. All this changed with the invention of Unicode. With Unicode one number for each letter has been assigned (a standard has been set) and it is network, platform and language independent. The emergence of Unicode standards and tools allowed web platform owners and developers to develop additional tools which enables end users to send sms in their own language.These applications are especially important in the Middle East (Arabic), Far East (Chinese, Taiwanese, Hindi etc.) and European countries where normal English characters cannot be used to communicate in data format for example Greece, Finland, Norway - just to name a few.Prior to development of a user-friendly Java based application, users had to be familiar with Hex and the conversion of Unicode characters into Hex in order for the binary data to be sent to recipients via mobile phones from web sites.This now all changed for end users. The java based application used for sending Unicode allows users to send sms from the web site in the language their keyboard is set to. Once logged in, users have the opportunity to choose whether they want to send their text message in Unicode or in English. After selecting Unicode, the user is presented with the opportunity to send their message in Hex or based on their keyboard settings (Keyboard input).The process is extremely simple and user friendly - if your keyboard is set (for example) to Greek, you simply type the message in and click on "send" - the text will be delivered to the recipient in Greek. Unicode is still limited to 70 Characters, which is a GSM restriction, but the use of 160 characters is currently under development.Visit http: / / www.smswarehouse.com for more details and a free test account.About The Author
Marinda Stuiver has been working in the marketing industry since 1996. She worked as International sales and marketing consultant for Station Africa Telecoms where one of her responsibilities was media liaison during sponsored events such as the Camel Trophy 4X4 events, Kathy O?Dowd?s firs ascent of Mt Everest, the 1999 BT sponsored Vasco da Gama Yacht race and many more. She started her own online consultancy in 2000 (E-SPECTATIONS.COM) and launched a new division in January 2005 called SMSwarehouse. Her major area of interest is convergence of technologies and she works as a consultant in this specific arena. PR forms a big part of her daily duties and services to clients but she also enjoys writing about her outdoor experiences and adventures.

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***India as an Offshoring Destination: A Historical Perspective** unimarter UniMarter
***India as an Offshoring Destination: A Historical Perspective***

As debates rage on across the globe on the economics of Offshoring work to India in the IT & ITES space (BPO), it is time to view outsourcing from the right perspectives. The Cost perspective is often harped upon by both Indian companies and their offshoring clients. However the root of Indian competitiveness in this space is not often discussed. This article only offers that historical perspective on why India is suited to be BPO Hub of the world."Off shoring" is the system of packaging a set of your organization?s tasks and hiring another company situated in another country to perform these tasks for you as a Billable Service. The service providing company provides you a dedicated workforce to perform these tasks for mutually agreed cost and quality terms.Why India?The crux of "Off shoring" is "COST" and better operating margins for the companies? off shoring to India, China or any other country. But "COST" and "PREDICTABLE & CONSISTENT QUALITY" would be more like it.India has an edge because you have decent quality English speaking people who are willing to do routine work (?Grunt Work?) at a highly competitive price. As long as it maintains that edge, remains consistent and predictable, India has a place as the Software backyard and the BackOffice of the world. A large IT Manpower pool and dominance of English in higher education system only helps to build India as a preferred choice for "Offshoring".The reason why India is able to have such consistent IT & ITES workforce has nothing to do with India becoming a big power in the IT Space or brilliance of Indian Programmers or the fantastic engineers of our IITs. It is a consequence of our McCaulay System of Education which over 170 years old .McCaulay & IndiaThomas Babington McCaulay (1800-1859) was posted in India in the first half of the 19th Century (1835 -1837) under Governor General William Bentick when India was just brought fully under the control of the British Empire. The British throne exercised control on India through its agency the British "East India Company". The Company waged bloody battles for most part of the 18th Century in India to control political power and every possible resource in India. From 1784 onwards there was a "Board of Control" with members from the House of Commons which defined the relations between the Crown and the Directors of the East India Company.Coming back to McCaulay; Thomas Babington McCaulay, a master of English prose and literature, was elected twice as the member of the House of Commons, and served as one of the commissioners of the Board of Control for 18 months (1831-1832) whereon he got involved in Indian affairs. The British crown wanted to appoint a person who was not in the offices of the East India Company as a member of the Supreme Council in India. In 1833 McCaulay was appointed to the Supreme Council of India and traveled to India. By the time he sailed backed in 1837, he laid the foundation for two of the most important systems which would change India as a country - the Indian Penal Code and the education system.The foundation for English EducationIn one of his speeches to the House of Commons in 1833 before coming to India, McCaulay outlined his plan for perpetuation of British governance in India through representative institutions of the government similar to the European model of governance. This institutional framework designed to manage the British supremacy required to be staffed with people who understood the language and the systems. So came up the need for training Indians to occupy these positions. McCaulay was of the opinion that Indians were perfectly in position to be trained to staff a new system of governance. To quote McCaulay "That the average of intelligence and virtue is very high in this country is matter for honest exultation. But it is no reason for employing average men where you can obtain superior men. Consider too, Sir, how rapidly the public mind in India is advancing , how much attention is already paid by the higher classes of the natives to those intellectual pursuits on the cultivation of which the superiority of the European race to the rest of mankind principally depends. . . ." . This observation made 172 years back is relevant even today and will find a familiar echo with many supporters of Offshoring to India.McCaulay outlaid the plans for Indian Education System in the McCaulay' Minute of Education which was reviewed and passed by Governor General William Bentick in 1835. William Bentick agreeing to McCaulay?s view concurred that the true objective of the British government should be the promotion of European Literature and Culture in India thus laying the foundation for a permanent position for use of English Language in Indian Education. Today English has come to stay in Free India. Whether the supporters of Indian languages like it or not, it is impossible to replace English as the medium of instruction in higher education, language of governance and the language of technology long after McCaulay and the British have gone. The medium of instruction in Colleges and Universities across India is English and will remain so for a long time in future.It is this very foundation of English based education rooted in history that makes it easier for Indians to be a preferred choice for BPOs and offshoring work from US other English Speaking countries.The root of Indian Work Ethic
The other important perspective which often is ignored is that McCaulay education plan was not just about teaching English to Indians. It was propagating a system of governance and making Indians suitable to occupy positions in the Institutions which represented this system.To quote "We will create a system of education that will not change their color but will make them 'white' in their thoughts.? (There is no record to show McCaulay actually used these exact words but he must have said something on similar lines). Here we have to remember that in 1830s - "white" meant largely European. At that time Europe was in the post Renaissance era where most of the foundations for what would come to be called modern science and technology was already laid. The use of mechanization was dawning upon the modern world; this would eventually lead to the Industrial Revolution and the birth of the factory system which is the rock bed of any economy even to this day. McCaulay's remarks on "white in thoughts" should be viewed from this perspective. McCaulay would never have realized that one day this bridge built to advance British dominance in India would also help free India to be able to do business and be on par with technological advances of other erstwhile British Colonies.By the beginning of 19th Century the British dominance in India was complete. What was earlier a conglomeration of princely states with independent rulers had to be brought under a single system of governance. While the military power which helped British gain control over India in the 18th century was important, it would not help maintain a civil framework and also allow for the British rulers to discharge the fundamental duties of any ruler - to collect taxes and maintain law & order. They needed a framework of administrative and judicial institutions in India. The senior positions in these Institutions would for almost a century later be the exclusive preserve of the British, it did not make economic sense to employ British for staff positions in the offices of the government and many civil institutions. The only option was to train Indians for these positions. In a country as complex and elaborate as India it meant creation of an elaborate education system which would ultimately enable Indians to exploit job opportunities being thrown up by the British Indian Government.The British Indian Government offered Indians the first real opportunity to be exposed to western Work Ethic. Some of the precepts of this Work Ethic would be(a) Employment based on Qualification(b) Fixed Work Timings,(c) Designations associated with Job Roles(d) Defined nature of Work(e) Documenting work activities(f) Job Hierarchy and promotion based on Seniority (it would still take sometime for Indians to break the Glass Ceiling and become officers in British Indian Government) and most importantly(f) Fixed Monthly Salary.This would be the first exposure of Indians to a new work ethic which they imbibed for over a century and would eventually build what is known as the Indian Middle Class. More than anything else, the last precept was a major attraction for a large majority of Indians. For somebody who could not suffer the vagaries of an agrarian life or did not have acumen of a trader, a job with a government institution offered opportunity for a decent livelihood as long as you had western education, communicated in English, where disciplined and obedient. That, being a part of the government increased your social standing was only a bonus. This was the primary reason Indians immediately gravitated towards this new work ethic and the education system which was the stepping stone for this opportunity. Today a large part of Indian government, trade, business and Industry still runs because of this Work ethic.The Work Force to Staff OfficesMcCaulay's contribution through his education plan, more than teaching English, was to create a system which would churn out disciplined, obedient and productive staff to man the offices of the British Indian Government.For more than 170 years later this system of Education has remained largely unchanged. It is too elaborate and too complex for anybody to change. The precepts of the system are so fundamentally strong that it would be impossible to change. Only new layers of Higher Learning have been added to the existing system through the IITs, IIMs and other Institutions of higher learning. But the Core of the education system, the Work Ethic it imbibes and the predictability of work force it produces is the same for the last couple of centuries. Individuals vary in the degree of their learning depending on the opportunities presented to them and their individual competencies. This self sustained system of English based Western Education and Work Ethic which offers Predictability of the work force are fundamental reasons which will help India to be a preferred choice for off shoring work and establish itself in the BPO Sector. China has only now realized the importance of using English as the business transaction language and is all set to teach English to its populace with vigor. Lower Employment Cost is no doubt a distinct advantage, but a history and system which is designed to produce predictable people to handle office jobs in English is a supremely distinct advantage.The Flip SideThis 200 year old system of Education and all its associated values has its flip side. As I have stated in the above passages, irrespective of the nature of higher learning, the core of the educational system is to produce a work force which is predictable and obedient. The Work Ethic for which the British set the foundation has predictability, obedience and repetitiveness as cornerstones. This makes a large part of the Indian workforce very good at predictable and carrying out defined activities.Questioning things the way they are done, trying to change the rules of the game, Innovation and Creativity are something which cannot be expected out the products of this system. This is primarily the reason that even in the IT space we have a very large number of IT Services and ITES companies. The largest number of CMM Level 5 Companies (CMM is all about Consistency!) but not a single IT Product company. The situation is no different in traditional manufacturing sectors. TATAs being able to design and manufacture a passenger car named - Indica was considered a breakthrough in the Indian industry, which almost 50 years after Independence was stilling producing vehicles on western and Japanese designs. Coming out with a new product in IT or any other Industry requires individuals who are not only Innovative and Creative (Latest buzzwords) but are strongly committed to Question the very existence of things as they are now. There are no doubt positive movements towards this direction, but it will be a while before our education system can produce such individuals.Vijay V Bhat, Mechanical Engineer and MBA from Symbiosis Centre for Management & HRD,India, currently employed as a Consultant with Infosys Technologies Ltd. The views expressed here are his and does not represent his employer. He has previously worked with manufacturing and automotive companies in India in the sales and marketing arena. He has also taught students in the Engineering and Management fields in Indian Colleges.(Also Visit :http: / / www.competeindia.blogspot.com)

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***Maybe the Superbowl Winner Should be the Called the Champions of the Universe!***

When I was about 6 years old my family lived in a little African country that was way down on the pointy end of the continent. It has not existed for about 10 years but that?s a different story altogether, but I remember that one fine day my dad came home from a business trip in East London, which is still conveniently located in nearby South Africa. I remember his return because it marked the moment in my life that I became aware of the NFL, specifically I became aware of the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins.

My dad came home with gifts for my brother and I in the form of a baseball cap each. Mine was dark blue with white writing on the front that read Dallas Cowboys and my brothers was a deep red with Washington Redskins printed on the front. We had absolutely no idea who the Dallas Cowboys or Washington Redskins were or what it was they actually did but the hats said Cowboys and Indians on them so we were more then happy to wear them. As time wore on I learnt a bit more about the NFL, mainly that it was slightly similar to rugby but was played by big guys who did not appear to enjoy getting hurt. To avoid this inconvenience the teams made sure that the players wore enough padding to absorb the impact equal to that which you would experience if you were hit by a small car going 30 miles an hour. The result is big men wearing lots of foam and a game that stops every few minutes so the TV stations can show another advert (talk about another story opportunity?)

At the end of the year 2000 my wife and I decided to emigrate from Johannesburg in South Africa to Dallas Texas in the hope of having a better life and more work opportunities for us both. The job market in Dallas appeared to be robust and growing and the weather is quite enjoyable. No though was given to any other part of life in Big D, no thoughts of Dealey Plaza, the President, the TV show, the Cowboys or Cowtown USA. Work was the only motivational factor in the selection of what has become our home city.

A few weeks after our lonely arrival in Dallas we bought a slightly used Ford truck to start exploring our new universe and low and behold we found Texas Stadium, Home of the Dallas Cowboys. I was a bit surprised and found myself remembering that beat up old hat from my childhood. About a year later I was given 5 tickets to a game and while we sat in the stadium I had the strange sensation of having gone full circle, as a childhood image was being played out in front of me. I now knew who the Cowboys are. A nice person sitting near me even took the time to inform me of some of the teams illustrious history and that they were the WORLD CHAMPIONS!

World?

I have supported Manchester United Football Club since about 1990. They are certainly English Champions and even European Champions twice, but ultimately the club has failed to reach the heights that other iconic soccer teams like Liverpool or Real Madrid have. The club rarely succeeds in the international competitions they play in, but they definitely give their competitors a run for their money. Man U has held more then 50 Champions trophies in different competitions high above their heads, in some competitions many more then any other team ever has, and as a result their trophy room at Old Trafford is considered by some to be second to none. The team has dominated the English game for most of the last 15 years and is hated because of it. Unfortunately they have stumbled a bit over the last 3 years but what team doesn?t.

Here is the most fascinating part in all this for me: Manchester United competes against some of the greatest clubs worldwide. Sometimes they win and oftentimes they don?t, but they have NEVER claimed themselves to be world champions in their 103-year history. They have certainly achieved more then the Cowboys ever have, so how can the Cowboys call themselves world champions? Clearly the FIFA and their Soccer World Cup determines what country is the World Champion and there are several international club cups that attempt to crown a Club World Champion, but some might argue that none of these competitions really represent all the clubs on the whole planet.

So lets go back to the NFL and America?s Team, the Cowboys. How does an organization that consists of teams exclusively from American cities and cleverly named the National Football League end up with World Champion teams?
If no other country is competing in the NFL what makes them think that they have the right to hang the title of World Champions over their door? Heck, Canada doesn?t even play!

Consider the NFL trophy itself: It is handcrafted out of solid silver and stands a mere 22 inches high. It was first presented at the AFL-NFL World Championship Game (now called the Super Bowl, which by the way is remarkably good when enjoyed with beer and chips) on January the 15th 1967. It was originally called the World Championship Game Trophy, but in 1971 the name was changed to the Lombardi Trophy. Good move.

Can you call yourself World Champions if you are the only one playing? If you are the only one playing and you win why not call yourself Champions of the Universe?

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***About Malta***

Malta is a tiny island in the centre of the Mediterranean sea, surrounded by crystal clear water and is great for swimming and all kinds of water sports. Nightlife here is excellent. The people are friendly and are always ready to help anyone out. Malta?s two main languages are Maltese and English. Practically everyone speaks English here, making it easier for an English speaking tourist to feel welcome. Malta has a high standard of English and in Summer, thousands of foreign students come here to learn English at the different English schools, including EF and ESE.
Malta has two sister islands, Gozo and Comino. Gozo is smaller and quieter than Malta. Its peacefulness and tranquility makes it an excellent place for those seeking a peaceful and cultural holiday. Comino is the smallest of the three islands. It is so small, the only major building on it is a hotel. This is an excellent place to relax and forget about modern day life. It is also ideal for those who enjoy taking long walks in the Mediterranean countryside. Close to Comino is the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a prime diving, snorkeling and fishing location. Diving there is a unique experience.Since distances on the Maltese Islands are small, you are never far from the sea and Malta has a large selection of beaches, both sandy or rocky, many people agree that Malta's beaches are some of the nicest in all the Mediterranean.
For those of you that like to enjoy yourself at night, Malta has great nightlife. In the towns of Paceville St.Julians and Sliema one may find many establishments catering to your every need. Paceville is more suited for the younger scene (16 - early 20s) featuring a hive of clubs, bars and pubs. In St.Julians and Sliema one may find an assortment or many fine restaurants, wine bars and cigar bars (especially around the Portomaso region). However, there is no shortage of bars and pubs and one may even come across the odd Irish Pub.Malta has a rich and colorful history, dating back to the pre-historic times. Some of Malta's first buildings were its pre-historic temples. These buildings are older (but not as famous) as the Egyptian Pyramids and are World Heritage Sites. The temples are well worth a visit, should one happen to be visiting Malta. Malta was ruled by several communities and these all left their mark, especially the Arabs and the British.Whatever you look for in a holiday, it can be found in Malta. Be it extreme sports or simply relaxing by the beach.Matthew Baldacchino
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***Traveling in Mexico: Life in Acapulco*** The sea retreate unimarter UniMarter
***Traveling in Mexico: Life in Acapulco***

The sea retreated as she broke the grip of the tumbling waters. Soft swells revealed an ever-lengthening expanse of smooth, mocha-colored skin. Warm rivulets of salty water ran down her from long wavy auburn hair. She had been swimming hard against the retreating tide. The breeze rustling the palm fronds she watched along the beach felt like the gentle breath of angels.?Here?s an Agua de Pipa with ice?, I offered.?Just what I need. I?m parched?, she quickly responded as I held out the dark brown ball that was a chilled, wet coconut.A hole had been sliced into its top to admit a long yellow straw. She sipped for a few seconds that seemed like an eternity to her salt-cracked throat, the sweetness contrasting the Pacific?s salt. Whirling abruptly, she dropped into the blue wooden lounge chair next to me, throwing a cartoon character towel across her dripping torso. Her feet buried themselves in the moist, warm sand. Shade from the blue and white canvas beach umbrella blocked the late morning Acapulco sun. Raggedly clad vendors plodded their way along the beach hawking chili-powder-sprinkled mangoes, cheese-filled roast platano slathered with sweet cream, and clear plastic bags of brightly-colored soft drinks. Straws protruded from their twist-tied tops.?Would you like a nice, relaxing neck and back massage??Looking up, the face of a middle-aged black woman appeared. Her sun-bleached brown and black hair in neatly-done dreadlocks. ?Only 10 pesos to do your head and neck.? Stepping behind me she began to massage my neck and shoulders briskly. The scent of perfumed coconut oil adding to the sensation. ?A full body massage is only 50 pesos?, she added.Much drier now from the sun, heat and towel, my wife chimed in, ?Go ahead and get one. I?ll treat you for Father?s Day.?Together they made me an offer I didn?t refuse. The Rasta woman spread our large cartoon character towel on the crystal sand. I prostrated myself on its moistness and in moments began to drift wonderfully away to the sensation of a thousand magic fingers on my sun-tanned skin and the aroma of perfumed coconut oil.
Getting to AcapulcoGetting to Acapulco is pretty simple; from Mexico City, it?s a six-hour, 230-peso bus ride from the South Terminal (Terminal Sur - metro stop: Tasque?a) on frequently-departing Grupo Estsrella Blanca buses. The ultra-deluxe buses feature one or two full-length movies, extra-wide, plush, reclining lounge chairs and a freshly made sandwich and cold beverage of your choice handed out as you board. Buses take the non-stop toll expressway directly to the coast. Second class transport lines (180 pesos, 6 ? to 7 grueling hours) still use the old route through the mountains passing Cuernavaca, Taxco and Chilpancingo, Guerrero state?s capitol city.Getting Around AcapulcoIt?s ridiculously easy to traverse the city. In fact, if it got any easier, you?d have to be carried around on the wings of angels. The main thoroughfare, Costera Miguel Aleman, follows the crescent-shaped shore virtually from one end to its other several kilometers away. Blue taxis are abundant costing ten to fifteen pesos for most destinations within the city. Blue and white city buses follow ?La Costera? too and are a bargain 3 pesos. Even bus lines that venture up the rolling slopes of Acapulco?s residential districts pass briefly along ?La Costera?, mostly near the Zocalo. Green and white city buses wind their way up and over the cliffs to locales outside but near the city and set you back a whopping 5 pesos for a journey of 30 to 40 minutes. We?ll be taking a day trip to ?Pie de la Cuesta? later in this series.Be sure to check out my other articles in the two continuing series: Teaching English in Mexico and Traveling in Mexico. If you would like more information, have questions or comments, the author can be e-mailed; see address below.Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an ELT Teacher Trainer, English language learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. He has published more than 350 articles and academic papers and presented at numerous EFL teacher training and TEFL conferences throughout North America, South America and Europe. For comments, questions, requests, to receive more information or to be added to his free TESOL articles and teaching materials mailing list, e-mail: lynchlarrym@gmail.com

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***Traveling in Mexico: What to Do in Acapulco*** Living in unimarter UniMarter
***Traveling in Mexico: What to Do in Acapulco***

Living in Acapulco?See you on the beach after English class!? Living in Acapulco, this is an all-too-common phrase of sorts. But after the beach, there?s far more to do and see. Here are some snippets from life in Acapulco.To keep up with the local and latest national / international news you can read one of Acapulco?s three major newspapers. ?El Sol de Acapulco? which costs 4 pesos and is published daily by the Organizacion Editorial Mexicana (Website: www.oem.com.mx ). This paper features extensive international and national as well as local news coverage.Less extensive internationally but with good regional and local coverage is found in ?Novedades Acapulco?, a daily, family-oriented paper available city-wide for 4 pesos. (website: www.aca-novenet.com.mx )For up-to-date regional news for the state of Guerrero, ?Diario Guerrero? is the paper to read. It isn?t web based, and features political news and events for the four pesos you plunk down. For sending commentary or just putting in your two cents worth, you can e-mail: diario17@prodigy.net.mxWhat?s Around Acapulco to Do and See?You?re kidding, right? Well. If you?re NOT kidding, here are some suggested sites to give you a modicum of ideas.An over-abundance of information exists on things to do and see, as well as places to drop a few bucks in the city. With more than 10,000 operating websites to provide ideas, you?ll be up to your eyeballs on the web for weeks. We?re listing a few of the better ones to help start you off. One place for you to start is the Frommer website giving an overview and some useful general information at: http: / / www.frommers.com / destinations / acapulco / Mexico travel information on-line with the Traveleye website provides extensive things to do and see listing worth checking out in advance to give a more than a few ideas. Go to: http: / / www.traveleye.com / northamerica / mexico / thingstodo.shtmlFodor?s website is also a good one to take a look at with detailed info and maps to give a good overview of the city, its environs and an avalanche of optional activities. Visit them at: http: / / www.fodors.com / miniguides / mgresults.cfm?destination=acapulco@7 or start at their homepage: www.fodors.comSo, are you ready to come on down? Then, ?See you on the beach after English class!?Be sure to check out my other articles in the two continuing series: Teaching English in Mexico and Traveling in Mexico. If you would like more information, have questions or comments, the author can be e-mailed; see address below.Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an ELT Teacher Trainer, English language learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. He has published more than 350 articles and academic papers and presented at numerous EFL teacher training and TEFL conferences throughout North America, South America and Europe. For comments, questions, requests, to receive more information or to be added to his free TESOL articles and teaching materials mailing list, e-mail: lynchlarrym@gmail.com

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***Traveling in Mexico: Eating Inexpensively in Mexico City*** unimarter UniMarter
***Traveling in Mexico: Eating Inexpensively in Mexico City***

Whether you?re planning on teaching English in Mexico or are just traveling in Mexico, you still have to eat, don?t you? So here are some of my recommendations for eating out inexpensively in the Historic District of Mexico City.Caf? PopularAddress: Avenida Cinco de Mayo 52Located right next to the Zamora Hotel, one and a half blocks from the zocalo. Economical local meals are featured 24 hours a day priced around 25 pesos. Almost always busy, you may have to wait a few minutes to be seated, but the food is well worth it. A generous platter of sweet, tempting breads, rolls and pastries baked in-house is served along with your meal and you are charged only for the ones you eat. Look for the brown awning with a short line of people waiting outside. That?ll be the place.Caf? La BlancaAddress: Avenida Cinco de Mayo 40Another neighborhood spot popular with the locals is just two blocks further along the street from the Caf? Popular. Larger but with decidedly less atmosphere, the food is nonetheless good although still basic and a bit pricier with entrees in the range of 30 - 40 pesos. The large plate glass windows along the front are prime for people-watching along the heavily-trafficked Cinco de Mayo, especially late afternoons and evenings.La Casa del PavoAddress: Motolinia No. 40
Phone: 518 ? 4282A small but unique restaurant a few doors down from the Hotel Lafayette that specializes in turkey (pavo) dishes of all types. Rows of mouth-watering charcoal-roasted turkey drumsticks are displayed in the plate glass window outside and the aroma of fresh roast turkey will drive you just about out of this world. Prices are moderate, entrees range from 20 to 40 pesos. Dishes of other meats are on the menu, although most are the popular pavo ones.Rosticero Molina
Address: Cinco de Mayo and Isabel CatolicaAn open-on-all-sides bar-B-que joint on the corner that serves hot roast chicken and , you guessed it ? pavo. Entrees here are really inexpensive with a whole roast chicken, side dishes, pickled jalapenos, drinks and condiments (a HUGE stack of soft corn tortillas) for two people selling for a mere $4 (47 pesos) ! Quick and delicious meals can be eaten at the counter downstairs or upstairs at comfortable tables. For a fast and filling lunch this is unquestionably the place. There is another turkey rosticero right around the corner and a few steps down on Isabel Catolica with very similar fare at about the same prices. They almost always play tropical music at supersonic levels so a conversation is out of the question most of the time. Both places close by 8:30 pm or so however, so get there early.Restaurante Madero
Address: Avenida Madera at the corner of MotoliniaA popular lunch-time spot with the locals and famous for its ?cabrito al horno? (roast goat meat ? that?s right, Goat), the Restaurante Madero also has a selection of ?mole? (a kind of spicy chocolate sauce) dishes. Lunch prices are especially attractive but getting a table on weekdays is somewhat nip and tuck. It?s worth it if you can get though. Maybe, just maybe you?ll get lucky.If You?re Feeling a Tad ?Homesick? and??you?ve just got to have that ?little taste of home?, there are a number of fast food franchises in the Historic District as well as throughout Mexico City. Domino?s Pizza (tel. 510 ? 2122) is on the corner of Motolinia and Cinco de Mayo. Prices are from 65 pesos for a medium-sized pizza with the works to 130 pesos for their largest. Dunkin Donuts is mere steps from the Zocalo in the first block of Madero and has the best real coffee in the area in addition to their honey-dips. McDonalds is in front of the Zocalo on Cinco de Febrero. You can?t miss it.Be sure to check out my other articles in the continuing series: Teaching English in Mexico and Traveling in Mexico. If you would like more information, have questions or comments, the author can be e-mailed at: lynchlarrym@gmail.comProf. Larry M. Lynch is an ELT Teacher Trainer, English language learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. He has published more than 350 articles and academic papers and presented at numerous EFL teacher training and TEFL conferences throughout North America, South America and Europe. For comments, questions, requests, to receive more information or to be added to his free TESOL articles and teaching materials mailing list, e-mail: lynchlarrym@gmail.com

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***Traveling in Mexico: Historic District Shopping*** Shoppi unimarter UniMarter
***Traveling in Mexico: Historic District Shopping***

Shopping in the Historic District and the Zona RosaTo do a little shopping there are literally scores of stores, shops and craft stands from which to make your purchases in and near the Zocalo and in the Zona Rosa. Making purchases in the Historic District is far cheaper than the often sky-high prices usually found in the Zona Rosa, which caters to the Upper Crust, International and Business travelers. Stands selling postcards, maps, magazines, books, newspapers, T - shirts and a cornucopia of crafts are open along the edges of the Zocalo from 9am until the late afternoon.Beyond the ZocaloFurther into the Zocalo, around on the side of the cathedral, there are dancers performing Aztec ritual dances to traditional music from late mornings to early afternoons. Frequently they?ll stop and pass collection baskets through the crowd for donations. The multi-colored, feathered costumes of the tanned, muscular dancers (including some women and children) make great photos. You shouldn?t miss this.You can also pick up pretty decent city and Mexico maps from vendors in the Zocalo. Guia Roji publishes very good, informative ones. Most will be in Spanish (well this is MEXICO, remember ?). There?s no shortage of shops or goods of any type elsewhere in the area either as virtually every street in the Historic District consists of corner to corner stores and shops.For Ladies, For MenFor Ladies clothes, shoes and accessories walk along Cinco de Febrero (the street that borders the Zocalo) with the front of the Cathedral behind you. Go about three blocks and the boutiques will begin. They go on for many blocks so you won?t get bored.For Mens clothes and accoutrements, Avenida Lazaro Cardenas is Tailor?s Row, starting about one block from the Palacio de Las Bellas Artes (with the front of the Bellas Artes building behind you) and continuing for an additional five blocks or so. You?ll pass right by the Torre Latinoamerica, so if it?s a clear day you might want to pop up to the observation deck or caf? on the 43rd and 44th floors for a spectacular view. Tickets are sold at street level around on the side street (Alarcon) and cost 30 pesos.Avenida Lazaro Cardenas is good for other shopping sprees as well since street vendors hawk virtually everything imaginable along its length. This avenida runs for miles so you?ll run out of steam well before it does.Other notable shopping specifics
Other notable shopping specifics in the Historic District include:FOTO DISK
Address: Isabel La Catolica No. 20
Phone: 510 ? 8928This small but full-service photo store sells 35mm color film (36 exp.) for only 20 pesos ($2.20 USD) a roll. A price not equaled at other area photo stores. How? They buy film in bulk and load the film cartridges themselves. The film is top quality and the price is right. So stock up and save.THE NEW OPTION BOOKSTORE
Address: Motolinia No. 39
Phone: 518 ? 2498If you?re an English Teacher, you need books and materials in English for your work, right? This bookstore features didactic materials, texts, videos, cassettes and dictionaries, etc. in English and French for teachers. The friendly and helpful staff offer a 10% discount on purchases made in cash. Some English is spoken. The Historic District store is across from the Hotel Lafayette and a few doors down from Centro Educativo Norteamericano . There are four other locations in M?xico City.OPTICAL TURATI
Address: Madero No. 37
Phone: 512 ? 3847, 512 ? 1146, 510 - 4407Optometrists and opticians who offer particularly fast, friendly service for glasses, contact lenses (American-made brands), eye exams or eye problems. They repair glasses on the spot ? free of charge for minor repairs. Services are low cost and some English is spoken.EL TRIUNFO de la CIUDAD de MEXICO, S.A., de C.V.
Address: 16 de Septiembre No. 41
Phone: 510 ? 4018, 510 ? 8932, 518 ? 2712. 512 ? 7848
Fax: 510 ? 8908Don?t let the long name get you down; this is a craft store ?par excellence? with an imported selection of crafts from the Orient as well as all over Mexico. You?ll spend literally hours in this huge place perusing crafts and objects d?arte you?d never imagined. Prices range from virtually free to American Express card levels. A far cry from the Mom and Pop local handcrafts, however, there is something for every taste here. A great change of pace place to shop for that oh-so-unique item.It won?t take you long to find many more options and develop some new favorites of your own. So get out there and start looking and poking around for other finds and treasures. There?s always something or somewhere new to be discovered and explored.Finally, be sure to check out my other articles in the two continuing series: Teaching English in Mexico and Traveling in Mexico. If you would like more information, have questions or comments, the author can be e-mailed at: lynchlarrym@gmail.comProf. Larry M. Lynch is an ELT Teacher Trainer, English language learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. He has published more than 350 articles and academic papers and presented at numerous EFL teacher training and TEFL conferences throughout North America, South America and Europe. For comments, questions, requests, to receive more information or to be added to his free TESOL articles and teaching materials mailing list, e-mail: lynchlarrym@gmail.com

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***Traveling in Mexico: Internet Cafes in Mexico City's Zona Rosa unimarter UniMarter
***Traveling in Mexico: Internet Cafes in Mexico City's Zona Rosa***

INTERNET CAFES IN THE ZONA ROSAWhile you?re tooling around Mexico, you?ll want to stay connected. Mexico City has excellent internet caf? facilities even for those whose Spanish isn?t the greatest. English is spoken in many internet cafes in the Zona Rosa and Historic District. Here are some of your e-caf? options.Caf? Internet Victal
Address: Hamburgo No. 108 local 101 at the corner of Genova
Phone: 514 ? 4161, 672 - 3821With a going rate of 20 pesos per hour, this is one of the cheapest full-service Internet caf?s in the area. Chats, computer games, and office programs (word, Excel, etc.) are also available. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. The Victal is open from 9am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and is open on Sundays half a day. There are many computer-related services available ? if it has to do with computers, they can probably do it or have it. Getting into the place is tricky at first. From the corner of Genova walk down Hamburgo about a quarter of a block. Enter the building through an arcade doorway and go up to the second floor. The entrance will be there but you?ll have to look closely for the signs. The only visible signs from the street are above your head at the second story level with no clue for finding the entrance. You may have a short wait to get onto a computer but this place is worth the trouble.Coffee Net ? Zona Rosa
Address: Florencia No. 35 Local E ( between Hamburgo and Londres)
Phone: 533 ? 0844, 533 ? 1760An Internet caf? ? cafeteria featuring a variety of gourmet sandwiches, salads, gourmet coffees and cappuccinos. The hourly rate is 25 pesos. Services are acceptable quality but a bit costly. Centrally located with good quality but pricey food.Coffee Mail
Address: Amberes No. 61A 24 pesos hourly rate internet caf? with standard fare. Similar in structure and price to Coffee Net but with less selection of sandwiches, coffees and foods. Regular customers typically come in to check or send e-mails. Other services are available but not heavily used.Caf? Internet Red 2000
Address: in the Insurgentes metro station plaza
Phone: no phoneAfter exiting the metro at the Insurgentes station, this internet caf? is in the outside plaza surrounding the station entrances. Long distance phone services are available through the internet. Rates are: 15 minutes 8 pesos, 30 minutes 16 pesos, 45 minutes 24 pesos, one hour 30 pesos. Only sodas and packaged snacks are available.Conecte Cafe
Address: Liverpool No. 140 (near Amberes)
Phone: 587 ? 6179, 587 - 7737A very well run internet caf? with full computer services including scanner, photoshop, translations, printing, Microsoft office and MP3 software available, all at reasonable rates. The internet use rate is 20 pesos per hour but there are only a few computers. Located across from Harmon Hall and Quick Learning building. There is also another Zona Rosa location at Genova No. 71 on the first floor near Londres.NOTE: There are other Internet cafes around the Zona Rosa area with varyingly higher prices for similar services.In the Historic District:LAFOEL Internet Service
Address: Donceles No. 80 first floor (two blocks from the cathedral)
Phone: 512 ? 3584, 521 ? 2978Open Monday to Friday from 9 am ? 8 pm and Saturdays from 10 am ? 5 pm. Rates for services are: 10 pesos for 15 minutes, 20 pesos for 30 minutes and 30 pesos for one hour. Conveniently located near the Zocalo but a bit on the high side for service costs. Okay just to check mail or send a quick message though. They also rent computer equipment. Just be sure to confirm the rates before signing anything or leaving the premises with equipment.Finally, be sure to check out my other articles in the two continuing series: Teaching English in Mexico and Traveling in Mexico. If you would like more information, have questions or comments, the author can be e-mailed, see below.Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an ELT Teacher Trainer, English language learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. He has published more than 350 articles and academic papers and presented at numerous EFL teacher training and TEFL conferences throughout North America, South America and Europe. For comments, questions, requests, to receive more information or to be added to his free TESOL articles and teaching materials mailing list, e-mail: lynchlarrym@gmail.com

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***Traveling in Mexico: What to Do First When You Get There*** unimarter UniMarter
***Traveling in Mexico: What to Do First When You Get There***

Changing Dollars To Pesos and other Money MattersThe exchange rate for changing U.S. dollars to Mexican pesos is fairly stable. However, exchange rates can vary considerably from one money exchange house (Casa de Cambio) to another. The best rates are often at the airport but even there different money exchange houses offer different rates. Check around at the airport before you go to the ?Sitio Official? to take a taxi to your hotel. Buy at least enough pesos to tide you over for a couple of days. (taxis, hotel, meals, etc.) Once you?re in the Historic District though, you?ll have to shop for the best available rate on any given day. Don?t buy your pesos at the Casas de Cambio across from the Zocalo, in the Zona Rosa or from your hotel, they always pay the absolute worst rates. The avenida Madero has quite a number of Casas de Cambio. Walk along the avenida from Palma down two or three blocks (heading away from the Zocalo) comparing rates at five or six places before buying any pesos. You can save yourself some money if you do.Speaking of MoneySpeaking of money, if you have a bank debit card, an ATM card or credit card from your bank outside of Mexico, they will in fact work in the ATM machines here in Mexico. You will get pesos from your withdrawals instead of U.S. dollars. Be careful though, because bank fees vary from bank to bank and some of them charge pretty stiff fees. (which you won?t know about for a month or so when it?s too late) If you need money from home in a hurry it can be worth the fees to have the cash deposited to your bank at home and to withdraw it using your ATM card. Why not check with your bank before you leave home to find out what the affiliate Mexican bank is. That way you will minimize the fees you pay using the ATMs. For credit card purchases your home bank will wait for days or even weeks in some cases to get the best possible exchange rate. (it?s for them, not you, but you still benefit anyway)Tourist InformationA reasonable amount of up-to-date information can be acquired free from the tourist info office (tel. 525 ? 9380) located in the Zona Rosa on the corner of Londres and Amberes two short blocks from the INSURGENTES station of the Metro. To get there, take the passageway marked GENOVA from the plaza after you exit the Metro. Go straight for one block to Londres, turn left on Londres and walk one block to the corner of Amberes. The Info center is on the right-hand side of the street on the corner. Information including city maps, tours cultural events, hotels and restaurants is current and provided free for the asking by the volunteer, English ? speaking staff. Also available are phone numbers for safe, official taxi services and information on hotels and services for other cities and states in Mexico. Be sure to pick up a map of the Metro system ? VERY IMPORTANT !Newspapers?The News? is a tabloid newspaper published completely in English in Mexico City and is widely available throughout the Zona Rosa and at newsstands around the Zocalo, Historic District and elsewhere around the city. Its classifieds section is an excellent resource for English teaching jobs. ?The News? is also available on-line at:http: / / www.novedades.com.mxAlmost all other available newspapers (there are more than 100 in Mexico) are entirely in Spanish. Many hotels will also have a newsprint version periodical called ?MOTIVOS Para Disfrutar La Ciudad de Mexico?, in Spanish and available free of charge, that contains articles, movie offerings, prices and schedules, restaurant listings and other tourism-related articles and news. Ask the desk clerk if it or something similar is available.Be sure to check out my other articles in the two continuing series: Teaching English in Mexico and Traveling in Mexico.Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an ELT Teacher Trainer, English language learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. He has published more than 350 articles and academic papers and presented at numerous EFL teacher training and TEFL conferences throughout North America, South America and Europe. For comments, questions, requests, to receive more information or to be added to his free TESOL articles and teaching materials mailing list, e-mail: lynchlarrym@gmail.com

#Mexico #travel #English #MexicoCity #dollars #pesos #ZonaRosa #zocalo #Money #newspapers
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***Why The British Love To Holiday In Spain*** Have you ever unimarter UniMarter
***Why The British Love To Holiday In Spain***

Have you ever been to Spain for a holiday? Are you thinking of travelling to Spain for a holiday in the near future? Do you always return to Spain each year for your annual holiday? Many British people continue to travel to Spain each year despite there being many more destinations available around the world at affordable prices. In this article, I write about why the British love and continue to travel to Spain for their holidays.A recent report highlighted the fact that many British people do not just return to Spain once, but in fact return to Spain most years for their holiday. One lady who was around fifty years of age was asked by the reporter how many times she had chosen Spain for her holiday destination, twelve she answered. A man who was probably in his forties was asked the same question, he replied, eight times.With the birth of the budget airline you would have thought that people may choose other destinations to visit, some of course do, but what is the reason behind all of these other people travelling back to Spain, year in, year out?Many of these people will only be able to afford one holiday abroad per year and if they have really enjoyed travelling to Spain in the past and all what it has to offer, they may not be willing to take a risk with a new resort or country.A lot of these people see Spain as quite similar to the UK, apart from the fact that it is a lot warmer. This sun is of course is why most of them are taking their holiday abroad, how many times have we taken a holiday in Britain, in August for example, and the weather has been poor?The food in these Spanish resorts is very much catered for us Brits and there are many British themed bars where people are able to drink British beer and watch the English Premiership in football.This is no doubt true of many other resorts around the world but people may be of the mindset of why fix it, if it is not broken.To travel to Spain is very cheap and the flights are also quite short, this suits a family taking their children as well as members of an older generation.With the internet now available in most households, people are able to plan and book their holidays for even cheaper than before, this is by booking the flights and hotels well in advance.I personally like to travel to different destinations when I go abroad but can fully understand why other people would choose to return to the same place, for example Spain.Stephen Hill helps to promote a number of websites including:stammering informationhelp for phobiashgh advice

#holiday #Spain #Brits #British #UK #EnglishPremiership #football #beer #food #risk #year #country
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***A Little Language Goes A Long Way*** Recently I found mys unimarter UniMarter
***A Little Language Goes A Long Way***

Recently I found myself trapped in Munich airport. Severe snows had delayed my first flight from Manchester, meaning I had missed my connection to Vienna. What?s worse was that my flight had landed in enough time for me to make a frantic run for it, foiled only by the legalities of passport control. I was tired, hot and dishevelled and not at all ready to be told by an airline busy body that I would have to pay for another ticket because I ?could have caught that flight.?It would be another two hundred and fifty euros for a new ticket, far outside of my projected holiday budget. Sorrowfully I told the woman so and went off to find my luggage, which had somehow vanished into thin air. I was not successful, but standing the lost luggage counter I did pick up the tip that may one day save you money too. Here it is, in all its glory:?Erm? fluege Manchester, Munchen, Wien. Nichts Wien, keine fluege. Mein gerpacken?*shrug* Ich mochte wo ist mein gerpacken?.?Possibly the worst formed, completely incomprehensible German string of sentences in the history of the world. But then, I never claimed to speak the language! The words fluege and gerpacken were picked up off hearing others, the others a remnant from a few short weeks of German lessons over ten years ago. It was awful and grammatically incorrect but gained a grateful smile off the harried baggage desk adviser.?You can speak English to me, you know. Although it is nice to see someone attempt to speak German.?It hit me like a thunderbolt and, although I did not find my luggage until three days later, I did now have an idea. Targeting a different counter for the same airline I recounted my tale of woe in halting German and bizarre sign language. Five minutes later I had a ticket, with no euro charge levied and phrases drawn straight from my pocket sized phrase book.We English speakers are renowned for our lack of skills in other languages. Yet we are infinitely more receptive to those who are interested enough in our culture to have done their homework. Forget the raised voices, teary eyes, threats of legal action or demands to see someone?s manager when you are abroad: just buy a good phrase book, smile a lot and apologise for your own stupidity in being unable to speak their language. It can and will pay off.Andrea is is an author on http: / / www.Writing.Com /
which is a site for Fiction Writing. Her online portfolio can be found at http: / / astephenson.writing.comShe is barely fluent in English, let alone any other languages.

#english #language #linguistics #nativeenglishspeaker #nativeenglish #learning #china #school #ianlahey
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***Mexico's Best City to Vacation, Live and Work*** So, you unimarter UniMarter
***Mexico's Best City to Vacation, Live and Work***

So, you genuinely feel you?d like an adventure living and working in a foreign country. You may like the idea of Mexico for the many conveniences and opportunities our south of the border neighbor has to offer. But just how do you choose what part of the country to consider? How do the major areas compare? What are some of the best areas to live and work? Here is Mexico?s best city to live and work ? Mexico City.Selection FactorsThe selection is based on several factors including; number of job possibilities, size of the metro area, availability of affordable housing, variety of cultural and social activities, educational prospects, food, restaurant and dining options, overall quality of life, availability of public transportation in the metro area and to other locales among others. While this recommendation is not meant to be exclusive and doesn?t indicate that other areas / cities would not be good choices, it does provide a jumping off point for those still on the fence in their decision-making efforts to take the plunge and start living and working, teaching English for example, way, way down south.Mexico CityAt a whopping 25 million people and counting, how could the world?s largest metropolis NOT take the number one spot? Everything you can imagine (and quite a number of things you wouldn?t imagine) is to be found within the scope of a city that seems to go on forever. From the arts to the historic Zocalo, there?s little lacking to stimulate your mind, heart and spirit. All this and a seemingly endless demand for native English-speaking teachers, translators, interpreters, proofreaders, researchers, teaching interns, computer specialists, word processors, professors and a continual stream of English-literate or bi-lingual professionals.The latest, the greatest, the best and almost everything in between exist to serve and be served. The hub of Mexico?s vast reaches, all roads lead to and from the concrete and cobblestone-paved Zocalo that dates back to Aztec times. With its fast, cheap, efficient (and packed) metro system you can reach virtually any point in this urban sprawl in less than an hour of stomach-rumbling speed. To see up 50 English-teaching or English language-based job listings at one time in the English language Mexico News is not unheard of. Most teachers can get a full time job working here the same week (often the same day or two) that they arrive. Talk about overkill.But if you want a bit of small town ?charm? without the overwhelming size and opportunities of Mexico City, why not check out the ?smaller? city of Puebla?The City of PueblaAt a scant hour from the D.F. (Federal District), and located under the smoking eye of Mexico?s most active volcano, this university city of one and a half million inhabitants is also known as the birthplace of the original ?mole? or chocolate sauce with chiles and spices laced throughout. There?s culture galore and the city is a perfect gateway to the regions of Chiapas, Tlaxcala, and further afield; Campeche and the Yucatan. A wide range of good-paying, satisfying work is available year-round and its proximity to other interesting areas makes it a prime location in itself. It?s the perfect place from which to launch your escapades to Popocatepetl Volcano and his reclining love, Iztaccihuatl, the adjoining summit.Other Areas in MexicoMexico City not your favorite? Want to know the standing of another area not mentioned? Just ask. Feel free to e-mail me with your questions, observations and comments.Prof. Larry M. Lynch is a bi-lingual copywriter, expert author and photographer specializing in business, travel, food and education-related writing in South America. His work has appeared in Transitions Abroad, South American Explorer, Escape From America, Mexico News and Brazil magazines. He now lives in Colombia and teaches at a university in Cali. Want lots more free tips, help and information on language learning, public speaking, writing and mental skills development? Go now to: http: / / bettereflteacher.blogspot.com where you can also contact the author by e-mail.

#Mexico #MexicoCity #teach #Englishasaforeignlanguage #mole #volcano #bilingual #professional
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***The Pudding Club*** If puddings be the food of love... Ro unimarter UniMarter
***The Pudding Club***

If puddings be the food of love... Roam no further than Chipping Campden in the heart of the English Cotswolds to indulge in your passion along with 40 to 50 fellow aficionados twice a month throughout the year.The Three Ways House Hotel at Mickleton near Chipping Campden has been the heart beat of The Pudding Club for the past 20 years. The club was set up in 1985 to preserve the best great British pudding recipes.At each event after a light main course seven puddings are served to appreciative diners. A master of ceremonies asks his guests to vote on their favourite pudding encouraging everybody to put caution to the wind, forget about that expanding waistline, and enjoy the sublime treats.To celebrate the success of her recently established Dining Club at Colliers Hill, Jackie Miller and a business associate and founder member of the dining club, Andrew Nunn, visited the Pudding Club at the end of May to sample the last of the winter selection.On the menu on this occassion was;
Jam and Coconut Pudding, Sticky Toffee and Date Pudding, Lord Randall?s Pudding, Spotted Dick, Tutti Frutti Pudding, Very Chocolate Pudding, and Apple Crumble, all served with lashings of custard.Voting was tough but the overall winner was Sticky Toffee Pudding, an overwhelming success. A long walk the next day and a visit to the gym appeared to work off the worst side effects of such indulgence. The If puddings be the food of love?. Roam no further than Chipping Campden in the heart of the Cotswolds to indulge in your passion along with 40 to 50 fellow aficionados twice a month throughout the year.The Three Ways House Hotel at Mickleton near Chipping Campden has been the heart beat of The Pudding Club for the past 20 years. The club was set up in 1985 to preserve the best great British pudding recipes. At each event after a light main course seven puddings are served to appreciative diners. A master of ceremonies asks his guests to vote on their favourite pudding encouraging everybody to put caution to the wind, forget about that expanding waistline, and enjoy the sublime treats.To celebrate the success of her recently established Dining Club at Colliers Hill, Jackie Miller and a business associate and founder member of the dining club Andrew Nunn visited the Pudding Club at the end of May to sample the last of the winter selection: Jam and Coconut Pudding, Sticky Toffee and Date Pudding, Lord Randall?s Pudding, Spotted Dick, Tutti Frutti Pudding, Very Chocolate Pudding, and Apple Crumble, all served with lashings of custard.Voting was tough but the overall winner was Sticky Toffee Pudding, an overwhelming success. A long walk the next day and a visit to the gym appeared to work off the worst side effects of such indulgence. The Three Ways House hotel offers overnight accommodation should you decide to extend the event to include walking in the Cotswolds for the weekend.To find out more about the Pudding Club surf the custard at www.puddingclub.com.Compiled by Jackie Miller.Jackie Miller is the owner of Colliers Hill the premier venue for your conference, off-site meeting, product launches or just somewhere to meet away from the madding crowd. If you are planning an up-coming event that you want to base around a particular theme, then contact Jackie at Colliers Hill on 0044 (0)1299 832 247 ? she will be delighted to help you with your planning.http: / / www.colliershill.co.uk

#ColliersHill #B&B #PuddingClub #Cotswolds #EnglishHolidays #Shakespeare #conference #meeting #dining
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***The History of Lancaster Castle Pt1*** Lancaster Castle s unimarter UniMarter
***The History of Lancaster Castle Pt1***

Lancaster Castle stemmed from an original fort built by the Romans overlooking the town of Lancaster and the River Lune to help combat the invading forces of the Picts and Scots. Following the demise of the Roman Empire in Britain during the 5th century, Lancaster fell into decline and it was not until the Norman Conquest that the present castle took on a more solid structure with the building of the Norman Keep by Roger of Poitou.The castle led a very turbulent and colourful life having a succession of owners. A total of 265 executions took place within her walls, as well as the infamous Pendle witch trials of 1612. A total of ten people were tried and convicted of witchcraft. If you were unlucky enough to be imprisoned within her cells during the later half of the 18th century onwards, you could have found yourself transported to the new found colony of Australia.In 1399 Richard II seized the castle from the 2nd Duke of Lancaster, John of Gaunt after his death and claimed the castle in the name of the monarchy. When Henry IV ousted Richard in the same year, the castle became part of the Duchy of Lancaster where it has remained ever since.Henry undertook a massive rebuilding program which saw the addition of a twin-towered gatehouse. The gatehouse consisted of two 20 metre high towers consisting of several floors with the top two being dived into a number of rooms. A Well Tower (which became know as the Witch?s Tower) was built during the 14th century and consisted of two deep wells and several underground dungeons. These dungeons went on to house people accused of witchcraft prior to their trial at Lancaster Castle during the reign of King James I in the 16th century.In 1585, Elizabeth I rebuilt the upper storey of the 12th century Keep.Extensive modifications were undertaken during the 18th century, converting the castle into a prison. The use of which, has lasted for over 3 centuries. Separate complexes were built for female and male prisoners as well as a Wardens house. This wide-ranging refurbishment program began in 1788 with the warden?s house and cumulated in the prison for male inmates in 1796.The rooms of the gatehouse were converted in to prison cells which were used to house debtors. These rooms were quite comfortable and reserved for those debtors who were able to lay their hands on a little money, enabling them to live a comfortable life compared to others in the same predicament. Prior to that they were probably used and maintained by the Castles Constable. This was not the first time the castle was used to house prisoners. A Reference to prisoners being held at the castle dates back to 1196.The last major build program undertaken at Lancaster Castle was in 1821 when a new female prison was built to the design of Joseph Gandy who had been trained by James Wyatt and had worked for John Nash.In Pt2 you will find out about the infamous witch trials of 1612 and how you could have been transported to Australia during the later half of the 18th Century. You will learn about her Royal visitors and debtors prison.I hope you have enjoyed this read and I look forward to your visit in Part 2.Best WishesStuart Bazgawww.guide-to-castles-of-europe.comA Guide to Castles of Europe was born from childhood dreams and aspirations. It is my hope to educate and stimulate you into exploring these castles for yourselves? 2005 http: / / www.guide-to-castles-of-europe.com - All rights reserved.You may copy or redistribute this article in its entirety including all links.

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***Unique Holidays - Exchange Conversation for Accommodation in S unimarter UniMarter
***Unique Holidays - Exchange Conversation for Accommodation in Spain's Englishtown Project***

English native speakers from all over the world come to learn about Spaniards, their culture and their country and, in return for their time and their input, have their full board and lodging covered by the programme. The Spaniards, meanwhile, get to improve their fluency in the quickest, most intensive manner possible on earth. Both groups prosper, exchanging culture, conversation, knowledge and friendship during a very special week.Englishtown was the brainchild of Richard Vaughan, a business student from Texas who came to Spain to teach English in the 70?s. ?After a quarter-century of language training and experience, I realized no matter how many times a person is drilled on irregular verbs, the only way to truly understand a language is to actively practice it,? says Richard.This led to the creation of Englishtown ? eight-day immersion programs which include a cast of 20 Spaniards, 20 English-speakers from all over the world, a Master of Ceremonies to provide entertainment and a Program Director to enforce the only rule: No Spanish Allowed. All this for 15 hours a day, eight days straight and no stopping except for your daily siesta. Throw in a mix of activities such as conversations, scenic walks, games, meals plus Spanish music and dancing, and somewhere along the way the Spaniards find themselves blabbing away in English without having to stop, think and translate.The idea was so innovative that it won the ?Best Awards 2003? prize in Spain. It has earned rave reviews in the media, with travel guides plus major publications and TV stations such as CNN, the Irish Times and the Chicago Tribune all enthusing about the program. Englishtown has also been the subject on dozens of message boards, each buzzing about a deal that seems almost ?too good to be true?. Yet there is no hidden catch.The lure is easy ? English-speakers chat, play, walk, dine and wine with Spaniards against the beautiful backdrop of the local countryside, while Vaughan picks up the tab for their stay. Multinational clients such as Microsoft, Vodafone, Deloitte and Accenture send scores of Spanish executives to Englishtown as they find it to be the ideal solution to their needs. In short, it?s a rapid, intense way to get their top directors speaking English.Over the years, Englishtown has attracted ?Anglo? volunteers from all walks of life: concert pianists, writers, CEO?s, social workers, backpackers, geologists, wandering musicians and students. These come from a wide range of ages, from 18 to 80 and, invariably, look back on it as having been one of the best, most enriching experiences of their lives.For more information visit www.vaughanvillage.com.CONTACT:
Nicole Escario
Vaughan Systems
+34-91-5914840
http: / / www.vaughanvillage.com
Email: nescario@vausys.com

#travel #spain #madrid #volunteer #teach #workingholiday #englishtown
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***German Memory in Asia: A Night in the Rebel-Held Jungle!*** unimarter UniMarter
***German Memory in Asia: A Night in the Rebel-Held Jungle!***

We were moving towards the political office in Kilinochchi passing the Finance Division and stopped near the ?Pandyan? restaurant for dinner.As I had come with on our previous trip with the German Praktikum (Internship) students, when I was moving towards the restaurant front entrance, the earlier incidents came to my memory.There were sweet memories to be recalled over and over again.When we were seated, I watched there were a few European ladies and a lady with an infant having dinner at the next table.The staff of the restaurant amused the infant with many pleasantries.Steffani was trying to smell out who these European ladies were.She might have guessed already that they were probably from Germany or around and tried to confirm her guess by observing their lip movements to identify in which language they were speaking.She said at one point they were speaking German and approached them and had a good chat.When we walked into the garden after having our dinner I found a number of Europeans who were working in the various NGOs, entering the restaurant.Once again our journey in the jungle highway started with our witnessing the nearly stone-age life-style and the strange silence everywhere.The twinkling lights from chimney lamps in the houses were a reminder of the people who were undergoing various hardships in the war-ravaged areas which could be hardly expressed in words.It was only when we met the LTTE media coordinator and its spokesman that I realized the difficulty we were to face in undertaking such a survey in the LTTE - controlled areas.The prominent columnist and a Pro- Tamil nationalist Sivaram?s murder had put everyone in a sad mood in Kilinochchi.They had forgotten to arrange accommodation for us and the alternative accommodation after many failed attempts was congested and far from comfortable.Only after we reached the place did we know that all the rooms had been by occupied by many foreigners, leaving us only one room with a broken bed.We were truly in a mess and as it was late in the night we had no option other than staying there.Steffani was running here and there as the leader of our team and decided who and who should sleep where and told the driver should take the room for the night.It was such interesting to see Steffani who was in her early twenties acting as commander in the isolated deep rural jungle surrounded by LTTE-controlled areas as though she did things at her home.She was at times shouting at me saying it was my fault for ending up here for the night.Steffani decided to stay in the van and I went to sleep in the hall and Romy and Yong in the front veranda which they preferred as there was more ventilation.The Jaffna Lagoon?s mild wind wafting from the jungle soothed my mind and drifted me into sleep.The place where we were spending the night was just close to where the Irish-American Area Director of CARE International was staying.I could recall an incident vividly.At times we used to have meetings with dinner at her residence when there were officials visiting from CARE head office in Colombo or from overseas.Once a visiting evaluation team had come and I had an unforgettable experience with a Scottish young lady while at dinner.She was such interesting person and in her late twenties but a little aggressive when our discussion touched on Scottish issues in medieval times.She burst out at once, placing her palm on my chest, told how the Scottish people had been deprived by the then English rulers some centuries ago and asked me whether I would accept that.I was shocked by her emotional outburst and was able to imagine to what extent the Scottish people had been affected by the practices of various atrocities by the English Lords.I couldn?t reconcile myself to the practice of newly married Scottish brides spending their first night with English Lords instead of their newly-married husbands.Rajkumar Kanagasingam is author of a fascinating book on German memories in Asia and you can explore more about the book and the author at AGSEP

#German #Germany #LTTE #Jungle #Irish #American #Scottish #English #Lords #European #Praktikum #Asia
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***German Memories in Asia: The Beach-Side Celebration*** Wa unimarter UniMarter
***German Memories in Asia: The Beach-Side Celebration***

Walker was very friendly.His long and curly hair resembled that of a Hindu priest.He was strange looking among the other Germans, especially the German Praktikum (Internship) students.He was a good conversationalist, and though he was not fluent in English, he managed to express himself excellently.He always asked me after every word whether his pronunciation was correct, because the same word in English and German have different sounds.He told me in the middle of our conversation that the Germans in the northern part of the Germany are very intelligent because the northern land is a so flat everywhere and you could see the horizon everywhere, which induces the people to imagine more and become naturally more intelligent.But he quipped receding from his earlier stand that the people surrounded by the Alps and the surrounding valley regions in Bavaria too could go to the mountaintops and get a wider vision and they too could become more intelligent.He had ready answers for both of his original statements.I didn't know whether it's true or not, but in my own experience and by my observations, the people in the northern part of the Indian Ocean's Island - Paradise too were usually considered as intelligent people.I wondered because of these factors, whether others too considered them as intelligent.The flat land everywhere with Palmyra trees in the vicinity might have promoted the intelligence of the people in the Northern flat land too if the Walker was right in his argument.Walker and his friend who came with the table tennis team from Germany invited me to the beach where the team was playing volleyball.We were seated near the playing field and watching the marvelous finesse of these players.The team has come to celebrate the 2006 New Year celebration in Sri Lanka from Germany and a happy team of many who are in their late sixties to the teens, with a mixture of men and women.There is a girl in her late teens, who attracted me a lot as she was directing her staring eyes to everything in the vicinity around her, and making a deep study of everyone and everything.Two other young ladies and a young girl with an elderly person in his late sixties were playing so marvelously and enthusiastically in the playing ground adjoining the beach near the Indian Ocean.The twilight has started to turn into complete darkness everywhere. All who played volleyball went towards the sea for a dip after having the long hours of hectic play.The sea was a little calm and quiet and they went a few meters away from the beach and now we couldn't see them as the beech has a steep end towards the sea - level from our sandy beach location.If we wanted to have a look at them we would have to standup, for they may go further towards the deep-sea area.They were there in the sea for nearly half an hour and returned back to the beach.The young girl was coming towards us as her towel was placed near us.Her slim body silhouetted against the background of deep reddish dark sky, evoked the image more or less of an Angel coming towards us.Her smiling face while she was bending to take her towel was charming adding more to her beauty.She gazed at me with a smile, as I was the only Asian among the Germans in the area.It would have aroused her curiosity as to why I was so attached to the Germans.She became familiar to me when we were having our dinner at the beach-end restaurant of the Aquarius Sports Resort Hotel as we were sitting at adjoining tables.After the dinner, at her table, those who came from Germany with her started to celebrate the New Year fun - game.They started to play some innovative game, which I haven't come across before or heard about.They were rolling a dice and then the winner in the rotation could select what he wanted from a covered pool of things.They had collected those valuables in Germany and brought them all the way from Germany to hold a celebration in Sri Lanka.While there were shouting and clapping in the course of the game, she used to look at me often to see whether I was watching the game and enjoying it or drawing my attention towards them.I gazed with fascination at the stars in the dark sky over the Indian Ocean through the wide window-less side - wall of the restaurant and then turned my attention towards the happy Germans' fun and fantasy in Asia.The fascination of being at one with two worlds was an unforgettable experience in my life.Time passed quickly with other fascinating and exciting German and local songs in the discotheque.Rajkumar Kanagasingam is author of a fascinating book on German memories in Asia and you can explore more about the book and the author at AGSEP

#German #Germany #Asia #Memories #SriLanka #Student #Indian #Bavaria #Asian #Alps #English #beach
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***Nokia Introduces OS 2006 for the 770*** Nokia today annou unimarter UniMarter
***Nokia Introduces OS 2006 for the 770***

Nokia today announced OS 2006 for the Nokia 770 Internet tablet. OS 2006 is a major update for the 770 and includes a host of new features and performance enhancements. Probably one of the most prominent additions to OS 2006 is the addition of Google Talk.The Nokia 770 is a Linux-based WiFi-enabled small form factor Internet tablet that allows users to access Internet based services anywhere an open WiFi connection is available. DailyTech reported earlier this week that Nokia and Google had signed a partnership agreement to develop portable technology solutions and the inclusion of Google Talk in OS 2006 is the first indication of that partnership.Nokia today announced OS 2006 for the Nokia 770 Internet tablet. OS 2006 is a major update for the 770 and includes a host of new features and performance enhancements. Probably one of the most prominent additions to OS 2006 is the addition of Google Talk.The Nokia 770 is a Linux-based WiFi-enabled small form factor Internet tablet that allows users to access Internet based services anywhere an open WiFi connection is available. DailyTech reported earlier this week that Nokia and Google had signed a partnership agreement to develop portable technology solutions and the inclusion of Google Talk in OS 2006 is the first indication of that partnership.OS 2006 includes other updates as well, including better memory management, the Jabber / XMPP protocol through Google Talk and SIP support. Nokia hopes to support Skype competitor Gizmo?s VoIP client on the device in the near future as well. Google will also be the default search provider for the device.http: / / www.usdigg.com

#readnews #readingnews #englishnews #latestnews #entertainmentnews #movienews #musicnews #nokia
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***English Coffee***

With English Tea being a very familiar term, English coffee may seem as contrary a term as Arctic bananas; however, England?s impact on the coffee trade and the world of business is undeniable. The history of English coffee began in 1650 at Oxford University when a Lebanese immigrant opened the first coffeehouse on campus.Initially, coffee was seen as novelty and a snake oil, if you will, as the proprietor touted many incredible medical claims. His English coffee was said to aid in digestion, cure headaches, coughs, dropsy, gout, scurvy and even prevent miscarriages. About the only claim that was accurate was that English coffee prevented drowsiness.By 1700, however, coffee had become a very popular beverage and there were more than two thousand coffeehouses in London. Coffeehouses occupied more retail space and paid more rent than any other trade. They came to be known as Penny Universities, because for the price of a cup of coffee, one penny, a person could sit for hours and engage in stimulating conversation with educated people.Each coffeehouse specialized in a different clientele. In one, physicians could be consulted. Other?s catered to lawyers, actors, army officers, or clergy. English coffee became the beverage of business and one coffeehouse in particular grew into one of the worlds largest and most well known companies. Edward Lloyd?s coffeehouse catered primarily to seafarers and merchants and he regularly prepared "ships? lists" for underwriters who met there to offer insurance to the ship captains. And so began Lloyd?s of London, the famous insurance company.Prior to the popularity of English coffee, beer, or ale, was the morning beverage of choice among the working class. The pubs and taverns were filled early in the morning with workers who stopped in for a few pints of camaraderie before heading off to the factories and shops around London.One English writer wrote in 1624, "They flock to the taverns to dizzy their brains and a productionless society is the result." Fifty years later another writer credited English coffee with stimulating the economy as he wrote, "Coffee drinking hath caused a greater sobriety than has ever been seen in the business of London."By the late 18th century the buzz of English coffee subsided and tea became the preferred British drink, due much in part to the outcry of women, who were excluded from the all-male society of the coffeehouse and complained loudly. A group of angry coffeehouse widows filed a petition with the English government to ban coffee on the grounds that their men were never at home and their duties as husband and father were being neglected. English coffee was not banned but the outcry did have repercussions on the coffeehouse business and men returned to the taverns instead.? Copyright Randy Wilson, All Rights Reserved.Randy has more articles on coffee such as Colombian Coffee, Are Coffee Enemas the Real Thing? and Arabica Coffee.

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***The Perfect Scone: Keys to Make Your Scone Just Right*** unimarter UniMarter
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Ah, there?s nothing like a tender, steaming scone in the morning. (Pronounced ?skawn? like ?fawn? or ?scone? like ?tone? ?Webster says either is okay.) They?re quick, they?re easy, and with a few tips, they are absolutely delectable.Scones are probably the easiest and quickest of breads. Once you get the ingredients assembled, most recipes only require fifteen minutes of prep time and another fifteen minutes or so of baking time. A mix is even quicker.But there are some keys to making those flakey, tender scones that you?ve been dreaming about.Key #1: Use the right flour. Use a soft, low protein flour?we use a quality pastry flour. You want soft, tender scones and too much protein leads to too much gluten which makes your scones chewy.Key #2: Keep your ingredients cold. Temperature is critical to buttery, flakey scones. Start with very cold butter?it should chip when you cut it into chunks and your liquids should be ice cold. Before you start, measure your milk or water and put it in the freezer for ten minutes. Consider chilling your mixing bowl before mixing.Why do your ingredients need to be cold? The objective is to keep the butter a solid and not let it melt into a liquid. If your dough is kept cold, it will have little bits of dispersed butter. In the heat of the oven, that butter melts into the dough but leaves pockets and layers in the scones.Work with the dough quickly to keep it cool.Key #3: Don?t work your dough too much. Kneading converts the protein to gluten. Mix only until the ingredients come together into a combined mass.Key #4: Use a folding technique. For flakey, layered scones, use a folding technique. Roll the dough out to about 3 / 8-inch thick. Fold the dough in half and in half again and again. Roll the dough out to about 3 / 4-inch thick before cutting the scones.Key #5: Use a ruler. If you would like nice, neat scones, use a ruler both as a straightedge to cut against and to measure equally-sized scones.Key #6: Leave the cut edges of the scones alone. Patting the edges with your fingers melds the edges so that the scone will not rise as nicely or have a flakey, layered structure.Key #7: Don?t over-bake your scones. Over-baking for even a minute or two will dry your scones out. As soon as the edges begin to turn brown, remove them from the oven. Immediately, place the scones on a wire rack?the hot pan will continue to dry the scones.More Tips1. Scones can be frozen for up to three months. Reheat them at 300 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Probe the inside of the scone to make sure that it is warm.2. You can bake your dough in a single flattened loaf. That?s called a bannock.3. Scones are best fresh out of the oven. Recipes with more butter keep fresh longer.4. For the best shape, don?t roll your dough thinner than 1 / 2-inch.5. Scones will rise to double their unbaked height in the oven. If they are properly cut, they will spread very little so you can place them close together on the baking sheet.6. You don?t need to cut your scones to triangles. You can use a cookie cutter or free-hand other shapes. Heart-shaped scones for Mothers Day or Valentines Day are perfect.Dennis Weaver is the general manager at The Prepared Pantry (http: / / www.preparedpantry.com) with recipes, ideas, and the best selection of mixes and ingredients. Visit the free Bakers' Library for more articles like this, free baking guides, and tested recipes.

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