May
31
2010
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How do you design a wedding dress for a period movie?

18th century wedding dresses with panniersPlanning a wedding dress for a period drama is not just a question of research plus design flair. It’s true the dress must look authentic for that particular era as well as suiting the actress, her character, and the overall mood and setting. Yet at the same time, the designer has to think about the [&hel[more...]

May
30
2010
1

When’s the best time to propose marriage?

engagement-ringSuppose you plan to get married sometime. When should you take the leap? What if you marry too early, and miss out on your ideal life partner (whom you hadn’t yet met when you married someone else)? What if you marry too late, after all the best potential partners have come and gone, and you [&hel[more...]

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May
28
2010
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What does a Venetian “ragazzo” do to impress his “ragazza”?

ragazzo-motor-boatEven if you don’t understand any Italian, you probably guessed correctly that a “ragazzo” is a young male and that his “ragazza” could be his girlfriend. One cannot generalize, of course, just as one cannot generalize about what young males elsewhere in the world do to impress girls. In many parts of the world, however, [&hel[more...]

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May
26
2010
2

Is Harris Tweed still made the traditional way?

harris tweed swatchesThe new Dr. Who, Matt Smith, wears a distinctive jacket made of genuine Harris Tweed. The press has called it “timeless”, “traditional”, “vintage” and even “romantic”. The Doctor’s jacket is made from cloth woven in the 1960s, the same age as the TV programme itself.  The fabric looks much like Harris Tweed woven today, and [&hel[more...]

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May
26
2010
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What is Cinderella Analysis?

shoes soles trainersThe Prince may have matched the shoe to Cinderella easily enough, but matching a criminal to his shoes takes a rather more scientific approach. Cinderella Analysis is the name that has been given to the forensic examination of shoes and other footwear to match them to a suspect. To assist in this analysis, forensic scientists [&hel[more...]

May
24
2010
1

Why grow tomatoes upside-down?

upside-down-tomato-plantsSome folks like to hang up a bucket and grow a tomato plant out of the bottom of the bucket, letting the stem grow downwards towards the earth. What’s the point? By growing the tomatoes suspended upside-down, snails and slugs are unlikely to bother the plants, and you won’t need to use stakes to stop [&hel[more...]

May
24
2010
2

Is there a problem with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme?

bank of englandAs we have all seen recently, the banking system is unstable. In the event that a bank goes bust and the bank’s liquidators are unable to repay your money, then the government’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme is available as place of last resort. However, there is a potential problem with the scheme which one must [&hel[more...]

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May
23
2010
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What is a 50 50 sale?

selling junk fundraise charityA 50 50 sale is a good way to fundraise for a charity or other worthy cause. It is also a great place to get rid of the unwanted items in your attic or garage, with a chance of making a little money for yourself. There are slight variations to running a 50 50 sale, [&hel[more...]

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May
21
2010
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Why does a groundskeeper need to be a good manager?

striped-lawn-and-hedgesA groundskeeper may not have to deal with many people, but he—or she—still needs a few traits that make a good manager. To some extent, a groundskeeper’s work is more critical—well, more open to criticism: everyone can see it, and one doesn’t need experience to recognize if it’s sloppy work; except for disastrous weather, there [&hel[more...]

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May
21
2010
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Does Ivy damage walls?

ivy on a wallThis has been a subject of debate for many years and has particularly exercised the minds of those involved in the heritage industry who protect, conserve and restore our architectural heritage. Ivy may add character to walls, but it is commonly thought that it will damage walls where the existing mortar is already weakened or [&hel[more...]

May
20
2010
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What is the Art Loss Register?

bad artists imitate great artists stealThe recent theft of paintings from the Paris Museum of Modern Art which included works by Picasso and Matisse, will concern all gallery owners and private collectors. Stolen works of art and antiques often disappear never to be seen again, or if they do re-emerge, it is often several years later. In an attempt to [&hel[more...]

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May
20
2010
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How and when did the car rental business originate?

super-cheap-car-rentalThe origins of the car rental business can be traced back almost as far as the introduction of economical, mass produced motor cars, notably the Model T Ford, in the United States in the early 20th century. One of the first recognisable fleets of rental cars was that operated by one Walter L. Jacobs in [&hel[more...]

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May
19
2010
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What is Aquitaine famous for?

eleanor-of-aquitaineAquitaine is the most south-westerly region of France, with the Atlantic Ocean to its west, and Spain to its south. Aquitaine is famous for its history, with evidence of prehistoric human settlement such as the painted cave of Lascaux within Aquitaine’s Périgueux area (which is sometimes known as the cradle of mankind). The Romans ruled [&hel[more...]

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May
19
2010
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What was the smallest independent principality in Germany after the Congress of Vienna?

homburg-castle-in-1770The principality of Hessen-Homburg could have been the scene for a real life 19th century operetta, if there had been more romantic adventures in the castle. Yes, it had a very nice little castle, one nice enough for Kaiser Wilhelm II to use later as summer residence; and it had a casino before Monte Carlo [&hel[more...]

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May
18
2010
1

What are some interesting ways to use an iPad?

ipad-in-case-with-iponeApple’s iPad is a tablet computer, but it’s not a PC or a Mac and it won’t run their software. Instead, it runs iPhone applications, and also the more ambitious applications written specifically for the iPad. It also has a web browser and a music player. It is possible to use the iPad for traditional [&hel[more...]

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May
17
2010
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What’s the difference between AMOLED and LCD cellphone displays?

lcd-pixelsTwo display technologies are commonly mentioned in cellphone specifications: LCD and AMOLED. How do they differ? Is one better than the other? An LCD is a Liquid Crystal Display. The molecules of a liquid crystal can line themselves up like a crystal, but they can also move like a liquid when an electric charge is [&hel[more...]

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May
16
2010
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Who ruled Germany in the 19th century?

berlin-parliament-victory-columnFor the first few years of the 19th century, it looked as though Napoleon would rule Germany, maybe establishing a French Empire in Europe. When the century began, France already had control over the German area west of the Rhine. In 1801 the Kaiser and the Holy Roman Empire signed the Peace Treaty of Lunéville, [&hel[more...]

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May
15
2010
1

How did Elizabeth enter the Tower of London?

traitors gate tower of londonOn Palm Sunday, 18 March 1554, Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth I of England, sister of Queen Mary of England, and daughter of Henry VIII, was taken to the Tower of London to be imprisoned pending her interrogation over her knowledge of the Wyatt Rebellion. It was the most dangerous time of her life, [&hel[more...]

May
13
2010
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Which English church has its copy in Japan?

brockhampton church arts and craftsNestled in the quite English countryside in the county of Herefordshire, near the market town of Ross-on-Wye, lies All Saint’s Church, the parish church of the village of Brockhampton. Meanwhile, on the other side of world, on the 21st and 22nd floor of a tower block in Osaka, Japan, can be seen its replica. Why? [&hel[more...]

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May
12
2010
4

What are “ebuzzing” sponsored posts?

Sponsored Post In the past we have published occasional guest posts at Quezi, written by someone with a commercial interest who has written an article of value to our readers. These guest posts have been clearly labeled as such, and we have not received payment for them. We have often been offered money to publish [&hel[more...]

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