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August 2020

I don’t think I will ever be able to say or write enough great things about Manning Park in B.C. and all the views, hiking trails and opportunities for exploring that it provides. Manning Park is one of those destination places that is worth going back to over and over, year after year to see and explore.

And that brings on another great hike in this park along the same trail as Frosty Mountain but doesn’t quite reach the same ending.

The Larch Plateau is a hike done for the vistas and for viewing the alpine larch stands in their magnificent glory.

This hike is best done in September or October when the larches have turned a gorgeous golden colour. It can also be done in a day but I highly recommend overnighting it at the Frosty Mountain Wilderness Campground part way up the mountain. This just makes the hike more enjoyable and leisurely if you have the time. The total trip for this hike is approximately 18 kilometers.

Start your hike from the day use area at Lightning Lake near the far east end of the lake. The start of the trail is made of narrow switchbacks that are fairly steep for the first few kilometers. As you are hiking you will notice the meadows begin and it doesn’t take long before you reach the first point where the views of both Lightning and Flash Lakes are clearly visible. The surrounding mountains provide an amazing view worth stopping to admire.

Heading up the trail you will see an abundance of wild flowers including red columbines, yellow arnica and beautiful blue lupines. The trail almost appears to be cut in the middle of the subalpine meadows.

As you pass through the Wilderness Campsite area which hosts an old log cabin you then cross the Frosty Creek and after another few minutes will come across another gorgeous viewpoint. Here is where you take the trail to the left instead of heading to the top of Frosty Mountain. You will soon come across the 8 kilometer marker and shortly after that you will come across an open plateau of the alpine larches. This is home to the largest number of alpine larches in south western B.C. and some of the oldest trees, some of which are over 2000 years old.

Viewing the alpine larches is best done in late September or October when they turn a beautiful golden colour.

The Larch Plateau hike can be done as a day hike but for a more leisurely and enjoyable hike I highly recommend taking the time to camp at the Frosty Mountain Wilderness Campsite and spend more time exploring and enjoying the views and larches.

This is a gorgeous hike that doesn’t involve reaching the highest peak but does provide magnificent views and a hike through the golden larches of Manning Park. Well worth the effort.

Happy Hiking!

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There are a lot of good audio/video players available especially for movie enthusiast but is “good” enough? Guess not. Video and audio performance in all modern DVD players is excellent. Personal preferences, your budget, and your existing home theater setup all play a large role in determining which player is best for you. The budget and quality should be taken into consideration before buying the product by most consumers.

When we talk about quality, DVD is the new generation of optical technology. DVD is essentially a much bigger and faster CD that can hold cinema-like videos, better-than-CD audio, still photos, and computer data. DVD aims to bring home entertainment, computers, and business information with a single digital format. DVD has the capability to produce near-studio-quality video and better-than-CD-quality audio. DVD is vastly superior to consumer videotape and generally better than laserdiscs.

Most players support a standard set of features such as Language choice (for automatic selection of video scenes, audio tracks, subtitle tracks, and menus). Special effects playback: freeze, step, slow, fast, and scan. Parental lock (for denying playback of discs or scenes with objectionable material). Programmability (playback of selected sections in a desired sequence). Random play and repeat play. Digital audio output. Recognition and output of DTS Digital Surround audio tracks. Playback of audio CDs. Instant search to title, chapter, music track, and timecode. Durable (no wear from playing, only from physical damage). Compact size (easy to handle, store, and ship; players can be portable; replication is cheaper than tapes or laserdiscs).

The primary advantages of DVD are video quality, surround sound, and extra features. In addition, DVD will not degrade with age by overplaying it like a videotape hence it will allow you save lots of money and be able to collect your favorite movie and televisions shows for years and still be able to play it over and over again.

Most movie experts choose DVD as their preference for movie entertainment because of high quality resolution and excellent audio performance giving an excellent movie experience in their homes! Try it and see it for yourself and you’ll learn than every penny spent is worth it!

Source by Mayan Genkied

Many places showcase fun and activities and depending on the season, these shut up; but, not in Wales. There are tourist destinations all over the world offering inexpensive, but average holiday experience; but not in Wales. There are historical places that give limited cultural immersion; but, not in Wales. Take pleasure in a magnificent Wales holiday and share countless of joyful moments with your loved ones.

Here are some reasons why taking your whole family in a splendid Wales holiday spells superb!

Wales Isn’t Far

No need to worry about the hustle and bustle of city streets with your holiday in Wales. Just the same, it is very accessible from key points and metropolitan areas like Birmingham (midlands), Manchester and Liverpool (north). Coming from the south, you may take M4 and Severn Bridge from the capital city, London; in a few hours United Kingdom’s gem will greet your whole gang.

Wales Isn’t Boring

If you are looking for a laid back vacation or activities that will pump adrenaline out of yours system, you are right on the perfect spot with Wales holiday. The historic Museum of Welsh Life in Cardiff will take you to a time travel with ancient medieval castles, old barnyard, farmhouses and Celtic villages. Golf enthusiasts may also find a relaxing space to play with outstanding championship courses surrounding Wales including: Cardiff Golf Club, Castell Coch Club, Petersone Lakes Golf Club and St. Mellons Golf Club.

Those who are in search of extreme outdoor activities, Wales is a home. Tag along your friends and siblings and try coasteering. A combination of traversing, climbing, crazy cliff jumping and swimming, coasteering is sure to fulfill all your mad adventure cravings. Developed in Pembrokeshire sometime between the 80’s and 90’s, it has gained strong following all over the world. Today, you can try coasteering in Pembrokeshire coast, Glamorgan Heritage Coast, North Wales Coast and Gower Peninsula.

Abseiling and climbing can easily give you a dose of fun when in a Wales holiday. With licensed instructors, indoor climbing facilities and basic lessons, you can enjoy rugged mountain terrains all year round. Famous for these activities are Snowdonia’s crags and mountains, Pembrokeshire sea cliffs, Gower Peninsula and some indoor climbing walls. Snowdonia is highest peak in Great Britain and a ground where you can go mountaineering with the professional climbers gearing up to summit Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the planet.

Wales:-365-Days-of-Bliss&id=5228730″>Source by Michelle L Custodio

Holiday Grief- what is it? How does it differ from other grief?

What is grief anyway?

These are but a few questions you might want to explore as we

move ever deeper into the holidays, the season of celebration,

gift-giving/receiving, parties and gatherings of various sizes

and diversities.

Grief is not a feeling; it is a heavy and complex emotion

(energy-in-motion) containing every imaginable feeling in the

human psyche. When someone experiences the loss of a loved one, a

spouse, a child, a parent (not just from death but from any

tragedy), grief emotes powerfully to pull you down to where you

can safely begin to feel yourself without that which you’ve lost.

Grief provides a safe haven, a kind of hospice where you can tend

your wounds, grow new skin, encourage the scabs to form and

thicken, so that you rise back up into the world as a new

person.

However, many people choose to ignore this gift of Grief and

rather than actively grieve, they passively carry their grief

inside, sometimes for the rest of their lives, accumulating more

and more grief. Numbed out to their own feelings, they push

forward as if nothing has happened to them, as if they have not

been irrevocably changed; they choose to live a lie. Their bodies

then have to adjust to the deadness it is forced to carry inside;

eventually that becomes disease. On the outside, it shows up in

depressed feelings, temper tirades, road rage, jealousy, guilt,

shame, and projections onto others.

It is amazing how forceful people can become in their attempts to

hide their grief from their own conscious awareness. They even

convince themselves that if they close their eyes to it, so will

everyone else. Not true. It is in the air we breathe. We breathe

each others’ air. We exchange each others’ realities and each

others’ fantasies. Surely you’ve heard it said, “Magic is in the

air;” or “Death is in the air.” That is true. So too is: “Grief

is in the air.”

Depending upon how well you know yourself, how well you own your

own feelings, grieve your losses, and ground yourself in your own

center, that will determine the real choices you actually have in

filtering the air you breathe. In these days when toxicity is

killing everything that lives and breathes and drinks water, we

need filters to maintain good health. The same is true for our

psyches. This filtering begins by asking ourselves the questions

we’ve not dared to ask, maybe have not dared to even imagine.

During the holidays and on the anniversaries of a tragic event,

Grief usually offers us another opportunity to grieve losses not

fully grieved for the purpose of healing. If you can feel the

feelings rising up inside you, you can choose whether and how you

will receive this unexpected and precious gift- the opportunity

to create new life.

© 2005 Mary Richardson

Source by Mary E. Richardson

Panama Canal weather is a major factor in deciding when to take a cruise through this popular Central American destination.

The main reason comes down to one word — rain.

Panama Canal cruises usually embark from ports on both the western and eastern coasts of the United States.

Anyone leaving from an eastern port such as Miami or Fort Lauderdale will typically visit one or two destinations in the Caribbean before entering the canal at Colon, drifting through the countryside to Panama City and then traveling up the western coasts of Central America, Mexico and the U.S. until reaching the end of the journey in places such as San Diego before flying home.

People leaving from the west coast of the U.S. will simply do the opposite, although they are more likely to visit extra destinations on the western coasts of Mexico and Central America than anything in the Caribbean.

PANAMA RAINFALL

Panama receives widely varying rainfall patterns despite the fact that it is slightly smaller than the state of South Carolina.

Panama City historically receives light rainfall from January through April with an average ranging between one and three inches a month, according to the World Weather Organization.

Rainfall picks up dramatically in May with the total reaching up to nine inches on average through August.

It exceeds 10 inches in September and peaks at 13 inches in October before dropping back to 10 inches in November.

It rains an average of 20 days in October.

The Caribbean coast of the country is much less predictable with rain exceeding 22 inches in Bocas Del Torro during December — the same month when Panama City averages only four inches.

January, March and May have less rainfall on average than other months.

For these reasons, the typical Panama Canal cruise takes place only certain months of the year, such as March.

PANAMA TEMPERATURES

Temperatures are much more predictable.

Panama City averages in the low to mid 90s Fahrenheit during the day year round.

The average lows are in the mid to upper 60s most months.

The east coast is slightly cooler with average highs in the upper 90s and average lows hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

BEST MONTHS TO GO

The Panama Canal cruise season usually lasts from October through April.

But the best months to go are December and later. A cruise in October or November has a higher chance of heavy rains.

Source by Scott Bateman

The Florida Keys offer many of the same laid back characteristics as the Caribbean, without ever leaving the United States. Amazing sunsets and a free spirited attitude all contribute to the laid back atmosphere of the Keys.

There are many activities to do, like sport fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling, boating, sailing, kayaking and eco-tours. Each island destination has its own special features. These islands are also rich in culture and history with many galleries, restaurants, festivals, music and theater to visit and check out. Of course, just relaxing is always an option throughout the Keys as well.

The Keys span about 120 miles and are connected by bridges and causeways, running south west from Miami. This area has the only living-coral barrier reef in the United Stares and is approximately 5 miles off shore and runs the entire length of the Keys.

The first island in the Florida Keys is Key Largo. Being close to the Everglades National park, there is much wildlife to be seen here. It is a popular destination for kayakers and bird watchers. There are many amazing scuba diving or snorkeling sites in Key Largo as well, with many sunken wrecks in the area. The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is located here and offers scuba and snorkeling tours, glass bottom boat tours and swimming in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In 2002, the navy ship,  the USS Spiegel Grove was sunk to provide a reef here and a sunken wreck for divers to explore.

The next island in the chain is Islamorada. It is comprised of six islands including Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key and the offshore islands of Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key. This area is well known for its world class sport fishing. There are many fishing tournaments held here each season.

Marathon Key is in the middle of the Florida keys. It is famous for the Seven Mile Bridge, which links it to the Lower Florida Keys. You will find great shopping and many fine restaurants offering fresh seafood. At Crane Point Museum, there is one of the last untouched tropical hardwood hammocks in the Florida Keys.

Big Pine Key is known for its boating tours and for bird watching and fishing. The diving and snorkeling is great here too. It is a quiet region of small resorts, home-style restaurants, vacation homes and untouched natural areas.

The last of the Florida Keys is Key West.  There are many festivals, shopping and restaurants. Boat tours provide a great way to view Key West from the water. The snorkeling and diving are renowned here to see a diverse array of marine life. Wrecks and reefs, both artificial and natural coral, are home to hundreds of species of tropical and game fish. Many visitors rent a bicycle or go on walking tours to explore the history and architecture of Old Town Key West.

So if you are into eco-tourism, scuba diving or snorkeling, shopping and dining, or just want to relax in a tropical paradise, the Florida Keys may be the destination for you.

Source by Roberta Beriault

There was mixed emotions when my company asked me to take up another position in Australia and leave our Thailand operation. It was my first international corporate relocation and the business assignment had been very successful. As a family we had made numerous friends from all over the world and it would be sad to say goodbye. At least the process of moving overseas would be different this time as we were moving back into our home in Sydney.

Having already had a positive experience with our international removalists when we originally packed our house and came to Thailand, it was natural that we would use the same company. We were much more fortunate than others because the removalists had office all over the world and would look after everything from start to finish. Other friends were not so fortunate in moving to Thailand as they had not been given the advice of choosing a single company to pack, transport and unpack their belongings in the first place.

From the moment we called them, they took control of the entire process. A removalist consultant was assigned and ensured that we developed a comprehensive plan of action. Nothing was left to chance including closing bank accounts, retrieving all medical and dental records from local practitioners as well as informing all insurance companies – medical, home and contents. Whilst we thought that we had everything under control, having had experience in moving internationally in the first place there were quite a number of specific areas to consider in returning home.

Moving to Thailand had few if any quarantine issues to deal with, but in returning to Australia we had to consider all our belongings, particularly those purchased in Bangkok. For example, we had bought a rattan lounge suite and a rosewood dining room setting among other things. We needed to assure Australian quarantine officials that the wood products were free of any bugs likely to harm the Australian environment. We also had to be certain that all clothing and shoes that were being packed into boxes and then the container were clean and free of any dirt. Frankly we were quickly made aware of how seriously quarantine issues were taken and that there would be an inspection of our belongings prior to being released to us in Australia.

On packing day, we found it comforting that the same processes that were used when we left Australia were used to pack our belongings in Bangkok. What we learnt was that because the removalist company had a global presence that they had a worldwide quality assurance program. This meant that the boxes and materials were the same and the care and diligence in packing our belongings was of the highest standard.

Although we were experienced expatriates to a point this move was made so much easier because of the quality of our removalist company.

Source by Geoffrey Cooper

Many people are familiar with the term aesthetic medicine. Since aesthetic surgery plays a sizeable role in enhancing your appearance, it is very important to find qualified medical professionals to get fruitful results.

Aesthetic or cosmetic medicine training which has become very common around the world is applicable for doctors, dentists and nurses. Although qualified medic can become a cosmetic practitioner by enrolling himself/herself in a medical aesthetic training institute for medical professionals, it requires a profound understanding of the techniques and intrinsic procedures to become the best in this field. To gain the necessary expertise, a medical professional aspiring to become an aesthetic clinician needs to enrol in a school with reputation of producing good medical aesthetic practitioners.

Why Become an Aesthetic Practitioner?

One of the main reasons why medical professionals want to take up an aesthetic medicine course is because of the demand for these service around the globe. Yet another reason is of the money involved. Cosmetic doctors and nurses get paid a lot since these treatments require an expert knowledge and understanding of techniques. Complexities do arise during or after a treatment and the clinicians need to be prepared to fix those issues. Hence, only highly knowledgeable doctors, surgeons and nurses succeed in this field. In addition, many medical professionals enjoy the field of non-surgical cosmetic medicine because they find joy in helping people gain confidence by enhancing their appearance.

Courses for Medical Professionals

Cosmetic medicine is a vast field. There is a sea of opportunities available if you want to get a specialization. Doctors and nurses usually gain the core skills by completing general medical degree programs and then further specialising in disciplines such as dermatology, general, plastics, facial plastics, and oral maxillofacial surgery. In addition, they can also take up courses on BOTOX training, laser operation, dermal filling, chemical peels and non-surgical face lift, wrinkle removal, body treatments such as mesotherapy, and other types of cosmetic medical treatments. In addition, licensed and registered dentists can also undergo additional training in cosmetic dentistry which focusses on dental work that enhances appearance of a person. Dental surgeries are usually categorized depending on the purpose and the techniques used. Types of cosmetic dental surgeries include prosthodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, and periodontics.

Courses for Nurses

Registered nurses can take up additional training to care for patients who undergo cosmetic surgery or reconstructive procedures. There are no specialized degrees for nurses aiming to get into the field of aesthetic medicine. But, taking up an additional course in a reputed cosmetic training institute will offer them better knowledge of these procedures. An aesthetic nurse practitioner should be a registered nurse and he/she should have completed an undergraduate nursing program. Completing a recognised training program permits a licensed nurse to cosmetic treatments to patients. For more information on the eligibility criteria and courses, you can also contact a cosmetic training institute to get a clear idea.

Source by Luke Harper

Smart business owners know the importance of keeping good records. The Affordable Care Act has created one more incentive for employers to keep abreast of sometimes complicated reporting requirements, by requiring them to provide information about company-provided health care to both their employees and the government.

Not all of the law’s employer responsibility provisions have been implemented yet. Nevertheless, it makes good business sense to establish effective systems to meet obligations that are likely to be rolled out soon. Acting early will give business owners more time to iron out any wrinkles before the law comes to bear.

Reporting to Employees

The Affordable Care Act requires most employers to report the cost of any employer-sponsored group health plan on employee Forms W-2. This requirement applies to all employers who provide what the government defines as “applicable coverage,” even if the employers are religious organizations or are not subject to Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) requirements. Small businesses issuing fewer than 250 Forms W-2 total are exempt from the reporting requirement until further guidance is issued.

For businesses subject to the rules, the amount reported in Box 12 of Form W-2 must include both the employer and employee portions of the plan’s cost. Certain forms of coverage must be reported, while other forms are either optional or excluded. For more information, see the IRS’ full chart of reporting requirements. (1)

Affected employers are not required to issue Forms W-2 to workers who would not normally receive one, such as retirees, simply to fulfill the requirement. For terminated employees, employers may use any reasonable method to report partial-year coverage, as long as the method is applied consistently. For employees who voluntarily leave and request Forms W-2 in writing prior to year-end, employers must provide the forms within 30 days of the request, but are not required to report the health benefit amounts.

Proposed Section 6056 regulations from the Internal Revenue Service would mainly affect reporting to the Service, though they would also require employers to notify employees in writing of any employee-related information shared with the IRS. These statements will need to be provided annually by January 31. Note that these regulations are still under discussion, and that there is a chance Form W-2 reporting alone could satisfy the requirement. Nevertheless, employers should pay attention to how the final regulations are worded.

Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act have a responsibility to provide all new employees, both part- and full-time, with a written notice pertaining to the Health Insurance Marketplace. These employers include federal, state and local government agencies; hospitals and institutions engaged primarily in the care of the sick, the aged or the developmentally disabled who live on the premises; preschools, elementary and secondary schools, postsecondary institutions of higher learning and schools for gifted children; and companies or organizations with annual sales of receipts over $500,000.

The Health Insurance Marketplace, often referred to as the exchanges, may provide alternatives that cost less than the employer-provided health care plan, if any. Employers must make clear that employer contributions, if any, may be lost if the new employee chooses to pursue private insurance instead. Employers may satisfy the notice requirement through third-party entities, such as insurers or multiemployer health plans, as long as every new employee receives such a notice regardless of whether he or she plans to enroll in the company health care plan.

Finally, any employer providing a health care option must also furnish employees with a standard Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) form. This form explains what services and care the plan does and does not cover. It also lays out the plan’s cost clearly.

Reporting to the IRS

As previously mentioned, the Affordable Care Act introduced new reporting guidelines for employers, known as Section 6056 rules, which mainly affect how employers will report to the IRS. Last September, the Treasury issued proposed regulations to provide further guidance on how businesses should observe the rules; the final regulations were released in mid-February. For the most part, these regulations only apply to employers that had 50 or more full-time employees (or full-time equivalent employees) for the prior year.

Affected large employers must file a return with the IRS reporting certain information for every employee who was full-time for at least one month during the calendar year, including:

  • The employee’s name
  • The employee’s address
  • The employee’s Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)
  • Information about the health care coverage offered to each employee by month, including

    • What coverage was available
    • The employee’s share of the lowest-cost, self-only premium
    • Which months, if any, the employee was actually covered under the plan

The return will also specify how many employees the business had each month in the calendar year. These requirements are currently scheduled to take effect in 2015.

In addition to Section 6056 rules, certain employers may also fall subject to Section 6055 rules, regardless of size. These rules mainly apply to institutions providing health insurance, such as insurers. However, businesses that self-insure may also need to follow these rules. Affected businesses must provide information for each individual enrolled in minimum essential coverage, including the individual’s name, taxpayer ID number and the months in which the individual received coverage.

The IRS is currently considering allowing Section 6055 and Section 6056 reporting to be submitted together for organizations subject to both sets of rules. However, this concession has not yet been granted. Like Section 6056 rules, Section 6055 rules are scheduled to become mandatory in 2015, but are optional in 2014.

Employers that self-insure may also fall subject to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund fee (the PCORI fee). The fee applies to policy years ending after September 30, 2012 and before October 1, 2019, and is equal to the product of the average number of individuals covered for the year and the applicable dollar amount. Organizations subject to the fee will need to file Form 720 annually to report and pay the fee.

If any of a business’ employees are liable for the Additional Medicare Tax, employers will also need to withhold the tax, set at 0.9 percent, and report the withholding. The threshold earnings amount to determine the tax liability is $200,000 for single filers and $250,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly. This tax should not be confused with the Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT), which is also sometimes called the Medicare surtax. The NIIT does not affect wages and is not the employer’s responsibility.

While small businesses are largely exempt from these mandatory reporting requirements, businesses with fewer than 25 full-time employees may wish to secure a tax credit for voluntarily providing health care coverage to their workers. Qualifying businesses will need to apply for the credit using Form 8941.

Self-employed individuals may also be eligible for a tax deduction for the cost of their health care. However, the Affordable Care Act has made this deduction solely applicable to income taxes, whereas in the past a deduction against self-employment taxes was available. Eligibility for this deduction is determined on a month-by-month basis.

Reporting to States

Certain states may have their own health care reporting requirements. For example, Massachusetts-based employers with 11 or more employees must file an Employer Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure and an Employee Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure for each employee. While these rules are not a product of the Affordable Care Act, employers should take care to comply with all state-specific reporting requirements as well as with federal rules.

As with most parts of the Affordable Care Act, reporting requirements will remain a moving target for some time. As a result, satisfying all of the rules may be a challenge for some employers, at least in the near term. However, the sooner you begin, the sooner you will be able to identify the more difficult rules to follow and develop adequate systems to address them, regardless of whether regulators extend leniency for what is technically required.

Source:

1) IRS, “Form W-2 Reporting of Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage”

Source by Laurie Samay

Jewellery Designers Make Spectacular Products For The Silver Screen

Jewellery designers have been asked to submit items of costume jewellery they may have already manufactured for the film industry. Wonderful necklaces, bracelets and tiaras that have had their own starring role and adorned popular film stars are now being sought. Certainly the glimmering range of glitter and bling for the movies are paste instead of diamonds, but they make a good display.

Items by jewellery designers for films are going to be showcased at the Jewellery on Screen trade show at Somerset House on The Strand in London next June as an element of London Jewellery Week. The show has got Orkney jewellery designers considering how a lot of our typical collections ranging from mens Celtic rings to contemporary style pendants could possibly be just appropriate for the movie industry.

The Tudor range, as an example, influenced by the gemstones and superb decoration of the period, is a timeless style for films about Elizabeth I starring Cate Blanchet or Helen Mirren. And our Louise ring could well adorn the ring finger of her namesake in Thelma and Louise, played by Susan Sarandon.

Jewellery Designers in the Movies

One Orkney collection features Birdland necklaces, earrings, brooches and charms depicting birds in flight across a northern sky. Daphne du Maurier’s novel, The Birds, however spawned a more terrifying view of these things – not improved by a Hitchcock horror movie starring Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor! The Heart series links with numerous famous films for example the newly released Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges. But aside from the romantic Heart there’s also Braveheart, who could happily wear a lot of the mens Celtic rings or our Sword kiltpin style and design.

Sword, needless to say was an important element in a good many movies about Arthur, Camelot and Merlin. The well-known Willow design has got the same name as the quest film starring Val Kilmer and Joanne Walley and no one knows what Toad and his chums would make of it in Wind in the Willows.

The present-day piece True relates to many films for instance the kooky True Romance starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette or True Grit, the John Wayne or Jeff Bridges rendition. And Chanticleer, based on the saga of a rooster and a fox, might well be a nice pattern for the Fantastic Mr Fox.

There are lots of more blockbusters to choose from that we could provide models to match. Orkney might not yet be on the list of centers for jewellery designers who provide pieces for Hollywood, but a lot of our collections are donned by stars who love our style and design.

Source by Adrian Jones

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