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How should one invest a sum of money in these days of inflation?编辑

Left in a bank it will hardly keep its value, however high the interest rate. Only a brave man, or a very rich one, dares to buy and sell on the Stock Market. Today it seems that one of the best ways to protect your savings, and even increase your wealth is to buy beautiful objects from the past. Here I am going to offer some advice on collecting antique clocks, which I personally consider are among the most interesting of antiques.



I sometimes wonder what a being from another planet might report back about our way of life. " The planet Earth is ruled by a mysterious creature that sits or stands in a room and makes a strange ticking sound. It has a face with twelve black marks and two hands. Men can do nothing without its permission, and it fastens its young round people's wrists so that everywhere man go they are still under its control. This creature is the real master of Earth and men are its slaves. "

Whether or not we are slaves of time today depends on our culture and personality, but it is believe that many year ago kings kept special slaves to tell the time. Certain men were very clever at measuring the time of clay according to the beating of their own hearts. They were made to stand in a fixed place and every hour or so would shout tire time. So it seems that the first clocks were human beings.

However, men quickly found more convenient and reliable ways of telling the time. They learned to use the shadows cast by the sun. They marked the hours on candles, used sand in hourglasses, and invented water-clocks. Indeed, any serious student of antique should spend as mush time as possible visiting palaces, stately home and museums to see some of the finest examples of clocks from the past.

Antique clocks could be very expensive, but one of the joys of collecting clocks is that it is still possible to find quite cheap ones for your own home. After all, if you are going to be ruled by time, why not invest in air antique clock and perhaps make a future profit?


Do you want to live with a strong sense of peacefulness, happiness, goodness and self-respect? The collection of happiness actions broadly categorized as "honor" help you create this life of good feelings.

Here`s an example to show how honorable actions create happiness.

Say a store clerk fails to charge us for an item. If we keep silent, and profit from the clerk`s mistake, we would drive home with a sense of sneaky excitement. Later we might tell our family or friends about our good fortune. On the other hand, if we tell the clerk about the uncharged item, the clerk would be grateful and thank us for our honesty. We would leave the store with a quiet sense of honor that we might never share with another soul.

Then, what is it to do with our sense of happiness?

In the first case, where we don`t tell the clerk, a couple of things would happen. Deep down inside we would know ourselves as a type of thief. In the process, we would lose some peace of mind and self-respect. We would also demonstrate that we cannot lie trusted, since we advertise our dishonor by telling our family and friends. We damage our reputations by telling others. In contrast, bringing the error to the clerk`s attention causes different things to happen. Immediately the clerk knows us to be honorable. Upon leaving the store, we feel honorable and our self-respect is increased. Whenever we take honorable action we gain the deep internal rewards of goodness and a sense of nobility.

There is a beautiful positive cycle that is created by living a life of honorable actions. Honorable thoughts lead to honorable actions. honorable actions lead us to a happier existence. And it`s easy to think and act honorably again when we`re happy. While the positive cycle can be different to start, once it`s started, it`s easy to continue. Keeping on doing good deeds brings us peace of mind, which is important for our happiness.


Malaria, the world`s most widespread parasitic disease, kills as many as three million people every year--almost all of whom are under five, very poor, and African. Inmost years, more than five hundred million cases of illness result from the disease, although exact numbers are difficult to assess because many people don`t seek care. It is not unusual for a family earning less than two hundred dollors a year to spend a quarter of it`s income on malaria treatment, and what they often get no longer works. In countries like Tanzania, Mozambique, and the Gambia, no family, village, hospital, or workplace can remain unaffected for long.

Malaria starts suddenly, with violent chills, which are soon followed by an intense fever and, often, headaches. As the parasites multiply, they take over the entire body. Malaria parasites live by eating the red blood cells they infect. They can also attach themselves to blood vessels in the brain. If it doesn't kill you, malaria can happen again for years. The disease passed on to humans by female mosquitoes infected with one of four species. Together, the mosquito and the parasite are the most deadly couple in the history of the earth--and one of the successful. Malaria has five thousand genes, and its ability to change rapidly to defend itself and resist new drugs has made it nearly impossible to control. Studies show that mosquitoes are passing on the virus more frequently, and there are more outbreaks in cities with large populations. Some of the disease`s spread is due to global warming.

For decades, the first-choice treatment for malaria parasites in Africa has chloroquine, a chemical which is very cheap and easy to make. Unfortunately, in most parts of the world, malaria parasites have become resistant to it. Successful alternatives that help prevent resistance are already available, but they have been in short supply and are very expensive. If these drugs should fail, nobody knows what would come next.


What do you want to be when you grow up? A teacher? A doctor? How about an ice-cream tester?

Yes, there really is a job where you can get paid to taste ice cream. Just ask John Harrison, an "Official Taste Tester" for the past 21 years. Testing helps manufacturers to be sure of a product's quality. During his career Harrison has been responsible for approving large quantity of the sweet ice cream-as well as for developing over 75 flavors.

Some people think that it would be easy to do this job; after all, you just have to like ice cream, right? No, there's more to the job than that, says Harrison, who has a degree in chemistry. He points out that a dairy or food-science degree would be very to someone wanting a carrier in this "cool" field.

In a typical morning on the job, Harrison tastes and assesses 60ice-cream samples. He lets the ice cream warm up to about 12F. Harrison explains, "You get more flavor from warmer ice cream, which is why some kids like to stir it, creating ice-cream soup. "

While the ice-cream warms up, Harrison looks over the samples and grads each one on its appearance. "Tasting begins with the eyes, "he explains. He checks to see if the ice cream is attractive and asks himself, ""Does the product have the color expected from that flavor?"Next it`s time to taste.

Continuing to think up new ideas, try out new flavors, and test samples from so many kinds of ice cream each day keeps Harrison busy but happy-working at once cool job.

What is John Harrison's job?


Mail carriers will be delivering some good news and some bad news this week.

The bad news: Stamp prices are expected to rise 2 cents in May to 41 cents, the Postal Regulatory Commission announced yesterday. The good news: With the introduction of a a"forever stamp, "it may be the last time Americans have to use annoying2-or3-cent stamps to make up postage difference.

Beginning in May, people would be able to purchase the stamps in booklets of 20 at the regular rate of a first-class stamp. As the name implies, "forever stamps"will keep their first-class mailing mailing value forever, even when the postage rate goes up.

The new "forever stamp"is the United States Postal Service"(USPS)answer to the complaints about frequent rate increases. The May increase will be the fifth in a decade. Postal rates have risen because of inflation, competition from online bill paying, and the rising costs of employee benefits, including health care, says Mark Saunders, a Spokesman for USPS.

The USPS expects some financial gain from sales of the "forever stamp"and the savings from not printing as many 2-or3-cent stamps. "It`s not your grandfather's stamps. "says Mr Saunders. "It could be your great-grandchildren's stamp. "

Other countries, including Canada, England, and Finland use similar stamps.

Don Schilling, who has collected stamps for 50 years, he's interested in the public's reaction. "This is an entirely new class of stamps, "Mr Schilling says. He adds that he'll buy the stamps because he will be able to use them for a long period of time, not because they could make him rich-the volume printed will be too large for collectors. "We won't be able to send our kids to college on these, "he says, laughing.

The USPS board of governors has yet no accept the Postal Regulatory Commission's decision, but tends to follow its recommendations. No plans have been announced yet for the design of the stamps.


The traditional tent cities at festivals such as Glastonbury may never be the same again. In a victory of green business that is certain to environmentally-aware music-lovers, a design student is to receive financial support to produce eco-friendly tens made of cardboard that can be recycled after the bands and the crowds have gone home.

Major festivals such as Glastonbury throw away some 10000 abandoned tents at the end of events each year. For his final year project at the University of the West of England, James Dunlop came up with a material that can be recycled. And to cope with British summer, the cardboard has been made waterproof.

Taking inspiration from a Japanese architect, who has used cardboard to make big buildings including churches, Mr Dunlop used cardboard material for his tents, which he called My habs.

The design won an award at the annual New Designers Exhibition after Mr Dunlop Graduated from his product design degree and he decide to try to turn it into a business.

To raise money for the idea, he toured the City's private companies which fund new business and found a supporter in the group Mint. He introduced his idea to four of Mint's directors and won their support. Mint has committed around 500,000 pounds to My Hab and taken a share of 30 percent in Mr Dunlop's business. The first Myhabs should be tested at festivals this summer, before being marketed fully next year.

Mr Dunlop said that the design, which accommodates two people, could have other uses, such as for disaster relief and housing for the London Olympics.

For music events, the cardboard house will be ordered online and put up at the sites by the Myhab team before the festival-goers arrive and removed by the company afterwards, they can be personalized and the company will offer reductions on the expense if people agree to sell exterior advertising space.

The biggest festivals attract tens of thousands of participants, with Glastonbury having some 150,000 each year. Altogether there are around 100 annual music festivals where people camp in the UK. The events are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious. 2007年7月18日 (三) 10:19 (UTC) 谢谢了