Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Amazing inventions of India

A list of things that were invented in India.

One might be thinking that globalization is a phenomenon that originated recently but the truth is that almost everything in our lives and the world as we know it is a product of disseminated knowledge. Discoveries that were made centuries and even millenniums ago have been spreading through the globe long before the power of the internet existed. India, being one of the oldest civilizations has its fair share of discoveries and inventions in spheres like mathematics, science, mining, medicine, and agriculture. Here is a list of the ten most popular ones that are part of our daily life even if we don’t always know it.

1) Badminton – or at least the modern version of badminton originated in Pune in the end of the 19th century. A similar version was also popular in Tanjore in the 1850s. It was later on brought to Europe by the British.

2) Chess – originated in the 6th century with just four pieces: elephant, infantry, chariotry and cavalry. The game was spread to Persia where it was picked up by the conquering Moors that later on invaded Spain, thus introducing the check board game to Europe.

3) Dentistry – it has been established that the earliest evidence of dentists healing cavities and drilling teeth is from 8000 to 9000 years ago and is traced to the Indus Valley Civilization which is now on the territory of modern Pakistan. We might not love visiting the dentist but we sure know that we can’t be without it.

4) Hookah – according to some accounts, the first hookahs were invented about a thousand years ago on the territory of Rajasthan and Gujarat in India. They had a simple design where the bottom was made of a coconut shell and were mainly used to smoke hashish and opium.

5) Hospital – Indian emperor Ashoka (273- 232 BCE) established the first hospitals on the territory of modern Sri Lanka where people were mainly treated with herbs. He is also credited for pioneering veterinary clinics where animals where taken care of.

6) Pajamas – it is not exactly clear how the Indians invented the pajamas but when the British colonized them, they found out that the comfortable attire was popular among Sikh men and Muslim men and women. In the 1870s they were introduced in Britain as a sleeping attire for men.

7) Plastic Surgery – was first performed in India around 2000 BC and then popularized in the Arab world that actually launched it to Europe. The person behind this groundbreaking medical practice in India was Sushruta who operated in the holy city of Varanasi. He is credited for performing the first rhinoplasty (nose-job) with a unique understanding of the circulation system.

8) Sugar – under the rule of the Gupta dynasty (approximately around AD 350) found a way to crystallize sugar which was deemed an innovation mainly because up to this point most people had to chew the sugar cane in order to taste its sweetness. When the Persians invaded India, they were surprised to discover the sweet treat that was made by humans and not bees.

9) 0 – while it was the Babylonians who came up with the zero concept, the Indians were the first ones to use it as we do today, namely as a number and not just a symbol utilized for separation. By the 9th century, they were using it for calculation just as any other number.

10) Decimal Number System – is the most popular numeral system in use today. While many cultures contributed to inventing it, the Indians were the first to compile it and give it coherence. It is crucial not only for scientific calculation but also for everyday financial calculations. So next time you check the dollar exchange rate, you should know who to thank.

And here are a couple of honorary mentions: negative numbers, cashmere wool, circulatory system, cotton, shampoo, linguistics, ruler, bangle, oven, buttons, iron, dyeing, Pi (infinite series)

Thanks: socyberty.com



Sunday, 11 December 2011

EDISON OF INDIA - From Tamilnadu!!

After a long leave, I am back to write about some of our legends. I am sure most of us never heard of this person. But the inventions he made at his time astonishes many, not only in India but in the world        
                                                  
 
G.D.Naidu (Gopalaswamy Doraiswamy Naidu) was an eminent inventor, engineer, educationalist and industrialist from Coimbatore. His contributions were primarily industrial but also span the fields of electrical, mechanical, agricultural (Hybrid cultivation) and automobile engineering. He was also referred as Edison of India. You may wonder why this man called as Edison of India, but when you finish reading this article you will understand the deep meaning behind that title.
 
G.D.Naidu was born on March 23, 1893, in Kalangal, near Coimbatore. He had only primary education but excelled as a versatile genius. G.D.Naidu created problems to Classmates, Teachers at the time of his School life. In fact, even at a young age, he hated the system so much that he threw mud in the face of his teachers. So, naturally he was sent out of school and perhaps that should have been a very happy incident for our young G.D.Naidu!

Right from his childhood, he was very interested in machines and motor vehicles.  Once an English revenue official Lanka Shyel has came in his motor cycle. G.D.Naidu didn't see such a Motor Cycle till Shyel has come to his Hometown. One day, the Vehicle got Trouble. To Solve the Trouble, Shyel asked some amount of Petrol and a waste cloth from G.D.Naidu.  He had given those and watched him carefully. 
 
He remembered how Shyel assembled that Vehicle. This incident made G.D.Naidu more curious to motor cycles. It also created an interest to see the city Life. So G.D.Naidu decided to go out and he walked around sixteen Miles. Finally, G.D.Naidu reached Coimbatore.
City's Atmosphere created a different expectation in G.D.Naidu's mind. Buses, Trains, Vehicles with Motor Engines, shops, and Coimbatore's Life style made him to stay there itself. G.D.Naidu need some job, so he thought of working at a Hotel at Coimbatore. G.D.Naidu got some little Amount of salary. He saved that money for his own purpose. Finally, with considerable amount of Money, G.D.Naidu reached the Lanka Shyel's home. He asked that Vehicle for a price.
                                           
 
  Motor bike that he bought from English revenue official Lanka Shyel
                                  
Shyel remember G.D.Naidu as a curious kid who watched his motorcycle when he was repairing on that day. So Shyel decided to give his motor cycle for a price of four hundred rupees. He was inquisitive to learn how it works and hence he disassembled it and reassembled it several times to understand how the various parts of the vehicle work. This confidence created an eager to earn the money.

G.D.Naidu did the Cotton business for the two years. After that G.D.Naidu started his own Cotton Manufacturing Industry with the help of his friends. His Hard work made him as a wealthy man. G.D.Naidu went to Mumbai to do his Cotton business. But he suffered a huge loss there. G.D.Naidu lost nearly one and half lakhs at the Cotton business. He left that business venture after that incident.
  
                    
The first bus bought by G.D.Naidu

In 1920, G.D.Naidu then met British businessman and philanthropist, Sir Robert Stanes and he got his friendship. Stanes encouraged G.D.Naidu to start a new business and he gave a sum of four thousand rupees. G.D.Naidu got a loan of another four thousand rupees and he bought a passenger auto-coach. He himself drove it between Pollachi and Palani (both are Southern Tamil Nadu towns).
                                                   
G.D.Naidu named his Bus service as U.M.S (Universal Motor Service) service and this service is offered in with the mind of People's goodness. When any bus got troubled, G.D.Naidu sends another vehicle to repair that as soon as possible. This has created a very good name around the Coimbatore people. U.M.S. Bus service growth is at a very Fast Pace. 

G.D.Naidu went to Europe to spend his summer time at 1932. G.D.Naidu went to Marshalls and Hanavel cities first in Germany. G.D.Naidu had the opportunities to see the Scientific Research centers at Germany. G.D.Naidu also went to the city named 'Heilbronn 'at Germany. He finally tested the Electric Razor device manufacturing process. Success in that Research gave a boost in his confidence level in Invention of the Electric Razor that gave users more shaves than the other existing options in the international market. He collected the knowledge at Research centers located at Germany. He also met the Engineers and discussed with them regarding his Ideas.

G.D.Naidu was an avid photographer and photography was his hobby and passion. In 1935, he personally filmed the funeral of King George V at London. In 1936, he met Adolf Hitler in Germany (even taking Still Photographs of the Fuhrer). Among the Indian stalwarts that G D Naidu's camera captured were Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Subash Chandra Bose. G D Naidu remained an outsider to Politics, despite having contested and lost in the 1936 Provincial General Elections. He was gifted Rolls Royce car and he was the only one who had at those times. On his trips abroad, Naidu always seemed to draw appreciation for his innovations and his personal drive.
 

                                                                                           
 First Motor made in India in 1937 by G.D.Naidu
 
In 1937, the first motor produced in India, was brought out from G D Naidu’s UMS group company called National Electric Works. This created a revolution in Coimbatore and lead to the establishment of number of small scale industries producing pumps and motors. Now Coimbatore is called as the pump city of Asia. The motor and pump industry in Coimbatore supplies two thirds of India’s requirements.

Among his other inventions were super-thin shaving blades, a distance adjuster for film cameras, a fruit juice extractor, a tamper-proof vote-recording machine and a kerosene-run fan. In 1941, he announced that he had the ability to manufacture five-valve Radio sets in India at a mere Rs 70/- a set. 

                                             
  Two-seater petrol engine car built by G.D.Naidu
 
In 1952, the two-seater petrol engine car (costing a mere Rs 2,000/-) rolled out. But production was stopped subsequently, because of the Government’s refusal to grant the necessary license. He wanted to make certain precision blades/knives (he learnt the technology during one of his visits to Germany) but the Government gave the license for manufacturing it to some other people. It seems multiple such rejections made him destroy some of his inventions in frustration and perhaps even discouraged the great innovator who could have done much more. His inventiveness was not confined to machinery alone. He is said to have grown ten feet high Cotton plants, Coconut trees that were 3 feet, millet plants with high yields using perfect organic methods for plants that made possible what Sir C V Raman called “Botanic marvels”. He also demonstrated to construct houses within twenty four hours in a cheaper price.
 
In-spite of several rejections from the government, he was warm, always smiling, helping others and kept a positive outlook towards life. He was also an educationalist who started two premier institutions in the year 1945, “Sir Arthur Hope College of Technology” and “Sir Arthur Hope Polytechnic”. He donated both the institutions to the Government. Both colleges are now known as “The Government College of Technology (GCT)” and “The Government Polytechnic of Coimbatore” respectively. Today, GCT is one of the premier engineering institutes in India.
                                           
His aim was to impart Higher Education with more emphasis on practical training so that the students can get employment immediately. He provided employment in the engineering and manufacturing sectors to many individuals in the nineteen fifties and sixties.

He died on the 4th of January, 1974. With his demise, Coimbatore lost its greatest ambassador to the world. There have been several tributes paid to this legend, but none seems as apt as that by Sir C V Raman: Sir C V Raman said of Naidu: "A great educator, an entrepreneur in many fields of engineering and industry, a warm-hearted man filled with love for his fellows and a desire to help them in their troubles, Mr. Naidu is truly a man in a million - perhaps this is an understatement!"
                                                                                                                            
G.D.Naidu Museum and Industrial Exhibition, Coimbatore contains an impressive collection of various    electrical/  electronic  /scientific devices and gadgets that has been in existence since very early years to the recent times. In fact, one visit to this museum    would    make you familiar  with   the  different types of film cameras, projection TV’s, ball point     pens, floppy   disks, calculators, type writers, PA   systems, printers, and many more devices that were used   right   from 1930′s  /40′s   till   today. In certain sections of this museum, the lights would go on automatically as you walk near that part of the exhibits and then switch off automatically when you go away from them! There were so    many exhibits   arranged in    multiple long rows and a long shot of one of the rows is shown below.   If you visit  his   museum,   you can    see the   photos of a number of dignitaries who have visited the museum (A.B.Vajpayee, Indira Gandhi, etc).  
 

 
 
The above image of a Phonograph was assembled and made by G.D.Naidu himself with some help from an American firm and his own UMS in 1940.Phonograph was originally invented by Edison.       
                                                                               
 
Some of the awards received by him, his company and the museum
                          
I hope now readers could have understood why people called him as “Edison of India”.
 
Some other photos which includes the collections from G.D.Naidu are as follows
 

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Thanks : knowindia.yolasite

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam a great tamil scientist.





Image of a Phonograph

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Mahabalipuram



Globally renown for its shore temples, Mahabalipuram was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. 58 kilometres from Madras on the Bay of Bengal, this tiny sea - side village of Mahabalipuram, is set in a boulder - strewn landscape. Tourists are drawn to this place by its miles of unspoiled beach and rock-cut art. The sculpture, here, is particularly interesting because it shows scenes of day-to- day life, in contrast with the rest of the state of Tamil Nadu, where the carvings generally depict gods and goddesses.



Mahabalipuram art can be divided into four categories : open air bas - relief, structured temples, man-made caves and rathas ('chariots' carved from single boulders, to resemble temples or chariots used in temple processions). The famous Arjuna's Penance and the Krishna Mandapa, adorn massive rocks near the centre of the village. The beautiful Shore Temple towers over the waves, behind a protective breakwater. Sixteen man-made caves in different stages of completion are also seen, scattered through the area.

History


The temples of Mamallapuram, built largely during the reigns of Narasimhavarman and his successor Rajasimhavarman, showcase the movement from rock-cut architecture to structural building. The mandapas or pavilions and the rathas or shrines shaped as temple chariots are hewn from the granite rock face, while the famed Shore Temple, erected half a century later, is built from dressed what makes Mamallapuram so culturally resonant are the influences it absorbs and disseminates.

All but one of the rathas from the first phase of Pallava architecture are modelled on the Budhist viharas or monasteries and chaitya halls with several cells arranged around a courtyard. Art historian Percy Brown, in fact, traces the possible roots of the Pallavan Mandapas to the similar rock-cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora. Referring to Narasimhavarman's victory in AD 642 over the Chalukyan king Pulakesin II, Brown says the Pallavan king may have brought the sculptors and artisans back to Kanchi and Mamallapuram as 'spoils of war'.

Temples in Mahabalipuram

There are, or rather were, two low hills in Mahabalipuram, about 400m from the sea. In the larger one, on both sides, there are eleven excavated temples, called Mandapas, two "open air bas reliefs", one of which is unfinished, and a third enclosed one. Out of a big rock standing free nearby there is a "cut out" temple, called a "Ratha". This type is unique to Mahabalipuram.

Out of the other hill, much smaller and standing about 200m to the south, are fashioned five more rathas, and three big sculptures of a Nandi, a Loin and an Elephant. On the top of the bigger hill there is a structural temple, and a little distance the magnificent beginnings of a Vijayanagar Gopura and also survivals of what is believed to be a palace.

Shore Temple


Perched on a rocky outcrop, it presides over the shoreline, serving, as Percy Brown puts its, 'a landmark by day and a beacon by night'. Designed to catch the first rays of the rising sun and to illuminate the waters after dark, the temple ended up with an unusual lay-out. As the main shrine faces the sea on the east, the gateway, the fore count and the assembly hall of the Shore Temple all lie behind the sanctum.

Unusual, too, is the fact that the temple has shrine to both Shiva and Vishnu. The main sanctum and one of the two lesser ones on the west are dedicated to Shiva. The enclosing wall has a series of Nandi bulls on it.

Interconnected cisterns around the temple meant that the sea could be let in to transform the temple into a water shrine. But, in recent times, a stone wall as been added to protect the shrine from the rising seas and further erosion.

Mandapas


The main hill at Mamallapuram is dotted with pillared halls carved into the rock face. These mandapas, with their graceful columns and intricate figure sculptures bear witness to the artistry of the Pallavan rock cutter. The ten pavilions at Mamallapuram, of which two are unfinished, were designed as shrine, with a sanctum and on outer hall. The shallow porticoes are adorned with exquisite sculptures of gods, goddesses and mythological figures.

The Ganesh mandapa is an active shrine even today, with the idol of the elephant-god being revered by the faithful, fourteen centuries after it was first consecrated.

Beyond the circular rock called Krishna's Butterball is the Varaha mandapa dedicated to the two avatars of Vishnu as Varaha the boar and Vamana the dwarf. The pillars of this pavilion are perhaps the earliest to display a motif that became the signature of southern architecture-the lion pilaster, where a heraldic lion support ornamental pillar. The Mahishasuramardini mandapa has the goddess Durga in bas relief, slaying a buffalo-headed demon, and the Vishnu Sayana Mandapa shows Lord Vishnu lying under the protective hood of the seven-headed serpent Adishesha.

Of the other mandapas, the Panch Pandava mandapa, that is unfinished, has a more elaborate facade. Its pillars are adorned with rearing lions springing from the capital, and the shrine is the only one surrounded by a passage which allows circumvolutions.

Rathas
The eight rathas are monolithic temples fashioned as chariots. They remain an architectural mystery, for each is apparently a faithful reproduction of a structure built of wood. In fact, even the grain of the timber beams and rafters has been simulated in stone.

Of the eight rathas, five have been named for the Pandava brothers, the heroes of the epic Mahabharata, and their shared wife, Draupadi. The largest is the Dharmaraja ratha and it sets the tone for the others. Modelled on a Buddhist vihara or monastery, it sports a square hall topped by a vaulting roof. The Bhima, Arjuna and Nakula-Sahdeva rathas are lesser copies of the Dharmaraja ratha.

The Draupadi ratha is the smallest and the quaintest. It is simple structure, fashioned as a thatched hut borned on the backs of elephants and lions. It was probably the fascimile of a portable village shrine.
The fact that many of the temples and sculptures of Mamallapuram are unfinished, points to the sudden withdrawal of patronage from rock-cut temples when King Rajasimhavarman came to power.

Thanks: pilgrimageindia & Google Pics

Monday, 21 November 2011

Top 10 Cydia apps - Iphones

When it comes to best Cydia apps for iOS 5 there are a few good ones which can provide you with a completely different iPhone experience.

The iOS 5 from Apple is perhaps one of the latest sensations which have hit the world of extreme technology recently and with the facility of best Cydia apps for iOS 5, now there are quite a few applications that one can get in the list for top jailbreak apps for iOS 5. But since the world is very competitive, not all can make it into the best and therefore, only the best of the lot shall be eligible to clam the top 10 spots in such case.

Here is a quick 10 on top jailbreak apps for iOS 5:


1. MultiIcon Mover App: iPhone is a house of tons of applications and the same can be flooded with pages at the same time where one will face the need to keep the most used ones in upfront. Though the iPhone supports the same but multiple icons cannot be moved in a single time which makes the whole process lengthy and frustrating. The MultiIcon Mover App allows this function, where multiple icons can be placed from one place to another in a single time.

2. The Frash App: One of the most needed things on the iPhone is a flash player which can allow the users to run flash files on their iPhone. However, there is a solution to this problem in form of the Frash App which solves the problem of a flash player. The Player can support flash files while browsing safari but sadly, the same does not works for videos.

3. The LockInfo App: The LockInfo is a single solution program with respect to notifications on the iDevice. The application works on the basis of allowing all the notification to appear under a single window of the user interface which allows easier operations in respect of notifications and information. The application is available at $ 7. 99 at the Cydia store.

4. The BiteSMS App: The top jailbreak apps for iOS 5 are rather incomplete without any interesting visuals treat. The BiteSMS app allows a user to have a better option in respect of graphics involved in text messages as the original version of texts are very ordinary. The application has a ton lot of features which ranges from emoticons to quick mail composition, templates, passcode lock, signature, etc. The latest price of this app in Cydia store is $6.74.

5. The Wi-Fi Sync App: The Wi-Fi Sync App is a modern day mechanism which allows a person to connect the device to the iTunes in absence of a USB connection. The application works on the basis of Wi-Fi connectivity which directly connects the iDevice to the iTunes application on the computer. The cost of such app is currently about $2.99 from the Cydia store and allows easier operations than in case if USB operations.

6. My 3G App: Another sensation from the house of Cydia is the My 3G app which allows the users to make a face time call via Wi-Fi. Moreover, this application is a trick based application which allows the users’ device to believe that the same is connected to a Wi-Fi in place of a 3G connection. The same application is again chargeable @ $3.99.

7. The MyWi App: The MyWi Application is again one of the best Cydia App for iOS 5 which allows the user to convert their iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot which allows a person use Wi-Fi and 3G connections. The same is chargeable @ $19.99 from the Cydia Store.

8. The InfiniFolders App: The earlier version of iOS in form of iOS 4 saw the arrival of additional folders in the springboard which was a pleasant surprise for the Apple users, but the same with time grew unsatisfactory as it could only accommodate about twelve applications into one single folder. But now thanks to the Cydia store which provides InfiniFolders App which makes it possible for the users to store as many applications as they desire. The application is however chargeable @ $1.99 in the Cydia store.

9. The Winterboard App: This is another brilliant application from the jail break house which provides the users with an option to customize the themes on their devices which includes customization of user interface, springboard, the lock screen and others. There is a huge amount of modification options available in this application.

10. The SBSettings App: To begin with, one of the best Cydia Apps for iOS 5 is the SBSettings which ensures easy operations while customizing the setting option in your iOS 5. The App allows the person to modify the present settings directly from the springboard itself which makes the task of operating the iPhone easier.
Thus, these were the best Cydia apps for iOS 5 which though only work on the jailbroken iPhone but no doubt render many utilities to the users.

Source: CultofMac

Thanks: iphonestuffs4u

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Varma Kalai - A Tamil Martial Art



The Varma Kalai is a martial art coming from Southeast India, more exactly from Tamil Nadu. Literally, “Varma Kalai” means “the art of vital points”. This art is composed of hand-to-hand fighting, fighting with weapons, and also martial gymnastics. The study of this art goes beyond learning fighting techniques.

The points where life force resides and flows in the human body are known as varmam. Varmam also means where breathing enery resides in the body. Varmam are scattered over various parts of body like in nerves, nerve joints, bones, muscles, ligaments and inner organs.



Based on where varmam is located in the body, it has gathered various names like Vasi, Puravi, Kaalam, Uyir, Mayakkam, Pranan, Kalai, Suvaasam, Saram, Yogam, Param and Sivam.

Training

In Varma Kalai, the respect of the body is essential. All training is done in order to prevent the body from suffering any shock or traumatism which could damage it. The teaching is an accumulation of several generations of masters.


The warm-up and exercise undergoing varma training, The stretching, the muscular reinforcement, the breathing exercises, the meditation exercises to awake Kundalini energy in the body , the exercises for the spinal column, we focus on breathing circulation (a way of pranayam yoga),. In a general way, the movements and postures of Varma Kalai stretch, strengthen the Limbs, Mussels, Bones and to the Internal organs with oil “massage”. In that way, repeating series of movements and martial techniques, the students are doing an internal and external Varma training to release the blocked points and to learn locating the points exactly with knowing of this master presence.

After this intence training e very part of the body is used for training how to use the art to block varma and to injure the opponent based on the animal (tiger, monkey, elephant, eagle, crane, snake, etc.). movements and free style movements. (open or closed hands, elbows, knees, feet, shoulders, etc.).


There are several kinds of exercises :

The Thattu padom : exercises alone, or practiced with others
The Adi-varisaï : series practiced alone
The Kuttu-varisaï : series practiced in pair, then with more people (from the simplest to the most complex, codified at the beginning, and progressing to more and more free movements, the counter-attacks linked together endlessly, in perpetual movement)
The Padom (lessons) : series of lessons practiced alone, bare hand or with arms
The Tode : whirling lessons in pair



Thanks: silambam.in & Google pics

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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Just Eat Voucher Code

If you are a fan of take-away food or order your food from outside on a regular basis then you must know more about Just Eat.

There are many people who order food from restaurants on a regular basis. This may be due to long working hours or there are people who do not like the idea of cooking food after a long tiring day at work. Also sometimes guests may turn up at your door at odd hours and you might not feel like going to the kitchen to cook up something and would prefer to just order something from outside to save on your energy.

The Just Eat restaurants have planned their services keeping all this in mind and have such amazing options for you to choose from that you would almost be spoilt for choice. Just Eat is one of the biggest online food ordering businesses around the world. It has more than 15000 outlets around the world and it started out as a small restaurant in Denmark but has gained popularity in recent years due to the amazing quality of food and the service that they provide to their customers.

So, what makes Just Eat so different from the other take-away businesses that are there in your locality? The major difference lies in the very concept on which Just Eat has been planned.

When it comes to Just Eat, everything you need to do is online. Right from logging on to the internet, to opening the company website and scanning through the menus, placing the order and even paying for the order you place, everything is done online so that you do not have to step out of your comfort zone.

Another important thing that you need to know is that you get the best possible quality of food when you order from Just Eat. Besides the great food they serve, they also give you an opportunity to enhance your savings by offering you the Just Eat voucher code which can get you discounts on the orders you place.

When you see the quality of food you would actually wonder that the food has to be expensive. However by making use of the Just Eat voucher code you can easily get yourself great discounts on your order. To get yourself the Just Eat voucher code all you need to do is look up a few promotional websites and you can easily gain access to the Just Eat voucher codes by becoming a member of the site.

While searching for just eat voucher code to publish on this blog, all the codes I found were already expired so below I will suggest some places you can get just eat voucher. But keep checking back, once I find valid codes, I will post them here.

One of the website popularly known for giving out restaurant vouchers is Groupon.co.uk You need to register on their website using your e-mail address and they will send you offers daily to your in-box. Another popular websites offering restaurant vouchers is KJB deals. Also, note that you need to register on kjb website to receive notification through e-mails about available deals and offers.

You can also become their fan on their Facebook fan page, where they periodically post promo codes and vouchers you can redeem on Just Eat website.

Just eat is currently offering its customers the chance to win a year’s worth of free take away. To apply visit Just eat official website and enter your e-mail address. T/C applies. Please see the official website for more details.

Once you have the voucher code, enter the just eat voucher code as shown in the diagram below:
Just eat voucher code

You just need to enter the details that are asked and you are allowed access to the Just Eat voucher code. Once you have the code you just need to enter the code in the promotional box on the company website before you place the order and you are instantly given the discount associated with the voucher code.
Try and ensure that you always have the latest Just Eat voucher code at your disposal to get the best possible deal whenever you place an order at Just Eat.

Thanks: justeatvouchercode

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Magician Dynamo Walks Across the River Thames on Foot (Video)



As some of you probably already heard, British magician Dynamo, whose real name is Steve Frayne, walked across the river Thames in London on Saturday night to mark the launch of his new TV show.


The new series, named Dynamo: Magician Impossible, will show him performing a variety of tricks, including transporting a mobile phone into a glass beer bottle, bringing a flutter of paper butterflies to life and transforming snow into diamonds, reports Guardian.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Navigation app for Iphone - Great app

Description

NAVFREE, THE WORLD'S FIRST FREE CROWD-POWERED NAVIGATION SYSTEM!


Welcome to Navfree!

Navfree offers turn-by-turn directions, voice and on-screen instructions, offline map use and address search and live search via Google and Microsoft Bing, among many other features. Navfree is a completely free navigation app with no additional monthly charges. It uses map data created by a community of thousands of users around the world. This means that as the community grows so does the quality of the map data. Already in countries like the UK and Germany map data quality is excellent; in others the map data is growing fast.

If you’d like to join the thousands of people contributing to the map data, just visit www.openstreetmap.org and edit your local area.

Navfree features onboard maps that are stored directly onto your device so there is no need for a constant data connection whilst driving. It allows you to browse maps anytime, anywhere without paying for data connections. Also, benefit from no additional roaming charges when abroad.

Navfree uses crowd-powered data with the help of OpenStreetMap, a mapping system that has been created by over 300,000 users and, as such, the map data is free to use. OpenStreetMap could be described as the "Wikipedia of map data". As the data is reliant on its users, maps can occasionally be incorrect or not up to date, but with the use of Navfree’s inbuilt map feedback tool, maps can easily be edited by sending error reports.


IN-APP FEATURES OF NAVFREE
• NEW! Safety camera in-app purchase – avoid those annoying speed cameras.

STANDARD FEATURES OF NAVFREE

GOOGLE/MICROSOFT SEARCH ENGINE
• Users can now use Google or Microsoft Bing directly from Navfree. Search results appear instantly on the map interface - then it takes only one click to route there.

LIVE MAP DISPLAY
• Easier than paper maps! Browse maps with multi-touch dragging and scrolling. Enables instant routing by selecting any point on the map and clicking ‘Route here’ - great when the full address of where you need to get to is unknown.
• On-board maps - no data connection required* to browse maps or use the address search.
• Multiple guidance displays available - toggle between 2D, 3D or safety screen mode.

USER FRIENDLY INTERFACE
• Intuitive menus and large buttons designed for easy use with iPhone/iPad
• Day and night maps – switch to low glare mode for safer night driving.
• Access your iPod music from the screen map without exiting the app.
• Music volume automatically fades out when voice guidance is played.
• Automatic zooming at junctions and automatic day/night mode switch.

EXCELLENT ROUTE GUIDANCE
• Fast routing – fast routing engine allows you to calculate long routes in seconds.
• Automatic rerouting – if you miss a turn, Navfree reroutes you automatically.
• Demo route plan allows you to preview your route in real time before you leave.
• Direction lists allow you to check each step of your journey.
• Dedicated pedestrian navigation.
• Routing options - fastest, easiest, most economical, etc.

DESTINATION SEARCH
• Search by the exact address or postcode of your destination.
• Simple POI search available (points of interest: café’s, restaurants, museums etc.) or use Google or Microsoft Bing to find millions of local places and then fast route to and from their locations.

* Data connection only required for Google/Microsoft Bing search.

What's New In Version 1.9.1

- Fixed freezing
- June map data
- Updated address lookup
- Improved safety camera warnings

Screenshots

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Customer Reviews

I'm confused...
Can someone tell me WHY would anyone pay £40+ for TomTom when this costs, erm, £40+ less and is just as gud?!?! Got it, loved it, promoted it. Get it!!

This is without doubt the best n greatest app I've ever downloaded. It's free n unbelievably, it works!!

Talk to me TomTom! Explain yourself!!

The second this app let's me down I'll b back here to say so, but until then...

THIS APP IS GRRRR8!! 
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Great navigation
Lot of improvements, just make sure your gps is on in iPhone Settings->General->Location Services!!!
Gps
Can't get it to connect anymore says gps off won't switch back on even tried reloading was great until then :((((