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When Urban Trendy Areas become Hip?

Posted in Accomadation, Education, Fashion, life, Living, Music, Nights Out, Politics, Romance with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2009 by Richard James Clark II

This article is about all the trendy areas which become so expensive to live in, due to bankers and rich kids, estate agents putting up the prices of property, from the time the areas are tidied up by bringing in boutiques and culture.

Whereas before the areas were nasty to live in, artists move in make them HIP then the SIGN OF GREED changes everything.

London’s Shoreditch area is becoming the same.

It has been getting worse over the last 3 years, artists and residents are seeing the area change dramatically and it’s spreading to other areas, Dalston, Hackney and even Clapton.

It is fine if you earn a decent wage or get good money or try to make ends meet, but when general going out and food is getting so expensive-HOW IS ANYONE supposed to live.

On a personal note, I will be moving out of Bethnal Green due to the expense of living in the area and I mainly go out in South London, New Cross and sometimes West but not regularly.

So I know how I feel about these peoples situations but things move on and progress will continue….Unfortunately

Anyway Jnerio Jarel (The Hip-Hop Producer) was talking about this on Myspace about Brooklyn and I would like some London artists to discuss this issue…

Here is some views from Jneiro Jarel’s article-copy and paste below link

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=13071926&blogId=476016119

He got this from the link is to pitchfork about TV on the Radio producer David Sitek having to close his studio in Williamsburg because he can’t afford the rent, he is now moving to live in LA permanently.

 

The Real McCoy – Joining the BNP Sketch

Posted in Accomadation, Comedy, Education, Literature and Books, Living, News Media, Politics, Racism, Religion, TV with tags , , on September 29, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

This is a great sketch and shows how backward the BNP are and how clueless they are…

It’s not what you know but who you are-The King of Wealth…

Posted in Accomadation, Controversy, Education, Health and Beauty, Living, News Media, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 22, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

Thai king world’s wealthiest royal

With a fortune estimated at 35 billion dollars, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world’s richest royal sovereign, and oil-rich Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi is far back at No. 2, Forbes magazine reported Thursday.

King Bhumibol, 80 and, at 62 years on the throne the world’s longest-serving head of state, pushed to the top of the richest royals list by virtue a greater transparency surrounding his fortune, Forbes said.

It said that the Crown Property Bureau, which manages most of his family’s wealth, “granted unprecedented access this year, revealing vast landholdings, including 3,493 acres in Bangkok.”

Forbes called it a good year for monarchies, investment-wise. “As a group, the world’s 15 richest royals have increased their total wealth to 131 billion dollars, up from 95 billion last year,” Forbes said on its website.

With oil prices soaring, the monarchs of the petro-kingdoms of the Middle East and Asia dominate the list.

Sheik Khalifa, 60, the current president of the United Arab Emirates, was estimated to be worth 23 billion dollars, on the back of Abu Dhabi’s huge petroleum reserves.

In third was the sovereign of the world’s biggest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, 84, who inherited the Al-Saud family throne in 2005, came in with a fortune of 21 billion dollars.

The previous king of kings, wealth-wise, 62 year old Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of tiny, oil-endowed Brunei on the Southeast Asia island of Borneo, fell to fourth place with 20 billion dollars.

“The sultan, who inherited the riches of an unbroken 600-year-old Muslim dynasty, has had to cut back on his country’s oil production because of depleting reserves,” Forbes explained of his dwindling fortune.

Fifth was Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, 58, of another Emirate, Dubai, with a net worth of 18 billion dollars.

One of two Europeans on the list, Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein, 63, ranked six on the list with 5 billion dollars in wealth. However the bank that is a key source of his family’s wealth, LGT, is under investigation by the United States for helping wealthy people evade taxes.

Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, 56, came in at seventh, worth two billion dollar; eighth was King Mohammed VI of Morocco, 46, his 1.5 billion dollar fortune based on phosphate mining, agriculture and other investments.

Number nine was Prince Albert II of Monaco, 50, his diverse fortune in the southern European principality put at 1.4 billion dollars.

Tenth on the list was Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, 67, worth 1.1 billion dollars.

Rounding out the top 15 were: The Aga Khan Prince Karim Al Hussein, 71 (1.0 billion); Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, 82, 650 million dollars; Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 79, 500 million dollars; Queen Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard of the Netherlands, 70, 300 million dollars; and King Mswati III of Swaziland, 40, with 200 million dollars.

Forbes noted that because many of the royals inherited their wealth, share it with extended families, and often control it “in trust for their nation or territory,” none of those on its list would qualify for the magazine’s famous annual world billionaires ranking.

“Because of technical and idiosyncratic oddities in the exact relationship between individual and state wealth, these estimates are perforce a blend of art and science,” it added.

But one thing I have noticed with Royality from The Arab Nations, though they are wealthy they are very humble and a good thing they always smile and look happy (They have a great life and give back always when they can)

Queen Elizabeth on the other hand is so miserable, she gets her money from British taxpayers, so really British people should be able to go into Buckingham FREE, but unlike the Arab rulers who earn their money from Oil or other business she bleeds us dry and gets to go to the best hospitals and everything else.

Makes me a little sick

Some of us are born priveleged, but what makes a person special is when they give back after they recieve or before, and that is my problem with most royality, as they seem to forget who keeps them where they are…

So if you do watch the Queens speech, remember all her clothes, pictures and antique articfacts, are all paid by the upkeep of one set of people in Britain

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5 Things you must know about sleep

Posted in Accomadation, Diet, Food & Drink, Health and Beauty, life, Living, Romance with tags , on August 6, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

This is an article from LiveScience.com

Robin Lloyd
LiveScience Senior Editor
LiveScience.com

You’re tired. You could put your head down on a desk right now and fall asleep immediately. You went to bed late last night, had trouble falling asleep and woke up too early. And let’s not kid ourselves: Tonight will be the same unless … well, read on.

This is the classic not-so-shut-eye experience of many Americans who think they are sleep-deprived and possibly need pills or other treatment to fix their insomnia, teeth grinding, jet lag, restless or jerky legs, snoring, sleepwalking and so forth.

Reality is quite different.

For instance, insomnia is said to be the most common sleep disorder, but these dissatisfying sleep experiences only get in the way of daily activities for 10 percent of us, according to the National Institutes of Health. And in almost half of those cases, the real underlying problem is illness (often mental) or the effects of a substance, like coffee or medication.

Here are five recent findings that might help you rest easier:

1. We sleep better than we think we do

For most of us, sleep deprivation is a myth. We’re not zombies. The non-profit National Sleep Foundation (which takes money from the sleep-aid industry, including drug companies that make sleeping pills) says the average U.S. resident gets 7 hours a night and that’s not enough, but a University of Maryland study earlier this year shows we typically get 8 hours and are doing fine. In fact, Americans get just as much sleep nowadays as they did 40 years ago, the study found.

2. We need less sleep as we age

We’ll die without sleep. The details are sketchy, but research suggests it’s a time when we restore vital biological processes and also sort and cement memories. Last year, the World Health Organization determined that nightshift work, which can lead to sleep troubles, is a probable human carcinogen. On the upside, the latest research suggests we need less of it as we get older.

3. You can sleep like a baby (or Thomas Edison)

Multiple, shorter sleep sessions nightly, rather than one long one, are an option. So-called polyphasic sleep is seen in babies, the elderly and other animals (and Thomas Edison reportedly slept this way). For the rest of us, it is more realistic and healthy to sleep at night as best we can and then take naps as needed. EEGs show that we are biphasic sleepers with two alertness dips – one at night time and one mid-day. So talk to HR about setting up a nap room, like they have for NASA’s Phoenix mission team members.

4. Animals exhibit a range of sleep habits

The three-toed sloth sleeps 9.6 hours nightly. But newborn dolphins and killer whales can forgo sleeping for their entire first month. However, the latter extreme is not recommended for humans. We grow irritable and lose our ability to focus and make decisions after even one night of missed sleep, and that can lead to serious accidents driving and using other machinery.

5. Get used to being tired, hit the desk

The bottom line is that a good night’s sleep is within the reach of most of us if we follow common-sense guidelines for sleep hygiene:

Go to bed at the same time nightly.

Set aside enough time to hit that golden 7 hours of sleep.

Refrain from caffeine, heavy or spicy foods, and alcohol and other optional medications that might keep you awake, four to six hours before bed-time.

Have a pre-sleep routine so you wind down before you hop in.

Block out distracting lights and noises.

Only engage in sleep and sex in bed (no TV-watching, reading or eating).

Exercise regularly but not right before bed.

Lastly Sweet dreams-One of my famous art pieces by Picasso-Sleeping Women

World’s Most Expensive Cities

Posted in Accomadation, life, Living, Politics, Vacations with tags , , , , on July 30, 2008 by Richard James Clark II

I read this article this morning, and thought I’d share it with you…

However it is interesting when this study was done as i believe expenses would be higher then when this study was first conducted.

Enjoy the read

by Zack O’Malley Greenburg

Prices show no sign of dropping in Moscow, this year’s most expensive place to live.

In 1998, Moscow was in crisis. More than 100,000 Russians took to the streets as a slew of banks–and the life savings of millions of citizens–went bust.

But just a decade later, the global commodities boom has made Russia flush with cash, and Moscow has become a pricey place to live.

That’s the finding in Mercer’s 2008 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey. Moscow tops the list with a score of 142.4, up 6% from last year–and 42% higher than New York, the most expensive city in the U.S. The Russian capital is followed by Tokyo; London; Oslo, Norway; and Seoul, South Korea.

New York fell from No. 15 to No. 22, thanks to the dollar’s protracted woes. Los Angeles is the second-priciest city in the U.S., but Hollywood’s denizens can’t cry poverty just yet: At No. 55, Los Angeles is cheaper than the best neighborhoods of Lagos, Nigeria (No. 30); Almaty, Kazakhstan (No. 44); and Zagreb, Croatia (No. 49).

“The decline in the ranking of all U.S. cities is due to the weakening value of the U.S. dollar against most major world currencies,” says Mercer’s Mitch Barnes, a principal at the firm. “The dollar has been declining steadily for the past several years, which has resulted in an overall decrease in the cost of living in 19 U.S. cities, relative to other major global cities studied.”

Behind the Numbers

The survey covers 143 cities across six continents and measures the relative cost of over 200 items in each place, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. The survey is used to help American government agencies and multinational companies determine living costs for their expatriate employees, who usually demand a relatively high quality of life.

“Companies may assign high priority to expansion in these economies, but may have to deal with inflationary pressures due to competition for expatriate-level housing,” says Yvonne Traber, a research manager at Mercer.

In the wake of the Federal Reserve’s bailout of mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the dollar has continued its slide, falling to a record low against the euro earlier this week. While that’s bad news for Americans traveling abroad, it could mean that more international businesses will set up shop in the U.S., where posh cities are suddenly becoming much more affordable.

“The U.S. dollar’s loss of value may serve to attract globally mobile executives to business centers such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles,” says Barnes. “The difference in cost of living can be significant, particularly for those executives with families.”

Most Expensive Meccas

As for Moscow, prices in the Russian capital show no signs of dropping. The global commodity boom continues to fatten the pockets of local tycoons, and the ruble has appreciated 8% against the dollar since January.

Moscow is home to 74 billionaires, the most of any city in the world. Its three wealthiest citizens (Oleg Deripaska, Vladimir Lisin and Roman Abramovich) each possess fortunes in excess of $25 billion. And Russia’s super-wealthy are just getting started: 13 of the country’s billionaires are under the age of 40.

Founded by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, No. 3 London is an ancient stalwart when it comes to pricey cities. Though it slipped from last year’s No. 2 spot, it remains extremely expensive–even a ride on one of the city’s vaunted double-decker buses costs $5.89.

And while Japan’s economy is stagnating, Tokyo is as expensive as ever. For American travelers, the city’s real estate prices are the highest in the world–a two-bedroom luxury apartment costs over $5,100 per month, about $600 more than a comparable pad in Moscow or New York.

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