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We market home and business burglar alarm and access control systems in Alexandria. Arlington. Falls Church, Fairfax. Fairfax Station. Tyson s Corner, Vienna, Oakton, Great Falls, Springfield, Burke, Clifton, Gainesville, Centreville, Chantilly, Ashburn, Leesburg, Reston, Herndon, Woodbridge, and Manassas.

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We do not claim to be the largest national security company, as some of competitors boast, and we prefer it that way. We build our customer base one customer at a time. This is how we can offer you more personalized service. You will get to know our staff on a first name basis. We are not committed to any one monitoring station or manufacturer which allows us to custom design your personal security package that will protect you and your family with the best service and products available. And we do not use proprietary equipment nor do we put lock out codes in any of our panels. All products come with a minimum one year warranty on all parts and labor and in some instances the manufacturers have extended the warranty.

We also introduced three new product lines from Crestron, HAI and Powerhouse Dynamics for home automation and energy management. Like the rest of our many products these companies are some of the best in their respective industries.

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ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc. designs, installs and services CCTV systems that specifically meet your surveillance requirements. The CCTV systems are designed to provide video surveillance that you want of specific identified facility areas. Cameras and lenses are selected and placed to monitor those areas with camera activation per your requirements which could include constant monitoring or event monitoring activated by motion detectors or alarm devices. Recording is also designed based on your requirements using a DVR, with or without an internet connection, or tape recording using a VCR and a switcher or multiplexer.

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ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc. represents most of the major manufacturers of CCTV equipment available in the United States. Our CCTV technicians understand which manufacturer’s equipment works best in each particular situation. This knowledge base provides us with the ability to design a system that best meets your requirements in the most cost effective manner.

When you purchase a CCTV system from ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc. you are buying a system designed and engineered specifically for you with installations that include everything needed with no surprises and all inclusive training for your staff.

Our company offers preventative maintenance contracts and emergency service for your system performed by our highly trained technicians.

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Just think of transforming an area of your home into a special place to escape the everyday world and with the simple push of a few buttons, you and your family and friends could be transported to another town, another time or another galaxy. Now that s what we are talking about at ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc.

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ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc. goal is to improve the lives of our customers using state-of-the-art technology designed for living, working, recreation and entertainment. Please call us today to enjoy the beauty and security of a truly interconnected home and lifestyle with integrated smart home, entertainment and communication systems. The great advantage of a home automation system is that you have the convenience of turning on/off and dimming lamps from your couch; beyond that you can save energy by turning off voltage sucking appliances and electronics that continue to draw power even when turned off.

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Remember, the average lost in a residential burglary is nearly $2000 and if you are hit once, you are likely to be hit twice.
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USB Type-C and Power Delivery #usb #power #delivery, #usb #pd, #usb-pd, #type-c,

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USB Type-C and Power Delivery

New Update: Learn about the new Cypress EZ-PD™ CCG3PA controller

New Update: Learn about the new Cypress EZ-PD™ CCG5 controller

USB Type-C is the new USB-IF standard that solves several challenges faced by today’s Type-A and Type-B cables and connectors. USB Type-C uses a slimmer connector (measuring only 2.4-mm in height) to allow for increasing miniaturization of consumer and industrial products. The USB Type-C standard is gaining rapid support by enabling small form-factor, easy-to-use connectors and cables with the ability to transmit multiple protocols and offer power delivery up to 100 W – a significant improvement over the 7.5 W for previous standards.

USB Type-C Highlights

  • – Brand new reversible connector, measuring only 2.4-mm in height
  • – Compliant with USB Power Delivery 2.0, providing up to 100 W
  • – Double the bandwidth of USB 3.0, increasing to 10 Gbps with SuperSpeed+ USB3.1
  • – Combines multiple protocols in a single cable, including DisplayPort™, PCIe® or Thunderbolt™

For more information on Type-C technology and its applications, please watch the training video available here . This training video explains the technological advances introduced with the new USB IF’s Type-C Specification. It also shows how USB-Type-C can be designed into practical products. The four applications covered in this video are: host design, cable design, peripheral design and power adapter design. Working prototype of Reference Designs are presented for each application area along with design and debug tools.

Cypress’s Type-C controllers are based on Cypress’s PSoC® 4 programmable system-on-chip architecture, which includes programmable analog and digital blocks, an ARM® Cortex®-M0 core and 32 KB of flash memory. This product family is driving the industry’s first Type-C products with top-tier PC makers, enabling them to bring these USB Type-C benefits to market. Cypress has reference designs readily available for EMCA and dongle applications. These are available online and could be used to speed-up our customers design cycle.

USB Type-C Power Delivery and Connectivity – Now supporting USB PD 3.0

Our broad portfolio of USB Type-C and Power Delivery solutions now supports USB PD 3.0!

Get the USB PD 3.0 advantage

Choose from Cypress’ EZ-PD Solutions that:

  • Enable higher power delivery over USB
  • Allow for broader and more optimal use of power sources via Fast Role Swap
  • Support extended messaging (28 Bytes in USB PD 2.0 and 260 Bytes in USB PD 3.0)
  • Enhance bus utilization
  • Improve battery management
  • Interoperate with legacy USB PD 2.0 systems

For more information on our products and USB PD 3.0 support, read the Press Release .

Type-C Product Families

EZ-PD™ CCG1: Industry’s First Programmable Type-C Port Controller
EZ-PD™ CCG2: Industry’s Smallest Programmable Type-C Port Controller
EZ-PD™ CCG3: Industry’s Most Integrated Type-C Port Controller
EZ-PD™ CCG4: Industry’s First Dual-Port Type-C Port Controller
EZ-PD™ CCG4M . Industry’s First Dual-Port Type-C Port Controller with High-Speed Mux
EZ-USB™ HX3C . Industry’s First USB Type-C Hub with PD and USB Billboard
EZ-PD™ CCG3PA: Industry’s Most Integrated Type-C Port Controller for Power Adapter/Mobile Chargers
EZ-PD™ CCG5: Industry’s First Two-port USB-C Controller with Thunderbolt™ 3 Support

Table: CCGx Feature Comparison at a Glance





New York Yankees 2200mAh Credit Card Power Bank #new #york #yankees #2200mah

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Never be the one with out the power again. This small, but powerful portable USB charger helps your mobile devices last as long as you do. Just plug your favorite device in to give it the charge it needs on the go. Not only will you turn heads because of your tech-savvy battery rescue abilities, but the officially licensed design from your beloved New York Yankees will really add some energy the next time you need to charge up. Designed and printed in Portland, OR, all Keyscaper gear is officially licensed and comes with a 1-year warranty against manufacturer s defects.
New York Yankees 2200mAh Credit Card Power Bank:

  • Officially licensed by MLB
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  • Convenient credit card-sized power bank for all your charging needs
  • Enough juice to give you a full charge while on the go or to get you through the rest of that movie

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We ll show you Care Plan options and pricing at checkout if applicable, or go to www.walmart.com/careplans for more information.

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Replacing the final stage unit # #replacing #the #final #stage #unit/blower #motor

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Does your A/C-heater blower seem like it’s possessed? Does it quit working for no apparent reason, then come on again just as mysteriously? Does it run only at one speed no matter what the controls say? Does it keep running even when the car is off and the key is out of the ignition? Your problem is most likely a faulty final stage unit.

Based on what I’ve seen here and elsewhere, this is a chronic problem with the E39, but fortunately it’s a relatively cheap and easy fix. There’s a good DIY here. but since questions about it get posted here with regular frequency, I figured it would be a good idea to post one here too. Some of the photos in this post are very large because it’s very helpful to see the details if you have no idea what’s going on here.

BMW calls this thing the “final stage unit;” the parts guys call it a “blower motor resistor.” I’m not sure what the reason for the different terminology is, but it’s the same part. The PNs have changed a couple of times over the years, but as of the date of this posting, what you want is PN 64 11 6 923 204 and there’s a diagram of the system here. As far as I can tell, the same part is used in all E39 models (but you may want to confirm this). Bavarian Autosport has them for about $70, but they’re unfortunately available a lot of places, including the parts counter of your local dealership (I say “unfortunately” because it’s a reflection of how often this thing fails).

For some reason, dealer service departments are notorious for not being able to recognize this issue, and may charge you for hundreds or thousands of dollars of unnecessary repairs without solving the problem. If you don’t feel confident doing this yourself (i.e. you’re the sort of person who is more likely to take an eye out with a screwdriver than a screw), at least bring them this information. Done properly, this is a 15-minute,

This is what you’re replacing:

The silver part of it is a heat sink. I’m not an electrical engineer, but I believe this thing allows the blower controls to change the speed of the blower by altering the current that passes through it. Inside is a bundle of resistors, and by sending the current through a different combination of leads, it creates the proper current to operate the blower at a desired speed. But resistors generate heat (thus the need for a heat sink), and over time, I suspect the constant heat up-cool down cycle degrades the resistors until they no longer produce the right current, and the controller can no longer send the right signals to the blower. Thus, the blower starts acting strangely despite what the controls are doing.

Now, I’ve read a lot of horror stories about how difficult this replacement can be, but I didn’t find it that way at all. This is an extremely simple operation that took me less than 10 minutes. The hardest part was getting myself into a position where I could get at the faulty FSU.

All you need here is a Phillips screwdriver, a flashlight (the one in your glovebox will work fine) and understanding that you’re working with electrical components, not mechanical ones. That means being mindful of how much force you’re using. Nothing in this operation requires any great effort, so if you find yourself needing force things, you’re doing something wrong.

The FSU is behind the dash in the passenger side footwell. You’ll find it easier to work if you pull out the cover under the glovebox. It’s not secured by anything, so just yank it out. The FSU is behind a fabric covered plastic panel on the left side:

You want to unscrew the screw (red circle), then slide the panel backward (see arrow), not out. It’s also held in place by two metal clips that attach to the frame behind it:

Once you’ve got the panel out, lay on your back and look up at the space you’ve just exposed. The FSU is inside there.

Inside the space, you’ll see a plug with 5 colored wires coming out of it. The FSU is the thing the plug is connected to, so you’ve got to get the plug out. The plug is held in place by two clips on the side, and you need to squeeze the clips to free it.

You may find the plug a bit difficult to get out; if so, just wiggle it back and forth until it comes free. Don’t yank it out–you may break one of the wires loose, in which case you’ve just bought yourself an expensive and embarrassing trip to the dealer.

The FSU is itself held in place by another clip at the bottom. You need to push this clip down at the same time you’re pulling the FSU out.

Again, if you’re doing it right, you should not need to force anything. Once free of the clip, the FSU should slide out easily.

You may find all of this easier if you lay on your back in the footwell to get your bearings, then sit up straight, reach under the dash, and do it “by feel.”

Now, surprise, surprise, the part you’ve just removed won’t resemble the new one exactly, since as I mentioned, the PNs have changed a couple of times:

Hmm, could this be because the original version was defective?

Now just slide the new one in the spot the old one came out of. It should slide into place with a “snap” as the clip engages it.

New FSU in place. Note orientation–it will only go in one way. If you’re having trouble getting it in, you’ve probably got it rotated 90 or 180 degrees out of alignment.

Replace the plug, then slide the panel back in the way it came out. Be sure to get both clips into their respective slots, or it will hang loose. Replace the screw.

If you’ve done everything right, your blower should operate normally now. If it’s not, go back in and check the connections. If everything looks right but it still doesn’t work, you may have other problems.

Thank’s for the instructions, my wife has a 2003 530i with 54K miles and her blower stopped working entirely. Here’s a little story.

The A/C stopped blowing air and I hadn’t gotten the BMW manual for it yet so I took it in to the dealership and I figured it would probably just be a simple electrical relay .
They called my wife back telling her ;

1) $440 to fix the blower,
2) The A/C wasn’t as cold as it should be and they needed to replace the dryer – $790
3) The plastic components (bushings) of her suspension were cracking and they could fail if she hit a pothole – $825
4) Her fuel filter needed to be replaces – $325
5) They recommended a fuel injector cleaning – $350
6) Her tires were feathering and she needed a 4 wheel alignment – $350

I went online and found your instructions on how to replace the blower relay. It took 15 minutes to replace and cost $100 for the part. Everything works fine and all the other items were BS not to mention 2 to 3 times what they should be charging for the services.

For once crime didn’t pay.

Oh yeah I forgot, they charged her $135 to tell her how they were going to rip her off. I ordered the manuals yesterday.

Last edited by plockj; 07-19-2006 at 11:45 AM.

07-30-2006, 11:51 AM

Thanks for the great post! I was amazed at the detailed instructions on replacing the FSU.

08-04-2006, 02:40 PM

Thanks a million. Saved me a fortune. I hate to think what the stealership would have charged me. Regards UK member.

08-16-2006, 03:54 PM

Thank you. Saved me from replacing the climate control unit unnessarily (Had a similar problem on my E36 M3 that was the unit). After reading your description, I replaced the unit in under 15 mins with no fuss or drama. It really was nice knowing the details without having to go “diving” under the dash in 90 degree weather.





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The Energy Story – Chapter 3: Resistance and Static Electricity #renewable #energy

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Chapter 3: Resistance and Static Electricity

As we have learned, some kinds of atoms contain loosely attached electrons. Electrons can be made to move easily from one atom to another. When those electrons move among the atoms of matter, a current of electricity is created.

Take a piece of wire. The electrons are passed from atom to atom, creating an electrical current from one end to the other. Electrons are very, very small. A single copper penny contains more than 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (1×1022) electrons.

Electricity “flows” or moves through some things better than others do. The measurement of how well something conducts electricity is called its resistance.

Resistance in wire depends on how thick and how long it is, and what it’s made of. The thickness of wire is called its gauge. The smaller the gauge, the bigger the wire. Some of the largest thicknesses of regular wire is gauge 1.

Different types of metal are used in making wire. You can have copper wire, aluminum wire, even steel wire. Each of these metals has a different resistance; how well the metal conducts electricity. The lower the resistance of a wire, the better it conducts electricity.

Copper is used in many wires because it has a lower resistance than many other metals. The wires in your walls, inside your lamps and elsewhere are usually copper.

A piece of metal can be made to act like a heater. When an electrical current occurs, the resistance causes friction and the friction causes heat. The higher the resistance, the hotter it can get. So, a coiled wire high in resistance, like the wire in a hair dryer, can be very hot.

Some things conduct electricity very poorly. These are called insulators. Rubber is a good insulator, and that’s why rubber is used to cover wires in an electric cord. Glass is another good insulator. If you look at the end of a power line, you’ll see that it is attached to some bumpy looking things. These are glass insulators. They keep the metal of the wires from touching the metal of the towers.

Another type of electrical energy is static electricity. Unlike current electricity that moves, static electricity stays in one place.

Try this experiment.

Rub a balloon filled with air on a wool sweater or on your hair. Then hold it up to a wall. The balloon will stay there by itself.

Tie strings to the ends of two balloons. Now rub the two balloons together, hold them by strings at the end and put them next to each other. They’ll move apart.

Rubbing the balloons gives them static electricity. When you rub the balloon it picks up extra electrons from the sweater or your hair and becomes slightly negatively charged.

The negative charges in the single balloon are attracted to the positive charges in the wall.

The two balloons hanging by strings both have negative charges. Negative charges always repel negative charges and positive always repels positive charges. So, the two balloons’ negative charges “push” each other apart.

Static electricity can also give you a shock. If you walk across a carpet, shuffling your feet and touching something made of metal, a spark can jump between you and the metal object. Shuffling your feet picks up additional electrons spread over your body. When you touch a metal doorknob or something with a positive charge the electricity jumps across the small gap from your fingers just before you touch the metal knob. If you walk across a carpet and touch a computer case, you can damage the computer.

One other type of static electricity is very spectacular. It’s the lightning in a thunder and lightning storm. Clouds become negatively charged as ice crystals inside the clouds rub up against each other. Meanwhile, on the ground, the positive charge increases. The clouds get so highly charged that the electrons jump from the ground to the cloud, or from one cloud to another cloud. This causes a huge spark of static electricity in the sky that we call lightning.

You can find out more about lightning at Web Weather for Kids – www.ucar.edu/40th/webweather/

You’ll remember from Chapter 2 that the word “electricity” came from the Greek words “elektor,” for “beaming sun” and “elektron,” both words describing amber. Amber is fossilized tree sap millions of years old and has hardened as hard as a stone.

Around 600 BCE (Before the Common Era) Greeks noticed a strange effect: When rubbing “elektron” against a piece of fur, the amber would start attracting particles of dust, feathers and straw. No one paid much attention to this “strange effect” until about 1600 when Dr. William Gilbert investigated the reactions of magnets and amber and discovered other objects can be made “electric.”

Gilbert said that amber acquired what he called “resinous electricity” when rubbed with fur. Glass, however, when rubbed with silk, acquired what he termed “vitreous electricity.”

He thought that electricity repelled the same kind and attracts the opposite kind of electricity. Gilbert and other scientists of that time thought that the friction actually created the electricity (their word for the electrical charge).

In 1747, Benjamin Franklin in America and William Watson in England both reached the same conclusion. They said all materials possess a single kind of electrical “fluid.” They didn’t really know anything about atoms and electrons, so they called how it behaved a “fluid.”

They thought that this fluid can penetrate matter freely and couldn’t be created or destroyed. The two men thought that the action of rubbing (like rubbing amber with fur) moves this unseen fluid from one thing to another, electrifying both.

Franklin defined the fluid as positive and the lack of fluid as negative. Therefore, according to Franklin, the direction of flow was from positive to negative. Today, we know that the opposite is true. Electricity flows from negative to positive. Others took the idea even further saying this that two fluids are involved. They said items with the same fluid attract each other. And opposite types of fluid in objects will make them repel each other.

All of this was only partially right. This is how scientific theories develop. Someone thinks of why something occurs and then proposes an explanation. It can take centuries sometime to find the real truth. Instead of electricity being a fluid, it is the movement of the charged particles between the objects. the two objects are really exchanging electrons.

Learn about Electrical Circuits and electrons in Chapter 4.





Solar Power Questions – Learn from IPS Integrated Power Systems #solar #power

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Solar Power Questions


Welcome to our newsletter blog: Solar Power Questions Learn from IPS.

Our goal is to help you understand the basics of solar power systems, so you may make informed and educated choices.

With 24 years of experience designing and installing solar power systems , we get a lot of the same questions over and over again, but one of the most common and important questions people ask us is about net metering.

“If you have a solar powered system, how does the billing work? Or in other words how do BC Hydro and FortisBC calculate net metering?

Both BC Hydro and Fortis BC calculate net metering based on 2 time frames: Billing periods annual reconciliation.

1. Billing Periods
During a billing period, if your system produces more energy than you use, then a kW credit will carry through to the next billing period.

Example: Your solar power system produces 2600kW and you consume only 1600kW in a billing period. You will not be charged for any power usage.

A credit of 1000kW will carry forward to the next billing period.

During the next billing period, if the weather turns ugly and you produce only 500kW, but use 2500kW, the previous credit of 1000kW would be subtracted and you would only be billed for 1000kW of power consumption.

2. Annual Reconciliation

Once a year, on the anniversary date of your Grid-Tie system start-up, the utility company will add up how many kW’s your system produced and subtract your energy usage.

If you have a credit and depending on the utility company, you may be issued a check.

Now of course this leads to the next question that most people ask us:

Question: What are the differences between how BC Hydro and Fortis, and do they pay back customers equally for power credits?

We will tackle that very question and take an in-depth look into the differences between BC Hydro and Fortis in the next edition of. Solar Power Questions Learn from IPS.
We look forward to your questions and comments and please feel free to share this post if you think it might be helpful to someone you know.





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The power of poetry in hospice care #booking #hotels #online

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The power of poetry in hospice care

Phil Isherwood, pictured, right, with a patient at Bolton Hospice, where he is a volunteer poet,discusses the potential for poetry to boost patients psychological wellbeing in hospice settings. Phil is alsoa research student at the University of Bolton, writing a thesis on Numinous Connections: Poetry in the Hospice .

There is a tension between the advance of medical science, that pursues its ability to fix and treat, and an acceptance of the natural order of death and how that may be experienced. Atul Gawande, a surgeon and health researcher, has recently reignited this debate with his book Being Mortal (and also in presenting the 2014 Reith Lectures on BBC Radio). He writes: As people become aware of the finitude of their life, they do not ask for much. They do not seek more riches. They do not seek more power. They only ask to be permitted, insofar as possible, to keep shaping the story of their life in the world to make choices and sustain connections to others according to their own priorities. He puts forward strong arguments for medicine, and society, to review its approach to end of life care.

Gawande s Reith Lectures in December were widely acclaimed. As 2015 begins, however, the press have been less encouraging about Dr Richard Smith s blog on the BMJ website: Dying of cancer is the best death . His romantic view was rather insensitive, but he was, however clumsily, arguing for a reformed dialogue and the good death in the face of over-enthusiastic treatment options. The best result from his clumsiness came on the morning of Sunday 4 January on BBC Radio 4 s Broadcasting House programme. Two Sue Ryder hospice workers (Carol Howard and Louisa Nicoll) were interviewed by Paddy O Connell, who referenced Dylan Thomas s poetry to question society s approach to death in the light of Richard Smith s blundering attempt. Our hospice workers reaffirmed that the best hospice care enables us to talk about death, not to rage against it but to seek to go gentle into that good night .

I have been a volunteer poet at Bolton Hospice for over four years now. I don t take any lead from Dylan Thomas, or the many others, to write poems about death. I write about lives, about creativity, about the wonder and detail of simply being. When I read Atul Gawande s book it immediately affirmed my belief that my role was indeed helping patients to keep shaping the story of their life . It is a privilege for me to work with patients and to be at Bolton Hospice where there is a great commitment, not just to excellent medical care but also to the value of creative therapies: the hospice employs an art therapist, whose work includes supporting and encouraging poetry (a painting by a hospice patient can be seen below, right).

I hope in this blog – my first ever! – to give some insight into my approach with a view to inspiring other poets to work in end of life care, not just in short, awareness-raising projects, but as long-term writing opportunities, integral to hospice care. Art and poetry in the hospice helps patients to be aware of their own creative significance. I am inspired to write poetry based upon each individual s story, or their own art or craft work. I think I can express my approach most clearly through a beachcomber analogy, to take the idea of a walk with a patient along a conversational or creative beach area. A work of art, a found poem, can be assembled from whatever we come across together. The value of the walk and the quality of the art are both equally important and the two are, in fact, inseparable. As I discover and create the poem I am simultaneously helping the patient to (re)discover something amazing about themselves and, potentially, about the legacy of art – which is able to signify a life as other , a presence in time and space not restricted to a medical history or a curriculum vitae.

The writer Virginia Woolf talks about life being in the luminous halo of a journey. Keats advocates negative capability – to be at peace with uncertainties, mysteries and doubts. Coleridge asks for a willing suspension of disbelief to be able enjoy art. Ted Hughes speaks of the momentary as the vital signature of a human being. James Joyce finds wonder in the everyday and ordinary. My particular inspiration from talking to hospice patients has been to capture the sudden lightning flashes of significance that celebrate life. The numinous connection is to dwell, to practice being with patients among the mysterious flickerings when meaning and understanding prove inadequate.

End of life care services have formed an approach to good death. I simply argue for poetry, and other creative activity, to be fully included. I have produced a 1,500 word Guidance Framework for Poets in End of Life Care and the following is an extract.

A poem may take a single phrase or idea or a topic discussed. It may be a longer linear narrative of a life, or a particular experience in work or war or a childhood tale.

A poem may form a series of snapshots or an abstract reflection of a story. It may contain no direct personal reference and yet capture an individual s lifelong passion for place or hobby. You may write as to accompany a patient s own art, a picture or piece of craft work. A simple guide is to allow yourself, through conversation, to be inspired by the patient. Explain this to the patient the first time you meet them and why you have a pad and pen and will scribble notes as they speak. Every day in the hospice I learn many things new a word, a story, a piece of history, a way of seeing something and I thank the patient every time. Such things are inspiration, occurrences which themselves declare something needs to be written about this . The poem is not an evaluation or a narrative or biography. It is not a eulogy. It is art.

Poetry can be in the smallest thoughts, the remembered flickerings represented by the three-line Haiku-type poems. I ll finish this blog with a number of longer poems for you to dwell upon not explained or elaborated upon. Like patients, they just are; they may have been read at funerals, framed or placed in a memory box, but poems are also being with .

Some places you never really leave.
Part of me still sits on the terrace or strolls
the edge of Jakobs Dam. The pure air is insistent.
A union in a needle-leaved, boreal landscape.

This silence remains. I am never sure if my
ears or my eyes hear the easy soaring of
the eagles wings. There are no songs.

I am enchanted and you are with me.
We gaze to the southwest horizons, to
Skrim and Telemark, sanctioned by the wilds of
tree and snow. Those far granite hands fix and
crack the sky, cradle the cloud and the mist.

I am enchanted and you are with me. Here.
We never needed to talk about returning.

Phil Isherwood 2014

My granddad taught me
to build a bike, to make each
wheel run true and then
set out, enjoy the ride.

I travelled, I built, I worked
it out. A lot of trial and error.
Study it. Tackle anything.
That s the way of an engineer.

Lights and sounds and electronics.
Leaf springs and shock absorbers.
Memories in models; the best
you can buy are Tamiya. Spot on.

A trans-continental Road Train.
A Globe Liner. A Wrecker Truck.
HMS Matabele and a Supply Vessel,
both built, balanced, but yet to sail.

There was a real Zephyr Mk. 2
that I left in Australia with a note.
The keys are inside, yours to take
if you want it. I was going home.

Phil Isherwood 2014

Another evening
in the silence of a place
becoming something new.

Unformed histories, a
murmuration, seconds of
existence, insequent,innumerate.
A chaos to hold the signature of art
then let it go.

The silence of a place
that is devoid of fear. Everything
settles amongst the reeds.

Phil Isherwood 2014

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Hear Phil reading the poems above, plus one not published here: listen now

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Tesla unveils discreet new rooftop solar panels

Elon Musk s solar roof tiles won t fit the bill for every home. Some homeowners won t want to replace their entire roofs. but Tesla. of course, already has a solution. They re now marketing sleek, low-profile solar panels that are easy to install and better blend in with roofs than traditional panels.

Leave it to Tesla to offer an elegant alternative to traditional solar panels. They updated the Energy section of their website over the weekend to include new images of their solar panels. The seamless look of the new technology is thanks to integrated front skirts and no visible mounting hardware according to Tesla s website. Electrek said these features come from Zep Solar. a mounting equipment company SolarCity acquired before Tesla s acquisition. Zep Solar engineers designed the rail-less system Solar City employed to slash solar installation times in half.

Tesla says their panels exceed industry standards for durability and lifespan on their website. Panasonic will be manufacturing the exclusive panels at the Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York. There aren t many specifics available for the new solar panels yet, but Electrek said they will be 325-watt panels. They noted Panasonic sells other 325 watt panels, and those have a 25-year power output warranty and a 21.76 percent module efficiency.

Tesla and before that SolarCity used to install solar panels from multiple suppliers as many solar companies do, but told Electrek once these new panels go into production, Tesla will use them for all residential projects in the future. It seems Elon Musk aims at offering solar solutions with better aesthetics for those who have been hesitant to go solar in the past with the bulky rooftop options.

Anyone interested right now can request a custom quote on Tesla s website. The company told Electrek production should begin this summer.





The power of poetry in hospice care #best #rates #hotels

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The power of poetry in hospice care

Phil Isherwood, pictured, right, with a patient at Bolton Hospice, where he is a volunteer poet,discusses the potential for poetry to boost patients psychological wellbeing in hospice settings. Phil is alsoa research student at the University of Bolton, writing a thesis on Numinous Connections: Poetry in the Hospice .

There is a tension between the advance of medical science, that pursues its ability to fix and treat, and an acceptance of the natural order of death and how that may be experienced. Atul Gawande, a surgeon and health researcher, has recently reignited this debate with his book Being Mortal (and also in presenting the 2014 Reith Lectures on BBC Radio). He writes: As people become aware of the finitude of their life, they do not ask for much. They do not seek more riches. They do not seek more power. They only ask to be permitted, insofar as possible, to keep shaping the story of their life in the world to make choices and sustain connections to others according to their own priorities. He puts forward strong arguments for medicine, and society, to review its approach to end of life care.

Gawande s Reith Lectures in December were widely acclaimed. As 2015 begins, however, the press have been less encouraging about Dr Richard Smith s blog on the BMJ website: Dying of cancer is the best death . His romantic view was rather insensitive, but he was, however clumsily, arguing for a reformed dialogue and the good death in the face of over-enthusiastic treatment options. The best result from his clumsiness came on the morning of Sunday 4 January on BBC Radio 4 s Broadcasting House programme. Two Sue Ryder hospice workers (Carol Howard and Louisa Nicoll) were interviewed by Paddy O Connell, who referenced Dylan Thomas s poetry to question society s approach to death in the light of Richard Smith s blundering attempt. Our hospice workers reaffirmed that the best hospice care enables us to talk about death, not to rage against it but to seek to go gentle into that good night .

I have been a volunteer poet at Bolton Hospice for over four years now. I don t take any lead from Dylan Thomas, or the many others, to write poems about death. I write about lives, about creativity, about the wonder and detail of simply being. When I read Atul Gawande s book it immediately affirmed my belief that my role was indeed helping patients to keep shaping the story of their life . It is a privilege for me to work with patients and to be at Bolton Hospice where there is a great commitment, not just to excellent medical care but also to the value of creative therapies: the hospice employs an art therapist, whose work includes supporting and encouraging poetry (a painting by a hospice patient can be seen below, right).

I hope in this blog – my first ever! – to give some insight into my approach with a view to inspiring other poets to work in end of life care, not just in short, awareness-raising projects, but as long-term writing opportunities, integral to hospice care. Art and poetry in the hospice helps patients to be aware of their own creative significance. I am inspired to write poetry based upon each individual s story, or their own art or craft work. I think I can express my approach most clearly through a beachcomber analogy, to take the idea of a walk with a patient along a conversational or creative beach area. A work of art, a found poem, can be assembled from whatever we come across together. The value of the walk and the quality of the art are both equally important and the two are, in fact, inseparable. As I discover and create the poem I am simultaneously helping the patient to (re)discover something amazing about themselves and, potentially, about the legacy of art – which is able to signify a life as other , a presence in time and space not restricted to a medical history or a curriculum vitae.

The writer Virginia Woolf talks about life being in the luminous halo of a journey. Keats advocates negative capability – to be at peace with uncertainties, mysteries and doubts. Coleridge asks for a willing suspension of disbelief to be able enjoy art. Ted Hughes speaks of the momentary as the vital signature of a human being. James Joyce finds wonder in the everyday and ordinary. My particular inspiration from talking to hospice patients has been to capture the sudden lightning flashes of significance that celebrate life. The numinous connection is to dwell, to practice being with patients among the mysterious flickerings when meaning and understanding prove inadequate.

End of life care services have formed an approach to good death. I simply argue for poetry, and other creative activity, to be fully included. I have produced a 1,500 word Guidance Framework for Poets in End of Life Care and the following is an extract.

A poem may take a single phrase or idea or a topic discussed. It may be a longer linear narrative of a life, or a particular experience in work or war or a childhood tale.

A poem may form a series of snapshots or an abstract reflection of a story. It may contain no direct personal reference and yet capture an individual s lifelong passion for place or hobby. You may write as to accompany a patient s own art, a picture or piece of craft work. A simple guide is to allow yourself, through conversation, to be inspired by the patient. Explain this to the patient the first time you meet them and why you have a pad and pen and will scribble notes as they speak. Every day in the hospice I learn many things new a word, a story, a piece of history, a way of seeing something and I thank the patient every time. Such things are inspiration, occurrences which themselves declare something needs to be written about this . The poem is not an evaluation or a narrative or biography. It is not a eulogy. It is art.

Poetry can be in the smallest thoughts, the remembered flickerings represented by the three-line Haiku-type poems. I ll finish this blog with a number of longer poems for you to dwell upon not explained or elaborated upon. Like patients, they just are; they may have been read at funerals, framed or placed in a memory box, but poems are also being with .

Some places you never really leave.
Part of me still sits on the terrace or strolls
the edge of Jakobs Dam. The pure air is insistent.
A union in a needle-leaved, boreal landscape.

This silence remains. I am never sure if my
ears or my eyes hear the easy soaring of
the eagles wings. There are no songs.

I am enchanted and you are with me.
We gaze to the southwest horizons, to
Skrim and Telemark, sanctioned by the wilds of
tree and snow. Those far granite hands fix and
crack the sky, cradle the cloud and the mist.

I am enchanted and you are with me. Here.
We never needed to talk about returning.

Phil Isherwood 2014

My granddad taught me
to build a bike, to make each
wheel run true and then
set out, enjoy the ride.

I travelled, I built, I worked
it out. A lot of trial and error.
Study it. Tackle anything.
That s the way of an engineer.

Lights and sounds and electronics.
Leaf springs and shock absorbers.
Memories in models; the best
you can buy are Tamiya. Spot on.

A trans-continental Road Train.
A Globe Liner. A Wrecker Truck.
HMS Matabele and a Supply Vessel,
both built, balanced, but yet to sail.

There was a real Zephyr Mk. 2
that I left in Australia with a note.
The keys are inside, yours to take
if you want it. I was going home.

Phil Isherwood 2014

Another evening
in the silence of a place
becoming something new.

Unformed histories, a
murmuration, seconds of
existence, insequent,innumerate.
A chaos to hold the signature of art
then let it go.

The silence of a place
that is devoid of fear. Everything
settles amongst the reeds.

Phil Isherwood 2014

More

Hear Phil reading the poems above, plus one not published here: listen now

Caring For a Terminally Ill Loved One – Power to Change #athlone

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Caring For a Terminally Ill Loved One

Caring for a terminally ill loved one is overwhelming. To constantly bear witness to the ravages of the disease knowing you are powerless to stop it is a huge burden. We want and need to do something to help them but don’t know where to start. We refuse to believe that there is nothing that can save them and search for miracles only to find that there are none.

In time we come to accept that they are dying and begin grieving for the loss of them in our lives. Our grief is compounded by our sense of helplessness. There are so many frightening and unanswered questions. What is going to happen? When will it happen? Will there be much pain? Living in expectation of a loved one’s death is like sitting on a time bomb, knowing it is going to go off and being powerless to stop it.

The two year journey of my husband Brian’s diagnosis with terminal cancer has taught me many things, above all, the true meaning of love, and the strength of the human spirit. As I witnessed his incredible courage, it brought forth in me a fierce determination to ease his journey. Ours is a story of love and devotion, testament to the vows Brian and I pledged to each other on our wedding day, May 17 th ,1969. “In sickness and in health, until death us do part.” We meant every word.

I could not stop my husband from dying, but I could help him live.

My acceptance of my husband’s impending death came with a fierce determination to help him achieve quality of life for the remainder of his days. I knew that I needed to understand more about his disease in order to help him, so I sought knowledge. I asked questions about his disease, and studied the pain and symptoms he would experience as it progressed and ways by which to manage them. I learned a lot and through this I came to realize, that although I could not stop my husband from dying I could help him to live.

My knowledge allowed me to be one step ahead of the disease progression and gave me the opportunity to have medication and later, physical aids such as oxygen, wheelchair etc – on hand before Brian needed them. This alleviated much fear, pain and discomfort. My knowledge regarding pain management and symptom control, enabled me to take an active role in his care, working hand in hand with his doctors to obtain for him a quality of life few thought possible considering the nature of his disease.

Get the help you need to manage the pain

Whilst the majority of cancer patients do experience chronic pain, only a small percentage of them have adequate pain relief. This is often due to the common belief that large doses of medication, such as morphine and methadone (used for pain control in lung cancer sufferers), will sedate them and prevent them from functioning normally. Sadly many people suffer unnecessarily due to this misconception.

The object of pain management is to always be in front of the pain. Good communication with your loved one is imperative; so too is their honesty in relating to you, the nature and intensity of their pain. Encourage them not to brave it out by letting it reach debilitating levels before asking for relief. This results in a situation where they are chasing the pain instead of being in front of it. Untreated chronic and debilitating pain kills. It kills the will to live.

Despite his illness, there were times when Brian felt well and these were spent in the pursuit of his hobby, his passion, his true enjoyment in life fishing. I always had a supply of his medicine on hand so that I could keep him out of pain no matter how long we spent on the water. I constantly marvelled at his ability to keep pulling in fish despite his lack of strength. I believe his love of fishing transcended any pain, weakness or discomfort he experienced. For him, at these times, there was no thought of sickness and death. For me, watching him, loving him, the thought of death was always on my mind.

Deciding about chemotherapy

In time, Brian’s condition worsened until he could not even drink water. Dilatations were no longer an option and he was offered palliative chemotherapy to shrink the tumour. It was the only hope of prolonging his life.

Like many before him, Brian had vowed that he would not undergo chemotherapy. Having heard stories of chronic fatigue, nausea, and hair loss he was fearful of the treatment. But there is a lot of truth in the adage, “You never know, until it happens to you”. For Brian, where there was life, there was hope, and any means of prolonging that hope he grasped with both hands.

Palliative care (symptom control)

Despite a terminal diagnosis, there is still life, and survival may range from months to several years. Many people believe that Palliative Care is intended only for the end of life, and do not seek their help until the final stages of terminal illness. Due to this unfortunate belief the quality of life that could have been achieved through their services is not realized.

The Palliative Care Team. consisting of pain management specialists, nurses, doctors, chaplains and volunteers, work together, to provide the best possible pain and symptom control for the patient. whilst at the same time offering physical and emotional support to their families. I believe the services of these wonderful people should be embraced from the time of terminal diagnosis. Had Brian been in their care sooner, much of his suffering, and mine, would have been alleviated.

We have spoken of death. I asked Brian if he was frightened and he said, “No it will be nice to sleep”. We spoke of his parents and the hope that they would be waiting for him. When he asked me about his funeral, I told him of my plans for a seaside memorial. He was pleased with my decision. I have remained strong and I believe I am helping Brian to die well, just as I have helped him to live for these past two years. It comforts me that he is not afraid of dying. He knows that his long courageous battle is almost over; he has accepted it and is at peace.

Brian and I travelled many miles on our last journey together, miles of emotions, spirits, courage and strength. I thanked God for granting me the courage and the strength to walk beside him to his life’s end and for the peace I found in the knowledge that I definitely made a difference.

Take a look at your life. How would you describe it? Contented? Rushed? Exciting? Stressful? Moving forward? Holding back? For many of us it’s all of the above at times. There are things we dream of doing one day, there are things we wish we could forget. In the Bible, it says that Jesus came to make all things new. What would your life look like if you could start over with a clean slate?

Living with hope

If you are looking for peace, there is a way to balance your life. No one can be perfect, or have a perfect life. But every one of us has the opportunity to experience perfect grace through a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Praying is simply talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Here’s a suggested prayer:

Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? You can pray it right now, and Jesus Christ will come into your life, just as He promised.

Is this the life for you?

If you invited Christ into your life, thank God often that He is in your life, that He will never leave you and that you have eternal life. As you learn more about your relationship with God, and how much He loves you, you’ll experience life to the fullest.

Read Hazelle s Story: Cancer Took My Loved One

For more information about cancer please visit the Canadian Cancer Society or the American Cancer Society for a list of resources in your area.

The power of poetry in hospice care #hotels #with #jacuzzi #in #room

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The power of poetry in hospice care

Phil Isherwood, pictured, right, with a patient at Bolton Hospice, where he is a volunteer poet,discusses the potential for poetry to boost patients psychological wellbeing in hospice settings. Phil is alsoa research student at the University of Bolton, writing a thesis on Numinous Connections: Poetry in the Hospice .

There is a tension between the advance of medical science, that pursues its ability to fix and treat, and an acceptance of the natural order of death and how that may be experienced. Atul Gawande, a surgeon and health researcher, has recently reignited this debate with his book Being Mortal (and also in presenting the 2014 Reith Lectures on BBC Radio). He writes: As people become aware of the finitude of their life, they do not ask for much. They do not seek more riches. They do not seek more power. They only ask to be permitted, insofar as possible, to keep shaping the story of their life in the world to make choices and sustain connections to others according to their own priorities. He puts forward strong arguments for medicine, and society, to review its approach to end of life care.

Gawande s Reith Lectures in December were widely acclaimed. As 2015 begins, however, the press have been less encouraging about Dr Richard Smith s blog on the BMJ website: Dying of cancer is the best death . His romantic view was rather insensitive, but he was, however clumsily, arguing for a reformed dialogue and the good death in the face of over-enthusiastic treatment options. The best result from his clumsiness came on the morning of Sunday 4 January on BBC Radio 4 s Broadcasting House programme. Two Sue Ryder hospice workers (Carol Howard and Louisa Nicoll) were interviewed by Paddy O Connell, who referenced Dylan Thomas s poetry to question society s approach to death in the light of Richard Smith s blundering attempt. Our hospice workers reaffirmed that the best hospice care enables us to talk about death, not to rage against it but to seek to go gentle into that good night .

I have been a volunteer poet at Bolton Hospice for over four years now. I don t take any lead from Dylan Thomas, or the many others, to write poems about death. I write about lives, about creativity, about the wonder and detail of simply being. When I read Atul Gawande s book it immediately affirmed my belief that my role was indeed helping patients to keep shaping the story of their life . It is a privilege for me to work with patients and to be at Bolton Hospice where there is a great commitment, not just to excellent medical care but also to the value of creative therapies: the hospice employs an art therapist, whose work includes supporting and encouraging poetry (a painting by a hospice patient can be seen below, right).

I hope in this blog – my first ever! – to give some insight into my approach with a view to inspiring other poets to work in end of life care, not just in short, awareness-raising projects, but as long-term writing opportunities, integral to hospice care. Art and poetry in the hospice helps patients to be aware of their own creative significance. I am inspired to write poetry based upon each individual s story, or their own art or craft work. I think I can express my approach most clearly through a beachcomber analogy, to take the idea of a walk with a patient along a conversational or creative beach area. A work of art, a found poem, can be assembled from whatever we come across together. The value of the walk and the quality of the art are both equally important and the two are, in fact, inseparable. As I discover and create the poem I am simultaneously helping the patient to (re)discover something amazing about themselves and, potentially, about the legacy of art – which is able to signify a life as other , a presence in time and space not restricted to a medical history or a curriculum vitae.

The writer Virginia Woolf talks about life being in the luminous halo of a journey. Keats advocates negative capability – to be at peace with uncertainties, mysteries and doubts. Coleridge asks for a willing suspension of disbelief to be able enjoy art. Ted Hughes speaks of the momentary as the vital signature of a human being. James Joyce finds wonder in the everyday and ordinary. My particular inspiration from talking to hospice patients has been to capture the sudden lightning flashes of significance that celebrate life. The numinous connection is to dwell, to practice being with patients among the mysterious flickerings when meaning and understanding prove inadequate.

End of life care services have formed an approach to good death. I simply argue for poetry, and other creative activity, to be fully included. I have produced a 1,500 word Guidance Framework for Poets in End of Life Care and the following is an extract.

A poem may take a single phrase or idea or a topic discussed. It may be a longer linear narrative of a life, or a particular experience in work or war or a childhood tale.

A poem may form a series of snapshots or an abstract reflection of a story. It may contain no direct personal reference and yet capture an individual s lifelong passion for place or hobby. You may write as to accompany a patient s own art, a picture or piece of craft work. A simple guide is to allow yourself, through conversation, to be inspired by the patient. Explain this to the patient the first time you meet them and why you have a pad and pen and will scribble notes as they speak. Every day in the hospice I learn many things new a word, a story, a piece of history, a way of seeing something and I thank the patient every time. Such things are inspiration, occurrences which themselves declare something needs to be written about this . The poem is not an evaluation or a narrative or biography. It is not a eulogy. It is art.

Poetry can be in the smallest thoughts, the remembered flickerings represented by the three-line Haiku-type poems. I ll finish this blog with a number of longer poems for you to dwell upon not explained or elaborated upon. Like patients, they just are; they may have been read at funerals, framed or placed in a memory box, but poems are also being with .

Some places you never really leave.
Part of me still sits on the terrace or strolls
the edge of Jakobs Dam. The pure air is insistent.
A union in a needle-leaved, boreal landscape.

This silence remains. I am never sure if my
ears or my eyes hear the easy soaring of
the eagles wings. There are no songs.

I am enchanted and you are with me.
We gaze to the southwest horizons, to
Skrim and Telemark, sanctioned by the wilds of
tree and snow. Those far granite hands fix and
crack the sky, cradle the cloud and the mist.

I am enchanted and you are with me. Here.
We never needed to talk about returning.

Phil Isherwood 2014

My granddad taught me
to build a bike, to make each
wheel run true and then
set out, enjoy the ride.

I travelled, I built, I worked
it out. A lot of trial and error.
Study it. Tackle anything.
That s the way of an engineer.

Lights and sounds and electronics.
Leaf springs and shock absorbers.
Memories in models; the best
you can buy are Tamiya. Spot on.

A trans-continental Road Train.
A Globe Liner. A Wrecker Truck.
HMS Matabele and a Supply Vessel,
both built, balanced, but yet to sail.

There was a real Zephyr Mk. 2
that I left in Australia with a note.
The keys are inside, yours to take
if you want it. I was going home.

Phil Isherwood 2014

Another evening
in the silence of a place
becoming something new.

Unformed histories, a
murmuration, seconds of
existence, insequent,innumerate.
A chaos to hold the signature of art
then let it go.

The silence of a place
that is devoid of fear. Everything
settles amongst the reeds.

Phil Isherwood 2014

More

Hear Phil reading the poems above, plus one not published here: listen now

Dover Park Hospice Flower Power Ball 2014 @ Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore #hospice

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Events

Dover Park Hospice Flower Power Ball 2014

Dover Park Hospice Flower Power Ball 2014

Dover Park Hospice Flower Power Ball 2014

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Dover Park Hospice (DPH) raised over S$900,000 at its Flower Power Ball 2014 held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, an amount that will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government with a grant under its Community Silver Trust.

There were many prominent society figures at the event, including guest of honour and President of Singapore Tony Tan ; DPH CEO Stella Wee and Chairman Lionel Lee ; June Rin and Joy Tan . co-chairs of the DPH fundraising committee; as well as Miranda Walsh . emcee for the evening.

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Golden Moments: The Solid Gold show – Sunflower Gala Ball 2015Nov 11, 2015 / Shangri-La Hotel

Best of BallsAug 27, 2015 / Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Marina Mandarin Singapore, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Sweep & Swing: British Association Strictly Come Dancing BallAug 18, 2015 / Fullerton Hotel Singapore

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