Archive for September, 2017

15
Sep

Sash Windows Hanging Onto Tradition}

Sash Windows – Hanging onto Tradition

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Derek Rogers

When PVC and aluminium replacement windows were first introduced to the market, there were those with no appetite for conservation and preservation of our heritage, whose main priority was to cost effectively replace tiresome and decaying timber windows. Wooed by the sales messages that promised maintenance-free products for the ever after, these home owners were happy to accept the limited designs available, believing them secure and trouble free.

Over time, these windows did not prove to deliver on their promises. They were seen to be prone to erosion and discoloration. Many designs became fire traps in what were often the lower income households where safety was not always top of the agenda. Subsequently, fires resulting from faulty electrics, careless smoking and cheap furniture, in houses where exitless windows had been installed, became a lethal combination.

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Sash windows are a particularly emotive subject in the world of windows and in complete contrast to those mentioned above, there are those who would never replace their original windows. Very often sashes feature in Victorian and other period homes which carry with them a certain snobbery. A three bedroom Victorian terraced house will be priced to reflect its history and tradition despite its higher maintenance costs and often more time consuming life style. And, naturally, the sash windows have to be timber to continue the look and feel of period charm, regardless of the normally hideous wasted energy lost through them every year.

In days gone by, timber sash windows were lovingly restored and serviced by owners who in those days had the time and inclination, and the skill, for home maintenance. In addition, there were expert joiners and window specialists who made it their business to provide a professional and caring service – true craftsmen now retired and replaced by a jack of all trades decorator, who will cover your cords in white gloss and stick up your windows if you don’t keep your eye on him.

Of course, there are still companies that do a fabulous job with maintaining and repairing sash windows, although few and far between, and for those who cannot bear to part with the original sash windows – this writer being a case in point – it is worth trawling the internet and researching referrals to find them. But, in fact, these services are extremely expensive and it is estimated that a house of sash windows overhauled with draught-proofing will take five to twenty five years to recoup the cost in terms of energy savings. Only if the home owner is in it for the long term is this economically viable. Even then, the old windows provide fresh air and ventilation essential for a healthy environment which has prompted government guidelines on trickle vent installation into newly built properties to prevent condensation and rot. So too much draught proofing can cause other issues!

Nowadays we have the best of both worlds. There are some superb PVC sash windows and aluminium sash windows which are available in a huge range of colours and finishes and are very difficult to tell apart from timber. The advantages are numerous in that they really don’t need to be maintained; they really do outlive the building’s useful life and won’t detract from the value of a property.

Timber sash windows can be built in any style of sash window required. And these timber sashes can be built featuring all of the new sash window security and sash window draught proofing technologies available. They can be built to match existing timber windows where the bother of refurbishment is simply not cost effective or where perhaps freedom from draughts or ease of use is essential.

Options include some nifty locking systems and child proofing to prevent accidents. Sash windows in any material can be built with a fire escape option to ensure no unnecessary risk of death in case of fire, and can conveniently open to allow access for cleaning in hard to reach areas, such as the second floor or attic conversion windows.

Luckily, the world of replacement windows really has moved on. In this new era of throwaway, where everything has built in obsolescence, we no longer have enough craftsmen available to nurture or resurrect our period windows, so we are happy to dump them and start again. The sash window industry has finally filled that gap in the market with flexible, beautiful, robust products. Like me, hanging on to the heritage of solid timber may be the way you prefer to go, but just take a peep at the new materials and you may be pleasantly surprised.

Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who writes for a number of UK businesses. For information on windows, he recommends Henry James Doors, a leading supplier of

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15
Sep

Cutty Sark blaze treated as ‘suspicious’

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Cutty Sark, one of the most famous historic sailing ships in the world, was seriously damaged by fire in the early hours of Monday morning, May 21, 2007. The 19th century ship, which is in dry dock in Greenwich, London, England, set a speed record during its working days, and has been a popular tourist attraction for many years.

The fire brigade was first called to the blaze on the tea clipper at 4:45 a.m. BST and reported that the flames had been extinguished by 7:00 a.m., but firefighters were still on the scene damping down at 8.30 a.m. The blaze was so intense that eight fire engines and 40 firefighters were sent to put out the fire. No injuries have been reported.

Cutty Sark Trust chief executive Richard Doughty said he was told the blaze was being treated as suspicious. “We’re losing history,” he lamented. “It’s unbelievable.” He went on: “When you lose the original fabric, you lose the touch of the craftsmen; you lose history itself. What is special about Cutty Sark is the timber, the iron frames, that went to the South China Sea. To think that is threatened in any way is unbelievable. It is an unimaginable shock.”

However, Doughty also confirmed that half of the ship’s planking, and all of the masts and rigging had been removed for renovations prior to the fire. The iron framework of the hull has been twisted and buckled.

The Chairman of Cutty Sark Enterprises, Chris Levitt, speaking later at the scene, said: “We had removed 50% of the planking, so 50% of the planking wasn’t on site and that’s safe and secure, and from where I stand there is not a huge amount of damage to the planking that was left on. There are pockets of charred planking and some have gone, but it doesn’t look as bad as first envisaged.”

Cutty Sark Trust curatorial consultant, Dr Eric Kentley was optimistic that the Ship is not completely devastated and can be saved. Speaking about the Cutty Sark, he said: “We will put her back together – but it’s going to take much much longer and a lot more money than we originally thought.”

The historic ship, one of London’s best known tourist attractions, has been in dry-dock in Greenwich since 1954. It is currently undergoing a £25 million renovation scheduled to last until 2009. It was feared that gas canisters used in the reconstruction work might explode in the blaze but the London Fire Brigade later confirmed that none were present, although concerns about the risk of explosion had caused some delay in tackling the fire. It is a Grade I listed monument and is on the Buildings At Risk Register in the UK.

Police believe the fire on board the ship may have begun in suspicious circumstances. They are studying CCTV footage which showed some movement around the ship in the early hours of the morning. They are appealing for witnesses who might have seen anyone near the ship or a silver car that was reported driving away from the scene.

The Cutty Sark was built in 1869 by Scott & Linton, Dumbarton in Scotland and completed by Dennys. It is the world’s last surviving tea clipper. Because the clippers were build of wood, but with a framework made of iron, they marked the transition from wood to iron. The windjammers that emerged some 30 years later were build completely of iron or steel.

The clippers were used in long-distance races between China and England, with large profits for the first ship back with the first tea of the year. The Cutty Sark sailed in the China trade between 1870 and 1877/78. She sailed in the Australian wool trade between 1883 and 1895, during which period she achieved the record breaking voyage under wind power between Australia and England via Cape Horn of 72 days in 1885.

The ship takes its name from a character in Burns‘ poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter.

11
Sep

Rangers Fan}

Submitted by: James Hail

Living in Texas you always have a choose. People don’t understand the power to choose sports teams.

In Dallas you have some of the greatest sports teams Texas has seen in a long time. Yes Dallas is a Cowboys town but the Mavericks and Rangers are doing their best to push the Cowboys off the hill.

I told my wife I want the championship DVDs for both the Mavericks and Rangers for Christmas. I have never been so proud of a sports team as I am for the Rangers.

With everything looking bad before the season started losing Cliff Lee and the ownership change again. I did not think they would be back in the world series.

I hope they win the thing this year.

When the final out was recorded within the American League Championship Series as well as the Rangers had earned one more shot at the Globe Series, a boyhood dream came true for Mike Napoli.

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Among the couple of Rangers who wasn’t about for the postseason thrills of 2010, Napoli leaped from behind dwelling plate and engulfed closer Neftali Feliz in a joyous hug, an embrace that turned into a mob scene of celebration on the infield at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

A thousand miles away, a mother’s dream came accurate as well.

Watching the game at household, tears streaming down her face, Torres was overwhelmed, and with superior reason: She had two children going towards the huge dance on exactly the same night.

“I was crying so hard the whole time I was watching, because I was just so happy,” stated Torres. “I mean, I nonetheless have times where I go, ‘Is that genuinely my son on Television?’ It seems like just yesterday he was hitting the ball off the tee, and now Mikey’s going towards the Globe Series.”

Her husband and Napoli’s stepfather, Rick Torres, was there for the big baseball event, generating it down towards the field inside the wild celebration of loved ones and buddies that followed, in addition to Napoli’s girlfriend, Selma Alameri. Using the chaos all around him on the field, Napoli couldn’t quit smiling.

“When I got traded here, I knew some thing special could take place, and we did it. It all worked out fantastic,” stated Napoli, who came up with the Angels and spent five seasons with them just before being traded to Toronto and then the Rangers just four days later in January.

And when his mother came into the conversation, there was an earnest and enthusiastic response.

“If it weren’t for my mother, I wouldn’t be here these days. She deserves plenty of credit, and I enjoy her to death,” Napoli said.

Soon sufficient, the text message hit Donna Torres’ cellphone, imparting comparable words: “I really like you so considerably.”

Remember, this is a tough-as-nails catcher whose tight, potent swing bashes baseballs and who has taken more than a couple of hits at the plate this postseason, including a crushing one from former teammate Sean Rodriguez of the Rays inside the Division Series, and one more in which he deftly collapsed with Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera bearing down on him. Each were major outs.

But when it comes to mom, Napoli’s normally going to be a grown-up version of that kid who could only dream that he was starting his road to the World Series, his mom at the steering wheel.

“She was taking me to practices when I was five years old in tee-ball, working two jobs and taking care of me and my brother, usually generating confident I was where I necessary to be,” Napoli said. “She’s been there my entire life all through every thing. She’s a terrific person. I’ll constantly appear as much as her.”

Virtually each and every ballplayer has a mother, or had one, who made an impact on his life, a lot of making sacrifices like those. But this relationship has been especially strong from the beginning, when — as Torres says — she missed out on carving a Halloween pumpkin in 1981, delivering 1 instead. Not lengthy soon after, she was raising Mikey and his younger brother Joey as a single mother, and she started her firstborn on a baseball journey that continues in St. Louis this week.

“Mikey and I are extremely, extremely close,” Torres said. “I type of did it on my own for a though, and Mikey only had me for a although.”

About the Author: I have been a Texas Ranger fan all my life. I work for an energy consulting group which sell electricity in the Dallas area.

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11
Sep

Dublin gets ready to be rocked once again by U2

Friday, June 24, 2005

240,000 U2] fans are preparing for Ireland’s most successful band ever to return for a hometown gig in Dublin. The supergroup is playing Friday, Saturday and Monday in front of 80,000 people a night at Croke Park. Gardaí have put in place a massive traffic management plan to cope with the influx of people. Fans have been queing since Thursday morning when a group of fans from Holland, Italy and Canada started queuing outside the stadium.

The concert forms part of U2’s current “Vertigo” world tour. The support acts include emerging Irish bands Snow Patrol and The Thrills along with already very popular Paddy Casey. Ash and The Bravery will cap it off as warm up acts on Monday.

The gates for the gig will open at 4pm with the actual band not expected until around 8.30pm. Irish media has entered a frenzied anticipation of the concert all this week, with constant coverage on radio stations. The national broadcaster, RTÉ, is set to dedicated almost 3hr 30min to the band with an exclusive interview by Dave Fanning forming the centerpiece of the stations coverage of the “U2 weekend”. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who played in front of a sell out crowd in Dublin earlier this week told fans that U2 were “still the best band in the world”.

Croke Park is the fourth largest stadium in Europe, with an official capacity of 82,000 – bigger than both Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and Paris’ Stade de France. Croke Park is used to host GAA matches in sports such as hurling and Gaelic football and regularly attracts audiences of 60,000 or more in the summer months.

11
Sep

‘Big Brother’ contestant Parker Somerville sounds off about the show and his aspirations

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

In the past two months, Parker Somerville, a videographer for the website TMZ.com, transitioned from an average guy leading an ordinary life, to living in an extraordinary voyeuristic existence, and back again to the beginning. Simply put, it was a transition from reality to reality, with a two-week detour in reality television. Somerville was a former contestant on the CBS reality TV staple Big Brother, currently in its ninth installment.

Evicted on Day 14, Somerville hoped to have another chance to play the game, but came in second in the special “America’s Choice” poll to bring back a former HouseGuest (the poll results were eventually not used at all and nobody was brought back). Now freed from a three-week sequester, Somerville was interviewed by Wikinews reporter Mike Halterman and he discussed his thoughts on Big Brother, how he and his fellow HouseGuests were portrayed and received, and what he plans to do now that his experience is, for the most part, over.

Somerville will return to Big Brother on finale night in five weeks. Please check your local listings for time and channel. Big Brother airs on CBS in the United States, Global in Canada, and E4 in the United Kingdom.

Contents

  • 1 Starting in reality
  • 2 “The detour”
  • 3 Coming full circle back to reality
  • 4 Sources
11
Sep

News briefs:April 28, 2005

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Contents

  • 1 UK Attorney General raised legal doubts over Iraq invasion
  • 2 New Italian government gets confidence from the House
  • 3 European human rights body condemns U.S. “torture” at Guantanamo Bay
  • 4 Munch’s “The Scream” might have been burned
  • 5 Lebanon government wins ‘vote of confidence’
  • 6 CIA gives up search and interrogation on Iraq WMDs
  • 7 Dutch mayors support legalisation of cannabis
  • 8 Dorothy’s dress from Wizard of Oz sells for £140,000
  • 9 Hunter Tylo to rejoin the cast of “Bold and Beautiful”
  • 10 Boeing secures $11bn of aircraft deals
  • 11 News Bullets from Wikipedia’s current events
1
Sep

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Submitted by: Victor Vargo

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You can find cash loans easy and fast in nature. Nowadays, most of the salaried class people prefer this loan to sort out their short term problems in a quicker way. Online application method can help you to get done with all the formalities of application and approval of this loan within minutes of time. Filling an e-form is required and once you get approved, you can find the loan money direct in your checking account within hours.

The loan amount that one can avail with loans for the unemployed can be ranges from 100 to 1500 with flexible and easy repayment tenure of 14 to 31 days. there can be number of purposes for which you can utilize the loan amount, like paying childs tuition fee, regular health check up expenses, sudden car repair, telephone bills, grocery expenses, pay off small business needs, purchase a present for your childs birthday and so forth.

Do not worry about undergoing credit checking and collateral pledging facility. If your credit status is adverse and you are suffering from various bad factors like arrears, bankruptcy etc, this loan is still beneficial for you. Now, bad creditors can also avail this loan help. Moreover, this is a short term loan help for you that do not demand any collateral from the borrower. Enjoy this loan option without any lengthy collateral assessment process.

For the affordable deal of cash loans, making a thorough research of online financial market is worthwhile.

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