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New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday”. Indeed this New Year’s quotation, courtesy of Charles Lamb, ultimately says it all. A New Year represents the passage of time and for most men it is embraced with high hopes and ambitious thoughts circling around luck, prosperity, wealth and health. For the man of your life, what better way then to emotionally show your gratitude and appreciation than through a gift on New Year’s Eve?

And what better way to embrace and celebrate this New Year’s eve than with a gift that matches the high hopes and resolution goals of your loved one? There really will be no better way to show how much you care, than by offering your support to reach those famous 2010 resolution goals. Following are some gifts that will match your man’s most common New Year resolution wishes.

The Best New Year Resolution Gifts for Men

For Men Trying to Quit Smoking

Kissing a cigarette butt goodbye rs a real challenge for all the avid smokers in the world. You can help the man in your life by making the process much easier, courtesy of several aids that aim to help make the transition easier.

For instance, the LifeSign QuitKey Smoking Cessation Computer is a discreet handheld device that will provide great support in getting rid of this bad habit. There are also several great books, CD’s and DVD’s offering tips, subliminal messages, even hypnotic strategies and Zero Nicotine to help out. Zyban, lozenges and nicotine um may also be a very welcomed gift.

For Men Trying to Stay Healthy

Staying healthy is a long term investment that pays back but that can be challenging especially when there is not enough time to eat healthy and exercise. Great gift ideas therefore will swirl around this topic.

A good place to start is a book store. Often people are confused on where to start in order to lead a healthier life style. There are plenty of books out there offering tips and recipes for healthier meals. For those passionate about technology (which man is not?) Nintendo DS has created ”My healthy cooking coach” a personalized software that will coordinate meals and count calories and fat for you.

For Men Trying to Lose Weight

Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year resolution goals out there. If your man does not have enough time or money to frequent a gym ,them let the gym come to him. A treadmill, a recumbent bike, weights and other items commonly found at a gym may be a great way to get him moving. A gift card with a subscription to a favorite gym may be a great incentive.

For men that need a little extra stimulation, Nintendo’s Wii Fit can make a great addition. This interactive game allows to perform aerobics, yoga, balancing games and strength tests without going no where. Another option is Wii’s EA SPORTS ACTIVE another interactive game that will provide even a personal trainer to encourage and provide support.

For Men Trying to Save money

We are leaving behind a year that has been characterized by quite a harsh economic crisis and it comes normal therefore to want to try to save money in this upcoming year. You can help your loved one courtesy of several gift ideas that focus on the topic of budgeting.There are several books that teach the art of frugality and offer tips on how to make the most of your money. There are also software that are built to make financial planning and budgeting a breeze. A good one worth mentioning is ”You need a budget Pro”.

Of course, there are many more resolution goals men may be thinking of. If your man plans to spend more time with family, then a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant or perhaps a piggy bank to save money for the next vacation may be a great idea. As seen, there are several resolution gift idea for men, and even though as an anonymous guy stated ”A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other” the important thing is at least for now trying…


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Did your mother ever chastise you with the words ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ in a possibly fruitless attempt to curb your profligate ways? Well, maybe – just maybe – she was wrong. There are places in England where money apparently does just that.

Perhaps it is to simply good luck or perhaps people believe that by leaving a coin in the bark of the tree they may have it returned to them many times over. Whatever the origins of this strange habit, there are a number of trees in the United Kingdom that bear the financial hopes of many. Perhaps they found it difficult to reconcile their gross habits with their net income.

The people of Yorkshire, in the north of England are renowned for being careful with their money. While this localized stereotype may not always be fair there is evidence that on occasion they are willing to throw caution to the wind and hammer their low denomination coinage in to trees. The good folk of Ingleton in North Yorkshire have some of the most stunning woodlands in the country and the local waterfalls trail has something other to offer than the sight of the wet stuff cascading in a picturesque way.

Close up it seems as if the coins have almost merged with the wood, but that is the effect of the weather upon the metal. Some suggest that the reason money is pushed in to the bark is more than just a desire to increase one’s wealth. It is thought that the amount of coins pushed in by an individual may result in them producing the same amount of children when their natural fecundity discovers a partner. The tree itself, though long since alive, has come to bear a marked resemblance to the torso of some sort of lizard, the coins becoming its scales. It is almost Arthurian in its strangeness.

You do not even have to leave the county to see another tree which is pitted with hundreds of coins. Bolton Abbey, famous for the wonderful ruins of a twelfth century priory also has its own money tree. The fact that two trees of the same kind are found in the same county may well say something about its inhabitants. If perhaps you are of the opinion that money can do anything, you might after all be accused of doing anything for money. Perhaps those visiting these trees would have been better off simply putting a little money away in a savings account each month. In a year they would be surprised at how little they have.

It is said that if all the rich people in the world divided their money up between themselves then there almost certainly would not be enough to go around. Perhaps wishing for money is one thing, but getting it is another. As they say, when the gods wish to punish us, then they give us what we want. Cicero, way back before the Christian era said that endless money created the sinews of war – and nothing is truer than that two thousand years later.

If you are ever taken on a jaunt to Cumbria then you should not forget to visit Ambleside over the Kirkstone Pass. Aira Force, again the site of a beautiful waterfall – one of the best known waterfalls in the Lake District in fact – is home to yet another money tree. If Poirot was around today he would perhaps be profiling those people who use trees for this sort of decoration. Firstly, the north of England, secondly they generally seem to be close to waterfalls. Throw in a good murder mystery and you might well have the basis of a Christie-esque novel.

Dovedale in Derbyshire is the home of the one above – so the plot thickens. Owned by the National Trust in the UK, it annually attracts over a million visitors to its beautiful scenery. And strangely enough, a river runs through it. The plot thickens. If you happen to go there in hunt of the money tree, don’t forget that you can also see the famous caves known as the Dove Holes, which sound something like a SM heavy metal band, but there you go.

Teesdale is a somewhat colder place than the rest of those which have money trees. It is in a valley on the east side of the Pennine mountains in England. It is an official AONB in the UK – an Area Of Outstanding Beauty. The River Tees rises below the highest river, Cross Fell and although within England the local climate is classified as sub-arctic. Snow has been known to fall there in June. Whatever the reasons people have stuck coins in these trees, one can only hope that the wish they made when they did it come true. One can only hope it was not for wealth as that has been seen to fail to make people happy as readily as poverty.


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French, Italian and Japanese carmakers extended their lead over German rivals last year in the race to deliver fuel efficient and low emission vehicles according to new figures published today by Transport and Environment (T&E), the sustainable transport campaign group.


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dinosaursThe extinction of the dinosaurs has long been considered a crime committed by a lone gunman: an incoming asteroid that struck the earth 65 million years ago, filling the air with sun-blocking dust. Now, however, controversy is being stirred anew as evidence suggests that the asteroid might have had a partner in crime: volcanoes, massive ones, blasting clouds of toxic gas from the bowels of the earth and poisoning much of the planet’s life.

It was nearly 30 years ago that physicist Luis Alvarez and his son Walter, a geologist, proposed the giant-impact theory of dinosaur extinction. Their evidence was compelling: a thin layer of iridium in the earth’s sediment dating to about the time of the die-off. Iridium is rare on Earth but common in asteroids. The iridium layer, mapped by the Alvarezes in scattered sites around the world, suggested an asteroid that vaporized on impact, spreading a cloud throughout the stratosphere. The argument seemed sealed in the 1990s, when geologists realized that a huge crater centered near Chicxulub, Mexico, was almost certainly caused by a giant impact at just the time the extinctions occurred.
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