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Chinese Antiques





Collectors often develop their taste through successive phases, first buying late and decorative pieces of obvious appeal and minor importance, then turning perhaps to the earlier wares, gradually refining their choice and increasing their knowledge till, having built up a reputable collection, they are only too glad to forget their early indiscretions. Mr Weng knew what he wanted from the start, and his first purchase set the key for thirty years of collecting of remarkable consistency. His interest in ceramics begins with the Six Dynasties and ends with the Ming, and so covers the periods in the history of the art in China when form was at its simplest and most robust, when colour was warm and restrained, and decoration subordinated to shape. The brilliant techniques and lifeless perfection of the later wares hold no appeal for him, nor has he ever been attracted by mere rarity.
The collection is most notable for its splendid range of Tang wares, and for a group of celadons in which we may trace the whole history of that important Chekiang family from its earliest beginnings in the Yuan ware of the third century A.D. up to the Ming Dynasty. The classic Ting and Chun are well represented; there is a lively group of Ci-Chou wares, and a lovely collection of Qingbai; while almost the full range of black wares, Northern and Southern, is included. The single piece of Ju, one of the very few in private hands in the West, seems in its restrained perfection of form and colour to typify the quality of the collection as a whole.
The part of the collection that is probably best known is the tomb figurines. There are notable examples of both Six Dynasties and Tang date, unglazed, glazed, and painted. The famous ‘tired horse’, (Ts001) is surely one of the most sensitively-modeled Tang figurines in existence, while no one could fail to surrender to the charm of the pair of girl attendants (TS007), one of Whom carries in her hands, as though in symbolic offering to its owner, a miniature replica of the first Chinese piece Mr Weng ever bough……..

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New Year’s Resolution to help your Child Improve His Education


New Year’s Resolution to help your Child Improve His Education

Are you one of the parents who want to lend a hand to your child embracing good habits to improving their education capability? Are you familiar with making New Year’s resolution in every first of January? Why not try this New Year’s Resolution tactic to your child and make a good start for the New Year. As early as they are, kids should be guided on the proper way of taking in education, this will be a very big help for them in future.
I have here a list of how to effectively help your child achieve a good education by doing some resolutions.
First is you must set as a good example. You need to talk honestly to your child and tell him what your new year’s resolutions are and make sure that you are visibly following your own resolutions. In this manner, your child will be encouraged to follow you and pursue on focusing his goals.
Second is that you must get in touch with the school educators of your child. They are very important in your child’s learning. Teachers are well trained in the field of education; they will be able to tell you which part is your Child’s strength subjects and also on which subject your child does need improvement.
Then third is you must make his resolution easier to achieve. Once you got him to write down his resolutions. Take this step to create a better environment for your child to focus into these resolutions. Create an ambiance that will promote learning as well as enjoyment. Be the number one guide to at least make him always remember these resolutions. Post it on his bedroom wall that makes it easy for him to see it at every waking morning. This will trigger him to start his day right. Feed him with the right nutrition to make k\his brain and body active and healthy.
Fourth is that you must give your child a drive that will make him realize that he needs to keep his resolutions. Giving him reasons to do so will be a good thing to trigger his desire in pursuing his resolutions.
Fifth is though you want him to achieve this goal through focusing, but you also need to give him time for the stuff that kids love. Give him the right time to play, watch TV, explore the environment and feel his years being a child. If you don’t do this, he might grow tired of focusing on his resolution and this is not a very good thing for him.
Last is that you should be aware that your child does not necessarily have all his resolutions as hard work. There are these lighter resolutions like writing down homework reminders so not to forget about it. Or keeping a daily log so as to keep track of the new things he sees, learns and discovers.

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Whitewater Rafting, Taking on the Challenge






Whitewater Rafting, Taking on the Challenge

Whitewater rafting or Rafting is one of the extreme sports in the world. In this outdoor activity, you will be required to use a raft of an inflatable raft to actively navigate on fast moving bodies of water like rivers. The more intense the river is the more fun rafting gets. The popularity of whitewater rafting has started since 1970’s. Though it is fun, but it can be very dangerous sport.
In whitewater rafting, the inflatable raft you are using, if you are not familiar, is actually a boat with very durable materials that consist it, durable enough to face violent water currents and bump on river rocks. The rafts may be different in form depending on which country it was made. But the common form is the symmetrical raft. It is steered on with a stern and a paddle. Other forms include rudder-controlled raft, symmetrical raft with central helm and also the asymmetrical.
Russians have very different raft. They often have it hand made and the in catamaran style, attached on both sides are 2 inflatable tubes as framing. There are 2 paddlers that can navigate using this type of raft. This style of catamaran raft is already famous in the United States.
Whitewater rafting sport is being face having 6 difficulty levels as based on the intensity of the water. It ranges from a simple flow up to the very dangerous currents. The difficulty levels are referred to as “grade”
A grade 1 level whitewater rafting is in a area with very little roughness. This is of course for the beginners with basic level of skills. It just requires maneuvering slightly.
Then in grade 2 rafting, you may experience some rocks and a rough water flow. You just need to have the basic paddling skills and maneuvering skills to be allowed in rafting on this grade.
Then the grade 3 whitewater rafting will be facing along some small waves, whitewaters, slight falling off the raft but not very dangerous. In this certain grade you will be required to have good maneuvering skills and you should be an experienced paddler if you opt to go to this grade.
On the grade 4 whitewater rafting you will be facing medium sized waves, medium rocks, and considerable drops and then you will be required to have a sharp skill in maneuvering you must have a whitewater experience if you want to go far to this level.
Grade 5 difficulty will involve large waves, very rapid water flow, may have large rocks along the water that are dangerous, possibility of dropping off the raft. This level will be requiring a precise skill in maneuvering, and you must have an advanced experience on whitewater.
Then on grade 6 difficulty, the rafting will be very dangerous than on grade six of course. Going to these rapids without injuries or death might be very lucky. You can not just simple go into this level, you will be required to pass a certain class for this grade.