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Sunday, January 31, 2010

How to master the perfect suntan that reminds you of Miami, or Sydney...

We don't have photos here at 'Hutts Blogesphere', so just imagine that young beauty and her handsome young muscular friend...

You don't have to hit the sands of Miami to show off a perfect faux tan. Here's how to master a healthy, sun-kissed glow.

A safe tan is a fake tan, so here are the secrets to smooth, even toned, tanned skin — straight from a bottle.

The endless summer tan
A light formula allows for less stuff-ups and streaks, so we're lucky there's a load of gradual tanners on the market this year. To prevent the inevitable tan fade, it's advisable to use a gradual tan moisturiser straight away. This keeps it topped up and flawless for longer.

It's all about the face
Let's be honest, it's that sun-kissed, glowing face that makes everyone look so super hot after a spray. And there's no reason you can't look like that everyday if you use a self tanner for the face.

It might seem like a pain to add another step to your skincare regime but it beats looking pasty or ashen.

We recommend the new Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Tanning Moisturiser for face, $9.95, because it contains cocoa butter, vitamin E, and a soy skin tightening ingredient, to keep skin firm. It also has SPF 15, so it'll give your skin an all-over natural bronzed glow while protecting it from the harsh UV rays.

The perfect prep
Applying fake tan yourself can be a chore, but the right preparation is vital for a long-lasting, even glow. You really must smooth away loose, surface skin cells fake tan tends to stick to.

Try massaging a face cloth doused with body wash over your entire body to create a smooth surface. It's also important to always rub body moisturiser into knees, elbows and around the edges of your feet to prevent ugly tell-tale tanning spots.

Plus, wear loose, dark clothing to bed afterwards and ensure you moisturise all over the next day — long showers and dry skin equal a fast fade so be sure to avoid them.

Prep must-haves: SunSense Pre-Tan Moisture, $9.50; SunSense Pre-Tan Scrub, $9.50; Aviva Organics Conditioning Body Polish, $48; The Body Collection Fabulous Fake Pre Tan Body Scrub, $12.95

Make-up or make down?
"Less is more" is so true when it comes to make-up on a tan. Not many touch-ups are required when your skin colour is already an even, caramel tone from hairline to toes.

The day after a spray tan, you may dab the thinnest veil of concealer around your nose to cover any redness, a touch under the eyes if you've had a late night, followed by a light dusting of mineral makeup down the centre of your face to deal with unwanted shine. Define the eyes with a coat of mascara and finish with a slick of nude gloss.

Acknowledgements: Cleo Staff

Friday, January 29, 2010

The ears had it doctor...

The ears had it doctor...

First published at Qondio (formerly Qassia)

A man arrived at work with both ears bandaged. "What on earth happened to you?" his boss enquired.

"I was ironing my shirt when the phone rang and I accidently answered the iron," the man explained.

"That accounts for one ear, but what about the other?"

"Well I had to phone the doctor."

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

German reptile collector jailed in NZ for attempted smuggling...

German reptile collector jailed in NZ for attempted smuggling...

A German reptile collector has been jailed in New Zealand for 14 weeks for attempted smuggling and must pay a NZ$5000 fine for plundering New Zealand's wild gecko amd skink populations.

Hans Kurt Kubus, aged 58, will remember NZ well because he will be deported immediately he is released from prison and will never be allowed to return.

He was caught at Christchurch International Airport last December, 2009 , just as he was about to board his flight out of the country with 44 geckos and skinks in compartments in a handsewn package concealed in his underpants.

Acknowledgements: NZPA

Monday, January 25, 2010

Do you agree with MSN Travel that NZ is in Top 10 places to travel to...

Do you agree with MSN Travel that NZ is in Top 10 places to travel to...

New Zealand listed as one of top 10 in Best in Travel guide:

New Zealand has been awarded another international travel gong after being named one of the top countries to visit in 2010 by Lonely Planet's Best in Travel guide.

Each year staff and author's from the travel bible put together an overview of some of their best travel experiences from around the world.

When describing New Zealand, authors adhered to the motto "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

"The land of Maori and hobbits certainly didn't need repairing," according to the guide.

The book recommends travellers to try paragliding over Queenstown, hiking in Tongariro National Park, kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park and taking a flight over Fiordland for those seeking "life-changing experiences".

The South Island's Otago Peninsula is named one of the 10 best cycling routes, while Dunedin is highlighted as one of the top 10 places to take Rover for a walk. Sustainable tourism practices in New Zealand are praised.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive George Hickton told media he was astonished by the industry nod.

Top 10 countries to visit in 2010

New Zealand
El Salvador
United States

Do you agree with Lonely Planet's pick of the top 10 countries to visit in 2010? Have your say below.

Acknowledgements: MSN Travel

The Hutt River clean up kicks off New Zealand's campaign to clean up its waterways...

The Hutt River clean up kicks off New Zealand's campaign to clean up its waterways...

The Hutt River clean up in the Hutt Valley district of Wellington kicks off New Zealand's national campaign.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman, plans to raft and kayak down some of NZ's most polluted rivers to raise water quality issues

A New Zealand national campaign to clean up the country's waterways gets underway at the Hutt River this morning.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman is planning to raft and kayak down some of the country's most polluted lowland rivers to raise awareness of water quality issues.

He says the Hutt River is a special part of the landscape but it is badly polluted by stormwater, agricultural and urban run off.

"Our rivers are those wild places held in common for everybody in the lowlands. Everyone can get access to the Hutt River. You just need to make sure it's clean enough so that everyone can use it."

Mr Norman says the Hutt River is a classic example of the problems waterways are facing as it starts out as one of the cleanest rivers in the country but ends up ranked in the bottom ten for water quality.

Hutt River clean up

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Live tweeting from the International Space Station...

In celebration of the historic Apollo Moon landing, Google has released Moon in Google Earth."Hello Twitterverse!," wrote Creamer, under the Twitter user name Astro_TJ. "We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station—the 1st live tweet from Space! ," Creamer said.
"More soon, send your ?s," added Creamer, who had more than 5,000 followers as of Friday afternoon.

NASA astronauts have posted updates on Twitter in the past, but they first had to be relayed to Mission Control. Now, residents of the ISS can post directly to the micro-blogging site thanks to a new, direct Internet connection.

Dubbed the Crew Support LAN, the system relies on existing communication links to give astronauts full Web connectivity. The crew also has access to e-mail, VoIP, and videoconferencing tools.

But don't expect to hear any inside stuff from the astronauts' Twitter posts. NASA said they are subject to the same guidelines that cover government employees' use of social media on terra firma.

Creamer isn't the only high-profile user to appear on Twitter this week. Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates joined the service Tuesday with a post that said, simply, "Hello World."

Gates followed up with a couple of additional tweets, aimed at raising awareness about earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. He also admitted he's a newbie when it comes to using the site.

"Thanks to you and all the other people who have welcomed me. I've got a lot to learn about Twitter, but look forward to sharing more," Gates wrote. Among the 40 Twitter accounts Gates is tracking is, not surprisingly, Microsoft.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Doomed Aussie camels thrown an unexpected lifeline...

Doomed camels due to be culled and killed thrown an unexpected lifeline...

Thousands of wild camels due to be culled in the Northern Territory of Australia have been thrown a life-line from an unexpected quarter.

Saudi Arabian camel enthusiasts have mounted an internet campaign calling on their more wealthier countrymen to bring the Australian camels back to the desert lands of their ancestors.

The Aussies had planned to kill 6,000 camels in the Northern Territory town of Dockwer River next week using helicopter based marksmen.

The recue campaign was greeted with enthusiasm in Saudi Arabia and many camel owners have agreed to take the camels back to the kingdom. Camels are icons in the kingdom's heritage and history. But these ones will carry the made in Australia trademark, something the Chinese haven't got hold of as yet!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

NZ Victoria Cross winner, SGT Willie Apiata, clearly identified in media photo while on patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan...

NZ Victoria Cross winner, SGT Willie Apiata, clearly identified in media photo while on patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan...

New Zealand Victoria Cross winner, SGT Willie Apiata, was clearly identified by media photos while on patrol recently in Kabul, Afghanistan. These photos were criticised by New Zealand prime minister, John Key, as placing Apiata in unnecessary danger of identification while serving with New Zealand's special forces, SAS, in Afghanistan. Mr key said the photos could have been blurred.

Ironically, SGT Willie Apiata, earned his Victoria Cross (equivalent to US Medal of Honour) for bravery under fire in Afghanistan in 2004.

Question: Did the media have any responsibility not to show the photo in recent newspapers and probable future magazines, or did they as private media have the democratic right to publicly show the photographs? Or did responsibility actually come into it?

Putting your oar in - trans Tasman solo rower sets off for home in NZ...

Putting your oar in - trans Tasman solo rower sets off for home in New Zealand...

Trans-Tasman solo rower, Shaun Quincey, has left Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales, Australia, to row back to Taranaki in New Zealand.

The 25 year old from Auckland, plans to travel about 2450 km in 50-80 days. His father, Colin Quincey, made the first and only, solo crossing, starting from NZ in 1977. He rowed from Hokianga in Northland to Marcus Beach in Queensland.

Saun's seven- metre boat, about the size of a station wagon, named after his father's boat, 'The Tasman Trespasser', has a cabin, a solar powered water desalinator and a satellite phone. He is on his own, and has no support crew on the water. We wish him luck.

Monday, January 18, 2010

What is the similarity? A bit of Anzac humour...

What is the similarity? A bit of Anzac humour...

Aussie Bob and Kiwi Pete were enjoying a few beers after a barbie, and got talking about delicacies from their respective countries. After a while Kiwi Pete asked Aussie Bob the following question. "What is the similarity between an Aussie and a kiwifruit?"

"Dunno mate." replied Aussie Bob.

"Well, they are both brown and hairy on the outside, and very green on the inside." stated Kiwi Pete.

"Yeah, brown and hairy on the outside, that's us, mate!" skited Aussie Bob.

"And green as a kiwifruit on the...." demanded Pete.

"Dunno, don't get that part, Kiwi?" questioned Bob.

"Don't worry about it mate. Just give us another beer, Bob

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Donate to Haiti....

Donate to the HUMANITARIAN COALITION for Haiti...

Canadian government matches donations to Haiti.
Oxfam teams delivering water.

Oxfam Responds to Haiti Earthquake:

Oxfam is beginning to get aid through to earthquake survivors despite immense challenges. We've distributed tools to rescue workers, started water supply at temporary camps and many more supplies will be in place in the next day. All we need is financial support to ensure that we can reach as many people as soon as possible. Please donate today.

Donate to Haiti

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Weaker muscles linked to Alzheimers risk...

Weaker Muscles Linked To Alzheimer’s Risk...

New research in the November 2009 issue of Archives of Neurology finds that older folks with weak muscles might be at an increased for of Alzheimer’s disease.

A team from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago followed nearly 1,000 older adults of an average age of 80 who were without dementia at the start of the study. The subjects were evaluated for a number of things, including cognitive function and muscle strength.

During the average 3.6 years of follow up, 14.2% (138 people) of the subjects had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The team found those who had the most muscle strength at the start of the study were 61% less likely to develop the memory robbing condition than those who had the weakest muscles.

The link between strength of muscles and Alzheimer’s stood up even after accounting for other factors such as body mass index and levels of physical activity. The reason for the link remains a mystery.

Weak muscles were also linked to an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment, thought to be the first sign of cognitive decline.

“Overall, these data show that greater muscle strength is associated with a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment and suggest that a common pathogenesis may underlie loss of muscle strength and cognition in aging,” writes study author Patricia A. Boyle and colleagues.

Alzheimer’s, for those lucky enough not to know, is more than the normal forgetfulness of aging, it’s an irreversible and progressive disease that destroys thinking and memory. In the end, patients are unable to do everyday things that once were no problem – cooking, dressing, driving a car, making decisions, running errands – all no longer possible.

In a large number of cases, the Alzheimer’s symptoms show up after age 60. Recent estimates have as many as 2.4 to 4.5 million Americans living with this life altering disease.

Science still doesn’t know what starts the Alzheimer’s process in motion, though experts continue to believe that the damage begins from 10 to 20 years before you see any symptoms.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Giving up smoking? Good idea, because cigarettes are full of poisons...

Giving up smoking? Good idea, because cigarettes are full of poisons...

First published at Qondio:

Giving up smoking? Good idea, because cigarettes are full of poisons. Lets read a bit about them.
Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. These include tar, carbon monoxide (found in car exhaust fumes), ammonia (found in floor cleaner)and arsenic (found in rat poisons).

Cigarettes contain nicotine, which is an extremely addictive drug. The mixture of nicotine and carbon monoxide in each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your heart rate, and blood pressure, straining your heart and blood vessels. It slows your blood flow, cutting off your oxygen to your feet and hands, and therefore affecting circulation.

Carbon monoxide robs your muscles, brain and body tissue of oxygen, making your whole body - especially your heart - work harder.

Tar is made up of so many different chemicals, including substances that cause cancer. It coats your lungs like soot in a chimney. Changing to low-tar cigarettes doesn't help because smokers take deeper puffs to compensate and hold the smoke in longer to gain greater benefit, dragging the tar deeper into their lungs.

Remember every cigarette is doing you damage

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Googles threat sends shockwaves through Chinese internet community..

Google's threat to withdraw from China sent shockwaves through the country's internet users yesterday. Some pleaded with the search engine not to abandon them, while others applauded its tough stance after it uncovered cyber attacks on Chinese human rights activists.

While there was no official reaction from the government, ordinary people lit candles and left flowers outside the company's headquarters in Beijing.

This may cause a rethink in the halls of power in Beijing.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Men think about sex 5000 times a year...

Men think about sex 5000 times every year

Find images of naked babes penetrating your thoughts when you're supposed to be concentrating on what the boss is saying?

Don’t worry, if he’s a male, chances are he is thinking exactly the same thing!

Researchers have found the average man turns their thoughts to sex 13 times a day — that’s a whopping 4,745 times every year.

It seems we can’t even start our day without some thoughts of the horizontal tango — almost a third of us admitted it is often the first thing we think about when we wake up in the mornings.

In comparison, women think about sex just five times day — or 1,825 times a year, according to media reports.

But when it comes to actually engaging in hanky panky, men have to make do with it an average of just twice a week, or 104 times a year.

The study of 3,000 people by market research company www.Onepoll.com showed that despite the difference in thinking about sex and actually getting some action between the sheets, almost three quarters of guys said they were happy with the amount of sex they were getting.

But just 58 per cent of women said the same.

And 43 per cent of couples also admitted arguing over who instigates the lovemaking, with men most likely to make the first move.

Our favourite ways of getting into her knickers is a candlelit dinner followed by a relaxing massage.

Girls are more likely to play romantic music or cook our favourite meal to try and get us into bed.

Does your mind drift to thoughts of sex 13 times a day? Do you instigate the lovemaking in your relationship?

Acknowledgements: MSN NZ
here is a little story over at Huttriver8 about new laws in Washington DC which will certainly make the American capital even more a laughing stock around the free world.

If you are caught with three or more condoms you could get arrested for prostition. Yes, really! It will be the cops call too!

This in the city with the highest levels of HIV/AIDS in America. Sometimes you have to shake your head in wonder at the nuttiness of politicians on both sides of the political spectrum. Not just in America, but all round the western world.

Threee condoms and you are out, or rather in

Monday, January 11, 2010

Don't carry three condoms in Washington DC - you could get arrested for prostitution...

Don't carry three condoms in Washington DC - you could get arrested for prostitution.

In Washington D.C., police can now declare "Prostitution Free Zones" where officers can pick up (I mean, arrest) anyone suspected of sex work. And they've been accused of using carrying three or more condoms as proof of intent to sell sex -- rather than intent to spend the weekend getting jiggy with a guy.

Washington will become the laughing stock of the free world.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The agony of female circumcision...

The agony of female circumcision...

In Ethiopia, 70 to 80 per cent of women are circumcised, as are almost all men. Hanna Abera is a young girl of seven. Her mother and grandmother wanted to slice off part of her genitals. But she was saved by an extraordinarily brave intervention from her aunt after a British charity launched a programme of education on the consequences of female circumcision - which is still widely practised throughout parts of Africa and the Middle East.

No one knows how many women are subjected to the procedure but it is thought that over two million procedures are performed every year. Amnesty International estimates that over 130 million women worldwide have been affected by some form of what it calls female genital mutilation.

In Ethiopia, which is where Hanna lives, 70 to 80 per cent of women are circumcised, as are almost all men. But this is not a bad news story. It is about change for the better in the region around the town of Woliso in the central part of the country a remarkable project has brought a revolution in social attitudes.

Unfortunately the link to this story has been withdrawn. It is a disgusting practice that must be stamped out by civilized people. Amnesty International is to be commended for its efforts in bringing world attention to this barbaric genital mutilation.

NZ Customs Seizes Over One Tonne of "P" Precusor in 2009...

NZ Customs Seizes Over One Tonne of "P" Precursor in 2009...

New Zealand Customs has, for the first time, intercepted over one tonne of methamphetamine precursor ContacNT (pseudoephedrine) in a single calendar year. The one tonne mark was passed in November.

The Minister of Customs, Maurice Williamson, said it was a milestone that highlighted Customs' good work at the border but at the same time underlined the determination of the criminal drug smugglers.

"2008 was already a record year for intercepting precursors and the provisional figures now show that 2009 surpassed 2008 by over 66 percent," said the Minister.

"The amount Customs intercepted last year was enough to manufacture at least 246 kilograms of methamphetamine, or ‘P', saving an estimated $138.6 million dollars of potential harm to the community.

"The number of interceptions being made at the border continues to rise and there is little doubt that all of the intercepted pseudoephedrine was going to be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

"P is destroying families and communities in all areas of New Zealand and the people who import it must be stopped.

"The Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan targets the organised crime syndicates who are behind these importations. They are in this for the money and have no thought for the impact these drugs have on our community as a whole" he said.

"Customs has carried out several significant operations during 2009 and these have been particularly successful, bringing in high amounts of illicit drugs.

"The success has been evident not just in the amounts being seized but in the evidence Customs and Police are seeing of variations in the price of P on the street in recent months" he said.

"This outstanding success is a testament to the vigilance, expertise and experience of our frontline Customs officers.

"The pressure will stay on and there will be more seizures and more arrests - that is a certainty."

Acknowledgements: Hon Maurice Williamson, Minister of Customs

Original article

Friday, January 8, 2010

Getting rid of my memory block...

From my Hub archives. An old writing exercise there a couple or so years ago.

Getting rid of my memory block...

Now if you asked me how to get started, I wonder what I would say. Indeed, but I have memory block. How do I get rid of it? How do I get started?

Should I do a bit of research? Look up some reference books - or perhaps go to Google and ask how to get started. Lets get all the technical things right first though. Turn the computer on, switch on the internet, off to Word and get the Wordprocessor going. New file and a new page. I'm ready to write, to write, to write...

But I've still got memory block. What on earth am I going to write about? How do I get started? I'll get up and make a cup of coffee. I'll feel better then. Ok. Mmmmm! That actually tasted pretty good. Right, back to the computer we go. Lets get comfortable and think...

Thirty minutes later and still not a word on paper. This is going nowhere fast. I need a break from this environment. Perhaps I should go for a walk and think on my feet. I'll turn the internet off, but leave the computer on. I'll go down to the shopping centre and see if something interests me - gets me going!

Well its another thirty minutes later and I've still got writers block. I can see a friend of mine over the street. " Gidday Joe,'' I yelled across the street. He didn't appear to hear me; must be deaf in his advancing age. I decided to go over, it was pretty busy, cars and vans whizzing back and forth.

I was half way over the street and a taxi came heading for me. " You crazy idiot, " I yelled at him." Did you get your licence in a lottery," I yelled again, sprinting for the sidewalk. Joe had actually walked on up the street, and was obviously beyond earshot. But I was angry, in fact I was infuriated, I was raging inside like a volcano, and I could only think about that damned taxi driver. And I no longer suffered writer's block - I could write a novel about taxi drivers. Yeah, and I'll start when I get home!

Original story

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Science can be so wonderful...

Science can be so wonderful...

Breaking News – Smart beer mat orders refills

A beer mat that knows when a glass is nearly empty and automatically asks for a refill has been created by thirsty researchers in Germany.

Andreas Butz at the University of Munich and Michael Schmitz from Saarland University came up with the idea while out drinking with their students.

The disc-shaped mat can be attached to a normal beer mat so that it still soaks up spilt liquid and displays an advertisement. But it also contains a pressure sensor and radio transmitter to alert bar staff of the need for a refill.

The device weighs 110 grams and costs $100 to make, but Butz and Schmitz think the weight and cost would shrink if the mat were to be mass-produced.

Ahhh… now that is almost as good as curing cancer!
Coming up next: Bar stool that whisks you away to the can when it detects leakage!

Oil production in NZ surge...

Oil production in NZ surge...

Oil production is rising sharply in New Zealand, but with qualified success.

Figures from the Ministry of Economic Development show production rose almost 20% in the three months to September, compared with the previous quarter and was 7% higher than the previous year.

The figures precede a summer of oil prospecting described by the Government as the busiest in New Zealand's history.

Energy Federation chairman Rob Whitney says the trend is good for New Zealand's trade figures.

However, the oil industry warns that in some places, the search for oil can cost tens of millions of dollars - yet have only a 20% chance of success.

The statistics also show falling electricity usage and a rising share of renewable energy, which is being welcomed by environmental experts.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's largest public oil exploration company says it is exciting to be part of the largest ever programme of oil exploration this summer.

New Zealand Oil and Gas is drilling four of the seven exploratory wells being sunk in the record-breaking season. The company is drilling off the coast of Taranaki.

NZOG public affairs manager Chris Roberts says each well costs up to $30 million and the chances of finding oil are only about 20%.

Acknowledgements: © 2010 Radio New Zealand