Lost in Fog and Other Haiku

1

Maid’s arrival

morning irritation

noisy utensils

2

Inner fears

faith cross-leg prayers

climax love

3

Unforgettable

oneness of our body:

life time fire

4

Hangs time

about the neck

emptiness

5

Dead skin

sits on my face

ashy look

6

Learning to live

without a regular job

he looks at books unread

7

Inciting

her sexy silence-

cell phone rings

8

The cracked floor tiles

new for an ageing church:

son of man still dwells

9

Prayer book

covering the glass-

his last drink

10

Morning glory

fading in a few hours-

splendors of day-star

11

Sipping alone

in the portico

honey tea

12

Climbing stairs

the books unread for years

lumbar pain again

13

More refreshing

the day’s haiku with tea-

the Mainichi

14

Rubbing gulal

between her private parts-

Holi stroke

15

Drowsiness

after a short pilled sleep-

morning sex

16

Flames rise

their coloured faces-

full moon

17

Holi songs

unwilling listeners

in the park

18

Post dinner walk

barefoot on the grass

dew drops in moon

19

Flowing darkness

consumes the shadow of shadows-

midnight sensation

20

She plays her body

hide and seek in naked dress-

sizzling summer

21

Undressing explores

underwear and the erotic:

one more nude selfie

22

A short drizzle

stony scent of petrichor-

Vastu Vihar

23

In the bath

bare soul together-

afterglow

24

Shortening shadow

of the window in my room-

time to wind up work

25

Fresh air

more expensive-

fine dust thicken

26

Fully filled

the trashcan in kitchen-

stuck in lack

27

Flooded river

half-drowned in a boat

going to work

28

A dead tree

stands tall on N H 2-

senescence

29

The aged earth mocks

the concaving patch

of the sky

30

Undecided

to walk or not to walk-

evening black with dust

31

Air too heavy

with fine coal dust from chimneys–

the park too chokes

32

Under the bed

spiders’ network-

sabbatical

33

Westerly wind

strikes the window pane with rain–

flood in bedroom

34

Sweltering heat

frequent power failure–

neighbours shouting

35

Mosquito bite

in the middle of sex act

breaking climax

36

Dragon cloud

bursts into cool rain:

afternoon

37

Evening walk

stones prick in my shoe–

graveled paths

38

With fear of puke

driving through snaky road-

viva voce

39

Two of us

flying between the clouds–

dragons await

40

The maid

leaves behind a smell:

sneezing

41

Ready to burst

over the cracked window panes

darkening clouds

42

In the backyard

wife collects unripe mangoes

husband flying papers

43

Paper Shiva

from the calendar on the wall

watching stressed sex

44

Rushing back home

with half-bloomed hibiscus:

morning rain

45

In the portico

he sits beside Suzuki:

tea in rain

46

Watery sky:

I fear growing roots

in foreign land

47

Morning view:

the zigzag on my palms

muddy pathway

48

Without hum

a mosquito lands

on my back

49

Two bodies

sweating together–

sultry bed

50

Drops await

a draught of wind

on the railing

51

Waking up

gloves ready for the catch–

unclaimed light

52

Dim blue light

smiling breasts invites

fiery full moon

53

Touching her tattoos

in the darkness of mirror

moon from the window

54

Hypnotized

into a deep sleep–

nothingness

55

Leaking

in two days’ rain

my roof

56

Stands in sun

to dry her damp drawers

my neighbor

57

She chops off her tongue

and offers it to Kali-

dream fulfillment

58

My inner powers

she seeks money to liberate:

emerald full moon

59

My umbrella

seen many rains

now sagging

60

Fruity smell

from the bowl on the table:

late sunrise

61

With her back to us

she teaches us ‘in front of’-

her snaky hair moves

62

Stones flash

from her moving finger:

expert

63

He leaves the room

with a few fallen hairs

and memory

64

Matters no more

the full size mirror in bed-

inlook revealing

65

Flies over the bridge

with morning’s big catch

a small crane

66

Knee-deep in the pond

awaits fresh catch to buy milk

for the new-born

67

Bathing buffalo

in the pond

our milk man

68

Dark and bright

hue of honey inn-

Buddha’s smile

69

Blinding fog

and cloud of darkness-

Buddha’s light

70

Lost in fog

the full moon wanders:

silent sky

71

Buddha’s portrait

inside Bodyguard House

haiku silence

72

Await wind to move

clouds densing over the hill–

bottoms up

73

Hidden behind clouds

the peak of Kanchenzanga–

relax at Munsong

74

Houses hidden

among the tall pine trees–

narrow valley

75

My white moustache

irks her each day–

turned off in bed

76

The window opens

to the Kanchenjungha peak-

snow lines sparkle

77

Dust and gas

life stuck in one room–

Bangalore

78

Mind

morning meditation

coloured attachments

79

Before the window

asoka stands erect–

lean sun and shade

80

The sunrise

knocks with song of praise:

hold my tongue

81

A stray cock guards

the house in my absence:

neighbours’ free grub

82

Tattoos crack

the epilated chest-

mole on the back

83

Who sees

bare in bathroom

mirror

84

Solitude:

elopes to tie the knot

in full moon

85

A red globe

rises at dawn:

waving corn

Classic Men’s Wallets That Never Go Out Of Style

I know most men do not put much thought into choosing the wallet he uses. After all, it’s just something that carries your cold hard cash. But to me, the wallet is arguably a man’s most essential accessory and the wallet he carries says a lot about him and his personal style.

So regardless of you’re buying a wallet for yourself or as a gift, you should really take your time to pick a good one. It’ll accompany you for many years to come.

Women are clearly spoilt for choice when it comes to handbags and small leather goods. Every season, designers crack their brain to come up the “It” bag that will be the object of every woman’s desire.

As guys, we aren’t that fortunate. We don’t have that many designers clamoring for our attention. But it doesn’t mean we don’t have choices. In fact there are men’s wallets and small leather goods that never go out of style.

I find these timeless classics very appealing because there’s always an interesting story behind its success. They may not come cheap but they’ll certainly elevate your status in the style department.

Meisterstuck by Montblanc

Montblanc turned 100 in 2006 and there are many reasons to celebrate. The success of the legendary Meisterstuck fountain pen launched in 1924 helped Montblanc become the de-facto market leader of fine writing instruments.

Today, Montblanc is more than just a maker of fine writing instruments. The company has launched its leather goods, its fine watches, eyewear, fragrance and even jewelry.

Montblanc’s foray into leather goods started in 1935 when it acquired a producer of leather ware in Germany. Riding on the success of its Meisterstuck fountain pen, Montblanc launched the Meisterstuck leather collection.

Using black calfskin fitted with its signature “star” logo, Montblanc creates a masculine line of fine leather goods that is an instant hit with its predominantly male clientele.

Must de Cartier by Cartier

Well-known for its jewelry and fine watches, Cartier is one of the top luxury brands in the world and its products are associated with very, very high price tags.

1974 was the year Cartier made a comeback in the world of leather goods with the Must de Cartier line. The color burgundy, with a slight raspberry hue, was chosen as a logical continuation to the Cartier red for this must-have collection of fine leather goods. Burgundy soon became the new black.

The influential Bordeaux color, the iconic double ‘C’ logo, and the distinctive gold hardware make the Must de Cartier line a timeless classic.

But to be honest, Must de Cartier is not for the weak-hearted. Not every guy feels comfortable carrying a burgundy wallet with gold adornments.

Monogrammed Canvas by Louis Vuitton

With more than 100 years of history, Louis Vuitton monogrammed canvas must be the classic of all classics. And no matter what Louis Vuitton does to the monogrammed canvas, it still sells like hot cakes.

They splattered the canvas with graffiti. They planted red cherries on the canvas. They painstakingly sewed the motifs on denim. And they got Takeshi Murakami who reinterpreted the motif in brilliant rainbow colors. It seems like you can’t go wrong with the monogrammed canvas.

Unfortunately they don’t have a good selection of men’s wallets in monogrammed canvas so your choices are rather limited.

Pocone Nylon by Prada

It was in 1978 when Miuccia Prada took over the dusty luggage business from her grandfather. Under her helm, Prada became a luxury powerhouse with far-reaching influence in the world of fashion.

The world took notice when Prada made a handbag out of black waterproof Pocone nylon. Fitted with its distinctive triangular logo plate, nylon never looked so good. Miuccia Prada single-handedly made nylon luxurious.

Of course, I’m not expecting you to carry the popular nylon handbag. Prada does make nice nylon wallets trimmed with cowhide for men. Although it’s now available in many different colors, black is always a classic.

Woven Leather by Bottega Veneta

Once a second-tier brand in the Gucci Group’s stable, Bottega Veneta has become the group’s rising star. With its ultra-exclusive and elitist appeal, Bottega Veneta is poised to become the next Hermes.

Recreating the brand’s popular woven bags from the 1970s, Bottega Veneta beats the trend of logomania with its handcrafted leather goods made from the finest napa leather.

And consistent with the brand’s slogan “When your own initials are enough”, you won’t be able to see any logo on the leather goods. But the beautifully woven leather, which ages very well with use, should be enough to announce that you’re carrying a Bottega.

Line D by S.T. Dupont

S.T. Dupont is so well known for its lighters that it’s easy for us to forget that Simon Tissot-Dupont founded the company in 1847 making leather briefcases for diplomats and businessmen.

The classic Line D collection of fine leather goods was launched in 1985 and featured the Dupont “D” logo in gold on black calfskin. In recent years, they also offer Line D fitted with the trendier palladium hardware. But whether it’s in gold or palladium, Line D still looks as timeless as ever.

Burberry Check by Burberry

When we think of Burberry, we invariably think of the red, camel, black and white check that has become synonymous with the brand. It’s hard to imagine that the Burberry Check actually has a humble beginning. It was introduced in 1920 as a lining to the iconic Burberry trench coat.

Burberry is enjoying a revival in recent years – all thanks to its creative director Christopher Bailey’s modern interpretation of the classic check, CEO Rose Marie Bravo’s dynamism, and Kate Moss’ star power. You just can’t go wrong with such rich Brit heritage.

3 Overlooked Exercises That Really Kick Cellulite’s Butt

Random fact: Having liposuction can increase your breast size. No kidding. According to a study in Dermatological Surgery, 43% of the participating women experienced bosom expansion after liposuction. Later, thirty percent of these chicks had to hit Nordstrom’s and start shopping for bras a whole cup size larger.

But if the chance of sudden-boob inflation doesn’t make liposuction anymore enticing to you, and you’re utterly convinced that exercising only makes cellulite spread faster, please at least consider that you may have been performing the wrong exercises to paralyze that Jello on your backside.

Let me explain. A few months ago, I met a sports medicine trainer who worked with professional model and Olympia competitor Monica Brant. Gasp! Amazed to find someone who knew first hand about Brant’s fitness regime, I begged to know, “How in the world does she get such great legs?”

Well, instead of directly answering my question, the doctor went into a speech about how most people exercise entirely the wrong way, using the wrong weights and never getting the results they want. Snoozing… Finally, after hearing about fitness bloopers, we got to the kernel of why most women have issues with cellulite-they focus on the wrong muscles. Ha! Thank goodness for fitness breakthroughs.

As the doc sees it, in the gym, women focus too much on working the front leg muscles while neglecting the cellulite burning hind muscles. The thighs of most women are relatively large anyway because we use them to walk and kick car doors shut when our hands are full of shopping bags. The thigh also gets a workout during forward moving exercises like bike peddling and running to get to work on time.

But if you want to rouse your backside into elite cellulite fighting mode, you need to focus on building the muscles on the back of your leg called the hamstrings, and your buttocks muscles too.

Here are three exercises that will help you do just that:

1. Hamstring curl

The hamstring curl plumps up your hamstrings to add more sexy curves to your profile.

Most gyms have either standing or lying hamstring machines. (While generic hamstring curl guidelines follow, use he manufacturer’s instructions for your gym’s machine.)

Start off with an easy weight, like 10 pounds, to get a feel for using your hamstrings. As you use your hamstrings to lift the weight to the top of the movement, really squeeze your back leg muscles to intensify the movement and encourage new muscle growth. Then return your leg the starting position and repeat the motion 10-12 times.

To make this exercise effective, use a weight that is heavy enough to allow you to perform 10-12 correct, complete and muscle exhausting hamstring curls. Do three sets of this exercise twice per week.

2. The door squat

If you’d rather ditch the gym, you can still squeeze in butt exercises during episodes of Dr. Phil by doing the “door squat.”

To do the door squat, open a door to a 45 degree angle from the wall. Now stand, with your legs shoulder width apart, about six inches away from the edge of the door facing the door’s side and both doorknobs. Next, grab a door knob with each of your hands.

Now, to start this cellulite burning motion, bend your knees and lower your legs until your hamstrings are parallel with the floor. Pause and squeeze your hamstrings and buttocks. Now raise yourself upward again by squeezing your hamstrings and butt muscles. Repeat the door squat 15-20 times. Perform three sets of this exercise twice per week.

The key to knowing whether or not your doing this exercise right is that you should feel your back leg muscles and butt doing the work. You should have absolutely little or no strain on your knees because, again, your butt is doing all of the work, not your thighs or knees.

3. Walking up the hill

Once Dr. Phil is over, go outside and look for some hills. Walking uphill forces your hamstrings and buttocks to work in order to push you upward against the force of gravity. Even though walking on flat trails is super exercise, hills and inclines turbo charge your exercise so much you should actually feel your backside tingling away fat bulges as you mount those hills.

If you frequent the gym, just use the incline function on the treadmill to turn your brisk walk into a cellulite broiler. Aim for an incline of at least 30 to 60% on the treadmill to optimally work your hamstrings and buttocks. This will accentuate your leg muscles and obliterate chunky-butt syndrome.

Ahhhh, at the end of the day, doesn’t it feel empowering to shake around your cellulite instead of letting cellulite shake you around.

Source:

Finzi E. Breast Enlargement Induced by Liposuction. Dermatologic Surgery, September 2003; vol 29, no 9, pp 928-930.

How To Scalp the Russell 2000 E-Mini Futures Effectively and Consistently

Upon first examination, the Russell 2000 E-mini futures contract is intimidating to the uninitiated trader. If you had your heart set on trading the ES contract, which is by far and away the most actively traded e-mini offering, the Russell 2000 (called the TF) has an extraordinary amount of price movement; which is exactly why you should consider the TF as one of the contracts you add to your trading repertoire. This dynamic contract presents the experienced trader and well-trained novice trader with set-up after set-up on a daily basis. Yet, many traders inexplicably concentrate on the High Frequency Trading riddled ES (the S&P 500 e-mini) as their contract of choice. While I do not trade the TF exclusively, it is an important part of my daily trading day and is always displayed on one of my monitors. On the other hand, I avoid all the HFT consolidation trading movement and arbitrage related trading on the ES like the plague.

The Russell 2000 (TF) is based upon small-cap stocks and some consider it a bellwether indicator for stock market movement in general. That being said, I could care less. As a TF scalper, I am interested in the smaller moves the contract presents and capitalizing on trading those moves effectively. Which is not to say that I do not enjoy trading the larger moves the on the Russell e-mini, just that there are ample 20 tick moves to satisfy even the most demanding trader. The movement in the contract is what “puts off” many traders, yet it is this movement that can make the TF e-mini such a money machine, when traded properly. Don’t let the market noise in this instrument put you off; it can be traded effectively with the right tools.

Most TF trading can be classified into two broad categories; bracketed trading and trending price movement. Either way, the TF will present ample opportunities to initiate winning trades.

What is the secret to trading the Russell 2000 e-mini?

I pay close attention to bar by bar order flow in relation to the general market structure defined by Market Profile. Order flow is order flow; which means that once this contract starts to move in potentially profitable TPO’s identified in the daily structure of the market, you can simply watch the orders accumulate, either short or long, and hang in the trade until you see the specific area where traders driving the market in your direction lose interest. I should point out that lagging indicators are not especially effective on the TF because of the speed of some of the price movement. However, using real-time order flow data, you can observe the orders piling up on one side of the contract and trade in that direction with relative certainty. As a further aid, I am generally running a consolidated tape reading table to observe orders as they accumulate at each index price.

I also pay close attention to volume readings at known points of support and resistance to give me insight into whether or not a breakout or breakdown is imminent. You can observe the same on your order flow and notice whether the delta is increasing or decreasing at known support and resistance. Any quality order flow indicator will tabulate these deltas’ in real time for observation. You might note that real-time indicators are the name of the game for high percentage trading on this contract.

I would also recommend keeping the Average True Range (ATR) indicator under observation to determine whether or not the price movement is in your identified risk profile. For my purposes, I use 2x the ATR to determine my profit target and stop/loss point; if the 2x the ATR exceeds 25 ticks I simply wait for the price action to settle down and resume trading. In my mind, I am only willing to risk 25 ticks ($250) on any given trade on this contract. You should also keep in mind the size of your trading account when trading the TF; never risk more than 1-3% of your account value on a trade. If my $250 dollar stop loss is more than 3% of your account size, you would be wise to trade the Russell 2000 when the ATR is lower and more appropriate for your risk tolerance and trading account. Money management is important on the TF e-mini, as it is in trading in general.

In summary, I would encourage you to take a close look at the Russell 2000 e-mini and implement the real-time trading indicators I have identified. I have also stated that if you are a lagging indicator trader this contract will give you fits; I feel this way about all e-mini trading. Give the TF a look, and trade it in real time with one contract, which is all you really need on this dynamic contract. As always, best of luck in your trading.

How to Make Natural Candles – Choosing the Best Wax For Making Candles at Home

There are several natural waxes to choose from for your homemade candle.

While paraffin may be natural in that it’s a petroleum-based wax it has been shown to be not so healthy & doesn’t burn clean so I think we can eliminate this wax.

Healthier natural candle waxes are Palm, Beeswax, and Soy & Ghee.

Let’s check out some pros & cons of each of these waxes.

Palm in made from the wax of the berry of the Palm tree. It’s white, all natural, renewable & clean burning.

Palm wax has a unique crystalline structure that is very attractive.

It can hold a very high scent load. Some palm waxes can hold up to twice as much scent as paraffin or soy wax.

Palm wax comes in granular form, is very easy to work with & it pools evenly when lit. It doesn’t need any additives & it cleans up easily with soap & warm water.

Cons of palm wax; the cost of palm wax is a slightly more than Soy wax.

Turning to Soy candle making, this wax has lots of Pros too. It burns long, cool & clean.

Here is a list of advantages a manufacturer gives about their soy wax:

o Made with pure, 100% natural soybeans

o Longer, cooler and cleaner burning without soot buildup

o Made in the USA with domestically grown crops

o Produced containing NO Genetically Modified Material

o Manufactured meeting FDA and Kosher standards

o Easy to clean up with soap and hot water eliminating solvents

o Renewable sustainable resources requiring plant growth

o Biodegradable and free from pesticides and herbicides

o Very stable allowing for long shelf life

o Not subject to animal testing

Cons of soy candles:

It’s stated by some manufactures that soy candles are produced containing no Genetically Modified Material. For most soy waxes this is only true because after processing there is no DNA in the wax left to assess whether the soy beans used were GMO or not. In the United States in 2002, 98% of the soybean harvest was either genetically modified (GMO) or non-GMO mixed in with GMO soybeans. The only reliable source of non-GMO soybeans are Identity Preserved or Certified Organic, these are very few. This means buying soy wax that is not Identity Preserved or certified organic is supporting the biotech industry. This is a disadvantage of soy wax in my opinion. Also I feel soy candles made from GMO soybeans can’t really be called “natural” as their DNA was humanly modified, the fact that the DNA was later removed doesn’t negate that.

Now lets look at Beeswax which has been used for candles since ancient times.

It burns slow & clean & has its own sweet fragrance.

It gives of more light & heat than other waxes & is virtually drip less.

Beeswax is the only fuel to emit negative ions when burning & this process cleans the air of positive ions such as dust, odors, toxins, pollen, mold, dust mites feces, and viruses.

Lighting a beeswax candle inspires a spiritual feeling; they have traditionally been the candles of choice in many churches.

Using a sheet of beeswax & rolling it up with a wick inside is such a simple way to start making candles, a pair of scissors are the only equipment needed. Beeswax candle making with sheets is child’s play.

Poured beeswax candles are just as easy to make as candles make with other waxes.

One con for beeswax is that the price is significantly more than other waxes but this is balanced by the quality it has of burning slower & lasting longer than other waxes. Beeswax can be added to other waxes to increase their burn time. Beeswax candles have their own natural sweet fragrance with which only some aromas will nicely blend. Beeswax can be bought in either a yellow or white color. Some white beeswax may have been bleached & have chemicals added, best check with the supplier.

Bayberry wax is an aromatic greenish vegetable wax that is removed from the surface of the Bayberry by boiling the berries in water and skimming the wax from the surface. Burning a Bayberry candle to the nub during the holidays is a 300-year tradition supposed to bring good luck in the coming year. Bayberry wax is recommended for making dipped tapers only & may not burn well as votive, tea-light or pillar candles.

Bayberry wax costs about 4 times that of Beeswax. It takes 15 pounds of Bayberries to make one pound of wax. It has a warm, earthy fragrance reminiscent of newly mown hay, and dries to a lovely olive green color. A small amount can be added to other waxes to make them harder & impart its green color. This is a pro as there are no other natural colorants for candles apart from the yellow of the beeswax. All natural candles, that is totally natural candles, are white unless they have beeswax or bayberry wax added.

Ghee lamps have traditionally been used by Sikhs & Hindus for thousands of years as a spiritual practice. Lighting the light dispels darkness & brings comfort, hope & peace. Lighting a light with cow ghee specifically is said to ensure radiance & heavenly bliss, prosperity, health & happiness.

Ghee is made from unsalted clarified butter. It is easy to make for one’s self at home or one can buy it from the grocery store. Organic ghee is available. Once one learns to make a container candle one can make a ghee candle. Securing the wick in the middle of the container without glue is the trick. Traditionally the receptacle of the ghee is earthen mud, silver, gold or brass, never stainless steel. The wick traditionally is laid on the bottom of the container & is propped up on the side of the lamp rather than standing up straight in the middle. I have bought a ghee candle made in a small glass jar with a lid that has a central wick & it works fine. I would be very careful about propping the wick on the side of a glass container. Ghee is very soft at room temperature & a liquid when heated so it needs a container. My ghee candle burns without a ghee smell & gives a very sweet feeling. Now I know how to wick the jar I can keep renewing the candle by adding ghee & wicks or I can make a much bigger one that burns longer for the same price as my little store bought candle.

Whichever material you use for your candle, don’t let having to decide which wax delay you making one! Choose a wax & make a candle, its fun, can save you money & using the candles brings bliss.

How To Trace a Concealed Pipe Leak

How Concealed Leaks affect your Home

Leaking pipes are an issue that must be addressed immediately. Concealed leaks can lead to a wide range of problems including structural damage, mold, and a decreased level of air quality. While leak indicators are often visual, sometimes they aren’t. If you notice a considerable increase in your water bill, this may indicate that you have a concealed pipe leak. In order to stop leaks before they lead to serious damage, you must learn where to look for the leak and what you are looking for.

How To Trace a Concealed Pipe Leak

1. Look for discoloration on the walls in your house. There are several types of discoloration that are caused by concealed pipe leaks, like stains with distinct borders, black streaks or gray streaks. Make sure that you the entire wall over because pipe joints, called fittings, are often placed at the corners of the wall or where the wall borders the floor or ceiling.

2. Make sure that you wear gloves when you inspect your walls for dampness, as some types of mold are harmful to you health. If you want to test an area for dampness, rub the area, with gloves on, and inspect the gloves for any type of glistening to detect dampness. Then rub the tips of your fingers together to see if you feel slickness.

3. Inspect your walls for mold or mildew. This is often a very good sign that you have found an internal leak. Common colors for mold and mildew are black, white, orange or green spots. Make sure to check upper and base cabinets for mildew as well.

4. Smell the air to check for a stale or damp odor, as this is often a good sign that you are close to finding a concealed leak.

5. Leaks can often cause paint to peel or chip off. Also, run your hands across suspicious areas to check for bulging or dips; concealed leaks sometimes cause framing to swell or warp.

6. Use your ears to listen for sounds such as hissing, dripping or gushing, which is a very good indicator of concealed leaks. Tap walls and door trims around the house, a hollow sound can indicate rotting wood, which is also a good sign for possible pipe leaks. If you still unable to find the leak,it may be your best interest to call a plumber in order to detect and repair the leak.

Airbrush Tattoos – The Pros and Cons

The Benefits Of Airbrush Tattoos Over Permanent Tattoos

As times have changed, tattoos have become more prevalent in modern society due to celebrity culture and a more open minded view about such things in society.

Tattoos are a mark on the skin that can come in a range of forms. Some can be naturally occurring such as when dust or dirt gets in a wound (a common issue for miners), temporary tattoos which are short lived designs on the surface of the skin. Permanent tattoos are designs and marks that are created when indelible ink is inserted into a layer of skin known as the dermis.

Temporary tattoos are often applied using airbrushes. This is a form of tattooing where hypoallergenic ink is sprayed onto the skin using an airbrush. These tattoos only last a few days, are easy to remove if required at short notice and dry quickly so you can get on with having a good time!

The Pros And Cons Of Airbrush Tattoos

Airbrush Tattoos have a number of pros and cons when it comes to comparing them to permanent tattoos. These Include:

  • The hypoallergenic nature of the substances used non-permanent airbrush tattoos means that it is very unlikely that you will suffer any ill effects from it being applied to your skin, whereas with a permanent tattoo there are a range of potential health complications, from unclean working practises to your body reacting to the ink badly and causing illness.
  • Having a temporary tattoo can mean that you can trial ideas of what you would like to get before you take the plunge and get the real thing. This is good for those who are not fully certain of what final design they want and can help refine the process.
  • The downside of the temporary airbrush tattoo however is also a lack of permanence; as if you find something that you think is exactly what you would want to have then it may not be the same when you come round to going through with a permanent design.
  • Temporary tattoos are pain free, as they don’t involve any breaking of the skin, as the only things that make contact with the skin are air and ink. Permanent tattoos involve long sessions of needles which some people can find uncomfortable and can be sore for a while after.
  • The short life span of a temporary tattoo means that if you work in a highly professional and less liberal work environment, by the time Monday morning arrives it can be long gone from your skin, and only takes a minute or so dry;.

What Do I Need For Airbrush Tattoos And Body Art?

It really depends on what you want, if you want a permanent design that you feel strongly about and you know of a high quality reputable tattoo artist then a permanent tattoo may be for you. If you just fancy a change and want something to compliment a fancy dress outfit or just to look a little different on a night out or at an occasion, then an airbrush tattoo may be the way to go.

The best part about airbrush tattooing is that anyone can have a go at getting involved. With an airbrush and compressor and the right ink, then you can get some stencils and make your own and let your imagination run wild. Practising on your friends and family with ink that can be easily removed, means that once you’re good and confident you could make a real go of it professionally with some skill and practice.

Risk Management and Locomotive Engine Rooms – Case Study

One of the biggest factors when it comes to risk management is the issue of confined space. OSHA for instance realizes that this is a huge problem and they are concerned with restricted entry and exit locations for employees working in hazardous situations where risk of injury or death is concerned. When it comes to the railroad, and those that work on trains, the engine room is just such a space. In fact, on almost all modern day locomotives there are access doors along the entire length of the motor.

Still, it is a confined space between the pillars for the doors and working between the engine components. Consider if you will that a modern diesel engine has pistons the size of basketballs, and they get very hot. And they leak oil, and there is grease everywhere. It’s impossible to keep them perfectly clean all the time, and some railroad mechanics will tell you that if it ever stops leaking, that means it’s not working. With grease and oil on, in, and around the engine, it is necessary to clean it early and often.

This means hitting it with a steam cleaner, or hot-water pressure washer. Now you are introducing high-pressure, heat, and water to oil and grease. I’d say that’s a little bit hazardous, but it must be done otherwise when the motor is running it would be easy to slip onto moving parts of the motor, and/or burn oneself. Perhaps this is why our contract cleaning company was always busy taking care of our railroad customers.

They wanted the equipment clean, they wanted to save on insurance, and they wanted to prevent accidents. Indeed, from a risk management standpoint, we also had to be very careful when doing the cleaning. For instance we had to clean the outside of the cat walks, all the railings, and the doors first, otherwise we might slip while cleaning the engine ourselves. You see, the point in all this is, it isn’t only the factory floor where you have to worry about risk management, every service company must realize its value as well. Please consider all this.

Triangle Numbers in Pascal’s Triangle

Triangle numbers can be found by looking at the second diagonal in Pascal’s triangle when it is drawn centrally. However, by left justifying the numbers in Pascal’s triangle, as in the diagram below, they can be found in the third column:

1 1

1 2 1

1 3 3 1

1 4 6 4 1

1 5 10 10 5 1

1 6 15 20 15 6 1

1 7 21 35 35 21 7 1

The sequence in the third column begins 1,3,6,10,15,21. These numbers are called the triangle numbers. To help explain what this sequence is, I have shown two different ways of thinking of it below:

Method 1: The nth triangle number is the sum of all the positive whole numbers up to n. This may sound confusing, but I will give a couple of examples. 21 is the seventh triangle number, because it is the sum of 1+2+3+4+5+6+7. So what about the tenth number in the sequence? It is 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10, which if you work it out is 55. Incidentally, you may have been given the task at school before of adding up all of the numbers from 1 to 100 or 1 to 1000. What you are really being asked to do is find the 100th or 1000th triangle number (this can be done quickly in a variety of sneaky ways – unfortunately however, calculating all the rows of Pascal’s triangle and looking down the third column is NOT one of these methods!)

Method 2: This method is much more exciting. It’s a hands on, visual way of understanding triangle numbers, and it also explains where this sequence gets its name from. You will need some coins or counters (or a pen and paper). What you need to do is arrange your counters in triangles. You want to create an equilateral triangle (one with the same number of counters on each side), and you need to “fill in” your triangle with counters, not just put counters round the edges of the triangle. Now, if you were trying to find the 6th triangle number, you would need to create a triangle with 6 counters on each side. Once you have done that, you just have to count the number of counters you have used. You should find you get 21, which is correct (this can be checked with method 1 or Pascal’s triangle). You can try this out with any sized triangle of counters and it should always work.

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing a Lawn Bowl

The ultimate guide to choosing a lawn bowl.

Selecting a lawn bowl is a very personal thing and there are a number of factors to consider when choosing a bowl. There are now over 30 different models available in the UK, each with a different bias, in eight sizes (00-6), four weights (medium, medium heavy, heavy and extra heavy), with at least six different types of grip, not to mention the vast array of colours. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the number of bowlers who are playing with the wrong size or get lost before they even start is considerable.

Hopefully below I’ve answered some, if not all of your questions, which will enable you to make an informed choice about which set of bowls will suit you best.

Brand

In all honesty the brand is the least important factor when buying a set of bowls. Often club players will argue the merits of one make over another. The truth is that all of the bowls manufacturers produce a wide range of good quality products which conform to standard laid down by World Bowls and almost every bowler will be able to find the right bowl for them.

Most established bowlers will have a personal preference which often comes about by trying out different bowls either by having a go with a clubmate’s or at their local bowls retailer. Choosing any particular model will depend on what suits you best – whether you intend to play indoors and outdoors or you want a bowl specifically for faster indoor greens.

There are several manufacturers of lawn bowls in the UK. The models are shown in brackets.

• Taylor Bowls (Lazer, Vector VS, Blaze, Ace, International, Legacy SL, Lignoid)

• Henselite (Dreamline, Tiger II, Classic II, Tiger, Classic)

• Drakes Pride (Advantage, Fineline, Professional, Jazz)

• Almark (Sterling Gold, Sterling Slim-Line, Arrow)

Size

Sizing your bowl is perhaps the most important aspect of selecting a lawn bowl. Get it wrong and you’ll either be hitting the opposite banking with a thud or dropping it at your feet. As a guide, most men will play with a bowl between the sizes of 3 and 5, with 3 being the smaller bowl of the two. Ladies will usually play with bowls between 00 and 2 in size, again with 00 being the smaller of the two.

The most popular method of determining which size is best for you is to use both hands to span your middle fingers and thumb around the running surface (the smooth area around the centre of the bowl so that your thumbs touch at the bottom of the bowl and your middle fingers meet at the top to form a circle. If you can achieve this without too much of a gap at the top of the bowl this will probably be the correct size of bowl for you.

But I would recommend trying one or two other methods in addition to ensure that you have the right size. Take the bowl most suited to you using the previous method and two further bowls – one a size below and the other a size above. Taking each bowl in turn, hold it as if about to deliver – with it sitting comfortable in the palm of your hand (depending on your preference) and your fingers placed in the grips – swing your arm forward and backward. If you feel like the bowl might come crashing down then it is obviously too big but if you can maintain a firm and comfortably grip then this is another tick in the box.

Lastly, I would ask the bowler to stretch their arm out in front of them, holding the bowl upside down. If after 30 seconds your arm begins to ache or shake, it is probably too big for you. If however, you maintain a firm and comfortable grip, this will confirm that this is more than likely the correct size of bowl for you. You might even like to try the same routines with the next size up to ensure that you’re not playing with a bowl that is too small – you should always play with the largest and heaviest bowl that you’re able to comfortably deliver and control.

Weight

In general there are two weights – medium and heavy – although some manufacturers do offer medium heavy and extra heavy as options. The weight of a bowl is indicated by the number and letter on the side of the bowl, i.e. 3H is a size three bowl with a heavy weight, 2M is a size two with a medium weight. In the UK quite a few bowlers own two sets – a heavyweight set for the faster indoor surfaces and a medium weight set for the slower outdoor greens.

The difference in weight should be considered alongside the size of the bowl in terms of what happens during a match. A heavier bowl certainly has its advantages as it will have more momentum and is more likely to stand its ground in the head. If it’s comfortable for the bowler to hold and deliver I would always recommend buying a heavier bowl no matter what size they have chosen.

Indoor or outdoor?

If you mainly play indoors, then I would recommend a bowl with a narrower bias such as a Taylor Lazer, Vector VS or Blaze, a Henselite Classic II or Tiger Pro or a Drakes Pride Fineline or Advantage. Otherwise you could find yourself aiming at the far end of the next rink in order for the bowl to swing back to the head.

Unless of course you’re a confident bowler, prefer a wider bias or play at the back end, in which case you might also consider a Taylor Ace or International, a Henselite Tiger or Tiger II or a Drakes Pride Professional or Jazz.

If you’re a hardier breed and spend your summer enjoying the delights of the British summer then the bias of the bowl is less important unless you play at number three or skip when you may have to negotiate your way around the other bowls.

Bias

Choosing the bias of your bowl largely depends on whether you are an indoor or outdoor bowler and what position you play in pairs, triples or fours (rinks). If you largely play indoors then I would recommend a narrower bias. But if you bowl outdoors a wider bias is likely to suit your needs.

If you’re just starting out in the game I would advise you to start with a bowl with a narrow to medium bias as you will probably be asked to play at number one or two where your primary task is to get as close to the jack as possible. Playing in these positions will also give you an opportunity to find your line and weight.

Bowls with a narrow to medium bias (best for indoor) include:

• Taylor Bowls (Lazer, Vector VS, Blaze, Ace)

• Henselite (Dreamline, Tiger II, Classic II)

• Drakes Pride (Advantage, Fineline, Professional)

• Almark (Arrow, Sterling Slimline)

Bowls with a medium to wide bias (best for outdoor) include:

• Taylor Bowls (Ace, International, Legacy SL, Lignoid)

• Henselite (Classic II, Classic, Tiger)

• Drakes Pride (Professional, Jazz)

• Almark (Sterling Slimline, Sterling Gold)

Generally, an indoor bowl is designed to have a much narrower bias, while an outdoor bowl usually has much too wide a swing for use indoors and can be difficult to control. When I say indoor bowls I am not referring to short mat bowls – you could get away with using your indoor or outdoor bowls in a game of short mat but there are bowls designed specifically for this format of the game – Stevens and Drakes Pride being the better known.

If you search Google Images using the terms taylor bias chart, henselite bias chart, drakes pride bias chart and almark bias chart you will find a chart which illustrates the bias (the lines which the bowls take) of each bowl in the manufacturer’s range of bowls.

Grips

Grips are the indented rings or indentations around the sides of the bowl that offer somewhere to place your thumb and fingers when delivering. These provide a more secure grip and better control, particularly in cold and wet or hot, sweaty conditions. If you mainly bowl indoors then the grips are less important.

There are various types of grip (deep dimple, shallow dimple, progrips, crescent grooves, vertical grooves) available depending on the manufacturer and model, so I would suggest trying out bowls with different grips before reaching a decision. Again, if you belong to a club ask your fellow members if you can have a roll-up with their bowls to get a better idea of what is more comfortable and suited to your style of bowling.

Colour

Originally all bowls were made from hard lignum wood and were therefore brown in colour. When composition bowls were introduced they were invariably black. Today, bowls are available in almost 50 colours, shades and patterns and although they are slightly more expensive the gap in price is narrowing. The colour of your bowls is a purely personal choice.

Cost

A new set of bowls will cost between £160 and £230, so unless the customer is certain that they know what they want, we would always recommend that beginners purchase a second-hand set for between £30 and £120. These can often be purchased via your club noticeboard, some retailers or alternatively have a look on Ebay where there is always a healthy stock of second-hand bowls for sale. As long as they are not more than 15 years old (you can determine the age by examining the oval or rectangular stamp on the side of the bowl – the manufacturer’s 10-year guarantee stamp) and no serious scrapes or gouges (minor surface scratches will not affect performance) they will suit your purpose. And should you subsequently decide to change your bowls, a second-hand set will only lose a fraction of its original cost when you come to sell them on.

With so many bowls on the market, I would always suggest seeking advice from a specialist bowls retailer and if possible inquire whether you might be able to try the model you wish to purchase. Sometimes bowls shops based inside indoor arenas hold samples that can be tried.

In the end, whatever bowls you choose they’ll only ever be as good as the player. Bowls can be the most rewarding or frustrating game. One day you’ll bowl the opposition off the green and the next you won’t get within six feet of the jack. It can be as infuriating as it is rewarding.

A large part of the game, in whatever format, is about consistency. I can’t recommend highly enough that practice makes perfect, whether on your own or with another player – drawing to the jack time and again using both your forehand and backhand. But that’s for another time.

I hope that you’ve found this guide useful. If you have, please recommend it to any other new bowlers you know. Whatever format of the game you choose to play and whichever bowls you choose to buy, I hope that you not only enjoy the game but also the friendships you make and the vibrant social scene which goes with it.

The Best Way of Cleaning Bars and Nightclubs

Over the years not too much has changed in most bars and nightclubs. The bar and club venues may be bigger, come in different themes, serve greater varieties of liquor, charge entry fees and play different music, but through this year cleaning issues have always remained constant.

It does not matter how much a nightclub spends on the interior decor as long as they can attract a crowd. Alcohol, chewing gum and cigarette smokes are the three major contributing factors of nightclubs cleaning problems. It can be ruined or damage such attracted phases of nightclubs. How?

Alcohol is definitely a big cleaning problem because alcohol becomes sticky once it dries. Whether it is beer, wine, spirits, soft drink or lolly water the result is always the same. Hard floors, carpets, bar tops, tables and the chairs are always sticky and no one likes being stuck to the floor when they are trying to pull one of Michael Jackson finest dance moves.

An ideal solution to clean sticky floor is a floor scrubber or washer. The floor scrubber will scrub, wash and dry floors in a single pass through its unique designed twin cylindrical brush. It only uses plain water and will restore hard floors or short pile carpets to their original condition in minutes.

Chewing gum litter is another problem that never seems to go away. Every year, the problem on chewing gum litter and smoking bans in venues seems to worst. Traditionally, chemical solutions or high pressure water systems were used to remove chewing gum, but these are not practical for indoors.

But with the features of chewing gum removal innovated on a steam cleaning machines, this problem is no longer viral. Various bars & nightclubs in Australia are now using the Jetvac Pro, the chewing gum remover. Ideally for indoor and can be used both on hard floors and carpets. It can remove up to 700 chewing gum per hour.

Steam cleaner is the only machine that has the ability to convert smokers room to a non-smokers room in less than hour. It can remove smoke stains and deodorized surface as well.Comes with a variety of tools and attachments that can clean floors, walls, windows, furniture, benches, tables, bar tops, bathrooms, toilets, kitchens, bars and other nightclub areas.

And before another renovation takes place, bars and nightclubs should start using cleaning machines like Jetvac Pro steam cleaner and floor scrubbers, the best way of cleaning bars and nightclubs that will surely cut expenditures in environmentally friendly way.

Winter Costume Ideas For Your Next Party

Most of us are preparing to rug up for the winter season and the thought of venturing out into the cold to attend a costume or fancy dress party is a little daunting. We all want to look spectacular for our next party, without losing the comfort factor. This article will give the reader ideas on costumes which will not only have them looking fantastic and at the same time the ability to stay warm, so they can enjoy the night’s festivities.

Costume themes: Medieval, Horror, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Disney Princesses, Christmas, Twilight, Uniform, Animals, Religious just to name a few.

Many of the costumes mentioned in this article are either long sleeved or may have layers which will assist the wearer in keeping warm.

Female Costume Ideas:

– Jester, medieval maiden, Queen, nun – Medieval

– Wizard, witch, Morticia, Lily Munster, Wednesday Addams, devil, vampiress, Wicked Queen – Horror

– Star Trek, Star Wars Characters, Space Odyssey – Sci Fi

– Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine – Disney princesses

– Mrs Clause, Santa’s helper, reindeer, snowman – Christmas

– Vampiress, werewolf – Twilight

– Army, naval, air force, fireperson, police person – Uniform

– Koala Bear, panda, crocodile, cow, horse, rabbit, dog, cat – Animals

– Nun – Religious

Male Costume Ideas:

– Jester, knight, King, Lancelot, monk, Robin Hood – Medieval

– Wizard, warlock, Gomes Addams, Uncle Fester, Pugsley, Lurch, Devil – Horror

– Star Trek, Star Wars Characters, 2001 Space Odyssey – Sci Fi

– Santa, Scrooge, The Grinch, elf, reindeer, snowman- Christmas

– Vampire, Dracula, Count Yorga, werewolf – Twilight

– Army, naval, air force, fireman, police man – Uniform

– Koala Bear, panda, crocodile, cow, horse, rabbit, dog, cat – Animals

– Monk, Bishop, Pope – Religious

For extra warmth why not add one or more of these accessories. perhaps a long cape, wig, boots, hat, petticoat, netting or hoop. This will also add that final touch to any outfit.

When choosing a costume why not consider wearing loose long flowing gowns or robes, as this leaves room to wear other layers underneath for added warmth.

There are always benefits for costume parties held in winter, for example:

o If your costume requires makeup – it generally won’t run, leaving your costume stain free.

o There should be no chance of leaving costume accessories behind at a party as it’s usually too cold to remove them.

o There is always a wide selection of costumes to choose from.

So you see winter costume parties really can be loads of fun and by putting a little time and thought into a costume now, the wearer will be rewarded ten fold by not only looking wonderful but comfortable & warm.

What Cleaning Services Can a Professional Cleaning Company Offer?

There are many professional cleaning companies available in London these days. Some can provide a general cleaning service while others decide to specialise in areas such as domestic cleaning, end of tenancy cleaning services or even commercial cleaning.

Hiring a cleaning company in London can prove to be a very cost effective and cheap way to get your home, office or specific item, such as a carpet or upholstery, cleaned efficiently.

Many cleaning companies provide cleaning services throughout Greater and Central London: South West London, East, North West London, West and South East London. They can cover Middlesex, Essex, Kent, Sussex and Kingston.

Here are some of the more specialised areas of cleaning:

Carpet Cleaning

As you will know, it is easy to spill a number of different substances on your carpet and there is also the deep-seated dirt and dust that can be hard to get out. If you require your home or office carpets to be cleaned thoroughly, then highly trained carpet cleaners and steam specialists can come to the rescue with their modern carpet cleaning techniques.

Domestic Cleaning

In this fast paced age, it’s easy to get behind on all those important household tasks such as dusting the house; the bathroom and kitchen proving especially challenging tasks, not to mention the washing up and ironing. Domestic cleaning services are available in London to help you out with all these house chores.

Office Cleaning

Professional contract cleaners can clean offices and office buildings for businesses of all sizes. From basic daily tasks such as office hygiene in kitchen and washroom facilities to the care of windows, walls and the carpets; office cleaners can clean the lot.

Rug Cleaning

Rug cleaning specialists can also be hired to take care of any rugs that need cleaning. Whether it is an Oriental rug that needs to be delicately handled, or an antique rug, the most suitable method for that type of rug can be used effectively by a rug cleaning service.

Mattress Cleaning

It is important to sleep in a really clean and hygienic bed, however, these days people rarely clean their mattresses, allowing dust mites and bacteria to thrive. This can be unhealthy, so regular mattress cleaning services can clean the mattress for you, leaving you to have many a good night’s sleep.

London Cleaning Agency

Lond Cleaning agencies are available to provide a range of domestic cleaning services to clients, usually domestic cleaning services to individuals as well as commercial companies. Cleaning Agencies can be hired to clean a home or office; to an exceptionally high standard.

Cleaning Companies in London

If your home or office is in need of a good clean, either on a one-off cleaning or on a regular basis, you can hire a professional domestic cleaning company to meet your requirements. The flexible range of services a London cleaning company provides can be relied upon to effectively clean your living or working environment to your complete satisfaction.

End of Tenancy Cleaning

This is a specialised deep-cleaning service that can be utilised to clean any rented home ready for new tenants to move in, or to get the place looking clean and tidy again so you can claim back your deposit. Either way, these cleaning services can sanitise the property and make it look clean and welcoming again.

Upholstery Cleaning

If your furniture upholstery and/or curtains are in need of a good clean, there are services available that can visit your home or office in London to provide a solution. Upholstery can be cleaned using either the wet or dry cleaning method which includes stain treatment.

Window Cleaning

It is relatively common to find that your windows look dull, dirty and smudged. This can greatly affect the outside view. Professional window cleaning services can ensure all the accessible windows in your home or office are left sparkling clean and smudge-free so you can appreciate the view once again.

Ironing and Washing

Have you ever wished you didn’t have to do all the washing and ironing that seems to be constantly piling up? Even if you just want a short break from these chores, domestic cleaning services are available in London that can take care of these responsibilities for a while. Professional London cleaning services can be hired on a regular or even monthly basis to take away the burden of these necessary domestic tasks.

After Party Cleaning

Once the party is over sometimes the mess left over can be a real nightmare. By utilising these services the rubbish can be cleared, pots washed and the bathroom and kitchen can be returned to normal for you.

After Builders Cleaning

The builders may have left, but the devastation left behind in your home or office can make you feel distraught. Cleaning services can remove all the leftover building dust and dirt before cleaning, dusting and scrubbing all the surfaces for you, making the area look habitable again.

Party Help

Cleaners can also provide assistance at parties; whether you need help with the cooking, serving drinks or the general cleaning – both before and after the event.

The perfect advice is to use a professional cleaner.

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Save Flora and Fauna With Wildlife Posters

The almighty has given us the beautiful nature that consists of spell bounding flora and fauna. The beauty of nature captures the heart of each and every individual living on the planet. Every day, we come across different aspects of nature. Early morning, you can see people watering their gardens and admiring beautiful flowers on the tree. The beauty of nature captivates our heart in all walks of life.

Some people are very much fond of wildlife diversities. They visit the famous wildlife sanctuaries to get a close glimpse of the amazing wildlife creatures. Some people purchase wildlife posters to express their love for the beautiful creatures of god. However, these-days people kill the biodiversities to meet their vested interests. Some people kill tigers and leopards to obtain their skin while some kill the rhinos to create ornaments from their horns.

Hence, we should take some steps to prevent the wildlife from such mean-minded individuals. We can do this, buy purchasing wildlife posters that spread the message of wildlife conservation. These posters have images of endangered species that are on the verge of extinction. The posters consist of a slogan or quote, that explains the pain the animals go through while fulfilling the everyday needs of a human being. You can also paste these posters in your school and college premises in order to discourage people from hearting or killing the innocent animals.

You can also gift these posters to young children’s who have fascination for the wildlife. You can purchase these wildlife posters through various online portals that sell the posters at highly reasonable rates. You can also purchase bulk of wildlife posters and paste them in your locality to stop any ill happenings against stray and wild animals.

So, join hands and take a step forward to save the wildlife and respect this beautiful gift of nature.

Buying Carpets – Safe, Hygienic and Cosy Carpet Care For the Elderly

Carpeting the home is a great way to make it welcoming and cosy for elderly people.

Common sense affirms that it’s much less likely that they will slip on a carpet compared to a smooth floor, particularly if there is any wet spillage.

A soft textured surface will always feel safer to an elderly person allowing them to maintain confidence and ease of movement. A smooth floor can cause an elderly person to be cautious and feel uncomfortable.

But it is important to get the carpet pile height and structure right for them; in some ways a long pile carpet can be just as hazardous as a smooth floor. Carpet that is too soft can cause a loss of balance and contribute to a fall.

Installing a carpet with too thick an underlay can provide too soft a feel underfoot leading to unsteadiness and a possible loss of balance.

It is generally accepted and advised that a dense, tightly tufted carpet with a firm, low profile pile will help to prevent trips. It is less likely that shoe soles, canes or walking frames will get caught in a short carpet pile.

The preferred style is a low level loop in a 1/10″ or 1/8″ gauge tuft.

At the same time, selecting a carpet that has a water resistant, rot-proof, gel type backing will go a long way towards easing maintenance and safety issues.

This type of carpet is also well suited to wheelchair use making it easier to operate with less resistance to the wheels. A better resistance to crushing and flattening means it is less likely to suffer from loss of original appearance.

When installing carpet for the elderly, it is recommended to completely adhere the carpet to the sub-floor with the appropriate adhesive. This will prevent the carpet from stretching, which would otherwise cause unsafe bubbles, ridges or rucks.

The other important issue is one of hygiene.

Nowadays synthetic pile carpets are considered the best for ease of cleaning and long term hygiene control. Polypropylene fibre is the least absorbent of all man made fibres, being stain resistant, fade resistant, bleach based cleaner resistant and scrubbable.

Taking care to select the right type of carpet for the elderly and infirm will ensure that there is less chance of a trip or fall so they continue to live in a safe and hygienic environment.