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Cleaning and Maintaining Your Antique Wooden Globe or Replica

Would you park your 1923 Duesenberg on the street instead of in your garage, or take your brand new Aston Martin to an automated car wash? I hope not. Select treasures, both old and new, demand attention – no matter what they are.

Cleaning and maintaining the condition of a wooden globe, whether it is an authentic antique or a vintage replica, requires diligence and know-how. You may think you don’t need to be as careful with a reproduction as with a 16th or 17th century original, but this is not necessarily so. High quality replica wooden globes and bar globes are usually made by skilled craftsmen who have been using many of the same methods and materials for thousands of years, so proper maintenance is important.

How to Clean Your Antique Wooden Globe

Inspect your globe before cleaning it and proceed only if there is no damage or weak spots.

To remove dust, wipe the surface gently using a soft, dry cloth. Don’t use spray or furniture polish. If you notice areas that are beginning to peel, have it repaired.  The cloth can catch one of these areas and make matters worse.

If your antique needs more than a bit of dusting, here’s my 2-step, easy-to-follow instructions on how you should clean it: 1) Don’t 2) Find an experienced, reputable conservator to clean and/or restore it.

The web has many suggestions about how to clean antiques written by people claiming to be specialists. Unfortunately many people ruin their cherished treasures by following their advice. Improper cleaning can destroy the map on an antique globe, so make sure any “specialists” you consult really do know what they’re doing.

Professional conservators can do quite a bit. They can retouch and stabilize it and repair the shell. If the map has missing or damaged pieces, these can often be replaced with printed reproductions that are tinted to match the rest.  Sometimes conservators can even reduce or even reverse discoloration and yellowing.

How to Clean Your Vintage Globe Replica

High quality vintage-style replica globes need to be cleaned just as carefully as authentic antiques, because more than likely the map of your wooden globe will have been made in a similar manner. This consists of using printed pieces of paper called paper gores, adhering them to the shell, and then varnishing them.

Inspect your globe before cleaning. To dust, gently wipe the surface with a soft, dry cloth. If you see peeling or weak spots, have it repaired first – cloth can get caught on one of these areas and increase the damage.

If dusting is insufficient, clean the surface of the globe with a dry, soft cloth. Work in small sections, wiping away (don’t scrub) loose dirt. For excessive stains, try moistening a soft cloth with plain water but be very careful. Read the section below, because sometimes some dirt or stains are preferable to a damaged globe.

Wring the cloth out extremely well or spray water onto the cloth (never onto …

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Garage Remodeling And Organization

Garage remodeling is when you transform that almost neglected part of your house that your wife and children do not even dare to enter. Remodeling of garage is more efficient today because of recently developed garage organizing and storage systems. Remodeling of your garage is very important aspect of the home remodeling. It is probably the quickest way to add much needed space to your home.

If you are considering any sort of home repair this may just be the one that should be first on your list, because it is often the most visible exterior element of a home. Its no wonder that garage remodeling is getting a closer looks from homeowners. How to deal with a cluttered garage is an issue faced by every family at some point and garage remodeling and organization are among the most popular solutions. Therefore, the first important step in garage remodeling is to empty out the garage completely of its contents.

Door

The garage door is beginning to get more attention from todays homeowners as garage remodeling is becoming more important to them. To give you some idea of what you might be looking at, a new garage door usually costs somewhere around $1,000, and a garage storage system is another $1,000. For garage door tips, consider changing your old garage door. Newer garage doors are more secure and make better use of technology for safety and security.

An old door and opener could be a real threat for your children playing near the garage. The door needs to be maintained every now and then to ensure its continued safe use. When a door and opener gets really old, periodic maintenance gets even more expensive as some worn out parts would have to be replaced. The best way to go is to replace that old door and opener with a new one. Aside from looking better and saving on maintenance costs, these doors and openers contain better technology than the old one you have right now.

Nevertheless, a home survey found that the garage door is now the most used exterior door when entering the home for both men 44 percent and women 42 percent. The front door was close behind as the second most used exterior door. Wood composite garage doors can also be embellished with stylish details such as unique trim designs, beautiful woodgrain patterns, decorative hardware, multi planked grooves and a variety of window inserts to help bring more natural light into the garage.

Floor

However, for more extensive and lasting renovations that include insulation, flooring, soundproofing, electrical wiring and plumbing, you will probably need to hire a general contractor who can plan and oversee your garage renovation. Garages are notorious for being functional, yet unattractive, dull concrete floors, rough looking exposed beams and a general lack of organization are often the culprits. Some careful storage planning, a little drywall and may be a bit of epoxy floor covering can truly make a less than incredible garage into something …

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Los Angeles Personal Attorney

Los Angeles Personal Attorney

Generally, people who accept incurred claimed injuries in adverse situations such as accidents generally alternate to book accuse adjoin the behindhand parties.

It is sad that while the victims ache abundant from affliction and misfortune, the offenders calmly get abroad from it. These experiences may also create a deep impact or change in their way of living. If you have been involved in any type of accident, you charge an accomplished claimed abrasion advocate to best assure your interests. Some important types of accident include:1. Automobile accidents 2.Commercial bus accidents3.Airplane crashes 4.Bicycle accidents 5.Boating accidents 6.Motorcycle accidents 7.Pedestrian accidents 8.School bus accidents 9.Rollover accidents 10.Train accidents 11.Truck accidents 12.ATV accidents In the United States, anniversary year three actor humans are afflicted and over forty thousand injured, in car crashes. Unsurprisingly, booze plays a allotment in about fifty percent of motor car accidents, and abortion to abrasion a seatbelt is a agency in sixty percent of the injuries and deaths. Pedestrians are aching or dead by cars 5 thousand times per year, and three thousand motorcyclists die annually. All too often, motor car accidents could cause analgesic bond injuries or austere arch injuries, which will awfully impact the activity of the victim and the lives of his or her admired ones as well.

Common Causes of Car Accidents areignoring the traffic signs and warnings, driver incompetence, speeding above and beyond the allowable limits, DUI, excessive conversation with other passengers, tail-gaiting failure to implement regular car safety check, disregarding the weather and road conditions. The Personal Injury Law, contrarily accepted as “Tort Law”, that covers such cases acutely states that any behindhand acts of an individual, which could cause harm or damages to addition can be a ground for a legal action. In a car blow claim, therefore, the victims may file their charges in adjustment to balance acceptable compensations adjoin the affair amenable for their injuries. Yet, because of the complication of the laws and action procedures associated with it, the victims will accept abundant achievement of befitting bashful about it or just rely on the baby bulk offered by the added party. This is accumulated with their worries on area to get money to pay their acknowledged counsels. You can hire good attorney by the following steps: Selecting the appropriate advocate is never an easy task. There are more than 100,500 attorneys in California. Being recommended by your next door neighbor or getting accustomed with the advocate from the kid’s soccer games, or searching like a nice or honest getting on television, etc., are not abilities to handle your case. Even getting a specialist in some different acknowledged area, like accumulated or tax or ancestors law, does not accomplish an advocate appropriate for your claimed injury, allowance bad acceptance or business abomination case. You charge an advocate with the acquaintance and assets to auspiciously handle your specific case. After all, this is the alone case that you accept and your banking approaching is abased on its …

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Charming Cottage Perfect for Visiting Hearst Castle

A trip to Cambria is refreshment for the soul and what better place to do that than a storybook cottage just footsteps from the pounding surf and amazing energy of the Pacific Ocean?

If you’re the type who loves to take long walks on the beach, then Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California, is your kind of place. Cambria is a place where you can spend hours each day walking – on the beach, on the boardwalk and through a quaint, historic artist’s colony chock-full of art galleries as well as unique shops and good restaurants.

Cambria is ideally located near several San Luis Obispo County attractions. The wineries are just a few miles east, Hearst Castle just a few miles north. Some of California’s best beaches are a short drive to the south. And San Luis Obispo is just a few miles south and inland.

On our most recent trip to Cambria we discovered a charming group of cottages on Moonstone Beach that seem especially well suited to honeymoons or romantic getaways. There are just three “Moonstone Cottages” built on a small lot directly across the road from some of the best areas to explore on Moonstone Beach (so named because of the semi-precious agate and jasper stones that can be found in the sand). The cottages are not part of a big resort so you won’t be sharing your getaway with other travelers. Aside from seeing their vehicles parked in front of their cottages, we never even saw our neighbors the entire time we were there.

Each of the cottages is perfectly decorated with a lot of attention to detail. They’re not huge, but quite adequate for a couple and have plenty of room to move around. We stayed in the Seascape, the cottage closest to the ocean with the best view, which included a fireplace and mini-kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, sink and counter space. Across from the queen bed with its wrought-iron frame was a gas fireplace and, as is common with small cottages like this, an armoire eliminated the need for a closet. A small white table for two was perfect for enjoying the breakfast that arrived in a basket on our doorstep. A flat-screen TV and DVD player were on a small marble-topped desk, and marble showed up again in the bathroom vanity and shower enclosure. The shiny dark cherry-wood floor, along with the updated furnishings, created an overall mood of simple elegance.

Outside, a well-maintained English garden added to the storybook feel and a small patio, chairs and table were available for simply sitting and watching the ocean surf and the visitors walking the nearby beach trails. A mature cypress tree framed the cottage, completing the illusion this little lodging is straight out of Hansel and Gretel.

Along this special part of the California Coast, the walks are the thing. It’s said you can walk entirely around the town of Cambria, including lengthy sections of a first-class boardwalk skirting the shoreline and complete this …

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Brief History of Ford

Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company, currently the third largest carmaker in the world, with the Dodge Brothers in 1903. While Henry Ford has been building motor vehicles before this, 1903 is the year when he, supported by twelve investors, established the famous company.

Ford’s first cars were named chronologically with letters: the model A was introduced in 1903 for example. In 1904 Ford introduced the world famous T Model that was to become a symbol of the American motorcar industry.

In 1907 Ford launched its current Blue Oval Trademark but it wasn’t until 1928 that a Model A had the first version of the familiar Ford script.

Henry Ford had witnessed a huge success with his vehicles especially with the T Model and by the early 1910’s he expanded overseas, with production facilities in France, Denmark and Germany, England and Austria.

When the First World War started, Ford was producing half of the cars being sold in the US and almost half of all cars being produced in England. During the war, Ford produced many of its cars for the military.

In 1922, Ford acquired Lincoln Motor Company in the desire of expanding its market share as Ford wanted to enter the luxurious car market.

By 1941, Ford owned the largest assembly plant in the world and during the World War II Ford produced not only your standard military vehicles, but also B-24 Liberator bombers and tanks.

Henry Ford died in 1947 and by that time Ford was a reputed world carmaker. It is said that over seven million people paid their final respects at his funeral.

Post WWII Ford was a company that developed and evolved very fast. Many famous models were produced in the 1950s and the 1960s, such as the Thunderbird (1955), the F-1 truck (1948) and the Mustang (1964). Ford also continued to develop and implement the latest technologies in their cars and they had become one of the most important carmakers in the world during the Cold War.

During that time Ford Motor Company continued to expand overseas, looking for other possible investments. In 1979 they bought a quarter of the Japanese carmaker Mazda, in 1987 Ford bought Aston Martin and in 1989 Ford acquired Jaguar. In 1999 Ford acquired Volvo and Land Rover in 2000.

In 2003 Ford Motor Company celebrated its 100th birthday and it introduced a series of special commemorative cars, such as the new Ford Mustang. In the recent years Ford has faced some financial problems (the company reported losses of over $12 billion for the 2006 fiscal year) that led to the selling of some of the brands from the Ford group: Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover.

 As gas prices in the United States continue to soar the Ford Motor Company will need to keep pace with current market trends and foreign manufacturers know for smaller cars and better fuel economy to stay a viable and profitable business.…

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Amtrak Trip to Santa Barbara True Getaway

Got to admit it – it’s tough for this Californian to give up his car for the weekend, but that’s exactly what we did on a recent train getaway to Santa Barbara that proved we could do our small part to help reduce traffic and vehicle emissions and still have a great time.

In fact, just put aside the benefits to the environment and look at the benefits to our own family: We saved on gas, vehicle wear and tear and on the frustration that always comes with a never-know-what-you’re-gonna-get drive through the L.A. freeway system. We got to try a new adventure, introduce our 8-year-old to rail travel and we packed a lot of sightseeing into a short two-day period.

Santa Barbara is especially well suited to car-less travel because years ago city fathers decided they needed to do something to reduce the congestion they were seeing with many more visitors and the smog that would trap itself over the city. The Santa Barbara Car Free Project today offers travelers discounts on Amtrak as well as at participating hotels. They sweeten the pot by throwing in a multitude of discounts on local attractions and transportation. Our family of three decided to give it a try, traveling to Santa Barbara from our home in north San Diego County.

Boarding the 7 a.m. northbound Pacific Surfliner in Oceanside was a snap. Accustomed to long waits nowadays for air travel, we showed up nearly an hour before our train to check our one large piece of luggage. But A/ we really didn’t need to check the luggage – there is a rack you can put your luggage on in the business class rail car – and B/ you can step right on the train, even purchasing your tickets onboard.

Business class is slightly more expensive but offers reserved seating and amenities such as a continental breakfast, a newspaper and a comfortable work area with a power outlet for our laptop. We went up the stairs to the second level, found our seating and sat back to enjoy the scenery. In just a couple of minutes we were on our way, the gorgeous California coastline passing before our very eyes.

We were reminded of a recent country chart-topper called Sunday Morning that talks about the many walks of life in the USA and how people spend their Sunday mornings. It was, in fact, Sunday morning and we were observing our fellow Californians out for their morning jog or enjoying a newspaper and coffee on their beachfront deck, or preparing an outdoor breakfast in one of several beachfront state parks along the Surfliner’s path. The train sped along, often at 70 miles per hour or more, taking us on an adventurous route through many parts of the Southern California coastal region that we had not seen in our many drives along Interstate 5.

Another way to describe the feeling is to relate it to those “Over” shows – you know, the PBS television programs …

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NEED FOR SPEED: Most Wanted PS2 Cheats

Blacklist cars

Defeat the indicated Blacklist Boss to win the corresponding car: Aston Martin DB9: Blacklist Boss 7 Audi A3 3.2 Quattro: Blacklist Boss 15 Audi A4 3.2 FSI Quattro: Blacklist Boss 14 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro: Blacklist Boss 15 BMW GTR (Race version): Blacklist Boss 1 Cadillac CTS: Blacklist Boss 12 Corvette C6: Blacklist Boss 5 Corvette C6.R: Complete 100{c1f5d63ad128e310c74dcb7f6cd0135c89375c4b2d00186cb611295a346fae0e} of the game Dodge Viper SRT 10: Blacklist Boss 6 Ford GT: Blacklist Boss 4 Lamborghini Gallardo: Blacklist Boss 6 Lamborghini Murcielago: Blacklist Boss 4 Lotus Elise: Blacklist Boss 8 Mazda RX-7: Blacklist Boss 9 Mazda RX-8: Blacklist Boss 12 Mercedes-Benz CLK 500: Blacklist Boss 8 Mercedes-Benz SL 500: Blacklist Boss 11 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: Blacklist Boss 3 Mitsubishi Eclipse: Blacklist Boss 14 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII: Blacklist Boss 11 Mustang GT: Blacklist Boss 12 Pontiac GTO: Blacklist Boss 10 Porsche 911 Carrera S: Blacklist Boss 7 Porsche 911 Turbo S: Blacklist Boss 5 Porsche Carrera GT: Blacklist Boss 3 Porsche Cayman S: Blacklist Boss 10 Renault Clio V6: Blacklist Boss 13 Subaru Impreza WRX STi: Blacklist Boss 9 Toyota Supra: Blacklist Boss 13 Vauxhall Monaro VXR: Blacklist Boss 10

Easy money 1

Find an easy race such as a drag or something short that you can win quickly. Win the race and get the money. Go back to the safe house and start the race again. Win the race to get the same amount of money again. Repeat this process as much as desired. This is quite useful when you need that extra bit of power to defeat a blacklist rival, but don’t have the money for a better car or parts.

Easy money 2

Defeat one of the opponents on the blacklist. You will get two marks to use on several different things. Do not use them on the Uniques early in the game. Instead, use them on the middle or the left "Random" choices. They should usually come out to either a large cash bonus or the opponent’s pink slip.

Easy money 3

If you need 2 complete a drag race 2 go against the nxt blacklist racer, finish it then look on the blacklist menu and click on the drag logo and say that you want 2 replay the race and you will get even more money 4 it. Keep doing dis an den get an immense car. cool or what!!!

Easy money 4

$1,000 or $500 for free! (bounty) go to the bounty page and go to the rose wood police station. from there, break through the tool booth and hit the left hand side of the tower. the cop will be blocked and you can go to the safe house and get your bounty.

Easy bounty

Get some cops to chase you, then go to the bus stop. Get on top of the buses and make sure that the front of the car is at the edge of the last bus so that the cops can see you and do not lose you. …

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Wealthtv Recognizes Six Most Luxurious Vehicles

In connection with the ongoing Chicago Auto Show, six luxury vehicles were recognized by WealthTV, the leading lifestyle and entertainment network. At the start of the auto show, the lifestyle network announced the winner on their online poll conducted over a span of three months prior to the auto show.

There are six categories on the poll conducted by WealthTV which started last November 2006. The award shows how much a luxury car has ingrained itself in the hearts and minds of the network’s viewers. This year, the brands Lexus, Bentley, Range Rover, Aston Martin and Chevrolet are the recipients of the prestigious Viewer’s Choice Award which is made from crystal.

Lexus won two of the six categories and this shows how far the Toyota luxury brand has come in their 20 years in the luxury car market. The Lexus LS460 continues to earn accolade by winning the Most Exciting New Release of 2007award. This puts the Lexus LS560 in a position to be a serious threat to its competitor in their class. Another Lexus model to bag an award is the Lexus GS Hybrid which won the Most Advanced Use of Hybrid Technology of 2007 category. This may not come as a surprise since its parent company is producing the most popular hybrid electric vehicle in the US – the Toyota Prius.

The Chevrolet Corvette was voted as the Hottest Sports Car Under $50k of 2007. The Corvette incidentally is making noise also in the Chicago Auto Show where two special edition versions of the model will be sold in limited quantities.

The three categories left were won by vehicles from the brands Range Rover, Bentley, and Aston Martin. In the Most Luxurious SUV of 2007 category, the Range Rover came out on top boosting the moral of DaimlerChrysler. WealthTV viewers voted the Bentley Continental Flying Spur as the Most Luxurious Sedan of 2007. Topping the list as the Hottest Sports Car (with no price limit) of 2007 is the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The awards given to all those vehicles will be a big help in their marketing.

Robert Herring Sr., chief executive officer of WealthTV emphasized the magnitude of the award given in his statement. “WealthTV continues its tradition of allowing our viewers to determine the most exciting luxury automobiles in each category for the year. Recognition by the hearts and minds of the luxury car enthusiasts is the best recognition an automotive company can receive.” Joe McDonald, the producer of wealth on Wheels where the winning cars will be featured believes that the consumers ultimately judges what the best cars are making their award more meaningful to win and a better reflection on the sentiments of automotive enthusiasts.

The said lifestyle network will air the highlights of the Chicago Auto Show on their Wealth on Wheels series. The cars that won the prestigious awards will be featured on the said show. Aside from being featured in the said series, winners were also given a hundred thousand …

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What Police Can And Can't Do

DUI is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and therefore, it is definitely a serious offence. Police are very strict on those who are suspected with DUI and if they wish they can stop anybody and question about the influence. In Los Angeles and the other parts of the State, many such incidents take place almost everyday. It is never recommended that one may drink and drive as it is dangerous not just for the person who is driving the vehicle, but also for the others. If the DUI charge against a person is established, he/she can get harsh punishments like jail, steep fine, high insurance premiums, etc.. Moreover, if the name of the person gets listed on the DUI record, then it is very bad for the track record of that person. Therefore, one should never think of drinking and driving intentionally. However, there are possibilities that because of a certain unforeseen situation, you have to drive under the influence and unfortunately you get pulled over by the police. In such situation, you must know what the police can do and cannot do in a DUI case. Here, a few instances of the role of police in a DUI case are mentioned.

Ask Questions

It is the job of the police to make inquiries and the officer will definitely do so. As per law, police can always ask you questions whether you have been drinking or not. However, the officer cannot force you to answer such questions.

Driver’s license and registration

The police officer will definitely ask for your driver’s license and the registration and have all the rights to arrest you if you do not provide those documents. This is the first thing that an officer would do while questioning a DUI offender.

Remain in the car

If the police suspect that you are drunk, then he can ask you to come of the car. It is better to stay inside the car as getting out and behaving abnormally can raise more doubts in the mind of the officer. If you handle the situation politely, the officer cannot force you to step out of the car.

The Field Sobriety Test

Police usually conduct such tests to ascertain whether you are driving after consuming alcohol. The police can definitely ask you to go through such a test, but again cannot pressurize you to do so. You can modestly deny.

The breathalyzer test

The officer can definitely ask you to take on a breathalyzer test, which is conducted to ascertain the content of alcohol in the blood. This test gives the more accurate result than the field sobriety test and therefore, you must not refuse it. Your refusal can land you in deep trouble and it can even cause you loss of the driver’s license. The officer can definitely ask you to conduct the breathalyzer test as they are allowed to do so under the State’s law.

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Ford’s Disposal of Aston Martin Now Complete

Aston Martin is the sleek sports car popular for starring in the action block buster James Bond franchise. The sexy silvery gray Aston Martin DBS for instance, was the James Bond car in the 2006 movie, Casino Royale. Although Aston Martin wowed all of us being James Bond’s car, it didn’t hit the blockbuster in the car market like the movie did. In August 2006, Bill Ford, who handed the reins over to Mulally last year, put Aston Martin up for sale, saying the money-losing brand may be “an attractive opportunity to raise capital and generate value.”

Ford Motor Company succeeded in selling the Aston Martin Division last March, when the deal was made to a consortium of big time investors lead by racing executive Dave Richards. The group also included John Sinders, a famous Aston Martin collector and two other Kuwaiti firms of Investment Dar and Adeem Investment Co.

“The deal gets Ford liquidity it desperately needs to help restore its higher-volume product lines, and it leaves Aston Martin in good hands, as well.” Dave Healy, an analyst at Burnham Securities was quoted as saying before the Dearborn automaker put its luxury brand up for sale.

In a statement before the sale, Ford CEO and President Allan Mullaly said, “The sale of Aston Martin supports the key objectives of the company, to restructure to operate profitably at lower volumes and changed model mix and to speed the development of new products,”

Ford announced in March that it would receive $848 million and retain a $77 million stake in Aston Martin.

The transaction of the maker of the Aston Martin catalytic converter was completed in the second quarter of this year. Becky Sanch, Ford spokeswoman confirmed that they have not completely given away the sports car division because the automaker retained a stake by receiving preferred stock from Primrose Cove Ltd., the holding company of the group that acquired Aston Martin.
On Tuesday Ford received $931 million in cash and preferred stock for its sale of a controlling stake in the popular luxury brand.

Ford’s Jaguar and Rover divisions, also part of the Ford Premier Auto Group are also being prepared for disposal as Ford continues on its plan to bounce back from its recent financial troubles.…