Friday, 9 December 2011
A rather late post...Last Saturday I was at Fanar Mall and there was a beautiful handiworks exhibition that centered around the culture and heritage of Kuwait. The beautiful replicas of wooden dhows (sailing boats) and wooden chests and models of frontal view of old traditional Kuwaiti homes were the attraction among many other nice exhibits. Here are some pictures.
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Marks & Spencer has a new collection of lovely winter clothes for men, women and children. They also have a lot of goodies, including gingerbread men. To celebrate the festive season, they have a nice window decor with christmas trees and gifts besides the interior of the outlet being decorated as well.
The pictures are of Marks & Spencer beside Marina Mall, Salmiah
Eating vegetables that contain carotenoids found in fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, oranges, cantaloupe, pumpkin, apricot on a regular basis can give you and your skin a healthy glow and they are considered as world's healthiest food. Researchers are of the opinion that people whose diet is high in carotenoids are healthier and less susceptible to illnesses.
|Swildens Desk at display in Peugeot Head office in Paris until January 19, 2012|
|Original Swilden desk, 1966 - Peugeot head office, Paris|
Peugeot, the famed automotive giant put on show at its head office in Paris, at 75 avenue de la Grande Armee, an extraordinary desk - the Swildens desk, which was first commissioned in 1966 for the foyer of the then new Peugeot head office. There were originally just three Swildens desks for three receptionists.
Furdess, French furniture designer has negotiated with the original designer, Ben Swildens, to create a limited number of eight desks for a re-release. The Swildens desk is mirror-polished, stainless steel with no visible welding, and have been sculpted by a precision metal workshop in Lyon. Each desk is numbered and signed by the designer.The desk will be on display at the Peugeot Head Office until January 19.
The desks intended to be sold are are priced at EUR65,000 (approx. US$87K) per piece.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Honda Robotics has unveiled the new self-balancing, walking bipedal robot ASIMO, which is the latest in a long line of Honda robots, that began in 1986 with one named EO. It has several new features such as the ability to act autonomously compared to its predecessors.
ASIMO is able to:
* become "aware" of its surroundings, including the actions of people nearby, and alter its behavior accordingly -
* it can even predict the path that a person will take when walking, and change its own path to avoid a collision.
* combine input from its visual and auditory sensors and it can match people's faces to their voices, and can identify individual voices when several people are speaking at once.
* has a wider range of leg movement, along with the ability to suddenly extend a leg to one side, to keep from falling over. This allows it to walk on uneven ground, along with being able to run forward and backward, and hop on one leg or two legs continuously and even kick a ball with its leg.
* perform tasks such as grabbing a glass bottle and removing its twist-cap, or holding a paper cup and pouring liquid into it. Because the fingers operate independently, it can also communicate using sign language.
To view amazing Asimo in action, click HERE to view the video. You'd be surprised!
|Opening a bottle to pour out water|
|Sign language in Japanese meaning family|
|walking on rough surface|
|Distinguishing voices when several people are talking|
Calcium is an important mineral that your body requires for strong healthy bones and teeth, for proper function of nerves, muscles, kidneys, and the heart. Insufficient calcium in the diet causes an increased risk of osteoporosis, a disease that depletes calcium in the bones. The bones become weak and fragile, there is loss of height, spines become curved, and one is easily suceptible to fractures, especially in the case of women.
One way of getting calcium is through supplements. However, its always best to take the doctor's advice on how much calcium you need to take each day. High dosage of calcium from supplements raises the level of calcium in the blood, which can damage the artery walls. 500 mg of calcium is the 'safe' recommended intake per day if one is resorting to supplements and is to be taken with food that will facilitate slow calcium absorption.
The safest and best way of getting calcium is through food rather than supplements. Low fat dairy like milk, yoghurt and cheese can give you the calcium you require as well as they help lower blood pressure. Be sure its low fat. Calcium from food is absorbed slowly and will not damage the arteries. Consuming dried fruit and nuts, like raisins, almonds, dates, prunes and hazlenuts can help build and preserve calcium in bone tissue. Avocado and Broccoli are also good sources of calcium.
Low impact exercise like walking, swimming, yoga, tai-chi can strengthen your bones. Protect your heart and bones by getting natural calcium from food.