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Take the kids to … the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

In a nutshell

In 1545 the Mary Rose, the pride of Henry VIII’s naval fleet, sank in the Solent during a battle with the French, with the loss of hundreds of men. Since her dramatic recovery 35 years ago – she was raised on 11 October 1982 in a £4m operation – the ship has mostly been shrouded in vapour and plastic pipes. But the latest incarnation of this brilliantly immersive museum, reopened in July 2016 after a multi-million pound investment, allows visitors to get closer to this Tudor warship than ever before.

Fun fact

Most of the sailors on board carried wooden or ivory combs, not just to tidy their hair, but also to remove nits and fleas.

Best thing about it

The collection of artefacts rescued from the sea floor is extraordinary. There are thousands on display, from longbows and two-tonne guns to personal items such as wooden bowls, engraved pewter mugs, bone dice and musical instruments, all giving an insight into who the officers and crew were, what they ate, how they amused themselves and how they went to war. Just as fascinating is the story of how the wreck was discovered and subsequently raised and preserved for future generations.

My daughter loved the forensic reconstructions of how some of the crew looked. The highlight for me was finally going through sliding air lock doors on the upper deck to “breathe the same air” as the Mary Rose herself. It was spine-tingling.

What about lunch?

The museum cafe serves a small selection of drinks, freshly-made sausage rolls (£3.95) and sandwiches (from £4.25). Cakes start at £2. Boathouse No7 around the corner has a kids box selection (£4.50) as well as hot meals, from soup (£4.95) to wood-fired pizza and Nasi Goreng roast chicken (£10.95). Alternatively, enjoy a picnic outside beside Nelson’s HMS Victory.

Exit through the gift shop?

The shop is beside the exit with all manner of Mary Rose and Tudor-themed toys, books and gifts. Prices range from 60p for pocket-money toys through to a Mary Rose model kit for £285. My daughter thought the chocolate Mary Rose rat droppings (£2.50) were hilarious. Hatch’s tour activity book (£2) is worth getting for the kids as you enter the museum.

Getting there

The museum is part of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard complex. Entry is through Victory Gate at the corner of Queen Street and The Hard. South West Trains runs regular services to Portsmouth Harbour from London Waterloo and Southampton Central (you can save up to £11.05 on the gate price if you buy your train and entry tickets together). By car, follow brown signs to Historic Dockyard from the M27. The main car park is 350 metres from the entrance to the dockyard.

Value for money?

A little pricey, but we spent several hours here and the ticket is valid for a year (only valid for one day though if you buy the combined train/entry ticket). Entry is £18 adult, £13 child, family tickets £37.60 (1 + 3 children) or £49.60 (2 + 3). An “all attraction” ticket, valid for one year’s unlimited entry to all 11 attractions under the umbrella of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, is good value: adult £28, child £12, family £48 or £64.

Opening hours

Daily from 10am to 5pm from November to March (last admission 4.15pm), and to 5.30pm (last entry 4.45pm) April to October. Closed 24-26 December.

# by seungdd | 2018-01-10 15:58 | 健康

Preciza dezajno de "duobla" profesia deviga

Moneycontrol News

US-based Amazon on WednPolyU has a strong record for collaborative research and innovative research in Asia to solve specific technology problems (e.g. aviation operations) and develop new productsesday launched its largest standalone Fashion Imaging Studio in Gurgaon to support its rapidly growing India fashion retail business.

The facility called 'Blink' will offer solutions for photo shoots, editing as well as catering to sellers and manufacturers who wish to avail its service to better display their products on Amazon India.

The studio measures 44,000 sq. feet with state-of-the-art digital imaging facility. It is first of its kind in India and only third of its kind globally by Amazon. Other fashion studios of the company are in New York and London.

In addition to 16 individual high-tech photography bays, the studio also has a large editorial suite, video editing facilities, and creative spaces.

“At Amazon, we are always thinking about how we will raise the bar, how we will redefine the way the customer discovers, engages with, and shops for fashion online. All our efforts that we have made for this studio in terms of technhifuology, scale and talent are designed to deliver high-quality imagery that inspires and educates our customers,” said Arun Sirdeshmukh, Head of Amazon Fashion India.

Established as a Centre for Creative Excellence, the studio will enable Amazon Fashion to creatively collaborate with Fashion brands and partners to produce lakhs of high-quality images for its fashion merchandise every year.

“With this studio, we will continue to strengthen our relationships across the entire industry — with brands, designers, and creative talent. This is part of our plan to innovate in how fashion is displayed on the site and be the best possible place for fashion brands to present themselves online,” he added.

Since the start of 2017, Amazon Fashion added close to 50 top fashion brands to its offerings including iconic fashion brands that debuted in India like Under Armour, Steve Madden Jewelry, Juicy Couture watches and more.

The company's growing selection includes brands such as Marks & Spencer, New Balance, Forever 21, French Connection, Calvin Klein, watches from Michael Kors, Emporio Armani, and Versus by Versace.

The company is also gearing up for the Diwali sale.

"For this Diwali, we will offer about 150 million products on sale. Anything from smartphone to home appliances to apparels, we now have the largest collehifuction of exclusive products on sale," said Manish Tiwary, VP of category management at Amazon India told Moneycontrol.

# by seungdd | 2017-11-16 11:16 | 健康

On that day he begins to be old

 "I dread to come to the end of the year,said a friend to me recently, "it makes me realize I am growing old.”

William James, the great psychologist, said that most men are "old fogies at twenty-five",He was right. Most men at twenty-five are satisfied with their jobs. They have accumulated the little stock of prejudices that they call their "Principles, " and closed their minds to all new ideas; they have ceased to grow.

The minutea man ceases to grow-no matter what his years-that minute he begins to be old. On the other hand, the really great man never grows old.

Goethe passed out at eighty-three, and finished his Faust only a few years earlier; Gladstone took up a new language when he was seventy.

Laplace, the astronomer, was still at work when death caught up with him at seventy-eight. He died crying, "What we know is nothing; what we do not know is immense."

And there you have the real answer to the question, "When is a man old?"

Laplace at seventy-eight died young. He was still unsatisfied, still sure that he had a lot to learn.

As long as a man can keep himself in that attitude of mind, as long as he can look back on every year and say , "I grew," he is still young.

The minute he ceases to grow, the minute he says to himself, "I know all that I need to know,"--that day youth stops. He may be twenty-five or seventy-five, it makes no difference. On that day he begins to be old.

# by seungdd | 2017-06-14 17:06

Choose happy so happy

Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He wasdermes always in a good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

  He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

  Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, "I don"t get it! You can"t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"

  Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, "Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood." I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life."

  "Yeah, right, it"s not that easy," I protested.

  "Yes, it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It"s your choice how you live life."

  I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

  Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe(保险柜), his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off (忘记,遗漏)the combination (开启号码锁的号码组合)。 The robbers panicked and shot him.

  Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma (创伤,外伤)center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

  I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked dermes him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I"d be twins. Wanna see my scars(伤疤)?" I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place.

  "The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live."

  "Weren"t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.

  Jerry continued, "The paramedics (护理人员)were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, "He"s a dead man." "I knew I needed to take action."

  "What did you do?" I asked.

  "Well, there was a big, burly (魁梧的,结实的)nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry.

  "She asked if I was allergic (过敏的)to anything. "Yes," I replied. The Playgroup doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, "Bullets!"

  Over their laughter, I told them. "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

  Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

  Attitude, after all, is everything.
# by seungdd | 2017-02-10 15:42

The Essence of Charm

  Charm is the ultimate weapon, the supreme seduction, against which there are few defenses. If you've got it, you need neither money, looks, nor pedigree. It's a gift, given only to give away, and the more used, the more there is storage rack. It is also a climate of behavior set for perpetual summer and thermostatically controlled by taste and tact.  True charm is an aura, an invisible musk in the air; if you see it working, the spell is broken. Charm is dynamic, and cannot be turned on and off at will. As to its ingredients, there is no fixed formula. A whole range of mysteries goes into the caldron, but the magic it offers must be absolute-one cannot be "almost" or "partly" charmed.  In a woman, charm is probably more exacting than in a man, requiring a wider array of subtleties. It is a light in the face, an air of exclusive welcome, an almost impossibly sustained note of satisfaction in one's company, and regret without fuss at parting. A woman with charm finds no man dull; indeed, in her presence he becomes not just a different person but the person he most wants to be. Such a woman gives life to his deep-held fantasies by adding the necessary conviction to his long suspicion that he is king.  Of those women who have most successfully charmed me I remember chiefly their voices and eyes. Their voices were intimate and enveloping. The listening eyes, supreme charm in a woman, betrayed no concern with any other world than this, warmly wrapping one round with total attention and turning one's lightest words to gold. Theirs was a charm that must have continued to exist, like the flower in the desert, even when there was nobody there to see it.  A woman's charm spreads round her that particular glow of well-being for which any man will want to seek her out and, by making full use of her nature, celebrates the fact of his maleness and so gives him an extra shot of life. Her charm lies also in that air of timeless maternalism, that calm and pacifying presence, which can dispel a man's moments of frustration and anger and restore his failures of will Payroll Hong Kong.  Charm in a man, I suppose, is his ability to capture the complicity of a woman by a single-minded acknowledgment of her uniqueness. Here again it is a question of being totally absorbed, of really forgetting that anyone else exists, for nothing more fatally betrays than the suggestion of a wandering eye. Silent devotion is fine, but seldom sufficient; it is what a man says that counts, the bold declarations, the flights of fancy, the uncovering of secret virtues. A man is charmed through his eyes, a woman by what she hears, so no man need to be too anxious about his age: As wizened Voltaire once said: "Give me a few minutes to talk away my face and I can seduce the Queen of France."  But charm isn't exclusively sexual; it comes in a variety of cooler flavors. Most children have it--till they are told they have it--and so do old people with nothing to lose; animals, too, of course. With children and smaller animals, it is often in the shape of the head and in the chaste unaccusing stare; with young girls and ponies, a certain stumbling awkwardness, a leggy inability to control their bodies. But all these are passive and appeal by capturing one's protective instincts.  You know who has charm. But can you acquire it? Properly, you can't, because it's an originality of touch you have to be born with. Or it's something that grows naturally out of another quality, like the simple desire to make people happy. Certainly, charm is not a question of learning palpable tricks, like wrinkling your nose, or having a laugh in your voice. On the other hand, there is an antenna, a built-in awareness of others, which most people have, and which care can nourish.  But in a study of charm, what else does one look for? Apart from the ability to listen--rarest of all human virtues--apart from warmth, sensitivity, and the power to please, there is a generosity which makes no demands. Charm spends itself willingly on young and old alike, on the poor, the ugly, the dim, the boring, on the last fat man in the corner. It reveals itself also in a sense of ease, in casual but perfect manners, and often in a physical grace which springs less from an accident of youth than from a confident serenity of mind. Any person with this is more than just a popular fellow; he is also a social healer Makeup course.  Charm, in the end, is a most potent act of behavior, the laying down of a carpet by one person for another to give his existence a moment of honor. It is close to love in that it moves without force, bearing gifts like the growth of daylight. It snares completely, but is never punitive. It disarms by being itself disarmed, strikes without wounds, wins wars without casualties--though not, of course, without victims.  In the armory of man, charm is the enchanted dart, light and subtle as a hummingbird. But it is deceptive in one thing--like a sense of humor, if you think you've got it, you probably haven't.
# by seungdd | 2017-01-17 15:57