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THE JELLY FISH THAT LIVES FOREVER:

The Hydrozoan Turritopsis can live forever by becoming eternally youthful. Its immortailiy is achieved by its ability to rearrange its cells to become a new polyp.

The hydrozoans, Turritopsis nutricula.

‘The HydrozoanTurritopsis dohrnii has a life cycle that allows it to revert back to an earlier stage of development – essentially turning the clock back on ageing.

“Normal jellyfish die after reproduction.Turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish, however, when facing adverse conditions such as physical damage or starvation, instead of dying, sinks on to the bottom,” explains Dr Maria Pia Miglietta, a marine biologist from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, US.

“They become a ball of cells, rearrange their cells through transdifferentiation, and become a new polyp. That new polyp in turn can produce new polyps and form a colony.”‘ BBC EARTH NEWS www.bbc.co.uk/nature/

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WHITE CHOCOLATE, CRANBERRY AND MACADAMIA COOKIES 

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or go to the baking page at the top of the screen and scroll down for baking recipe.

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Bon Appetit

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TEN REASONS TO VISIT SKAGEN, DENMARK

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New article on my culture page: https://evareynolds.wordpress.com/culture-2/the-only-way-is-skagen/

Or go to the ‘Culture’ page at the top of the screen and scroll down to ‘THE ONLY WAY IS SKAGEN’.

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NEW RECIPES ADDED TO MY BAKING PAGE:

  1. EASY PEASY BANANA CAKE: https://evareynolds.wordpress.com/baking-2/easy-peasy-banana-cake/
  2. FANTASTIC FLAPJACKS: https://evareynolds.wordpress.com/baking-2/fantastic-flapjacks/
  3. HEAVENLY MERINGUES: https://evareynolds.wordpress.com/baking-2/heavenly-meringues/
  4. WHITE CHOCOLATE, CRANBERRY AND MACADAMIA COOKIES: https://evareynolds.wordpress.com/baking-2/white-chocolate-cranberry-and-walnut-cookies/
Bon Appetit! x

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My top five affordable beauty buys

  1. Start with an excellent moisturiser, I use Avène Hydrance Optimale Rich Hydrating Cream. This is great for dry skin. It is the best daily moisturiser I have ever come across. Website: http://www.avene.co.uk/
  2. The best foundation I have found is the Chantecaille Just Skin Lightweight tinted moisturizer with SPF 15. This is a little pricier but it lasts for ever! Website: http://www.chantecaille.com
  3. One of my favourite makeup products is the Bourjois black khol pencil eyeliner, the Kohl and Contour with a built in sharpner is the best! Website: http://www.bourjois.co.uk/
  4. Long eyelashes are a must have and the Max Factor New False Lash Effect Fusion Mascara does just this and thickens as well. Website: http://www.maxfactor.co.uk/uk/home/default.htm
  5. Finally for a tanned look the best value bronzer is the Max Factor Bronzing Powder. Only a little is needed as it goes a long way. Website: http://www.maxfactor.co.uk/uk/home/default.htm
I use all these products and I feel they are some of the best affordable products out there. 


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NEW BLOG ARTICLE: Go to the environment page near top of the screen and scroll down to title ‘GOING GREEN IN STYLE!’ Eco-friendly super yachts

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Following on from the post on pearls I thought it would be a good idea to give a quick lesson on diamonds for those of you who are interested.

First of all there are the 4 c’s. (some of you may already know this)

  1. Clarity
  2. Colour
  3. Cut
  4. Carat
These four factors contribute to the value of a diamond. However, in my opinion, if you want a diamond to be a good investment the most important factors of the 4c’s are the CLARITY and COLOUR and not the size alone.
Lets look into clarity and colour in more detail:
  1. CLARITY

There is a grade system for the clarity of a diamond, it is as follows:
*Inclusions are the imperfections inside a the diamond

  1. 2.   COLOUR

Colour also has a grade system, it begins with D but even colour up to H is of a very good quality. Beyond H a tint of yellow can be seen with a trained eye, the difference is very slight. Here are the grades given to colour in diamonds:

As you can see a tinted yellow colour only begins to show itself after grade H. Therefore H and above are all excellent grades for diamonds. Always use a neutral white background when grading the colour of diamonds and try to stay clear of bright colours.
Extra tips:
  1. There are many convincing diamond simulants out there so be careful, cubic zirconia and moissanite are the most convincing.
  2. Synthetic diamonds are also on the market so watch out for them
  3. Diamonds should show an extremely bright lustre
  4. Diamond is also an extremely hard material so this can help with identifying it. The facets should be sharp around the corners with little to no abrasion.
  5. Always double check with an expert before buying.
I hope this has given you a good introduction to diamonds.

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