Mar 22, 2011

Indian Mehndi on the hands and feet | Dulhan Mehndi design wid color

Indian Dulhan Mehndi design

Mehndi is famous in the east for centuries. It is the application of Dulhan as a temporary form of skin decoration in the Indian Subcontinent, as well as by expatriate communities from these areas.

Indian Henna Mehndi Tattoos

Dulhan Mehndi is typically applied during special occasions like weddings and traditional festivals. Indian Mehndi decorations became fashionable in the West in the late 1990s, where they are sometimes called henna tattoos. Indian Mehndi on the hands and feet. Also, all other regions has its own style of Mehndi – every one is different, but one thing they have in common – they all have Amazing color Mehndi that offers a beautiful & Unique Mehndi design

Indian Dulhan Mehndi design wid color
Dulhan Mehndi design
Dulhan Mehndi design wid color
Beautiful Mehndi design wid color
Indian Mehndi on the hand
Indian Mehndi on the hands and feet
Indian Dulhan Mehndi on the hands and feet
Indian Dulhan Mehndi on the hand
Indian Mehndi on the hands and feet
Indian Mehndi on the hands and feet
Indian Dulhan Mehndi on the hands and feet
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Mar 18, 2011

Universal Wrapping Paper | crossword puzzle | possible holiday

Here’s an idea I thought was worth sharing — universal wrapping paper.
Cool wrapping paper concept, called "Universal Wrapping Paper". The crossword puzzle has text for every possible holiday you could think of!

Designed by Fabio Milito and Francesca Guidotti.
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Mar 15, 2011

Seven Cities You must Visit before They Sink

Many of us take for granted the notion that all of our beloved cities will be around for centuries to come. However, cities around the world seem to be vying for the title of "The Next Atlantis". Shaky foundations and encroaching seas are posing significant threats to some of the world's largest and most beloved cities. When planning your next vacation, keep in mind that some of the world's favorite destinations have a bit of a ticking clock on them. Here are seven major cities that are preparing to take the plunge.

7. Bangkok, Thailand
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Thailand’s capital is sinking - and sinking fast. However, unlike other cities on our list, a shoddy foundation isn’t necessarily to blame. Resting on the Chao Phraya River - which flows into the Bay of Bangkok about 30 miles south of the city center - this colossal settlement is more likely to drown than sink. Experts now say that this mouthwatering foodie destination - along with the dozens of beautiful temples found here - may be under water in as little as seven years.

Bangkok's Floating Market photo source
According to Thai scientist Dr. Ajong Chumsai na Ayudhya, the fate of Bangkok can best be explained by global warming. Asia News Network reports that “Ajong said humans were mainly to blame for such disasters because they were using up natural resources, chopping down forests and kept emitting greenhouse gases with no regard for the future.” Ajong also says that changes in the earth’s overall climate will lead to more severe tsunamis in the Gulf of Thailand that will have extremely negative effects on the southern portion of the country. With less than a decade to spare, time might be running out for a trip to Thailand’s most popular tourist getaway.

6. New York City, New York, USA

If you've never seen the Statue of Liberty or been dazzled by the lights of Times Square, now's the time. Much like its Thai comrade, America’s most densely populated city is doomed to suffer the effects of global warming. Sitting at the mouth of the Hudson River where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean, this concrete jungle will soon be at a much higher risk of damage from rising sea levels and imposing tropical storms. And unlike the ones bobbing around in a barrel on Halloween, this Big Apple will not float.
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Science Daily reports that the sea levels in the New York City area are expected to rise about twice as quickly as sea levels around the world, meaning that Gotham will take the plunge well before the rest of the United States. However, Science Daily says that flooding is just one of the symptoms New York will suffer: "The submersion of low-lying land, erosion of beaches, conversion of wetlands to open water and increase in the salinity of estuaries all can affect ecosystems and damage existing coastal development." Not only will the Empire City be transformed into a wading pool, but it will slowly be washed out to sea.

5. Houston, Texas, USA

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Houston, we really do have a problem - soon, NASA's Visitor's Center won't only be stuck on Earth, but in it as well. The city that Fodor's deems is arguably Texas’ most cosmopolitan is struggling to stay above ground. Built on a gold mine of natural resources and the determination to flourish, Space City has become a major energy hub and the taking-off point for U.S. space exploration. However, America’s fourth-largest city was built on a foundation of sand. Literally.
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Houston sits on the loosely packed banks of four major bayous that empty into the Gulf of Mexico. For years, residents of Houston relied on groundwater to fulfill their needs, but the mass amounts of extraction needed to supply the ever-expanding city weakened Houston’s foothold. Oil extraction was also damaging to the foundation, as was continuous sprawl, not to mention the 300 or so active fault lines that run beneath Houston’s streets and skyscrapers. Now, many parts of this metropolis - specifically Jersey Village to the northwest - are sinking by as much as two inches per year, according to Science Daily. Experts note that while sinking has slowed significantly in areas that have stopped extracting ground water, a permanent solution to Houston’s problem has yet to be found. If Houston is on your list of cities to see, you best prepare soon for take-off.

4. Shanghai, China
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Things aren't looking good for Shanghai, either. Located on China's coast, this sprawling city was built on swamplands surrounding the mouth of the Yangze River. Originally a small fishing village, Shanghai began to draw more and more residents in the mid-19th century. Modest homes were replaced by breathtaking skyscrapers (not to mention some of the best shopping venues in Asia), and Shanghai soon became the most densely populated city in the world, housing over 20 million people by 2001. The city was handling rapid expansion just fine until the early 20th century, when wells became a major source of water and the underlying sediment deposit was disturbed. According to PBS, Shanghai sank roughly eight feet between 1921 and 1965, which equals about two inches per year. The city still continues to drop at a rate of about half an inch per year.
Nanjing Road, Shanghai  photo source
According to experts, not much can be done to keep Shanghai above ground - the city is simply too heavy for its foundation. However, in an effort to slow the sinking process, all new high-rise buildings must be built with deep concrete piles to help support their weight. If you have any interest in seeing the architecture for which Shanghai is both famous and floundering, don't wait too long.

3. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

When colonists chose New Orleans as the capital of French Louisiana, they did so because of its inland locale. However, any land protection the city had has been washed away, making America's favorite place to celebrate (approximately half of which sits at or below sea level) even more prone to tropical storms.
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It wasn't until after Hurricane Katrina that experts really took note of New Orleans' downhill situation. In 2006, National Geographic reported that the city sank about a quarter of an inch per year in the years leading up to Hurricane Katrina, while the levees designed to protect the city from the Gulf sank at four or five times that rate, exasperating the long-term effects of the storm. Experts say that not much can be done to save the Big Easy. According to a report issued in 2009 by the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council, "Levees and floodwalls surrounding New Orleans … cannot provide absolute protection against overtopping or failure in extreme events. … If relocation is not feasible, an alternative would be to elevate the first floor of buildings to at least the 100-year flood level." Just goes to show that there's never a time like the present to don your Mardi Gras mask and head south to Bourbon Street.

2. Venice, Italy
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It's been several hundred years since the Venetians decided to construct the towering St. Mark's Basilica and sprawling Piazza San Marco atop submerged wooden planks and forgo roads in favor of canals. Back in the day, the city's geography made sense: Direct access to the sea was necessary in order for Venitians to maintain control of commerce on the Mediterranean Sea. But the dig for fresh water proved to have a negative impact on this fish-shaped city: According to The Christian Science Monitor, Venice has sunk almost a foot over the past 100 years. To make things worse, water levels in the Mediterranean Sea are also rising. Although acqua alta (high water) has plagued this ornate tourist hotspot for centuries, flooding frequency has increased dramatically in recent years. Justin Demetri of notes that Venice now experiences over 60 bouts of acqua alta each year. 
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Preserving Venice has been a priority of the Italian Government for about 30 years. Several billion euros have been  dedicated to a flood defense system, the MOSE Project, which is expected to be completed in 2011 or 2012. However, some experts claim that the only way to save the city is to move it altogether. Either way, if you've always dreamed of a gondola ride through the Bride of the Sea, you had better do so soon with galoshes in tow.

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1. Mexico City, Mexico
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Resting on a fickle lake bed in the Valley of Mexico, Mexico City has been facing the possibility of going under for centuries. However, according to geologists, there are parts of this massive metropolis that are sinking by as much as eight inches per year. Because of a lack of sufficient drainage, the city was heavily prone to flooding from groundwater flowing down from the surrounding mountains, leading to the construction of a vast underground drainage system. But over-extraction of groundwater from the Texcoco lake bed during the 20th century has caused the city's clay foundation to crumble, forcing the metropolis to sink deeper into the ground. And as the city sinks, so does the drainage system, forcing waste water to reverse its course and head back into the city. According to, Mexico City's drainage capacity has decreased by 30 percent since 1975.
Many of the buildings found in Mexico City's historic district -- including the monumental Metropolitan Cathedral - have begun to sink into the soft clay on which the city sits.
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There are several projects underway to keep this sinking city afloat, including a 23-foot-wide ($1.1 billion) Eastern Drainage Tunnel that will deposit waste water about 40 miles north of the city. The tunnel should be completed by 2012. Work is also being done to help save the architectural gems - like the popular Metropolitan Cathedral - found in the Historic District, which are one of the city's major tourist draws. But despite best efforts, engineers say that there is no way to keep Mexico City from sinking.
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Mar 10, 2011

Plasticine Military Miniatures in strict accordance with historical reality

Soldiers are dressed in strict accordance with historical reality: before sculpt, father studied tons of military literature, including the original languages -

Plasticine Military Miniatures

I found this story on the Internet, seeing that this masterpiece only saw a small, very few people took him in the hope that the story will expand and their creator will be more than satisfied with the success and higher ratings as well as laudable a reader's comments on her life's work.

Plasticine Military Miniatures

beautiful worlds Military Miniatures

Plasticine Military Miniatures

Plasticine Military Miniatures beautiful world

a whole library of dictionaries, military books and folders with photocopies of rare sources. All the way down to the color of gloves and horse breeds, comparing with historical documents.

Plasticine Military Miniatures

Plasticine Military Miniatures

Not a single superfluous buttons, rope and details, personal beauty is not invented. Beautiful plasticine soldiers saw only close people.

Plasticine Military Miniatures

Plasticine Military Miniatures
Entire life story of these brave soldiers can be found at
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Urban spaces environment 324 meter-long meandering bench

ugly view-blocking concrete

As much as we love temporary stunts, happenings, art installations and large-scale sculpture in the urban space, we want more.

We are on a quest for truly transformed urban spaces. We are looking for instances where a council, city, town, municipality has taken the initiative, come up with the funds and actually transformed a mediocre, unused, ugly space into an inviting and fun public environment.

ugly view-blocking concrete

The spectacular reincarnation of High Line in New York from an impossibility to a Beautiful urban environment comes to mind. Or the transformation of an ugly view-blocking concrete barricade between skyscrapers and beach to a colorful seaside promenade at Paseo MarĂ­timo de la Playa Poniente in Benidorm, Spain.

urban environment

Or the 324 meter-long meandering bench (world’s longest, apparently) by Studio Weave on the seafront at Littlehampton in the UK. It is not just a bench, it is an experience and an environment.

urban environment

We need more councils that have the vision and passion to do these things. We need people to demand and rally for them, and we need visionary designers, architects, planners and artists to design and propose and speak for them. Let’s just do it!. - Tuija Seipell
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