Bingo - Flowers I Like

Flowers that I like - many pictures of recent flowers. Bingo and funny games that you can play for fun or play for real money.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The history of bingo

The game we now know and love as bingo is thought to have originated in Italy, and it is thought to have its origins in the Italian lottery. This lottery has been played almost every Saturday since it got its start in 1530, and by the 1770s word of the game had spread to neighboring France, where it captured the attention of the monied elite.

The first cards used to play this game featured three horizontal rows and nine vertical columns. Each row featured a total of nine squares, five containing numbers and four which were blank, arranged in random order. The vertical columns held ten numbers each, with the first column being numbered 1 through 10, the second 11-20, and so on, with the last column containing numbers from 81 to 90.

To play the game, wooden chips numbered 1 to 90 were placed in a bag and pulled out one at a time. Each player had a unique card, and the first person who completely covered a horizontal row won the prize.

By the 1800s the popularity of this game had engulfed all of Europe, with educational games based on the cards being used to teach children a number of important lessons. At this time the game we now know as bingo was known instead as beano.

It was a simple mishearing of the word beano that led bingo to have its modern name. A toy dealer from New York seeing the game played at a carnival in Atlanta thought the players were yelling bingo, and the rest is history.

After bingo came to the United States, it underwent several changes until it became the game we know today. Bingo has continued to change and evolve, and today there are bingo tournaments, bingo parlors, bingo in casinos and even bingo on the internet.

From its humble beginnings to the world of the internet, bingo remains one of the most popular and best loved games in all the world. Whether you play for pennies at the local carnival or big bucks at the next bingo tournament, bingo truly has something to offer everyone.

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What do all those Bingo terms mean?

A quick bingo glossary

Like all games, bingo has its own special terms, and it is important for all budding bingo players to understand what these terms mean. Provided below is a quick guide to all the terms you need to know.

Blackout – Also known as coverall, blackout refers to a pattern in which every space on the card must be covered in order to win.

Caller – The caller is the person calling out the numbers in a bingo game.

Dauber – A dauber is a bottle or pen filled with ink. The dauber has a foam tip, and it is used to mark the numbers on the bingo cards.

Early bird game – An early bird game is one which starts prior to the regularly scheduled game.

Free space – The free space is the center square of the card, and it functions much like the joker card in a card game. The free space counts towards all winning plays in bingo.

Game board – The game board refers to the display board which is used to display the numbers which have been called.

Game room – A term used in online bingo to refer to a single set of players.

G.T.I.– This refers to an electronic dauber system which is used to play multiple packs. These systems generally require a rental fee, and only one G.T.I per player is allowed.

Hard way bingo– Hard way bingo refers to a bingo win in a straight line without using the free space.

Jackpot – The jackpot is a large prize typically given for achieving a hard pattern like a blackout pattern in a specified number of balls.

Minimum buying– The lowest amount a player must spend in order to be eligible for the prizes being awarded.

Money ball– The money ball is a number which is drawn before the game begins, and the winnings double if a player hits bingo on that number.

Pattern– The pattern refers to the shape used to cover the card as the numbers are called out. Most often the pattern is a straight line, but four corners and blackout patterns can be used as well.

Progressive jackpot– A jackpot which continues to grow until it is one. Progressive jackpot games usually come with separate buy in requirements.

Rainbow pack– A rainbow pack is a paper pack which allows the players to compete for three or four different prizes at one time.

Six pack– Six numbers in a block on a single card

Validation – This refers to the eligibility which is required to win additional jackpots. The price will vary according to the number of cards which are played.

Bingo on the high seas

For many decades, the game of bingo has entertained crowds at county fairs, raised much needed funds for churches and provided endless hours of entertainment for people of all ages.

In recent years, however, bingo has begun to enjoy a new popularity in a new venue. Bingo has become such a popular pastime with cruise passengers that there are now a number of bingo cruises, featuring nonstop bingo, bingo tournaments, and of course lots of cash and prizes.

In addition to specialty bingo cruises, games of bingo are offered as a part of many traditional cruises as well, with prizes ranging from simple cash jackpots to a free cruise.

Some bingo playing cruises have won enough money on their cruises and in the shipboard casinos that they are able to pay for the entire cost of the cruise. Even those who do not consider themselves gamblers are often able to enjoy the fun and excitement that bingo can provide. Unlike many other forms of gambling, bingo is easy to learn, and easy to play.

Whether as a compliment to the slots, roulette and blackjack found on cruise ships or on its own, bingo can be a popular and a lucrative way for all kinds of cruise passengers to pass the time while on board the ship.

Shipboard bingo provides all the excitement of its land based counterpart, and combining the excitement of bingo with the great food and excellent sightseeing of an ocean voyage makes it all the more exciting and fun.

There are bingo cruises to suit the taste and style of virtually every passenger. From great onboard entertainment to Broadway style plays to wonderful music and food, cruises certainly have a lot to offer. Bingo cruises combine all the fun of cruising with the excitement of one of the world’s oldest and most beloved games.

Bingo cruises can be quite affordable as well, since everything from meals to entertainment, is included in the price. Instead of paying extra for Broadway shows, concerts, and other entertainment, it is all included as part of the great bingo cruise.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

In the first episode of the popular dramedy, Desperate Housewives we are introduced
Desperate Housewives season 1 episode 1

In the first episode of the popular dramedy, Desperate Housewives we are introduced to the character of Mary Alice Young, a resident of the town of Fairview who resides on the quiet street known as Wisteria Lane. Mary Alice reports on the unusual day she had which included a series of errands, cooking for her son and husband, cleaning the house. Probably the most infamous events include pulling an unused revolver out of a closet and ending her life. Her body was discovered by Mrs. Martha Huber who was always interested in everyone elses' lives except of course for her own. When she hears a loud popping noise, she quickly runs to the Young house where she finds Mary Alice's lifeless body on the floor. She calls for an ambulance but soon learns that she is too late.

Mary Alice's funeral is held soon after a few days after. After the funeral, each of the mourners is invited back to the Young home where a repast dinner will be held. In attendance are not only her family but her closest friends she has left behind. They include: Lynette Scavo, a former businesswoman that got married and soon after pregnant with twin boys. Her husband Tom persuaded her to give up her career to be a stay-at-home mom and two other children soon followed. Lynette, now a mother of 4 is forced to struggle with her bratty and out of control children while her husband Tom is constantly out of town. Immeadiately following Lynette into Mary Alice's home is Gabrielle Solis. Before moving to Wisteria Lane, Gabrielle was a runway model who enjoyed a lavish lifestyle and of course, rich men. Shorly after meeting a very successful executive Carlos Solis, the two married and moved to the suburbs where Gabrielle has lived a quiet but elegant life ever since. The third of the women to arrive is Bree Van De Kamp. Series creator Marc Cherry describes Bree as a Martha Stewart-esque housewife on steroids, a parody of his own mother named Martha. Bree seems to do everything right involving her housework and ideal home but her family life is clearly another story. The final friend to arrive is Susan Mayer who prepared a macaroni and cheese appetizer for the repast. Susan has been divorced a year from her husband Karl who was caught cheating on her with his secretary. Susan feeling betrayed called the marriage off and fought for custody of their daughter Julie. Susan has gotten over her divorce with the help of her daughter but still has feelings of loss.

At the funeral, the women reminisce about Mary Alice and how her warm personality and stature shrouded her inner feelings which eventually lead to her suicide. Susan sits down at the table where they once sat when Susan announced to the women her divorce. As Mary Alice pours coffee, Susan cries and the women talk about their home life. Lynette jokes that she wishes Tom was having an affair since she is so stressed out. Bree informs the wives that if her husband hurts her or cheats he knows that Bree has a closet full of ammunition. Susan is brought back to the present when Bree reminds her that Paul asked if they can clean out Mary Alice's closet. Susan gives a nod when Gabrielle brings up the fact that what caused Mary Alice to kill herself. Lynette adds that Mary Alice's life is really their life but they suspect Mary Alice was most definitely depressed. Paul stands at the back of the room quietly listening with a mysterious look on his face. Later, Susan spots someone eating her appetizer and quickly tells the man to back away. The man gives her a weird look and continues to eat the dish. He chews but quickly spits it out. The two laugh when introductions are made. The man is revealed to be Mike Delfino, a plumber who has just moved into the neighborhood. Susan smiles and introduces herself and Mike reminds her if she ever needs any home improvements or help needed to call him. In another room, Lynette breastfeeds where she is told by Mrs. Huber that her sons are in the pool out back and are swimming carefree. Lynette runs into the yard where already a majority of the guests are looking on. Lynette scolds the children and demand they get out of the pool. They refuse which leads Lynette to give her baby to the priest and walks into the pool with her funeral dress on. She grabs the children, gives Paul her condolensces and leaves.

The women are soon seen slowly returning to their lives prior to Mary Alice's tragic demise.

Gabrielle is angry at her husband Carlos due to the fact that she would rather not attend another business dinner where Carlos' boss is extremely flirty. Carlos tells Gabrielle that she will do whatever he says since the business brings in large sums of money each year. Carlos leaves the house where he reminds gardener John to cut the grass. John tells Carlos that he will do it as soon as he is able. Gabrielle tells John that there are bandaids in the kitchen for his cut. After Carlos leaves, Gabrielle seduces John and the two make love on a table in the dining room which was imported from Italy. On the evening of the business dinner, Carlos discovers that John is not doing his job since he did not do what Carlos asked. Gabrielle knows that she wants John to stay as long as possible as their gardener so she devises a plan which can only be done while Carlos is out. At the party, Gabrielle bribes a waiter who will make sure he has a drink all evening. Gabrielle quickly drives home, pulls out the lawn mower and begins to mow while in a cocktail dress and heels. Gabrielle arrives back at the party shortly after unseen as Carlos toasts her from a distance. The following morning, Carlos looks suspicious when the grass has been freshly mowed. He thinks of it as a coincidence and drives off. Gabrielle looks on from the balcony relieved.

Bree and her family quietly eat dinner in the dining room. The children comment on why Bree always has to make such weird things when it comes to their meals. Bree reminds them that she tries new things because regular meals get redundant after a while and that she likes to keep it fresh. Andrew tells her that sometimes they just would enjoy a regular dish other than Bree's gourmet recipes. Bree feels upset and demands from her husband Rex support. Rex however just asks for the salt. The following evening, Bree decides to take the family out for dinner at a cowboy themed restaurant. While the children are away from the table, Rex casually asks for a divorce. Bree looks upset when Rex describes her more recent attitude and relationship with him. Bree feels defeated but decides to get the two salad from the salad bar. While talking with Mrs. Huber, Bree puts onions in Rex's salad knowing that he could have a allergic reaction. The two eat their salad but Rex becomes short of breath and collapses. At the hospital, Bree visits Rex where he believes she did it on purpose. Bree defends herself but Rex continues to tell her that her recent behavior has been different from when they first met. Bree becomes distracted once again when she decides to give water to a floral arrangement. As she enters the bathroom, she quietly cries for five minutes but returns from the bathroom refreshed and happy.

Lynette continues to be stressed out with the children as she goes grocery shoppinng with the boys. While there, Lynette frantically calls Tom telling him to come home. She continues that if he does not come home by tomorrow, that they will all be joining him. As Lynette talks, her twin sons Porter and Preston wander off grabbing any grocery item in site. Lynette soon meets up with a former colleague from a ad executive office. The two talk when the woman asks Lynette how her home life is. Lynette lies saying it is "the best job she ever had" knowing that it is really the worst job ever. Their conversation ends suddenly when Porter and Preston push their cart into a elderly woman who collapses. Tom soon arrives home where he tells the boys to go play which is a cover up for sex. Lynette and Tom kiss but Lynette reminds him to put on a condom. Tom decides they should risk it. Knowing she does not want another child, she punches him and tells him to put it on or it is not going to happen. The two lay next to each other in silence.

Julie, Susan's daughter purposely throws her soccer ball into Mike's yard which is actually a decoy for Julie to find out some information on Mike. Julie manages to find out that he is widowed, he previously lived in California but needed a change and is single. Susan thanks Julie for her effort and decides to make her move. Susan brings Mike a gift but the two are soon interrupted by Edie Britt, a man hungry real estate broker who has been infamously known for her several husbands and one night stands. Edie also decides to make her move on Mike and she and Susan become involved in a contest. Mike smiles at the two of them and informs them that he would invite them in but he is in the process of settling in. The two women soon leave. That evening, Susan runs over to Mike's house where she tells him that she has a clog in her drain. Mike decides that he will be right over and Susan hurries to shove things down her kitchen sink. Mike discovers the problem and fixes her "clogged drain". The following evening, Mrs. Huber lets out to Susan that she is babysitting Edie Britt's son while she entertains a guest. Susan thinks that is Mike and feels defeated. Susan runs to Edie's house where she pretends to be asking for sugar. Susan hears moaning from upstairs and throws her measuring cup from behind. The measuring cup knocks down a candle which sets Edie's curtains on fire. Soon after, Edie's house goes up in flames and she quickly leaves unseen. Edie manages to make it out of the house without a scratch but her boyfriend becomes hospitalized. Susan is soon joined by Mike who asks what has happened. Susan gives a sigh of relief when she learns that he was not with Edie. Susan immediately gets rid of her guilt and decides that everything will be fine--for her at least.

The following afternoon, the women pack the remains of Mary Alice's belongings into a car and toast Mary Alice with a glass of wine. However soon after, an envelope is found in Mary Alice's belongings which was post marked the day she had died. Gabrielle opens the envelope to reveal a short letter. The purple paper is printed with the message:




The women look on puzzled at the letter as this is possibly a piece of evidence to Mary Alice's suicide. The camera slowly zooms upwards away from the four women and the screen cuts to black.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Things Go Better With...Juice

Things Go Better With...Juice
Coke's new CEO will have to move quickly to catch up in noncarbonated drinks

New CEO E. Neville Isdell made clear from the start that he sees little wrong at Coca-Cola Co (KO ). "The system isn't broken. There's still opportunity for both Coca-Cola and the other [soft drink] brands," said the affable Irish citizen upon his May 4 appointment. But as he digs into the strategic questions about how to reignite growth at Coke, he might want to take a closer look at its first-quarter earnings report.

The sharp 35% rise in profits owed little to the company's four core brands: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Fanta. Instead, Coke got a jolt from the noncarbonated brands that were once treated as orphans by its cola-centric management. Sales of its Dasani water brand rose 23% globally despite being pulled from shelves in Europe in late March because initial shipments contained the carcinogen bromate. And Coke's Powerade sports drink saw volume surge 28% worldwide on the back of a new ad campaign featuring NBA prodigy LeBron James, as well as four extra selling days in the quarter.

It's the first good news Coke has had for some time in its battle to make up precious ground against PepsiCo Inc. in the beverage industry's most competitive rivalry. While Coke retains an iron grip on the $64 billion U.S. carbonated soft-drink market, it remains a distant second or worse in the up-and-coming "noncarb" category. Sales of beverages such as water, juice, tea, and sports drinks are growing as much as eight times faster than U.S. soda sales. Yet Coke's commanding 44%-to-32% lead over PepsiCo in U.S. soda sales compares with a 16%-to-24% deficit against its rival in the $27 billion noncarb market, says consultant Beverage Marketing Corp.

Getting the noncarb business right will be a top priority for Isdell, 60, a former Coke exec who will return in the early summer to take over from current CEO Douglas N. Daft. Given the one-two punch of economic turmoil in key overseas markets and lack of growth in the U.S. soda business, Coke's operating profits have risen an average of only 1% since 1997, to $5.2 billion in 2003. While the noncarbonated market is going gangbusters -- growing 8% last year alone -- U.S. soda consumption has grown by less than 1% in each of the past five years. Add mounting concerns about childhood obesity and the possibility that consumers are simply suffering from cola fatigue, and the soda market is likely to remain under pressure.

STUCK IN THE PAST. You have to give PepsiCo credit for its savvy in seeing the opportunity before Coke, which was long reluctant to diversify into any beverages that it feared couldn't match the lucrative margins of soft drinks. Daft's predecessor, M. Douglas Ivester, had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the water business: Coke made most of its money selling syrup concentrate to bottlers, and he didn't see how the company could justify its cut of profits on water. (Today bottlers pay Coke for "mineral packets" that give Dasani its taste, in addition to marketing fees.) He also passed on a chance in the 1990s to buy Quaker Oats Co. -- which at the time owned Snapple (CSG ) as well as Gatorade (PEP ).

Daft's efforts to convert Coke into a "total beverage company" also met with periodic resistance from Coke's board. He lost a bidding war for the SoBe line of New Age drinks to Pepsi in 2000 and the Gatorade line after Coke director Warren E. Buffett vetoed Daft's all-stock deal for Quaker by saying it wasn't worth 10.5% of Coca-Cola.

Bottlers, meanwhile, refused to embrace Daft's acquisitions of Planet Java, a bottled coffee intended to compete against the Frappuccino brand carried by PepsiCo bottlers, and the Mad River line of New Age teas. The independent bottlers have long preferred products with the high volumes and simple plastic packaging that allow them to run their production lines at full tilt -- and products such as Planet Java and Mad River offered neither. "We just didn't see the opportunity," says Ron Wilson, president of the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Given the apathy, Coke execs shelved both Planet Java and Mad River last year. They plan to distribute such niche products via food brokers; bottlers will get a cut of profits for coordinating sales and merchandising efforts with merchants. "We know what we need to do now," says Chief Financial Officer Gary P. Fayard.

CREATIVITY NEEDED. Coke execs believe they're starting to pick up momentum on the noncarb front. In the U.S., the new Minute Maid Lemonade line has sold briskly, and Coke boasts that in chilled juices, its Minute Maid team outsmarted PepsiCo's Tropicana by being the first to include a blend designed to lower cholesterol.

Analysts think Coke may have to scrap Dasani in Europe and return under a different name, perhaps as a spring water rather than a purified one. But Coke says its water business is gaining traction elsewhere. Its three-year-old Turkuaz brand is the best-seller in Turkey, and its NaturAqua line has become the second-best-selling water in Hungary after just nine months. While Coke remains a distant second in U.S. sports drinks, it says it is enjoying heady growth in the many international markets where Gatorade isn't sold. Keith D. Pardy, vice-president for emerging global brands, says Powerade sales rose 23% worldwide last year.

The recent growth in some areas is coming off a small base of sales. And some analysts think Coke will have to be a lot more creative on the product and marketing fronts to make up lost ground. David M. Podeschi, senior vice-president of merchandising for 7-Eleven Inc. (SE ), commends Coke for the "great strides" it has made with soda extensions such as Vanilla Coke and Diet Coke with Lemon, "but they could do more innovation on the noncarb side." Coke's new CEO will have to figure out how to generate as much fizz out of juice and water as he does from soda.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Ruslana - Best Ukrainian Music ruslana mp3

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Benny Benassi
Subliminal Sessions 6 (Disc 2)

"01. Rivera & Williams Liar
02. Harry Romeo - Be the one
03. Who Da Funk - Radio (Alex Fain Dub) !
04. The Crystal Method - Born too slow
05. Benny Benassi pres. The Biz - No matter what you do
06. Bat 67 - I want you to come
07. Andrea Bertolini - Nasty Bass
08. Jorge Jaramillo & Sheldon Romero & Alexandra Marin
09. Shark & Kemu - Clear message EP
10. Antranig & Pons - Like this (Tek Edit)
11. Thik Dick - Orgasm

You know when you hear about how an album all sounds the same, and it usually really doesn't - or if when it does, it's in a good way because you love that sound? Well, this is not one of those albums. What compelled to get this album because of the club hit 'Satisfaction', which is an addictive song to say the least, thanks to it's heavy bass beats. This whole album, however, is not so addicting. The whole thing sounds like Satisfaction regurgitated. The only other songs I really favored was 'I Love My Sex', and 'Don't Touch Too Much' - but even so, buying the whole album just didn't seem worth it. You might want to stick with the singles for this one.

Pumphonia ~ Benassi Bros.
Satisfaction ~ Benny Benassi
Phobia ~ Benassi Bros.
Subliminal Sessions, Vol. 6 ~ Benny Benassi
State of Trance 2004 ~ Armin van Buuren
Human After All ~ Daft Punk
Gallery Live Sessions ~ Tall Paul & Benny Benassi
Phobia ~ Benassi Brothers

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Personalized Santa Letters, Santa Trivia, Santa Games Santa's elves are very busy getting ready for the
2005 Christmas Season We will have lots of fun indeed!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

My First Rolex

Ko on the go