Neil Armstrong Standing On The Moon

Neil Armstrong standing on the surface of the moon
Astronaut Neil Armstrong standing on the surface of the moon – Credit: NASA/AFP/Getty Images (click to enlarge)

Astronaut Neil Armstrong (1930 — 2012) died on Saturday at the age of 82.

He will be remembered as the first human to set foot on the moon, landing on July 20 1969.

“I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.”
– Neil Armstrong

The Apollo 11 mission came at the height of America’s Cold War with the Soviet Union.

While the bloody Vietnam war was in full swing the moonwalk lifted Americans with a sense of euphoric achievement and a surge of patriotism.
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Local Artist Joshua Miles Creates With Reflected Light

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Caledon Bull – Artist: Joshua Miles (click to enlarge)

Local artist Joshua Miles was born and raised in the Western Cape where he attended the renowned Michaelis Art School of the University of Cape Town.

He met his Scottish wife in Hermanus, and after living in Scotland and London for several years, returned to South Africa. He now lives and works in Baarskeerdersbos near Hermanus.

Joshua drew early inspiration from art historian and artist Elsa Miles. As a child he watched her producing woodcuts and was taught the technical aspects of the medium by Cecil Skotnes at Michaelis Art School.

Joshua’s skillful interpretation of shadow and the effect of light on water is featured in many of his oil paintings and reduction woodcuts. He finds his inspiration in the beautiful landscapes of the Overberg and Little Karoo (See 16 Images, or click here for Flickr slideshow).
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Your Home Insurance Policy: What You Need to Know

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What would happen if your home burned to the ground tomorrow? – Image: Todd Klassy on Flickr

What would happen if your home burned to the ground tomorrow?

If you have the right homeowners insurance policy, your insurance company would pay for your costs of living for at least one year while your home was rebuilt from scratch, all for just the cost of your deductible.

But if you don’t have the right kind of policy, you may not be covered for the total cost of replacing your home.
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Summertime Crafting Fun

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Crafting during the summertime provides a great alternative to traditional summer activities.

But on days when it’s too hot to be outdoors, summertime crafting provides an enjoyable alternative to the typical summer fare of swimming, gardening and grilling.

Many crafts are suitable year-round, but some are ideal for taking advantage of the summertime atmosphere.

These crafts can be enjoyed on a lazy or rainy summer day and are easily altered to be suitable for most any age group.
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Actors And Celebrities Who Were Once Famous Flatmates

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Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore were roommates in college – Image: Anthony G. Moore / Photorazzi — click to enlarge

Let’s face it, we’ve all lived with some peculiar people in our lives, especially during our younger years. Did you ever wonder: what if that guy who sang in the shower, or always ate your leftover pizza without permission, became rich and famous? What if you both did?

Reality shows have endlessly forced “odd couple” type pairings or entire groups of random celebrities. But for the purposes of this article, I’m concentrating on people who became famous in different, often wildly divergent fields (since it’s not all that uncommon for, say, actors or musicians to come up together in the same “scene”).

Here are some of the strangest bedfellows to go on to future glory:
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Sleep Good With These Great Sleeping Tips

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The Sleeping Beauty (1921), oil on canvas painting by the pre-Raphaelite English writer and painter John Maler Collier (1850-1934), 91 cm x 112 cm -- click to enlarge

Elusive Sleep
Your mood, your memory, your ability to deal with life’s daily stresses, are all sacrificed when you aren’t able to get a good long, deep sleep; especially the important REM (rapid eye movement or dreaming) sleep.

Your performance at work and your relationships with family and friends can suffer, too. Studies have even drawn a correlation to sleep deprivation and weight gain.

Important Factors
Plenty of books and websites are devoted to insomnia. It could probably be described as an epidemic in western cultures.

Sleepiness during the day is unsafe, if you’re driving or doing work with heavy machinery. Sleepiness can be caused by heavy snoring, hypersomnia, narcolepsy, and other sleep-related disorders. Continue reading

Architects Design Transparent House in Tokyo – Could You Live In This?

This revolutionary design was commissioned by a Tokyo couple and was conceived by Japanese architects Sou Fujimoto

The footprint is just 914 sq ft (85 sq meters). The architects have managed to elegantly combine 21 floor plates positioned at various levels and connected by a system of stairs and ladders that create an easily accessible, light-filled space.

The house is surrounded by homes of a more conventional design in a quiet neighborhood of Tokyo. At night curtains provide some privacy as you’ll see in the short (3:27) video above (5 photographs).
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Tanning Bed Exposure For Vitamin Goodness And Health Benefits

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Tanning Beds have health benefits that can help with a variety of ailments such as osteoporosis and certain cancers

A trip to the tanning bed has been a normal part of the routine for many seeking beautiful tan skin — especially in the summer months when swimsuits become a mainstay!

But tanning beds are also a source of debate due to their potential health implications.

At the beginning of the year a Canadian law passed prohibiting those under the age of eighteen from using a tanning bed. The health risks associated with continued use was the source of the law, many claiming that minors should not be able to choose to use a product that might have a detrimental impact on their health in years to come.
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Can South Africa Win Gold Again At The 2012 Chelsea Flower Show?

Model of South Africa's 2012 Exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show in London
Model of South Africa's 2012 Exhibit to be created at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. With members of the Kirstenbosch team, from left to right: Sarah Struys; David Davidson; Kuphumla Zenze and Alison Pekeur -- click to enlarge

For the 37th year South Africa’s National Biodiversity Institute will exhibit at the famous Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, taking place in London from 22 to 26 May.

“We wanted to give people the sense of an arrival at a destination. We have to come up with a new way of representing the country every year. This year, each scene is a different place in South Africa.”
– David Davidson, Designer.

Chances are good that South Africa will win gold again — for the 33rd time.

Designers David Davidson and Ray Hudson have come up with an innovative and exciting concept which is designed to showcase South Africa’s rich floral heritage on the one hand, and on the other, South Africa’s cultural “Rainbow Nation” diversity.
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And the Long, Short 'n Tall of it