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Special Features To Make Your Wedding Memorable

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Planning a wedding is hard work and often it seems that you’re so bogged down by the big things that you forget about the small details that matter. Sometimes it’s the little extra that can make a celebration memorable, and when it comes to your wedding you deserve nothing but the best. If your wedding is looking a bit bare and you’re looking for a few ways to liven it up, here are a few special features you can add to make your wedding memorable:

Personalising places

Rather than just leaving printed place names on tables, why not do something a little bit extra to welcome your guests? One sweet suggestion that isn’t too expensive is leaving small flags in the place of place names, with one side saying the name of the guest and the other side saying the names of the married couple. A small gesture like this can be sweet to take home and keep as a memory. Otherwise, a handwritten note is cost effective and usually highly appreciated. Use a bit of folded card to write the place names and inside each card write a sentence or two, personally thanking them for coming. You’ll see smiles all round when people open up their cards and read their personalised notes.

Signs

How will you be directing your guests to your wedding? Will you be drawing arrows in sharpie on the back of an old takeaway menu, or will you be adding a personal touch? Putting signs around your venue is a great way to direct your guests and give your venue a bit of a personal touch. If you decide to put your name on the signs, they can also make for a great photo opportunity. So consider getting a few professionally made, or take the time to draw some up if you want to add your own personal touch. You can also decorate your signs with props, like flowers and bottles, to make sure they’re seen.

Favours

Even if it’s something small and inexpensive, a favour for your guests is something you shouldn’t go without. After they took the time to attend your wedding it seems only fair that you give something back. If you want to mix your favours in with your entertainment you could consider hiring a photo booth. Guests can take goofy photographs of each other and get multiple copies. One copy can be glued into the guest book next to their not to the bride and groom while the other photo can be taken phone. These booths can be great fun and they can be customised to match your theme and decorations, or even personalised with your names. So, you can find photo booth hire in London and across the UK for all kinds of weddings.

Hidden gems

When decorating a venue, people often tend to focus on the main elements of the room: the tables, the chairs, the dancefloor and the lights. Consider how you might decorate places where people wouldn’t normally expect to find decoration. For example, rather than leaving the entryway bare, consider livening it up with props, flowers and ribbons so that people can get involved with the atmosphere immediately.

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Innovations and Innovators of Scotland – a proud history

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Scots of course take great pride in Scottish history and have particular reason to be proud of  innovations and innovators that have derived from the country.

Some may think that Scotland’s innovation history began with the industrial revolution, but we were providing the world with new, better ways to do things way before then.

People will naturally think of John Logie Baird, Alexander Fleming and James Watt, but there are so many more creative luminaries that have helped to propel Scotland’s influence around the world.

Let’s begin exalting these great Scots with innovations that are used to make everyday life that much better in the home. Did you know that William Cullen, an expert in medicine and chemistry, developed the technology that went on to become the refrigerator in 1748 or that Alexander Cumming created the S-trap in 1775 that stopped toilets letting the smell of the sewers below into the home – an innovation that we still use today.

If Alan MacMasters hadn’t worked out a better way to cook toast for breakfast in 1893 in creating the electric bread toaster, who knows what kind of mess would we would be in each morning before work! Paisley’s own Clark family are responsible for innovations relating to cotton thread and it’s impact on the world.

However, we have to give maximum credit to a certain John Logie Baird, a humble, innovative engineer, for the invention of the television in 1926 which has touched almost everyone in the developed world. His place in history is cemented forever and rightfully so.

Moving out of the home and onto the streets (literally), who could ignore John Loudon McAdam, inventor of ‘macadamisation’, making roads much more durable and smooth for travelers since the 1820s which of course led to use of the pneumatic tyre in 1888 after sterling work by both Robert William Thomson and John Boyd Dunlop. And on the theme of roads, Kirkpatrick Macmillan’s innovation, adding a pedal mechanism to the bicycle, should be lauded by all those that wear cycling shorts in the modern day.

Moving into the field of medicine, John James Rickard Macleod’s truly excellent work in helping to discover the isolation of insulin led to him receiving a Nobel prize in 1923. Sir James Young Simpson’s work in demonstrating chloroform and its anaesthetic properties on humans ensured it would be used on hundreds of millions of people in hospitals all over the world and his various innovations across the field of medicine and care for humans are numerous. The physician, Alexander Wood invented the first hypodermic needle in 1853, innovating upon how bees sting.

A notable mention should go to John Macintyre who set up the world’s very first radiology department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and there are so many more medical innovations that originated from the Scottish medical community.

Perhaps Scotland’s most famous medical innovation was that of Sir Alexander Fleming and his work with antibiotics for which he received the ‘Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine’. Fleming is often seen as one of the very greatest Scots in history and his impact upon the improvement of the lives of people across the world is hard to comprehend, such is his impact.

The history of scientific innovations originating from Scotland is almost endless with exceptionally strong representations in mathematics, astronomy, chemistry and physics.

There are of course famous representations such as John Napier, James Gregory, Adam Smith, Sir William Ramsay and William Playfair, but let’s start with a brilliant chemist, James Young who created the first commercial oil refinery, distilling paraffin from coal and oil shales which started in 1856 after many years of developing the processes behind. Young had an excellent career in the UK at various companies, innovating his way from company to company, improving each one in turn, until he became a businessman himself.  In later life, he discovered in rustproofing ships and worked on the speed of light. A true, great, underappreciated Scot indeed.

Other innovators of science include Sir Patrick Manson, known as the father of Tropical Medicine, Adam Ferguson, the father of modern sociology, James Braid, the father of modern hypnotism, James Hutton, the father of modern geology and Adam Smith, the father of modern economics.

There should be many, many more innovators that Scotland should be proud of including Henry Bell (steam engines), William John Macquorn Rankine ( thermodynamic cycle), Sir Dugald Clerk (two-stroke engine), Sir George Bruce of Carnock (coal mining), James Hall Nasmyth (steam hammer), David Mushet (metallurgy), James Anderson (Scotch plough), James Chalmers (postal service), Sir Sandford Fleming (Universal Time), Alexander Graham bell (telephony), James Goodfellow (PIN code and cash machines), Sir William Boog Leishman (vaccines) and Thomas telford (civil engineering) to name but a few.

This particular writer’s most revered Scottish innovator is James Clerk Maxwell, a true genius and pioneer that many Scottish people know far too little about, which is a crying shame. A brilliant mathematician and scientist, he excelled in so many different areas that perhaps he is too difficult to study due to his sheer diversity of influence. His work in electromagnetism using his brilliant mathematical brain was astounding at the time and has grown in reverence ever since among the scientific community. To mention just his work in electromagnetism without mentioning his other triumphs such as those with colours and the discovery of the composition of Saturn’s rings would be wholly inadequate. Indeed, I could write a hundred pages about his genius and innovations.

Who was James Clerk Maxwell’s biggest fan? A certain Albert Einstein, who often explained how he owed many of his own successes to James Clerk Maxwell and even had a photo of him on his study wall.

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How has Scotland contributed to the fashion industry?

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We all know the role that some of the big fashion capitals in the world (Paris, London, Milan, New York) play when it comes to contributing to the industry, but it’s time to hero some of the unsung heroes of the fashion world. It may come as a surprise to many of us that Scotland contributes over £1 billion to the economy from the Tartan industry alone! Scotland is slowly becoming a massive influence in the fashion world and is growing in terms of the fabrics and trends it is outputting.

Firstly Scotland should be recognised for its powerful heritage and the role that it plays in that respect when it comes to fashion. Fabrics and clothing from Scotland have long since been associated with quality. Fabric such as tartan is known for being labour intensive to make and follows a complex pattern of production, which is something that attracts a lot of people in our throwaway society. One of the other great things about Scottish clothing manufacture is that many products from the area are typically labelled ‘made in the UK’ which helps to champion locally sourced and produced fabrics. With Brexit just around the corner and with worries about trade and importing goods being made to be more expensive, we should certainly be turning more towards encouraging locally designed and made fashion products. When it comes to buying anything from Trendy ladies knee high boots to gloves and skirts, it is important to know where your fashion comes from.

Changing consumer habits with the end of the recession period where cheap clothes are no longer as in demand has begun to change the face of consumer spending. With more disposable income people are more inclined to spend their money on home-grown fashion. High street brands such as Marks and Spencer’s and ASOS have taken this trend and have released collections that focus on championing Scottish manufacturers.

Scotland is also not only producing clothing for consumers in the UK but has also caught the attention of those in Japan, China and the US. The thing with Scottish fashion is that its fabrics and clothing is so tricky to reproduce to the same quality and the raw materials from where clothing comes from comes from conditions that are hard to replicate elsewhere in the world. There is a great deal of backing and support for Scottish knitwear in particular- for example in 2012 Chanel saved the dangerously closed to clothing Barrie Knitwear cashmere clothing supplier by producing more factory jobs through buying the company.

The success of Scottish fashion does not end there either. High fashion designers are bringing back attention to Scotland through the influence of world-class Scottish designers such as Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders. They are hoping that through their push of Scottish design and influence, young fashion designers will slowly become less tempted to move to London and keep the local, home grown Scottish fashion trends going.

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Dress codes for the Grand National 2017

The Grand National is slowly drawing closer. It’s a good time to consider the wardrobe if you’re planning to go there. The Grand National is the world biggest horse racing event, generating global audience counting in hundreds of millions from across over 140 countries in the world. It has never been known as the most stylish of occasions but if you haven’t been to it before you might be curious about what to wear. Check here to know more about Grand National 2017.

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Aintree is known for its glamorous and sophisticated attires. The official site says, however: “there is no official dress code, smart is preferable and is often adopted”. From the complete freestyle that has been the norm in the last few years, the Jockey Club, owners of Aintree course, tried to turn it into a more formal direction not so long ago.

Inspired by the Coco Channel quote, Aintree launched “dress style code” instead of a dress code, in hope to inspire ladies to dress and show off personality through style.

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; impeccably and they remember the woman”.

Dressing up: stylish and practical

Although it might be tempting to go all out, the thing to remember is – less is more. You may show some skin, but better stick to a faithful rule: if you’re boasting with your figure just don’t show too much.

Colours are another thing to consider seriously: pick something eye-catching to brighten things up, bold colour is a good way to add interest to an outfit!

Think twice about sky high heels, it might be not a good choice for the occasion unless you can walk in them all day. Something practical and easy to wear would be a safe pick. It might be a good midi heel, or you might want to try a low heel if you are not used to wearing them.

Things to note for men

As for men, outfit choice is as much important if they’re going to look great at the races. Although seasonal trends do not vary as much as for ladies, men have to stick with some sartorial rules they change each year. Single-breasted two-button suit with 2nd button always undone remains a classically elegant choice. Tie, bow tie, pocket squares – is a matter of personal preference. If you want to accessorise, you had better not match the fabrics precisely, but pick out an accent colour instead. The classic English dark navy suit is the most versatile and can be dressed up for almost every occasion, let it be a wedding reception or the races in style.

Some things are not allowed, of course, sport and fancy clothes are strictly not permitted. Think smart, stylish and pick something that makes you feel fantastic – and you will have a great day.

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Paisley’s Casino Problem, and Why it Isn’t One

A Short History of Paisley

The largest town in Scotland, Paisley is most well-known as the origin of the paisley pattern often seen on silk scarves and the like. The town became a recognized cornerstone of the weaving industry during the 1800s, though all of the relevant mills have been closed for almost a quarter of a decade now.

Recently, Paisley has been pushing forward its bid for the 2021 UK City of Culture – since the early 1980s the town has been losing industries and, as such, jobs, and the hope is that the use of the town’s history and culture could be used to reinvigorate public interest. Plans for major renovations of the Paisley Museum are also in development.

Gambling Laws in Paisley

Being a part of the UK, Scotland’s gambling laws are those put down by the Gambling Commission, through the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. In 2005, the Gambling Act introduced major changes to the rules of gambling in the UK, with emphasis put on providing protection for those vulnerable individuals such as children and certain adults.

In 2014, the Gambling Act was amended to include as a prerequisite that any off-shore gambling companies must first obtain a license from the Gambling Commission, as well as be subject to a 15% tax on gross profits.

The Casino Scene in Paisley

There isn’t one. Although a notable portion of the historical town’s inhabitants are wont to gamble, and do often take trips to casinos, there are no actual casinos situated in Paisley itself.

The trips that the casino-goers take are often to Glasgow, where casinos are most definitely not nonexistent. Let’s take a look at some of the top casinos there that Paisley natives can visit when looking for a night – or day – of gambling.

  1. Riverboat

The Riverboat is a Glasgow classic, and simply cannot be beat. The staff are beyond friendly and helpful, the food excellent, and the casino itself is exactly what you’re looking for when you go to a casino.

  1. Merchant City

With four-and-a-half stars on TripAdvisor, Merchant City Casino is a bit more modern than the Riverboat, with updated computer system integrated with their slot machines. They have periodic events which add some nice variety to the casino aspect, too.

  1. Alea

A professional staff and expectation-shattering presentation make the Alea stand apart, and the food itself is no letdown either. The casino part of it may not be on the same level as the previous two establishments on this list, but a trip to the Alea will guarantee a good time nonetheless.

Online Casinos in Paisley

The great thing about the casino scene in Paisley is that, without even leaving the town, you have access to a fantastic online casino such as 888casino just by clicking on this link. Due to online gambling being integrated into the laws of UK gambling, the doors were opened.

It is true that Paisley itself does not have any physical casinos. But between the charming offerings of the neighboring Glasgow casino scene, and the online betting sites available in the modern era, Paisley has no shortage of casino access for those who look for it.

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Skateboarding in Renfrewshire

Longboarding, which is also known as sidewalk surfing, is a combination of surfing and skateboarding that originated in Hawaii around 1959 when the first commercial skateboards appeared. Skateboards were sold in big department stores such as Sears and in some neighbourhood stores, but skateboards were often viewed as kids’ toys.

Sidewalk Surfing

Skateboarding caught on in Hawaii when surfers realised that the rolling motion of skateboards mimicked the motion of the waves. On days when the surf was low or it was too rough to go into the water, the surfers could continue to ride the sidewalks. In California, like in Hawaii, skateboarding quickly became popular among surfers and teens. Skateboards evolved through the years, becoming shorter and wider for tricks. Later, a desire for a longer, smoother riding board led to the creation of the modern longboard.

Early Skateboards

Early skateboards were often homemade contraptions created by taking the wheels from old-fashioned roller skates and attaching them to a plank or board. Generally they were made in backyards by teenagers. Teenage boys often made the longer boards because commercial skateboards were actually sold as toys, and were too short for them to use for riding or tricks.

Locations

There is an excellent facility in Robertson Park Renfrew for longboarding and skateboarding in general, get yourself down and enjoy fellow skaters talks about their skills and talents. Tony Hawks might not be there but the second best thing is the park itself.

Development of Urethane Wheels

Modern skateboarding and longboarding took off in the 1970s when urethane wheels appeared. These wheels were stronger and made for faster speeds and more versatile boards. The sport quickly expanded to include pool surfing, in which surfers skateboarded in empty pools. These pools were the forerunners of skate parks. The skateboarder culture appeared with the first skate parks. Skate parks largely vanished in the early 1980s because of the high insurance costs and lawsuits that drove many parks out of business.

Resurgence of the Longboard

The resurgence in longboarding started in the early 1990s when Tony Hawk and other celebrity boarders popularised skateboarding and skateboard tricks, think to yourself   is rimable a good brand,  I would suggest its one of the best. Large numbers of young men who had been skateboarding for years kept boarding as they got older. The huge response to snowboarding in the 1990s also helped bring back longboarding. Many snowboarders turned to the longboard in the spring and summer months when there was no snow. The 1990s saw an explosion of boarder culture and interest in all sorts of boarding. Unlike the 1970s, this was no fad. Skateboarding and longboarding have evolved to become a serious sport, with competitions that include downhill racing, the X Games and World Cup Skateboarding.

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10 STEREOTYPES ABOUT THE BRITISH THAT ARE ACTUALLY UNTRUE

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The United Kingdom is a land of mélanges and miscellanies. 64 million people, give them the credit to at least have 64 different things, shedding British stereotypes and being an important and powerful nation, with equally important nationals. Think beyond the red telephone booths, black taxis and bowler hats, because it is time to break the ice on British stereotypes.

 

They are all white-skinned Englishmen: The United Kingdom includes Northern Ireland, Welsh, Scotland and England. So no, not all people there are white, not everyone is light haired, and no one looks the same.

  • Excessive indulgence in cricket: Although, the sport of cricket originated and became popular during the British empire; trust the Brits enough to have found other interests and more so in football, snooker and rugby.
  • The loyals to the royals: Yes they love their nation, and yes Britain has had a legacy of royals and their relatives, but no. No, they are not all cousins to the throne, nor are they mates. The population is 64 million. It is not one big fat family.
  • The British are rude or do not show emotions: Long gone are the days when British wouldn’t share their emotions, it was the Victorian era. They are more empathetic, sympathetic and welcoming to the world and its people than ever.
  • Dental problems of them all: The dental care system came later in Britain than the US and Germany, but now, its stands at par and most people enroll at an early age for care. Thus, there are lesser ‘horrible’ teeth, as it is believed.
  • Rainy weather and small talks: The weather in the UK is unpredictable. If it is humid in the day, there chances it will rain in the evening and hence rains come up as a topic in most conversations. However, just like anywhere in the world, this might just be an opener. And it does rain more in Greece, which is in the same continent.
  • Warm beer servings: The reason the beer which finds its roots in Britain itself is served warm is to give its drinker an exquisite taste, texture and complexity. To serve the people the best way possible.
  • Culinary skills in the UK: It is often believed that British have dull food. But what goes unnoticed it that the nation has more than a 100 Michelin star restaurants, and serves the food variety of major ethnicities of the world.
  • The language and the slang: Since, we have established the diversity of the nation. It is easy to say, that every few turns, the language and the slang change from welsh to Scottish. Even the dances and dresses change, and the bakery items and their recipes.
  • The global impact of the UK: people believe it to have gotten less, but with the Brexit, the economy shook. The world still is in awe of the Beatles, David Beckham, and the writings of Shakespeare.

Author Bio: My great passion is to bring healing to people by helping them acquire personality development skills, allowing them to excel in life. A small business owner, studied in Chicago University and have been teaching personality development and linguistic skills since last 18 years.

 

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Why do warehouses need reliable flooring?

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Many of us underestimate the importance of having high quality warehouse flooring. The managers of warehouses really do need to take the time to consider what is being stored and the movements/ processes that are being undertaken in their warehouse before investing in a flooring solution. There are a wide range of flooring types that can be found in a warehouse and each have their own properties that make them suitable for their environment. Warehouses are typically harsh environments when it comes to flooring as they see constant traffic and have to withstand heavy object being placed and moved around them. Some warehouse floors also have to be to be extremely flat in order to be able to hold up high rise shelving and storage structures.

The type of flooring you choose to have in your warehouse is vital. If a warehouse contains corrosive chemicals or explosive goods then they will be in need of extremely strong flooring that offers static control. In the case of a medical supply warehouse, the flooring will need to be antimicrobial and resistant to chemical erosion in the event of a spillage. All floors tend to need to be hardwearing and provide the opportunity for an easy clean in the event of a spillage. Most importantly, however, warehouse flooring also needs to be long-lasting. Properly laid flooring takes a great degree of skill to insert and should last for many years before needing any sort of repair.

When it comes to cleaning warehouse floors, there are some factors to take into consideration. While many focus on the danger of a liquid spill, it is important to note that powder spills can be equally as dangerous. The right type of flooring solution can help to make the clearing up process far quicker and more efficient. When warehouse managers are exploring flooring options, it is vital that they take into consideration the amount of maintenance a floor will receive on a daily basis.

The floor type that you choose can truly impact on the success of your business. Concrete warehouse floors can be very easy to split and deteriorate at a faster rate to flooring materials such as epoxy for example. One of the things that you could consider for your warehouse is refurbishing and updating your flooring economically. Finding a durable, safe and long lasting warehouse flooring solution is important regardless of the type of products and materials your warehouse contains.

Floor coatings are very popular warehouse flooring solutions as they improve the longevity of your floor as well as how well the floor functions. The protection that a floor coating can provide can be all that is needed to strengthen your original warehouse floor and prevent it from damage as a result of continued forklift and pallet jack use. The right type of warehouse flooring can certainly go a long way in increasing the efficiency of the way a warehouse runs so always seek the help of a flooring professional before choosing one for your warehouse.

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The benefits of franchising in Scotland and some details

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There are a number of business tactics, which are followed by big businessmen, such that they can earn a lot of profit. The only way to on more profit is to work hard, and depending upon the kind of business, you might have to work very hard on you will have to toil a lot before you can on a lot of profit. But once a proper business tactic is followed, it will definitely help you or a businessman one profit within a short period of time.

Limited profit

For example, if you have on a lot of profit, and you are looking for more, you might not have additional options by working hard. You might be working 18 hours a day to make your business one of the most popular business in your city. But that doesn’t mean that you on a lot of profit at the end of the day. Your profit will be limited. But if you want to make your profit unlimited there is a good business method, which is called franchising. Franchising is a kind of business, which is run by the biggest supply chains and business chains that run all over the country and sometimes franchising can even help the business to spread worldwide.

Business franchising

In case of franchising business, a particular businessman, just consider A teaches the way of business to another person, who wants to enter the business and let us name him B. In most of the cases businessman A will also provide the is an equipment to businessmen B, such that the businessmen B can start the business. There will be a contact, where the businessmen A will ask for a certain amount of money or profit from the businessmen B, and the remaining profit will remain with businessmen B. Thus, it is a good way of business, and if a bigger businessman starts franchising business, he can on a lot of profit. The smaller businessmen as well can also on a lot of profit, which can be enough to start a new business.

Additional details and benefits

In the above case, the businessmen A is considered as a franchisor and the businessmen B can be considered the franchisee. It is a great way of business, and if such kind of business procedure starts in Scotland, it is going to be profitable for all kind of businessman. Though there are a number of franchising business, which are active in Scotland, but it is not many. Scotland is a country, which has a good GDP, but it is not as good as other countries in the continent. If the businessmen understand the details of business franchises, they can understand the reason behind franchising, and they can also get interested worth it. It will not only help them to on a lot of profit, but it can also help Scotland to increase its GDP. Thus, by the process of business franchising, the small businessman can be a part of GDP growth of Scotland.