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Elephant Polo

Love adventures in the South East Asia? Elephant Polo is an interesting challenge and is an alternative that maintains a British style. This sport has always punched above its weight and is fondly known as the biggest sport in the world!

The game is played by four players on each team on a marked pitch of 100 metres by 70 metres, using a standard size polo ball. Two people ride each elephant; the elephants are steered by people called mahouts, while the players tell the mahout which way to go and hit the ball. Elephant polo is divided into two 7-minute “chukkas,” or halves, of playing time with an interval of 15 minutes. The complete ball must travel over the side line or back line, to be out, and completely across the goal line to be a goal.

The modern game originated in the Nepali village of Meghauli. Tiger Tops in Nepal remains the headquarters of elephant polo and the site of the World Elephant Polo Championships organised by the World Elephant Polo Association.Thailand hosts another event, the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, first launched by Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa in 2001. In 2006, the tournament moved to the Golden Triangle, another resort.

The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation is a 250-acre camp near the city of Chiang Rai, jointly run by the Four Seasons and Anantara Hotels. The camp provides a sanctuary for 30 former street elephants—domesticated animals once dragged around city street areas by mahout beggars. Elephants are a key symbol of Thailand’s history, and nothing but utmost respect is given to the pachyderms.

By | January 16th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Be a Business Networking Wizard

Wired.co.uk has recently published an article on business networking. Due to the Internet’s ability to connect people from all over the world, over recent years, business networking websites have grown. The biggest is LinkedIn, which has more than 100 million users, but it is not the only one. Here you can find another four useful business networking apps.

LinkOut is an app to turn virtual meetings into real-world ones using *LinkedIn*’s API. You register your networking goals, along with times and days when you are free; then, LinkedOut searches for calendars and LinkedIn networks and matches the right people at the right time.

Sonar is an iPhone app which tells you which of your contacts on Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin are in a certain place. This way if you are at a party or a conference you will be able to quickly and easily find who you want. Your connections don’t have to be using Sonar, but they do need to check in with either Foursquare or Facebook places.

The CrowdedRoom app helps you understand how you are connected to people near you. It is similar to Sonar, but it finds people with common interests by retrieving data from Facebook profiles. Another interesting feature is the “might go” status, meaning that a person can express their intentions to go to a particular party/venue so that others already there can persuade them to come.

Ndoorse is an exclusive professional network that you can only join if you have received a recommendation. It organises offline networking events for its members, a select group of business networkers and headhunters.

By | January 16th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Make 2012 Last Longer

Have you ever had the feeling that time is speeding up, as if every year is shorter than the previous one? That’s completely normal, according to Steve Taylor, a lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University and a researcher in transpersonal psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. He wrote a book called Making Time: Why Time Seems to Pass at Different Speeds and How to Control It. In an article in Psychology Today, he talks about the reasons why time seems to speed up and suggests what we can do to slow it down.

Time passes slower for children because everything is new for them, so they learn things and experience things very intensely. As we grow older, we become more familiar to the world and take in fewer impressions, which makes time pass more quickly. Steve Taylor thinks that unfamiliarity slows down time and what we need is new adventurous experiences. He did a survey of returning travellers at Manchester airport. He asked them whether they felt time had gone quickly or slowly during their holiday: people who went on adventurous holidays to unfamiliar places – for example, trekking around India or a three week tour in Peru – felt that they had been away for a long time, whereas those returning from tourist complex holidays felt that time had gone quickly.

Two other suggestions to slow down time are making an effort to live in the present and not rush. Looking at the environment around us and enjoying the taste of food while eating are ways of having more intense feelings. Taking time off and stopping to live in the future and the past are strategies to reduce pressure and make your time last longer.

By | January 13th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments
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