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A wise woman I know once said about sex: “It can warm you, or it can burn your house down.”
Seems to me lately that sex (and “sexting”) have been burning down a number of houses: Representative Anthony Weiner’s (although he might be able pull it out of the ashes after a leave of absence and stay at an undisclosed rehabilitation center), former VP-candidate John Edwards’ house, and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s house.
Mybrotha.COM has compiled a sexy list of the 50 Hottest Sistas anywhere on the planet!
Okay... maybe not the planet, but as far as the U.S. entertainment industry goes, these women are at the top of their game -- and at the top of many men's lists of being the sexiest sistas around.
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Think back over the past year. Which women really stood out in your mind? In addition to some striking new faces, many women continue to make our hearts skip a beat, year after year.
With so many beautiful women in this world, only a select few have something special that makes them rise above the rest. It's often magical and something you can't put a finger on.
Over the past month, we the editors at AskMen.com have been faced with the arduous task of sifting through thousands of photos, reader e-mails, and author suggestions to compile our Annual AskMen.com Top 50 Most Beautiful Women List.
We based our rankings largely on the tremendous amount of feedback from you, our readers, as well as the opinions of our editors and journalists.
The reader's votes were adjusted according to certain criteria, which reflected editorial opinion on each woman's beauty, personality and achievements over the past year. Some of our selections will receive whole-hearted agreement, others may come as a surprise, but no doubt you'll enjoy viewing them as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
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TESTED 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed
WHAT IS IT? The fastest all-wheel-drive luxury sedan on the market.
HOW MUCH? $252,615 as tested.
WHAT’S UNDER THE HOOD? 6-liter W-12 with twin turbochargers; 6-speed automatic transmission.
HOW QUICK IS IT? 0 to 60 m.p.h. in 4.5 seconds. Top speed is 200 m.p.h.
THE new Bentley Flying Spur Speed is a Flying Spur that has 600 horsepower instead of 552. Thank you for reading this review.
What, you want to know more? All right. The Speed package commands a $24,400 premium over the woefully cheap Flying Spur, which checks in at $180,395. It includes the aforementioned extra horses, a 15 percent increase in torque (to 553 pound-feet), a dark chrome grille and rifled exhaust tips.
The seats are quilted leather and the 20-inch wheels are shod with special high-performance tires. Passengers will know you sprung for the Speed model because the kick-plates on the door sills read “Speed” in a racy font.
Your friends will also realize you anted up for the Speed the moment you floor the gas pedal and awaken the uprated W-12. There’s something pleasantly surreal about a car so large and luxurious that it has the wherewithal to bump-draft a Porsche 911 Carrera S all the way to 60 m.p.h. and pull ahead en route to its top end of 200 m.p.h.
The midrange passing power is astounding. Surrounded as you are by the softest animal skins and finest woodwork, planting the throttle imbues the sensation that you’re inside a country-club bar that’s been hit by a tornado.
Fuel economy is the same as with the lesser engine — a horrendous E.P.A. combined score of 12 m.p.g., so why not go all the way and get the Speed? If you’re worried about the difference between $180,000 and $200,000, maybe you should consider more modest means of transportation in the first place. Maybe something like a Maserati Quattroporte would better suit your budget.
For 2009, all Flying Spurs become even more posh, with more choices for woodwork, two new leather colors and 16 shades of seat piping. The product literature brags about the dashboard’s “contemporary style marquetry with crossbanding to door waistrails.” I think we can all agree that a fiddleback-inlaid dado would be a nice alternative to crossbanding the door waistrails.
There are two new big-ticket options that apply to both the Speed and the base Flying Spur. The $6,900 Naim for Bentley audio system has 15 speakers including dual subwoofers and is rated at 1,100 watts. The Naim gets bragging rights for the most powerful amplifier in a production car, and 15 speakers is certainly quite a few.
The problem is that the aging Bentley head unit relies on hoary compact-disc media. (There’s an iPod connection in the glove box.) Lavishing all this money on a CD- or iPod-based sound system is like fitting a flawless two-carat diamond to a plastic pinkie ring from a gumball machine.
If you think of a stereo as an information delivery system, the Naim is compromised by the limited amount of information on a compact disc.
Granted, this is a fine two-channel compact disc sound system, but if you’ve just stepped out of a high-resolution DVD-based 5.1 surround-sound system, like those offered by Acura and Cadillac, you’ll be underwhelmed.
Also new are carbon-ceramic brakes ($16,500). These are indisputably impressive, but the chief benefits — lightness and improved fade resistance — are apparent primarily on a racetrack, where Flying Spurs do not usually go.
Since 2005, Bentley has sold 10,901 Flying Spurs. With the arrival of the Speed, all those people have a reason to walk back into the dealership. Let the trade-ins begin. EZRA DYER
Although we may not always realise that we are doing it, we normally place conditions on our happiness. We decide that we will be happy when certain conditions are met in our lives - for instance, we might decide that we must live in a particular type of house in a particular location for us to be truly satisfied and happy . Or it might be about a situation that we feel must come about - for example, we decide that we must get a particular job promotion so that we can be content in our work. There is one other big condition that we often set before we think we can find happiness - we must find Mr or Mrs Right. We believe another person in the shape of a partner will make us happy.
Think about all the conditions you have set yourself for happiness - make a list of them. Notice how we can spend our whole life waiting for these things to be fulfilled. Even if we fulfil one, we then create a new one! All of these conditions have one thing in common, and ironically it is a flaw that prevents us ever finding lasting happiness. Each of these conditions is about bringing something from the outside, to make us happy. Each of these conditions is designed to meet a need - to fill an emptiness we have inside. These conditions fail because ultimately we cannot askanybody else or any situation to heal our insecurities and sense of lack - we must do that ourselves.
In the relationship work I do, I often hear people complaining that their partner does not do things right - fails to meet their expectations of a devoted, loving partner. They normally say that they no longer love their partner in the way they did when they first met - they think their partner has changed. This is conditional love - it says that "when you behave in the way I want you to, then I will love you." This places a huge demand on the other person and they feel they are being judged. They might find that they are frozen out and starved of love, unless they behave in the expected way. It is not surprising that this control will damage or destroy a relationship.
The way forward is therefore Unconditional Love, which as it's name suggest, sets absolutely no conditions on the love that we feel for another person. It really does mean that we will love them no matter how they behave or treat us. Of course this can be a real 'stretch' because we will often feel that the other person does not deserve our love. To break-through this resistance we need to look within and see that the every thing we are asking as a condition of our love is something we are not doing ourselves. For instance - we might say that the condition of our love is that our partner must listen to us and understand us as a person. But how well have we listened to and understood them? As all bad behaviour originates from low self-esteem, if they are not behaving in the way we want them to, then we have failed to fully understand why this is. If we could see their inner pain we would know why they are not meeting our conditions and immediately know how to respond with empathy and compassion.
To be able to love somebody unconditionally we need to be able to see through the surface behaviour to the beautiful, innocent, perfect person underneath. If you find this hard to do today - think back to the time you fell in love with them. Those amazing feelings came about because you were loving them unconditionally - faults and all! It was only later those faults became more obvious as you settled down to a longer-term relationship. So think back to those heady times and visualise yourselves back in that situation of falling in love. Re-live those feelings and then take a long, compassionate look at your partner - see their beauty and grace and imagine yourself melting into them. Forgive them for failing your conditions and forgive yourself for doing the same. If you can, tell them how much you appreciate and love them and remind them of those original wonderful times together - those feelings are still available as soon as you stop judging them and placing conditions on your love.
Conditional love is a viscous circle because if we withdraw our love as a form of punishment, our partner does exactly the same to us. Unconditional love has the opposite effect - it reinforces itself because the forgiveness and acceptance is felt as pure love by our partners and they then naturally return it. Practice unconditional love at every opportunity with your partners, family, friends and colleagues - it is the key to sustained happiness.
Peter Granger is an acclaimed relationship counsellor and life coach. He runs relationship and self-development workshops in the UK. For more free relationship advice and information his books, go to http://www.iloveyouloveme.com
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Donald Trump is asking for a new record rent of $200,000 a month for one of his unsold Park Avenue penthouses.
The 10-room duplex condominium at Trump Park Avenue, which is also for sale at $45 million, includes three bedrooms, 6½ baths, huge terraces, high ceilings, a grand staircase, and panoramic views of Manhattan and beyond.
"It can't be trumped," exclaimed Brown Harris Stevens listing broker Kathy Sloane. "It really is the most impressive residence on Park Avenue."
Located atop the former Delmonico Hotel, the gut-renovated 6,200-square-foot apartment features two roof terraces with views of the city and Central Park, a large master suite with separate baths and dressing rooms, a third smaller terrace, a library, a den, prewar details, chandeliers, four exposures and more than 50 windows. There is also a 45-foot-long living/dining room with a 16-foot ceiling.
Building residents, who include Alex Rodriguez, Ivanka Trump and Donny Deutsch, have full hotel services, valet parking and a health club at their disposal.
Speaking of broker Kathy Sloane, after chatting with her yesterday, we discovered on our own that her listing for Oscar-winning producer Marty Richards' apartment went to contract.
We're told it's selling for somewhere just below its $22.7 million asking price.
The buyer of the "Chicago" producer's 14-room co-op duplex at stately River House, located on the East River at 435 E. 52nd St., is said to be fashion-show mogul Elyse Kroll.
The ornate four-bedroom, 5½-bath apartment has two sitting rooms, four fireplaces, a state-of-the-art audio/visual system, a library, two powder rooms, a wet bar and river-fronting bay windows in every major room.
Believe it or not, Kroll is actually downsizing with this purchase. She's still trying to sell her huge, 23-room townhouse with two elevators on Sutton Square for $29.75 million.
No matter how much money you spend for a Hamptons property, there's one amenity that's simply not available, or legal: a private FAA-approved heliport.
So if you want to park a whirlybird legally in your own oceanfront back yard, one listing in Newport, RI, is offering that exact perk. The home is also one of the most beautiful estates in the Northeast.
Known as Hopedene, the spread, which is listed at $22.5 million, sits on famed Cliff Walk with 6 manicured acres and a total of 15 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms in its sumptuously renovated, circa-1902 Georgian Revival-style main and carriage houses. The estate also includes an oceanfront pool and spa, a tennis court and gated entrances.
The owners are Palm Beach socialites Craig Millard (the retired chairman of Prudential Preferred Properties who sold his company in 1999) and his wife, Michele.
Included in the sprawling main residence are six en-suite bedrooms with marble fireplaces, four children's bedrooms, a library with paneled walls and gilt accents, a ballroom-size dining room, an "anteroom" with fireplace, two salons, a sunroom, an elevator and a generator system.
There are only four FAA-approved private heliports in Newport; the others are at the nearby Doris Duke estate; Malbone Castle, the 17-acre estate where George Washington supposedly dined; and a condo development.
Melanie Delman of Lila Delman Real Estate has the listing.
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Oh yay, another flying car story, they are always so pretty but they never can fly. The Milner Motors AirCar will debut at the New York International Auto Show, March 21-30. The Milner Motors AirCar is a four-seat advanced-composite car that is designed so that you can fly to your destination but then fold up the wings and drive it down the highway. There is a foldable main wing in the rear of the vehicle and a lifting projection in the front. It will weight around 3,000 pounds and will reportedly cruise at 200 m.p.h It has a 28-foot wingspan and on the ground the wings fold to seven feet wide. The plane is powered by two rotary engines and a separate 40 horsepower engine powers the car. The prototype they will be displaying at the car show doesn't fly, it's just meant to show that flight is possible. The flying cars are expected to cost $450,000.
$45 million, 90-acre estate features private 18-hole golf course
By JULIE B. HAIRSTON
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 03/19/08
The most expensive real estate listing in Georgia has hit the market.
Le Reve, a 90-acre estate on Trammel Road near Cumming, is for sale for a cool $45 million.
James Simons, a Realtor with Jenny Pruitt & Associates's Buckhead office, is handling the sale of Le Reve. He said he will use the brokerage's affiliation with Christie's to market the property globally.
"We're going to throw a wide net to see if we can capture someone from around the world," Simons said.
He also plans to showcase the property locally with a series of events later in the year.
Owners Hubert and Norma Humphrey -- who are not related to the late vice president -- are looking to downsize from the 82-room, 47,000-square-foot home on the property.
The couple started building the complex in 2004 after the city of Atlanta denied them a permit to expand their former home on Garman Road. Construction took three years.
Hubert Humphrey is the founder of World Leadership Group, a marketing and mortgage brokerage company.
Designed by Atlanta architect Norman Askins, the four-floor mansion features a 28-foot foyer, two elevators, a 12-car garage, stables, a home theater modeled after the Fabulous Fox in downtown Atlanta, 17 bathrooms, 62 televisions, 300 miles of high-tech wiring and a collection of antiques, furnishings and custom paintings assembled by Norma Humphrey with her three-decorator team.
Le Reve's 18-hole private golf course was added in 2005.
Targeting elite clients
Finding buyers with deep enough pockets to plunk down $45 million for a house requires far more than a For Sale sign and a run of traditional advertising.
Rosina Seydel, an agent with Atlanta Fine Homes launched her marketing effort for a $20 million listing on West Paces Ferry Road late last year. She plans to pay her own fare for a marketing trip to Hong Kong with other agents from the Sotheby's International Realty.
"The people who sell in these price points ... know you've got to get out there," Seydel said in an interview for an earlier AJC story before the trip. "It's all about networking."
Establishing a distinctive personality for the house is an essential goal of the ultra-luxury marketing campaign, agents say.
Most multimillion-dollar houses have names as well as addresses. And their marketing always includes an individual Web site like the one now showcasing Le Reve, www.humphreyestate.com.
Pictures of the home for the Web site and fat, slick real estate marketing magazines are crucial, which means big bucks for the highest-quality photos.
"The photo is probably most important, " said Glennis Beacham, one of Atlanta's top luxury brokers, in the earlier story.
Barbara Malm, another luxury agent with Jenny Pruitt & Associates, said for the earlier story every part of the marketing campaign has to promote the right mood in the buyer's mind.
"You have to sell the charm, the elegance," Malm said. "You have to take someone to the place it was created for."
And then you spread the word among the select network.
"It's just being in the right place with the right people, " said Seydel, who is providing her West Paces Ferry listing as a backdrop for several charity events. "I know that certain people hang out in certain circles, and it's important to get them in there so they can talk about it."
Finding that right buyer can take a long time. Experts estimate that seven-figure properties require a year or more on the market. And the sale can result from an unexpected encounter.
"Sometimes, it's just sheer luck, " Malm said.
$65M SAND BUNKER
By BRADEN KEIL
Located on exclusive Gin Lane, Tiger Woods' estate is on nearly six gated acres with a 13,200-square-foot Colonial Revival main residence, a 7,500-square-foot guesthouse and a four-car garage with staff quar ters.
The lush grounds feature an oversized seaside pool with spa, a tennis court, a lily pond and professionally groomed gardens.
And no doubt soon a miniature golf course, where he and wife Elin can teach their 9-month-old daughter, Sam Alexis, the basics.
It's just the latest acquisition the greatest golfer in the world has scored. Woods' portfolio includes:
* A $40 million estate on Jupiter Island, Fla., which was partially destroyed last year in a fire.
* A 155-foot-long yacht, Privacy.
* A 16,500-square-foot palace with pool and theater that he is building at the golf course he has designed in Dubai.
His new neighbors in Southampton include real-estate developer Alfred Taubman, former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs "Punch" Sulzberger and fashion designer Vera Wang.
Included in the recently renovated 19th-century manor home are six bedroom suites, a music room, a cypress wood-paneled library and staff quarters.
The guesthouse, which also features ocean views, includes three bedrooms, each with bathrooms, a den and a kitchen.
"It's one of the oldest and grandest estates on the East End," one broker said. "As soon as something goes on the market on Gin Lane it gets snapped up quickly, even in this slowing economy."
Woods' bid nearly landed in the rough.
"Tiger almost lost the house," a source said.
"Another buyer came in with a higher offer, but the deal was already sealed just hours before."
The seller of the estate, known as "By the Sea," is Austrian-born leveraged-buyout specialist, Gerhard Andlinger, 77.
Mills Awarded $48.6M From McCartneyBy JILL LAWLESS
Associated Press Writer
LONDON — Paul McCartney's divorce from Heather Mills was settled Monday for $48.6 million — an enormous sum, but a fraction of what she had sought and a sliver of the former Beatle's $800 million fortune.
A document released by the Family Court said the judge awarded Mills a lump sum of $33 million plus the assets she currently holds worth $15.6 million.
"I'm so, so happy with this," Mills told reporters following the closed hearing.
The court also ruled that the couple's 4-year-old daughter Beatrice should receive a "periodical payments order" of $70,000 per annum. On top of that, McCartney will pay for the child's nanny and school fees.
"I'm so glad it's over," Mills said at her impromptu news conference.
"It was an incredible result in the end to secure mine and my daughter's future and that of all the charities that I obviously plan on helping and making a difference with — because you know it has been my life for 20 years," she said.
McCartney left the court without making any statement.
While pleased with the financial settlement, Mills intends to appeal to prevent publication of the details of the settlement for the couple's daughter.
McCartney, 65, and Mills, 40, went to court last month to decide on Mills' share of his fortune, which had been estimated at as much as $1.6 billion.
Judge Hugh Bennett, however, found that the total value of all of McCartney's assets, including his business assets, was about $800 million.
Mills said the settlement vindicated her decision to fire her lawyers. The legal fees, she said, instead "could easily go to charity."
"Obviously the court do not want a litigant in person to do well, it's against everything that they ever wish, so when they write the judgment up they're never going to make it look in favor," she said.
"But all of you that have researched know that it was always going to be a figure between 20 and 30 million (pounds), Paul was offering a lot less than that, which you'll see in the judgment, and very much last minute to put me and Beatrice sadly through this ... incredibly sad."
Mills had sought almost $250 million, while McCartney had said she should receive $31.6 million, including her own assets, which the court assessed at $15.6 million.
She had harsh words for McCartney's lawyer, Fiona Shackleton, who was well known for representing Prince Charles in his divorce from Princess Diana.
"She has called me many, many names before even meeting me when I was in a wheelchair," said Mills.
The settlement has been a long time coming for the couple, who separated two years ago, after four years of marriage. At the time they said the parting was "amicable" and insisted "both of us still care about each other very much."
But the split has grown fractious since McCartney filed for divorce alleging his wife's "unreasonable behavior."
Mills — a former model whose left leg was amputated below the knee after a motorcycle accident in 1993 — claimed McCartney had failed to protect her and their daughter from slander, death threats and other abuse, and accused the media of persecuting her. In November, Mills said she had been "treated worse than a murderer or a pedophile," despite years of work for land mine victims and animal welfare charities.
McCartney met Mills in 1999, the year after the death from breast cancer of his first wife, Linda. That marriage was one of rock's most enduring unions, and produced three children, including fashion designer Stella McCartney.
Mills and McCartney married at an Irish castle in June 2002, amid rumors that McCartney's children disapproved of their new stepmother. The couple's daughter was born the following year.
March 17, 2008 - 4:24 p.m. Copyright 2008, The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP Online news report may not be published, broadcast or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
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What You Get for ...$8 Million
WHAT: A seven-bedroom eight-bath contemporary home with 7,435 square feet of space on San Marco Island.
HOW MUCH: $7,950,000
PER SQUARE FOOT: $1,069.28
SETTING: The house is on the Venetian Causeway, in a residential enclave about halfway between downtown Miami and Miami Beach. It has 60 feet of water frontage with views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami. Lincoln Road in South Beach is within walking distance.
COMMON SPACES: The entryway opens up into a three-story-high atrium and the living room. The kitchen has a breakfast booth with views of the water. There is an entertainment and media room on the second floor with its own terrace.
PERSONAL SPACES: The master suite has Brazilian hardwood floors, as well as an en suite bathroom with a soaking tub; a walk-in closet; and a terrace overlooking the water. Each of the other bedrooms, including a large guest suite with its own balcony, has its own bath. There is a staff bedroom is on the first floor.
OUTDOOR SPACE: A private elevator opens directly onto a rooftop patio surrounding an infinity-edge pool; an owner could entertain without guests’ having to enter the house. The property also has a dock, a putting green and a lap pool.
AMENITIES: These include a three-car garage and a centrally controlled media network for televisions and audio throughout the house.
TAXES: $96,608 a year
CONTACT: Nelson Gonzalez, Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors Inc. (305) 674-4040; www.nelsongonzalez.com
WHAT: A 1,048-acre ranch with a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath log lodge, a horse barn with caretaker’s quarters and a two-car garage with a one-bedroom apartment
HOW MUCH: $8,000,000
PER SQUARE FOOT: $1,941.75, or $7,633 per acre
SETTING: Bremmer Creek and Willie’s Spring flow through the property, which has deer, elk, bears, mountain lions, cranes, bald eagles, Hungarian partridge and grouse. The ranch is 30 miles north of Bozeman and the second-largest airport in the state, Gallatin Field. Yellowstone National Park is two hours south.
COMMON SPACES: A double-height living room has a vaulted ceiling and a fireplace. A wet bar is open to the dining area and kitchen. On the second level is a family room loft overlooking the living room.
PERSONAL SPACES: The master bedroom is on the main level. The other bedrooms are on the second floor; each has its own bath. The horse barn has a caretaker’s quarters above it with two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen.
OUTDOOR SPACE: There are open meadows, wooded areas and hilly regions
AMENITIES: The ranch comprises three parcels, each with a conservation easement that allows for a total of three additional buildings. There are corrals, a sand-based round pen and an outdoor riding arena for horses.
TAXES: $5,000 a year
CONTACT: Vivian Bridaham, The Collection Sotheby’s International Realty (406) 586-4408; www.thecollectionsir.com
Fountain Hills, Ariz.
WHAT: A 10,800-square-foot house with four bedrooms and five and a half baths in the FireRock Country Club, a gated community with an 18-hole Gary Panks-designed golf course.
HOW MUCH: $7,750,000
PER SQUARE FOOT: $717.60
SETTING: This property northeast of Scottsdale is situated on the slope of a hill; it overlooks Phoenix Valley. FireRock Country Club is about 30 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
COMMON SPACES: The living room has Turkish limestone floors, a wall of built-in wood paneling and glass shelves, and a limestone gas fireplace with a flame emerging through shards of glass. An indoor heated pool has a wet bar and a massage and exercise room. The kitchen has a breakfast nook with views of the valley.
PERSONAL SPACES: The master suite has a curved wall of windows overlooking the golf course, as well as its own gas fireplace and a large walk-in closet with wood shelves. The en suite bathroom has a large soaking tub under a skylight, a walk-in steam shower and a water closet with a urinal and bidet.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The house has patios and balconies. There is a landscaped yard beyond the pool.
AMENITIES: These include a four-car garage, an elevator and a 500-bottle wine room. The laundry room has an elevated limestone dog shower. The community has a 29,000-square-foot country club with a formal dining room, a lounge and recreational activities like tennis, swimming and a fitness center.
TAXES: $4,084 a year; homeowner association fee: $455 a quarter
CONTACT: Sandra Wilken, Sandra Wilken Luxury Properties (480) 596-0001; www.sandrawilkenhomes.com
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Billionaires have started their own space race, yet more men have stepped on the moon than have gone to the deepest part of the ocean floor.
Maybe that's why it has become the next frontier for the wealthy. Dozens of the world's wealthiest individuals own submersibles, like Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's $12 million yellow submarine.
The most cutting edge of these private subs are being created in the San Francisco Bay Area at Hawkes Ocean Technologies.
For $5 million to $10 million a piece, they build subs with wings. They "fly" through the water with fingertip control.
"Everyone loves to fly and flying underwater is even better than flying in air because there are things around you," says Graham Hawkes, owner of Hawkes Ocean Technologies.
The wing changes the underwater experience from sinking to swimming, the same way the Wright brothers used wings to change flying from balloons to airplanes. So now you can fly through the water with the fish.
"The markets are pretty much coming to us, which is nice," Hawkes' wife Karen said.
The most extreme version of Hawkes' subs is the Deep Flight Challenger, a high-speed submersible still under construction that was being built for multi-billionaire adventurer Steve Fossett.
Fosset broke several records in the air and on the water. But he also wanted to become the first person to go solo to the very bottom of the Mariana Trench — more than 36,000 feet below sea level.
Last week, Fossett was declared legally dead, having gone missing since a September flight over Nevada. But the construction on his special submersible continues as the company looks for a new buyer.
"Sorry to lose the guy," Hawkes said. "There's nobody on this planet replacing him."
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Heather Mills and former Beatle Paul McCartney have reportedly settled their very public and bitter divorce with a whopping $108 million settlement being awarded to Mills, according to Britain's the Daily Mail. Mills, who represented herself during the divorce, will reportedly receive a lump sum of $40 million up front, with another $5 million a year until their four-year-old daughter Beatrice turns 18. The settlement, which includes a strict confidentiality agreement, falls short of Mills initial request of up to $160 million, according to the Daily Mail. The Mills and McCartney settlement also reportedly establishes a $2 million trust fund for their four-year-old daughter, which will gain interest until she turns 18. "They have agreed on all points," a source told the Daily Mail. "Nothing much has changed this week. There was a deal at the beginning, but it was a complex one." The former couple is reportedly expected in London's High Court on Monday in front of Justice Hugh Bennett in case there are any last-minute details to work out. Mills and McCartney were married in 2002 Copyright 2008 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Heather Mills and former Beatle Paul McCartney have reportedly settled their very public and bitter divorce with a whopping $108 million settlement being awarded to Mills, according to Britain's the Daily Mail.
Mills, who represented herself during the divorce, will reportedly receive a lump sum of $40 million up front, with another $5 million a year until their four-year-old daughter Beatrice turns 18.
The settlement, which includes a strict confidentiality agreement, falls short of Mills initial request of up to $160 million, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mills and McCartney settlement also reportedly establishes a $2 million trust fund for their four-year-old daughter, which will gain interest until she turns 18.
"They have agreed on all points," a source told the Daily Mail. "Nothing much has changed this week. There was a deal at the beginning, but it was a complex one."
The former couple is reportedly expected in London's High Court on Monday in front of Justice Hugh Bennett in case there are any last-minute details to work out.
Mills and McCartney were married in 2002
Copyright 2008 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Hot chicks are presumed by most guys as unapproachable. This is not true. The hot girls are no different the any other girl. Think about it. If eighty percent of the male population fells that the hot girls are out of there league or are to scared to approach them. Then what options do the hot girls have left. Not to many at all.
Have you ever seen a really hot chick with a not so hot guy, and ask yourself what’s up with that? Well the fact is that the hot girl has needs to. If you’re not willing to make the effort to make an approach on a hot girl, then that’s what’s up with that. All girls are skeptic of guys. Why? From early age girls are taut, or have come to understand what guys want. As a guy, you may say to yourself I was younger and that’s all I wanted was to have sex. Well believe me that’s were it starts. Any girl hot or not if you hurt them at an early age then that tends to stick with them.
Hot girls want the same thing today that they wanted earlier in life. Just that now they have this wall up to protect themselves from being used in that way. As a guy you are probable saying to yourself. That was back then and that was all I wanted. But today I want more. That more that you are wanting is exactly what women want too. Just that now you have to figure out how to get the hot chick, to want to get to know you.
On the other hand there are also a lot of hot girls out there who only want to be used for there own satisfactions. But they are choosy about who they want to be used buy. You still have to figure out how to get that hot chick, to want to get to know you or even give you the time of day.
The point is this if you are a good guy looking for a good girl who just happens to be a hottie or hot chick. Or if you are just a guy looking for hot chicks that just want to have fun. You have to know what or how to put yourself in there path so that the hot girls will give you the time of day. And get to know you so they will want to share with you what they have or want.
Think about this girls are girls and women are women. If there a hot chick or just an average woman they are all different. But the wall they have in front of them is the same. You can try climbing the wall or breaking down the wall or even go around the wall. It’s that wall that is between you and them. It’s much easier to get that hot chick or woman to open the door on that wall. You just have to find that door and knock. Think about it. The Door is the key to the girl. If you can find that door, that is on that wall, and knock on that door. That hot chick or woman will open that door even if it’s just out of curiosity.
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Men today like women with intelligence. A woman with intelligence is important to a man, but he also wants them sweet and sexy! So, do you want to know how to seduce a guy to make him fall in you? Well, seduction is one of the art of making a guy fall in love with you against his will. The excitement of seduction lies in the chase rather than the conquest.
This article will help you not only to find the "hidden switch" that turns the guys on, but will also give you some ideas how you can win the man you want. So read on, here are the 5 steps how to seduce a guy.
1. Get your confidence up.
This can mean doing things such as getting a new haircut, new clothes, losing weight, or just reminding yourself of your great qualities. Also watch your posture like keeping a straight back and your shoulders backwards, expose your chest. Do everything that makes your confidence boost. You need to make the man like you before you can make a move. Nothing is more attractive to a man than a woman who is confident, comfortable and happy.
2. Do Flirting Without Talking
Start with almost accidentally sidelong glances. You can follow up with a direct look. The moment he looks back, then you instantly lower your eyes and put on an embarrassed smile. You can even emphasize that some moments later by looking again, this time longer and then again lower your eyes.
3. Send him little signs
Now it's time to spread a little hope that the man has actually a chance on you. Send him little signs of interest from time to time that make him come forward. For examples:
- Show unclenched hands
- Play with your hair or caress other objects. Push your fingers through your hair
- Pick some fluff of his jacket (even if there is none!)
- Face him directly and slightly lean forward every now and then
- Wet and bite your lips from time to time
4. Get in close.
Talk to him, and let him know you like him. Guys like to hear that they are wanted just as much as girls do. If he has a slim or medium build, say how strong he is. If he is not so smart, tell him how smart he is (at the right time). Say that it feels good when he holds you. Also, just listen to him.
5. Touch his hand accidentally
When you reach for something, try to accidentally touch his hand. Don't make it too obvious. Also touch him briefly during the conversation to make a point or when he just made an interesting remark about something. The secret is being playful with casually touches now and then. This creates tension and also a physical connection. And more importantly, it subconsciously communicates that you're not interested in "only being friends".
Now, there is a final ingredient to a successful seduction of a man. He must not feel seduced. He must think that he seduced you, not the other way around. Give him his victory, let him be the hero. Men like that. It gives them a feeling of security. So, why not taking advantage of that, if you can get what you want!
Have you ever known any women who seem to be "lucky in love" and where everything involving men seems to come easily and effortlessly to them? Let me tell you...It is not a magic. You don't need to be gorgeous or young either. And you don't have to be LUCKY too.
What you DO have to do is LEARN the secrets!
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You walk into the bar with your friends, notice the most beautiful woman you have ever seen. You walk over to her with ultimate confidence, smile, whisper a few secret words into her ear, 5 minutes later this women is giving you her phone number. This could be an invitation for a one night stand, an evening on the town, or possibly a relationship. Tiffany Taylor, an award winning author who has written extensively on the subject of dating, says thats exactly what can happen if you let her coach you with her proven methods. She has put together a practical guide that teaches men the art of Picking up, Seducing, and Attracting Women The manual draws on her knowledge of what appeals to women and what women want. It is the only dating and pickup guide written by a woman for men. These methods really work with every woman. You could be picking up and sleeping with great women this weekend!
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How to get into one-night stands with ease, and get out of them even easier, should you need to - without anyone getting hurt.
This manual is an important tool to have in your arsenal in the dating game. It is not the guy who has the most money, the best looking car, or clothes that succeeds with women. It is the guy who has most knowledge and specialized training that wins most often.
About the Author
William Coit used many of the techniques in this manual and was successful in picking up a number of women. His success led to him founding Rich Guys Trophy Wife Speed Dating Site to help out other men. William uses and recommends GuyGetsGirl, Picking up, Seducing, and Attracting Women
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Exclusivity is perhaps the main ingredient in the making of a status symbol.
Consider Rolls-Royce's (other-otc: RYCEY - news - people ) new Phantom Drophead convertible, which is sold out for the next two years. The waiting list for the model is 300 people deep, so even billionaires will have to stand in line if they want one.
Fellow British automaker Bentley has a similar plan in mind.
In Pictures: Bentley's Elite New Drive
The company recently unveiled its new Brooklands model, which it is calling "the world's most exclusive coupe."
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Bentley will start delivery in the first half of next year, and will build no more than 550 during the vehicle's lifetime. The company's engineers will hand-assemble each one, using its famous, traditional coach-building techniques and craftsmanship skills in wood veneer and leather hide.
The four-seat, grand touring coupe has old-school British proportions, and complements luxury with racy performance.
"Brooklands" is the name of a British racetrack at which Bentley excelled in the 1920s. In fact, although Rolls-Royce and Bentley were sister companies for years, Bentley was originally known as a racing company--and is by far the sportier of the two brands.
The Brooklands, which will be Bentley's flagship coupe, pays tribute to its namesake in two ways. It has sportier design cues than the company's current flagship Arnage sedan, which is more sedate and stately. It also features the most-powerful V-8 engine Bentley has ever built: a twin-turbo, 530-horsepower, 6.8-liter unit. The car will use a six-speed transmission.
We are suckers for old-school proportions, and the Brooklands is an instant design classic--powerful and rakish. It features a long hood, short front overhang (the portion of the front extending forward longitudinally from the center of the front wheels), long rear overhang, low roofline, steeply raked screens, pillar-less side glass and standard, 20-inch wheels.
Some of the Brooklands' design cues are only possible due to the car's low volume and Bentley's expertise and hand-building of its automobiles.
For example, the car uses what Bentley calls a "floating" rear window--one in which the screen's lower edge sits well above the trunk's upper edge to provide a flowing line to the car's rear. Bentley says this kind of construction is only possible with hand-welding.
The Brooklands' interior will also feature top-drawer hand-craftsmanship--a Bentley signature. Customers will be able to choose from an extensive selection of hides, veneers, carpet tones--and even seat-belt colors.
But this is not the Queen's limo. The Brooklands features bucket seats, and such sporty design accents as aluminum foot pedals and an aluminum footrest.
Still, Bentley says the car's interior designers sought to offer the highest levels of comfort and legroom, and says the pillarless window design enhances the feeling of interior space. Four adults can fit easily in the Brooklands, and the individual rear seats feature electrically operated, sliding cushions--and are set further back in the cabin than the seats in Bentley's flagship Azure convertible.
Brooklands--a challenging, banked racetrack located in Surrey, England--is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. During the 1920s and early '30s, the track was the scene of some of Bentley's greatest racing triumphs.
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It is a tough situation, for sure, but it won't be the most spectacular sports divorce ever. Shaq and Shaunie were not particularly glamorous, like the ill-fated coupling of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe.
The O'Neals had a prenuptial agreement in place, so they should forego the legal gamesmanship that marked Jeff and Brooke Gordon's divorce. And although Shaq earns $20 million per year from the Heat and a similar amount from other ventures, his financial settlement won't set a new record.
Here is how FOXSports.com would rank the Most Spectacular Sports Divorces Ever.
|Greg and Laura Norman ended their 25-year marriage last year. (JEAN-LOUP GAUTREAU/AFP / Getty Images)|
1. Greg and Laura Norman
This divorce ranks first for two reasons: The sheer size of the settlement and the fact that another celebrity (tennis legend Chris Evert) was cast in the role of home-wrecker.
As a golfer, personality, course designer and entrepreneur, Norman amassed a fortune of $300-500 million during his marriage — depending on which media estimate you believe. Various media reports estimated Laura's settlement at between $100 million and $200 million.
Once the Norman-Evert romance became media fodder, especially in Norman's native Australia, the proceedings got chippy. At one point, Laura, a former flight attendant, discarded some of Greg's golf mementos. Norman agreed to settle rather than endure questions about his relationship with Evert.
"There were some things said during this process that weren't true," Norman told reporters. "I never cut off her credit cards. Some damage was done with sensational headlines. I got questions from people. There's always two sides to a story."
2. Michael and Juanita Jordan
Michael was just getting into big money when he married Juanita, then a bank officer, in 1989. He earned in the range of $350 million during the 17 years they were together, which put her in line for at least $150 million.
Juanita originally filed for divorce back in 2002, but withdrew the petition so they could attempt reconciliation. That failed and the couple divorced last year.
The split came after Michael's former lover, Karla Knafel, sued him for failing to deliver $5 million as promised for not filing a paternity suit and going public about their affair. She claimed their affair began just three months after the Jordans married (ouch) and that the marriage was a "business arrangement" (ouch again) suggested by his agent.
With these allegations already in play, Juanita was able to stay on the high road to her settlement.
3. Michael and Jean Strahan
This was the perfect storm of sports divorces. Michael, an all-pro defensive end for the New York Giants, saw his split covered in exhaustive detail by the New York City tabloids.
Both sides hired powerful attorneys. Both sides went public with ugly allegations, feeding gossip mongers. After the end of the two-year struggle, Jean got the $15.3 million her prenuptial agreement called for. She also got $200,000 in child support and up to 90 percent of their kids' tuition covered.
Among the lowlights: Michael accused Jean of stealing money from him. Jean accused Michael of assaulting her before they were married and running off with mistresses (including one known as "Cupcake") after their marriage.
Then there was this, as recounted by the New York Post: "Most famously, Jean was accused of 'outing' her husband after he testified that he couldn't tell if a love letter he had written was addressed to 'Jean; or to 'John.' Jean was asked about the testimony outside of court, and said that her husband moved in with a male friend after their split, adding, 'You could say an alternative lifestyle sprouted.'"
Yikes! In the aftermath of the divorce, Michael suffered additional humiliation when Jean sold off many of the possessions gained in the settlement. She presented his personal life to the public in the form of a garage sale.
|Jeff and Brooke Gordon split up in 2003. He is now married to Ingrid Vandebosch. (Craig Jones / Getty Images)|
4. Jeff and Brooke Gordon
For the better part of eight years, they were the squeaky-clean couple NASCAR fans loved to hate. But then Brooke filed for divorce, citing marital misconduct. The ensuing struggle caused him much grief but earned him some street cred with the public.
He estimated his fortune at $48 million. Jeff argued that he deserved the lion's share of that, since he risked his life racing. Brooke, a former "Miss Winston," countered by claiming credit for his significant marketing success — and by arguing that his worth was actually much higher.
With a master stroke, her lawyers subpoenaed race team owners during the 2003 Speed Weeks, seeking information about the hush-hush financial arrangements between top drivers and the top teams.
"It's just not fair," racing giant Ray Evernham complained. "They're turning our Super Bowl into a circus for private gain. It's pure selfishness, and it's a shame."
That uproar helped spur a favorable settlement. She got $15.3 million from the sale of two properties, plus additional assets and considerations.
5. Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe
The brief union of these cultural icons captured the imagination of Americans long before the invention of the E! network. When they honeymooned in Japan, 100,000 American troops greeted them. This led to their famous exchange:
Monroe: "You never heard such cheering."
DiMaggio: "Yes, I have."
Alas, Marilyn loved the Hollywood lifestyle. Joe became consumed with jealousy. The marriage ended badly; Marilyn filed for divorce after just 274 days, citing emotional cruelty.
Joe remained protective of Marilyn, though, and tried to guide her out of her subsequent emotional tailspin. After her death, he handled the funeral arrangement, barred Hollywood types from the ceremony and continued sending roses to her gravesite for 20 years.
|Jason and Joumana Kidd's breakup wasn't exactly amicable. (Ray Amati/NBAE / Getty Images)|
6. Jason and Joumana Kidd
Talk about a bad ending ... Jason and Joumana held nothing back as their divorce proceedings got under way.
Jason, who made $18 million last year playing point guard in New Jersey, accused his estranged wife of "extreme cruelty" along with various forms of mental and physical abuse. "The defendant's extreme and unwarranted jealousy and rage has left the plaintiff concerned about her emotional stability," his petition read.
Here is a gem from one news account: "According to the complaint, Joumana Kidd used the couple's 8-year-old son on Dec. 27 to sneak into the Nets locker room and rummage through Jason Kidd's locker to find his cell phone. After looking up the names and numbers on it, the complaint said she left her son behind as she went upstairs to take a front-row seat, where she shouted insults at Kidd throughout the game."
Joumana countered by claiming that "numerous liaisons and perpetual physical and emotional abuse" led to the breakup of their 10-year marriage. Back in 2001, he pled guilty to spousal abuse after a domestic incident.
Eventually, the Kidds worked toward an amicable settlement. "It is unfortunate things didn't happen in a more gracious manner, but I have no grudges in any way," Joumana told the New York Post. "My goal is for my kids to always focus on the positives in their father."
7. Mike Tyson and Robin Givens
They lasted a bit longer than DiMaggio and Monroe, which was amazing. Iron Mike didn't leave his rage in the boxing ring; he reportedly bragged about slapping around Givens, at the time an up-and-coming actress.
"She flew backward, hitting every (bleeping) wall in the apartment," he said.
This attitude didn't help Tyson when the lawyers got busy in 1989. During a famous interview on "20/20," Robin blasted Mike while the champ sat by her side with glazed eyes. The marriage, she said, was "torture, pure hell, worse than anything I could imagine."
Media estimates of her settlement ranged from $3 million to $14 million, but Givens later denied getting big money out this brief marriage. She did pile on Tyson, though, with a tell-all book later in her life — detailing, among other things, an ugly assault that occurred during their marriage.
|Halle Berry and David Justice married in 1993 and divorced in 1996. (File / Associated Press)|
8. David Justice and Halle Berry
Justice was a slugger for the Braves. Berry was an emerging actress, years away from her breakout performances. Their marriage started well enough, but their cross-country relationship eventually strained.
David claimed Halle was overly jealous and prone to tantrums. Halle responded in kind, claiming she feared for her safety. Both made lots of money, so both sides demanded alimony.
Later, Berry claimed the divorce plunged her into depression and left her contemplating suicide.
"After David asked me for a divorce, things got very bad for me," she told Ebony. "I did not want my marriage to end. When David asked me to leave, I felt like my world was coming apart. I said, `What do you mean leave?' I was begging and pleading with him (to reconsider) because I always thought my marriage would be for life. I said, 'Can't we get some counseling?' But David didn't want to hear counseling. He wanted a divorce."
9. Chris Evert and Andy Mill
To free herself for Norman, Evert pulled the plug on her 18-year marriage to former skiing champion Andy Mill. She agreed to pay her ex-hubby $7 million in cash and securities while gaining custody of their three children.
This was still a tough deal for Mill, who previously considered Norman one of his good friends. "These two people have really meant a lot to me for a long time," he told People. "At this point I just wish them great happiness."
10. Shaquille And Shaunie
So far, the two sides haven't fired salvoes through the media. So to stir things, some reporters hearkened back to Kobe Bryant's sexual assault beef and Bryant's allegations of Shaq's extramarital activity.
"I've talked to Shaq a couple of times," Riley said. "I really wasn't aware that this was going to happen. But he will work it out; they will work it out, as most people do."
Given O'Neal's nine-digit net worth — and the fact the couple have had four children together — Shaunie should be headed toward a healthy settlement.