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Safety tip 3 - Prevent cross-contamination - Cross-contamination is defined as the transfer of germs from one person to another, food to food, object to object, and surface to surface. Basically from one place to another. The main thing to look out for here Basically from one place to another. The main thing to look out for here is to not use the same surface that was used to clean raw meat as you would to clean something that is cooked and ready for eating. For example, cutting raw chicken on one board and then using the same board to cut some bread to make a sandwich with. Doing that would lead to extreme food poisoning.
Safety tip 4 - This tip also has to do with cross-contamination except that it does not involve food
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If you plan on a trip to Australia any time soon it is a good idea to prepare now by looking into some of the following devices, packing supplies and travel item suggestions.
Let's start off by suggesting you grab some sunscreen- - well duh you might say, but not just any old sunscreen. Since Australia is the home to the Great Barrier Reef it is vitally important to keep all those beautiful sea creatures and plant life safe as well.
Most sunscreens contain harmful chemicals (for you and water life) so look for a reef-safe designation or logo on your sunscreen and you should be good to go.
Since we are already talking about the ocean there a few more items related to safe and fun water activities.
First off you'll want a waterproof phone case, unless you happen to have a handy dandy waterproof phone. For the rest of us protecting one of he most valuable possessions is pretty important.
Get a case that will protect your phone from water damage, as well as dirt, dust and wild kangaroos. (well okay the later is probably not much of a worry)
If you get a clear see-through case you can also use your phone as an underwater camera. If not add an underwater camera to your list.
The amount of amazing underwater scenery is breath taking in the oceans around Australia. You'll most likely be doing some snorkeling, scuba diving or surfing so get a nice camera to capture all the fun. Water Shoes and Beach Necessities
You don't want to lose a sandal while wading and wandering through pools, puddles and possibly the ocean so grab a pair of slip on fast drying water shoes to protect your feet.
Along the lines of protecting your feet you'll want to protect your shoulders - well dry them off at least. Buying a quick dry towel makes a lot of sense since you'll be spending a lot of time at the beach.
You've seen Crocodile Dundee right? Notice what he wears on his head? You betcha, a nice fashionable sun hat. Australia can get really intense in the sun so protecting your head from the sun and heat can keep you safe. From the sun, not so much from crocodiles.
Now we've got the beach covered, what's next. Let's get pumped.
Or, well powered up at least. If you plan on brining any electronic devices you need to plug into an outlet make sure you grab an Australia Power Adapter. Australia uses the Type 1 power outlet which isn't very common around the world.
Making sure you have a universal power adapter with built in usb ports and surge protection is a good idea if you want to be able to use all your devices.
Speaking of devices you need some power on the go. Carrying a portable charger with you is pretty much mandatory these days when you travel. Just plug in and go, you don't want to run out of juice in the middle of an exciting safari do you?
Well that should get you started. What else do you plan on brining to your Australian get-a-way?
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There are many different styles and ways to build a greenhouse for your backyard. Your decisions on how to construct, heat, cool, and maintain an overall working environment will mainly depend on your needs and what you want to get out of it. Choosing a design/frame is going to help define everything else. This is dependent on your both your interior and exterior space requirements, the look you're going for, and your budget. Small geodomes are visually interesting and are relatively simple to build, or the traditional greenhouse look may be what you're looking for. Choosing this helps decide the construction material needed.
The two main construction materials for the walls and roof are lumber or metal conduit. However, lightweight PVC piping or steel are also options, depending on your needs. Choosing which one may depend mostly on your experience and your budget. Either material is appropriate, but most homeowners are more comfortable working with lumber. After deciding on the design/frame and the construction materials to use, the next step is to set up the frame and insulation.
In addition to the construction material of the physical structure, keep in mind the flooring material too. A system that easily drains and maintains an appropriate barrier between pests and bugs is ideal. This can range poured concrete with drainage, crushed stone with weed cloth covering, bricks overlaid on sand, or weed mats.
Insulation and Greenhouse Cover Material
Depending on your needs, which is partially defined by your geographical location, you can choose several options for the insulation. The greenhouse cover material doubled as insulation and your your walls, so taking into account the harshness of the weather is important too. The two main types of greenhouse cover material are solid corrugated polycarbonate sheets or different thickness polyethylene film. The thickness will depend on the level of protection required.
Conditioning the Air and Ventilation
Conditioning the air and small greenhouse ventilation are needed in some capacity, however, just a small greenhouse ventilation system may be enough to maintain the appropriate conditions for most backyard greenhouses. At a minimum, the ability to open a window or a door and leave it open can act as a form of ventilation. However, it may be necessary to include a physical window or vent that can be opened or close while also limiting bug and water infiltration.
Overall, you want the ability to control the environmental conditions within your greenhouse. This includes a blower, heating, or cooling systems. A simple thermostat can be used to control these, however, someone can also incorporate a more intelligent system if they need to in order to more precisely maintain the environmental conditions.
The type of door you want may depend on your needs. Most backyard greenhouses will have a simple door that has the same insulating material as the walls. This is an easy go-to option. However, there are other options such as roll-up doors or simply an area where you can easily move aside the plastic insulation to gain entry and exit.
Depending on the style of the greenhouse, a guttering system may be needed. This helps maintain the integrity of the greenhouse by channeling the flow of water from rain to a specific area. Better yet, channel the water to a water tank for watering the plants.
Benching and tools are a consideration that you want to take into account when working in a greenhouse. benching allows for you to work higher on a sturdy structure so your plants can thrive. Having the tools available and placed in there is an organizational point that makes it easier for your to achieve what you'd like to. Also important are greenhouse lights. The greenhouse lights can aid in supplying light to the plants, aid in your ability to see when there is not enough ambient light, or both.
Putting It All Together
Start by laying you flooring which will be used for greenhouse. Erect the frame on top of the flooring. At this point, it may be best to include any electrical components such as lighting, fans, blowers, heating or conditioning components to the frame. Next, cover the frame and doors with the insulating materials of your choice. Finally, install any guttering system and the interior components such as benches, places for tools, and the like.
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However, it's not usually the ceremony music, but the reception music that will make the day something to remember. Without music, a large percentage of wedding guests will probably be walking toward the exit as soon as they've had some of the food, except when there is no food; in which case they'll be heading to the exit as soon as they assume the bride and groom won't notice them walking out. Without music, a large percentage of wedding guests will probably be walking toward the exit as soon as they've had some of the food, except when there is no food; in which case they'll be heading to the exit as soon as they assume the bride and groom won't notice them walking out.
The ultimate way to liven up a wedding party is by giving your guests some music, preferably live. Obviously, you have the choice to use a DJ to play music, but live music always adds much more to the occasion than prerecorded music. Providing your guests with a guitarist, string trio, or a live cover band will help make the occasion so much more enjoyable for all in attendance, but a live band will create excitement like very little else.
Wedding crowds absolutely love dancing, so booking a wedding band that plays one dance hit after another is going to have the guests boogying on the dance floor all night long. If you'd like your attendees to be telling you just how spectacular your reception was for months to come, a live wedding cover band is the solution. It's not often the decorations or cuisine that folks remember, it's the music entertainment. And more specifically, the live music entertainment.
Recorded music is certainly less expensive, but if you want your wedding event to be as memorable as it can be, consider spending more for live musicians. And when your budget is small, it's often better to cut back on the small things, such as flower arrangements or room decor, so you're able to free up more money for the entertainment. Wedding days come but once in an individual's lifetime, at least that's the hope, so making sure it's the greatest experience of your lifetime means hiring live music for the ceremony and reception.
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What style of music will you want the band to play? Contemporary pop? Country? Country? Contemporary pop? Country? Rock? Motown? Disco? Do you want to include dancing at the party? Is it a country-themed event where people will be able to do some high energy country line dancing? Will this be a live performance where your guests are simply watching, but not dancing? These are standard types of questions that must be addressed before you begin your search for the perfect band. Lots of bands might be amazing in a live concert, where they're playing all of their original hits, but be substandard when it comes time to play danceable selections for a private event. If your crowd will be dancing, you'll want to hire a band that performs high energy dance songs that everyone has heard before and is familiar with, and not original tunes that are not very danceable. And this applies to country bands, pop bands, or other types.
You should also set a budget for your musicians, but be flexible at the same time. You can book music bands for several hundred dollars or many thousands of dollars. So it's good to have a ballpark figure in mind before searching for the entertainment. But even if you establish a spending budget, you may find that the very best band is at a higher cost than what you were hoping for. In this case you should remember, it's the entertainment that makes events memorable and successful, not the table centerpieces. So if you have to cut back on other items, it's quite often better to get the music entertainment you prefer even when it's more expensive than you had imagined. So be ready to go up a little bit on your budget, but don't mortgage your house to get the band you want.
The best way to hire a great live band is by simply going through a reputable booking agency. An effective booking agent knows which party bands are out there, how much they cost, and which bands will give you the best entertainment for your budget.
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That's your answer, However, just because megastars have enough money to book top name live bands doesnt mean you cant hire an outstanding headliner for your upcoming major celebration. The reality is, cover bands are the main difference between an unbelievable party and a ho-hum occasion. However, dont take our word on that. Have a look at these excellent reasons why party bands are so in vogue.
1 - Live Bands Create The Mood
Wedding bands and cover bands are great when it comes to analyzing the guests and playing off the feedback they receive. For example, if reggae music is not convincing people to get onto the dance floor, the band has the ability to dig much deeper into their play list and pull out music thatll do the trick. Experienced bands are notorious for being really clever. Whenever you come across one in a bar or club, pay particular attention to the things they do to get folks dancing. Your emcee or DJ wont possess that kind of repertoire.
2 - Live Bands Are Meant To Be Experienced In A Live Setting
Music played live really needs to be heard live. If it's not live, it sounds flat and bland. Additionally, if you're hearing a wedding band face to face, it isn't just you in a hot bath listening to the radio. You are in the same venue as hundreds of other music lovers and everyone is singing along and dancing and having a blast and loving life. In spite of how good brand new vinyl pressings are, none are able to adequately reproduce the magic brought about from a live concert.
3 - Live Bands Add Loads Of Class To The Occasion
Heres a second question for you. When you notice advertisements for an approaching live musical event or receive an invitation to a party, specifically what peaks your curiosity - the notation that the party will feature a live party band or that it'll include a DJ? Taking nothing at all away from disc jockeys, and there are plenty of really cool ones to choose from, our money (and celebs money) is on the idea that an event featuring a Top 40 band is most likely going to turn out to be one of those parties that youll hear about for months, or even years, while you kick yourself for missing it.
4 - Live Bands Are More Than Just Music Machines
You heard it correctly. A band is way more than just a group of individuals with instruments spewing out the top dance hits. The group can be way more than just a jukebox, and as a result will supply your party with an evening or afternoon filled with entertainment where the music is really just a small part of the overall performance. That being said, a band is still a band and that means music. A quality band will offer more than this though. They can connect with your guests, family, and perhaps even frienemies during their set.
5 - Cover Bands Make Occasions Cool
There is really nothing like seeing a live band perform at a live show, and celebs are aware of this, which explains why they use them for their own high-end get-togethers and wedding parties. The music is powerful. The sound is energetic. The mood is electrifying. Practically nothing comes close to what it's like having everything surrounding you, vibrating to the constant thump that comes from music whenever it's live.
Furthermore, its also a rush for the band members onstage. So why do you think a large number of rock bands are still touring for years or decades after their final studio recording? It connects them to their supporters and gives a completely new dimension to their music whenever it's seen in a live performance. A live band is going to do this for your event too.
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An American adventurer named Frederick Russell Burnham, insisted pemmican to be carried by every Boy Scout, while he was still serving as Chief of Scouts in South Africa for the British army. That is the significance given to this ultimate survival food, everyone should have one in their BOB.
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