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April 2, 2020

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 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 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.


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.

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

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.


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 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.


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 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 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 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!


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.

EPA Regulations Make It Tougher to Pay Electricity Bills

The NMA is here to save the day. The National Mining Association aids businesses and facilities such as metal coal producers so they can Americans Face Jump In Electricity Bills Due To Proposed EPA Regulations. “The impact of this regulation will be felt by families as they will spend more to heat and cool their homes. Those on fixed incomes and seniors will be forced to pay a disproportionately higher share of their monthly budget on utilities,” said Hal Quinn, CEO, National Mining Association.  Why should us as Americans feel perplexed by this?  Higher power costs additionally hit organizations in light of the fact that now producers need to reduction their intensity in terms of competition against other companies. This guideline is an overwhelming goal to reproduce the nation’s entire power network at high cost to houses and organizations everywhere on this extraordinary country.

 Presently, it is tricky to figure out what it will resemble quite a while from now on account of the shiny new regulations of the U.s. Ecological Protection Agency. Visit www.nma.org to take in more about what you can do about this. The people of the U.S. should not need to live in apprehension of whether they can bear the cost of power for their survival.

This post was sponsored, but opinions are my own

Tiny Fish That Will Give You Nightmares For A Week

The deep-sea dragon fish is a member of the Stomiidae family. There are many genera and over two hundred different species altogether in this family. The most known about is the Barbeled dragon fish.

Deep-sea dragon fish lives in the deep parts of the Atlantic Ocean beyond where any plant life grows or light reaches, hence its name. This habitat has caused the dragon fish to adapt to the conditions at these depths by having light-producing organs called photophores and skeletons that better suit deep-sea life.

The deep-sea dragon fish, as its name states, lives in the deep-sea of the Pacific Ocean. The Dragon fish tends to live around 1000 to 3000 meters below the surface.

Some dragon fish have even been found at depths of 5000 meters. At these depths, the conditions are very extreme. The pressure can range from 200 to 600 atmospheres and the temperatures fall just below four degrees Celsius. The dragon fish lives below the Bathyal zone where no light reaches.

The Bathyal zone starts at about 220 meters. Past this point, there is no light, and it is deep enough to not be affected by storms or ocean currents, making the environment where the dragon fish lives utterly still.

Going Too Far In Order To Cool Off

An apartment (in American English) or a flat (in British English) is a self-contained housing unit that only occupies a small part of a building. Such a building may be called an apartment building, apartment house), block of flats, tower block, high-rise or, occasionally mansion block, especially if it consists of many apartments for rent. In Scotland it is often called a tenement, which has a pejorative connotation elsewhere. Apartments may be owned by an owner/occupier by leasehold tenure or rented by tenants.

The term apartment is favored in North America and it is also the preferred term in Ireland. The term flat is commonly, but not exclusively, used in the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and most Commonwealth nations.

In Malaysian English, flat often denotes a housing block of lesser quality meant for lower-income groups, while apartment is more generic and may also include luxury condominiums. This usage has also been appearing in British English where apartment is used to denote expensive ‘flats’ in exclusive and expensive residential areas in, for example, parts of London such as Belgravia and Hampstead.

In Australian English, the term flat was traditionally used, but the term apartment is also frequently used, as is “unit,” short for “home unit”.

Turning A Church In A Beautiful House

A church building, but it is usually called a church, is a building used for religious activities, particularly worship services. The term in its architectural sense is most often used by Christians to refer to their religious buildings; however it can be used by other religions. In traditional Christian architecture, the church is often arranged in the shape of a Christian cross.

When viewed from plan view the longest part of a cross is represented by the aisle and the junction of the cross is located at the altar area. Towers or domes are often added with the intention of directing the eye of the viewer towards the heavens and inspiring church visitors. Modern church buildings have many architectural styles and layouts; many buildings that were designed for other purposes have now been converted for church use; and, similarly, many original church buildings have been put to other uses.

The earliest identified Christian house church is the Dura-Europos church, founded between 233 and 256. During the 11th through 14th centuries, a wave of building of cathedrals and smaller parish churches occurred across Western Europe. In addition to being a place of worship, the cathedral or parish church was used by the community in other ways.

It could serve as a meeting place for guilds or a hall for banquets. Mystery plays were sometimes performed in cathedrals, and cathedrals might also be used for fairs. The church could be used as a place to thresh and store grain.

Saving A Bear From Certain Doom

Bears are huge mammals that belong to the family Ursidae. Bears are classified as caniforms, or dog like carnivores, with the pinnipeds being their closest living relatives. Although only eight species of bears are extant, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphereand partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears are found on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Common characteristics of modern bears include big bodies with stocky legs, long snouts, shaggy hair, plantigrade paws with five nonretractile claws, and short tails. While the polar bear is mostly carnivorous, and the giant panda feeds almost entirely on bamboo, the remaining six species are omnivorous with varied diets.

With the exception of courting individuals and mothers with their young, bears are typically solitary animals. They are generally diurnal, but may be active during the night or twilight, particularly around humans. Bears possess an excellent sense of smell and, despite their heavy build and awkward gait, are adept runners, climbers, and swimmers.

In autumn, some bear species forage large amounts of fermented fruits, which affects their behavior. Bears use shelters, such as caves and burrows, as their dens; most species occupy their dens during the winter for a long period (up to 100 days) of sleep similar to hibernation.

School Exercise In Case Of A Flood

A flood is an overflow of water that submerges the area of land which is usually dry. The European Union (EU) Floods Directive defines a flood as a covering by water of land not normally covered by water.

In the sense of “flowing water”, the word may also be applied to the inflow of the tide. Flooding may occur as an overflow of water from many different  bodies of water, such as a river or lake, in which the water overtops or breaks levees, resulting in some of that water escaping its usual boundaries, or it may occur due to an accumulation of rainwater on saturated ground in an a real flood.

While the size of a lake or other body of water will vary with seasonal changes in precipitation and snow melt, these changes in size are unlikely to be considered significant unless they flood property or drown domestic animals.

Floods can also occur in rivers when the flow rate exceeds the capacity of the river channel, particularly at bends or meanders in the waterway. Floods often cause damage to homes and businesses if they are in the natural flood plains of rivers.  That is why it is a good idea to have a Water Damage Defense plan in place. While riverine flood damage can be eliminated by moving away from rivers and other bodies of water, people have traditionally lived and worked by rivers because the land is usually flat and fertile and because rivers provide easy travel and access to commerce and industry.

Some floods develop slowly, while others such as flash floods can develop in a matter of few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Additionally, floods can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins.

Rescuing A Kitten With An Umbrella

An umbrella or parasol is a canopy that is designed to protect a person against rain or sunlight. The word parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun; umbrella refers to a device more suited to protect from rain. Often the difference is the material; some parasols are not waterproof.

Umbrellas and parasols are primarily hand-held portable devices designed to shield an individual from sun or rain, and are sized for personal use. Today, larger parasols are often used as fixed or semi-fixed devices, used with patio tables or other outdoor furniture, or as points of shade on a sunny beach. The collapsible (or folding) umbrella may have first been used in China and had sliding levers similar to those in use today.

Parasols are sometimes called sunshades. An umbrella may also be called a brolly (this slang is used in UK), parapluie (this slang has French origin),rainshade, gamp, bumbershoot (an American slang), or umbrolly (a slang that is used in the UK).

In 1928, Hans Haupt’s pocket umbrellas appeared. In 1969, Bradford E Phillips, the owner of Totes Incorporated of Loveland, Ohio obtained a patent for the first “working folding umbrella”.

Umbrellas have also been fashioned into hats as early as 1880 and at least as recently as 1987.

Golf umbrellas, one of the largest sizes in common use, are typically around 62 inches (157 cm) across, but can range anywhere from 60 to 70 inches (150 to 180 cm).

Umbrellas are now a consumer product with a large global market. As of 2008, most umbrellas worldwide are made in China, mostly in the Guangdong, Fujian and Zhejiang provinces. The city of Shangyu alone had more than a thousand umbrella factories. In the US alone, about 33 million umbrellas, worth $348 million, are sold each year.

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