Creative Engagement Gift Ideas

September 30th, 2016

By E. Franklin

An engagement should be a very exciting time for a couple! It can also be very stressful. Many times the engagement will entail a great deal of planning, get-togethers with family and friends, and then more planning!

There are certainly ways to help alleviate the stress that comes with the engagement period by making it a little easier on the couple. Here are some creative engagements gifts that you can give to her, him, or to both of them to make their engagement go by much smoother.

House Cleaning Service

A house cleaning service can be a really creative gift idea that will be totally welcomed! If the couple lives together, then getting them a few house cleaning coupons can be a wonderful way to help them out during this stressful time. If they are hosting showers or having family stay over for their wedding, then they can rest easy knowing that they can get their house in tip top shape before guests come over without lifting a finger. With so many little details to worry about, it will be a great relief to know that they do not need to worry about cleaning the house all by themselves.

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Wedding Day Accessories

If you are familiar with their style or if the couple has shared some definite ideas that they want for the wedding, then consider getting them some wedding accessories for the actual wedding. This may be a pair of beautifully engraved champagne flutes or perhaps a ring bearers pillow. This gift will allow them to check off one of many things on their to-do list. If you are planning on going this route, then make sure keep the gift receipt, just in case they decide to change their theme or colors at the last minute. Either way, your thoughtfulness will be appreciated.

Gift Certificate to Her Favorite Salon

If you and bride-to-be are very close, then you might consider getting her a gift certificate to her favorite salon. This can be a wonderful surprise for her and she can use the certificate for so many things. She can get a pedicure and manicure for her bridal shower or even her wedding. She may want to use it for a wedding up-do consultation or to get her hair colored before the big day. She will absolutely love it because it will be one less thing she will have to worry about.

Dance Lessons

For some couples, the first dance is a dreaded part of the wedding, but it doesnt have to be! Consider getting the happy couple a gift certificate for dance lessons! This can be a fun way to bring the couple closer together to help ease any anxiety that they may feel about the first dance. If your couple already loves hitting the dance floor and are thrilled about their first dance, they can use the gift certificate to learn new types of ways to dance, like tango or salsa! Learning a new type of dance can be a great way to relief stress and not to mention what a work-out it will be!

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Augusten Burroughs on addiction, writing, his family and his new book

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Augusten Burroughs on addiction, writing, his family and his new book

September 30th, 2016

Friday, October 12, 2007

I had an unofficial phone call from Gay Talese last Tuesday. He had just flown back from Colombia and he was cranky. “I’m happy to do an interview with you,” he said, “but what the hell could you ask me that’s not already out there? Have you even bothered to look?!”

“Jeez, Mr. Talese, lots of things,” was my response. I lied. The truth is that when I call people to interview them, I do not have a set of preconceived questions. My agenda is to talk to them and gain a sense of who they are; to flesh them out as humans. To find out what they think about the world around them at that moment. With Gay Talese I had little interest in talking about Frank Sinatra Has a Cold and with Augusten Burroughs I had little interest in discussing Running with Scissors. I want to know what they think about things outside of the boxes people have placed them in.

With a memoirist like Burroughs, even this is a challenge. What parts of his life he has not written about himself, other interviewers have strip-mined. When we met for dinner at Lavagna in the East Village, I explained to Augusten this issue. I suggested we make the interview more of a conversation to see if that would be more interesting. “Instead of you in the catbird seat,” I said, “let’s just talk.”

We struck an instant rapport. What set out to be an hour and half interview over dinner had turned into four hours of discussion about our lives similarly lived. I removed half of the interview: the half that focused on me.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s conversation with writer Augusten Burroughs.


Contents

  • 1 On addiction and getting sober
  • 2 On the Turcottes and his mother
  • 3 On his work
  • 4 On the response to his work from addicts
  • 5 On belief in a higher power
  • 6 On the gay community
  • 7 On his new book, A Wolf at the Table, a memoir about his father
  • 8 On women’s breasts and tattoos
  • 9 On losing his hair
  • 10 Sources

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Shimon Peres discusses the future of Israel

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Shimon Peres discusses the future of Israel

September 30th, 2016

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

This year Israel turns sixty and it has embarked upon a campaign to celebrate its birthday. Along with technology writers for Slate, PC Magazine, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Aviation Weekly, Wikinews was invited by the America-Israel Friendship League and the Israeli Foreign Ministry to review Israel’s technology sector. It’s part of an effort to ‘re-brand the country’ to show America that there is more to Israel than the Palestinian conflict. On this trip we saw the people who gave us the Pentium processor and Instant Messaging. The schedule was hectic: 12-14 hours a day were spent doing everything from trips to the Weizmann Institute to dinner with Yossi Vardi.

On Thursday, the fifth day of the junket, David Saranga of the foreign ministry was able to arrange an exclusive interview for David Shankbone with the President of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shimon Peres. For over an hour they spoke about Iranian politics, whether Israel is in danger of being side-lined in Middle Eastern importance because of Arab oil wealth, and his thoughts against those who say Israeli culture is in a state of decay.

The only crime I committed was to be a little bit ahead of time. And if this is the reason for being controversial, maybe the reason is better than the result.

Shimon Peres spent his early days on kibbutz, a bygone socialist era of Israel. In 1953, at the age of 29, Peres became the youngest ever Director General of the Ministry of Defense. Forty years later it was Peres who secretly gave the green light for dialogue with Yassir Arafat, of the verboten Palestine Liberation Organization. It was still official Israeli policy to not speak with the PLO. Peres shares a Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzak Rabin and Arafat for orchestrating what eventually became the Oslo Accords. The “roadmap” that came out of Oslo remains the official Israeli (and American) policy for peace in the Palestinian conflict. Although the majority of Israeli people supported the plans, land for peace was met with a small but fiery resistance in Israel. For negotiating with Arafat, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shouted at Peres, “You are worse than Chamberlain!” a reference to Hitler’s British appeaser. It was during this time of heated exchanges in the 1990s that Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by Yigal Amir, a Jew who thought it against Halakhic law to give up land given by God (Hashem).

Peres is the elder statesman of Israeli politics, but he remembers that he has not always been as popular as he is today. “Popularity is like perfume: nice to smell, dangerous to drink,” said Peres. “You don’t drink it.” The search for popularity, he goes on to say, will kill a person who has an idea against the status quo.

Below is David Shankbone’s interview with Shimon Peres, the President of Israel.

Contents

  • 1 Israeli technology
  • 2 The future of the peace process in Israel
  • 3 The waning importance of history
  • 4 Is Israel a united society?
  • 5 Iran: will Israel strike first?
  • 6 The 2006 Lebanon War
  • 7 On American politics
  • 8 Peres on his Presidency and learning from the future, not the past
  • 9 Related news
  • 10 Sources

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New Jersey backpedals on proposed bikini waxing ban

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New Jersey backpedals on proposed bikini waxing ban

September 30th, 2016

Saturday, March 21, 2009

New Jersey has reversed its plans for a state-wide ban on bikini waxing after salon owners from across the state spoke out against the proposal.

The New Jersey Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling planned to consider a ban on so-called “Brazilian waxes” in response to two women who reported being injured during a wax.

But state Consumer Affairs Director David Szuchman, who oversees the board, asked them to abandon the ban in favor of reviewing and establishing safeguards for those who provide the service.

“Many commentators have noted that the procedure could be safely performed,” Szuchman wrote in a letter to state board President Ronald Jerome Brown, according to the Asbury Park Press. “I, therefore, believe that there are alternative means to address any public health issues identified by the board.

Salon owners from across the state expressed relief with Szuchman’s decision.

“It was an unnecessary issue,” spa owner Linda Orsuto told the Associated Press. “In New Jersey especially, where the government has been picking our pockets for so long, it was like, ‘Just stay out of our pants, will you?'”

Although millions of Americans get bikini waxes, which generally cost between $50 and $60 per session, the practice comes with risks. Skin care experts say the hot wax can irritate delicate skin in the bikini area, and result in infections, ingrown hairs and rashes.

Waxing on the face, neck, abdomen, legs and arms are permitted in New Jersey. Although state statutes have always banned bikini waxing, the laws are seldom enforced because the wording is unclear.

If the measure had passed, New Jersey might have become the only US state to ban the practice outright.

Although Szuchman’s letter was crafted more as a recommendation than an order, media reports said the ban would likely never be approved without his support because his office oversees the board.

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Silver Rings For Men Helps Them Become More Presentable

September 26th, 2016

By Efren Evans

Silver is one of the most famous metals for wire artists. There are many reasons why most men are fascinated in silver rings and jewelries because they are very easy to make and can be personalized. Plus the fact that they can be made out of cheap materials which can still look good. Silver rings for men can be easily teamed up with different types of stones. There are lots of different kinds of silver rings which are composed of silver wired and precious gems.

There are different designs that are very famous these days among men of any age. They use it to accentuate their style and to keep them trendy. Silver rings for men are very important to keep their masculinity livelier. There are lots of impressive silver rings for men that you can buy from online shops today. When you look for the best silver rings which can also impress your love ones and friends you should look for the best skull rings online.

Do you know that silver jewelries can tarnish and looks darker in color on a humid weather? This is primarily the reason why sterling silver from colder countries looks greater than those living in a warmer place. In taking care of rings for men, you should always keep it in a colder place to avoid discoloration. Those that are not 99% made from pure silver usually tarnish over time compared to those with compact ingredients. There are silver care tips on the web which may help you in taking care of your accessories.

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Taking care of silver rings for men to keep it attractive all the time is not as hard as you think, there are few things that you just have to do to make it presentable and sparkling all the time. Silver rings for men are prone to tarnishing because of moisture. You have to clean the rings all the time to keep it sparkling and free from dirt as well. Silver is just a soft meal that can be ruined by harsh cleaners as well so you shouldn’t scratch it hard. Some things that you can do are as follows:

First thing is to find a small bowl full of water and put silver rings for men inside it. All you have to do is to just scrub it lightly using a soft toothbrush just to take off all the dirt around the ring. You can put some toothpaste too to clean the ring and to take off all the tarnishes that it has. Just make sure that you will not overdo scratching since it will cause scratches in the long run. Next thing that you can do is to put a small amount of dish washing detergent into the water and lightly brush the ring. You can take a peak all the time if the dirt is gone.

Silver rings for men are not hard to clean, after brushing it you can now rinse it and put it in a dry cloth. When you store it, you can wrap it with cloth all the time inside a clean box just to prevent the ring from tarnishing again. There are jewelry cleaners that can be found in the market but most of them are very harsh and may be harmful to the health of the people. Make sure that you will keep it in a dry place away from the reach of kids. It may cause harm to the health of the entire family once they have mixed it with foods or medicine.

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Pink elephant spotted in Botswana

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Pink elephant spotted in Botswana

September 26th, 2016

Friday, March 20, 2009

A baby pink elephant was sighted in the African country of Botswana on Friday by a filmmaker for the BBC as he was filming for a wildlife documentary. The cameraman took photographs of the elephant when he noticed it in a herd of around eighty elephants in the Okavango Delta. According to experts, it is most likely an albino, an occurrence that is very rare among African elephants.

“We only saw it for a couple of minutes as the herd crossed the river”, said Mike Holding, who spotted the elephant. “This was a really exciting moment for everyone in camp. We knew it was a rare sighting – no-one could believe their eyes.”

“I have only come across three references to albino calves, which have occurred in Kruger National Park in South Africa,” said ecologist Mike Chase, who is in charge of the Elephants Without Borders conservation charity. “This is probably the first documented sighting of an albino elephant in northern Botswana. We have been studying elephants in the region for nearly 10 years now, and this is the first documented evidence of an albino calf that I have come across.”

The ecologist said that the condition might make it hard for the animal to survive for very long. “What happens to these young albino calves remains a mystery. Surviving this very rare phenomenon is very difficult in the harsh African bush. The glaring sun may cause blindness and skin problems,” he noted.

However, he added that it still might be possible for the elephant to survive, as it appears to be adapting to the condition: “Because this elephant calf was sighted in the Okavango Delta, he may have a greater chance of survival. He can seek refuge under the large trees and cake himself in a thick mud, which will protect him from the sun,” Dr Chase noted.

“Already the two-to-three-month-old calf seems to be walking in the shade of its mother. This behaviour suggests it is aware of its susceptibility to the harsh African sun, and adapted a unique behaviour to improve its chances of survival.”

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Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan engaged

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Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan engaged

September 26th, 2016

Monday, January 15, 2007

This article features in a News Brief from Audio Wikinews:

Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has confirmed that his son Abhishek and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai were engaged last evening at a private ceremony at the Bachchans’ residence in Mumbai.

It is believed that the younger Bachchan proposed to his bride-to-be in New York, soon after the Toronto premiere of his new movie Guru. The media had been following the romance between the two closely for some time past, but this is the first time they have come out in the open about their relationship. Rumours that the couple were planning to spread the know began to spread in November last year, when they visited the Sankat Mochan Temple together, with some even saying that they had already been married even earlier at the Meenakshi temple in Madurai

According to one daily, the wedding will take place either on February 19 or March 7 at the Hyatt Mumbai. “The children have decided. We are very happy and thought we should go ahead with the ‘roka’ ceremony. It was held in the evening.”, Amitabh Bachchan said of the ceremony, which was attended by the family’s close friends, including Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, Aishwarya’s parents, and industrialist Anil Ambani and the latter’s wife Tina Ambani. The couple have now flown to Ujjain to take a holy dip in the Ganga.

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September 25th, 2016

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Whether you’re travelling for tourism, business, or education-related purposes, you will be certain to find a perfect resort in London that would cater your requirements. If you desire to remain in Central London, near the infamous Hyde Park, next it could be ideal to get an accommodation in Mayfair.

A few of the absolute most elegant 5-star Mayfair hotels. . .

The Millennium Hotel carries an eighteenth century grandeur, during the which information technology was built. Information technology offers a picturesque view of this Grosvenor Square. The hospitality at this hotel in Mayfair is beyond reproach. Moreover, boutiques and restaurants are simply a few metres away, genuinely generating information technology a perfect getaway accommodation for somebody who is interested in having every aspect of London.

The Park Lane Hotel. If you desire to stay a great range from the Buckingham Palace, after that this really is the resort for you. The Park resort is only 500 metres away through the Hyde Park and overlooks the Green Park. Generally there are different space dimensions to suit the flavor of every visitor.

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The Might Fair. Named following its area, this will be really a trendy accommodation alternative that offers you a extravagant and an unforgettable stay. Information technology is about 600 metres through the Piccadilly Circus, along with room that functions unique Asian-themed and contemporary décor. With a fitness center and a massage treatment readily available in-house as well, this is truly a magnificent sanctuary.

The Athenaeum is a five-star hotel that provides elegance, comfort, and distance to a few of the absolute many favoured tourist destinations of London. Set near the Buckingham Palace, theatres, galleries, museums, because well once the Royal Parks, the ambience of this facility is to die for! You could get harmony and excellent hospitality therapy here.

The Westbury Mayfair Hotel. If you would like explore shopping stores located on Bond Street, the Westbury would definitely be a suitable destination to remain. Situated near to Piccadilly, you will be certain to help hold fit, thanks a lot into the well equipped fitness center available.

The Sofitel London St. James. This really is a differnt one of this top-rated hotels in Mayfair London. It’s actually encircled by the many recognized tourist destinations of Central London. The Trafalgar Square, the Piccadilly Circus, the Buckingham Palace, the Admiralty Arch, since well since the Big Ben are a number of these. Also, the enjoyment provisions together with atmosphere of this hotel make it a place really worth remaining at even more than once!

Without a doubt, there’s no lack of extravagant hotels in Mayfair London, typically offer outstanding services. If it’s your very first time staying in Mayfair, you may have to do a bit of study online to help you figure out the one which might greatest match your requirements.

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North Korea fires balistic missile from submarine

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North Korea fires balistic missile from submarine

September 25th, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

North Korea test fired a ballistic missile from a submarine yesterday, which landed in the Sea of Japan after travelling approximately 500 km (about 300 miles), according to officials of South Korea and the US.

The missile was fired from a submarine off North Korea’s east coast near Sinpo, officials said, and was reportedly North Korea’s first successful launch after missiles only traveled a small distance in previous tests. The South Korean military accused the North Korean government of using the test to increase military tension during the annual South Korean–US joint military drills, which involve 80,000 South Korean and US troops. North Korea has threatened a preemptive nuclear strike saying the drills were practice for an invasion.

This came on the same day as a meeting between the leaders of China, Japan, and South Korea where, according to Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan, they “urge[d] North Korea to exercise self-restraint regarding its provocative action, and to observe the UN Security Council’s resolutions”. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the test’s intrusion into Japan’s air defense identification zone “a grave threat to our country’s security.”

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Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan engaged

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Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan engaged

September 25th, 2016

Monday, January 15, 2007

This article features in a News Brief from Audio Wikinews:

Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has confirmed that his son Abhishek and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai were engaged last evening at a private ceremony at the Bachchans’ residence in Mumbai.

It is believed that the younger Bachchan proposed to his bride-to-be in New York, soon after the Toronto premiere of his new movie Guru. The media had been following the romance between the two closely for some time past, but this is the first time they have come out in the open about their relationship. Rumours that the couple were planning to spread the know began to spread in November last year, when they visited the Sankat Mochan Temple together, with some even saying that they had already been married even earlier at the Meenakshi temple in Madurai

According to one daily, the wedding will take place either on February 19 or March 7 at the Hyatt Mumbai. “The children have decided. We are very happy and thought we should go ahead with the ‘roka’ ceremony. It was held in the evening.”, Amitabh Bachchan said of the ceremony, which was attended by the family’s close friends, including Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, Aishwarya’s parents, and industrialist Anil Ambani and the latter’s wife Tina Ambani. The couple have now flown to Ujjain to take a holy dip in the Ganga.

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