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segunda-feira, 2 de maio de 2011

Royal couple had their first dance in Elton John song

Royal couple had their first dance in Elton John song - - a favorite of late Princess Diana

By Floyd Allen | May 2, 2011 3:26 PM EST
Out of 1900 guests invited at the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, around 300 guests have joined the first Royal couple at the post-wedding party.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had reportedly had their first dance to Elton John song’, “Your Song”, a favorite song of the late Princess Diana. The song was played in a live performance by British pop starlet, Ellie Goulding.
Noting a report by the News of the World, the Agence France Presse said however, that the couple had just been on the dance floor for thirty seconds when he requested the DJ to play a faster-paced song.
The younger guests had reportedly partied until 3:00 a.m. and enjoyed the night with champagne and Mojito cocktails. The invited guests were described ‘letting their hair down’ as the party began after the older guests had left. They even serenaded the newlywed Royal couple with the Beatles chorus, singing "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah" .
The song by Kings of Leon, “Sex on Fire” was said to be the final song at the post-wedding party. But before the guests had said their goodbyes, the AFP said that Prince Harry took the microphone and requested the guests to ‘please respect the family and those upstairs when you leave, and don’t wake up the neighbors’.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were believed to have left for their honeymoon in an undisclosed destination the morning after the raucous party.

Celebrities who don't use air conditioning

The amount of energy consumed to cool a house is staggering; some people choose alternative methods.

Elton John invested in geo-thermal cooling to avoid the A/C. (Photo: Globe Photos) SIR ELTON JOHN: Invested in geo-thermal cooling to avoid the A/C. (Photo: Globe Photos)
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Air conditioning has become standard for the vast majority of homes and businesses in recent years. In fact, roughly 5 percent of energy use in the United States is used to fuel air conditioning. To combat this impressive statistic, some celebrities who use their fame for the promotion of environmental or “green” issues either do without air conditioning or use newer technologies instead.
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), in a recent interview with Mother Nature Network, said that he and girlfriend Jennifer Westfelt ("Kissing Jessica Stein") were trying to decrease their impact on the planet. “We don’t use a lot of air conditioning. We open windows,” said Hamm. Hamm added that their bill for air conditioning was “getting smaller every day.”

Melora Harden ("The Office") said in an interview with Lifescript that she was looking into alternatives to air conditioning that are more eco-friendly.

Sir Elton John, following suit after the Queen of England, has invested in geo-thermal cooling systems to break away from the A/C habit.
You may ask, “Why should I care if these people want to sweat it out?” While celebrities generally have more than enough money to luxuriate in perfectly cooled settings, some choose otherwise for the sake of the planet and their health, and many people find this inspiring.
While efforts to improve upon the safety of air conditioning have grown in recent years, there are still significant environmental and health-related issues related to its use.
For starters, global warming
There are very few of us who haven’t heard of global warming. Whether you believe it exists or not, it’s fair to assume that the annual release of 140 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from air conditioning alone is bound to have an impact. Air conditioning runs on electricity, and most electricity is generated by burning coal, which releases greenhouse gases and creates acid rain. Coal is also often harvested in less than ecologically sound ways. I have a vivid memory of seeing strip mines in upstate Pennsylvania as a child. Even at the age of 9, I realized how devastating strip mining was for the environment.
In addition to the pollutants created by the burning of coal for electricity, air conditioners, whether during manufacture or use, still emit chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). CFCs may take a long time to get to the stratosphere, but the end result is the thinning of our ozone layer. A thinner ozone layer leads to higher UVB levels, which in turn leads to more skin cancer, cataracts and impairments to our immune systems.
If you are getting rid of an air conditioner for whatever reason, be sure to check with your local authorities regarding how to properly dispose of the unit. Also, if your home or car air conditioner needs repairs, make sure to hire a technician who has been certified by the EPA. The EPA has programs regarding proper recovery of the refrigerant used in air conditioning.
Other health problems related to the use of air conditioning
Though it might seem like a great relief on a really hot day to immerse yourself in air conditioning, unfortunately, you may be damaging your health. Artificially changing the temperature in your environment is confusing to your body. Our bodies have evolved to synchronize to the temperatures of the season.
Plus, air conditioning has an irritating and drying effect on the eyes, nose and throat. Many people experience swollen sinuses, allergies, dry eyes, sore throats and other discomfort when they are in air-conditioned areas. Bacteria and mold can be easily and continuously dispersed by the recycled air, leading to lowered resistance to infections, as well as illnesses such as Legionnaires’ disease, asthma and allergies.
If you do use air conditioning, it is critical that you clean the filters at least once a month.
Simply put: Microorganisms that inevitably are contained in air conditioners have a direct and sometimes severe effect on your immune system and your ability to breathe.
Skipping A/C saves money
In a 2008 Time Magazine article, Lee Shipper of the University of California, Berkley estimated the cost of air conditioning usage to be 20 cents per kilowatt hour. He also estimated a savings of four percent for every degree you push up the thermostat.
You can lower your costs by using fans and ceiling fans, opening windows and creating cross-currents to cool your home. Also, use heat-producing appliances such as dryers during cooler times of the day and close your shades during the hottest part of the day.
Eco-friendly alternatives
An excellent alternative to air conditioning is becoming more affordable – geothermal cooling systems. I became familiar with geothermal systems when the board of a local library decided to go that route with a new building it was having constructed. Geothermal systems can either heat or cool and are powered by the heat stored in the earth. Geothermal systems aren’t new. The Romans used geothermal systems (albeit less sophisticated ones than today’s) to heat their homes thousands of years ago.
Currently, if you decide to buy a geothermal system, you can also apply for tax credits that make your investment even more economical.
So, you too can be like some of your favorite celebs and have a healthier life and environment by turning off the A/C.
The Loft is moving to channel 30 on both Sirius and XM on May 4th!
Fans of Bernie Taupin’s American Roots Radio show should note that, effective May 4th 2011, The Loft - currently found at Sirius 29/ XM 50 - will be moving to channel 30 on both Sirius and XM. You’ll continue to be able to hear Bernie’s show there every Saturday Night, 10PM Eastern, 7PM Pacific, with encore airings every Thursday at Midnight Eastern, 9 PM Pacific.


Blunt gets advice from Elton John

London, April 30 (IANS) Singer James Blunt says his musical hero Sir Elton John is always ‘really nice’ when he goes to him for advice.
The ‘You’re Beautiful’ hitmaker is pleased that he is able to consult the legendary singer whenever he has a problem, reports
‘My musical hero is probably Elton John. He owns the management firm I’m with and when I’ve needed advice, he’s always been there at the end of the phone. He’s a really, really nice human being,’ he said.

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