Thursday, March 23, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
In Japanese numerology, odd numbers are lucky. Each year, on the 15th of November (luckiest day of the year), the Shichi-go-san (7-5-3) festival is held to celebrate children coming of age. The festival dates to the Heian Period (794-1185) when nobility celebrated their children entering middle childhood. By the Edo period (1603-1867), this practice spread to commoners, who began visiting shrines to have prayers offered by priests. Minor changes in Shichi-go-san were also introduced during Meiji period (1868-1912).Until the age of three all children had their heads shaven, but after three, they could grow their hair.
Three years old girls wear hifu which is kind of vest.
At the age of five, boys wear haori jackets and hakama trousers (traditional Japanese clothing) for the first time.
Girls started using obi with their kimonos when they turned seven, for their Shichi-go-san visit.
The young girls wear wooden Okobo getas (also called pokkuri and koppori), made from blocks of willow wood with a small bell inside a cavity in the thick sole. The lacquered okobo are held to the foot by simple thong-like straps.
Afterward, the ceremony children are photographed with their families and children receive long red-and-white sticks of hard candy called chitose-ame (thousand-years candy). Whoever eats the candy will have a thousand years of happiness. Turtles and cranes—symbols of long life—decorate the candy bag. The candy and the bag are both expressions of parents' wish that their children lead long, prosperous lives. Later, the children have a special dinner to celebrate. November 15. One of the most popular Shichi-go-san destinations in Tokyo is Hie Shrine in Akasaka. It has been frequented by many families celebrating Shichi-go-san since the Edo period, and today it is visited by around 2,000 families every year.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Several years ago. Lisa Kay, quit her high-flying accounting career to start a manufacturing business. Lisa and her husband started out making handcrafted flourescent belts in a factory in Shoreditch, East London, which were quickly snapped up by large city stores.
Then Lisa decided to diversify into shoe design and came up with a range of shoes for women who suffer from bunions. Lisa's Sole Bliss collection, are designed for comfort.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Dirty Dick's pub at 175 Finnieston Street, Glasgow - 1955. The pub was located in a tenement which was built in 1864. Its proximity to Glasgow Harbour made Dirty Dick's a favourite with dockers and sailors of all nationalities. The pub served tea and hot food in a addition to alcoholic refreshments, and accepted a variety of foreign currencies in payment. Dirty Dick's was also infamous as a drinking den for prostitutes. It is said that the women wrote the price on the soles of their shoes, putting their feet up on the tables when a potential customer approached. The pub was demolished in the 1960s. Source: Pictures of Old Glasgow
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The Vaporfly Elite is the latest model in the faster than ever shoe. Part of Nike’s Breaking2 project , the prototype shoes were designed to allow runners to break the two-hour mark in marathon running. The world record currently stands at two hours, two minutes and fifty-seven seconds. The new shoe weighs approx. 6.5 ounces (184 grams) . These are lighter than sprint shoes and have been developed by the Nike Sports Research Lab.
The Vaporfly Elite features a combination of 3D knitting and cushioning technology with an ultra thin, lightweight stiff, carbon fibre plate to help propel the runner forward. According to the manufacturer, the carbon-fibre plate helps reduce the amount of oxygen needed to run at a fast pace. The new runners have been tested by Nike sponsored runners; Zersenay Tadese , (the half-marathon world record holder), Lelisa Desisa, (a two-time Boston Marathon winner); and Eliud Kipchoge, (a champion at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, 2016). Each pair were tailored to match individual athlete’s strengths and stride length. The Nike Vaporfly and the Zoom fly's will go on sale to the general public for $250 and $150 respectively in June.
The Vaporfly Elite is Nike's response to their biggest rival, adidas' marathon shoe, Adizero Sub2 trainer. Both shoe designs come in the wake of Hoka One
The introduction of a spring plate is a grey area which might be considered unfair performance enhancement for the feet. Currently, Nike’s Vaporfly shoes does not meet the International Association of Athletics Federations marathon regulations and may offer their owners an unfair advantage. According to IAAF's Rule 143 shoes "must not be constructed so as to give an athlete any unfair additional assistance, including by the incorporation of any technology which will give the wearer any unfair advantage".
Monday, March 13, 2017
An MRI revealed a 2.5cm tear of the left uterine wall (arrows) and a large 19cm-long herniation of the amniotic sac, housing the unborn baby’s legs. The 33-year-old mother’s five previous caesarean sections were the most likely cause of the tear, and nota particularly ferocious kick. Oddly, the woman experienced no internal bleeding and was completely asymptomatic. The pressure of the amniocele probably stopped the uterine rupture from bleeding, thus preventing pain. Despite the potential risks, the patient decided to proceed with the pregnancy with close monitoring. At 30 weeks’ gestation, the dehiscence had increased by 5cm and the herniated sac had grown to encompass the fetal abdomen, so doctors opted to deliver the newborn, a healthy male weighing 1.385kg, via caesarean. After delivery, the uterine rupture and amniocele were successfully repaired, and the woman was discharged from the hospital five days later. At six months’ follow-up, the baby boy was alive and kicking.
Source: Bouet P., and Herondelle C,, (2016) Uterine Rupture with Protruded Legs in a Large Amniocele N Engl J Med 2016; December.