January 2018

[N.B.: All of the following movies are public domain movies – available online and free to watch.]

Suddenly (1954)

Tod Shaw (Sterling Hayden), the sheriff in the small town of Suddenly, has fallen in love with the beautiful widow Ellen Benson (Nancy Gates). Ellen lives with his only son Pidge (Kim Charney) and father-in-law Peter (James Gleason). Her husband was shot to death in Korea during World War Two. Tod Shaw hears that the U.S. president himself will be stopping by their small town for a visit. In the meantime, John Baron (Frank Sinatra), a psychopathic sniper, arrives in town with his two assistants. John is involved with a plot to assassinate the US president. He takes over Ellen’s house and holds the Benson family hostage. Thus it becomes a rush against time to stop the three hired hit men and save the president.

Main casts are Frank Sinatra, James Gleason, Kim Charney, Nancy Gates and Sterling Hayden. This film is also known as “Der Attentäter”.

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Director: Lewis Allen

Country: USA

Total Runtime: 1 hr 15 min

Filming Location: Santa Clarita, California, USA

D.O.A. (1950)

California accountant Frank Bigelow (played by Edmond OBrien) goes to Los Angeles police station and tells them that he has been murdered. What actually happened is that he was poisoned by someone. Doctors have already informed him that he is living on borrowed time.

Someone switched his drink and gave him a fatal dose of luminous toxin while he was hanging out at a bar, The Fisherman. Frank is bewildered, furious, tired and sick. Yet he makes up his mind and strides off to find his killer.

Main casts of the film – Edmond OBrien, Beverly Garland, Luther Adler, Lynn Baggett and Pamela Britton. This film is also known as “Dead On Arrival”.

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Director: Rudolph Maté

Country: USA

Total Runtime: 1 hr 23 min

Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Thirteenth Guest (1932)

Young and lovely Marie Morgan (played by Ginger Rogers) is the daughter of a wealthy millionaire. Her father was killed by a mysterious person walking in the house during a dinner party. The Morgans then abandoned the house. On her twenty-first birthday Marie arrives at her family manor in order to get her inheritance. But she finds out that someone hired a woman to impersonate her. The family lawyer is later found murdered in the house. Captain Ryan and private detective Phil Winston try to solve the mystery. Thirteenth Guest is a low-budget movie but it is the puzzling mystery that makes it worth watching.

Main casts of the movie include Erville Alderson, J. Farrell MacDonald, Lyle Talbot, Paul Hurst and Ginger Rogers. The filming locations include Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. This film is also known as “A Convidada”.

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Director: Albert Ray

Country: USA

Total Runtime: 1 hr 9 min…

Christmas lights are very in demand this Christmas season. Why not? After all, they make houses come alive with their sparkle and twinkle. They make everything so attractive and beautiful that you can not help but buy your own to decorate your place. There are different kinds of lights available in your local stores. There are lights that change colors, others twinkle, and some even play music. They are indeed a colorful addition to your Christmas decorations.

However, Christmas lights can also be very expensive. They can cost you a lot especially since they need electricity in order to function. If you really want to have them but do not want all your Christmas bonuses to go to the electricity bill, then you must try using solar lights. They are like your regular lights only they are using the sun's energy in order to function.

The benefits of using solar Christmas lights:

• They are cheaper
Unlike with other lights, solar lights are more affordable. They can definitely fit your budget plus you no longer have to worry about paying too much on your electrical consumption this December. Solar power does not cost anything. All you have to do is place your solar lights under the sun so it can absorb enough energy to light up at night.

• They are more practical
The reason why we love to put lights is because they make our house more attractive a night. Solar lights can serve this purpose too. Just like other lights, they are available in department stores and are easy to set up.

• Child-friendly
The best thing about solar lights is that they are so child-friendly. Since it is run by solar power, you will not worry about your child getting electrocuted. We all know how curios kids can be and they will definitely touch your sparkling Christmas lights. With solar lights, they can touch them anytime they want and as long as they want since they are safe.

The nest time you shop, include solar lights in your list. Rest assured you will get your money's worth since they are cheaper, more practical, and child-friendly compared with other lights out there. …

Certainly the most ‘unburmese’ yet one of the best known cities and favourite tourist sites in Burma is a formerly very small Shan-Danu village that the locals call ‘Pyin Oo Lwin’. It is located in the Shan hills, some 42 miles/68 kilometres north-east of and some 3.220 ft/976 metres higher than Mandalay from where to get here takes about 2.5 hours by car. Starting in Mandalay one has first to pass the plain north of Mandalay and then drive through the steadily climbing foothills of the Shan mountains.

What Pyin Oo Lwin (1.070 metres/3.510 feet above sea level) has in common with Nurwaelya in Sri Lanka and Dajiling in India are three things: they are all hill stations, have all a pleasant temperate weather and are all very British. This because all of them were created by the British as a reminder of the ‘Old Country’.

What Pyin Oo Lwin was and still is it owes to the facts that it lies at a strategically important point in Upper Burma, that it has an even during and at the height of the hot season very pleasant ‘European’ micro-climate and to a British officer of the Royal Bengal Infantry: Colonel May.

After the last member of the Konbaung dynasty and last and very cruel Burmese King Thibaw (under whose short, seven-years merciless reign (1878 to 1885) every year many thousands of Burmese were murdered) had spend little time to severely alienating the British by, among others, sending his forces into the territory of then British India. Upper Burma was within two weeks effortlessly occupied by the British colonial forces in 1885 and Colonel May stationed at the hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin in 1887. He ‘founded’ the town, then named in combination of his name ‘May’ and the Burmese term for town ‘Myo’, ‘Maymyo’, which is the name the town is mainly known by especially outside Burma.

Maymyo, the small town with its many Tudor-style brick and timber houses that has once been Burma’s best known and most popular hill station has plenty to offer to both foreign visitors and locals. This also goes for its surroundings – well known for their natural beauty made of and comprising green, tree-covered hillsides and picturesque waterfalls.

Something that immediately upon arrival in Maymyo catches the eye is the somewhat out-of-place and out-of-time appearing mode of transportation; very romantic, horse/pony-drawn, brightly painted and picturesque enclosed miniature coaches from bygone times. These carriages offer sufficient space to sit in for two passengers but get a bit overcrowded with four adult passengers squeezed into it.

Depending on the view one takes or equation one prefers they are looking like coming just out of either London’s pre-automobile streets or the American Wild West’s Wells Fargo days. However, the stage coach is Maymyo’s chief means of transport. Around town the ride in them is a little bumpy on the hard seats, though. But that quickly pales into insignificance against the backdrop of this small but in many …

Many individuals believe they can flip properties effortlessly, however it is likely they will be dissatisfied with the preliminary outcomes. A profitable flip is one that you generate income and there are many steps you must follow to help you to become successful.

For house flippers, there’s recently been a great deal of news of late, since houses flipped throughout the first half of 2016 produced a median gross revenue of around sixty thousand, the greatest median gross flipping revenue since 2005, the highest it has been in 10 years.

However gross revenue does not contain the expenses to rehab the home, which generally contributes an additional 20% to 30% on top of whatever the preliminary purchase price of the house for the flipper is. Flippers are competing for business with not just additional flippers, but additional homeowners who would like to renovate their residences that they plan to reside within as well.

Although it appears backwards to believe the money is created on the front end of the offer instead of the backend, that’s merely how an experienced home flipper tackles it.

You should fully understand precisely what the home will sell for once it’s fixed up, the expense of enhancing it, as well as the permits, contingencies in addition to your lowest profit so you may proceed to the next offer. The moment you have that worked out, only then may you recognize exactly what to offer the seller..

Capital for home flipping is available, however you may pay much more as an investor

Presently there are a great deal of loan providers available which focus in home flipping. The crucial factor to keep in mind is, you’ll be an investor, not necessarily a home buyer. As a consequence, your interest charges, even if you possess the finest credit rating, will certainly be many percentage points above even the greatest rates, at times towards double numbers. You furthermore may only be capable to finance merely 60% of the property, although many loan companies may finance as much as 130% of the purchase price in order to assure there are funds with regard to the renovating.

Get your team together

In order to be a profitable house flipper, you’ll require plenty of close friends, specifically friends who are building contractors, house inspectors, accountants as well as attorneys and real estate agents. It normally takes a crew to construct a home, and it requires a crew to flip a house. Simply because you have purchased a house, sold a house or even painted a house, does not suggest the expertise to flip a house is there.

You’ll require to operate with a reliable builder to be an effective flipper, as well as a qualified home inspector which can point out items which will need to be repaired that you’ll expect to talk down into the sale price, or it will cut into your gains once you sell. You will also need a competent Realtor which can price the residence appropriately …

The weather often impacts people’s emotions, feelings, and energy level. Rainy days with overcast skies can make some people feel down in the dumps, especially when there are very few sunny days to break the grey monotony. If you are looking for something to do to chase away the rainy day blues, there is nothing better than grabbing some tasty snacks from the kitchen, getting comfortable on the couch, and watching a movie in stunning high definition.

If the weather forecast is not looking good, your best bet is to find an exciting or intriguing series of films that can maintain your interest over a few days. ‘Star Wars’ is a great place to start, especially if you have not yet seen the original trilogy. The very first film to be made is episode IV in the series, and it originally appeared in theatres over three decades ago. It takes place in a ‘galaxy far, far away’ and tells the epic tale of Luke Skywalker, a common farm boy who is spurred to action by the unfolding political events. He decides to join in the fight for control of the galaxy and sets off to save Princess Leia, leader of the rebels.

While the special effects of the original three episodes might seem small compared to the HD action and fantasy films made in recent years, ‘Star Wars’ was groundbreaking when it was first released. Furthermore, filmmaker George Lucas has worked hard over the years to enhance the image quality and add dimension to re-released versions and the special DVD boxed sets. In addition, following the original trilogy, another series of three episodes found success at box offices in three-year time periods beginning in 1999. Although images quality differences are certainly notable, if you watch the enhanced version of episodes IV to V on your high definition screen, you will definitely enjoy all of the action.

Watching all six episodes that have been made to this date will take time, especially if your satellite TV channel broadcasts some of the behind-the-scenes coverage. But if it is still raining outside, you do not need to worry – there are plenty of other quality trilogies out there. For another group of films that will transport you to another reality, check out ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ They are closely based on the book of the same name, written by J.R.R. Tolkien in the period leading up to and just after World War II. Multiple Academy Awards were given to the different movies.

After you have had your fill of fantasy adventure and space travels, you might be in the mood for something entirely new. The ‘Godfather’ series, if you have not seen them already, is an intriguing and exciting change of pace. With actors Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino appearing in the different films, the quality of acting is quite high. With a satellite TV signal streaming the films down to your living room, you can enjoy all of …

If you won an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, would you do any gambling while you were there? Yes, no, well maybe? When my daughter was maybe 16 or 17 years old (you probably remember that time in your life that you were almost an expert at anything) we took a family vacation to Las Vegas. We walked into Caesar’s Palace and she saw a sports car on top of a group of slot machines. The car was the grand prize to be awarded to the lucky winner on that series of slot machines. She promptly informed Mom and Dad that SHE was going to be that lucky someone.

One roll of quarters and three minutes later she told us, “Gambling sucks.”

Do you consider yourself to be like our daughter and want nothing to do whatsoever with gambling? Are you one of those people who think that you never, ever gamble? Well I hate to tell you this, but the insurance industry and insurance policies are built on a gambling premise.

You will be well served to remember this basic principle: The business of insurance is a bet. Insurance is nothing more than a large company (as is a casino), with a large balance sheet, playing the odds against you… on your health, risk of an accident, storm damage, theft, death or other potentially catastrophic loss. Insurance companies educate themselves in extreme detail on the odds of actually having to pay out money on a claim. From this data, they calculate how much they can charge you based on the possibility that you will file a claim, and they still will be able to make a profit!

When you own any kind of property, whether that property is possessions like furniture, clothing, an automobile or a house, when you purchase an insurance policy you are gambling. You are gambling your money every time you make a monthly premium payment. You are betting the premium amount that you spend that something unfortunate will happen to you.

The insurance company is betting also, they’re just not betting with their own money. Not yet, that is. They are betting with a promise! Their promise is that if you experience a loss, they will spend a little bit of their money to make things right for you. The thing is, the insurance company is like the casino. All the odds are stacked in their favor. They pay large amounts of money to actuaries, specialized number crunchers, to determine the odds of you winning the game (having a covered loss). You see, as far as the insurance industry is concerned, the only way you win as a policyholder is for you to lose and have to file a claim. If you don’t win, you lose (you lose your premium payments). If you do win, you lose (something bad has happened to you). What a great game!

If you don’t lose, you lose your premium money. If you win, the best that you can …

Karndean vinyl flooring is one of the most exciting new floorcovering options available in the market. Karndean creates vinyl planks and tiles that realistically simulate natural materials such as Wood, Stone, Slate, Ceramic and Marble. With recent breakthroughs in technology, these luxury vinyl planks and tiles look so amazingly real it will surprise you.

These floors are very different from sheet type vinyl. As the floor is installed piece by piece, it gives a handcrafted look just as hardwood or real tile floors would appear. Karndean also manufactures these tiles and planks with semi random patterns so there are no repeating patterns to cause the floor to look cheap or like standard vinyl resilient flooring. A unique feature of Karndean is the coloring of the floors. Slight changes are made to the vinyl coloring to give a slight random color difference. By doing this, the floors look like the real thing and there are no dye lot issues if you ever need to replace a plank or tile. There are six distinct reasons why Karndean luxury vinyl tiles and planks are considered by many to be the perfect floor.

1. Karndean vinyl floors are stain proof against pretty much everything except petroleum based spills. This includes everything from red wine to pet urine.

2. These vinyl tiles and planks are waterproof as well. If you have a leak in the kitchen or bathroom, the water will not damage the vinyl. This is a very distinct advantage over true hardwood flooring and laminate. If you have a leak under the dishwasher, and you have hardwood or laminate, you will have to replace part or all of the floor at a huge expense. With Karndean, the worst case is you may have to have the floor reinstalled.

3. This flooring is hypoallergenic as well as mold and mildew resistant.

4. Luxury vinyl planks and tiles are very hard to scratch compared to laminate and hardwood. If you have pets, you absolutely cannot install a better floor than luxury vinyl.

5. Karndean tiles are almost impossible to chip or break when compared to ceramic, slate, stone and marble tiles. If you drop something heavy on them it may cause a slight indentation. Of course if you have real tile, it will probably crack or chip and will have to be replaced.

6. Cleaning is a snap. Dust mopping regularly and an occasional damp mopping is all that is needed. There is never a need to reapply any finishes or buffing needed.

Now that you know why Karndean is so close to perfect, what are some of the styles that are offered? There are 6 different series offered from Karndean.

1. The Van Gogh lines has 22 variations of Wood planks. Almost every color and species imaginable are available.

2. Art Select vinyl from Karndean has 11 options to choose from between simulated Wood planks and Limestone modular tiles.

3. Da Vinci is one the more popular styles for luxury vinyl tile. With over …

Using the Physical World as a Game Board.

This is not Kinky Day Care! SMS stands for Short Message Service.

If your children carry cell phones, or if you have an extra family phone you can let them borrow for the day. This is a good way to get a break and run the kids all over the neighborhood.

The Treasure Hunt. Come up with a few locations around the house or the yard and create hints to explain each location. It’s better to have three or four hints for each location. I usually put a card with a number on it at each location. This will help you know if they actually made it to the location. You don’t have to use the cards or “PostIt Note” if you don’t want to. Once you’re setup, get the kids ready.

Page them with the first hint. It’s always nice to have your hints as short as possible. You should have at least three hints, from hard to easy. This would also depend on the age groups your working with. Now you get to sit back in the hammock in the backyard while you keep the children busy! It’s a great way to take a break.

You can make up as many location as you want, but sometimes they get a little frustrated after about five or so locations.

Always have a prize of some kind at the end. Maybe a candy bar or a trip to the ice cream store.

When they find the first location. They are to page you and give the number you wrote on the card or Post It Note. (The numbers shouldn’t be in order, i.e. 1,2,3 etc. You can use anything you want. If your child is OK with text paging, you can have them explain the location in the text page, i.e. “Tree in backyard”). At that time, you page them back with a Congratulations and the next hint. If you have more than one cell phone in the group, you will be able to setup teams. You have to be fair as far as which message you send to each group, (hard, medium, or easy hints). If I have more than one group, I’ll send them in different directions so they can’t cheat off one another. If group number 2 is ahead of group 1, and I give group 2 an easy hint. Be fair, when group 1 gets to that hint; give them the easy hint first. If they still need help, I’ll shoot the others to them also.

I like the easy way to keep kids busy. And it’s even fun for you too. If the children are older, you can have them running all over the neighborhood and you can use up to ten or more locations if you like. If they begin to get tired, you can always skip to the last location where the prize might be. So you might be ready with as many locations as …

Think this is a redundant, stupid or foolish question? Then why not go back to your daily “to do” list. If not – read on you might see a few things differently as a result.

First of all, let me state the obvious – everyone in life faces adversity, trials, hardships etc. of some kind in life sooner or later. No one is privileged to escape pain while they live their life journey – whether financial, relationship, career, business or health.

Before I move on let me state one more common obvious fact – no one handles, reacts, manages or deals with life’s issues the same as everyone else. Some use them to whine and complain – others use them to grow, improve or mature. While others sit there in a coma wondering – what should I (can I) do?

Before we move on however, I’m sure you know which camp you are in the whining one hopefully this article will be of value to you. If you are in the growing camp I’m sure you know someone who is in the whining group, so why not read it and then forward it to them – you never know – it might just be what they need today.

OK, back to my message.

Success can teach us many things – what works, what feels good, what is of value in our life or the life of others, that we are on the right path and doing the right things etc. But, here’s the problem with successes lessons – they tend to prevent us from looking at what isn’t working or wrong or how what we are doing could be working even better. Consistent success tends to keep people stuck – yes, they have had many success benefits but imagine for a moment if they could achieve even better success if they would learn to see past their success to what could be?

Everyone has achieved some degree of success in some areas of their life whether raising great kids or creating a wonderful backyard garden or building a successful business from scratch. These are all worthy accomplishments but again I ask you – if you could have accomplished even more (a better garden, better kids, better business etc.) would you have settled for what you achieved knowing you could have done more that was within your skills or power?

Success is not just about achievement or winning but serving, giving back, learning and the journey. Today’s successes can be tomorrow’s failures. No success is guaranteed to last for a lifetime or even years. Success like life is a process but if success keeps you from learning then you are missing what real success is – going past your own definition of your potential and seeing life from a broader perspective.

I’m not saying we can ever see our life or our future from God’s perspective but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t try and see it from a wiser or …

Hard work is rewarding. There are no two opinions about it. The body and mind, however, need a break to enable them to function at optimum efficiency levels. That is one facet of hard work that most of us fail to realize.

In situations where you are trying to make a niche for yourself for a quantum jump in life later on, you tend to forget that you need to give a rest to your mind and body periodically. Many working couples get so occupied with their work and deadlines that they fail to give themselves time to relax and have fun. Due to no evident reason, you may find that your efficiency at work is deteriorating.

Weekend breaks prove to be very beneficial in overcoming fatigue. These tantamount to small holidays and can be managed very easily if you make a conscious effort. Weekend breaks revitalize your mind, ease tensions, and enthuse when you return to work. Weekend breaks, in fact, are worth the effort you make to take them.

Weekend vacations are expensive, what with cost of travel shooting up and even bread and breakfast joints charging prohibitive rates. A weekend holiday, sometimes, becomes a bit of a problem especially for those who want to save up to build a capital for future.

There are other options too for weekend breaks which are economic and at the same time as beneficial as a vacation. It is just a matter of applying your mind to the find ways to take one.
If you make up your mind on weekend breaks, making it a part of your schedule is a prerequisite. Unless you fix weekend break timing in your schedule, you will keep on procrastinating it due to one reason or the other. Once you have done that you can look at myriad options and as you keep on taking weekend breaks regularly, you will automatically come across new ideas.

The idea behind such inexpensive weekend breaks is simply to spend quality time with you spouse and / or family. Try scheduling one for Saturday and another for the Sunday. You can look at tending the flowers and the garden together. Take a bike ride together or with a friend. You could even try cooking and cleaning up the kitchen together rather than taking turns. Sometimes it is as simple as sharing dessert with neighbors or a visit to the nearby pub.

The purpose behind a weekend break is not necessarily going out of town but spending and enjoying quality time together with the family, forgetting business and office worries for some time. …