Not Your Everyday Glass of Wine

I have many friends that like to keep a box of wine in their refrigerator. I cannot drink that type of wine because, even though I am not a wine connoisseur, I do think that type of wine is a little too bitter and definitely too acidic. There are many people that have tried me to get to drink a glass of wine from their home but I am a wine snob, and I only like to drink Cuvee. I find that there are many different different tastes and types of wine and the food that you eat while drinking wine can either greatly enhance your glass of wine or it could greatly diminish the greatness of quality. Boxed wines, I have found, do not do much of anything for me.… Read More

Top Benefits of the Holiday Cottage

In popular parlance, the “staycation” involves choosing to holiday close to home, rather than venturing far afield. Increasing numbers of individuals and families of late are opting to spend their holidays close to home in the UK rather than trekking to Europe or elsewhere. The fact is that holidays taken in the UK are far more cost-effective than other alternatives and result in far less hassle as well. It is possible to skip the airport security checkpoints and instead gas up the car and get going.

This is not to say that the process is completely effortless, however, as choosing appropriate holiday accommodation in the UK does take some work. A place to stay is an expense that occupies a substantial part of anyone’s holiday budget, and it can have a massive impact on how much enjoyment is had overall. Generally speaking, there are two main categories of accommodation available, namely the hotel/resort properties or a holiday cottage rental. To my mind, holiday cottages represent an ideal option for a wide array of reasons. Five of the most significant justifications are outlined below.

Available Space

Though there are those who might believe that actual physical room is not terribly important for a holiday spot, this really is a fallacy. Families of four or more will find that renting a boathouse holiday cottage is affordable when divided fairly, and the comfort level provided by the extra space makes the expenditure worthwhile. Adults can have a bit of privacy, and children can have an area to play indoors in the event of inclement weather. By contrast, typical resort properties begin to feel very crowded after just a few days of togetherness.

Kitchen Facilities

The majority of hotel properties do not offer kitchen facilities, meaning that almost every meal will need to be purchased in a restaurant. This becomes a costly proposition in short order. A holiday cottage, of course, will come with its own fully-equipped kitchen. This makes preparing and serving meals will be convenient, given that all appliances, pots, pans, dishes and flatware will all be available. Because holidays are all about family, having a chance to cook and share meals together facilitates real bonding that everyone can appreciate. Furthermore, the food you eat will almost certainly be better in quality and suited to your family’s taste much more than restaurant fare would be. The financial savings can be used to splurge on a couple of fine dining experiences over the course of the holiday.

Modern Conveniences and Amenities

Most holiday cottage rentals provide clothes washers as well as dryers, making keeping everything clean easy and inexpensive. Hotel properties charge a premium for laundry services, and many people ultimately find themselves looking for laundromats and spending valuable holiday time on chores.

It is easy to find holiday cottages that are fitted with full kitchens, great living areas and comfortable bedroom spaces. There are also properties that feature log fires, swimming facilities, hot tubs and other fun amenities.

Entertainment Options

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Tips for your First Trip to Matheran

Matheran is a charming hill station in Maharashtra, easy to reach from nearby cities like Mumbai and Pune. Established by the British as a summer retreat, it has since developed into a popular getaway destination. Travellers to Matheran discover that it is an eco-sensitive zone, the reason why vehicles are banned here. Matheran is the only strictly-pedestrian hill station in the country. If you are planning your first visit to Matheran, you are in for a treat. Book a hotel in Matheran and read up on what you can expect there. Coming up are some tips on how to reach and maximise your experience at Matheran.

  1. How to reach Matheran – Matheran is only 90 km away from Mumbai and 120 km off Pune. Trains are available. From Mumbai, board the Deccan Express to reach Neral. If you are travelling from Pune, the Sahyadri Express will take you to Neral. From Neral, take the toy-train to Matheran Station. It is a leisurely ride with the route winding through the Sahyadri Hills. Keep your camera handy to capture a few pictures of the beautiful waterfalls along the way. Should you decide to drive down to Matheran, car parking is available at the Dasturi Park. Vehicles are not allowed beyond this point. You will however find horses and rickshaws to cover the last leg of the journey. Alternately, walk along the railway track to reach Matheran from the car park.

Making it to Matheran – Take the train to Neral and the toy train to Matheran after that. Orelse, drive down to Dasturi Park. Ride a horse or a rickshaw or trek up to your destination. It will take you about 40 minutes to get there.

  1. Best Time to Travel to Matheran – Plan your trip to Matheran immediately after the monsoons, between mid-September and mid-October. This is the time when the verdant covers of the Western Ghats come alive. You will see many seasonal springs. The weather stays equable and conducive to outdoor sightseeing.

Time to Travel – Reach Matheran between mid-September and mid-October for the best views of the green Western Ghats and cascading mountain springs.

  1. Places to Visit in Matheran – There are many places to visit in Matheran for tourists travelling there for the first time. Head to Panorama Point if you do not mind rising early on your holiday. You will be greeted with the most spectacular views of the surrounding hills. If you are into outdoor activities, trek to Shivaji’s Ladder. Surrounded by lush forests, the terrain here is laid out in steps. Locals will have you know that the great Maratha King Shivaji often visited this site for pleasure walks. Towards the evening, head to Porcupine Point. The sight of fiery sunsets from this vantage point often attract tourists here. The Pisharnath Mahadev Mandir is on the lakefront and dedicated to a village deity worshipped by the locals. It is the oldest temple in Matheran. Some of the other points of interest you can visit
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Education in Twenty Years, Where Will It Be ?

Many people in the 21st century are concerned that technology will soon replace human intelligence and some educators feel that there will no longer be any students to teach if this happens. Educators fear that advancing technology will overtake the tasks and abilities of a teacher making them obsolete. However, this is not true because education will never disappear regardless of the state of the globe – it will merely appear in different formats. This article will provide information on what learning will look like in the future.

• Diverse Places and Times

One of the greatest benefits and most obvious features of future learning is that students have more options regarding learning schedules. E-learning resources allow students to engage in self-paced learning from remote locations; therefore, classrooms will be flipped from traditional classes to online learning from diverse places. The student can learn theory from anywhere at any time, but practical features will need to be taught face-to-face. The thing is that flipped classrooms allow this to be taught online or interactively.

• Customised Learning

Students will find that future study resources are adaptable to the capabilities of the learner. This means that a student who has difficulties with a particular subject or has learning difficulties, in general, will be able to practice more in the area to achieve the pass level. An average student will be able to face harder tasks on their own schedule to achieve the pass level. Positive reinforcement will be experienced according to the individual learning procedure resulting in positive learning and reducing any lack of confidence in academic abilities. Furthermore, educators will be able to see who needs more help with studies and who is excelling in their achievement.

• Free Choice

While all subjects are taught with the aim for the same destination, the path leading to the destination will differ according to the student. Similar to the customised learning option, students will be able to alter their learning process using resources they feel are necessary for their needs. A student learning with different devices can access different programmes based on their preference. Blended learning, flipped classrooms and “bring your own device” are important terms within this educational feature of free choice.

• Project Based Learning

Due to the fact that careers are adapting to the future freelance economy, students in today’s society need to adapt to a project based means of education. This means that the student can learn how to apply their skills in short-term situations. By engaging in this project based education system, the student will be become more organised, learn about group work and learn time management.

The freelance economy has meant skills in business, management and mentoring have become ever more vital now. For this reason, online colleges like Brighton School of Business and Management have seen an increase in interest in distance learning in these particular courses.

• Field Experience

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Pet Friendly Hotels: Let’s Stop The Abandonment of Animals !

When you own dogs, cats or other small pets, it is not always easy to find hotels that accept our four-legged friends and provide services tailored to their needs.

For this reason we often give up on a hotel stay or we are forced to decide to entrust our dogs or cats to relatives, friends or specialized facilities such as animal pensions that can deal with them in our absence. In addition, if occasionally admitted, in many hotels, not always our animal friends enjoy the right respect for their essential needs, such as the possibility of using their dedicated spaces.

Just to meet the needs of those who want to spend their holidays in the company of their own dogs or cats and at the same time disincentive to the abandonment of animals, in recent years, both in Italy and in the rest of the world, so-called pet friendly Hotels have increased. These accommodations are hotels that can give hospitality to animals and ensure them the right treatment, adequate spaces and personalized services.

Petfriendly hotels are generally located near tree-lined areas or with at least green spaces where you can play your dog. In recent years, even pet friendly hotels near the beaches have increased, and in some cases there are real equipped lids designed for people with dogs.

Pet friendly hotels may be available for small pets, dog  sitting services, bowls and chains, and in some cases access to the restaurant area, with specially designed menus. Among the services offered, you will also find the availability of large balconies or boxes suitable to accommodate four-legged friends, respecting the hygienic conditions and the balance between the host and the animal. An essential element to know before booking is the possibility of veterinary care 24 hours a day, a service absolutely essential when traveling with your four-legged friend.

With the ability to book a vacation at pet friendly hotels, owners and pets will enjoy a pleasant vacation together without losing to each other.… Read More

Arthrosis of The Thumbar Joint – Rhizarthrosis

The thumb is subjected to high loads during a lifetime. The pivotal point is the thumb saddle joint.

It hides itself in the thumb ball and allows the rotation of the entire thumb and the opposing of the thumb to the other fingers (so-called opposition). An arthritis of this joint is called rhizarthrosis and is relatively frequent: 10% of women over 50 years are affected, in men, this type of osteoarthritis is less frequent.

Symptoms

“I can not open a bottle.

Objects suddenly fall from my hand.

Sometimes I have pain in the back of my head or at night.”

Diagnosis

By a simple X-ray examination in 2 planes. This shows a narrowing of the joint gap, possibly also emigration of the thumb from the saddle joint, sometimes cystic changes in the interior of the bone.

The passive movement of the joint creates pain and provides important information about the sliding behavior of the thumb saddle joint.

The joint gap between the large polygon and the base of the first metatarsal is no longer present. The contact surfaces of these two bones form the thumb saddle joint. Here bones rub bone.

The bony extensions on the large polygon are also known as osteophytes and represent a further cause of pain, as these attachments can rub against the neighbors and continue to interfere with the function of the thumb. The joint wear can additionally lead to the development of cavities in the joint-proximal sections of the bones, so-called cysts.

The abrasion of the joint surfaces leads to instability of the joint and to emigration of the medial bone from the thumb saddle joint. An expansion of the joint develops (so-called dislocation or in the initial stage subluxation)

Therapy

At the beginning of the disease there is the possibility of non-operative therapy: temporary immobilization in a gypsum or orthesis (e.g., Rhizoloc splint), the administration of anti-inflammatory drugs in tablet form. The use of handtherapie can also be helpful. Here, techniques for relieving the thumb in everyday life can be learned.

Hyaluronic acid injection

Scientific studies and own experience have shown that an injection with hyaluronic acid directly into the joint can be very helpful in the not yet advanced stages of the disease. This is especially true for patients who are still undecided regarding an operation or who have no time for professional reasons. The injection is performed under X-ray image transducer control to ensure that the needle in this small joint can also lie correctly and unfold its full effect. However, this is a self-payer service (information in our practice). Some scientific sources confirm a positive effect of hyaluronic acid in the treatment of rhizarthrosis.… Read More