Batman Begins VS the Fantastic Four. What Next?

Written by Dave Gieber

Well, it looks like Hollywood keeps it continual pot of revenue filled with, guess what, comic book heroes. Batman Begins and The Fantastic Four are about to duke it out on Hollywood and Vine. An age-old comic book company rivalry is yet renewingrepparttar heat this year. I guess all of us comic book aficionados always wonder who would winrepparttar 147027 battle between such and such superheroes.

Well at least inrepparttar 147028 next few months one way to keep score is to watchrepparttar 147029 revenues generated betweenrepparttar 147030 recently released “Batman Begins” andrepparttar 147031 soon to be released “Fantastic Four”, which were both childhood fascinations of mine. Not only are there superhero “what ifs” going on here, but which comic book company will stand to gainrepparttar 147032 most economic substantiation? Batman punchesrepparttar 147033 daily time clock at DC Comics andrepparttar 147034 Fantastic Four wasrepparttar 147035 brainchild of Stan Lee and crew at Marvel Comics.

And don’t tell me there is a small comic book hero market. Batman Begins claimedrepparttar 147036 number one spot in gross revenue on its opening weekend. It is going to be very interesting to see whatrepparttar 147037 Fantastic Four does. Hollywood is definitely increasingrepparttar 147038 thickness of its silver lining these days with comic book hero movies. Batman took in almost $49 million it’s opening weekend. How many mint condition old comic books would you have to sell to make that kind of dough? Are we inrepparttar 147039 wrong end ofrepparttar 147040 comic book world (ha ha)?

The rivalry between Marvel and DC used to be a major dividing line amongstrepparttar 147041 tight knit group of comic book collectors. When comic book interest started to decline inrepparttar 147042 1970s, this issue became largely irrelevant. But now as video games, online role-playing games and major motion picture productions are spreading acrossrepparttar 147043 globe,repparttar 147044 classic Marvel-DC conflict is springing back to life.

Superman is coming back to life onrepparttar 147045 big screen as well as Wonder Woman. Marvel has been riding high off their major successes withrepparttar 147046 X-men and Spiderman. They are now digging deep into their catalog of characters and are working on screen adaptations of Iron Man,repparttar 147047 Submariner, Thor and Silver Surfer, among others. Have we entered a new comic book age that will have to be defined around major motion pictures? Maybe it could be callrepparttar 147048 “Greenback Age”. Do you have another definition?

Lavender Soap

Written by Judi Singleton

Lavender is a traditional cottage garden plant. Its gray-green spikes of foliage and purple flowers provide color all year. Sincerepparttar Middle Ages,repparttar 146442 dried flowers have been one ofrepparttar 146443 main ingredients of potpourri. Fresh sprigs are included in herbal bunches known as tussie mussies, which have been used for hundreds of years to mask unpleasant odors and ward off illness. Today, "talking bouquets" give new meaning torepparttar 146444 popular phrase, "Say it with flowers." A tussie-mussie or word poesy is a small circular nosegay of flowers and herbs, tightly gathered and designed to carry a special message inrepparttar 146445 language of flowers. The traditional tussie-mussie is composed of fragrant herbs surrounding one central flower, a rose.The language of flowers spansrepparttar 146446 world ofrepparttar 146447 ancients from Greece and Turkey torepparttar 146448 Aztecs of South and Central America.

In England during Elizabethan times, judges carried tussie-mussies into their courtrooms to protect against "gaol fever." Today judges at England's highest court,repparttar 146449 Old Bailey, celebrate this tradition by carrying a tussie-mussie into court six times a year. Duringrepparttar 146450 Victorian era tussie-mussies were carried close torepparttar 146451 nose to ward offrepparttar 146452 stench inrepparttar 146453 streets andrepparttar 146454 plague and were composed primarily of scented herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and rue. The age-old custom of strewing pungent herbs onrepparttar 146455 floors of homes was thought to protectrepparttar 146456 gentlefolk from germs and provide herbal fragrances - early aromatherapy.

The Victorians also turned flower giving into an art. It was common practice atrepparttar 146457 beginning of a courtship for suitors to give their intended a tussie-musssie. Floriography,repparttar 146458 art of sending messages by flowers, brought a new dimension to tussie-mussies. Dozens of floral dictionaries were published listingrepparttar 146459 meanings of each flower and herb. The symbolic meanings were adapted from classical mythology, religious symbolism, ancient lore, and a bit of creativity onrepparttar 146460 part ofrepparttar 146461 floral designer. The study of botany andrepparttar 146462 discovery of new plants from all overrepparttar 146463 world brought new and exciting ideas to this language of flowers.


The plant may grow to a height of 3 feet, but there are dwarf forms for edging which reach only about 10 inches. The stems are thick and woody, and become straggly if left unpruned. The leaves are long, spiky, and very narrow, and branch out nearrepparttar 146464 ground. To keep lavenders beautiful year after year, prune them in early spring or fall, or at harvest. Low growing varieties should be cut back 1 to 2-inches. Taller varieties (3 to 4-feet in height) should be pruned back to approximately one-third of their height. Pruning helps to keep these plants from becoming very woody. The Sunset Western Garden Book recommends beginningrepparttar 146465 pruning regime duringrepparttar 146466 second year's growth. The tiny tubular flowers are Learn to grow, harvest and maintain beautiful lavender plants. This booklet also shows you how to cook with lavender and use your harvest to prepare simple medicines, in crafts, and to make fragrant potpourri.

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