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Image by Christopher Neundorf | Wikimedia

Jürgen Klopp, one of the names reported to replace the former Manchester United manager Moyes, has ruled himself out of the job. The current Borussia Dortmund manager has extended his contract with the Bundesliga side until 2018.

Still in Love with the Club

Klopp says in a statement, “Man Utd is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable.” This leaves fans and pundits speculating on who will take the helm.

 Japanese Connection

Dortmund is hot on the heels of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich even though their two stars, Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski, have already switched side. Reports say that the side is interested in re-signing Shinji Kagawa who transferred to Manchester United in 2012. The effervescent Japanese midfielder has struggled at Old Trafford and failed to reproduce his form during his stay in Germany.

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Brisbane is a genuine new world city, with its rapid development and forward thinking. Despite these, the city possesses some of the most laidback and friendliest atmospheres amongst the Australian cities. As such, it’s no surprise that thousands visit the city every year.

If you’re seeking an ideal place to stay during your visit to Brisbane, consider these accommodations:

Brisbane, AustraliaSpicers Balfour Hotel

On the outside, Spicers Balfour Hotel in New Farm resembles its classic Queenslander style home neighbours. On the inside, it offers nine rooms, each with an individual elegance and charm that provides an indulgent haven, complete with all the comforts and attention to detail.

Located in Balfour Street, this New Farm lodging offers a boardroom that accommodates up to 18 delegates; a restaurant that serves sumptuous breakfasts, high teas, and dinners; a rooftop bar that provides stunning views; a library that houses riveting books; and parking facilities that provide complimentary spaces.

The Collingwood

The Collingwood in Paddington combines a residential bed and breakfast’s elegance with a boutique hotel’s facilities. It offers many experiences for different travellers including an ideal blend of classic architecture and contemporary design and convenient comforts.

Located in Collingwood Street, this Paddington accommodation is a stroll away from award-winning restaurants and cafes, specialty stores, antique markets, and art galleries.

Inn on the Park Apartments

Inn on the Park Apartments in Toowong is a premier residential holiday accommodation and permanent rental high rise building. It features conveniences such as a common room, elevator to all levels, swimming pool, gym, and Laundromat complete with an outdoor clothes drying area.

Located on Patrick Lane, this Toowong accommodation provides stunning uninterrupted city views including the Brisbane River and local parks. It’s a stroll away from all public transports as well, allowing lodgers to visit many destinations in Brisbane.

Whether you’re visiting for a corporate trip, a family vacation, or a romantic getaway, Brisbane can offer the ultimate accommodations.

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clinical anesthesiaBack in the old days, doctors had to sew up wounds and perform other surgical procedures using only opium to minimize the patient’s pain. Although opium may have numbed the pain, it isn’t always enough to completely block the discomfort or erase the memory of the procedure.

All of this changed in 1846 when a dentist named Dr. William Morton used a sponge soaked with ether to remove a tumor from the jaw of the patient. The ether made the patient unconscious, and claimed that he had no memory of the procedure and the pain.

Morton’s demonstration changed his status from atypical dentist to an internationally acclaimed healer.

In 1841, a doctor named Dr. Crawford Long claimed that he had used ether in his operations. Moreover, Dr. Charles Jackson, another doctor, said that he influenced Morton’s work when the latter attended his chemistry lectures. Jackson then went to Congress to gain recognition, where he was credited with proposing the use of the term anesthesia.

The Use of Nitrous Oxide

In 1845, the American Medical Association and American Dental Association endorsed Dr. Horace Wells, as the first dentist to use nitrous oxide to extract teeth. Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is an odorless and colorless gas that produces highly pleasurable sensation. Prior to this, chloroform was used as an anesthetic in the mid-1840s. As chloroform is highly toxic, it was banned in the early 1900s.

Evolution of Anesthetics

Today, there’s a wide variety of anesthetics available. Anesthetic experts, however, still used derivatives of early substances, such as nitrous oxide and morphine. Anesthesia practice continues to evolve to enable health experts to perform life-saving operations. There are also clinical anesthesia management companies that collaborate with hospitals to provide services to enhance operating room performance.

Despite a number of theories about how anesthetics work, the accurate mechanisms remain unknown. It is just known that anesthetics interrupt the passage of signals along the nerves. This means that any stimulation to the body is not recognized by the brain.

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bridal hairGetting married may mean you’ve finally achieved your fairy tale ending just like in the movies, so why not complete the similarities by using them as inspiration for your bridal look?

Here are some of the most famous movie brides and their hair and makeup looks for the big day:

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City, 2008)

SJP, being the fashion-forward female that she is, is probably the only movie bride who can pull off a bird on the head as a fashionable hair garment. Matching this already daring look with equally bold, red lips makes the bridal hair and makeup combo a total statement.

Amanda Seyfried as Sophie Sheridan (Mamma Mia, 2008)

Amanda gave the whole mermaid hair look a vibe that’s far less aquatic, but totally romantic. The wavy long locks pulled back with a floral veil on top gives the effortless look a more pulled-together feel. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, give this one a shot using a 2-inch curling wand plus salt spray to complement the sunny location.

Kate Hudson as Olivia Lerner (Bride Wars, 2009)

Kate’s bridal makeup for this movie should make brides reconsider the often-shunned purple or pink-toned eye shadow look. With the right shade and blending techniques, you’ll avoid looking like a peacock on your wedding day. Complete the look by matching it with the colours of your bouquet.

Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan (Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1, 2011)

Bella is getting hitched to a vampire, so the goth makeup look may not come as a surprise. The dark and smoky eye shadow look made the bride’s eye pop, as it complements her pale skin tone. If you’re wearing a backless dress, try taking inspiration from her hairstyle — scooped up in a loose, low bun.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 2013)

Jennifer’s character is one feisty young lady, and her wedding hair and makeup look reflects her personality. Her silver-leafed wet look hair paired with smoky eyes with a bold winged effect and jewels placed under the lower lash line is perfect for brave brides.

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Image by Jonathan Mauer | Wikimedia

After 9 full seasons, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) finally concluded the story of “How I Met Your Mother,” but with a number of unexpected and sweet twists.

Spoilers ahead!

Happily Ever After

Barney Stinson and Robin Scherbatsky, played by Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders, respectively, finally got married. After three years, however, they got divorced.

Ted and Tracy McConnell (Cristin Milioti)—the mother—eventually got married and had two kids, Penny and Luke. One of the theories fans didn’t want to happen came true, though. Tracy was already dead years before Ted began to tell the story.

After finishing the story, the two kids understood what the whole story was about: it wasn’t the story of how Ted met their mother; it was the story of how Ted loved Robin. The kids then gave their approval for their dad to get back together with Robin.

Mixed Reactions

Of course, the big divorce and the getting back together of Ted and Robin didn’t exactly sit well with everyone online.

One fan tweeted, “It took me so long to get over the fact Ted and Robin weren’t going to end up together and now this?! Mixed Emotions.” Another said, “To sum up the #HIMYMfinale: nine years of character development destroyed in less than 5 minutes.”

Other, however, loved the ending.  ”#HIMYM creators stayed true to the story,” tweeted one fan. “Finale fit the show, even if it is not what I wanted. Can’t stop thinking about it. #HIMYMFinale.”

“Whoever says the #HIMYMFinale was disappointing missed the whole point of Ted Mosby’s character,” tweeted another.

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Home and apartment renovations can increase the value of your property. Many homeowners, however, forego their plans of a redesign, as they think makeovers are always costly. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a fortune to improve the look and increase the value of your home.

Here are some luxury home design ideas that won’t cost you your life’s savings:

Floating Shelves

home renovations

Cabinets are important parts of a home that can either improve or ruin your design. Whether you’re hiring a Perth home renovations company or going for a DIY make over, choosing the right material and design for your shelves can help turn a room from dull to fun.

When renovating the kitchen, you can choose from different types of wood for the cabinets, such as birch, hard maple, hickory, and oaks. White oak and red oak are durable, making them the perfect choice for most homeowners. Unlike red oak, white oak has subtler grains. When designing and building your own cabinet, consider white oak, as they are the popular choice for custom cabinetry.

Glam Walls

Create a glam ambiance in the dining room by getting inspiration from The Great Gatsby and Art Deco. Upgrade your plain white walls to moody black walls, creating a perfect setting for metallic furniture pieces and accessories. For the kitchen, use accents made of chrome or brass and install lighting fixtures in unique shapes to create dramatic lighting effects on the walls.

Spa-like Bathrooms

Bathrooms are more than just for cleaning and bathing yourself. Many homeowners are designing their bathrooms to create a spa-like feel. Popular luxury home items for the bathroom are curb-less showers and stand-alone bathtubs. Furthermore, bathroom design trends are leaning towards using earth tones for the walls and cabinets.

Energy-saving features

As Australia encourages everyone to participate in conserving resources, many property owners are renovating their homes to incorporate energy-saving features, such as skylights,huge windows, and appliances with high energy star ratings.

Renovating your home doesn’t have to be pricy. Consult trusted home renovators and design specialists to learn more about your options.


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fiberglass inground poolSwimming pools never fail to add value and beauty to any property. With different designs, styles, and shapes to choose from, you’re sure to improve your outdoor or indoor space by adding a pool. The fun never stops with installing your pool wherever you think is ideal.

These decorating ideas will help you create a more personal and elegant look for your fiberglass inground pool.

Take It Indoors

While most people prefer installing their swimming pools outdoors, no one’s stopping you from putting it indoors. Even a small lap pool is a great addition to your personal space. You’ll have a place to relax while keeping away from the maintenance work associated with outdoor pools.

Go Edgeless

Installing an edgeless or infinity pool is a great way to spice up a home built on a hill that offers a wonderful view of its surroundings. This type of pool features a fancy and modern design that will give you a sense of freedom and relaxation.

Put Some Inspiration

There’s no limit as to how you want your inground swimming pool to look. You can add some design elements to make it unique. Adding Roman-inspired sculptures and fountains is a good example, but you can use many other inspirations to jazz it up.

Light It Up

Proper lighting creates drama. You can either light the pool from within or install pole or hanging lamps around it. Consult with your pool builder or designer for lighting ideas.

Step Up Your Landscaping

Create a relaxing environment by adding a good combination of flowering and non-flowering plants around your pool area. Show off your landscaping skills and maintain a healthy and beautiful lawn. You can hire a gardening or landscaping expert to plan and implement the design.

Improving your pool’s design and setup can spice up your living and swimming experience.

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One great vacation location in Australia is Brisbane, as activities for young professionals abound in this city of astounding sceneries. Here are some of the enjoyable things you could do in this area as you unwind from the daily grind:

Commune with culture


Brisbane is home to Australia’s finest art, music, and literature scene. Serving as the heart of culture in Queensland, you can find different venues that cater to different interests here.

For art enthusiasts, a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Art Gallery would surely make any trip worthwhile. If you want something less mainstream, street art abound in different places of Brisbane, with Edward Street’s Metro Arts Centre being the most notable. A recent report from the Sydney Morning Herald said that a former tramway substation has been revamped into a haven for young artists where they practise, sell, and display their masterpieces.

Music lovers would have a great time at the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm, as it provides amazing entertainment through performance art and live music. Theatre and literature aficionados can also find their place in the city, as the area is home to some of Australia’s finest libraries and playhouses.

Enjoy excellent eats

No trip to the area would ever be complete without trying the different world-class restaurants in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. The melting pot characteristic of Australia plays a key role in influencing the cuisines in the area, which means more options whenever you feel hungry.

Stroll through shopping stalls

There are many shopping destinations in the area that sell items from souvenirs to home essentials. The Queen Street Mall, which many consider the fashion and retail centre in QLD, is a half-kilometre long strip complete with five shopping areas, four arcades, and dozens of stores. You can also go to Fortitude Valley for edgy urban fashion or find bargains from street-side shops.

When you want to unwind, Brisbane is the place to be for a sojourn. The many activities in the area fit for young professionals make it an enjoyable destination.

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Image by Nick Step | Wikimedia

“Divergent” successfully lured young moviegoers, as the teen science-fiction thriller debuted with $56 million over the weekend, studio estimates show.

Defeating Lego Movie

The opening launches Lionsgate’s third franchise built on young-adult best-sellers.

“Divergent,” though, fell short of studio’s other teen franchises. “Twilight” opened with $69.6 million in 2008, while “The Hunger Games”earned $152.5 million at the box office in 2012.

Still, “Divergent” is the second largest opening this year, after “The Lego Movie.”

Last weekend’s box office No.1 was the animated film “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” which is now the third place in its third week of release.

The next Hunger Games?

Lionsgate’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling novels, starring Shailene Woodley, tells the story of a young woman fighting for freedom and survival in a dystopian society.

There were speculations as to whether “Divergent” would be the next “Hunger Games.”

The film solidly met expectations without exceeding them.

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retirement communityLooking for the right retirement community may be challenging, but living in retirement may be even tougher. That’s why it’s crucial to avoid being misled by the increasing number of rumors about retirement. These include the difficulties in preparing for and living in a financially comfortable environment.

Keep in mind that no matter how many years you are from living in a nice retirement community, it’s essential to come up with a feasible plan to finance it.

Here are three of the most common misconceptions about retirement:

Myth # 1 Retirement means fewer expenses

Studies reveal that people tend to spend more in retirement than they do while still employed, especially in the first few years. The rule of thumb, as most experts say, is to save about 70 to 80 percent of the retiree’s retirement income to maintain the lifestyle they’re used to. How much you should plan to save and spend will depend on how you currently manage your finances. If you tend to spend your income more and you don’t expect to own your home after retirement, you may need all of your pre-retirement income to maintain your current living standards.

Myth # 2 Social Security will carry you through retirement

Some people don’t save much for retirement during their careers thinking that Social Security will back them up. Social Security, however, is designed as a safety net and not a primary source of income for retirees. Also, applying for benefits at age 62, the eligible age, will entitle retirees to monthly checks immediately. The drawback is that the benefits will be 25% less compared to what you will receive if you had waited until your full retirement age.

Myth # 3 Working part-time in retirement will make up for a savings shortfall

It’s increasingly becoming common for people to work even beyond the traditional retirement age of 65. Counting on employment to fund your retirement at this age, however, is not the best option. You need to have a concrete plan while disregarding the idea of working into your 60s. After all, over half of early retirements are due to unexpected reasons, such as health problems and disabilities, downsizing or economic changes.

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