Ferrari: The History of an Italian Legend

by: Janette Vince (reading – 6.10. - 12.10.)

Ferraris are one of the most recognizable symbols of wealth and status in the world. Their history starts with Enzo Ferrari, the company's founder. He never wanted to build race cars - he wanted to race himself.

Instead, Ferrari founded his company, Scuderia Ferrari, as a sponsorship company for race car drivers. Originally independent, it soon became a division of Alfa Romeo.

During World War II, Alfa Romeo was taken over by Mussolini as part of the war effort. Ferrari left Alfa Romeo, but his company was forced to help the war effort by selling aircraft parts and machine tools.

Ferrari moved his factory to Maranello, where he started making race cars. The racing teams he sponsored became influential in racing from the end of World War II. He also began to make commercial sports cars to support his racing business.

Fiat bought a small share of the company in 1965. In 1969, they increased their share to 50%. Ferrari stayed on as managing director until the early 70's. He died in 1988, at the age of 90.

Enzo Ferrari was known for his eccentricities, including his famous contempt for his commercial customers. He was upfront about the fact that he only built and sold commercial cars to fund the racing end of his business. Ferrari claimed to dislike his customers because they bought his cars for the status symbol, not for performance.

Fiat increased their stake in the company to 90% in 1988, after the founder's death. Today, Fiat has an 85% share in the company. Enzo's second son, Piero, owns 10% of the company and acts as Vice President.

Today, Enzo Ferrari's cars live on as symbols of wealth and status, and his race cars continue to make an impact in the world's most prestigious racing competitions.

About The Author

J. Vince is director of the experience day business - for more information on a range of great motor-sport days out and experiences including Ferrari Driving experiences visit .

The Fascinating History Of Hypnosis

by: Ann Marier (reading – 13.10. - 19.10.)

When people think about hypnosis, an image comes to mind of a man sitting and swinging a pendulum in front of someone and saying to them, “You are getting very sleepy.” This is an image that has been portrayed in movies and the media for years, yet the history of hypnosis goes back much further than most people realize, and is said to be very helpful and healing in several ways. Those who have undergone hypnosis often recall events from the past that they previously had no memory of whatsoever, and this technique is often used to bring up repressed thoughts and emotions in order to help a person overcome certain fears or other problems. Taking a look at the history of hypnosis is both fascinating and educational as well.

Humble Beginnings: A Brief History Of Hypnosis

The Hindus in India are said to be the originators of the history of hypnosis by using it as a health tool in which they would take those who were ill within their village to a place called a sleep temple. Likewise, this practice was used in Greece and Egypt as well. The ancient Sanskrit in a book called the Law of Manu spoke of different states of hypnosis; the “sleep-waking” state, the “dream-sleep” state, and the “ecstasy-sleep” state. Inductions which were hypnotic in nature were used to lull a person into a sleep state in order to heal them of their sickness or disease.

In the late 1700's, a man named Franz Mesmer became the first Western scientist to become involved with hypnosis and started researching an effect called “animal magnetism” or “mesmerism,” which is a word still used today. He believed that this power resided inside of humans and animals and used magnetic force as a tool in treating people. In what some consider to be the first placebo-controlled trial study, Benjamin Franklin conducted a trial to test the magnetic theory, and it was determined that mesmerism was only used by the imagination. Within the history of hypnosis, magnetic therapies are still around today as one form of alternative medicine, yet Mesmer himself died obscurely in 1815.

Formal psychological study of hypnotism began to be studied in the 1800's by a neurologist named Jean-Martin Charcot who prescribed this treatment for hysteria.

He also opened the way in the history of hypnosis for its use in multiple personality disorders as well. This approach is still used today in order to help treat those who suffer with hearing voices, as it can help to sort out and relive these problems.

About The Author

Ann Merier a prolific writer has written many articles about family health and house and garden topics.

Maldives Holidays Important Facts

by: Peter R Stewart (reading – 20.10. - 26.10.)

Before booking a luxury holiday, a cheap holiday or any hotel in the Maldives, or before just looking for any island hideaway in the Maldives, it is important that you know where you are going to, and what you will find when you get there.

Too many people arrive at their holiday destination having chosen it only for the price, and a dubious guarantee of sunshine, and have never investigated their destination for its suitability for themselves and their family. A disastrous vacation can often be rescued by the surrounding countryside, but this won’t be possible in the Maldives, because you are probably going to be trapped on an island, and that hotel in the Maldives may be on an island you can walk round in a few minutes. So you need to know something about where you are going at the very outset.

The Maldives is in fact an archipelago consisting of 1190 low lying coral islands scattered across the equator, in groups of 26 naturally occurring atolls. The Maldives is 45 minutes from Colombo, 3 hours from Dubai, 4 hours from Singapore, and 13 hours from London.

On the map it is in the Indian Ocean just south west from Sri Lanka, and you don’t need a visa.

The Maldives literally sits on top of the Equator so there is a year round 25-30 degrees Celsius, and has frequently been described as paradise on earth.

If your idea of paradise is in a pristine tropical island with swaying palm trees with a pure white sand beach all the way round and then a limpid blue and turquoise sea, then the Maldives is just exactly that.

It is sunny, quite unique, and almost totally unspoiled.

The hotels range from the top of the range giving you the perfect luxury holiday to the other end where there are plenty cheap Maldives Holidays, as well as the total hideaway Maldive islands. They all have one thing in common and that is they are perfect for people who are looking for peace and tranquillity, a chance to rejuvenate and relax. This is not the place to go if you have to spend your holiday visiting places. This is however the place to go if snorkelling or diving are your thing.

It is little wonder that a huge proportion of tourists in the Maldives is returning for a second or third time, simply the place is addictive, with its sun kissed white sand beaches, crystal clear warm lagoons, and multi coloured coral and incredibly exotic marine life. When you consider out of all of the islands only about 200 are inhabited., and of the remaining islands around 100 have become island hotels, there will be more beautiful deserted atolls than you know what to do with.

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Peter Stewart writes exclusively for as well as and he has in depth knowledge of the places he writes about.

The Cuisine Of French Polynesia

by: Peter R Stewart (reading – 27.10. - 2.11.)

Tahiti or French Polynesian food is known throughout the world because of its exotic fruits, fresh fish and vegetables which are prepared with a strong French influence underlying the Tahitian ingredients. Restaurants in French Polynesia are from a wide variety of backgrounds including inevitably French and Tahitian, but also Chinese, Vietnamese, and Italian.

The sauces served in these restaurants often feature sauces which contain home grown vanilla beans

However to taste the absolutely genuine Tahiti Food you need to find a way of sampling the Ahima'a otherwise known at Tahiti's underground oven. It is usually prepared on a Sunday morning, or for a special celebration.

Firstly the oven is preheated with a wood fire, then the wood is placed in levels one on top of the other all criss-crossed. The porous volcanic rock is scattered over the wood until it is completely covered. When the fire goes out, the rocks are leveled and the food placed on top wrapped in woven baskets of coconut leaves. Fish, pork, chicken and vegetables are prepared in this way. Banana leaves are then laid over the top, plus many layers of leaves from the purao tree to cover the ahima’a completely. Finally earth is shoveled on top so no heat can escape and the food is grilled, braised and steamed for 3-4 hours. The Polynesian food is spread out on a table cloth of palm fronds or banana leaves. You will eat with your fingers off traditional wood plates, dipping juicy pieces of roast pork, fish, breadfruit, taro, and other goodies in coconut cream sauce.

The celebrations are normally concluded with Polynesian dancing.

Other things to look out for are as follows.

Poisson cru (ia ota) which is the national dish of Tahiti and Her Islands. This quite divine snack consists of raw fish and diced vegetables marinated with lime juice and soaked in coconut milk.

Chevrettes are another popular Tahitian dish, and they are tasty freshwater shrimp

No amura’a (meal) is complete without a rich dessert inspired by the islands.

The ultimate Tahitian dessert is Poe, a sweet pudding made of taro root flavored with banana, vanilla, papaya or pumpkin and topped with a rich coconut-milk sauce.

Stop by the roulettes or rolling restaurants, are colourful, electrically lit vans that offer the best inexpensive dining in Papeete. Both locals and visitors can dine on a variety of dishes from roast pork and pizzas to chow mein and flaming crepes.

About The Author

Peter Stewart writes exclusively for as well as and he has in depth knowledge of the places he writes about