Thursday, April 30, 2009

Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mothers are so special, they all deserve something wonderful on Mother’s Day for all their loving!

Hope the following gift ideas are helpful for you in getting your mother or partner a lovely gift for that special day.

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. Irish Proverb

Kindle 2

This popular revolutionary device will allow your mother or partner to be able to read many books and newspapers through Kindle 2 (you can click on the image):


There are special prices on jewellery especially for Mother's Day (you can click on the images):


There are plenty of lovely perfumes to choose from (images can be clicked):


Your mother or partner deserves some delicious indulgence! (images can be clicked):


How about some beautiful plates for your mother or partner? (images can be clicked):


A selection of bags and totes to choose from (images can be clicked):

Books and Magazines

A selection of entertaining and educational books and magazines to choose from (images can be clicked):

Cameras and Camcorders

A selection of digital cameras to choose from (images can be clicked):

Hope you will have a lovely day with your mother!

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Warren Buffett Books

Warren Edward Buffett (born August 30, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska, United States) is an American investor, businessman, and philanthropist. He is one of the world's most successful investors and the largest shareholder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is ranked the richest person in the world according to Forbes in 2008.

These are books written by people Warren Buffett learned from, Benjamin Graham, David Dodd and Philip Fisher (you can click on the images):

These are books on Warren Buffett (you can click on images):

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Warren Buffett Biography

Warren Edward Buffett (born August 30, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska, United States) is an American investor, businessman, and philanthropist. He is one of the world's most successful investors and the largest shareholder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

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He is constantly ranked by Forbes as the second richest person in the world after Bill Gates with an estimated net worth of approximately $37.0 billion.

Buffet is often called the "Oracle of Omaha” or the "Sage of Omaha"and is noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth.

Buffet is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 85% of his fortune to the Gates Foundation. He also serves as a member of the board of trustees at Grinnell College.

In 1999, Buffett was named the top money manager of the twentieth century in a survey by the Carson Group, ahead of Peter Lynch and John Templeton, and in 2007, he was listed among Time's 100 Most Influential People in the world.


Buffett first enrolled at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, (1947–1949) where he joined the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. His father and uncles were Alpha Sigma Phi brothers from the chapter in Nebraska. In 1950 he transferred to the University of Nebraska where he received a B.S. in Economics.

Buffett then enrolled at Columbia Business School after learning that Benjamin Graham, (the author of The Intelligent Investor), and David Dodd, two well-known securities analysts, taught there. He then received a M.S. in Economics, Columbia University, in 1951.

Buffett has said: I’m 15 percent Fisher and 85 percent Benjamin Graham.

Buffett was employed from 1951–1954 at Buffett-Falk & Co., he taught an “Investment Principles" night class at the University of Nebraska Omaha, worked as an Investment Salesman, from 1954–1956 was at Graham-Newman Corp., New York as a Securities Analyst, from 1956–1969 formed and worked at Buffett Partnership, Ltd., Omaha as a General Partner and from 1970–Present at Berkshire Hathaway Inc, Omaha has been its Chairman, CEO.

Personal Life

In 1952 Buffett married Susan Thompson, and their marriage has produced three children. The couple began living separately in 1977, although they remained married until her death in July 2004.

In 2006, on his seventy-sixth birthday, he married his never-married longtime-companion, Astrid Menks, who was then sixty years old. She had lived with him since his wife's departure in 1977 to San Francisco.

A Millionaire

In 1962, Buffett became a millionaire, because of Buffett's partnerships, which in January 1962, had in excess of $7,178,500, of which over $1,025,000 belonged to Buffett. Buffett merged all his partnerships into one partnership.

Buffett discovered a textile manufacturing firm, Berkshire Hathaway and Buffett's partnerships began purchasing shares at $7.60 per share. In 1965, when Buffett's partnerships paid $14.86 per share while the company had working capital (current assets minus current liabilities) of $19 per share.

This did not include the value of fixed assets (factory and equipment). Buffett took control of Berkshire Hathaway at the board meeting and named a new president, Ken Chace, to run the company. In 1966, Buffett closed the partnership to new money.

In a second letter, Buffett announced his first investment in a private business — Hochschild, Kohn and Co, a privately owned Baltimore department store. In 1967, Berkshire paid out its first and only dividend of 10 cents.

In 1969, following his most successful year, Buffett liquidated the partnership and transferred their assets to his partners. Among the assets paid out were shares of Berkshire Hathaway.

In 1970, as chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett began writing his now-famous annual letters to shareholders.

Buffett's net worth reached $620 million, placing him on the Forbes 400 for the first time.

In 2006, Buffett announced in June that he gradually would give away 85% of his Berkshire holdings to five foundations in annual gifts of stock, starting in July 2006.

The largest contribution would go to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 2007, in a letter to shareholders, Buffett announced that he was looking for a younger successor, or perhaps successors, to run his investment business.

In 2008, Buffett became the richest man in the world dethroning Bill Gates, worth $62 billion according to Forbes, and $58 billion according to Yahoo, Bill Gates had been number 1 on the Forbes list for 13 consecutive years.

Berkshire Hathaway Acquisitions

In 1973, Berkshire began to acquire stock in the Washington Post Company. Buffett became close friends with Katharine Graham, who controlled the company and its flagship newspaper, and became a member of its board of directors.

In 1974, the SEC opened a formal investigation into Warren Buffett and Berkshire's acquisition of WESCO, due to possible conflict of interest. No charges were brought.

In 1977, Berkshire indirectly purchased the Buffalo Evening News for $32.5 million. Antitrust charges were started by its rival, the Buffalo Courier-Express. Both papers lost money, until the Courier-Express folded in 1982.

In 1979, Berkshire began to acquire stock in ABC. With the stock trading at $290 per share, Buffett's net worth neared $140 million. Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett helped financed the merger between Capital Cities and ABC in return for a 25 percent stake in the combined company.

In 1987, Berkshire Hathaway purchased 12% stake in Salomon Inc., making it the largest shareholder and Buffett the director.

In 1988, Buffett began buying stock in Coca-Cola Company, eventually purchasing up to 7 percent of the company for $1.02 billion. It would turn out to be one of Berkshire's most lucrative investments, and one which it still holds.

In 2002, Buffett entered in $11 billion worth of forward contracts to deliver U.S. dollars against other currencies. By April 2006, his total gain on these contracts was over $2 billion.

In 1998, he acquired General Re, (in a rare move, for stock).

In 2009, Warren Buffett invested $2.6 billion as a part of Swiss Re's raising equity captal. Berkshire Hathaway already owns a 3% stake, with rights to own more than 20%.

Berkshire Hathaway’s Common Stock Holdings

This includes outstanding stock as reported in the last SEC EDGAR filing (Form 13F), and the latest annual report.

American Express Co. (13.1%)
Anheuser-Busch Cos. (4.8%)
Bank of America
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (17.5%)
Carmax (10%)
The Coca-Cola Company (8.6%)
Comdisco (38%)
ConocoPhillips (5.6%)
Costco Wholesale
Diageo PLC
General Electric
Goldman Sachs
The Home Depot
H&R Block Inc. (sold out in 2007)
Ingersoll Rand
Iron Mountain
Johnson & Johnson (2.2%)
Kraft Foods (8.1%)
Lexmark International (sold out in 2006)
Lowe's Companies
M&T Bank (6.1%)
MidAmerican (83.7%)
Moody’s Corporation (19.1%)
Mueller Industries (sold out in 2006)
NRG Energy
Norfolk Southern Corp.
Outback Steakhouse
PetroChina (sold out in 2007)
Pier 1 Imports (sold out in 2007)
Posco (4.5%)
Procter & Gamble Co. (3.3%)
Sanofi-Aventis (1.3%)
Sealed Air (sold out in 2006)
Shaw Communications
SunTrust Banks
Tesco (2.9%)
Torchmark (3.2%)
Tyco International (sold out in 2008)
UnitedHealth Group
Union Pacific Railroad
United Parcel Service
USG (19.0%)
U.S. Bancorp (4.4%)
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (0.5%)
The Washington Post Company (18.2%)
Wells Fargo (9.2%)
Wesco Financial Corporation (80%)
White Mountains Insurance (sold out in 2008)

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Warren Buffett Quotes

This is a video of Warren Buffett Quotes on business and investing.

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Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary

To watch a beautiful video of their wedding click here

Crown Prince Frederik

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark (Danish: Frederik André Henrik Christian, Kronprins til Danmark; born: Copenhagen, 26 May 1968) is the heir apparent to the Throne of Denmark.

On 14 January 1972 he became Crown Prince of Denmark while his mother succeded to the throne as Margrethe II.

Curriculum Vitae

The Crown Prince attended elementary school at Krebs' Skole during the years 1974-1981, from 1974-1976 as a private pupil at Amalienborg Palace, and from the third form at Krebs' Skole. In the period 1982-1983, the Crown Prince was a boarder at École des Roches in Normandy, France. In 1986, Crown Prince Frederik graduated from the upper secondary school of Øregaard Gymnasium.

He studied at Harvard University from 1992-1993 under the name of Frederik Henriksen, studying political science. He then took up a position for three months with the Danish UN mission in New York in 1994.

He received an MSc in Political Science from the University of Aarhus, which he completed in February 1995. The Crown Prince was posted as First Secretary to the Danish Embassy in Paris from October 1998-October 1999.

He has completed extensive military studies and training in all three services, notably completing education as a sailor in the naval elite special operations forces (members of this are known as frogmen or frømænd in Danish). His frogman nickname is "Pingo".

In the period 2001 and 2002, the Crown Prince completed further training for leaders at the Royal Danish Defence College. Crown Prince Frederik remains active in the defence, and in the period 2002-2003 served as a staff officer at Defence Command Denmark, and from 2003 as a senior lecturer with the Institute of Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence College.


On 14 May 2004 the Crown Prince married Australian Mary Donaldson (a marketing consultant he had met during the Sydney Olympics in 2000) at Copenhagen Cathedral, Copenhagen.

The couple have two children - Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John born on 15 October 2005 and Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe born on 21 April 2007.

Crown Princess Mary

If you are interested in learning more about Crown Princess Mary, this is a book on the Princess (you can click on the image):

Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark (Danish: Mary Elizabeth, Kronprinsesse af Danmark; née: Mary Elizabeth Donaldson; born: February 5, 1972) is the wife of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark.

Mary was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. She attended Clear Lake City Elementary School in Waimea Heights Primary School from 1978 to 1982. She completed her secondary education at Taroona High School and Hobart Matriculation College before studying at the University of Tasmania for five years.

On graduation Mary moved to Melbourne to work in her chosen career of advertising.

Mary’s birth family

Mary is the youngest of four children born to John and Henrietta Donaldson. Her parents emigrated from Scotland to Australia in 1963.

Mary has three older siblings:
• Jane Alison Donaldson, Mrs. Stephens (b. December 26, 1965);
• Patricia Anne Donaldson, Mrs. Bailey (b. March 16, 1968);
• John Stuart Donaldson (b. July 9, 1970);

Mary's father is Professor John Dalgleish Donaldson, born in Port Seton, near Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 5, 1941, an applied mathematician with a PhD from the University of Tasmania and a Professor of applied mathematics.

Mary's mother was Henrietta Clark Donaldson (née Horne), known as Etta, also born in Port Seton, near Edinburgh, Scotland, on May 12, 1942. She worked for many years at the University of Tasmania and before she retired she was the Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor.

Etta died on November 20, 1997, following complications six weeks after a heart operation for a long-term heart condition.

Education and career

Mary began elementary school in Clear Lake City, now Houston, Harris County, Texas, while her father was working there. On returning to Hobart she attended Sandy Bay Infants School, Waimea Heights Primary School and then Taroona High School in Tasmania. For the last two years of her secondary education Mary attended Hobart College from which she graduated.

From 1989 to 1994 Mary did a combined degree in Commerce and Law (BCom.LLB) at the University of Tasmania.

Mary later qualified for professional certificates in advertising and direct marketing. Mary worked for Australian and global advertising agencies after graduation including DDB Needham and Mojo Partners in Melbourne, then Young & Rubicam, Love Branding and Belle Property Group in Sydney.

She also held a joint business interest in a company called Kingcash with Brent Annells, with whom she had a seven year relationship in the 1990s. After leaving Australia, Mary taught business English in Paris.

On moving to Denmark permanently she worked at Navision/Microsoft Business Solutions outside of Copenhagen.

Courtship and wedding

Mary Donaldson met Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark at the Slip Inn[8] during the 2000 Summer Olympics on 16 September in Sydney. They conducted a long-distance relationship by phone, email and letter and Frederik made a number of discreet visits to Australia.

They married on 14th of May, 2004.

The couple have two children.

The Danish Folketing (parliament) passed a special law (Mary's Law) giving Mary Donaldson Danish citizenship upon her marriage, a standard procedure for new foreign members of the royal family.[13] Mary was previously a dual citizen of Australia and the United Kingdom.

Formerly a Presbyterian, Mary became Lutheran. On entering the royal family, Mary signed a marriage agreement similar to those of her father-in-law and her commoner ex-sister-in-law. The agreement was subsequently updated in late 2006. The details of the first and second agreements have never been made public.

The Mary Foundation

On September 11, 2007 Crown Princess Mary announced the establishment of the Mary Foundation[44] at the inaugural meeting at Amalienborg Palace. The Foundation's aim is to focus on co-operative community initiatives to advance the understanding of cultural diversity and the principle of the right to belong.

The Mary Foundation aims to improve lives compromised by environment, heredity, illness or other circumstances which can isolate or exclude people socially.



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Wedding of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Mary Donaldson

The Wedding

The marriage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik and Miss Mary Donaldson took place on Friday 14 May 2004 at 16.00.

The wedding ceremony was held at Copenhagen Cathedral, the Church of Our Lady. The Bishop of Copenhagen, Erik Norman Svendsen officiated the ceremony, assisted by the Chaplain to the Royal Family, Professor Christian Thodberg.

This is a lovely video of the wedding:

Hope you enjoyed the video, the song is Never Ending Story sung by Limahl (you can click on the images):

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Grace Kelly - Actress to Princess

Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929–September 14, 1982) was an Academy Award-winning American film and stage actress and style icon. Upon marrying Rainier III, Prince of Monaco in 1956, she became Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, but was more generally known as Princess Grace of Monaco.

The American Film Institute has ranked Grace Kelly #13 amongst the Greatest Female Stars of All Time.

This is a gorgeous video of Grace Kelly.

Hope you enjoyed the video, the song is sung by Carla Bruni who is the wife of the current French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. This is the album (you can click on the images):

Here are some great books on Grace Kelly:

And for the movie buffs:

Some beautiful photos and prints:

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