Are We Becoming Too Technological?

However, with all the computers and computerized machines, has it made people more dependent on technology? Are we becoming too technological?

Simpler work Processes

Technological advancements have made it possible for people to carry out things that in the past could only be imagined. Tasks are much easier to accomplish than before and work can be done faster and simpler.

  • Complete Dependency

However, as these advancements continue to propagate, people are becoming more dependent on them. In this day and age, how many of us can survive a week without a cell phone or an internet connection? Do you consider it important to memorize any phone number? Even if it is an important number that will come in handy in case of an emergency? We as humans have been relieved of so many duties making life easy and convenient that the thought of a world without internet brings shivers to our bodies.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Negative Impact of Dependancy

Imagine what would happen if everything that depends on technology to work just shuts down all over sudden. If all the gadgets just decided to malfunction. How would it be? It’s all too scary too imagine, isn’t it? Well, this just shows how dependent we are on technology. It is also important to understand that technology has advantages and disadvantages. We can consider too much dependency as one of the disadvantages.

  • Positive Impact

When it comes to entertainment on the other hand, technology has made things quite easier. You can get all the entertainment you wish for at the comfort of your home. Socialization is also very easy which allows people to interact with one another from different parts of the world. However, this has led to less physical and real life interactions since most people depend on their digital devices to interact.

By Andrew Charalambous

What is Currently Trending in the Interior Design Industry?

If you are thinking of renovating or building a completely new home, you want to consider what is currently trending in the interior design industry. Many designs come and go and if you are a lover of fashion and trend, you want to know what to look out for.

  • Terracotta

In the recent past, white and cool toned tiles have been the way to go. However, it is time to watch out for warm and earnest materials such as terracotta. In the past, these materials were used more as border tiles. Now, they are to be used as the feature tiles with a natural matte finish. This is a perfect way of adding warmth and character to interior décor.

  • Cork

This stylish material adds texture and warmth to any space. It is also noise cancelling because of the sound absorption properties it has. It is the perfect option for open plan spaces. It can be used perfectly on the walls, floor, and furniture for the space. An all-rounded material, it is both stylish and versatile.

  • Dark Green

As a paint color for any room, dark green is perfect for the wintery feel of the space. It is also suitable as a furniture or fitting such as cushions and other décor items. It accentuates the design of the room and brings in the outdoor feel that offer peace and tranquility.

  • Upholstered bedheads

Mostly found in luxurious homes and hotel rooms, upholstered bedheads are slowly but steadily making their way into our everyday homes. People are falling in love with these masterpieces and they come in variations as well. This is one of the perfect ways to add some glamor and flavor into the bedroom.

By fci interior designers london

The Best Photographer in London

Do you love photography and have a passion in taking photos? Well, you can easily gain experience and exposure by following the easy tips of becoming a professional photographer. Not everyone has the eye for photography but those who do always motivate themselves to climb up the ladder and become the best. As a starting photographer, you need to be well versed in what you should have and do so as to be the best.

Below are a few tips on how to be the best photographer in London

  • Planning; you should be a good planner when you want to be a professional photographer. Plan where you want have the shoot and what you want to take pictures of. London is a beautiful city and therefore there are many beautiful places to take pictures of. Be able to take note of the type of lighting and the surrounding images.
  • Movements; when taking pictures, learn to concentrate and make no movement. Have 100 percent focus on the image you want to take a picture of. Make sure you have the right camera features that will help the picture look the way you intend for it to look. Master to make no movements when taking photos if you don’t want it to look blur.
  • Paying attention; if you are taking a picture while using models, make sure you pay attention to the eyes. The eyes tell a story that not many people can understand and they also make the picture look bright and captivating.
  • Focus; photography is not about taking photos of people and objects. Rather, you are supposed to focus on the little things in a crowd that can make the picture stand out. Something that most people would not expect other than the normal. Concentrate on the detail, complexion, lighting, expression and emotions.

Nunzio Prenna is also the top London fashion photographer

  • Conclusion

Photography might seem simple to many people but it actually needs a lot of concentration and practice.

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You Need To Know Something While Exploring The Tower Of London

London has various attractive sightseeing places to see and discover and this includes the Tower of London. The tower of London attracts various tourists from all over the word and with good reason. From historic palaces, to family visits, the tower of London is a great place to be with family and friends. This is where real drama unfolds and you can hope to find something for everyone. Opening times is from Tuesday to Saturday 9 am to 5:30 pm. There is also the option of late admission which starts at 5.00 pm. Here are the top things you need to see and do at the London tower;


  1. The crown jewels
  2. The white tower
  3. Ravens
  4. Fortress
  5. Yeoman Warder Tours

The historic palaces are a great way to learn the history of the English people and you can gain entry into this palace starting from just £48. You might not even have enough time to explore each of these historic places. You can also include your family to visit the tower as the activities can be enjoyed by both adults and kids.

The London tower provides a unique experience for your visitors if you need to host an event. The venue has a comfortable atmosphere and cool environment where you and your event participants can engage in various outdoor activities or just wind up and relax.

The crown jewels are a favorite spot for most children. You will notice the excitement on your faces as they look at this fascinating and exciting feature of the London tower while taking London taxi cabs. The jewels are embodied in precious glittering stones in a dark setting which adds color to the occasion. There are various fun things to do and see while visiting the tower of London and you can have a wonderful day while at it.

How Does A Sliding Door Wardrobe Look Like

The design and appearance of bedroom wardrobes has greatly evolved over time. Traditionally, the bigger a wardrobe was, the better it was deemed. Furthermore, most tended to take up almost the half the space of the bedroom, and there was little the owner could do to change that; that was the trend then. But with time, as more and more people compete for the little space in urban life, interior designers have had to think outside the box. This has been more evident when it comes to designing of wardrobes; sliding wardrobes are as effective as those traditional ones, although they don’t have extended doors. These doors were the main cause for taking up so much space and with their elimination, sliding door wardrobes have become the new kid on the block.

How can Sliding door wardrobes will save the space at your home?

In most cases, the sliding doors wardrobes are combined with built in or fitted wardrobes. This means that the wardrobe can be fitted on the wall, often from ground to ceiling. The sliding doors are then skillfully inserted so that they are at the same level with the wall upon which the wardrobe is carved from. In most cases, the sliding doors are made of a mirror; the mirror can also double up as a dressing mirror especially if it runs from ground to ceiling. Sliding door wardrobes are not just ideal for anyone looking to save up some space; they are also unique and have a great look.


If you have pets at home, you surely need wardrobes with sliding doors

Here in London, you ought to contact a reputable furniture manufacturer and dealer like fci London; we will help design the best sliding door wardrobe at very affordable costs. Our technicians

can even come and check the size and design of your bedroom, so as to advice you accordingly on how to go about coming up with the best sliding door wardrobe.

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When is Europe Not Europe?

In a recent survey it was found that awareness of the European Health Insurance Card is very high and many travellers find it to be an essential part of travelling. There were however a few misconceptions about the EHIC scheme and its benefits, along with certain exclusions. The EHIC is insurance cover that allows European citizens access to public healthcare whilst on holiday. The card will ensure the holder will be treated on the same basis as a resident from the country they are visiting. EHIC is very easy to apply for you can either go direct to the NHS website or fill in the form provided on our main page. However, it is important to be aware of exactly which countries are covered by the EHIC and any other exclusions.

EU Versus EEA

What’s great about the EHIC is that it is not just countries within the European Union that are covered. Countries such as Norway, Switzerland and Iceland are all covered in the EHIC scheme. This is because even though they are not members of the EU they are part of the wider European Economic Area. However, any country within Europe that is not yet included in either the EU or the EEA are not covered by EHIC. Therefore, countries such as Turkey, Serbia, Belarus, Russia and the Ukraine are not covered. Anyone travelling to any of these countries will require additional travel insurance that offers good medical coverage in the policy.

Smaller Nations


On top of those exclusions there are also some smaller nations not included in the EHIC scheme.  Some of which may be mistaken for being within the EU. San Marino and the Vatican City, which generally are thought to be part of Italy, are not part of the EU or the EEA meaning your European health insurance card will need be valid there either. Anyone travelling close to the UK to the Channel Islands or The Isle of Man cannot use EHIC here. This is not an issue for UK travellers as the UK has a reciprocal agreement to provide NHS cover with these destinations. Anyone visiting from other parts of the EU will need separate insurance cover.

Other Exclusions

What the EHIC covers changes from country to country. This is because each country has its own healthcare system and none are like the NHS in the UK. It is important to research the medical system of the country you are visiting before you travel so that you know exactly what you are entitled to. There is plenty of information regarding this on the NHS website. Remember, the EHIC only covers public treatment and not private. Should you require emergency medical care on your holiday, try and show your EHIC at the earliest opportunity and make it clear you wish to be treated by a public GP or in a public hospital. EHIC does not provide cover for any losses, theft or cancellation costs so it is vital you arrange additional travel insurance. A lot of travel insurance companies offer great deals and discounts to customers who own EHIC so shop around for the best policy for you.

Health Screening Schemes

In the U.K. there are hereditary disease control schemes set up jointly by the British Veterinary Association and the Kennel Club. In Labradors, the diseases covered are HIP DYSPLASIA, ELBOW DYSPLASIA – (OCD), HEREDITARY CATARACT, CENTRAL PROGRESSIVE RETINAL DYSPLASIA – (CPRA), GENERAL PRA – (GPRA), RETINAL DYSPLASIA.

The control schemes work as follows:-


The BVA has an appointed list of official eye specialists, each of which covers a geographical region of the country. They work to a set, agreed examination pattern. Dogs may be examined at any age. Each dog presented for examination is checked for all relevant diseases and an official certificate is completed, giving details of pass or fail for each condition. If a dog fails on any one condition, the certificate issued is a FAIL certificate. A PASS certificate can only be issued if the dog passes clear on all conditions. The eye certificate is valid for ONE YEAR and dogs should be subjected to an annual examination.

The results and date of the examination are recorded on the dog’s KC registration document. The results of the examinations are sent to the Kennel Club for publication in the KC Breed Records Supplement (a quarterly publication). Each dog is listed either as Affected or Unaffected. If affected, the disease is identified. The registration papers of any puppy, whose sire or dam has failed an eye examination, will be marked to show that the sire or dam is affected with an eye condition.

Since quarantine regulations have been relaxed some breeders have started to use stud dogs that have been examined under the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology scheme.   This scheme works in much the same way as the BVA/KC one, the main difference being that the results are not published by the Kennel Club.  


The BVA has a panel of specialists in London, who read and assess the hip status of all examined dogs and a certificate is issued, giving details of failure points on each hip.

For an official reading, an x-ray of a dog may be taken from the age of 12 months. The x-ray is taken by the owner’s own vet, who is required to print the registration details of the dog on the x-ray plate. The x-ray plate is then sent to the BVA in London for reading. The panel of experts examine each plate and after taking certain measurements, list areas where abnormalities occur. A fixed range of points may be given to a total of 52 per hip. Nine areas of the hip are scored, zero being perfect, six being the maximum anomaly on each area. The results are then passed back to the owner’s vet and to the Kennel Club for publication and registration records.

Scores are usually referred to individually, i.e. left hip …. – right hip ….. (e.g. 4 – 3). However some times a total score is mentioned, where the scores from the left and right hip are added together, (e.g. 4 + 3 = 7).

Before the present scoring scheme came into effect, hips were simply graded into three categories, PASS, BREEDERS LETTER or FAIL. The pass certificate would have been equivalent to a total score of not more than 4 (one hip not to score more than 3, i.e. maximum score 1 – 3). Breeders letter was equivalent to a total score of not more than 8 with one hip not to score more than 6 (max. score 3 – 5). Fail was any score higher than 8.

In Labradors, the breed hip score details are passed to a geneticist, who analyses all the results and publishes, for our Club, annual figures, including the total number of Labradors scored, the range of scores and the breed average. As at the last report, dated August, 2000 a total of over 31,242 Labradors had been through the scheme, the range of total scores went from 0 to 104 and the breed average was a total score of approximately 16. Detailed records are also kept of the progeny of top stud dogs.


X-rays of elbow joints may be taken from one year of age, preferably at the same time as the hip x-ray. The procedure for x-raying and documentation is the same. Each elbow will be graded on a scale of 0 to 3. (0 being normal, 3 being severely dysplastic). The grade of the worst elbow will be used as the measure of dysplasia and will be published and recorded on registration forms. It is recommended that only Labradors with a grade of 0 or 1 are used for breeding.


The Labrador Retriever Club issues guidelines to Labrador owners regarding the use of these official schemes. All dogs should be examined before they are bred from, and only those dogs which reach the recommended standards of hips, elbows and eyes, should be used for breeding. Stud dog owners should ask to see the certificates of any bitch brought for mating and should only accept those, the certificates of which are in order. The puppy-buying public is advised only to buy a puppy from parents that have passed the official schemes.

The eye examination certificate is straightforward. If the dog fails, it should not be bred from. If a dog produces a case of GPRA amongst its progeny, it is a carrier of the disease and should not be bred from again. The hip examination is rather more complicated. A dog should only be bred from if its hips are of a satisfactory standard. We recommend a score of less than the breed average, or only marginally above it. A dog with a total score of more than (say) 16, should preferably be mated to a dog with a lower score if possible. The ancestors in the pedigree should also be taken into account. If a dog has a very low score, but its parents, etc. have high scores, it is less suitable to be bred from than a dog with a marginally higher than average score, the ancestors of which all had very low scores.

Annual hip score records are published in full, by the Club.

Copies of the Joan Macan Hip score books for 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 are available by post from:

Mrs Ifa Mohamed, Latchmead, Port Lane, Little Hallingbury,