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  • 29 Dec 2019
    Almost every major civilization on Earth has a reference to the lost city of Atlantis somewhere within its ancient texts. It's recorded on official documents and even mentioned in the scriptures of some religions. In every case, the story is the same: It was a mighty city, and possibly even a world leader in trade, commerce, and culture, but one day it was sunk beneath a mighty wave and never returned. The people and buildings of Atlantis were lost forever, and the whole city was buried at the bottom of the sea. Given the number of ancient texts that refer to it, it's nothing short of astonishing that we haven't found Atlantis yet. We don't even know if there's an Atlantis to find at all - it's possible that it all started with one fantastical tale, and all the other stories and records are based on repetitions of that myth. There are many historians and experts who have concluded that it's never been anything more than a legend, but there are just as many who believe that the legend is rooted in reality and that the remains of Atlantis are still out there somewhere if we just knew where to look. Even after so many years and so little evidence, the Atlantis name still inspires the imagination and attracts wonder. It also attracts money; the Atlantis: City of Destiny online slots game is just one of many online slots that use the mythology of the sunken city to part players from their money. Even if you added up all the money that's been spent on the Atlantis-inspired online slots games, it would just be a drop in the ocean (if you'll excuse the pun) compared to the huge sum of cash raked in by Disney's 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' movie. Whether it's films or slots game on website like Dove Casino, there's money to be made on the back of the Atlantis story, and for as long as that remains the case, people will carry on looking for it. Could it be possible that we've already found it, though? Could the story of Atlantis be based on any of the real-life locations we're about to show you? Thera The story of Atlantis is widely considered to be a Greek myth, so in and around Greece might be the best place to start looking for it. If we did so, we’d have to give careful consideration to Thera, an island that met with sudden destruction just as Atlantis does in the famous tale. There’s a crucial difference, though. Atlantis was drowned. Thera was buried under a volcanic eruption during the Bronze Age, suffering a similar fate to the Italian city of Pompeii. Nor was it lost forever - Santorini was built right on top of its ruins. Everything that once existed on Thera was gone, though, and could either be a misinterpretation on Plato’s part or a mistranslation of Plato’s original records that led to the ‘flood’ version of the story becoming widespread. There are archaeologists attempting to excavate parts of Thera as we speak, so we might learn more about this in the near future. Spain Many researchers from the United States of America have dedicated years of their lives to trying to locate Atlantis, and they've cast their net far and wide. Spain seems too far away from Plato's field of observation to be the right location for Atlantis, but there certainly appears to be something interesting in the sea close to its coast. Satellite imagery of the sea bed near Cadiz, close to Spain's south coast, has shown evidence of large human-made structures below the sea there. According to Richard Freund, who is the head researcher on the team responsible for the possible discovery, the undersea city has been almost totally flattened - a phenomenon that he believes is consistent with the impact of an enormous tsunami. Freund also excitedly points to several similarly-designed ancient towns and villages near to Cadiz, because he claims they were made in the image of Atlantis as a tribute to the lost city. More evidence will be required to prove his claim, but he could be on to something. Cyprus The tale of the Cypriot candidate for Atlantis has gone cold in recent years, but we shouldn't discount it as a possibility. Way back in 2004, another American research team led by Robert Sarmast was one hundred percent positive that they'd found the remains of Atlantis under the sea close to Cyprus. Could it be that Cyprus once had another companion island? If the sonar scans are to be believed, it might have done. The sonar shows a hill which bears a striking similarity to the 'Acropolis Hill' described by Plato, and upon that hill are two long, straight walls. Sarmast believes the walls are too perfectly straight to have been designed by nature, as the dimensions are too perfect. These could be the hills that the fabled temples of Atlantis once stood upon. At the time, Sarmast intended to go back and conduct further research, but it appears that he never did. If anything, that adds to the sense of mystery! Gibraltar As an island, Gibraltar is another location that's a prime candidate to have been close to or connected to Atlantis - and now there's some evidence that it may have been. As recently as 2017, stone anchors were pulled out of the sea in the Strait of Gibraltar. Atlantis is said to have been a port city, and so the ancient anchor could have come from ships and boats that were in its harbor when disaster struck. No less than six of the 5,000-year-old anchors have been found in a part of the Strait, which was known back in Plato's time as the Pillar of Hercules. Although interpretations vary, there are some who believe that the Pillar of Hercules is precisely where Plato specified that Atlantis could be found. At the very least, there's evidence of a Bronze Age harbor below the waves there that was once presumably very large but is now completely submerged.   Could Atlantis be in any of the locations above? Have we already found it and completely overlooked it? Or is it just a case of the myth being nothing more than folklore, and there’s no truth to be found? We may find out soon, or we might never find out at all. In the meantime, at least we can all carry on watching the films and playing the online slots.
    69 Posted by James Green
  • Almost every major civilization on Earth has a reference to the lost city of Atlantis somewhere within its ancient texts. It's recorded on official documents and even mentioned in the scriptures of some religions. In every case, the story is the same: It was a mighty city, and possibly even a world leader in trade, commerce, and culture, but one day it was sunk beneath a mighty wave and never returned. The people and buildings of Atlantis were lost forever, and the whole city was buried at the bottom of the sea. Given the number of ancient texts that refer to it, it's nothing short of astonishing that we haven't found Atlantis yet. We don't even know if there's an Atlantis to find at all - it's possible that it all started with one fantastical tale, and all the other stories and records are based on repetitions of that myth. There are many historians and experts who have concluded that it's never been anything more than a legend, but there are just as many who believe that the legend is rooted in reality and that the remains of Atlantis are still out there somewhere if we just knew where to look. Even after so many years and so little evidence, the Atlantis name still inspires the imagination and attracts wonder. It also attracts money; the Atlantis: City of Destiny online slots game is just one of many online slots that use the mythology of the sunken city to part players from their money. Even if you added up all the money that's been spent on the Atlantis-inspired online slots games, it would just be a drop in the ocean (if you'll excuse the pun) compared to the huge sum of cash raked in by Disney's 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' movie. Whether it's films or slots game on website like Dove Casino, there's money to be made on the back of the Atlantis story, and for as long as that remains the case, people will carry on looking for it. Could it be possible that we've already found it, though? Could the story of Atlantis be based on any of the real-life locations we're about to show you? Thera The story of Atlantis is widely considered to be a Greek myth, so in and around Greece might be the best place to start looking for it. If we did so, we’d have to give careful consideration to Thera, an island that met with sudden destruction just as Atlantis does in the famous tale. There’s a crucial difference, though. Atlantis was drowned. Thera was buried under a volcanic eruption during the Bronze Age, suffering a similar fate to the Italian city of Pompeii. Nor was it lost forever - Santorini was built right on top of its ruins. Everything that once existed on Thera was gone, though, and could either be a misinterpretation on Plato’s part or a mistranslation of Plato’s original records that led to the ‘flood’ version of the story becoming widespread. There are archaeologists attempting to excavate parts of Thera as we speak, so we might learn more about this in the near future. Spain Many researchers from the United States of America have dedicated years of their lives to trying to locate Atlantis, and they've cast their net far and wide. Spain seems too far away from Plato's field of observation to be the right location for Atlantis, but there certainly appears to be something interesting in the sea close to its coast. Satellite imagery of the sea bed near Cadiz, close to Spain's south coast, has shown evidence of large human-made structures below the sea there. According to Richard Freund, who is the head researcher on the team responsible for the possible discovery, the undersea city has been almost totally flattened - a phenomenon that he believes is consistent with the impact of an enormous tsunami. Freund also excitedly points to several similarly-designed ancient towns and villages near to Cadiz, because he claims they were made in the image of Atlantis as a tribute to the lost city. More evidence will be required to prove his claim, but he could be on to something. Cyprus The tale of the Cypriot candidate for Atlantis has gone cold in recent years, but we shouldn't discount it as a possibility. Way back in 2004, another American research team led by Robert Sarmast was one hundred percent positive that they'd found the remains of Atlantis under the sea close to Cyprus. Could it be that Cyprus once had another companion island? If the sonar scans are to be believed, it might have done. The sonar shows a hill which bears a striking similarity to the 'Acropolis Hill' described by Plato, and upon that hill are two long, straight walls. Sarmast believes the walls are too perfectly straight to have been designed by nature, as the dimensions are too perfect. These could be the hills that the fabled temples of Atlantis once stood upon. At the time, Sarmast intended to go back and conduct further research, but it appears that he never did. If anything, that adds to the sense of mystery! Gibraltar As an island, Gibraltar is another location that's a prime candidate to have been close to or connected to Atlantis - and now there's some evidence that it may have been. As recently as 2017, stone anchors were pulled out of the sea in the Strait of Gibraltar. Atlantis is said to have been a port city, and so the ancient anchor could have come from ships and boats that were in its harbor when disaster struck. No less than six of the 5,000-year-old anchors have been found in a part of the Strait, which was known back in Plato's time as the Pillar of Hercules. Although interpretations vary, there are some who believe that the Pillar of Hercules is precisely where Plato specified that Atlantis could be found. At the very least, there's evidence of a Bronze Age harbor below the waves there that was once presumably very large but is now completely submerged.   Could Atlantis be in any of the locations above? Have we already found it and completely overlooked it? Or is it just a case of the myth being nothing more than folklore, and there’s no truth to be found? We may find out soon, or we might never find out at all. In the meantime, at least we can all carry on watching the films and playing the online slots.
    Dec 29, 2019 69
  • 29 Oct 2019
    Owning a home is a prominent benchmark that has been in many people’s dreams since they were young. The thought of building a home is often synonymous to one of the first major steps in a person’s life. A home is a place to raise a loving family under a roof, where friends gather for backyard BBQs, where guys have a man cave and women a girl’s den. For those that do not yet have a home, it is very easy to slip into these fantasies and daydream. However, the cold reality is that buying a home and achieving this dream can be far from easy. Especially in major city centres where housing prices steeply rise and are fair game for vicious bidding wars. Even small sized fixer upper homes in hot spots of cities are strategically priced lower to encourage bids that rise by the hundreds of thousands and, in the end, sell for over a million.   The trap many first home buyers, particularly young ones, fall into is being house rich but pocket poor. What this means is that they have scrounged together just enough finances to purchase their dream home, from the down payment to mortgage and other expenses. Yet, once the home is purchased, a steady and often high cash flow is needed. General house expenses, repairs, taxes & utilities, mortgage payments, start to stack up costs irrespective of budgeting for standard living expenditures on groceries, car, clothing, phone bills, and more. Unfortunately, the downward spiral continues of just keeping the owner’s head above water until the realization that more money is going out than coming in. Eventually, the owner has to sell and downsize to suit their standard of living. So, what can be done to avoid the chance of such as situation.   There is a classic piece of advice when it comes to playing the stock market not to take a risk on anything that you cannot afford to lose. The same applies to purchasing a home. It is essential to understand the price range you are comfortable with in order to filter your search and manage expectations. Often this practice is automatically in effect when the home buyer(s) are seeking mortgage approval. No one would lend large sums of money to a stranger, who promises to pay back with interest, so do not expect the Banks to blindly issue mortgage loans. Banks want to see proof of cash flow to indicate that you can pay the monthly mortgage with interest and will not default. In today’s Freelance or entrepreneurial culture, this can become a challenge. Therefore, it is important to show that you have a consistent cash flow or income per month. If you run your own business, for example, keeping clear records to show that you have made a monthly profit of £4,000 or more for the past 5 years assures a bank’s mortgage lender much better than a Freelance that made £1,500 one month, then £300 the other, with an inconsistent pattern. Saving up as much money for the down payment is also very useful as this will not only influence the mortgage approval but also how fast you are able to pay off the mortgage and thus pay less interest overall. The longer the time period to pay off the mortgage, the higher the fixed rate interest.   Another option a first time home buyer should consider is where to purchase their home. Location is arguably the biggest driver of housing price, as a decent home in a prime location in the city fetches millions. Therefore, newbie buyers may want to consider the less popular areas, that could be up and coming in a few years. Doing research to find hidden gems in the city could pay off massively if gentrification occurs later on and the homes that were purchased  inexpensively are now triple or quadruple in market value. Also, search for homes that have amenities nearby or that are close to your place of work, as these are all important factors to consider. Often, buyers in the city as willing to search for property in the suburbs or an hour drive away. Homes in the suburbs, small townships, or the country may have a lower asking price and are double in size when compared to those in the city. Having a larger plot of land, surrounded by nature, in a quiet community, and the ability to drive or commute for an hour into the city centre, are all benefits for many buyers. Many buyers choose to build their families here for this very reason. Even in the once quiet communities, population growth has nurtured vibrant towns that have a nice balance of a peaceful atmosphere without feeling too isolated. Whether staying inside or going out of the city, it is important to balance the realities of your finances with your lifestyle and necessities.   The next important piece of advice for home buying is to conduct extensive research and know the housing market inside out. In this way, buyers are best equipped to negotiate pricing or engage in a bidding war where they do not over bid and lose extra financials or make low ball offers that lose a sale on the perfect home. In this way, the bidding strategy is somewhat akin to betting in slot games such as those offered by online casino sites like KongCasino.com. Strategy betting in these online slots, which have flexible wagers, can offer the opportunity for many chances to win real money. These slots have an easy to pick up gameplay with 5 reels, 3 to 4 wager rows, paylines, and many bonus features that can win rewards. The great quality of these slot games is that they are mobile friendly and also available in a variety of exciting themes. For instance, home buyers may enjoy real estate related online slots such as WMS Gaming’s ‘Monopoly: Bring Down the House’, NextGen’s ‘Foxin Wins’, and NetEnt’s ‘Piggy Riches’. The latter two in which players are invited to lavish mansions as they spin the reels. On any given spin, home buyers could be contributing to the down payment of a mansion of their own.   The housing market can seem very daunting. There are many details to understand and iron out as well as thinking practically. On this point, a large portion of buyers use their homes as Investment income via rent or Airbnb. Others purchase a fixer upper home that they renovate and flip for triple the value in a year. There are many ways to make home buying work for you, the main challenge is finding which ones to pursue.
    507 Posted by James Green
  • Owning a home is a prominent benchmark that has been in many people’s dreams since they were young. The thought of building a home is often synonymous to one of the first major steps in a person’s life. A home is a place to raise a loving family under a roof, where friends gather for backyard BBQs, where guys have a man cave and women a girl’s den. For those that do not yet have a home, it is very easy to slip into these fantasies and daydream. However, the cold reality is that buying a home and achieving this dream can be far from easy. Especially in major city centres where housing prices steeply rise and are fair game for vicious bidding wars. Even small sized fixer upper homes in hot spots of cities are strategically priced lower to encourage bids that rise by the hundreds of thousands and, in the end, sell for over a million.   The trap many first home buyers, particularly young ones, fall into is being house rich but pocket poor. What this means is that they have scrounged together just enough finances to purchase their dream home, from the down payment to mortgage and other expenses. Yet, once the home is purchased, a steady and often high cash flow is needed. General house expenses, repairs, taxes & utilities, mortgage payments, start to stack up costs irrespective of budgeting for standard living expenditures on groceries, car, clothing, phone bills, and more. Unfortunately, the downward spiral continues of just keeping the owner’s head above water until the realization that more money is going out than coming in. Eventually, the owner has to sell and downsize to suit their standard of living. So, what can be done to avoid the chance of such as situation.   There is a classic piece of advice when it comes to playing the stock market not to take a risk on anything that you cannot afford to lose. The same applies to purchasing a home. It is essential to understand the price range you are comfortable with in order to filter your search and manage expectations. Often this practice is automatically in effect when the home buyer(s) are seeking mortgage approval. No one would lend large sums of money to a stranger, who promises to pay back with interest, so do not expect the Banks to blindly issue mortgage loans. Banks want to see proof of cash flow to indicate that you can pay the monthly mortgage with interest and will not default. In today’s Freelance or entrepreneurial culture, this can become a challenge. Therefore, it is important to show that you have a consistent cash flow or income per month. If you run your own business, for example, keeping clear records to show that you have made a monthly profit of £4,000 or more for the past 5 years assures a bank’s mortgage lender much better than a Freelance that made £1,500 one month, then £300 the other, with an inconsistent pattern. Saving up as much money for the down payment is also very useful as this will not only influence the mortgage approval but also how fast you are able to pay off the mortgage and thus pay less interest overall. The longer the time period to pay off the mortgage, the higher the fixed rate interest.   Another option a first time home buyer should consider is where to purchase their home. Location is arguably the biggest driver of housing price, as a decent home in a prime location in the city fetches millions. Therefore, newbie buyers may want to consider the less popular areas, that could be up and coming in a few years. Doing research to find hidden gems in the city could pay off massively if gentrification occurs later on and the homes that were purchased  inexpensively are now triple or quadruple in market value. Also, search for homes that have amenities nearby or that are close to your place of work, as these are all important factors to consider. Often, buyers in the city as willing to search for property in the suburbs or an hour drive away. Homes in the suburbs, small townships, or the country may have a lower asking price and are double in size when compared to those in the city. Having a larger plot of land, surrounded by nature, in a quiet community, and the ability to drive or commute for an hour into the city centre, are all benefits for many buyers. Many buyers choose to build their families here for this very reason. Even in the once quiet communities, population growth has nurtured vibrant towns that have a nice balance of a peaceful atmosphere without feeling too isolated. Whether staying inside or going out of the city, it is important to balance the realities of your finances with your lifestyle and necessities.   The next important piece of advice for home buying is to conduct extensive research and know the housing market inside out. In this way, buyers are best equipped to negotiate pricing or engage in a bidding war where they do not over bid and lose extra financials or make low ball offers that lose a sale on the perfect home. In this way, the bidding strategy is somewhat akin to betting in slot games such as those offered by online casino sites like KongCasino.com. Strategy betting in these online slots, which have flexible wagers, can offer the opportunity for many chances to win real money. These slots have an easy to pick up gameplay with 5 reels, 3 to 4 wager rows, paylines, and many bonus features that can win rewards. The great quality of these slot games is that they are mobile friendly and also available in a variety of exciting themes. For instance, home buyers may enjoy real estate related online slots such as WMS Gaming’s ‘Monopoly: Bring Down the House’, NextGen’s ‘Foxin Wins’, and NetEnt’s ‘Piggy Riches’. The latter two in which players are invited to lavish mansions as they spin the reels. On any given spin, home buyers could be contributing to the down payment of a mansion of their own.   The housing market can seem very daunting. There are many details to understand and iron out as well as thinking practically. On this point, a large portion of buyers use their homes as Investment income via rent or Airbnb. Others purchase a fixer upper home that they renovate and flip for triple the value in a year. There are many ways to make home buying work for you, the main challenge is finding which ones to pursue.
    Oct 29, 2019 507