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December 1, 2015

Giant Suspension Bridge Made From Rope In Peru

A suspension bridge is one type of a bridge in which the deck is hung below suspension cables on vertical suspenders. The first modern examples of this type of bridge were built in the early 19th century. Bridges without vertical suspenders have a long history in many mountainous parts of the world.

This type of bridge has cables suspended between towers, plus vertical suspender cables that carry the deck below, upon which traffic crosses. This arrangement allows the deck to be level or to arc upward for additional clearance. Like other suspension bridge types, this type often is constructed without false work.

The suspension cables must be anchored at each end of the bridge, since any load applied to the bridge is transformed into a tension in these main cables. The main cables continue beyond the pillars to deck-level supports, and further continue to connections with anchors in the ground.

The roadway is supported by vertical suspender cables or rods, called hangers. In some circumstances, the towers may sit on a bluff or canyon edge where the road may proceed directly to the main span, otherwise the bridge will usually have two smaller spans, running between either pair of pillars and the highway, which may be supported by suspender cables or may use a truss bridge to make this connection.

In the latter case there will be very little arc in the outboard main cables.

Cheltenham festival 2014 day one preview

Tuesday the 11th of March will mark day one of the 2014 Cheltenham festival, held at that Gloucestershire town’s famous racecourse. Last year proved as compelling as ever – from both a sporting and betting perspective – culminating in the final day Gold Cup triumph for Barry Geraghty, riding the bookies favourite – Bobs Worth. He proved to be worth a fair few bob for anyone who put their money on him, but calling some of the big first day races correctly can sometimes be the key to a great week of betting.

Supreme Novices Hurdle

This is the opening race on the first day, and seems sure to provide the perfect appetiser for the rest of the week. Irving has now slipped ahead of Vautour as the bookmakers favourite to win this two-mile race, at 5/2. His chances of winning increased when one of the major rivals – The Tullow Tank – unexpectedly dropped out of the festival a couple of weeks ago, and this looks to leave 3/1-priced Vautour as the main competition. However it should be noted that the favourites tend to come a cropper here – with hotly tipped horses like Cue Card and Cousin Vinny being amongst those to fall short in previous years.

Arkle Challenge Trophy

This race, otherwise known as the Arkle Chase, has to be included in any preview – because it is a confirmed favourite amongst Cheltenham festival regulars. It is regarded as a race for those horses that possess both speed and hurdling ability, and the current favourite is Champagne Fever at 3/1 odds-on. Rock on Ruby and Trifolium lie just behind on 5/1 each, but once again, this has proved a race to confound the bookies in the past. The last 22 Arkle Chases have seen the favourite win just four times, and only a single win by an early race front runner.

Stan James Champion Hurdle

This is the most famous first day race, lasting more than two miles and ½ furlong. There are currently two horses tied as the odds-on favourite, with Hurricane Fly and The New One both on 11/4, but there is no question which of them most of the neutrals will want to win. Two-time Champion Hurdle winner Hurricane Fly is much loved, but a bet on him would be more than just a sentimental pick. He has a real shot at winning for the second year in a row – although some punters might fancy a wager on Our Conor (4/1), My Tent Or Yours (5/1) or Annie Power 8/1, to leave the two favourites in the dust.

Novices Handicap Chase

The last race on the first day of the festival is this 2-mile, 4 and a ½ furlong one – which is a relatively new addition to day one. The betting favourite right now is Pendra, on 8/1 – with Cause Of Causes, Ericht and Manyriverstocross all on 10/1 just behind. This race has been switched around the festival calendar a lot, despite only being part of it for the last nine years, having started out being run on the last day (Friday), before being switched to the third day (Thursday) and finally to its current position. It’s worth noting that six of the previous winning horses had prior wins over this sort of distance, and but seven of them had no more than a single previous win over fences.






Wackiest Ways to Draw Attention at a Promo Event

So you’re planning a promotional event and are looking to make an impact? Well, if you’re serious about making a statement and creating a buzz, throw away those branded bookmarks and listen up.

Set a world record

Everyone wants to be a record breaker, so why not help make these dreams a reality and gain plenty of attention in the process by inviting people to help your organisation get in the next edition of the Guinness World Records? Most People Attending a Business Speed Networking Event is just begging to be broken.

Think big and find something that’s relevant to your organisation – take inspiration from LUSH, which attempted to set the record for the most lip prints collected in a 12-hour period. The company raised awareness of their lip products and were mentioned plenty in the media. Clever, huh?

Wow with alternative entertainment

Musicians playing the guitar can gather crowds on the high street, but you can really make people pay attention when you go for some alternative entertainment. If you are handing out leaflets or samples, or merely directing people to your store, why not get a stilt walker to do the honours? Hire them from Zest and you are guaranteed performers with a larger-than-life personality for ultimate impact.

Go alternative and exciting with other events too, and attendees will never forget about your organisation. Promotions agencies like Zest enable you to hire the likes of body painters, roller skaters, magicians, break dancers, fire artistes and angle grinders.


Organise a flashmob – whereby dancers congregate in a public place, seemingly from out of nowhere, perform and then disperse – to promote your organisation. Do a good enough job, and it might even go viral, like this one organised by Alphabet Photography did.

People can’t help but stop and watch these events and talk about them with their friends, and it doesn’t matter if song and dance isn’t really relevant to your organisation. Just get everyone in the mob to wear a T-shirt with your logo and Bob’s your uncle – your Twitter mentions will rocket.

Creative Ways To Color You Eggs For Easter

Easter (Old English: Ēostre; Greek: Πάσχα, Paskha; Aramaic: פֶּסחא‎ Pasḥa; from Hebrew: פֶּסַח‎ Pesaḥ) is the central feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after hiscrucifixion. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Day or Easter Sunday (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday). The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to have occurred between AD 26 and 36.

Easter marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of the Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.

Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sun day after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on March 21 (even though the equinox occurs, astronomically speaking, on March 20 in most years), and the “Full Moon” is not necessarily the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies between March 22 and April 25. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian Calendar whose March 21 corresponds, during the 21st century, to April 3 in the Gregorian Calendar, in which calendar their celebration of Easter therefore varies between April 4 and May 8.

Top 10 Epic Xmas light shows

Every year the houses in my neighbourhood seem to get more illuminated when it comes round to Christmas time! the effort that people are prepared to go to always amazes me, as does their financial ability to pay for the power that it must take to light those lights! Love them or loathe them, you can’t help but stop[ and stare at these Christmas home illuminations, and here we’ve collected some of the best images of Christymas light shows in the world!

Christmas is bright in America!

I’ve seen a few houses with bright lights back home but this takes the biscuit! This house from San Mateo County in America reminds me of some holiday lodges  I’ve seen in the past but the degree to which this one is lit up is just incredible!

German Festivities

Sometimes you just have to tip your cap and say well done! This without doubt one of the best Christmas houses we have seen, and extra points are awarded for the colourful trees!

A fairly tale home

We think this is just the prettiest little place! Beautifully lit and not too overstated, yet still a blaze of colour!

The whole nine yards!

We think this place is incredible! There are so many lights on this property that it is almost impossible to see the house! If you headed out on touring holidays for the rest of your life looking for the most amply lit house, you would struggle to see a more impressive site than this!

Garden Display

Some people like to keep the lights off the house, but that doesn’t mean they can’t go for it in their garden!

A great effort

We only have a photo of a portion of this house, but we’re confident you’ll agree that this is quite enough to indicate just how well this home is lit!

Blowing a fuse

Incredibly, this house uses an extra £500 of electricity in a three week Christmas period, and the residents of the house are unable to boil a kettle while the lights are switched on!

Total Transformation

This is a nice house but these lights somehow transform it into some sort of Disneyesque Castle! An amazing piece of illumination!

A step too far?

We can’t quite make our minds up about this one. Is it all too much, or should we be revelling in this magnificent feast of light?

Take a step inside

We normally stick to outside shots, but this was just too good not to be included in this list! A fabulous example of a Christmas display that got so big it had to carry on inside the house!

Christmas Tree Ornament Shaped Like A Hand Grenade

The Christmas tree is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree, real or artificial, and a tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas. The Christmas tree is traditionally brought into the home and decorated with Christmas lights (originally candles), ornaments, garlands, tinsel, and candy canes during the days around Christmas. An angel or star is placed at the top of the tree, representing the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.

The earliest accounts of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas were recorded in Livonia and in Germany in the 16th century.

The Christmas tree is sometimes called a Yule tree, particularly by those who wish to avoid Christian connections, but others explicitly distinguish between the two or identify the Yule tree with an undecorated evergreen tree.

The custom of erecting a decorated Christmas tree can be historically traced back at least as far as 15th century Livonia (present-day Estonia and Latvia) and 16th century Northern Germany. According to the first documented uses of a Christmas tree in Estonia, in 1441, 1442, and 1514, the Brotherhood of Blackheads erected a tree for the holidays in their brotherhood house in Reval (now Tallinn). At the last night of the celebrations leading up to the holidays, the tree was taken to the Town Hall Square where the members of the brotherhood danced around it. In 1584, the pastor and chronicler Balthasar Russow wrote of an established tradition of setting up a decorated spruce at the market square where the young men “went with a flock of maidens and women, first sang and danced there and then set the tree aflame”. The Christmas tree became widely adopted by the Estonians themselves only in the 19th century.

Star Wars Christmas Ornaments Made Of Felt

Felt is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woollen fibres. While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form construction materials. Felt can be of any colour, and made into any shape or size.
Many cultures have legends as to the origins of felt making. Sumerian legend claims that the secret of felt making was discovered by Urnamman of Lagash. The story of Saint Clement and Saint Christopher relates that while fleeing from persecution, the men packed their sandals with wool to prevent blisters. At the end of their journey, the movement and sweat had turned the wool into felt socks.
Felt making is still practised by nomadic peoples in Central Asia and northern parts of East Asia, where rugs, tents and clothing are regularly made. Some of these are traditional items, such as the classic yurt, while others are designed for the tourist market, such as decorated slippers. In the Western world, felt is widely used as a medium for expression in textile art as well as design, where it has significance as an ecological textile.
Needle felting is a popular fibre arts craft conducted without the use of water. Special barbed felting needles that are used in industrial felting machines are used by the artist as a sculpting tool. Using a single needle or a small group of needles (2-5) in a hand-held tool, these needles are used to sculpt the wool fibre.

Christmas Tree In London Made From LEGO Blocks

Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual holiday generally celebrated on December 25 by billions of people around the world. It is a Christian feast that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, liturgically closing the Advent season and initiating the season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days. In much of the world’s nations Christmas is a civil holiday, is celebrated by an increasing amount of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.

The precise day of Jesus’ birth, which historians place between 7 and 2 BC, is unknown. In the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church first placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted also in the East. Theories advanced to explain that choice include that it falls nine months after the Christian celebration of the conception of Jesus, that it was the date of the Roman winter solstice, or of some ancient winter festival.

The original date of the celebration in Eastern Christianity was January 6 (see Epiphany), and that is still the date of the celebration in Armenia, where it is a public holiday, and for the Armenian Apostolic Church. As of 2011, there is a difference of 13 days between the Julian calendar and the more generally used Gregorian calendar. Those who use the Julian calendar or its equivalents thus celebrate December 25 and January 6 on what for the majority of people is January 7 and January 19. For this reason, Ethiopia celebrates Christmas, both as a Christian feast and as a public holiday on what in the Gregorian Calendar is January 7.


Beautiful Turkey Hat Made With Wool

The domesticated turkey is a large poultry bird. The modern domesticated form descends from the wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), one of the two species of turkey(genus Meleagris); in the past the ocellated turkey (Meleagris ocellata) was also domesticated.
The turkey is raised throughout temperate parts of the world and is a popular form of poultry, partially because industrialized farming has made it very cheap for the amount of meat it produces. The female domesticated turkey is referred to as a henand the chick as a poult. In the United States, the male is referred to as a tom, while in Europe, the male is a stag. The average lifespan for a domesticated turkey is ten years.
The great majority of domesticated turkeys are bred to have white feathers because their pin feathers are less visible when the carcass is dressed, although brown or bronze-feathered varieties are also raised. The fleshy protuberance atop the beak is the snood and the one attached to the underside of the beak is known as a wattle.
Despite the name, turkeys have no direct relation to the country of Turkey and are native to North America.
The modern domesticated turkey is descended from one of six subspecies of wild turkey: Meleagris gallopavo gallopavo, found in the area bounded by the present Mexican states of Jalisco, Guerrero, and Veracruz Ancient Mesoamericans domesticated this subspecies; they used its meat and eggs as major sources of protein and employed its feathers extensively for decorative purposes.

Whale Wearing Santa’s Hat

Santa Claus, often abbreviated Santa, is a figure in North American culture who reflects an amalgamation of the Dutch Sinterklaas, the English Father Christmas, and Christmas gift-bringers in other traditions. Santa Claus is said to bring gifts to the homes of good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24. Santa Claus in this contemporary understanding echoes aspects of hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of gift-giver Saint Nicholas, the man from whom the name of Santa Claus derives and in whose honor Santa Claus may be referred to as Saint Nicholas or Saint Nick.
Santa Claus is generally depicted as a plump, jolly, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots (images of him rarely have a beard with no moustache). This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast.[3][4][5] This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, children’s books and films. The North American depiction of Santa Claus as it developed in the 19th and 20th century in turn influenced the modern perceptions of Father Christmas, Sinterklaas and Saint Nicholas in European culture.
According to a tradition which can be traced to the 1820s, Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, with a large number of magical elves, and nine (originally eight) flying reindeer.

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