One Pound Houses Part 2

Well I have now watched the second episode re the one pound houses scheme in Liverpool. To continue the story: the few residents who have completed their homes or have nearly done so are very much the minority.

We are told there were 125 houses on offer in the scheme, why is it taking so long to get the residents into the empty streets? Also the birds-eye view of the area shows many streets of derelict boarded up housing with a few residents scattered around.

Why didn’t the council put all the new residents in one block instead of scattering them around? In the initial interview in which they were awarded houses, into which they were to put in their own cash to pay for the work needed. They were told the council would quickly encourage a community of neighbours all renovating together. This has not happened.

Another problem came to light this week, 39 of the houses were not part of the original demolition order and for legal reasons could not be released yet. These «would be» residents were understandably angry at the delay. This was another cause of houses laying empty. However it is not just 39 houses that are still empty, and still no activity happening, why not? They were also concerned by the deterioration of the houses with leaking roves but they could not get on and repair them.

The council did have a representative trying to console the angry people but he really had little authority to do anything, and wasn’t achieving anything. The result is that the families who initially took part in the scheme are becoming despondent and feeling angry and isolated in their efforts to complete their homes. They had no near neighbours to share building problems with or friends for their children to play with.

Worse still, exacerbated by the lack of occupancy, the empty houses were encouraging vandalism. One family had virtually completed their home and were about to move in when vandals broke in wrecked front and back door, destroyed the newly fitted kitchen and stole the white goods. The family were obviously devastated, their hard work ruined and additional cost to repair and replace the damage was beyond their anticipation and their means.

Had there been neighbours the noise is likely to have alerted help and prevented the scale of the disaster.

A very big problem for all these residents, the houses didn’t belong to them until they were inspected as being completed satisfactorily when they would be signed over. The hoses also had to be completed within a year or they would lose their homes and all investment. Until the houses belonged to them they couldn’t insure the contents so if vandals struck the had no compensation.

Surely the council could make some arrangements especially as they were aware that it was such a deprived area. So we will have to wait until next week to see how the problems are resolved and if the scheme was actually made to work.

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What If Nigeria Wins the World Cup?

I know you are finding it difficult to believe this, so am I. In fact, when this thought started dancing in my head I started laughing it too scorn but to my dismay it didn’t move an inch away. So here it is. Nigeria reminds me of the team I love so dearly, Arsenal, no matter how much effort we put in, we never clinch the title (Premier League and Champions League). And just as I cannot divorce Arsenal I can’t divorce Nigeria… but wait… I think I can. Hmmmm…

Anyway, if Nigeria wins the World Cup all social media platforms will not remain the same. Nigerians do know how to blow their trumpet when everything seems to be going well but when bad things happen they keep quiet and sob in the privacy of their homes, only those who really love the country would spend their precious time trying to analyze the pathetic situation. Jobless folks, if you ask me.

If Nigeria wins the World Cup, people won’t really give a damn about the fact that our African Nations Cup dreams were recently dashed by… I’ve even forgotten their name; not many expected it but I did with our history of mediocrity. People will also forget the fact that there are a thousand and one problems currently facing the country – which will continue to face the country. One success would dampen the effects of many a problem.

Further, I am pretty sure that soon after the World Cup lands in Nigeria we’d hear that it has gone missing. Did I forget to mention that Nigerians are won’t for bringing out the worst in the best? My bad. Something just has to go wrong, and I think this would be it. And then, after a back and forth between FIFA and Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), a fine would be set as punishment.

Following that, the FIFA would then issue a statement that the fine is $10,000 meanwhile NFF would claim otherwise. As a Nigerian reading this, who do you think is telling a lie? – The NFF, of course. Money just has to be embezzled one way or the other, it is their birthright. The only right we have as spectators is to watch from a distance how this pans out.

Perhaps then it wouldn’t be a good idea for Nigeria to win the World Cup. Do agree with me.

Till next time, think weird, laugh and be happy!

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The Top 50 Places in London

London is one of the most exciting cities to visit, full of magnificent architecture and steeped in history. The city is vibrant and buzzing with life and you can't help but get caught up in the wonderful atmosphere of this magnificent place.

It is true to say that there is something for everyone and one thing for sure is you will not get chance to be bored. Many of the city's attractions are absolutely free and can be visited on foot, so long as you have some comfortable footwear.

Here are 50 of the top places to visit, although I could go on and on. I have not listed them in any specific order as everyone has such different tastes. If there's anywhere not listed that you are interested in let me know and I'll see if I can find some more information for you.

Transport:

Before you start your journey it's worth knowing about the London transport system. There is an underground train system that interconnects throughout London. It is commonly known as the 'tube'. It's probably the quickest way to get around. At first it may seem daunting but with a little help from London Underground's friendly staff and a tube map you will be on your way in no time.

Buses:

You may also be familiar with London's famous red buses. Never run for a bus as there will be another along in a matter of minutes. This is not always the quickest way to travel, but by far the best for viewing the beauty of the city.

Cabs / Taxi's:

Hackney carriages or black cabs – stick out your arm and hail a cab. Just not in rush hour as you will pay dearly. There are plenty of unlicensed cabs, cheaper but personally I wouldn't take a risk as a Tourist.

The Oyster card – is what all the locals use. If you are staying in London for more than a few days it's definitely well worth buying one. As I speak (September 2012) they are 5 English pounds to buy, and then you top up as you go. Within 2 to 3 journeys you will have got your money back. You can use them on buses and the tube.

Travel cards – allow you to travel around London for a set price depending on what zones you are visiting.

The London pass – is a pass that allows you to visit many attractions free or for a reduced cost. This includes some travel. It also allows you to skip the queues

A – Z Guide – The AZ is a street index of London. You can buy one from most news agents. If you are at a tube / train station then nip into WH Smith's (news agents) and you will most certainly see a copy to buy. They are easy to use and will help you find your way around very easily whilst giving you a sense of where everything is situated.

1. Tower Bridge – over 8 years to build and more than 11,000 tons of steel were used to construct this great bridge. The high walkways allow you to see the River Thames. The bridge opens it bascules once or twice a day. There is also a permanent exhibition with the towers of the bridge.

2. Tower of London – Almost next door to the Tower Bridge, you can get a good view from the bridge down onto the 900 year old fortress built by William the Conqueror. You will see the infamous Beefeater's dressed in their red uniforms guarding the tower. Every English school child pays a visit to the tower at least once during their school years. Her majesty's crown jewels are kept here and well worth a look, amongst all the other exciting things to view.

3. St. Pauls Cathedral situated in the Diocese of London attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. It was designed by Architect Christopher Wren and built between 1665 and 1670. It is described as a 'House of prayer for all people of all nations. It is to protect against injustice and public expression to hope for a better society 'Martin Luther King collected his Nobel Prize here in 1964. Royal weddings and state funerals are also held here.

4. Buckingham Palace – official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II. The palace opens its doors to visitors once a year.

5. Westminster Abbey – if you love history you will not be disappointed when you visit this fascination building. Over 1000 years old it has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place for 17 monarchs.

6. Big Ben (formal name Elizabeth Tower) – The Londoner's favorite icon. The huge bell's chime is loved by the locals. Standing tall on the banks of the river Thames next to the houses of parliament it's certainly a sight to see.

7. Houses of Parliament – next door to Big Ben you can walk around the Houses of Parliament or take an official guided tour.

8. The Natural History Museum – you can spend hours wondering around this superb museum. The huge dinosaur in the main entrance is a real hit with the kids, as is the enormous T-Rex in the dinosaur exhibition. Admission is free.

9. The Science Museum – this spectacular museum will hold you in awe and capture your imagination. There's a whole are in the basement of interactive play designed specifically for children. Admission is free (It's next to the Natural History Museum).

10. The V & A (Victoria and Albert) Museum – described as the world's greatest museum of Art and Design. It's definitely worth a look even if you think it may not be your thing. Admission free (next to the above museums).

11. The National Gallery – Houses one of the world's greatest exhibitions of Western European art. Admission is free.

12. The Tate Britain – Gallery – a wonderful gallery with many fascinating art and photography exhibitions. Admission is free.

13. The Tate Modern – Sister museum to Tate Britain, but located on the South of the river. If you like something a bit more contemporary then this is the place for you. Admission is free.

14. The British Museum – Arts and Artefacts from British history. Admission is free.

15. Madame Tussauds – The famous wax work museum. Loved by tourists.

16. London Planetarium – Just next to to Madame Tussauds is the London Planetarium. Get a real feeling for the night sky. Both are very near to Baker Street (home of Sherlock Holmes) and beautiful Regents Park.

17. Hyde Park – One of London's most famous parks. Popular with everyone. Visit speaker's corner and listen to the latest debates or simply wander around these glorious grounds. At the top of busy Oxford Street.

18. Green Park – Another glorious park close to Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus. The famous Ritz hotel is nearby.

19. Greenwich – Cutty Sark, Maritime Museum, Observatory – catch a boat down the Thames to Greenwich Village. You can visit the fascinating Maritime museum, have a tour around the Observatory and view the famous Cutty Sark.

20. The Ritz – Anyone for High Tea? If you fancy some afternoon tea in luxurious surroundings then you can book in for one of the five daily tea sessions. If you have a healthy budget you can stay at the hotel, visit the ballroom or cinema. Close to Piccadilly and Green Park.

21. The Savoy – the famous Savoy hotel with panoramic views of London skyline and the river Thames. If you book far enough in advance you may be able to grab a deal.

22. Camden Market – is one the most popular London markets. Bustling at the weekend with tourists and locals. You will find funky clothes, music, great food, bars, pubs and restaurants. A great atmosphere, right on the canal. It's a little quieter during the week as there's no big market but plenty of shops to visit.

23. Portobello Market – the famous market is full of vintage clothes and antiques. If you are looking for something a little unique then take a trip, you won't be disappointed.

24. Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath – The heath spans across North London and is the perfect place to stretch your legs, have a picnic or visit the historic Kenwood House. There are also natural pools where many of the locals swim. A word of advice – take a map as you can spend hours wondering around if you get lost. It's big and beautiful.

25. Carl Marx and Highgate Woods – About a 20 minute walk from Hampstead Heath is Highgate Village. Here you will find the famous Highgate cemetery, the final resting place of Carl Marx just one of the many famous people buried here. Highgate itself is a quaint Victorian village with some good pubs and restaurants (The Flask is very old and particularly good).

26. Brick Lane – Once home to the Jewish community it is now housed with Indian restaurants. Actually, most of the curry houses are run by the Bangladeshi community who make up the majority of the local community.

27. The Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green) – something for the children. Artefacts, costumes, arts and activities, treasure hunts and more. Check out the exhibitions. Children and Adults will love this family day out.

28. The Royal London Hospital – (Whitechapel) has a museum open to the public. It was here that Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man) spent his last few years. Displays include those of Joseph Merrick, Edith Cavell and original material on Jack the Ripper who committed his crimes around this area.

29. Walks around London – one of the best ways to see London is on foot. There's the 'Charles Dickens' walk, Haunted Holborn, Money trail through the city's square mile and much more.

30. Borough Market – Opposite London Bridge Tube Station. This is one of London's largest wholesale food markets. Delicious game and fish supplies as well as Artisan Bakers, Specialist Beers stalls and fresh fruit and vegetables. Open on Friday and Saturday. There is a pub just along the road called 'The George' one of the oldest pubs in London – worth a visit.

31. Colombia Road Market – in the East End. If you like flowers then this is the market to visit (Sunday's only and it usually closes around 3pm). Close by is the famous Spitalfields market.

32. Shoreditch – Trendy Shoreditch with its warehouse conversions, art galleries and very cool bars is also worth a visit.

33. Soho – once home to the 'ladies of the night' it is now a bustling cafe community. A popular place to drop into for a drink or bite to eat before you visit theater land.

34. Covent Garden – one of London's most popular tourist spots. Street theater acts, arts and crafts as well as a huge choice of cafe's bars and restaurants.

35. Oxford Street – home to all the big stores including the famous department store Selfridges. From Oxford Street you can easily reach most central locations on foot.

36. The Globe Theater – is associated with William Shakespeare. Originally built in 1599, later destroyed by fire 1613. The theater that stands here now is approximately 750 feet from the original site. This newest site was opened in 1997 and is a popular theater with all ages.

37. River Cruise – take a river cruise along the River Thames. You will get to see some of London's great architecture and learn about its history.

38. Canary Wharf / London Docklands – is one of London's tallest buildings situated in a busy financial district, alive with shops, cafà © s and accessible on the DLR (Docklands Light Rail).

39. Kensington Palace – in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Home to the late Princess Diana. Visit the beautiful gardens, have lunch or afternoon tea. Close to Central London.

40. The Kings Road, Chelsea – One of the posh ends of town. The Kings Road used to be home to punks, mods and rockers. Now a bit more sophisticated. There are some beautiful shops, including the famous designer Vivienne Westwood. It's also close to Chelsea Pier, as well as Chelsea and Fulham football clubs.

41. South Bank – Cross the bridge at embankment to the South side of the river and as your descend the stairs you will be at the doorstep of The Festival Hall. This is just one of the many attractions situated along the south bank. It's a great area of ​​riverside with views of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. You will find shops, cafà © 's, bars, fabulous entertainment / exhibitions at the festival hall and access to the Oxo tower.

42. London Zoo – close to Camden and Regent's Park is London Zoo. You can see some spectacular animal's right in the middle of the city, although you wouldn't believe it.

43. Leicester Square / Piccadilly Circus / Shaftesbury Avenue / Theater Land – In the heart of London you can easily walk between these bustling areas of London. Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus are full of shops, cinema's pubs and cafà © 's. Running alongside Leicester square is Shaftesbury Avenue where many of the popular theaters are situated.

44. China Town – official name is Gerrard Street. A stone's throw from Leicester Square to the south and Shaftsbury Avenue to the North. Even if Chinese food is not your favorite, it's worth a stroll through the vibrant streets of Chinatown.

45. Trafalgar Square – a popular tourist attraction in the heart of the city. Home to the National Gallery, Nelson's column and St. Martin's-in-the-field, plus quite a few pigeons.

46. ​​The Royal Academy of Arts – Green Park. The academy is an independent institution founded by George III in 1768. The original members wanted to provide a venue for British Arts and Architecture to be displayed to the public in which their skills could be passed onto future generations.

47. Hamley's Toy Store – one of the finest toy stores in the world. You will find it on Regent Street. Don't expect to 'pop in'. There are 4 or 5 floors packed with every toy and game you could imagine. I've never managed to get in and out in less than an hour.

48. Hampton Court Palace – Former home to King Henry VIII. This Tudor building houses tapestries, artwork and activities for guests. There is the famous Hampton maze if you have a few hours to spare.

49. Harrods Department Store – Located in Knightsbridge in the Royal Borough of Kensington. This upmarket store is worth a visit just to see the building. You will find luxury items of every description and the most amazing food hall.

50. Kew Gardens – The Royal Botanical gardens of Kew. Located just 10 miles outside of London can be reached easily on the tube.

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Premier League: Top Goal Of The Season

Picking out the top goal from several scored in 13 completed game weeks of the ongoing season is as tough as it is subjective.

I have tried our utmost to please everyone – make that almost everyone. We attempted this by picking what we think are the top three goals of the season, thus far, and then ranking them in order to decide which one was best.

So here we go with our top three goals of the season, so far, in descending order:

#3: Torres, for Liverpool against Chelsea, on Sunday, November 7, 2010

How it transpired: Languishing on the points table early in the season amid ownership disputes at Anfield, the Merseysiders needed a shot in the arm and Fernando Torres provided just that in their home game against champions Chelsea played in front of their new owners.

In a first half dominated by the Reds, in the absence of Didier Drogba, in Chelsea’s starting eleven, Dirk Kuyt returning from injury assisted Torres in putting his side ahead, in the 11th minute. With a minute to go to half-time, Torres added his second goal of the match and his seventh in eight games against the Blues. The whole sequence had a ballet-like rhythm: Cole slipping, Meireles grabbing the ball and sweeping it left to Torres, Torres turning in, Ivanovic freezing, the ball oozing past Cech into the net.

#2: Bale, for Tottenham against Stoke, on Saturday, August 21, 2010

How it transpired:Bale gave Spurs an early lead when in the 20th minute he headed the ball in from within six yards. Barely five minutes later, Ricardo Fuller’s six yard strike saw the Potters neutralise the lead.

After another five minutes had transpired, came Gale’s defining moment and arguably his coming of age as a world class player. Fed by Lennon’s clip, Bale let loose an 18-yard left-footed volley from the left of the penalty area that dipped into the top right corner of the net, a masterpiece of technical finesse.

#1: Alex, for Chelsea against Arsenal, on Sunday, October 3, 2010

How it transpired: In a game dominated by Arsenal from the start, the Drogba factor had a telling effect for Chelsea when the Ivorian striker put them ahead in the 40th minute with his 13th goal in as many matches against the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger’s squad continued to dominate ball possession but for all their fine passing, they squandered their opportunities, at goal-mouth. In top-flight football, a one-goal advantage is hard to sustain, but Arsenal’s wasted chances did not help matters, and eventually, Chelsea put the issue beyond doubt, with about five minutes of regulation time to go.

Laurent Koscielny was booked for an unfair challenge on Anelka just outside the Gunners’ area. When Alex was about to take the free-kick, Malouda was flanked by Song and Arshavin at the far end of the Arsenal wall. Even as Alex took his shot, Malouda fell behind Song and Arshavin failed to close the gap, the ball slid through and lodged itself in the far right corner of the net. Simply spectacular.

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Super Bowl LI – Best Ever!

The New England Patriots, behind on the scoreboard most of the game, playing lethargically and not in their usual rhythmic style, overcame a big third quarter deficit to come back and tie the game in the last minute at 28-28 forcing the first overtime in Super Bowl history.

Tom Brady, seemingly out-of-sync for most of the first three quarters, showed why he is referred to as the greatest quarterback in National Football League history–emphasized after the game by none other than Terry Bradshaw. He is the only quarterback to win five Super Bowls, breaking the tie of four each with Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s. He has also won four Super Bowl MVP awards, most for any player.

Never had a team come back from more than ten points down in the greatest game of them all. New England entered the fourth quarter down 28-3, a deficit deemed impossible to overcome, unless you are Tom Brady and the New England Patriots–calm, confident, methodical.

Tom Brady was drafted in 2000 in the sixth round, 199 overall, from Michigan. Robert K. Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, now says it is the best thing the team has ever done. Guess so with five NFL Championships–Super Bowl wins–in the Coach Bill Belichick / Tom Brady era.

The Patriot’s capitalized on several Atlanta penalties and misplays scoring twenty-five unanswered points in the fourth quarter tying the game.

New England won the coin toss–heads–and chose to receive. One had to wonder, with the momentum the Patriots had built in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, if Atlanta would even touch the football in Overtime. They did not! New England marched down the field 75 yards on eight plays, scoring on James White’s 2-yard touchdown run. Game over.

New England’s experience in such games as this proved too much for a feisty Atlanta, who, for three quarters, gave New England all they could handle, but in the final analysis did not have the experience to win it. The Patriots held the ball for 40 of 60 minutes, ran more than 90 offensive plays, and exhausted the Falcons defense to the point that the 4th quarter was all New England–typical Coach Belichick.

The stunned Atlanta Falcons stood in shock when the final score flashed on the boards–34-28!

After the game, Brady was asked how he did it, how he was able to bring the Patriots back after the big deficit. «We all brought each other back,» said Brady, Super Bowl M.V.P. for a record fourth time. «We never felt out of it.»

Postscript: N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell, booed heartily by the fans, shook hands with Brady on the sidelines after the game. Ironic considering the «Deflategate» fiasco resulting in his suspending Brady for the first four games of the 2016 season.

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Introduction to League of Legends

One of the online multiplayer games that have been going up on the popularity charts continuously for the last few years is the League of Legends. It’s a MOBA, multiplayer online battle arena game, which for the first time was launched during 2009. Produced by Riot Games, it was meant for PC and Mac, however the latter version was subsequently closed.

Like any other MOBA game, this also comes in the typical 5v5 mode where two teams compete against one another with the intention of destroying the enemy base, called the Nexus, while using a common map.

League of Legends gave the additional option of using 3v3 for MOBA variety, and brought in the Dominion gameplay style. In Dominion style, players need to detain and seize 5 objective points to lessen the health of the enemy Nexus. The game in this form is designed to deliver a gameplay having a better speed.

Influence Points

While playing the League of Legends, the players use Influence Points as the chief currency. The total earning depends on quite a few factors, which include the summoner level, the game result plus the quantity of bots during the game. Players can also use influence points, known as IPs, for buying in-game items, like runes and champions.

Riot Points

This is an alternate currency offered to the players, and it can be procured through PayPal, prepaid Riot Point Game Cards and debit/credit cards.

Riot Points may be used for unlocking champions, rune pages, and different kinds of boosts, but they can’t be utilized for buying runes. Players can also earn Riot Points for free from other activities, including recommending this game to their friends.

Runes

Runes bring in a kind of customization to the League of Legends. Players are allowed to amplify an assortment of stats, like health, manna regeneration, movement speed, damage and a number of other stats, thus allowing them to play without changing the champion, but in different manner, depending on available options for mastery and rune.

Champions

Players get the option of selecting from a large number of champions, which keeps going up every week.

The players have to use Influence Points or Riot Points to unlock the champions before using them. Nevertheless, every week many free champions are available for playing, thus giving summoners an opportunity to test the champions before buying them. Different types of champions are offered. These include assassins, bruisers, casters, janglers, tanks and support.

Ranked Matches

There is not much of difference between ranked matches and the regular games, but depending on the outcome of the game, players are awarded a rank. It is called an ELO ranking system.The system has shaped what is called the «ELO Hell». It refers to a situation in the ELO system that gets packed with broke players. It is quite challenging to escape this part of ELO structure due to the design of this game.

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Proper Glucose Control is Key in Prevention of Vision Problems For Diabetics

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. It is estimated that more than 14 million Americans have some form of diabetes. Public health officials expect that by 2050, there will be more than 48 million diagnosed cases in the United States.

Diabetes is caused when the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin or is unable to process insulin correctly. The disease poses numerous complications for the eyes, including fluctuations with eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions; cataracts at a younger age; increased risk of developing glaucoma; and diabetic retinopathy, which is the most serious risk.

The retina is the wall-like structure that lines the back of the eye; it is made up of light-sensitive tissue and a network of blood vessels. In cases of diabetes, the blood vessels of the retina can begin to leak fluid, blood, or cholesterol deposits on the retina. It is also possible that abnormal blood vessels will form and can cause serious bleeding and scarring of the retina.

Diabetic retinopathy frequently has no accompanying symptoms until it is advanced, at which point it is more difficult to treat.

The effects of diabetic retinopathy vary by case, but some common symptoms include blurred vision and a sudden, temporary loss of sight. In late stages of the disease, abnormal vessel growth can lead to retinal detachment and glaucoma.

The longer a person lives with diabetes, the greater their risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. After five years with diabetes, a person’s risk of development is around 20 percent; after 15 years, the risk increases to about 80 percent. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among people aged 20 to 64 in the U.S.

Studies have shown that those who have good control over their diabetes and carefully monitor their glucose levels have a decreased risk of developing sight-threatening complications. In addition, it is important to treat high blood pressure. Also, those who smoke are more likely to have high blood pressure and higher blood sugar levels, which makes diabetes more difficult to control. Not smoking and maintaining good glucose and blood pressure levels can reduce one’s risk of diabetes-related vision problems.

Diabetic retinopathy is generally treated with laser beams that both seal the leaky blood vessels and prevent more from developing. Laser treatment is often successful at maintaining vision if the retinopathy is found early, but it is not capable of restoring vision that is already lost.

Although diabetic retinopathy is the most serious vision impairment, blurred vision and cataracts can also affect diabetics. Blurred vision can be an early symptom of diabetes and can also occur when the disease is not being well controlled. In the case of cataracts, the lens of the eye becomes cloudy causing vision to be blurred or dimmed. It generally afflicts people as they age, but can affect younger individuals who have diabetes. Treatment involves removal of the clouded lens and replacement with a specialized inert plastic lens called an intraocular lens.

Most sight loss from diabetes is preventable. It is crucial for diabetics to have their eyes checked annually, even if they are not experiencing any vision problems.

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Email Blast Services – Go Forth and Conquer

Music promotion is guerrilla warfare; launching unorthodox attacks upon an unsuspecting listening audience. Doing whatever is necessary to get noticed. For any war campaign a healthy arsenal is needed. In the case of music the arsenal would be CD. Once you have amassed your arms get ready to unleash on the head honchos, the leaders of the music industry. Of course I do not mean that you should throw CD at anyone. Your CD can be effective weapons in your effort. Sending demos out to industry leaders can be a great way to gain exposure.

Of course this seems like an obvious move, but I am not suggesting that you send demos through the obvious channels such as label representatives and larger than life main stream artists. The target here should be smaller labels and independent artists. Many figures in the independent scene are much more accessible than most would imagine. All the effort needed on your part is a simple email.

Make a list of artists and labels you respect. Cross of any large major label artists or labels such as Virgin or Bono. Stick to the little fish, it is easier to get a bite. In the email compliment the independent artist and say how much you admire their work and contributions to music consultant. Do not suck up too much, but just let them know you know who they are.

Next mention your demo and ask if it would be alright to send one to them. Do not make it sound like you are trying to get signed, because most will be turned off by that goal. Make the request seem more like a friendly gesture rather than a music promotional tactic. You may want to bring up sending a CD on the second or third email. Depending on the person you are contacting you may want to build up more of a friendly repertoire.

Not only will you be surprised by the amount of people who reply to your emails, but also by the amount of interest in hearing what you have to show. Even if only a few sentences they will critique your music promotion. The thrill from getting responses alone is worth the effort of contacting them. The added bonus is really their comments which could greatly improve your music. If you are extremely lucky the independent artists or music industry person may share your music and get some buzz going for your music service. The possibilities are endless and the probabilities are low. High volume efforts create more chances for success.

Celebrities are people too; they are not way above you. Do not be afraid to approach them. Keep an open mind and be polite and you will be surprised by who will listen to your demo. There are no guarantees, but as always, simply getting heard is the goal and the rest will take care of itself.

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Why a Minibus Hire Is a Good Idea

If you find yourself in Manchester, regardless of what may have initially brought you here, you have landed yourself in a city filled with attractions and places you will kick yourself for if you do not make an attempt to go and see some of it. You may have come with a group of people, such as some friends or some family, or maybe on a group of employees on a corporate business trip.

Whatever the case may be, the point is you and your companions have come to Manchester, and it would be a shame to not see some of the sites. Whether you have come with a small or large group, you may wonder how you will be able to travel as a group with that amount of people. An option much better than dealing with the imminent stresses of public transportation for people who find themselves in this situation is Manchester minibus hire.

With a mini bus hire, you and your group will be able to enjoy the various art galleries, museums, cathedrals, and other attractions that are scattered all throughout the city. Whether you are a small group, or a larger one, minibuses come in sizes ranging from the eight-seater to the twenty four-seater, to accommodate for a wide variety of situations in which the need for a certain number of seats is necessary. If you have to decided to go with this option, all you need to do now is sit back and relax, and take in the sights of the city.

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Season 2010 – 2011 Soccer Teams Of the Year

Barcelona

Josep Guardiola has turned Barcelona into the best football club in Spain for the past couple of seasons. Real Madrid was top of the pile but recent seasons haven’t seen consistency at Madrid and Barcelona has triumphed. Barcelona are currently top of the Spanish La Liga by 5 points, ahead of Real Madrid. Barcelona earns many plaudits for the way the play the game, the ‘beautiful way’. With Xavi and Iniesta in the heart of the Barcelona midfield, they have two of the best passers of the game and they are the heart beat of the Barcelona side.

Xavi and Iniesta have been phenomenal this season, but as always, there is one man at Barcelona who always steals the show. Lionel Messi, 43 goals in 35 starts already this season is a phenomenal record. Lionel Messi is one of the best players in the world and possibly the best of this era. His ability to keep the ball away from defenders and to open up defences with his dribbling has the crowd on the edge of their seats throughout the game. Words can’t describe how good Messi is and his sensational form this season has seen the success of Barcelona this season, domestically in the La Liga and in the Champions League. Not only has Lionel Messi been in formidable form, but the recent acquisition of David Villa this season who has 21 goals in 36 games himself has seen the attacking threat of Barcelona prove too much for any side this season.

Not only does it help having two strikers that can create a goal from nothing, but they have a midfield that works tirelessly when off the ball that makes it very easy for Barcelona to defend as shown in the recent 4-3 aggregate win over Arsenal in the Champions League. Again they are favourites to win the Champions League despite being knocked out last year to Inter Milan, Barcelona brushed aside Arsenal at the Nou Camp and look unbeatable at home in the competition.

Not to mention that Barcelona play Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup final in April that they happen to be favourites for that as well. Barcelona’s attacking flair and ability to keep the ball in all circumstances under any amounts of pressure is the main attribute for their success. Puyol is the leader at the back for Barcelona and he’s been missing for a couple of months through injury but they still look resolute and assured in defence, emphasising the side Guardiola has formed to be labelled one of the best teams in world football.

Barcelona possesses 7 regular Spanish internationals that have won the European Championships (2008) and World Cup (2010) in succession to dominate the national competitions. These 7 internationals consisting of: Puyol, Pique, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Pedro and David Villa, thrown in with Dani Alves, Lionel Messi, Eric Abidal and substitute Spanish keeper Victor Valdes, you’re inevitably going to get a squad that’s near enough perfection.

Real Madrid

Despite Barcelona’s dominance, Real Madrid have ran Barcelona close and have a superior side of their own which consists of the worlds superstars which came at a hefty price. Cristiano Ronaldo was signed for 80 million pounds, Kaka was purchased for 50 million pounds and Benzema was 30 million pounds. Oh, and combined with the signings of Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso. The forward seven of the team that has been glued together with Iker Casillas, Pepe, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos, it’s obvious to say you’re going to have a team with ability in abundance.

Despite the list of megastars Real Madrid have at their disposal, Real Madrid have yet to really explode this season but nevertheless, they still have got a good chance of winning the treble this season. That statement sums up Real Madrid this season, despite not playing at full potential consistently; they’re still competing for 3 major trophies which is frightening for the clubs competing against them.

Jose Mourinho is in his first season at Real Madrid and his first in Spain. He has a big fixture coming up in the form of Lyon in the last 16 of the Champions League which astonishingly, they’ve been knocked out at this stage of the competition for the last 6 years running despite Real Madrid’s force. Jose Mourinho’s arrival in Real Madrid was very much with the Champions League in mind having won the competition with Inter Milan in the previous season.

Cristiano Ronaldo, a Champions League winner with Manchester United in 2010, will want to help carry the battle for Real Madrid and since his arrival in Spain he has been vital asset to the Galaticos. He has notched on average 1 goal every game for Real Madrid (53 goals in 55 games) which is an incredible start to his Madrid career. So far this season he has scored 28 in 26 and has 8 assists to his name in the La Liga to date that includes 5 hat tricks so far this season. Currently he is injured which is a big blow to Real Madrid if they want to progress in the Champions League and push for the La Liga title in Spain. Ronaldo’s overall game has been stated by many Football pundits to be the best in the world, with Ronaldo having the feet of the winger and finishing of a striker added with a very good ability to score goals with his head. All these fundamental parts of his game create a world class player.

Real Madrid has yet to gel together with all the world class players they have in one squad, but with Jose Mourinho’s impact on Real Madrid in full flight, it’s only a matter of time before the players and supporters unite as one and become the potent side that Real Madrid used to be in the days of Zidane and Figo.

Manchester United

Similarly to Real Madrid, Manchester United haven’t been at their superior best and not played at the standard they have done in previous seasons. Fortunately for Manchester United, other teams in the English Premiership have not maintained any consistency either and can’t compete against Manchester United’s ability to grind out results. Manchester United are currently 1st in the English Premiership and still in the Champions League as well as the FA cup semi-finals. This is despite having a particularly average season performance wise by Manchester United’s high standards.

A lot of Manchester United’s success this season has to go down to Sir Alex Ferguson. Despite being one of Manchester United’s weakest sides in his years at the club, he has still worked wonders with them this season. He has used Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes so effectively this season for players that are at the age that are unable to compete competitively 2 times a week.

The dip in form of Wayne Rooney has seen other players around him step up to the mark and perform at their best which has also seen the success of Manchester United this season. Dimitar Berbatov has excelled massively this season and has already hit two hat tricks, against Liverpool and Blackburn respectively. Javier Hernandez has also been pivotal this season and has scored vital goals this season in what is his first season in English football. The Mexican striker signing for 7 million pounds this season has scored 16 goals so far, is one of the signings of the 2010/2011 season. Nani and Ryan Giggs have also been in exceptional form this season that has helped contribute to Manchester United’s results this season and they will need to carry that form on for several more weeks if they are to win that illusive 19th English Premiership title that will see them go past Liverpool’s record of 18 English Premiership titles.

Manchester United’s quality in depth has also been a strong reason for their success this season. The English side have been hit with unfortunate injuries this season too many of their leading stars. Rio Ferdinand has been hit and miss this season with injuries but Chris Smalling has been a revelation since signing from Fulham and definitely looks one for the future. Antonio Valencia’s unfortunate injury has seen Nani deliver consistency in his performances which has turned him into one of the best wingers currently due to being given much more match time than last season. Gary Neville’s long term replacement, Rafael has come on leaps and bounds since the start of the season which saw Neville lose his place to the young Brazilian and recently the former England international retired from football. Rafael is now ever present in the Manchester United side.

Tottenham

Tottenham have exploded on the European scene this season, and people in Milan won’t need reminding. Tottenham were desperately unlucky to lose in the group stage 4-3 to Inter Milan with Gareth Bale hitting a hat trick at the San Siro. Tottenham beat them in the home tie and also recently knocked out AC Milan in the knockout rounds of the Champions League to progress to the last eight of the competition.

The success has been down to a number of different aspects of the club that have been significantly improved to make Tottenham one of best sides in England. They have found a consistent manager in Harry Redknapp and is regarded as one of the best managers in England. He has helped stabilise the club and has brought the best out of all his players. His wheeling and dealing in the market has also provided Tottenham with one of the strongest sides in the English Premiership in depth. With Niko Kranjcar, Roman Pavlyuchenko and a host of other stars finding it hard to break into the side proves how strong the Tottenham side is.

Tottenham have been helped by one of the best players in the world this season. The vast improvement of Gareth Bale this season has earned him many plaudits and deservedly so. Gareth Bale’s performances this season are right up there with Lionel Messi this campaign and he has been speculated about in national newspapers about possible moves to Manchester United or Inter Milan. The left sided midfielder is already in double figures this season and has set up numerous goals for his side; his hat trick against Inter Milan at the San Siro has been one of the highlights of the football season.

Not only has Gareth Bale been in great form this season, but Rafael Van Der Vaart’s first season in English football has been priceless. Van Der Vaart was signed by Redknapp for a bargain 8 million pounds, one of the best signings of Tottenham’s history. Van Der Vaart has been a shrewd signing by Redknapp, playing just off the front man he has revelled in the role and has been one of Tottenham’s best players this season. Not only the form of Van Der Vaart and Bale, but Luka Modric has also been very impressive this season, dictating the way Tottenham play. Tottenham have the perfect balance of creativity and aggression in midfield with the Modric – Palacios combination.

Borussia Dortmund

Nine points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga see’s Dortmund the certain favourites to take the title this season. Despite a poor season in the Europa League, Dortmund have came out triumphant in the German Bundesliga, taking usual title challengers Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen by storm. If they go on to win the league, it will be the clubs first major silverware for 13 years, and completely taking the league by shock which they deserve to win with their performances this season.

The Dortmund squad have a fantastic team spirit and always keep the club’s off the field problems under wraps keeping a close harmony at the club. They are very discrete with no natural ‘stand out’ players, there aren’t any players who think their too big for the club which makes the squad solid as a unit and a togetherness at the club. Dortmund has some of the brightest prospects coming up at the club in Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic. The pair has formed a superb partnership at the heart of the defence for Dortmund which has seen them concede a mere 15 goals in 26 games, the best defence in the league by 18 goals.

Dortmund have already done the double over Bayern Munich and despite losing to Leverkusen on the opening day of the season at home, Dortmund later got revenge on Leverkusen by beating them at Leverkusen’s ground 2-0. This proves that they are one of the best clubs in Germany at present, not only just beating the teams who are struggling this season but getting good results against the best teams in Germany.

The key now for Dortmund is hanging onto these players and maintaining such a good season and carrying it onto next season and in the Champions League next season which seems a certainty in the position they are currently in. No doubt the top European clubs will be looking to get Hummels and Subotic on their books so they will need backing financially to help keep hold of their assets. Attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa has already been linked with Manchester United in the January transfer window having scored an impressive 12 goals in 25 games from midfield this season.

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