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¨  In England is it illegal to park outside someone's private drive?
¨  If eggs are supposed to be kept in a fridge how comes shops keep them on shelves?
¨  Are eggs supposed to be kept in a fridge?
¨  Do you have a career network?
¨  What does The Bible/Christianity say that Heaven is like?
¨  What will happen if someone just passes by the Bermuda Triangle?
¨  Are scientists now trying to help us find out what will happen when we get in the Bermuda Triangle?
¨  Can you please tell me what is the regulation for the size of a standard Chinese postcard?
¨  What is the exact date of birth of Jesus Christ?
¨  Do huskies make good guide dogs?
¨  I am looking for English photography lessons in Madrid.
¨  Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to attend the American School of Madrid?

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QUESTION:
In England is it illegal to park outside someone's private drive or is it ok as the road is public property?  My neighbours have one but they keep parking outside my house and leaving me nowhere else to park?

ANSWER from John Cabrera on 10 December 2006:
Must be pretty maddening.  Did you hear about the older man who arrived home in his rather big Rolls Royce one day?  As he was manoeuvring to park his Roller on the road outside his house, a young whippersnapper zoomed up in a nippy Mini-Cooper and neatly inserted his car just where the older man had planned to park.  The young fellow yelled to the Rolls-driver "Sorry mate – but you can do that when you’ve got a Mini!"  At this point the older man simply put his foot on the Rolls Royce’s accelerator and rammed into the Mini, knocking it clear of the parking space and into the road.  The Mini was almost a write-off but the Rolls was barely dented.  The older chap rolled down his window and called to the young man "Sorry to you, old bean, but you can do THAT, when you’re rich and you own a Rolls Royce!"

A friend of mine used to park his car outside someone's house on a public road.  One day he came back to get his car and found a note on the windscreen, "This is a very nice car.  If you'd like to keep it that way, I suggest you park it somewhere else."  He found a better parking space the next day.

I wouldn't suggest resorting to threats like that.  But, have you thought of having a word with your neighbours - wouldn't they understand the inconvenience they are causing you?

As for the law, if there are no yellow lines or notices that restrict parking, my guess is there is not much else you can do.  You could see if your local council would be sympathetic to introducing residents' parking in your street (though you might have to pay for a permit).

Also, have a look at http://www.parking-appeals.gov.uk/RegAndLeg/RegAndLeg.asp for Parking Regulations in the UK.

Good luck and happy motoring!

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QUESTION:
If eggs are supposed to be kept in a fridge how come shops keep them on shelves?  And on the back of the packet it says keep refrigerated after purchase.  How do the eggs know that they have been bought?

ANSWER from Luis Flores on 3 December 2006:
Thanks for writing back to us, let's see if I can find out some more information for you.

The American Egg Board (www.aeb.com) is pretty set in recommending refrigeration of egg products.  They even offer safety resources for grocery stores (http://www.aeb.org/Foodservice/eggsafety.htm) that recommend refrigeration.  With that said, I found out that many other countries do not have guidelines as strict as the US.

The main concern is a little bacteria known as Salmonella.  The bacteria replicates quickly in room-temperature conditions, however its growth is slowed when kept in cold temperatures.  Some estimates place 1 in every 20,000 eggs infected with the bacteria.  Even with such a low possibility of running into a contaminated egg, the AEB has decided to err on the side of caution with it's recommendations.

Bacteria growth in eggs shouldn't be a problem - provided that the egg is thoroughly cooked (heated to 160 F) before consumption.  However, many recipes call for raw eggs and this is where that little bacteria can start to cause big problems!  Especially for the young, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

Now this leads us to one of my favorite French microbiologists, Louis Pasteur.  (I guess he's my favorite because his first name is almost the same as mine.)  Louis developed a method to help food products stay fresher longer, this process is called pasteurization.  Pasteurized eggs are less likely to contain live bacteria and are safer for raw consumption.  These are the ones to get if you are using them in baked goods, milk shakes, or the like.

So to answer your final question, eggs do not know that they have been purchased.  The retailer should refrigerate their eggs, however it is up to the consumer to shop wisely and choose the safest products possible.

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QUESTION:
Are eggs supposed to be kept in a fridge or are they supposed to be kept in a cupboard?

ANSWER from Luis Flores on 30 November 2006:
First off, great question!  This Thanksgiving I had the chance to visit with my family ... and I noticed that they were keeping their eggs in a cupboard and not in the refrigerator.  This pretty much shocked me, so I had to do some investigating to find out if this was indeed an accepted method of keeping eggs safe for human consumption!

My first visit landed me at the American Egg Board website (www.aeb.org).  The first thing to look for is the "sell by" date for eggs.  As it turns out, eggs must be sold within 30 days of being packed.  For optimal freshness they should be stored in temperatures that do not exceed 40°F/4°C.  If the eggs are refrigerated properly they will remain fresh for up to 5 weeks past the pack date.  (If you keep the eggs in the carton they will not absorb odors from your refrigerator.  Also, if they are stored in the main body of the refrigerator and not the door they will keep cooler.)

Now ... some eggs *may* come with a non-toxic coating that helps prevent bacteria, etc., from passing through the shell.  This would allow for eggs to be kept safe for short periods of time outside of a refrigerator.

Again, the American Egg Board recommends refrigeration ... so I'll end this by simply stating that when I left my family's home the eggs had returned to the safety of the refrigerator.

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QUESTION:
Do you have a career network—people you can call on for information, advice, support, ideas, feedback, etc.?  How important is a career network to fulfilling your work responsibilities?  In what ways, if any, has your network contributed to your success?

ANSWER from Luis Flores on 20 November 2006:
The term "networking" is often mentioned in professional job seminars.  This might be the best place to research more about methods of networking.  Developing this network of contacts (both within and outside your immediate work sphere) allows you quickly come up with a good "first step" when a challenge arises.

We, as people, create social networks without realizing it.  As children, when we have a question we look to people we know for an answer.  Again, without realizing it, we teach ourselves to match patterns from our questions to people we know.  When the person we ask may not know the answer, they draw from their list of contacts and suggest where to go next for an answer.

When we began building SNAil the people we asked to join as experts and filters were contacts we had made either through social or business situations.  This handful of people was then able to refer other people who had similar interests, in this case a passion for learning.  As the group continues to grow, I find myself meeting and learning amazing people from organizations and backgrounds that I would not have had the opportunity to otherwise meet.

With that being said, it is clearly to your advantage to begin developing relationships with wide variety of people.  Joining clubs or becoming involved with organizations that have similar interests as you are a great first step.  Later, you can start exploring topics that you have a passing interest in ... who knows you might find out that a passing interest could turn into an amazing hobby or even a lucrative job!

I hope that helps you a bit. Thank you for using SNAil and visiting Imagiverse.

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QUESTION:
What does The Bible/Christianity say that heaven is like?  What does it look like?  Are there any descriptions?  Are there houses/shops and animals in heaven?  Is it like this world?  Is it like a county/world/planet?  What happens exactly in heaven?  What is its purpose?  What age is everyone in heaven?  Are they all old?

ANSWER from Imagiverse on 13 October 2006:
This is a good question!  It is also a very difficult question to answer.  I wish I could find some Bible quotes to share with you but no one really knows what heaven is really like.  Christians believe that heaven is the place where good people go when they die.  They believe that the core of their being, the soul, lives on after the body dies.  I think we all have a different view of what heaven is and perhaps heaven is whatever each of us imagine it to be.

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QUESTION:
What will happen if someone just passes by the Bermuda Triangle?

ANSWER from Imagiverse on 27 September 2006:
You can research the Bermuda Triangle on-line using Google.com or other search engine.  Wikipedia has a page on it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda_Triangle

Really, you are looking at a place that has become legendary for strange disappearances.  Scientifically, it is NOT some sort of black hole.  Planes and boats travel through that area all the time.

Here is the Navy page on the topic:

http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq8-1.htm

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QUESTION:
Are scientists now trying to help us find out what will happen when we get in the Bermuda Triangle?

ANSWER from Luis Flores on 27 September 2006:
Let me start off with a thank you for your question.  The Bermuda Triangle has always held a great deal of intrigue for me.  When I was younger I had the chance to watch David Copperfield defy the powers of the Bermuda Triangle on TV and that hooked me on the legends of these strange phenomena.

The area we call The Bermuda Triangle is located, as you might already know, just off the East Coast of Florida.  If you wanted to draw the triangle on a map, you would need to make one of the triangle’s points at Fort Lauderdale, Puerto Rico, and the islands of Bermuda.  This will produce a shape with a surface area of over a half million square miles!

This large section of ocean is in an area that is very commonly crossed by all sorts of marine vessels and airplanes.  Because of the high volume of traffic, it is natural to see a larger increase in accidents.  However, with this same heightened traffic it makes it all the more mysterious how a vessel can vanish without a trace.

This gets us to the meat of your question, what is science doing to find out what happened to people that have "crossed into" the Bermuda Triangle.  Currently there are several theories that serve as science's "best guess."

One of the better sources I found was a reprint of the US Coast Guard’s position: http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq8-1.htm

The article points towards environmental conditions and human error as the most probable causes of disappearances.  Along with the dangers of surface storms comes a problem with compasses not pointing towards true North in this area. (When navigating in these areas, a pilot needs to compensate for this difference.)

An interesting notion, and currently the one receiving the greatest study, suggests that gasses trapped under the ocean floor are being released in large enough quantities that may cause a ship on the water's surface to sink. (You may want to look up methane hydrates for more information on this occurrence.)

I hope this gives you a glimpse into a few of the most prevalent theories.  I didn't want to mention any of the paranormal theories, you and I can continue guessing and imagining.

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QUESTION:
Can you please tell me what is the regulation for the size of a standard Chinese postcard?

ANSWER from Yan Jie on 6 August 2006:
There are two kinds of regulated size for the standard Chinese postcard:

165mm×102mm
148mm×100mm

No other sized postcard could be used unless you got a permission from the relative administration in China.

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QUESTION:
What is the exact date of birth of Jesus Christ?

ANSWER from Imagiverse on 4 August 2006:
You can research on the Internet but because calendars have changed since that time, there is really no exact date corresponding to our calendar.  Some history or theological sites may give you a better answer.  Why is his birthday celebrated on December 25th?  Check that out.  I believe it has to do with the alignment of certain planets which gave the look of a giant star which guided everyone to the birthplace.  Some historians believe that 5 BC may have been the year.  Do a search for "date of birth Jesus Christ" and you will get many different answers, some conflicting.  Good luck!  I hope this helps.

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QUESTION:
I love Huskies I don't have any but I would like to.  I am half blind and I am getting a guide dog and I was hoping you may have the answer.  Are Huskies trained to help the blind or deaf?  If you can help me that would be great.  Thank you.

ANSWER from Donna Culwell on 23 June 2006:
I loved my Huskies but I would not think a Husky could make a good service dog just for the fact that they are "runners".  Given a chance they want to run fast.  They are used for sled racing!  I have a young friend who trains pups from 8 weeks to be guide dogs.  She always has a Labrador Retriever and I think that is the best choice.  Or a Golden Retriever.  I would not even use a Husky!  Even a Rottweiler is a good service dog.

To obtain a guide dog, you would need to submit an application and be interviewed.  The following contact information may help:

Guide Dogs for the Blind - A nonprofit, charitable organization
(800) 295-4050
www.guidedogs.com
National Office: P.O. Box 151200 • San Rafael, California 94915-1200
California Campus: 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903 • (415) 499-4000 • Fax (415) 499-4035
Oregon Campus: 32901 S.E. Kelso Road, Boring, OR 97009 • (503) 668-2100 • Fax (503) 668-2141

Hope this helps.  Let me know if I can answer any more questions for you.

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QUESTION:
I am looking for English photography lessons in Madrid.

ANSWER from Michelle Mock on 17 March 2006:
Do you live in Madrid?  Where are you coming from?  This is probably one of those things that you will have to try to find yourself.  However, if you do not live in Madrid, I have experts in Madrid who may be able to find this information for you.  Have you tried Google.com?

Why do you want to take the class in English?  If you don't speak Spanish, taking a class you enjoy in Spanish would be a great way to learn the language at the same time.  I recommend it!  If you want to take a photography class in English... I would recommend the United States or Great Britain.  Why go overseas to learn in English?

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QUESTION:
My husband and myself are thinking of moving to Madrid.  We hold dual British/French nationality.  We have two children aged 6 and 11.  I wish to know if they could apply to study at your school or is it just for American citizens?  Please let me know.

ANSWER from Michelle Mock on 21 February 2006:
I am guessing that you are referring to the American School of Madrid.  If that is the case, ASM is 1/3 American citizens, 1/3 Spanish citizens and 1/3 from other countries.  They try to keep this mix.  For more information on the American School of Madrid, please contact them direct.  Their website is at: http://amerschmad.org/  When you contact them, please let them know how you found them.

Good luck!  It's a great school!
Michelle (Fearey LaGue) Mock
American School of Madrid
Class of 1969

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