Full Service Canada Moving Companies Versus Truck Rental

With many different methods that you can employ for your move, it can be difficult to choose the one option that is right for you. If you are thinking about hiring a professional Canada moving company when moving across Canada, or you are considering using a moving truck rental, it is important to remember a few things. Not only will your move be simpler knowing that you chose the right option for your needs, but you will not regret the choice that you made halfway through the move. Here are some of the most important contrasts between the two moving services before you request moving quotes.


Perhaps the biggest difference between the two services involves the need to pack your things. Full service Canada moving companies offer packing services that cover all of the things in your home. The company will send people into the home to pack a day or so before moving day. They will use their own inventory system and packing materials. You will have to endure their presence in your home for the duration, but you will not have to start packing early or deal with the hassle that packing is as long as you hire one of these companies. If you choose the truck rental option, then you will be responsible for packing your things on your own.


Another big difference between the two services, loading the truck will take time and effort unless you choose to hire full service movers. Because every home has many things in it that can be heavy and hard to move, hiring professionals can save you time and energy, especially if you are on a tight schedule. If you choose to opt for a truck rental instead of Canada moving companies, then you can expect to load everything that you need to move on your own.


Renting a truck means that you will have to drive it to your destination. If you are not comfortable with driving a big vehicle, then a truck rental is not the best idea for you. Hiring professionals will save you from having to deal with the large truck and the road that will lead you to your new home. This can be the deciding factor in many moves, as people generally do not like to drive vehicles that they are not used to, especially if they are as big and bulky as many moving trucks are.


Finally, the ultimate choice comes down to the conveniences that professional Canada moving companies offer customers today. Regardless of where you might be moving, these companies can give you the tools that you need so that you do not have to worry about any aspect of the moving process. They can also provide you with moving insurance or valuation, giving you even more options. In the end, it might be a bit pricier to hire a full service business, but you will be able to handle the move in a much better man ner than if you were to attempt the move on your own. Keep this in mind and you too can enjoy the move that you have to endure anyways.

Vancouver Fire Safety Plans and Fire Prevention Inspectors

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Vancouver Fire Safety PlansA recent discussion with a Fire Prevention Inspector in Vancouver BC has caused me to reflect on my own experience with fire safety plans. This Inspector clearly stated that he “didn’t have time for fire safety plans”. Before my retirement from a municipal Fire Department as a Fire Prevention Inspector, I too, was very busy with all that was expected of the position. However, this man’s tone indicated that he didn’t place much worth on fire safety plans in the grand scheme of things. I found it unprofessional that a Fire Prevention Inspector would think such a thing, let alone say it in public.

It is acknowledged that back in the 1980′s and 90′s we may have thought that a Vancouver fire safety plan, once approved by the local fire service and received by building management, would be placed in a drawer and forgotten about. However, times change and it has been my experience that in the last few years fire safety plans were being given much more attention.

Anyone in business understands that a vital aspect of asset management in any operation is contingency planning or business continuity planning. This is to ensure the minimum disruption of operations following an accident or disaster. Building owners, managers and operators are responsible for their building(s) and the lives inside them. Unfortunately, owners, managers and operators too often have little knowledge of their legal responsibilities with regard to fire safety. In my opinion fire safety plans can help in rectifying this situation.

Section 2.8 “Emergency Planning” has been a part of the National Fire Code of Canada as well as the Provincial Fire Codes since their inception.

The primary objectives for a fire safety plan are:

• The emergency evacuation of building occupants.
• The control of fire hazards.
• The maintenance of fire protection equipment and systems.

A current and well practiced fire safety program will aid greatly in reducing loss of life and property due to unwanted fires. This is accomplished through a fire safety plan by raising awareness of fire hazards in and around one’s building, by ensuring the maintenance of vital safety systems and through staff training the provisions for the safety of occupants during an emergency. Remember the Fire Code is the minimum standard that was passed. In the interest of life and fire safety I would suggest that Surrey fire safety plans be generated for many more buildings than the Code currently calls for.

Let us ask ourselves why we joined the fire department or became involved in fire protection in the first place?

I’m not too sure what today’s answer is but when I joined the fire department back in the 1970′s the common answer was, ‘to fight fires and save lives’. With all due respect and taking nothing away from front line firefighters, there is more today to fighting fires than putting the wet stuff on the red stuff.

Human factors

Humans have a strong desire to be in control of events, and this feeling of being in control can be quite rewarding; although this sense of control is often an illusion, as every day we enter into a world of events beyond our control. Adding to this we are also task oriented, and when engaged in activities we are often unwilling to interrupt them.

For the general public ambiguous evidence that there is a fire is, more often than not, insufficient reason for people to interrupt their activities. To the public a fire alarm signal may be by itself ambiguous; it does not indicate the location or severity of a fire, or even if a fire actually exists. The experience of most people mitigates their fear that there is really any danger at all. Sadly, many assume that the alarm is only a surprise fire drill or another malfunction of the alarm system.

The decisions a person makes during a fire incident are further associated with their situational awareness; or their perception of risk and their uncertainty of what to do.

During a fire incident occupants face numerous questions:

• Should I ignore or respond to the fire alarm of other indicators?
• Should I investigate or evacuate?
• Should I search for others?
• Is there time enough to dress, to finish shopping, to finish my telephone conversation, to finish this memo, to tweet about it, etc.? (We are task oriented). Unfortunately, people often underestimate how rapidly a fire and smoke can spread.

People instinctively want to delay responding to threatening situations until the danger is well understood. More than likely the reason for this is to avoid the associated anxiety.

Maybe it’s a case of urban-overload, where people are constantly being bombarded with stimulation that they keep to themselves in order to avoid being overloaded by it. There are many everyday situations in which we rely on other people to help us define what’s going on. This is called “informational social influence”. This is where one conforms to another’s interpretation of an ambiguous situation in the belief that their interpretation is more correct that ours. When we are unsure of the correct response, the appropriate behavior, or the right idea, we are most open to the influence from others. “I don’t want to look stupid; no one else seems to pay much attention to the alarm so it must be nothing important. I’ll just carry on with what I’m doing”. This is why approved emergency procedures and strained staff must be present.

When they do decide to exit, people will use familiar egress routes. This usually means that if someone came in through a main entrance they will tend to want to exit through the same entrance; they know where it is, they know where they parked, etc. However, time is of the essence, people may not have adequate time to traverse a large structure and exit where they came in. Staff trained in approved emergency procedures can play a vital role in the life safety of building occupants by ushering them promptly to the nearest safe exit. This is also where well placed directional exit signage is of value.

Post 9/11

In this post 9/11 world we live in I believe that a building’s fire safety plan should actually evolve into an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). The EAP will address a number of potential emergencies, most of which the local fire department will be called to respond to. These could include small accidents, building fires, citywide disasters, power outages, hazardous materials spills, bomb threats, civil disturbances or earth quakes and wind storms. These incidents may impact the health and safety of people in the area as well as the first responders.

Fire in VancouverFire departments may not initially be in favor of working with Emergency Actions Plans as a replacement for Vancouver Fire Safety Plans. However, I believe that this is the only logical way to proceed and will assist the fire service to maintain a certain amount of control with regard to incidents to which they respond. Consider it as ‘pre-response damage limitation’. The better prepared and trained the staff at the facility you’re responding to, the easier your job will be.

I realize that as humans we have certain instincts to protect our own territory (This is my sandbox and you can’t play.) However, once we get past any instinctual territorial imperatives and learn to work together, we will all live in a safer and more productive world.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Its Growth in 2017

In the world of Search Engine Optimization, the market of SEO has seen a rapid rate of increases and growth over the last 5 years. This has been due to many businesses’ taking note of how important and effective this avenue is to having a successful online marketing campaign. SEO when done right is a very effective way of increasing traffic and visitors to your site which converts into sales and revenue. With a recent analysis carried out on the SEO market, it has shown that the revenue has soared to over $900 million.

With the quality of internet connections continually improving and more and more business being done online, SEO and Digital Marketing Agency relevance will ultimately become the most prevalent. With estimates showing that there has been a shift towards natural search, online businesses are catching on that there is more value held in long-term online campaigns and strategies.

The world of marketing has become intertwined with the social, with local search, and mobile devices all coupled together. Doing SEO right is essential to your online success, tapping the correct avenues and markets, reaching your client base, drawing them in and retaining them is what it’s all about.

As more and more of us own smart phones and tablets, the need for quality content and quality search results at our fingertips is at an all-time high demand. Google is constantly pushing for higher performances from websites, tighter restrictions, and defining factors must be complied with in order to achieve success.

The question remains: Is Google right in constantly moving the boundaries?

You would have to say “yes” As it would be wrong for people to make a quick buck and manipulate and make money from Google, when people are pouring their life, time and finances into making their own business a success. Google has acknowledged this and is slowly pushing out the garbage and spammy sites with poor content and incorrect linking structures.

SEO has grown even in the current financial state of the slow markets, as business pushes towards online success, there will always be a need for correct and ethical methods of Search Engine Optimization.

It’s true to say then, by the trends of recent years that the growth of SEO is set to continue, to grow on the global market. As long as there is business to be made online the need for SEO will always be required.

Business Link Integrated Brokerage service

East of England IDB Ltd (EEIDB) will provide the full Business Link Integrated Brokerage service on behalf of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) for all businesses in the East of England from April 1st 2010.

This is a significantly expanded service from the current Business Link service delivered in the region, as it includes Skills Brokerage, Investor Development and a focus on large businesses and organisations in the public sector, as well as SMEs and entrepreneurs.

Business Link is the primary access channel for all publicly funded business support services available universally to all organisations irrespective of size and sector. At the core of the offer is the integrated brokerage activity, operating under the Business Link brand, comprising:

  • Universal offers accessible to any customer regardless of their size, sector, lifestyle or geography
  • Specific offers for specific customer segments – whether those segments are by size or sector
  • The gateway to the integrated Business Link activities for all businesses in the region, those considering locating or re-locating to the region and those businesses that have relocated to the region

We will provide a range of activities to support businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed, including:

  • Skills analysis
  • Promotion and stakeholder management
  • Workshops and events
  • Information
  • Diagnostics
  • Customer relationship management
  • Mentoring
  • Brokerage

To successfully attract and retain overseas investment opportunities in the East of England, EEIDB will nationally offer:

  • An integrated information, diagnosis and brokerage service that supports any business of UK or foreign origins, with links to any other supporting UK based agencies that can provide support or solutions for a business’ issue, that may prevent the organisation from developing and growing its operations in the region
  • Assistance to UKTI to improve penetration levels for foreign owned companies as part of Business Link’s intensive assistance activity
  • Development of brokerage staff capabilities to ensure capability in diagnosing need, to identify standard business issues, skills issues, and any other barriers to growth, for foreign owned and foreign invested companies and broker on to appropriate partners including UKTI

Business Link in the East of England works with businesses and entrepreneurs in the six counties in the East of England: Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

Business Link is a government initiative to promote enterprise, funded in the East of England by the East of England Development Agency.

Visit the Business Link website on this link

Three Good Reasons to Say, “I Don’t Know.”

Conventional wisdom says that “I’m sorry” is the hardest thing to say.  If that’s the case, a contender for a close second is the phrase, “I don’t know.”  Not surprisingly, the two phrases have some things in common.

They both require humility. While every one of us would like to think that we are always right or that we always have the answers, humility and reality require that we admit that this is not the case!

They are also both crucial to healthy relationships. Knowing when to say, “I’m sorry” or “I don’t know” builds trust, even though it can be a little scary to allow yourself to be vulnerable enough to say it. Here are a few reasons to be brave and just admit you don’t know everything when it comes to your clients.

1. It’s the Truth

There is certainly some value in living by the motto, “Fake it ’til you make it.” In fact, I’ve learned more than one critical marketing skill because I said, “Sure, I can figure that out.” I bet you have done something similar!

Had I been asked to design the tallest building in the world, that would’ve been an easy, “no.” The trick is to determine if you can figure it out even if you don’t know the entire answer immediately. The first thing to consider is whether or not the project deadline allows room for research time. Then decide if you’re up for a learning experience.

Maybe you know right away that you can’t do it. Maybe it’s something that would take way too long to figure out. Maybe you’re not interested in it. Or maybe (like me with Flash a few years back, yikes – a true confession here), you have tried and you just can’t do it. At that point, it’s best for everyone if you just admit that you don’t know.

2. You Care More About Your Customers Than Your Ego

If a customer were to ask me to create something for her in Flash, first I’d tell her that since iPads and iPhones don’t like Flash, she should probably forget the whole idea. But, if that’s what she really, really wants, I’ll refer her to someone else. Above all, I want my customers to be happy, and to get the best results on every single project. If I can’t do that for them, I’ll find someone who can. Is it possible that I could lose a customer by admitting that I (shocker!) don’t know everything about everything? Yup. But, it’s more likely that she’ll respect me for my honesty and the fact that I care more about her and her business than I do about looking like an expert.

3. You Might Make a Connection

When you start looking around for someone who can fill in the gaps for your clients, you might just find it works out well for you, too. You might be amazing at something they can’t do at all, and they may start suggesting you to THEIR clients. Or, maybe you’ll enjoy working together so much that you’ll join forces and create a great new company!

Saying, “I don’t know” doesn’t have to be said out loud, either. Another option that might be available is to whitelabel someone else’s work. Many companies will hand projects to another company and mark them up. That works great if you’re terrible at, say, selling. It’s also a way for the company to avoid saying, “I don’t know” and turning away work.  You could also send a proposal “in partnership with” the other company.

So, when do you know it’s time to say you just don’t know? Was there ever a time you wish you had?

How to Use NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) to Change Your Mind

As soon as you meet someone for the first time, you’ll automatically begin to sound them out. You’ll try to gauge the other person’s values, beliefs and social status in relation to your own. Much of your judgement will be based on the other person’s general appearance, their accent, vocabulary, style of clothes, their job etc. And, as the conversation progresses, you’ll build up a picture of who you think this person really is – as he or she also does with you. Sometimes it’s less obvious though, and the first impressions you make about a person are much more difficult to pin on such obvious characteristics. I’m sure you, like me, have taken an instant liking, or indeed a dislike to someone you have just met, and the reasons were, well – let’s just say that they were hard to put your finger on.

We already know that people like people who are like themselves, but two people dressed similarly, with the same accent and general vocabulary, coming from the same background and education is no guarantee of instant rapport. No, there are a few hidden factors, which, when you know about them, will give you the edge in establishing rapport with whoever you meet, no matter what their appearance or demeanour.

One of the main factors in rapport, or just plain old communication, is speaking the same language as the other person, but at a more subtle level than the grammar you learned at school. Allow me to let you into a secret – one of the most common reasons that people don’t get onto the same wavelength, or see eye to eye, or get a feel for each other is that we all have our own ways of encoding reality. The good news is that you can tell in a matter of seconds how someone’s mind works from their language, and use this to your advantage. Once you understand how someone represents the world internally, you can phrase your message in a way that fits with that, and be sure that it’s more easily accepted. In fact, you can almost guarantee that what you say will be accepted, processed and internalised even before the other person is consciously aware of it. In short, use this technique and you’ll build rapport very quickly with whomever you speak to.

So what’s the technique? The next time you speak with someone, just listen to the words they use to find out what type of sensory representation they use most. Or listen to your own language. Are you a mainly visual person, who thinks in pictures? Or are you more of an auditory person, who thinks in terms of conversations and sounds? Or maybe you’re a kinaesthetic type, who thinks primarily in terms of their emotions and feelings? Whatever the type, all you need to do is be aware of these preferences, and you’ll be able to talk the same language, or hit it off or even see eye to eye with the other person.
For instance, if you were a mainly visual type of person the types of things you might say would run along the lines of:

“Let’s see, how does that look to you?”
“Can we just focus on this now?”
“See you later”

Or maybe you’re an auditory type, and you use phrases like:

“Sounds good to me”
“Are we working in harmony here?”
“Give me a shout later”

Or perhaps you’re a kinaesthetic type of person who says:

“How do you feel about this?”
“Let’s get a handle on things”
“Let’s get in touch”

Because people will always favour the language of their own most-used representational system, you can use this knowledge to boost communication and thus enhance rapport. So, if they’ve used more kinaesthetic phrases than visual ones, be sure to use kinaesthetic types of phrases when you talk. Ask them how they feel about things rather than how they see the project developing, and they won’t be ‘grasping for your meaning’, and while you ‘just don’t see what they’re saying’, at least you’ll know why.

Now, these types are not hard and fast, as most people don’t stick to one favoured system for every situation, and many people mix and match depending on circumstances. For example, you might see that the project is a good idea and that the way ahead is clear, but you still might need to get the right feeling from the people you are working with before you fully commit to it. In this case, you are primarily visual, but need kinaesthetic reassurance before going forward. Imagine your boss is auditory, and she needs to hear all the right things, ensure that we are all singing from the same hymn sheet and be on the same wavelength with the main players. Others on the project may be in for some tough times, but now that you are aware of this basic concept of NLP, the way ahead should be plain sailing.

So where did all this NLP stuff come from? Now that I’ve introduced you to just one of the basics, I’m sure you’ll want to know more. It’s certainly a fascinating area, as it’s about you – or to be more precise, it’s about how your mind works, and how you can use this information to your advantage.
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and many authors will tell you that it stands for the way we use language and the brain to program or control our lives. Actually, the man who invented the system, a Dr. Richard Bandler tells it a little differently. He along with partner, Dr. John Grinder were working on some systems of psychology / therapy in the early 1970’s and kept coming up against the establishment. For example, they had figured out a way to cure phobias in a matter of minutes (around 20, usually), and could train anyone to do this in a couple of hours, but the psychologists of the day were adamant that it couldn’t be done. They were so full of their own theories and presuppositions that they were sure that Bandler and Grinder were charlatans. The answer was to come up with their very own area of psychology – that way, no one could criticise them. They called it NLP, because on the day they decided to create their new branch, they had 3 books on the table in front of them: a book on neuropathology, a book on linguistics and one on computer programming. So that’s where the name came from.

The practice of NLP itself is eclectic – it borrows from a range of disciplines, but in a nutshell it’s usually explained as ‘the study of the structure of excellence’. The idea being that, if you want to be an excellent skier/golfer/lecturer etc. all you do is to go out and find out how the best in the area think and act. You then take those actions and thoughts and model them – modelling is a big area in NLP – and you will automatically become one of the best. One example of this is illustrated by the following story from Bandler himself…

A famous baseball team in the USA was uncharacteristically trailing in the league tables. They had tried various approaches to remedy the situation – extra training, motivational talks, monetary incentives – even a team psychologist. When Bandler was called, he immediately called in the 3 best baseball players he could find, and questioned them about how they think when playing the game. He found out that they all thought and acted similarly when batting. As they prepared themselves for the strike, their perception of time changed – things seemed to slow right down, in much the same way that time seems to stretch when you find yourself in an emergency situation. The next thing that happened was that the ball seemed to expand in size so that it looked so much easier to hit, and the third thing was the bat – it also seemed to get bigger. The players also commented about being in the ‘flow’ or ‘the zone’ – nothing could have distracted them as they were totally concentrating on the game.

Bandler then constructed some visualisation exercises using these principles, took the players through them and left them to practice. The results were immediate, the team quickly regained their place at the top of the league and have stayed there or thereabouts ever since.
So, if anyone asks you what NLP is all about, just tell them it’s all about using your brain for a change.


Defeating DRM and the Digital Rights Mentality

Imagine buying a DVD and being able to play it in your living room, but not in your bedroom.   Or, not being able to pop the disc into your computer and watch it there; or not be able to bring it to your friend’s house and watch it without some sort of “Access denied” message displaying on the screen?  How far is digital rights management going to go?  How much of our fundamental rights and freedoms is it going to take away?  I suspect that one day in the not so distant future, this type of scenario will become an everyday occurrence: you buy a “book” and pop it into your “book reader.”  It doesn’t work and then you remember, “Oh jeez, I forgot to register my retina’s with the reader.”  You want to show a passage in the “book” to your friend sitting beside you, but all he sees is a blank “page.”  Then you realize and mutter to your friend, “Oh crap, you have to buy a license.”  Don’t laugh.  Mark my words, this type of thing will happen.  Greedy companies and people will want to squeeze every last penny out of every piece of content recorded on every piece of media in the guise of “protecting the consumer.”  “You will want, no need this to protect the world and your self from those evil pirates,” they will say.  “Go buy your <fill in the blank> technology gadget thingy”.  I am one of the few that think that it’s not too late — we, the consumer, still have time to steer this in the direction that is best for us.  We still have time to prevent the digital rights toilet.

Have you noticed that many of your friends are actually buying music online these days, going to legitimate download sites?  Five years ago, these same friends might have been using Napster, or Morpheous or Kazza or one of its variants.  The reason, I believe, that people have made this “switch” is that it is so easy and cheap to download music legitimately.  Using what might be considered an “illegitimate” method (according to the music and movie industry) takes too much time and work — it simply isn’t worth it.  Well, that is about to change…

With the introduction all the various form of digital rights management, dynamic cryptography, content and playback restrictions, “trusted computing initiatives,” etc.  and the need to purchase new “improved” hardware and gadgets to support such technology — it suddenly won’t be so easy to purchase or download media, much less, play it back.  All these nuisances add up.  The consumer and user experience for this “legitimate” market becomes unappealing.  And guess what, rising from the ashes will be that other market.  Sleeping developers will be awaken and more motivated than ever to resurrect the “illegitimate” software to support and propagate “piracy.”  Many of the consumers faced with the choice will opt for the “illegitimate” option simply because of the lack of restrictions placed on the media and on the experience.  Your license won’t expire. You won’t need to be “connected” to be able to play the media.  You’ll be able to play the media where you want, and when you want, as many times as you want.  Oh, and you won’t have to buy some “trusted” gadget that spies on you and reports back to Big Brother.  Notice that none of these consumer wants are illegal.  Actually, they all seem pretty reasonable.  And with the return of the “illegitimate” market, the industry will have even greater excuse to introduce even more technology and restrictions to the medium, to provide even more barriers to the consumer and user experience.

It goes like this:  the industry (music, movie and computing) today, wanting to make even more money than they already do, are creating a culture of fear, filling our heads with the notion that we, the  collective economy are losing millions to these “thieves”, and that they must be stopped.  So they create these technological barriers at the expense of user and consumer experience, knowing very well that these barriers will stir up and kindle the “pirate” market, thereby justifying their restriction of rights in the first place, and giving them just cause to purge our rights even more.  It’s not management, but Digital Rights Fascism, and if they have their way, we will all be raising our rights hands to hail  them, as we dip into our wallets with our left hands to pay their ransom.

So what can we do about it?  I see two options.  The first, is to join the “pirate” community as a developer and/or user.  Participate in peer-to-peer file sharing networks, and write code to support these networks or whatever the current technology might be.  Grow this “illegitimate” market back to the same levels of its heyday.  Of course, I cannot recommend this option because it would most likely get people into legal and financial trouble, especially the way the industry is suing yours and everyone’s grandma for even thinking about sharing a file.  The second option, I believe, is more powerful and more likely to get results: exercise your right as a consumer to make an educated choice.

Luckily, we still live in a free, democratic, market based economy, where the market is still generally determined by the consumer, and not dictated by the supplier.  We can choose not buy something, or into something.  We can choose not to buy DRM supporting products or content.  Conversely, we can choose to support suppliers, content providers and artists who sell products and content that do not restrict our digital rights.  Money talks, and if no one buys these protected gadgets, computers, DVDs, audio and video files, etc., then the industry will have to rethink its product.  Even if the hardware suppliers and content/media providers take away all other options and only offer DRM enabled products, we can still choose not to buy any of their products at all, and choose instead to do something else with our lives.  Moreover, we could also make our displeasure heard loudly in the media.  We could stir up such negative press to sway both the uneducated consumer and the stake-holding shareholder to examine their fundamental stances on digital rights.  Take for example, Coke’s attempt to switch formula’s in the 80’s.  People refused to buy it and created such an uproar that Coke was forced to change back to their “classic” formula.  We could do the same with digital rights.  I do not believe that it’s too late.

The President of Sony’s Global Digital Business, Thomas Hesse, was quoted as saying about the whole Sony rootkit incident : “Most people, I think, don’t even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?”  It is true, the general public does not know what a rootkit is, or what the implications of a rootkit are.  This is what they are counting on.  Sony and the like are counting on people’s general ignorance and laziness to slip their rights restricting policies and technologies into their products.  They know that ignorance breeds acceptance.  Our duty, then, is to educate.


Russian Watches – The Armor That Saved Europe


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Russian watches are amongst the many products available from the Sovietski Connection. This feast of soviet military surplus is a must for any Russophile or collector of militaria. As well as military collectables, this site has many cultural items from Russia and the old ‘USSR’ block

This is possibly one of the best sites in the world for Russian collectables, and all available safely from the USA.

The range is far too wide to mention every product available – go to the shop for a browse – here are just three of the 100s of products available:

The armor that saved Europe! – Handcrafted winged Hussar armor.

In 1683, Poland’s Army, led by its famed Hussar cavalrymen, defeated the Turks at the Siege of Vienna. This decisive battle stopped the Ottoman advance, in essence saving Europe. Military historians attribute the Poles’s success, in part, to their superior armor and weaponry. This awesome winged Hussar’s armor has been produced in the centuries-old tradition, hand-hammered on a wooden stump and lashed together with leather.

He certainly doesn’t have one of these!

Armor-piercing missiles were built during the Cold War for the M1-A1 Abrams tank (America’s primary battle tank). Dubbed “tank busters,” they were designed to take out heavily armored Warsaw Pact tanks on the European battlefield. Tens of thousands of these missiles were destroyed under the Department of Defense’s “crush rule.” By our wits, some luck and a connection in the Pentagon, we rescued a few practice rounds.

Soviet captain’s chronometer on wooden base.

These super-accurate, 56-hour chronometers are identical to those aboard Soviet and now Russian warships. Each is a handcrafted engineering masterpiece. Swiss fuseé (chain-driven pulley) drive, 20 ruby-jewel, damascened, 24-karat gold-plated movement with real diamond endcap jewel, spring detent escapement, compensation balance and palladium helical spring

The range includes:

Timepieces. Optics Instruments
Collectables Badges & medals Coins & currency
Uniforms & apparel Figurines & models Decorative weaponry
Posters, penants & flags Outdoor gear

Venerated religious treasures that will inspire and comfort. Accurate reproductions of historic Russian and Soviet art recreated in such detail you can even see the individual brush strokes. Classic tin toys that will make you and your wallet feel like a kid again. And, you’ll also discover a wide selection of books and music related directly to our treasures and their countries of origin

Antiques .Wall art Tin toys
Books & music Porcelain figurines Religious treasures
Apparel Folk art Jewelry

Kids Games Building Social Responsibility From Australia

Rolka introduce two kids games that are specifically designed to develop a sense of social responsibility. These character education activities include childrens building blocks and our Green Earth Board game, which has been designed to be fun, while developing an understanding of global warming, the environment and nature

Our educational wooden building blocks were originally made for our own children. After seeing how good they were, we felt we just had to share them and make them available for others to enjoy as well. Our products encourage positive development in children as they learn through interaction and creative play while having fun.

Creative Building Blocks – Standard Set

150 blocks in calico bag with Ideas Booklet

Rolka Blocks are environmentally sound; made in Australia from natural plantation grown Hoop Pine, they are non-toxic, aesthetically pleasing and provide enough challenging activities to last a lifetime. You will be amazed at the variety of structures, play activities and games that are possible. Join the thousands of children and adults throughout Australia who already enjoy these wonderful blocks

Building blocks offer children the opportunity to develop social and emotional skills and can also help them to become active, competent members within a group.

ROLKA blocks are all the same size, eliminating competition for different shapes, sizes and colours. However, each block is still unique through its grain pattern and colouring.

Children also learn that it’s okay to make mistakes. If the blocks fall down, they can build something else even better and this is important as a lesson in life.

The Green Earth Board Game

Parents can rejoice – there is now a family game that instils in their children a sense of social responsibility about our future planet and accountability for our actions.

A strategic educational board game that teaches players there can be harmony between development and the environment – but only if you choose to play the game responsibly.

Designed for two to eight players, Green Earth is an innovative, tactical board game that demonstrates the impact of the global economy on development and business.

Playing it is easy, but mastering it is challenging. And that’s where the fun begins!

Awareness of nature and environment

Public awareness of ‘green’ issues is receiving increasing media coverage and will become the priority issue of the 21st century.

If players learn the global message about sustainable development then time spent having fun will also be time spent well.

Capsuleer Technology Repurposed for Medical Benefit

The vast majority of media coverage involving capsuleers is negative. This is primarily because the lynchpin of their existence is war. The capsuleer-driven economy is almost entirely centred around weapons of mass destruction and the platforms to deliver them and whilst these gods of war are often deserving of criticism as they continue to destroy each other and those around them, some good does come of their existence.

As has always been the way throughout human history, war pushes the boundaries of technology and eventually, the benefit of those advancements distil down to the general populace. This recent press release received from the Lai Dai Research corporation details the benevolent applications of technology originally designed to enhance capsuleer training.

Lai Dai Research :: Biomedical and Cybernetics Division

Lai Dai Research is pleased to announce the tentative release of the next generation of Transcranial Microcontroller products, the Tietosh Constellation. This family of six implant sets are designed to interact with an installed TCMC to increase the users functionality. Full details are being prepared for release, but the basic set will include the following implants:

– Cerebellar-Limbic Bridge: to aid in fine motor control
– Hippocampal-Forebrain Bridge: to aid in memory retention and clarity
– Cingulate Ion Buffer: to aid in the application of willpower and rational thought
– Wernike Ion Buffer: to aid in sophisticated speech
– Pons Coordination Matrix: to aid in regularizing autonomic metabolism
– Auxilliary Midbrain Processor: to aid in emotional and sensorial control

The Tietosh implant set is intended for the medical rehabilitation market, with alternate secondary markets for any individual wishing to improve their performance in key targeted areas. It will be made available for sale to specific sectors of the public once it has cleared human testing, which is predicted to finish in less than two months.

Research Director Atkio Vanamoinen :: Lai Dai Research, Biomedical and Cybernetics Division

With the number of space structures and ships being destroyed by capsuleer aggressions resulting in countless decompression injuries, survivors of such disasters often suffer long-term cerebral impairment due to vacuum-induced hypoxia.

It is the hope of this correspondent that we will indeed see some uplifting stories in the future, where technology of capsuleer origin might improve lives rather than ruin them.

Patient in Hospital Bed Using Breathing Apparatus — Image by © Sebastian Pfuetze/zefa/Corbis