In support of Gather Authors – Cruise Quarters – A Novel About Casinos by Cara Bertoia

A romantic trip to beautiful places – highly recommended.

Cara made her living as a casino dealer on this cruise ship and throughout the story I found myself at the gambling tables filling my head with more insight than I ever dreamed of.  Numbers, gamblers and those that gamble.  “A Gambler Knows to Celebrate A Win Tonight Because Tomorrow Might Be A Loss.”  Now I know what a Counter is and now I know a few ‘non-fail’ proof systems.

This novel rates high as one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read.  Writing about her own experiences, Cara smoothly combines her romance and true love with worldly adventures on a cruise ship, as a casino Croupier (dealer)..  I’m unable to decide which part I enjoyed best – the visits to exotic places where she finds the local cafes away from the tourist traps (becoming known as the “food scout”), she described the scenery, the food and the locals so vividly that I felt I was there and part of it.  Or perhaps it was the gambling.

“In Life As In Cards, Never Show Them You Are Nervous”.  “Next stop, Rio de Janeiro, the City of hot nights and beautiful women.”   I probably enjoyed the visits to other countries the best, but if I go to a casino, I’ll be re-reading this book.

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Deutsche Telekom plans move into online sport betting

FRANKFURT Sat Sep 6, 2014 9:03am EDT

(Reporting by Peter Maushagen and Jonathan Gould, editing by David Evans)

German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Saturday reported that Deutsche Telekom planned to offer betting services through a company called Deutsche Sportwetten GmbH (DSW), which is expected to obtain a government gambling concession shortly.

“It is not yet clear what products we will be offering,” the spokeswoman added.

“The sport betting market is booming so an entry is of interest to Deutsche Telekom,” a spokeswoman for the telecommunications provider said.

If DSW is granted a license, Deutsche Telekom aimed to take a stake in the company and become its majority shareholder, a move already approved by Germany’s cartel office, she said.

DSW is one of the companies on the list for a license but the final result is still subject to a 15-day waiting period, the Deutsche Telekom spokeswoman said.

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Deutsche Telekom is readying a move into online sport betting in a bid for a slice of Germany’s multi-billion euro gambling market, the company said on Saturday.

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List of Hobby Ideas

There is a popular saying which goes, “Lucky are those who have time after work for pursuing their hobby, but luckiest are those for whom work itself is a hobby”. Here is a list of things that the kids can take into consideration:

Treasure hunting

Stamp collecting

Coin collection

Sudoku puzzles

Playing board games



Paper crafts

Martial arts

Kite flying



Playing PC games

Card games

Comic books

Visiting zoos, wildlife parks and animal safaris

Collecting miniatures of cars, planes, historical monuments, etc.

Watching famous cartoons and animated films

Sleep-overs and slumber parties

Coloring pages

Participating in kids’ summer camps

Engaging in kids’ crafts, kids’ art activities and craft books

Face painting

Kids’ cooking

Magic and optical illusions

Disney vacations

Amusement parks and theme parks

Hobbies For Adults and Couples

Here is a generic list of hobbies for adults, couples as well as elderly citizens. Generally, the darker sex tends to prefer high intensity, energy-packed activities as hobbies and interests but there are sure some women who love these as much. That way, you will enjoy it much more and to the fullest.

A hobby is something that each and every one of us has and enjoys. We come across women who enjoy knitting as a hobby, and at the same time we run into the occasional daredevils who engage themselves in some stunt biking as a hobby. Let it be a way of achieving inner satisfaction, peace of mind, and of experiencing happiness.

Researching on the latest gadgets and gizmos

Watching DVD movies

Staying fit through exercises and balanced diets

Various types of fishing such as:

Bass fishing

Cod fishing

Trout fishing

Sport fishing

Ice fishing

Fly fishing

Hobbies for Men

Presented below are different hobbies, ideas for men. There are quite a few who have a liking for fine arts, history, technology and other similar hobbies as well.

Hobbies For Women

Women have a wider range of likes and interests when it comes to types of hobbies. This is a list of activities women generally prefer.



Feng shui


Pursuing mosaic, stained glass and pastel art

Home based business opportunities


Wood carvings and crafts

Hobbies For Kids

When it comes to hobbies for children, there is a variety of options available to choose from. It’s not that only men love these. There are men who love cooking and there are women who hate it! This is only a broad classification. At the same time, most of the following hobbies are such that they can be pursued by teens and youngsters as well. Here is a list of hobbies for all those water babies:

River rafting


Jet skiing


Powerboat racing






Scuba diving


Event planning and organizing



Figure skating

Ice skating

Party planning

Dog training

Fitness and aerobic exercise sessions

Horse riding






Hot air balloon rides

Hang gliding

Parachute jumps

Snowmobile racing

Body piercing


Racing sports cars

American football



Running and jogging



Snow skiing

Ham radios

Speed skating

Playing video games



New hair accessories, and haircut styles and ideas

Designer clothing

Fashion clothing

Designer handbags and jewelry

Latest fashion trends in women’s clothing


Crystal healing

Learning tarot card reading

Buying antiques and unique collectibles

Becoming a collector of Italian art, Chinese art, Celtic art and culture

Handcrafted jewelry

Setting up a fish tank with aquarium fish


Spiritual healing


Cake decorating



Flower arrangements



Indoor gardening and other similar activities such as:

Growing roses

Managing flower gardens

Growing bonsai trees

Caring for houseplants

Growing vegetable gardens

Building a rock garden

Organic gardening and composting



Interior decorating and designing

Home decorating

Creating wall art and wall hangings

Candle making

Learning foreign languages

Visiting beauty salons, clinics, and indulging in the following:




Steam saunas




Phew! That was a long, long list of different types of hobbies, wasn’t it? As I sign off, I leave you with a little bit of parting advice. But is that it? Surely there must be a larger, longer and wider list of hobbies, ideas, and interests right? Yes, there certainly is. Here is a list of hobbies, ideas for all the above-mentioned people:

Contemporary art

Metal art

Sand sculpting and sand crafts

Spending vacations in new places

Handwriting analysis




Studying about the solar system and other related things such as:







Internet based hobbies such as:


Online chatting

Social networking

Online games

Online dating

Exploring online forums

Listening to online music

Instant messaging

Online auctions

Online trading

Internet radio

Internet TV

Internet shopping

Internet home businesses. Presented below is an outdoor hobbies list for women. Arts and crafts, sports, performing arts, culinary arts, social service, gardening, traveling, collecting souvenirs, etc., are a few things that come to mind when we think of the word ‘hobbies’. Whatever may be your hobby, try not to look at it as a way of filling your pocket. Whatever it may be, a hobby is something that one pursues for pleasure, for enjoyment, for leisure, and for an altogether different degree of happiness and satisfaction. And I don’t intend to say that only women engage in these hobbies. For some, collecting postage stamps could be an enjoyable hobby, while for a few, it could be the idea of braving extreme weather conditions and snowboarding down icy mountain slopes. Some typically masculine (that’s how I prefer calling them) hobbies are as follows:

Last but definitely not the least, checking out pretty women! There also exists a select section of men who simply cannot do without the sun, sand and the surf. On that note, let us have a look at a comprehensive hobbies list, and one which includes a diverse list of hobbies and interests for people of all ages – children, adults, elders, retired citizens, etc.

Generic Hobby Ideas

Generally speaking, there are many different types of hobbies that we get to see around us. Let us have a look at it in the following sections of this article.



Rock climbing



Sports betting

Casino games

Mountain expeditions

Bungee jumping

Mountain biking

Street racing



Motorcycle racing

Other extreme sports

Internet betting and gambling activities such as:

Online gambling

Online sports betting

At the same time, quite a lot of females have a preference for indoor hobbies and interests such as:



Jewelry making

Making gift baskets



Different types of painting such as:

Oil painting

Glass painting

Acrylic painting

Faux painting

Watercolor painting

Home improvement and landscaping activities such as:

Lawn care

Patio decorating

Designing ponds or water fountains

Having a birdhouse

Palmistry and numerology

Making clay sculptures

Pet adoption


Animal breeding

Participating in animal rescue and animal welfare drives

Starting dog shelters and pet shelters

Space exploration

Space travel

Time travel

Different forms of dancing such as:

Ballet dancing

Ballroom dancing

Irish dancing

Belly dancing

Salsa dancing

Hip hop dance




Traditional Jewish dance

Break dance

Tap dance

Mexican hat dance

Latin dance

Indian dance styles such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, etc.

Studying about world history, world culture and heritage, etc.


Human evolution

Exploring caves

Studying about earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tsunamis

Geography and geology

Dinosaurs and fossils

Ancient history

Roman history

American history

Greek mythology

Studying World War I

Studying World War II

Other famous wars and war crimes



Studying dream interpretations

Scale modeling

Studying horoscopes and different zodiac sign characteristics

Engaging in music related activities such as:

Learning a musical instrument such as a guitar, violin, synthesizer, saxophone, etc.

Taking singing lessons

Studying about famous musicians and the history of music

Listening to different types of music such as:

Blues music

Indian music

Classical music

Christian music

Country music

Rock and Roll

Gospel music

Rock music

Indie music

Wedding music

Bird watching (in the true sense of the term!)

Leather crafts

Charity work

RV camping

Different types of photography such as:

However, not all men have a liking for an adrenalin rush. Whether online or offline, indoor or outdoor, hobby ideas are a dime a dozen. There are some women who immensely enjoy outdoor activities, sports, etc

Crack your codes for winning

The second bets are made by those who wager to make extra money. Although they are few in number, they bet carefully and take good chances of winning only. These advices can be used for all three bettors but mostly for beginners who want to step up in these games.

The most common reason and important part of betting is money. Gaining knowledge on your bet gives you an extra advantage. Here are some betting advices which will help you get started:

Betting at the right time is a great betting advice for amateurs and learners. The first bet is for fun and excitement usually with their mates. It takes time to become a winner with 60-70% winning bets, unless you are mainly betting for arbitrage.

The best chance of winning is to have knowledge about the sports you are betting for. You should look at statistics available on online websites.

Betting advice also varies depending upon the nature of the sport. In these bets you will get high opportunity of making extra money without putting your actual money in danger. Bettors can be of different types and with multiple goals but for beginners there are some advices to be taken under consideration. When betting on an underdog, it is better to place your bet as late as possible which mostly gets higher odds.. Having efficient money control will definitely help you maintain betting standards. If you are in favour of making money, sports arbitrage betting is your best choice. Never put all your money on one bet. They are in need and want of making profit without putting their actual amount at risk. The last but not least are professional bettors who make the smallest portion of the total betting population. If you are betting on a favorite, choose most likely to bet early in the week before betting beginners who bet on their favorite’s and reduce the betting odds. If you are planning to bet on a game, you should at first set a fix amount of money and play only with that even if you are winning or losing. However, luck is always essential and you cannot have control over that. They bet to show moral support to their favourite team. In the case of underdog, the scenario and odds are different. The percentage of risk is also reduced when the chances of winning increase.

All in all, betting depends on how you understand the sport and which team you are likely to bet on. By collecting all relevant knowledge you can increase the percentage and advantage over the sports books.

To provide somebody with sound betting advice requires a great systematic approach to every aspect of sports betting. Having a good research and understanding of the game helps you to place an efficient bet. Bets placed on conventional sports carry a lot of risk and depends purely on luck rather than statistics and research

Bucks take F Jabari Parker with 2nd pick in NBA draft

That makes this draft especially important for the Bucks. The new additions will arrive in Milwaukee just as New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens take over as owners.

But that seemingly left the team without a clear, long-term philosophy in recent years. FRANCIS, Wis. He’s from nearby Chicago, and former Blue Devils assistant Steve Wojciechowski is now head coach at Marquette.. Sen Herb Kohl, who wasn’t fond of using the word “rebuilding.”

General manager John Hammond likes Parker for his ability to fit into multiple positions in the frontcourt. The Bucks have drafted relatively well under Hammond, though some veteran signings haven’t panned out. –  The Milwaukee Bucks selected Duke forward Jabari Parker with the second overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, a pivotal selection for a team in transition.

The one-and-done star immediately becomes a face for an organization with new ownership seeking to invigorate its fan base following a franchise-worst 67-loss season. Parker’s defense, though, is considered a work in progress.

The Bucks had three more picks in the second round. Parker will be relied on to add scoring punch as well as help put fans in the seats.

Lasry and Wesley Edens bought the Bucks for $550 million this spring from former U.S. He would join 19-year-old forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and scoring guard Brandon Knight as promising team cornerstones.

Parker figures to have an easy transition in Milwaukee. The new owners have said they hope to build a championship contender within three to five years, about the same time frame in which they hope to build a new arena.

ST. The 6-foot-8 Parker has been lauded for his maturity and offensive skills

Horses’ fate: Racing or death

Five years later, he ate horse meat. “But I want to see this world simpler. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

Story highlights

Hajime Kimura’s photo series “Tracks” focuses on horses’ lives in Hokkaido, Japan

Horse racing is popular on the island, and ponies are eyed early for their sporting potential

But if there are any defects, the path is eventually slaughter

One is long-lived, the horse bred to exhibit its utmost power and beauty. … The other is cut straight to the bone, a life that is transient and transformed in an instant.

Photographer Hajime Kimura

The decision to shoot in black and white is especially poignant.

Photographer Hajime Kimura

“Tracks” is ultimately a series in which Kimura descends deep into his memories in order to produce an emotional exploration of life and death.

“I wanted to understand how (my experiences) can connect,” Kimura said.

“I felt a lot while shooting,” Kimura said. That was a thought-provoking time for me. I’ve never seen such a thing before.”

It leaves viewers to consider the distinction between the path of life and that of death: Is one path truly more bright and hopeful, or more dark and helpless, than the other?

“Tracks” was certainly not an easy series for Kimura to undertake.

“In my career in photography,” he said, “one thing I’ve always thought is my priority to enjoy the journey, the process. From the moment a horse is born, it is inevitably subject to the watchful eyes of judgment.

But, if born with any kind of defect, the pony will instead tumble down a much darker path, slaughtered for both animal and human food consumption.

“This world has color, as you know,” Kimura said. The combination of these two experiences led him on an investigation into the memories of his past.

What one finds consistent in all of Kimura’s work is his endless curiosity about his surroundings and people.

Photographer Hajime Kimura

Since then, he has published two photo books, “Kodama” and “Tokyo Etude,” and has received several awards, including first prize for the IPA Photo Book Asia Award in 2013.

“The most tough part was that there was no slaughterhouse (that would) let me cover it,” Kimura said via email.

If born healthy, able to stand up strong on its newly formed young limbs, the pony will spend its life on the path to becoming a racehorse.

Kimura’s “Tracks” provides viewers with a direct view of the two distinct paths, from eager audiences waiting for the start of a horse race, to an eerily empty, lifeless stable.

Racehorse breeding has become a common practice and a significant economic activity for those in Hokkaido. I want to see texture beyond the color, and I want you to evoke your imagination.”

Through the introduction of a friend, however, Kimura was eventually able to photograph a small private farm after his two-month search.. “The most emotional moment was when a horse was shot in its forehead with a gun. At 16, Kimura attended a horse race for the first time. The important thing is to live my own life with curiosity, and then I can talk about photography.”

The ages of 16 and 21 are often viewed as significant moments in many people’s lives, and this is especially true for Kimura. Having studied architecture and anthropology while in college, his career in photography began nine years ago.

Hajime Kimura’s black-and-white photo series “Tracks” is a journey down both of those paths.

Hajime Kimura is a Japanese photographer based in Tokyo. I kept staring at the horse changing to meat. Kimura was raised in Chiba, a prefecture just outside of Tokyo. ..

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