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Going on Holiday by Plane

People opt for different means of travelling when going on holiday. The distance to be covered, the cost and the time taken are some of the deciding factors of choosing the transport type. Without doubt planes have become a favourite mode of transport for many over the past few decades but as usual, everything has its pros and cons.

Pros

The first positive thing about planes is that they are a fast way to get to your holiday resort. They make it easy to travel the world in hours rather than days hence you will reach your holiday destination quickly. This factor also eliminates the chance of you arriving at your destination when extremely tired due to long road trips. Planes are convenient, as a passenger you just sit back and enjoy the ride and let the pilot and crew take you on your journey, you just board the plane order a drink or food and relax.

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Entertainment, meals etc. are managed adequately by the staff, plus the pilot does all the driving. Flying can be a relaxing way to travel as it gives you a chance to chill out and read a book or watch a movie on your way to your holiday destination or even use that extra time to work. Long haul flights are usually a bit more spacey and comfortable with extra leg room and a more comfy seat but shorter journeys of four hours or less are usually done by short haul planes which are similar to a coach with limited leg space and entertainment. Most airlines provide drinks for sale on board as well as snacks and meals but they can be very expensive.

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Cons

The first problem with air travel usually starts at the airport for most people. There are usually long queues at ticket and security points, some people feel harassed by the security checks and you have to be at the airport for quite a long time before boarding the plane. The fixed time of travel means that any element of lateness will result to one missing their flight. Flying is not ideal for some travellers; especially if sight-seeing along the way is on your agenda, the fast mode of travel through the air means that travellers miss the chance to site see different places other than a fleeting glance as you fly by. For many people a flight basically eliminates the fun of travelling. Travelling to far places results in long hours on the plane. This proves to be uncomfortable for some people. The cost of air travel is more expensive than other means such as cars and trains. The longer the trip, the more the prices rise.

All in all, air travel is a decision that can only be made by a traveller after analysing their needs. It is a good form of transport depending on one’s preference and ability.

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Fly Fashion Trends Across The Globe

The world of fashion is simply amazing. Fashion trends change so fast in the world today but the good thing is that the versatility of options is always maintained. Different continents in the world seem to develop a particular spectacular sense of fashion that is unique to them. Its popularity spreads around the world and that’s how a trend comes around. Let’s indulge in this amazing world.

African Ankara (tribal)

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The African Ankara design is popularly known as tribal. African traditional wear comprised of clothing with amazing patterns. The evolution of this fashion trend has hit the waves of late with different aspects being brought alive. Traditionally, it came in conservative forms of long dresses and skirts for women and wraps for men. Its versatility has been explored with amazing designs such as short skirts, pants; both fitting and loosely held, long dresses and skirts and head-wraps. The tribal wear is not only limited to clothes; shoes and bags can also be created with these patterns. With clothes it can be worn as print on print, meaning both top and bottom wear have the same print, or even different prints; also, it can be worn with a solid colour at either the top or bottom.

Colour your world Asia

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Asia is commonly known for the traditional saris, hans and kimonos. These dead fashion trends were recently brought to life through exquisite manipulation of the original wears. The conservativeness of the clothing is maintained but some skin is shown here and there. The Indian sari offers the chance of showing skin at the arms and the belly. The Chinese hanfu has of late been shortened to considerable lengths but the silk material has been maintained. The Japanese kimono is now being created in form of dresses, pants and sweater wrap-arounds. Asian fashion trends follow the use of lots of colour and emphasis on details. This feature of colour also brought about the floral patterns on clothes, shoes and accessories.

Bold America

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American fashion is extremely bold. Current trends feature showing hints of skin in an elegant form. This fashion is championed by trends such as chiffon, lace, sheer and cropped tops. Chiffon and lace are very versatile since they can work well for both formal and casual wear. Chunky jewellery is also a key feature of American fashion. The use of geometric patterns on clothes is part of the sleek American fashion. Colour, patterns and designs are the main elements of this trend.

Straight Europe

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Europeans have always been conservatives, which is great since the whole world can’t be so bold and showy. European fashion focuses on classy jackets and hats. Military-buttoned jackets are amazing for both men and women, be it in form of long trench coats or fitting day jackets. European fashion centers around the use of bold, solid uni-colours and patterns. Long skirts and fitting tops, fitting pants and loosely held tops or loose pants and fittings tops are the most followed trends.

Of late, the evolution of old fashion trends seems to be happening in all parts of the world. A combination of all these trends would work well for anyone’s closet. The bonus point is that these fashion trends apply to both male and female of almost all ages.

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Different Cultures around the World

The need for greater cultural understanding is steadily gaining awareness in schools and universities all over the world for various reasons. Sweeping global issues continuously dominate our radios, televisions, newspapers, and internet portals on a daily basis. For mankind to fully gain a sound perspective on all the dynamics surrounding these events, they must first acquire complete understanding of the diverse cultures and societies from around the world globe. Humans need to comprehend how the different cultures around the world helped contemporary global issues as well as how it affects their future.

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Examples of different world cultures

The purpose of this piece is not only to inform on the different cultures around the world, but to also educate on common misconceptions that some may have.

• African culture: Most Westerners treat Africa as if it were a single country. Most Africans believe in many gods, alongside practicing Christianity or Islamic religions. Africa is also famous for its diversity in music and dance styles which include Afro-beat, Mbalax, Makossa, Soukous, among others. Polygamy is accepted in some African tribes.
• Hispanic culture: The Hispanic population encompasses Mexicans, Cubans, Spaniards, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Guatemalans, and any other groups that consider Spanish their first language. Hispanics are well known for having close-knit family groups which they consider their most important social unit. Their family units usually extend beyond just the nuclear family. Hispanic people also place great value on their overall appearance to symbolize their sense of honor, pride, and dignity, or Machismo, in short. Religion is a significant influence in their daily lives, and more than 90% of Hispanics are Roman Catholics.

• Indian culture: India is the birthplace of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Its citizens also practice Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity to a lesser extent. Hindus revere the cow, which they consider sacred and are not allowed to eat. Indian cuisine is famed for its curries and versatile vegetarian dishes. Indian curry is included as a national dish in countries like South Africa and the United Kingdom due to the large number of Indians residing there.

• Japanese culture: There are two major religions observed by the Japanese: Buddhism and Shintoism. Popular martial arts like Judo, Karate, and Jujitsu also originated from Japan and have today spread to literally every corner of our planet. Sumo wrestling is the National Sport of Japan. Due to being an island nation, Japanese cuisine consists mostly of seafood varieties popularly represented by sushi.

• Arab culture: From a cultural and linguistic perspective, the term “Arab” is used to refer to people who speak the Arabic language as their vernacular, and who mostly live in the Middle East and North Africa. All Arabs are united both culturally and historically, although they are not considered members of a single race. A majority of Arabs practice Islam, with small pockets of Christian and Jewish Arabs being found in some areas.

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Conclusion

All cultural history, no matter how remote, can help in explaining how our world evolved into what it is today. This can enhance our understanding on why modern global influences are generally looming larger than ever before. Cultural issues are at work everywhere, because globalization and immigration have made our planet a melting pot of people from diverse heritages. Hopefully, the few cultural tidbits detailed above will be enough to get you curious enough to investigate further aspects of the different cultures around the world.

Your New Self

The Journey Called Self Improvement

Your New Self

Self-improvement, in simple terms is one’s quest for growth – physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual. The growth is mainly self-guided and is directed towards actively improving one’s quality of life and living. A number of authors have highlighted the immense value of improving one’s former self, for the change is always welcome for both, one’s own personality and for the world in general.

The Need For Self Improvement

None of us are born perfect. However, each one of us has scope to change ourselves for the better. In the course of life, many opportunities present themselves before us, encouraging and inspiring us to improve and become better individuals. Self-growth is important to make the most of what we are and also to attain success in the extremely competitive world of today. Besides, it is also essential for the realisation of our dreams.

Guide To Self-Improvement

The secret to personal growth lies in identifying our weaknesses and setting up goals aimed at changing ourselves in a positive way. For instance, a student who finds it difficult to concentrate in his studies can aim to enhance his concentration power by consciously making an effort to introspect and find out ways to better himself. He can try to tone up his brain through mental exercises, practice meditation or seek help from professionals who can help him increase his ability to concentrate. Here are a few tips and tricks that can unleash the positivity in us and guide us to the path of becoming wholesome people in more ways than one:

* Discover your passion to become a better version of your previous self.

* Remember to be patient. Skills take time to build. Brick by brick, day by day, you will be able to construct a solid foundation of a new you.

* Be an optimist and seek company of people who encourage you to achieve your goal.

* Embrace discipline. Things like timetables and schedules can go a long way in changing us for the better. As they say, ‘You make your habits and then habits make you.’

* Remind yourself to be open to constructive criticism. Trust your family and well-wishers, their intentions will always be right.

* Develop hobbies. There is no age-barrier to start reading books or playing tennis.

*Let bygones be bygones. Overcome your fears and march bravely into the arms of the future.

* Be aware of the world around you. General knowledge is power in every way. It brings confidence and strengthens self-image.

* Consider your life as a journey and not a destination. Half of the fun lies in getting there and the learning experiences of the journey are worth it, anytime, anywhere.

* Stay motivated. Find reasons to create a space for yourself in the world.

All of us have the potential and scope for self-improvement which goes beyond who we are, where we came from or what we have been doing in the past. Self -improvement is ultimately related to becoming happy people who are generous, forgiving, wise and contented. Promise yourself a reincarnation of sorts!

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Kids as young as 7 learning computer coding

Within our schools it has become more and more important for children to learn how to use a computer from a young age, children at a nursery school age are now being introduced to ICT, what starts off as simply learning how to click with a mouse from the age of 3 or 4 develops up to using all aspects of a computer to interact with daily life and using a computer for research as well as online games and shopping, all is taught eventually.

 

Recently there have been major changes in the think tanks that control our children’s curriculum, although children have been taught how to use a computer and software not all have been taught what actually makes a computer do what you ask of it when you click the mouse or log onto a website.

 

From September 2014 ICT will be replaced by the new G.C.S.E  subject in computing, this will involve a few changes but the one that is probably most important is that children will actually be taught how to create, read and write coding, coding is the actual language that the computer reads to do absolutely everything it does, from turning on to printing to actually creating webpages from scratch, it all involves coding of one type or another.

 

Primary schools in England are to have lessons in computer programming and coding as part of the school curriculum from September 2014. Teaching programming can be fun for children as young as five. Amongst other things they are taught to use technology safely and to keep personal information private, they also learn about communication on line and how to be careful using such programs as Skype etc. Programming from scratch will give a child a view from the ground up of ICT technology and teach them how to predict behaviours from simple programs by using logical reasoning. Gaining this experience when young is essential as today’s young are the next generation of inventors and innovators.

 

In Britain we are somewhat behind some countries when making these important changes to the national curriculum, countries such as Estonia are already teaching this in primary schools and have been teaching computer programming for some time now. Typically children as young as seven have already learnt to master these skills and put them to work, not just in theory, actually in practise, some of the children in an Estonian primary school had programmed some robots to move around. They have learnt that lots of things are programmable. They are taught the computer language as well as using them.

 

More time spent on computers may worry some parents, but time spent “learning” on a computer has got to be better than spending time on numerous gadgets that children play on these days, why not learn our children to produce things that will innovate others on a pc rather than play on something somebody else has produced. Children should always be encouraged to use technology.

 

Most students found the old ICT curriculum quite boring. Computing based on problem learning for children will be rigorous, exciting and very relevant. Children will be able to operate and express themselves in the digital world which is a very exciting prospect indeed.