Follow Weather & Prepare For The Worst Before It Happens With Earth Networks

Follow Weather & Prepare For The Worst Before It Happens With Earth Networks

The weather has always had a major impact on humanity. In ancient times, humans were certain that the gods controlled lightning storms and sunlight. While modern humanity has learned to rely on meteorology instead of deities, the impact of a major weather event can still be devastating. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to protect yourself and your family in cases of inclement weather: 

Stay Alert: It is important to remain connected to a, reliable, severe weather tracker like Earth Networks. Modern trackers use historical trends as well as cloud activity data in tracking storms which allows for accurate reporting and more advanced early warning systems. 

Know What to do: Educate yourself and your family about what must be done in a given emergency. Whether it’s relocating to a safe shelter as soon as possible, or staying put, you need to know the basic safety protocols. If you and your loved ones are separated during a disaster, you should have a safe place to meet and a plan for contacting each other. Cell phone lines may be down in the wake of a major disaster, so you should know where to go for information instead, and how to function without your phone. 

Pack a Bag: It is always a good idea to have all of your important documents in a portable case to ensure that nothing is lost or damaged during a crisis. You should also have emergency supplies either in a bag or in a part of your home you know to be secure. Your bag should include essentials that you and your family would need to survive alone for several days. Some things to pack include flashlights and batteries, water and nonperishable food that includes pet food if you have pets, medications, jackets and hats, and a battery-operated radio. 

While the weather can be unpredictable, a bit of foreplaning can help minimize losses to help you avoid a tragedy.

7 Things I Learned In London

London is by far one of the world's best destinations. For culture, tea on tap and of course historical buildings around every corner, it is definitely a fantastic place to have seen. Whether you're from abroad or from the UK, London is a city that represents so many wonderful things, yet isn't necessarily one of my favourite cities. After spending time in London, staying at the Clayton Crown Hotel 4*** I came to realise a few things about the city that I thought would be relatively helpful tips for first timers to the city. Here are 7 things I learned in London from culture, to food to the people!

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1. Not all Londoners are cold hearted unfriendly folk!

It is a well known fact that the southerners are not known for their friendly behaviour like people in the north. London is now so integrated and multi-cultural that the very misleading phrase of Faceless London seems to be a little outdated. You will often find people holding doors open for you, people smiling, friendly shop staff and generally other like minded people who will smile and chat if the opportunity arises. I have many friends in the south and they are all lovely people who I have a lot of time for!

2. The Tube Is A Necessary Evil

As much as the tube gives me the chills at the thought, it does make every place in London incredibly accessible. Taxis are generally around 5% more expensive than most other UK cities, btu this is speaking from the good old fashion London cabs, Ubers may vary in price. The tube can get busy, definitely avoid it at peak times, because you will have a queue around the block of people trying to get down to the tracks after their shift ends at 5pm.

3. You Must Plan Your Trip Well

There are so many hidden gems in London, that can be easily missed without thorough research and planning. Many bars are hidden away, or in private courtyards or rooftops of buildings, so ensuring you have this planned beforehand is essential if you want to make the most out of your trip. Also anticipate the London traffic. If your train home leaves at a specific time, ensure a decent amount of time before it leaves; you'd be surprised how many road works, hold ups and slogs of traffic are in and around London!

4. The Chances Of Seeing Someone Famous Are Almost Nil

If you're browsing around in Harrods hoping to spot a familiar face, then it's more than likely that your dream will fizzle quickly out. If you are going to spot a celebrity, then it will likely be down streets that are being cordoned off for filming, and not catching them eyeing up the Prada bags in Selfridges. A lot of famous and influencial people do live in London but the chances of seeing them are very slim. You're more likely to spot them at a cocktail bar in the evening, but again, not hugely likely!

5. Taking Photos Can Be A Nightmare

In the tourist hotspots of London, it is impossible to grab a good photo opportunity without hoards of people drowning you out from the background. There is also a good chance that five people will walk in front of you just as you're about to click the shutter. It isn't ideal but if you want to walk a little further out of town, down the river, there could be a few cute photo spots, but it can be incredibly busy, so a little bit of improvising with your photography is definitely needed!

6. You Feel On A High Walking The Streets

London is a vibrant incredible city. Just walking the streets alone, you can sense the power and wealth of the city, it envelops you, and it's truly invigorating. I would say I felt it more in London than even New York; possibly because New York seems even more saturated with tourists, and London still remains to be a city with born and bred Londoners living there. The thrill of seeing the cabs and the shops. The buzz from people rushing to work, and the royal influence just makes London a very exciting place to be.

7. Without Knowledge, Finding Good Food Is Hard

Everytime I go to London, even with the masses of restaurants, I seem to pick badly. In the west of London, the high streets tend to have more general restaurants such as Zizzi's, or cafes such as Pret. All fabulous, but if you're wanting to try something new, I'd suggest researching first, because I have found myself in some incredibly dingy and strange places, with food that tasted less than appetising. I have found a few other people say the same, but as times are changing, some of the best restaurants are in London now. Research, find what cuisines you like, and attack!

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A Film For The Strays

"A Film Tor The Strays" 

This November, a heartwarming film about the wonderful affection that stray dogs can bring to your life, will grace screens across Greece, and YouTube. A group of talented filmmakers and actors, some of them highly respected Greek actors, including Dinos Karydis and Tania Tripi being the headline actors for the film. The film has been created by my friends, Artemis Samothrakis and Alexandros Katsaris and was filmed in Athens, Greece - such a perfect setting for this homely story! The movie, "Re-action" specifically hones in on the importance of stray dogs, and how, if given the chance, they can change your life for the better. In essence, this Animal Welfare film is going to be the perfect companion to you during the upcoming cosy autumn evenings!

It will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, and appreciating dogs more than ever. In Greece and across the world, many stray dogs are left fending for themselves, some perishing as they try to survive in the big wide world, and others are euthanised. Stray dogs are an ongoing problem in Greece in general, although there are many incredible charities that offer shelters for animals, including food banks for pets. There is no need for more tragedy, if more people take the time to adopt a stray dog, and this is exactly what this film aims to do - give a substantial reason to adtop and of course realise the importance of #adoptdontshop. This month it will premiere in Athens, and what a perfect excuse to take another trip back!

Re-action follows the adventures of Roxy the dog, and the benefits that dogs can have on many people's lives, for the better. When a prominent actress realises the importance of stray dogs, it creates a new perspective for many. Official synopsis

"Helen Vrana, a famous actress, lives with her depressed father and her disabled son. After a torrent of negative media comments, she adopts a dog in an effort to save her image. How will the dog affect her and her father? Will her son react positively to the dog's presence?"

Some of the cast members include: Tania Tripi, Dinos Karydis, Joyce Evedi, Gianna Zianni, Gregoria Avgerinopoulou, Thodoris Anthopoulos, Giannis Frangiskos, Dimitris Papadakis, Vissarion Tsionas, Christos Karnakis, Tiffany Daniel, Jenny Kazakou, Andreas Stamatopoulos, Anna Adrianou, Giorgos Mavridis, Anna Kouri, Giorgos Mavridis, Dimitris Milivoglou and Elias Maraveyas, Anna Nikolaidis, Nikos Partsolis, Fotini Petrogianni and Joy Koumentakou and of course Roxy the dog!

Please take time to support their Facebook page. If you're a dog lover, this is going to be perfect for you! All views and all support will be so important to my friends, and a big shoutout to Artemis Samothrakis, Alexandros Katsaris, Chris Petridis, Giannis Efstathiou, Jenny Kazakou and Mary Paiteri. Click here to support them on Facebook!



Charity Hour - Ark Of The World

I have always had a large passion for charity, but do not feel the need to be restricted to charities just in my own country. They say charity begins at home, but sometimes seeing the bigger picture and realising that this world is full of human beings just like us who needs help, really allows you to capture those doubts and reach out to more people. I work with a couple of charities based in Greece, and have developed beautiful strong friendships with people from Greece and so today I want to talk about the Greek charity, Ark Of The World. This is a voluntary non-profit organisation for protection of women and children. The charity is simply broken down into two sections which we will look at, including the support of both women and children from all backgrounds and walks of life, to ensure a safe, healthy and happy environment and lifestyle. They have four main places where they operate, Athens, Volos, Chios and Epirus. The name itself, Ark, suggest the very meaningful Noah's ark from the bible and what it provides is a beacon of hope to people. With its inception beginning with Antonios Papanikalaou, a vicar, who wanted to create positive change following the people he saw in his area that would struggle in every area of life, and the need for extra support was paramount.
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Ark Of The World provide not just support but also activities and events, that can be beneficial for people in the midst of struggle. They offer social service, counselling, legal and psychological support, home for mothers and children who may have fallen on hard times, and this also includes a daycare centre which is welcoming and friendly. Further to this, there is a range of educational programmes, semi-independent living programmes and camping programmes and excursions which allow both mothers and children to experience new things, giving hope, support and a little glimmer of light at the end of a dark tunnel.


At its core, Child Protection is a very big and important part of what the charity does. They offer accommodation and foster care to children who desperately need it, and undoubtedly anyone's childhood helps shape their future, so a good solid home is so vital for any child caught up in the depths of despair and struggle. They also provide social and psychological support for the child and entertaining activities because every child going through hard times still deserves to smile. Every child deserves to smile.

The Homes

There are home sin Kolonos (specifically a boys home), Piraeus and Athens, which are staffed by expert instructors and provide a safe and happy environment for mothers and children to thrive in. If a child does not have a safe environment at home to live in, these homes that Ark Of The World provides are a brilliant way for them to continue living without worry or fear.

Photo Courtesy of: http://www.kivotostoukosmou.org/en
Photo Courtesy of: http://www.kivotostoukosmou.org/en
With any charity that is non-profit, the awareness and support is key to maintaining good quality services and ensuring that the lives of these women and children can continue to improve and blossom, because sometimes, we all need a little helping hand. If you are based in Greece, then there is a way to volunteer yourself, and more information can be found here.

If you wish to donate to this wonderful cahrity to help continue its good work then you can donate through PayPal, a safe and easy method! Please click here to donate to this brilliant cause.

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