Wigs: The Good, The Bad And The Ridiculous
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By Michael Barrows
While many people purchase a wig to change their style or to create a dramatic look for a special night, others wear wig hairpieces on a daily basis to conceal thinning hair or to cover baldness resulting from an illness. But no matter why you choose to wear a wig, there are a few things that you should keep in mind before you purchase one and incorporate wigs into your style.
There are many different types of wigs available and they can range from being inexpensive to extremely expensive. For the most part, the old saying, “you get what you pay for,” is true when it comes to purchasing wig hairpieces. The more you spend, the higher quality wig you’ll get in return. And a higher quality hairpiece means that it will remain beautiful versatile for years to come.
Perhaps the most deciding factor that will help you decide how much to spend on your wig is how you are going to use it. If you are only going to use your wig occasionally for special events, you may be able to get by with an inexpensive wig. But since most inexpensive wigs are made with synthetic hair, it is almost impossible to match them up with your existing hair color or to achieve a truly natural look. Inexpensive wig hairpieces are also not finely wefted. That means that more hair is sewn into one weft of the wig instead of distributed throughout the wig evenly resulting in a baby doll hair look if you’re not careful.
Other things to consider before you go by an inexpensive wig, is how you are going to style the hairpiece. Synthetic hair cannot be colored, permed or curled with thermal tools. So, your styling and change-out options with an inexpensive wig are limited.
All of these drawbacks make the natural-hair wig your best bet especially if you wear a wig on a daily basis. While this hairpiece may be a little more expensive, you can color it, cut it and curl it just like you would your own hair because it is real hair. Wig hairpieces made with natural hair also look more natural in sunlight and under certain lights than do wigs made with synthetic hair strands.
Even natural hair wigs, though, come with a wide variety of prices. The prices vary according to quality and length of the hair used and the craftsmanship of the hairpiece itself. Again, you get what you pay for.
If you plan to wear your wig daily, you should also look for wig hairpieces that are light and finely woven. The wig should allow a good amount of air to circulate through the wig and onto your scalp. This is not only for your own comfort but for the well being of your own hair. Tight and constrictive wigs can cause friction and cut off the blood supply to your scalp resulting in hair loss.
So, before you buy a wig, investigate all of your options carefully. Choosing a good wig now may save you money in the end because you will probably never have to replace it.
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Muslim hair stylist sues hairdresser over alleged discrimination
Friday, November 9, 2007
British-born Muslim hair stylist Bushra Noah is currently undertaking legal action against the owner of a hair salon for alleged religious discrimination. Noah is suing London hair salon owner Sarah Desroiser. Desroiser who runs a salon in King’s Cross, has said that she would not accept Noah as a stylist if Noah’s hair was covered. Noah, like many devout Muslims keeps her hair covered in public places, believing it to be immodest otherwise.
Noah claims that her headscarf is a fundamental part of her religious beliefs and that wearing the scarf would not interfere in her carrying out the job at all. Desrosiers said that it is not discrimination but rather that “the essence of my line of work is the display of hair. To me, it’s absolutely basic that people should be able to see the stylist’s hair. It has nothing to do with religion. It is just unfortunate that for her covering her hair symbolises religion.” Desosiers added that she had worked with Muslims in the past and employs a Muslim accountant.
Noah claims that the state of her own hair is irrelevant to her ability to style others hair.
The last few years have seen a string of similar cases in Britain. Last year, there was a case over whether a British Airways employee could wear a prominent cross, and another case in which a teacher argued that she had a right to wear a Jilb?b (a traditional Islamic dress that covers almost the entire body) in the classroom. In that case, the teacher lost in the High Court.
The Aviator and Vera Drake scoop top prizes at the 2005 Orange BAFTA Film Awards
Sunday, February 13, 2005
LONDON – The big-budget Hollywood movie The Aviator and the low-budget Brit flick Vera Drake have scooped the main prizes at the 2005 Orange BAFTA Film Awards. Four gongs went to The Aviator with the top ones being Best Film and Cate Blanchett for Best Supporting Actress. Vera Drake got three gongs with Best Director, Best Actress & Costume Design. Jamie Foxx got Best Actor with Ray and Clive Owen got Best Supporting Actor with Closer.
Political pundits debate Fred Thompson’s younger wife
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Political analysts widely regard Fred Thompson as a potential, if not likely, candidate in the United States presidential election in 2008. Thompson is a lawyer, lobbyist, character actor and former Republican Senator for Tennessee now residing in McLean, Virginia near Washington D.C.
A recent article in The New York Times (NYT) labelled his wife, Jeri Kehn Thompson as a “trophy wife” and a potential liability in the 2008 race. The NYT article described her as having “youthfulness, permanent tan and bleached blonde hair” and wonders if “so-called values voters” would “accept this union.”
Thompson and Kehn, married in June 2002, when he was 60 years old and she 35.
Television commentator and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough compared Kehn to a stripper and asked if “she works the pole.”
According to the Associated Press, “trophy wife” originally “meant the second (or third) wife of a corporate titan, a woman who was younger, beautiful and — equally important — accomplished in her own right.”
ABC News says that the current definition of “trophy wife” suggests Donald Trump‘s ex-wife Marla Maples and the late Anna Nicole Smith as examples.
However, ABC News also questions whether Kehn fits this definition. “Though she’s blond, beautiful and nearly 25 years younger than her husband, Kehn Thompson, a political media consultant who previously worked for the Senate Republican Conference and a prestigious Washington law firm, doesn’t appear to fit the typical description,” wrote Emily Friedman.
Karen O’Connor, a political scientist and the director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University, said Thompson may lose support from Republican women, a group he needs. It may also make it difficult to gain the support of the “value voters”, already skeptical after the report that he lobbied for an abortion-rights group.
“You have a situation where a candidate happens to have an attractive wife, therefore it’s open season for smutty thoughts and lowbrow humor, and no concern for the fact that this is a wife and mother, a professional woman?” said Mark Corallo, a former Justice Department official who is a consultant and the chief media adviser to the Thompson campaign. “One picture on the Internet and all of a sudden she’s reduced to being a bimbo?”
Alcohol: What It Does To The Brain?}
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Our brain is the organ responsible for processing the information gathered by our five senses, such as seeing, hearing, touching and tasting. There have been numerous reports from substance abuse rehabilitation centers that alcohol affects brain and body tremendously.
Alcohol alters the brain directly by affecting the levels of neurotransmitters and its natural chemistry. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the brain that transmits signals throughout the body and controls the process of emotion, thinking and behavior. According to medical experts at alcohol treatment center, alcohol affects both the excitation and inhibitory neurotransmitters.
Substance abuse rehabilitation centers reported many cases of patients that experienced difficulty in walking, slurred speech, blurred vision, and impaired judgment after consuming large amounts of alcohol in just one night of partying.
Alcohol abuse and addiction remain a hot topic in most of rehabilitation center. An individual consuming this substance after one or two drinks can exhibit negative effects of what alcohol can do to the body and brain. So what more if a person continuously consumes it?
This substance can act as both a depressant and a stimulant, depending on how a persons system metabolizes the substance. Some may feel sleepy after drinking a few bottles while others become more energetic and may act violently when things get out of their control. Most of the time people under the influence of the substance engaged in dangerous behavior such as driving at high speed, fights and other acts that disobey the law.
Long term drinking may lead to brains deficiency and shrinking. In the long run the brain will have a hard time in processing information and can also affect how the body feels that often leads to muscle dysfunction.
Overcoming alcoholism can be a long battle, as a person becomes totally dependent to the substance. Most of the patients at treatment centers struggle to achieve a life of sobriety. Sometimes it is not enough to just have willpower to quit. It often requires help from the experts.
Alcoholics are not all alike and experience different degrees of negative effects and impairment. A good alcohol treatment center must be able to consider a various type of treatment methods depending on the period of how long the substance was abused. Moreover, medical experts at alcohol treatment center must be able to monitor the course and progress of the treatment.
Recovering from substance addiction is a process and often involves setbacks. Finding a right rehabilitation center is the key to experience a sober life. Relapsing doesn’t mean that you have to give up, think of it as it is an opportunity to recommit to a rehabilitation treatment and challenge yourself for having a brighter future ahead.
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Athletes prepare for 2012 Summer Paralympics at the Paralympic Fitness Centre
Monday, August 27, 2012
London, England — As Paralympians ready for the Games which are set to open later this week, they have access to a world class fitness center inside the Paralympic Village which is designed to maximise their pre-Game preparations.
According to volunteers staffing the center, instead of being a single large room, as in Beijing, the building has numerous rooms. It, along with the adjacent Village Services Centre, is designed to be converted into a school after the games conclude. Rooms have been structured as a gym, an auditorium, and science laboratories.
Gym equipment is supplied by Technogym, an Italian firm that has supplied gym equipment for the Olympics since 2000. Equipment has been provided not just for for the Fitness Centre, but for gyms at all the Olympic venues. The newest equipment is oriented toward maximum flexibility, allowing athletes to exercise the particular muscles that they most require for their sport.
In addition to the equipment, the Fitness Centre also provides instructors trained in the use of the equipment, the likes of which athletes from many countries have never seen before. There are also a number of instructors available to provide motivational training.
Wikinews holds Reform Party USA presidential candidates forum
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Three men are currently seeking the presidential nomination of the Reform Party of the United States of America: small business owner Andre Barnett, Earth Intelligence Network CEO Robert Steele, and former college football coach Robby Wells. Wikinews reached out to these candidates and asked each of them five questions about their campaigns. There were no space limits placed on the responses, and no candidate was exposed to another’s responses before making their own. The answers are posted below in unedited form for comparison of the candidates.
The Reform Party is a United States third party that was founded in 1995 by industrialist Ross Perot. Perot ran as the party’s first presidential nominee in 1996, and won over eight percent of the popular vote, the highest percentage for a third party candidate since. In 1998, professional wrestler Jesse Ventura ran on the Reform Party ticket and was elected Governor of Minnesota. The party fell in prominence during the lead-up to the 2000 presidential election when it was plagued by infighting between ideological factions. In 2000, paleoconservative Pat Buchanan won the presidential nomination, and went on to receive only 0.4 percent of the popular vote in the general election. In 2004, the party opted to endorse consumer advocate Ralph Nader, but ended the year nearly bankrupt. In 2008, Ted Weill won the party’s presidential nomination, but appeared on the ballot in only one state and won a total of 481 votes.
The party is currently trying to rebuild and has opened several new state chapters. They will attempt to appear on the ballot in more states for the 2012 presidential election. The party is expected to nominate its presidential ticket during the National Convention this summer.
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Spelbound declared winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
An acrobatic group known by the name of Spelbound has been declared as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010, a televised variety talent show competition broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom. As the winning act of the show, Spelbound have won £100,000 (US$144,580, €120,313, A$175,079) and a place at The Royal Variety Performance, an annual gala evening that is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family.
In no particular order, the top three acts were revealed to be two dancers known by their stage name of Twist and Pulse, gymnastic group Spelbound and Kieran Gaffney, whose act involves playing on the drum kit. After Kieran Gaffney was revealed to be in third place, Anthony McPartlin, who hosts Britain’s Got Talent with Declan Donnelly, said to Kieran: “Well done Kieran. Kieran, you’re a star, you came back, you got all the way to the final. I know you’ve loved this. You’ve loved this, haven’t you?” In response to this, Kieran Gaffney stated: “Thank you very much. Thank you, everyone for supporting me. Thank you.”
Shortly afterwards, on the episode that was broadcast live on ITV1 on Saturday, Anthony announced: “After tens of thousands of auditons, five semi-finals and an amazing final, this…this is it. One of you is about to walk away with £100,000 and a place at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010 is…Spelbound!” Glen Murphy from Twist and Pulse commented about finishing in second place, stating: “Yeah, it’s amazing. I can’t even believe it. I can’t believe it at all.”
Alex Uttley, a 24-year-old member of Spelbound, commented on the gymnastic group’s victory, commenting: “Oh, my god. This is unbelieveable. We just want to say thank you to everyone out there. It just shows that all our hard work has paid off.” One of the coaches of Spelbound, named Neil Griffiths, stated about Spelbound: “Oh, they’ve worked so hard over the last few weeks. Um, since the semi-final, we…we really had to pull out the stops to try and up the game. They’ve not known they’ve worked in the gym from six in the morning till twelve…twelve o’clock of the night. I couldn’t have asked for more. Um, it’s a team of coaches. I don’t take all the credit myself. There’s, uh, two people up there that know who they are who’ve been fantastic.”
Spelbound consists of 24-year-old Alex Uttley, Nicholas Illingworth, aged 24, Adam Buckingham, aged 21, 20-year-old Adam McAssey, 19-year-old Douglas Fordyce, 18-year-old Edward Upcott, 18-year-old Leighanne Cowler, 17-year-old Katie Axten, 17-year-old Lauren Kemp, 15-year-old Jonathan Stranks, Abigail Ralph, aged 15, 13-year-old Hollianne Wood and Amy Mackenzie, aged 12. Bookmakers had previously predicted that Spelbound would be the most likely act to become the winner of the series.
The running order for the final started with Twist and Pulse. The second act to perform was Liam McNally, a 14-year-old singer. The running order subsequently continued with 40-year-old impressionist Paul Burling, singer Christopher Stone, aged 28, Tina & Chandi, a woman and dog dancing act, Connected, a five-piece singing group, Kieran Gaffney, aged 12, 22-year-old Tobias Mead, a dancer, 80-year-old singer Janey Cutler and Spelbound in that particular order.
Earlier on in the final, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has stated to Spelbound: “We are hosting the 2012 Olympics and I think ‘what a brilliant opening act’.” Fellow judge Piers Morgan also commented that “[t]he purpose of this show is to identify hidden great British talent. You are that act.” After Spelbound won in the final, another judge, named Simon Cowell, stated that “the right boys and girls won on the night” and that he could “only say on live TV that that was one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen. Seriously.”
Silver Rings For Men Learning To Make Silver Skull Rings
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By Efren Evans
Times are gone when jewelry was only associated with women. Men have also pioneered their way into the world of fashion. They have also developed liking for jewelry items. Nowadays, most men are sighted wearing either gold or silver rings. Moreover, silver skull rings are quite popular among men. This culture has resulted due to various celebrities wearing these rings on television channels. However, bike riders are also seen with these rings. Books and movies also portray pirates with such rings.
With hiking gold prices, silver is the metal used for skull rings.
It is easy to make this accessory. This article will look into the steps of making these rings. If you have a teenage brother, he must have come across such rings. With the hype generated by these rings, he might also like these. So, with the help of the ring making steps, you can give your brother a silver skull ring. You can make a skull ring out of any metal. Platinum, gold and silver are the most used metals when it comes to rings. However, when making a manly ring, the metal should be chosen appropriately. Silver is a viable option for making manly skull rings.
Skull rings are available in numerous sizes. Either big or small, you have a variety to choose from. Some rings are finger length long while some have small skulls. Depending upon the occasion, these rings are worn. Halloween is a popular occasion for wearing these rings. Gothic people generally wear these whenever a relevant occasion comes up. While one of the options is to make a silver skull ring, other easiest option is to order online. Various online websites deal with the making of such rings. You can find a reliable website and place your order there. The order must mention the metal, size and other details. The order will be delivered to you within few days and you will be able to wear your new ring.
Nevertheless, in other case, make a skull ring. This is also very easy. You must have brick, torch, ring box, sewing pins, silver ring band. Firstly, you will fixate the ring band on the ring box. It should be done in a way that it appears erect. The next step would be to heat the clay lightly and soften it with your fingertips. You will not use too much water neither heat it intensely for it will get wasted. All you will do is to place the clay on your palm and then roll it gently. Then, press it into an oval shape and flatten it firmly on the band.
With the help of the razor, make the teeth of the skull by cutting the edges. A lower jaw could also be made but you can do away with it since most skull rings lack in lower jaw. The pins must then be inserted neatly in the clay for the eye balls. Toothpicks will be needed to give the eyes a D shaped look. Your ring is made. In other cases, if you want to make it even easier, then you can use skull pictures too. With such a great method of making your own skull rings, you can gift them to your brother or friends. The clay method can be used for any type of ring, if you have an artistic hand. You should be able to make figures properly. The rest is about how to stick it. So this article allows you to make all the rings you want. Like skull rings, you can even make other rings too.
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Sweden’s Crown Princess marries long-time boyfriend
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sweden’s first royal wedding since 1976 took place Saturday when Crown Princess Victoria, 32, married her long-time boyfriend and former personal trainer, Daniel Westling, 36. The ceremony took place at Stockholm Cathedral.
Over 1,200 guests, including many rulers, politicians, royals and other dignitaries from across the world, attended the wedding, which cost an estimated 20 million Swedish kronor. Victoria wore a wedding dress with five-metre long train designed by Pär Engsheden. She wore the same crown that her mother, Queen Silvia, wore on her wedding day 34 years previously, also on June 19. Victoria’s father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, walked Victoria down the aisle, which was deemed untraditional by many. In Sweden, the bride and groom usually walk down the aisle together, emphasising the country’s views on equality. Victoria met with Daniel half-way to the altar, where they exchanged brief kisses, and, to the sounds of the wedding march, made their way to the the silver altar. She was followed by ten bridesmaids. The couple both had tears in their eyes as they said their vows, and apart from fumbling when they exchanged rings, the ceremony went smoothly.
Following the ceremony, the couple headed a fast-paced procession through central Stockholm on a horse-drawn carriage, flanked by police and security. Up to 500,000 people are thought to have lined the streets. They then boarded the Vasaorden, the same royal barge Victoria’s parents used in their wedding, and traveled through Stockholm’s waters, accompanied by flyover of 18 fighter jets near the end of the procession. A wedding banquet followed in the in the Hall of State of the Royal Palace.
Controversy has surrounded the engagement and wedding between the Crown Princess and Westling, a “commoner”. Victoria met Westling as she was recovering from bulemia in 2002. He owned a chain of gymnasiums and was brought in to help bring Victoria back to full health. Westling was raised in a middle-class family in Ockelbo, in central Sweden. His father managed a social services centre, and his mother worked in a post office. When the relationship was made public, Westling was mocked as an outsider and the king was reportedly horrified at the thought of his daughter marrying a “commoner”, even though he did so when he married Silvia. Last year, Westling underwent transplant surgery for a congenital kidney disorder. The Swedish public have been assured that he will be able to have children and that his illness will not be passed on to his offspring.
Westling underwent years of training to prepare for his new role in the royal family, including lessons in etiquette, elocution, and multi-lingual small talk; and a makeover that saw his hair being cropped short, and his plain-looking glasses and clothes being replaced by designer-wear.
Upon marrying the Crown Princess, Westling took his wife’s ducal title and is granted the style “His Royal Highness”. He is now known as HRH Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland. He also has his own coat-of-arms and monogram. When Victoria assumes the throne and becomes Queen, Daniel will not become King, but assume a supportive role, similar to that of Prince Phillip, the husband of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II.