Since the two Pauls paired up in 1995, their performances – concerts, ceilidhs and social dances – have featured on radio and TV, at clubs, village halls and festivals throughout the UK, Germany and the States. Recordings include an album for Beautiful Jo Records, two with Ian Bruce as the Breezeband and four on the Wild Goose label.

Theyve also had a spell at an Aberdeen wedding video company and tried their hand at making custom jewellery, believe it or not?!

Latest Albums

Whilst the previous album, John Playford’s Secret Ball, is a celebration of the 350th anniversary of the first edition of The Dancing Masterand. These albums are follow-ups to the highly acclaimed albums, One Too Many and Drop the Reed

Don’t pop that zit! Surely you’ve heard that statement before. You may have even heard your mom say it when you were about 13 or 14 years old. Well, the truth is she was correct. It is not a prudent choice to pop pimples and hope they heal up and go away. This can not only often make them worse, but it can cause scarring as well. So instead of pinching, poking, prodding and popping, you should seek out the best acne medication for your skin type and condition. Allow the blemish cream or acne toner to do the work for you. Not only will these help clear up your complexion, but they can additionally aid with preventing new whiteheads and blackheads from forming.

Where do you go to find the best acne medication and treatments currently available? What about a general acne related website like this? The truth is there are several routes to take when it comes to clearing up your skin. One method is to visit a licensed dermatologist and see what he or she recommends for your skin. More than likely they will tell you what type of acne you have and then suggest a prescription medication. Although these are generally topical, they may even prescribe you an oral medication to control your hormones and oil production from the inside. These are often quite effective.

If you take some time to look online, you will notice a lot of websites claiming to offer the best acne medication. Probably the most notable one at this point is Proactiv Solution. This company has sold millions of acne treatment kits and products to individuals all over the globe. They now have an excellent reputation for being effective in treating and preventing acne breakouts. If you take a peek at their official website, you will notice that a started kit can be purchased.

Local drugstores offer all sorts of over-the-counter acne blemish solutions. As far as the best acne medication or cream goes, this generally depends on the person. For example, maybe you prefer a topical medication with the drying agent benzyl peroxide, or you may also like toning aids that contain salicylic acid. While the first ingredient aims to dry out blemishes, the second component is an exfoliant that aims to clear away dead skin cells and allow the pores to breath. While both can effectively assist with clearing up blemishes like whiteheads and blackheads, you have to decide for yourself which one is the best acne medication for you and your skin type. Some of these products can irritate certain individuals, while others are milder. The key is to try out a few different topical creams and gels, and then decide which one is working for you. There are also acne cleansers to give a shot.

Life is about a lot of things, depending on each individual, but it breaks down to choices at its most basic level. Each day we are faced with choices. Sometimes we face the same choices each day. Making some choices are not like a one size fits all thing. Let’s say you’ve made the choice to lose weight.Every day you will be faced with choices that will either keep you on track with that choice or lead you away from that choice. Will you choose to have fruit instead of a decadent dessert? Will you choose vegetables instead of pasta laden with sauces? Will you choose to exercise or skip it?

Let’s say you make the better choices today. That’s great, but you need to realize that you will be faced with the same kinds of choices each day. Some days you may not make the better choice. But being aware that you will have to continue making daily choices can help your resolve and help you get throught the moment of decision.

Be aware that things will pop up each day and often throughout the day. Be prepared ahead of time to make the better choice.

It doesn’t matter what you want to change in your life, you will be facing many choices on the road to your goals.

If you sleep late, put off working on a project, grab a donut or flop in front of the TV instead of doing something productive, remember you made those choices. Habits can be hard to break, but it’s ultimately you who decides in each situation which choice you’re going to make. It’s you who decides whether or not you will make a choice that leads you closer to your goals or farther away from your goals.

Peer pressure can also lead you to making bad choices. We tend to think of peer pressure being exclusive to teenagers, but the truth is we are all subject to peer pressure. How many times have you gone on a diet and as soon as you get together with friends they try to coax you into having dessert? They tell you to live it up a little, you can get back on your diet tomorrow. It’s in those moments when we usually cave in and have the dessert. Even though it was your friends who lead you to the wrong choice in that moment, it’s still your responsibility to own up to the fact that you made the choice.

Start thinking more about the choices you make. Make the decision to make better choices each day. Also realize that sometimes things will pop up that you aren’t prepared for. But if you make a conscious effort to always be aware of the choices you make, you can stick to making better choices, despite peer pressure or what’s going on in your life.

 

I have recently started a new hobby – collecting diecast model cars. Now, before you all start thinking, thats it he’s finally shuffled off into senility, let me assure you that theres more to this fascinating hobby than you might think. You see, although diecast toy automobiles, trucks, tractors and other vehicles have been popular with boys of all ages for years, you may not realise that diecast toy cars have been around since the early 1930’s. These early on vehicles weren’t actually modeled on any particular vehicle or truck either, they were simply basic vehicles with incredibly little detail.

Most diecast models are actually made of a mix of plastic and metal, more commonly an alloy of zinc and aluminum, and come in all shapes and sizes including detailed scale models of airplanes and trains, although cars are still the most common.

The term “diecast” describes any sort of item produced utilizing a specific metal casting method, and the first models on the market were small automobiles or vans without any plastic windows

These days there are lots of different manufacturers such as AutoArt, CMC, Matchbox and of course the old childhood favorite, Hot Wheels. These companies now make diecast vehicles of every description; there are automobiles, airplanes, construction vehicles, boats, military vehicles, and more. When I first starting to collect diecast vehicles, I thought carefully about which kinds I really wanted, simply because of the vast choice available, but eventually I settled on hyper-realistic models from the top end designers. Its all Lamborghini for me – no Chevy Nova’s in my collection.

Of course, diecast models can also be found in lots of different scales. The most popular scales around today are 1:18 scale and 1:24 scale. The smaller the second number in the scale – the larger the vehicle. For instance, a 1955 Ford in 1:18 scale will be about 12″ long while a 1:24 scale replica of that exact same vehicle will be about 9″ long. A 1:64 scale will be about 3″ long – the dimension of a common Hot Wheels or Matchbox vehicle.

When you start collecting these vehicles it is like taking a trip back in time to the early decades of the 20th century when suppliers such as Tootsie Toys in the Us, or Dinky Toys in the United Kingdom produced the first diecast toys

I spend a lot of time trawling the usual sites such as eBay trying to find unusual or discontinued models to grow my collection and keep it more interesting. Another excellent place to get one-of-a-kind diecast vehicles at very competitive prices is, of course Silent Autos – they are my goto shop simply because of their knowledge, passion and great prices – theres a well deserved plug guys!

Like with other popular collecting fields, diecast collecting has specialized commercial companies that trade vehicles and related accessories. In fact, lots of individuals start collecting automobiles as an interest to come to be companies at a later date, either turning this interest into an occupation, or as a way to get very unusual vehicles for their own collections, while they assist other collectors in their quest of showcase-model automobiles.

Like most diecast collectors I’m a long way from completing my collection because, it seems, brand-new models are always coming out, and my collecting never sees to end. I’m now diversifying and looking at starting an entirely brand-new collection in a subtopic. I currently have my eye on F1 cars.

As I said above, diecast vehicles can be found in different scales with the most popular ranging from 1:28 to 1:64 scale, although lots of collectors, such as myself, like to concentrate t on the 1:43 and 1:50 scales. Of course, diecast toys were originally produced for children, but the collecting boom began during the 1950’s when grown children stated to keep their automobiles as an alternative of tossing them away and adults discovered them as valuable collectible products.

Increasing an assortment is not that difficult, also when focusing on a solitary marque, because there are different models from the twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, etc. Thus, every diecast collector has a globe of possibilities when gathering diecast models from practically any sort of time period.
Hopefully you identified that practical. If you are wanting to get Danbury Mint Diecast Cars, as we discussed above eBay is a great place to do this and get a fantastic offer on your Danbury Mint Diecast Cars.

Many businesses go to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.  This 3 week gathering is a good way to make or break your business.  While I was there I saw many businesses that are only there for that time, and open no other time of year.

There were others that did not sell much there, but handed out a lot of advertisement, and networked to make sales outside the fair grounds.

Your business can be featured at the fair.

How hard is it?

Well let me be honest, I have been to the fair on both sides;  both as an employee of a business there, and as a customer.

The preparation of going to the fair is pretty intense.  It usually takes several weeks to prepare, pack, unpack, and setup your business.  Some businesses buy, or rent tents.  Some build buildings and haul them by trailer to the fair grounds.  This is usually the hardest part.

Next is of course the paperwork that you file, and the fees that you have to pay.  Those are usually explained at the fair grounds by the administration there.  I will differ you to them.

Packing your goods is usually next, Make sure you pack some warm clothes, as well as several changes of clothes.  Your stay there will be 4 weeks give or take.  During that time you will need to have a place to stay,  Many stay in the tents that they do business in, or an RV close by.

Now that your all set up and dug in for the long haul, you will be open for business.  First impressions here last a life time,  both good and bad.  Make sure you have lots of business cards, and other advertising information, as they can help you get more business after the fair is over if you treat your customers right.

As a customer, I can not tell you how many businesses I saw up there with a good product, or good idea, that had no way of contacting them after the fair was over.  They had no business cards, brochures, booklets, etc.

As a marketing specialist, it is frustrating to see so many potential opportunities pass people by because they are unprepared.In early February of this year, the second half of Super Bowl XLVII came to a sudden, unexpected halt when the power went out, stopping play for 34 minutes.

Millions of Americans were sitting around their televisions, waiting for the game to resume and wondering what to do in the meantime. Then Oreo gave them a suggestion.“Power Out? No problem,” they tweeted in the midst of the blackout. Along with a link to a picture of an Oreo that read, “You can still dunk in the dark.”

How disturbing can the feeling of one person having nothing be to the peace amongst friends, spouses, siblings and family members? I suppose this does not sound as bad as it can become once it happens around you or in your household

Very often we aspire to become and have different things and yet life has a way of throwing the unexpected curve ball at you which will either see you make or break it further.

It is my view that the ability to accept the things we cannot change and focus on what lies ahead that will see any of us through these times.  I am however puzzled at how these are gripped where people would rather go into a sulking mode and irritate the rest of us and start creating barriers that makes them unreachable to the rest of the ‘outside world’ as they may deem it.  Yet there is an expectation for others to continue to show interest or else your distance is interpreted as being only there when times are good.

These guys often contradict their feelings so much about others that they completely miss the point. You don’t want people asking you questions or offer your help as you are not hollow and if they keep their distance they are still bad people. Nothing happens to you because you are being punished, but it’s what you make out of the situation that can restore your strength and ability to see it through and find ways to recover.

We instead continue to bury ourselves in a dark hole that’s big enough for us and shut the rest of the world out – just because.  I cannot for one stress enough what it means to be down and out and even people who sometimes look like as if they are on top of their game are actually at times down and out but they just keep going.

The circumstances that surround the sheepish feeling may differ from person to person and in some cases it may take others longer to recover but the one thing all those who eventually recover will have in common will be the willingness to do so.

No matter how bad it seems or sounds, I have personally been in situations that seemed beyond my comprehension of how I will possible recover from them.  In fact the more they happen the better one’s ability become to deal with them.  These are the times, one’s strength surfaces more and more and you will hardly recognise the strong person you have in you.

But if we always choose to be gullible about your situations and blame anyone that you come across and misinterpret every given situation in a negative manner then how do you expect others to accept you and your circumstance.  People move on and away as soon as you move on and away, but if you will be licking your wounds everyday for the rest of your life then we will circling around you to watch you sink deeper into whatever you think is wrong with you.

Sometimes it sounds easier than what it really is which is true, as you will also need the courage to start the thought of wanting to do something which will drive the will power eventually.  So it starts small and step by step you go on.

Feeling sorry for yourself and blaming people for an error in judgement by you if that’s the case then itS not conducive for you or for them.  You make it impossible and unbearable for people to be around you as they need to tip toe with words because they don’t want to ‘strike’ you or rub you in the wrong way. Come on, life happens to the best of us. Sometimes you will be at a crucial stage of your life, career, an idea then it gets snatched away in an eye wink. Who’s’ fault is it? It actually does not matter, get up and try again, change course or strategy if you have to but don’t give in to the pressures of failure.

So, the will power is one thing all of us have but many of us never attempted to use it and some of us  have chosen not to.

All the best with all your attempts as I believe at least one will be fruitful but yet again patience is virtue as you may well know and yet time waits for no man.

Cheers

Paul M

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disorder, inflicted by the herpes simplex virus or HSV. There are two kinds of herpes – HSV, HSV1 which affects mostly the lips and it can infect the genital area too, and the other is the HSV type 2, which is the usual cause of genital herpes but can infect the mouth too. In both cases, sores develop around the infected area, the sores are called lesions.

It is easier to prevent an STI than treating it after getting infected. The basic mantra is to practice safe sex. Genital herpes pictures show how badly the area infected by the virus gets soared. So, it is better to keep a check than be careless. These herpes pictures really hit your heart hard so it’s better to take preventive measures.

There are some pointers which help in the prevention of the disease.

  • It is advised that one should discuss the topic with one’s partner before establishing any sexual relationship. It is good if you try and find out if your partner is at any risk for an STI, as sometimes it is quite possible that you get infected and not know about it.
  • Any sexual contact should be avoided if you or your partner has any symptoms of the infection or; if any one of the partners is being treated for the same. It is wise to be responsible than to have any person infected.
  • Do not have sex with more than one partner at a time. It is seen that people keeping sexual relationship with one partner at a time are at lower risk of getting infected by HSV.
  • The use of condoms is advised to prevent genital herpes. Condoms must be used with a new partner and must be in place before any contact. Both make and female condoms are available in the market and can be used. The use of condoms can be done also when birth control pills are being used as contraception.

Cure for Genital Herpes

Cure for genital herpes is done to treat and heal the sores caused by the virus. Genital herpes pictures show that the virus causes a lot of discomfort in the area affected and hence it is advised to start the treatment as soon as the symptoms are identified.

  • Initial Treatment: Most people find quick relief from the blisters or sores for the first time by taking anti-viral medicines, such as Zovirax, Famvir or, Valtrex. Home treatment can be done by taking warm sitz baths and wearing cotton underwear to escalate the process of healing.
  • Ongoing Treatment: for recurrent outbreaks, people may take antiviral every day to reduce the time taken for the healing of sores and reduce the time of the recurrent outbreak. Anti-viral reduce the outbreaks by one or two times in a year. The dosage can be higher if the symptoms of recurrent outbreaks are detected and the medicine is taken for 2 or 3 days.

You can find out how to cure genital herpes using only safe, natural products and techniques by checking out The Ultimate Herpes Protocol – the best selling guide available online now.

I would like to introduce to small businesses a new concept.  For the record I did not invent this concept, I learned it from a dear friend of mine and it is so relevant to businesses I felt compelled to share it.  (Thank you very much Matt for the lesson)

Every customer that walks into a store is looking to purchase something.  In this process they all fall onto the A to Z scale.  The larger the purchase the closer to A they fall on, the smaller the purchase the closer to Z they fall, where Z = the customer makes the purchase.

This is how customers move on this scale.  The more the follow up, and the better the follow up, the closer the customer moves to Z.  The less the follow up, or interaction from the sales people or business, then it is more likely that the sale will be lost as the customer will fall off the scale on the A side, and go somewhere else.

So lets go over some of the methods to bring your customers to the sale, instead of letting them just go away, or even worse to another store.

Print: The first method of following up which most retailers use is the weekly ad.  This is a good way to keep in touch, and bring the crowds in if the sale is a good one, but when the sale is a bad one the crowds will not come in.  Either way this can be an expensive way to keep in touch due to the costs of print. Of course, you can always seek out a competitively priced commercial printer such as XIC or EdinburghPrinting.com – these types of services will, at least help keep your budgets under control.

The second method is to do direct mail advertising.  This can be arranged for about $1.00 a letter, and has been used by large and small businesses alike.  This is a more personal way to send messages to your customers and it help to give them a more personal feel to the interaction.

The third method is e-mail.  E-mail is, even these days, not very commonly used, and has huge potential.  E-mail is also a very cost effective way to keep in touch without generating a lot of costs to  your follow up marketing.  This takes preparation for this type of marketing to be used effectively as you need to collect e-mail addresses of your customers.

The fourth method is SMS marketing.  This is used in most mobile phones in the form of text messages.  This is an effective method to get attention immediately, but it does take some preparation, as you have to collect cell phone numbers of your customers ahead of time for this to work.

The good old phone call. Nothing shows your interest like the old fashioned phone call.  How many businesses these days call their customers up and just talk to them, get to know what they are doing, and their interests? If you called up your customers, and asked them about their day, and talked with them a little, would you stand out above and beyond your competition?  How about if you did all these things?  Your business would be where it was at, and you would be the one standing above the crowd, knowing your customers first hand wants, and needs.

Being able to have a personal 1 on 1 relationship with them.  How many of your customers can you name, as they come into your store?

The A to Z scale, everyone is on it.  Question is can you help your customers navigate it to Z?  or are they part of the 90% that most small businesses ignore because they did not buy on the spot?

imagesFor me, showering is not simply a way to get clean. The shower is where I relax and let go of all of my cares. When I am stressed out, I just go into the shower for an hour and come out refreshed and renewed. It doesn’t matter what is happened that day. A good hot shower will always make me feel better. Click here to find out more about installing a high pressure shower head.

When I first moved into my house, I thought the shower pressure was miserable. I figured that the plumbing was old or something. There’s not much you can do about that. Fixing it will cost thousands of dollars. I found out that the problem was much easier to fix. Once I got a high pressure shower head, it worked like magic.

You might think that high pressure shower heads are not very important to the quality of your shower, but you are dead wrong. You see, with this big water conservation craze, many people put in water saving shower heads. Some of these are alright for people who just use a shower to get clean, and some of them even do have a pretty high degree of pressure, but for people like me who really enjoy their showers, they are not enough. Without a high pressure shower head, a shower is practically worthless to me. My wife tries to guilt trip me about using up too much water, but I don’t pay her any mind. I just turn on the high pressure shower head and drown out all my cares!
The best thing about high pressure shower heads is that they work even if the water pressure is only so-so. They concentrate the stream of water, causing it to feel like gallons and gallons are pouring down on you. There are actually water saving high-pressure shower heads for just this purpose, but in our house, the plumbing is good enough that we don’t need them. I don’t mind wasting the water. We live in an area with plenty of water, so I don’t feel too bad about it. For me, the high pressure shower head is worth it. I almost couldn’t get by without it.

It can be very hard to pick out the right high pressure shower head. It isn’t like picking out a bed. You can’t try out each high pressure shower nozzle and see if it is right for you. You have to go on faith. Consumer Reports can help, but I had to go through three or four before I found one that I really liked. Oh, and remember to get it installed by a reputable plumbing contractor such as MES FM

Food inspires me. Cupboards and refrigerator full. Homemade bread baking in the oven. Fresh fruit in a basket on the counter. A big green salad with my dinner. If my kitchen is full of food I feel safe. I could tell you why this is but then I would have to spend some time on your couch and you would probably charge me for it.

So just take my word for it. Food keeps me happy.

I am sure it keeps you happy too. Food security according to the World Food Summit of 1996 is, “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. That is a pretty tall order isn’t it?

For most of us in the United States, we have pretty good access to the food we like to eat. There are organizations and state agencies created to provide for the poor in numerous ways. Most of us give in whatever capacity we can to others who are less fortunate than we. We are a wealthy country. We have been blessed abundantly. Yet, there are signs on the horizon that this easy access to year round food trucked in from all over the world may be coming to an end sooner than we think. The average head of lettuce travels 1800 miles to get to your dinner plate. Food prices have doubled in just a couple of years.

Our economy is struggling. Debt to other nations is crippling. Massive environmental regulation, perhaps begun with good intentions is severely hampering even our personal ability to succeed.So I am inspired by preparation. I am inspired by personal responsibility. The responsibility to provide for a family and look to the future. How much of our own food are we capable of providing ourselves? What contacts do we have in our own neighborhood that we could partner with?The same abundance that has made us the most prosperous nation on earth has unfortunately led to being one of the most unhealthy. Chronic disease, obesity, and cancer have all skyrocketed with our prosperity.

No matter how much we want to ignore it, these health issues are inseparably connected with what we eat. Our genetically modified, ultra-refined, fast food lifestyle is killing us. It has been said that children today, who continue living on the Standard American Diet (SAD), will be outlived by their parents.

So I am inspired by vibrant health. I am inspired by energetic lively children. What can I change about our family’s lifestyle that will give our children long term food and health security?

Food security for all is a tall order, but, thanks to home aquaponics I can start at home.

My grandmother is getting on in years and starting to forget things. She cannot remember, for instance, things that she said to people or how to complete some of the simplest of tasks. We have thought about placing her in a senior center where she can be more closely supervised, but we first have to look at the pros and cons of assisted living for seniors.

I think the biggest pro of assisted living for seniors is the constant supervision they are under. I know that she will be a lot more safe with nurses and health care professionals around than she will be in her second story apartment. If anything were to happen, she would have someone there to help her immediately and would not have to worry about some of the difficulties that seniors sometimes face, such as getting up after falling or being able to get out of the bath tub.

Another big pro when it comes to assisted living for seniors is that she would be around people of her own age. We try to spend as much time with her as possible, but the reality is that we all have our own lives, and are just not interested in many of the same things she is. If she was at an assisted living facility, she would be able to socialize and go on outings and have that companionship that she is really lacking right now.

Probably the biggest con to an assisted living for seniors facility is the lack of freedom she would have. She has always been able to live in her own place and make her own decisions. It is apparent that she takes a lot of pride in how she keeps her home and her independence. Those things would be largely gone with a move to such a place, and I can only imagine how that would feel for her.

Another problem with an assisted living for seniors center is that she hates the idea of being isolated from the rest of her family. While she does live on her own, she is only a few blocks from practically every member of our family in either one direction or the other. She likes the neighborhood really well and has everything she needs within walking distance. It would be a major adjustment for her.

Ultimately, I think what it will come down to is just how much of a threat we feel she poses to herself and other people. I do not want her to have to move into an assisted living for seniors facility without seriously discussing it and making sure that it is our only option. However, I do want to make sure that she is not going to do anything that could jeopardize her own well-being at the same time.