A Haunted House Prop Must Be Scary

Everybody loves a terrific haunted home, and the main ingredient ought to be fright. There are many creative haunted house props around about the end of October, and some are better than others. The first ingredient for a great prop is darkness. Nothing is very terrifying inside light of day so anyone interested in making a frightening decoration should figure out a way to get rid of the light. A haunted house may have some flashes of light or some strange colored lights on the contents but typical light ought to be eliminated.

There are haunted house props for everybody, depending on your needs, your budget, and the effect you want to reach you will be able to find something to your liking. Animated Halloween props are available in every price range.

A haunted home has to have sights, sounds, feelings, smells and maybe even some tastes. You could use some cold spaghetti that ends up looking like squishy worms or snakes as scary house props and surely these will taste awful if one thinks of eating these creatures. These slimy creatures in the form of spaghetti or other substances might be hanging from convenient perches or lining the corners of the room. Surprises are critical to producing the ambiance of the haunted house props. Something or somebody should pop out from the darkness to genuinely get the greatest feasible ambiance.

Haunted house props don’t need to be pricey

Individuals throughout the country develop props on this special night, and some are scarier than others. These props vary in price as well. People with limited funds can still create a scary home that could intrigue the neighborhood kids. Lighting is critical, but an individual at a strategic switch can create some scary effects to. Colored light bulbs replacing the frequent light bulbs can add to the ambiance. A flashlight illuminating a face dripping with blood from the darkness can produce a frightening look.

Check out some music with some frightening sounds and put it on a player. The sounds can make a significant difference inside setting. A few screams or awful cackling can scare a group of young neighbors and maybe their parents, too. The internet has some free downloads of extremely terrifying music that could do the trick for a frightening scene. Music departments usually have eerie music, that may shock everyone within the haunted home. The entry can create with the right haunted house props the atmosphere from the start.

The History Of Football

If you want to understand the history of soccer, you have to admit that for some reason, humans have a natural urge to kick things. Whether it’s to release frustration, or simply for fun, we do this even without noticing.

How many times have you not walked on the street as a kid (and not only), simply kicking that pebble or cone on the ground in front of you out of boredom. It’s this natural urge that stands at the basis of the history of soccer.

When was soccer invented?

When speaking about the history of soccer a lot of people regard England as the place that soccer was born and although this could be a true statement in a particular context, the truth is that the English were the first to organize soccer around 1863, however they did not “invent” it per say. So if 1863 is the year the sport got “baptized”, then what year was soccer invented and where?

Since soccer or soccer-likesports can be traced way back to ancient times, it’s difficult to pin-point a specific year, but historians of the phenomenon usually chop it down into 3 periods of time.

History of soccer during ancient times

They might not have had our modern commodities, but ancient people sure knew how to have their fun. And, you guessed, kicking a “ball” around (obviously, the balls were extremely rudimentary compared to what is used today) was considered a fun activity in many areas all around the globe, most of them developing at the same time, without interaction from one another.

In history of soccer the first written statement regarding the start of soccer comes from a Chinese military manual at around 300 BC, which describes a practice called “cuju” that involved the players kicking a leather ball through a hole in a silk cloth stretched between two poles. On the other side of the globe, in the Americas, the Aztecs were playing a similar sport, although some compare it to basketball more than soccer.

The purpose of the game was to kick the ball through a small stone circle that was placed high up on the arena’s walls, hence the relation to basketball.
Now I don’t know about you, but to me it sounds a lot more difficult to place a small leather ball exactly in the middle of a stone circle that’s well high above your head with your foot, than striking a modern “high-tech” ball in an 8 yard goal.

History of soccer during the Middle Ages

We usually think of the medieval era as a time when war was viewed as a necessity and a “job” rather than a calamity. Despite being quite a serious, “dark” period of time, somehow the medieval people managed to take some time for some sports, including soccer.

The forms of soccer played during this time were obviously incomparable to our current definition of the sport; hence they are usually classified as “mob soccer”.

While their dads were off at war, children would often grab a patched up leather ball, hit the nearby field and start a “war” on the field. The lack of rules often lead to fights and serious injuries and the sport was regarded as dangerous in many locations.

A clear example of this can be found in the London British Museum, where an engraving shows a group of men struggling to win a leather ball, with a second image showing a man with a broken arm. You do the math.

Modern-day soccer

As mentioned above, although we don’t know when soccer was invented, we do know when it was organized as a sport under a clear set of rules. Being a popular practice in England, soccer was played chaotically and oftentimes it would lead to the same on and off-pitch battles similar to the ones occurring during medieval soccer matches. On each match, the two teams would agree on a particular set of rules, but with the lack of a referee arguments would often spark up.

In order to keep things in order, a few English clubs met in London on October 26, 1863 in order to create a set of well-defined and universal rules for the game.

The Football Association was born and although their set of rules did not apply to all clubs immediately, in a few decades, as soccer clubs switched from amateurism to professionalism, their laws and conduct restrictions became standard for everyone.

As you can see, there’s really no “right” way to answer the “When was soccer invented?” question and you’ll have your fair share of arguments at hand regardless of what period you believe was the spark that caused the wildfire that soccer is today.

And you’ll probably agree with me on this: it’s not really that important to know when soccer was invented, but rather acknowledge that we are lucky to be able to enjoy this wonderful sport at its best, as we can in modern times.

Edinburgh Castle

Visiting the Edinburgh Castle is an experience that one must not miss out on while in town. The Castle was built in 1130 by David I, who had the Saint Margaret’s Chapel built, named for his mother. The chapel still stands today and is the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh. For many years, the castle was seized by the English, and then recaptured by the Scots, the last siege being in 1745.

David’s Tower, named after David II was built in 1368 after David II ordered the rebuilding of the castle. It collapsed in 1573 during an English siege when cannon fire destroyed the tower. It was replaced by the Half-Moon Battery, completed in 1588. The ruins of David’s Tower are still visible underneath the Battery.

Every day except for Sunday, the “One O’clock” gun is fired from the top of the castle. The ritual originated in 1861 as a way of giving the time to the ships in the Firth of Forth; the firing can be heard by ships two miles away in Leith Harbour.

The Crown of Scotland, the Sceptre, the Sword of State and the Stone of Scone are kept in the Crown Room. The Crown, Sceptre and Sword are known as The Honours of Scotland, and were buried in mid- 17th century, to hide them from Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell invaded Scotland, executed King Charles I and overtook the castle in 1650. It wasn’t until 1818 that Sir Walter Scott, a novelist, rediscovered these items and they were put on display. In the 1940s, the Honours were reburied in case of German invasion and returned back to the Crown Room in 1953 and have been on display since then.

The Edinburgh Castle also has a dog cemetery, but the general public cannot go down and visit it; it is only viewable from above. Buried there are past regimental mascots and soldiers’ pets.

If you are visiting Edinburgh in August, you must make sure to go to the castle for the Military Tattoo performances. The performance includes the pipes and drums played by regiments of the British Armed Forces and civilians and a fireworks display. The show is ended with just one piper playing a sad song from the Half Moon Batter. The performers then march off down the Royal Mile playing lively tunes. The Military Tattoo attracts over 200,000 visitors annually and is broadcast worldwide.

When coming to the castle, try to set a whole day aside for your visit as the place is so big and there are countless things to take in and you will definitely want to see it all.

The Beaches of Newquay

The beautiful beaches of Newquay and the spectacular coastal scenery have made Newquay Cornwall’s premier resort. Newquay is the beach paradise of the West Country with its seven miles of wonderful golden sands and the surfing capital of Britain. A lot of people would argue that the beaches in and around Newquay are the finest in Western Europe with the soft sand and crystal clear water. With so many beaches in Newquay you will be spoilt for choice. Find beaches with long stretches of golden sands to small secluded beaches to surfing havens. You would find it hard to find a place that has such a variety of beaches and a lot of the beaches are within walking distance of the town centre and most of them have great facilities close by.

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach is Britain’s most famous surfing location with its West facing, dune backed stretch of wonderful golden sands. It is also one of Newquay’s biggest beaches and where all the main world class surfing events and competitions are held. Fistral Beach is often split into three areas these being South Fistral, North Fistral and Little Fistral. Fistral Beach is home to the Ripcurl Boardmasters, Europe’s largest surf, skate and music festival.

Beach Facilities in season – Café, lifeguards, hire facilities, shops, surf tuition, toilets, baby changing room, showers and wet suit changing rooms

Beach Access – Bus service and disabled access available on North side of Fistral Beach. By car follow signs to Fistral and parking are either along the road above the beach or in the car park on the beach itself but this can be full quickly in season. It may be advisable to park in one of Newquay’s long stay car parks and walk to Fistral Beach. Postcode TR7 1HY

Great Western Beach

Great Western Beach Is a West facing beach which is reached by walking along the sands at low tide from Towan or by a steep slope leading off Cliff Road beside the Great Western Hotel. The beach is also accessible via a private lift in the cliffs from the Great Western Hotel. The Great Western Beach is a popular family beach backed by towering cliffs which also shade the beach in late afternoon. The Great Western Beach is very popular with beginners to surfing.

Beach Facilities in season – Refreshments, shop, surf and deck chair hire, toilets, showers, lifeguards, surfing centre.

Beach Access – Disabled access and local bus service. Two car parks situated on either side of the railway centre (behind Burger King). You can walk to the Beach from these two car parks. Postcode TR7 2NE

Harbour Beach

Harbour Beach is North facing and Newquay’s smallest beach. It is part of the working harbour and is only accessible at low tide. It is a safe sheltered beach within easy access of the town which makes it popular with families. During the holiday season boat trips are available and depart from the Harbour.

Beach Facilities in season – Shop, café, refreshments and toilets.

Beach Access – Park in the town centre long stay car parks and walk to the beach as limited parking available. Postcode TR7 2NE

Lusty Glaze Beach

Lusty Glaze is a beautiful sheltered cove and one of Newquay’s best tourist beaches with a wide selection of beach facilities to cater for visitors throughout the year. Lusty Glaze is a privately owned beach but is open to the public all year round. The cove is naturally sheltered by high cliffs and it offers outdoor pursuits activities for all abilities and ages including children’s sessions.

Beach Facilities in season – Café, restaurant and takeaway, beach shop and surf hire, bar, children’s crèche, showers, changing rooms, toilets, and lifeguards.

Beach Access – Reached by walking along the sands northward from the town centre or from the cliff path. There is a small car park which looks over the beach but this is usually full in the summer months or it is better to use the Newquay town centre car parks. Postcode TR7 3AE

Tolcarne Beach

Tolcarne Beach is situated in the middle of the Newquay Bay beaches with Lusty Glaze beach to the right and the Great Western beach to the left. It is a West facing beach with a large beach that has soft sands, rock pools, family fun surfing, boogie boarding and safe swimming. One of the most popular beaches in Newquay as it is only a short walk from Newquay town centre. There are over 200 steps down to the beach but a visit to the beach is a must as the views are beautiful from the beach.

Beach Facilities in season – Lifeguards, beach shops, cafes, surf school, bistro, crazy golf and toilets

Beach Access – Tolcarne Beach is situated right below Narrowcliff Road and there are several car parks located in the town car parks which are quite near the beach. Postcode TR7 1AF

Towan Beach

Towan beach is a very popular beach situated right in the middle of Newquay town and sometimes known as Town Beach (check the beach guide from Visit Newquay). It is popular with both families for swimming and surfers. It is on the southern end of the Newquay Bay area so it is also most protected from the wind. The beach has a good expanse of sand and rocks and it has a small swimming pool for families in the summer months. Town Island is linked by a suspension bridge and this is an obvious attraction to the area and is featured in many picture postcards of Newquay. The Blue Reef Aquarium is situated right by the beach and is well worth a visit.

Beach Facilities in season – Refreshments, beach huts, lifeguards, toilets, and surf shops close by where you can hire boards and wetsuits.

Beach Access – Drive to Newquay town centre and use the car parks within the town and walk to the beach.

The British Museum

Sir Hans Sloane, a British physician and naturalist just didn’t want to see his lifetime collection go to waste after he passed away, so he found an original solution. In his will he bequeathed his collection to King George II, on the condition that 20,000 pounds were paid to his heirs. Luckily King George II accepted the offer, and the British Museum was established.

It was only natural that as a naturalist, Sloane’s collection contained hundreds of volumes of dried plants. But Sloane’s vast collection was much more than that. It consisted of over 70,000 objects, including 40,000 books, thousands of manuscripts and antiquities from around the world. By the way, Hans Sloane deserves our gratitude not only for the establishment of the British Museum. While visiting Jamaica, he tried a popular drink among the locals, which consisted of cocoa and water. Disgusted by its flavor, he decided to mix it with milk instead. Quite content with the results, he brought his recipe with him after returning to England, where it began spreading as a medicine. So the next time you visit the British Museum, or sip your cocoa drink, give a nod of acknowledgment to this great man.

But let’s return to the museum. Sloane’s collection, along with the Cottonian Library (assembled by Sir Robert Cotton), the Harleian Library and the Royal Library were the nucleus of the newly founded museum. The Montagu House, a 17th century mansion in Bloomsbury, London was chosen as the first home of the museum. The museum formally opened its doors in 1759.

Towards the end of the 18th century countless objects from unknown lands were brought by Captain James Cook and other British explorers from their intrepid voyages around the world. These objects were put on display and caused the museum’s popularity to skyrocket. Soon the Montagu House proved to be too small for the growing crowds.

In the beginning of the 19th century, after the battle of the Nile in 1801, the museum’s collection of Egyptian antiquities grew dramatically, both from donations and acquisitions. Greek and Roman sculptures were also added to the collection. Some of them, such as the sculptures from the Acropolis in Athens, remain highly controversial to this day.

In 1823 the neoclassical architect Sir Robert Smirke was commissioned to plan a new home for the museum. That same year the Montagu House was demolished and the construction of the new building began, taking almost a quarter of a century to complete.

From the 1840’s the museum began promoting explorations overseas, mostly in various territories in Asia. These excavations proved to be extremely successful and led, among others, to the discovery of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesos and the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, two of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Even the new building couldn’t keep up with the museum’s evergrowing collection and in 1887 the Natural History department was moved to the newly formed Natural History Museum. But this was far from enough. In 1895 the museum’s committee decided to purchase and demolish 69 houses surrounding the museum to expand the museum’s ground.

The museum’s collection contains over 7 million objects, not including the Natural History Museum (over 70 million objects) and the British Library (over 150 million items) that were once a part of the museum.

Notable Works Within The British Museum

Rosetta Stone

Of what importance is the Rosetta Stone to humanity? Let’s just say that if the British Museum wanted to obtain a more significant stone they would have to start looking for the stone tablets with the inscription of The Ten Commandments given by God to Moses. Judging by their long history of explorations they are probably looking for the tablets at this very moment.

The Rosetta Stone is a black granite stone discovered n 1799 by a French soldier in the town of Rosetta (today called Rashid) in Egypt. It was originally engraved in 196 B.C. under the orders of king Ptolemy V Epiphanes.

And why is it so important you ask? Its importance lies not in what is written but rather in how it is written. The same inscription appears in three different languages, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Egyptian demotic and Greek. The Rosetta Stone was the key to the understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs, enabling scholars to decipher ancient Egyptian scripts for the first time.

Parthenon Marbles

The Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, are several sculptures originally belonging in the Parthenon and other various buildings in the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. They represent over half of the surviving sculptures of the Parthenon.

Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, was the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire at the turn of the 19th century. He will be forever remembered as the person that somehow managed to convince the Ottoman authorities to remove so many of the priceless sculptures of the Acropolis and send them to Britain.

Lewis Chessmen

Over 150 years ago this beautiful collection of carved pieces of chess was found at the Bay of Uig on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. The pieces are made of walrus ivory and whale teeth and except for the pawns represent human figures.

It is believed that they were originally created in Norway in the 12th century, at which time many of the Scottish islands, the Isle of Lewis among them, were under Norwegian territory.

They were exhibited for the first time by Roderick Ryrie on 1831 at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 81 of the pieces were purchased by the British Museum. The remaining 10 (which became 11 after an additional bishop was found) exchanged hands several times until they were bought in 1888 by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland were they were first seen and donated to the Museum of Scotland (at the time the Royal Museum).

Modern Bathroom Design

Bathrooms are not just bathrooms anymore and some principles of modern bathroom need to be incorporated in designing a bathroom space using modern design. Modern bathroom design has lines that are bold and clean, décor to a minimum and the use of white color abundantly. The bathroom in today’s world is not just a place to do what is typically done in a bathroom but also a room that is elegant as well. In designing a modern bathroom, the following are the tips that may be followed.

Tips and Tricks for a modern bathroom design

Clean Lines

Lines that are clean play a role that is significant in the décor of the bathroom and it is important to consider the outer shape of the windows, mirror, counter top etc and ensure that they match with each other. Typically, outer lines that are wavy may be ruled out since they are not common in the design of modern bathrooms.

It is important to emphasize or pick ovals or horizontal straight lines and use them for a clean and bold look. A more subtle and harmonious and subtle look is provided by using ovals. To match the lines, one can use a countertop that is rectangular, a sink that is rectangular or square, a horizontal mirror that is large etc and add lines to the bathroom that are horizontal. When going the oval route, a window sill that is oval in shape can be aligned with the bathtub, curved countertop, mirror etc to go with the scheme.


With color, being a minimalist or going for a look that is minimal is key and when picking a scheme with two colors, for spaces that smaller it is recommended to pick white and a color such as bamboo green, light aqua, soft green, wooden etc to go with the white. For a bathroom that is on the larger scale, shades that are darker as in blacks, purples, reds, grays etc can be selected.

The bathroom may feel closed in when using patterns. However, for a bathroom that is medium or large in size, the ceiling may be painted or one wall may be painted with designs in interior paint or tiles with designs on them may be used. Addition of more patterns can bring about a design that is reflective of mid century modern style.


A very important role in the design of small bathrooms in a modern way is lighting since it can be used to create a place that is lit well. The best choices for lighting in bathrooms are lights that are white or off-white in color. For a space that is small, it is recommended to keep the countertop clear of light fixtures and have simply a small lamp. If the bathroom is large, ceiling lights that are small and in any color may be added to the ceiling in addition to light fixtures that are colored to bring ambience to the bathroom. For natural light, a skylight may be used.

Less is More

The principle of modern bathroom design is that less is more and it means that lesser numbers of items are to be used in the decoration of the space. For bathrooms that are smaller in size, it is good to keep the countertop clear of items and if not, have the least number of items on it. The use of a bathroom light that is white in color, bamboo plants that are considered lucky and some wooden mats are good. The use of hanging sinks in the bathroom in place of pedestal sinks is an alternative that works well in creating more room. Compactness, similarly, in the design elements that are used is important.

Space that is uncluttered

Clutter creates a feeling of chaos and it is advised to have a bathroom that is clear of clutter and has shelves under the counter for storage. It is possible to have mirrors on the cabinets in bathrooms and in front of the sink for the sake of keeping brushes, tooth paste and other sorts of accessories. The use of a wooden shelf that is very small just outside a bathroom that is very small works really well and whatever is needed can be picked up while using the bathroom.

The above was a discussion about the design of modern bathrooms and it is possible to have a beautifully designed and decorated bathroom by making use of these tricks and tips.

Vegetable Gardening – A Hobby for Everyone

If you love to have fresh produces in the spring and summer, you should consider creating a home vegetable garden. Growing a vegetable garden is a fun and healthy hobby that anyone can excel at.

While gardening, you may find that your troubles and stresses of the day simply float away. Home vegetable gardening relieves stress and allows you to be out in the sun. Vegetable gardening is proven to lower blood pressure and clear the mind. Also, the act of nurturing plants and watching them grow is rather soothing. And it can look good too!

The Pros of Organic Gardening

One great aspect of home vegetable gardening is that it does not require a bunch of chemicals. Therefore, home vegetable gardening allows you to have more natural, juicy, and healthier vegetables that are also better for the environment. Using a lot of chemicals on vegetables is not only unhealthy for your body, but also takes a large toll on the environment. Growing your own vegetable garden and using less chemicals yields natural food.

Organic vegetables are always the best-tasting because they will not be picked until they are completely ripe and you are ready to pick them. One more pro of growing your own organic vegetable garden is that it will save you money. Instead of buying all your organic vegetables at the store, you will have your own selection of vegetables at your disposal whenever you want them.

Anyone can create a home vegetable garden. As long as you have dirt somewhere, you can create an outdoor vegetable garden in the solid ground. Even if you don’t have a plot of dirt, you can buy a few pots and create a container garden.

Vegetable Gardening on Solid Ground

Before starting your vegetable garden, should keep in mind these simple thoughts: size, location, and soil.

First of all, we’ll discuss the location. You must plot your garden in an area with plenty of shade and sufficient drainage. You must nurture your plants by putting them in a place that receives about 6 hours of sunlight each day. Every plant is different and requires a different amount of light, but the average is six hours a day.

Therefore, do not plot your garden in a shady place! Also, make sure that your garden has adequate draining. If you place your garden at the bottom of a hill, water will flood your plants during the wet season; this is a common mistake that many beginning planters make. By locating your gardens away from bottoms of hills and other spots where water is likely to collect, you will prevent your vegetables from drowning!

Second of all, let’s talk about size. You should decide how big you want your garden to be initially. Remember that you should start out small and expand later; otherwise the size of the garden may overwhelm you. I recommend starting out with a garden space of 25 square feet or less. After you get the hang of it, you can expand your vegetable garden as much as you would like.

Third, let’s talk about soil. Soil is one of the most important aspects of gardening, so it is very important to have good soil to produce a good garden. The best type of soil is slightly loose and easy to till. Therefore, stay away from soil that is hard-packed. If your yard does not have a lot of good soil in it, you can fix this problem by using mulch or compost in your garden. Alternatively you can buy good soil from your local nursery.

Mulch is usually an organic covering, such as straw, leaves, compost, or peat that you can cover your garden with to enrich the soil, prevent weed growth, and prevent excessive evaporation of water. Compost consists of any organic particle, such as dead leaves, manure, or (most commonly) kitchen scraps. People put compost in their yards to improve the soil and provide nutrients for plants. Composting kills two birds with one stone; it is great for your garden and cuts down on your trash.

If you address the location, size, and soil of your garden, you will have a booming vegetable garden in no time. Also, some of these tips will also help those of you who choose to have a container vegetable garden.

Vegetable Gardening in Containers

Container gardening is the best type of gardening for many people. If you do not have a good plot of land to garden on, container gardening is your best bet. It is the most practical way to garden for those of us not lucky enough to have large plots of soiled land to garden on.

There are many pros to container gardening. You can place your plants wherever you want: in your living room, on your patio, etc., so that you can add color and radiance wherever you would like. With container gardening, you can easily place plants wherever they receive the best growing conditions. Another pro is that you will have fewer pests eating your plants if they are in containers rather than in the ground.

Although almost any plant will grow just fine in a container, there are some that grow exceptionally well in containers. These are: salad greens, spinach, tomatoes, eggplant, Swiss chard, radish, beets, peppers, and bush beans.

The con of container gardening is that they require more upkeep and maintenance. You must check up on and water many container plants everyday.

Most vegetable crops grow well in 5-gallon containers. No matter what size container you use, make sure it has adequate drainage to ensure a bountiful garden. You should add about 1 inch of coarse gravel in the bottom of the container to monitor drainage. Learn how to prepare the containers of each type of plant for a nice and low-cost indoor garden.

Gardening Problems You Can Tackle

There are two notorious enemies of gardening: weeds and pests. Here is some basic information and helpful hints on how to tackle each of these problems:

One problem a person may have in plant gardening is staying on top of all of the weeds. In order to prevent weeds from taking over your garden, you should go out daily and pick the weeds. Picking weeds may seem like a dull task, but if you have the right attitude, it can actually be quite relaxing and stress relieving.

Where there’s a garden, there are bugs. Unless you want to use a bunch of chemicals, you must go outside and kill any damaging bugs on your plants. But make sure not to kill the good bugs, such as ladybugs or praying mantis, because they kill the bad bugs that eat your plants. In fact, you can buy good bugs at your local plant store and put them in your garden to help kill pests. Because no bugs kill big pests such as grasshoppers, you must pick off these big pests by hand.

The Love of Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable gardening is very rewarding because it makes you feel better, less stressed, and produces delicious vegetables for you to eat. If you like the fresh vegetables at farmer’s market, you’ll love to have a garden vegetable of your own to tend to and eat from.