Will Islam Rule?

Khaled Mash’al, leader of the Hamas movement which won the Palestinian elections in January 2006 gave a speech in Damascus which was broadcast on al-Jazeera TV on February 3rd 2006. He told the European nations to apologise to Islam because: ‘Tomorrow, our nation will sit on the throne of the world. This is not a figment of the imagination, but a fact. Tomorrow we will lead the world, Allah willing. Apologize today, before remorse will do you no good. Our nation is moving forwards, and it is in your interest to respect a victorious nation.’ His speech went on to say that the first phase of the Islamic world conquest would be the elimination of Israel and the defeat of the West in Iraq.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad agrees. He said in Iran’s holy city of Qom on 5th January, ‘We must believe in the fact that Islam is not confined to geographical borders, ethnic groups and nations. It’s a universal ideology that leads the world to justice.’ He believes his main mission is to ‘pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, may Universitas Islam Jambi Allah hasten his reappearance.’ According to Shiites, the 12th imam disappeared as a child in the year 941. They believe he will return and be known as the ‘Mahdi’ and reign on earth for seven years, before bringing about a final judgment and the end of the world.

At the same time the entire Islamic world has been roused to fury over cartoons printed in a Danish newspaper. We have evidence (available on request) which shows how the cartoons row has been cleverly manipulated by Islamic radicals with the aim of uniting Muslims against the West in order to create submission to Islamic demands and to defend Iran and Syria against censure from the UN. It is not a co-incidence that Denmark is set to assume the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council — at the very time that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected to refer Iran to the Security Council and demand sanctions. At the same time the Security Council wants to question Syria and the regime of President Assad about the murder of Lebanese President Hariri. To portray Denmark as ‘an enemy of the Prophet’ would be helpful to the Islamic world in creating the idea that all censure of Muslim countries is part of an anti-Islamic western conspiracy.

In the UK, Islamic leaders are using the cartoons controversy to put pressure on the government to limit what can be said in the press about Mohammed. Patrick Sookdheo of the Barnabas Fund comments on this, ‘If we pass laws or even simply create a new code of practice for the press specifically to protect Mohammed, I fear it could prove to be the thin end of the wedge. From self-imposed censorship we could soon move to more serious situations. In Pakistan there has been a mandatory death sentence since 1991 for ‘defiling the name’ of Mohammed.’ He goes on to show how the Muslim Action Committee is using the cartoons furore to reverse the defeat suffered by the Muslims when the House of Commons unexpectedly voted to pass the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill in a form which does not provide the protection for Muslims which the government had intended.

The cartoon controversy led to a demonstration in the streets of London with slogans calling for ‘infidels’ to be beheaded and showing support of suicide terrorism. One said ‘Europe you’ll come crawling when Mujahadeen come roaring.’ There was widespread outrage at this demonstration and moderate Muslims sought to distance themselves from it. However days later a poll of British Muslims revealed that 45% favour the establishment of Shari’a (Islamic) law in Britain.

This is in line with the world vision of Islam which from the days of its inception is to bring the world into subjection to Allah as defined in the Koran. Mohammed’s mission was universal, with the aim of not only preaching, but also changing all existing societies into an Islamic society governed by the laws of Allah, known as the Shari’a.

Therefore Islam grants radical Muslims a mandate to change the existing society into an Islamic society, to make Islam supreme, and thus dominate every aspect of society. This is not only the desire of fundamentalists like Osama bin Laden, but would seem to be the desire of a large number of Muslims all over the world.

This desire is reflected in a document written in 1980 entitled The Islamic Movement in the West by Khurram Murad who was then the head of the Islamic Foundation with branches around the world. He outlined his Islamic revolution and the blueprint of how to bring it about in the West.
On page three of his document he posed the question: ‘What is an Islamic movement?’ He goes on to answer: ‘An Islamic movement is an organised struggle to change the existing society into an Islamic society based on the Koran and the Sunna, and make Islam, which is a code for entire life, supreme and dominant.’

Such views can find ample justification in the Koran which teaches that Muslims must be supreme over non Muslims and should be engaged in a jihad to achieve this until the Day of Judgement.

‘So lose no heart, nor fall into despair. For you must gain mastery, if you are true in faith. Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book (i.e. Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizya (poll tax to be paid by non Muslims living in a Muslim society) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.’ Sura At-Tawba 9:29 (Yusuf Ali’s Translation).

So will Islam rule the world? Of course expressing the aim of world domination and achieving it are two different things. Hitler promised 1000 year Reich but in 1945 Berlin lay in ruins and the Nazis were shattered. The Communist Manifesto spoke of the inevitability of world revolution and Communist dominance, but in 1989 the Berlin Wall came down and in 1991 the Soviet Union fell. I remember talking to wild eyed Maoists at Speaker’s Corner in London during the 1970s who said their brand of Communism would be victorious and the thoughts of Chairman Mao would last 10,000 years. Now capitalism has come to China and Mao’s Red Book is a collector’s item. Will the same thing happen to the Islamic radicals? Can we find any clue about this in the prophecies of the Bible?

What the Islamists have going for them is the wealth generated by oil reserves in Middle Eastern countries which has financed much of the spread of Islam worldwide. It also provides a powerful means of exerting pressure on the rest of the world. ‘Don’t upset us if you want a regular supply of the oil necessary to keep your system going.’ They also have a world wide network of mutual support groups through the mosques and Muslim organisations and the concept of ‘umma’ which ties Muslims to each other and means that if one is offended all are offended.


Trade Show Cases – Examine Your Options

Most portable trade show display manufacturers provide cases to ship their products. Some of them purchase premade cases from case manufacturers and some make their own cases. Either way there must be a case involved to ship tradeshow materials. We will look at some of the types of cases and examine the pros and cons of these various methods of protecting trade show display materials.

Banner stand cases

Most banner stands are constructed from aluminum tubes with retractable graphics screens inside that pull out and have a shock corded tube that supports its height at around 90″ tall. Most of these aluminum tubes are around 30-35 inches long with a 4-5 inch diameter with a weight of under 20 lbs.. Our experience is that any of the molded tube cases that fit the dims of the banner stands will work fine with these displays. Tubeshowcase It is important that adequate foam padding be added to keep the contents from sliding around inside the case causing damage.

Folding panel displays

The stackable folding panel trade show display is designed by the manufacturers to fit in a UPS able case. So most of these displays are roughly 45″ Long x 25″ wide x 6-9″ deep (depending on the number of panels). The type of cases most manufacturers use for these systems are thermo-molded shippers with lids that fit down over the bases and nylon straps that pull this lid down tight on the base holding the contents secure. Look for molded in handles that cannot be knocked off, steel buckles on the nylon straps (not plastic that can be broken easily, and look for cases with wheels on one end so that the cases can be pulled on the wheels. Usually these cases can weight from 80 to 120 lbs each when full which is impossible to carry. So wheels are critical.

Popup displays

The folding panel popup display has the most specific and unusual case of all. However, they can always be shipped in simple round tube type cases as they were in the early 1980’s when they were first introduced into the US trade show display market. Today these cases have compartments internally for rolled panels, folded geodesic frameworks and channel bars. Again wheels are important because most of these cases can weight between 60- 90 lbs. loaded. Some cases on the market have more well protected wheel wells built into the molding and therefore are preferred because they will hold up longer.

Trade show truss displays

Trade show truss displays are usually larger and heavier than any of the other trade show displays we’ve examined thus far. These displays are usually shipped in either similar cases to the panel displays or in larger truck freight only 4’x4’x2′ thermo molding shipping tubs which have provisions for forklift access on the bottoms. Most truss displays are shipped in the truck freight tubs rather than the rectangular trade show cases because these offer the most space for other options that truss systems use such as plasma screen mounts, slat wall panels, multiple shelving, lights portable tables and chairs etc.

The various shipping cases that are used for the various trade show displays options range from small tube cases for banner stands to large truck freight only tubs for the larger trade show truss displays. Most manufacturers provide the proper case for their display hardware, however occasionally more durable or appropriate cases can be found when shopping the shipping cases vendors directly.


Dental Practice Accounts Receivables – Tips For Improved Collections

Many patients come into a dental practice with the notion that insurance will cover everything. This needs to be set straight during their first visit. In fact, the word “insurance” is a misnomer. What the patient has is really a dental benefit plan, which could cover all or a portion of their treatment. The coverage is never guaranteed, and there are dozens of ways in which payment could be denied even for a preventive exam and cleaning visit.

The patient also needs to be aware that the dental benefit plan they have is a contract between their employer and the insurance carrier. The dental office has nothing to do with it. The full terms of the contract are in a document that their employer’s Human Resource Department would have. Accounts Receivable Management Software In the absence of this contract, the dental office can only provide an estimate of what the insurance payment might be. This cannot and will not be 100% accurate, regardless of the software or methodology used for the estimate.

Essential Steps for a Patient’s First Visit

During the patient’s first visit, obtain the full residential address of the patient, as well as their residential telephone number, work telephone number, and cell number. Also, obtain the name of their employer as well as the state in which they are employed.

Along with the Health History Form, include a separate Financial Policy Form that explains the financial policies of the office and clearly defines what the patient’s responsibility would be. The Financial Policy Form must achieve the following:

* Inform patients that they must pay their estimated portion at the time service is rendered (i.e., on the day of their visit).

* Inform patients that the dental office provides an estimate of the patient portion. It is not guaranteed to be accurate. Indicate clearly that any balance will be billed to the patient after the insurance pays their portion, and any credit will be issued to the patient within 45 days.

* Make sure all patients sign an agreement that they have read the financial policy and are responsible for any amounts not paid by insurance, for any reason whatsoever. If the patient is a minor, the parent or guardian becomes the guarantor.

* Do not seat a new patient in the chair and start any dental procedure until you have verified his or her insurance information.

Other Tips for Improved Collections

Estimate the patient portion accurately, and then add 10% to your estimate. Test your software for a variety of insurance plans and procedures to make sure it provides a good estimate. It is better to have a credit on the patient’s account and then reimburse, rather than having to bill the patient for a small amount.

Refrain from making your financial policies so tight that you drive patients away. Many practices get frustrated by Accounts Receivable issues, make an emotional decision to put in place stringent financial policies, and are proud of the fact that they collect close to 100%. Unfortunately, by virtue of these policies, they may have driven away significant business and are completely unaware of the consequences of their actions. Keep in mind that 98.5% of $1.00 million is greater than 100% of $800,000.

Your goal in managing accounts receivables is to maximize total collections, while minimizing uncollected payments. Many dental offices lose between $10,000 and $50,000 annually, year after year, due to deficiencies in Accounts Receivable management. By managing patient expectations, you reduce the amount of money you are leaving on the table and improve the odds of collecting nearly all the money earned in your dental practice.


Finally! Sports Marketing Jobs in Your Area

Sports marketing jobs in your area may seem hard to come by, but if you’re interested in sports and have a business or sales background, sports marketing could be the right field for you.

The opportunity to work in a traditional sports marketing field might not be available to you. If there aren’t marketing jobs in your area, there is hope.You can pursue your love of sports and business in your very own community.

When most people think of sports jobs in general, they think of business relationships thelargestpornsite between professional teams and large corporations. While this consists of a large part of sports marketing, it’s not the only way to become involved in the field. Sports exist at the neighborhood level as well as the expert level, and you can be part of it.

Community sports are the bedrock of physical and emotional advancement for children of all ages. They play an important role for many families. Whether a child participates in school or as part of a city-wide league, sports can be a huge part of their development. What’s more, city leagues, county leagues and minor league sports are a part of the community sport scenery. Just as important as these programs are, financial backing is being cut across the country. There is less cash for training, less cash for uniforms, field maintenance and less dollars for equipment.

By introducing amateur athletes to professional quality training programs that make use of the phenomenon of YouTube, mobile apps, and social networking sites, you can help them learn the skills they need and raise the funds that they need to continue their programs.

Fundamentals videos by Steve Nash, Torri Hunter, Shane Doan, Jessica Mandoza, Kerri Walsh, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, Gary McCord, Pablo Sandoval, Garrett Anderson, and more can teach amateur athletes the skills they need to advance in their sport. Each video, highlighting a specific skill or technique, runs between 1 to 5 minutes in duration. Players and teams can acquire the lessons on an ala carte basis or through a specific package of multiple videos. Marketing these videos to coaches, players and community sports management teams helps them teach children of all ages how to be better athletes.

Helping Kids Play is a unique and capable fund raising product. Instead of pre-purchasing or stocking fundraising items, Helping Kids Play requires no financial investment and therefore no risk. Kids and parents of organizations simply email their friends and family with an opportunity to support their group by purchasing online videos on a multitude of subjects. These video clips range from how to get out of a sand trap effectively in golf to wine tasting in Napa Valley and even the classic Mohammed Ali – Joe Frazier boxing event. Helping Kids Play literally offers something for anyone who wants to help a child’s organization keep on playing.

Marketing the videos allows you to use them as a unique and profitable fund-raising tool for La Jolla community sports. Fundraisers can be substantially more than candy bars and popcorn. The relatives and friends of youth sports teams can purchase access to the training videos. A portion of their purchase will go to the sports team or the La Jolla school. It’s a great way to boost the local sports community and raise money for programs that need funding at the same time.

As you can see, sports marketing jobs are there if you know what to look for. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to be the link between the professional sports world and local athletes who want to excel in their sport.


Smart Reading With Leap Frog Leap Pad Books

As concerned parents, do you sometimes find yourselves scratching your heads and wondering whether to hire a part time tutor to teach your little tot how to read? The process of learning how to read is probably the most difficult learning experience that both the teacher and the student has to learn and undergo, yet the moment both parties have successfully mastered it, then it opens up new possibilities of exploring more about the world through stories, books and literature in general. To jumpstart this amazing journey of reading, you can always depend on Leap Frog Leap Pad books to assist your child in learning his first basic words. Smart reading is not just about mastery – it is about the enjoyment that comes hand in hand with learning how to read kk-leap and this is what the toy company Leap Frog Enterprises always consider as a priority one.

To help your child improve their reading skills, it is important that you have the most appropriate and desirable learning kit and instructional materials to go with your enthusiastic supervision. The Leap Frog Leap Pad books for example are one of the highly acclaimed interactive and educational toys for kids and children as young as preschoolers and kindergarten students. This learning toy accessory can flip wonderful stories page after page without sending your child to intense boredom. A typical leap pad book contains a wide array of breathtaking stories, fun games and learning activities. Because this Leap Frog educational toy product encourages prereading skills, this is considered to be a smart reading tool for your little tot.

This book chip requires the My First Leap Pad learning system for it to work. With that you can buy many leap frog leap pad books and alternate learning habit day by day. With an enthusiastic guidance over your child, he or she can comprehend and understand the overall meaning of each story. Other leap pad books are also multipurpose in information relay as a typical leap pad does not only limits itself to helping a child how to read – it also introduces primary math skills like counting, shapes and numbers to your little tot. It has over 30 more or less different activities to which your child can enjoy.

With your support and concern, you can supervise your child as he tries to grapple the art of reading. If you are successful in that case, you will find that a part time tutor is not necessary anymore – you only need educational toys like leap pad books to help your kids thrive on reading. This will foster a parent-child relationship which is important in the child’s development and this is also an excellent opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their kids.


LEAPS, or Long-term Equity AnticiPation Securities, are essentially the same as regular options except that their expiration dates are much farther in the future.

Characteristics of LEAPS include:

First became available in 1990
Longer term expiration dates (9 to 30 months away)
Expiration date is always in January
LEAPS have a different trading symbol naming procedure than that of regular options
Converts to regular option once it gets within nine months of expiration, although the only real change is that its trading symbol changes to correspond to the regular option trading symbol naming procedure
Never more than two active LEAPS expiration cycles at any one time (e.g. Jan 2009 and Jan 2010, but not Jan 2011 until after Jan 2009 converts to regular option)
LEAPS aren’t available on every stock that trades options
Time Decay and LEAPS
The amount of daily time decay, also known as theta, for LEAPS occurs at a much slower rate than it does for near term options. In fact, a fundamental characteristic of all options is that the closer an option gets to expiration, the more its rate of daily time decay accelerates.

Advantages of LEAPS:

Ability to leverage position/investment without using margin
More time for the underlying stock to move in the direction you expect
Flexibility – LEAPS can be used by themselves or as part of a variety of other trading strategies
Disadvantages of LEAPS:
Bid-Ask spread penalty is much steeper for LEAPS than for near term options
Stock MUST move (up for LEAP calls, down for LEAP puts) by a certain amount for you to break even when held as a simple long position
No benefit of ownership (dividends, voting rights, etc.)
What You Can Do with LEAPS:
In addition to simply buying and holding LEAPS as part of an intermediate to long term substitute for owning the underlying stock (and possibly generating much higher returns), LEAPS can also be used as components of other strategies. Most often, they’re used in a covered call manner where the LEAPS are held as a substitute for owning the underlying shares and then near term options (in this case calls), are sold against them for income, or as a way to reduce the cost basis on the LEAPS.




Allure of Almond basic facts of almonds

I remember my childhood, specially the exam time , when my mother give me almond with milk in the morning and says that it helps you to keep alert and specially almond sharpen your mind and memory. And it really happens. Almonds or Badam as we call them in India.

Though the years we have discovered that almond have many other honorable qualities. Besides being used as a garnish in for everything from muffins to halwa, milk and lassi, almonds are basic ingredients of any sweets in india like khoya burfi and Boondi ka ladoo.
But before we begin to wax lyrical about the almond, lets backtrack for a little bit of history about the wonder nut.

Almond have also been one of the earliest cultivated foods, originating in Western Asia. From here they were taken to Greece, Turkey and middle east. Jews regards almonds as the symbolic part of the dinner that breaks the Yom Kippur. In India, Its customery at weddings to give five suger-coated almonds to signify the five qualities of happy marriage – health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity.

Almonds have been always favourite in Indian kitchen much before the health benefits of almonds was discovered. In India , a basket of nuts – almond , cashew, pistachio and apricot are must in a Diwali festival gifts. From Shreekhand to Sheera and Thandai to Malai-kulfi, almonds add a rich taste to the food.
St Vincent and the Grenadines are a group of islands that make up one country. Other than being next door neighbors, they bear no relation to Grenada, despite the similarity of the name. These special islands have a similar feel to the British Virgins in that you can easily sail or motor from one to the other while remaining in the same country. The similarity ends there in that these islands are still less developed and far less “discovered” than the BVI. No jet skis, aquascooters, or spearfishing are permitted in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which make it perfect for a relaxing charter (see our boats in the Grenadines). There is a conscious effort toward protecting the spectacular natural heritage of the islands.

The prevailing winds and currents are north to south, especially in the winter months. It is comfortable to sail southward from St. Vincent down to Union Island , with the wind and the swell. Steaming north can be more of a struggle but the islands are close together and a round trip can easily be accomplished in a week to ten days. But…the main point of the Grenadines is not to “accomplish” anything. As one visitor put it, “There is never enough nothing to do….”

St. Vincent

St Vincent is a rugged, hilly volcanic bit of real estate that still houses a 3,000 foot volcano named Soufriere, which last erupted in 1979. There are no white sand beaches to attract tourists, and, thus, the island has remained largely unspoiled. The interior is undeveloped and, in a sense, nothing but “wild nature”. There are not even roads crossing the island. A true “eco-tourist” will enjoy climbing the volcano or taking a trip by boat to the Falls of Baleine on the north end of the island. For the less adventuresome, the Botanical Gardens near Kingstown are the oldest in the Western Hemishere and quite beautiful. There are still specimens of breadfruit left by the famous Captain Bligh.

Bequia (pronounced Beck-way)

This beautiful island is only about eight miles from Kingstown or Blue Lagoon in St. Vincent down happy-suger to Bequia. Bequia is the largest of the Grenadines (7 square miles) and has a rich history of boatbuilding and whaling. For years it was only possible to get to Bequia on a ferry from St. Vincent or a private boat so the island has maintained a very authentic West Indian character.

The main stopping point for yachts is Admiralty Bay/Port Elizabeth. There is a long walkway around the bay with various local shops, bars and restaurants. Try the Gingerbread Café, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and also sells gourmet special ty goods including wine, coffee and caviar…or Auberge Des Grenadines, famous for fresh lobster…or Frangiapani (right on the water), known for lobster (grilled lobster, lobster cocktails etc), curried conch and its Thursday night “jump-up” and barbeque. A little outside of town, Le Petit Jardin is a special treat. Its owner/chef trained at the Culinary Institute in the US , but his style is definitely mouth-watering French gourmet. At the southernmost end of town is the Plantation House, an old West Indian-style plantation resort with cottages and a restaurant and bar.


This island hideaway (only 3 miles long and a mile and a half wide) is about fifteen miles from St. Vincent and ten from the West Cay of Bequia. Mustique is a privately-owned island sprinkled with only about 90 homes, many belonging to the rich and famous. Gently sloping manicured lawns and beautifully kept houses are characteristic of the island. The best way to get around is to rent a “mule” (heavy duty golf cart) or a motorbike (Mustique Mechanical Systems 488-8555).

Competing with Foxy’s for the most famous New Year’s Eve party in the Caribbean is Basil’s Bar ( ph# 784-488-8350 Basil’s also hosts a Blues Festival each year (from January 19-February 5 in 2007) and a Wednesday night bbq buffet and “jump-up” with a steel band. Yachties in search of a drink, a great sunset and a little Caribbean music dinghy right up to the pier where Basil’s is located. You can buy a kaftan (for which Basil’s is known) in shop adjacent to the restaurant.

Cotton House, formerly a suger mill was completely renovated in 2004, is the only resort on the island. It is small with only 20 rooms, and like just about everything in Mustique, offers complete luxury in a small, private setting.

For provisions, try Corea’s Food Store or the Mustique General Store in the harbor. (The harbor is quaint and boats hosting more than 25 people are not allowed in.) There is a lovely French pattiserie, Sweetie Pie Bakery that sells baguettes, croissants and pain au chocolat.


Canouan was a quiet island virtually untouched island until Italian developers bought it some years ago. Now it hosts a large Raffles Resort, the Tamarind Beach Hotel and Yacht Club, the Villa Monte Carlo Casino, the Amrita Spa and the Trump International Golf Club. It is not a favorite of yachties in the Grenadines, but if you have had enough tranquility, it is the perfect place for an afternoon on the golf course or evening at the casino!

Tobago Cays

Further to the south are the Tobago Cays, famous for amazing snorkeling and for the filming of “Pirates of the Caribbean ” and “Dead Man’s Chest”. This cluster of cays inside a rim of reef (Horseshoe Reef) are becoming more popular but are still far less crowded than places like the Baths in the BVI. Every morning, the “bread man” will come around to your boat offering bread and ice, two necessities. Sometimes, there will be fishermen offering fresh fish or lobster (beware the underweight/illegal lobsters!). Islanders sometimes host beach parties or bbq’s, but the Cays are by and large a natural phenomenon and remain a completely undeveloped national park. Be sure you are well provisioned before going in. Once there, soak up the beautiful sights around you, both under the water and above.


Saltwhistle Bay in Mayreau is not to be missed. It is one of the most perfect beaches in all of the Grenadines. If you arrive too late in the day during high season, you will have to anchor in Saline Bay on the far side of the island (a nice hike over the crest of large hill). (Beware of anchoring anywhere near the ferry that comes barreling into Saline Bay in order to dock at the enormous concrete pier over to one side).

Saltwhistle Bay is home to a spectacular resort called the Saltwhistle Bay Club (ph: 784-458-8444). Visiting yachties are welcome to lounge and swim at the beach (pretty much like being in a postcard that is too good to be true). For a luxury experience, reserve well in advance for cocktails at the Saltwhistle bar and dinner at the stone tables under the trees at the beach. For a little “local flavor” or a less expensive dining experience, walk up and over the hill to some of the local bars and restaurants. The food is fresh and delicious, and the people of the island are very welcoming and friendly.

Palm Island

Just a mile to the west of Union Island and south of the Tobago Cays is Palm Island . There is a narrow strip of sand just off the island, which looks like what you always imagined a deserted would be. Many of the palms that were planted here have been stripped off by hurricanes. You can anchor and go snorkeling in an area that is protected and clean.




Real Ale Returns to the UK

Ale brewing in the UK is making a comeback. When I say ale, I’m being quite specific. I don’t mean lager, or stout, I mean proper brewed beer. Ales, bitters, milds, brewed in wooden kegs rather than metal containers. Having a distinctive nutty or chocolatey taste. The sort of thing that people in Britain get their leg pulled about. After all, it is best served warm.

I know a lot of people from outside the UK do not understand this. The idea that any sort of beer is best served warm. A good real ale is best served at room temperature. It tastes a lot better that way, that’s just the way it is.

The generic term “Ale” covers a number of different subtypes, and here we’ll take a look at four of the main ones.

1. Bitter. It is a typically English term for what most of the rest of the United Kingdom calls pale ale. Made primarily from malt and coke, and roasted.

The drink has been brewed in the United Kingdom since the 15th century, and probably contains slightly fewer hops than most other forms of ale. Bitter is probably the most common form of ale served in the United Kingdom. It is unlikely that you will ever go into a public house that does not have at least one pump.

2. Mild. A mild ale is generally a younger beer, brewed in much the same way as a bitter. However, it is served much earlier after the fermenting process. It is not uncommon for mild ale to be strengthened by adding an older aged beer to it. But a genuine mild ale is simply a younger form of bitter. Breweries such as Sadler’s ale has produced a variety of milds, and the distinct differences in texture, flavour and even colour is quite remarked.

3. Pale ale. A pale ale uses a lighter malts. This is simply achieved by reducing the roasting process that most malts and hops go through before being introduced to the brewing process. Because of their light colour they can also be known as wheat beers, golden ales and many other generic terms.

Many describe the taste of a pale ale as substantially smoother than, for example, a bitter. Which I suppose makes sense.

4. Real Ale. Real ale is a purist form of beer. Unlike most other beers it is not pasteurised, and is alesco unfiltered. Purists will insist that it is served from a cask, and that’s no effervescent agent is added. This means that the pumps inside bars and pubs will require the landlord to manually pump the beer to the glass.

In the United Kingdom, the campaign for real ale lobbies strongly for the rights of real ale drinkers. Their demands include a different set of taxes for traditionally produced beers, insisting that they are part of the heritage of the country and need to be protected.

There are many other types of beer in United Kingdom, most are an acquired taste. While lager, served cold is probably still the most popular drink, over the past 20 years there have been more and more ales and real beer is making a comeback. They seem increasingly popular.

I suppose everyone wherever they are in the world has their favorite beer or ale. Some like Guinness, other Indian Pale ales or even a Coors or Budweiser. What about people who love to create their own ale though? What is their favorite? Without doubt the number one all-time favorite home brew ale to make is Goat Scrotum Ale.

I’d have to admit that the name doesn’t make it sound great, but don’t let that put you off. This ale is very popular to make because there are so many variations of great tasting ales. It can taste of ginger, sweet chocolate, or even licorice, there are so many combination’s of flavors available to you.

This ale began under the name of Tumultuous Porter in the early years of the nineteenth century and the spicy dark drink became popular until prohibition, after which it disappeared for a while. Fortunately Charlie Papazian re-discovered it and brought the ale back for us all to enjoy.

That’s the history out of the way, but just how would you go about making your own ale?

First of all you will require these ingredients:

Crystal Malt – 1 Pound

Dark Malt Extract – 5 pounds

Crushed Barley Malt – 0.25 pounds

Hallertauer leaf hops – 3.5 ounces

Black Patent Malt – 0.25 pounds

Brown sugar – 1 cup

Blackstrap Molasses – 1 cup

Corn Sugar – 1 pound

Gypsum – 2 teaspoons

Irish Moss – 1 teaspoon

Ale Yeast – 1 pack

In addition there are some other optional ingredients you can use a mixture of including grated ginger root (3 ounces), brewing licorice (2 inches) Spruce Tree Essence (2 tablespoons), Dried Chili (Up to 10), Crushed Juniper Berries (0.25 cups) and Baker’s Chocolate or cocoa powder (6 ounces).

That’s the ingredients dealt with now on to the recipe itself.

The first step is take the Crystal Malt and steep it for one hour in brewing water at 150 degrees F

Remove any remaining crystal malt then add the malt extract, both types of sugar and the molasses.

Heat it up to a gentle boil then make sure everything has dissolved.

Then add in quarter ounce of the hops plus any of the additional ingredients such as grated ginger and boil for

quarter of an hour then add in a further half ounce of the hops and boil for another quarter hour.

Next you put in the patent malt, barley malt and boil for guess how long? Yes another quarter hour!

Don’t worry we are nearly finished – add quarter ounce of the hops, the gypsum and moss and boil for another quarter of an hour, but this time add in the rest of the hops two minutes from the end.

Then allow it to cool down to room temperature before straining it into a fermenter.

You add then yeast once the temperature is below 80 degrees F.

After the fermentation process has completed add in about 3/4 cup of corn sugar before you bottle it.




SC2 Map Editor Basics – 5 FAQs About The Starcraft 2 Galaxy Map Editor

On the off chance that you need to dominate Starcraft 2, comprehension and utilizing maps is critical. Truth be told, in the event that you don’t set aside the effort to figure out how to construct guides and discover how to peruse or decipher the data, you won’t gain a lot of headway in the Starcraft 2 universe.

This article is a first in a progression of Starcraft 2 world guide editorial manager instructional exercises focused on new players. The key is to get settled with the rudiments. Here a brief glance at some regularly posed inquiries.

What is the Starcraft 2 Galaxy Map Editor?

The Galaxy Map Editor is the guide supervisor for SC2. The guide manager permits players to make their own situations and guides. At the end of the day, it is a mapmaking apparatus.

Mapmaking expects gamers to make client made guides for games. On account of Starcraft 2, players need to deal with the fancy odds and ends of the editorial manager in the event that they need to make testing maps.

What highlights are accessible in the guide supervisor?

The proofreader incorporates numerous highlights however probably the most intriguing ones are:

Various Terrain choices like no man’s land, dusk, wilderness and desert tile sets.

Guide producers can characterize various alternatives for legends and units.

Custom races are completely upheld and “fold over” guides can likewise be constructed

Players can turn on and off climate impacts with triggers.


Things To Do and Food to Eat in Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka isn’t that small of a place. Actual numbers bring the population to about the 5 million mark, with the city having roughly 1.3 million people. With that amount of people around, you know there has got to be something to do. On any day of the week if you look you will be able to find something that interests you. There are often festivals in one area or another in Fukuoka city. With a little fukuoka help from a friend or the domestic foreigner magizines and information centers you will be able to find out where the festivals are being held.

The center of Fukuoka city will have to be Tenjin (though others may argue it to be Hakata). It is the shoppers haven of the prefecture. Feel you need to do a little shopping for some nice named brands from Italy or France? head on over to Tenjin. Want to blow off some steam and hit a bar (including foreigner bars)? Tenjin is the place to be. want to meet some new friends? Rainbow Plaza in… you guessed it, Tenjin, is the place to do just that.

Right next door to Tenjin is Nakasu. Nakasu hosts nightlife entertainment but tends to cater to the more affluent individual. However, Nakasu also has a huge shopping complex named Canal City which has so many shops that you wouldn’t be able to count them all. The complex holds many restaurants, two hotels, a large cinema and in the center of Canal City is an area called Sun Plaza where it is common to find street performers doing their acts.

Of course Tenjin and Nakasu aren’t the only place you can have fun. I live about 10 minutes away from Tenjin by subway in a town called Nishijin and I can do nearly as many things here as I can in Tenjin. Bowling, swimming, soccer, billards, game centers, and even a movie theater are just a few of the things Nishijin and the nearby area has to offer.

Yahoo Dome (formerly Fukuoka Dome) is located in Momochi which boarders the sea. Yahoo Dome is home to the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. The Hawks are a strong baseball team, beloved by the city and its residents. In fact, there are only two teams in Japan’s professional baseball league who attract more than one million fans to their home games per year, and the Hawks are one of them. When the Hawks don’t have a home game you can sometimes find other activities occurring in the Dome. Yahoo Dome hosts various flea markets and concerts throughout the year.

Food, food, food!

As far as I’m concerned, Fukuoka has the best food to offer in all of Japan (though I hear food in Sapporo is quite good). Fukuoka has its own well known dishes and of course the chefs here are well capable of recreating dishes found throughout the world.


When night begins to fall on Fukuoka city you may suddenly notice many little street vendors (usually operating out of their vans) popping up all over the sidewalks. These vendors serve a variety of foods ranging from ramen to yakiniku to tempura. Yatais themselves are really a site to see.

Hard Rock Cafe Fukuoka

On the occasions when I miss American and Mexican food, I always have the option to head on over to Hard Rock Cafe right next door to Fukuoka dome in Momochi. Momochi is adjacent to Nishijin so indeed I am in luck. Hard Rock Cafe Fukuoka boasts the largest restaurant of its kind in Japan. The food is fantastic and of course the atmosphere is like all other Hard Rock Cafes out there. The staff is very friendly and since I frequent their establishment often I am treated extremely well with occasional benefits.


Though not only found in Fukuoka, Izakaya restaurants deserve a notable mention. Izakayas offer a wide variety of food and more importantly drinks at a low price. University students as well as business men can often be found in these restaurants chatting with colleagues and drinking up a storm. All Izakayas offer a different ambiance, and with some searching you will be able to find one that suits you.

Famous Fukuoka food

Fukuoka ramen

Have you ever had that cup O ramen or that freeze dried packaged ramen? bah! throw that out and try some “Tonkatsu ramen” (pork ramen) famous in Fukuoka and well know throughout all of Japan. First time I tried it I was instantly hooked and to this day try and eat it once every week or so.


Another famous food which Fukuoka is renound for is mentaiko (very tiny fish eggs). To some people mentaiko may not seem very appatizing but please don’t knock it till you try it. Mentaiko spagetti, as an example, is a delicious treat around these parts. And there are of course many other recipes which have use for mentaiko.


Unlike the nickname given to New York, Fukuoka does tend to get a little tired at night but usually not until quite late especially on weekends. One of the reasons for this in my humble opinion is the transportation shutdown at around midnight. Thats right, the subway, train, and bus system all but stops once you hit the AM. Which leaves the weary and, more often than not, drunk to either take a taxi home, walk, or I have even heard the “I will just stay up until the subway starts again at 6:00 before I go home” line used by those who just aren’t finished partying when its time for the transportation system’s last call. This isn’t just a Fukuoka special, for the shutdown happens throughout the whole of Japan.

Though the transportation system does shutdown at perhaps inconvenient times, it is a wonderful system. Perfectly clean trains, buses and subways (which are amazingly quiet) are the consequence of the shutdown for they are all cleaned during the wee hours of the morning.


Fukuoka is found on the southernmost island of the four main islands in Japan. The name of the island is Kyushu. Fukuoka happens to be closer to Seoul, South Korea than it is to Tokyo. Fukuoka prefecture is located on the northern tip of Kyushu.




The Music Gallery: Can Music Ever Be Valued As Fine Art?

troduction: The Highest Art Auction in History

Recently a Christie’s art sale became the highest auction in history. The sale included works by Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others and in total generated $495 million. The sale established 16 new world auction records, with nine works selling for more than $10m (£6.6m) and 23 for more than $5m (£3.2m). Christie’s said the record breaking sales reflected “a new era in the art market”.

The top lot of Wednesday’s sale was Pollock’s drip painting Number 19, 1948, which fetched $58.4m (£38.3m) – nearly twice its pre-sale estimate.

Lichtenstein’s Woman with Flowered Hat sold for $56.1 million, while another Basquiat work, Dustheads (top of article), went for $48.8 million.

All three works set the highest prices ever fetched for the artists at auction. Christie’s described the $495,021,500 total – which included commissions – as “staggering”. Only four of the 70 lots on offer went unsold.

In addition, a 1968 oil painting by Gerhard Richter has set a new record for the highest auction price achieved by a living artist. Richter’s photo-painting Domplatz, Mailand (Cathedral Square, Milan) sold for $37.1 million (£24.4 million). Sotheby’s described Domplatz, Mailand, which depicts a cityscape painted in a style that suggests a blurred photograph, as a “masterpiece of 20th Century art” and the “epitome” of the artist’s 1960s photo-painting canon. Don Bryant, founder of Napa Valley’s Bryant Family Vineyard and the painting’s new owner, said the work “just knocks me over”.

Brett Gorvy, head of post-war and contemporary art, said “The remarkable bidding and record prices set reflect a new era in the art market,” he said. Steven Murphy, CEO of Christie’s International, said new collectors were helping drive the boom.

Myths of the Music-Fine Art Price Differential

When I came across this article I was stunned at the prices these f2art artworks were able to obtain. Several of them would hardly evoke a positive emotional response in me, while others might only slightly, but for almost all of them I really don’t understand how their prices are reflected in the work, and vice versa. Obviously, these pieces were not intended for people like me, an artist, while wealthy patrons certainly see their intrinsic artistic value clearly.

So why doesn’t music attract these kinds of prices? Is it even possible for a piece of recorded music, not music memorabilia or a music artifact (such as a rare record, LP, bootleg, T-shirt, album artwork, etc.), to be worth $1 million or more? Are all musicians and music composers doomed to struggle in the music industry and claw their way up into a career in music? If one painting can be valued at $1 million, why can’t a song or piece of music also be valued similarly? Apparently, the $.99 per download price is the highest price a song is able to command at market value, no matter what its quality or content, and the musician or composer must accept this value as such.

The financial equation looks something like this:

1 painting = $37 million

1 song = $.99

Sometimes people say that a song can change the world, but no one ever says that about paintings. So theoretically, if people want change $.99 is the price we must pay for it.

Now here are a few statements that should help us clarify what the monetary or value discrepancy between painting and music is based upon.

(1) There are fewer painters than there are musicians.

(2) Musicians are less talented than painters?

(3) It is easier to create music than it is to paint.

(4) The public values paintings more than music.

(5) Paintings are more beautiful than music.

(6) Paintings are impossible to copy unlike music.

(7) Painters work harder than musicians and composers.

(8) Blah, blah, blah.

Hardly anyone agrees with all of these statements and yet all, or at least some of them, would have to be true in order for the price of paintings to so greatly exceed the cost of music. Moreover, I doubt that art collectors and great painters have to deal with as much legal red tape as do musicians when releasing their work into the public domain, so why aren’t the rewards equal, if not greater for musicians who have to work almost as much protecting their work as in producing it. Musicians and composers, however, actually must do more than authenticate their work and obtain accurate appraisals concerning what their work is worth, but they get paid less. The equipment costs alone for musicians is much higher than it is for painters.

Maybe it’s fame, and not money, musicians are after? That would explain why most musicians settle for the low pay they receive from record deals and digital downloads. Perhaps, that’s also why many of them are touring more often to increase their fame and not their fortunes. But wait a minute, that’s where musicians actually make most of their money from live performances and the selling of merchandise, but not the music. I guess this is why many musicians see themselves not as composers, but rather as performers and entertainers.

So what can musicians do, who don’t see themselves as entertainers, but instead as composers who create music as a fine art? Because they too have a strong desire to earn a living to support themselves in their chosen profession, thus there must be a specialized approach whereby they present their work to music lovers or art collectors in search of assets and curators for unique pieces to place in their private galleries. Imagine that, a recorded piece of music that few have ever heard which is displayed and played only on a specified music player in a private art gallery or collection.

In thinking about how a musician can follow the example set by painters in the fine arts, I’ve isolated 4 principles that should help to make the spectacular financial rewards they’ve reached possible for the musician. So let’s analyze some of the characteristics that govern the market for fine art and see how musicians can apply these concepts to their creative, production, and marketing processes.

The Ideal Vehicle for Music as Fine Art

Here are 4 principles and practical suggestions for musicians who want to elevate their music into the realm of fine art by following the example of the painters of the past and present.

1) Strive to make unique music or music collections.

The composer must design experiments with sound or compositional techniques. Some music belongs in the realm of the public, while other music solely belongs in the realm of fine art. It’s really not that difficult to tell the difference. The difference is clear when one compares the environment of the nightclub and the music one finds there with the elevated environment of the ballet or opera and its music. The difference is not necessarily one in terms of types of music, but rather in the composer’s sonic fingerprint. In other words, not everyone thinks Jackson Pollock was a great painter, but everyone acknowledges that it took him years of development to reach a point where his style could be born. It’s the style of the artist or composer that will call out to the attention of wealthy patrons, the respect of peers, and the exclusive admiration of the music appreciator. In music, the style of the composer, regardless of genre, I call ‘a signature sound.’ It’s the signature sound that music and art collectors will want to own and for that they might be willing to pay or bid up the cost of ownership to a higher price.

2) Create a music gallery.

This could be modeled after the art gallery where one or several artist put their work on display. The difference with the music gallery is that you would have a hall filled with listening rooms or stations. These showings would not be live performances, but instead will be in effect sound installations. You could also separate one hall into several compartments for different composers. The music showing would be an exclusive event provided to serious music and art collectors who actively seek out sonic experiences and buy what they like. The purpose of the music gallery would be the same as the art gallery – to give the public a sample of the artist’s talent, to give critics something to write about, to have other composers comment on the work of a peer, and to create buzz in the art world. Always remember that it shouldn’t be the event that drives the buzz, but the music that makes the event.