Artist Helps Dementia Patients

Popular painter Sarah-Jane Szikora has announced that she is using her artistic abilities to help dementia patients.

The northern artist announced on her personal blog that she is currently involved in the initial stages of designing and refurbishing three dementia wards in Bradford teaching hospitals.

Sarah-Jane said she hopes that her personal experience of dementia through her mother’s illness will help other people who are affected by the condition.

She wrote in her blog: “Through art, I can also use the experience and hopefully turn it into something positive for others. We must always strive to see the brighter side of life amidst the darkness of living. Laughter, after all, is the best medicine.”

The artist is spending less time on producing Sarah-Jane Szikora prints so that she can fully concentrate her efforts on the design and refurbishment project.

Sarah-Jane has called for further investment from potential donors as the scheme is mainly funded by charity and only receives a small amount from the NHS.

She added on her blog: “So what we lack in funds, we must try and make up for in creativity!”

Sarah-Jane recently told the arts and culture journal Fally rag that she hopes that her light-hearted and humorous prints of giant gingerbread man and confectionary characters provide people with happiness.

She told the publication: “The world doesn’t owe you happiness; you must earn it. Get on that journey of self-discovery and change something. Art helped me to be happy, so hopefully by offering my results, I can pass a little bit of that on.”

Sarah-Jane said that she wanted to inspire human warmth and connection through her irreverent artwork as she does not want to add to the despair that some people already experience.

“The world has seen enough misery without Tracy Emin’s dirty knickers thrown in,” she told Fally rag.

Life drawing classes at the Cleveland College of Art inspired Szikora’s passion for illustrating the human body, which she has now evolved to create extreme comedy figures.

People interested in viewing Sarah-Jane Szikora prints will be pleased to know that the artist said that she will soon be revealing the dates of some gallery events taking place in July.

The artist also said on her blog that she had the pleasure of going to an exhibition in Newcastle which displayed Fabian Perez prints.

Sarah-Jane Szikora prints have been displayed in Harrods, Selfridges and several important exhibitions across the United Kingdom.

Famous Leo Celebrities

The fifth sign of the zodiac, People who come under this sun sign arr born between July 22nd and August 23rd. Leo is a Fire sign. The people who are born under this sun sign are normally active, assertive, outgoing and motivating. They do things, take action and also like to work things through and make things happen. The following atr the top 5 Leo celebrities:

Barrack Obama, the current president of the United States was born on August4, 1961. He is the first African American to hold office. He served as a United States senator previously. Obama graduated from the Columbia University and the Harvard law school. Between 1992 and 2004, he also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago law school.

Jennifer Lopez is a popular American singer, actress, dancer and television personality who belongs to the Leo sun sign. She began her career as a dancer on a comedy show and gained recognition subsequently for her performance in the action thriller Money Train. She has also given memorable performances in films such as Shall we Dance, The Backup Plan and others.

Ben Affleck, a popular American actor and film director is a Leo celebrity known for his performances in films such as Pearl Harbor, Changing Lanes, The Sum of all Fears and Daredevil.

Kenny Rogers is the fourth Leo celebrity who is a famous American song writer, singer and entrepreneur. He has more than 120 hit singles to his credit that spans several music genres.

Pete Sampras was born on 12th August 1971. He is a retired American tennis player and former world number 1. He won 14 Grand Slam titles during his 15 year tour career. Having debuted on the professional tour in 1988, Sampras played one of his best games in the year 2002 defeating rival Andre Agassi in the U.S open final. For six consecutive years he ranked World No. 1 from 1993 to 1998.

Those belonging to the Leo sun sign are charismatic and natural leaders. They also love to be in the limelight. They are also organized, idealistic and can greatly inspire others.

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Protecting Celebrities From Threats

Securing the safety and security of top leaders of countries, celebrities and the rich and famous has never been easy as they are commonly the victims of terror threat, kidnapping and stalking. The nature of their jobs, the position they are into and the money attached to their names and positions pose as temptations to the public. Despite security measures, some well-planned schemes were almost successful, some others were not but a few crimes were really committed into action and proved to be successful for the perpetrators.

Managing celebrity security is the most difficult because of the nature of their profession as it require them to be always on the spotlight and be with a large crowd. They become more vulnerable to threats because of their lifestyles. Despite their status, many try to live as normal as possible like going shopping unaccompanied to the point of risking their lives. We hear over the radio, read on the papers and see on the television and the internet so much about paparazzis sticking their cameras in front of celebrities’ faces and stalking them for days just so to take a photo or two and how celebrities abhor being hounded in this obnoxious fashion. Paparazzi harassment, however, dims in comparison to kidnapping and death threats. Celebrities are always on guard to maintain their safety and of their families taking extraordinary security measures in place at all times to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Taking a kidnap threat seriously against Australian actor Russell Crowe in 2001, the FBI insisted on accompanying him to the Academy Awards just to protect him. The FBI later informed him that the threat came from the Al-Qaeda. It was so fortunate that the plot was discovered before it was really committed. What about those that were literally materialized into action?

In 1985, Julio Iglesias’ father, Julio Iglesias, Sr., was kidnapped by Basque terrorists and held captive for 2 weeks, repeatedly threatened with death but was later rescued by Spanish police unharmed on the day the ransom money was supposed to be release to the kidnappers. Although he was never harmed physically, he was badly traumatized by the incident.

Because of this, the need for security globally has increased. The forecasted expenditure allotted on security services alone, by 2012 is expected at $200 billion.

Banksy Prints Prove Popular With Celebrities

Work by graffiti artist Banksy has become so popular that celebrities regularly buy originals and prints.

In 2006 American pop singer and songwriter Christina Aguilera paid 25,000 for an original of Queen Victoria as a lesbian and two Banksy prints after arranging a private viewing at a Soho gallery where the Bristol-born urban artist was exhibiting.

Gallery owner Steve Lazarides told the Independent that the pop star already had an in-depth knowledge of Banksy prints and originals and knew exactly what sort of artwork she wanted to buy.

A friend of Aguilera said the musician would prize the Queen Victoria picture featuring the monarch in a lesbian pose with a prostitute and hang it in her living room.

“She’s been a huge fan of Banksy for months and was desperate to get her hands on some of his artwork,” they told the paper.

Banksy reportedly created the controversial piece in response to the fact that Queen Victoria famously refused to pass a law outlawing lesbianism as she refused to believe such things existed.

Hollywood mega-couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are amassing a growing collection of Banksy work having spent in excess of 1 million at a contemporary art auction in London in 2007.

Brangelina also controversially bought a Banksy painting of Michael Jackson which showed the King of Pop standing in the doorway of a cottage attempting to coax a young boy and girl into his house with sweets.

Brad Pitt told the Times at an exhibition in America that he becoming a fan of Banksy after discovering examples of his work through the media.

He said: “I think that this guy is really on to something. I first heard about him a year or so ago I saw something about him in a magazine.”

Keanu Reeves, Meg White and Jude Law are just some of the famous faces who have also been spotted viewing Banksy prints and originals at exhibitions in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Mr Lazarides said that Banksy prints and originals are popular with celebrities because they prefer contemporary art to classical masterpieces.

He told the Times: “They’ve got money and they don’t particularly want to spend it on a Picasso – they want to buy something that relates to their lives, their time and their culture.”

Banksy has famously painted subversive graffiti in places such as London Zoo, the British Museum and the wall dividing the West Bank in Israel.

Voiceover Artist Radio Station Imaging David Kaye

VOICEOVER ARTIST RADIO STATION IMAGING
by David Kaye

I do a lot of radio imaging.

Many people call it “Radio Station Imaging,” or as I like to call it, “Promotional Branding and Station Identification.”

In this realm of the business, it is important to make sure that you’re set up as a proper company, that you’re a business. It is not a fly-by-night deal by any stretch of the imagination.

You’d better have the equipment. You’d better be prepared to work a lot and take care of your voice, because radio stations like to use you a lot.

In a contract, traditionally you’re committed to recording a page or two a month, whatever your agent negotiates, or whatever you negotiate for yourself. They’ll stretch that out. They’ll try to get as much as they possibly can out of a page. So radio station voice imaging is little bits and pieces and stuff and there is a page and stuff.

Typically, on a Monday or Friday a bulk of stuff will come in. That’s just the nature of the business.

The business has changed over the years, especially because of the Internet. There’s not as much money flowing around as it used to be. Some of the big companies are changing hands. We all know how that’s gone. The economy is different. But stations are still spending money on station voices. They are still going out and searching for them.

When someone listens to the radio station, in their head they’re hearing the imaging person the voice as the owner. If you’re hired to be the voice of a radio station, you’re that station’s identifier. You represent that station. It is a big responsibility. It’s not just, “You know, I do the voice.” No, that’s the sound of the station. So think of yourself as the radio station’s boss.

So if you’re going to be voicing stuff for radio stations, note that, first of all, the business has changed. There are even more opportunites now because there is satellite radio. There still are revenue stream issues, but if you want to get into it there is places you can put your voice. There are Internet radio stations.

You can do a lot of marketing on your own on the Internet to radio and TV stations. But be prepared to be a business. You’re a businessman. They want to hire you. They want you available. They want you versatile, and there is a certain style you need to keep in mind.

There are perimeters to being a radio imaging voice. So that means listening to what’s out there now, listening to what’s out there in the past, and maybe developing your own style…but within the perimeters. You’re selling the station. You are the station’s voice. That’s a big responsibility.

Dealing with Scam Artist Pretending To Be IRS Debt Collectors

In 2004, the IRS was given the authority to use third party debt collectors to hunt down taxes owed by delinquent taxpayers. Scam artists knew an opportunity when they saw one.

Dealing with Scam Artist Pretending To Be IRS Debt Collectors

In an effort to track down delinquent taxpayers, the federal government gave the IRS the right to hire private debt collectors in 2004. You know, those annoying people that call during dinner. The reason for this change in policy actually made some sense. With as much information as the IRS is forced to deal with, it simply took forever for the IRS to start collection actions. By using the third parties, the IRS would be able to get the process moving without taking up employee time.

As you might imagine, the private tax debt collector program sounded like a good idea, but proved to be problematic. There were two primary problems. First, the legitimate debt collectors were threatening taxpayers. Second, scam artists started posing as debt collectors to collect money from nave tax collectors or perform identify theft on them. It is this second problem that we focus on here.

The central problem with the new debt collector program is how does a taxpayer know if they are dealing with a legitimate company or a scam artist trying to rip them off? Well, the IRS has instituted a new program in an effort to clarify matters. Here are the highlights:

1. If the IRS is going to use a private debt collector to come after you, the agency will first send you a letter indicating as much. The name of the company handling the debt collection will be included in the letter. If you do not receive this letter, ignore or report any parties claiming to be debt collectors to the IRS immediately. Play along and get their contact information so the IRS can hammer them.

2. When dealing with the debt collector, you will eventually reach a point where you write a check. The check should be written to the United States Treasury. If the debt collector instructs you to write it to any other name, they are scam artists and you should report them immediately. There is no exception to this rule. All payments are made to the United States Treasury, just like if you had actually paid your taxes on time!

Scam artists are very creative when it comes to thinking up schemes for ripping people off. Understand and stick to the following guidelines and you can foil them.

Richard A. Chapo is with BusinessTaxRecovery.com – providing information on taxes.

Celebrities wrap-up the smart pink passion for Breast Cancer Campaign

A whole host of famous names have joined forces to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign, by creating a life-size patchwork smart car to mark the launch of the limited edition smart fortwo pink passion. The patchwork smart is made entirely of fabric donated by celebrities and will be auctioned-off with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Campaign. smart will also donate 10,000 to the charity from sales of the smart fortwo pink passion. Celebrities including Russell Brand, Ryan Giggs, Sara Cox, Elizabeth Hurley, Rachel Stevens,Twiggy Lawson, Joanna Lumley and JaneMcDonaldhave all donated swatches of pink fabric to help create the life-size smart fortwo. The one-off patchwork smart car will be up for auction on eBay from Tuesday 19th October until 29th October. It will be on show at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey throughout October. Franklin Jacoyange, Corporate Partnership Executive, Breast Cancer Campaign comments; -We are delighted to have the support of smart and so many celebrities during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month’. Money raised will help the charity fund vital research to help us beat breast cancer.- Fabric donated to create the patchwork smart includes everything from shirts and bra’s to blankets and babygro’s, with celebrities sending messages of support for the auction: -The squares were cut from my youngest daughters outgrown vests. I hope with all my heart that a cure for Breast Cancer will be discovered before she reaches womanhood’ – Radio 1 DJ, Sara Cox -My piece of pink material is a bra because post breast cancer, I can no longer wear pretty under-wired underwear like this…still, a small price to pay. Here’s to happiness and good luck with the auction’ – Chat show host and Breast Cancer survivor, Trisha Goddard. -I’d like to donate a dolls babygro chosen by my daughter. Here’s to raising lots of money for Breast Cancer Campaign’ – Manchester United footballer, Ryan Giggs Celebrities that have donated fabric to the smart pink passion patchwork quilt are: Russell Brand, June Brown, Klariza Clayton, Claire Cooper, Sara Cox, Cheryl Fergison, Ryan Giggs, Trisha Goddard, Elizabeth Hurley, Zoe Lister, Joanna Lumley, Jane MacDonald, Kym Marsh, Martine McCutcheon, Dawn Porter, Adele Silva, Rachel Stevens, Margherita Taylor, Nina Wadia, Twiggy Lawson Only 100 models of the smart fortwo pink passion are available to buy in the UK, with smart donating 10,000 from the total sales to Breast Cancer Campaign. For further information on smart go to

Russell Brand and Other Celebs Support smart car Breast Cancer Fund Raiser

Even Celebrities Need DUI Attorneys

A culture’s celebrities reflect the current societal climate quite effectively. A multitude of movie stars, musicians and professional athletes have needed to engage a DUI attorney to get them out of a drunk driving jam, just like so many average citizens. Here are the top ten celebrities who have been hit with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charge over the last few years.

1) Mel Gibson, movie actor extraordinaire, producer and director, who has starred in such hits as “Passion of the Christ-, “What Women Want-, “Braveheart- and many others. He is an Academy Award winner. He has had more than one brush with the law . His most recent arrest was in 2006 and he has admitted struggling with alcohol and that alcoholism runs in his family.

2) Stephanie Pratt, MTV “Hills- starlet, was arrested for driving under the influence in October 2009. She was booked into a San Fernando Valley, California jail.

3) Paris Hilton, lovely, young socialite and heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune, was taken into custody in 2006. She brushed off the incident saying that she was hungry and in a hurry to pick up a hamburger.

4) Nicole Richie, a television actress and fashion designer, was arrested and booked into jail in 2007. She is now the mother of two young children and has been said to have turned over a new leaf from her old partying lifestyle.

5) Lindsay Lohan, a movie actress who has starred in multiple flicks including “Parent Trap-, a Disney remake, was taken into custody in the summer of 2007.

6) Charles Barkley, basketball superstar and television commentator, was arrested for a DUI on January 1, 2009.

7) Heidi Fleiss, notorious Hollywood madam, was arrested along with driving without a license and an assortment of other charges.

8) Haley Joel Osment, who as a child starred in the movie “The Sixth Sense-, was taken into custody for at the age of eighteen in 2006.

9) Pete Doherty, musician, was arrested for driving intoxicated in summer of 2009. He plays with the band, Babyshambles, which is a British Indie band.

10) Richie Sambora, guitarist for the band Bon Jovi, pleaded guilty to a DUI in the Spring of 2008.

No matter how famous you may be, you may still stumble, fall and need the services of a reputable DUI attorney. All of these superheroes and heroines made a rapid call to an attorney with the expertise required to minimize their mistake, and the average citizen should remember to do the same.

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America’s Obsession With Rich And Famous Celebrities

They are rich, they are famous and a lot of people want to be like them. Americans have always been obsessed with celebrities. Be it socialites like Paris Hilton, or actors like Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie or entertainers like Madonna , Michael Jackson. Some love them, some hate them but one thing is for sure, you can not ignore them. They are like us – only better. They are rich, elegant, beautiful versions of us.

So what makes these celebrities so special? Is it because they are rich, beautiful, and popular? Or is it because they have worked really hard to succeed in a competitive show biz? A possible reason for our obsession with celebrities may be that they are what we want to be. They are in news all the time. Even the smallest things they do have the potential to make it to the front page of the newspapers. United States is obsessed with celebrity couples and kids of famous celebrities. If Bradd Pitt and Angelina Jolie take their kids to modeling shoots with them, if becomes a breaking news. If we buy a particular product, many times we do it because of the celebrities who endorse them.

Brands, big companies having realized our obsession with celebrities hire them to endorse their products. They pay millions to these celebs to endorse their products and it really sells! Thanks to our love, hate, madness for these celebrities, this makes them so popular and wanted. Our love and passion for these stars originates from the fact that they have it what it takes to get on the top. This is want we want to be, no matter which area of work we belong to. In simple words, Success is the magnet which attracts us towards them.

We, the Americans are obsessed with celebrities, only because we are obsessed with success. The dreams of making it big attract us towards successful celebrities. The flashy lifestyles of these successful people, their physical appearance and charisma inspire and motivate us. Kids like to imitate their favorite actor’s on screen roles and elders like to copy their dressing style, clothes and fashionable accessories. The humans have always been curious about other people by nature and if those other individuals are successful celebrities, then it becomes an obsession.

We are always obsessed with celebrities. Some of us consider them to be god. America is really obsessed with celebrities!

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How much would you pay to surround yourself with some of the best up and coming artists in your field? At Artists Universe, registration and use of the site is absolutely free. The only part of the site that requires a fee is the section to post a classified ad and to post an upcoming event; other than that, the whole site is free to use. The founders of Artists Universe understand how difficult it can be for some artists to make a living doing what they love. You shouldnt have to pay extra to have an online refuge where you can share ideas, improve your skill,s and meet other happening artists who feel the same way you do. This amazing new social networking site is here to help you refine your skills and meet great new people.

Artists Universe is also a site where video of you doing what you do best comes alive. When you create your own unique profile on Artists Universe, you can also upload your own homemade videos or videos of other virtuosos that you idolize. This is your chance to show the world what you can do. Best of all, Artists Universe is an inclusive and welcoming space, so you dont have to worry about being flamed because you stepped up and put yourself out there. Artists know how scary it can be to show the world your true self, which is why this whole interactive site was created in the first place. Artists need a place where they can feel welcomed and where they feel they can let their creativity flow without fear of angry responses. In the very near future, Artists Universe sees itself as the premiere online home of artists of every medium, from amateur to expert. Come be a part of the artist revolution at the number one site for creative people on the Internet, Artists Universe.