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Balustrades

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Balustrades are fences or railings, consisting of a set of identical vertical posts (balusters) supporting a horizontal railing. They are common in many architectural designs, being incorporated into everything from staircases and balconies to pool fences. They can be as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional.

 

While it may be necessary to install the balustrade as a safety barrier they can often be best thought of as a way of defining space. Think of them as walls between different rooms. We rarely have houses that are all one room, so we need not have gardens or other areas as one large space.

 

Else, we might install a glass fence, which provides a protective barrier without seeming to intrude on the space.

 

Lace Balustrade

Made of Iron or aluminium these barriers can be sparse and open looking, yet work quite effectively. Popular on stairway they suit vintage and some modern houses.

Timber Balustrade

Popular on outdoor furnishings such as balconies or into stairway these timber barriers can be painted or left bare, making them rustic or slick looking.

Stainless Steel Balustrade

A low maintenance and long lasting options. Stainless steel is difficult to paint, but many like its semi-shiny natural look.

Glass

Tempered glass is durable, and hardly noticeable.

 

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Australia has strict laws about installing safety fencing around pools. But as long as the fences fulfils the safety requirements there are a lot of pleasing design options. It is always possible to design a pool fence Sydney residences find suitable.

Adrenaline

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It is a lesson learnt over and over again. We can prepare for an emergency, prepare for a possible street fight by training and honing our technique, and find that the real problem is the panic and stress in the moment of crisis. All the technique in the world is wasted if we freeze up at the moment we need to fight.

 

Individuals react differently to the adrenaline we experience in a crisis. Literature has been referring to the fight or flight response for generations, these being two completely different ways to handle a threat – escape of fight. Yet there are also individuals who physically faint, become emotional and burst out laughing, or who fight competently for 30 seconds before collapsing. This reaction is unpredictable; mentally strong people sometimes handle a sudden crisis poorly. How we deal with long term issues and a sudden surprise attack are very different things. Some individuals can master one without being able to deal with another.

 

Military warriors from all traditions had rituals that helped them prepare for battle. These were largely to deal with adrenaline issues. Meditation and other practices would not stop the adrenaline hit, but they helped the individuals deal with it positively. We can use the strength from adrenaline; it is part of our biology for a reason.

 

Of course, this only works when we know we are preparing for battle or competition. We are unlikely to anticipate a street confrontation, and will not be given time to practice deep breathing. So how do we prepare for the unexpected?

 

Self defence

Martial arts training need to include competition. There is a certain amount of adrenaline in competition, and this steadily teaches us to deal with the physiological and psychological aspects of adrenaline episodes. Some sports, like abseiling, can have a similar positive influence.

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Those who do not compete, or at least expose themselves to some adrenaline inducing situations, are only receiving part of the training they need. Being able to handle ourselves means being able to handle the emotions of a crisis. Regular competition is a step in the right direction.

Good for Teeth

Advice from Oatlands Dental

We know that there are sugary and sticky food that are bad for our dental health, but there are a few food that appear to be beneficial to our oral health.

 

Cashews

This is a recent discovery. Cashew nuts and oil from the same plant will kill off some form of bacteria, including gram positive bacteria, the type most commonly involved in tooth decay and abscesses. Apparently even quite dilute amounts of anarcadic acids found in cashews are still quite effective against bacteria problems, meaning a small serving of cashews eaten on a daily basis will noticeably reduce tooth decay.

Cashews are high in calories, and they cannot be eaten straight from the tree. Even raw cashews are at least steamed. Individuals with nut allergies must obviously avoid cashews.

 

XYLITOL

This is a sugar alcohol sweetener. Originally it was only thought of as a substitute for standard sugar, with less sugar meaning less decay. But it turns out that Xylitol actually has anti decay benefits on its own. It actually reduces dental problems.

Xylitol is derived from natural sources, though it does go through a certain amount of processing. It is found, in small amounts, in berries, oats, mushrooms, fruits and vegetables. Commercially available Xylitol is mostly derived from corn and corn husks.

Xylitol chewing gum is popular. It has a twofold benefit, with both the Xylitol and the saliva stimulation reducing decay.

 

Cocoa

Chocolate contains sugar, which is causing problems. But the cocoa is actually good for teeth. Find cocoa without sugar to help fight tooth decay. Remember, it is a stimulant.

 

Dairy

Dairy is under scrutiny as of late. There are questions about whether we need to have grain or grass fed milk. And there may be more lactose intolerance problems than previously thought. But the calcium in milk is good for teeth and bones. Cheese looks to be the best option here.

 

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Wisdom teeth are notorious for not emerging properly and getting infected. Healthy eating can at least reduce the risk infection problems. And if the teeth do need extraction it is easier if the mouth is healthy.

 

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Reducing decay with healthy eating will not directly help the alignment of teeth, but keeping the teeth in optimal health will help the orthodontic treatment that does straighten teeth.

Equipment

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Taekwondo training doesn’t entail buying weapons or armour like some martial arts. Indeed, part of the point is that you are always ready with the sills you possess. Yet there is still some basic equipment that is useful for Taekwondo Training.

 

Martial Art Mat.

The training centre should be well stocked with these. They are made of high density foam, usually about an inch thick. Larger surfaces may have the mats fitting together is a jigsaw pattern.

The better mats have a vinyl seal on them. This is an advantage as it is far easier to turn your foot on this surface.

 

Kick Bag

We don’t want to actually inflict pain on other people any more than we want to be receiving end when they do the inflicting. But we do want to practice our kicking, and condition out shins and feet well. A Kick bag is idea for this.

A kick bag should be heavy and tall. You need the weight to absorb the energy of the kick, and tall so you can hit it high and low.

 

Paddles & Pads

Energy is one thing, accuracy is another. We train to hit the target, and hit it hard. Paddles provide the smaller target for us to practice the accuracy or our kicks.

 

Chest Protector (Hogu)

For sparring. The name describes the function. It should include shoulder pads. Find something WTF approved

 

Helmet

This is mainly for actual competition rather than training, but if you intend to compete it help to be used to wearing the helmet.

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Whether is Karate Epping, Martial arts Glenwood or Taekwondo north Parramatta, we can all benefit from the mental and physical discipline of martial arts.

Shorter Hair

Short hair suits some women well. And they manage to simultaneously look clean cut and low maintenance. Who hasn’t been attracted to something that at least seems to provide an easy solution? But of course we hesitate to cut our hair lest the results prove disappointing; lest we are doomed to a year or more or growing it all out again. You think in this day and age there would be an app to let us see the results in advance.

 

Well, we can take a good guess whether short hair will suit you based on the length of your face. If you have a longer face, or at least if the lower half of your face is longer, then you are almost always better off with longer hair. If you lower face is shorter there is a good chance you can pull off a short haircut.

 

The determining factor is the distance between the bottom of your earlobes and the end of your chin. If the vertical distance between the edge of your earlobe and the point of your chin is less than 2 ¼ inches (5 ¾ cm) you can probably find a short cut that suits you well. Any greater than this length than longer hair is probably more flattering.

 

Shorter hair can be easier to manage, especially in the hotter weather. The trick is getting the right cut. Often women opt for a complete transformation when they go for short hair. A complete colour change, or some great balayage highlights can make all the difference.

 

 

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The hair length is only one factor. There are always countless ways to colour and style. Balayage dyeing will give the best combination colours; colours swept on look natural, and can always be used to your advantage. Find the style that works for you.

Custom Cakes

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Custom Cakes Sydney

Custom cakes differ mostly in the way they are decorated, though the flavour of the cake is always important too. The decorations are a mixture of several colourful ingredients, the most well-known being icing.

 

The simplest icing is just sugar mixed with water or milk, often with a form of colouring. It dates from at least the 16th century.

Royal Icing

Royal Icing adds egg white to the sugar, and sometimes some citrus lemon or lime. It is a bright white in colour, and popular for wedding cakes. Because it sets quite hard a cake decorated with royal icing is capable of holding up decorations or multiple tiers.

 

Fondant icing

This adds gelatine and Glycerol to the sugar and liquid, with the mixture being partly cooked. Like royal icing it sets quite hard and can be used to support multi-tier cakes or elaborate decorations. As is does not contain any nut ingredients is popular with individuals who suffer nut allergies.

 

Butter Cream

Buttercream is a mixture of cream and sugar, with about 2 parts sugar to 1 part cream by weight. It is often used as a filling. Cream can also be sweetened with smaller amounts of sugar and thickened by beating.

 

Marzipan

Marzipan mixes the sugar with almond meal, though some variations use honey. Though not really a form of icing it is used for making figurines and decorative shapes for cakes. Often marzipan figures are eatable decorations in their own right.

 

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Decorated cakes give a special occasion an extra boost. They certainly make for great photos. If you have allergies, talk to the bakery; there are always several good options.

Teeth

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Teeth, or at least their outer enamel, are the hardest part of the human body. Teeth are also one of the longest lasting part of the body, providing we look after them. Our permanent teeth should last the rest of our lives.

 

The basic structure of a tooth falls into four parts, though this apparent simplicity is misleading as the complexities of tooth growth, structure, and regeneration are still under study. The tooth enamel is the outer part of the tooth. It is mostly hard mineral with some water and organic material. Because this enamel is semi-translucent the colour of the material beneath, either the natural dentin or artificial filling, affects the colour of the tooth.

 

Dentin is the material beneath the enamel. It is a porous, yellow material consisting mostly of 70% inorganic material. Being softer than enamel it is more prone to decay that the outer surface of the tooth. The dentin material has many tiny tunnels, about 1 or 2 micro-meters, running form the pulp to the enamel. Each of these tunnels is separate from each other. Recent studies have speculated on liquids flowing through these tunnels, from the pulp to the outer enamel, which may affect both general tooth health and resistance to decay.

 

The pulp (or nerve) is in the middle of the tooth, surrounded by another layer called the Cementum. The cementum is similar to the dentin, but has more organic material, something which allows the tooth to attach itself to periodontal ligaments for stability. The pulp inside the cementum supplies the tooth with moisture and nutrients, and also provides the physical feeling for the tooth. Temperature, external pressure and damage to the tooth (such as decay) are felt through this pulp.