Angel Of The North

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The Angel of the North is a relatively new landmark in Great Britain. Some say it is popular, some say it is controversial. If you have not heard of it, then it is about time that you did. This landmark is a modern sculpture made of steel and is located in Gateshead. As the name implies, the steel sculpture is of the figure of an angel. Wikipedia describes the Angel of the North as:

Standing 66 feet (20 metres) tall, with wings measuring 178 feet (54 metres) across — making it wider than the Statue of Liberty’s height. The wings themselves are not planar, but are angled 3.5 degrees forward, which Gormley has said aims to create “a sense of embrace”.[1] It stands on a hill, on the southern edge of Low Fell overlooking the A1 road and the A167 road into Tyneside and the East Coast Main Line rail route.

The angel is definitely something that you must see if you ever find yourself in this part of the world. As you can see from the description above, it is VERY big and can be quite overwhelming. You can just imagine the effect that the work of art can have on a person. While it was being built, there were some sectors who were saying that it would never work; that it would be a menace to motorists. Some even went as far as to call the work as an angel of death.

Well, we now know that Antony Gormley, the designer, has been right all along. The Angelf of the North is a sight to behold.

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How costly is your lifestyle? Do you think that you spend less than the average person in your country? How about comparing your lifestyle to people from other countries? Well, if you find yourself comparing your lifestyle to the British people, then you just might find out that you are not living such a costly lifestyle at all.

I read a report published about the cost of the British lifestyle. It was published by Metro.co.uk. Based on this report, the British lifestyle is the third most expensive in the world. The report states:

The study by the bank HSBC found that money in every other country in the world, apart from Norway and France, would go further.

It examined how long the typical British salary would last if people maintained their standard of living, including eating out in a restaurant twice a week.

It found that the average British salary would run out after 11 months and one week in Norway, while in France it would run out after 11 months and two weeks.

But, at the other end of the scale, a year’s British salary would last four years in Iran, two years and ten months in India and more than two years in Peru, Egypt, Argentina and Costa Rica.

Interesting – I always thought that our cousins from across the ocean lived costlier lifestyles than us. Then again, this study was conducted months ago and perhaps, with the changes in the economy, lifestyles have changed as well.

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I don’t know about you but summer evokes special memories for me. Taste, sound, and smell all mingle to bring about the most treasured times of my life. One of the best things I remember about summer is having a nice meal outside – with several fresh and sweet cobs of corn. Now isn’t that just wonderful?

But if you like corn as much as I do, you would know that nothing sucks more than corn on the cob that tastes stale. So where do you get the freshest corn for that nice summer picnic? The people over at The Guardian apparently have the same taste – they recently featured the best ways by which we could get corn on the cob:

PYO farms are an excellent source of super-fresh cobs (go to pickyourown.org). Corn is coming into season now and should be available until late September. If you pick more than you need, cut off the kernels, blanch briefly in boiling water and freeze. Don’t add salt when boiling, though, because it toughens the kernels.

British-grown organic corn on the cob, from areas such as Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, is available through nationwide organic box providers including Riverford (riverford.co.uk) and Abel & Cole (abelandcole.co.uk).

But that is not all of it – they also give tips on how to find the best corn in markets and shops. If I were you, I’d read up on this a bit more and serve only the best corn in your next summer bash.

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