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Dart Your Way To An Exciting Evening

(category: Sports-Recreation, Word count: 431)
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Be it at the bars, pubs, clubs or your own living room, darts are an excellent way of spending time with friends and family. Spending time at home will never be boring as long as you have a dartboard hanging in your room.

The history of the game of darts goes back a long time. Legend has it that soldiers during the Middle Ages used to throw spears at barrel bases or cut-up tree trunks to get over their boredom. This gradually gave shape to what we now know as dart games. The system of scoring, followed across the world, came into being during the early 18th century.

Dart games have become popular over the years as it is inexpensive to play, can be played indoors during bad weather, no dress codes are required, and can be played by anyone - male or female, young or old.

The basic requirements are a dartboard and darts. With the advancement of technology dartboards have also evolved through the times. The most common dartboard is the bristle board - either cork or sisal. Cork dartboards deteriorate quickly with continued used, as the darts leave holes in the boards and the cork crumbles. The fibrous nature of sisal, however, is able to overcome this drawback and has therefore gained popularity. Sisal does not crumble even after constant use. Electronic dartboards are also available, and are equipped with sensors allowing for automated scoring.

There are various types of darts. The main parts of a dart are the tip, barrel, shaft and flight. Tips are either steel or soft. Soft tips are preferred on electronic dartboards and cork dartboards and are also recommended for new players. Steel tips are for the more experienced dart players. Shafts also come in various types. Synthetic flights are the most common nowadays and can be combined with the shafts. The use of feathers as flights has decreased considerably nowadays.

Many dart accessories are available nowadays. Instead of simply hanging the dartboard on walls, dart cabinets can be used to add style and elegance to your dart game. Many players also attach add-a-grams to get the required weights on the darts. The perfect weight improves accuracy in shooting. Dart mats are useful for new players, as the bounce-off from the boards may cause considerable damage to the floor. It is also important to have a rulebook as there are many methods of keeping scores and the game can be played under different rules. Scoreboard is also a must if you are not using electronic dartboards.

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History Of Neck Tie

(category: Clothing, Word count: 274)
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Long time back, neck tie evolved as a direct result of war. In 1660, a regiment from Croatia visited Paris. The soldiers were presented to Louis XIV, a monarch. At that time, the officers of the regiment had worn bright colored fashion handkerchiefs around their neck. These neck cloths which descended from the Roman fascalia worn by orators to warm their vocal chords were soon made sign of royalty as the king made regiment of royal corvettes.

Later, this style crossed to the channel of England and no soon the gentleman found their dressing more decorative with some sort of cloth around their neck. These neck cloths or cravats were worn so that the man could not move his head without turning his whole body. Sometimes these were worn so tight that they stopped sword thrust. Again, neck tie styles knew no bound with scarf's, tuffs and bows.

Ties became an integral part of a man's wardrobe and till the time of civil war ties were imported from the continent. In the beginning of 20th century, American neckwear began to rival that of Europe. In 1960's, however, there was a declination of men wearing ties because of conflict in between tradition and formality of dress. But, in 1970,s the sale of neck tie increased to a great extent.

No other thing in the wardrobe of a man has changed as compared to neck ties. In 1960's and early 70's ties grew 5 inches in width and then fat ties came into fashion. The proper width of a neck tie that would never be out of style is 3

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Consolidate Bills Helping To Relieve The Pressure When Facing Overwhelming Debt

(category: Wealth-Building, Word count: 439)
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When the phone rings, you cringe to think that there is another creditor on the line to inform you that you haven't been paying your bills. You dread getting your daily mail knowing that there will be threatening letters about the money that you owe to several different credit card companies. Does this sound like you? Have you decided that it's time to change that? If you decide to consolidate bills, you can have the peace that you desire.

If you're afraid that your next paycheck will not be enough to cover the bills that seem to be mounting each month, do not hesitate. Do not wait one more day to consolidate bills and take back your financial independence. The pressure that you feel due to unpaid bills and late notices can be relieved through the use of consolidating bills.

If you are afraid that you will have a hard time with consolidating bills due to poor credit scores, do not wait any longer. There are all kinds of programs out there to help out those that have low credit. You will end up paying a little bit more in interest rates, but your overall monthly payments will still be lowered, which will allow you extra money each month to use to pay off your debts.

Whether your credit is good or bad consolidating your bills will lower your monthly payments by giving you one lower interest rate than what you're currently paying on your credit cards. Again, if your credit is bad and you consolidate through a loan, chances are that you'll pay a higher interest rate. This means that your payment won't be as low as it could be and you'll pay a little longer than if your credit was good, but saving money will still happen. You will still pay less each month than you do currently to the credit card companies. If you've been late with payments to any or all of the credit cards, you may be paying anywhere from 21 to 25% interest. Even with a low credit rating, a consolidation loan will allow an interest rate lower than 20%; therefore, you will pay less each month once you consolidate all of your debts.

Consolidating bills makes sense. It is a way to handle your financial situation that will not hurt your credit rating. In fact, if your credit rating is already low, consolidate bills and it can help you bring that credit rating up. Your finances can be a stress free subject again once you decide to take control.

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Different Types Of Green Tea

(category: Food-Beverage, Word count: 354)
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If you try to buy green tea in a supermarket - even in a very large one - the chances are that you'll only find one kind of green tea: the kind with 'green tea' written on the packet. The green tea that these packets contain tends to be of the absolute lowest quality, and so they are best avoided. Instead, you should try to buy your tea from Chinese markets or food stores, or order it over the Internet, as then you will be able to choose from the full range of green teas.

So which different green teas are there? Well, the most common green tea in Western countries is low-grade Gunpowder - that's the stuff you'll generally find in the supermarket. It is used because it is cheap, and stays fresher for longer than other green teas, because of the way it is rolled up into little balls.

The most popular green tea in China is Dragon Well, or Lung Ching, a bright green and quite expensive kind of tea. Many consider it to be the best green tea, but because it is expensive and not very much is produced, it is prone to imitation - make sure you trust whoever you're buying this tea from to sell you the real thing.

In Japan, green tea drinkers prefer Sencha, a sweeter kind of green tea. It is cheaper than Dragon Well, more the kind of tea you could drink every day, but none the worse for it. Sencha is also more readily available over here than Chinese green teas tend to be, and there is a slightly cheaper version called Bancha as well.

The sweetest kind of green tea is Macha, the tea used in the Japanese tea ceremonies. It is very expensive and very nice, and tastes more like a luxury dessert than the everyday tea you're probably used to - in Japan, it is a popular flavour of sweets and ice cream. If you ever get a chance to drink Macha, it's well worth trying, because it really is the king of green teas.

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3 Options For Hosting Multiple Websites

(category: Web-Hosting, Word count: 593)
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The prices of domain name registration and web hosting have dropped to the point that it's possible to own multiple websites without going broke. If you plan to operate multiple websites, here is some information on the different options available to you.

The first thing to consider when setting up multiple websites is whether or not to host them all with the same web hosting company. Many web hosts offer packages that let you set up multiple sites on a single account and almost all will let you set up multiple accounts, one for each site.

If you are happy with the hosting company you're using for your existing website(s), one advantage of using them for another site is the fact that you know they offer good service and support.

They might also offer discounts for multiple sites, so your costs might be lower if you stay with them again.

On the other hand, if you choose a different host you'll be able to compare the quality of another company with whomever you're currently using. If you ever run into problems with them, you'll have an alternative. It's wise not to "put all your eggs in one basket" as the saying goes.

Another advantage of using a different host is that you'll get a different IP address for each of your sites. If your sites are related to one another and you want to link them together, having different IP addresses can sometimes help your site rank higher in the search engines.

Links from other sites are one of the most important factors in getting your site ranked highly. If those links come from sites on the same IP address, it is a signal to the search engines that they are quite likely all owned by the same person, and they may discount the value of those links.

If you do choose to host all your sites with one company, there are essentially 3 choices - separate accounts for each site, a reseller account where they are all hosted or a dedicated server, again where they are all hosted.

Separate accounts are self-explanatory, so let's look at reseller accounts. As a reseller, you are basically acting as an agent for the hosting company - a middleman between them and the end user.

The idea is that you can set up your own company offering web hosting that is ultimately hosted by the company. You don't have to resell this hosting however - you can use the hosting services for your own websites, essentially "reselling" the hosting to yourself.

A reseller account is nice because all your websites are "under one roof" and you have a single point of contact for any technical problems.

Hosting on a dedicated server gives you complete control of the computer that is the web server. You can install any software you want, any operating system you want and you can allocate resources like memory and hard disk space however you want to divide it up between your sites.

The disadvantage of a dedicated server is that you are responsible for maintaining the server and sometimes even for the technical side of things. If you aren't familiar with the technical side of running a web server, you may need to choose a managed dedicated server, where the hosting company looks after these issues.

Dedicated server are, of course, more expensive than the other options, so unless your websites are well established, with a lot of traffic, they may not fit within your budget.

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Find A Great Franchise Opportunity

(category: Web-Hosting, Word count: 483)
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The franchise market place is growing rapidly with more and more people buying a franchise business. The people who invest in a franchise opportunity are more likely to succeed then those who choose to go it alone. Many millionaires have been created through the franchise industry.

After a lengthy study carried out over 7 years by the US Department of Commerce, it was revealed that over 90% of franchisees were still in business. Those who had decided to go it alone and start a business on their own, only 20% were still trading.

The franchise industry has finally shaken of its dubious reputation and people are moving towards franchise businesses in droves. This is probably due to the fact that a lot of high paid jobs in manufacturing industries are declining as more and more manufacturers are moving their plants overseas where they have access to a lower paid, highly skilled work force.

For businesses wanting to expand rapidly, franchising has many benefits. The franchisee helps fund the businesses expansion and has a major interest in making sure that the business is successful.

For franchisees the benefit is that they get access to a proven business model, full training and support. They also have access to higher funding from banks that realise that the risks are lower in funding a franchisee then somebody who is starting out on his own!

So how does one go about choosing the right franchise opportunity for them? Most people dream about being self employed but are scared to take the plunge. The best way to choose a franchise business is to start by analysing your self. What kind of person are you? Are you self motivated, do you like networking or do your skills lie in management?

If your forte is in managing other people then a business which involves a labour force might be right for you. If on the other hand you don't like being tied down to one place then a franchise business that involves meeting and networking with local businesses would suit you better.

Are you a morning person or an evening person? Some franchise opportunities require a very early start like a coffee shop franchise. Other businesses involve working mostly in the evenings, like legal franchises that involve drawing up standard documents for the public. In this case most of your appointments will be in the evenings.

You must also be prepared to educate yourself in a field that you know nothing about. Most franchises, I am sorry to say, involve a lot of training and are hard work. You will have to be prepared to put the effort in, especially in the initial stages, when you are starting up.

In the longer term you should have a successful business that allows you to employ staff who can take a lot of burden away from you.

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Internet Provider Connection Software Why

(category: Computers-Technology, Word count: 539)
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As a computer technician I encounter many misconceptions about computers. Internet provider software is one that is often misunderstood. Internet service providers often give customers the false impression that their software is necessary to connect to the internet. If you are one of these folks, you may be asking yourself what other impressions your cheap Internet service provider is giving you.

Do I need software to connect to the Internet?

Absolutely not. The Windows operating system provides all the networking software needed to connect to the Internet and most other types of networks for that matter. Some ISPs require that their branded software be installed to connect to their service. This required software is used by the service provider to capture your attention for the purpose of showing you advertisements and the ISPs own focused content.

Usually when you click to connect to one of these service providers your browser opens and you are bombarded with ads while the home page loads. You may be able to customize the content posted on the home page to your liking, but lets face facts, You have become a captive audience and you are being taken for a ride.

What does the Internet Service Providers software do?

Internet access provider software does 2 things immediately on install. First it hijacks your Windows connection software so that it can not be used to connect to any other service provider. Usually other Windows network services are also disabled, such as Internet connection sharing. Second, it hijacks your web browser so that you must log on to their home page, which I find ironic since internet service providers are always warning us about spyware that hijacks your browser.

The perpetrators of this type of hijacking is a list of the most popular service providers. You know them as, AOL, NetZero, EarthLink, PeoplePC, AT&T, Netscape... and the list goes on. AOL being the ring leader and takes control of your computer beyond the extreme to the point of being criminal. All of these service providers prefer to hijack the Internet Explorer browser because all Windows users have it installed and it is easy to build software for. But most can also be used with Netscape or Firefox.

So what is the alternative?

Simply contact a service provider and ask them if internet connection software is required to use their service. Not all Internet service providers require that you install connection software and are very willing to help you set up your Windows connection.

While doing research for this article, I expected to find price to be a factor in the connection software equation. ISPs that require connection software obviously make money force feeding you advertisements, allowing them to offer lower rates. To my surprise that does not appear to be the most important factor in setting price. I found that bandwidth has more affect in determining rates.

So, escape from the hijackers. There are many national Internet service providers out there that don't require that you be held hostage to pop up ads and stale content. Search the Internet for ISPs, do your homework and you will find the freedom to surf the web the way you deserve.

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Adsense Does It Really Work

(category: Web-Hosting, Word count: 459)
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Do high paying Google AdSense keywords work? It's amazing how you can earn such easy money with the power of Google AdSense. Google describes AdSense as "a fast and easy way for web site publishers of all sizes to display relevant Google ads on their web site's content pages and earn money.

Since people don't have to come to your site to read your content, people subscribed to your RSS feed don't see your AdSense ads or click on them - which is why the recommended way of using an RSS feed with your Google AdSense pages has been to use your RSS feed as a teaser. Looking at the first model - plainly the problem is to get many interested people to your web site - preferably those seeking information so that if they don't find it on your site, they click on one of your AdSense ads and move onto another site - leaving you with a few cents as they leave you. Lastly look elsewhere - we found a great software program that lets you provide contextual adverts on your web site derived from the 1,000's of high commission paying products in ClickBank.

As previously mentioned, AdSense is a program in which you get paid for your web site visitors clicking on targeted AdWords ads placed on your site. Google AdSense is a program launched by Google where publishers, another word for site owners, can display Google AdSense on their site in exchange for a share of the cost of the ad. Most website owners that participate in the Google AdSense program agree that the ads should not stand out from the rest of the site.

But multitudes of new AdSense web site owners - particularly those who purchased a package deal that locked them into hosting of their brand new AdSense web sites - might become a tad unhappy in the not so distant future. Obviously creating content for your site is an ongoing process, so once you've created at least 10 pages of quality information for your readers, you should create your web pages and optimize them for Google AdSense. To get an idea if some AdSense ads you see on the search engines have your pages, try to find web pages that have similar material to the content you are planning to create and look up their AdSense ads.

You will be able to concentrate on providing good quality AdSense content, as the search engines will be the ones finding the best ads in which to put your pages on. These businesses have hundreds of writers who are willing to write SEO keyword optimized, original content articles for your website at a minimal cost

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Eating The Australian Way

(category: Nutrition, Word count: 381)
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Australians are often divided into the haves, and the have-nots.

But they're not always talking about money.

These days, it's often the haves (too much body fat), versus the have-nots (not overweight).

We can't seem to make up our minds whether to eat at McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, and All-You-Can-Eat fast food restaurants, or whether to grab a protein snack, a freshly-squeezed fruit juice with wheatgrass and go straight to the gym.

Women's Magazines have the same problem. A sample magazine from this month featured diet and exercise routines from three TV personalities and movie stars. Yet the back section of the magazine featured recipes such as luscious mocha fudge cake.

The incidence of obesity in Australia rose dramatically in the 90s - 80% for women. And over 20% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Our eating habits are often unbalanced.

Yet a trip to the local beach shows a large number of exceedingly fit bodies, often accompanied by personal trainers. Perhaps the rebellion has begun.

Australian authors are now responsible for several internationally-known health and fitness books, such as the Sandra Cabot's Liver Cleansing Diet, the CSIRO WellBeing Diet, and Jennie Brand-Miller's New Glucose Revolution.

So let's assume you've decided to improve your health and fitness, upped your intake of raw fruit and vegies (for Liver Cleansing), are monitoring your intake of white breads and potatoes (for Glucose Revolution), and planning a BBQ based around lean meat for dinner tonight (CSIRO diet).

A November 2005 announcement from Jennie Brand-Miller is good news for the traditional Ocker image of throwing a shrimp on the barbie, while drinking a cold beer.

Apparently moderate alcohol intake has been related to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. The new study looked at the impact of beer, white wine and gin on a carbohydrate-based meal. The result was that the alcoholic drinks, in particular the white wine, helped to lower the glucose and insulin response after the meal.

So if someone criticises you for that pre-dinner drink this summer, just say that you're making an effort to avoid diabetes. They may just buy you another drink for being so thoughtful.

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