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5 Must See Sites in Sydney

August 30, 2014 • Jerry

Sydney is one of the most vibrant and most intensely visited cities in the entire Australia – and that is perfectly understandable, given the fact that it is home to the great Sydney Opera House, the Aquarium and countless other breath-taking tourist attractions. If you plan to travel to Australia in the near future and you want to make the best out of your trip here, then you should certainly put the five following attraction spots on your “To Visit” list:

1. Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a must see for all tourists. It has the great harbour bridge and views of the Sydney Opera House. There’s always plenty going on all year around – especially during Vivid Festival.

2. The Bondi Beach

If you want to relax and let off some steam away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, then look no further than the Bondi Beach. In a nutshell, the Bondi Beach is amongst the most famous beaches in the entire Australia. With warm sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, Sandy Beach is very popular both for tourists and for the thousands of locals that come here every summer.

3. Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is an architectural masterpiece, and it is often considered the emblem of Sydney – and of entire Australia, for that matter. One of the most famous man-made icons in the entire world, the Opera House is controversial, creative and innovative and no less than 1,500 performances are held here every year.

4. The Blue Mountains

Located 90 minutes away from the city of Sydney, the Blue Mountains consist of a combination of color-rich Australian bush and wildlife, and it is named this way due to the blue-haze horizon that surrounds the mountains.

5. The Sydney Aquarium

The Sydney Aquarium is the perfect tourist attraction if you are passionate about marine life and you want to find out more about what lingers in the waters of Australia. Ranked as one of the world’s most fascinated aquatic attractions, the Sydney Aquarium features no less than 5 separate habitat exhibitions of the ocean, along with a plethora of river creatures that you have not even heard of. This is the perfect tourist attractions for families!

Fake Grass is Taking Off in Sydney

September 15, 2014 • Jerry

Having a lush green lawn is a great way to enjoy the weather while relaxing in the garden. In fact, a well-maintained lawn would inevitably enhance the resale value of your home as well as make your home more appealing to buyers. But many homeowners don’t like the maintenance work associated with a natural grass lawn. Artificial grass lawns are the best choice for such homeowners. This article will highlight some of the most important factors to consider when deciding between a natural or synthetic lawn for your house.

Appearance – Artificial grass is too shiny and it will be easily distinguished from the natural version if someone is to take a closer look at it. But there are also some varieties of artificial grass that look very realistic from a distance. Then again, the greenness of artificial grass is unmatched by the natural version, unless a lot of care is taken in maintenance and regular trimming is done. Some people would always want a natural look, hence personal preferences also should be taken into account when deciding between the two varieties of grass.
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Maintenance – Low maintenance is the number one advantage of artificial grass. It is not affected by insect damage, don’t have worn or dead spots and no regular mowing, weed controlling and fertilizing required. It is a great choice for drought-prone areas since no watering is required. Artificial grass is also great if you have kids and pets running around the house all the time. The only maintenance work required for synthetic grass is the brushing which should be done every six months and the refilling which helps to keep the blades upright.

Feel – The feel between the two versions are quite different to each other. But the newer varieties of synthetic grass would give a much closer feeling to the natural version. Artificial grass may heat up on warm days while natural grass may remain cool and comfortable. Watered lawns will help to cool down the house during the hot and humid summer, which is a plus point for natural grass.

Cost – Where the initial cost is concerned, natural grass is quite cheaper than artificial grass. Also, when you maintain it properly, natural grass may last for a lifetime while artificial grass may only last for 12-15 years. But when the long term maintenance costs are taken into account, there is not much of a difference between the two in the long run.

Environmental Impact – Natural grass will help to reduce greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and allow for rain water to seep into the soil. This will help to enrich your ground water reserves. But a well-maintained natural grass lawn will require regular watering and fertilizing. Artificial grass will not require watering and fertilizing in anyway. But the latest varieties of artificial grasses will allow for rain water percolation. The disadvantage is that synthetic grass is made of plastic which may have long term environmental impacts.

Long-Term Investment – Your final choice should be based on the aforementioned factors. If you plan to put up a lawn for the sole purpose of enhancing the property value, natural grass is the best for you. But if you plan to stay in the house for some time, artificial grass is great since you simply put it and forget about it.

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Your personal preference will play a large role in the final choice between artificial and natural grass. Allocating time to maintain the lawn, the look and feel of the lawn and the best choice for the environment will have to be taken into account when choosing between the two. If you have insects and grass allergy sufferers in your family, the artificial grass version may be best for you.

Home Security: Crime Rates Rise

September 3, 2014 • Jerry

As crime rates throughout NSW rise, many residents are looking to sure up their property with extra security measures. One way of doing this is the use of external security shutters.

Security roller shutters are made to roll down over a window or door. They fit very closely to provide maximum security. They are usually made of steel, aluminium or metal. It all depends on the need of your home.

Some roller shutters in Sydney are manually operated. They use a winder or a similar mechanism to move up and down. Other shutters are electrically operated. A button or switch is used to open and close them. Electrical shutters can be can be powered using a motor, or some form of solar energy.

Rollers shutters usually have a solid design. Their slats are tightly joined together and can be opened to your preferred level. When open, the shutters are hidden away in a slim casing called a cassette.

Benefits

They provide sufficient security

One of the main benefits of shutters is security. Since they are closely fitted to your door or window, pulling them away is quite difficult. It would take tremendous strength or force to accomplish such a task. This serves as a great deterrent for any potential intruders. In addition, they also make for a good visual deterrent. Most would be robbers turn away after seeing window shutters.

 

Insulation

In addition to security they also offer sufficient insulation. They prevent any heat from entering or leaving your home. They can reflect up to 90% of heat away from your home. In addition, they also make great sound insulators. They can reduce sound transmission by as much as 50%. This means you will have more stable temperatures inside your home and a quieter environment.

Control

Roller shutters give you control over the amount of light entering your home. You can decide to completely darken the room by lowering the shutters or you can have them open to allow maximum sunlight. It’s all up to you. Roller shutters also give you control over ventilation. You can open and close them depending on the amount of fresh air you want to stream in. In addition, they provide you with various levels of privacy. You can open or close them completely. It all depends on you.

Protection against the weather

Another major benefit of shutters is that they protect your windows and doors against the elements. During a storm, they can deflect branches and other kinds of debris that usually cause damage. Roller shutters also offer protection against embers in the event of a bushfire. They deflect them away before they can cause any damage.

With each passing day, more and more people are embracing the idea of roller shutters in their home. This is because they are practical and offer various benefits.

Another thing you need to take care of on your house is your roof. Getting a regular roof restoration in Sydney is essential to ensure burglars can not easily lift off broken tiles to get in your home.

Dangers of Asbestos in Sydney and Brisbane

August 31, 2014 • Jerry

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer which develops in the lungs almost exclusively caused through asbestos exposure. The part to be affected is the mesothelium tissue – the thin protective membrane which surrounds the lungs, abdominal cavity or the heart. Due to the high rate of asbestos mining and use, Australia has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma incidence.
Role of asbestos and high-risk factors.

Long-term exposure to asbestos – either in industrial settings, repair shops or from old buildings – is the usual cause for the disease. When the microscopic asbestos fibres are swallowed or breathed in, they often reach the lungs or the abdominal cavity where they slowly cause inflammation and scarring. The latency period often lasts for several decades and finally results in malignant mesothelioma which makes asbestos abatement so important.

Anyone who has worked with asbestos for a long time and sometimes their family members are at risk. Since the disease takes several decades to develop, it often develops in middle-age or later. If you have been exposed to asbestos fibres, smoking highly increases the risk of developing asbestos-related lung cancer.

 

 

Types of mesothelioma
There are three types of mesothelioma depending on where the malignant cells develop:
• Pleural: The most common form (almost 75% cases), here the disease develops in the lining of the lungs. Thanks to the number of studies, improved treatment methods and survival rates have been noted.
• Peritoneal: Here (10-20% cases), the peritoneum, the lining of the abdominal cavity is affected. A combination of surgery and heated chemotherapy is the usual treatment method.
• Pericardial: A rare form (almost 1% cases), this affects the lining of the heart and is the most difficult to treat.
A fourth extremely rare category which affects the reproductive organs, called testicular mesothelioma, has also been recorded.

Symptoms and diagnosis
Early symptoms include fatigue and mild pain around the affected area. The disease thus often goes unnoticed till the later stages. Shortness of breath, weight loss, chronic pain, spitting up sputum or blood, fluid build-up and bowel obstruction are the later stage symptoms.

A chest X-ray is usually the first step in diagnosis. If any abnormality is noticed, imaging scans like the PET scan, CT scan or the MRI are recommended. Biopsy, where tissue sample is collected from the affected region, is used to confirm the diagnosis i.e. the presence of mesothelioma cells.

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Treatment and prognosis
A multi-modal treatment plan is also adopted for mesothelioma patients. This involves one or more of the following:
• Surgery: If the tumour is in the early stages, the surgery is mostly curative. For patients in later stages, it is palliative and used to ease symptoms.
• Chemotherapy: This is often used along with surgery or radiation therapy to shrink tumours by killing malignant cells. They may prevent reoccurrence and help relieve symptoms.
• Radiation Therapy: This is also used to kill malignant cells, shrink tumours and prevent seeding.
Experimental immunotherapy and alternative treatment methods are also used by mesothelioma patients.

Depending on the size, location and stage of the tumour and the overall health of the patient, the prognosis varies. A number of recent encouraging success stories spread hope to mesothelioma sufferers across Australia.