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Role And Significance Of Drama Schools In The UK

You must have dream of being a theatre artist or may be to be the next big thing in movie world. What you might certainly have is a burning desire and immense talent. What you might lack is self-confidence and self-esteem to make your dream into a reality.

The drama schools in the UK help you in getting rid of your low ebb. It grooms you and moulds you in the right direction so that you can be an excellent actor. It teaches you about the various acting styles and mediums in which the actor delivers the acting. Attending these drama schools lets you learn the trick of the trade. It imparts sufficient knowledge about elements of a -role’ that an actor plays.

The drama colleges play a major role in getting rid of your dilemma about – where to begin and where to end! The best part about these colleges is that they are equally good for novices and beginners. It gives you a platform so that you can hone your skills to be a good actor/actress. To make sure you get proper knowledge and training, the schools employ best trained instructors. These are industry veterans and have years of practical experience to their credit. By driving away all your inhibitions, they groom you to socialize and face the crowd.

If you think you are creative and have an inborn talent to act but need to know basic aspects of acting, drama schools in the uk are just meant for people like you. Among the first -must-do’ thing in regard is the proper selection of the drama school. Ideally, you should prefer one that enjoys good industry reputation and goodwill. Likewise, it ought to have renowned and top-notch movie and TV personalities in its panel. This will help you in getting proper direction towards your goal. Because you will be under a constant watch by such former and present personalities, it is likely you might get a good launching.

Besides grooming accurately, the drama colleges polish your hidden talent. As you open attending their acting classes, you might even get an instant recognition from the big silver screen! Though there is a couple of dedicated drama schools in the UK exclusively meant for kids, others entertain students from all age groups. For most adults, attending these schools is the perfect medium to socialize and voice their inner feelings. Similarly, kids find these drama schools the best platform that allows them to express themselves and open up more. As you complete the complete course at the drama schools, you are all set to conquer the world with your acting skills.

Stop Smoking with Laser Treatment

Laser treatment is a new innovation in the treatments used to help people stop smoking. Cold laser therapy is also known as photobiomodulation, laser biostimulation or low-level laser therapy. Laser is capable of stimulating or inhibiting cell functions.

Cold laser therapy is being increasingly used to help people stop smoking. The laser treatment used to stop smoking is similar to acupuncture. The laser light stimulates cells in the same way as an acupuncture needle, but doesn’t leave any scars, as the therapy is non-invasive.

Laser resets the metabolism of the body and helps lessen the withdrawal symptoms. The laser gets absorbed by cells in the body and this triggers physiological responses. Endorphins (natural painkillers) are released in the body; they make the patient more relaxed and stress-free. Moreover, endorphins replace nicotine in the brain receptors. In such a situation, he doesn’t feel like smoking. The treatment reduces irritability and negative feelings that arise when a person is trying to stop smoking. Cold laser treatment also helps in the detoxification of lungs. The treatment provides an overall feeling of wellness.

The success rate of this method is four to five times higher than usual methods. The rate of success is claimed to be over 85%.

However, critics of laser treatment say that its success rate is comparable to that of a placebo treatment and that 20% of the people using this treatment do not receive the desired effect.

Laser treatment does have its advantages. The main advantage of laser treatment over other methods such as patches is that it doesn’t introduce any chemicals into the body.

The treatment involves 3 to 4 sessions of about 20 minutes each. The results depend on the degree of your addiction. During the treatment session, pulses from a cold laser (energy is comparable to a 60-watt light bulb) is applied to the earlobe of the patient. The laser device looks like a pen. It is usually placed on ears, neck and face of the patient.

You must consider the cost before starting laser treatment to stop smoking. It is more expensive than other treatments. A session costs $300 to $450. Most health insurance policies do not cover laser treatment to stop smoking. If you don’t mind spending some money, laser treatment is one of the best ways to stop smoking. It is so effective that you will see the difference from the very first session.

Obesity and Your Fitness Identity

On today’s news there was a report that said the by 2050 half of the adult population will be obese, I’m not talking about a bit overweight here I’m talking about full blown obesity. This means that half the people you know in 2050 will be really fat! And you could be one of them unless you take action. This news report got me thinking about how people could do this to themselves. At the end of the day a person is obese due to the lifestyle decisions that THEY MAKE, it is not forced upon them, they CHOOSE to be obese through the actions that they take. Everyone is control of there own actions.

When personal training obese people, over time I notice a shift. This is a shift in their identity, the way they see themselves. Let me explain a bit more about identity, your identity is a set of “rules and beliefs” that you comply to and act out in your life. Here are a few examples about identity:

Take the school shootings that happen is America, the killer has a set of beliefs in their mind that everyone is out to get them, everyone hates them, everyone is evil and they hate them. They believe these things so intensely that they are forced to act upon these beliefs. What you believe tends to manifest itself in your reality. Lewis Hamilton has a set of rules that state that he must give is 110% in every race he is in. He has beliefs that say he is an excellent driver and among the best in the world. Can you imagine where Lewis would come in a race if he only put in a bit of effort each race and he thought he was a below average driver?

I personally have specific rules that state I must workout Monday to Friday, I must only eat healthy and nutritious foods. I believe that I am a fit and healthy person. The things I do conform to my beliefs, I won’t eat fast food as it breaks one of my beliefs, but I will push myself hard on every workout I have.

Think about the beliefs that you have with regards to health and fitness, take some time to do this, then write them out and see what you have, you’ll probably notice that you have been behaving true to you beliefs. I get my personal training clients to do this form time to time, it highlights areas that are holding them back.

For example I was doing fitness training with on lady client and she believed she was a fat overweight person. So we set about to change this. She started doing personal training three times a week and after a couple of months I asked her “What type of person works out three times a week?” she replied “I suppose a fit and healthy person does”, “Congratulations you are now a fit and healthy person” I said.

Through her new actions of working out regularly, that she considered being fit and healthy, she now saw herself as a healthy person and started to believe she was fit and healthy too.

She now believed that she was a fit and healthy person, as apposed to a fat overweight one, this new belief empowered her to start making healthy changes in her life towards getting slim, these changes were easy to make because they were congruent with her new fit and healthy identity. If her identity was still a fat and overweight one, making healthy changes would be hard because they would not be congruent with her identity so the changes would be rejected and she would act and do things that reinforce her fat overweight identity, i.e. sitting on the sofa eating cake.

Learn How To Succeed With The Most Difficult Task In Jewelry Photography

In the field of commercial photography, be it in motion or static, every category presents a challenge of its own. With jewelry photography, an object of highly reflective surface (HRS), the challenge is amplified due to its relatively small size captured mostly in close-up environment with shallow depth of field, surface complexity (specular), and limited ways of lighting due to space restriction between the lens and the object. Jewelry photography demands knowledge and experience to overcome the compounded difficulty of controlling reflections and limited depth-of-field (perceived sharpness) in close-up jewelry photography.

In addition to the problems mentioned above, the success of reproducing and obtaining a high quality digital image of jewelry will depend on the equipment used in the reproduction process. There are basically three types of camera systems one can employ:

a. Digital SLRs like Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma with good sensor resolution (6-14 MP)

b. Medium format cameras like Hassleblad, Rollei or Mamiya with a larger sensor digital back (11-39 MP)

c. Large format view cameras like Sinar or Toyo with live video studio solution (11-39 MP)

The purpose of this article is to discuss some of the principal challenges posed by the complexities of reflective surface reproduction, particularly in digital close-up photography. Below I will present some solution to these challenges from the lessons learned and experienced in my daily practice and from my own research as to what is the best, fastest, and simplest solution to an otherwise complex assignment of jewelry photography.

Jewelry surface (HRS)
The most difficult task of all HRS digital captures is jewelry. In essence all jewelry objects are built with reflective qualities of various degrees and can be compared to mirrors. Mirrors are objects with good specular or diffused reflection; that is, image forming qualities. Imagine pointing your lens towards a mirror at a close distance. What will you see? Exactly, yourself holding a camera and your surrounding area. Jewelry objects in essence embody three kinds of mirrors: flat, convex and concave determined at random by the jewelrys very shape. Curved mirrors magnify or shrink images therefore distort the reflected image. Most jewelry objects typify spherical mirrors structured in an interesting relationship of concave and convex surfaces.

Understanding the basic reflective properties of mirrors can be helpful in solving some basic problems related to jewelry photography because of their common reflective properties.

a. Jewelry reflection has no physical existence. Conceal the camera or choose a shooting angle for the jewelry to reflect a controlled surface such as a white board or soft box.

b. The location of the camera/lens matters in terms of how and what will the jewelry reflect. Use longer lenses to extend the working space between object and lens.

c. When light strikes the jewelry surface the angle of reflection equals the angle of in incidence. Place your light source indirectly to the angle of reflectance.

d. The reflection on the jewelry is half the size of the reflected image – the jewelry is always halfway between the reflected image and the reflection. Creating and placing the jewelry inside a large soft tent enables the application of various light sources to minimize and control unwanted reflections.

e. If the jewelry surface is flat and perfectly shiny, specular reflection will result. If the surface is rough, diffused or distorted reflection will result (bending) Place the jewelry in a light zone of several loosely arranged large white panels, and by modifying their position relevant to the object will enable the control of light source there by controlling unwanted reflection.

Overall Sharpness:
A narrow depth-of-field (DOF) can create spectacular effects when photographing insects, flowers, etc., but in jewelry photography if the entire image does not appear in full focus, the image becomes an unusable one. Unusable in the sense that some parts of a ring or bracelet needed to provide useful data for the purpose of presentation will be unacceptably less sharp than other parts. For example, the front part of a bracelet (focal plane of the lens) is in sharp focus; but as we move towards the back region the loss of sharpness becomes unacceptable (blurred). DOF and image sharpness changes with sensor size. Smaller digital sensors obtain maximum sharpness at wider apertures (f:8-f:11) while larger ones at (f:11-f:22). Capturing small objects like jewelry via close-up photography presents a problem since only a very narrow portion of the object relative to the focal plane will be acceptably in focus. One way to extend depth of field would be to take images using a narrow lens aperture. This solution has a serious disadvantage. Small apertures bring more light diffraction, degrading the image resolution. This is one reason why many consumer digital cameras (with very small sensors) won’t let you stop down past f:8, while studio solution sensors are often stopped down to f:32 and beyond.

The application of double exposure solution or photo stitching in jewelry photography partially solves the limitations of shallow depth-of-field. The technique known as “focus stacking” is another. Using double exposure when limited depth-of-field is available is a powerful technique to help photograph and present jewelry.

Depth-of-field determines what part of the jewelry has the sharpest focus and its amount. Unfortunately, at larger apertures depth of field limits attention to a particular focal points i.e. the top of a ring, while minimizing details at the shank. A greater depth-of-field would presents all the elements of a ring sharp at once, relatively equally. Depth-of-field is determined by the following: lens aperture (-stop), lens focal length and your distance from the focal point. In jewelry photography, of these three the aperture has the most influence and the least modifiable. Therefore to increase depth-of-field and achieve total sharpness over the entire image, move farther away from the jewelry by using a longer lens.

1. Capture two images, first focus slightly below the ring top, then a second focused lower at the center.

2. Bring both images into two separate layers in Photoshop to combine the two into one sharp image.

There are of course other solutions such as the Helicon Focus. This program is designed to manage the shallow depth-of-field problem in close-up imaging. It also aligns the images that change their size and position from shot to shot. This function is especially important with closeup jewelry photography.

However, the most pragmatic answer to the depth-of-field challenge is the large format studio camera. These cameras such as Arca Swiss, Linhof, Sinar, Fuji, Calumet or Toyo have expandable bellows, tilt and swing capabilities, and are allowing the capture of high-quality images with extended depth-of-field beyond the optical limitations of the lens.

The Best Of The Direct-to-video Horror Films

Any true horror film fan knows that the best movies out there are not that easy to find. Of course the big name blockbuster horror franchises are played in theatres nationwide, but where do you find those lesser known gems that arent in wide release? Some major video retailers carry decent slasher, gore, grindhouse, and B horror films. However, lesser known movies still are out there. For these you must go straight to the source, the studio that creates them.

Full Moon Features is one such studio known for its head B-movie veteran Charles Band, whos been making movies since the 70s. Full Moon Features is also known for such low budget cult classic series such as Puppet Master and Subspecies. Later on Full Moon Features had other straight to DVD releases often referred to as so-bad-theyre-good movies like Gingerdeadman, The Killer Eye, and Evil Bong. All are famous among a specific audience of die-hard fans of gore, blood, guts, & violence in films.

No on the 10th installment of Puppet Master: Puppet Master Forever, Full Moon Features popularity among fans has not ceased one bit. With DVDs, BluRays, Box Sets, Toy Collectibles, etc. The Puppet Master series is one of the most successful franchises for the studio. The Puppet Master Box Set containing the first seven Puppet Master movies plus an extra bonus disc with over 40 Full Moon Trailers for example, has been a hit seller among collectors.

Another cult classic series adored by fans since the early 90s, is Subspecies. An Epic Collection of the films was released in 2007, which included all the original segments which were released in VHS. The story follows three college students as they study folklore in Romania – which leads them to bump into Radu Vladislas – the sadistic vampire who has returned to his home and killed his father. Radu takes a liking to one of the students and over the next three films tries to convince her to join him on the dark side and become a vampire. The series is known for its dark portrayal of the monster vampire Radu, as well as the stop-motion animation throughout. It even leads to a spin off called Vampire Journals. If you havent seen this series and are a fan of more original vampire sagas, do yourself a favor and check out the Subspecies Blu Ray at your local video store. After watching, youll probably want to own every movie in the series, in which case there is a Subspecies Box Set available as well.

The Top 10 Most Famous Cats (Part 3) Names Beginning with N to Sc

I’ve been compiling a list of famous cats for my website PetNum.com for some time now. I know which my favorites are, but I wondered which are the most famous overall. There are so many great famous cats that I’m doing this in four groups, and then I’ll do a final round with the top cats from those groups.

The most famous cats (based on online chatter) with names starting with the letter N to Sc are:

10. Polar Bear, who was the cat in Cleveland Amory’s book “The Cat Who Came for Christmas”

9. Paulie, from the Non Sequitur comic strip

8. Patsy, who was Charles Lindbergh’s cat

7. Orlando the Marmalade Cat, from the series of books by Kathleen Hale

6. Periwinkle, from the TV series Blue’s Clues

5. Oscar, the Hospice cat from Rhode Island who can seemingly predict death

4. Samurai Cat, from the illustrated books by Mark Rogers

3. Salem from the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV Series and comic books

2. Sabbath, from Emily the Strange

…and the most famous cat on this list is…

1. Scratchy, from “Itchy and Scratchy” a cartoon within the animated series the Simpsons

Cats not ranking in the top 10 were Nee chee from Emily the Strange, Nala from the House of Night book series, Napster who was Shown Fanning’s cat, Robert Johnson from Rick Riordan’s Tres Navarre series, Pyewacket from the 1958 movie Bell Book and Candle, Pulcinella who was composer Domenico Scarlatti’s cat, Piccolo who was Albert Schweitzer’s cat, and Peta who was the British Chief Mouser in the 1970s.

So a nice mix of cats from television (Scratchy, Salem, Periwinkle) and books (Sabbath, Samurai Cat, Polar Bear, Orlando).

I compiled this list by searching for the names listed on a number of search engines and ranking them by the number of web pages, discussion forums, photos, videos, etc that are available online.

Check out my complete list of at www.PetNum.com.

Advanced Technology Enabled Hospitals Bring Massive Crowd For Full Medical Checkup In Goa And Kerala

Full Medical Checkup in Goa an Kerala happens to be a best option for foreign medical tourists or patients. Here they get the chance to uncover their medical ailment through world class Indian medical team. We all know “prevention is better than cure. This is where Full Medical Checkup in Goa an Kerala comes into the picture by recognizing the importance and need for preventive health care. The Full Medical Checkup in Goa an Kerala is carried out at advanced technology enabled hospitals which has a comprehensive check up that screens each organ closely to detect even the smallest symptom that could be an indication of a major disease. In addition, the Full Medical Checkup also identifies the reason for minor ailments, which are constant irritants. It also serves as a personal medical record for future reference. Once the Full Medical Checkup is completed, if treatment is required, it can begin without delay. The Full Medical Checkup in Goa an Kerala covers the following tests:

Doctors consultation and full medical examination

Blood tests

Complete Haemogram (hb, TLC, DLR, ESR, Haemotocrit, Peripheral Smear)

Blood group (ABO, RH)

Blood Sugar

Blood Urea

Serum Uric Acid

Serum Creatinine

Serum Cholesterol

Lipid Profile

Urine and Faeces Examination

X-Ray Chest PA


Exercise Stress Test (TMT)

2D Echo to assess heart pumping capacity

Coronary Risk Markers – Apo A & Apo B (precise indicators of risk of coronary artery disease), and Lpa (genetic predictor of heart attack).

Cancer Risk Markers – PSA – prostate cancer (males) & CA 125 – ovarian cancer (females)

Carotid Colour Doppler – the best predictor of Stroke & Brain hemorrhage, which may result in paralysis).

Complete Blood Count


Alkaline Phosphates

Digital X-ray

Lumbar Spine AP & L

DEXA Spine

MRI L-Spine

Stress Screening by Psychologist

Eye Examination

Gynecologist Consultation and Pap Smear Test

Optional Test

Ultrasound Screening for the Abdomen

ENT Examination

Screening for Liver Disease

Screening for Thyroid Disease

Hepatitis B Screening to Assess Immunity and for Detection of Carriers.

A test for AIDS can also be requested

Screening for Kidney Disease

Post Check-up consultation

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Things To Consider Before Buying A Dslr Camera Online

Online shopping has undergone significant changes over the past few years. Today an increasing number of customers are confident about not only purchasing items of everyday use through the internet but even large and expensive items at various online stores. Consequently, it is not that difficult to find the advanced and high-tech electronic and digital equipments offered by various brands of different models, including a DSLR camera, online. Given below are some important things that need to be considered prior to purchasing a DSLR camera online.

1. The Brand: With a number of major electronic companies offering quite a few models of DSLR cameras, it is vital to have some idea what brand you prefer. While brands like Nikon, Canon and Olympus are considered to be the world leaders in photography equipment, other brands including SONY, Samsung, Panasonic etc., have also made considerable progress in the field and are hot favorites, today. As such, the choice of a brand ultimately depends on the personal preference of the buyer and the features desired by them in the camera of their choice.
2. The Usage: Buying a DSLR camera requires you to invest a considerable amount of money and hence it is vital to choose the equipment that is most suitable according to your usage. For most professional photographers, choosing a high quality gadget that offers all the latest features is a must, but for amateurs and occasional photographers, cameras with moderately good features that do not require professional handling would also suffice.
3. The Accessories: A DSLR camera comes with various accessories and additional equipment such as a wide range of lenses, tripods, and additional batteries etc. Depending on the usage of the camera, you can opt to buy these accessories and equipments along with the camera itself. Alternately, you can put off the purchase of these add-ons for a later date, unless of course the equipment is vital for the proper functioning of the camera.

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Six Hazards of Drinking Carbonated Drinks in the Usual Life

In daily life, most people like to drink carbonated drinks; especially the children are very favor of this kind of drinks. However, there are some hazards of drinking carbonated drinks.

First, it is easier to let you thirstier. Some experts pointed out that carbonated beverages contain a large number of substances, such as pigments, additives, preservatives and other substances; none of them is good for the human body. These ingredients in the body need a lot of water when metabolized, and cola contains caffeine, and also has a diuretic effect, which will promote water discharge, so drinking carbonated beverages will make you thirstier. Second, it easily leads to obesity. Carbonated drinks generally contain about 10% sugar, and a vital of heat will be up to one or two hundred kilocalories, so often drinking will make people become fat.

Third, it may damage teeth. Soft drinks have already become one of the most important dietary sources to cause caries. Acidic substances in the soft drinks and acidic carbohydrate byproducts will soften the enamel, and play a role in promoting the formation of tooth cavity. If the enamel id softened, plus incorrect brushing teeth and grinding and other bad habits, this can cause tooth damage. Fourth, it can also affect the digestion. Drinking too much carbonated drinks not only has no benefits on the stomach, but it will also greatly affect the digestion. Because while the large amounts of carbon dioxide is inhibiting the bacteria in the drinks, it will also produce inhibition function, so the digestive system would be destroyed. Especially the young people, they often drink too much, the release of carbon dioxide can easily cause bloating, affecting appetite, and even cause gastrointestinal disorders, leading to gastrointestinal diseases.

Fifth, it can lead to osteoporosis. Experts pointed out that drinking cola and so on contain phosphates, which can affect the body’s absorption of calcium, causing calcium and phosphorus imbalance. Once the calcium is missing, the damage to the development for young people in the growth process of the body is very big. Calcium deficiency means slow bone development and osteoporosis. Sixth, it can easily lead to kidney stones. Calcium is the main component of the stones. After drink too much caffeinated carbonated beverages, the amount of calcium in the urine will be a substantial increase, making them more prone to stones. If you take more caffeine, the danger is even greater. The magnesium and citrate in the human body originally can help the prevention of the formation of kidney stones, but after drinking caffeinated beverages, these can also be excreted, making the risk of kidney stones improved.

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