No More Fish Tales! The Proof Is In The Photo!


Photography Tips for Capturing your Monster Key West Haul

Aside from the lack of Gore-Tex raingear, the most frustrating thing about being a fisherman back in Ernest Hemingway’s day was the difficulty in getting a sweet photo for your big catch. These old-timers couldn’t just haul out their iPhone on deck and snap away to their heart’s content!

How many people thought their grandfather’s tales of the “big one” were grossly exaggerated?

Hemingway with Two Sailfish

Well, it was all because – Hemingway’s feats notwithstanding – they had no photographic evidence to back up their stories.

Those days are long gone, and digital cameras are now standard in any angler’s gear bag or top pocket. They come in all shapes and sizes and are as tough as you need them to be. Don’t leave shore without one. But before you head off on that big fishing trip, take a look through some of these do’s and don’ts to help you best capture your Key West big catch.

Do get familiar with your camera and know its settings. These days, cameras can capture an exact moment in amazingly graphic detail, but you still need to learn how to best use their features. Before your big fishing trip, take some time to test out all the great features on your camera.

Do set your camera on its highest resolution. There are loads of simple ways to shrink a photo, but no good way to blow up a photo that has been captured on poor resolution. Treat each photo like it could be the shot of the big one. You may want a lower resolution for your everyday shots, but go ahead and use up a few more mega-bytes for your once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip.

Where possible snap and release… the fish, that is. If you do want to get a photo of yourself with the big one you let go free, here are some simple tips from Key West Charter Boat Row to Captain Richie Gomez, to make sure the fish you set free stays alive: “Hold the fish horizontally, as holding them head or tails up can be harmful,” says the captain. “Much like hanging a human up by their feet causes a rush of blood to the head. Fish are very simple creatures and their organs are set up so that they function best in a horizontal position.” Don’t wipe the protective “goop” off the fish either; it protects the fish from bacterial infection. Your mate will help you get the fish released as quickly as possible to make it likely to live for another day of sport fishing!

Sailfish caught on Key West Charter Row boat

Don’t just snap away wildly. It is one thing to take advantage of the digital age, but don’t go overboard (pun intended). Think carefully about the background. Do you want to include the boat, the jetty or just have you and the fish in the shot? The best fishing shot is the shot out on the water where fish was caught. It will come across as the most genuine and you’ll look far happier in that shot than in the photo back on shore after a long day at sea.

Do make sure the camera is focused on the smiling face of the fisherman and the fish. These are the important features of a trophy photo. Don’t sacrifice a great photo trying to get the angler in from head to toe.

Do hold the fish close to you to allow the camera to get both fisherman and fish clearly in focus. The further away you hold the fish, the more likely one of you will be out of focus. If you’re holding onto a large live fish don’t let safety take a backseat to your eagerness to get a great shot.

Dolphin caught off Key West

Don’t wear a cap for the photo. The bill casts a shadow on your face leaving you looking like the Invisible Man.

The person taking the photo should be standing with their back to the sun and the fisherman with his catch should be looking into sun for the best lighting. This may cause you to squint. Some may disagree but sunglasses are a cool alternative to squinting. You can’t always look into the sun, though. Kodak recommends you use a flash in this sort of instance, yes, even outdoors.

Do take multiple photos. Digital photography is a numbers game. The more shots you take the better chance you have of getting a really good one. It’s not all that dissimilar to fishing. The more times you get out there the better your chances are of landing the big one.

Check out these additional tips for taking fishing photos from BOAT US. There are pointers for both SLF cameras and digital point and shooters.

Good luck and tightlines from your fishing captains in Key West!

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Life After The Armed Forces


Without a doubt, when coming home from war, a person will face an uphill battle. Not only is it hard to cope with the day-to-day life after war, but one will have other battles to face. Sadly, our society is not always ready for this and, as a result, many veterans are lost and have no direction in life.

While this is true, it is important to highlight the common problems they face when coming back home and ways to combat these difficulties. Here are five common issues veterans face when coming home after war.

PTSD

When in a foreign country where bombs explode and people kill each other, one will check out mentally. This is a common problem that causes many sufferers to come home and have trouble functioning in their life. With post dramatic stress syndrome, a veteran will have difficulty in talking about his or her experiences.

At the same time, when emotionally crippled, a person will have a hard time landing a job, returning to school, and dealing with their family. Sadly, this is a common occurrence and many end up in therapy to fix the issue.

Other times, when ignoring it for too long, some people end up committing suicide. Either way, our society needs to do more to reach out to sufferers of PTSD as it is a serious and real illness.

Handicap physically

When in combat, people often lose their limbs or suffer other debilitating injuries. Other times, one will have a dramatic brain or spinal injury. When this happens, some veterans will have a hard time getting around town and to their work or school.

For this reason, a disabled vet should research handicap vans. With this, he or she can go to and from work or school without trouble. Simply put, with a small investment in the right transportation, a person can live their full life again. Otherwise, without doing this, one will have a hard time leaving the house.

Job prospects

Sadly, when getting back home, many do not have a job. At the same time, while the military trains people for some jobs, it does not support them in civilian life all the time. When this happens, many veterans will face an uphill battle.

When going into an interview, a veteran may have a hard time as other people will have more real world experience. To fix this, a returning vet should go back to school or try to get training for a civilian job.

Companies should also provide courses and trainings to help veterans get up to speed. To help with this problem, many companies provide additional points to vets during the hiring process.

Friends

All too often, when getting back from combat, one will have a hard time connecting with their friends. When this happens, many end up in a bad place as it is hard to live a happy and fulfilling life without a lot of friends.

To avoid this issue, when returning from combat, a spouse or friend should encourage the veteran to get in touch with friends. This can be friends who are in the military or civilians. Either way, with a large support group, it is harder to get lost in the mix. Remember, people need friends, and this is especially true when thinking about returning veterans.

Domestic problems

Without a doubt, we have all heard the news stories of a man coming home from war and going on a rampage or fighting with his spouse or kids. This is a very real problem that needs action. To help with this, society needs a serious approach as it is not easy to help a person once they come back from war.

By having counseling available, a returning vet can feel good about life and avoid problems at home.

Simply put, with a proactive approach, society can devise a plan to reverse the scary domestic violence trends.

When coming back from war, veterans face an increasingly hard uphill battle. Luckily, with a few steps in the right direction, we can fix the underlying issues through counseling, emotional support, and the proper physical accommodations. Veterans should feel hopeful with the available help and realize that they just need to reach out and find that help.

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Review: Saffola Total Oil


When it comes to cooking we all are in a fix about which oil to choose! Each brand claims to be the best and that confuses the consumers even more. But when you are talking about Marico group then you can trust their claims and if they say that it is good for the heart then it definitely is. Their claims and if they say that it is good for the heart then it definitely is.

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Benefits of Saffola Oil

Olive Oil is not as powerful as Saffola Total if you compare the anti-oxidant power. In fact Saffola Oil contains double anti-oxidant power than Olive Oil. If you have any heart patient in your house then this oil is a must buy because the anti-oxidant, helps in fighting the harmful free radicals which causes cell-damage and might even lead to coronary heart diseases.

Even the fatty acids that are present in this oil are found in a balanced way which is considered to be appropriate for overall well-being and also for your heart.

Lososrb Technology helps us in consuming less fat. Want to know how? This technology encourages 10% less oil absorption in the food than olive oil. This ensures that the total fat that is added to the food due to oils is reduced, making the food much healthier for us to consume.

The Multiseed technology offers you the benefit of two oils in one thus helping you to get the best of the Saffola Total Oil.

Helping in reducing heart diseases

The health benefit that it provides cannot be ignored and needs special mention in here. The antioxidant present in the oil helps you to protect your heart from various diseases. It ensures that –

  • Bad cholesterol is reduced in numbers, thus maintaining your heart’s health
  • Cell integrity is maintained
  • Harmful free radicals are damaged so that it cannot weaken the cell
  • Blocking of arteries is prevented
  • Your arteries are kept hale and hearty

Therefore, you see the anti-oxidant present in this oil has increased the health benefit and has made it easy for the consumers to choose this oil over others.

If you are sick and tired of the smell of oil in your food, then it is good that you replace your present oil with Saffola Oil as it doesn’t have any residual smell and it doesn’t even produce much smoke while cooking.

With just INR 180 per liter cost it is providing you double the benefit. We all know how costly curing heart disease can be but his oil ensures that the harmful free radicals that causes all the damage is kept at bay. These harmful free radicals can cause not only cell damage, but also leads to the formation of plaque or clogged arteries. These free radicals are formed due to some external factors like pollution, smoking, etc. and some internal cellular processes. Hence it becomes very important that we control these free molecules and protect our heart from any serious damage. Stay healthy by including this oil in your regular diet.

Top Tips For Sorting Out The Annual Occasions


The wonderful thing about life is the fact that there is so much to celebrate. There are birthdays, anniversaries, christenings and weddings to go to each year. But getting the gifts and cards sorted out can sometimes be a nightmare.

To help you deal with these situations better it is a good idea to check out these top tips. They will help you sort out all of your annual occasions and prepare for them in style.

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Keep A Good List

You should start your preparation by keeping a good list of all the occasions that are ahead of you. The best way is to categorise them under headings such as birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, for example. Once you have them categorised you can easily just add a new occasion to the list once you hear about them. Make sure you list them all according to the month it takes place.

Get a nice desk diary to make all of this easier. Calendar Club website has a wide range of fun calendars if you are still looking for one, for instance.

Set Alarms

You should then also consider putting it all for your phone calendar as well with a notification to remind you about the looming day. There are also plenty of good apps that you can use for this purpose as well. If you need to prepare for the occasion by purchasing a gift it is a good idea to set an alarm for up to two weeks prior to the occasion.

If you are only sending a card for the person a week in advance is usually enough. For bigger occasions such as weddings you also want to set alarms for other preparations. For example, you might need to purchase a new dress or book a hotel for the occasion. When something like this does come up make sure you set the alarm for it immediately.

It is all too easy to think that you’ll do it in the evening only to realise a few months later that you forget about the occasion altogether.

Don’t Forget Online Shopping

It is also a good idea to consider shopping for gifts and cards online. This can save you a lot of time since you can do it as soon as you remember or when you have time. Set a bookmark group for gift sites that you like. This way you can check them out first when you are looking for a gift. Keep in mind that you can often send online deliveries straight for the person.

It is even possible to deliver gift cupcakes by post, so you really have all kinds of options available. Remember that if you see something nice online you can get it purchased there and then.

Just have a box ready for gifts that you have bought in advance and set a notification for yourself that you already have the gift. Make sure that you also shop securely when you are shopping online. The internet is a great helpful tool for planning your annual gift shopping if you know how to stay safe.

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Finding The Right Pair Of Trainers


How to Find the Right Pair of Trainers

Running and walking are cost-effective and environmentally friendly forms of exercise. However, with a wide range of trainers available for purchase, it can be difficult to select the best shoes for your needs. If you choose the wrong type of trainers, you could end up sporting a wide range of painful injuries.
Here is some advice to consider before you dip into your savings and purchase new sports footwear: 

Know your feet
Feet come in a range of shapes and sizes – and knowing your feet’s quirks is the key to choosing the right pair of trainers for exercise. One way to determine the shape of your feet is to perform a “wet test”, which involves wetting your feet, stepping on a piece of dark coloured paper and examining the characteristics of the imprints you have created.

If your imprints show the soles of your feet, with little or no curve on the inside, you have flat feet. This means that your feet are over-pronated (they roll inwards when you place them on the ground). Over-pronation can cause extra wear and tear on the heels and inside edges of your shoes. When purchasing trainers for your over-pronated feet, you will need look towards models with motion-control features.
If your imprints show only a small portion of your forefeet and heels, with an indistinct connection between the two, you have high-arched feet. This means that your feet are under-pronated (they roll outwards). Under-pronation can cause extra wear and tear on the outer edges of the heels of your shoes. When selecting trainers for your under-pronated feet, you should look for cushioned models with soft midsoles.
If your imprints feature a distinct curve along the inside, you have neutrally-arched feet. The wear and tear on your shoes should therefore look entirely uniform. When buying trainers for your neutrally-arched feet, you should look towards stability shoes featuring a blend of cushioning and support.

Measure your feet

Contrary to popular belief, your shoe size will not remain the same throughout the course of your adult life. This means that you must measure your feet before buying new shoes. Sizes can also vary between trainer brands, so you should always try on your chosen shoes before you take them to the checkout.

Pay attention to the rule of thumb
When trying on trainers, there should be a thumb-width sized gap between the front of your big toe and the end of your shoe, and you should be able to wiggle your toes with ease. Your heel should fit into your shoe relatively tightly; it should not slide up and down when you walk.

Choose trainers to suit your chosen activities
If you enjoy partaking in a wide range of sports, you should choose a pair of trainers for each sport. Walking trainers, for example, feature less cushioning than running trainers, which means that they will not be able to protect your feet from the impact of running.

While most good activewear retailers are staffed by knowledgeable sales assistants who will guide you through your options, you should arm yourself with some basic facts before you step foot into your local shoe stop. Whilst the latest coloured trainers may catch your eye, it is best to choose a pair of trainers that fit you perfectly, regardless of their colour, brand or popularity.

 

Harmonize prom dress or evening dress theme of your focus-music


Prom night is one event which holds a special place in the life of every girl. Prom night means you have to look the best and your dress and everything must go with the theme that is decided for the day. The dress will have to suit your body type and depending on that you must select a short or long free flowing dress.

It is not necessary that every dress would fit you fine and you will be comfortable in that. When you are making your selection remember that you have to keep comfort in your mind because if you are uncomfortable then it will show and everybody will be staring at you for all the wrong reasons. If you don’t want to place yourself in this kind of situation then you must plan everything way ahead so that nothing goes wrong on the d-day.

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Prom night preparation

You first need to decide how much your budget is and depending on that you will have to look for some sales or thrift stores so that you can grab a cheap prom dress at a reasonable price. This can only happen if you plan this way ahead and save your pocket money for this special dress for your special night. Shoes are also an important part of your dress so make sure that you are comfortable in our shoes.

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Give yourself a new haircut and surprise all your friends with your new look. If you are not sure that you will be able to handle the makeup yourself, then you can ask someone to help you out in this department so that you do not make a fool of yourself. Now when everything has been sorted out you must go for a trial before the final night because, if you find anything wrong then you will have the time to replace it.

Unique Prom Dress Selection

When you are selecting your red prom dress make sure that you don’t go by what everybody is selected. If everybody is going to the long prom dress, then you try something different. You can also check out some events of red carpet so that you can get an idea about the type of dress you want to wear on your prom night. You must also know which color looks the best on you and whether a short prom dress will help you or long evening dress to complement your look!

Music for prom night

Music plays an important role in prom nights and you can be a part of the song selection process too. That way you will know what songs will be played and you will be ready with your dance moves for the night. Some theme songs like the Night of the new moon, Dance with me baby or wild at heart will make a very good choice for your prom party.

Now remember you can wear the most fabulous dress, perfect makeup and accessories, but if you are not confident about yourself then everything is lost. So, wear your confidence on your sleeves and enter the prom with a smile on your face.

9 Best Infographics of the Marketing World


Dear Readers,

Before getting to the core of this article, I’d like to first come up with the concept of this info-graphic post.  Actually, we were searching for an info-graphic that could help our readers to get familiar with latest internet marketing trends, techniques and strategies.

But unfortunately we were left embarrassed, as search engines failed to response to our query regarding Info-graphic “despite of the fact that approx.  2, 7000,000 pieces of content are shared Everyday! Ironic! Isn’t it?

So we crafted an optimum solution by collecting the best available Info-graphic resources. Here is the list of some best internet marketing info-graphics around the web.

1. Nine SEO Experts Future Marketing #Infographics

#SalesForce interviewed with nine of the biggest thought leaders in the #SEO industry on where they see marketing heading over the next few years.

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2. Local Search Engine Optimization for Business

This info-graphic enriches your perception towards local search engine ranking factors that are undeniably important for your business.

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3. The International SEO Checklist

Here is the SEO checklist, with a step-by-step guide for your internationally targeted business by #Aleyda Solis the head of Digital strategy at Woo Rank.

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4. Google’s 200 Ranking factors

What can I say about this!! This one is the marvelously crafted infographics comprising all factors that can affect your search engine rankings. #Search Engine Journal provided the complete list of ranking factors.

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5. 21 Rules for Effective Social Media Marketing Strategies

Read the unwritten 21 rules of Social Media Marketing to build a strong foundation for any social media campaign.

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6.  21 New Rules of Content marketing

Increase your presence with the help of #findability.  Here are the 21 Rules of content marketing to engage with your visitors.

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7. The Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors

Periodic Table!!!  Yes it is, But not scientific. This Periodic table elaborates the factors of SEO success. Although, It is not an info-graphic but still it is very important to consider this table if we are making users familiar with the SEO

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8. Zombie SEO

Stay out of the crawlers (Zombie Techniques) otherwise they will kill your rankings. Very scary if you are using one of the mentioned technique. Read carefully!!

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9. Quality Score

An interactive step by step infographics to improve the quality score of your ads.

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If you come across more awesome infographics, do share with us in comments.

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How To Make A Room Multifunctional


When you are designing a multi-functional room, there are plenty of trouble that you might find that you come across and one of these problems may be that you might find yourself a little short on space. Choosing furniture that can provide multiple purposes is the perfect answer to this problem. For example, a futon/sofa bed that folds out into a bed provides extra sleeping space for guests. Benches with inside storage help keep toys organised while giving children a place to sit down.

You also need to make sure your traffic flow is not interrupted in a multi-functional space, as in any other room of the house, meaning that there should be a clear walking path that doesn’t mean you have to zigzag around the room.

Colour Scheme

Life is frantic. We’re forced to multitask constantly just to keep up. If you can handle work and play then your extra bedroom can, too. Many people are in the lucky position to have a spare bedroom, unfortunately because we have very little space to spare, we all want to make sure that we are utilising our space.

Paint your room a neutral colour so that it will be light, bright, airy and suitable for a room of any use. Try adding window blinds that can easily add privacy without being bulky or taking up much space. Embrace a pale, monochromatic colour scheme that’s soothing for both work and play. Stick to solid, tone-on-tone, and small scale patterns. However, floral patterns look sweet in the bedroom, they’re a little too precious for a double-duty space.

 

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Having an office in your bedroom isn’t normally endorsed since many of us feel that it should be a place to relax in peace. To easily stash your office necessities, add a desk with storage units at the side to get your office out of sight.

Having it double as a makeup table will get the most out of your money and save you space! Use nesting tables so they can store easily within each other when not needed, but easily pulled out when put to use, whether as a guest nightstand or as a board game holder.

Create a sitting room on one end of your bedroom with a couple of comfy lounge chairs or a love seat that can easily pull out as a bed. Arranging them around a fire place or even a faux fire place will create an intimate and welcoming feeling to your bedroom. Having a day bed in your room with plenty of comfy pillows on the back part is also a clever idea since it can serve as a bed at night time and a couch during the day.

Man of us have always dreamed of having our own library, but you can create this feel without having to lose an extra room. Add floor-to-ceiling bookcases and add two comfy lounge chairs in the corner of your bedroom. Having a clever storage area at the bottom of your shelf can double for bedroom linens and towels.

Do you dine in the dining room?

There’s a lot of debate about whether the formal dining room has gone out of style and whether it is frankly necessary at all. Our modern day lifestyles are more casual and certainly a lot busier. Across the country it is plain to see that many families find it virtually impossible to get everyone to sit down together for a family meal as everyone is out busy doing their own thing. So it’s no wonder really that so many homeowners don’t bother having a dining room as it can feel a bit of a waste of space – an expensive room that gets little use!

However, I have strong beliefs about the dining room and its important role for socialising, table manners and communication, all which I think reflect healthy relationships.

Why not turn your dining room into a music salon with piano in one corner and a more intimate dining area by the fireplace and windows across the room. You can host parties, with the empty feeling a large space has. Strapped for cash?

Then why not mix your dining room into an office/library? With beautiful cabinetry and built-ins for all the family’s books, magazines and artwork of course! Reading room by day and dining room by night, using rustic oak furniture, you can reuse the same pieces over and over again as they last for decades – a real investment.

Books and beautiful objects can create an atmosphere with lots of warmth and personality, which is sometimes lacking in the average dining room. If a library isn’t your thing, but you do need a home office or craft room? Practical for all that paperwork that we normal keep lying around somewhere.

Five Chic Living Room Furniture Ideas


Decorating the living room is really fun. Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush in your life, or the concept of colour co-ordination is like rocket science to you, I’m convinced you can enjoy the redecoration process. All you need is a few fun ideas to get you started.

See, the living room sets the mood for the entire home. It’s the best place to express your personality in your house – so it’s important that you learn to love it. There are many ways that you can decorate the living room and enjoy your own personal style any day of the week.

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So to get you started, take a look at these five chic ideas. You can choose any of these ideas and in no time at all you can create an amazing look in your living room! Best of all, you don’t need any paint or wallpaper paste – you only need to invest in some funky living room furniture.

1.   Add Modern Living Room Furniture

If you want to create a sleek and sophisticated look, modern living room furniture is the way to go. You can get sofas, chairs, tables and more in a beautifully contemporary style that works well in small and large rooms alike. Minimalism is key.

You can really come up with an amazing look when you choose to add modern living room furniture. Take a look online to see what’s available – the best thing is, due to their (typically) neutral colours, you can often mix and match furniture from different ranges.

2. White Wicker

White wicker looks absolutely amazing in the living room, creating a rustic but not old-fashioned look. There are also many brands of furniture that create wicker styles for you to choose from. Adding one or two pieces with some bright and bold colors will really bring out the clean look of the wicker furniture.

3.  Floral Patterns

Floral patterns can be chic, traditional, or both. If you don’t want to go the whole hog and buy patterned furniture, why not try curtains or sheers in floral patterns?

If you choose floral just remember not to go overboard. A good mixture of floral patterns and calming colors gives the best results.

4. Pastels

If you really want to add a chic look to your living room, with a soft and refreshing look, then pastels are the way to go. As decorations continue to change so do the designs that are available. There are lots of home items available in pastels these days, from decorations to furniture and even curtains, blinds and blankets.

5.  Aged Materials

If you’re not interested in the modern look, go back in time for your style ideas. Antique furniture, art and other pieces can really look chic in the living room.

The Bottom Line

We all have different styles and tastes in living room furniture. ‘Chic’ encompasses them all. It can be traditional, modern, exuberant, understated, or all of the above. Most importantly, it reflects what you like in your living room.

Being Modern Doesn’t Have To Mean Out With The Old!


Aren’t old fashioned customs and traditions the best? When you had to wait for a letter to arrive from your love who was away at university, or for a weekly phone call, or when a man really could take a girl out to the cinema and pay for her without all the awkward worries about who would pay?

Aren’t some of the oldest buildings in the Country the most beautiful and elegant, and don’t younger Countries like Australia and America feel a little less special because they don’t have rich architectural history? Aren’t some of the best stories from Greek mythology or Shakespeare or Enid Blyton? They don’t make things the same any more.

However, there’s much to be said about modern life. I know I can no longer survive without my mobile phone, and it’s so helpful to be able to look stuff up on the go. And no longer if something comes up and you can’t meet up with someone do you have no way of letting them know, and so they have a wasted day and you can’t even explain to them until much later – you can tell people everything instantly these days! And of course there’s plenty more technology that I wouldn’t want to live without; washing machines, great; tumble dryers, great; word processers, great;

hair straighteners, best thing literally since sliced bread; fridges and freezers, cool. You get my point. Also, whilst we’re by no means perfect, we can be proud that we live in a society that is constantly trying to eradicate discrimination, and where people are actively promoting equality for all people. We also have the freedom to travel, and to love who we want to, and believe what we want to.

Times are good. I do still sometimes find myself wishing I lived in the Notebook era, or the Downton Abbey era. But I know it wasn’t all as wonderful in real life as it is in the stories.

The best solution?

Best of both. When you are able to maintain your love and passion for all things old fashioned, but still reap the benefits of modern updates or additions to life, then we really are winners.

Authentic Designs

It can be a difficult decision when owning, renovating, or building a structure, whether to prioritise practical solutions, or to conserve historical architectural features and designs. Whether the doorframes are a bit low for modern visitors, or whether the rooms are too small, or stairways too narrow. Perhaps the house doesn’t offer enough ventilation to avoid damp growing, or perhaps it’s too draughty for modern requirements and needs insulating.

The English Heritage are major proponents for not using any materials in their refurbishments of listed historical properties that wouldn’t have been available at the time the building was originally erected. One example of the lengths that supporters will go to is in the construction of modern sash windows. In recent refurbishments of English Heritage sites, the timber parting beads inside sash windows had some plastic in the mechanism to reduce draughts.  Even though this was an internal part of the sash window and not visible, and so couldn’t detract from the aesthetics of the building, it was the cause of much debate, as the plastic could not be found at the original time of construction.

Some manufacturers have come up with ‘heritage alternatives’ for various products which are suitable for this those who want to be entirely authentic in their pursuit of retaining the old fashioned ways.

Skin Deep Beauty

For those of us who may love the aesthetic beauty and feel of traditional ways but don’t mind incorporating new technologies, there’s much more choice at our fingertips! We can have beautiful sash windows with insulation; beauty but no draughts! Modern choices can look like traditional choices, and traditional choices can have modern updates.

We can have chaise lounges, but still have a plumbed in toilet in an indoor bathroom. We can do our hair in traditional curlers, wear 40s style dresses, and use bright red lipstick, but still enjoy being able to earn our own money and respect from men. We can grow our own organic food in the garden if we want to, whilst still being able to use a blender to make the puree.  We can live in a beautiful picturesque cottage, whilst having the inside centrally heated and open plan to suit our modern tastes.

We really are incredibly lucky in the age we live in. As long as we take a moment to remember how things were, or to think about how we’d like things to be, we are lucky enough that we have the freedom and technology and equality to live in a way which we choose to. So no need to be swept up in 24 hour tehno-obsessions if you love writing letters, but also no need miss out on the tools that make life simpler and easier by being stuck in your ways. We can each decide exactly what combination of authenticity and mod-cons suits us best. You really can have the best of both worlds in most areas of your life.

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