Handicap Betting – Get the Most Out of Your Sports Bets by Using Handicaps

Handicap betting has earned tremendous fame recently among sports bettors worldwide. It allows punters people to bet on matches in which the odds are stacked in favor of one team or player essentially giving them an advantage. A similar process is used in golf, where amateur players are given a handicap of between one and thirty two, meaning they are admitted that number of additional shots when compared against a professional player, who would play from a handicap of zero. This signifies that in essence, the pro would begin with a score of negative sixteen if a player had a handicap of sixteen, for instance. This means that in a real golf game, where the players all play from zero, the wagerer can apply a handicap of their choice to players and their odds will change accordingly.

Among the sports where Handicap Betting is commonly used, the most popular tends to be football (soccer), though it is also commonlplace among all team sports generally. Typically, it is challenging to add handicaps to races unless they are scored according to the racer’s position rather than their overall finishing time.

For instance, in a Premiership football match between Newcastle and Chelsea the odds may be nearly even, perhaps slightly in favour of Newcastle due to a homefield advantage. However someone who wishes to bet on the game could allot Chelsea a handicap of two, which would in effect mean that for that punter, the match would begin with Newcastle already two goals behind even though the actual score would, of course. be nil – nil. Because of this, the odds would now be in Chelsea’s favour for that particular gambler. If Newcastle were to win by three clear goals they would win the match, though if they only won by one goal then Chelsea would win the match in terms of the handicap since they were given a two goal advantage. In turn, if Newcastle won by two goals then the match would be a draw. Some bookmakers would return the stake placed on games that end in a draw due to handicaps, but some establishments also offer «Handicap Draw» odds, which determine odds for games that finish as a draw.

This manner of wagering can make the betting experience more entertaining, as well as allow better odds on games in which the bettor is sure they can can correctly prediect the results. For instance in a match where a well-ranked team plays a team in a lower division, plainly there would not be a very good profit to be made by backing the clearly better team. Nonetheless if the smaller club were given a handicap, they could still bet on the better team winning but receive much better odds for it, though the higher-ranked team would then have to win by a higher margin for the bettor to still win their wager.

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Ivan Gazidis Can Help Steer Arsenal Back on Course

It has been another season of frustration and disappointment for Arsenal fans. The Gunners finished fourth in the league and crashed out in the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and Champions League.

But during another trophy-less season for Arsene Wenger’s team, changes have been occurring behind-the-scenes at the north London club. A takeover bid by American sports tycoon Stan Kroenke appears to be drawing ever nearer and with the arrival of a new face to help run the club, Arsenal fans will be hoping for a much needed lift next season.

Back on January 1st, 44-year-old Ivan Gazidis was brought in as the new chief executive of the club, following the departures of vice-chairman, David Dein, and managing director, Keith Edelman.

For the past decade, Gazidis – an Oxford law graduate – worked for the Major League Soccer (MLS) in America. In 1994 he was part of the founding management team of the league, and in 2001, became deputy commissioner – second only to commissioner, Don Garber.

Those who have witnessed what Gazidis has achieved in America will have little doubt that Arsenal have secured the services of a young, ambitious chief executive whose credentials show a great deal of promise.

His massively influential work the States included steering a near-bankrupt MLS to financial stability as well as hugely increasing the league’s income from sponsorship and TV deals. From being a ten-club league in 2002, its steady growth means that in 2011 it will expand to 18 teams.

Gazidis was also partly responsible for a series of rule changes within the American league. Before 1999, all MLS matches were played with a countdown clock, which was stopped when the ball went out of play, rather than the standard progressive clock. Matches used to finish when the clock got to zero rather than when the referee blew his whistle.

Another ‘American gimmick’ that has since been discontinued was a ‘shootout’ to decide matches which finished as draws. They consisted of best-of-five contests where a player was placed 35-yards from goal with five seconds to put the ball past the opposing goalkeeper.

All the above were abolished as it was decided by Gazidis and his team that they had alienated some traditional soccer fans while also failing to draw new American fans as had been hoped.

Arsenal’s new chief executive joined the club half-way though this season, but Gazidis believes this was beneficial to him, and his vast experience of negotiating deals for players was a crucial factor in securing the services of Andrey Arshavin.

«I had to hit the ground running», he told The Telegraph.

«I came right at the start of the transfer window, and while it wasn’t a challenge, in a sense it was something I had never done before. But certainly it was important for us to conclude the signing of Arshavin. I needed to push that over the finish line.»

Speaking recently to the media about Arsenal’s failure to land any silverware for the fourth consecutive season and finishing fourth in the league, he stressed the importance of improving next season.

«I am not happy where we ended up but I am pleased we are disappointed by it,» he said.

«So why aren’t we feeling great about it? The answer is because we have higher expectations. But this is not a situation where we should be over-reactive and feel that we are in crisis.»

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Sexiest, Most Beautiful Model

I think I’m going blind, although they say that’s caused by too much…so, maybe I’m not!

I’ve been through my copy of FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the world 2007 (always a firm favourite) but something is horribly wrong!

From that first picture of Jessica Alba looking like a less attractive version of Ursula Andrews to Hayden Panettiere at No 6 whoever she is. What about Emily Scott at No 9 whose only claim to fame was showing off her implants on Celebrity Love Island…not that I’m complaining of course!

It was when I saw a full page spread of the girlfriend of Tottenham Hotspur’s Theo Wolcott in at number 96 that I realised that the world had gone mad!

Could it be some underhand Blairesque type ‘babe’ corruption scandal that’s going on? Is Max Clifford paying FHM to put in D list celebrities? Or maybe they used a premium rate £1.50 a minute phone line to select the winners. Something is not quite right!

So why is my magazine already falling apart at the seams and where are the missing beauties?

Jamelia, Tina O’Brien and that Sammy girl who went out with Charlie, Roxanne Pallett from Emmerdale (classic TV), Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Nigella Lawson (isn’t she lovely), Kirsty Gallagher, the girlfriend of Roman Abramovitch (say no more!), Cat Deeley, Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz…uh oh!…I’m feeling faint!

There are loads more obvious beauties missing – for instance, where am I? Ok, so I’m a guy but I’m still damn gorgeous…and no, I’ve not had implants, whatever my Doctor says, totally ‘au naturel’ – apart from a touch of Lipo! Can someone help me as my minds going fuzzy with all these beautiful women running through it?

My question is: Have FHM completely skimped on Jessica Alba’s bikini budget? I think she would have looked much sexier in this…but then, so would I!

At least the FHM voters haven’t totally lost the plot, the day that happens will be the day that Kelly Brooks and Keeley don’t even make it in the Top 10.

Have your say! Do you agree with FHM? Is Jessica Alba the sexiest woman in the world? Vote here! (look for Mio Destino Poll at bottom left corner of webpage)

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7 Helpful Tips to Prevent Dry Eyes

All contact lens wearers have experienced dry eyes at some point. The irritation, the burning and heavy squinting make getting through the day unbearable. One of the steps to take is to observe the situations you are in when this occurs, as a lot of the time dry eyes may be prevented when the appropriate steps are taken. Here are 7 helpful tips to avoid dry eyes:

~Set your computer screen below your eye level: When your screen is above your eye level you tend to open your eyes more to see the screen better. When your screen is lower you relax your eyes, which helps reduce the dehydration of the tears in your eyes.

~Be mindful of your surroundings: Whether you live in the mountains, in the desert or are catching the next flight home, the air in these and many other areas can be very dry. Try closing your eyes more often to decrease the amount of moisture loss in your eyes. You can also carry an extra bottle of solution to rewet your lenses if they are drying out.

~Try wearing a disposable moist contact lens: Theses lenses contain more water content than traditional lenses, so they provide longer lasting comfort throughout the day, and since they are disposable they require no maintenance. Just toss out the dry lenses and pop in a fresh pair. Moist contact lenses are also available for both astigmatic and multifocal wearers.

~Think about wearing sunglasses: Consider wearing sunglasses, even when you wouldn’t normally, if you find your eyes are drying out more often than you’d like. Blocking the suns scorching rays and the winds blustery gust will go a long way to keeping your eyes moist throughout the day.

~Avoiding smoke or smoking: Not only is smoking bad for your lungs, it is also extremely bad for your eyes. You may find that smoke causes your contact lenses to rest uncomfortably in your eyes, causing them to become red, scratchy and irritating. This is because smoke extracts moisture from the surrounding air, thus drying out your contacts and your eyes at the same time. Smoking also can cause harmful long term consequences to your eyes such as glaucoma, cataracts and even blindness.

~Prevent air blowing directly into your eyes: Fans, air conditioners, car heaters, and hair dryers. Each of these, among many others, can dry your lenses and your eyes out in minutes making for a really unpleasant rest of your day.

~Use eye drops regularly: If you have persistent dry eyes be sure to use rewetting drops even when you’re not dried out. This will keep you ahead of the game and avoid any unnecessary discomfort later. Consider using rewetting drops prior to removing your lenses. This will ensure that the lenses are well hydrated and therefore become easier and safer to remove.

Proper eyecare maintenance is critical for healthy vision. Although the above are great suggestions as to how to avoid dry eyes please make sure to consult your eye care doctor for appropriate instructions and correct eyeglass and contact lens fittings.

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Recognizing Symptoms of Mold Exposure

If you or someone you love has been exposed to mold, there are many symptoms that will present themselves. While obvious, they often go unchecked because they're very similar to the ones of health problems that aren't as serious like the cold or flu. Naturally any recurring health problem is usually a sign of a more serious problem, in this case it could mean that you have a mold infestation in your home.

The first defense you have in the fight against mold is to familiarize yourself with the symptoms. This is the biggest tool you have to protect yourself against the dangers of exposure to mold.

Prevention of mold exposure can be done through home testing by a professional. This can be a costly procedure, but it is an investment well worth the money. Mold can, in rare cases, cause death so it's very important to prevent recurring mold exposure since the problems tend to get more severe with each outbreak.

Physical Symptoms

There are numerous physical signs of an exposure to mold. Some of them can be extremely mild like a mild allergy outbreak. Other signs can be more severe and include seizures and upper respiratory infections. The more toxic the mold, the more severe symptoms you'll experience. The same holds true if you're repeatedly exposed to mold for longer periods of time.

After mold exposure you may experience brittle nails and hair loss. Cold-like feelings like a stuffy nose, runny nose and sore throat are also common. You may experience frequent nosebleeds. On the more alarming end of continuing mold contact, you may get cancer, experience anaphylaxis (trouble breathing), have reproductive organ complications or loose large amounts of weight. If the more serious symptoms of mold exposure get worse, there is also the risk of death. This is rare, but not impossible.

Psychological Symptoms

Signs of mold contact can also affect your psychological health. You might loose your memory abilities. There's the possibility of an increased risk of anxiety and depression. Fatigue can be a problem, as can insomnia. These are often misdiagnosed and improperly treated. Medications used to treat these without dealing the cause will produce little or no results. Left untreated, there's the potential that they become more serious physical problems that could lead to death.

Treatment Of Symptoms

Symptoms of mold exposure have, in the past, been diagnosed as other health problems because they appear to be another non-mold related problem. Misdiagnosis will most of the time result in more serious health problems. You may be affected with mold fungi if you've been treated for any of the above treatments, but haven't received any relief.

If you're finding that you're constantly sick, or a family member who lives with you is regularly sick, you may have a mold problem, especially if the medical treatments don't seem to be working. It may be a good idea to get your home inspected by a professional mold inspector.

Mold doesn't need to be toxic to inflict you and your family with the symptoms. For your own piece of mind, it's always a good idea to have your home regularly inspected for mold. Doing so could prevent serious problems of mold exposure later on.

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How to Impress Any Soccer Scout

I see people ask questions like; »What does a soccer scout look for in a player?» So through this tutorial I’ll show you what top club scouts like Manchester United, and Chelsea scouts look for. I hope this helps you out!

Step 1: You need TECHNIQUE, meaning you need a good first touch and great control. Most of the scouts don’t look for fancy work. They want you to be able to receive the ball, and pass it with out losing it! Fancy tricks are great but they usually slow down the game.

Step 2: PACE is the next thing you need. The scouts are looking for a burst of speed that will beat a player, or change a game in an instant.

Step 3: MOVEMENT!! Yes the scouts notice you without the ball to. They’re looking for players who, when they have passed the ball, move quickly to get it back or can find space!

Step 4: A lot of scouts look for TEMPERAMENT too. They usually don’t see this until your actually on their team. Temperature, meaning you can handle conditions like 95 degree weather or wet muddy weather. So if it’s a hot summer day you should try practicing or running in the condition.

To get noticed your going to have to train constantly and make sure you have heart. Make sure you look like you want to win. Win every 50/50 ball in the air. Slide tackle do whatever it takes to stand out.

Your also going to need to get on a good club team. Make sure your the one standing out. If you are having trouble with your technique and touch then you should try soccer freestyle. It helps almost everything in your soccer game. Why do you think Ronaldinho is so good?

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Lionel Messi – Player Focus

Another off the Argentine assembly line of «New Maradonas», Lionel Messi may be the first to live up to that unfair comparison. Where Javier Saviola, Juan Roman Riquelme and Pablo Aimar have unsurprisingly failed to match HIS high standards despite initial promise, Messi has shown that even at a young age he is able to carry the weight of expectant teammates and a nation on his shoulders.

Credit must also be given to his Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard for not rushing him into a starting place at Barcelona he is more than ready to hold.

«It is clear Messi is a talent, a future player, but I ask that everyone continues supporting him when he is out of the team because he is still very young.» Rijkaard said in a recent interview. He continued:

«I’m convinced about him because I know he isn’t paying attention to all the speculation in the media.»He prefers to do his talking on the pitch.»

In fact his three goals and one assist in nine league starts for Barcelona this season to add to his goal and assist in the UEFA Champions League back up his coaches claim, and at 18 years young we are only just starting to see glimpses of his enormous potential. Messi states:

«I want to keep on learning and I hope things go well for me. The thing is to help the team as much as possible.»

These are the words of a young man with a focused head on his shoulders and more importantly good advisors around him. How many times have we seen the vultures swoop in on young prodigies sweet talking them and their parents into committing career suicide by sulking and demanding more playing time only to become no more than a trivia question five years down the road.

With the World Cup in Germany swiftly approaching Lionel Messi will definitely be one to watch if selected for national duty.

Enrique Domínguez, Messi’s former coach said «He could do things with the ball that defied the laws of physics. The only other person I have ever seen do that was Diego Maradona».

Let us all recall that Maradona himself did not come into his own until the 1986 World Cup in Mexico despite being tipped for great things in Spain four years prior. That World Cup was a general disappointment for Maradona as well as Argentina. Messi will be three years younger than Maradona was in his first World Cup appearance and it is important that we all allow Lionel to continue developing at his current pace without placing on him too much pressure for a teenager to handle. For his part Messi must maintain his enthusiasm and work ethic that has so far impressed his coaches and peers. If he can do that then the sky is indeed his limit.

    Career Highlights

    June 24, 1987
    Born in Rosario, Argentina

    2000
    Lionel and his family move to Spain to help treat his hormonal growth deficiency

    Signs for Barcelona at the age of 13

    October 16, 2004
    Makes his Barcelona first tem debut against RCD Espanyol

    May 1 2005
    Becomes the youngest league scorer in Barcelona’s history against Albacete when he scored his first goal at 17 years, ten months and seven days

    June 2005
    Helps the Argentina Under 20 team win the FIFA World Youth Championship scoring two goals against Nigeria in the Final

    June 27, 2005
    Renews his contract with Barcelona until 2010 with a EUR150 million buy-out clause

    August 4, 2005
    Receives his first call up to the Argentine national team

    September 25, 2005
    Obtains Spanish citizenship allowing him to play more games for Barcelona no longer being restricted by the non-EU player quota

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Overcoming Overeating: Managing That Voice In Your Head

"Darn, I forgot to call her back. That's two days in a row! She's going to be pissed. Maybe I should try her now. No, it's too late right now. I'll do it tomorrow."

"Shoot, I can't remember his name. Here he come. What is his name? Dave? … Don? He told me yesterday. Why can't ever remember this stuff? Ugh, this is going to be awkward. "

"God, I just want some chocolate right now. Maybe I should go out and get some before the store closes. But once I start I won't stop. No, I'm not going to do that again tonight. up eating way more than I want to … I really want some chocolate. OK, I'll get some tonight and tomorrow I'll eat really well all day, no sweets. "

"I just ate 2 large chocolate bars in one sitting. What is wrong with me ?! I feel so ugly and fat and disgusting and useless."

In case you haven't noticed already, you have a voice inside your head that never stops. It goes on and on. No matter what the situation, it has something to say. Have you ever wondered how it decides what to say and when to say it? Have you ever wondered if what it's saying is important? Or if its even true?

And if right now you are hearing, "I don't know what you're talking about. I don't have a voice in my head." … THAT'S the voice I'm referring to. Notice that this voice takes both sides of a conversation. It doesn't care which side it takes, it just keeps on talking. It rationalizes, it makes decisions and justifies, it rambles.

When you're tired and trying to fall asleep, it's the dialogue that's running around saying,
"Wait! I forgot to send that email! I can't go to sleep yet. I remembered that earlier this evening but I didn't send it. If I don't get up and write it now … oh, geez .It really late. I mean, honestly, what's the difference if I send it now or first thing in the morning? It's silly to turn on the light, get up and type that out right now. I need to get to sleep, I have a lot of things to do tomorrow. It's so hard to fall asleep right now. "

If you spend time observing this mental chatter, you'll quickly notice it never shuts up . If you watch it closely, you'll notice that it's just trying to find a comfortable place to settle. It will change sides in an instant if that seems like it's more comfortable. If it realizes it's wrong, it will adjust it's perspective and take on the opposite side and keep on talking. Once you start noticing the mental chatter, if you keep at it, you'll begin to notice repeating patterns around certain things. These are the thoughts or chatter that come up again and again. The mental conversations or debates that you have with yourself that you've been having for as long as you can remember.

An interesting thing to discern when you find these repeating conversations is what feelings you have as the dialogue is rambling away.

If you're thinking, "I'm such a pig, I just eat so much food all the time no matter what I do," this creates a feeling. You may not have noticed or made the distinction between the thought (what I'd call an "invisible script") and the feeling created by it. For me, making the distinction between my thoughts and feelings initially took some practice. I had them collapsed as the same thing, all part of the endless dialogue from the voice in my head.

It occurred to me like the voice was reality, talking about what was true.

Then I began to watch the voice and realize how fickle it was. I noticed that this voice would often rationalize things and change sides, depending on what was comfortable. I realized that it was actually silly to believe what it was saying was true , since it would flip around so quickly.

That's around the time I also realized that there were two parts here : there was me, listening to the voice, and then there was the voice. I sometimes refer to the voice as the "animal brain". It can also be called the "ego". Whatever you want to refer to it as, it's the part that chatters … and then there's you that notices this part chattering.

Once I was identifying this voice and it's patterns, what became fascinating was seeing how the voice created feelings.

At one point I journaled about this, writing down my thoughts in one column and my feelings in another.

I was noticing how powerful my thoughts — that voice in my head — were in creating the way I felt. And since the voice in my head is so fickle, when I'm not aware of it, my feelings resulting from the voice are at its mercy.

If the voice is being particularly nasty due to being triggered by something, I feel worse and worse. If I'm not aware, then when the voice says harsh things, I believe those things to be true. The voice may say something nasty about me, my behavior or my appearance, or it may say something gossipy and mean about someone else. Either way, my feelings are affected.

It becomes a snowball effect: something triggers the voice (or my "animal brain" or my ego), the voice starts saying harsh things, I feel bad, the voice keeps going, I feel worse, and that affects my behaviors, actions and words.

A great example of this is if I look in the mirror and the voice says something nasty about my appearance, then I feel ugly, shameful, weak, etc. How likely is it that I'm then going to go nourish myself with the best, most delightful food that I can find and eat only the amount that feels comfortable?

Not likely.

More likely is that I'll beat myself up, restrict my eating all day because I deserve to starve, then cave in and eat a whole bunch in rebellion. This is a very likely outcome if I'm not aware of this voice and not noticing how it affects me.

So what's there to do with this voice? If you try to ignore it or tell it to shut up, it's only going to become louder and more insistent.

The best way to liberate yourself from this incessant chatter is to zoom out and watch it . Become an observer of it. Notice it as a mechanism that has the ability to appear like it's speaking the truth and sounds like someone is in your head talking to you. Don't think about it, just notice it.

No matter what that voice says, nice things or nasty things, it's all the same kind of chatter. It doesn't matter if it's saying superficial things or spiritual things. It's still just a voice in your head. If you are observing it saying things, it's not actually you — you are the one that's hearing it. You're the observer.

When you begin to realize you're not this voice, you're just the one that hears it, you're making an extraordinary leap of growth.

The more you watch it objectively, the more you'll start to see that the voice is meaningless. No matter what the voice is saying, life will continue to unfold as it always has. The voice may hate it or may love it, but life goes on.

So, if this voice is so meaningless, then why does it exist? The answer to this lies in understanding why it says what it says when it says it.

This is when your skills of becoming an observer of the voice come into play. When you can observe the voice, you can start to become interested in why it's saying what it's saying. It might be because there's a buildup of energy inside of you about something that needs to get out. The voice often gets more active when there's a buildup of anxiety, fear, challenge, or desire. The voice also runs even when there's nothing in particular bothering you. It mostly acts as a narrator of your world. It says things like,

"Look at that. The flowers really look good in front of that house."

"Oh, there goes a basset hound. I love those kind of dogs."

"Geez, look at that dress she's wearing. It's not exactly the color I would have chosen, but it looks pretty good on her."

This narration is a way of helping you to feel secure. You're noticing the world around you, so you must be a part of that world. If you're noticing the world around you, then you are having a direct experience with it. The voice is validating your existence.

So this voice goes about validating your existence, then mixing that in your mind with all your other thoughts based on your past, your impressions, your perspectives, etc. As this soup of thought mixes together, you then internally interpret your world. (So ​​what you end up experiencing is actually your personal understanding of the world according to you. It's not the unfiltered, raw experience of what's actually out there. But that's another conversation for another time.)

The voice exists to help you survive in the world based on how it's interpreting things. It will adjust however it needs to in order to feel comfortable and validated.

The more you can notice the voice, the more you can use it as an indicator.

If you notice that it's getting nasty or loud or obsessive, you can become curious. If you notice that you're feeling low, watch what's coming from the voice that's creating the feeling. So rather than reacting automatically and reaching for more food because you're feeling low, or bored, or lonely … you can listen to the voice. You can give it space to run it's course.

Watch the voice urge you to eat more, or chastise you for losing control or whatever it wants to do. Acknowledge it as mental chatter. Then look for why it's saying what it's saying. Appreciate it for trying to express something that's going on for you, and then let it go if it's not serving you. It might get louder. It might try harder to convince you. Keep appreciating it for doing its job by indicating something that it wants expressed, and keep letting it go.

The more you practice this, the easier it will be to be to identify as the observer and not the voice. It's the doorway to having the power to create anything and everything you want in your life.

If you learn how to listen to the voice and use it effectively, this same voice that has caused worry, anxiety and neurosis can become the launching pad for getting you where you truly want to go.

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The Geography of Liverpool

On a world map the co-ordinates for the city of Liverpool are 53o latitude north and longitude 3o west. Liverpool is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside and a unitary authority in its own right. However, it also still retains historic links with the county of Lancashire, to which it was once part of. The Merseyside metropolis derives its name from the River Mersey and encompasses the cities and towns along its banks, estuary and hinterland. Liverpool is on the eastern bank of the River Mersey and is the fifth largest in England, with a population exceeding 440,000 in an area of around 11100 hectares. The population density in Liverpool is about 40 per hectare.

It has been established that there were settlements along the banks of the River Mersey, in the area we now know as Liverpool, dating back to the 1st century AD. These settlements would have been small fishing communities which, over the centuries, amalgamated into a heavily urbanised area by as early as the 12th century. The surface geology of Liverpool is rarely more than 10 metres thick and is a pebbly silty clay, with some sand and gravel deposits, which were all laid down by the retreating glaciers during the last ice age. The dominant bedrock in Liverpool is sandstone that was laid down in the Triassic era around 250 million years ago. To the west, the city also borders on to Carboniferous shale, mudstone and sandstone deposits as well as the Lancashire Coalfield deposits. At one time the coal deposits were workable but now, with most of the remaining deposits being below 1200m they are deemed unviable economically. However, the potential of coal bed Methane as a source of potentially clean energy is being studied, which might result in the coal deposits having a further use. In the early 1990s an oil and gas field was discovered in Liverpool Bay, out beyond The Wirral. Capable of producing 10 million cubic metres of gas and 70,000 barrels of oil a day, the field is now economically important to the area with an annual turnover exceeding £60 million. With supplies of sand, gravel and clay all available locally the traditional building materials used in Liverpool have been moulded bricks and clay tiles for roofing.

Liverpool technically extends along 21km of the east bank of the River Mersey estuary, rather than being on a river that actually flows through it. The Mersey is formed at the confluence of the River Tame and the River Goyt at Stockport in Lancashire. The famed Manchester Ship Canal joins the river at Eastham Locks and was the route by which imported cotton into the port at Liverpool was transferred to Manchester and the other weaving towns of Lancashire. Although the city of Liverpool has developed around a ridge of seven distinct hills the land rarely rises above 50m, with the highest point being at Everton Hill, 70m.

The climate in Liverpool is typical of England being a temperate one. With most of its weather systems arriving on the prevailing westerly winds, the average temperature in January is 50C and July it is 150C. On average Liverpool receives less than 750ml of rainfall a year which, considering its location on the west coast of England is surprising. However, the landmass of Ireland, to the west, absorbs much of the rainfall coming off the Atlantic Ocean that would otherwise fall on Liverpool. The average expectancy of rain in Liverpool is about 175 days a year. The temperature in January is higher than might be expected for a city in the north of England. This is because the city, and its port, benefit from the blanket effect of the North Atlantic Drift.

For many years Liverpool was seen as an economically depressed area with a stock of low cost and poor quality housing. The recent regeneration of the city has seen the price of the city’s housing stock rise by up to 15% a year over the last 10 years. Currently house prices in Liverpool fluctuate compared to regional and national trends depending on the type of property, but the housing market here is a buoyant one. In early 2007, a semi-detached 3 bedroom house in Liverpool on average cost £155,000, which was the same as the regional average but lower than the national average, which was £185,000. At £290,000 the average price of a typical 4 bed-roomed detached house in Liverpool is again about the same as the regional average but nearly 10% below the national average. A two bed-roomed terraced house in Liverpool will cost about £100,000, which is again about the regional average but almost 20% below the national average. The average regional value of a two bed roomed flat is £115,000 whereas In Liverpool it is £150,000 a figure which is also slightly higher than the national average.

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Top 10 Romantic Getaways in the U.S

How do you make a top-ten list of something subjective like honeymoon locations? Systematically, that’s how.

Highly Scientific Ranking

To create this list, I started with general Internet searches for top honeymoon spots in the U.S. I tried to weed out the advertisers and focused instead on the news and information websites, such as About.com, MSNBC and USA Today.

Next, I began putting the various lists into a spreadsheet, and then cross-referenced the data to find the ten locations that occurred most often on the most lists. When that proved to be way too complicated, I just picked the ten locations I liked the most! Voila … a top-ten romantic getaway list (in no particular order).

Top 10 Romantic Getaways in the United States

1. Mountain Cabin – Part One

If you’re the kind of person that equates «romantic getaway» with «mountain seclusion,» then a cabin in the Rockies might be just the thing. The popular ski towns of Aspen and Vail, Colorado are popular for another reason – cabin retreats. Imagine the snow falling around your warm and cozy cabin. Imagine the smell of hot chocolate and the bubbling sound of a hot tub. And just imagine being there with the one you love!

2. Mountain Cabin – Part Two

The Smokey Mountains come up on a lot of romantic getaway lists. For instance, each year approximately 10,000 people get married in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a popular vacation spot in the Smokey Mountains. Because of this, the mountain town has become known as the unofficial wedding and honeymoon capital of the South. With its wooded seclusion, small-town charm, and breathtaking mountain views, it’s no wonder so many people equate «Gatlinburg» with «romantic retreat.»

3. Bed & Breakfast in Vermont

Manchester, Vermont offers all the ingredients of a classic New England getaway — white-steepled churches, bed and breakfast accommodations, romantic dining and great skiing.

In more recent times, shopping has also taken root in Manchester. The city’s website, ManchesterVermont.com, says: «Today, visitors to our community come to enjoy Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren and J. Crew, as well as the more traditional recreational activities.»

4. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

There’s a reason the Kennedy family owned vacation homes in Cape Cod. This New England seascape is the essence of «small beach town» tranquility. Don’t expect an action-packed beach-resort experience – Cape Cod is not that kind of vacation spot. But if your idea of relaxation is a seaside stroll along historic harbors, biking and boating, and visiting an antique shop or two, then this is your place.

5. San Francisco, California

San Francisco is a picturesque city with a diverse mix of cultures and populations. It’s also a popular destination for couples in search of a romantic getaway. Between the Golden Gate Bridge and their world-famous trolleys, San Francisco offers something for everyone.

As an alternative, you might also consider adjacent Sausalito, California, a Mediterranean-style village that marks the gateway to California Wine Country. And speaking of California wine…

6. California Wine Country

If your idea of romance involves good wine and good scenery, you can’t go wrong with California Wine Country as your destination. Napa Valley and Sonoma County are about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, and they have long been an attraction for honeymooners, wine lovers, and wine-loving honeymooners. Add in the scenery and the availability of bed-and-breakfast-style lodging, and you have all the makings of a great romantic getaway.

7. Big Island, Hawaii

Sure, some parts of Hawaii are quite touristy. (Waikiki comes to mind.) But there are plenty of locations on the volcano-formed island that offer beauty, seclusion and a nature-rich experience you can’t find anywhere else.

On the Big Island of Hawaii, the Kona Village Resort is famous for providing comfort and luxury in an otherwise remote tropical region. The resort is also a popular spot for honeymooners, and it comes up on quite a few «top ten» lists like this one.

8. Charleston, South Carolina

I grew up in Virginia and have traveled all throughout the Carolinas. But when I think of «Southern hospitality,» one place comes to mind above all others. Charleston, South Carolina. Marjabelle Young Stewart, one of America’s well-known etiquette experts, once called Charleston the «most mannerly» city in the U.S., and I think she was right.

Founded in 1670, Charleston held significance during both the American Revolution and the Civil War. To this day, it retains much of its old-world charm and gentility. Conde Nast Traveler has named it a top-ten domestic destination for nine consecutive years.

There’s one other thing I love about Charleston. I’m a southerner by birth, and I vote for Charleston as having the most delightful of all the southern dialects.

9. Niagara Falls

Okay, so this one’s a bit cliche. But the reason Niagara Falls has been in so many movies, songs and water-cooler conversations is because so many people flock to it with romantic notions in mind. Straddling the border between the U.S. (New York) and Canada, Niagara Falls has attracted honeymooners and getaway-ers for 200 years.

In fact, if you played word-association and said «Niagara Falls,» most people would probably say one of two things – waterfall or honeymoon. For that reason alone, Niagara Falls has earned its place on this list.

10. Home Sweet Home

If you consider your home a cozy refuge from the world, it is in a sense a getaway. After all, home is a place to get away from lots of things — work, school, crowds, relatives, noise, traffic and hassle. It’s also a place where you’re the most comfortable. So there’s certainly nothing unromantic about a crackling fire, a bottle of champagne, and a table for two in home sweet home.

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