Popular Cities For Hen Nights

Hen nights are becoming very fashionable nowadays. Whether you choose to have it in a bar or a club, at the countryside or abroad you have to prepare it thoroughly. You should also bear in mind that city breaks have become the most desired destination for these parties. You can easily find packages for hen nights in many attractive European cities. This way benefit from economical flights and hotels and enjoy your party in an outstanding environment for a cheap price.

Amsterdam is one the most desirable destinations for this type of event. Apart from its typical architecture, its canals and cruises, you can also have a good time in its famous club bars and restaurant. The city is also reputed for having one of the best accommodations of the world. Edinburgh is another city on the top of the list, very attractive for hen parties, especially because of the limited budget you need to go there. Apart its castle, its main attractions are festivals, comedy clubs, theaters and nightclubs.

Dublin is also a favorite destination for bachelorette parties. One of Europe’s most youthful cities, it is well known for its lively nightlife. Its pubs are concentrated mainly around the area of St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street. The night life is especially dynamic in Temple Bar, famous among tourists for its hen parties. Initially Dublin’s cultural neighborhood, you can still find here small art productions, photographic and artist’s studios, street performances and small music venues. Barcelona has been a favorite destination for a long time, due to its treasures of culture and architecture, as well as for its sandy beaches and night life.

You could also choose to throw a hen party in Central Europe fascinating cities such as Budapest or Prague. The Hungarian capital attracts visitors with its clubs and traditional cafes, its beautiful architecture, its steaming geyser water, ice bathing and its excellent food and drinks. As for Prague, you can admire its Gothic church towers and fluted columns, its well-known concert halls, galleries, and music clubs.

Irrespective of the location, hen parties are generally theme parties where fancy dresses represent a compulsory ingredient. Every bride-to-be is generally choosing an original, funny theme for her party. She is supposed to wear the most glamorous outfit in order to stand out as the most important protagonist of the event. Costumes, whether angel costumes, school geeks, naughty nurses, Alice in Wonderland, cave woman, Wally girl costumes, all sizes and all models can be found online, so that your party will be funny and unforgettable.

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It’s the beginning of the New Year, and I know it’s cold outside. ‘Tis here in the South, far worse in the North. Yet, I know many of us are ready to take to the field or are contemplating plans to do so. We turn to checking our equipment and making sure it’s ready or deciding to go for something better. After all, we are desirous of the best experiences we can have and share with our fellow and intrepid travelers. How shall we rig for the adventures of this brand new year?

Standard equipment now, a good pair of binoculars, field guide, a good pair of boots, cap, some means of carrying the necessities. Yet, I know there are many times when a good scope is required as well. A good scope requires a good tripod. Ducks and shorebirds on the water, Sandhill and Whooping Cranes in grassy fields and marshes, Gallinules and Green Herons in the bayous-all better seen with a scope. Don’t forget the Peregrines on the rocky cliffs or the Bald Eagles nested in the pines above a mountain lake. There are so many times when a good scope is such a grand instrument to have at hand.

Experience tells this author that one should not try to just get by when considering any optical equipment. This is true for scopes as well. Remember you are buying or wanting to buy equipment that will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors for years to come. You are also buying the company. Make sure the company backs their product with a great warranty and service.

The Vortex 20-60 x 80 Viper HD Spotting Scope is worthy of your consideration. It is backed up by an unconditional and unlimited warranty. It comes in two configurations, straight and angled. Its lenses and prisms are of high density glass and fully multi-coated. The fog proofing is accomplished with Argon gas, a noble gas, extending the life of the scope owing to its inability to attack the O-rings and seals. It has dual focus, a great feature. Couple that with the Vortex Pro Skyline Tripod and you have a rig that is easy to get into the field and will make the experience so worthwhile. Pair a quality scope with a quality tripod. There is nothing more frustrating than having your investment in a scope being compromised by an inadequate, wobbly, heavy, useless tripod. You’ll find the Skyline is the polar opposite of that with anodized padded aluminum legs and a balance hook. It’s topped off with a micro-fluid head for smooth, easy panning of the environs. The Skyline is again backed by a very good warranty.

This author is ready to go on his next trip to the field and knows exactly to what body of water he heads. Binoculars-check; boots-check; field guide-check; cap-check; scope and tripod-you bet! Hope you’re equipped and ready as well. Happy birding!

3 Tips For Custom Aquarium Design

People love aquariums. They just can’t get enough of these fascinating fixtures and the sense of tranquility they create. It’s no wonder the overall demand for aquariums has increased tremendously over the last couple of decades.

As a result, the popularity of custom-designed aquariums has also risen. More people wanted aquariums that met their specific needs and aquarium retailers had to adapt. Thus, the world of custom-designed aquariums was born!

Now, custom-designed aquariums are the norm. People like the assurance that the aquarium they’re investing in will integrate well in the room it will occupy, serve its purpose, and comply with their personal preferences.

If this sounds like what you’re looking for, custom aquarium design is the route you want to take. Here are 3 helpful tips to get your started:

Custom Aquarium Designs Need A Purpose

Some important questions to ask yourself before purchasing an aquarium are: what am I trying to accomplish with this aquarium? What is its purpose in my space?

Answering these questions will not only help you gather your own thoughts and ideas, but will also provide clarity for your custom aquarium designer.If you are clear from the get-go about what role you’d like your aquarium to play, it will be much easier for the aquarium designs professional to accommodate your needs.

For example, some people use aquariums for the sole purpose of elevating a room’s appearance. Aquariums are known to increase the aesthetics of a room and add a level of style and sophistication that is unmatched by other decor additions.

Others choose to be a bit more innovative by transforming a major room component into an aquarium. This can include anything like allocating the aquarium to serve as a fancy room divider to placing an aquarium inside a coffee table or within a wall.

The sky’s the limit. Aquarium design experts, Aquatic Interiors, advise customers to be creative and let their imaginations run wild. What you can do with an aquarium is truly amazing and it’s important to remember the possibilities are infinite! If you can dream it up, an aquarium design firm can build it.

Custom Aquarium Designs Adapt To Your Space; Not The Other Way Around

The benefits of adding an aquarium to a room are endless. From enhancing the appearance to altering the ambiance, aquariums are a great way to transform any space without having to remodel completely.

Great solution, right? Right. Until you realize the aquarium you chose does not fit your space. Rather than be the beautiful focal point it was intended to be it now has become an eyesore. Yikes!

Fortunately this problem can be avoided by choosing to go with a custom-designed aquarium. During consultation, your aquarium designers will assess your aquarium needs, the size of the room, and the general theme of your room to make sure your new aquarium flows well with your space and satisfies your preferences.

Choosing A Custom Aquarium Designer

The aquarium designs professional you pick could make or break your aquarium project. No matter what your deadline for completion may be, it is always in your best interest to research several aquarium design firms in your area. This will assist you with getting a good feel for the level of service provided, who you’ll be working with, prices, and past work experience.

For instance, you may want an aquarium design firm that focuses solely on aquarium room dividers. You may also choose to work with a company that offers “turnkey aquarium installation” or design expertise.

No matter your reasoning, by doing your research beforehand, you’ll be able to assess who can complete your job to your satisfaction and within your budget.

Satisfy Your Dissatisfaction

Have you ever heard a version of this before: “You should be satisfied with what you’ve got.”

I’m here to tell you that it’s not true! It’s dissatisfaction that can cause you to grow and become more. However, let’s be clear about 2 things: 1) you should always be grateful for what you do have. Only through gratitude can you receive more of the good you want; and, 2) dissatisfaction does not mean complaining – complainers only get more of what they don’t want! But, no matter how great you think your life is in any area, better is always available.

It is the natural instinct of every living thing to want to grow. Even the lowly weed will struggle to reach the light of day through the crack in your driveway. You want to do everything you are doing greater. A sales person wants to sell more; an athlete always wants to break the next record; and an artist wants to create a masterpiece. The longing for more is our true self wanting to be expressed.

I’m a member of the infamous group known as the ‘Baby Boomers’ – the largest mass of humanity to move through history – and we definitely were a dissatisfied bunch in our youth. We instigated a lot of changes, some of which we probably wouldn’t want to claim now, but it was dissatisfaction that helped lift the glass ceiling for women, dissatisfaction ended segregation and ended a war.

As my mentor Bob Proctor has pointed out, many of the comforts and luxuries that we enjoy today are a direct result of actions taken by someone who was not satisfied with the status quo. If Edison had not been dissatisfied with earlier attempts to create the incandescent bulb, he would not have spent his time conducting over 10,000 experiments before he invented the first, feasible long-burning light bulb. It was Henry Ford’s dissatisfaction with the manufacturing system that led him to develop the assembly line technique of mass production which brought to market products at a much lower cost; and today we can travel anywhere in just hours because the Wright brothers were dissatisfied with being just bicycle mechanics. These men believed there was a better way and their belief and action has improved the lives of people everywhere.

All of the religious books say that we are made in the image of the Creator. That means that we are here to create – create a better life for ourselves and everyone around us. Why do you think you have desires and dreams? Where do you think this yearning for more comes from? Wanting more money, more friends, and more experiences is not a bad or greedy desire. It’s greed only when you believe the way you can get more is to take from someone else. It’s only natural that we feel the urge to live more, do more and be more.

Each of us has been endowed with special gifts and talents and we are designed to share these gifts with the world. A gentleman by the name of Steve Bow, a former VP of Metropolitan Life, said that “God’s gift to us is more talent and ability than we’ll ever use in our lifetime. Our gift to God is to develop as much of that talent and ability as we can in this lifetime.” But often that doesn’t happen until you become dissatisfied with your current situation.

Dissatisfaction can move you to higher and higher levels of achievement. As the German novelist Berthold Auerback said “The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work.”

Now I ask you, do you know of anyone who complains about having too much money or too many friends, or doesn’t ever want to experience another adventure? I didn’t think so.

Be aware, however, that the people around you, especially those who raised you, might not like this new attitude. When I told my mother about the speech I was formulating in my head her first reaction was “Oh, I don’t like people who are never satisfied.” Understand many people, like my mother, believe you should just accept your current life – “this is the way it has always been and this is the way it is suppose to be.” Did you know that when Marconi told people that he believed he could send radio signals through the air without the use of wires, his friends referred him to an insane asylum?

You need to understand that the purpose of a goal is not to get material ‘things’ – although getting ‘things’ often is a result of reaching a goal – the purpose of a goal is to grow. I heard the Rev Michael Beckwith say once “if you haven’t grown in the last year, you’re not holding the same place, you have gone backwards because the whole universe is always moving. And where there is no growth, there is disintegration and even death”.

So let go of any guilt that someone may have instilled in your mind many, many years ago. That guilt may very well be the seed of a deeper feeling that you don’t deserve better. Let go of the guilt, and recognize your dissatisfaction as a sign that you not only want to live more and do more, but you want to be more.

One more thing you need to understand. After you reach that long, sought-after goal, IT will soon become the status quo, you will again become dissatisfied and will want to pursue an even higher goal!

Move To Scotland, Gain Equity and More Disposable Income

Many television programmes show people in England moving to a better life abroad, however recently people in England who want a better way of life are deciding to just cross the border into Scotland. Scotland offers free prescriptions, good schools, no university fees and more for your money in terms of property. A lot of people are taking the plunge and moving North for this lifestyle for them and their family.

Just last week the Labour Party, the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats ruled out student tuition fees for the next five years of this parliament’s term. This costs students in England a shocking £9,000 a year so if you have children just leaving school then this could be a huge draw for them just by moving north.

Jamie and Charlotte Smith have a five month old daughter and while the chance of a free education for her is important to them, their main reason for moving to Scotland is that property prices there are so much cheaper than where they currently live in Market Harborough. They are selling their three bedroom cottage there and want to buy a church conversion in Oban in Western Scotland. The church conversion is a four bedroom property which also has space for a recording studio for Jamie for just £300,000, he says that if he were to look for something similar in Leicestershire it would be around the £1million mark.

However many people are simply moving North because of the cost of student fees. They were abolished in Scotland in 2000 and after the Scottish Parliament was set up and because of the high cost of sending your children to university these days many parents are deciding to look for property in Scotland and save thousands. Under the Student Allowances (Scotland) Regulations of 2007 as long as students are resident on August 1st in the year that their course begins then the tuition fees are not payable as long as they attend Scottish universities. If a family moved to Scotland and had three children which all intended to go to university then they would save £81,000 in fees alone. Edinburgh University has an excellent reputation and everyone knows that Prince William and Kate Middleton attended St Andrews University because it was so good.

Elderly people are also tempted to go to Scotland as there are no prescription charges whilst they are to rise in England and the hospitals offer a very good health service, care costs are also a factor. In England elderly people are forced to sell their homes to cover nursing home costs but in Scotland care-home residents can claim £69 a week towards their nursing costs and £153 towards personal care. Residents only have to cover what is deemed “hotel charges”.

The Scottish housing market is also a lot more stable than its English counterpart. English house prices tend to have booms and busts but this is not the case North of the border. According to Land Registry property prices in England have dropped 0.9% in the last year but in Scotland the equivalent, the Registers of Scotland, have seen a 1.7% rise. Therefore it is no wonder that a lot of people are opting to choose life over the border.