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How to live like an aristocrat

​Royal splendor: The palatial homes and captivating lives of Britain’s modern aristocrats

From Pride and Prejudice to Downton Abbey, Britain’s aristocrats and their opulent homes have long been fodder for popular fiction.

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, England

Yet the real life houses of the landed gentry — and the often lavish and eccentric lives of their owners — are as fascinating as the stories drawn from them.

“Great Houses: Modern Aristocrats” takes a comprehensive look at this rarefied world, shining a light on the architectural histories of Britain’s stately mansions and the sagas of the families who own them.

The Rothschild family built 44 grand houses in the 19th century including Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England

The chronicles prove to be sensational. In the first few pages there’s murder, marriage for money, and conniving characters — like the prostitute-turned-dowager-countess who now resides behind bars.

As the book’s author James Reginato writes in the introduction, “It is as much about the people as it is about the houses.”

The homes are a fitting backdrop for the drama, and their rich architectural opulence is examined upstairs and down from the intricate stone exteriors to the artistic treasures that are housed within.

St. Giles House, Dorset, England

“There is something wonderful in watching the layers of history and the passage of time — where materials age and get better with years — which one finds in these houses,” the Queen’s nephew, Viscount Linley, says in the introduction. “You can see how each generation has put its mark on the place.”

The Viscount, who is presently eighteenth in line to the British throne and chairman of auction house Christie’s, clearly speaks from experience.

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17 Unique Baby Girl Names That’ll Guarantee Your Daughter Stands Out

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So, you’re having a girl! Aside from the multitude of tasks you must accomplish before she arrives, you’re now faced with perhaps the most daunting task on your pre-baby to-do list — choosing a name. Because your daughter will (most likely) be identified by this moniker for her life, you want to find one that’s sweet and endearing enough for a baby, but one that she won’t roll her eyes at when she’s a teenager (or a “threenager” in some cases.) And, in some cases, you may want to find a totally unique baby girl name.

Look, there is nothing wrong with choosing a classic girl’s name. After all, these are the monikers that stand the test of time. But do you really want your daughter to be one of five Rebecca’s in her class? Not to mention, going with a unique baby name helps instill the idea that individuality is kind of awesome.
Still, picking a unique baby name isn’t easy. You want it to stand out enough that people think it’s cool, but not so much that they mock your choice. To aid in your search, we’ve compiled a list of unique and beautiful baby girl names that you won’t find on top ten most popular lists. 

1. Allegra
Classy, yet unique, this name derives from the Italian word allegro, a musical term meaning upbeat or to play with joy. It’s the perfect, less known replacement for the more common name, Joy.

2. Ariadne
This moniker is a lesser known form of the name Ariana, and is also the Cretan goddess of fertility. This is a great choice if you’re aiming for classic yet unexpected.

3. Cora
Originally associated with the mythical daughter of the Greek deity Zeus, Cora has gained popularity with the success of Downton Abbey. The matriarch of the Grantham family is both beautiful and headstrong — all things you want your daughter to be.

4. Esmeralda
If you couldn’t have a baby with Ryan Gosling, having a baby that shares a name with his daughter is a close second. Esmeralda comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word meaning emerald.
5. Ember
Short, fiery, and a little bit sassy, this name would be the perfect match for your little firecracker. It could be short for Emberly or an alternative to the much more popular Amber.

6. Florence
A Latin name meaning flourishing or prospering, Florence is more than an Italian city. Several iconic woman share this moniker including the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale and musical badass Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine.

7. Gracen
An elaborate, unique version of the more popular Grace, this name has been used for both boys and girls. So if you’re looking for something unis*x and unique, Gracen could be the name for your girl.

8. Hero
Culturally a masculine word, Hero of Greek mythology was actually a woman. What better way to empower your child?
 
9. Jessamine
A unique alternative to the tried and true Jessica or Jasmine, Jessamine is an earlier Persian spelling of the jasmine flower.

10. Lana
Meaning beautiful or peaceful, many millennial moms know this name thanks to the talented Lana del Ray. Not a bad namesake if you ask me.

11. Linnea
Among the top five most popular Scandinavian names, Linnea is a beautiful name reminiscent of Swedish flowers.
12. Liv
The Norse word for life was made popular in America by actress Liv Tyler. You can use it as a nickname for Olivia, or let it stand on its own as a more catchy, unique name.

13. Paisley
Originally a Scottish boy’s name, Paisley has become more feminine thanks in part to the floral pattern with the same name.

14. Robin
Adventurous and down-to-earth, this name meaning bright fame would give your little girl a name to match her spunky personality.

15. Rowan
Meaning little redhead, this moniker was almost unheard of until Brooke Shields used it for her little girl in 2003.

16. Sia
Pronounced SEE-uh and meaning victory, this strong name became popular thanks to the Australian songstress behind “Chandelier.” But don’t worry. Naming your child Sia doesn’t mean she’ll be swinging from the ceiling anytime soon.

17. Zaylee
Perhaps the most unique of them all for utilizing the infamous letter “Z”, Zaylee is both carefree and unique. This could be a substitute for more popular names like Kaylee or Hayley.

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7 photos that proves how different Yoruba and Igbo parties are

​Nigerians love a lot of things but there are certain things they love more. One of such is, party. Nigerians love parties.




Different tribes have different ways of celebrating. Some tribes love to party more than others. It is common belief that Yoruba people love parties more than others. Any small thing that happens, they will throw party and sew asoebi.

The photos below will show you how different Yoruba and Igbo parties are
1. How Yorubas spray money 

How Igbos spray money

2. The type of food Yorubas serve 

The type of food Igbos serve

3. When Yoruba people get on the dance floor

When Igbos get on the dance floor

4. Plenty food with sizeable meat at Yoruba party

Not enough food with maggi cube size of meat at Igbo party 

5. When Yoruba drummers show up 

When Igbo drummers show up

6.When Yoruba women decide to step things up

When Igbo women decide to step things up

7. No Yoruba party without asoebi

Asoebi or not, Igbo party goes on

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10 THINGS: Top ten most powerful people in the world

Without much talking, let’s just get to it.

10. Larry Page – CEO, Google


9. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister, India


8. David Cameron – Prime Minister, United Kingdom


7. Janet Yellen – Chair, Federal Reserve, Washington, United States


6. Bill Gates – Cofounder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


5. Xi Jinping – General Secretary, Communist Party, China


4. Pope Francis – Bishop of Rome, Roman Catholic Church


3. Barack Obama – President, United States


2. Angela Merkel – Chancellor, Germany


1. Vladimir Putin – President, Russia


Source: FORBES

5 THINGS: How to live like a millionaire even as a peasant

A warm good morning to all you DENSDOME readers out there. On today’s episode of 5 THINGS our team of editors will be highlighting the possible/sure ways for everyone to live the life of a millionaire and even better.

As the old saying goes, health is wealth. But, even the wealthy might not live a healthy life as we think.

So, without much talking, here are 5 RULES FOR BETTER HEALTH.


  • LESS MEAT, MORE VEGETABLE:



    Over 70% of the world population today, would rather prefer to eat meat than vegetable. Unlike the days of old when what we so called “poverty” was rampant, all families prayed for was daily bread. If you happen to come from an average family of 6 and above, in most cases, to make matters worse, an extended family, you’ll understand what it means to feed a great multitude.

    So, what better way to keep this growing family population nourished and refreshed, vegetable always was the answer. If you’re the type that takes notes of past, recall and compare the “Meat Eating Family” who couldn’t afford a full pot of soup, but always looks to fill it with meat come what may to the “Vegetable Eating Family” whose joy comes from the full  satisfaction from mommy’s pot. As the old saying goes, “make enough soup, when the pounded yam is finished, we lick the soup.”  

    So has this demand for meat than vegetables lived long till this day. 

    • LESS SUGAR, MORE FRUITS

    Sugar as we know it promotes information. Inflammation which is part of the immune system response, is not always a bad thing. But eating sugary foods can fuel excessive, inappropriate inflammation that serves no useful purpose and actually promotes aging in disease.

    Daily intake of fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice. Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keep your digestive system happy.

    Low on calories, eating plenty of fruits may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancer.
    LESS DRIVING, MORE WALKING

    This, without a shadow of a doubt, is self explanatory. Driving often and walking less is not the best for any man.

    Take time out to walk around, at least 15 minutes daily, that way, you can burn out up to 2 calories. Now, think how fit you would look within the next 2 months when you burn 2 calories daily.
    LESS WORRY, MORE SLEEP

    Those knots in your stomach could be more than just an uneasy feeling. Chronic stress can impact the hormones released by your thyroid glands, which regulate your metabolism among other things. If these hormones get off track, it can lead to constipation. 

    Don’t be surprised, the side effects that comes from stress of worry could be worse than the worry itself.

    Sleep on the other hand, a good sleep by the way reduces nerve stress. An average human being should have at least 6 hours of sleep daily.

    PS, whenever you’re worried, go to sleep *smile*
    LESS ANGER, MORE LAUGHER

    This is no longer news, as it is said, less anger, live longer (lol) I just made that up. But seriously, the expression on our faces when we’re angry tells it all, keep that wrinkled face up, oldage would definitely wake you up.

    But if you can wake up everyday and put a smile on your face, folks, there’s nothing like it.
    TODAY’S QUOTE: 

    I BULLY MYSELF, CAUSE I MAKE MYSELF DO WHAT I PUT MY MIND TO _MGK

    How I Learned to Fall Asleep in Under a Minute

    It was the week before my best friend’s wedding, and my anxiety (nerves, plus excitement) had reached epic levels. I wasn’t sleeping, to say the least. Part of that had to do with the maid-of-honor speech I would be giving. I was terrified and could not shut my brain off to fall asleep at night.

    After day three of lying awake until the wee hours of the night, I sheepishly admitted to her that I was too nervous to fall asleep, and she—the bride, who was sleeping like a baby the week before her own wedding—told me I needed to try the “4-7-8” breathing trick.

    She happens to be a licensed wellness practitioner who studies meditation, stress, and breathing techniques, and she told me it would change my life. You simply breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and exhale through your mouth for eight seconds. She explained that the studied combination of numbers has a chemical-like effect on our brains and would slow my heart rate and soothe me right to sleep that night. “It works,” she told me. “It’s crazy.”

    I couldn’t wait to put the trick to the test, and to my complete disbelief, I woke up the next morning unable to even remember getting to the eighth second of the exhale because it knocked me out that fast. For the next four nights leading up to the big day, even as my stress increased, I was able to fall asleep the minute I tried the 4-7-8 trick. I also used it to relax in the moments leading up to the speech.

    When you feel stressed or anxious, adrenaline courses through your veins, your heart beats at a rapid rate, and your breathing becomes quick and shallow. So before I get into the specifics behind how the 4-7-8 breathing trick works, I wanted to explain in my own words what it feels like when you try it. To me, the effect of the breathing technique feels almost like a sedative drug, because in order to hold your breath for seven seconds and then to exhale for eight—when your breath is so shallow and short—your body is forced to slow your heart rate. It has no choice. Holding your breath, and then slowly, deliberately exhaling for eight seconds, causes a chain reaction. It feels like going from a mad-dash sprint to a finish line to a slow, leisurely, calming stroll through the park.

    When you first start, you’ll be desperate to just take in another breath, or you’ll want to speed up your counting, but if you stick to the numbers (or at least try to), and don’t take any breaks (in other words, consecutively repeat the 4-7-8 without resuming regular breathing), you can literally feel your heart rate slow down, your mind get quieter, and your whole body physically relax. It washes over you like a calming, relaxing drug. I can never remember getting past the first set of 4-7-8.

    Do you know the feeling of being put under by anesthesia, where you are conscious, and the next thing you remember is waking up? That’s what this is like for me: As soon as I start the practice, the next thing I remember, I’m waking up in the morning and can’t even remember beginning the 4-7-8 count the night before. Crazy.

    Now to the more technical details: People who are stressed or anxious are actually chronically under-breathing, because stressed people breathe shortly and shallowly, and often even unconsciously hold their breath. By extending your inhale to a count of four, you are forcing yourself to take in more oxygen, allowing the oxygen to affect your bloodstream by holding your breath for seven seconds, and then emitting carbon dioxide from your lungs by exhaling steadily for eight seconds. The technique will effectively slow your heart rate and increase oxygen in your bloodstream, and may even make you feel slightly lightheaded which contributes to the mild sedative-like effect. It will instantly relax your heart, mind, and overall central nervous system because you are controlling the breath versus continuing to breathe short, shallow gasps of air.

    Mindful breathing practices have been a part of yoga and Eastern wellness modalities for centuries but aren’t as popular in Western culture. The most well-known champion of the 4-7-8 breathing technique in the U.S., who is somewhat responsible for the prevalence that the technique does have amongst integrative medicine practitioners, yogis, and those in search of stress reduction and overall relaxation, is Harvard-educated Dr. Andrew Weil.

    Though I’m not promising or claiming (nor does Dr. Weil) that practicing this breathing technique can fight disease or provide clinical benefits, I can tell you one thing: If it affects you like it did me, it will help you fall asleep way faster. Not only is it free, it also works for a number of different instances. In addition to using it to fall asleep in a pinch, you can practice it if you wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself thinking about something you have to do the next day, in order to fall back asleep; if you are nervous before an event (like a wedding, or giving a speech); if you are angry about something and want to calm down. My friend (the bride-to-be who slept like a baby the week before her wedding), who gets nervous to fly, uses it before flights and during if the plane encounters turbulence.

    It is now what I use to fall asleep every single night, and each morning, I’m amazed at how well it worked.