What Makes a Great Package Holiday?

What Makes a Great Package Holiday?

In previous times, packaged holidays were perceived as the resource of the poor and the unemployed; “upper class” people did not take packaged holidays. But as the world economies have constantly suffered inflation rates rises, the cost of taking a whimsical holiday is getting higher and higher, and each day more and more people plunge into a semi-depression, as they realise that they simply cannot afford a vacation as they did once before.

So packaged holidays are increasing gaining popularity and shaking off the prejudices of the past. Packaged vacations are becoming a popular sweet sixteen and society’s presentation present amongst the young generations of the modern days, where they can plan and visit important tourist attractions – or even devote an entire trip to learning history in the company of their peers.

But exactly what is it that makes a great packaged vacation, and what should you be looking for so you can enjoy the best possible time – and not submerge yourself into the bottomless pit of debt. Amongst the first things that you need to make sure of is that your packaged vacation has the following:

• Secure accommodation; regardless if you are hiring or purchasing a packaged vacation in the wilderness, the first thing that you need to make sure of is that you will be able to rest at night in a place where you will suffer no harm.

• Travel arrangements; most packaged vacations offer transportation to and from the airport, bus depot or train station. Even so, sometimes the packaged vacation offers transportation to and from the residential city and the holiday destination.

• Meals. In the most common packaged vacations, at least one meal is included; however, it is possible for you to include more than one meal with a modest increase of the package cost.

• Taxes. Sometimes packaged vacations require you pay certain taxes; and the package includes the payment of such taxes. It is important that you make sure your packaged holiday includes the payment of all required taxes, otherwise your traveling budget will be compromised, and you will find yourself too restricted or forced to call home for additional funds.

• Tickets and entrances. When you are buying a packaged vacation you probably will do so with plans to take part in museum visits and other exhibitions and shows; as a result of this, your packaged vacation has to be able to provide you with official seats and entrances.

Of course, there are exhibitions that cannot be planned and are not included in the packaged vacation, as a result, you will not have the benefit of having tickets in advanced to such displays. Therefore, you will have to restructure your traveling budget to be able to attend them. Take this into consideration when doing the calculations for the amount of money that you are planning to take with you.

Finally, you should make sure that the travel agency with whom you are buying your package vacation has offices or representations in your traveling destination, so that if you experience any problems you have someone to turn to that speaks your language – and can provide anything that you requested.

Packyourbags.com is known for its special offers and has all the resources for you and your families all you have to do is just to plan their Package holidays.

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Leather Conference Folders & Promotional Bottled Water – Why They Make Great Promotional Gifts

Leather Conference Folders & Promotional Bottled Water – Why They Make Great Promotional Gifts

At your next Conference will you target your product or service by giving delegates a Leather Conference Folder or do you target the delegate’s personal care with Promotional Bottled Water? This article discusses both possibilities and then leaves the choice up to you.

When a delegate receives information on the conference they have been invited to it sets the level of expectation immediately. If you contact the person via E.Mail with a PDF map that could be acceptable. However if the information arrives by post along with a relevant Promotional Gift such as a good quality road map or pen then it makes it much more personal. It gives the delegate the impression that they matter and that they can look forward to more pleasant surprises upon arrival. Perception is vital so you must get it right at the outset.

Upon arrival at the event the delegate can expect to pick up a bag with relevant information on where to go, what to do etc. But imagine if when they arrive that the information is presented in a Leather Conference Folder with their initials engraved upon the outer cover? All of a sudden this person feels that they are a valued individual and not just part of the crowd. You can see this for yourself at the next event you attend. Watch what attendees do with a plastic carrier bag, it is usually dropped at the feet of the recipient whilst they remove their coats or sign in. It is then left lying around or discarded entirley. Compare that then to the person whose personalised Leather Conference Folder is treated with care and respect. The folder will be put down carefully on a surface and it will be studied carefully as if it were an important item.

By catering for the attendees personal needs you once again demonstrate a personal touch. Giving each delegate Promotional Bottled Water tells them that you know they will probably get thirsty and you care enough about them to solve that problem. Unlike a pen or keyring this really is all about them and their personal care and not about you and your product. That said of course by branding the Promotional Water Bottle you achieve two wins for the price of one.

So which one you choose is completely up to you. Do you use the Leather Conference Folder or the Promotional Bottled Water? You will be aware that either of these items work well in delivering your message to its intended audience. The water will almost certainly be consumed on site so could be considered as a short term Promotional Item whereas the personalised Leather Conference Folder will definitely be taken back to the office or home and valued as great quality Business Gift.

Personally I believe you should give them both options but then as a Promotional Merchandise supplier that probably won’t surprise your will it?

Paul Beirne has been in the Promotional Clothing business for more than 20 years and is Sales Director of http://www.btcgroup.co.uk/about.html This UK based company is the largest privately owned manufacturer of Promotional Clothing and Promotional Merchandise in the UK.

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    The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

    The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

                    Misty clouds, rising from the dark green faces of the Great Smoky Mountains during the morning, appeared like smoke tendrils.  The twelve-car train, wearing the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s tuscan red and Rio Grande gold livery and pulled by an EMD GP-9 diesel locomotive, vibrated and clanged its bell atop the gravel-imbedded rails next to the gray, wooden Bryson City depot, as it prepared for its imminent, 44-mile, round-trip departure to Nantahala Gorge.  Passengers, many of whom had dislodged from buses, inundated the tiny portico waiting area, lulled into a North Carolina mood by a guitar-strumming trio.  I would make the journey in the MacNeill Club Car, number 536, today, attached to generator car 6118 and trailed by Silver Meteor dining car 8015.  That journey, inextricably tired to these western North Carolina mountains, could trace its origins to the mid-1800s.

                    Although the ruggedly beautiful area had been rich in natural resources, such as timber, fertile soil, and minerals, the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains, peeking at 6,000 feet, had rendered it isolated and inaccessible, with a rough, wagon-plied route its only connection with the rest of the state.  After considerable efforts to persuade the state legislature of North Carolina to rectify this deficiency, it had agreed to subsidize the construction of track between Salisbury and Asheville in 1855, to be used by the Western North Carolina Railroad.

                    A smooth development period, spanning six years, had been thwarted in 1861 by the Civil War, at which time some 70 miles of rail had yet to be laid, but momentum had ultimately been regained 16 years later, when convict labor had been employed for the first time.  Five hundred tracklayers had been subdivided into 150-men camps, each of which had been led by a captain, a foreman, and several guards. 

                    An erroneous route survey, revealing that existing topography had been unsuitable for track, had required another decade to properly determine, and had been exacerbated by crude, hand tool usage and primitive rock removal methods, the rocks themselves expanded by fire-created heat and cracked after drenchings with cold water.

                    The rails, following Indian trails and cow paths, entailed an 891.5-foot elevation gain with an average two-percent grade, and passed through five tunnels, and the precarious route had hardly been forged with safety.  Indeed, on March 11, 1879, the Swannanoa Tunnel, which had been being bored from both ends, had collapsed and instantly crushed 21 workers.

                    Murphy, already the eastern terminus of the Marietta and North Georgia Railroad, served the same purpose in 1891 when the tracks for the Western North Carolina’s Murphy Branch had been laid, albeit six years later than planned, and traffic interchange between the two had been facilitated when the former had changed its gauge from narrow to standard.  The 111 miles from Asheville had, for the first time, been connected by rail.

                    Despite the delays incurred by its construction, its crude method, topographical obstacles, rough roadbed, and lack of ballast had often caused derailments, a condition partially alleviated with the addition of culverts and abutments.

    Rapidly becoming the lifeline to the communities lining it, it carried supplies, agricultural products, and timber, and connected with other, existing shortline railroads, such as the Alarka Valley, the Appalachian, the Carolina and Tennessee Southern, the B&B, the Smoky Mountain, the Ritter Lumber Company, the Sunburst, and the Tuckasegee Southeastern, but it had always been plagued by steep grades, sharp curves, low-capacity locomotives, and inferior maintenance.

    Three years after its completion, the Southern Railway took control of it, and, in 1907, it had been reorganized as the “Murphy Division,” with Bryson City serving as its headquarters.  Its local businesses and industries, manufacturing pulpwood and pallets and selling propane, had heavily relied on rail transport to support their activities, routinely requiring feed, cross ties, lumber, and sand.

    Improved road access, however, gradually replaced the need for the rails.  In 1937, for instance, two daily trains had departed Murphy—a freight service at 0600 and a passenger run at 0800—but by 1944, only a single passenger train had plied the line, leaving Murphy at 0715 for Asheville and returning at 1415.  Aside from offering increased western North Carolina access, road development had been necessitated by the opening of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Diminishing timber resources, coupled with the completion of the nearby Fontana Dam, had finally resulted in the permanent discontinuation of passenger services on July 16, 1948.  Thirty-two years later, in 1980, 2,239 freight car loads had plied the rails, yet by 1987, the number had dwindled to 817.  During the last three years, by which time the railroad had been acquired by Norfolk Southern, regularly scheduled service, of no more than five cars, had only been maintained between Waynesville and Andrews, with stops in Murphy only sporadically made.

    Maintenance costs, already high because of the 34 bridges connecting Dillsboro with Murphy and the excessive track curvature, had escalated without a commensurate increase in revenue, and in 1984, the Champion Paper Mill, long dependent on the line for its business, had converted its traditional pulpwood product to woodchips, packaged in a cube whose size had precluded its rail transport through the Dillsboro and Rhodo tunnels.  Costs to either lower their roadbeds or increase their ceiling heights had been prohibitive, particularly for use by only a single company.  As a result, the papermill had been forced to truck its products to Canton and Norfolk Southern, unable to stem its losses, had been forced to abandon the 67 miles of track between Dillsboro and Murphy in 1988.

    Although several prospective operators had explored both passenger and freight uses for it, none had been financially self-sustainable, and on July 18 of that year, the North Carolina Department of Transportation had forcibly purchased the track for 0,000 for the intended introduction of a passenger excursion train operated by the newly-established Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

    Its initial equipment, two GP-9 locomotives from Burlington Northern and Union Pacific, along with several converted, open coaches, had been joined by a 1942 Baldwin steam engine originally built for the US Army and two more GP-7 diesels from Chicago and North Western by 1995.

    Its present fleet, comprised of open cars, coaches, “Crown” coaches, club cars, dining cars, and cabooses, had been acquired from several railroads and extensively refurbished.  Track modifications, whose 80- and 85-pound ratings stipulated 25-mph maximum speeds, have entailed heavier rail and track side lubricator installations on sharp curves, the reinforcement of many trestles, and the redecking of the bridge crossing the Tuckasegee River at Dillsboro. 

    In 1996, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad purchased the Dillsboro-Andrews section of track from the state of North Carolina, while the state itself continued to own the remainder of it, from Andrews to Murphy.

    Acquired three years later, on December 23, 1999, by American Heritage Railways, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad became one of three excursion trains owned by the new company, which operates similar ventures in Colorado and Texas. 


    Bryson City, origin of my own Nantahala Gorge excursion, is a mountainside community of 1,400 located on the Tuckasegee River and named after Colonel Thadeus Dillard Bryson.  Incorporated in 1887, it had been laid out in accordance with the ancient trails and roads of the Cherokee, who had originally referred to it as “Big Bear Springs,” and today serves as a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains and is the hub for the railroad.  Because of its proximity to the Fontana Dam, it had temporarily burgeoned during its construction period.

    The current railroad depot, built during the 1890s, is the only one remaining from the Southern Railway’s operation of the line, although its freight storage portion had since been removed and replaced by an open portico.  A one-and-a-half mile long rail yard, of four tracks, had facilitated the town’s many industries, including the Carolina Wood Turning Company, the Carolina Building Supply, the Southern Concrete Company, and a petroleum dealer, while a turntable, a water tank, and a coal chute had been instrumental in the then-present use of steam locomotives.  Bryson City is located at mile marker 63 on the track running from Asheville to Murphy.

    My train’s complement had included the 1955-manufactured diesel engine, a generator car, the MacNeill club car, the Silver Meteor dining car, the Dixie Flyer dining car, the Conductor’s Café, the Bryson City coach, the Wildwater open car, the Cherokee coach, the Fontana open car, the Crescent Limited coach, and a caboose.

    A car coupling-created lurch preceded the train’s initial movement at 1030, as it slowly glided over Everet street-imbedded track, soon mirrored by the stationary, red and gold Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s chain of coaches cradled by the freight yard, before it plunged through dense, almost tunnel-like foliage at increasing, although still-gentle speeds.

    Re-emerging from the dense forest, whose tall, thin trees stood like sentinels guarding the single track, the chain of cars inched away from Bryson City, paralleling the north bank of the Tuckasegee River.  The original roadbed, curing to the right at mile 64.5, had been replaced by the present route in 1944 because of dam construction-created flooding.

    Traversing a steel truss bridge, which had been constructed in 1898 and spanned 426 feet, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad crossed the Nantahala River, and thence arced into a 12.1-degree curve, commencing an almost-imperceptible climb up a 1.3-percent grade, before reaching its summit by means of a horseshoe curve to the left.  The Alarka Creek, a blue sheen amidst the blur of deep forest green, flashed through the left windows.

    The train’s gentle rock, lulling me into relaxed serenity, prompted closer internal inspection of the MacNeill club car in which I rode.  The line’s newest addition, it had been built in the 1940s and had previously been designated the “Powhatan Arrow,” operating Norfolk and Western’s service of the same name on its Premier line until 1982, at which time it had been transferred to the merged Norfolk-Southern’s Steam Program.  Although it had been refurbished in 1993, it had been subsequently damaged the following year in a collision in Lynchburg, Virginia.

    No longer needed after the Steam Program had been discontinued in February of 1995, it had been auctioned and acquired by the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, renamed in honor of Malcolm and Jean MacNeill for their years of service and dedication, and for their vision of an economically viable western North Carolina scenic railway.  It had been inaugurated into this service in mid-1999 on the very Nantahala Gorge run I had currently made after meticulous restoration.

    Opulently decorated, it had featured a serving area; single, swivelable, tan-upholstered, opposed easy chairs separated by round tables on one side, and pairs separated by rectangular ones on the other; wood-grained wall paneling; brass lamps above the tables; and thick, red carpeting.  Fruit salad, blueberry muffins, and coffee had been served shortly after departure.

    The sun, finally managing to tear the billowing white, gray, and silver cloud deck open, revealed patches of blue.  The pine green, glass-reflective surface of Fontana Lake, once a fertile valley, flicked through the dense foliage before opening up to a full water body, at mile 72.2.  Its very creation had dictated the current railroad’s route.

    The Murphy Branch track, having been 8.5 miles longer, but with gentler grades, had followed the north bank of the Tuckasegee River to Bushnell, the small community located at the converging point of the Little Tennessee River and the junction of the Carolina and Tennessee Southern Railway Company’s track.  But World War II-necessitated demand for increased electrical power to facilitate production of vital war materials had sparked the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Fontana Dam Project and the Murphy Branch’s track rerouting.

    Fontana, a town 1.5 miles from the construction site, had been nucleic to its successful completion and the Carolina and Tennessee Southern’s track, extended 2.84 miles along the Little Tennessee River, had formed the temporary lifeline to it, facilitating material and machinery transport.  A timber trestle had been built over Eagle Creek.  A four-track rail yard, long enough to support 100 cars on each of its spurs, along with a machine shop, a carpenter shop, a warehouse, and storage areas, had formed the base of the project, and cement-filled boxcars had run from Bryson City to the dam, conveying 8,000 cubic yards of concrete and 15,000 tons of sand and gravel per day.

    The war had carried two stipulations: the dam had to be completed within a two-year period and steel could not be allocated for it, requiring relocated or reconstructed bridges and enormous amounts of fill to substitute for otherwise needed trestles.

    Three different rivers had formed the bottom of the newly-created Fontana Lake when the resultant reservoir had flooded 24 miles of former Murphy Branch track from Bryson City to Weser, and the dam, at 480 feet, had been the highest in the eastern United States and the fourth-largest in the world when it had been completed in 1944.

    The old line, discontinued by the Southern Railway between mileposts 64.5 and 88.2 on September 25 of the previous year, had been replaced by the new one on July 30, 1944.

    Eating away the steel girder, concrete stanchion-supported Fontana Lake Bridge, the present Great Smoky Mountains Railroad crossed the evergreen-reflected water.

    At milepost 76, orchard remnants, location of the former Southern Railway president’s summerhouse, moved by.  Following the azure of Fontana Lake, the diesel locomotive negotiated the 14.2-degree curve to the right at mile 77.8, the relocated line’s sharpest, which could only be safely traversed at five mph.

    The Nantahala River, a fluid life force exploding into small fumes of white anger with every rock and boulder obstacle thrown in its path, paralleled the 12-car link.

    Lunch, served in the Silver Meteor dining car attached to the MacNeill club car, had included grilled vegetables, portobello mushrooms, and creamy goat cheese on a hero, served with seasoned potato wedges and a side of lettuce and tomato.  The two-axle, lightweight car, built in 1940 for Seaboard Airline Railway and restored by the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 1994, had featured a forward galley; twelve, four-place, black lacquer tables with upholstered, floral motif-sporting chairs; small, brass lamps; and gray, geometric textured carpeting which had adorned the bottom half of its sidewalls.

    The Conductor’s Café, a snack car constructed in 1949 and an alternative eating venue, had been operated as a dormitory on the Atlantic Coast Line Railway and had also seen brief service with Amtrak before being converted to its present configuration in 1997.

    Plying the last mile of relocated track, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad passed Weser Creek Falls and the Nantahala Outdoor Center before crossing the Appalachian Trail at milepost 80, now cradled by steep mountains which formed Nantahala Gorge and impeded all but the high, afternoon sun’s rays from penetrating it.  The track, paralleling the river, had been laid close to the mountain’s side with the aid of nothing more than picks and shovels and seemed to bore through cool air and nature’s dense, perennially-green, vegetation-created tunnel.

    The caves beyond the coaches’ right windows had once been used by hunters and settlers and had been instrumental during the Cherokee’s exile to Oklahoma in its Trail of Tears period.

    Maneuvering through the line’s sharpest curve, of 17 degrees, at milepost 83.2, the train approached Talc Mountain, approaching Nantahala, once the last location of a water tank, a coal chute, and a sand tower for replenishing steam engines, thus necessitating sufficient provision for the 56-mile round-trip to Murphy and back.  Today, it had served as my own journey’s terminus.

    Diesel locomotive 1751, disconnecting from its 11-car chain, passed it on the Stanley track to its right before reconnecting in front of the caboose and reinitiating motion, now in the opposite direction, after a barely perceptible lurch, destined for the Nantahala Outdoor Center and a one-hour interlude.

    Gently lurching and rattling, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad retraced its path, boring through the forest green walls which reeked not of soot or coal, but instead of dense vegetation.

    Amid the rushing of the river, where the tracks briefly doubled, it inched into the Nantahala Outdoor Center.  Immediately above the green canopy, tiny specks of blue had rendered the otherwise white and silver cloud blanket an afternoon mosaic.  The center itself, starting point for rafting excursions and permanently suffused with the heavy scent of pine, had been comprised of several wooden, rustic cabins housing gift ships and restaurants.

    After having been pelted by a fierce, but quick rain shower during its one-hour rest, the diesel locomotive, once again signaling imminent departure with its whistle, released its brakes at 1400 and reinitiated momentum, each car induced into coupling-snagged motion like a chain in mimicked reaction.

    The Nantahala River, now paralleling the train on the right side and a reflection of the mountain-covered vegetation, appeared a crystal green mirror.  The gentle blue of the sky crested the towering trees.

    Traveling in a northwesterly direction, the long chain of cars thread its way through the dense forest toward the almost-blue peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains ahead, their wheels screeching in protest as they adhered to the track’s curvatures.

    The cork on the champagne bottle had been popped and cheese and crackers had, in the meantime, been served in the MacNeill club car.

    Fontana Lake, draped by green-carpeted hills and dotted with houseboats, once again glided by, now visible through the long, rectangular windows on the left side, as if they had served as large television screens depicting a world from which one had been temporarily disconnected in the self-contained coach.

    Following the dense, green mountain valley-cradled tracks, the train once again traversed the steel truss bridge and inched past the railroad yard, crossing Evert Street in Bryson City and snagging its brakes for a final time abreast of the gray depot.

    Climbing down from the MacNeill club car, I stepped back on to the gravel and caught glimpse of the last car.  Behind it lay a track comprised of light rails laid by convicts through mountainous, river-abundant terrain, having requiring restricted bridges, small tunnels, tight curves, and varying grades.  Behind it lay a story of the Murphy Branch, which had provided the lifeline to the Great Smoky Mountains’ isolated communities, facilitating their growth and development, and connecting town to town.  And behind it lay the ultimate connection—the one from soul to soul.

    Opening the door, I stepped into the Bryson City depot.

    A graduate of Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus with a summa-cum-laude BA Degree in Comparative Languages and Journalism, I have subsequently earned the Continuing Community Education Teaching Certificate from the Nassau Association for Continuing Community Education (NACCE) at Molloy College, the Travel Career Development Certificate from the Institute of Certified Travel Agents (ICTA) at LIU, and the AAS Degree in Aerospace Technology at the State University of New York – College of Technology at Farmingdale. Having amassed almost three decades in the airline industry, I managed the New York-JFK and Washington-Dulles stations at Austrian Airlines, created the North American Station Training Program, served as an Aviation Advisor to Farmingdale State University of New York, and devised and taught the Airline Management Certificate Program at the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center. A freelance author, I have written some 70 books of the short story, novel, nonfiction, essay, poetry, article, log, curriculum, training manual, and textbook genre in English, German, and Spanish, having principally focused on aviation and travel, and I have been published in book, magazine, newsletter, and electronic Web site form. I am a writer for Cole Palen’s Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York. I have made some 350 lifetime trips by air, sea, rail, and road.

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    Special Tips For Making Great Scented Candles

    Special Tips For Making Great Scented Candles


    Making scented candles is simple. Wax+ Scent+ Color=Scented Candle. But how do you make those candles stand out from the sea of other scented candles out there. One way is to corner the “green” market. With a little bit of research you can be making scented candles that appeal to those who are more eco-conscious.

    A few of the elements of your candles that will appeal to the “green” community include things like renewable wax sources and natural fragrances. Another thing you can do to help your “green” marketing efforts is to package your candles in biodegradable or recyclable materials such as glass or recycled paper or card board. Play up these points and you’ll be well on your way. So now let’s talk about actually making scented candles for this demographic.

    One of the attributes that make environmentally sustainable candles so marketable is the wax. Waxes such as soy and beeswax are environmentally friendly. Soy wax is made from soy beans, and soy beans are one of the most widely farmed products in the country today, providing everything from food to oil to biofuel.  Soy wax burns at a low temperature making it a better choice to have in a home with families, as it’s less likely to cause burns. Making scented candles with soy wax also has another unique benefit. When warm the wax, which is somewhat oily, is used as a great massage oil since it’s beneficial for the skin.  Beeswax is a much more dense wax, but it has advantages as well. Making scented candles from all natural beeswax is very simple as the wax already has a natural sweet scent and color that is characteristic of the wax. If you get the wax directly from the bee keepers, the wax will often still contain flower pollen, adding to the sweet smell.

    The other attribute of “green” candles that makes them so marketable is that they are usually scented with pure essential oils. These oils provide a variety of healthy benefits through aromatherapy. Making scented candles with pure essential oils allows for the oils to be suspended in the wax, which makes it last longer than using it in any other way.

    The final thing to consider when you are making scented candles that really appeals to this particular demographic is the packaging. The packaging should be recyclable or made of post-consumer recycled material such as card board boxes and raffia ribbons. Be sure when labeling your products for sale that you play up the eco-angle and you’ll be sold out of those eco-friendly scented candles in no time.

    Pat McTigue is a candle making enthusiast. For great information on
    making scented candles, visit http://candlemakingsuccessplan.com/.

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    Modern Office Furniture Manufacture Can Be Great For the Environment

    Modern Office Furniture Manufacture Can Be Great For the Environment


    In today’s society green is in,  not the color of course, but being green in an environmentally friendly way. In our domestic lives, most of us contribute to doing good things for the environment by recycling our milk cartons, cereal boxes and soup cans. We may even leave our cars at home and dust off our bikes occasionally. It is good to know that our efforts help to make a difference. Modern homes may be built using environmentally friendly products and finished with environmentally friendly accessories.  The need for being ‘green’ has now extended to the business world where companies can choose to use environmentally friendly office furniture.

    Basic requirements of ‘green’ office furniture are that their core materials come from a sustainable source,  ie that more trees are planted to replace those which have been chopped down for manufacture. Another specification would be that the furniture be produced using high levels of recycled or recyclable components, both in the construction materials and in the packaging.  Other stipulations are that the noxious gases CFC and HCFC must not be employed in the foam utilized for office chairs and other seating. Energy efficient lighting is also a recommendation.

    These key five areas tend to be considered when pronouncing office furniture to be ‘green’:

    1) Packing materials – individually cartoned items use more materials than palletized loads.

    2) Location of fabrication  – sourcing locally manufactured products saves on fuel and exhaust emissions.

    3) Adhesives and finishes – these must  be toxin free which aids in the reduction of harmful compounds.

    4) Renewable materials – using products made from quickly growing plants and trees decreases the negative impact on our forests

    5) Recycled content – the highest percentage is a must

    Practically speaking, eco friendly office furniture looks no different, nor does it perform any differently from the standard variety. Most people would have no idea that your furniture had been of sustainable fabrication or made from recycled  materials. With a little application,  businesses  can take steps towards making their offices healthy, responsible work places, and along with our personal  efforts, we can all improve our environment.


    Andrew Spencer writes informative and useful articles on office furniture. For more about:office desks, office chairs, reception counters, meeting tables and office screens seehttp://www.londonofficefurniture.co.uk

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    The Great Fishing Package

    The Great Fishing Package

    Are you planning to have a trip to Alaska but keep on worrying to spend too much of your money and just put it to waste? Or are your friends or relatives are planning to go outing together but you do not have enough money to spend and you are scared that you would have lack of money and cannot enjoy with them? Then there is only one way to spend less at your trip to Alaska! The Alaska fishing resorts and other companies offers you an Alaska fishing package. It will help you on your trips and your most unforgettable adventures at Alaska. The package fishing tour of Alaska can also lessen the things that you would be spending so you can manage and save your money and you can also budget the money that you would be spending.

    The Alaska fishing package is also a best deal to be chosen. Not only that you can manage your money that you would be spending but the fishing package tours of Alaska would also satisfy your needs. It would still give you the best and memorable experience that you have been seeking for. The fishing package of Alaska is also the best thing that must be chosen because it has many kinds of trips and adventures that can be chosen.

    You can also ask for reservations at the fishing packages of Alaska because many people are also seeking for this package tours. So if you are willing to choose and go for this trip why not do it earlier? Tell your friends, your family, and your friends. They might want to come and spend there money with you. in that way you can save  much money.

    In the Alaska fishing package you can go to different parts of the country of Alaska. You can also see many wonderful and inspiring sights. The fishing package tours of Alaska is also a best choice for you to meet different kinds of people during your trip. It is the best package deal that can give you a memorable trip and an unforgettable happiness that you would encounter.

    The best package deal of Alaska is a trip that would teach you on how to catch big and humongous fishes like the king salmon, silver salmon, halibut and ling-cod. This package deal would make your skills in catching fish from beginner skill to the pro skill in just the blink of the eye. You can also learn many different kinds of thing at the package deals of Alaska. You would never regret that you have spend a single penny at the package deals that you have been chosen.

    So what are you waiting for? Come and book your self to the most exciting fishing package deal of the Alaskan packages.

    Chris Hanson is an expert inALASKA FISHING PACKAGE. He turned his passion for fishing into career, he is willing to guide you create memories out of his good experience and knowledge. For more information, check out www.sitkapointcharters.com.

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    5 Great Games For Your Halloween Party

    5 Great Games For Your Halloween Party

    Everyone loves party games. When you have a thematic party, the games you offer can actually be quite straightforward to plan. Look at some old standards and put a thematic spin on them! Here are some ideas for your next Halloween party :

    Pin the Spider on the internet ? All that you need is a gigantic piece of clear plastic, a black permanent marker, some rubber cement and a paper spider of some kind. Draw a web on the clear plastic. Put some rubber cement on the back of the paper spider and have the guest attempt to ?stick it? Online. Even if they don?t and hit the wall instead, it is great fun.

    Hot Pumpkin ? Grab one of those mini pumpkins from your local grocery store. It will make the ideal prop for playing ?Hot Pumpkin?, and Halloween difference of ?Hot Potato? Play some spooky Halloween music and when it stops, whoever has that pumpkin is out for that round. Play till there is just one left and you have got your winner!

    What?s In The Coffin? ? Played exactly like the tray party game. Several items are put on a tray and you have got to remember as many of the items as you can. Place items related to Halloween, like a pumpkin or jack-o-lantern, candy corn, bouncy balls that have an eyeball designs, black pussy stickers, and spooks made out of suckers and tissues inside a ?coffin? ( shoebox ). Show it to the guest for half a minute to a minute. Then give them paper and pencil and have them write down as many items as they can remember. ( folks can help babies. ) Whoever guesses the most items wins the coffin full of goodies.

    How Many Candy Corn Are In The Jar? ? Purchase a glass jar. This jar can be as little or big as you want. Now, buy enough candy corn to fill the jar. Count how many candies go in till the jar is full. Now the guests can guess just how many are in there. The closest guess wins the jar! ( You can do this with any kind of candy, suckers, or chocolate bars. )

    Musical Chairs ? To make it follow the Halloween theme, decorate the chairs with skeletons and spider webs. Use Halloween music to play.

    These are just a few of the thematic party games you might create to go together with your Halloween bash! Think of your favorite game and make a holiday twist.
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    Why Green Tea is a Great Fat Burner Choice

    Why Green Tea is a Great Fat Burner Choice

    Many people who wish to lose weight are looking for a healthy and safe supplement that works with dietary and exercise changes they have made to meet their goals. In this case a green tea fat burner can be a good choice for anyone trying to burn away excess body fat. If you are unsure of green teas weight loss attributes here are several reasons why it can be a good choice.

    Overall, green tea is known to be good for its healthy benefits even for those who are not trying to lose weight. It is chock full of antioxidants which help rid the body of free radicals as well as toxins which many feel are linked to many health problems and diseases. One of the things many of its proponents point to is that those who use it find themselves feeling more energetic and able to do more physical activity. This, of course, leads to more calories burned through out the day.

    Green tea is also very functional in that it can be used in many different ways as a fat burner. It can be made into tinctures which are placed under the tongue and seep into the blood stream quickly, giving you its benefits almost instantaneously. It can also be packages in capsules (gelpacks) which provide a more long term sustained release. You can also get its benefits simply by drinking it because it is, after all, a tea.

    Probably the most compelling reason to use a green tea fat burner is that it is safe for nearly everyone who wishes to use it. It doesn’t cause the nervous jitters that many fat burners are known for because of the low amount of caffeine it contains. With the added benefit of antioxidants green tea has little to no side effects for most people. It can be a great addition to any weight loss program that incorporates a healthy diet and exercise.

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    7 great misunderstanding about the safety of your system you really safe

    7 great misunderstanding about the safety of your system you really safe

    Install a firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware tools, the use of encryption technology to send and store data, install the Microsoft and various security companies continue to enhance the security of the tools and patches … … seems to be a deep breath, but is it it?

    The following are the seven systems and network security misunderstanding, take a look at the data you have you might think it safe.

    Misunderstanding a data encryption to ensure the protection of

    The data encryption is an important part of data protection, but it is not no mistake. JonOrbeton is to develop software ZoneLabs ZoneAlarm firewall, senior security researcher, he supports encryption, but warns: Hackers use sniffers, but now more and more perfect, able to intercept SSL and SSL transaction signals to steal encrypted data. While encryption helps protect data from being stolen was read, but there are several encryption standard has loopholes. As long as hackers have the appropriate tools, we can drill these holes empty.

    Misunderstood two bulletproof firewall will let the system

    Many people said: “We installed a firewall.” But even the best firewall, IP data through their traces can still be read. “Hackers as long as the tracking of IP network address containing system trace, we can understand the server and connected to the computer with their details, and then use this information to drill holes in the empty network.

    This requires network administrators not only to ensure their own version of the software running on the latest, most secure, but also always concerned about the operating system, bug reports, always pay close attention to the network, looking for signs of suspicious activity. In addition, they also wish to use the network’s end users are given clear guidance advised them not to install the new software has not been tested, open executable email attachments, access to File Sharing sites, such as software running on and configure their remote access procedures and unsecured wireless access point, and so on.

    Misunderstanding three hackers ignore the old software

    Some people believe that if running the old system, it will not be a target for hackers because the hacker only stare at the more widely used software, which version of the software than we ourselves are more used to the new.

    Is not the case, the hackers, the most recent patch does not update or not the Web server is a common point of attack. Many older versions of Apache and the IIS (Internet Information Server) would have been buffer overflow attacks.

    If the storage space could not handle too much information, there will be overflow, buffer overflow to occur. Additional information will always spill over into a place, so that hackers can exploit the loopholes in the system, so that should not have to enter additional information into this place.

    Misunderstanding four Mac machines are safe

    Many people also believe that their Mac systems with the same old system, not vulnerable to hackers. However, Symantec recently released a report found there in 2004 identified 37 species of MacOSX vulnerabilities. The company warned that such vulnerability may increasingly become the target of hackers. For example, in October 2004, hackers write a script called Opener of the virus. The script can MacOSX firewall failure, access to personal information and password, open the back door so you can remotely control the Mac machine, in addition to the data may be deleted.

    Misunderstanding 5 software patch so that we are more secure

    Some tools allow hackers to Microsoft through its WindowsUpdate service release patch for “reverse engineering.” By comparing the patch changes occur, the hacker will be able to find out how to solve a patch vulnerabilities, and then identify how to use the patch.

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