Mythological Apples

Eve is reported to have bitten into one, or perhaps it was a quince. Hera received some for a wedding gift or maybe they were lemons. Apples have been around for a long time and our enjoyment for the tasty fruit is one of the earliest and most natural of inclinations – all children love apples.

We cultivated apples in 3000 BCE in the Swiss lake-dwellings long before the Romans conquered Britain and brought the art of apple cultivation with them. The Spaniards brought apples to Mexico and South America. The Pilgrims of Massachusetts Bay Colony planted apple seeds. It’s certainly a popular fruit

In Greek mythology, Atlanta refused to marry unless a suitor could defeat her in a runnng race. One suitor, Milanion, accomplished this goal by dropping 3 golden apples (gifts of the Goddess of Love) during the race. Atlanta stopped to pick them up, lost the race, and became his wife. An ancient Greek who wanted to propose to a woman would only have to toss her an apple. If she caught it, he knew she had accepted his offer. (In Germany during medieval times a man who ate an apple that was steeped in the perspiration of the woman he loved would succeed in his pursuit of her)

In another Greek myth, Eris Goddess of Discord was enraged because she had not been invited to the wedding of a fellow god and goddess. She tossed among the guests a golden apple with the inscription, “For the fairest.” Three goddesses felt they were worthy. In order to put an end to the squabbling, Paris, a mortal, was called upon to judge the fairest. He chose Aphrodite. Hera and Athena, the rejected goddesses, were furious and caused great devastation to Paris and his family. And we know what that meant – the sack of Troy.

When Aeneas escaped from Troy to Italy, the Sibyl told him that the only means of entering and returning safely from the underworld was to carry the fruit of the golden bough. In accordance with the cult of the goddess Diana at Nemi it’s more than likely that the golden bough was an apple branch.

In Teutonic mythology, Iduna, wife of Bragi the Poet, was the goddess of eternal youth and the guardian of the “golden apples.” If any of the gods felt the approach of old age, they only had to taste of one of these apples to remain young. She was abducted by a giant (aided by Loki) and the other gods aged rapidly. Loki was sent to rescue her so that she might restore youth again.

In Britain apples are most identified with the Island of Avalon, whose name is derived from the Welsh word for apple: afal (pronounced aval). Avalon is where the mortally wounded Arthur is taken to be healed, a place where there is ever sunlight and warm breezes, the land is lush with vegetation, and the inhabitants never age nor know pain or injury.

Apples come in many colours, shapes, sizes, degrees of crispness, sourness and sweetness. The beauty of the apple is that its taste will change from year to year depending on the growing conditions, the flavour even varies from apple tree to apple tree.

Go out and get an apple. They’re good for you. And remember what Horace advised : “Whatever variety of apple you eat, to get the best make sure to buy only those picked by the light of the waning moon”

Why Look Out For a Gold Name Necklace?

Necklaces have always been significant to the entire human race. It has chronologically been used since ancient times and evolved along with the human progression. In this age of unique innovations and revolutionary ideas people develop their own identities, respective personality and the outlook of the self through attractive attire, accessories, and fashion. Necklaces have always held its potent role in the world of fashion and human fancy.

The cultural trends establish people with significant identities in society. People add value to these identities by developing one incredible personality. It is always fashionable and harmonized with cultural trends to develop a personality through customized pendants. One can customize with attractive designs, shapes, material and craving/attaching names. Such accessories thus become representative of a unique character, the same which the person would voluntarily wish to establish.

One way to cherish the fancy of imperial fashion is through gold name necklace designs. Some reasons why this piece of creativity can become a personal favourite are as follows.

The tastes of imperial fashion

Gold has always been symbolic of wealth, luxury, majesty, and attraction. Kings and queens are adorned with gold to denote speciality. Gold defines a status that goes out of the ordinary. Personalized jewellery name necklace embedded with gold is the carrier of an imperial image that beholds power and prestige, in a fashionable culture.

Representative of identity

In a design where one input the name, becomes representative of the individual identity. Further with a surface of gold, it will establish an identity symbolic of luxury and elite-hood. The former accessory will therefore become a representative of the individual’s unique personality.

A token of love

It becomes a token of love with the sheer craftsmanship and creativity of art. Usually, it becomes effective for anyone to gift and appreciate through names carved in unique/attractive shapes that are materially precious as well. The culture of mankind has ever since immortalized their near and dear ones, role-models or perhaps the own self through accessories that are indicative of the former.

An antique one can store.

Such accessories are antique in form. People store collectibles and antique pieces to honour the value of the respective good. Golden name necklaces are a symbol of wealth and glamour, so people will inevitably have an antique piece to store. The value of these pieces of art will never be rendered obsolete by people in the long-run.

Conclusively, it can very well be said that personalized utilities are always better because it exactly suits the personality of the individual. One is entirely satisfied when his/her expressions come to material existence. The cultural evolution of humanity will always appreciate the adornments of high standards that are attractive to the eyes, unique in material and precious to keep under private possession. In other words, humanity will forever accept the cultural trends to maintain a significant social identity. This will be maintained through representative features that overall creates a simplified yet imperial outlook.

Review of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method (RSM)

This is a review of The Rubenfeld Synergy Method (RSM).

I have personally been a client receiving this therapy for over five years. It has changed my life!

The gentle technique which combines touch and talk has allowed me to experience some major breakthroughs in dealing with past issues – some stemming way back to childhood.

I am fascinated on an intellectual level by the therapy… the session takes place with the client fully clothed and laying on a massage table. My session often begins with my therapist lightly touching my feet… then I am asked to bring my attention to my feet and describe what I am feeling…

The words I use to describe my feelings are then repeated by the synergist… and many times just hearing what I have said allows me to delve further and talk more about feelings and emotions. This can lead to a very deep sense of “unloading” pent-up emotions as well as self-discovery.

It is not unusual for me to cry during a session as the awareness of what I have been holding on to surfaces and emotions are dealt with and released. As different areas of the body are worked, I become aware of my physical and emotional self and am encouraged to talk about what I am experiencing.

The gentle and caring environment allows me the space to comfortably express myself. Often what I talk about are issues that are held or stored in my body.

Rubenfeld Synergy believes that the body always knows the truth. Being conscious of the body is all part of the process. Issues can be uncovered, worked on, and possibly resolved via these sessions. The depth of the emotional releases continually amaze me.

If you are looking for a unique therapy which gets to the core of many issues and has the potential to change your way of thinking and living, then The Rubenfeld Synergy Method might be for you.

Visit the website at to learn more about the history of this technique and to locate a practitioner near you.

Wii Gaming Guide – Guinness World Records the Video Game

Guinness World Records The Video game for the Wii is seriously underrated and is a real barrel of laughs! This game is packed with 36 mini games that are perfect to play in multiplayer mode. From a health aspect, many of the games get you ‘running’, ‘throwing’, ‘pushing’, ‘pedalling’ and more with the Wiimote and Nunchuck, so there is lots of action to be had that will get your heart pumping. There are also some really difficult accuracy games that require skilled hand eye coordination to break records. My favourite has to be the ‘Most Dominos Toppled’ record game! Read more about this below.

Today I want to share some how-to’s with you so that you can get the most fun packed action out of the games. The onscreen instructions are only visual, and can be a little confusing at times. So here is a guide to my favourite mini games in Guinness World Records The Video game:

Hint: The mini games are grouped by location in groups of 3. The first game is free to play; the second game will need to be unlocked with 1000 points, and the second game (usually the most fun) with 5000 points. To gain points, you will need to get high records in the ‘free’ games. If you gain a ‘Guinness World Record’, you will usually be awarded over 1000 points. Then you will simply need to click on the game to unlock it. The game will prompt you if you need to collect more points. Good Luck in breaking those records!

Mini Games Group 1 FREE – Fastest Time To Shear 5 Sheep. You will use the Wiimote as your shepherds crook to catch the sheep. Point at the screen, hover over a sheep and press A to grab your sheep. Then your Wiimote will control an electric sheer. You will need to press A again and move the sheer over the sheep’s body to shave it. Quick Tip – Try holding the Wiimote at an angle to cover the most ‘wool’ as you shave with the sheer. aim to shave each sheep with just three strokes.

UNLOCK 1000 POINTS – Land Speed Record. Hold the Wiimote horizontally. Tilt the Wiimote gently up and down to move your rocket from side to side as it picks up speed. The aim of the game is to avoid any obstacles that will slow you down. This game appears easy at first, but as soon as the pace quickens you will have more obstacles in your path! Don’t crash!

UNLOCK 5000 POINTS – Fastest Time To Push A Lorry 50 Metres. Flick the Wiimote and Nunchuck down in time with the onscreen arrows to get ‘pushing power’. Aim to get an ‘Excellent’ or ‘Nice’ pop up on screen. Then get your avatar to run to the finish line by shaking the Nunchuck and Wiimote frantically up and down in an alternating motion.

Mini Games Group 2 FREE – Longest Fingernails (Grose)! Use the Wiimote as a pointer to trace the finger nails along the wibbly lines. This will make then grow. Be careful not to go too fast or too slow as the finger nails might break! You will get 5 try outs, one for each finger and one for the thumb.

UNLOCK 1000 POINTS – Paper Aircraft Accuracy. ‘Throw’ your paper aircraft forward by holding the Wiimote like a dart and making a jerking forward movement. Then tilt the Wiimote gently from side to side and down to get it into the three barrels.

Quick Tip – The harder you ‘throw’ the paper airplane with the Wiimote, the faster it goes. This is good if you can be really accurate with your aim. If not, then try to throw it more gently to begin with until you are a pro!

UNLOCK 5000 POINTS – Fastest Time To Catch A Tonne Of Fish. I find that it is easier to play this game if you hold the Nunchuck in your writing hand. ‘Cast’ your rod by flicking the Wiimote in a forward motion. Then ‘hook’ your fish by sharply flicking the Wiimote upwards when you are prompted by the onscreen diagram. Next, Reel in your fish by moving the Nunchuck round and around as if you really are reeling! Now you will see some arrows on screen as you are reeling your fish in. This indicates the direction that you should flick your Wiimote in as you reel your fish in with the Nunchuck. If you get this right, you will be able to reel your fish in faster! Good Luck!

Mini Games Group 3 FREE – Most Melons Crushed In 1 Minute. This is a really simple game, but lots of rip roaring fun! Simply swing the Wiimote downwards when you want your avatar to hit the Melons. Now you can see your avatar hit the melons with his/her head! The more melons you crush, the faster they come, so watch out!

UNLOCK 1000 POINTS – Highest Jump On A Pogo Stick. ‘Jump’ by holding the Wiimote sideways with both hands like handle bars and flick the Wiimote upwards. You will need to jump just at the right time to get extra height. Look out for the arrows on the ground, and try to jump when they turn green. Aim for an ‘Excellent’. Now repeat jumping in a pattern of 3 when prompted by onscreen instructions and see where you come on the height measurer!

UNLOCK 5000 POINTS – Most Arrows Caught In A Minute. In this game the Wiimote and Nunchuck control the hands. Move the controllers left and right to catch the arrows as they fly towards you. This sounds easy, but it really isn’t. If you miss an arrow, you will be penalised for a short while and the offending hand wont move.

Quick Tip – This game is all about timing. To get the timing right, try looking at the bottom left and the bottom right of the screen to ‘catch’ the arrows at just the right time!

Mini Games Group 4 FREE – Highest Video Game Score. Point your Wiimote at the screen and press A on your Wiimote to shoot at oncoming ships.

UNLOCK 1000 POINTS – Fastest 100m on a space hopper. ‘Jump’ up by holding the Wiimote and Nunchuck upright and jerking upwards. Jump at just the right time by waiting until the arrows on the ground turn green. This will give you more speed if you get an ‘Excellent’! Go for that record!

UNLOCK 5000 POINTS – Fastest Rocket. First, shake the Wiimote up and down to boost the rocket engines. Next, press A on the Wiimote when the count down reaches zero to launch the rocket. Now the Wiimote controls the hand. Click on the coloured buttons on the rockets control panel as they light up. Be quick, or your game is up!

Mini Games Group 5 FREE – Highest BMX Jump. When the bike is on the ramp, pedal as fast as you can by moving the Wiimote and Nunchuck round and around as if your hands are the feet on the pedals. Get a high jump with the BMX by moving the Wiimote and Nunchuck upwards when the bike leaves the ramp.

UNLOCK 1000 POINTS – Longest Motorcycle Jump. Hold the Wiimote and Nunchuck sideways in hands like holding onto bike handles. Tilt the Wiimote sharply towards yourself when the bike engine revs reach the blue lightning bolt on the speedometer. Aim for ‘Excellent’. When the bike is in the air, move the Wiimote and Nunchuck upwards in rapid succession to keep the onscreen arrow in the central position. Now just see how far you can go!

UNLOCK 5000 POINTS – Fastest 50 Metre Tightrope Walk. Hold the Nunchuck in your left hand and the Wiimote in your right hand. Make sure that your arms are outstretched so that the wire between the controllers is straight. This game is all about balance, so try to keep your Wiimote and Nunchuck as straight as possible to stop your character from falling off the rope! Press Z on the Nunchuck and B on the Wiimote to move the avatars feet. Good Luck!

Mini Games Group 6 FREE – Longest Balance Of A Vehicle On Your Head. This game is played with just the Wiimote. Hold your Wiimote horizontally and gently tilt it to get your avatar to balance the bus! Try to make small adjustments so that you don’t lose control and go crashing off screen!

UNLOCK 1000 POINTS – Furthest Toss Of A Cow Pat. This game is played with just the Wiimote. Swing the cowpat around the avatars head by making a lasoo movement with the Wiimote. Press B to release the cowpat into the field at just the right time.

UNLOCK 5000 POINTS – Most Dominos Toppled. This is definitely MY FAVOURITE. This game is played with the Wiimote only. Hold the Wiimote horizontally and tilt it from side to side to get along the track and knock down all of the dominos. Press the D-pad or 2 on the Wiimote when you race over them to knock down the extra dominos to the side. Remember to press left or right as indicated on the track.

Words of Wisdom From "The Blue Collar Scholar"

“The Blue Collar Scholar” is a great seven chapter book written by J Elwood Davis. The Chapters range from his every day “Thoughts on life and living to Miscellaneous Musing”. He does not leave a topic unturned in this book. Sit back and hold on to your hat as you journey with the “King of Rhyme” and see what he has to say.

In the first chapter he gives the audience many views of his feelings on life and living. He starts off by letting his readers know that the poet holds the key of poetry to touch the souls of man. In another poem he lets us see that there is “Angels Amongst Us” without wings to help others in need. We are God’s “Earth Angels”, he states. This first chapter itself speaks volume to the readers. It can certainly stand alone and it does bring a profound message to the readers.

Jim also offers “Advice” to the readers as they travel with him through this “Journey of Life”, and lets them know they must come upon “Resolution Beach”. This is a place for us all to stop and cast those cares or whatever is bothering you into the ocean.

There are great words of wisdom and strength that flows from the heart of J Elwood Davis. He continues to encourage his readers to “Just Hold On,” and not to forget those “Precious Memories”. Our writer sees these “Precious Memories” as the strength that is gained through struggles and the wisdom born of strife. I feel that this advice if taken to heart can truly impact a person’s life.

In “Just Between You and Me”, J Elwood Davis pours more wisdom into his readers. He encourages them to just enjoy the simple things in life, and to remember the “Power of Prayer”. He proceeds on to share with us poems of his Military and Patriotic experiences, a little bit on history, Christmas and other special days are focused upon, and let’s not leave out music and mirth. He covers it all within a hundred and fifty-five poems found within this book.

He appears to be a tough guy as he reads others reviews on the poetry site but just from reading this book I see another side of J Elwood Davis that he likes to keep hidden. This is a great book to enhance your family library with. I enjoyed the reading from cover to cover.

The Benefits of Skip Hire

Whether you’re clearing out your shed or garage, renovating your property, or conducting an office clearance, one thing’s for certain – you’ll need to dispose of large quantities of waste. This can be a messy and time-consuming job, and endless trips to the rubbish dump can end up costing you valuable time and money, especially if you live in the capital.

One excellent alternative is skip hire. Here are some of the main benefits you could enjoy.


Making multiple trips to the dump or recycling facilities is time-consuming and it can leave your car in a right old state. The main benefit to hiring a skip is convenience.

A skip hire company will deliver your skip to the desired location, arranging any permits where necessary, and collect it once it’s been filled. All you need to do is work out where you would like it placed, and when you want it delivered.


Multiple trips to the dump involve wasting unnecessary time and money, especially with the rising cost of petrol. However, by hiring a skip you won’t have to pay a penny extra for transport as that’s built into the cost of hiring a skip.

What’s more, with a range of skip sizes to choose from you will only pay for the size that you need, making it a cost-effective solution.


All reputable skip hire companies have a range of skip sizes on offer so their service can be tailored to your exact requirements. Skips are classified according to the volume of waste they hold, which is measured in cubic yards.

They range from a mini skip for light domestic use that holds 2 cubic yards of waste (approx. 20-30 bin bags of rubbish) to a maxi skip for large house clearances that holds 16 cubic yards (or 140-160 bin bags of rubbish). The average skip size is a builder’s skip, which is 8 cubic yards (or 60-80 bin bags of rubbish).

Correct Disposal of Waste

Hiring a man with a van to dispose of your waste may sound like a good idea, but legally waste is your responsibility so if that man decides to fly-tip your waste you will be liable for a huge fine. By choosing a reputable skip hire company you can rest assured that your waste will be dealt with professionally, and your reputation, and bank balance, will remain intact.

Environmentally Friendly

Finally, skip hire companies are responsible environmentalists. Your waste will be transported to a processing plant where it will be sorted, with as much as 90% being recycled.

For further details on skip hire, contact Waste King Skip Hire today.

Smart and Easy Steps to Load the Bostitch H2B Stapler

Bostitch H2B stapler is one great optional choices of stapler that are available in the today market. It is one of manual staple guns that can be used for stapling any thing such as stapling canvas for matte boards and attaching carpet on the floor.

You will find that Bostitch H2B stapler features many things that you may not get in any other choices of stapler. Since it is a manual stapler, you will not need to connect it with the electricity outlet but you will need to give a fuss in stapling. For the daily usage, you will need to refill and load staples in this device so that you can use it for doing the stapling jobs that you have.

Here, you will need to find the right steps in loading the stapler in order to get the best performance of this device. For this, there are some steps that you should do so that the stapler can loaded be properly. Follow the following steps and you will be able to load the Bostitch H2B stapler that you have.

The first step that you should do is to pull down the metal release to release the compartment of the stapler and the remaining stapes that are left in the gun. You will find the metal release on the bottom of the device. You should remember that you are not allowed to load the stapler if you still have some stapes inside the device. This is because if there are stapes inside, the device may jam. You will find that jammed stapler will lead you to any other troubles in the device.

The second step that you should do is to insert the full row of stapes forward. You will find that the stapes will fit into the chamber automatically. Here, you will need to push the chamber back and lock the place so that the stapes will place properly.

The last thing that you should do is to hold the stapler down in the surface. You should also squeeze any possibilities of trigger to set it in the desired area. Those are some easy steps that you should do to load the Bostitch H2B stapler that you have. Now, you can do your stapling jobs with this stapler.

Moving Yourself or Paying a Moving Company

So the excitement of getting a new home has started to subside. The reality of it all is setting in. You have to move there. Or rather, you have to move all your stuff there. Depending on how much you have, this might be a large task. Another question presents itself: Should you do it yourself and save some money, or do you have a moving company do it for you?

What to Consider Before Deciding How to Move

Before you try to decide, there are many questions you can try to answer. The answers will guide you in the direction of what choice is right for you. For instance, how much do you have that needs to be moved? How large is your furniture? How much time are you willing to spend on moving? How far do you need to go? Can you get help from family and friends? Do you own anything fragile? Depending on your answers, you should have a pretty good impression of what option is best for you.

The Upside of Moving Yourself

There are a few advantages to moving yourself. Obviously you are only considering this option if you have a reasonable amount of belongings, or a horde of friends willing to help you. Most rental companies will help you decide what size van is right for your haul. Moving yourself means that you have total control over the moving process. For instance, you can do it in smaller loads after work or school. And it is cheaper.

But what you do not have is also worth taking into account. You do not have skilled movers moving your stuff. If anything breaks during moving, it is gone. Also, you might not be able to take your piano or other large furniture with you.

Using a Moving Company

If you have a family, you will most likely go for this option. Or you might simply have so many belongings that doing it yourself is out of the question. Using a professional mover is also guaranteed to be more expensive, and you will have to pick a date and time for the moving to take place.

However, using a moving company also comes with many advantages. Your property will be moved by professionals, who know how to handle everything with care. Your belongings are insured by the mover in case of any mishaps. And lastly, you can get a fixed price. There are websites dedicated to obtaining price quotes for you, but be aware that the prices are not guaranteed. Nevertheless, they can give you an impression of what you should expect to pay.

Making the Choice

Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. But if you think about the moving process itself, choosing a professional mover seems like the more attractive offer. Everything will be done for you. The moving is fully insured, and you won’t have to beg friends and family to come help you. Once you place the order, the moving is practically done already. And you will have a surplus of energy to begin enjoying your new home right away.