Top Ten Crashes

The very thought that Jamiroquoi has anything in common with Princess Grace and Jackson Pollock is a bit puzzling, perhaps, at first glance.  There are, of course, connections with fame that these three all share, as well as a certain boldness in their lives (although to varying degrees).  There are also connections among them in terms of how this same fame did affect their behavior in the world, and altered their perceptions of this same world.  The most significant connection, however, is related to their automobile tires.


Jamiroquoi’s Jay Kay makes the top ten list for extremely expensive car crashes, and fortunately, he lived to tell the tale of loss.  This loss amounted to about $360,000, and one of the world’s most beautiful Lamborghini’s would never be the same again.  On the lists of top ten bad things that can happen in cars, expensive car crashes is perhaps the most uplifting, because in most cases, the people involved do survive.  The costs are varying, but there have been several crashes that cost well over a million dollars.  Although the victims (or perpetrators) might live, these can still be considered tragedies.  Just ask Rowan Atkinson, whose million dollar-plus McLaren came to a terrible end in 1999.


There are more severe results of high speed crashes, and these are the ones that work their way into popular culture more rapidly, and stick around for a very long time.  It can be argued that in general tires played a small role in most of these incidents, there is still enough of a reason to do a safety check on one’s own vehicle.  In most of these cases, though, a safety check would not help very much.


With Princess Grace it was a stroke that lead to her loss of control.  The timing is very much the very stuff  of tragedy, and if her life weren’t already mythic enough, this would have put it over the top.  In Jackson Pollack’s case, as in many cases of untimely deaths in traffic accidents, alcohol played a very significant part, if not the central role.  If there is anything to learn from these top ten lists, then, it’s that there are some things that are in our control, but at the same time, we are all mortal, no matter how rich or famous.  That the spectacularly fiery scenes in photos and films is something that could happen to anyone puts everyone on a kind of equal, if uneasy, footing.


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Popular Snow Resorts Across the United States

When most people think of water sports they think of the summer, or at least a very southern state or global region that tends to stay warm throughout the year. However, for the die hards, there is an endless opportunity for water sports anywhere and at any time of the year. And in Colorado, what do they call water sports through the holiday season? Snow, that’s write, frozen water sports are alive and well and thousands of people are enjoying them right now. Ice skating and hockey as well as many others also fall into this category of frozen water sports that are enjoyed throughout these beautiful winter months. And if you’re one of the frozen water enthusiasts, you will be happy to know that most of the popular ski slopes and resort areas throughout the country are open and ready for people like you to celebrate the season and ring in the New Year.

So if you’re looking for a great winter getaway, you can usually just head up somewhere in your own northern state. However, there are some standard popular favorites that attract people from not only around the country but also from throughout the world. Places like Lake Tahoe, Taos and Aspen and Steamboat Springs, Colorado are just four of the most famous and world known. Others, like those in Utah and famous California resorts are also popular with people from around the globe. And if you live in the states, chances are likely that one of these great resorts are accessible to you, and at the very least you should have plenty of options for smaller or less well known resorts in your own state. And the above resorts haven’t even mentioned the beautiful and popular slopes found all over the East Coast, which by the well is well known for its spectacular winter snows and tremendous outdoor sporting and activity opportunities. Of course it can also be pretty easy to get snowed in at certain spots so make sure you’re traveling with someone you like.

On the East Coast, places like Killington, Smugglers Notch and Sugarbrush in Vermont usually lead the list will others like Sugarloaf in Maine and Attitash in New Hampshire are favorites with locals as well as tourists. It’s not uncommon for ski lovers to borrow money for their passion. New skis, coats, glasses, goggles and other accessories make the perfect Christmas gift for individuals like this, though it’s unlikely that gifts alone will cover all the expenses. And many enthusiasts access quality videos about money mutual loans and financial services to fund their life’s obsession. And for those who intend to become pro, it’s more of an investment in the future than a financing of leisure. Lake Tahoe Regardless of how you fund your skiing adventure, outdoor activities and sports like skiing and snowboarding are excellent ways to keep in shape. And if you’re having difficulty with finances for any reason, resources like , and other online information sites are their to support you.

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New Tires for New Romances

It has recently been acknowledged that at least one in five new relationships begins with an online introduction. This demonstrates one aspect of the tremendous changes technology is having on our lives, although this seems only to refer to the way relationships are initiated, not to their actual status. Unless of course, we refer to those relationships that exist entirely online, and though they might be valid and significant, they are not considered here. We’re interested in the best online resources for finding love , and the best way to guarantee a great first date. Of course there really is no guarantees involved with the first date, though there are some ways to up your chances and these include hygiene and appearance preparation as well as actual date planning. Of ours the wheels and tires on your car might play part and it’s always great to have your vehicle washed and maintenance, as well as your home, just in case things should go in that direction.

However, before you race out and buy those new Toyo tires , or spend the weekend cleaning your house, you should first make sure you have a date in the first place. This brings us back to the original topic, which online dating services are the best. And one last thing before we discuss them, it’s important to recognize what’s considered to be the best, and which features you find most important. For instance, is it more important to you to have personality and lifestyle matches? Or are you simply appearance oriented, or income prioritized? The best online dating sites will provide a spectrum of information, as well as photos, for those visually, or shall we say superficially minded, individuals. Perhaps that was an unnecessary slam, as we’re all entitled to our tastes and preferences and romantic connections are frequently dependent on that chemical attraction, which is typically dependent on appearance.

Match dot come is frequently considered to be the best online resource for finding quality dating companions. It’s also one of the most, if not the most, popular online dating site. It’s known for its ease of use as well as the quality and depth of information. E harmony is another quality site, and frequently compared to Match. Many users consider it to be of equal value, though it is oriented toward heterosexuals only, which eliminates it from being the most diverse. Zoosk, Chemistry dot com and Perfect match follow behind the top two indicated. They are quality sites, though less comprehensive and sometimes less user friendly. Other popular sites cater to specific interests and lifestyle elements. Overall all, Match dot com usually rates highest with most users.

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Christmas in Montreal

There are many things to do in order to celebrate the Christmas holiday inside and outside of the apartments in montreal . It may be cold outside but there are festivities and festivals to take part in, many shows to see and many art exhibits to experience. While there are many to choose from, here is a short synopsis of some the tried and true favorites of many locals and visitors alike.What Christmas holiday would be complete without a trip to the Les Grands Ballet Canadians de Montreal and a night of “The Nutcracker”? This ballet is famous around the world, and has become a part of many family holiday traditions. Number two on the list is another spectacular holiday performance titled “Saltimbanco”, put on by non other than the Cirque du Soleil.

Choices three, four, five, six and seven are all events that take place inside. The various art museums offer quite a variety of activities such as a tour through the Biodome and a meeting with Caillou, the famous character from a number of children’s books. Number four is a walk through an exhibit of three hundred nativity scenes presented by the the Saint Joseph’s Oratory. There is an archaeological exhibit of Santa Claus throughout history at the museum of Pointe-  -Calli ¨re and at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts , the rooms will be filled with more than forty Christmas trees, all decorated differently by the various cultural groups of the city.

Number seven, is go to church. There are many churches located by the homes offered on . Each of them offer services with special performances by the choirs and the musicians of Montreal.Eight, nine and ten are all activities that take place out of doors, so bundle up but don’t miss these special holiday events. Every year the Botanical Garden and the Maisonneuve Park team up for a visual display of poinsettia made Christmas trees, music in the afternoons and sparkling lights. And for a traditional outdoor holiday activity, there are ice skating rinks located at Old Port and Mount Royal, each with affordable skate rentals offered. And finally, a romantic topper to the holiday season, a cal ¨che-or horse drawn carriage-ride through the old section of the city of Montreal. hichever way one chooses to spend the Christmas holiday in Montreal, either inside or out, the feelings and memories of each of these activities will last throughout the coming New Year. So put away the Jack-o-lanterns, and get ready for the winter holidays of Montreal.

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Haunted Halloween Road Trips

The Halloween holiday is fast approaching. This October 31, people will be celebrating in a variety of ways. There are those few adventuresome spirits, who yearn to go out and find other spirits…of the other-worldly sort. The sort that haunt old hospital buildings, or state prisons, or residential houses, or in some cases-entire towns. Perhaps one will be lucky, or not lucky depending on how one looks at it, and have one of these sites located close to home. But if that is not the case, the following is a Top Ten list of the most visited haunted attractions in the United States. Gas up the car, check the oil, the rims , and the tires…pack a road-trip picnic basket and head out on a real, “live” Halloween holiday adventure.

First stop is of course, the city of New Orleans. The Sultan’s House is located amongst the wrought iron fences and over-grown gardens of the French Quarter. He was said to have had many wives and many children, and other poor souls who were held against their will. His entire family was murdered and he was buried alive in his own courtyard garden. Not far from this house of the Sultan, there is a haunted courthouse in the town of Saint Charles. In the 1940′s, Toni Jo Henry, killed a man who had offered to help her one night. She was finally convicted of the murder and became the first woman to sit for a short time in Louisiana’s electric chair. The Courthouse of St. Charles and the Sultan’s House of New Orleans will send Halloween chills, as people report strange noises and odors, and general uneasy feelings.

Sites 3, 4 and 5 are also located in the South. The Moundsville State Prison is located in the state of West Virginia, and is known to this day as one of the most torturous and violent prisons in the country. The prison was in operation from 1895-1995, and during those hundred years more than 1,000 men were tortured, executed in the electric, or fell victims to the hands of each other. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, in the West Virginia town of Weston is no different. In both facilities, the spirits of those once captive roam the halls and torment visitors strolling through the halls. And in Savannah, GA it is at the Moon River Brewery that is haunted today. Once the building was a hotel, and workers in the brewery today are often taunted by the spirits of the past.

In Villisca, Iowa, at 508 E. 2nd Street, sits a house in which a man murdered his entire family with an ax. The wife and children of Josiah B. Moore are said to still be lingering about and frightening unsuspecting visitors. In Tampa, FL the Cuban Club is also a current spot said to be haunted by spirits of the past. Back East, in NY, NY there is a SoHo bistro famous for scary apparitions, and that is the Manhattan Bistro. One state over, in Philadelphia there is Fort Mifflin. Many haunts wander this area, from Revolutionary War soldiers to those who loved them long ago. And finally, out West, the town of Jerome, AZ is haunted. The entire town. So if the mood strikes for haunted holiday travel, replace worn Firestone tires and wiper blades, head out on the road and enjoy safe, albeit haunted travels…Happy Halloween!

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The Best Rates for Travel in Cyprus and the Mediterranean

For today’s traveler, booking discount vacations to the Mediterranean is now easier than ever. The Internet has increased consumer access to discount travel booking companies and with computers in nearly every home, a vacation is just a few clicks of the mouse away. Before these easy access days, those looking for a vacation within their budget had to physically go and visit a travel agency.

For those seeking travel to the Mediterranean including in and around Cyprus, there are a few ways to get exceptional discounted values, the trick is in knowing just where to look. Most of this is through well established discount travel web sites that are both reliable and affordable. They allow consumers to pre-book everything from hotels and cruises, to flights and car rentals.

While some travel agencies offer discounts and can provide special packages that few websites can provide, they can have difficulty competing with online discount travel sites for pricing. To their credit however, travel agencies offer a more complete travel service. Their service includes a designated travel service person whose main goal is to ensure a perfect travel experience for the consumer. A full service travel agency is designed to provide the comfort of knowing most of their services are guaranteed. Part of their job is to ensure that any mishaps or blunders that arise will be remedied by the travel agent.  Now these are all affordable and accessible through the Internet. Their goal is to handle any of these types of issues with efficiency cutting through the red tape that consumers can experience with self booking. For highly important trips, full service travel booking can offer extra comfort and assurances when vacationing or traveling.

There are quite a few discount travel websites available, these include the more popular and well established websites of Travelocity, Priceline, Hotwire and Expedia. Each of these companies are known to provide some of the most consistent and substantial savings to travelers. Additionally they are also known for having excellent customer satisfaction ratings with few travel disruptions.

When the goal is to make the trip have a more local Mediterranean flair there are a few great websites that can provide people with access to travel agencies in the local area of Cyprus and the Mediterranean. The island is a frequent destination for young and old couples alike. With pristine beaches, scenic views and plenty of activities to enjoy, the island is a wonderful getaway and the hotels in Cyprus are filled with the wonderful island vibe.

One predominantly inclusive website is known as This is actually a referral site that is specially geared to provide consumers with a directory for the best travel agencies that cover travel in and around Cyprus. Additional discounts can be sought out at websites such as, and With any of these top discount sites, finding the perfect bargains for travel in and around Cyprus and the Mediterranean is much easier today than in years past and consumers are now able to save a bundle on their vacations.

Kristy Collins is a contributing writer for, one of the most well known and luxurious resorts on the island.


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What to Do Before Going Off to College

Going off to college is exciting, nerve racking and stressful. There are many things to coordinate and many things that you wouldn’t typically think to do when going off to college. So here is a list of the top five things students should do or think about before heading off to college.

1. Housing
Obviously housing is one of the most important parts of college. Whether you live on campus, at home or in an apartment, housing is going to be one of the critical things to look into. Living on campus or at home won’t be too difficult to arrange but if you are going to live off campus in a house or apartment, you will definitely want to research and look into property management companies and get a realtor. Many companies have information tailored to college students, for example, TransGlobe has a site for college student information where you can find answers to your questions.

2. Transportation
Transportation is imperative to consider, you will want to figure out how you are going to get to the school to move in, whether it be drive or fly and you will also want to think of how you are going to get around once you are at school. Bringing a car is a great idea depending on parking and most schools have some form of public transportation but it is worth looking it up and figuring how you will get around.

3. Registering for Classes
Registering for classes can be difficult because it is somewhat time sensitive. You will want to do it as soon as possible and have all the classes you want to take already picked out. It’s probably a good idea to look at what classes are required for the school as well as for your major. Also, try and stay away from those 8 AM classes.

4. Books
Books are one of the biggest expenses in college and can cost you up to $1000 per year. So here are a few money saving tricks. First, look and see if any of your books are available at the school library, many times novels can be checked out from the library and there is really no need to buy the book. Next, look for used books online or rent your text books online, it will save you the bookstore prices and as a student, you can get free shipping on Amazon.

5. Food/Dining
Everybody has to eat, so it is very important to either invest in some sort of meal plan or set aside a certain amount of money each month for food. It is a good idea to check out the eating options beforehand and decide whether or not you want to buy a meal plan or just eat at places close to campus.

College is a major transition and with so many things to think about, it is easy for one to overlook some important details.

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Benefits of Adding Your Child to Your Own Car Insurance Policy

It’s important to be very careful when choosing the right car insurance and you can succeed in reducing auto insurance premiums with enough research and effort. If you have a car, and your child has grown to an age to drive your vehicle, you need to make a decision about whether or not to allow your teen to drive your car and whether or not to add him/ her to your car insurance policy. Of course, this is a decision that takes some thought but whether you like it or not, once they have that license your teen will likely not want to wait to get behind the wheel. Well, let’s face it; separate car insurance for your child will be lot more expensive than adding his/ her name to your auto insurance so it’s time to make an adjustment to your current policy.

Second driver insurance will help you protect your car and help give you some piece of mind when it is driven by your child. You will have to add your child to your car insurance policy as well. The great news is that it is not at all expensive to add a second driver to your car insurance. Many parents prefer this method over getting a separate car insurance policy for their child because this can actually be far less expensive in the long run and chances are, you probably already have an ongoing relationship with your current insurance agent. Car insurance companies calculate their rates on the basis of statistics and all new drivers are placed in the high risk category due to their inexperience which can lead to various kinds of injuries or accidents. Often when they are placed on their parent’s policy, the premiums are much cheaper.

Here are some advantages of adding a second driver under your car insurance:

  1. You can save a considerable amount of money by adding your child to your car insurance. Comparatively, you will have to pay a much higher premium if you get them the separate auto insurance because of their inexperience in driving.
  2. When you place your child as your second driver, you will get some discounts and some companies will even offer discounts if your child gets good grades. Nothing like some added incentive to work hard at school!
  3. You will have peace of mind knowing that your child will be protected in case of an accident. You will also be aware of any traffic violations or tickets they may acquire. While this is not totally an “advantage,” this is something that can be explained to your child up front. There’s nothing wrong with giving them a healthy dose of fear!

Aside from this, you should ensure that your child gets the requisite driving instructions. Many insurance companies offer sizeable reductions to teens who take their driving instructions.

If your insurance company is quoting you an exceptionally high premium for adding your child to your car insurance, you should never accept this easily. You can search around on the Internet and you can easily switch to a new and more competitive insurance firm that offers you good rates.

Sarah  Robins is a contributing writer for

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Five Things Truck Drivers can do to Prevent Accidents on the Road

Driving a truck for a living is not all fun and games like many believe; in fact, it can be a very stressing and tiring job. Every day we see news reports and hear about accidents on the highway where trucks and semis are involved. Many of these may have been prevented with a little patience and planning.

1. Regular Maintenance
It is necessary for each truck driver on the road to develop a maintenance schedule for their rigs and to stick to it. Oil changes, hose supervisions, brakes, gear boxes, everything must be in order because if any of these fail while driving at high speed, the result could be disastrous. Regular maintenance is a must not only for truck drivers but for every car on the road.

2. Inspect Before Hitting the Road
Even if your truck or semi is well kept and all its systems are working perfectly, it is important for you to spend a few minutes of time before taking off to walk around it and have a final look before starting the journey. Take a look at the tires, make sure they are in good, if not excellent condition, all the threading must be in place and all of them must have the right pressure. Look at the ground; make sure that there are no oil spills that may have come from a leak in your truck.

3. Check the Load

Supervise the load and make sure it is even, tight and well distributed. Make sure that your truck, dump trailer or semi has been loaded with the legal amount of cargo. An overload may produce a few bucks more but it can also produce a traffic ticket and an accident. Always play it safe, do the right thing. Once you are satisfied with the condition of your load and rig, take it out on the road.

4. Plan Ahead
Plan every detail of your trip, the roads you will take, the rest periods, the meal periods. By doing this you will have an accurate time frame with regards to your time of arrival. Programming your driving time and schedule can help you save time and fuel too so it is a good idea to spend the time to plan properly. Avoid going through cities and towns during rush hour, if it is inevitable, do it but you would gain more if you took a break and rested while you let people get to their jobs and clear the roads.

5. Avoid Drowsiness
When driving at night on the open highway, turn your radio on to your favorite station. Keep your eyes on the road at all times. Since you have planned your trip carefully there will be no need for you to “put the pedal to the metal” so drive within the speed limits and above all, drive defensively, you are not alone on the road. Think ahead; beware of what others do and most of all never drive if you are tired or sleepy.

Tom Mills is a contributing writer for

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Expanding a Company’s Web Footprint

If you have recently started a company or are in the process of building one you are probably investing a lot of time and energy into creating a website. You see this as the best way to reach an internet audience and are worried about things like online shopping carts, product databases, or web forms for collecting sales leads .

A website should be the core of your online strategy, but it should not be the entirety of your web presence. If your website is already up and running, then it is time for you to think about expanding your web footprint. If you are still building that site, then now is the perfect time to coordinate other web properties into that development.

Maybe you have already realized the importance of blogging as a way to reach your market. If you haven’t, then you should definitely start there. A blog can easily be incorporated into your site. This can be part of the main site or it can exist on its own domain and be tied to the main site. Larger companies may actually want to have several executive blogs that provide different perspectives and insights to customers.

After blogs, the must have properties are social media profiles. Depending on the nature of your company, you should consider having an active twitter profile , a Facebook page, a LinkedIn company profile, and claim your pages on sites like FourSquare, YouTube, Flickr, and SlideShare. Each of these will not only give you a chance to interact with your target market, but will give you a place to share media and information and will increase the chances that your market will be able to find you, no matter where on the web they are looking.

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