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Top 5 Most Common Causes Of Car Accidents

Top 5 Most Common Causes Of Car Accidents

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Going on a road trip? Plan ahead by taking every precaution and ready yourself (and your car) for the hours and hours of driving. Nobody wants to be in a car accident. However, when on the road there are many uncontrollable factors. Here are the five most common causes of car accidents with simple solutions:

  1. Distracted Driving

The percentage of car accidents that revolve around distracted driving is growing to terrifyingly high levels. With more and more technology to distract us, it’s a growing problem in America, and it’s mercilessly taking its toll. Texting and smartphone usage has become the most common manifestation of the driving distraction, but other distractions that also very commonly cause accidents include tuning the radio (or other audio-related action, like changing the CD), eating, talking to others and putting on makeup.

Solution: Just drive. Really. Everything else can wait. Even if you feel like it really can’t, really, it can. Don’t put your life or anyone else’s life in danger just because you absolutely must eat in the car or check your texts. Leaving earlier or putting your phone away from the driver’s seat could be annoying or troublesome, but it’s a lot better than an accident.

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  1. Reckless Driving

Speeding is a common practice among drivers these days, and for many, unfortunately, it’s not until they’ve gotten a ticket, or an accident, that they finally realize that it’s not worth it. Other reckless driving behaviors include failing to signal properly, unsafe lane changes, tailgating and failing to yield the right of way.

Solution: Be respectful not only of the laws but of the drivers with whom you are sharing the road. Don’t assume that other drivers and read your mind or that your “courageous,” reckless driving will impress anyone.

  1. Equipment Failure

Surprisingly numerous car accidents happen because of the car’s mechanical failure. Tire blowouts, brake failures, steering failure and suspension failures all cause the car to lose control and accidents commonly happen as a result.

Solution: Because of this, it is critical for you to keep up with the maintenance of your car. If you are driving a vehicle that is rented or leased, make sure that the company that owns the car is reliable and has proof of meeting industry safety standards.

  1. Drunk Driving

Awareness of this problem has grown significantly over the past years. However, it is still a huge problem. Not much needs to be said about how this type of accident happens, but it cannot be emphasized enough how unnecessary, irresponsible, and threatening this type of behavior is. Drunk driving accidents tend to be very serious and too many people and families have been victimized, harmed, and killed by drunk drivers.

Solution: Every single drunk driving accident can be avoided by taking a cab or riding with a designated driver.

  1. Roadways

When the city or state fails to properly maintain the roads, it can cause, and has caused, traffic accidents. Common problems include uncleared roadway debris, faded road signs, potholes and improperly managed road construction.

Solution: Unfortunately, because the city is at fault for these accidents, there is little you can do around the time of the accident to prevent it. Do your best to stay vigilant, knowing that these types of accidents can and do happen, and report problematic areas and situations when you see them.

Adam Loewy is a personal injury lawyer at the Loewy Law Firm. He has over ten years of experience in winning car accident cases. He has always been passionate about road safety and bringing justice to inconsiderate drivers.



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What Was The Most Peaceful Time In History?

What Was The Most Peaceful Time In History?

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was most peaceful time history What Was The Most Peaceful Time In History?Whether it’s a greeting card or a beauty pageant, peace on earth is everyone’s wish. What does it mean to be peaceful?

The Australian nonprofit group Vision of Humanity tries to do just that. Every year, it produces a list called the global Peace Index, which ranks 144 nations according to how the stand on 23 different indicators of peace. These include neighboring country relations, number of homicides, number of deaths from organized conflicts, level of disrespect for human rights, and number of heavy weapons per 100 thousand people.

In 2009, New Zealand was crowned the most peaceful country in the world, followed by Denmark Norway, Iceland and Austria. The US came in at number 83. While the US scored well in areas such as United Nations Financial support and civil conflict, the country falls short in several areas including number of jailed inmates per 100 thousand, military capability and sophistication, ease of access to weapons of minor destruction and potential terrorist attacks.

The country with the lowest score of the 2009 rankings is Iraq, with Afganistan, Somalia, Israel and Sudan rounding out the bottom five. What are some of the most famous peaceful times in history? You might be surprised.

Peace: Another Roman Innovation?

27 BC is the setting of Mr. Edward Gibbon’s “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”. Caesar Augustus (otherwise known as Octavian, great-nephew and heir of Julius C Augustus) set in motion a new brand of foreign policy for Rome. Instead of pushing an agenda of expansionism, Augustus advocated a shift toward prosperity and pacification within the borders of the empire. Several symbolic sculptures and monuments were built at the time such as the Ara Pacis, or “Alter of Peace” and the Gates of Janus. Around the year 180 AD, when Marcus Aurelius died and passed the throne to his son Commodus whose reign did not include the emphasis on peace.  This period wasn’t all good, however, because there were rebellions in Spain, England was invaded and annexed, and the German border was contested.

The Mongols: Fearsome Hordes, or Bringers of Peace?

An economically and technologically advanced society in the Eurasian continent emerged one thousand years after the Pax Romana, that of the Mongols. Thousands of miles of trade routes were protected by the Mongols. They enabled Marco Polo to travel by land from his home in Italy to China. Genghis Khan, one of the most fearsome names in History actually established the largest and most peaceful kingdoms in history.

Though feared, his tactics of using archers on horseback to defeat the enemy was groundbreaking.  He took control of the Mongol tribes, expanding his territory into an empire millions of square miles in area and managed the Silk Road trading route that linked Europe and Asia. One of the Mongols major innovations was the postal service which actually connected the east and the west. This system  also made peace possible by helping enforce strict laws regarding civilian property and travel

Peace in our Time

The world that we are currently living in is another point. Strife, economic and otherwise, the evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker believes that violence has declined sharply since the birth of the human race.  Pinker measures violence not only by murder rate but also by things such as death as punishment for crimes.

Compared to our hunter/gatherer days, or the Middle Ages, our chances of dying by violent crime or as the result of war are miniscule. Pinker believes there are different reasons for this, all of which contribute to a peaceful existence.

  • Stable governments provide mediation.
  • Technological innovations enable us to establish symbiotic relations.
  • Advancements in health care.
  • Our awareness of the rest of the world, greater now than ever before.

Donna Lee is a history buff who hot her history arts decree at UCLA. Not she writes pithy articles for Edictive in Sydney, Australia.

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Three Of The Most Expensive Types Of Flooring Available

Three Of The Most Expensive Types Of Flooring Available

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When it comes to interior design, one of the main components of figuring out how to make a space go from average to extraordinary is figuring out the perfect flooring that will complement everything else in the room. And when it comes to flooring, there are a variety of options to choose from. Although the vast majority of individuals seem to prefer hardwood floors above all other types of flooring, they should realize that there are more options that they can try in order to spruce up a space and make it look clean and elegant.

Continue reading for a look at three of the most expensive types of flooring available. These are the best of the best, and often people cannot afford to go this route and opt instead for less expensive alternatives. But if you’re ready to splurge, check out the options below.

Natural Solid Hardwood Floors

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One of the most expensive types of flooring available is solid, natural hardwood. This flooring looks great and will last the entire lifetime of a home if it is maintained well. Keep these floors clean and polished and they can be continually refinished so that they always look like they were just installed. Therefore, the initial investment is high, but the investment pays itself back over the lifetime of the home. And when you go to sell a home that has this type of flooring throughout, you’ll quickly realize that buyers appreciate the fact that the home contains these floors and they’ll be more willing to put a higher bid on the house in order to get it. Go for mahogany, teak wood, and Brazilian teak wood if you want to add the most value to your home.

Marble Floors

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Marble floors are also on the very expensive end of the spectrum when it comes to the types of flooring that are popular in lavish homes. While marble will make your home look modern and luxurious, you have to be prepared to put a lot of hard work into keeping it clean and looking like new. You need to mop these floors at least weekly, and you have to clean up spills right away because they can soak into the marble and ruin it, resulting in the need to call in professionals who specialize in marble restoration, which involves removing stains with chemical products before performing an abrasive cleaning to get the floors to sparkle again.

Granite Floors

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The great thing about granite flooring is that it can provide a lustrous shine in a variety of colors to suit your design scheme. When installed property, it is highly durable and can last for years. If you are looking for a custom granite flooring option, you will pay more than you would for a standard granite floor.

With so many great flooring options to choose from, you can splurge and transform your home. From granite and marble to gorgeous hardwood, you can pick the option that will enhance the look of your space.

Steve Broad is a home design expert who often shares his projects online. He writes about LoveMarble.com, a company providing marble polishing services in New Jersey. He is quite passionate about reading and his other hobbies include painting and sculpting.

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A Great Wedding In Moments – These Are The Most Amazing Moments At Any Wedding

A Great Wedding In Moments – These Are The Most Amazing Moments At Any Wedding

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A wedding is far more than the sum of its parts. In theory it’s essentially a big party to celebrate your love with all your family and friends, but in reality we all know that it’s much more than that – that it’s a perfect day that everyone gets one chance at.

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But likewise if you take any little moment from that day and examine it on its own, that can be beautiful too. Here we will look at some of the most beautiful and most precious moments from any wedding and what makes them so perfect…

Seeing the Bride for the First Time

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This is an amazing moment mostly due to the fact that everyone will have been waiting to see just how good the bride looks for the majority of the day. The anticipation when you wait – along with the groom – is palpable and so it’s amazing to see her walking in and to behold her in all her bridal glory.

But better than that is the fact that you also get to witness her seeing her husband-to-be and vice versa. When their eyes lock across the room and you see the love on their faces – and normally someone starts crying – it’s understandably very hard not to be incredibly moved.

‘You May Kiss the Bride’

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It’s fitting and wonderfully romantic that the first thing a new couple does as husband and wife is to kiss one another, and it’s even more magical that all their united friends and family get to share the moment. It’s a famous part of the whole wedding ceremony and it’s something that no wedding would be complete without.

The First Dance

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Another highly romantic moment is the first dance, which is also a great moment for everyone to see who that couple are when they’re together. This dance will express not only their love, but their personality and all to a tune that will sum up their relationship. And then when everyone joins them on the floor it’s highly symbolic and fun.

Getting Into the Limousine

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Riding in a limo on the wedding day is one of the most exciting experiences for the bride and groom. If you’ve never been in a limo before then expect to feel like a big celebrity and to marvel at the plush and extravagant interior. This is a day when you should get to feel like a star – or like James Bond even. So enjoy it!

The Father of the Bride

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While the best man toast is normally a lot of fun and often quite sentimental, it’s seeing the Dad talk about how proud he is of his daughter and how happy he knows she’s going to be that often moves everyone to tears. Everyone knows that at some point she was just a bundle of giggles bouncing on his knee, and today he gives her away as a woman. The pride is normally written all over his face and it’s an emotional journey for everyone. In the good kind of way.

Evan Stuart, the author of this post, works at Toronto Best Choice Limo, a company based in Toronto that specializes in providing wedding limousines. In his spare time, he likes to write blog articles to share his thoughts about various wedding related topics.

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Car Maintenance: 10 Common Mistakes Most People Make

Car Maintenance: 10 Common Mistakes Most People Make

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Owner abuse and lack of maintenance play major roles in car breakdowns, but good maintenance does help considerably. Remember this simple formula: Good driving + preventive maintenance = dependability. You must be aware that some vehicles will cost more to maintain properly. It is very important that you know up front what it is going to cost to own and maintain the car you are considering buying.

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1.Driving with badly maintained brakes

The most important part of your brake system, in most cases, is the most neglected: the brake fluid. This fluid should be replaced every two years, as it attracts moisture. Most automotive manufacturers do not have a replacement interval for this fluid, which is kind of scary.

Brake pads should be inspected annually for freedom of movement. If the brake pads do not move freely in the brackets, as they are designed to, this can cause your brakes to overheat. This is especially not good if your brake fluid has a high content of moisture in it. When the brake pads are stuck in the brackets, it is like driving around with your foot on the brake pedal. Needless to say, this does not help your fuel mileage at all!

2.Buying cheap tires

The most important thing between you and the road is your tires. Most people, if they are on a budget, will purchase the cheapest tires they can. Sometimes you can luck out and get a set of cheap tires that are actually round! Another common problem with cheap tires is that sometimes the steel belt is not centered perfectly within the tire. This can cause the vehicle to pull to the left or right. Oh sure, you could rotate the tires to the rear and the pulling may go away. However, the pulling will return when you rotate the tires back to the front. The only way to correct this permanently is to replace the defective tire.

3.Ignoring the bad suspension health

You should pay attention to any new noises when driving over bumps. Also, you should take notice of differences in handling characteristics when you are on the road. As you drive your car, no one will know the car like you do; you will know when something does not feel right. You should have your car looked at if something does not feel right with it, even if it just passed state inspection the month before!

4.Not replacing battery on time

A battery that tests good one day could fail the following day, if exposed to excessive heat or cold. Also, a battery that may test good could still be weak. A weak battery will cause your starter to work harder, because the battery does not have the cranking amperage that it once had. Your alternator will also have to work harder to try to replenish or keep the battery charged fully. A weak battery can cause premature failure of your starter, alternator, and other electrical components in your car. If your battery is four to five years old, I recommend that it be replaced to provide you with maximum reliability.

5.Not keeping a watchful eye on engine oil

Oil is as important to your car as blood is to your body. Unfortunately, your car can’t maintain its oil level all alone. By keeping a watchful eye on the level and cleanliness of oil in your engine, you can make sure your car runs healthy and strong for years.

6. Not Protecting The Car Paint

At least twice a year, try to use a high-quality wax on your vehicle to protect the paint. If you have a bird leave a deposit on your car, hose it off as soon as you can. This nasty stuff can burn and bake into your paint, causing permanent damage. After you wax your car and it rains on your car, you will notice that the water beads up nicely and rolls off, but not all of it does. When the sky clears and the sun comes out, these remaining beads of water are heated by the sun, acting like little magnifying glasses. They can burn little water spot circles into your paint. This can also cause permanent damage. Get yourself a drying chamois; you can purchase them at almost any parts store or department store.

7.Driving with low coolant levels

Most coolant reservoirs have a minimum and maximum level. If the reservoir is empty, this may indicate that the engine is burning up the antifreeze. If your coolant reservoir is not getting topped off, when you get your car serviced, an air pocket can form in your engine’s cooling system. When this happens, it does not allow the coolant to flow as it should. Your engine can overheat as a result, causing engine damage.

8.Using deteriorated wiper blades

If you haven’t devoted much time or energy to car maintenance, chances are you have a streaky windshield. This is usually caused by deterioration of the wiper blades due to aging and the environment. If the wipers are really damaged, metal might be scraping your windshield, in which case you should not use the wipers until you have replaced the blades. If you see your blades need changing, you should take care of it right away.

9.Using bad fuses

Every car has fuses installed in its electrical system in order to protect components from an over-current situation that could cause damage or electrical fires. A fuse’s job is to fail if too much current goes through the line for any reason. Once the fuse fails, electricity cannot get to the components in the line that are past the fuse. This ensures that having too much current on a line will only blow a fuse that costs a few cents instead of your pricey stereo system or electronic gauges. It also prevents your systems from drawing too much current and overheating, which could result in melted wires or a fire.

10.Driving with a bad axle

Next, you should drive the vehicle to a big paved parking lot that is fairly empty. Come to a complete stop and turn the steering wheel all the way to the right until the steering wheel stops. Now accelerate the vehicle and drive it in a complete circle and come to a stop. Now do the same thing, but steer the car to the left in a complete circle and come to a stop. When doing this, if you notice a loud clicking noise from the front end, it indicates that the vehicle has bad axles or bad constant velocity joints. All vehicles today with front-wheel drive have constant velocity joints, usually called CV joints for short.

Nothing lasts forever, but by following the advice given in this article, you can have your vehicle last as long as possible, while staying dependable.

Domenic is a passionate blogger and works as a distributor of Caterpillar parts in Australia.

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Most Satisfying After-Work Hobbies

Most Satisfying After-Work Hobbies

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The simple act of getting out of the car and walking into the comfort of your own home is immensely relaxing in its own right, but it’s not always enough. Whether you had a long day or you simply have trouble purging the everyday stresses and worries of the workplace from your mind, a soothing after-work hobby is a must.

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Here are a few of the most soothing after-work hobbies we’ve experienced and how they can help you get out of work-mode and into me-mode.

Tending to the Lawn and Garden

Gardening isn’t for everyone, but for those that enjoy it, there is nothing more soothing than digging into the dirt of your garden and bringing flowers and vegetables to life. From trimming the lawn to pruning roses and tending to a fruit tree, gardening is a great way to slowly release the tension that builds up throughout the day.

Working on Your Classic Truck

There is nothing like taking the rusted frame of a 75 year old truck and turning it into a sleek, like-new truck that you can cruise down your town’s streets Saturday morning to the stares and gawks of every man, woman and child that sees you.

Working on a car or truck restoration project also happens to be an immensely relaxing hobby. It doesn’t have to be a classic either – if you have a few goals for your current truck, whether it’s an upgrade to the wiring harness or a new hood scoop, then this is a great way to unwind every night.

Building Crafts to Sell

Crafting can encompass so many different activities, and can lead to a new source of income too. From crafting coat racks and end tables to painting figurines and model trains, sitting down at the end of the day at a craft table and working on something you make your own is immensely rewarding.

Better yet, you can take those items and sell them – either online through a marketplace like eBay or Etsy or in person at a flea market in your area. While the money isn’t necessary for this to be a soothing hobby, it can certainly help you feel better about the time spent doing it.

Joining a Rec Sports League

Not eager to go home and sit when work is done? Consider joining a recreational sporting league. Recreational sports like soccer, softball or basketball are a great way to get exercise, release tension, and feel better after a long day of work. It’s also a chance to make new friends outside of your normal work and social circles.

If you’re not a team sports kind of person, the gym offers the same release, with the added benefit of helping you get fit, which in turn combats stress and helps you feel immensely better on a daily basis. Whether you join a group fitness class or lift weights, you’ll find that a gym routine can become an important part of your lifestyle, with both physical and emotional benefits.

Community Theater

Expand your literary horizons and satisfy a need to be center stage by joining a production of a play or musical in your hometown community theater. Playhouses typically produce Broadway musicals, classic plays, and Shakespeare, with different titles each season. If you don’t like to sing or act, you can participate by sewing costumes or building sets. Community theater offers many opportunities for people with different talents, and it’s a great way to meet new people in your area.

Whether you want to feel productive at the end of the day or are simply exhausted and need something to take your mind off of a long day of work, the five hobbies above are a great way to take back your day and feel at peace.

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The Most Beautiful Lesser Known Mediterranean Destinations To Explore By Boat

The Most Beautiful Lesser Known Mediterranean Destinations To Explore By Boat

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Yachting is an amazing way to explore some of the world’s most interesting and beautiful places, and if you want to take in some European culture while also taking advantage of great weather and beautiful sailing conditions, the Mediterranean is the perfect place to take your next yachting vacation.

With all of the modern facilities and cultural similarities you need to feel at home, but the exotic intrigue of foreign lands with their own customs, languages and style, Southern Europe offers you a chance to take a yachting trip that takes in several completely different countries. Here are some of the best places to see by yacht, which don’t tend to come up on most bloggers’ lists:

Portugal – Lisbon and the Algarve

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While many people extol the virtues of Spanish cities like Madrid and Barcelona, Lisbon in Portugal often gets overlooked in our travel plans. This is a shame because it is an absolutely stunning coastal city, perfectly suited to a yachting stop. Its Southerly location means that in the summer season beautiful weather is almost guaranteed, and its culture, architecture and great shopping and dining make it a classy, elegant place to spend a few days. If you don’t care for cities so much, then take a look at some of the lovely beach towns in the Algarve region, another area of Portugal that is perfect for a visit on your Mediterranean yacht vacation.

Sicily

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Aside from the larger towns of Catania and Palermo, Sicily is a very traditional place with its own rustic charm. While it seems in many ways very classically Italian, it has a clear and unique identity all of its own that means no matter how much time you have spent in Italy, Sicily will offer you something different and new. With great beaches and world famous native food, Sicily is a beautiful place to add to any yachting itinerary in this part of Europe.

Gibraltar

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While you may not fancy putting Britain on your list of exotic, sunny places to visit in Europe (because of the unreliable weather and the fact that London doesn’t really work as a yachting destination); you can get a slice of British life by visiting the famous rock of Gibraltar. This British owned country had particular historic significance as a military post, because of its views and position, and as such is full of history. It is also known for its unique native wildlife – especially its monkeys! Culturally, the British influence is clear, with English style shops and restaurants to explore.

Corsica

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Another place shrouded in historical importance is the French owned island of Corsica. It is also a place that sees a lot of tourism, including from yachts and ships, yet retains its mystique as one of Europe’s less well known island destinations. It can be a great place to venture out to if you are planning to start you vacation in France, or are getting a yacht rental from a French company.

Include some or all of these fantastic European coastal destinations in your plans for your next yachting cruise around the Med, and you are certain to have a vacation that is relaxing, inspiring and fun.

Today’s featured contributor, Robin Ding, is a cruise and water sports expert. Robin is a frequent blogger and likes to share his love for the boating lifestyle in his blog. He personally recommends his readers to rent Azimut yachts to make the most of their vacation.



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3 Most Impressive Light Displays in the World

3 Most Impressive Light Displays in the World

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Light displays have been a part of historic entertainment for thousands of years.  The Chinese invented fireworks and have been cited as using them as far back as 600 A.D as festivities.  Throughout the seasons and all over the world, brilliant light displays take place from glittering glass lights to atmospheric ambiances.  In our experience with providing lights to a number of industries, we’ve come across in our research some spectacular displays which we’d like to share with you.

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Ranking in the position of third place in our estimation is a drive-through light display in Perth, Australia. This is a light show unlike any other, unique to itself.  In Perth, instead of there being just one house decorated beautifully with lights, there are hundreds of houses, and each one has been carefully crafted for up to 200 hours each, and can take up to a week or more to complete. Perth is home to a whole host of different light displays and shows, but the drive-through lit estate topped any of them in beauty and performance.

Ranking in the position of second place is Seoul Plaza, In Seoul, South Korea. Seoul Plaza is a vibrant, oriental light display, each colour is carefully chosen to give a delicate effect. Seoul Plaza was reopened in 2004 with the notion of providing the people of Seoul with a beautiful space to relax in. In addition to installing a water tank beneath Seoul Plaza, there are also 48 lighting systems around the grass square. However, despite it’s majesty, Seoul Plaza has been subject to gatherings and protests against Imports of US Beef in South Korea.

Finally, ranking in first place is A Symphony of Lights in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, China. A Symphony of Lights is a stunning, synchronized light display produced using decorative light and lasers aimed toward the buildings and water, both sides of Vitoria Harbour are lit at approximately 8pm Hong Kong Time every night so long as the weather allows it.
The display in Victoria Harbour usually lasts from anything between 10 – 15 minutes. A Symphony of Lights has attracted up to 4 million visitors so far, and continues to attract tourists each year from across the globe.

There are a great deal more light displays out there that we could have mentioned, including natural displays such as Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights which can be seen across the Northern Hemisphere. The Aurora Borealis was actually named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek term for wind, Boreas. Other examples of displays that didn’t make it into our top three were Brussels, Belgium during the Plaisirsd’Hiver, Gothenburg, Sweden, during its Christmas season and Kobe, Japan.

Author: Simon Calvin, part of the marketing team at UK Christmas World in Barnsley is often found roaming the halls planning his own Christmas and seasonal events, without a care for the time of year.

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The Most Important Photos You Will Ever Take – And How To Make Them Great

The Most Important Photos You Will Ever Take – And How To Make Them Great

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In the modern digital age we take arguably more photos than ever before. Whereas once we might have taken photos only at special occasions, then had to wait while we sent those photos off to be developed, we can now take photos wherever we are and at the drop of a hat. You’ll take pictures on the go of days out in the park, and you’ll take them when you see a nice view go by when you’re on the train.

This is of course a good thing in that it allows you to document your life more and to keep more memories. You’ll be able to flick through those memories and really relive whole periods of your life, and you’ll be able to pick your favourites to display in any number of ways – whether it’s on your walls or your Facebook profile.

However it also has negative consequences, making pictures much more throwaway and disposable. While they were once rare opportunities to capture a moment that you would stage and maybe even dress up for, they are now things you do quickly and easily on a whim and then archive often never to see again. Using your phone even rather than a professional camera, you can now just point and click and capture a moment with no thought and with little concern over the quality of the final image.

Some events still deserve proper care and attention in your photography. Here we will look at which ones those are and how you should go about making sure that you do them justice.

Your Wedding

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Your wedding is one of the biggest events in most of our lives and it’s an event that has a hugely visual quality. You will have spent thousands of dollars and weeks of your life choosing and decorating the venue, and you’ll have given just as much attention to the way you look. This is also one of the rare occasions when all your friends and family will be in one place and it’s really an important day to remember. Hire a professional wedding photographer and listen to what they say so that they can take some beautiful pictures of your beautiful day.

Holidays

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When you go on holiday you will probably be experiencing a different country and a different way of life. Likewise, you will once again be forming a special memory where you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself and where you will spend lots of time with your loved ones.

The secret to good holiday photography? Make sure that you or someone you know are in most photos (otherwise it could just be a postcard), take the time to arrange the shot composition to create depth and drama, and take a good camera with you. Then delete about 30% of the pictures you take…

Babies

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When you have a baby you’ll want to document the moment and capture their youth. Partly you’ll do this because you’ll be so excited to have a new member of your family, but it’s also a good idea for posterity so that you can blackmail them in later life. Make sure not to take too many that are the exact same though (don’t expect people to care if you do) and make sure that you take the same number of pictures when their sibling comes along.

Today’s guest post is by Arnold Parker; he is an ace photographer and specializes in wedding photography. A creative person by nature, he has a keen sense of aesthetics and often indulges in painting as a hobby.

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