The Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious meeting in the National Hunt Racing Calendar in the UK. The race prize is second to the Grand National. The Cheltenham Festival is a chance for the best Irish and British horses to come together and race one another.

The event takes place every yr in March at the Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Massive amounts of money are bet on this occasion, with hundreds of millions of pounds being gambled over the period of four days. As with most horse racing events, betting comprises a significant aspect of its appeal. The event is known for its atmosphere, most notably the famous Cheltenham roar. The Cheltenham roar refers to the noise made when he horses enter the home straight and long run in. The roar also refers to the incredible amount of noise which is made at the opening race of the festival.

Traditionally the race was ran over a period of 3 days, however this changed in 2005 when a fourth day was introduced. There are 24 races altogether, with grade one events including the;

* Champion Bumper
* Triumph Hurdle
* Supreme Novices Hurdle
* Ballymore Properties Novices Hurdle
* Arkle Challenge Trophy
* Royal & SunAlliance Chase
* Champion Hurdle
* World Hurdle
* Queen Mother Champion Chase
* Cheltenham Gold Cup (The final race)

The first Cheltenham Festival took place in 1902 and since then has continued to gain more and more distinctions in the racing calendar, becoming nearly as in important as the Grand National, the prize money also seconding the Grand Nationals prize. Every yr without a fail now, the build up to Cheltenham excitement begins months in advance. Most of the betting takes place when the actual event is taking place, hundred of millions of pounds is spent on races.

Jump racing being most popular attracting most of the attention; the entrants for the jump racing are in incredible form with months of training. The three most popular races being Champion Hurdle which is ran on the Tuesday. Followed by the Queen Mother Champion Chase on the Wednesday and on Friday by the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

A number one priority of the Cheltenham Racecourse has been to provide the best underfoot conditions for the horses. The aim has been to provide the best conditions for the Cheltenham Gold Cup but also for events taking place throughout the whole year. Using the available ground has enable the Racecourse to produce fresh ground on the new course for both third and in 2005 the fourth day of the festival. Cheltenham now consists of two racecourses known as the new course and the old course.

A day at the Cheltenham Festival comprises of six races, with the meeting getting underway with the Supreme Novices Hurdle on Tuesday afternoon, which is the first race of the event. The Feature race however being the Champion Hurdle, which regardless of attracting large fields is normally taken by those more favoured in the Cheltenham betting markets.

The most successful horse in Cheltenham Gold Cup history was Golden Miller, who won five times from 1932. There have also been another three horses that won the gold cup 3 times consecutively.

* Cottage Rake in 1948 – 1950
* Arkle in 1964 – 1966
* Best Mate in 2002 – 2004

The race course has many advantages including onsite accommodation and several restaurants to select from. At Cheltenham there’s a huge choice of places where food and drink is available, ranging from bars to seafood and beef burger stalls. An impressive range of hotels are in the surrounding area, offering exclusive deals whilst the Cheltenham Festival is on.


When it comes to shopping for wedding rings, it is important to purchase a band that will symbolize your never-ending bond of eternal love. An unbroken band of gold or silver that is exchanged with this very thought in mind should not only be the right fit for your finger, but also for your budget.

The most classic design for wedding rings is that of a yellow gold band, which is available in either 10kt, 14kt, 18kt or even 24kt gold. Because gold is flexible, it is most durable in its 10kt form. Because 10kt gold wedding rings feature less actual gold content, they are also the most affordable. At the other end of the equation is 24kt gold, which is very rich in color but also very flexible and, therefore, more susceptible to damage. In addition, 24kt gold is the most expensive of all gold creations.

For the couple who dares to be different, wedding rings can also be exchanged as either rose or white gold. Polished, textured, wide and slim designed bands are all available for the bride and groom to choose from. Although these gold colorations may be more difficult to find than the traditional yellow gold, they continue to be a popular choice for many newlyweds simply because they are unique.

For the couple who is especially cost conscious, there is the option of choosing sterling silver wedding rings. In many places, a wide band sterling silver ring can be purchased for less than $50.00 each and is, therefore, a very practical choice for many newlyweds. Sterling silver, like gold, is a precious metal and is designed to last a lifetime. The main difference between sterling silver and gold wedding rings, along with the coloration and content, is the fact that sterling silver requires more maintenance than gold. Regular polishing and careful storage are required for keeping your sterling silver in pristine condition and free of tarnish.

One of the most important aspects of shopping for wedding rings is making sure that the sizes are accurately determined before making the purchase. If necessary, either gold or sterling silver wedding rings can be resized by a knowledgeable jeweler. When shopping, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that a thinner band will fit more true to size than a wide band, which may require that the wearer move up one size to ensure a comfortable fit.

When it comes to finding the best deal on wedding rings, the bargain of a lifetime may not be as far away as you think. Among the most popular places to find wedding rings are online auctions and jewelry wholesalers. The most common places to shop are at jewelers and specialty designers, but consumers need to be ready to spend big bucks with either of these options. If your chosen wedding rings are a little above your current budget, consider placing them on layaway and making regular monthly payments. This will allow for less strain on your wallet and less stress in wondering how you are going to pay for your wedding rings.


Wedding rings don’t tend to get the public airing that they deserve, in your average wedding celebration. However, wedding rings are prone to be worn for the rest of the bride and grooms’ living days, so they are, arguably, the most important element of the wedding accessories.

Wedding Rings The Basics

Wedding rings are exchanged as part of the ceremony, normally as vows are said by both parties. The guests don’t normally view the wedding rings until after the ceremony is well and truly over, so it may be tempting to skimp on this element and save money.

Bear in mind that the bride will nearly certainly wear her wedding ring alongside her engagement ring. It is essential, therefore, that they both rings work together well. This is particularly important if the engagement ring is of an atypical shape or with a particularly large stone.

Always consider your each day jewelry. Although it is possible to accessorize on your wedding day to complement you choice of wedding rings, this ring will be worn mostly all day, for many years, so it must fit in well with your general style. This is equally important for the groom, as he too will have to wear the ring for some time, so he should also consider what would go well with his usual attire.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not essential to choose golden rings. If you prefer silver colored rings but want to retain the quality, why not consider white gold? It is also possible for the bride and groom to have different styles of ring, so don’t feel pressured into selecting matching styled rings.

Wedding Rings Ideas for Slashing the Budget

Whilst you want the ideal wedding rings possible, you don’t need to spend a small fortune! Often, wedding rings are passed through the generations, particularly on the male side, so find out whether this is the case so that you can avoid the time and energy of searching for the ideal wedding rings!

When you are selecting an engagement ring, it may be possible to negotiate a discount on wedding rings, if they are purchased at the same time. Another possible option is to consider using cheaper wedding rings for the ceremony itself and to purchase the more permanent wedding rings, at a later day. The real point of this is to spread the major expenses weddings don’t come cheaply!

A good way to make cheaper wedding rings look very special is to have them engraved with your wedding date and your initials.

Also with a little imagination, wedding rings can truly look magical, without costing the earth!


Festivals have been steadily gaining popularity all over the world in recent years, and the larger ones have expanded tremendously. However, as a result of the high ticket prices and relatively remote locations, a few oppurtunistic entrepreneurs have taken advantage of the backlash against the inaccesibility of events like Bonaroo, Lollapalooza, and other big-draw, weeklong festivals.

One notable example of this comes in the form of Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, which is now in its second year. Last year’s event featured over 30 bands on three stages, for a modest charge of $10. Many local and nationally acclaimed acts were featured, from punk rock bands like the venerable Circle Jerks to Austin favorites such as the Octopus Project and the Riverboat Gamblers. Large festivals aim to please as many music fans as possible by providing an incredibly diverse cross-section of acts, thereby minimizing the liklelyhood of alienating a potential customer.

However, the drawback to this approach is that booking such a large number of acts means paying all of them, and providing a substantial amount of infrastructure. Even in the case of events like South By Southwest, which use mostly existing clubs to showcase the artists, the number of people whoever can see a given act is compromised by, if nothing else, fire codes which restrict how some people may be inside a club safely at a given time. On the other hand, festivals like Fun Fun Fun Fest serve as an intermediary between the larger festivals and one-off club shows by serving a relatively small subset of the musical crowd with a lot of bands. Thus the “bang for your buck” of a large festival is preserved, although some people are still more satisfied by the relatively low ticket price, which is more in line with a club charge for seeing at most four to five bands in one night.

Fun Fun Fun also brings a somewhat different aesthetic to the standard “carpet bomb” approach discussed earlier. By appealing to a more specific (some would say discerning) crowd, the fans are more likely to be happier with the experience, therefore making them likely to return. Since their acts do range from relatively unknown to national touring acts, new musical introductions are welcome and often. The 2006 festival was (somewhat hilariously) divided into three stages according to loosely defined genres: Rock, Punk, and Electronic. While these definitions seemed a bit inaccurate, (for example, anyone whoever has seen Peaches live would probably have placed her in the Punk or possibly the Electronic stage before the largest Rock stage, but the genre-based stage distinctions are no longer quite so brazen in the upcoming 2007 iteration) most would have considered the 2006 Fest to be quite a success.

This year’s festival has expanded quite a bit, most obviously in that it is now a 2-day affair. It still takes place in Austin’s own Waterloo Park, and there are still three stages (their genres still based along the previous year’s lines, without calling them such outright) but the tickets are a bit pricier at $54 a pop (which does fall in line with the 75 bands now playing). This festival now appears to be in direct competition with the Austin City Limits (ACL) Festival, but with a narrower focus. I enjoyed last year’s show immensely, and the acts seemed much more tailored to my tastes than ACL, not to mention costing less than a tenth of the hard-to-obtain ACL day passes. Also, since FunFunFun happens in November, the absurd dust storms and (this year) fires are no longer a threat. “What!” you say, “A festival in Texas that’s comfortable and, well, fun?” I say check out the bands and see what piques your interest. If punk rock, electronic dance music, or just plain old rock-and-roll seems up your alley, then FFFFest is a good bet.


Finding a designer jewelry studio may be a daunting practice. When you are looking for a custom jewelry designer, you know you are looking for some place where you could potentially be spending a lot of money, so you need to find a studio at which you can feel like you are making a good investment. You can make the search for a jewelry studio a lot less stressful by learning how to find a good studio and the things to look for when you do find some studios to check out. This guide will help you find your way into the best jewelry studio you can find.

Use the Internet

The world wide web should be your first port of call when looking for a good jewelry studio. Also with a few simple clicks of the mouse, you can find out which jewelry studios are in your area and what kinds of jewelry they specialize in. Perhaps most importantly, you can find out what kind of reputation these places have. You can bet that if a particular jewelry studio has a reputation for shoddy craftsmanship or conning people by selling them fake stones and pretending they’re real, then someone is writing about it online. The world wide web is a good place to discover any red flags about a particular jewelry studio before you walk into the door.

What To Look For in the Studio

A good way to get the wonderful piece of jewelry for you is to find a jewelry studio that is home to more than one designer. This way, you can check out a variety of different design options and get a feel for what kind of jewelry style appeals to you the most.

No matter how many designers are in the studio you settle on, however, there are a few things you should keep an eye out for. The designers should be able to discuss their background with you without a problem. Some designers are self taught, and that is ok, but look for things like diplomas, awards, and certificates on the wall that will give you an idea of the training of the jeweler.

Likewise, the jeweler should be able to discuss with you where each and mostly all one of their stones and other materials came from, and they should be able to show you certificates of authenticity for their fine gems and materials. If they seem to have a lack of enthusiasm for proving their qualifications and the quality of their materials to you, turn and walk away.

More Help

If you aren’t sure about a studio, don’t be afraid to check them out with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau. Jewelry is an expensive investment, and it is desirable and practicable to get the advice these people before you turn over your hard earned cash.


Every young marrying couple will have priorities set for the preparation of the wedding. Picking out the rings is one of these high priority decisions. The wedding ring is the symbol of eternal love – it’s the never ending circle of the relationship.

The tradition of a bride and groom exchanging corresponding rings on their wedding day is a long-time tradition that is still important today. Because these important pieces of fine jewelry will be worn throughout the couple’s marriage, many end up delaying other decisions and wedding planning tasks until the rings have been chosen.

When a couple exchanges their rings, they are sharing something that is more meaningful than a commitment to their relationship. A circle is a very unique shape because there is no identifiable starting point or ending point. A lot of couples hold on to this symbol as a mark of their forever love.

For those fortunate enough to find that someone special and step into marriage, they feel like they have always known and loved this person. Because their feelings are very deep and strong, the exchange of rings becomes much more meaningful in the context of symbolizing a love that is for eternity.

Along with being very symbolic, rings are another way a couple can show their unique tastes and personalities. When deciding on them, it is always a good idea to choose the styles, patterns, precious metals, and the elements of design that will symbolize the couple and their preferences. It is best to use a jewelry specialist and ring designer when designing your custom wedding bands.

By choosing them this way, the couple has rings that are singularly their own, yet show an even greater unity between them because of the customization. Knowledge of the rings’ uniqueness will make the couple feel even more special.

For most couples, custom crafted wedding rings do not fit in their budget. The added cost is not the only issue, though. Another factor is the added time that will be needed to design and manufacture the rings. This is why most couples and an impending wedding date are satisfied to purchase their set of wedding rings at either a local jewelry store or online.


What is more romantic for a bride and groom than looking inside of their wedding bands and seeing a personalized engraving with special meaning for them?

There are a few ways to accomplish this task that your jeweler will recommend and now any new processes available that increase the limits of the message that may be created on rings.

Let us review the traditional methods most currently being used in the marketplace.

First, there’s hand engraving done by an artisan engraver using a hand tool called a graver. It is not a perfect process and the results will depend on the quality and skill of the craftsman doing the work.

Also commonly used is machine engraving which is much more precise but mostly limited to one row of words using up to 20 characters to be engraved on the ring.

Now, a specialty process adapted to a not so new technology, called laser engraving, has opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for wedding couples whoever are thinking of engraving their rings. Wedding bands are now being created with entire messages that are clearly readable and up to 225 character long. This allows the ability to write whole passages, even entire wedding vows, on the inside of the wedding bands. Currently, bridal couples are choosing from civil vows, gay partner vows, religious vows, love poetry, Shakesperean Sonnets, and even writing their own vows. .

This sentimental and romantic addition to your wedding bands can forever be a reminder of your love and the commitments made, and add a special and unique touch to your wedding day.
Jerry Biern
www. weddingvowrings. com

People whoever earn their bread and butter in the entertainment world are greatly benefited from the use of the royalty free music library. The main advantage of using a royalty free music is that the users don’t have to make any further payment for the repetitive use of the same track. Such a facility definitely favors all and sundry but especially those whoever are making films or documentaries on a shoestring budget.

Lower cost is the main reason why the concept of royalty free music has caught attention of many in the entertainment world. Obviously the aggregate amount of multiple payments for the same track is significantly higher than a single fee. Of course, when one is using a score for the first time, he has to pay royalty fee for it. But it may so happen that he wants to use the same musical piece for many a project. Of course, he’s allowed to do that and is not required to make any additional payment. Luckily there is many a music library where you can purchase the royalty free music.

Such a library is a great source of the samples of stock music. At times the budding musicians purchase the stock music from a music library rather than hiring an orchestra or a choir. If you hire any of these, you’ve to bear a huge amount of cost for rehearsal or recording. An don’t forget about the whopping amount that you’ve to purchase using a studio. You can save all these costs simply by using a royalty free music from the music library. Apart from the upcoming artists, the renowned musicians often prefer to go for using the free music. Cost saving is not what they eye on, it is the time feature that is a great concern for them. Attending studio, rehearsing with the musicians for several days and finally going for recording consume a lot of their precious time. By using a music library and purchasing the royalty free music, they can surely save their valuable time and invest it into other projects.

Those whoever make documentaries have to finish their projects within a tight budget. They often earn no profit out of the paltry investment into a project. So it is very natural for them to seek options in order to minimize the cost. As music is a part and parcel of every motion picture or documentary, so the facility of buying a royalty free music on offer by a music library can successfully meet the financial objectives of the filmmakers. As these libraries are the large storage of several kinds of music, so one may simply be spoiled for choice. The stored music are categorized in various sections to facilitate your search for the right piece. Moreover, the minimum price of a royalty free music that you purchase from a music library drags down the cost of your project to a significant extent.

Any creative professional can make a good use of a royalty free music library. The upcoming talents whoever need to showcase their creative quotients often get disheartened at the practice of cheating in the music industry. There are copycats whoever use the others’ creation without their prior permission. In that case, the original composers are deprived of both money and fame. Such a frustrating experience can be averted if they opt for music licensing and get their music placed in a music library.


Goa has a unique blend of socio-religious culture. Being a predominantly Roman Catholic society, there are more Christian festivals in Goa. The Goanese calendar is marked by several feast days, thanksgiving, monsoon celebrations, and processions, and the temples and churches of Goa are unique in their celebration of these festivals. Shigmo, the Goanese version of Holi, is celebrated in the month of February and March. The Yatra of Shree Lairai Temple in Sirigao, features the Dhond, devotees, walking through the Homakund, fire.

The Feast of Our Lady of Miracles, celebrated 16 days after the Easter, is secular by nature and is celebrated with pomp and show by both Hindus and Christians. The feast of the three kings at Reis Magos Cuelim and the feast of St Francis Xavier, at Old Goa held in December every year are unique and elaborate. Igitun Chalne, held at Sirigao temple in Bicholim during May, is one of Goa is most distinctive festivals. The main attraction of the festival comes when devotees of Goddess Lairaya walk across burning coals to prove their devotion.

The Gabin Tower Memorial Festival was a large Goa festival, which took place between August 4, 2006 and August 6, 2006 on the site of the former Warsaw Radio Mast (also known as Gabin Tower) at Gabin, Poland as remember for the 15th anniversary of its collapse. Gabin Tower Memorial Festival was one of the largest Goa festivals in Europe and visited by 18043 people. Gabin Tower Memorial Festival offered contrary to other Goa parties also some very interesting non-musical highlights,like a laserbeam directed to the sky, mass-launches of balloons carrying a lightstick (a balloon-carried light effect), special contests for radiofreaks and a pickpocket contest, at which one had to try to steal dolls equipped with sensoric equipment something out of their pockets.

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) (sometimes referred to as the India International Film Festival) is a ten-to-eleven day film festival organised by the Indian Directorate of Film Festivals and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The first IFFI was held in 1952; since 1975, it has been held annually. The thirty sixth festival was held in Goa, between the 24th of November and the 4th of December 2005. The 37th IFFI was held from November 23 to December 3 2006, in the coastal state of Goa. This festival’s top prize- the Golden Peacock will also carry along with it a cash prize of a million rupees, and goes to the director of the prize-winning film.

The most promising director gets a silver peacock and a cash prize of half-a-million rupees (Rs 500,000). There’s also a special jury award, of a silver peacock and a cash prize of half-a-million rupees for an individual’s artistic contribution. As usual, this festival is being organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, of the Government of India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in collaboration with the State Government of Goa and the Indian film industry. This festival is recognised by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

The FIAPF (the French acronym for the International Federation of Film Producers Associations) was created in 1977. It is an organization composed with 31 member associations from 25 of the leading audiovisual production countries. FIAPF is also in charge of supervising international film festivals, including some of the world’s most important ones. Organisers said the festival being held for the third time in Goa, after moving out of New Delhi aims at providing a typical platform for the cinematographies of the world to project the excellence of the film art.It is goal also includes contributing to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos, and promoting friendship and co-operation among peoples of the world.

For the competition, films must be feature-films completed between August 2005 and August 2006. Rules for the festival say that except for films produced in India, the film should not have been shown in India. Selection of Indian films for the competition will be done from the entries of Indian Panorama feature films. Films for the festival must also be made by directors of Asian, African and Latin American descent and produced in an Asian or African or Latin American country. There are separate rules for co-productions.


The Components of How to Write a Hit Song
by: Ty Cohen

As a songwriter, you’ll constantly be observing the world around you as well as looking deep inside yourself for material. There are several steps you can follow when exploring how to write a hit song. Your first step will be to create a title. From your title you can move either to the lyrical aspect or if you are more experienced as a music composer, you may want start with your melody.

A melody is defined as a rhythmically organized sequence of single tones so related to one another as to make up a particular phrase or idea. In layman’s terms, this is the most recognizable part of your song that people find themselves humming over and over. In fact, isn’t this the idea? You want your melody to play over and over again in people’s minds. You want it to stick!

Even though your song might be born from a chord progression or a set of lyrics, songs are historically written by designing the melody from the beginning. When writing your melody there are a few decisions and steps you must take.

You must first decide what key you would prefer your melody to be in. The two keys are major and minor, this is something every songwriter must know. Normally, minor keys are used for gloomy-like, dissident melodies and major keys are used for the more pleasant, upbeat songs. Next, pick a tempo or speed and you can continue to improvise from there.

The process of figuring out how to write a hit song does involve acquiring a general knowledge of music theory and instruments. My suggestion would be to either pick up a guitar or take a piano lesson so you’ll have an instrument to help you write that ever so crucial melody.

Remember, your melody cannot be weak. Sing your melody in your head, out loud or and an instrument over and over as you write it. This will ensure you hear if it is exciting, is catchy and most importantly, makes sense. Although it isn’t absolutely necessary to be a music composer to write a melody, those that are, are able to write out their melody on paper to see the shape and contour of the music.

Lastly, if you get to overwhelmed and need a breaktake one! No one said that melody writing is easy! You definitely need a clear mind and any serious focus. If you find that you aren’t skilled in music composition or have no idea how to play an instrument then get help. Even if you know how any extra help never hurt anyone. Learning how to write a hit song is a never ending process of discovery so don’t get frustrated and give up. Instead explore other avenues of help in the area of melody writing!