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June 2, 2015

April Showers Bring Driving Hazards

April showers bring May flowers but that’s not all it can bring. The spring months are filled with new growth, days of sunshine and warm rains. The warm rains and the hazardous driving conditions are what State Farm want to bring attention to. State Farm wants you to Drive into spring with wet weather wisdom! 74% of weather related accidents are due to wet roads – almost 60% more than roads with snow. In the spring there is a relaxing after the months of driving in blizzard conditions that can cause misjudgment of the seriousness of rainy weather driving. The most important thing you can do is do a thorough “spring clean” of your vehicle and be sure it is rainy road ready.

The tires need to be checked for wear, splitting and unsafe tire pressure. Bald, worn tires make stopping on wet pavement even harder and increase your chances of sliding or even a tire blow out. Your lights – brake, hazards, headlights and turn signals all need to be in perfect working order. In rainy weather your lights are what let other drivers know where you are and allows you to see them. The windshield wipers are often overlooked until needed. If they are brittle, dry and cracked, they will not properly clean your windshield which interferes with your visibility. State Farm has more insightful tips on their website at www.statefarm.com.   Check them out and have a safe and beautiful spring.

This post was sponsored, but opinions are my own

The worlds’ most valuable body parts

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When it comes to the worlds’ most valuable body parts, there are some surprising results. You’d expect celebrities and sport stars to be well-represented, but what if your job relies on an anatomical talent?

Sometimes the amazing insurance amounts for the bodies of the rich and famous cover bits you wouldn’t expect. And it runs from million dollar fingers to billion dollar legs, and absolutely everything in between. It’s no surprise the people on this list put a premium on their bodies, but would you agree with the valuations?

Some stars didn’t want to single out a body part. Actor Daniel Craig took out $9.5 million of insurance for his whole body before performing many of his own stunts in the James Bond franchise. Meanwhile UK TV presenters Ant & Dec decided to take out cover worth £2 million – on each other.

Heads:

There aren’t many top premiums for brain power or genius. But comedian Rich Hall has insured his sense of humour for £1 million. So he’ll be laughing, even when we aren’t.

Australian cricketer Merv Hughes insured his trademark handlebar moustache for £200,000, but facial cover goes all the way back to the early entertainers. Silent film comedian Ben Turpin invested $25,000 in the 1920s against his trademark crossed eyes ever uncrossing. And amounts soon grew, with Jimmy ‘the Schnozzle’ Durante insuring his large nose for $140,000 in the 1930s.

Mouths:

The mouth is so important to many careers that it deserves a special mention. For singers, it makes sense to protect your most valuable asset. Bruce Springsteen insured his vocal chords for $6 million back in the 1980s, but recent stars have upped the ante. American Idol runner-up and Queen collaborator Adam Lambert has insured his vocal chords for $48.5 million. Rock Star Gene Simmons wasn’t known for his singing voice, but having been known for showing his tongue with the rock band KISS, he insured it for $1 million.

One of the most famous smiles in Hollywood belongs to ‘Pretty Woman’ Julia Roberts, who put a premium of $30 million on her smile lighting up cinema screens. But ‘Ugly Betty’ star America Ferrara also has a $10 million smile after she removed her braces to become the face of toothpaste brand Aquafresh. And at the other end of the smile spectrum is British comedian Ken Dodd, who actually insured his buck teeth for £4 million, including the risk of accidentally having them fixed.

But it’s not just celebrities with valuable mouths. In the 1960s, food critic Egon Ronay insured his taste buds for $330,000, and chef Anthony Worrall-Thompson followed suit for £500,000. But the otherwise ordinary tastes for big food and drink brands are the real stars. Tetley tea blender Sebastien Michaelis has tastebuds insured for £1 million, rather less than the $10 million for the tongue of Costa Coffee’s ‘Italian Master of Coffee’, Gennaro Pelliccia. Somerfield wine taster Angela Mount had her tastebuds insured for £10 million in 2003, after the chain of supermarkets attributed a growth in sales to her palate.

Chests:

You’d expect female assets to top the list, and sadly there are question marks whether legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones ever insured his chest hair for $7 million. But it’s known that such policies have been drawn up on occasion for male models.

Female chests are bigger business, with Playboy model Holly Madison covering her assets for $1 million. Country music star Dolly Parton has protected herself since 1970 with a policy for $600,000. Meanwhile Madonna also insured her chest, for a sum of $2 million.

Hands:

Musicians have a lot to lose, but Keith Richards apparently only valued his middle finger enough for a $1.6 million policy to play guitar and make rude gestures for the Rolling Stones.

Hand model Gemma Howorth sensibly covered all her digits with a £5 million premium. Her hands regularly feature in adverts for washing-up liquid, chocolate and make-up, justifying the investment.

Buttocks:

Buttock coverage is a largely female dominated area of insurance. Children’s TV fox puppet Basil Brush had his trademark tail insured for £1 million, but the big money is insuring the bottoms of pop stars Kylie Minogue and Jennifer Lopez.

While Australian former soap star Kylie propelled her pop career back into the top ten with the help of gold hotpants, her backside is protected for just $5 million.  That compares to the curvier Jennifer Lopez, who values her bottom with $300 million of insurance.

Reproduction:

It turns out men don’t value their sex appeal quite as much. Former Van Halen singer and rock star David Lee Roth made the headlines when he insured his sperm for $1 million to protect the future of 80’s rock.

That compares with British male stripper Frankie Jakeman, who insured his main asset in 1987 for £1.2 million.

Legs:

Football is a big money game around the world. With big wages for the top players, it’s not surprising that former Man Utd and England star David Beckham has $70 million of insurance for his legs, or that Real Madrid and Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo has a $144 million policy.

Other famous male celebrities to have insured their fancy footwork include Charlie Chaplin, whose trademark walk was covered for £100,000. More recently, dancer Michael Flatley took out a $40 million policy following his success in Irish dance shows Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.

Since Betty Grable became the first woman to walk on ‘million dollar legs’ in the 1940s, it’s become fairly normal for actresses and models to take out insurance, such as Jamie Lee Curtis ($2.8 million) and Heidi Klum ($2 million)

But the most experience legs, and the worlds’ most valuable body parts belong to a singer. And it’s not an artist known for her dance moves, such as Rihanna ($1 million) or Tina Turner ($3.2 million).

In fact, the most expensive cover for part of the body belongs to Mariah Carey, who insured her legs for a whopping $1 billion after becoming the star of a shaving campaign.

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Horse racing’s tales of the unexpected

It’s usually the stories behind the achievements that are the most interesting. And that’s certainly true in horse racing. Here are some of the events and personalities that have captured our imagination.

Frankie Dettori’s Magnificent Seven

Frankie Dettori’s odds-defying triumph in every single race on the Ascot card was his Magnificent Seven; a seemingly impossible achievement that catapulted him into sporting and celebrity legend.

Dettori’s record-breaking day in September 1996 has been likened to a racing car driver winning every Grand Prix or a golfer at The Open hitting birdies the entire round before finishing up with a hole in one.

The accumulative odds of 25,000/1 reflect just how extraordinary Dettori was that day. The BBC even delayed the scheduled Saturday news bulletin to capture history in the making.

But not everyone was cheering as Frankie’s now trademark flying dismounts began to stack up. Bookmakers were ruined with total losses on the day estimated at around £40 million. One lucky punter alone enjoyed a payout of £500,000.

Tony McCoy’s cold streak

Champion jump jockey Tony McCoy is best known for his insatiable hunger for winning and his incredible physical strength.

He turned to cryogenics after a serious fall in 2008 which should have taken four months to heal. But he was back in the saddle in half that time after enduring temperatures of -148C in an effort to speed up his recovery.

He’s won more than 4,000 races. And he’ll be trying to repeat his 2012 success at Cheltenham aboard Synchronised when he rides in this year’s Gold Cup in March. It’s likely he’ll ride for trainer Jonjo O’Neill, with the JP McManus-owned horse Shutthefrontdoor currently expected to be his likely mount.

 

by  Paolo Camera 

Grand National chaos

The 1993 Grand National has gone down in history as one of the greatest sporting shambles of all time.

An estimated 300 million people around the world were glued to their television sets to watch the race when 30 of the 39 riders headed off round the track unaware that a false start had been called.

The crowd at Aintree, where the race is run, frantically shouted and waved while officials tried to flag down the riders. But the oblivious jockeys carried on round the gruelling four-and-a-half mile Liverpool course. And punters could do nothing but watch in agony as the humiliating saga unfolded.

Esha Ness, a 50-1 outsider ridden by John White, crossed the line first. But the Jockey Club declared the Grand National void and White has become known as the winner of the race that never was.

Red Rum struts his stuff

The BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year has become known as something of a sporting Oscars. The country’s finest athletes gather on one glittering night every year to toast the best of the best.

In 1977 there was an unusual attendee. Red Rum, the three time Grand National winner, rocked up to the studio to massive applause and adulation.

He seemed to take the attention in his stride, despite suffering the indignity of being crammed into a lift to make it into the Sports Personality Studio at all.

Red Rum, like Desert Orchid, Kauto Star and Frankel, won the hearts of the nation. Earlier that year he was given the honour of switching on the illuminations in Blackpool and he became a media favourite with appearances on This is Your Life, The Generation Game and Blue Peter.

For the record, Red Rum won the Grand National in 1973, 1974 and 1977. And in ’75 and ’76 he came a not-too-shabby second.

New Skin Cancer Drug Set For Clinical Trials

Almost 13,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with melanoma and around 2,000 people die every year from the disease. It’s one of the most common cancers to affect 15-34 year olds although it is still mostly found in older patients. Melanoma is slightly more common in females than in males. A team of scientists from Cancer Research UK at institutes in London and Manchester have been running laboratory tests on two compounds which have been shown to have encouraging results in treating melanoma. Although promising, these laboratory trials are only the first step in drug discovery and it will be some time before any conclusive evidence is available.

Melanoma

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer as it spreads quickly and can soon affect lymph nodes and other organs if not treated quickly. 76,000 cases of melanoma were reported with around 9,000 deaths in the U.S. and more than 100,000 cases with 22,000 deaths in Europe were reported. It is often diagnosed when the shape or size of an existing mole is noticed to have changed or new moles appear. It is important to see your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of these changes. Melanoma can appear anywhere on the body but it is most commonly found on the back, arms and legs. Sunburn is often seen as a contributing factor and it can indeed lead to melanoma.

New Compounds

The two compounds that have been undergoing laboratory testing are a type of compound that are known as signal inhibitors. These are designed to stop the cancer cells sending messages to each other to co-ordinate the cancers growth. The two compounds which are together known as panRAF inhibitors work slightly differently to previous drugs and could potentially be used in patients with advanced melanoma that has become resistant to previous treatments. Although initial results on lab mice have been promising, use on human patients may prove the drug to be ineffective or even dangerous.

The new compounds were discovered as researchers tried to find new ways of fighting resistant forms of melanoma. The two compounds were found in a group of different compounds that were being tested as part of a drug discovery program. The two compounds then underwent more thorough testing and analysis to get them to the point where the researchers could begin testing on mice. Testing on the mice was promising as the cancer cells were successfully destroyed and the mice didn’t appear to have suffered any side effects.

Targeting Multiple Cancer Proteins

Up to half of melanoma cases diagnosed are those which have a specific mutation in the BRAF gene and the related MEK protein. Up until now, drugs have been used to stop this mutation in one specific gene or another but not multiple genes at once. It has been found that drugs that are used to fight these cases are initially effective but the cancer would often return after a period of time when it started to become resistant to the drugs. Now research has turned towards to the goal of combining a BRAF inhibitor with a MEK protein inhibitor in the hope that this will give longer lasting results. Targeting multiple cancer proteins at once will stop the cancer becoming resistant to the drug. It was also found that the panRAF inhibitors stopped growth in tumours that previous BRAF targeted drugs had failed to have any effect on and this accounts for a further 20% of melanoma cases.

Trialling the New Drug

Now that the drug has been given the go ahead for clinical trials the first step in this will be a small scale trail that focuses on getting the dosage right and watching for any safety concerns such as side effects. Although not specifically looking for effectiveness it is hoped that this initial trial will show some signs of it. If the first round of trials are successful then it will be tested on a much larger scale and the drug’s effectiveness will be the main focus. If it is eventually found to be an effective drug in the treatment of malignant melanoma it is likely to be used as a first line treatment for patients and also a second line treatment in patients with resistant form of the disease.

Although initially results have been promising, the fact that the compounds have yet to have been trialled in human patients means that there are potentially still many years of clinical trials left to establish whether or not it is effective in human patients and there are no guarantees that an effective drug will come from all the testing.

This post is written by Jane Freeman, a blogger for  Cedars Dermatology.

5 Websites and Apps Every Londoner Needs

Whether you are new to London, are just visiting or have lived there a while. Knowing about all the best places to go and things to see can be almost impossible without a lifetime to find them for yourself or knowing someone who already has a great knowledge of the city. However, there are some resources available that can allow you to bypass this and find the best places for yourself in no time at all. By using the following websites and mobile apps, you’ll be showing all your friends the best things to see and do in the capital.

London Official Guide


This app available for iPhone gives access to maps and guides which can be viewed offline. This free app has some great guides and shows the top things to do in London which can be searched by category or location. Another great feature is the ability to plan out your day in the capital. With a personalised itinerary which will include step by step directions on how to get to each attraction. Bars, cafes and restaurants can be found with detailed reviews of each and local amenities such as police stations and pharmacies can be quickly found. Roaming charges can be avoided due to the fact that all these services are available offline. Update your itinerary before leaving a WiFi hot spot (which can also be found within the guide), then you’re all set for the day. The app will even recommend places to visit depending on the current weather or time of day. All in all, if you’re planning a day out in London don’t leave home without this app.

Recce


Recce gives you an interactive 3D map shows what’s in and around your current location giving you a detailed overview of the area. The map is the main feature of the app giving you a 3D view of your surroundings and a compass so you never get lost again. The 3D view shows a cartoon overview of the city which can easily be navigated and zoomed to view points of interest. Its powerful search function allows you to find anything you want nearby such as restaurants, places of interest and transport links. The app is integrated with Transport for London’s real time information so you can find up to the minute details of tube, bus and bike hire close by. You are able to access social media from within the app to find reviews and news on the go. Not just for London, Recce is available for a host of major cities in the UK and USA. The app is available for iOS and android and more features and cities are being added all the time.

Hailo


Hailo is the worlds highest rated taxi app. This great app will never leave you stuck without a lift home. If you are looking for a black cab or executive car to pick you up, all you need to do is to input your pick up and drop off locations and Hailo will do the rest. Using the app you can track your car and can even pay for the service within the app so you never need to worry about having the cash to pay the driver again. The app includes a fare quote with which you can get an estimate for the trip and all trip histories and receipts are stored so you can access them whenever you need to. Not just serving London, Hailo serves major cities across the globe including New York, Boston, Montreal and Toronto so wherever you are, you can always find a cab.

Just Park


If you’ve travelled to London before then you know that parking can be a nightmare. Even if you manage to find a space close to your destination, you are probably going to pay a fortune to stay for even a few hours. With Just Park you never have to worry again. Simply search the Just Park site for your ideal parking space and you can reserve a spot and even save up to 60% on traditional on street parking. If you are heading into London for a show, or just a day trip. Knowing that you already have a reserved parking space before you arrive takes all the stress away, leaving you able to enjoy your stay in the capital.

CapitalAlist.com


Capital A List  is the one stop shop for all your exclusive party and clubbing needs. Offering not only a guest list service for the hottest clubs in town and a second to none table booking service.  If you’re looking for a more exclusive and personally crafted night out, then you can’t go wrong with the table booking service. Whether you are looking for the perfect night out for you and your friends, or showing your clients the best the capital has to offer.

This post is written by Jane Freeman who is a freelance content marketer in the travel industry.

Grand National – history on the hoof

The Grand National steeplechase is an annual horse race that takes place at the Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, England. The description ‘steeplechase’ derives from the historical racing of horses from one church (hence steeple) to another. In the process, competitors would be obliged to leap over countryside fences and hedges and, in recognition of this legacy, steeplechase events are run over jumps. The name Aintree owes its origins to ancient Saxon English where ‘Antree’ meant ‘lone tree’. Horse racing has been recorded in the Liverpool area from as early as 1576.


by  stacey.cavanagh 

First run in 1839 the Grand National is said to be the most famous horse race in the world. With a first prize fund of over £1 million, it is Europe’s most-valuable equine contest. The race distance is officially four miles and three-and-a-half furlongs. A furlong measures one eighth of a mile and takes its name from the Old English words furh (furrow) and lang (long). Dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, the measure originally referred to the mean length of a furrow in a ploughed open field.

In recent years, the race has been synonymous with misadventure. Repeated false starts, interruptions by protesters against animal cruelty and an enforced postponement as a result of an IRA bomb scare have all affected the race. The IRA are an Irish republican movement whose declared aim is to remove Northern Ireland from British administration. Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, they were responsible for a series of bombs across the British mainland.

The race attracted adverse publicity owing to the high casualty and fatality rate suffered by the horses involved. The unusually high attrition rate was explained in part by the extended distance of the race (see above) in combination with the height and spread of the jumps which were amongst the most challenging anywhere in British racing – The Chair and Beecher’s Brook being the most famous. Beecher’s Brook is said to be the most (in)famous, measuring 4ft 10 inches with a 5ft 6 inch brook (stream bed) on the landing side. The fence is named after one Captain Beecher who fell and died attempting the jump in 1839.

In recent years, the fences have been made smaller in the interests of safety, however, a consequent increase in the speed of the runners has largely mitigated against this attempt to make the race less dangerous.

It is customary to immediately put down racehorses if they suffer a serious injury from which they are unlikely to be able to recover. The riders or ‘jockeys’ are treated more humanely. The word ‘Jockey’ first attested use was in 1529. The word is said to derive from the Scottish Jock and was used as a generic term for a boy. Jockeys are famously small i.e. boyish in stature.

Red Rum is the most famous winner of the Grand National. Victor of the race in the years 1973, 1974 and 1977, the gelding also finished second in the two intervening years. A gelding is a male horse which has been neutered. The word derives from old Norse, gelda, ‘to castrate’. Red Rum remains a national icon and there is a life-size statue in his honour at the gates of the Aintree course.

The Grand National is one of the most bet on sporting events in the British sporting calendar. As much as £150 million is now regularly invested with bookmakers. The difficulty in completing the course safely means it is notoriously difficult to predict the winner. It is on this basis the race is held up as an opportunity for racing aficionados to compete with the ordinary public in a wholly democratic and egalitarian manner. The Grand National is widely televised around the world.

Clothing Brands Help with Clothing Recycling Program

In the event that you or somebody you know has an old pair of denim pants they are attempting to dispose of, then maybe giving these jeans would be a keen alternative. By giving a couple of pants or whatever other denim piece of attire, $20 will go to your following visit to J. Team or Madewell at whatever point you purchase denim pants. J.Crew Brands Extend Partnership with Blue Jeans Go Green. Thusly, all the denim materials can be utilized to help associations devoted to helping groups across the country.

For every year, around 250,000 square feet of protection are conveyed on account of Blue Jeans Go Green, a system ran by Cotton Incorporated. All the denim make up the protection, which is then used to diminishing 1.2 million pounds of landfill waste.

 These stores are taking an interest, as well as school understudies are having any kind of effect, as well. Promoting understudies have been attempting to gather denim and concentrate on ecological and group issues. The brands are excited to at the end of the day bring Blue Jeans Go Green™ to universities over the U.s. The project is an incredible route for understudies to include their associates and bring attention to their yards.. Take in more by going by jcrew.com or madewell.com

This post was sponsored, but opinions are my own

London’s housing crisis sees garage go for half a million

The shortage of housing in London appeared to reach new levels this week when a garage measuring just 11ft by 7ft was sold at auction for more than a half a million pounds.

The auctioneer responsible – bet he loved his commission – described the garage as being in “reasonable state, but there are quite a few cracks in the walls.”

The ‘property’ has no planning permission for any redevelopment but due to its location in the middle of Chelsea, one of London’s wealthiest areas, it was clearly viewed as a very desirable move for investment.

The garage had only been on the market for two weeks after being valued at £200k by the auctioneers.

To give some perspective, the buyer paid £7,143 per square foot and has just about enough space to park a car.

The London housing crisis means there are jackpots at the end of rainbows… or in this case an old garage!

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by  August Brill 

Ways you could afford to spend £550k on a London garage

For most of us, the idea of spending more than half a million pounds on a dilapidated garage that you couldn’t swing a cat in is absurd. Some ideas to gather the funds…

  • 1: Play for Chelsea FC – if you’re going to buy a place in the area, why not work locally too. Stamford Bridge is just around the corner and if you can work your way into José Mourinho’s first team squad you will earn the sort of wages required to spend big.
  • 2: Become Prime Minister – David Cameron earns £142,000 per year, so by the time you’ve completed your term at No10 Downing Street you should have enough to partly finance a nice garage. You could always bring on board some fellow MPs to club together for the money – just don’t expect there to be enough living space for everyone at the new digs!
  • 3: Win the cash – try some online casino play at http://www.ziggycasino.com. Perhaps the progressive slots jackpots will land the $1m dollar prize needed for a London garage and enough cash left over for a nice holiday.
  • 4: Become a YouTube sensation – if you can become the star of the next internet sensation, the dollar signs will follow! YouTube advertisements will make you earn $2 per 1,000 views. If your YouTube channel becomes famous you can score endorsement deals and earn millions!

Get yourself a job playing for Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge and you could soon be affording some property in the area.


by  Matt From London 

Some bizarre martial arts you didn’t know existed

There are martial arts and there are some really out-there martial arts you just wouldn’t believe.

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by  blmurch

We all know about karate, judo, kung fu and so forth, but there are now other martial arts on the scene that may seem new, but have actually been around for a long time. Amongst these is the official version of mixed martial arts, which has evolved so prominently in recent years that the gambling exchange Betfair even now offers markets on the sport. This kind of thing goes to illustrate just how mainstream some martial arts have become. As for the following eight versions of trying to pound an opponent into oblivion in as many ways as possible – well let’s just say we don’t expect any kind of formal betting market to develop any time soon. You’ll soon find out exactly why that is…

Bokator

Bokator is a Cambodian fighting method that takes some believing. It goes all the way back to the battlegrounds of Indochina from over 17 centuries back. Bokator is designed to mimic the movements of certain animals, including cranes, eagles, snakes, horses, and lions.

Bokator is particularly notable for its sheer brute force. If you imagine yourself on a battlefield at a time before firearms, you’d have to be pretty efficient. Bokator includes moiré than 10, 000 different techniques, including knee and elbow hits, joint locks, and a host of different throws. Bokator really has to be seen to be believed.

Bakom

Moving to the other side of the world now and, specifically, to Peru – Bakom (also called Vacón) is a product of the poverty-stricken back streets of Lima. It is a particularly harsh and quick martial art designed to kill or disable an opponent immediately. It may also include hidden weapons.

Bakom isn’t an ancient form though, by any means. In fact, it was developed by an ex Marine and former convict, Roberto Puch Bezada, as recently as the 1980s. Bakom borrows heavily from both jujutsu and Vale Tudo-style street fighting.

Amongst its delightful menu of moves are bone-snapping arm locks, vicious chokeholds, and precision hits at vital organs. This all happens at an incredibly quick pace designed to finish the opponent off before he’s even had a chance to think!

 

Lerdrit

Lerdrit is a recent version of traditional Thai fighting methods. It is used today by the highly trained commandos of Thailand’s Royal Army. Lerdrit is similar to its predecessors called “Muay Thai” and “Muay Boran” but it’s also been honed to vicious perfection for the needs of the modern world.

Specifically, practitioners are instructed to attack without warning, and to knock the target to the ground immediately then to finish them off with a charming “kill strike” like a boot to the throat (it isn’t overly subtle). An elbow to the opponent’s temple is another Lerdrit move!

Dambe

Dambe is practiced in West Africa and is based on ancient Egyptian hand to hand fighting techniques.

The Hausa people use the technique most heavily. The main weapon with Dambe is the “strong side fist”. This is where the lower arm is wrapped cloth covered and very tightly woven cord, whilst one of the fighter’s legs is wrapped in a thick chain. These two weapons are then used to beat the heck out of your opponent before he does it to you!

 

Jailhouse Rock (JHR)

Jailhouse Rock – or simply “JHR” is nothing to do with Elvis Presley unfortunately.

Instead, it’s a particularly ferocious form of fighting developed – as the name suggests – in prisons in the USA by prisoners with a lot of time and a lot of weight-training equipment on their hands.

There are few rules but this is a recognized martial art – one of only two such recognized martial arts from the US. It is notable for its bizarre and brutal training techniques – like picking up a pack of cards one by one in a room whilst being beaten by a group of other guys.

Kalari Payat

Kalari Payat comes from the southern Indian state of Kerala, which many tourists know as a beach paradise. It’s supposed to be the oldest form of organized fighting technique known to mankind.

There are various versions and sub-versions of Kalari Payat used in either armed or unarmed combat.

Most involve disabling an opponent by hitting him in vital points. There are over 100 points on the body considered to be vital making it therefore essential to hit as hard as you possibly can – preferably with a particularly hard part of your own body!

 

Silat

Silat is actually a collective term for a group of martial arts first developed in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore by old headhunting tribes. There are hundreds of different types of Silat styles and techniques include good old-fashioned hitting, grappling, throws, joint manipulation and sharp-edged weapons.

It’s been around forever – but the techniques are used still today by various armies in the region!

Okichitaw

Last but not least, we’re back in North America for a look at fighting techniques used by American Indians. It’s one of the last-known such examples in fact.

Okichitaw is based on the combat techniques of the Plains Cree American Indians. The modern version was founded and developed by one George J. Lepine, a man who studied student tae kwan do, judo and hapkido. George also worked on his tomahawk-throwing techniques and made use of the gunstock war club. Consequently, Okichitaw is now a hybrid martial art that puts together the legendary American Indian ferocity with various Asian martial art techniques and is, therefore, pretty deadly.

The whole principle with Okichitaw is to use the hands as if they were weaponry – the hands are supposed to be like tomahawks – while the legs are used at a slight distance like spears.

Jason Kennedy, Michael Yo, and Bill and Giuliana Rancic Hosting Event

On Friday, November 7, on South Beach, Miami, something memorable will be happening for the whole world to witness. All thanks to Cotton Incorporated, the company is bringing back the yearly event Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show. The host lineup are many up of accomplished famous men and women who encourage creativity in fashion. Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show Announces Celebrity Host Lineup: Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Jason Kennedy, and Michael Yo for the 2014 celebration.

“Through our live stream, we will be able to share Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show with the

world,” explained Andrea Lavinthal, PEOPLE Style and Beauty Director. “At PEOPLE, we are all

about providing inside celebrity access and the latest fashion trends. This year we’re enriching

the online experience, not only showcasing cotton’s fashion range on the runway, but also

providing behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and commentary from our style editors.”

 The show will not only take place on Miami’s South Beach, but viewers unable to attend can watch online. Live commentary will be provided thanks to PEOPLE magazine Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show will once again showcase the incredible versatility of cotton in

modern wardrobe. Retailers will include Kings of Cole, French Connection, and Vintage Havana.

This post was sponsored, but opinions are my own

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