Disadvantages of Electric Cars

With all the current emphasis on going “green” and protecting the environment, it is no wonder that the electric car has come center focus. Especially now with soaring gas prices, consumers want to know their options. Traditional gas powered vehicles have long been the focus of those concerned with environmental issues, and so invariably inventors and car manufacturers look to improve the technologies available on the electric car.

If you are considering the purchase of an electric car, you need to be realistic about their benefits. They’ve come a long way recently but they still have some significant disadvantages, and there are still limitations to their use and wide spread availability. Here are some disadvantages you may want to consider when evaluating if an electric car is feasible for your transportation needs:

1. Electric cars are expensive to own. If you’ve checked into the price of an electric car, you know they are not “low end”. It’s not so much the price of the car as it is the price of the batteries which they run on. If you’ve purchased batteries you know how the costs can add up quickly, and the batteries used in electric cars are lithium-ion, which are expensive. Also keep in mind that eventually the battery packs will need to be replaced, as they have a life of approximately 3 to 4 years.

2. The batteries will need to be recharged. A second disadvantage to an electric car is that the batteries will need to be recharged. This will require advanced planning because you’ll have to allow adequate time for the batteries to be fully charged. Now this might not sound like that big of a problem but if you are thinking of purchasing an electric car then you will need to make an honest assessment of how much you will use your vehicle. An extended or unplanned trip could be problematic if you haven’t had time to fully recharge the batteries.

3. Limits on driving distance. If you drive long distances, an electric car might not suit your needs, so you will need to consider how far you plan on driving your car. Most of the electric cars have limits on how many miles they can go before needing a recharge. Electric car maker ZAP recently announced that their electric car could travel up to 100 miles per single charge, but many people drive more miles than that round trip on a daily commute to work. This is definitely a limitation for those who intend to use the vehicle for getting to and from their place of employment. You certainly would not want to run out of batteries if you got stuck in a rush hour traffic jam.

4. Lack of power. Another disadvantage to the electric car is the lack of power, specifically quick pickup. If you do a lot of interstate driving there are going to be times when you will need to accelerate quickly to merge into traffic.

Electric cars have come a long way in recent years but still have to overcome a few more obstacles before becoming widely embraced as a solution for many consumers.

Rocky Mountaineer Vacation Sightseeing Guide

The Rocky Mountaineer is one of the finest sightseeing trains in Canada, and a contender for the best in the world. Beyond the service and style offered by the Rocky Mountaineer trains, it’s the sightseeing that can’t be beat.

Travelers who prefer the journey to be as much an experience as the destination will surely love a journey on the Rocky Mountaineer, but beyond the general descriptions of mountain and forest – what can travelers expect to see along the way?

Rocky Mountaineer runs two trains (the Rocky Mountaineer and the Whistler Mountaineer) and four routes linking the Coastal city of Vancouver to Calgary and Jasper in the Rockies. All the routes are beautiful, but a particular favourite is the Yellowhead Route which travels from Vancouver to Jasper. Make the most of your journey with this detailed sightseeing guide to highlights along the way.

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From Vancouver to Calgary on Rocky Mountaineer’s Yellowhead Route

When traveling east to Calgary, the coastal city of Vancouver is your starting point. Nestled between the Coast Mountains (home to Whistler resort) and the big blue Pacific, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city that maintains strong ties to the outdoors. On clear days locals head outside to run the Sea Wall, hike Grouse Mountain, or browse the boutiques, cafes, and patios lining Robson Street, South Granville, and west 4th avenue.

Make the most of your time in Vancouver by enjoying the city’s restaurants, shops and galleries as well as adventures outside – such as strolling Stanley Park, checking out the architecture in Gastown, or traveling outside the city to explore the nearby mountains.

Boarding the Rocky Mountaineer, you’ll quickly leave behind Vancouver’s cityscapes for the lush green Fraser Valley. The Fraser Valley boasts plenty of fertile farlmand due to its proximity to the Fraser River.

The Fraser River is the longest in BC and the 5th longest in Canada. As you travel alongside it, you’ll notice its waters changing from a muddy brown to a milky green. This is due to the high levels of sediment in the water as well as plenty of rapids. The Fraser River’s turbulence belies a thriving ecosystem, producing more salmon than any other river system in the world!

The excitement of the Fraser culminates at Hell’s Gate, an attraction located at the narrowest point in the Fraser River. The sight and sound of the thundering waters only hint at the magnitude of this pass, where as much as 909,218,000 litres (200 million) gallons of water surge through the 33.53 metre (110 foot) gorge each minute.

As you exit the Coast Mountains, you’ll emerge into the beautiful Fraser Canyon, a natural canyon with sides of up to 600 metres (1980) feet. This canyon extends all the way to Hope.

From the town of Hope to that of Kamloops, your journey will see you through a landscape of mountains, countryside and lakes. You will travel through Monck and Lac Le Jeune Provincial Parks, climb through the Great Bear Snow Shed, crest the summit of the Coquihalla Pass and cross the top of Thompson Plateau.

You will stop for the night in Kamloops, a charming town in the Okanogan Valley. The weather is warm and sunny in spring and summer, and winter snow in nearby Sun Peaks beckons to skiiers. Kamloops also plays host to Rocky Mountaineer’s dinner theatre performances, the Two River Junction Musical Revue® and the Great Canadian Lumberjack Show.

Back on the train after your night in Kamloops, you’ll quickly discover the sightseeing potential of the mountain scenery of the Canadian Rockies.

An early highlight will be views of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. At a height of 3,956.5 metres (12,972 feet) and dropping into Berg Lake in the North and Kinney Lake in the South, this heavily glaciated mountain towers over the peaks that surround it.

As you continue traveling through the Rockies, you will pass the spectacular Pyramid Falls. This waterfall cascades 91.5 metres (300 feet) beside the train tracks, and to maximize your sightseeing the train will slow to allow for an up-close view.

A different but equally impressive vision is the Albreda Glacier. Albreda, like other glaciers in the Rockies, is a permanent snowfield (the amount of snowfall exceeds snowmelt each year). The weight of accumulated snow compresses layers beneath it into ice, which then melts, pushing the newly formed glacier downhill. This movement grinds the rocks beneath it into a fine powder, which, when deposited into the lakes and rivers surrounding the glacier, turns the water into a beautiful shade of turquoise blue.

Your arrival in Jasper National Park marks the end of your journey by rail, but also the beginning of the sightseeing opportunities in the Canadian Rockies. Jasper National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1907, and remains one of the largest protected areas in the world. This is accessible Canadian wilderness at its best, and the town of Jasper makes a convenient base to explore the hiking trails, lakes and wildlife of the surrounding area.

Although your journey by the Rocky Mountaineer Yellowhead Route may be over in Jasper, your sightseeing experience is anything but. Consider traveling from Jasper to Banff along the Icefields Parkway, the most beautiful drive in the country, before exploring the beautiful sights of Banff and Lake Louise.

Facts About Cuba’s Dictatorship

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was the best ally of Mengistu Haile Mariam,who was dictator of Ethiopia from 1974 to 1991. During this period of time, Fidel Castro Ruz sent 4000 soldiers to Ethiopia. Thousands of people were killed by Cuban soldiers, many of them reportedly extra judicially executed when unarmed or after having been captured.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Fidel Castro is the worst violator of human rights in the Third World today.The Cuban dictatorship has curtailed the republic´s free press and banned strikes. Critics and opponents of the government, including journalists, human rights activists and members of opposition political parties, are arrested and some are convicted and imprisoned. Fidel Castro claims that demonstrations against him are led “subversives” and people under the influence of the United States.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Cuba had one of the most famous sportsmen in the Third World: José Ariel Contreras.Like Sammy Sosa (Dominican Republic) and Livan Hernández (Cuba), he is now recognized as a symbol of Latin American baseball. For political reasons, he escaped from Cuba and now lives in the United States.Certainly, José Ariel Contreras has became an icon for the Cuban exile community..

DID YOU KNOW THAT…The photographer Cristobal Herrera Ulashkevich was forced to leave Cuba. Why? Because he captured two crucial images of Castro´s health slide:his fainting spell while making a speech in 2001 and his dramatic fall another speech in October 2004.Cristobal Herrera once said, “I am condemned to forced exile. The Cuban government barred me from returning to my country,without explanations.We had no other option left.This is the price for doing photojournalist in Cuba”.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Fidel Castro´s Latin American allies (Brazil,Argentina,Panama,Guyana and Haiti) privately expressed dismay over Cuban excesses but insisted that they can not interfere in the internal affairs of Cuba.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…The Cuban dictatorship have destroyed traditional Cuban society, culture,and systems, in an attempt to build a communist society.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…More than 200 world-class athletes have defected from Cuba: Magaly Carvajal Rivera (volleyball player),Yamile Aldama (sportswoman), Regla Bell McKenzie (volleyball player), Taimaris Aguero (volleyball player), Joel Casamayor Johnson (boxer ),José Ariel Contreras Camejo (baseball player), Orlando Hernández Pedroso (baseball player),Giorbis Barthelemy (boxer),Ramón Garbey (boxer), Ramón Gato (volleyball player),Andrés Gilbert (basketball player), Ihosvany Hernández (volleyball player), Dulce Tellez (volleyball player), Ruperto Herrera (basketball player), Leonel Marshall (volleyball player)…

DID YOU KNOW THAT…From 1962 to 1992, Cuba received billions of dollars in aid from the USSR(currently Russia).

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Fidel Castro receives continued support and aid from Venezuela. The evalue of Venezuelan oil subsidies to the Cuban dictatorship climbed past $ 3 million in 2006…

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Like Mario Vargas Llosa (Peruvian writer),Jorge Batlle Ibañez (former president of Uruguay),Oscar Arias Sánchez (currently president of Costa Rica), Lászlo Sólyom (currently president of Hungary), Vaclav Havel, who was president of the Czech Republic( 1993-2003), is well-known for his fight against the dictatorship of Fidel Castro Ruz.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Cuba does not have diplomatic relations with the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, South Korea, El Salvador, Israel and the United States.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Cuba has one of the most serious human rights problems in the world today. Like North Korea (communist dictatorship), Myanmar (military dictatorship), Zimbabwe (military dictatorship) and Sudan (terrorist state), Cuba always refuses to cooperate with human rights groups.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Cuba suppled arms to Venezuela.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…In the 1970s and 1980s, Cuba sent troops to Africa (Angola, Ethiopia,Namibia,Somalia,Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Congo, Mozambique and Guinea). At least 5000 Cubans soldiers were killed in Africa.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…In 1996, Cuban olympic boxing champions Yan Bartelemi Varela, Odlanier Solis and Yuiorkis Gamboa Toledano abandoned the national team during a trip to practice in Caracas (Venezuela).

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Cuba maintains excellent diplomatic relations with Venezuela (military dictatorship), North Korea (terrorist state), Equatorial Guinea (military dictatorship), Iran (terrorist state), Zimbabwe (socialist dictatorship), Libya (military dictatorship), Sudan (terrorist state) and Myanmar (military dictatorship).

DID YOU KNOW THAT…The most common joke in Cuba is, “Would the last person to leave the country please turn off the lights”.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Cuba does not have first lady since 2007.Vilma Espín Guillois was the last first lady of the Cuban revolution.She was president of the Federation of Cuban Women (1960-2007).She died of cancer on June 18, 2007.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…In January 2007, Cecilia Guevara March, the daughter of revolutionary leader Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, has become an Argentine citizen after many years of living in Havana. She is a marine biologist. Cecilia Guevara was born in 1963, in Cuba, daughter of Ernesto Guevara and Aleida March.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz spends most of his time writing essays about Cuban revolution, Iraq war, sporting defections, and the United States.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…In the 1970s, Cuba has had good relations with Argentina.During this period of time,Argentina was a military dictatorship ruled by Jorge Rafael Videla.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Like Mao Tse-tung (Chinese dictator), Enver Hoxha (Albanian dictator) and Pol Pot (Cambodian dictator), Fidel Castro is rarely seen without the green military fatigues that have helped make him a revolutionary symbol.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…In 2006, Helena Houdova, who was Miss Czech Republic 1999, slipped into the island and took photos of Cuban slums.However, she was detained by the Cuban secret police.She said, “The revolution´s watchmen rose up because I was taking pictures of something they do not like”.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…The per capita on the island isn’t even US$ 1,560, making it one of the poorest areas on Earth.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…In the past century, Cuba had good relations with Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia (currently Czech Republic and Slovak Republic), Poland, Hungary, East Germany (currently Germany), Romania, Ethiopia, Benin, Guyana, Iraq, Iran, India, Mozambique, Yugoslavia and Tanzania.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…One of the Cuba´s longest-serving political prisoners,Francisco Chaviano, who was chairman of the Cuban Civil Rights, was released in August 2007.He said: “I spent five years stuck in a cell without seeing the sun, two years without receiving visitors and four years without conjugal visits”.Since then he has continued to criticise the Cuban dictatorship, risking imprisonment and even death.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Only one political party-the Cuban Communist Party (PCC)- is allowed to operate in Cuba.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…In Cuba the divorce rate has doubled in the last ten years.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…Fidel Castro Ruz lives in Havana with his wife, Dalia Soto del Valle, and his five sons: Alex, Alexis, Alejandro, Antonio and Ángel.

DID YOU KNOW THAT…In the 1970s and 1980s, Cuba did not have diplomatic relations with Albania (communist state until 1991).

A Good Failure and Sam Walton’s Perseverance

Today it seems that everyone and his grandmother has a theory (and a blog) about how to become a successful entrepreneur. So how can you filter through all of this info? Why not trade in the theories for a dose of reality by examining the example of one entrepreneur who defied conventional wisdom?

Take one of the most successful entrepreneurs America has ever known: Sam Walton, founder of Walmart. He went from managing his first small variety store at age 26 to seeing his corporation become the largest in the United States. Forever changing the retail industry, the merchant extraordinaire saw and did things differently. In the wake of his success, he left a handful of important lessons for entrepreneurs everywhere.

Sam Walton’s Mistake

Walton’s rise to success was not devoid of obstacles. In fact, the merchant had his share of outright failures. Perhaps his lowest moment came in 1950. Let’s see what happened then.

Walton had purchased a Ben Franklin franchise store in Newport, Arkansas in 1946. By applying his own unique management techniques, Walton nearly tripled the store’s sales within a few short years. Walton’s magic drew attention. Amongst those who took notice was his landlord. When the store’s lease was up, the landlord refused to renew it!

Sam Walton wrote of the experience in his autobiography, Made in America:

… We hadn’t made any mistakes we couldn’t correct quickly, none so big that they threatened the business. Except, it turned out, for one little legal error we made right at the beginning. In all my excitement at becoming Sam Walton, merchant, I had neglected to include a clause in my lease which gave me an option to renew after the first five years.

He did offer to buy the franchise, fixtures, and inventory at a fair price; he wanted to give the store to his son.

Walton was forced to do the unthinkable: sell his precious store.

Sweet Failure

There is no way around it: Walton’s Newport failure was abysmal. While conventional wisdom says failure is a bad thing, Sam Walton saw things differently. Walton recognized failure was unavoidable. In the business start-up game, obstacles–even outright failures–are a necessary evil, and Walton knew he could not be deterred by them. In his autobiography, he explained how the Newport debacle provided him the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge: “The whole thing was probably a blessing. I had a chance for a brand-new start, and this time I knew what I was doing.”

Learning from Walton

Walton’s story gives struggling entrepreneurs several morsels of thought to chew on:

  • For entrepreneurs, failure is a given.
  • Entrepreneurs must never allow setbacks to deter them.
  • Obstacles are opportunities.

As you face the blizzard of information available to entrepreneurs, keep Walton’s far-from-conventional view of failure in mind. And try to remember, conventional wisdom is anything but the entrepreneur’s friend.

Plus Size Cinema – 8 Movies Every Plus Size Woman Should See

Plus size women have long been neglected and outright mistreated by Hollywood. Yet, times are changing. Full-figured women are showing up everywhere in movies now and in more three-dimensional roles. While some of the movies on this list are clearly better than others, none of them were chosen for any sort of cinematic genius. They made the list because they handle the issues facing plus size women in a humane way. The characters are real people. They are so much more than just a fat girl punch line. So, grab some popcorn and make it a movie night.

1. Real Women Have Curves (2002)- America Ferrera stars as Ana, a Mexican-American teenager trying to find her way. The story explores family dynamics, ambition, body image issues, and more. Follow Ana as she enters womanhood, searches for identity, and struggles to mesh other people’s belief systems with her own.

2. Shag The Movie (1989)- This lighthearted film set in the Summer of 1963 follows a group of four friends who intend to have one last girls’ adventure before one member’s upcoming wedding. Caroline, nicknamed “Pudge,” is a chubby girl who loves to dance. While her friends run amuck all weekend, Pudge makes peace with herself, finds a guy, and shags ’til her heart is content.

3. Last Holiday (2006)- Queen Latifah stars as Georgia Byrd, a plus size woman who lives life on the sidelines until she discovers that she is terminally ill. Georgia promptly sets out to make at least some of her dreams come true before she dies. She takes the trip of a lifetime, eats with abandon, and gets herself a to-die-for makeover amongst other things.

4. Phat Girlz (2006)- Ah…what to say about this movie? Well, it’s certainly the worst of the bunch in my opinion. The cinematography isn’t great, the jokes are crude, and many of the attitudes expressed in it are contrary to all that I believe in. However, there are definitely some worthwhile aspects. Jazmin, the lead character, is a smart, talented business woman. Her struggles with weight and self-acceptance are very poignant. It shows different cultural beliefs about weight. And all the men are fit dispelling the myth that only fat guys are attracted to fat women. That’s enough good stuff to watch this one at least once on cable.

5. Camp (2003)- Teenagers attend a performing arts camp. While most of the ensemble of characters struggle with figuring out who they are, the stand out for me is Jenna. Jenna’s jaws are wired shut throughout most of the movie, a compromise made to avoid fat camp, but when she finally stands up to her overbearing parents…it’s all worthwhile.

6. Circle of Friends (1995)- This film chronicles the dynamics of a single peer group in 1950’s Ireland. Benny, our curvy heroine, experiences the ups and downs of love and betrayal. She shows strength and poise throughout where others fall incredibly short.

7. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)- In this sequel, we see chubby overly analytical Bridget up to her usual antics in dating and living. Funny and heartwarming, this film is worth watching if for no other reason than one scene: Bridget attempts to get dressed under a sheet, fumbling around until her boyfriend tells her that he has “a very high regard for your wobbly bits.”

8. Hairspray (2008)-While the earlier version captivated me, the latest one stole my heart. It’s great to see women who are more than just a little chubby find self-acceptance and happiness. You have to love all the singing, dancing, and plus size pride abound. And you just can’t beat John Travolta in drag!

Safer Roads Can Save Your Life

The roads we drive on can put a driver at risk, or increase drivers’ odds of a safe trip. Highway safety experts have identified simple, inexpensive and highly effective safety measures that can mean the difference between a safe trip and another auto fatality. Here are several examples from Put the Brakes on Fatalities, an organization committed to reducing motor vehicle fatalities and injuries through raising awareness of safety issues

Safety improvements to narrow roadways and bridges save lives

A 23-mile stretch of California’s Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County claimed 29 lives in 19 crashes over a five-year period. More than two-thirds involved head-on collisions. CallTrans, the California Department of Transportation, added rumble strips, pavement reflectors, and raised thermoplastic striping along the shoulders and centerline. They compared fatalities over the 16 months before the improvements, and the 16 months after the improvements were completed. Fatalities dropped from eight to zero after the improvements. Injury accidents were reduced by 14%, and total collisions declined by 27%.

Rumble strips can dramatically reduce drift-off-the roadway crashes.

Rumble strips are one of the most effective ways to keep drivers on the road. Special rumble strips, equipped with a Sonic Nap Alert Pattern (SNAP), produce a distinct warning sound and vibration that alert drivers whose vehicles are drifting off the roadway. When SNAP strips were installed on all 506 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in1990, drift-off-the-road crashes decreased by 65% per month. SNAP strips and recessed reflective payment markers are now routinely installed in all new roadway segments on the Turnpike. Turnpike officials credit the rumble strips with reducing the crash rate by 2.3 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles, or 100 crashes per year. Since the Turnpike’s experience was published, rumble strips have become a common fixture on highways and rural roads throughout the country.

Make roads user-friendly for older drivers

Many roads were not built to serve today’s high-volume, high-speed traffic. Certain road conditions present an even greater threat because of the growth in the nation’s elderly population. Florida leads the way in the implementation of roadway improvement measures that particularly affect the state’s ever-increasing elderly population which is expected to climb to 25% by the year 2020.

In 1992 Florida rolled out its Elder Roadway User Program, designed to meet the needs of its elderly population. Improvements were made to roadways, including six-inch-wide pavement markings for better visibility; reflective pavement markings with 40-foot spacing; large overhead street signs at busy intersections; advance street name signs; improvements to pedestrian features at intersections; and increased emphasis on effective traffic control through work zones. The result has been a marked decrease in specific types of crashes. These improvements have become part of the state’s regular road maintenance program.

Improvements at intersections reduce crashes and injuries.

Working with state and local government, the AAA in Michigan identified high-crash intersections and developed recommendations to improve them. Typical countermeasures were low-cost, including adjusting the placement and timing of signal lights, upgrading signal lenses to make them more visible, and adding left-turn signals and turning lanes. At one intersection the improvements reduced the number of crashes by 48% and the injuries by 70%. Improvements at other high-crash intersections followed.

Wildlife in Trondheim, Norway

There are many species of wild animals in Norway such as: Elks, lynx, squirrels, Adders,wolves, foxes, roa deer, snakes, deer, birds, insects, wild cats, badger and bears.

Most of these animals are not dangerous as long as they don’t feel threatened, especially during the mating and giving birth seasons.

You can go up to the mountains, woods,forests, fjords without being worried about getting hurt by wild animals.

Elks are the largest animals in Norwegian woods. The male adult elk can be up to 240 cm tall and weigh 850 kg.

Many Norwegians who have hunting permissions and licenses go for hunting during the hunting season in fall and winter.

Elk hunting with dog( hound) is an old tradition. Norwegians consider it as a fine training. Some of the elk hounds are born to be great hunters!

Do you know why elks have fur? The reason is that fur keep them warm and some times they even have fur on their horns! Such elks are sick and need medical attention. Elks can be very mean if they feel threatened! Some people say elks are the forest rebel!

Reindeer or caribou hunters are good at finding the caribou.They sense their smell in the air or follow their traces. In Norway there are various types of elk hunting such as:

posteringsjakt(in Norwegian) : hunters chase the animal by following their traces

smygjakt (in Norwegian): A hunter senses animal’s presence.

drivjakt (in English: Noise making): Make some noises in order to send the animal to a place where hunters are patiently waiting( this method is mostly used in south of Norway). Based upon my observations, when deers that hear your rattling, they respond differently! One, the leader (I guess) will come to investigate where the noise come from, two will run dead away and seven will ignore it. Hunter’s patience and persistence are very important factors for success.

Trondheim Animals are under protection of the Norwegian environment authorities.

Squirrels: They are everywhere in Norway, especially on top of the pine trees in the forest. The red squirrels ( ekorn in Norwegian) live mostly in upper North and Finnmark. They are very cute, but not as tamed as squirrels in the United States.

Lynx: Lynx in Trondelag can be found in forest and mountains. Sometimes they attack sheep which is unpleasant for the farmers in animal production. They are wild animals but so beautiful. They live in central and north Norway. They usually eat cat and the other small animals.

Hares: They live in prairies and forest and their fur changes color with the seasons, brown in summer and white in winter. Hares live around Trondheim and the other cities in central Norway.

Adders: They were observed in Trøndelag. I have seen one in North of Trøndelag on the mountain. If an adder bites someone, gives a slight fever to the victim. Their poison does not kill at all. They eat mice and the other small animals and bite if they feel threatened. In summer 2008 many adders were discovered in Jonsvatnet area in Trondheim. That is why people especially joggers and hikers were warned about adders in those areas.

Wolves are not too many in Norway. They are protected by the Norwegian natural environment. They live in the forest and eat small animals. They also can be found in the upper north and very few in south of Trondelag.

Foxes and Brown bears live in the forest. Brown bears( Bjørn) are few in Trøndelag.They live either underground or inside the holes.

Whale (Hval)

Whales live in North of Norway. They are faithful and beautiful creatures.

If you ever get a chance to travel to the North of Norway i suggest you to try whale safari (hvalsafari). You get amazingly close to them as close as 300 Meters.

The Scandinavian countries are the only countries that authorizes whaling.Norway started commercial whaling in the early 90’s. There are some arguments about hunting whales in order to keep the ecological cycle in balance since they eat huge stocks of fish. Whales are not endangered by its annual hunt in Norway

Birds (fugl): There are various birds in Trondheim.Some of them are very curious and beautiful birds.The Commontern in Norwegian Makrellterne (Latin: Sterna hirundo) is a seabird and lives in Europe, Asia and central North America. They are also called sea swallow. They eat fish and the other small sea creatures. They live in colonies on coasts, islands and fresh water lakes. They are very romantic and caring birds. The male bird takes care of the female by offering fish which is a part of courtship display. They reach an age of 23 years or more.

Oyster catcher in Norwegian Kjeld can be seen in different colors in the world. They are either black or black and white.

They eat earthworms,insect larvae and the coastal oyster catchers feed upon gastropods and polychaet worms. Oyster catchers are monogamous and very territorial birds especially during breeding season!

The male oyster catcher is very fiddle and faithful to the female! They make their nests in the ground which may be placed in a spot with good visibility.

The eggs of oyster catchers are delicious! Kidding! I don’t know how their eggs taste. Ok..back to the eggs. They lay one to four eggs and females take care of eggs while the males engage in more territory defense.

Top Family-Friendly Things to Do in Treasure Island, Florida

Treasure Island is a charming Florida beach town just outside the city of St. Petersburg. Though its neighbor to the south, St. Pete Beach, tends to attract more attention from visitors, Treasure Island features more family-fun activities, and to top it off – more affordable accommodations. So if you’re traveling to Treasure Island and looking for fun stuff to do with the family, consider this you’re go-to guide for affordable family fun!

Nonstop Fishing Charters

You can’t come to Florida without going on a fishing trip, although some families have a hard time coming up with the money to purchase a four or five-person fishing package. At Nonstop Fishing Charters, which sails out of Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach, kids fish for free! For a family of four, that means only paying for the price of two. And the best thing about fishing in the Tampa Bay area is that you can do it year round.

Treasure Island Fun Center

Save this one for a rainy day and you’re guaranteed to have a blast with the kids. The Fun Center is the largest arcade in Pinellas County. All games are either 1 or 2 tokens with each token worth 25-cents. That goes a long way with pinball and air hockey. Plus the kids can redeem their tickets for prizes, and if you get hungry, they serve pizza inside. The Fun Center is now located in Seminole, just north of Park Boulevard. It’s not too far from its previous location. A quick cab ride and you’re there.

Municipal Beach Playground

Located directly on the beach, this one is for the kids who don’t want to sit still while mom and dad soak up the sun on a gorgeous summer day. It’s within walking distance of most of the major condos and hotels, so even if you wanted to walk downstairs for 20 or 30 minutes of playtime, it’s doable. Open daily from 7 am to 7 pm.

Treasure Island Golf, Tennis, and Recreation Center

If you and the kids are itching to get some exercise, why not play a game of golf or tennis at the Treasure Island Golf, Tennis, and Recreation Center? Junior golf clubs are available. The center includes a 9-hole par 3 golf course, tennis courts, volleyball, basketball, shuffleboard, playground, and picnic pavilions. Open seven days a week and it’s a short distance from several resorts. If actual golfing isn’t your thing, you can always try Smuggler’s Cove for some miniature golf.

The Pirate Ship at John’s Pass

No trip here is complete without a visit to John’s Pass, where they have a real-life pirate ship. Take a ride out to the bay, fire a cannon, and hear real tales of pirates in the Tampa Bay area. Call ahead of time for discounts, including early bird specials.

Things Narcissistic Mothers and Narcissist’s Say

Things Narcissist Say

Below is a list of things a narcissist might say to anyone – Friends, Family or even their own Children.

“After all the money I have lent you”

To change the subject of the argument, this is to make you feel guilty and put the ball back in their court. How can you argue with this wonderful person who lends you money. When in this situation, remember what the original argument was about and do not get side tracked from it. Say “No, you’re going off the point now, I’m talking about….”

“After everything I have done for you”

Again, if the narcissist feels like they are losing the argument they will change the subject to a time when you needed them… “After all I have done for you, when you needed a place to stay, when you needed a lift, when you needed that favour” This will be completely off the subject but if you let them you will end up arguing about it and ultimately apologising for your disrespectful behaviour.

“You don’t RESPECT me”

This is a very common one, narcissist’s think they deserve respect regardless to how they behave. If you answer them back, If you don’t do as your told, If you look at them the wrong way, If you are disrespectful! A narcissist will even start an argument and when you try and defend yourself they will always throw in the ‘RESPECT’ card. Just remember, nobody can demand respect, respect has to be earned!

“You never say thank you / They never say thank you”

Chances are you say thank you all the time, more so than most people. The thing is narcissist’s expect recognition for everything they do, and I mean everything. Don’t think for one minute that they are doing it out of the goodness of their hearts. You had better say “Thank You” – or else!

“You will regret doing/saying that one day”

Another guilt trip, you probably didn’t say anything bad at all. Just remember though, unless they are talking about murder, bank robbery or drinking a bottle of vodka a day, chances are you WON’T regret doing it one day.

“You will be sorry once I am gone”

This is an awful guilt trip, often used on siblings to get in the final word. If the narcissist is losing the argument or feels like they are backed into a corner (usually from their own doing) they will go to any length to get out of it. Reminding you of the fact that one day they will die and you will remember all the horrible things you did to them. These tactics are often used on young siblings, that is when they have the most impact and are the most upsetting. I mean why would any normal person want to say that to a 13 year old!

“Stop being so serious / You can’t take a joke”

Usually when a narcissist has insulted you and you have taken offence, NO it really wasn’t meant as a joke, it was meant to hurt your feelings, but when you get upset about it you can’t take a joke. It is actually narcissist’s who can’t take a joke. When it happens, bite your tongue, do not give them the satisfaction of letting them know you are bothered. After all, an argument is what they are really after!

“What will people say? / What will people think?”

Most narcissist’s are obsessed with the image they portray of themselves and their family to other people. As a narcissist’s child you had better watch what you say or do that could tarnish that image! This is called ‘False Self’. The real narcissist (how you know them), and the ‘False Self’ (how everyone else knows them). Because everyone thinks this person is kind, loving and caring and takes such good care of their children whenever you try to say otherwise nobody believes you!

“You can’t do that… You can’t wear that… Because I said so… That’s why”

Narcissist’s are very controlling. Whenever questioned as to why you can’t do what they are telling you you can’t do, you will get answers like “Because I said so”, “That’s Why”,”Because I’m the Mother!” Normal people will give reasons why they are not allowing you to do something, but when the reason is to enforce power or be awkward, these are the answers you can get. Try using reverse psychology, if you want to wear the red coat, say you want to wear the white one. If you want them to visit on Saturday say, “you can come round any day except Saturday” chances are on Saturday they will be knocking on your door.

“This is my house”

This is simply showing you who is boss! You might be their child, and live in the house but let’s make it clear, this is not your house. “Do you pay the mortgage, the bills, the phone bill, TV licence, Council tax? NO! So this is my house, when you do you can call it your house!” But mum, I’m only 11 years old.

“They’re just jealous”

Narcissist’s are very jealous people, they are jealous of people who are better looking, people with more money, better car, better house. So in turn they think everyone else is like them… Not true, most people couldn’t care less and are happy for other peoples hard work or good fortune. They certainly aren’t jealous of that overpriced £800 ring you just purchased from the jewellery channel.

“Have you seen what he/she is wearing”

Picking fault with other people is a good way to make the narcissist feel better about themselves, snide remarks about peoples clothes, makeup, weight etc… Chances are you’re no oil painting yourself you know!

“I’ve got a headache too, I had a terrible night too, I’ve got a sore throat too”

You can never be ill when a narcissist is around, they will always be far worse. If you have a cold, they have the flu, you have a headache, they have a migraine, you have a sore throat, they have tonsillitis. God only knows what would happen if you chopped your arm off!

“Have you seen how dirty their house is”

Chances are the narcissist’s house will be spotless, not a spec of dirt anywhere, show home standard. They probably even have a cleaning day, yes that’s right a whole day where they will clean their house from top to bottom every week. How can you compete with that, no wonder your house isn’t up to scratch. But come on, would you really want to be that sad!

“I love you, but I don’t like you right now”

This is a narcissist’s way of saying “you have got some making up to do”, you had better be on your best behaviour and not be disrespectful, and don’t forget that all important apology. Maybe in a week or so the house will get back to normal, well until the next tantrum anyway!

“I love you more than you could know / I love you so much”

“What?” I hear you say, “Do narcissist’s really say those words”, well yes of cause they do… When they are lying or drunk! A narcissist will often mimic other peoples emotions, love is one of them, as they do not feel love it would most certainly be a lie, so these words are very difficult for them to say. They do come out a lot easier when they have had a few sherbets though.

“It’s not as good / nice / tasty / expensive as mine”

That new ring you have purchased, painting in the sitting room, Sunday dinner you have slaved over all morning… “Yes it was lovely, but I prefer the one I did a few weeks ago” Wow, look at that, a compliment and insult in the same sentence!

“Have you seen my new coat / ring / dress… It cost this much!”

We all know these people “Do you like my new dress for so and so’s wedding, It was £500 you know, I had the personal shopper at the store help me pick it out”. Narcissist’s think as they think, that you will be jealous and envious of them, the truth is no one likes a bragger, to get right up their nose say something like “oh yes that’s lovely, but I don’t think that colour suits your skin tone”.

“I have just paid for that for you / bought you your dinner”

Narcissist’s will always throw situations where they paid for something back in your face, and they NEVER forget. A dinner date, birthday lunch, some food shopping because you are short that month. The truth is they don’t do it to be kind as any parent would, they do it because it gives them ammunition for the next argument. My advise is NEVER, EVER lend or accept money as a gift from a narcissist, they will always have a hold on you and will ALWAYS use it against you in future disputes!

“They are just copying off me”

Narcissist’s can be very petty and they really do think that people copy off them. The new dress the lady down the street was wearing is the same as theirs… They must have copied. Or maybe they just went into the same store!

“Just say if you don’t want me to visit, I won’t mind”

This is a good way for the narcissist to reinforce the fact that they are invited to your home. The truth is, they will mind, they will mind a lot. Think very carefully before you say “I am very busy, I would prefer it if you came round tomorrow” This will not go down well and could result in a weeks worth of sulking!

“I’m not inviting them… they aren’t family!”

This for me was always one I could never understand, a close niece, or a ‘special’ friend of the narcissist’s for some reason might be alone on Christmas day or any other special occasion could just be cast aside and not invited because it’s ‘Family Only’. Just goes to show the narcissist has no empathy for others, even the people most close to them!

“I don’t deserve this / I don’t need this right now”

Chances are the narcissist has sparked up yet another petty argument, when you retaliate they turn it round by saying “I don’t deserve this” etc.. This is just another tactic to make you feel guilty and apologise yet again for something you haven’t done.

“Don’t speak to me like that”

Generally this is because you have retaliated to something they said to you first, well it works both ways. Don’t speak to me like that and I won’t speak to you like that back!

“It’s not what you say, it’s the tone of your voice”

This is a form of projection, it is actually narcissist’s that use voice tone to change the way things were said, they can make something you said sound as horrible as they want by changing the tone of their voice. This can be very frustrating when they are telling on you to your enabling father, making it sound 20 times worse than it really was. Oh here we go again, looks like I’m going to owe her another apology!

“She is not just my friend, she’s my special friend, we’re more like sisters”

Narcissist’s will only have a few friends, or maybe only one, but that friend will be a special friend, one that is like a sister. That way the narcissist can make her friend more important than yours. “Oh so and so might be your friend but bla bla is a special friend” Ultimately making your friend seem less important than hers.

“Oh I can’t remember, it was a long time ago / I’ve had a few sleeps since then”

Narcissist’s are like elephants, they NEVER forget. So to be told “I can’t remember” will be an out and out lie. Chances are you have asked them for their advise and as they will get nothing in return they are not willing to tell you or you have brought up something from the past that touches a nerve, it is easier for them to tell you they have forgotten than to have to explain their actions.

“They aren’t really ill, they are just putting it on”

Narcissist’s will never have sympathy for anyone, they just don’t have them emotions. Anyone who is ill, and has a day off work will be faking. When the shoe is on the other foot though the narcissist wants all the sympathy in the world. If you want to stay in their good books you had better ask them how they are doing, maybe a get well soon card will help!

“It’s not my fault”

Narcissist’s will never admit anything was their fault, even when they are backed into a corner they will say something like “I’m sorry I hurt your feelings, but it wasn’t meant to come across like that, it’s not my fault, your just over-sensitive”. The truth is, it probably was their fault, the easiest thing and the thing that will bother them the most is if you do not react, the reaction is what they are after.

“I swear on your life that’s how it happened”

This is generally a way of reinforcing a lie, most normal people would never swear on their children’s lives if something is not true, if at all. Not a narcissist though, swearing on peoples lives is the ultimate way to say “see, what I told you is true, it has to be I swore on your lives” This to me is a very disturbing act!

“I think you have made that up”

Ultimately this is the same as calling you a liar to your face. It is very annoying when someone tells you you are making something up when it is true, if you were a narcissist you would just swear on someone’s life, but as you don’t have that luxury you spend countless hours trying to explain why what you are saying is true. narcissist’s are by nature lairs, really good ones at that, but by projecting this onto you they are making you sound like the unstable one for making up stories!

“You have got such a good imagination / stop exaggerating”

Again something narcissist’s are very good at is making you sound crazy, narcissist’s can twist things into something they are not and make you believe it is all in your mind. This is called ‘gaslighting’ and can be very damaging and destructive abuse.

“I can’t remember doing/saying that”

Narcissist’s are very good at not facing up to something that was their fault, once confronted it can be very frustrating when they deny all knowledge it ever happened. Just remember, they remembered the £20 worth of shopping they bought you last year so chances are they remember saying that!

“I’m never wrong”

Come on, no one is ‘Never Wrong’, that saying just speaks for itself!

“What are you getting upset for”

The narcissist has just insulted you yet again with some snide remark, narcissist’s are emotional vampires and will try to upset you every chance they get. By asking you “What are you getting upset for” they are making the matter trivial, which it probably isn’t.

“Act your age”

This is another form of projection, usually it is the narcissist that is immature but by telling you to act your age it ‘projects’ it onto you. They will have you thinking ‘how did they turn that on to me’, very clever I know!

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Where to Find The Best Powder Snow in the World

If you are reading this article and you are an avid powder skier you might have a different idea about where to find the best powder snow in the world.

We have searched far and wide all over the globe looking for the deepest and driest powder snow on earth and to date we have narrowed it down to just a couple of locations – The north island of Hokkaido in Japan and Utah in the United States of America.

When we talk about quality snow, we are generally talking about the moisture content by volume of snow. Both Utah and Hokkaido boast 5% (or better) moisture content snow which means that for every 10mm of precipitation, a massive 200mm (20 centimetres or 8 inches) of dry fluffy snow will accumulate.

With such low volumes of water in the snow, the snow is very “dry” making it difficult for the particles to stick together (it is almost impossible to make a snowball!). This means that it takes significantly more time for the snowpack to settle and become firm or heavy. The result is dry, fluffy powder snow with very little resistance.

There are many other ski areas that are regularly blessed with these snow conditions such as Colorado, New Mexico, and areas in the Canadian Rockies as well as areas in Europe such as Austria, Switzerland and France.

The main difference between these areas and Utah and Hokkaido is the volume of snow. Many of the resorts in Utah such as Alta, Snowbird and Park City receive around 500 inches on average (around 13 metres) whilst ski resorts in Hokkaido such as Niseko accumulate an average of 15 metres (590 inches).

Our research has shown Hokkaido to come up trumps on the powder snow scale. The snow is so incredibly light to ski in with virtually no resistance. It appears to snow constantly day and night keeping the snow forever fresh.

However, if I was going to personally choose which area I prefer Utah wins. My reason for this is that Utah has regular “lake affect” storms that last for a couple of days dumping several feet of snow and then the sun comes our for several days before the next storm. There is virtually never any wind so the snow stays pristine.

Ahhh sunshine and powder snow; there is no more perfect combination!