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Changing Face Of Inuit Art

Inuit art form has become a collector’s prized possession in recent times. With the exposure that the art form has received in recent times, it is not difficult to find them in people’s living rooms the world over. This form of art is in fact considered to be a collectible among the elite people. The exposure to this art form has been largely created by the efforts of the Canadian government in an attempt to popularize the beautiful and traditional art practiced by the local inhabitants of the Arctic region. However, while the art form has received recognition throughout the world, it has also led Inuit community to move towards other occupations as well. Thus, on one hand there has been a surge in demand for the art and on the other there is a shortage of skilled artists. For a long time Inuit were hunters and sculptors. But, over a period of time people found better and more lucrative employment opportunities and drifted towards them. However, some intuit people continued with their traditional profession of creating beautiful art pieces out of stone. For these people stone carving holds religious significance. That’s because the Inuit art traditionally comprised of creating sculptures of worship. Such religious sculptures and figures were in a way then connected with nature. The art also majorly comprises of animal or human figures. The creativity of these artists is depicted by their carvings of animals, usually those found in the arctic region. Being ace hunters, it was easy for them to capture the beauty of animals into stone statutes. However, of late with the increasing demand for Inuit art, the younger generation of Inuit is drawing back towards their tradition. With more exposure to the outside world than their forefathers, they are bringing innovations to the art form. Instead of using ivory, other varieties of soft stones like soapstone are being used to create beautiful art works. Following the footsteps of renowned Inuit artists like Paul Kavik, Jimmy Iqaluq and Nuna Parr, these younger artists are trying to create art using the same method and tools but with a touch of contemporary feel. Several art galleries both online and off it too are providing these young artists the platform that they need to portray their skills. They list their products and interested Eskimo art lovers can buy them. Though they are relatively lower in price than those of the established Inuit artists, the Inuit art by the young generation artists is no less in terms of their quality.

Rococo Style Oil Painting

The word “Rococo” was evolved from the French word “rocaille”. Rococo art was formed in Paris in the early eighteenth century and was mainly featured by delicacy, refinement, sweetie and elegance. Its characteristics lied in the fine, lightweight, gorgeous and tedious decoration and the use of C type, S type or swirling curve and pastel colors. It had a deep influence and served the European decadent feudal nobility of the eighteenth century. After the seventeenth and eighteenth century, because of the gradual development of natural science, and impact of various democratic theories and Chinese thoughts and cultures, the “Enlightenment” was born in Europe, leading to the industrial prosperity and rising democratic thoughts. Later the industrial revolution and French Revolution broke.

These changes of objective situations exerted a great influence on development of the art at that time. Early in the eighteenth Century, although Baroque art was still popular in Europe, at the same time, an art style called Rococo was produced in France and gradually prevailed, and then replaced the Baroque style. Although Rococo still retained the comprehensive qualities of Baroque, it lacked of the religious atmosphere and exaggerated emotions and especially emphasized the use of light and beautiful and soft atmosphere. Many paintings of Rococo style were genre paintings, which were with light and sweet colors and full of elegance. The themes of Rococo paintings also included portrait, landscape, mythology and ordinary people’s life, in addition to the aristocratic life.

The Rococo style was represented by the works of French painter Antoine Watteau. Most of the works were related to the luxury life of Paris aristocracy. He did not scratch, but drew the pictures directly on the canvas. Deeply influenced by Rubens, the characters??? sharp nose, small mouth, and small fingers were all showed in his pictures with bright colors. In the use of light, Watteau will never restrain the comparison scope which Baroque painters did. Rococo art did not spread widely and gradually declined in the middle of the eighteenth century and then replaced by new classicism. The important painters at that time included: French Watteau, Chardin, Boucher, Fragonard, Italy Tiepolo, British Hogarth, Reynolds, Root Barlow, etc.

Opulent Luxury Holiday


A popular holiday theme, luxury holidays offer a wonderful chance to enjoy a luxurious vacation along with near and dear ones. Some of the most impressive types of vacations include guided safari tours of the various wildlife refuges. Moreover, the Luxury safari is about encompassing an unforgettable experience where all the tours are carefully designed by experienced and skilled representatives. A wildlife experience that’s just as incredible under water as it is on land will surely give you memories for lifetime. The luxury tour operator gives you a selection of some of your favorite tailor made itineraries for once-in-a-lifetime luxury holiday. The tours are exclusive products aimed at meeting the needs of the high end combination of a superb location, luxurious facilities and an incredible experience ensures your vacation is worth remembering the lifetime. The personally customized programmes throughout the world are bespoke, each one designed to reflect your individual interests and needs and delivering unique life experiences. Luxury Holiday is a journey not only in luxury but also in culture, wildlife and history, whatever your passion is, it offers you guaranteed fun. The holiday is about hotels with gold taps and bell boys and the travel partner is all about authenticity, service and advice. Whether you prefer simpler canvas construction, a thatched cottage or an extravagant air conditioned suite with a private pool, the choice is with you. Treat yourself to a truly impressive vacation, followed by a unique style, caring service and picturesque environment. The tour operator customizes each itinerary to suit the individual’s or group’s wishes and comfort. They offer you an exotic and flamboyant opportunity to explore and self drive your leisure out of the world vacation. Also for the newlywed they take great pride in finding the most romantic destinations, the most luxurious hotels, and planning custom honeymoon itineraries to suit every couple. With some of the most innovative facilities and lavish features, the Luxury Holidays are popular amongst seekers of luxury. The luxury tour operator integrates the travel consulting knowledge and operational strengths to offer you the world’s most luxurious private tours. They boast some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, as well as spectacular hotels and spas. The travel provider selects partners to provide essential services to make your travels run smoothly, such as private jets and chauffeurs. The Luxury Safari can also arrange your journey from start to finish, including refreshments or Five Star dining, while you sit back and relax. Be pampered as you embrace the under-stated opulence on one of these Premier Safari, an ultra-luxury holiday experience where your every need is catered for in premier style.}

Finding Canvas Prints Out of Budget? Make Your Look Broader!

A lot of people find home decor and its renovation highly challenging and expensive. Home decor consists of a lot of things though, like home paint, furniture, accessories, settings etc, however, it is still possible to keep your house upgraded and trendy without spending much. When it comes to controlling budget, the ball is in your court and you can easily reduce your home decor cost with certain tips. Canvas prints are being considered as one of the most important home decor accessories that people are using in their home renovation plans, however, they are also considered as the most expensive accessories. If you also think the same and consider them out of your budget, you need to broaden your vision to see the variety that is highly affordable and of top quality.

Since canvas prints have become one of the latest trends in home decor today, a large and ever increasing variety is available in the market that is not just providing you uniquely designed prints, but offering you your favorite stuff at much reasonable cost. Making your home renovated and updating it to keep it trendy and classy is not expensive any more. Even if you don’t want to buy expensive furniture, you can go for minor changes in the form of updating your accessories like curtains, sheets and paintings and wall hangings. This is the most cost effective and speedy way of changing your home decor. Even if you want sudden change in look because you are running short of time and party is near, you can also opt for this option. When the trend of canvas printing emerged, the prints were expensive no doubt. However, with the advent of latest technology and its help, these prints began to be produced in an economical and more effective manner. Therefore, you are able to get even highly reasonable or affordable prints very easily.

You just need to find the one that cannot just complement your home’s theme but your pocket as well and the brands that are providing you services of canvas printings online have made it quite easier and convenient for you. There is no need to wander for hours and hours in market to find the prints of your choice, you can now place your customized orders as per your taste and budget. Beautifully and uniquely designed canvas prints which are of high quality and reasonable as well are now easy to get. With the passage of time, you will see even more variety that is going to enhance the charm of your home in an affordable manner. Get the cheap ones without letting go quality, look and style.

The Twelve Days of Christmas – Snowdonia Style!


Christmas is a big deal in Snowdonia. When the mountaintops are dusted with snow, and fairy lights twinkle in the twilight, the Christmas atmosphere is contagious. What is there to do in Snowdonia at Christmas time? Here’s the ultimate guide to Christmas events and activities in Snowdonia – which we’ve moulded to the best of our ability into a new take on the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. So settle down with a mince pie and a warming tipple, and discover all that Snowdonia has to offer at Christmas. Twelve trees a-swinging Can you find Santa’s sleigh? Throughout December, Santa’s Trail is a popular activity at Tree Top Adventure in Betws-y-Coed. This is a great day out for groups large and small, and at only 3 per person with 20% off other adventures when booked at the same time, this Christmas activity offers great value for money. Eleven Santa specials Santa’s trains run all over the Snowdonia region in December, giving the big man himself an opportunity to find out who’s naughty or nice and check his list (he’s checking it twice, just in case!) Look out for Santa specials on the following railways on December weekends: Bala Lake Railway, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, Llanberis Lake Railway, and the Talyllyn Railway. Ten breakfasts with Santa Actually, there are fifteen – not ten – slots available for breakfast with Santa at Fron Goch Garden Centre in Caernarfon; but the song only mentions twelve days of Christmas, so we’ve had to be a bit creative with our version! As well as the breakfast with Santa events, Fron Goch have lots of other things going on at Christmas – like carvery lunches on Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays between 7th and 23rd December, and a dazzling selection of Christmas decorations to browse and buy. Look out for their beautiful glass tree decorations – they’re future heirlooms in the making. Nine Penrhyn Christmases At Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, they really know how to do Christmas! Throughout December Penrhyn put on special Christmas weekends, with games, music and fun family activities galore. You can also see Santa on his special Christmas train, and buy wonderful Christmas goodies from the castle’s gift shop. Eight snow-capped mountains Longing to see some snow to get you in the Christmas mood? While we can’t make any promises that Snowdonia will live up to its frosty name this winter, the highest mountain tops usually have at least a light dusting of the white stuff by the time Christmas arrives. We can’t stress enough how dangerous it can be to walk on snowy peaks if you’re not properly trained and well-equipped; so looking at snow-capped mountains from ground level – and taking photos to use on next year’s Christmas cards – is the safer (and warmer) option. Seven Christmas dinners We’re not suggesting you try to out-eat the Vicar of Dibley by devouring seven Christmas dinners in one day (though you’re welcome to give it a try if you like) – but you might want to enjoy delicious Christmas meals on seven separate occasions in some of Snowdonia’s fantastic restaurants, hotels and pubs. Need some inspiration? Try these seven for starters (and mains, and desserts): The Black Boy Inn, Caernarfon; Mynydd Ednyfed Country House Hotel, Criccieth; Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog; Garddfon, Y Felinheli; Castell Deudraeth, Portmeirion Village; Seiont Manor Hotel, Llanrug; and Blue Sky, Bangor. Six Santa’s Grottoes Santa’s grotto is open on six different dates in December at Greenwood Forest Park, so don’t miss your opportunity to let your children tell him what’s on their Christmas lists! For 6.50 a head, children will meet Santa, receive a present, and play in the enchanted wood barn too – what a great treat for the little ones! Five Christmas shows There are all sorts of Christmas shows to enjoy throughout Snowdonia in December. From concerts and dances to plays and storytelling, there’s a little something for everyone! Look out for the Christmas Celidh at Theatr y Ddraig, Barmouth; “Dickens and Dylan” and “Humbug!” at Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli; the Cellb Christmas Party, Blaenau Ffestiniog, with live music all night long (free entry if you wear a Christmas jumper and hat); and a smashing Christmas concert at Theatr Harlech. Four craft and food fairs Visiting a craft or food fair in Snowdonia is a real treat. In many cases you’ll be able to meet the people that have crafted the items you’re buying, or the producers that have grown or cooked the wonderful food items they’re selling. Buying local is a great way to support the local economy and do your bit for the environment too – because locally produced means fewer food miles. Four noteworthy craft and food fairs in 2012 are the Christmas Food and Craft Market at Electric Mountain in Llanberis; the Plas Glyn-y-Weddw arts and craft fair, Pwllheli; the Craflwyn Christmas Fair, Beddgelert; and the Portmeirion Food and Drink Festival. They’re all being held on the weekend of 1-2 December 2012, so take your pick or visit them all! Three late shopping nights Many of Snowdonia’s towns offer special extended-hours shopping events in December. Three of note can be enjoyed at Bala on 4th December 2012, Barmouth on 6th December, and a really special one at Conwy on 7th December which is accompanied by an atmospheric and very festive torchlight parade. To learn more about independent shops in Gwynedd, join the ‘Siopa Gwynedd Shopping’ page on Facebook. Two bracing walks Spend a weekend at Plas y Brenin and join your fellow guests on a variety of walks around Snowdonia, as well as workshops, Christmas dinner and a sip or two of good ale. If you can’t spare a whole weekend, join the Bangor Bethesda Ramblers on a pre-Christmas six-mile Grade D walk around Felinheli and the Dinorwig Slate Quarry Railway. And a Betws-y-Coed Christmas If there’s any event guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy, “Nadolig Betws-y-Coed Christmas” is it. For one weekend in December, the village of Betws-y-Coed is transformed into a magical winter wonderland With events and attractions including lantern parades, carolling, a snowman shy, Santa’s campsite, a funfair, birds of prey, a reindeer park, a Santa dash and fireworks displays – and much more besides – it’d be impossible to visit this wonderful event without being overcome by Christmas spirit. So pop along and say “hello-ho-ho”!}

The Class Of Stone Sculpture- It Will Make A Difference To Your Home

How we decorate our homes, reflects our taste in art. Of course, you have to be excessively fiscally-endowed to be able to own a Picasso or Van Gogh and prints don’t make for as striking an impression. Art is a vital part of home and outside decor, to break the dreariness and monotony of bare spaces, be they walls or the room – having a stone sculpture properly exhibited and appropriately lit, speaks volumes about its owners taste in art and gives a unique feel and character to the area where it is placed.

Stone sculptures have great physical presence and look much pricier than what they actually cost. Stone sculptures are available in all sizes and it is easy to find one that meets your budget. A good stone sculpture will cost far less than a medium sized painting and will add far more beauty to the home than a painting, which are more commonplace and do not immediately attract attention. Stone sculpture normally ranges in prices from extremely low to the more expensive ones. You can actually get a stone sculpture for as less as $200 dollars. Even though making a stone sculpture is a time consuming process, chipping away stone is far more difficult than putting paint on canvas, the beauty of the stone sculpture lies in its natural beauty. Stones are beautiful and no two stones are alike. They are a natural formation and have their own individual patterns and color. Furthermore, they could be thousands of years old, making it feel like you are brining a piece of civilization into your home.

Stone sculpture has the added advantage of being three-dimensional and it is perhaps one of the oldest art forms known to mankind. It is an art activity that is older than civilization itself and thousands of statues have been unearthed in excavations that give credence to this truth. Earlier the only tools that were used were a chisel and a hammer, whereas now sculptors have the luxury of using modern implements like pneumatic hammers, drills and similar devices, but for the finer portions, chisels and hammers are still used.

Stone sculptures are ideal, for both your interiors and exteriors. When putting them in your garden, put them on a tree stump, or on specially constructed pedestal in locations of your choice. Of course, when you put them outside, unless they are really heavy, make sure that they are secure and safe from thieves, who know that they will fetch a good price in the market. Outside sculptures do not require lighting, but interior sculptures most certainly do – good lighting enhances the appearance of the piece and gives it a vivid and remarkable look that catches the eye faster.

With stone sculptures you are actually living with art and your sculpture could actually appreciate in value over time. Who knows that your stone sculpture could one day be recognized for its worth and value just as the four most well known sculptures known to mankind, Venus of Willendorf, the Giant Buddha and the greatest of them all Michelangelo’s Pieta, where Jesus is lying on the lap of his mother Mary and the statue of David, made by the Renaissance great, perhaps the greatest stone sculpture artist ever, 500 hundred years ago.

Family Portrait Ideas And Tips For Stunning Results

Family Portraits are divided in three categories namely candid family portraits, traditional family portraits, and lifestyle family portraits. Certain tips should be followed in order to get that wonderful Family Portrait such as:

Tip #1 – Your Portrait Should Have Even Lighting: For any family portrait light plays an important role at making them work. It is advisable that you should get even lighting for your shot, though situations may arise where getting even lighting is impossible. The ideal suited time for a family photograph is in the morning or early evening as the light during these times are soft, warm, and most importantly flattering. While taking the photograph you should make sure that everyone’s eyes in the photo are looking sharp. Even their faces lit with even lighting.

Tip #2 – Create a Sense of Depth: If your photo session is indoors you should consider using a flash, else you can opt for natural lighting from the windows which tend to give a much softer lighting. Another tip is that the furniture arrangement should be in a right-angled manner towards the window so that the soft light can come from them. You should bring your subjects to be seated closer towards the window. In order to add a sense of depth into the family photograph using shadows and highlights, try to get the natural light from the windows to be slightly off to one side. You can photograph your subjects where at one side, light is coming from a 45?? angle and on the other side you can use a white cloth or white cardboard so that light is reflected. If you are photo session is outdoors one thing you can do is to search for shades that can provide your family photo an even spread of light.

Tip #3 – Get Your Subjects Close To One Another: You can have a wonderful family photograph when everyone is close to one another. This rule is applied in order to create a sense of unity, intimacy and closeness. You can make sure that everyone in the family photo minimizes the gap between one another. Another tip is that you should get the subjects of the photograph to touch the person near them. For example mother hugs father, second sister’s arm leans onto bigger brother’s shoulder and so on. A little bit of intimacy and body language helps to convey emotions from the family photo to the viewers.

Last but not the least inform your subjects so that they are not standing in a straight line so that the family photo does not look too formal. Ask them to stand at an angle where their bodies will slant slightly towards one another. Or they can be arranged in a triangular, zig zag or diamond formation. Another way of getting a good photograph is by making your subjects laugh. With these tips this is certainly your golden chance to capture and create that winning family photo Remember not to be shy and do whatever you can in order to bring out the expressions you want from your subjects to get that awesome family photograph.

How to Enjoy a Continental Christmas


I’ve always been something of an odd bod when it comes to Christmas which is to say that the way I celebrate is quite different to the way that my friends and colleagues celebrate – the main difference for this being (other than the fact that I am an odd bod) that I’m half German and a quarter Polish meaning that my family liked to do things in a kind of mish mash of those two ways. However while it might have been od, it was also very pleasant, and after introducing it to my girlfriend I’ve realised that it’s something that really anyone can appreciate. So if you want to try doing Christmas a bit differently this year and enjoy a slightly new atmosphere… read on! Christmas Eve The first thing to recognize is that the big bit in Germany or Poland is not on Christmas Day, but rather on Christmas Eve. That’s when you open the presents at least, and for me this always seemed like the highlight with Christmas dinner the next day being a side attraction. The idea is that there is no Christmas tree in the living room at all right up until Christmas Eve, when one of the parents/grandparents will take the children out of the house for a while to do something fun. During this window of opportunity, those remaining will then rush around in order to bring out the Christmas tree, and to then decorate it to look as though it has appeared by magic when the child returns – and of course it has, Santa brought it after all. Now you don’t just dig in to the presents, but rather the whole family has to wait until the it’s dark enough that the first star has come out (you make an exception if it’s cloudy). This of course also builds anticipation for the children and means that when you do finally open them it’s all the sweeter. Setting the Scene What I find so pleasant about this way of doing Christmas is that the evening setting makes it a lot more atmospheric and even romantic than opening the presents first thing in the morning – particularly when you’re waiting for those stars to come out. You can enhance this mood further though with your decorations. For instance make sure that the Christmas tree is decorated to be fitting for the evening with lots of blues, silvers and whites. If you want to go the full hog you can even take it further by putting on some German Christmas carols which I’ve always found to be very relaxing and atmospheric. The other favourite part for me as a child though was always the lebkuchen. These are ginger bread treats covered in chocolate or icing, which if you have often enough can come to represent the ‘taste’ of Christmas. We also had these along with the carols on each advent leading up to Christmas when we would also light a candle on the reef. Give it a go this Christmas, and try something new!}

Welcome New Year 2013 With Different New Year Gifts


People love receiving gifts, with disregard to the occasion or event. Gifting is a way of appreciating a person’s presence in one’s life. It is a way of displaying affection and love. This small gifting practice can be very helpful in strengthening the relationship between two individuals. But not all people are good at gifting, even though they wish to do so. They might face some problem in selecting gifts for their near and dear ones. On the other hand there are some people who possess the knowledge to create beautiful gifting ideas. These people also use it as their special talent for helping others by providing gifting ideas. Moreover, they use this talent of theirs as a business as well. Individuals who need help in selecting gifts can browse the web for websites that offer several gifting ideas. These websites aid in creating, packing as well as delivering the gifts to your people’s place. They work online and all the transaction is done on web. Occasions like marriages, convocation, engagements, love affairs, New Year’s, anniversaries and many more can be made more memorable with the help obtained in making beautiful gifts from these websites. One of the popular events is the New Year and Christmas celebrations. If you are planning for New Year 2013 celebration, you can couple it up with Christmas party and prepare it all together. New Year can be turned sweet with New Year cards. A wide range of New Year cards can be seen in the market a month or prior to the New Year. All types of cards are available at stores, be it the ones for kids, adults, seniors, teachers, friends. You can purchase many personalized cards from the local store. If you opt to buy cards and feel like helping the needy, then you can buy cards which are handmade or the ones which contribute to the needy kids by selling their merchandise. Some of the most common New Year gifts include New Year diaries, New Year calendars, good luck statues and symbols, wax candles, sweets, toys, crockery and many more. Christmas is very dear to people, especially to children. They are very much attached to the Christmas carols, reindeers, Christmas trees and of course, the Santa Clause. Within these attachments lies the idea for gifts. Anything like reindeer toys, small Christmas trees and little Christmas caps can be gifted to kids during Christmas. Moreover indulging the kids in Christmas celebrations, tree decoration can very well inculcate in them the feeling of unity and love. This feeling can be a gift for them for life. Many people like to help the needy and poor as to make their new year happier. No other gift can ever be compared to the kind act like this. Feeling of sharing is god’s best gift. A new year party as well as a Christmas party can be a reason for people to gather, forget all their sorrows and grieves, stop thinking about their stress and relax their minds. People love to take resolutions, which may bring small as well as big changes in their lives.}

Fairy Story Loving Holidays


If dreams could become truth, everyone might have been living in their own fairy tales; where wishes come real and pleasure is forever. There is something so wonderful and inspiring about favorite anecdotes that we all want to believe them and live them. Every man intends to be a fearless and attractive royal prince charming; every lady desires to be the fairest first around the globe and who does not wish to be a boy who never grows up. With its spell launching appeal of wonderful hills, mystic waters and grand castles; UK is the area that provided as an motivation for many favorite anecdotes. Gone are the middle ages, but there are numerous Story resorts which take you returning in history in the unique globe of desire and truth. Hotels fairy shows you the wonderful trip to your Story loving vacation. Hotels fairy has selected top story resorts in UK for your Fairy story loving holidays. The cost and packages range throughout the seasons, so we suggest you do your resort cost comparison yourself. 1. The Linthwaite Home Hotel, Windermere Located in the heart of Lake District which looks like a Fairy area itself, the Linthwaite house resort is an ideal story resort for you. Enclosed by 14 miles of forest hilltop garden, the position was built in 1900, just the most ideal time for favorite anecdotes happening. For the diligent friendly staff of this story resort, your wish is their command. 2. Combe Home, Devon Devon one of the finest English scenery, provides a position to meet up with your story dreams in this Grand Elizabethan Way. These 3500 miles of fairyland is roamed easily by Arabian steeds and pheasants. This is really a story resort enclosed by amazing elegance and provides a precious loving vacation. You can’t find a better story resort for your ideal story marriages. 3. Ashmount Nation house, Yorkshire Fulfill your story dreams in the amazing scenery of Yorkshire. The Ashmount Nation home a story resort for your story loving getaway. Along with gorgeous bed rooms and fine food, this story resort provides little but unique actions that create your story even more wonderful. Increased petal spread on your bed, a single red rose, a hand tied bouquet or delicious desire chocolate; much more of such little things to create your unique someone feel more unique. 4. Ardanaiseige, Scotland Discover a real story relationship in the loving and captivated whisky area. The location of this story resort is associated with many misconceptions including the one regarding the Well of Youth. Be interested by the artistic interior of this story resort with a classy furniture and art work, immerse in gold bath or just relax in your warm and cozy bedroom, everything in this story resort will take you to a fairyland globe you don’t want to come returning from. In the picture ideal small town of Romaldkirk sets this unique story resort, an ideal position for a loving pleasure. The wonderful 1700s building looks over the outstanding Teasdale area with its wonderful scenery. This story resort will take you into the globe you’ve always thought to be in.}