Become the Most Sought After Plasterer With These Amazing Tips

Any building can have a number of brick in it and a large quantity of cement being used for it, but it becomes habitable and ready for use only after it has been plastered. Plastering jobs give the architectural piece its beauty and finish. So, plastering is of a great significance in the area of construction. As this aspect of construction is very critical for the success of any building, the plasterers are in great demand. Here are the following tips which would help you know how to plaster and how to improve your plastering skills:

Any plasterer is aware of the fact that plaster does not adhere to any kind of surface. In order to make the plaster stick to the surface, first, you must ensure that the surface is ready to be plastered.

In order to be successful in this job, you must make sure that the surface to be plastered is clean. Take time to remove every bit of existing plaster or any dust or wallpaper as the case may be.

A professional would always check the porosity of the wall surface before starting the plastering. A porous wall surface may make the plaster dry up too fast.

If the wall surface is too porous, spray the surface with running water until the water runs down.

The very first lesson of how to plaster is to know that you have to mix plaster to water and never water to plaster.

The consistency should be that of a melted ice cream. So, take half of water and half of plaster. Pour plaster over the water in a heap and then start mixing with a wooden ladle slowing in order to make it lump free.

This job demands an error-free plastering. For this to be achieved, make sure you finish 6 coats of plastering from the first coat to the last coat.

This great art and it must be learned with time. The beginners should start off with small areas.

A good work can be achieved with confident strokes and the angle of the trowel should be correct.

Avoid making the mistake of changing the angle too often. Always remember, as the amount of plaster reduces in the trowel, the angle made by the trowel with the wall should become smaller.

Do not try to be perfect in the first coat itself. Try finishing off the coats and then start fixing the plastering at the end.

Each coat should give an even tone.

These tips are for the beginners as well as those who are in the plastering profession for ages. As mentioned above, plastering is an art and it should be done with great concentration. The beginners would definitely take some time to develop the confidence but it will come with time and practice. These tips would make you the most sought after plasterer as you would not be doing the same mistakes as the other plasterers do.

Online Political Election Voting System Based On Blockchain Technology

We hear about Blockchain and Bitcoin every day; however, it should be noted that Blockchain is way beyond Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. It is a platform which is being used for carrying out economic transactions in the most incorruptible way. As a matter of fact, this technology can be used not only for economic transactions but for anything of value in a virtual way. Blockchain is being used in the pharmaceutical industry, fashion and accessory industry, food safety industry, airlines industry and many more.

In a world where technology has reached a point where scientists are coming up with flying cars, why is one of the essential systems that form the government of a country still unsecured and rigged? With the advancement of technology, everything has become a lot more transparent and convenient, then why is this technology not being used to carry out easy and fair elections? In most countries, voting is a right for every adult. Then why doesn’t the entire adult population of a country go ahead to vote on the Election Day? Maybe because the voting center is too far. People have to go and stand in huge lines just to cast a single vote. Some even believe that their vote doesn’t count because of unfair election results.

The solution to this huge problem has finally arrived. A platform that allows blending the perfect combination of technology and politics into one. This results in the invention of Blockchain Voting. If this technology can be used for so many other purposes, why can it not be used for the most important function that is voting? Blockchain voting is an online voting platform that allows a secure, hassle-free, reliable and quick method for the sole purpose of voting for an election. Blockchain voting can completely change the way we vote for the best. It will leave no scope of doubt or question in the voter’s mind.

In the modern day and age of technology, there are certain things that work best through the old ways only. However, voting is not one of those things. Voting is the process by which the citizens of a country choose their leaders. This process should be highly secure, fair and absolutely accurate; all which are the characteristics of blockchain. Blockchain Voting is immutable, transparent and cannot be hacked into in order to change the results. Blockchain Voting is an effective means to conduct elections. This will ensure that there is no voter fraud and no repetition of votes leading to a fair election. Blockchain Voting is the need of today’s democratic and adult population who believes that they can bring a change in this world.

The stakeholders involved in Blockchain Voting would be same as the stakeholders in the conventional method of voting. This revolutionary change can encourage a lot of people of the vote. Anyone who has an internet connection and is an adult which means they have the right to vote is eligible to be a part of this process of Blockchain Voting.The use of this technology from a voter’s point of view is very simple.

Anyone with a phone and internet access will easily be able to understand the specifications of the platform. The citizens who are voting don’t have to wait in long lines and don’t have to travel a lot to go and vote. This quick and hassle-free method of voting will engage more and more people to participate in the voting process and be a part of a more democratic world. This is definitely a cheaper and simpler method of conducting elections. As soon as various governments realize the importance of introducing this technology into their political environment, the better it will for nations to have easy and fair elections.

Does He Still Love Me And How To Get Him Back In My Life

It’s not too late to win your lovely ex-back! Do you want to find how to get your ex-husband truly back in your life? You can discover how to make your ex start CRAVING you again and begging to have you back in his arms.

Have you made some of these critical mistakes for getting back together?

Have you been emotional or demanding to win him back?

Have you called him or followed him around town?

Perhaps you’ve even begged him to come back to you or driven by his home repeatedly, constantly worrying over getting back together for good.

Did you know that most relationship breakups can be saved, and the reason why so many women end up heartbroken is because of what they do the first few weeks after the split.

You see what gets most women in trouble isn’t that they’re mean, selfish or demanding.

No, after a breakup most women try to coax their man back using methods that would be effective on another woman, but often prove severely disastrous on a man.

The Course in Miracles states, “Yet in this world your perfection is unwitnessed.”

The truth is you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed.

You need a plan to win your ex-back.

Yes, I mean a proven strategy that gives you step by step instructions on what to do, and if you still love him He needs your help not to make the biggest mistake of his life in losing you.

Don’t let that happen to you!

Here are a couple of warnings you need to be aware of:

– #1: If you DON’T want your ex-husband or boyfriend back – this isn’t for you.

– #2: You need to understand male psychology, I mean how men act and think.

If you DO want to know how to get you ex-husband or boyfriend back – you’re going to need to discover a couple of sneaky little secrets about MALE psychology, that will show you how to quickly REVERSE your break up situation and get him to start chasing you again!

Getting Him to Chase You again

In a previous session we discussed what do men want in a woman and how to enhance your love relationship.

Remember, this plan for how to win your ex-back is ONLY for those who feel a deep connection with their ex and want the opportunity to get a SECOND chance!

If you think he is someone special that you don’t want to lose then you’ll discover:

– Why what you do in the next few weeks is critical to reversing your breakup.

– The specific Step by Step Strategy to reverse the break up so he is the one CHASING you and BEGGING to want you back… all his idea of course.

– Why listening to your girlfriend’s advice can actually kill any chance of getting him back.

If you want a Proven Plan to win your ex-back, first think perhaps why he’s ignoring you completely, or maybe he told you he “just wants to be friends, and that sort of thing.”

In this situation, you CAN NOT afford to make the same mistakes that most women make when trying to find does he still love me.

You want him back… you want to start fresh, and give it another try without him shutting you out.

A lot of women have been through this system and this situation has helped them to not only win back the men they love… but to build new, happier, stronger relationships.

And you’re racking your brain about getting back together?

You might be trying to figure out WHY he suddenly turned so cold, and HOW to convince him to talk to you and to try to work things out.

And it’s especially painful and difficult when the breakup is HIS idea, not yours.

I like this program which has a proven step by step plan that is used to help thousands of women and can help you win your ex-back.

You have to take action because the longer you wait the greater the chance that he might forget you, as the great memories of the two of you together start fading away in his mind.

One aspect about male psychology is that the longer you are apart the more likely the fond memories will fade and he’ll never come back.

The sooner you begin learning to put together a life changing plan the sooner he’ll be back in your arms!

I know firsthand that breakups are one of the most emotionally difficult and painful situations you can go through, that’s why I hope you take good care your over-all well-being and happiness.

The Green Man, Venus and Their Place in Modern Life

Tannhäuser and Venus – Still Showstoppers

The recently finished Tannhäuser revival at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, broke all daftness records, but is the production we shall remember. Was it the 40 hospital beds on stage for the exhausted returning pilgrims, or the 20 suits of armour that were raised and lowered randomly, throughout the 3 hours – sometimes replaced with a set of devils? Silly theatre can be so powerful!

During the overture, Tannhäuser, (played by a stunt man) is lowered the 50 feet or so from the top of the stage, waving arms and legs. He takes several minutes to descend into a sea of female flesh, albeit with artificial breasts. I assume, there cannot be a female chorus, so well endowed, with not a wobble in sight. I wondered what the women would do with Tannhäuser’s full suit of armour once he was beneath the sea of limbs. I wasn’t disappointed. During the crescendo of brass, bits of armour were thrown up from the depths and then appeared the real, exhausted Tannhäuser, ready for his domestic with Venus.

Why is Venus important to us in 2017, or why was she important in 12th century Christian Germany, or 19th century Paris? Why is she a key figure in Wagner’s opera, Tannhäuser? I believe it is because she is a good vehicle for the artist to express creativity and challenge popular ideas. That is the role of the artist.

Pagans helped us to Chrstianity

We can understand why Wagner uses Venus as a dramatic vehicle, but why does St. Chad’s Church in Harpswell have William Harrington, (rector, died 1350), resting on a superb Green Man? The Cathedral in Würzburg has a Green Man overlooking God. Nicosia churches have multiple Green Men. The 13th century minstrels were fascinated by Venus.

Is there a connection? Is there an explanation?

Waldemar Januszczak has an offering I’d like to test. In his fascinating BBC4 program on the Dark Ages, he pointed out that early portrayals of Christ gave him a feminine, or at least very boyish face. Only later, with the Mary cult well established in Christianity, do Jesus depictions move toward the heroic Jupiter-face. Waldemar explains thus. Early Christianity had an image problem – how to appeal to the 50% of the population, who were women. To get around this, artists often went for an androgynous Jesus. The later, post Mary-Cult version of Jesus with Jupiter’s face, was designed to bring the pagans on board, without detaching them from their old religion.

Once one starts looking, Waldemar’s argument stands up in many scenarios.

St. George’s female side is beautifully portrayed in any number of early 15th century sculptures by Bernd Notke. The Katherine Church in Lübeck has plaster copies. One of them cannot be a mistake. George is more feminine than the princess waiting to be saved from the dragon. Is the female George another example of the boyish Jesus?

It didn’t happen in a day.

During early Christianity, there were still pockets of pagan sympathy, and belief in gods such as Venus was a staging post between pagan and full Christian. Venus helped keep new Christians in their old comfort zone. Minstrels and poets used her to express sides of their characters, that were no longer acceptable as medieval Christian dinner talk. Was an androgynous St. George a useful comforter for both genders? Why did Venus reappear so many years after her demise as a Roman goddess?

The theory is, that the middle ages were not as Christian as our history lessons have us believe. For example, the Slav King Jaczo, reigned over the area we now call Berlin Brandenburg. He crossed to Christianity in 1154. That was when, with his horse sinking exhausted into the Havel, he did a few try-out prayers to various deities. Things improved after summoning Christ and his horse was helped to the bank of the river. He decided to become a follower, but did he give up his three-headed pagan god Triglav, immediately? Probably not. We all need islands of safety within our vision, before we can take the leap.

Wagner and Venus

Time to apply Waldemar’s theory to Wagner’s Tannäuser. Wagner merged two medieval sagas for his opera. That apart, he remained (nearly) faithful to the original yarns.

Venus lived in the Venusberg, somewhere in what is now Thuringia. Tannhäuser told Venus that he wanted to leave her, because he missed the sky and birdsong. The Venusberg was subterranean, in a mountain, rather than on it, and hidden from mortals. Hold that thought. The protruding bone, which supports female pubic hair is called the mons veneris in anatomy – Latin for Mount of Venus. In the saga, men who entered the Venusberg, accepted perdition.

Let’s assume Venus and Tannhäuser were in a vast cavern, waited on by as much voluptuous flesh as a man could want to gaze upon and sample. You can have too much of a good thing – apparently. Tannhäuser, after an hour of operatic wailing, shouting and accusations, leaves Venus, and returns to the Wartburg. This medieval castle is on a mountain in Thuringia, and is where the rest of the operatic action takes place. The hall can still be visited. In the Wartburg, he rediscovers his love for Elizabeth, the symbol of Christian female purity. She is waiting to be taken and dominated by an honourable knight. Tannhäuser, a knight and minstrel, had been her dream man, before he went sampling without portfolio in the Venusberg.

Tannhäuser gets embroiled in a singing contest on the theme of true love. Elizabeth’s hand is the prize for the winner. Tannhäuser’s friend Wolfram, dutifully sings of pure love – no lust. Tannhäuser blows a gasket and tells them that a bit of lusting after flesh hurt no one. Elizabeth is enthusiastic about the idea. Tannhäuser gets carried away and admits to a sojourn in the Venusberg. He is turned out the castle and told to join pilgrims underway to Rome to see if such a sin can ever be forgiven.

Elizabeth’s Libido, in his Dreams

Nowadays the same soprano sings Venus and Elizabeth, in the same costume and make-up. We have to ask – was the Venusberg a figment of Tannhäuser’s erotic fantasy? Did he fantasise about Elizabeth’s female libido? Is Elizabeth ready to show the lustful part of her femininity? Was this a match made in the Venusberg, rather than in heaven? We never find out. Tannhäuser leaves the distraught Elizabeth to wonder what might have been. She agrees that her husband must be presentable and accepts he must go to Rome. She prays for the Pope’s forgiveness.

Stunning Redemption

Tannhäuser returns from Rome and relates Pope Urban IV’s words. He is as likely to be forgiven such a heinous sin, as Urban’s staff is, to sprout leaves. Elizabeth sinks exhausted to the floor. Wolfram covers her with a shroud. Tannhäuser wants to return to the Venusberg, Elizabeth rises from under the shroud. Now she is Venus and tries to seduce him. Wolfram holds Tannhäuser back, and prevents him approaching Venus. Tannhäuser dies, as pilgrims enter to declare the staff has sprouted leaves – Tannhäuser is forgiven and can join Elizabeth in heaven.

Accepting Sex Drive

In 19th century Europe, many men believed, if women possessed sex drive, they were whores. No one asked the question, was Tannhäuser without guilt, when Venus and he engaged in so-called, sins of the flesh. Did the staff sprout, because there was no sin to be forgiven? In the medieval version of the saga, Tannhäuser does return to the Venusberg, and the staff still sprouts. Were those poets and minstrels trying to tell us, lustful sex is not a sin? Is this why we still love those ancient stories?

We know what Wagner thought. He celebrated female sex-drive on stage, most notably in Tristan and Isolde, although he did let the love potion take the blame for Isolde’s wanton behaviour. No one is fooled, nowadays. We know Tristan and Isolde have the hots for each other, long before the love potion is administered.

Why did Wagner go for the soft ending in his version of Tannhäuser? These operas divided society. The Paris premier of Tannhäuser, (1861) was a disaster and wrecked by the audience’s protests, because the dance was in the wrong place and disturbed dining habits. Perhaps, with such an audience, the medieval ending was unthinkable. The lovers had to go to heaven, not the Venusberg!

Jean Shinoda Bolen, in her Jungian analysis of the role of Goddeses in our lives, defines Venus as the woman with serious sex-drive. I left my copy of Bolen’s ‘Goddesses in Everywoman,’ in a prominent place in my house. No visitor has managed to pass the book without stopping and having a peek. We all need a bit of pagan!

Venus goes other Places

The Tannhäuser story has inspired many works of art, literature and the occasional film (Blade Runner). Aubrey Beardsley added to the genre in the 1890s, with his thin volume, The Story Of Venus And Tannhäuser. It wasn’t printed in full until the 1960s, because no one had the courage. Beardsley died before completion. He describes Tannhäuser’s entry into the Venusberg and the high jinks thereafter. It is pure smut and great fun. Another reason we need Venus – to remind us that life is to be enjoyed and you never know what you might like until you have tried it.

I couldn’t resist Venus and Tannhäuser either. The lovers, in my novel Goddesses, role play Beardsley’s ideas. The complete novel should be a published this year, providing my courage doesn’t desert me.

Goddesses set us Free

Gods and Goddesses, are there to let us let our hair down. They allow us to act out a bit of our character, which otherwise, wouldn’t find an outlet. They appeal to the non-Christian part of us today, as they did for the early Christians 1000 years ago. Waldemar is right. They let us off the hook, but in so doing, keep us on the hook. Let off steam sometimes, is the message. A little bit of what you like, does you good.

Bolen defines women as character types, by using goddesses. If that sounds trite, read her book.

What about the Green Man?

We all love a mystery and the Green Man remains one. We have no idea of his symbolic meaning in pre-Christian society. Why was he so popular with gothic-church builders? Most mysterious, is his enduring popularity as a garden ornament. What position in our character does he personify? We don’t know, but we all like to be a bit mysterious. That is a character trait, too.

Clive La Pensee has used Beardsley’s take on the Venus/Tannhaeuser story, as a major part of his third novel, called Goddesses. He lets his two main protagonists role-play Beardsley’s action, with hilarious and ultimately, disastrous consequences. His heroine Connie, uses a variety of goddesses to achieve sexual liberation, in a way, which would have pleased Venus and Elizabeth.
His second novel – out soon, celebrates women risking disaster, to organise a hostile world to meet their needs. ‘Someone Tell Me What Is Going On!’
Clive has just released his first humorous/sad/wistful collection of poems, dealing with love in old age, Brexit, Fake News and the wisdom of youth. You can ask for your money back, if he doesn’t get a chuckle or a tear out of you.