What Makes A Great Place To Live?

Finding the right place to live might be a lifelong quest – you can never be sure where you’ll find a home in the modern day and age, and only when you settle in and know it in your heart that you’re where you’re supposed to be will you be satisfied with the home you live in. You want a place that’s fun, that allows you to put down roots and expand a little, and you want to feel relaxed and safe.

But there’s some things that can help you out on this kind of quest. After all, if you’ve labored long and hard to get the money together, and now you want to know that the mortgage you apply for will be spent on the right four walls, surely there’ll be some tips out there! So, with this in mind, let’s go through some of the things that make a place great to live in.

Green Space and Quiet Places

One of the main things you want when moving to a new area is the promise that greena and open spaces are nearby, and that they’re as peaceful and secluded as you would need them to be. Even when living in a city, it shouldn’t be a hard push to find a park in the center or on the outskirts, where you can go for fresh air or to walk the dog.

Take London, Ontario as a good example here – London is an great place to live because of its emphasis on natural environments and the need for them in day to day life. It’s known as the ‘Forest City’ because of how green the whole place is, and that’s important for both your current and future happiness when trying to find a place to call home.

Facilities to Suit Your Family Situation

If you’re someone with a big family, you’re going to want plenty of child friendly places to take the kids on weekends and days off. Similarly, if you’re someone with elderly parents or a disabled sibling that you help to take care of, you’re going to want to move somewhere that has accessible facilities and a great local community support.

All in all, you need to move somewhere that’s suitable to your current living situation, and not just a place you think would be good for the future.

There’s an Eco-Friendly Plan in Place

And finally, make sure you’re moving somewhere that has a green plan all set and ready to go, and is taking steps to reduce the carbon footprint of the city as a whole. After all, you want to move somewhere sustainable, where you can do your bit for the planet, and that’s key to feeling happy and fulfilled in your home setting! Cities are growing quite rapidly, and the environment is struggling to keep up; move somewhere you can be sure you’re helping to offset the problem.

What makes a great place to live? Ultimately, it’s up to you!

Working @ Home Starts

Well it has started. I wasn’t expecting it since they said that the dispatching of office systems to our homes will take some time but we are now not working from the office officially from today. There are still a few people still at the office premises but we were told not to come in as it isn’t essential for us to do so. This information was passed onto us by the afternoon (we usually work late evenings to early morning).

We have shared our address details (some are from outside of Cochin and hence can give either their current address or their home address) and we are waiting for the office systems to be dispatched to our homes and then have them setup VPNs for us. This could take a few days as I and my team are considered to be part of the support staff and thus the frontliners get preference. So it’s a matter of waiting until they turn up and do the setup for me.

We can attend calls and continue taking e-learning sessions from our home pcs/laptops but I would prefer working on them using the office pcs. It seems so weird as I have all this free time but cannot go anywhere. Oh well, there is a lot of stuff to watch on tv (streaming and dvd). I will sleep a lot too I guess.

No, this picture below is not of me – though I love Star Trek I do not own a cat or a Mac (used to).

Sunday Shutdown Due To Corona Virus

The state of Kerala is on self-imposed 14 -hour Janata curfew is total in the state when three hours of self-isolation has been completed. The curfew began at 7 am and will end at 9 pm. However now it’s been extended till 5am MOnday. All the roads were seen empty in the state and people are busy cleaning their houses as part of containing the Covid-19 spread. All the transport services including KSRTC  kept off the roads and all the shops except emergency services were seen locked. Private taxi and autorickshaws also joined the curfew.  In the front of Secretariat, the agitators also left home giving solidarity to the Union and state governments to combat the disease threat.

I haven’t heard a single vehicle all day long (it’s 6:15 pm now) and I haven’t even heard a single other person other than my parents who I live with. The train services were also cut shortened. In Kochi, the metro rail services are not operating as it already informed that they will not operate on Sunday. However, the government has issued strict instructions to ensure that essential services shouldn’t be hit. The chief minister has said that delivery of milk and water shouldn’t be interrupted and hospital canteens, including those in private hospitals, should remain open throughout Sunday. Petrol pumps would also remain open. The curfew was called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that the state government would also join to the curfew as part of the collective effort to combat the threat of virus.

As the day progressed, both the Centre and States took slew of measures to contain the contagion that has already claimed 7 lives even as the number of infected nears 350. While the Center announced suspension of inter-state passenger train and bus services till March 31, Delhi’s CM announced a lockdown from 6AM Monday till midnight of March 31.

Wilson’s Nails

Wilson runs a nail factory and decides his business needs a bit of advertising. He has a chat with a friend who works in marketing, and he offers to make a television ad for Wilson’s Nails. “Give me a week,” says the friend, “and I’ll be back with a tape.”

A week goes by and the marketing executive comes to see Wilson. He puts a cassette in the video and presses play. A Roman soldier is busy nailing Jesus to the cross. He turns to face the camera and says with a grin, “Use Wilson’s Nails, they’ll hold anything.” Wilson goes mad, shouting, “What is the matter with you? They’ll never show that on television. Give it another try, but no more Romans crucifying Jesus!”

Another week goes by and the marketing man comes back to see Wilson with another tape. He puts it in the machine and hits play. This time the camera pans out from a Roman standing with his arms folded to show Jesus on the cross. The Roman looks up at him and says, “Wilson’s Nails, they’ll hold anything.” Wilson is beside himself. “You don’t understand. I don’t want anything with Jesus on the cross! Now listen, I’ll give you one last chance. Come back in a week with an advertisement that I can broadcast.”

A week passes and Wilson waits impatiently. The marketing executive arrives and puts on the new video. A naked man with long hair, gasping for breath, is running across a field. About a dozen Roman soldiers come over the hill, hot on his trail. One of them turns to the camera and says, “If only we had used Wilson’s Nails!”

RIP Kenny Rogers

Kenneth Ray Rogers or Kenny Rogers (August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The 81 year old dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys. Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a statement. Due to the  national COVID-19 emergency, the family is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.

Rogers had announced a farewell tour in 2015 and was able to keep it going through December 2017. In April 2018, shortly before he was to spend a few months finishing out the tour after a break, he announced that he was having to call off the remaining dates (including a planned appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in California), due to unspecified “health challenges.” Rogers’ signature song “The Gambler” was added to the National Registry in 1978. It was the most recent of a lifetime of honors bestowed on the singer, which included induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, three Grammys and six CMA Awards.

After establishing himself commercially via rock- and pop-oriented singles with his group the First Edition, the bearded, prematurely gray Rogers was launched into the top rank of crossover country artists with a string of singles for United Artists Records. His appealing, sometimes gritty voice propelled 20 solo 45s to No. 1 on the country charts from 1977-87. Two of them, his 1980 reading of Lionel Richie’s “Lady” and his 1983 collaboration with Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (penned by the Bee Gees), also topped the pop lists. He worked profitably with a number of other female vocalists, including Dottie West, Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes and Anne Murray. Rogers parlayed his music success into a successful side career as an actor. His 1978 country chart-topper “The Gambler” spawned five popular TV movies, while some of his other hits also inspired small-screen features.

Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association the same year. Born and raised in Houston, he was the fourth of eight children in a poor family. He took to the guitar as an adolescent, and would sometimes perform with another aspiring local musician and future star, Mickey Gilley. Rogers signed a solo deal with UA in 1976. He struck almost immediate pay dirt with “Lucille,” an absorbing vignette about a barroom encounter with a disillusioned woman and her estranged husband. The number became Rogers’ first No. 1 country hit and reached No. 5 on the national pop chart. It also scored Rogers his first Grammy, for best male country vocal performance.

Married five times, Rogers is survived by his last wife Wanda and five children.

The Skinny on Drones

Ever seen one of those before?

Chances are pretty good that you have. Drones are becoming increasingly prevalent in society today, but many people are still curious as to what they are. What looks like a camera with wings is far more sophisticated and versatile than meets the eye.

Drones are just one kind of UAV, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. These kinds of vehicles are often made of lightweight materials so that they are easier to operate and use less energy to lift off the ground. They can hover in place, fly, go up, go down, and navigate particularly tight spots. They also come equipped with infrared cameras, GPS technology, and lasers. If this sounds like something you’d find in a top-secret army mission, you’re right! Drones were initially considered to be military-grade technology. Since they’re not intended to carry humans, most of the navigational sensors are concentrated in the front of the drone. The lightweight materials also minimize the buzzing sound, which can lower the quality of videos shot using the drone.

Drones can range from big to small. Bigger drones, like the Predator drone, are used for military purposes while smaller drones with fixed wings and shorter runway length survey land and capture geographical features. Some drones are so small they can even be launched from the palm of your hand, like the vertical liftoff drone.

3D maps depend on drones for capturing accurate pictures of Earth’s topography. The more high-end drones use Satellite Constellation technology to create a comprehensive, synchronized, and coordinated 3D map. Most 3D cameras work this way in the interest of accuracy. With all of these interesting facts about drones, it can be easy for fact and fiction to get lost in the mix. So what are some common myths about drones?

Common Drone Myths

While the comparison of drones to cameras with wings isn’t too far off, it would be inaccurate to compare them to model airplanes. For starters, model airplanes are merely built to look pretty and not fly! Drones, on the other hand, might look like a giant metal spider, but they are made to zip through the air and gather visual information.

Speaking of visual information, drones were explicitly created to gather military surveillance. Of course, as these devices trickled into the civilian market, people began to use them for much sillier reasons, such as playing a prank on others and scaring them. As you can see, the drone is a multifaceted piece of technology that has both its official and unofficial uses.

As for its proper uses, though, drones can collect a surprisingly large amount of information under the Constitution. For example, police do not need a warrant to fly a drone at a low altitude to collect surveillance, and often use this method to search for marijuana users in their city. The reason this is not unconstitutional is because police can use drones in this way to fight crime and protect the public at large.

Another big misconception is that flying a drone is easy–not so! In reality, it takes some time to learn how to maneuver the pitch and yaw. More seasoned pilots, however, can gracefully pull off some pretty neat tricks in the air. But be careful about how long you keep your drone up there; many civilian-grade drones aren’t meant to stay in the air for longer than 10 minutes or so. Keep this in mind so that your new gadget doesn’t unexpectedly come crashing to the ground!

A Few Cool Drone Facts

We might think of drones as novelties when in reality they and their various UAV cousins have been around since 1916. It might be hard to conjure the image of a military-grade weapon during the time before television. But as you can see, drones have evolved into a multipurpose device that will allow people to survey large areas from the comfort of their couch.

Experts predict that drones will become quite useful to those in the agricultural industry. Farmers will be able to inspect their crops from a bird’s-eye view, thereby saving them hours and maybe even allowing them to zoom in on potential crop dangers, such as disease and pests.

Have you got drone fever now? Well, you’re in luck! Head over to DrDrone today to check out some of the best and most affordable drones on the market right now. You can choose from different makes and models to find your dream drone that best suits you and your needs. Just try not to clip anyone’s heads when you’re using it, though.

Happy surveilling!

Considerations For First Time Home Buyers

Getting on the property ladder can be both an exciting and tense journey. Your to-do list becomes endless, and it seems like finances are always on your mind. On the plus side, you get to experience the process of choosing a beautiful home that you can be proud of. There are plenty of considerations to be made before you embark upon this process. To help you get the ball rolling, consider these six-pointers.

1 . Pay back debts

When you’re looking to purchase a property for the first time, it’s vital to start paying off your debts. If you won’t realistically be able to pay them all off right now, at least start by paying them down. From here, check your credit score so that you’ll have a rough idea of what to expect when you start the buying process. Without a good credit score, you may struggle to get yourself a good interest rate. Potential buyers should bear this in mind; even if home buying is currently a distant future priority.

2. Save as much as possible

When you are approaching the home buying process, it’s a good plan to save as much as possible. It’s not just the down payment that you’ll need, but also money for moving costs, closing costs, potential maintenance and homeware. The bigger down payment that you can save up, the more financially comfortable you’ll feel when you start paying off the mortgage. To help you to save money, try a budgeting app, for example, ‘Mint’. Using the application, you can organize all of your debts, accounts and expenses in one place. Mint suggests viable budgets across different categories, from rent and bills to groceries. The app also offers a free credit check which is very handy for the first time buyer. Good Budget is another great app which is particularly handy for couples who are budgeting and saving together.

3. Pre-approved mortgage

With a mortgage pre-approval, you can gauge a fixed idea of your eligibility and how much you could manage to borrow. Gaining a pre-approved mortgage letter also helps communicate to sellers that you’re ready and in a good position to buy. When you are approaching this stage, it’s a good idea to have a solid budget in mind.  A fixed budget will help you to determine what you can comfortably afford. Remember that the max amount you are approved by a lender may still exceed your comfortable budget. It can be tempting to start looking based on the max amount, but remember that you’ll want to feel comfortable, plus be able to pay for other associated costs.

4. Mortgage length

Determine the duration of your mortgage based on your personal circumstances; there are options available to choose 15-year mortgages, 30-year mortgages, or something in between. Choosing a 15-year mortgage is advantageous because you’ll get a lower rate plus have your home paid off faster. Some buyers prefer a thirty-year mortgage because the monthly payments often end up being more affordable. It’s important to be completely sure that you won’t struggle with the repayments each month. Of course you’ll want the house of your dreams, but it’s not worth struggling and not being able to enjoy it.

5. It’s all about the location

Location is everything when it comes to choosing your first home. If you’re moving to a new and unfamiliar area, spend enough time exploring the neighbourhood. Check out the most desirable postcodes, eat in the restaurants and research the quality of the local schools. Remember, you are not just buying a house; you are essentially buying into a whole neighbourhood and lifestyle. Choosing an ‘up and coming’ location can mean that the value of your property increases as time goes by.

6. A reputable realtor 

Choosing yourself a reputable realtor is essential when you are looking to purchase a home. Invest in the services of an experienced company who can help you to ensure that the whole process runs smoothly. From your new buyer consultation to searching for properties and negotiating your offer, you need a company looking out for your best interests. For more information and plenty of luxury homes on sale, check out Camijoneshomes.com.

Before you start viewing houses, make a list of must-haves and nice-to haves. Your must-haves are your non-negotiables which you simply can’t do without. This might be a garden, a modern kitchen, or a nearby station. Your nice-to haves are those things that you desire but can live without if the budget won’t stretch!

Pursuing A Career You Really Care About

Is your current job unfulfilling? Perhaps you’re getting tired of the daily grind? After a certain period in a career, it’s easy to start getting itchy feet and wanting to do more. So why not do something that matters to you? Switching careers or starting a new venture is a daunting process that takes a lot of work, but your drive and commitment will get you there. Choosing a career that you’re passionate about will soon feel less like work, and help you find the fulfillment you’ve been looking for.

Are you ready for a change? Here are some tips for pursuing a career that you really care about.

Turn your interests into a career

What are your hobbies and your interests? Is it possible to turn them into a career? Many people give up their jobs to pursue music, sell collectibles and more – doing the things they love and taking a chance. But there could be other ways to pursue your interest too, including finding jobs in the relevant industry. Think about the things you love and brainstorm different paths you could take to find out what excites you and what you could see yourself doing. Making a successful career change isn’t easy, but it helps when you find something you love to do.

Invest in a new passion project

What is your dream project? Perhaps there’s a store or a cafe you’ve always dreamed of owning or somewhere you like to visit as a kid? Could you turn your dream into a reality? Investing in a business can help you realize old ambitions, as well as make a difference in your community. This is what David Meinert has done with Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe, restoring an aging business and making it great again. Who knows where your vision could lead you?

Do something to help others

Being able to give back and contribute is important for your community, but your own self-growth too. You could try volunteering your time, or pursuing a venture that makes a difference to others. Once you’re no longer driven by money or the prestige of a job title, it’s amazing what you’ll be able to do to help others.

Not quite ready? Start a side hustle!

A career change can seem like an exciting new step, but it’s not easy if you have financial commitments, family and uncertainty to deal with too. You don’t have to make a career change overnight, you can do it bit by bit. A side hustle alongside your full-time job can help you see what’s out there, and could lead to a great new venture for your future.

Finding your dream career isn’t something that happens easily, which is why it can take time to figure out what you want to do. Finding something that you’re passionate about will make work much more enjoyable, helping you to have a long and happy working life.

Research Says There Are Eight Types Of Gamer. Which Are You?

Gaming is now a bigger industry than Hollywood, so it should come as no surprise that it attracts a range of personalities. The average gamer is no longer the greasy-haired teen, mashing buttons on his control pad, night after night. It’s all of us.

Recently, researchers at Newzoo decided to look at the makeup of gamers a little more closely, so see whether there were different “types.” Their research threw up some thought-provoking results. The vast majority of players fit into eight categories.

These categories are:

  • The time filler
  • The popcorn gamer
  • The hardware enthusiast
  • The conventional player
  • The cloud gamer
  • The all-around enthusiast
  • The backseat viewer
  • The ultimate gamer

You can probably guess what some of these gamers are like, but others will need a little explanation. According to Newzoo, the most common type of gamer is the time filler – people who don’t really care about gaming per se but use it to fill time, anyway. These are the people you see on the bus with their eyes hooked on Candy Crush and bitcoin casino games. They need something to divert their attention from the monotony of their situation.

The second most popular is the “cloud gamer.” As you might guess, these guys like getting their video games piped to them through the internet. They’re not bothered about having the best hardware or even a pleasant experience. All they want is to try the game in all its glory and enjoy it at a low price. This group of people is in luck. The launch of Google’s Stadia and other cloud streaming services means that gaming just got a lot cheaper.

The next most common gamer was the so-called “ultimate gamer,” comprising around 13 percent of the total population. These people dedicate their time, money, and energy to gaming. For them, it is not just a way to burn a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon, but a reason for living. After that came the popcorn gamer, also comprising 13 percent of the total population. These guys are a little different from regular gamers. Instead of playing games themselves, they prefer spectating. These are the people who are responsible for the growth of esports – competitive video game competitions.

The hardware gamer was the next on the list. These are the people who don’t mind going out and blowing $5,000 on the ultimate gaming rig. For them, nothing but the very best experience will do. Don’t be surprised if they drop more than $1,000 on a graphics card. The backseat gamer is the person who used to play a lot of video games but doesn’t do so as much anymore. They knew all the games ten years ago, but now they’ve been out of the loop for too long focusing on other priorities to be any good.

The all-around enthusiast is somebody who likes playing video games but has more of a balanced life than the ultimate gamer. They don’t mind seeing friends, whereas the latter sees it as a waste of time.

Chicken Pulao Recipe

Ingredients

(Serves 4)

1kg chicken on the bone, skinless and cut to medium pieces

250gms basmati rice

525mls water or stock

3 tbsp sunflower oil

1 heaped tsp cumin seeds

6 cloves

½ tsp black pepper

2” cinnamon stick

2 black cardamom pods

2 large white onions thinly sliced

2 green chillies slit lengthwise

5 garlic cloves

1” ginger

1 heaped tsp coriander powder

Salt to taste

20gms freshly chopped coriander

Juice of 1/2 a lime

Method

  1. In a blender add the garlic and ginger with a splash of water and make a smooth paste. Set aside.
    In a heavy bottom sauce pan heat the oil. Add the whole spices letting them sizzle and infuse their flavours for 30 seconds. Now add the white onions and fry on a low heat for 30-35 mins. They will soften and start to colour. Make sure to stir every few minutes making sure it doesn’t stick to the pan. The quantity of onions for this dish is quite a lot so give it time to fry and retain a light brown colour.
  2. At this stage increase the heat to medium, add the green chillies and fry for a few seconds followed by the ginger and garlic paste. Fry for 2 minutes until the raw flavours from the paste cook through.
  3. Now add the chicken pieces along with the coriander powder stir well making sure the spices coat the chicken pieces sealing through for 8-10minutes. Add salt and continue to fry the chicken. Add half the water quantity and bring to a boil simmering with a lid on for 10 minutes. Stir half way through the cooking process. The chicken will nearly be done by this time.
  4. Now add the rice, little fresh coriander and the remaining water. Bring to a boil; simmer for 18-20 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed and the chicken & rice are tender.
  5. Add the remaining coriander at this stage. Cover the pulao and turn the heat off. Leave to rest for 10minutes to let the rice cool slightly before serving. Serve with some lime juice, salad and raita

Be Your Own Hero: Choosing A Noble Career

There are people in your lives that you class as a “superhero” but those people are just like you! And when we are bombarded with superheroes in pop culture sometimes we can start to think about how to be our own version of a superhero. No doubt some people will think this seems a bit trite, but if you are starting out in life or you just left education, you might want to start thinking about choosing a superhero career! But choosing a career that can help people is an incredibly diverse subject, it’s not just about being a firefighter! With this in mind, what are the best careers out there that can make a difference to other people’s lives?

A Builder

You wouldn’t consider this to be a career that is helpful in a stereotypical sense but it’s probably the closest thing to getting a solid workout in every single day. In the building industry, there are so many different components that will give you a massive physical workout. And we’ve got to remember that with companies like Ranger that provide rig and safety equipment that is providing a diverse service to every component of the building industry, you end up lifting a lot of equipment and getting a proper workout in. Who says you need to be Thor in order to be physically strong? And while you might think that it’s a job that doesn’t result in career progression, it’s actually a very well paid role when you start to work up the ladder!

Care Worker

Being a care worker is, in many ways, a combination of psychiatrist, psychologist, and a bodybuilder! Depending on the area you work in you’ve got to have a massive dose of physical strength on your side! But also when you start to work in supported living or residential care facilities each person has their own unique set of challenges. When you see people at work in care, they tend to be either incredibly caring in nature or are those people that are built like an ox and function on a few hours’ sleep! A care worker position is an incredibly rewarding one but you can’t underestimate just how challenging it is, mentally and physically!

A Teaching Assistant

When you want to make a difference to someone’s life education is one of the most obvious components but being a teaching assistant is somewhere between being a teacher and a care worker. You may accompany students to lectures or you could be working with younger children that struggle with education. It certainly is an eye-opening position and provides numerous rewards. Being a teaching assistant is a perfect stepping stone to being a teacher. If you want to work in education and inspire people it is an ideal starting point.

Choosing any sort of noble career is not just about what you want to get out of it but it’s about understanding how you can make a difference in people’s lives. There are so many different avenues to go down physically, mentally, and emotionally. What are you made of? What sort of superhero do you want to be?

Decorating Your Child’s Bedroom In Your New Home

If you are moving into a new home, one task you will need to tackle is decorating your children’s bedroom. Here are some tips for doing so…

Choosing children’s chairs

No playroom or children’s bedroom is complete without a place for your little one to sit, whether it is a beanbag for relaxing or a set of wooden chairs and a table for drawing. If you look online, you will see there is an extensive selection of children’s chairs for you choose from, ensuring you find the perfect chair for your requirements, the age of your child and your budget.

Look for a range of chairs that meet the perfect balance between being practical and playful. They are constructed to the highest levels of quality and they feature fun and exciting designs, which your children are guaranteed to love. This is important for your children when moving into a new home. With so many options to choose from, we know it can be difficult to narrow down your search.  Because of this, we have put together a step-by-step guide to give you a helping hand.

Step One: Choose a style of chair

There is a whole host of different styles of chairs for you to select from. This includes all of the following – armchairs, beanbags, wooden chairs, rocking chairs, tub chairs, wing chairs and much, much more. Think about your main purpose for purchasing the chair and that should help you to pick the best style.

Step Two: Make sure the chair is the right size for your child

Some companies make this step really easy, as they separate their chairs via age, which should make it much simpler when it comes to finding the right sized chair for your child.

Step Three: Determine a price range

It is always a good idea to determine a budget before you begin to shop. You can then narrow down your search in relation to the price range you have decided upon!

Step Four: Consider the design of the chair

Last but not least, you will want to take design aspects into consideration. What colour chair do you wish to purchase? Do you want something relatively simple in terms of design? Or do you want a chair that features a backrest that’s designed to look like a particular animal? Or what about an armchair with a fun fabric used?

Benefits of buying a divan bed

When buying a bed it is absolutely crucial that the person buying it goes for the right one. There are a lot of elements that go into the perfect bed, such as comfort, size and design. Unlike other furniture pieces, not one of these factors can be downplayed. After all, people spend approximately one-third of every single day sleeping, thus everyone must feel comfortable, snug, at ease and happy in the bed they have.

One of the key factors in picking the right bed is to go for a credible, well known and high-quality brand. This is something which is overlooked by a lot of individuals. However, when buying anything, not just a bed, the person buying should always do a bit of background research to discover whether previous customers have been left satisfied and consequently whether the company has a credible reputation or not.

At present, there has been a massive boom in the popularity of divan beds. The first reason why a lot of people tend to prefer divan beds is that they offer a much better support system. This is highly important because a lot of people suffer from a sore or stiff back when they sleep.  Unlike its competitors, such as wood beds, divan beds do not rely on a few slabs of material; they offer full support across the entire bed.

This point needs on to the next advantage – storage. Because the bed frame covers the entire base of the bed most divan beds come with draws fitted underneath. Not only is this great because it saves space and is cost-effective, but it also looks extremely sleek and stylish as well. You will have plenty of space to store your child’s toys!

A final reason why this type of bed is so popular is because of its versatility. It has a look which would be well suited in absolutely any bedroom. Thus no one should worry about not being able to find the right bed for them.

Adding some fun to the room

Pretend play shops are extremely popular with children and they present a whole host of benefits as well. Not only will your children have a lot of fun, but also they will learn about the concept of money, where food comes from, how much things cost and such like. Role-play also encourages interaction between children and thus helps them to develop their social skills and friendships.

From market stalls to theatres, there is a great selection of play shops for sale online. But, how do you choose the best?

Step One: Choose a shop type

The first thing you need to do is determine what type of shop to buy. This will largely be dependent on what you think your child will enjoy the most. Nonetheless, you can also think about what type of play shop is going to have the most educational value. From mobile markets to shops and theatres, you won’t be short of choice.

Step Two: Think about the size

You need to think about the size of the play shop for various reasons. Firstly, you need to be sure that you have enough space to accommodate it in your home or nursery. Secondly, you must determine how many kids you think are likely to play with the shop in question. If you have two young children, you will want to be sure they can both play with the shop with ease.

Step Three: Consider the age of your child

Last but not least, it is vital to make sure the play shop you purchase is the right age for your child specifically. Play shops have generally been designed for anyone between the age of three and six years old. However, you can find play shops for other ages.

Premier League & Other Sporting Events Suspended

Premier League football (soccer) matches have been suspended in England until April 3rd due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, a group of the country’s major football bodies has announced. It comes on the same day UEFA announced that all Champions League and Europa League matches next week have been postponed. In addition to the Premier League, all other top level English fixtures have also been cancelled Sky News reports.

With Arsenal players in isolation due to being in close contact with infected Olypiakoas owner, this was bound to happen. Two high-profile cases of COVID-19 have been reported within the English footballing community, while Everton recently announced that its squad was in isolation because of the virus, Sky News notes. The Premier League says it’s hoping to reschedule any cancelled matches. The announcement comes as numerous sports fixtures around the world are being cancelled over the now-pandemic. In the US, the NBA and NHL have both suspended their seasons, while across Europe football leagues have been suspended in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Ireland, according to Sky News.

The Premier League said play will start on 4 April subject to “conditions at the time”. FA chairman Greg Clarke is known to have expressed his fear at Friday’s emergency meeting that the season may have to be abandoned. England’s international friendly matches against Italy on 27 March and Denmark four days later are off. The EFL, which hopes to resume play a day earlier than the Premier League on 3 April, said clubs were also advised to suspend “non-essential activities” such as “player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings”. The Euro 2020 play-offs have also moved closer to being postponed after Fifa recommended that all impending internationals should be called off. Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic are all scheduled to play their semi-finals on 26 March, with the finals five days later.

The suspension comes on a day of widespread sporting postponements worldwide.

  • The London Marathon has been moved from 26 April to 4 October, with the Manchester and Brighton Marathons also postponed.
  • Uefa has postponed next week’s Champions League and Europa League fixtures.
  • In rugby union, Saturday’s Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland has been postponed, as has Sunday’s Premiership Cup final between Sale and Harlequins.
  • Cycling’s Giro d’Italia, scheduled to start in Hungary in May, has been called off.
  • England’s Test cricket series in Sri Lanka has been cancelled.
  • Golf’s opening major of the year, the Masters, has been postponed.
  • Formula 1 has called off the Vietnam Grand Prix on 5 April.
  • Formula E is suspended for two months, affecting races in Paris, Seoul and Jakarta.

To My Cousin Before She Gets Wed

Dear Roshni,

On this last day before your wedding, I look upon the life, the joy & the pleasure that is your life. As the youngest amongst us cousins, you are special to us. As the innocent one, you are special. As the funny one, you are special. Your childhood exploits and gags were always the highlight of our evenings.

I remember how talkative you were – from a very young age. My then joke was that you started talking and saying ancient hymns at the tender age of 3 days old. An exaggeration no doubt but you could recite some play at the age of 3 or 4. The songs that you liked as a kid and sung to us are always gonna be special for us.Your comical dialogues, you wanting to change your name to Susan, you saying about “no daddys or mummies here”, you writing a sorry letter to your dad for your naughtiness (claiming that it is not something that you can control )your announcement about a certain E.T., etc etc etc too many funny things to state here, are all memory points for me and the rest.

But memories are what defines us. Like a great lyricist & drummer stated in a song from 1987

“I’m not looking back
But I want to look around me now
Time stands still
See more of the people
And the places that surround me now
Time stands still
Freeze this moment
A little bit longer
Make each sensation
A little bit stronger
Summer’s going fast
Nights growing colder
Children growing up
Old friends growing older”

I saw that last night while your cousins, uncles and aunts celebrated your upcoming wedding. They danced and sang and we drank and ate but I wanted to go back in time and freeze you as a little girl who was so precious, precocious, intelligent, smart & hilarious who was the center of attention for all of us. But you have grown up and become a young, successful woman who is ready to start her own family life. Life just isn’t fair 

All the best for the wedding and for a wonderful & happy life ahead. Your cousins – Kannan, Arun, Rakesh, Raakhee, Sherine, Shalini, Subin, Suraj, Manoj, Sandy, Navin, Priya, Balakrishnan, Jayakrishnan, Shekhar, Shankar & myself – will be proudly watching you and feeling nostalgic – a little sad but mostly happy for you!

Love
Roshan