Sunday, September 02, 2007

Hawaii Real Estate

Now here is a real estate blog and site that does something really useful and valuable. Yes, it has all the usual search facilities and so on, you can scroll through listings, look only for apartments, condos, 3 bed houses, or by area, etc etc.

Further, it's all Hawaii real estate, so you're not looking through areas that aren't what you want or anything, wasting time in doing so.

But most importantly, it gets over the biggest problem we all have in searching for real estate for sale. What happens if a place, perhaps the exact place of our dreams, is listed with a broker that we don't know anything about? It's quite common that we don't know about every real estate broker in an area, we cannot read every newspaper and find every website.

So what this Hawaii real estate site does is list all active listings on each of the islands. So there isn't a single place up for sale that you won't see.

An excellent idea and strongly recommended.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

New Real Estate Site

As we know, the US real estate market is going through some turbulent times: perhaps even that is an understatement. However, what turbulence in a market does allow is those with the best information to get good deals. That's why anyone looking to either buy or rent (ie, everyone, as we all have to live somewhere) should be looking for the best souces of information.

I've found one that's worth adding to your list of sources: indeed, it might be the major source you need. It's at and has a number of very useful sections. For example, you can look up real state values for different States and thus find out whether what is on offer is a good deal or not. You can also get mortgage quotes, to see whether you can afford what you're interested in or not: or whether there's a financing house willing to offer you a better deal.

The final part that I find interesting is their coverage of houses to rent. Even in today's markets (perhaps especially in today's) it can be a good idea to rent for a time in a specific area, to check that you actually like it. You can also see the trade off between owning the house and building equity and not being responsible by comparing rents and mortgages.

It's a very useful resource: make the most of it!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Katie and Baby Make Five

In all this news about Katie Holmes and her marriage to Tom Cruise there's one bit that always seem to get forgotten. Or rather two. The children Tom adopted with his previous wife, Nicole Kidman.

According to Katie Holmes the new baby, Suri, gets on really well with the older two children.

But one thing that still puzzles me: if the reason that they did adopt was that Tom Cruise can't have children, then where did Katie Holmes' baby come from?

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Arise Sir Stewart?

Given the way things go in the UK Penny Lancaster won't have too long to wait to become Lady Stewart.

Rod's got his CBE and so is in the waiting room for the K. Another decade or so should see it happen.

So not bad timing for Penny Lancaster to bcome Mrs. Stewart. Well, maybe not actually, Rod's not been known for managing tokeep a marriage going for a decade, has he?

Saturday, June 16, 2007

How To Justify it?

Circumcision I mean.

How do we justify lopping a piece off the end of an infant todger?

There's the religious reasons, of course, there's a few medical as well.

But I'd not heard this one before, that circumcision actually leads to increased sexual pleasure.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Groom's Drunk?

Then marry the brother, why not?

Villagers at a wedding in eastern India decided the groom had arrived too drunk to get married, and so the bride married the groom's more sober brother instead, police said Monday.

"The groom was drunk and had reportedly misbehaved with guests when the bride's family and local villagers chased him away," Madho Singh, a senior police officer told Reuters after Sunday's marriage in a village in Bihar state's Arwal district.

The younger brother readily agreed to take the groom's place beside the teenage bride at her family's invitation, witnesses said.

This will of course sound absurd to western types, with our ideas about romantic love being the precursor to a marriage. However such arranged marriages seem to turn out just as well as any other king, the romantic and love part coming from living together, rather than it being the necessary justification before it happens.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Hotel Deals

Running off to different climes is of course one of the more interesting things we can do with our time. Get away from the humdrum of everyday life, see another part of the world and in general refresh the batteries for the next round of work.

One of the best ways of doing this is to take advantage of the various hotel specials that are sometimes on offer. The thing is, you see, that running a hotel means huge fixed costs and very few marginal costs. What this means is that to just have the place open costs a huge fixed sum but to have one extra guest costs alomst nothing. So hoteliers are very keen on hte idea of selling off those last few rooms they have available even if that means offering them at a much lower than normal cost.

Which is why you want to go to this site, which provides Last Minute Hotel news.

Who i9s slashing their rates right now? Where can you go to get a very good deal in the near future? That's the information they provide and that's exactly what they do, very well indeed.

I thought that this set of hotel updates was very interesting, where are the best places to go binge drinking? Or what are the best hotel specials for the upcoming easter break?

It's an excellent little site and their policy of being right on time with their hotel updates will mean that you'll be able to secure some excellent deals.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Asia Hotels News.

An extremely useful little site I've just come across, providing Asia hotels news. Well, it's certainly going to be useful for me and it shouldalso be for you if you're about to go travelling in that part of the world, as I am.

Yes, I'm off to the Far East to see one of my customers so I've been looking for Asia hotels news, to see where I should stay when I'm in Taiwan. I've got to still work out which city I need for I haven't got the geography of the island mapped out in my head yet so I don't know which city my client lives in, nor which would be the best city to stay in. (Just so you know, I supply him with the metals which he then uses to make those excellent scandium bikes and baseball bats that are all the rage.)

But over and above all of that, of course, what I'd really like to do after travelling all that way is to see more of the island. I'm pretty sure that for one night, the night of the actual meeting, he'd be able to find me a place, but by looking around for Asia hotels news I might be able to work out a small itinerary to see more of the place.

For example, I've heard that after the Communist Revolution on hte mainland, all of the really decent Chinese chefs went to Taiwan. So that the food there is actually the best of the classical Chinese repetoire: vastly better than what we get here in Europe.

Can you tell, I'm looking forward to this?

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Indiana Jones IV

Good grief! There's going to be an Indiana Jones IV move, with Cate Blanchett and Harrison Ford....and Sean Connery.

SHE was seduced by a school student in her last flick - and it looks like the age gap won't be much different for Cate Blanchett's next potential on-screen affair.

The sultry siren, who played high school teacher Sheba Hart in Notes on a Scandal, has just signed on to star alongside ageing Harrison Ford in an upcoming addition to the Indiana Jones series.

While the specifics of Blanchett's role are being kept under wraps – along with David Koepp's screenplay – it is believed the 36-year-old beauty will feature prominently in the flick.

However, it has been revealed Ford will definitely be reprising the title role he made famous in the '80s – though at 64, and more than a quarter of a century after the original hit the big screen,  it's unsure whether he will be more convincing in the role of intrepid archaeologist or one of his fossils.

Not that he is likely to be the oldest cast member on set, with Sean Connery also linked to the project – reprising his role as Indiana's father.

Steven Spielberg will direct the flick – currently known simply as Fourth Instalment of the Indiana Jones Adventures – when it starts shooting in June, with Star Wars creator George Lucas signing on to produce.

That really does sound like one to avoid there.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Jennifer Hudson

Err, who is this Jennifer Hudson person?

Jennifer Hudson, who went from little-known performer to Oscar winner in the past year, has a new role: representing a perfume.

Avon Products Inc. said on Wednesday it had signed Hudson, who won this year's Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in the musical "Dreamgirls," as spokeswoman for its Imari brand and new scent, Imari Seduction.

"This is an honor for me and very flattering," said Hudson, whose dreams of stardom appeared shattered when she finished seventh on the U.S. television talent show "American Idol" in 2004.

Err, even after that explanation I still don't know. Am I really that far out of touch with hte modern world? It would indeed appear so, eh?

But her showstopping singing and sympathetic character as the spurned lead singer of a female trio in "Dreamgirls" made her the odds-on favorite for the Oscars.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Bathroom Furniture

We're in the process of getting this new (to us, at least) house sorted out, the builders are primed and so on. New roof, new floors, new electrics, all those good sorts of things.

However, the one are we haven't decided upon yet is the bathrooms. We need to find a good source of all the things that go into them. Which is why this site, taps4less looks so interesting.

There's a huge selection of all the things we'll need, vastly greater than we can find in any stores around here. Indeed, I think that's one of the biggest added values of internet shopping. As the store only needs to take a photo and upload it, rather than having stock in 50 or 100 locations, then they can in fact have a great deal more options for you to choose from.

For example, their range of shower enclosures, or the traditional bathroom taps, or the bathroom suites. I'm actually looking forward to going through the site and checking out all the different options.


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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Borat and Murdoch

Despite what Rupert Murdoch announced, Sasha Baron Cohen has not yet signed up to do the sequel to the Borat movie: 

Before Borat fans start giving each other high fives, 20th Century Fox wants to make clear that the boorish Kazakh journalist is not headed back to the big screen just yet.

Hours after News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch told reporters on Thursday that British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen had signed a deal to make a sequel to his hit movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," a studio spokesman said the idea was merely under consideration.

"We're eager to work with Sacha again, and we've had casual discussions about a sequel, which we'd love to do, but at this point, it remains too preliminary to discuss," said Chris Petrikin, a spokesman for News Corp.-owned 20th Century Fox.

"Borat," a faux documentary starring Cohen as a cluelessly offensive Central Asian journalist on a road trip across America, was a surprise box-office sensation last year, grossing $248 million worldwide.

It earned an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay, and Cohen a Golden Globe for his performance as the wild-eyed Kazakh TV personality in a rumpled suit spouting catch phrases like "high five" and "sexy time!"

Box-office success and awards to match virtually guarantee a sequel in Hollywood, and earlier on Thursday, Murdoch said the comedian had already signed a deal to make a "Borat 2."

I have to admit I don't really get Borat (nor Ali G) but then Hollywood doesn't often consider my tastes when making movies, let alone sequels.


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Friday, February 02, 2007

Superbowl Weekend

So, all the guys will be getting a pissed as newts so what do you offer in the movie theatres? Correct: chick flicks:

Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures are taking a page out of their own playbooks for Super Bowl weekend, revisiting genres that have scored at the North American boxoffice on the weekend of the big game.

Sony opens the Pang brothers' horror film "The Messengers" with hopes of mimicking the $21 million gross generated last year when the studio bowed "When a Stranger Calls." Universal is trying to lure female moviegoers, usually less interested in football, with the Diane Keaton/Mandy Moore starrer "Because I Said So," a strategy the studio used when it released "The Wedding Date" on Super Bowl weekend in 2005.

"Messengers" marks Hong Kong horror directors Oxide and Danny Pang's English-language debut. Starring Dylan McDermott, Kristen Stewart and John Corbett, the PG-13 film revolves around a family that moves to a North Dakota farm and is haunted by mysterious apparitions. "Messengers," from Sony's Screen Gems label, was produced by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures in conjunction with Mandate Pictures.

Just imagine the carnage and violence if the women insist that they be accompanied to the theatre?


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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Where's Your Mortgage Coming From?


With the housing market in the state it is, great deals appearing everywhere, we all need to think hard about where our mortgage is going to come from. That's why it's worth taking a look at Lennox Financial Mortgage. Sure, there are many other providers but none with quite the same commitment to customer service.

But that isn't really the most important point. In today's markets you need choice, you need to be able to look through the various financing options and take the one that is best for you and your specific situation. That's what Lennox Financial Mortgage really provides.

For example, if you know that your income is going to rise in the near future then you can take a 1% ARM mortgage. This keeps payments low now, at the risk of reverse amortization, but with your income increasing, perhaps from a promotion or a bonus payment, it enables you to buy what you want now rather than later.

Lennox Financial Mortgage can also help if you're a little stretched to get what you want. After you pay the moving costs, get the new furniture, it can be very difficult to also pay the closing costs on a deal. So they have an option where, for a slightly higher interest rate over the term of the mortgage, you can include the closing costs in the loan.

Of course, Lennox Financial Mortgage also offer simple fixed rate and fixed term mortgages, which means that you have the choice of whatever is the best financing method for your home. Very much worth checking out, a company that can help you to achieve your dreams in the best and most efficient manner.