Opening and Operating a Local Business

 Opening  a local business can be an exciting and financially rewarding opportunity. If it is done properly, then rapid success can be assured and the owner can go on to have a long-term, thriving local business.

Business Preliminaries

First, decide on what type of business is of most interest. Then learn as much as possible about it from online and print sources, as well as with audiotapes from entrepreneurs in the same field. Then find a superb location. Negotiate with the landlord about how much rent is per square footage, and put down two to three months rental deposit. Get all the required local permits and licenses from the county government offices. Then file the business either as a sole proprietorship, a partnership or as a locally owned corporation.

Leasehold Improvements

Once the rental space is obtained, it is then necessary to make leasehold improvements such as building all the required construction, plumbing and electrical work to get the business up and running. Some shops will have more work required than others. Restaurants will require more leasehold improvements than  opening  a mattress store where the owner just has to stock mattresses, and not worry about technical plumbing and building improvements. They need to get the store ready to open by doing this task. It will require substantial working capital to pay contractors and buy the building equipment.

Advertising and Marketing

Once opened, local business advertising will definitely help. Local business advertising can be in regional print sources, such as display ads in weekly magazines or in daily newspapers. Local advertising can also mean establishing an online presence with a beautiful website. Local advertising can also include handing out and posting flyers announcing the grand  opening  of the local shop. Customers should soon start flocking in. Offering discounts and daily or weekly specials will also help patrons come in to the new venture on a regular basis, and this will greatly help expand growth.

Sustaining Local Growth

A local establishment owner must continue to be dedicated, work long hours, and be disciplined and determined to make his establishment a big success. Continued advertising and promotion is a must for sustained growth. So is having superb customer service no matter the type of establishment, whether it is a coffee shop, a cell phone store, a pet shop, or a hair salon. Owners have to make customers want to keep coming back, and to do that they must continue to offer high amounts of quality and value at affordable and competitive prices. The key is to focus on the local angle, which is what customers love.

Good Putting Basics

Warm up on the Practice Green

Warming up before a round of golf can be the difference between a good round of golf or a bad one, especially in those early holes. Getting a feel for the practice green may not be the key to a good game but it certainly helps to get that rhythm and feel into your hands and arms. Try placing a marker or coin on the practice green and putt at it from various distances and angles. Start at around twenty to thirty five feet and then come in to ten feet, finally finish off those little tiddlers from around one foot. The use of a marker or coin instead of using the cup is to get you used to a small target so that when you are on the course the cup will look like the Grand Canyon!

Tips to Become a More Consistent Putter

Always think about getting the ball in the hole. If you just worry about getting it close this will often result in tentative putting and leaving the putt short. When reading a green always check out the putt from all angles, make a decision and stick with it. It’s easy to doubt yourself at times, trust your instincts.

Whenever you play golf and make good putts, try to remember those good putts and use that good formula for every other putt you stand over. Remember how good the stroke felt, the pace, and of course, the excitement. Try not to think about anything too much when standing over a putt. Clear your mind and focus on a target near the hole. Maybe a discoloured part of the green or just a particular blade of grass.

Downhill Putts

Downhill putts can be downright scary. The idea of putting it five or ten feet past the hole is a horrible thought. The best option is to make sure you give the ball every chance to get to the hole. How to do that is to allow for more break than you would normally find necessary. Because the ball is tracking down a sharp slope it will always roll towards the hole and breaking towards the hole. So its last movement before it stops is always nearer the hole. Going past the hole can be a good thing. You will be tracking back over old territory that you have seen for the return putt.

Judging Speed and Breaks

These are very important aspects to understand and learn in golf. Reading the grain of the green means knowing which angle the grass grows. A shiny or reflecting green means you are putting down the grain which means the putt will run faster. If you putt across the slope and running with the grain the putt will break more. Of course, putting across the slope against the grain means the putt will break less. So to summarise, against the grain the putt will slow, with the grain the putt will run on faster.

Long Putts

From thirty to forty feet away you will need a longer putting stroke and a wider stance. Try to picture the speed and line the putt will need. Picture how long a stroke you will require to get the ball to the hole. Always practice those long putts on the practice greens.

Unfamiliar Greens

When playing at courses other than your own, reading new greens can be frustrating. Firstly, try reading the green from about where your approach shot would be (around 140–150 yards) to get an idea of the high and low points in the green. When on the green check to see if the hole has been cut into the green on an angle. This can be handy to know for those short putts that may go wayward unexpectedly. Also try to putt so that the last roll breaks towards the hole to give you a better idea how the break will be for your next putt.

Drivers Education And 8 Tips For Driving In The Fog

Fog is a weather situation that occurs naturally in most of the U.S. and can have a large negative impact on the safety of drivers. Before we get into what driving schools teach about driving in the fog, a few interesting facts about fog itself:

  • Fog is an accumulation of ice crystals or water droplets hanging in the air near ground surface. Fog reduces visibility to less than 1 km (5/8 statute mile).
  • Mist is similar to fog, but with somewhat greater visibility. Mist reduces visibility to no less than 1 km (5/8 statute mile).
  • Grand Banks off the island of Newfoundland, Canada is the foggiest place in the world.
  • Over 200 days of fog per year are seen in a few notable areas of the world including Newfoundland and Labrador, Argentina, and Point Reyes, California.
  • Seattle, Washington is also notable for having a large number of foggy days.

Fog is both an interesting phenomenon and a potential driving hazard. Driving lessons typically discuss decreased visibility but often do not dive into the details of dealing with difficult fog situations. Many a driver who has been caught driving in dense fog is faced with decreased visibility which can also be coupled with decreased road grip as well. These combined together can create quite a bad situation, especially for someone who recently graduated driving school.

If you find yourself in a situation of driving in serious fog, here’s a few pointers for handling the situation:

  1. Realize that visibility is severely hampered. As your drivers education probably taught, leave more room between you and the car directly ahead of you. Also the “fog line” or the white line on the right hand side of the road is used to mark the edge of the road.
  2. If you have fog lights, turn them on. They are mounted lower than normal lights and will provide light closer to the road.
  3. Drive with low beam headlights as opposed to turning on the high beams. High beams radiate light physically higher into the fog which has a tendency to light-up the fog actually decreasing visibility. Low beams tend to point down and help provide   illumination  of the road surface.
  4. Scan the sides of the road more often for shining eyeballs at night. These indicate the potential presence of an animal and you should be prepared to stop very quickly.
  5. Use windshield wipers in heavy fog. After all, fog is a form of precipitation and as such windshield wipers can help keep your vision sharp.
  6. Do not make unnecessary sudden stops as drivers behind you have the same visibility problems you are experiencing. Abrupt stopping runs the risk of following drivers running into the rear of your car.
  7. In emergency conditions, be extra careful. Turn on emergency flashers immediately. Exit the car from the passengers side if possible. Place emergency road flares if fog is extremely dense. Stay out of the road as other drivers have low visibility as well.
  8. High aim vision is still the goal, although tempered greatly by the length of visibility. You should still be looking forward as you may still catch a glimpse of a distant taillight. Also, when looking ahead lights will only be a fraction of their normal luminance, so be prepared to react to reduced visual information.

In conclusion driving in the fog can be very dangerous and by remaining alert, using common sense, and remembering these 8 tips you can be a safer driver.

Ceramic Light Fixtures – Painting Ceramic Lighting

Ceramic art fixtures are a great way to enhance a creative and colorful environment. Not only do you break free of the trendy standard fixtures, there is an added benefit to own a hand crafted piece of artwork. There are hundreds of  lighting  groups that manufacture thousands of mass produced fixtures. The new trends for this generation are to express creativity and new age styles. Ceramic light fixtures can be custom painted and glazed to match or create any style. The artist touch from yourself or a professional artist will make the living environment shine with originality.

Ceramic Design and Finishes

Ceramic light fixtures have smooth curve design that flows throughout the room. There color and patterns add a special light hearted and creative feel. The ceramic textures allow for many different finishes. The standard acrylic finish can be applied for a flat color application. The glazed finishes allow for artist freedom in expression, color harmonies and design. With the add illumination from the interior of the light this brings out the true detail and color on the ceramic itself.

This technique is a kiln fired process which permanently locks the color and the pattern to the ceramic. Every hand created fixture will be slightly varied providing a great sense of variety and unity. Another option for finishing a ceramic light is the faux finish. This is a finishes that involves on painting an acrylic texture and adding another layer of texture or color. Faux finishes are much like glazes only they have a more regulated pattern. Finally, the last option is to try painting your own fixture and let the creativity free with your own custom ceramic art  lighting .

Wallpaper

 Wallpaper  is a durable paper colored and printed with designs. It is pasted to the surface of a wall as a decorative covering. It is used to cover and decorate the interior walls of homes, offices and other buildings. It is a very popular style of decoration as it is easy to use and looks good too.  Wallpapers  are usually sold in rolls and are stuck onto a wall using  wallpaper  paste.

 Wallpapers  can be traced back to 200BC when the Chinese, also the inventors of paper, pasted rice paper on their walls. Modern-style  wallpaper , with block designs in continuous patterns, was developed in 1675 by the French engraver, Jean Papillon.

 Wallpaper  gained popularity in Renaissance Europe amongst the gentry. The elite of the society were accustomed to a tradition from the Middle Ages that involved hanging large tapestries on the walls. These tapestries added colour to the room as also provided an insulation layer between the stone walls and the room, thus retaining heat in the room.  Wallpaper  was used in Europe in the 16th and 17th cent as an inexpensive substitute for costly hangings.

 Wallpapers  can come either in a plain form on which it can be painted or with patterned graphics. Mathematically, there are seventeen basic patterns that can be used as repetitive designs on two-dimensional surfaces, such as walls. The patterns are based on the symmetries in the pattern that can be used to tile an infinite plane. All manufactured  wallpaper  patterns are based on these groups.

Like paint,  wallpaper  requires proper surface preparation before application.  Wallpaper  is not suitable for all areas. For example, bathroom  wallpaper  may deteriorate rapidly due to excessive steam. In fact, one of the ways to remove  wallpaper  is by applying steam. Wall papers are an inexpensive substitute to wall hangings and costly paints. They compliment the living space and speak volumes about the owners personality.

Incombustible Insulation – Elements

The incombustible insulation elements maximize the capability to stay away from fire. The flame resistant insulation elements are available in several different forms. These comprise of fiberglass, spray, gristly etc. The ability of every type of insulation to resist the flame is directly proportional to the element it is made up of. Given below are the examples of few fire resistant elements utilized to make the incombustible insulation.

Clay made insulation is at times utilized to create fireproof designs for the tube support, smokestack tube or in the equipment where shaking and collision may dislocate the loosely fitted insulation. The clay insulation panels could be trimmed into different designs for particular appliance.

The mineral coat is created from iron ore heating system or even created straight from the natural stones. The best thing about them is that they are naturally fireproof due to their very high dissolving point. This kind of material stands out in the heat appliances.

Then comes the glass coat that is created form merged sand and crushed glass. The ability this element has got besides being incombustible is that it blocks air and also obstructs hotness, coldness and high volume sound. They are not heavy at all and are very versatile as well.

The asbestos insulation is a very complex one as the element of asbestos is created by a chemical reaction of 6 elements. In any case this element is very strong and heat retardant. Moreover they resist chemical substances and are a strong inductor of electric current. Even having the negative feature that causes fitness problems, there are fewer options present to substitute asbestos and hence they are still very much utilized for the grits and holding parts etc. Several mixtures that have got low dissolving point and other options are very costly and they are not as efficient as asbestos.

Stone Fireplace Mantel Advice

Stone fireplace mantels are an elegant way to add class and character to any room in your house. By understanding the different types of stone used in the construction of the mantel that you like the best, you will be able to pick the best stone fireplace mantel for your home. Remember to check the dimensions of the area where you would like the mantel installed, as well as the depth of the wall before you order your mantel. It can be incredibly frustrating to have your mantel arrive and find out that it won’t fit in the room you ordered it for.

Stone Fireplace Mantel Construction

Not all stone is created equal, nor is it equally priced:

* Natural Stone – marble, travertine, slate, granite, sandstone, limestone, and onyx can all be hand-carved into beautiful mantels. Limestone is the most common natural stone used for carving mantels and is usually the least expensive. Whether highly decorated or very simple, your stone fireplace mantel will have the character and unique patterns of natural rock. The complex veining in the marble and some of the other stones can stand on their own as decoration without any accent. Natural stone fireplace mantels will usually be more expensive than cast stone because of both the materials and the artisanship.

* Cast Stone – cast stone is man-made to look like natural stone. To make cast stone your mantel manufacturer will press a cement of gypsum and fiberglass or other minerals with a bonding agent into molds. The resulting bubbles and lines from the process mimic actual stone. Cast stone, although cheaper than natural stone, can still be pricey.

Natural stone is   noncombustible , which means that you don’t necessarily need an interior or surround for your fireplace. Cast Stone is usually  noncombustible , but check with your manufacturer to be sure. Some stucco artists claim that they can achieve the same effect as cast stone around your fireplace for a fraction of the price. Ask these artisans for some examples of their work and remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Whether natural or cast stone, your fireplace will be a charming focal point for your home for years to come.

Mushroom Growing Business for Uganda: The Real Magic Uncovered

‘In just 90 days, I was able to get over Shs. 50 million from the 7,000 stems of oyster mushrooms I grew. Each stem produces an average of 1.5kg of mushrooms in that 90 day period, and a kilo of mushrooms ranges from between Shs. 5000 and Shs. 8000.’

Mr. Kiddu Abel of the African Grower’s association (U) Limited

Mr. Kiddu who is referred to above is right, mushrooms do grow quick. Their complete growth cycle is on average 15 weeks (about 4 months), even when using rudimentary methods. In Uganda it is common to grow them by having polythene bags suspended from the ceiling/roofs of dark grass thatched huts. The polythene bags being stuffed with damp cotton seedlings as well as maize brand, cotton or timber waste. With modern methods however, the mushrooms begin to sprout after 1-3 days.

So with the above in mind, how do you set about to make money to “feed the gods” of Kampala and it’s surrounding areas?

FIRST THE CONS

1. Small Market.

Whilst mushrooms are technically not vegetables, they are often classified as such and owing to a low-level of disposable income, they are often not considered a necessity by Ugandans and therefore market is often limited to supermarkets and a few markets. The East African and International markets as per a few other research reports I have viewed seem to show that exports from Uganda would not be competitive when compared to other countries. The market will not therefore be significant but I however believe that the demand still outstrips the supply and with an increasing middle class, it is expected that demand for mushrooms will continue to grow.

2. Perish ability

Mushrooms are highly perishable and need to be consumed fast or properly preserved immediately after harvest; either through drying them or freezing. For the more advanced farmer, I recommend that you preserve them by drying them using a tunnel dryer. A tunnel dryer is estimated per Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) to cost $250. At September 2012’s exchange rate this is about Shs 632,000. I however expect that to be the non commercial type as the commercial ones are in the range of $6,500 but I believe the non commercial is a good starting point. There is of course a possibility that the creative manufacturers of Katwe near Kampala can make you a local tunnel dryer.

An alternative to drying is to have refrigeration facilities to keep them fresh as some consumers including export markets prefer fresh to dried mushrooms.

3. Water.

Mushrooms need constant supply of water and a moist dimly lit environment to grow favorably. We therefore recommend having an underground water tank to ensure constant supply of water.

4. Edible types.

Identifying and consuming only the edible types is a challenge, poisonous types with harmful toxins can easily be mistaken for edible ones. I would recommend that you contact an experienced grower to help you find the commercial and edible type of mushrooms. The most common types in Uganda being the oyster and the button types.

AND NOW THE PROS

1. Little Space.

Growing mushrooms doesn’t need a lot of land or space. It is particularly suited for even a Kampala suburb dweller and mushrooms can be grown in your backyard or store.

2. Simple process.

Mushroom growing is simple and doesn’t require a lot of expertise and intensive care. The art of mushroom growing can be mastered quickly and easily as compared to other agricultural products or plants.

A word of caution, despite the ease of learning, it is worth visiting a farmer in Uganda to get first hand training. You can try Kabale district which owing to its cooler climate is renowned for mushroom growing and even has modern commercial facilities.

3. Profitability and return on investment.

I estimate the Return on Investment for this sector is as follows:

  • Start up capital (A): Shs.4,420,000
  • Profitability (B): 19,170,000
  • Return on Capital (A/B): 0.23 years

Final word

Mushroom growing is easy to learn and with low start-up costs and returns in about 3 months as shown above. This is therefore a cracking venture to start. It is also a sustainable venture as mushrooms are a very good alternative source of protein.

Mushroom growing therefore has the double benefit of being profitable and good for the community (as a healthy living option).

Otherwise best of luck!

Maple Flooring – The Best Hardwood For Flooring And Home Interior Design

A good and withstanding flooring is a very important part of any house. The type of flooring will not only create a timeless appeal but will also enhance the beauty of the room. There are a lot of flooring options to choose from that can be found in the market these days that differ in price and quality. If you are scouting for an exotic kind of hardwood flooring to bring an edge to your home interiors, the maple flooring would be your best choice.

Why Use Maple Flooring?

Maple flooring brings a unique and classy appeal to any home. To describe it, it is essentially a light colored hardwood that is mostly found in Europe and North America. Because it is unique and exotic, it would easily create a positive impact on homes, especially when used in rooms. Listed below are some of its notable features and remarkable characteristics.

1) Maple flooring is available in a number of shades. These shades are red, brown, orange, yellow, beige, brown and copper. It provides homeowners more color options when designing their homes.

2) It has the ability to easily complement any kind of d├ęcor inside your house.

3) For those homeowners who are not really fans of using carpets and ceramic tiles to decorate their homes with, then maple floor would be a good choice.

4) It is also available in the form of reclaimed wood flooring which means that they can also be environment friendly.

Advantages of Maple Wood Flooring

Maple flooring is an exclusive and the first choice for many homeowners mainly because of the advantages listed below:

1) It demands a very low maintenance. There is no need to spend a lot of money as it is very easy to clean and maintain.

2) Maple flooring is very durable and robust; it can withstand any kind of weather and will certainly last for many generations.

3) Wood, in general, does not harbor any kind of dust, unlike tiles or carpets. This will be a great alternative for people who are prone to allergies such as dust allergy.

4) This type of flooring is hard and dense; there is no need to worry about scratching the floor or ruining it with any kind of abrasions.

5) The maple wood has the ability to not allow the moisture to build up which causes other types of flooring to swell.

6) It is very easy to install.

Maintenance of Maple Wood Flooring

Once you have installed the maple flooring in your house, then there is the need to ensure that its natural shine does not just fade away. Most importantly, it is necessary to try to keep its shine last long. To do this, all you need to do is to regularly sweep and mop the floor. Sometime people would wipe it with a slightly damp cloth and apply wax after to give the wood flooring an extra boost of shine. Doing these low key maintenance tips will make sure that your maple flooring is not prone to any scratches and will not break off easily.

Fraud-Pump And Dump Schemes Are Still Around

  Pump  and dump schemes have cost investors hundreds of millions of dollars in the past few years. The World English Dictionary defines them as, “involving unscrupulous stock market manipulation: describes a fraudulent scheme in which unscrupulous stockbrokers, analysts, or stockholders highly recommend their own stocks in order to drive up the price before selling for a quick profit (slang).” Although the definition describes a textbook scheme, it does not describe how this fraud is operating in the investment market today.

An advanced communication system has made these schemes much easier to perpetrate. A fraudster can take a position in a stock, promote (hype) the stock and sell after the price has increased; then sell the stock short on the way down. Since he must know how the price of the stock will operate to be effective, he has to control the reasons investors will buy and sell the stock.

The fraudster will use a microcap stock. Most of these stocks trade on the Over The Counter-Bulletin Board market (OTC-BB). These thinly traded stocks help in taking an initial position at a low price, controlling the information about the stock, and attaining large increases in the stock’s price on small demand. The textbook approach was for the fraudster, often the broker, to tell other investors about the stock to create demand and increase the price. The fraudster will then sell (dump) his stock at a profit.

This scheme evolved by using boiler-room marketers, when the technology of telephone systems began to have automated dialing systems and inexpensive calling costs. This further evolved to the fax machine, which became popular and less expensive than the labor-intensive boiler-rooms. Once the internet became popular, it became the tool of choice for the fraudster. It is the most effective way to get information out to investors and often not disclose the fraudster’s true identity.

One actual case went as follows. Fraudster one identified a small high-tech company, which needed capital to get its products to market. He had fraudster two, an investment banker he knew, approach the owner of the company about raising capital. The owner agreed and the investment banker suggested taking the company public by merging the company into a clean publicly-owned shell company, which was trading on the OTC-BB. Fraudster two arranged a $10 million investment from a third party into the now public company. An initial deposit of $800,000 was made into the company with the balance due upon closing. Fraudster one, two and several others, who knew about the fraud, took positions in the company’s stock at very low prices.

Then the hype or  pump  started in earnest. The owner began reporting news of the new investment on the company’s web site. The group of fraudsters, who had done this many times before, began posting information about the company in chat rooms and on web sites. They also purchased stock at increasing prices to encourage the run-up in price. The stock started at $.10, but increased to over $10 within a few weeks.

It was now time for the dump or sale of the stock by the fraudsters. They not only began selling off their positions, but also sold the stock short, knowing it would continue to decline. After they sold their positions at a nice profit, fraudster two told the owner that the new investment had fallen through and this news hit the company’s web site and chat rooms. The stock went into a free fall and bottomed below its original $.10. Of course the fraudsters covered their short positions, making another tidy profit.

Did the owner know about the fraud? No, but he was encouraged to take part in the hype. He lost his investment and the company was bankrupt, having counted on the new investment. Of course the $10 million new investment was part of the fraud. How much did the group of fraudsters make on this fraud? No one knows for sure, but based on the volume and the price fluctuation, their profit is estimated in the millions.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has released these tips for avoiding stock scams on the internet: consider the source, find out where the stock trades, independently verify claims, research the opportunity, watch out for high-pressure pitches, and always be skeptical.

Your Personality Based on Blood Type

Believe it or not, blood type can influence someone’s personality. Most of you who like surfing the Internet might have known about this information, but it is still essential for you to know about this fact.

Blood type A

People with blood type A are usually serious, patient, and cool. They are also emphatic, certifiable, and believable although they are stubborn. Before they do something, they usually think first and plan it in detail. Indeed, they like harmony, peace and organization.

They do everything seriously and consistently, and make themselves appropriately. That is why, they will try not to hurt anyone with their words or speak unnecessarily. But, they can stand apart from other people. They also suppressed their feeling, so they look rigid although they still have weaknesses, such as nervous, scary, and many more. They lean to surround themselves with the same characteristic people.

Blood Type B

People with blood type B tend to be curious and interested in everything. They also lean to have many hobbies. If they are interested in something, they will be buoyant, but unfortunately they will be bored fast. However, they can choose the most important thing for them to do.

They lean to want to be number one in anything rather than just to be average people. But, they usually ignore another activity if they have focused on a certain activity. In other words, they cannot do some activities at the same time.

They look cheerful, enthusiastic, and bright. But, they are actually not like their appearances. Indeed, they are antisocial with many people. They are rugged individualists who are straightforward and like to do things their own way. Unluckily, their insistence on being independent can sometimes go too far and become a weakness.

Blood type O

People with blood type O usually have a big role in motivating the passion of their groups and stimulating the harmonious relationship among the group members. They look like people who accept and do something calmly.

They are smart to cover up their feelings, so they look like people who are always cheerful, peaceful, and do not have problem at all. But, if they cannot bear it, they will surely find out a place or someone to talk.

They are kind, often do kindness, and are not reluctant to get out of their money to other people. They are actually stubborn too and have their own opinions about anything in confidence, but they are also flexible and easily accept new things. No wonder that they lean to be influenced easily by other people. Look like people who are temperate and believable, but they also often make big mistakes because of their careless characteristic. However, their characteristics make them lovable.

Blood type AB

People with blood type AB have sensitive and soft feeling. They have profound interests with other people’s feelings and always face other people with care and beware. However, they also tough with themselves and people close to them. Thus, they lean to have two personalities.

They are usually grudge people and think something too deep. Fortunately, they have a lot of friends, but they also need time to be lonely to think their own problems.

Deep Throat Techniques – 7 Practical Steps To Learn How To Deep Throat

Mastering different deep throat techniques will certainly get you on your way to some sexy deep throat love. And with the instruction you can create an incredibly erotic visual and a heightened sense of pleasure on the underside of your partners shaft.

But if you’ve only ever seen images of a woman’s throat expanding and contracting as a penis bulges in and out. Then it’s only natural to be thinking, what’s really in this for me other than a strong throat constitution and avoiding the taste of semen?

Whilst it’s definitely not for all women, if you love to be in control, have a sense for adventure and already thoroughly enjoy giving head, chances are with the right techniques you might just get a kick out of performing it.

Starting out, deep throat love can appear a daunting task but if you want to learn to deep throat you must first acknowledge that it’s a process that is practiced in stages. You’re not going to achieve the results either of you desire with you closing your eyes and hoping for the best and him being over eager, thrusting away with you choking on the other end. No one wants deep throat choke, so take the time to learn the proper deep throat techniques that will make performing it a lot easier to swallow.

Stage 1 – Positioning

Your correct positioning is one of the most important techniques, especially when starting out. The best way to learn is with him lying on his back with you on your side dictating when and how far you can comfortably go. Only when you have become totally accustomed to the sensation of deep throat and can control your body’s natural reflexes, should you consider trying a more submissive position such as lying on your back with your head hanging off the back of the bed. (irrumatio)

Stage 2 – Lubrication

There will definitely be no deep throat love if your mouth and throat are totally dry. So it’s very important to acquire the right deep throat techniques to ensure your mouth is well lubricated in assisting his penis sliding in to your throat. Regular sucking can tend to dry your mouth out after a while but if you press his penis as far back in to your mouth as you possibly can and hold it there for a few seconds, the back of your throat will begin to lubricate with thick saliva. Continue to do this a few times. Suck then hold, take a breath, then suck and hold again. This is known as the deep throat suck and with persistence, gradually your mouth will become a super slippery, deep throat friendly environment.

Stage 3 – Open Wide

It goes without saying that in order to perform any sort of sexy deep throat you are going to have to open your mouth really wide, but there is even a savvy deep throat technique for this. You may have noticed during fellatio the back of your throat prevents the penis from going any further. In order to get passed this, the trick to successful deep throat is opening your mouth wide enough (like a yawn) and titling your head back far enough to allow the penis to slip into your throat. This is easier said than done and will take some practice. Essentially you will need to try to create one long straight line between your mouth and throat. If you don’t get this straight line with your head tilted back, his penis will get stuck at the back of your mouth and won’t be able to move down your throat.

Stage 4 – Prepare For The Gag Reflex

Once you have practiced the head tilt, you should now be ready to take him in your mouth. As he enters, a good technique is to flatten the back of your tongue to help the muscles in your throat open.

At this point you should also prepare for the gag reflex. Unfortunately, there is no avoiding this, so when it occurs, try to be calm, pause, and hold him there as long as possible. Gagging is uncomfortable and can take a while to get used to but if you can repeat this step as many times as you can, eventually you should be able to suppress this feeling and gradually be able to take him in further. A good trick to help with this is to also try breathing out while taking him in to help stop the gagging reflex.

Stage 5 – Persistence

When you take it upon yourself to learn to deep throat, you must be prepared to be persistent. So when you get to the point where his penis hits the beginning of your throat it will be normal to feel a little resistance. In this case, you will need to flatten your tongue to open the back of your throat and create the flat straight line again. A little push from your partner is another deep throat technique that can help, as long as you’re aware it’s coming. You can also try to pull his penis in further using your tongue as a lever, to draw it in then push it back out. With a little persistence you should be able to take his penis in deeper to the point where you can take the entire length of it over your tongue and down in to your deep, deep throat.

When you have gotten this far just remember you don’t need to hold him in your throat for too long. Good deep throat techniques include practicing comfortably bringing him in and then letting him out, giving yourself a break when you need it. Deep throat does not have to mean leaving his penis in your throat.

Stage 6 – Breathing

No one wants a deep throat choke so always remember to breathe! It may sound obvious but it’s actually very easy to get lost in the process and tighten up as a result of a large foreign object pushing into your throat. It’s important to relax and take your time and learn to maintain a normal breathing level.

Stage 7 – Practice

Perfecting these techniques will take practice and perseverance. Follow the stages slowly and at your own pace to help you progress to where you can comfortably and confidently move on to the next stage. With practice your movements will become smoother and faster.

On a final note, if you get through all the stages you will want to know if he his planning or hoping to ejaculate down your throat. Some women do not like the taste of semen and deep throating gets around this. However having a man ejaculate directly down your throat in a restrictive position may be confronting and not desirable to some women. It is not absolutely necessary for you to have to deep throat swallow so discuss your partners intentions beforehand to ensure good, mutual happy deep throating!

The Benefits of Conservatory Blinds

The use of conservatory blinds have greatly increased, this is due to both the green benefits and design aspects involved. If you are struggling to decide if you should have this window cover installed take a look at all the benefits they can provide you. It might just change your mind and turn you in the direction of installing them.

The green benefits

Conservatory blinds can go a long way to reduce the money you spend on heating and cooling costs. Not only will the blinds keep your room cool in warmer weather it will keep the heat inside on cold days. The blinds acts as an insulation material that will help you manage the temperature of the space.

Because conservatories are usually laced with windows even ones in the roof you will be able to manage the degree of natural light entering the room. With the use of natural light you will again be able to do your part for nature by reducing electricity usage. Using blinds in your conservatory will also allow you to place plants inside. The plants will reduce your carbon footprint by turning carbon dioxide into oxygen.

Privacy

By installing conservatory blinds you will automatically create a degree of privacy only rivalled by curtains. Your nosy neighbour might still be able to peep over the wall, but he will not be able to look inside your home.

Protection

Another great benefit of blinds are that the provide protection against the sun. This will be an advantage to both you and your furniture. The UV rays emitted by the sun will damage both your sight and fade the colour of your furniture. The conservatory blinds will reduce the amount of UV light entering your room. A reduction in UV will also reduce the glare in your space which in turn will allow you to read without squinting.

The view

If you have a beautiful view from your conservatory sliding blinds will allow you to frame and enjoy the view; while still maintaining a degree of privacy.

Decoration

Conservatory blinds can be an integral part of the decor you use to create a specific feel to the room. Specific materials used in the creation of these blinds can support any design ideas and accentuate specific aspects of the room.

Ease of operation

Blinds are easy to open, close and rotate. There are a lot of electrical motors available that you can use to manage the operation of roof blinds that may be hard to reach. With the simple push of button or turn of a wand you will be able to create a totally different lighting effect in your space.

Conclusion

Using conservatory blinds sure has its benefits, not only are they easy to clean, but they will provide you with sun protection, reduce the effect you have on nature and create a private haven that you can enjoy.

Exploring the Beaches Near Rome

Often, if you’re booking a getaway in a Rome design hotel you aren’t often thinking of a beach holiday. But there are several gorgeous coastal locations to enjoy only an hour or two from the city. They make for a fairly convenient afternoon or weekend trip from the city, whether by car or public transportation. If you make the effort you go further afield and take a day trip from your Rome design hotel, you’ll be rewarded with sunny skies and plenty of space to relax, work on a tan and see some more of Italy.

Go off the beaten path

You may think secluded sites near a busy city like Rome may be difficult to find but, actually, all it takes is a quick train and bus ride to reach a gorgeous beach that is a true hidden gem. Sabaudia offers the chance to indulge in crashing waves and plenty of beachy scenery without the crazy crowds that can arrive in the warmer months. Most of the beaches are free for public use.

Flawless Italian shorelines

The cleanliness and safety of Italian beaches is rated by flags: blue is the best and Anzio, located about an hour outside of the city, is proud to fly the blue flag. Its shores are always pristine and sparking, maintained by local enthusiasts for all to enjoy. History fans can visit the nearby cemetery that honours Americans killed during World War II.

Get to the beach in no time

Although you may be tempted to spend all your time close to your Rome design hotel, nearby Santa Marinella may tempt you from downtown for the day. After an easy train ride, the beach is just steps from the station, making for a convenient getaway. Although it can be busy during peak times, the seafood restaurants are sublime and you can always find a spare patch of sand to call your own. If you visit during the week you may avoid the crowds more than on popular weekends, especially in the summer.

Choose a beautiful setting for swimming

Many locals swear by Moai beach as being one of the most beautiful in Italy. You can rent sunshades and relax by the water all day, savour a fresh lunch from a seaside restaurant, or simply wade in the turquoise waters.

Within very easy access of your Rome design hotel, there are plenty of beaches waiting to be explored. So if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by your city experience, take the time to travel a little further afield and turn your city break into a beach break!

A Brief Comparison of Greek and Roman Architecture

The Ancient Greek World was one of the most dynamic, innovative and progressive periods of art in western civilization. The Greeks were a people who strove for naturalism and perfection in their art. In their buildings, exterior structure and aesthetics were of primary concern. The Greeks considered beauty a distinctive feature of the gods and their pursuit of beauty was almost a religious exercise. The job of the ancient Greek Architect was to make a beautiful temple for the god. The development of Greek temple design also brought about the three column orders; doric, ionic and corinthian, which were used extensively in Greek buildings and have highly influenced other cultures.

The Romans were the first builders in Europe, and probably the first in the world to recognize the advantages of the arch, vault and dome. The structures they left behind are a reminder of the genius of Roman engineering. They invented concrete and loved building arches and monuments to themselves. They also loved to be entertained. The Romans enjoyed everything from chariot races to gladiator contests to musical plays to the ballet. Three of the most important buildings designed for mass entertainment were the theatre, the ampitheatre and the circus.

The Hepaisteion, Athens

A Greek temple’s primary function was to shelter the god it was built for. That is why the temples were decorated on the outside, no one went inside. No part of a Greek temple was symbolic or meant anything other than what it was, a temple for a god, with a sheltered colonnade for worshippers. Greek architects did not strive for individuality, the ancient Greek builder could erect a standard temple with a brief verbal description.

Early Roman temples differed from Greek both on the inside and in their relationship to their surroundings. Often up to three gods were housed together, while their rooms were narrow, the temple as a whole tended to be loftier and grander than Greek temples.

The Hepaisteion is a typical peripteral style temple. It is massive in appearance with simple doric capitals and thick heavy columns made of built up drums of stone all around. Its forms of mass and and volume are simple rectangles, cylinders and cones with a triangular roof. The temple stands in isolation resting on a low foundation, approachable from all sides by three steps. The site of the temple was almost as important as the temple itself. Unlike Greeks, Roman temples had a focus of attention and most had a frontal access only.

The Hepaisteion is basically a room called a cella with a porch in the front and rear, that is enclosed inside a colonnade that supports the roof, which in turn protects the cella from rain and sun. Many early Roman pagan temples are similar to the Hepaisteion, but with the difference that pushes the cella to one end of the room and decoration inside the temple.

Stone was the main building material used in Greek temple construction. Timbering was used in the roof and ceiling. Terracotta roof tiles were also used. Everything that was marble was cut in large blocks and held together by clamps and dowels. Paint was used to highlight molding to strengthen the contrasting elements of the frieze.

The Theatre of Marcellus, Rome

The Greeks may have invented drama, but theatre design was revolutionized by the Romans. They changed the Greek theatre, a structure that was usually built into a hillside, with its circular orchestra and detached scene building into a freestanding structure that united auditorium and stage. The back of the stage was as high as the auditorium so that the audience could not see outside as they could in a Greek theatre. Many Roman theatres, like Roman ampitheatres had a velarium or awning that was rigged to shade the audience from the sun. Roman theatres were regularly built on concrete vaulting that supported the auditorium and allowed easy access to seating, as crowd control was a big worry to the Roman builder.

The Theatre of Marcellus in Rome was first commissioned by Julius Caesar and was completed during the reign of his grandnephew and adopted son Augustus. The facade was travertine and had forty one bays with a half column on both sides of each bay. This style was widely copied after the theatre was built. Similarities can be seen in the Colosseum, which was built much later. Llike many Roman structures, the Theatre of Marcellus was built of concrete and baked bricks that were 3.5 to 4.5 centimeters thick. The bricks were very pourous to absorb the mortar and to give a better bond. The structure in the shape of a half circle which was a standard design for Roman theatres. The back of the stage area or the scaena frons was decorated with a continuous row of columns three tiers high that ran the width of the stage. The scaena frons was another Roman innovation that was first used the 4th century BC but didn’t reach its ideal until the 2nd century AD.

In Roman theatres, the orchestra was part of the auditorium. It would often be set up with moveable chairs for the V.I.P.s. The Greeks used the orchestra as a stage area.

Summary

There are many differences between Greek and Roman architecture. The Greeks built many structures on top of hills, the Romans changed the hills into architectural structures. Early Greeks used the post and lintel system, whereas Romans extensively used the arch, vault and dome. Concrete was a major building material for the Romans, the Greeks were always trying to find better building materials and used huge stones held together with clamps and dowels.

In theatre design, both Greeks and Romans preferred to use hillsides, but because of large cities the Romans were forced to build their theatres on flat ground. This practice brought on the revolutionary design of a freestanding theatre structure.

The Greeks took their religion seriously and built their temples for the gods. The Romans took the view, brought it inside the temple interior and declared that what went on inside was very important so the temple must look good on the inside too.