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First off, let get a few things straight so there won be any “that not the right way I do it” complaints. We going to explain one method of breaking in hiking boots here. It is not the end all for hiking boot break in. If you have your own method, then, by all means use it if it works for you.

If you have never broken in a pair of new hiking boots, this method works quite well and you can add or subtract your own tactics and methods as you gain experience.

That being said, there something else that needs to be understood. Not every pair of hiking boots needs to be broken in for lengthy periods of time. Some of the lighter weight boots will take less time to break in as will the partial leather or all fabric boots.

If, however, you have just bought or received a brand new pair of full grain leather hiking boots, you are going to need to break them in well, prior to taking any kind of lengthy hike.

The first thing you want to do is find the socks and sock liners that you are going to wear when you on your longest, hardest hike and put them on. Then put on your new hiking boots and lace them up very snug.

Now, walk around all over the inside of your house, apartment, etc. Do NOT go outside yet. If you do, you have bought the hiking boots permanently whether they fit right or not. Walking around outside just puts certain marks on your boots that scuff the bottoms and the hiking boot sellers will not accept any scuff marks on shoe soles if you want to return or exchange them.

When you lace the boots up, be sure that the gusseted tongues are lying flat against your foot as they should be. Do not let the gusset trough kink up and lie at an angle or bind up on you. Make sure it smooth before you lace up.

It quite normal for the boots to be a little tight and binding at first but they should not be too binding nor should there be any pinching, unnecessary rubbing or crowded toes right away. You should feel comfort and smoothness inside the shoe. There should be enough room that you can move your toes and the tops of your toes should not feel like there a ledge pulling down on them.

Again, walk all around the inside of your home and make sure the initial comfort is there. Stoop, bend and squat in them. If you have any doubts, you better off sending the boots back or taking them back to your local shop right away and trying on another style, a different brand or just another size. Don take chances with your feet.

If the boots feel great while walking around in the house for a couple of days, go ahead and venture out with them. Walk the dog, just walk around the block or the neighborhood. Take a short walk with them for about ten or fifteen minutes. Always wear the socks and liners that you going to wear on your planned hike.

Keep wearing them every chance you get. If you can wear them to work, do so. Wear them to run errands, take out the trash, walk to the store, whatever you do while ambulating.

Next go on a bit more lengthy hike around the neighborhood or area. Stay out for an hour or so.

In about a week you should feel the stiffness starting to wear out of them. They should begin to feel a little more normal and will give with your feet.

Now, keep up this routine for about a month. After a month of routine hiking, try putting on a backpack of about the same weight that you anticipating for your backpacking/hiking trip.

During the entire process, make certain that you paying attention to how they feel. Are they binding in some areas? Are they rubbing a little in certain places? If so, you can probably make adjustments that will alleviate these little problems.

It the little problems that will eventually become humongous problems and that why you need to address the little problems as soon as possible.

Sometimes, if there the slightest of rubs, you can put tape or padding over the area during the break in period and it will work itself out and be resolved after a month or so.

If the problem is a little more than some padding will alleviate, you can often go to your local leather or shoe repair shop or even a local shoe store and they may have a shoe stretching machine that can take care of that problem for you.

Once you get your shoes broken in correctly, you can wear them to the moon if you want and they will feel great but don neglect proper breaking in or you will definitely regret NOT breaking them in while you on your long hike.

You can discover more information about proper downhill lacing techniques and proper hiking socks and toe liners use by clicking on the links.
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Walk along any street in the city’s West End and the view is predominately of 100 year old heritage homes with the style and character of the era they were built. Take a turn onto St. Paul Street West and head to the 200 block and there’s a new kid in the neighbourhood, one with his own unique personality. “It’s a Zen, minimalist style,” said owner Kelvin Lit, an architect with Stantec in Kamloops. “I like that style. I do.” Lit designed the house himself and will live there when construction is complete later this summer. He hired the contractors himself at a cost of about $120 a square foot. He fit 222 square metres of living space into a three storey home that’s six metres wide by 12 metres long. The trick in designing the home was making use of the limited space he had to work with. Fortunately for Lit, his love of the minimalist, open style translated into a small but perfect home for him and his wife and son. But Lit didn’t feel constricted by the size of the lot. In an era when homeowners are building monster homes, he consciously bucked the trend, believing people who move into epic sized houses come to regret it. “They’re such big homes and most of it is not used anyways,” he said. “If you’re not using the space, then it’s not sustainable.” Lit designed the three bedroom home in such a way that his family won’t feel cramped, he said. “You design each space (in the home) to fit the needs of the family.” He picked the lot out of convenience and for the view. His parents purchased the property, which was sold along with a neighbouring lot that includes the house where the elder Lits now live. The lot is 15 metres wide, but contains a six metre easement for the property to the east and a six metre easement off the road. That didn’t leave much room to build on, he said. But the view of the North and South Thompson rivers, mounts Peter and Paul and the city’s downtown made the location a must have. “It’s amazing,” said Lit. “The home was designed to show off the view.” That’s why he designed the north facing walls off the master bedroom and living room with sliding glass doors that open onto three by six metre decks. The doors are framed with Douglas fir, a wood highlight that Lit carries throughout the home. “There’s also a lot of cedar,” he said, pointing to the cedar soffits and exposed Douglas fir beams outside. The decks will be finished with cedar planking and the second storey, an open plan living room, dining room and kitchen, will be completed with hardwood floors. He purchased the wood through a distributor in Enderby. He calls the look of the master bedroom Asian spartan, with the walls painted a light colour to show off the dark wood flooring. Walls that separate the bedroom from the ensuite don’t stretch all the way to the ceiling, creating an airy feel that plays against the small space. The rest of the house will continue the spartan look, with light walls accentuating the wood floors. Appliances will be modern stainless steel and black. Off the dining room are glass doors to the garden, which, like the rest of the home, is under construction. The doors line up with the set off the living room and, when open, allow for a cross breeze that cools the house. “There’s a lot of natural light, too, which I like,” said Lit. Lit was interested in drawing and design as a child and turned that passion for fine art into a career in architecture. He said his love of drawing mixed well with a lifelong appreciation of good construction. The end result is his new home. “I enjoy quality construction. There’s a lot of cool stuff out there,” said Lit.
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For the next big thing on the British high street, the Other Stories headquarters in Stockholm are surprisingly low key. Located on a quiet, snowy street in a residential part of the city and permeated with the smell of something delicious cooking for lunch (the team in the atelier all eat together every day), it’s a far cry from the vision of ultra hip Swedish cool we have come to expect from the brands this region keeps sending to invade our shores.

It feels deceptively homely, despite all the fierce looking, articulated platform shoes, armour plated bags and sharp silhouttes nestling in the workroom. But then its owner is well versed in putting us at our ease when it comes to being fashion forward.

Other Stories, which launched last week simultaneously in London, Berlin and Copenhagen (how’s that for cool company?) and online, is a new concept from the megabrand H which last month dressed Best Supporting Actress nominee Helen Hunt on the Oscars red carpet and presented a collection in the French capital to coincide with the international collections. Which, all in the past few years, has given us COS, Monki and sell out collaborations with Versace, Marni and Maison Martin Margiela.

It’s just another fashionable coup for a company that, seemingly, can do no wrong.

” Other Stories is about bringing everything a woman can wear into one place,” explains creative director Samuel Fernstrom. “About focusing on the whole look. We believe shoes, bags, accessories, jewellery, lingerie and beauty are key for styling, and just as important as clothing.”

The label began life simply as a beauty brand, practically the only industry pie H doesn’t yet have a finger in, with international make up artist Lisa Butler, who has worked alongside Inez and Vinoodh, as well as labels such as Prada and Hemut Lang as a consulting colour director. In charge of the fragrances is Ben Gorham, the nose at cult Swedish perfumiers Byredo. The beauty range includes skincare and sweet smelling body lotions, as well as a Pantone breadth of shades, such as pistachio and midnight blue nail varnish; coral and rose blushes engraved with a quote from Romeo and Juliet, and cobalt metallic eyeshadow. Everything is packaged in clinical white with black lettering, unutterably cool and “something we’d like to have on our shelves,” according to the similarly cool beauty collection manager Frida Fagerholm.

But from the focus on beauty, the label blossomed into an innovative and idiosyncratic lifestyle concept that those working on it are only too excited to unveil. “We felt women shop differently today compared to how they used to,” says Behnaz Aram, head of design, who works out of the Stockholm atelier (some of the team are based in Paris). “They mix and match, and buy high and low. They don’t want to pay too much for a hairclip, but they’re okay with paying more for things that will stay in their wardrobe. We felt that customers want to be creative today and that was the idea with the different directions.”

Other Stories is made up of four carefully considered mini collections, each one a coherent vision of a specific aesthetic that takes in ready to wear, shoes, handbags, jewellery and a number of suggested beauty looks. “Contradiction and minimalism” is all swirled marble prints and geometric shapes on strict and severe silhouettes and tailoring, topped off with understated and upmarket accessories. “Industrial and effortless” speaks more of glamorous grunge, in biker jackets, chunky metallic jewellery and sheer panelled minidresses. “Sophisticated and architectural” combines swoops and drapes of fabric with sporty touches and Art Deco flourishes, while “Poetic and dandy” is something more recognisably hip, slightly preppy, with leanings toward vintage.

“All our lines are diverse,” Samuel Fernstrom continues, “ranging from masculine tailoring to feminine chic and are designed to provide endless styling choices. We aim to design lasting wardrobe treasures, within a wide price, for a woman who wants to wear thing that feel right to her and reflect her personality.”

If it sounds like shopping by numbers, it isn’t. The design of each pathway has been carefully considered so that each stands alone and looks characterful but will blend easily with another.

It feels modern, reflective of the fact that latterly women don’t necessarily fall for every trend that comes their way anymore or, conversely, their tastes fall into different camps on any given day.

While the stable’s other prize COS offers a mainly minimalist mid range take, Other Stories will provide the brighter and more feminine pieces that other fashion forward shoppers have been waiting for.

“It felt like customers want to be creative today,” adds Behnaz Aram. “That’s the thing about the internet and the whole street style thing. So if we could create a brand that had four different direction, they can mix and match.” The name comes from the nostalgic publishing tradition there is a copy of Antony Trollope’s The Parson’s Daughter Other Stories lying on one of the benches in the airy atelier (it’s an exposed brickwork number) and the concept, while strikingly modern in feel, also comes from a certain sort of heritage: that of the couture houses, winning and welcoming customers with fragrances and cosmetics during the late Fifties perhaps the last time there was such a concerted democratisation of fashion.

The look of Other Stories is decidedly fashion forward too. There are bags here that might not look out of place in the Parisian showroom of a hyper luxe brand and shoes that could have come straight from the workshop of an avant garde stalwart. These are not the sorts of pieces generally available on the high street and for that, shoppers will flock to Other Stories. The prices reflect the complexity of design they’re a little higher than your average, but shoes at 120 (real leather, well made) and roomy totes for 145 (same, and same one particular model was perfected for nearly 18 months by accessories designer Luca La Rocca, formerly an accessories whizzkid at Cerruti) are a snip compared to the next rung on the price ladder for equivalent items.

The design team are also split between Stockholm and Paris, a cunning move that allows the company to cherry pick from the wealth of designers based in each city, but also to incorporate two of the most popular strands in fashion right now: nonchalant, downbeat Gallic chic and that grungey Scandi edge both filter through all four of the Other Stories strands.

“It’s for women who are interested in fashion and who feel differently every day,” says Aram. “Some days you want a romantic dress, the next day jeans and a T shirt. That’s the same person it’s not that you dress in one style. You feel different and that’s what we’re trying to reflect.”

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CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART, 1150 East Blvd., presents Disembodied: Portrait Miniatures and Their Contemporary Relatives, an exhibition showcasing the museum s entire collection of portrait miniatures for the first time in over half a century, through Feb. 16; Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome, through Jan. 5.; Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo, an in depth examination of CMA s ancient bronze sculpture the masterwork will be showcased alongside two ancient Roman marble copies, through Jan. 5; Renaissance Textiles, though Dec. 15; Fragments of the Invisible: The Rene and Odette Delenne Collection of Congo Sculpture, through Feb. 9.

LAKELAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, presents Lakeland Community College Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, through Jan. Dec. 2 and 3.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA) CLEVELAND, 11400 Euclid Ave., presents Michelle Grabner: I Work From Home and Simon Evans: Only Words Eaten By Experience, through Feb. 16; DIRGE: Reflections on [Life and] Death, March 7 through June 8; Sara VanDerBeek, March 7 through June 8; Hans Op de Beeck: Staging Silence (2), June 27 through Sept. 14; Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent, June 27 through Sept. 14.

NAJI, NAJI TEKLER GALLERY, 78th Street Studios, 1305 W. Dec. 20. Call 330 414 5706.

URSULINE COLLEGE FLORENCE O DONNELL WASMER GALLERY, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, presents The Winter Art Invitational featuring the University of Dayton Creche Collection, through Jan. 17. Call 440 646 8121.

VALLEY ART CENTER presents 42nd annual juried art exhibit, through Dec. 13. Mellow Yellows!, Jan. 24 through March 5., 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls. Call 440 247 7507.

WILLOUGHBY HILLS COMMUNITY CENTER GALLERY, 35400 Chardon Road, presents Layne Kendig, Barney Cole, Phillip Chiang Students, through Jan. 6. Dec. Dec. 15 at Gilmour Academy s Lower School, 35001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills. Fourth St., Cleveland, presents Kevin Pollack, Dec. 13 and 14; John Carporulo, Dec. 19 through 22, John Pinette, Jan. 30 through Feb. 1. Call 216 736 4242.

PLAYHOUSESQUARE, 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, presents Ron White: A Little Unprofessional, Jan. 18; Amy Schumer, Feb. 15; Lily Tomlin, March 9; Brian Regan, May 3; Kathleen Madigan, May 16. Bond, Moist Boyz, Black Puddle Noise, Moistboyz feat. Dean Ween (Ween), Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age), Hoss Wright (Mondo Generator), Dec. 14; White Mystery, Insurance Salemen, Anamanaguchi, Broken Keys, Dec. 15; The Breeders, Speedy Ortiz, Dec. 16; Hugh Cornwell (of The Stranglers), Rainy Day Saints, Dec. 17; Loves It!, Rodney The Regulars, The Railshakers, Dec. 18; Northeast Ohio Drum Music Jam, Johnny Fay The Blazers, The Balls of Fire, Dec. 19; Into the Blue: Grateful Dead Revival Night, The Suede Brothers, Ohio Sky, So Long Albatross, Dec. 20; The Schwartz Brothers, Mr. Gnome, If These Trees Could Talk, Leah Lou The 2 Left Shoes, Dec. 21; Old Home Night: Home Garden, Kidney Brothers, Nick Riley All Stars, The Gunns DJ (Gred Wally), Dec. 22; Punk Rock Fesitvus: Lawskof, Swirly in the Fryer. Short Handed, Dec. 23; 6th Annual Holiday Latke Party Blue Lunch, Walkin Cane, Jake Friel, Texas Plant, Binder, Keith Jackson, Dec. 25; Expecting Rain, Farther Shore (Members of the Twilight), Josh Jesty, Dec. 26; Broccoli Samuari, Aqueous, Stoned Beautiful (CD Release), Dec. 27; Steve Forbert, Clarence Bucaro, Keller Williams More Than a Little, Dec. 28; Wesley Brite The Hi Lites, New Year s Eve Party, Dec. 31; Sophistafunk, Uptown Buddha, Jan. 2; Chris Black, Jamil, Mana, Turkuaz, Boomslang, Jan. 3; The Sidekicks, The Shondes, Big Leg Emma, Jan. 4; Sarah Clanton Schaffer, Rebekah Jean, Ty Kellogg, Jan. 5; Joe Rollin Porter, Paul Borger, Noah Shall, Jan. 7; Tracy Silverman, Electric Violin, Glostik Willy, Yosemight, Jan. 9; Shrub CD Release, Wanyama, Vibe Direct, Riptide, Jan. 10; Mirrors, St. Jayne, The Jim Jones Revue, Jan. 11; Snarky Puppy, Jan. 13; Diane Coffee (Sean Fleming of Foxygen), Jan. 14; Rumpke Mountain Boys, David Gans, Jan. 15; Cleveland Foodbank Benefit: The Grace Stumberg Band, Diana Chittester, Jan. 16; The Alarm Clocks, Mark s Birthday Bash!, Jan. 17; Mikaela Davis, Leah Lou The 2 Left Shoes, Jan. 18; Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Jan. 22; Honeycutters, Jan. 23; Emancipator Ensemble, Odesza, Real Magic, Jan. 24; Blue Moon Rock, School of Rock: Guns Roses vs. Motley Crue, Rock 101, Beck Where It s At, Reggae Style (Tribute to Jamaican Music), Grad School, Jan. 25; JD Samson Men, The Very Knees, Jan. 29; Lotus, Califone, William Tyler, Jan. 30; Greensky Bluegrass, Feb. 7; The Black Angels, Roky Erickson, Feb. 8; Dave Hause, Northcote, Feb. 9; Galactic, Feb. 11; Tommy Castro The Painkillers, Brickhouse Blues Band, Feb. 12; Vikesh Kapoor, Feb. 17; Aer, Rdgldgrn, Feb. 18; Paper Diamond, Loudpvck, Branchez, Feb. 20; Richie Ramone, Restless Habs, Feb. 22; Lydia Loveless, Feb. 27; That 1 Guy, March 5; Caroline Smith, March 6; Ron Pope, Von Grey, March 25; The Milk Carton Kids, May 5.

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GROG SHOP, 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., presents MELLOWHIGH featuring Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, and Left Brain of Odd Future!, Analog Fantom, Dope Kulture, Mortar Team, Dec. 13; School of Rock, Classical Revolution, The Commonwealth, Oldboy, Gomez Addams, Dec. 14; Spacehog, Sponge, Lionize, The Red Paintings, Dec. 15; AnimalxHouse CLE feat. performances by FatManKey, Sted Lee, G4SH1, P. Blackk DJ Sets by Corey Grand, Chris Mars B, iB Rease, ESO, Dec. 18; Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb The Music Industry!, The Sidekicks, Meridian, Dec. 19; The Lighthouse and the Whaler and Friends Christmas Celebration, Humble Home, Morgan Mecaskey, Dec. 20; Whiskey Daredevils, Let Em Run, Scoliosis Jones, Dec. 21; Red Black Green X Mas w/ Muamin Collective, Latch Key, Peerless, LMNTL, DJ Red I, The Dangerous Colors, Dec. 22; Lorine Chia, Gwen Maul, Freeze Tag, Queen Chella, Music by DJ Xplosive, Dec. 23; Annual Grog Xmas Eve Party!, Dec. 24; Xmas at the Grog w/ American Werewolves, Vernomin James, Free Medicine, Dec. 25; The Modern Electric, The Moxies, Tom Evanchuck, Dec. 26; Special Blend, Room 149, Sauce, Simpler Times, Dec. 27; Ace The Ragers (Reunion), Mofos, Tease Box, Sim Ross (from The Sign Offs), Dec. 28; The Dope Show feat. Chevy Sosa, Ben West w/ Phil Jetson, Power, Raspy, Treason, Music by DJ Coop, Dec. 29; The Casual Fools 7 Release Show, Funeral with Special Guests TBA, Dec. 30; Trop the Halls New Year s Eve with Tropidelic, Aliver Hall, Vibe Direct, Gypsy Daze, Dec. 31; Pleasure Leftists, Royal Blood, Ultrasphinx, DJ Nig Champa, Jan. 3; Secret Soul Club, Ma Holos, Stbox Jimmy, Jan. 4; Tiger Boy, Noon, John Kalman, Carrie Ryan, True Stories, Jan. 5; Smoke Noises, Do$e Monkey, DJ Corey Grand, Jan. 10; Chargers Street Gang, Cobra Verde, This Moment in Black History, Megachurch, Jan. 11; The Whigs, Sleepyheads, TBA, Jan. 16; Purveyors of Fiction, He Chaw Frunk, High Titles, Yelloh, Derek Deprator Band, Jan. 17; James Adomian, Jan. 18; Justin Roberts and the Not So Ready for Naptime Players, Nipsey Hu$$le, Ducky Smallz, DJ Ceven, Jan. 19; Man Man, Xenia Rubinos, Jan. 23; Sentiments, Belle My Burial, Arson, Asyria, Telos, Binder, Jan. 24; Wayne Hancock and TBA, Jan. 29; Chris Mills, John Kalman, Jan. 30; Bad Veins/TBA, Jan. 31; Erin Foley: Lady with Pockets Tour from Conan, Central, Chelsea Lately, Feb. 7; Thalia Zedek Band (ex Live Skull/Come), TBA, Feb. 8; Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Chad Valley, Feb. 13; Reggie and the Full Effect, Dads, Pentimento, Feb. 14; The Kin, Feb. 19; Iration, The Movement, Natural Vibrations, Feb. 21; We Are the In Crowd, William Beckett, Set it Off, State Champs, Candy Hearts, Feb. 25; Into It. Over It., Ages, Feb. 26, We Are Scientists, April 23.

HOUSE OF BLUES, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, presents Super Diamond, Dec. 13; Kip Moore with Drake White and Big Fire, Dec. 14; Adventure Club, DVBBS, Dallask, Dec. 15; Holiday in the Heartland: An Evening With Michael Stanley and the Resonators, Dec. 21; Boys From the Country Hell, Dec. 23; Bruce in the USA: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, Dec. 28; Zedd, Dec. 29; New Year s Eve Party ft. the Atomic Punks tribute to early Van Halen with Motley Inc. Tribute to Motley Crue, Dec. 31; Wish You Were Here: Sight and Sound of Pink Floyd, Jan. 4; Walk Off the Earth w/ Parachute, Jan. 23; Stone Sour, Jan. 24; Panic! At the Disco with The Colourist, Jan. 26; Paul Fayrewether, Jan. 31; Blackberry Smoke with Delta Spirits, Feb. 8; A great Big World, Feb. 10; moe., Feb. 13; Red Wanting Blue, Feb. 14 and 15; Big Head Todd The Monsters with Hazel Miller, Feb. Tour, March 13; Slightly Stoopid, March 19; Mega 80s The Ultimate 80s Retro Party, March 21; Eddie Money, March 28, St. Vincent, April 10; Local Natives, April 22; Christina Perri, April 24.

QUICKEN LOANS ARENA, 1 Center Court, Cleveland, presents Trans Siberian Orchestra, Dec. 14; Donny Marie Christmas in Cleveland, Dec. 16; Jay Z, Jan. 8;
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Further to B. Enns Titanic story in last the April 18 Daily News, I would like to share my story with your readers. I grew up in English countryside just outside the village of Lowdham in Nottinghamshire. A few houses down our road lived a man called Harold Cottam. He was a bit of a recluse; lived in a three bedroom Victorian house where he only used two rooms beside the chickens that lived in the front bedroom. The rest of the house was used for the storage of his many “world treasures” boxes and boxes of exquisite Japanese tea services, vases, carved boxes and swords amongst other things. I first met Harold when I was about nine or 10. I went to visit him with my neighbour, Chris Payne, who knew him. It was then that I found out Harold had been involved in the rescue of survivors of the Titanic. He had been the radio operator on RMS Carpathia, the ship that received the Titanic’s distress signal and subsequently went to its rescue. As a kid, I found Harold extremely interesting and would go to visit him fairly regularly. I’d do yard work and he would pay me in ice cream. There we would sit in his front room or in his garden, me with a bowl of raspberry ripple and he would enthral me with stories of his life. He had sailed the world more than once. He had been on the RMS Carpathia in Istanbul during the Turko Italian War and had been on one of the first ships through the Panama Canal. In the First World War, he had been stationed in Scotland working at a secret relay station picking up German radio transmissions. But it was with his stories of the Titanic (and of his late wife Else) that he always had sadness in his voice. I don’t know how much your readers know about early radio, but in 1912 when the Titanic sank, radio (or wireless as it was then known) was a very new technology. There were no microphones, this was headphones and a Morse code transmitter. On the night of April 15,
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1912, Harold was getting ready to turn in for the night and was waiting for another ship to reply to a message. While he waited he called up the Cape Cod transmission station and noticed there were several messages waiting for the Titanic and decided to be helpful and pass the messages on to Jack Philips, the wireless operator on the Titanic. Harold actually missed the Titanic’s first distress call as he had removed his headphones to take off his shoes and hang up his coat. When he got his headphones back on he called up the Titanic to check it had received his message only to receive a CQD signal (the forerunner to the modern SOS signal): “Come at once, we’re sinking!” After receiving confirmation from the Titanic, he went and woke up his captain, who then set course at full steam for the Titanic. The Carpathia was a steam side paddlewheeler with a top speed of only 17 knots or 20 mph, so to keep this speed up, the captain ordered all of the ships’ heating and hot water be turned off. It took the Carpathia about four hours to steam the 60 nautical miles to the last known position of the Titanic where it picked up just over 700 survivors. My friend Harold was born in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, and died in Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, about 15 miles apart. In between, he had been the youngest graduate from the British School of Telegraphy at only 17,
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had seen the world (several times) and had been a major player in the disaster of the century all by the age of 21. Harold retired from the sea at the age of 32 to become a traveling salesman for the Mini Max fire extinguisher company. He was married and had four children. Are there any other Titanic stories out there? RICK PRESCOTT Knutsford

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Her grandfather, James Brown of Baltimore, sold his big, rather goofy looking blue and black basketball sneakers, which to Rachel’s giggles had once doubled as uproariously funny clown shoes.

Guess a kid has to find out sometime what a grandfather will do for a quick $150.

Brown surrendered the shoes, a pair of 1985 Nike Air Jordans, to a company that will sell them to kids in Japan who are trying, in desperately expensive ways, to be cool. Dozens of people did the same thing as Brown yesterday, lining up in the Sheraton International Hotel in Linthicum to trade their old, sweaty basketball shoes for cash.

“Rachel, God bless her, she’s a smart little thing, and she knows things don’t remain static,” her grandfather attempted to rationalize after counting his money. “We’re talking a highly intelligent baby here.”

The company that bought the shoes, Small Earth Inc., travels around the United States, holding buying sessions about every three weeks. Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Small Earth buys the shoes, photographs them and sends the pictures to dealers in Japan, where particular shoes are all the rage. The dealers then order the shoes, which are sold at a considerable markup.

“The Japanese kids wear blue suits to school,” said Andy Drasiewski, president of the company, trying to explain the inexplicable fads of youth. “See, the only way they can show how cool they are is by what they put on their feet.”

That, of course, only partly explains why some of these basketball shoes are sold in Japan for up to $1,500. What Japanese kids want are old shoes, specifically old Nike shoes, and more specifically, old,
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uncommon Nike shoes. A new pair of Air Jordans are unwanted, but an old pair can sell for $900 if they’re black and white and not red and white, which brings in only about half as much. A 1985 pair of Nike University Dunks can sell for $1,500. An Adidas brand or two will also sell, but are not in as high demand.

Drasiewski estimated he will spend $30,000 on shoes turned in at the Sheraton by the time he leaves town, after buying sessions today and tomorrow.

He doesn’t buy every pair of Nikes that walk in the door. Newer shoes just won’t sell in Japan. So, while some people were paid $250 for a pair of shoes they bought 12 or 13 years ago for $60, other people were offered $10 for shoes that cost them $130 a year ago.

Still other people were told their shoes were worthless in Japan and to keep on walking.

Frank Brown of Baltimore, for example, along with his buddy Earl Brown, filled four large garbage bags with shoes and lugged them to the Sheraton. They couldn’t sell a sole. “I just wanted to clear my closet and make some money, and I come up here, and MAN!”

Keith Jack, 22, of Columbia felt somewhat the same way, but he was willing to unload a pair of 1995 Air Jordans for $35. He had paid $140.

“You know, you don’t pay $140 for a pair of tennis shoes and go around wearing them,” he said without a hint of irony. “You don’t wear them unless you’re going on a date or something.”

Drasiewski said he has run into problems in several cities, facing hordes of people who arrive certain they will be paid big money for their shoes.

In fact, he pays top dollar only for a handful of brands from a few scattered years.

The Nike shoes most in demand are the first six editions of the Air Jordans, made from 1985 through 1991, University Dunks, and the Georgetown Terminators. French made Adidas basketball shoes will also earn some cash. ( Drasiewski is also paying for pre 1970 Levis).

“We’re after fashion, not function,” he told one person who had hoped to sell a pair of 1994 Air Jordans, a remake of the much in demand and original 1985 Air Jordans. “To them, it’s like the original is the Picasso and you have a reprint of the Picasso.”

Drasiewski said sellers should not try to hide scuffs or glue a sole or even change insets, because all of those fixes decrease, rather than increase, the value of the shoe in Japan.

As for Grandpa Brown, he was laughing so perhaps he was only kidding but it could be he was feeling a little guilt over his beloved granddaughter Rachel. He had his own plans for the day.
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The cyclists versus motorists debate is one that lots of people have an opinion about, as regular readers of the EDP will know well. I have a particular problem with it, however; I am on both sides of the argument.

Not at the same time, mind you. Since I live on the outskirts of Norwich and work in the centre, I will often drive in and out when the roads are busy. When we all slow right down, I wonder why. It’s not bin collection day and the temporary traffic lights are somewhere else this week. Oh, of course it’s a cyclist. Norfolk’s roads are too narrow for this. I wish these people would go somewhere else.

Sometimes, to avoid this disagreeable sort of stop start driving, I choose a different mode of transport: I cycle. I don’t have to share much of my route with cars and lorries, but where I do, they’re infuriating, driving too close and blowing fumes in my face. I wish these people would go somewhere else.

These frustrations are mostly half thoughts that I don’t examine very carefully. If I stop and think about it, though, there’s something not quite right here. How come the cyclists are always wrong when I’m driving and vice versa? I’m reluctant to admit it, but behind the outrage is an insidious kind of selfishness. I choose the point of view that suits me most depending on the situation.

Christians use certain times of year, including Advent, to try and be honest about our behaviour, whether at home, at work, or travelling between the two. The aim is to think better thoughts, and to ask who we need to make room for (two reliable answers are God and other people). There is a seasonal prayer that sums it up well: “We pray you, Lord, to purify our hearts, that they may be worthy to become your dwelling place. Let us never fail to find room for you, but come and abide in us.”
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There were 15 players involved, all of them in Grades 8 to 12, with the two teams, neither of which had yet won a game. At halftime the winner had, for all intents and purposes, been decided, with Team A holding a 13 point lead.

The coach of Team B, who was gracious enough to share his story with me, was faced with a decision. Should he keep playing his starters in an attempt to get back into it, or empty his bench and let his reserves, some of whom were playing organized basketball for the first time, get some floor time?

He chose the latter and that, really, is where the story begins.

There were five minutes left in the fourth quarter when the coach of Team B subbed in three players who were new to high school basketball. One is in Grade 8, another in Grade 10, the other in Grade 12 and soon to graduate.

The Grade 12 player had limited athletic experience in high school but is, I am told, a remarkable singer in a district choir and a proud participant in his community’s ambassador program. The Grade 10 player is one of those students whose effort and dedication cannot be questioned. He gets involved. He does a lot of volunteer work, and that includes shovelling snow for the elderly.

As Team B made the substitutions, the coach of Team A called time, causing some observers to wonder what he was doing. After all, his side had the game well in hand. Still, he could be seen giving instructions to his players.

At the same time, the coach of Team B was telling the two starters who remained on the floor, both of them graduating Grade 12s playing their final game, that the objective was to get scoring chances for the singer and the volunteer.

It turns out that the coach of Team A had recognized what was happening and had instructed his players to allow those scoring opportunities, but to try and do it in a respectful manner.

For three and a half minutes, opportunities were presented and shots were taken, but nothing fell.

By now, the stands were full of followers of the two teams, along with players and parents from teams who were to play in the following game. Everyone realized what was happening. Hopeful anticipation hung in the air like snowflakes on a soft winter’s day.

And now there were 90 seconds left on the clock.

Team A’s coach called his final timeout. He instructed his point guard to somehow turn over the ball, even if it took an “accidental” fumble out of bounds.

Team B’s coach was telling the singer and the volunteer to continue to work hard, especially under the boards, and to keep shooting.

As the clock wound down, both boys had multiple shots but it was like the basketball gods had clamped a lid on the basket.

And then, just when it seemed all might be lost, the singer pulled down an offensive rebound, went hard to the basket and got the ball to drop.

The gymnasium exploded. Team A’s coach let loose with a fist pump; Team B’s coach leapt off the bench.

The singer had scored what would be the only basket of his high school career.

And now it was the volunteer’s turn. The coach of Team B used a timeout to offer instructions to his players. Then he and the other coach huddled and decided that propriety no longer was the order of the day. All that mattered was for the volunteer to get a basket before time expired.

But, sheesh, it just wasn’t that simple. When play resumed, the volunteer missed a lay up, Team A fumbled the ball out of bounds. Another lay up. Another forced turnover. Another missed lay up . . . all with precious seconds ticking off the clock.

Ten . . . 9 . . . 8 . . . the stands are silent . . . 7 . . . 6 . . . the only sounds are the bouncing of the ball and squeaking of shoes on floor . . .

Another shot misses and now Team A’s point guard has the ball.

The clock reads 0.4 when the ball leaves the volunteer’s hands. There is a collective gasp from the crowd.
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Good or bad? That’s for you to judge.

The early photographs were used in a book published following the end of the Second World by A P Cooper and some of the pictures were taken by the well known Norwich photographers, Neals.

Let’s start our journey by walking The Walk to see how the “Jarrold Corner” has changed very little over the last 100 years and then take a look at the other end of this busy city centre walkway. Picture: Archant Library

That timepiece on the wall outside H Samuel’s the jeweller has been ticking for more than 100 years, while the shops surrounding it have changed names many times.

The first picture was taken by Neals on Easter Saturday afternoon in 1915 during the First World War and it illustrates so well what life was like in the city centre of a century ago.

The trams coming round the corner, passengers in horse drawn carriages, soldiers mingling with civilians. probably talking about what the future held.

And an old photograph wouldn’t be complete without a dog watching the world go by.

The same corner 50 years later. Picture: Archant Library

Names such as Hope Brothers where gents were fitted out and there was Ye Mecca, a popular old haunt.

Fast forward to the same view on Easter Saturday afternoon of 1944 and you will see more men in uniform. This time they may have been American airmen who “invaded” Norfolk and Suffolk during the Second World to join our fight for freedom.

The county was criss crossed with airfields which housed thousands of GI’s.

They came from a land of plenty and were shocked to see the Brits were surviving on rations and that Norwich was a city full of gaping holes caused by the savage bombing raids which caused so much death and destruction.

The way it looks in the 21st century. A fine building for a fine city. Picture: Archant Library

The Americans were a blast of colour in a black and white world, and they certainly knew how to enjoy themselves. Sadly many of them would never return home.

It was during the war that Samuels was taken over by Timpson’s, who were blitzed out of Rampant Horse Street in 1942 but they returned in peacetime and that clock is still ticking away.
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Editor’s note, Part 6: In a nine day series of stories, NJ Advance Media is taking a closer look at Lakewood, one of New Jersey’s fastest growing and most complex towns. Lakewood is home to a huge Orthodox Jewish community and the rapid growth has engulfed the town, igniting tensions between the religious and secular societies on many levels. Each day, we will explore some of the major issues in the community, including the welfare fraud investigation, housing problems and the strains on the education system.

LAKEWOOD It’s the institution that now defines Lakewood.

In 1943, Rabbi Aaron Kotler, a famed Jewish scholar, established Beth Medrash Govoha, propelling the transformation of a once posh lakeside resort town into a bustling metropolis for segments of the Orthodox Jewish community.

Today, Beth Medrash Govoha, more commonly called BMG, is America’s largest yeshiva, or Jewish college. A world wide attraction, it’s described by its students in the way other teens might describe Princeton or Yale. Prestigious. Elite. Their definitive No. 1 choice.

“It is the centerpiece and crowning glory of Jewish life in Lakewood,” said Ali Botein Furrevig, an Ocean County College professor who wrote a book about the township’s Jewish community.

Yet to many outsiders, BMG remains an enigma as misunderstood as Lakewood’s Jewish community itself.

It has no website. It enrolls men only. And, because BMG has no traditional freshman students, it reports no graduation rate or job placement data to the federal government, though it receives millions in government grants for low income students.

The campus, a series of buildings nestled throughout a residential area, is crawling with men in dark suits and wide brimmed hats, their mission often misunderstood. Are they there to become rabbis? To read the Torah? What do they do after graduation?

“We all see misconceptions,” said Naftali Kunstlinger, a 2003 BMG graduate who lives in Lakewood and has a law firm downtown. “But some of them are too silly to be addressed, to be quite frank.”

To truly understand Lakewood, you must first understand BMG. And to understand BMG, you have to go inside.

A student walks past one one Beth Medrash Govoha’s academic buildings in Lakewood. That’s the first thing visitors hear when a pair of first floor classroom doors swing open at BMG.

The gymnasium sized study hall is packed with more than 500 students, young men each dressed in white button down shirts, black pants, black belts and black shoes. They sit in rows of black banquet hall style chairs and lean over the brown wooden podiums holding their thick books.

In a scene unlike any traditional college class, the ornate podium at the front of the room is vacant, with no professor in sight. Some students rock back and forth and back and forth and back and forth in their chairs. Others stand, their heads sticking out among the sea of white shirts.

Animated facial expressions and hand gestures are exchanged between students, deep in discussion with one another. And the singing. It cuts through the continuous hum of deliberation and debate.

The song emanates from a single student sitting near the doorway, his words and language unrecognizable to visitors. It’s all part of the process of studying the Talmud, a school official said.

A classroom inside Beth Medrash Govoha. Students spend much of the day in large study sessions.

Studying the Talmud, a collection of writings on Jewish laws and traditions, is a key to preserving the Jewish customs so revered in the Orthodox community. At BMG, where undergraduate tuition is just under $20,000 a year, there are no other majors or classes except Talmudic study, which is offered six day a week. and goes, as one student put it, “until you drop.”

“There are no weekends here. There are no Sundays off,” said Haim Toledano, 22, a baby faced Parisian who enrolled at BMG last fall. “You are studying the Talmud from morning to basically the nights.”

Originally written in ancient Aramaic, the Talmud has sections written throughout history, 2,000 years ago, 500 years ago, 1,000 years ago.

“It’s not easy reading. It doesn’t just flow like there’s a story and storyline that goes natural to the other,” said Yaakov Friedman, a part time professor at BMG. “You’ve gotta mesh it all together. It’s work.”

Hats and cell phones line the hallway outside of a classroom at Beth Medrash Govoha. Many students carry flip phones without internet access and leave them outside the classroom to avoid distractions.

About 70 percent of BMG’s undergraduate students receive federal Pell grants for low income students, netting more than $8 million a year for the yeshiva, according to federal data.

Some students at BMG, where men start classes around age 21, plan to complete a degree at a secular college in the future. But the time spent studying the Talmud, a process that sharpens analytical and debate skills, is invaluable, former students said.

“It’s not just about the study that you did,” said Moshe Bender, who lives in Lakewood and earned a bachelor’s degree in Talmudic studies from BMG in 2013 followed by a master’s degree in 2015. “It’s about the being of the person, what it does to you, how you are kind of made up. It just makes us into a better person, that our whole being is on a higher level.”

Such devotion is what Rabbi Kotler imagined when he brought BMG to Lakewood at the request of a local hotel owner, according to his family.
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