What Happened In The UK In 1996?

Breaking 1996 down into the biggest news, sports and entertainment events; here’s what happened…

Two tragedies hit the hearts of Britons in 1996, the nation’s sympathies going out to the people of Dunblane and Manchester. In Dunblane, a crazed gunman went on a shooting spree in at a local infant school, killing an entire class and their teacher. Later in the year, as a direct response to those ill-fated events, the Government announced that it would be outlawing almost all handguns in the UK.

In Manchester, a huge bomb devastated its busy central shopping area just as it was filling up with eager Saturday shoppers. Police managed to start an evacuation before it blew up but scores of people were still killed or injured in the blast. Such was the damage caused, that the episode led to a total regeneration of Manchester city centre.

Also hitting the news in ’96 was the introduction of the first genetically modified (or GM) food to go on sale in British supermarkets. Modified tomato puree was the cause of all the fuss with some critics dubbing it a “Frankenstein food”.

The world of sport was dominated by England’s hosting of the European football championships (Euro ’96). The England v Scotland group stage match drew much attention with Gazza’s wonder goal eventually stealing the win for the home team. Cheered on by home support, the ‘Three Lions’ made it all the way to the semi-finals, the nation going football crazy as it looked as if England were really going to win a major tournament for the first time since ’66, then, as really should have been expected, they lost on penalties to Germany.

Entertainment wise, carrot topped Chris Evans re-invented the chat show format with his hit show ‘TFI Friday’.Presenting celebrity gossip, the hippest bands and lad friendly guests, this unscripted, chaotic program briefly made Evans the most sought after man on TV. Over on the BBC, a group of thirty-something lawyers were gaining huge ratings; ‘This Life’ being a bit like the American ‘Friends’ but with much more ‘bad’ behaviour and saucy goings on.

The big screen was blessed with one of the jewels of the British film-making crown, ‘Trainspotting’. Despite featuring heroin, needles, vomit and disgusting toilet bowls, this was the coolest thing of the year and took Ewan McGregor from nowhere to ‘Star Wars’. The more family friendly film of 1996 was ‘Toy Story’; it being the first feature length movie ever to be animated entirely by computer. The results were quite stunning and people flocked to see ‘Woody’ (a pull-string cowboy) and ‘Buzz Lightyear’ (a high-tech space ranger) battle it out to become little Andy’s favourite toy.…

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Things You May Need For Your Child's Summer Football Camp

Summer is drawing closer and that means summer camps for your kids. If you are planning on putting your child in a football camp, there are a few things that you might want to make sure your child has before it starts.

Special athletic clothing such as Under Armor is useful for your little athlete. Under Armor makes shirts and pants that are specially designed for athletic activities. They are stretchy and allow for free movement while also keeping the person as dry as possible.

Football cleats are shoes specially designed for playing football in. Cleats have either metal or hard plastic spokes that come out of the sole of the shoe to help with gripping on the grass when in the field. Cleats also come in a variety of styles with some made with high ankle support and others with special lacing for maximum coverage.

Football helmets can be purchased in many different sizes and styles. Sizing can be somewhat tricky so be sure to check with a sports store employee and have your child try on a couple of sizes before choosing just one. Mouth guards, which are hard plastic pieces placed in the child's mouth for protection, can be attached to the front of football helmets. Mouth guards that attach to the helmets tend to make keeping track of it much easier.

Other football accessories such as wrist guards, knee braces and special socks are also available at sportsman stores all over. Communicate with your child's coach to find out what sorts of accessories you are responsible for buying and which ones will be available through the program. …

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For the Love of NFL Football Helmets

What can be cooler than wearing NFL football helmets? NFL football helmets just seem to have that extra oomph. The bright colors and elaborate, sometimes whimsical designs are guaranteed to win looks of admiration. They make great ice breakers and can come in handy when you are trying to score the phone number of a pretty lady.

Football fans want to wear the helmet of the teams they root for – right? For the most part yes; they will wear the helmet of the team or teams they root for. But there are a good number of fans who wear the NFL football helmets of teams they do not necessarily root for. Heck, there are a good number of non-football fans who will wear NFL football helmets for the sake of fashion.

It may all sound superficial but let us be honest with ourselves. Do you remember rooting for a team not because they were good but because they had the coolest looking uniforms? Ladies, do you remember screaming your lungs out to cheer the star quarterback not because he has skills but because he looks hot? The same thing goes for football helmets; if the design looks good, no matter how much the team sucks, people still gravitate towards the team's helmets. Of course, it would not hurt if the team ruled over Super Bowl. Still, a good design is a good design and it will appeal to people from all walks of life – NFL fan or not.

Fans can choose between authentic and replica helmets. Authentic helmets are, as the name suggests, the same helmets worn by professional players. The face masks are made of steel and the thickness of the padding conforms to league standards. In contrast, the face masks of replica helmets are made of plastic and the padding is made of Styrofoam.

There are a several major manufactures of NFL football helmets. The leading manufacturers of professional football helmets include Bike and Schutt.

Football is probably the only game that looks more painful than professional wrestling. Ironically professional football players were not required to wear protective helmets until the 1930s. Compared to the helmets of today, the early prototypes did not provide much protection.

The early football helmets were made of leather. Eventually the leather helmets were replaced with harness style helmets. Head related injuries prompted sports scientists and helmet manufacturers to improve the helmets further and the result is the NFL football helmets players proudly wear today.

The designs of the helmets do more than make a fashion statement; any design or logo change mirrors the growth and evolution of the teams. In the spirit of change, the NFL made it mandatory for all teams to have alternate or throwback uniforms. These uniforms should bear designs different from their primary team logo and designs. …

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Mezzanine Construction – 9 Things You Should Know

A mezzanine is a good investment. A mezzanine floor is a very easy way to create extra, very low cost productive space. Constructing your mezzanine should be very straight forward in engineering terms, however there are varying opinions on design. People with vested interests in wanting to deal with your project, often as part of other works that they may be doing at the time, can easily persuade you to embark on a course which falls well short of your expectations. You should not be derailed by this, there are certain fundamentals that if deployed will ensure you don’t fall into the trap of going with popular opinion which is not the same as expert advice.

There are over 40 combinations and facilitations a mezzanine can bring to your business and they can be expensive in the wrong hands causing delays and unnecessary frustrations. A mezzanine floor should provide flexible, low cost productive business space and armed with these eight fundamentals your mezzanine construction is much more likely to maximise its contribution. My fastest payback time for a mezzanine floor construction project was under 3 months. These are the eight useful things to know to achieve rapid pay back results.

First Thing to know: Why would I want a Mezzanine? A mezzanine makes great people space so, showrooms, retail, restaurant, office, storage, production, workshop, exhibitions, museums, schools, libraries, gymnasiums and leisure are all good working examples. They are an easy retro fit and can be taken down again with relative ease making them good for landlord, tenant and private ownership as an obvious choice for developing temporary or permanent space provision. Landlords frequently will provide these facilities incentivising the cost into the lease.

Second thing to know: Is there potential and what will a Mezzanine cost? Once you are in your building, warehouse or factory unit or even shopping mall or out of town location, if nobody has occupied it before you, then you will have perhaps some basic hospitality plumbed in and some services and a lot of floor space. Here in the UK it is common place for architects and property developers to use steel frameworks because they can go higher more economically. In warehouses the construction is often a series of frames called portal frames onto which cladding rails and the building skin is fixed. If your property is not already divided up for you then you will be staring up at rafters and in a portal frame building you should have up to 6m at the eave and a meter or more additional height at the apex in the middle. If you look up at the eave rafter at the side of the building inside you will see a funny little triangular bracket between the rafter and the column – we call this the haunch and it is generally about 5m plus to the underside.

Anything over 5m is good, under 5m you will need professional help. If you are building this structure make sure …

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Sports and Hobbies in Portugal

Called The Beautiful Game, the Portuguese are ardent futebol fans. From club matches to the national team, everyone has a favorite player and team that they follow with great devotion.

Futebol

The game requires speed, dexterity, endurance and strategy. Portugal’s Cristiano Renaldo is arguably the best player in the world and José Marinho is widely recognized as a gifted manager.

For pro players, making the national team is the pinnacle of success. Many professional footballers play internationally for other teams; for example Renaldo plays for Real Madrid. As qualifying for the quadrennial World Cup approaches, players are named for the national team. Below the national team is club play. Premeira Liga, with 14 teams, is the premier league and the Segunda Ligafields 22 teams.

Every town and region has a host of amateur leagues, as well as college and school teams ranging from five-a-side to full teams. Naturally you can find a group of kids (or adults) kicking the ball around wherever there’s a bit of open space.

Futsal

Futsal, 5-a-side indoor football, is played on a hard surface. There are several leagues divided into divisions. 1a Divisão is the top league.

All the rest

  • Athletics: Portugal has a number of top long-distance runners and has done well at recent Olympic Games in London and Beijing; there are also a number of top cross-country runners from Portugal
  • Canoeing: Portugal has many top Olympians in this sport; kayaking and canoeing are popular sports for tourists and locals alike
  • Cycling: Volta a Portugal is the annual professional long-distance race; cycling tours and mountain bike trails are widely available in all regions
  • Martial arts: Jogo do Pau is a traditional stick fighting martial art dating from the Middle Ages (fencing and judo are also popular)
  • Motorsports: Rallying, motorcycle racing and A1 Grand Prix are popular spectator sports with some races (Rally Madeira and Lisboa-Dakar) receiving international attention
  • Bullfights: Portuguese bullfights differ in style from the Spanish customs, notably the bull is not killed in the ring; running with the bulls, as in Pamplona, Spain, is popular in the Azores
  • Golf: the Algarve has great courses and many of Portugal’s top pros play in the region
  • Airsoft: known as paint ball in the U.S., the game is popular around the country
  • Watersports: surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and sailing are all popular, especially in the Algarve
  • Portugal is considered to have some of the best waves in Europe, most notably around the central coastal town of Peniche. Recently, the largest wave ever surfed was recorded in Nazaré, about 30 minutes north of Peniche.

Hobbies

Textiles

Portugal’s traditional needlework and fiber arts began in nunneries and as cottage industries. The fine linens, rugs, lacework provided a livelihood for many families and grew to be celebrated for craftsmanship. Portuguese textiles are well known the world over.

  • Embroidery: Portuguese embroidery is highly sought after with its intricate stiches and rich colors; styles vary by region, with the best known examples coming from Madeira and

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Rule Changes For the 2008 NFL Season

Well, it seems like the excitement of the Giants’ amazing victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII is finally beginning to die down, and NFL fans are already getting geared up for the upcoming 2008 NFL Football Season. When a new NFL season is being developed, the current rules are always looked at and efforts to improve them take place. This NFL season is no exception and there have already been some important changes made, as well a many proposed changes that are still on the table.

One of the more amusing changes in rules to be proposed for the upcoming football season was a possible ban on hair flowing out of players’ helmets. Some NFL players, such as Troy Polamalu, have some really long hair and the sports teams are worried that it is obscuring the player’s name and number from the viewers’ sight. If this rule had been instated it would have required the players to cut their hair, or find a way to keep it tucked into their helmets during the duration of the game. This isn’t the only reason for the proposed rule change however. The Kansas City Chiefs asked that the rule to be instated because of an incident that occurred when their running back, Larry Johnson, pulled another player down by his hair and held it for some time after the two had hit the ground. This resulted in a penalty against him. The Chiefs would like to make sure that this never happens again by requiring hair to be tucked into helmets if it is over a certain length. Luckily for the players this rule change was voted down, but be on the lookout for it to pop up again in the future.

Some proposed changes have already passed when the NFL owners gathered together to discuss them in Palm Beach, Florida recently. One such change concerns the Defense receiving a microphone helmet, a privilege usually reserved only for the quarterbacks. Another new rule allows coaches the ability to defer the coin toss should they win and wish to keep the football for the second half. Also new to the game this year will be instant replays for field goals. The Incidental Facemask grab has been done away with as well. Facemask grabs must be held now in order for the player to receive a penalty.

The 2008 football season is sure to be an important and exciting one as there are some other changes that are going to take place that don’t necessarily have to do with rules. For one thing, the NFL is going to be sporting a new logo. This will be the first time the league has ever updated their logo. It will feature 8 stars to represent each of the league’s divisions. On a somber note, this will be the last season that the Dallas Cowboys will play at Texas Stadium; their new Stadium will be in Arlington, Texas. Another interesting change involves the retirement of Brett …

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Football Betting Guide – Tips and Strategies to Bet Wisely on Football

Sports betting is one way to enjoy the game and make extra money as well. However, although this is a gamble and winning is only by chance, you it can however be a fun way to enjoy your favorite sports and make the battle more exciting. However, there are important tips that you need to learn before even putting your money into these games.

If you are a football fan and you want to make the game more fun and you would like to bet on the game, here is a simple football betting guide that will help you bet wisely. Although there are no clear cut way to win a bet on any sports game, a little research on how betting is done can help your chances of winning though.

Here is a simple football betting guide that you may find useful.

Do your research. Keep in mind that sports betting is a gamble but you can increase your chances of winning by doing a research on which type of bet can give you higher chances of winning. In most sports betting, you will have big winnings in bets that are difficult to win and lower winnings in bets that are easier to win. The choice depends on what you want though, but the risks are always there. Also do a research on the teams playing. Have a research on the teams, their chances of winning, their past performances, records of injuries and many other aspects of the game. Of course, choosing the best teams is also important in making the best wins in sports betting.

Only bet what you can afford to lose. In any betting or gambling game, it is important not to put all your money on it. Gambling is a game of chance and you can’t just risk all your money into something that the outcome is not sure of and risks are very high.

Choose what type of wager you want to put your money. Keep in mind that different bets have varying risks and chances of hitting the jackpot. A wise choice however, can help you manage your money as well as your betting.

Some of the types of bets that you can find in football are straight bets, parlays totals, half time wagers and many others. In straight bets, the team you wagered on must win the game for you to win as well. In the case of a tie, there will no winner and your money will be given back to you or deposited back into your account.

You can also bet on the combined score of both teams for the games you have wagered on. You can also bet on the halftime score, whether the first half or the second half. This is called halftime wagers. You can also choose to bet on 2 or more teams to win in the games at no particular order.

Keep in mind that there the higher the risks, the higher prize you can …

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Ivy League Schools

I felt unworthy when I contemplated penning a piece on Ivy League schools. After reading up on more facts about these schools, I realized that I was unworthy. The prestige of Ivy League schools is legendary. Since the American Revolution, or even earlier, they have been the best in America. Here are some details I’d like to share about the academic and athletic excellence of the Ivy League, all seven universities and 1 college of it.

The Ivy League is comprised of Princeton University, Harvard University, Cornell University, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Columbia University, and Dartmouth College. The most erstwhile university is Harvard University founded in 1636, while Cornell was founded last of the eight schools in 1865. The title Ivy League is said to come from the ivy that grow on the outside of the old buildings that comprise the campuses.

The Ivy League has been competing against each other in sports as long as there have been sports in college. In 1852, the 1st event was held between Yale’s and Harvard’s boating teams. Since then, they’ve included every sport from baseball to water polo with fencing, football, lacrosse, rowing, and squash in between, just to name some. They were officially named the Ivy League in 1954, though they had been unofficially called by that name long before.

In 1954, the Ivy League’s founded pact for football was extended to all intercollegiate sports. According to the pact, athletic ability alone doesn’t deserve aid. The Ivy League doesn’t give athletic scholarships, unlike other schools in America. Instead, academic achievement is the foundation for scholarship grants.

Excellence in the classroom is the highest priority for Ivy League schools. Only the best of the best are admitted with an acceptance rate of nine per cent to twenty per cent per year. The college admissions process can be a tough battle at any school all over the nation, but here it’s absolutely vicious. At times, students with very good test scores are turned down from their first Ivy League school of choice for no evident reason. These schools have such a high number of applicants that the process is never a sure thing.

I was also amazed to know that even students with better than average test scores are at times not admitted to Ivy League schools. The college admissions office looks at the students as a complete package. Aside from test scores and grades, club and society memberships, leadership positions, extracurricular activities, and the elusive “X” factor are also weighed in.

Indeed, an Ivy League school is the best place to get a great education. However, you should be accepted first, and the best way to do that is to get the interest of the college admission offices by presentation. Organizing all your information in 1 place is your most effective way.

You must work on getting high grades because athletic ability is not enough to get you a scholarship to an Ivy League school.…

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Different Types of Football Memorabilia

Professional football is growing in popularity each year. Therefore, it is not unusual to see loyal football fans spending their time and money on football collectibles such as NFL mini helmets. These precious memorabilia are truly a great way of showing how they truly value and love their hometown team or favorite player.

Collecting football NFL helmets can be an exciting and social pastime for any professional football enthusiast. The excitement begins when the football fanatic tries to hunt for the collectibles that are regarded as hard finds such as an autographed helmets or jerseys of a favorite player. It can also be socially advantageous when this activity initiates exchanges of collectibles among fellow collectors which leads to valued friendships. If collecting football memorabilia seems interesting for you, then here is a list of some football collectibles you can consider buying.

o Football cards
The most popular football collectible will probably be football cards. Like baseball cards, these cards are inexpensive but its value increases over time. An American football card is a type of trading card much like a baseball card. It is usually printed on paper or card stock. These cards may include bubblegum or a special edition player card. Typically it has the stats of an American football player and a very popular collectible for kids.

o Throwback jerseys and jackets
Jackets and jerseys are very nice football collectibles. It is much more special if it is a throwback jersey. These garments are exact replicas of the style worn by famous football teams of the past.

o Bobble head dolls of your favorite player
These bobble head dolls are made to resemble the football player it is portraying. These are three dimensional dolls that come complete with tattoos, specific hairstyles and even scars that match those of their real life counterparts.

o Posters and photographs of famous football players.
Collectors also love signed photographs and posters of their favorite NFL player. There are also available unique posters that feature all of the original Super Bowl tickets of the whole season.

o Autographed NFL mini helmets and replica helmets
Football helmets signed by your favorite football player will cost hundred of dollars especially if the player is the winning quarterback of the team that won the latest Super Bowl.

Football memorabilia comes in many forms and sizes. It can be simple ticket stubs of all the NFL games you've attended to the most expensive helmet collectibles you can buy. There is almost an endless possibility but it is most important that you learn to take care of them. Purchase storage equipment such as display cases for your collectible helmets to ensure it will last long and you can guarantee its safety. …

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Football Helmet Wall Decals

One of the most exciting additions to the market for football helmet fans is the all decal. These large and dramatic decals are a fantastic way to show your support for your team and make a statement in the room that you are watching the game in.

The decals are incredibly high quality and seem to jump off the wall at you. Even though their size is so large, the detail is exactly what you see on your favorite team's helmet during the game. Whether it is the NFL or college football, you can find one of these large helmet decal for any team.

These helmet decals make are great for the basement game room or kids bedrooms. Along with the helmet, you can get a larger than life decal of your favorite player for that team. Any kid would be lucky to have this in their room

The decals are removable and do not leave a mark on the wall after they are removed. They are heavy duty and do not tear easily when you are moving them from one spot to another. You can have the decal up just for the game and take it down and store it after.

There are a number of different manufactures of these decal, but Fathead is the industry leader and has a huge variety to choose from, not just football helmets, but many other sports as well. Be sure to check them out and add a wall decal to your collection. …

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