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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Will Not Be Spending Christmas With The Queen This Year

According to a spokesperson for the royal couple, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are changing their Christmas plans. Over the past 2 years, they have spent their holidays with the royal family in their countryside Sandringham estate.

This year, Meghan, Harry, and their baby Archie will spend time with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. The royal couple will break away from their public duties to spend time with the Duchess’ mother instead. It’s not clear, at this time,  if they will be coming to the United States or if her mother will visit them in Britain.

Actually, their decision is totally in line with the precedent set before by other members of the royal family and they have all received great support from Her Majesty the Queen. They have all at one time or another, chosen to spend the holidays elsewhere.

William and Kate Too Spent A Christmas With Kate’s Family

Victoria Murphy said on Twitter, that Prince William and Kate Middleton have also spent holidays with the Middletons in Bucklebury instead of Sandringham.

Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have been known to leave Sandringham in the middle of the afternoon on Christmas to visit Camilla’s children and their families.

With everything going on these days, it’s no surprise that Harry and Meghan are struggling with pressures of being in the spotlight and the scrutiny from the British press.  A break seems to be in order.  At this time, it’s uncertain if they will visit Meghan’s mother in the US or if Doria will be joining them in the UK.

As the British press is incapable of leaving the royal couple alone, I am sure we will hear soon enough if they will be visiting the United States or if Doria will be visiting them in Britain.

According to a spokesperson for the royal couple, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are changing their Christmas plans. Over the past 2 years, they have spent their holidays with the royal family in their countryside Sandringham estate.
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HBO Post GoT: His Dark Materials is About to Hit

Maybe the third time around will be the charm for this very controversial book and author.  No pun intended, but author Pullman pulled no punches when discussing his series His Dark Materials or his very strong, negative opinions regarding Christian religion.

His series’ goal is destroying Catholicism and killing God. God in the book is merciless, a tyrant, and a fraud. It’s really no wonder why many people find his book dangerous.  So, just who is Philip Pullman and just what is his controversial work “His Dark Materials” trilogy all about?

This is the third shot for a live-action adaption on HBO starring James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Dafne King is getting ready to be released. As hard as it might be to believe, in 2007, a movie starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman hit theaters but Pullman’s books were considered controversial and even dangerous.

This is a science fantasy that takes place in a series of parallel universes and was originally marketed as a children’s book that was released between 1995 and 2000. It’s about 2 pre-teens, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, who occasionally hunt for and occasionally run from their parents.

It’s a story about angels and magic bears, ex-nuns, and outer-body souls that accompany humans in the form of animals known as Daemons. Many of the lines deal with destiny and whether we create it or embrace it which caused a lot of controversy among Christian groups.

Lyra and Will travel through several worlds, ages, and continents because they are chasing characters like Lord Asriel, who is working to dismantle earth’s most prominent church, the Magisterium. They are also trying to take down “Dust” (or original sin) while Mrs. Coulter is working to protect the church’s mighty power.

God is called The Authority who is a merciless tyrant and fraud. (That truly doesn’t help the cause for the book.)

The most dangerous author in Britain

In 2002, the conservative journalist in the UK, Peter Hitchens, published an article about Pullman’s book stating that he believes this is the most dangerous author in Britain. He went on to say that Pullman is the anti-C. S. Lewis that atheists would pray for if atheists prayed.

In 2007, when the movie was preparing to be released, the Catholic League campaigned against the move believing it promoted atheism and denigrated Christianity, especially Roman Catholicism.

In 2008, the series was second out of the top 10 books that others tried to get banned in the U.S, according to the American Library Association.  From 2000 to 2009 it held the number 8 spot on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Banned Challenged Books list.

Pullman’s public appearance did nothing to stop the unrest.  Shortly after the final installment was released, he told the Washington Post that his goal was to undermine the foundation of the Christian belief.  During an interview with the Guardian in 2002, he stated that organized religion is necessarily corrupt.

He said when you have a political structure with hierarchies and ranks, you get corruption. Then in 2003, he had a conversation with Sydney Herald (which truly did nothing for his cause) saying his books are about killing God.

During a lecture in East Anglia in Norwich England, he wondered what prompted them to ask him to speak about religious education.  He said due to his criticism of religion in the past, different Christian groups have criticized him and he replied saying any comments he might have would be hostile.

A reporter from the New Yorker was present at the time when Pullman said that he did not think it’s possible that there is a god.  He said he could say something about moral education because it has something to do with the way we understand stories.

All said and done, Pullman did see sales climb in the tens of millions and a lot of illustrious awards.  He has been called one of the greatest writers in post-war Britain in 2019. On top of that, he was knighted for his contributions to literature.

His books have been translated into more than 40 languages and a thumb’s up to Pullman’s brilliant world-building.  Naming just a few titles that can be found in children’s and adult sections in bookstores.

Maybe the third time around will be the charm for this very controversial book and author.  No pun intended, but author Pullman pulled no punches when discussing his series His Dark Materials or his very strong, negative opinions regarding Christian...

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A Royal Halloween

The royal family does not have an official Halloween celebration but they will dress up occasionally. Over the years notable royals have happily donned the occasional costume including Princess Beatrice who dressed as a cat, back in 2016 and Prince Harry once proudly wore a goblin outfit for a school play. (Plus, of course, we all remember his infamous Nazi costume back in 2005).

Even Queen Elizabeth herself has been photographed sporting fancy dress.

It is reported that Prince William and Kate hold private parties at Kensington Palace for their own children although this has not been officially confirmed. Over the last few years, there have been few clues as to how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could choose to spend Archie’s first Halloween.

It is unlikely that we will see many selfies posted on Meghan and Harry’s Instagram page as they rarely post anything personal there. The account is primarily for promoting their various charities. However, Markle did celebrate the holiday before she married into the royal family and back in 2016 she was spotted with a large pumpkin on her head.

At this time Harry was visiting her in Toronto, and it was said that they did attend a Halloween party as a couple.

Since their marriage, the Duke and Duchess have only been seen celebrating in an official capacity, for example when they met performers in New Zealand just before Halloween last year. The couple seemed impressed by the spooky array of outfits and took plenty of photographs while they were there.

What about trick-or-treating?

The royal children will probably not be going door-to-door considering the amount of interest they get from the media everywhere they go. However, the home and grounds of Kensington Palace are extensive so it is likely that they can make their own fun. Normally, any royal activities that include the children are private.

Although the royal family doesn’t celebrate publicly it will likely be a busy time for the Middleton family who run their own business Party Pieces.

Perhaps there will be a private party for George, Charlotte, Louis, and Archie. The Duchesses have arranged play-dates for their children before and when could be a more perfect time to organize some spooky fun than Halloween!?

The royal family does not have an official Halloween celebration but they will dress up occasionally. Over the years notable royals have happily donned the occasional costume including Princess Beatrice who dressed as a cat, back in 2016 and Prince Harry once...

Health Lifestyle

Do You Know What Carries the Most Germs in Your Wallet?

It’s really amazing how little we think about items we use every day and not even realize we are getting germs and bacteria on our hands, our faces, and passing them on to other people and things.

You probably use it every day and No, it’s not dollar bills or coins. Though that would be a good guess considering how many other people have put their hands on these bills and coins. If you think about it, you would be washing your hands almost all day long. Give up? It’s your credit and debit cards!

Recent research has shown that the level of germs on credit and debit cards is really quite high.

There is a sanitation monitoring device that actually measures the level of bacteria on the surface in order to calculate the germ rate. As a matter of fact, credit and debit cards have more germs and bacteria then dollar bills and coins put together.

What’s even more disgusting, credit cards rank higher in germs than public bathrooms or subway poles. In perspective, surfaces in a restaurant’s kitchen should have a germ score that’s lower than 10 to be considered sanitary.

Credit cards rank in at 285 which is 20 times dirtier than any of the above and is sitting in your wallet or pocketbook!

Granted, you don’t eat food using your credit or debit card but you should learn how to clean them. After all, you clean your hands and even your phone to get rid of dirt and germs, so why not your credit and debit cards that you probably handle every day? On top of that, you are passing those germs and bacteria on to absolutely everything you touch!

Cleaning your credit and debit cards is actually a lot easier than you might think and never affects the operation of the cards.

Cleaning Your Credit & Debit Cards:

You can use cleaning wipes used for your phones without damaging the cards. Another alternative is using anti-bacterial wipes that kill 99.9% of bacteria on surfaces.

As a matter of fact, you should go through your pockets or pocketbook and find other items that are collecting germs and bacteria and give them a good cleaning as well.

After wiping down your cards with an anti-bacterial wipe, give the card a little time to just sit and make sure the cards are totally dry before slipping them back into your wallet or swiping them in a machine. You have several items that could use a good cleaning including membership cards, ID cards, drivers’ licenses, etc.

So the next time you use your credit or debit card just remember they carry all sorts of germs and bacteria that you are now passing on to someone else. If you can, carry wipes around with you and clean your hands to keep germs from making you sick. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s so incredibly sanitary!

It’s really amazing how little we think about items we use every day and not even realize we are getting germs and bacteria on our hands, our faces, and passing them on to other people and things.

You probably use it every day and No, it’s not...

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6 Great Candy-Free Halloween Treats Kids Love

Although candy is a traditional way of greeting the trick-or-treaters that find their way to your door on Halloween, sometimes it is good to be a little bit different. Why not try some of these fun, spooky surprises that are 100% candy-free and give the kids a real treat this year.

Spooky Halloween-themed glow sticks

These will light up the kid’s faces when they see these funky Halloween glow sticks. Instead of a straight stick, this pack of 12 lights comes in all sorts of spooky designs.

Choose from skulls, jack o’ lanterns, stars, axes, tridents, and skulls! These amazing favors will have kids reaching away from the candy and picking up something different for the celebration.

Fearsome Stampers

These scary stampers are going to be a real hit this Halloween. The pack has lots of different spooky designs including ghosts, mummies, witches, pumpkins and lots more cool designs.

The ink used is not toxic and is fully washable so the kids can have fun stamping cards, art, and anything else that takes their fancy.

Traditional Play-Doh

Play-Doh always goes down well but these special Halloween colors are going to win the day. These are the treats that most parents will thank you for.

Less candy is always good, but these one-ounce containers come in a variety of Halloween-themed colors – orange, purple, green, black and white and can be used long after Halloween to keep the kids occupied.

Super-Cute Wind-up monsters

These monsters are completely adorable because let’s face it, Halloween is not all about being scary!

These come in packs of 12 and include all the popular monsters like mummies, skeletons, vampires and a few other creepy items like fangs and eyeballs. They can even race against each other so the fun can keep going well into November.

Halloween pencils with giant erasers

Pencils and erasers make great treats plus they are useful for doing homework!

The packs contain 36 pencils in lots of spooky designs including bats, black cats, ghosts, witches and vampires. At around $13 for a pack of 36, they are not going to break the bank and kids will overlook the candy to get their hands on them.

Squishies

Who doesn’t love those soft and completely smushy squishies? Certainly they are popular with kids and the Halloween versions will have everyone beating a path to your door.

As with regular squishies you squeeze them and then they slowly go back to their shape, but these are in spooky Halloween designs. They are also great to use as prizes if you organize any Halloween games.

These are the 6 non-candy Halloween treats we chose but there are many more out there to choose from. Not only do they mean less candy but it also helps kids with food allergies join in with all the fun. So this year why not get creative and take a look around for more great candy-free Halloween treats.

Although candy is a traditional way of greeting the trick-or-treaters that find their way to your door on Halloween, sometimes it is good to be a little bit different. Why not try some of these fun, spooky surprises that are 100% candy-free and give the kids...

Entertainment News

How Robert Pattinson Became the New Batman

Selecting Robert Pattinson as the new Batman was a surprising move from Warner Bros. Now we learn, that picking the Twilight heartthrob to replace Ben Affleck was a long and winding process.

This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia was also in the race for the black cape but was rejected for being “too old” to be the Batman.

Ventimiglia opens up about Batman snub

Ventimiglia revealed in a recent interview that he had actually auditioned for the role, and thought that he had a real chance of getting it. Warner Bros., however, were thinking long-term and opted for the nine years younger Pattinson to be the new face of the franchise.

Ventimiglia didn’t seem to take this too hard, as he’s pretty busy these days; you can watch him at his best when the new season of This Is Us premiers.

“Do I see myself in a cape and cowl? Warner Bros. didn’t. They were looking for a new Batman and they said, ‘Ventimiglia, you’re too old.’ That’s OK, it doesn’t matter,” he said.

His fas though, seem to be offended on his behalf for this “ageism”. Still, the experience seems to have put Ventimiglia off, and he said he won’t be auditioning for any more superhero movies. Instead, he’s much happier “playing real-life superheroes,” like Denny Swift and Jack Pearson.

Pattinson Lands Batman Role

According to Metro, the choice came down to Pattison vs Nicholas Hoult. The movie is slated to open in theaters sometime in 2021, and production gearing up now.

This was supposed to be Affleck’s baby, with him both starring and directing, but in January he eventually stepped down. Director Matt Reeves took over, bringing his own vision for the project.

Dylan Clark and Michael E. Uslan are set to produce the movie. They’re all keeping the details rather secret at this point, but Uslan wanted to assure the fans about picking Pattinson.

Uslan Defends Choosing Pattinson

“Wait until you see the movie,” Uslan shared. “My position is this: trust the filmmaker and give the filmmaker, and the filmmaker’s vision, the benefit of the doubt.”

Many fans had a difficult time picturing the Twilight pretty boy as the dark knight, and they weren’t shy about saying so. Uslan askes us to trust the director, and just wait till we see it before we pass judgment.

He said: “And then once you see the movie, judge the hell out of it. But I think that’s really the formula going forward. I couldn’t be happier, I couldn’t be more enthused, as a Batman fan, that Matt Reeves is the filmmaker in charge and has selected Robert Pattinson to be his next Batman.”

We don’t know much about this film, other than, thankfully, it’s not supposed to be another origin story. Instead, Reeves is telling a different Bruce Wayne story, giving the fans something to look forward to.

How Did Pattinson Land the Batman Role?

Age was hardly the only consideration. Still, when Reeves wrote his Batman story he reportedly envisioned a young actor playing Wayne, and even thought specifically of Pattinson in the early stages of the process.

Pattinson also has the right jaw-line (soooo important for a comic book character ;) but he has also built an impressive acting career since his Twilight days.

Pattinson’s roles in Good Time and High Life are what convinced Reeves that he was the right man for the job. Here’s hoping that everything works out, especially following the most recent Batman films.

The Batman is scheduled to open in theaters on June 25, 2021.

Selecting Robert Pattinson as the new Batman was a surprising move from Warner Bros. Now we learn, that picking the Twilight heartthrob to replace Ben Affleck was a long and winding process.
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Will We Ever See Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Co-Staring Together?

We all want to see Jennifer Aniston participate in a Friends reunion, but perhaps the thing we want to see most is her sharing the screen with Brad Pitt.

Despite the fact that they were married, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston never shared the silver screen together. In fact, the only screen-time they had together was on Friends and they hated their guts.

Brad Pitt’s turmoil following his separation from Angelina Jolie is not unknown to us, but Jennifer Aniston hasn’t had it easy either. However, that doesn’t keep her from having an incredibly positive attitude towards life.

Both enjoy strong careers that are still relevant, so one has to wonder what are the chances they will come together at least in film if not romantically once more.

He-Said-She-Said

Despite any issues they may have had in the past, Pitt and Aniston have remained friends for a long time. The fact that their marriage didn’t work out, in the end, did not affect their civility towards each other.

We all know what happened, and even so, there was no he-said-she-said battle in the media.

Of course, they took some time apart before they resumed any kind of relationship, but recently they’ve been seen together in a few places. This has been enough to get rumors going about the possibility of getting back together and even getting married to each other again.

Fortunately, representatives of George and Amal Clooney were quick to put these rumors to rest by stating that they weren’t trying to get Brad and Jennifer together in their visit to Rome. The media really wants them to rekindle their relationship, but it’s not likely it will happen.

Give The People What They Want?

Fans also want this to happen, but the only thing you can hope for is them working together somehow. The chemistry they used to have is undeniable, and they could potentially still have that.

There has always been a lot of mystery surrounding Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s relationship.

Rumor has it they got back together as friends when Pitt showed up to Aniston’s birthday party this year. But no one knows if they’ve seen each other before this, even if they’ve been supportive of each other through the years. Plus, Aniston invited him to her 50th birthday, so it’s not like he showed up out of the blue.

With this in mind, it’s not far-fetched to believe they could work together without any issues. The question is: should they? Or would they fall back into romance through their characters?

After all, this is what happened between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and it’s not at all uncommon in Hollywood.

The only time Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston shared the screen was in Friend’s 2001 Thanksgiving episode. Ironically enough, Brad’s character despised Rachel, which was very funny to watch at the time.

If Brad Pitt hadn’t fallen for Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith back in 2004, it’s likely that Jennifer Aniston and Pitt might have worked together. 15 years after the fact, the question remains: should they act in something together? A romantic comedy, perhaps?

We can only dream! Being aware of the fact that working on romantic movies often leads to real-life romance, the idea is attractive.

Something’s for certain, though: the more a couple knows each other, the more convincing their performance will be. All we can hope for is someone coming up with a top-tier script for them and them actually accepting it.

It would definitely be a dream come true for a great amount of people, us included!

We all want to see Jennifer Aniston participate in a Friends reunion, but perhaps the thing we want to see most is her sharing the screen with Brad Pitt.

Despite the fact that they were married, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston never shared the silver screen...

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Kim Kardashian & Kanye Introduce Baby #3 with a SURPRISING Name

Kim Kardashian West just announced the name of the newest addition to her family…and it’s PRETTY unusual!

You can count on celebrities to get super creative with their baby names, and Kim and Kanye are NO exception! What did you think of the new baby’s name?

Kim Kardashian West just announced the name of the newest addition to her family…and it’s PRETTY unusual!
You can count on celebrities to get super creative with their baby names, and Kim and Kanye are NO exception! What did you think of the new...

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Too Close to the Queen

At approximately 2 AM in the morning, a 22-year-old intruder was roaming around inside Buckingham Palace.  The Sun said the man scaled a fence at the front of the building to gain access into the Queen’s home where he attempted to bang down the doors of the palace.

It took the police on site 4 minutes to apprehend this intruder.  They searched him for any weapons while panic broke out in the palace because of the massive security breach. Some fear this man was a copycat attempt that took place 37 years before.  Michael Fagan was able to enter the Queen’s bedroom at that time.

Royal insiders reported there was an intruder loose in the palace for several minutes while the Queen was sleeping.  Shortly thereafter, he was arrested.  It was determined that he got inside the palace and was banging down the doors but fortunately, everything was locked down.

People Want To Know How This Was Possible:

When the Queen is taking residence at the palace, the Royal Standard flag is flown.  It’s believed the intruder may have been trying to get access to her bedroom.

One royal insider said this intruder accessed the palace almost 37 years, to the date, after Michael Fagan got inside the Queen’s bedroom.  There is a very real fear that this man was launching a copycat operation.

The police had to ask some very serious questions about how he got in and the length of time he had to roam around.  How is it possible that after 37 years, someone could climb the fence and get inside the grounds without being stopped immediately.  The Queen’s safety is first and foremost so what happened with heat sensors and CCTV?

At this time, the man is being held under the mental health act.

Informing The Queen:

It was reported that the Queen would be fully informed about the incident and without a doubt will be of great interest to her. She does know everything that goes on in the palace.

The Sun revealed that the Queen was the only senior royal sleeping at Buckingham Palace due to refurbishment work taking place.  The Sun also said they did not believe that the Duke of Edinburgh was present.

As mentioned earlier, it was obvious the Queen was there because of the Royal Standard was flying.  Everyone is more than relieved that all the doors were locked so he couldn’t get inside where the Queen was sleeping.

A Serious Lack In Security Operations:

This incident is also a devastating blow to the security operations at the palace which has experienced a number of similar situations. The most famous was on July 9, 1982, when Fagan, an unemployed laborer, scaled the walls and entered the Queen’s bedroom.

Fagan, a 31-year-old schizophrenic, started telling the Queen about his family problems as she was pushing the panic button with no response!

She then telephoned the switchboard but the operator thought this was a joke by another member of the staff and replied: “Yes, dear, you’re the Queen, we’ll send someone up!” Then Fagan smashed a large glass ashtray and threatened to cut his wrist while he was sitting on the end of the Queen’s bed.

Paul Whybrew, the Queen’s longtime aide who is still employed by her, came to her rescue.  He came in with the corgis as the Queen called him in.  That’s when he saw Fagan and began talking to him. Mr. Whybrew offered him a drink and then when Fagan’s guard was down, he restrained him while a maid went off to get a policeman.

At approximately 2 AM in the morning, a 22-year-old intruder was roaming around inside Buckingham Palace.  The Sun said the man scaled a fence at the front of the building to gain access into the Queen’s home where he attempted to bang down the doors...

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Kim Kardashian Denies She Removed Ribs to Fit Into Met Gala Dress

At the 2019 Met Gala this last May, Kim Kardashian shocked nearly everybody with the dress she wore, and not because it was stunning.

The dress itself was beautifully done, but, unfortunately, the confusion of how she managed to get into it stole her thunder. Many theorized that she had ribs removed to fit into the body-hugging Thierry Mugler mini dress.

However, Kim was recently interviewed with WSJ and seemed enormously confused at the thought, responding “I don’t even know if that’s possible.”

Painful none the less

She may not have taken ribs out, but it sounds like the process was painful, nonetheless. The physical toll it took on her body was huge. “I have never felt pain like that in my life,” Kardashian confessed. “I’ll have to show you pictures of the aftermath when I took it off — the indentations on my back and my stomach.” She even had to take breathing lessons to manage it.

After the event, a behind-the-scenes Vogue video showed Kim telling those at the Gala that it was difficult to even sit down while wearing the outfit, and going to the bathroom was absolutely out of the question.

“Anna, if I don’t sit down for dinner, now you know why,” she laughed, referring to Vogue editor Anna Wintour. During Vogue’s interview, she made an attempt at sitting for the camera. “I can only like half-sit,” she said in the video.

“I won’t be able to pee for about four hours,” Kardashian later told the Vogue camera people. “So, we’re coming up with a plan of what we do in case of an emergency.”

In comparison to her husband, Kanye West’s black Dickies jacket and pants matched with his brand of Yeezy combat boots, Kardashian’s outfit was quite extravagant.
In recent days, Kim has had to deal with criticism of her new shapewear line and is working to change its name due to accusations of cultural appropriation.

At the 2019 Met Gala this last May, Kim Kardashian shocked nearly everybody with the dress she wore, and not because it was stunning.

The dress itself was beautifully done, but, unfortunately, the confusion of how she managed to get into it stole her...

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Ribbons of Life: Bio-diverse Bridge Doubles as a Wildlife Crossing

Australia is preparing to offer recreational opportunities as well as safe lake crossing for both people and animals on Lake Griffin.

CX Landscape designed a ribbon-inspired bridge that resembles natural bushland as a part of the Remaking Lost Connections design competition for Canberra.

The bridge will be called “Ribbons of Life” and will create a sort of “forest shell” over an existing road bridge over Lake Griffin.

The bridge, both fluid and organic in shape, connects two parks – one on the north and one on the south – so that animals have a safe way to cross.

The landscape on the bridge reflects indigenous bushland with rocky areas, windbreak forests on both sides, wetlands, and a nectar meadow. In some areas, the bridge dips down to touch the surface without affecting traffic passing below.

For The Birds

In addition, all throughout the park, there are concrete pedestrian paths aside from the wildlife corridor, and the park also includes a plaza with water views, access to the water and water life observation channel, and a bird observation tower.

In the future, they hope to project Aboriginal art projects onto the bridge surfaces, all powered by integrated solar panels which already exist on the bridge to power lights.

“Our wildlife corridor and the linear park have set an example for the future Garden City Plan action,” says CX Landscape.

“It gives a new direction for sustainable city development, which raises the awareness of environmental threats, and correct the misconceptions of ‘Green represents Ecology’ and ‘Parks means Ecology.’

In respect of nature and local history, reflecting the spirit of the place, our design has established the future direction of sustainable urban development.”

Australia is preparing to offer recreational opportunities as well as safe lake crossing for both people and animals on Lake Griffin.
CX Landscape designed a ribbon-inspired bridge that resembles natural bushland as a part of the Remaking Lost Connections...

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Ideas For Easy Makeovers For Your Home

Redesigning your living areas can be quite a time consuming and often overwhelming. Have you ever sat down and just stared at an area you want to upgrade but have not found the motivation to get to work?

We have found the best way to deal with your anxiety and lack of motivation is to start with something small.  If you have a large project for a living area, break it up into small “to-do” jobs, you will be amazed how quickly the entire project will move along and each small makeover will give you a lot of satisfaction.

First off, taking a large project and breaking it into smaller jobs will be a great deal more manageable and you will become even more motivated to move on to the next one.  Here are some really great ideas for upgrades that shouldn’t take longer than an afternoon but will deliver excellent results:

A Small Wallpapering Project:

Consider wallpapering just a certain area of your room vs trying to wallpaper the entire area. Consider adding a really nice print to an access wall or maybe the back of a display case. The idea is to create something that will visually draw someone’s attention.

Choose a pattern or color for your wallpaper that will compliment the rest of your room.  One thought might be choosing a wallpaper that has a simple interesting design.  Find something that will work with your décor but not become overbearing.

Using wallpaper on a piece of furniture such as a bookcase or display case that has very plain lines, can spruce it up.  This is a very easy project that you can finish in just a few hours at tops.

Dress Your Furniture Up With New Hardware:

Sometimes, the simplest project can actually have a huge effect.  Why not replace your old handles on your dresser with new, intricate brass or a nice floral design on knobs?  Try a whimsical design for your nightstand such as leather pulls or in a child’s room – animal faces printed on knobs!

If you are redoing your kitchen, there are so many wonderful kitchen themes to choose from for your cabinets.  Handles shaped like tomatoes or lettuce or apples and pears, the sky’s the limit! Maybe your cabinets came out of the fifties and you want them to be retro and modern.  You do not have to go crazy just shop around for modern, sleek designs for the hardware.

Add Some Interesting Artwork To Your Walls:

Artwork has a habit of bringing new life to a room while covering up scratches or imperfections in your painted walls.  You can shop around for artwork or get a little creative and pull out all those wonderful pictures you stowed away and frame them!

Another idea, get a large frame and make a collage of your favorite pictures.  Have a nice simple material for the background, add simple frames to each image and then place them in the large frame.  This small project will not take much time but will give your room a whole new look!

Another idea, have someone make a box with sectionals and place small antiques such as wooden soldiers in each section.

Add Shelving To Display Your Collectibles:

If you are a collector of small teacups, why not have shelves installed on your walls to show them off instead of hiding them somewhere to collect dust.  Really simple floating shelves do not require a lot of work and are quite easy to hang.

The one tool you will need is a stud finder to decide where to hang your collectibles.  Also, depending on their weight, make sure you have the right hardware that will be strong enough to hold the objects.  If you need some advice, talk to someone at your home improvement store.

Add The Magical Touch Of Lighting:

I’m not sure there is anything that adds a more impressive look than new lighting fixtures. Add a new chandelier or wall sconces. Trade out your tired old fifties chandelier with something really modern, sleek, and retro!

You would be amazed by how modern your space will become.  Unless you know how to rewire, it is strongly suggested you bring in a professional who can get the new wiring done in a very short period of time.  If you have an overhead ceiling light, why not trade it in for a really nice fan with lights that matches your décor and colors.

You can have your electrician add a dimmer switch to boot!

Give Your Plants Something To Rejoice In:

Too often, we buy plants and just place them in a corner in the same old pots they came in.  Over time, this is not healthy for the plants due to a lack of needed nutrients and the roots will start outgrowing their space.

Think about placing them in beautiful new planters that accentuate your room and will make your plants very happy! You can choose from ceramic planters, terracotta, or other interesting materials.  If you want to go with colorful planters, pick an accent color that is already a part of your room.

Redesigning your living areas can be quite a time consuming and often overwhelming. Have you ever sat down and just stared at an area you want to upgrade but have not found the motivation to get to work?

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