Discover Ireland’s Grand Canal on a Barge Cruise

Discover Ireland’s Grand Canal on a Barge Cruise

For your next holiday, take a barge cruise down the Grand Canal and travel from Dublin to Shannon to discover all Ireland has to offer. You can admire the gorgeous green countryside and delightful little cottages that line the waterway, while diving into its interesting and intricate history as a commercial route which allowed the surrounding towns to prosper.
Length and Route

 

The Grand Canal in Ireland extends for 117 kilometres. Passing through Leinster, it flows from Ringsend in Dublin to the Shannon Harbour in County Offaly. This is the main route, built to connect the capital city with the country’s midlands. The waterway does also have another run that spreads from Lowtown in Couty Kildare to the River Barrow in Athy. There are also various branches that link up with four other towns, though it’s worth mentioning that your barge cruise will probably stick to the main route.

Along the way, you can enjoy beautiful views of Irish towns and villages with their charming little cottages, while admiring the many bridges that arch over the smooth water. The fauna and flora also remain untouched, with grassy towpaths and side roads lining the waterway and adding to the iconic Irish countryside feel.

History of the Grand Canal

Though the canal was closed to commercial traffic in the mid-twentieth century, it has since been restored to its former glory and regularly welcomes a variety of boats and barge cruises. It still features the original 43 locks, five of which are, from an engineering point of view, particularly interesting as they are double locks. Back in the day, these would have allowed the traffic to move faster as two boats can pass at once and there’s more chance of reaching a lock that’s in your favour. The lock-keepers’ cottages have also been refurbished to celebrate the history of this canal…

Relationship with The Guinness Factory

…And what a history it is! The Grand Canal played a crucial role in the creation and development of the Guinness factory. In 1759, two years after the construction of the canal began, Arthur Guinness founded his famous brewery. Thanks to the waterway, he could transport heavy loads of the raw materials he needed far more cheaply and effectively than by road. It was also an ideal way of exporting his finished product. When you pass through the eighth lock on a barge cruise, keep your eyes peeled for the Guinness filter beds which are still used by Arthur’s company today.

Impact of the Famine

In the first half of the nineteenth century, Ireland’s economy began to fail. As people lost their jobs, the Commission for Public Works set them to work on creating the canal. This was a successful scheme until the potato crops failed and the Great Famine broke out. Work had to be halted as labour became scarce. Eventually, trade and commerce on the canal declined, particularly as the construction of the railroads had just started.

By the 1980s, the Grand Canal had become something of a dumping ground. Thankfully, in 1986 it received a funding injection that sought to rejuvenate the canal and restore it to its former glory. Today boat traffic from barge cruises has increased and thousands are able to enjoy this historic waterway.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge cruise itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Tumescent Male Organ in the morning: What Morning Wood Tells A Man

Tumescent Male Organ in the morning: What Morning Wood Tells A Man

Ah, morning wood – often the first friend that a man sees when he wakes up in the morning. The tumescent male organ that greets so many men early in the day is so familiar that most of us take it for granted. A man hardly thinks about it (though sometimes he sometimes gives some pulls when he has time), but that morning, timber can tell a lot about his sickness health – and even about his overall health as well. Tumescent Male Organ in the morning: What Morning Wood Tells A Man

Why does the male organ tumescent in the morning?

So waking up with tumescent male organs is common – but why should it? What’s wrong with the sleep that caused the morning wood? To understand that, it is first necessary to understand the whole process of tumescence. Tumescent Male Organ in the morning: What Morning Wood Tells A Man

Process

Obviously, male members become assertive in order to facilitate sensual activity. Without difficulty, coupling, oral sensual activity, pleasure or other forms of sensual involvement are impossible.

Most of the time, tumescence occurs as a result of passion. That means, one receives some form of sensory input – a pheromone, a visual that creates a sensual attraction, manual organ stimulation, etc. – which the brain interprets as pleasure. It responds by telling the body to release chemicals that cause maturity to become enlarged with blood. The power of sensory input (and member health function) will determine how strong the members are and how long the firm remains firm.

For hours, a man feels strong when he or she sees someone in striking clothes or hears someone speak in an exciting voice. But they may also get violence for no apparent reason. Often this is caused by the spinal cord that releases chemicals that produce reactions at random intervals. Tumescent Male Organ in the morning: What Morning Wood Tells A Man

Morning

So why would a man wake up tumescent? Because during sleep, a person goes through several cycles of what is called REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM sleep. During the REM sleep phase, the brain is likely to release the chemicals responsible for arousal. And most of the time when a man wakes up, he comes out of the REM phase – and is therefore more likely to exercise a little bit of morning wood.

In some cases, a man may awaken violently because he has the need to urinate and a sleeping body responds by forming a heel, which makes it unlikely that the man will urinate during sleep. Tumescent Male Organ in the morning: What Morning Wood Tells A Man

Health indicators

This is generally a good sign to wake up with a tumescent male organ. This is clearly a sign that everything works well, that the member is able to achieve firmness and that there is no reason to assume serious tissue damage or other men’s health problems. And by increasing the flow of oxygen into adulthood (through increased blood flow), nocturnal and morning reactions help maintain that health.

What about a man who does not wake up regularly with a tumek? This may be a sign of dysfunction and / or low male hormone levels. It may also indicate some other health problems. For example, a lack of regular firmness may indicate some heart pressure or blood pressure problems. Diabetes can also affect tumescence activity, as does depression (even during sleep). So, a man who does not find himself with morning wood on a regular basis may want to see a doctor for other worries.

The tumescent male organs, whether in the form of morning wood or not, benefit from the regular application of first-rate male health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven to be mild and safe for the skin). Overly aggressive treatment may cause reduced sensitivity of maturity, which can be assisted by creme with acetyl acetyl L neuroprotective carnitine. And the creme with vitamin C can help blood flow to the right male members and requires the production of collagen. Keeping human organs healthy remains minimal investment of time and attention. Tumescent Male Organ in the morning: What Morning Wood Tells A Man

Good-Looking Male Organ Study: Health Matters Most

Good-Looking Male Organ Study: Health Matters Most

In July of 2015, headlines abounded concerning a study that, according to some writers, answers the question of what a “good-looking male organ” looks like. The notion that there is an ideal male apperance is problematic for a number of reasons, including the fact that it objectifies men and causes undue distress for them. Sensual health can suffer from anxieties around the manhood, and it’s important for men to address those issues.
Still, there are some interesting results from the study in question, and they are worth noting. Good-Looking Male Organ Study: Health Matters Most

Some facts

The study consisted of only 105 women between the ages of 16 and 45. The women’s review of 20 male organs, and researchers.

One-hundred-five is a small sample size, so this study can hardly be said to offer anything conclusive in the way of “what women find attractive.” However, the results do make a bit of sense.

The point of the study was to gather some evidence concerning whether one’s assessment of whether a man’s body was washed by the shape of the meatus, the opening of the urethra. Ten of the male organs photographed had received surgery to reposition the meatus, which was congenitally mal-positioned behind the manhood head. The surgically repositioned meatuses were shaped differently than the others.

Results

Study after study finds that the women are still the size, but still do not get it. For them, it’s often a bit of an obsession and a significant source of distress. This study found male organ length to rank male organs.

The following ranking resulted from the study:

1) General cosmetic appearance

2) Appearance of groy hair

3) Girth / appearance of skin (tied)

4) Shape of male organ head

5) Length

6) Appearance of sack

7) Shape and position of meatus

The first factor, “general cosmetic apperance,” is too vague to really say much about, but it’s not that tidiness and skin condition are list-toppers, as much as or more so than any anatomical feature. Though the study certainly has its limits, it does reinforce the importance of cleanliness and attention to detail, which are things any man can work on (unlike the size and shape).

Finally, men who receive corrective surgery on the meatus need not feel self-conscious about how their members look, the study suggests. And that makes sense – a well-kept male organ is a beautiful thing, squinty meatus or not. Good-Looking Male Organ Study: Health Matters Most

What guys can do

While getting all hung up on how the male organ is not healthy, there is nothing wrong with it. Trimming the hair is totally a matter of personal preference, but sweat-prone guys benefit from taming the shrub, keeping the area cooler and preventing bacteria buildup that can lead to odors. Keeping the hair tidy can also cut down on instances of jock itch, a nasty fungal infection that causes an itchy rash in the region.

Another crucial factor ought to pay attention to is skin condition. Smooth, vibrant skin is delightful to the eye and to the touch. More importantly, healthy skin is less prone to infection, as cracks in dry skin can provide harboring grounds for viruses, fungi and bacteria.

Keeping the skin in peak condition is made possible by using a male health crème organ (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil). Natural moisturizers like Shea butter and vitamin E join forces to hydrate the skin, getting rid of any dryness or flakiness that may be affecting the manhood. Using a lotion made specifically for the male organ will ensure that the men’s attention to detail is likely to be noticed and appreciated by his lover. Good-Looking Male Organ Study: Health Matters Most

This restaurant invites you in by displaying its kitchen!

This restaurant invites you in by displaying its kitchen!

Concrete brings us a brand new Japanese watering hole and dining experience at Izakaya in Hotel Roomers, Munich.
Hotel Roomers in Munich stands out for its Japanese restaurant, Izakaya in an incredibly unique way. The restaurant announces its presence via its show kitchen visible through the glass facade of the porte-cochere. This kitchen block continues inside the lobby as a jewellery case covered in gold mirror – also the restaurant’s main entrance!

 

Black and gold dominate the colour palette here with a contrasting feature of light wooden lamellas along the ceiling and wall. Gold cladding uplifts the space especially through the backlit bar top, with a warm yellow marble finish that makes every drink sparkle. While the bar is a highlight element, one cannot miss the show-stopper i.e. the oversized wooden Koi-carp lamp. Typically Japanese, this lamp would’ve probably overpowered the design had it not been so dynamic!

Seating zones are created by introducing silk-printed rotating panels that are also black mirrors and level changers. The rotating panels serve many purposes: they can either connect or separate the space depending on the angle of rotation. While on one side, a Japanese-inspired artwork on silkscreen by artist Gijs Scholten anoints it; the other side is clad with a black mirror with different settings. In the early evening, the whole space can appear as one; while during the after-hours, the bar can be cordoned off to establish a darker and cosy mood that lasts deep into the night. This element helps the space adapt to its clients allowing for a truly transformable experience.

First wooden free-form houses Museum of Bread!

First wooden free-form houses Museum of Bread!

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU designed PANEUM – Wunderkammer des Brotes is the first wooden building in free form!
Meticulously planned, this customer information centre and event forum for the company Backaldrin in Asten, Austria, is an iconic structure comprising two elements: a box-shaped plinth building with foyer and event rooms that can be used for a variety of presentations, receptions or workshops for up to 120 visitors and the Wunderkammer des Brotes (Museum of Bread), a two-storey freeform exhibition area floating on top. The square base building shows a cast-in-place concrete façade while the rounded wood structure of the museum is clad with stainless steel shingles.

 

A centrally chiselled circular atrium is at once the cynosure of all eyes as it is flanked by a robust spiral staircase that invites visitors to pause awhile and take in the exhibited items from various perspectives. The stair provides access to the two exhibition levels, where the objects are displayed with the help of walls, tables, and cabinets that are integrated into the architecture. It further allows for striking vertical displays that take on a chandelier-like appearance, adding on to the visual appeal of the commanding building. The raw aesthetic of the interior is augmented by its self-supporting wood shell with its layers of cross-laminated timber and the natural light that filters in from above the atrium. This method of construction enables the realization of the free form and the high degree of prefabrication with 3D CNC technology that is precision-driven and cuts valuable construction time. It is a step into the future of construction; as Design Principal, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Wolf D. Prix says, “3D plotting, 3D milling and building with robots – that is the future of building.”

Cruising the Waterways: Spontaneous Moments and Cultural Experiences

Cruising the Waterways: Spontaneous Moments and Cultural Experiences

For the uninitiated, the idea of a barge holiday may seem like an odd way to see a country. However, ask anyone who has travelled the waterways of Europe and they will explain with gusto the beauty of cruising through foreign landscapes, tasting gourmet food and wine and learning about local culture and customs.
A barge holiday offers an intimate and immersive way to explore a new place. Not only will you get a novel perspective of the landscape from your position on the water, you will gain inimitable insights from experiences catered to your own tastes and interests.

 

Spontaneous Moments

Though a barge holiday with European Waterways is always meticulously planned, the gentle rhythm of travel allows plenty of time to become acquainted with some of the more unusual aspects of a country or region. Of course, we enjoy showing guests iconic architecture and famous landmarks, we know that they equally appreciate unplanned, authentic moments where they can truly connect to people and places.

This is what we call an ‘insider experience’: an experience possibly unique to the small group of people travelling on your hotel barge creating a memory you will cherish forever.

We love spontaneous moments in which our guests can form relationships with people they meet along the journey. For example, one memorable afternoon our guests were treated to a private tour of a Burgundian lock-keeper’s immaculate garden and cottage before being asked to share a glass of Pastis. They bravely joined him in a game of boules and though our guests played valiantly they were thoroughly beaten by the locals! In the past, our holiday-makers have received a tour of the beautifully tended grounds of a Scottish castle and given a knowledgeable talk by the head gardener.

As many of our guests are wine connoisseurs, we often seek out interesting wine-related adventures. One fortunate group were shown round a beautiful Renaissance castle by the owner himself. The count then took his fascinated visitors down into his excellent wine cellar – we were all very envious! There is also a certain wooden boat on the River Loire well-known to our guests. The hospitable owner is very happy to share a carafe of crisp white wine with his passengers.

Cultural Experiences

We try and lead our guests away from the typical tourist haunts and introduce them to locals whenever possible. From master clockmakers in Holland to builders in a Thames-side boatyard, these craftsmen always have stories to tell and are a fantastic way to tap into the rich history of the waterways. We encourage an appreciation of traditional values and skills – whether the job is the manoeuvring of delicate cogwheels or the creation of an entire vessel, you’ll be impressed! Meeting and learning from locals is one of the best ways to gain a comprehensive cultural knowledge of a region that a guide book just couldn’t deliver.

If you crave a real understanding of the places you visit then maybe a barge holiday is just what you’re looking for.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holiday itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

What Are Required To Be The Price For Allergic Tank Pumping

What Are Required To Be The Price For Allergic Tank Pumping

Pumping of this septic Tanks in routine periods is quite very important. Upkeep of the cleanliness of these is vitally crucial as it’s found inside of our home border and turns into a region of the cleanliness. But, it’s necessary to become careful of the fee of pumping out from ahead.
A Fair Notion On Your Cost Of Allergic Tank Pumping

 

What Are Required To Be The Price For Allergic Tank Pumping
Generally, the cost Of pumping septic tank ranges in between £ 125 and $250. Clearly, there are particular elements which can be accountable for this a version within the purchase price. And also the motives are the Following:

· In the event the septic tank cleanup team finds it difficult to find usage of septic tank cap, that they are going to absolutely bill further. But in the event that it’s possible to identify it to these — you might spare.

· Septic tanks have been put under the floor. And even in the event you haven’t mounted septic tank risers, they might need to dig out a pit into your septic tank lid and which is going to control longer.

· Maybe not just the septic tank cap, are a number of these maybe not really attentive to the positioning of this tank at the very first location. The pumping team is going to accomplish this for you personally but bill a fee longer than usual.

Generally, all these really are The scenarios by that they will definitely control further. However, there may be additional chances at the same time such as for example fixing some other minor or significant problem associated with pumping.

The best way To Decrease the Cost On Pumping?

If You Would like to spare A few lbs, however, there are means that you are able to actually conserve investment property about pumping plus so they truly are as follows:

· Track down your septic tank out of ahead.

· Put in a septic tank riser.

· Acquire the tank cleaned in regular periods to prevent clogs and over-filling.

All these Are a Few of those Basic matters which you may certainly do as a way to cut down price tag. What Are Required To Be The Price For Allergic Tank Pumping

Men’s Organic Smell Tips for Gym Enthusiasts

Men’s Organic Smell Tips for Gym Enthusiasts

Go to the gym? People who take extra steps to maintain their body shape should be praised. With increasing obesity, it is more important for someone to work a little harder to stay healthy and healthy. But one problem facing gym enthusiasts is related to the odor of a male organ – and that is one of the members’ health issues that everyone wants to bite bud whenever possible. Men’s Organic Smell Tips for Gym Enthusiasts

Causes of male organ odor

For many women, male organ odor is the number one complaint they have about their men – and it is often the number one reason they refuse to perform oral sensual activity in men. Some women tend to feel disgusted by it, assuming that it means the man does not know how to practice basic hygiene. What they do not realize is the smell of male organs can happen even when men bathe every day.

Body odor tends to occur due to bacterial growth, and bacteria like to grow and thrive in warm, humid and dark areas. Sounds familiar That’s the exact description of most groin men. Tucked under two layers of clothing (except a man walking command or walking around freely), creating a dark and hot situation. And the heat creates a sweat that provides moisture components.

Add a strong workout and the potential for heat and sweat to skyrocket even more. Then try hanging out in the steam changing room, and it’s amazing that a man’s maturity is not filled with bacteria when he leaves the joint. Men’s Organic Smell Tips for Gym Enthusiasts

What to do

So the bacteria and odor of the resulting male organ will be a struggle. What can a man do to help win the battle against the odor of a male organ?

– Wash more. Most men tend to take a bath after exercising with sweating – but also give at least a thorough sponge bath on male equipment before starting the exercise as well. Also, some men choose to leave the gym directly after exercising and bathing when they get home. They must try to avoid it; Travel time allows the bacteria to sink and settle, making it difficult to achieve. Taking a bath in the gym is usually a better option.

– Change clothes afterwards. Thankfully, most men already know better than bathing and then go back to their sweat pants and / or pants they wore before. But for those who do not know this, start changing the clothes directly.

– Make sure the clothes are clean. It is very common for a man to change his street clothes into a sportswear and then return to the street clothes he is wearing. But the outfit might have collected sweat along the way; better change clean fresh clothes – at least in panties and clean underwear.

– Use fresh towels. Never use another dude towel. Bring one from home or use a towel from the gym. Towels that have been used by others may contain bacteria. Men’s Organic Smell Tips for Gym Enthusiasts

– Immediately apply the appropriate crème. Gym enthusiasts can help avoid the odor of male organs by regularly applying quality health maturity creme (health experts recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven to be mild and safe for the skin) especially after members have been washed and dried properly. For the purpose of male organ odor, crème should contain vitamin A. This vitamin is respected for its potent anti-bacterial properties; Topically applied in the form of crème, he hunts and eliminates many bad bacteria that make bad smell. For extra help, make sure that crème also contains vitamin D, dubbed the “miracle vitamin.” Vitamin D is important to overcome the disease and support healthy cell function, keeping maturity in better condition to fight off the odor-causing bacteria. Men’s Organic Smell Tips for Gym Enthusiasts

Commitment in the New Year, Not Difficult To Achieve Simple Rules

Commitment in the New Year, Not Difficult To Achieve Simple Rules

If one of your resolutions for the New Year is finding, or improving, the relationship you can make, it’s probably easier than you think. Commitment in the new year, or at any time, is not too difficult to achieve but you must follow some simple rules if you want to succeed.
Commitment in the new year will arrive at one fundamental point: are you absolutely sure that you want to make a commitment with a particular person?

Obviously, I know. But do you know how many people really ignore this simple rule? So many people think they want to be in a committed relationship, but in many cases it’s not about them and what they want, it’s more about what they think they should do. Commitment in the New Year, Not Difficult To Achieve Simple Rules

For example, when we arrive at a certain age we are under pressure to “settle down”. Pressures can sometimes come from our parents, our friends and even the public.

It is easy to confuse the pressure with our own wants and needs. Often people will lie to themselves and convince themselves that yes, they really want to be calm when in fact they do not want to but they feel guilty and feel doing something wrong.

When you do something, quite a lot of things, just because you think you should, even if you do not really want it, you just make yourself fail.

Before you begin down the path of “commitment”, stop and take a deep breath and make sure it’s really what you want to do. Commitment in the New Year, Not Difficult To Achieve Simple Rules

While compromise is an essential ingredient for any successful relationship, whether romantic or not, it is not something that needs to be compromised.

If you really are not where you want to be in a committed relationship but you follow it because that’s what your spouse wants or you feel pressured to do, you will fail.

A committed relationship can be a challenge in the best of times and if it is something you do not even want, it will be much harder to keep that promise and truly committed to that relationship. Commitment in the New Year, Not Difficult To Achieve Simple Rules

Another thing to keep in mind is that too many people will tell you that “relationships need work” or “relationships are difficult”. How many times have you heard from someone?

Well, I think it’s wrong. I have been in good and bad relationships and I can tell you that when you are in a good relationship, there really is no job at all. There is little need for compromise because both of you will see many things.

If you need a compromise, it’s a real compromise where you both give a little. Not what people call compromise is when only one person does the giving and the other does most of the taking.

Make sure before you promise to bring the relationship to the next level that you really are in a relationship with the best person for you.

Increasing your commitment in the new year can help you and your spouse discover true happiness and deepen the bond between you. Do not go in there blindly or you may really regret it with time.

Body Organ Myth Loss – Getting Straight Facts

Body Organ Myth Loss – Getting Straight Facts

A man with a whole man’s organ in the U.S. get a raw deal in many ways, at least when it comes to the general conception of what he develops. There are many great things about having a foreskin, but cultural myths have influenced opinions about cleanliness and aesthetic penises that give bad rap cover. But as long as the man is practicing regular organ grooming, his tool may not only be healthy, but pretty enough to be seen, foreskin and all. Getting to that realization needs to eliminate misunderstandings that cause a person to assume his original skin is unsightly or unclean. Body Organ Myth Loss – Getting Straight Facts
Myth # 1: Smegma is dirty.

While it is true that smegma, a white substance that forms under the foreskin, can trap bacteria and cause odors and infections, the situation is easily handled. A man generally just needs to pull the envelope in the bathroom and gently wipe the stuff with his wet finger. Men who produce a lot of smegma can take advantage of wiping it several times a day outside the shower as well.

Myth # 2: Most guys are cut off.

While this is true in the U.S. – about 75% of American men are cut – the world is different. Only a third of all the world is cut off.

Myth # 3: Women hate the foreskin.

Female preference can not be generalized in this way. It is true that some women support the negative view of the foreskin, but this may be due to the same misconception that causes people to frown on the skin layer. Some women really enjoy it – the process of extracting the foreskin by hand or lips can be a thrilling extra step, like a seductive strip for male organ heads!

Myth # 4: There are obvious health benefits of surgery.

In fact, major health organizations disagree as to whether there are enough operational benefits to recommend it. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urges to support cutting practices; However, the American Academy of Pediatrics disagrees.

Myth # 5: Preparing is ugly.

Says who? It is important to understand that the conception of beauty does not form in a vacuum. The culture and images we usually see (assume: adult videos) affect how we perceive things. It can certainly be a difficult influence to fight, but it’s possible. No need to compare yourself with men in adult videos. Think about prepuce for what it is: skin. What is bad about the skin?

Myth # 6: There is no benefit for the foreskin.

Prepuce provides natural lubrication to the male organs, which can be an advantage when enjoying self-pleasures or engaging in partner activity. In addition, sliding it overhead while playing solo can give you extra enjoyment. Several studies have shown that the prepuce can improve head sensitivity by protecting it from constant friction, but there are also reverse studies. Likewise, some researchers consider smegma to contain antibacterial properties, while others disagree. Body Organ Myth Loss – Getting Straight Facts

Men with foreskin have no shame. Because growing a positive body image and confidence is important for mental and sensual health, it benefits a person to eliminate misunderstandings about his body and appreciate what he has.

A man can show his personal organ esteem by not only washing it regularly, but using a male organ health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) as part of his daily routine. Applying this product after a bath can help overcome the dry skin problems and / or the unpleasant odors that some men experience. Vitamin A is a great ingredient to try, because it has anti-bacterial properties that can help fight off infections and odors. Shea butter and vitamin E are also important, because it is a soft natural moisturizer. Thinking about the gift of someone is good, but actually treating it well is the best. Body Organ Myth Loss – Getting Straight Facts