Buying contact lens online may be a novel thing to many who have been accustomed to the traditional way. An optician is usually consulted who shall provide prescription details after eye examination. It is quite common that the same optician also performs the service of providing the contact lens.
A new trend in buying contact lens has emerged in many parts of the world including the UK. The convenience of online purchase now includes a product that used to be available only in brick and mortar stores. With the power of technology, a good number of online stores are now offering contact lens which are conveniently delivered to customers.
For those who are already using contact lens, prescription details can be found on the box or individual blister packs of contact lens. The optician also easily provides these information since all patients are entitled to this accompanying data wherever they choose to make their purchase of contact lens. Online contact lens stores do not usually ask for a copy of the prescription although they would require patients to enter the prescription details in the order form.
Online contact lens buyers in the UK are advised to choose their online contact lens supplier carefully. The product one orders is usually as good only as the reliability of the company from which the order is being made. Since customers will be going through the online route, the initial thing to look for is a professional-looking website with all required contact numbers provided. A professional supplier will have to be knowledgeable with the product they are offering, even providing advice when necessary. A reliable supplier has no hidden costs and provides all related costs upfront without the need to ask. This goes as well with other information that is required to make an informed decision. To ensure that standards are within UK’s regulation, it would also be best to check where the products are being shipped from. Contact lens that are being shipped from within UK should have passed prescribed product standards.
The issue of costs or pricing is always a question in buying anything. The offered contact lens products must be competitively priced and fortunately these can be found online. Online purchase is very convenient and also provides access to all types while affording cost savings. Ordered contact lenses are delivered to the customer’s doorstep. This is now less the cost of travelling to and back. Also, many online shops offer exceptional promos that effectively lower cost price.
About the Guest Blogger
Nona is a professional researcher and writer. She has recently discovered the convenience of buying her contact lenses online.
There is much interest surrounding the line of succession to the British throne. The people who are included in this line are descendants of Electress Sophia of Hanover who are Protestants. Descendants who are Roman Catholics or have married Roman Catholics have been specifically excluded from the list of eligible successors to the throne.
This arrangement is supported by the Act of Settlement of 1701 which determined the issue of Succession to the Throne of the United Kingdom plus 15 Commonwealth realms. The same line of succession is used for choosing the Counsellors of State and a Regent, if so required as guided by the Regency Act of 1937. It is to be noted that only legitimate descendants are included in the list and legitimized descendants are specifically excluded as well.
Electress Sophia of Hanover died before having her chance to ascend to the throne, thus it was her eldest son, George I who started the reign from her family line. The present head of the British Monarchy is Queen Elizabeth. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, as the heir to the British Throne can only be king if and when Queen Elizabeth choose to abdicate, retire or die. The line of succession favors the male gender and only allows female descendants to be heir to the throne, if and only if she has no brother as in the case of Queen Elizabeth.
In the line of succession, the siblings of the heir to the throne fall behind the heir’s children. Thus, a descendant’s place may change, depending on the events related to birth, death, or marriage within the family. There are efforts being exerted to change the manner of succession in relation to gender, marriage to Roman Catholics, and sovereign’s consent to royal marriage.
Giving a name to a baby is a major concern of parents. There are however names that are particularly famous in UK. People’s first names are important but most parents name their babies according to traditions prevailing in the country or according to popularity.
In the UK , a recent list of favorite names for boys and girls contain fairly consistent entries. The top ten boys’ name consist of Oliver, Jack, Harry, Charles, James, Joshua, Alfie, Thomas, Jacob, and Ethan. The top ten girls’ names include Lily, Emily, Isabella, Sophia, Isabelle, Sophie, Olivia, Ava, Chloe, and Isla.
Traditional names usually follow names or members of the royal family, names of ancestors, and names of famous personalities. It would be of great interest to know that choosing baby names is one of the major causes of arguments between spouses in UK. The coming of a new child is admittedly an exciting phase in the life of couples but it can also be one of the most stressful. Choosing a name can add to the stress knowing that the chosen name will be carried by the child for the rest of his or her life.
Another interesting finding about UK parents is that a considerable percentage actually regrets the choice of names they have done for their children. The recently announced pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge has already led many to wonder about the possible name of the future heir to the throne. Will the royal couple go for traditional or follow trends such as those observed in the US that appear to favor characters of Greek mythology?
Living in the U.K. can be quite expensive, no matter what corner you reside. To help you cut down on costs, here are several useful money saving tips.
Tip #1: Settle your credit card balance right away
There’s a good chance that your credit card comes with the highest interest rates among all your debts. Because of this, make sure that you settle your credit card balance in full every month. Doing this would actually save you much more money than investing, unless you can find a financial product with an interest rate higher than your credit card (which is virtually impossible). Continue reading »
Every country is represented by a symbol or symbols that give it its recognition that is unique from other countries. England, which is one of the countries that comprise Great Britain, has many familiar symbols which are automatically connected with it even without an accompanying explanation. Most of them can be found printed on souvenir items often sold to tourists.
England has three national symbols comprised of the St. George’s Cross as seen on the flag, the Three Lion Emblem as seen on England’s Cricket Team Badge, and the Red Rose as seen on the English Rugby Union Team Badge. These three symbols more or less represent England and its culture along with other familiar symbols such as St. Edward’s Crown, the Oak Tree, and tea. Personalities that have been iconized and are often considered official English symbols as well include St. George who is the country’s patron saint, Alfred the Great who is recognized as the most dominant ruler of England, and Robin Hood who is the heroic outlaw perpetuated by English folklore.
In the present day England, many personalities and inanimate objects inevitably fall under the category of an English symbol by virtue of the recall factor. Leading the list is of course the Royal Family which like it or not, will always represent England. The people surrounding the Royal Family and their environs have also become symbolic of English culture including the Life Guard, the Foot Guard, and the Beefeaters.
Famous landmarks such as the Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the London Eye are all automatically associated with England. Sports such as football and cricket are both English-made and so are fish and chips. Familiar sites in England that have elevated themselves as distinctive components of the English culture include the Red Double Decker buses, the black taxi cabs, and the red pillar boxes and telephone booths.
At about this time, children are already excited about Halloween which is celebrated on October 31. It was supposed to have originated from All Hallows’ Eve which was said to be influenced by European festivals of the dead and also harvest festivals. Halloween is also being associated with Samhain, a Celtic festival which was said to include rituals that hinted at human sacrifice.
Christian influence also played a part in it when All Saints’ Day was transferred to November 1 which was the same date as Samhain and November 2 was designated as All Souls’ Day. This move by the church was seen as a way to eliminate pagan rituals. These holy days of obligation were met by certain traditional practices such as “souling” wherein people would go from house to house to collect soul cakes as a form of prayer for the souls in purgatory. In fact, the jack-o-lanterns which are commonly seen as Halloween decorations today used to represent these souls.
The popularity of Halloween waned in Britain during the Reformation and among the members of the United Kingdom, the practice was only retained in Scotland and Ireland. The practice of guising or disguising one’s self in costumes while collecting food or coins persists to this day. Guising was not seen in North America until about 1911.
The lighting of turnip lanterns on gatepost was common in some parts of England which is said to be protection from spirits. This is closely related to lating which is said to ensure protection of people from spirits by carrying lighted candles from eleven up to midnight. It is believed that if the light on these candles are blown away, witches are responsible for it and a bad omen or omens will follow.
Regardless of the origins of Halloween, it is not as popular in the UK as it is in the US. For the relatively few who don costumes, the theme is usually limited to ghoulish outfits. Halloween decorations are minimal and trick-or-treating is highly discouraged.
Do you love sport and are you travelling to England on your next holiday? There are plenty for a sporting events on throughout the year that a sports enthusiast tourist can and should take advantage of. All you need to do is plan your trip in such a way that you will catch the action during your time in England. Here are some of the sporting events that you will definitely want to witness:
Perhaps the most known sporting competition around the world, the EPL is help every year with matches played throughout the year in different parts of England. Get ready to meet real football enthusiasts, fans who eat, live and sleep football the level of passion at English football matches really cannot be described by words, you have to witness it for yourself. Continue reading »
Caravan as a form of transportation cum housing has been known to exist as early as the 1850′s in England. Although many modern designs exist at present, caravans are fairly common in the English scene. From its earliest use by Gypsies as their homes, caravans have been serving modern vacationing needs of families through fully equipped mobile homes that can be outfitted to be as comfortable as immovable homes.
Vardos are also often called gypsy wagons in reference to living accommodations used by British Romani people (Gypsies) that were traditionally drawn by horses. Its much earlier use in France is specifically attributed to traveling circus troupes. They were characterized by much adornment inside and out that each vardo is said to be a picture of aesthetic beauty and functionality.
Historical records show that early vardos were carpeted on the inside for at least half of the interior space, serving as sleeping quarters. The remaining space housed the kitchen. It became an iconic Romani symbol that would eventually produce an industry in building traveling wagons. There are at least six known styles of the vardo including the Burton, Open Lot, Bow Top, Ledge, Reading, and Brush Wagon. The names were derived from either the name of owner, the builder, or its style.
The modern version of caravans are now more commonly known as mobile homes. They are either pulled as a trailer by a motorized vehicle or come as a vehicle in itself. The present day caravans are characterized by as much convenience that can possibly be achieved in a home away from home.
The sale of static caravans experienced a sharp increase in the UK in 2009 when overseas vacationing became quite expensive. Families opted to stay within the country when taking their vacations and settled for holiday parks with their caravans in tow. This also addressed the increasing cost of hotel accommodation.
Withe the renewed consciousness in cost-effective living, static caravans became the preferred second home since it does not only ensure a place to stay but also a way to bring the passengers to their desired destination. Staycation, which is the combined word produced by ”stay” and “vacation”, became the in-thing and enlivened the domestic tourist industry. Though it can mean staying at home for vacation, staying within the home country to take a vacation using the caravan proved to be a better option since staying at home traps the vacationers to domestic concerns because work is not so far away.
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Leandro of Caravan Insurance Experts highly recommends shopping for the best insurance package for your static caravans to avail of maximum protection.
River cruise holidays are an amazing holiday tradition that allow visitors to tour England in style. With a variety of riverboat hotels available, there’s a reason why these are among the most popular holiday options. Some options in English Holiday Cruises include self-drive narrow boat holidays, hire barge holidays, and cruiser boat holidays. However, river tours will usually be the best due to the fact that they include a full array of services and beautiful accommodations. Enjoy the wonderful views of the English countryside, soak in the unique culture and history of these areas, and take a river cruise for your next holiday! Continue reading »
Roller garage doors are probably one of the household structures that will not be usually associated with English cottage houses. The reason for this is obvious. An English cottage denotes some distant time while garage doors are fairly modern additions to home structures.
English cottage houses seem to leap out from story books, postcards, and paintings. In common terms, they are deemed picture-perfect. It is therefore somewhat of a challenge not to deface such a perfect picture with items of modernity. Any which way we look at it, roller garage doors are not readily identified with an image associated with serenity especially with the materials , designs, and contraptions associated with it.
To say that roller garage doors will not fit into the English cottage house picture is not exactly true. It can be done with a little imagination and ingenuity by choosing colors and designs that will not make the roller doors stand out but actually allow them to blend with the rest of the house. Reliable suppliers such as Quokka doors can design, assemble , and deliver the required garage doors with the least inconvenience to customers. It is important however to make the design requirements clear to suppliers to ensure that the desired finished product will be provided.
Materials with wood-like design and texture is probably the best way to go so as not to totally deviate from the English cottage look. Accessories can be in metal to provide just the right contrast. The choice of paint color is important in achieving the perfect look.
Aside from the garage door itself, homeowners can look into possibilities of creating an atmosphere that will lessen the contrast provided by roller garage doors. This can be provided by building an arch surrounded by trees and plants just before the garage doors to provide a fitting introduction to the garage area without destroying the over-all design. The arch can be made from wrought iron, wooden trellis, or stone posts. The final choice will depend on the materials used in the main house so that again, blending is possible without major visual disturbance when viewed as a whole.
The mechanics of the roller door can be as modern as can be and yet it will not destroy the time element being presented by the house itself. It is like getting the best of both worlds as traditional combines with the contemporary. Living in an “old-fashioned” way does not have to mean giving up on the modern conveniences.