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Relive the Cricket World Cup Final

The two host nations battled it out in the final of the 11th Cricket World Cup.

The Australian cricket team proved yet again that they are the best in the world, cruising to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand.

The Kiwis had caused a stir in the run up to the final, beating South Africa, England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Could they cause the greatest upset of them all by beating Australia in the final in Melbourne?

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Australia bowled first. Right from the get-go, Michael Clarke and co. threw everything they had at New Zealand. McCullum was bowled out for a duck, a huge early blow for New Zealand. They were all out for 183. Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner both took three wickets each.

Now came the time for Australia’s innings. Even though the Black Caps managed to take an early wicket, they couldn’t hold back the might of the Aussies. With 74 runs from Michael Clarke, 56 from Steven Smith and 45 from David Warner, Australia cleared New Zealand’s total with ease, only losing three wickets.

The trophy once again belongs to Australia. A record 93,000 fans turned up to Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch. A touching moment came when Clarke dedicated the trophy to Phillip Hughes.

In many ways, the tournament belonged to Mitchell Starc. The left-arm fast bowler finished joint-top wicket taker with 22. The 25 year-old accrued 147 rating points, moving from seventh position in the ICC Player Rankings to first.  He also took the award for Player of the Tournament.

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What was your favourite moment from the Cricket World Cup? Looking forward to the Ashes?

Source(s): ICC

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Easy Ways to Improve Your Day

Feeling a little bit down? Too much homework to deal with?

Looking to feel calm, contained and relaxed? Looking to turn your frown upside down? Try out these 5 ways to brighten up your day.

Turn off all electronics

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Take the occasional break from your gadgets. Staring at screens all day will drain your energy and encourages inactivity. So why not switch everything off and allow yourself to unwind and relax before bed? Just because the world is on 24/7, doesn’t mean you have to be!

Stretch

Stretch

Just a few moves will do a world of good. Stretch your arms over your head; give your legs a good stretch too. Stretching helps improve circulation and flexibility and helps ease tight muscles and releases stress.

Play music

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Several studies have found that listening to music can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress and improve your mood. The right music has the power to change your attitude. So create a playlist that makes you smile. As long as you’re not blasting the music into your ears, this is a great way to make your day more enjoyable.

Sniff a lemon

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For a quick de-stressing trick, why not engage the wonders of your sense of smell. Japanese researchers found that linalool — a substance found in lemons — turns down the “fight or flight” mode in our brain which responds to danger and stress. Not a fan of lemons? Try basil, juniper or lavender, which have all been found to reduce stress.

Clear your desk

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From stray papers to empty cups, clutter can make you lose focus and limits productivity. Decluttering your environment makes you feel more organised and you’ll find it easier to concentrate on the task at hand.

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4 Acts of Kindness

It’s always cool to be kind!

It’s no mystery that, here at Vivo HQ, we think that kindness is the best.  We can all make the world a better place by being kind to each other.

You should never forget that the smallest of kind gestures can improve someone’s day significantly. You never know what effect your act of kindness will have. The best bit is that sometimes it may take you next to no effort at all, but will hugely impact someone else’s life. You just never know. So, always be kind!

Here are 4 videos that show why it’s cool to be kind. They are sure to brighten up your day.

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Not every act of kindness has to cost lots and take loads of time.

Homeless Man Shares $100

 Even when people have very little, they can still do great things.

Birthday Surprise

Remember that everyone has a birthday and enjoys celebrating it.

Gopro Animal Rescue

It’s not just humans that need help. Sometimes our animal friends need a helping hand too.

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The Magic of Studio Ghibli

Have you seen Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle or The Wind Rises?

Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio, often thought of as the Japanese equivalent of Disney. There are many similarities between the two, not just because of their huge popularity. Both have pushed the boundaries of what people expect of animated films. Of course, both studios create wholesome family films that focus on exploring the fantastical space between magic and reality.

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Many people would argue this is where the similarities stop. Studio Ghibli films aren’t afraid to deal with more serious and challenging issues such as war, life and death, and the continued destruction of the environment.

The elements of magic in a Studio Ghibli film are less whimsical than in a Disney film. With Disney we may just think of talking animals; but with Ghibli the magic is less easy to characterise and define. For a start, there is a lot more going on and it can get pretty crazy at times. It’s a magic that is genuinely intriguing, sometimes frightening but almost always awe-inspiring.

This might be why many young people begin to outgrow the Disney universe, but never tire of the wonders of Ghibli. Here are 5 Studio Ghibli films to look out for.

 

1. Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle follows the adventures of Sophie, a young woman who gets transformed into an old lady by a wicked witch. Set against the backdrop of war, Sophie leaves home and wanders the wilderness until she stumbles across the moving castle of the title and its mysterious owner, Howl.

 

2. Princess Mononoke

When humans try to destroy the forest with brute force and a lot of gunpowder, the gods of the forest decide to fight back. We follow the cursed hero, Ashitaka, as he teams up with a wild princess and a pack of giant wolves to save the forest from complete annihilation. The destructive nature of humanity and its relation to nature is the theme of this hugely, hugely epic film.

 

3. Spirited Away

Winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2003, Spirited Away is perhaps the most famous of Studio Ghibli films. It is the highest-grossing film in Japanese history. Spirited Away tells the tale of a courageous young girl, Chihiro, who becomes trapped in a mysterious spirit world after her parents are transformed into pigs. It follows her attempts to figure out what is going on, save her parents and find her way home.

 

4. Whisper of the Heart 

At Vivo HQ, our personal favourite is Whisper of the Heart. It is a moving tale that explores the themes of youth, love and the quest to find out what is important in life. Shizuku, a 14-year-old female student meets a young violin maker, Seiji, at school. When Seiji goes to Italy to learn more about his craft, Shizuku tests her own talents as a writer of fantasy fiction.

 

5. Ponyo

Ponyo shares many similarities with Disney’s The Little Mermaid in that it features a “fish-girl” who decides that she would like to become human after meeting a young human boy. This may be one for a younger audience — a great choice if you are looking for something to watch with a younger sibling — but still packs a punch and carries an important message: don’t mess with Mother Nature!

Source(s): Walt Disney Animation Studios, Studio Ghibli

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Fun Facts About the English Language

TED-Ed present another brilliant video!

This time it’s one about the evolution of the English language, describing its origin and how it has changed over the years.

Learning about history is one of our favourite things here at Vivo. We love finding out how the things we use everyday have developed over time. This is why we found this video so interesting and wanted to share it with you!

Fun Facts about English

  • 11% of the entire English language is just the letter E.
  • Xenoglossy is the apparent ability to speak a language that you’ve never actually learned.
  • In mediaeval Europe, a “moment” was precisely defined as 1/40th of an hour, or 90 seconds.
  • In the 18th century, teachers were often called the “Haberdashers of Pronouns.”
  • “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • The following sentence contains seven different spellings of the sound “ee”: “He believed Caesar could see people seizing the seas”.
  • English is the official language of the sky! It doesn’t matter which nationality pilots are, they all communicate in English on international flights.
  • If you were to write out every number name in full (one, two, three, four…), you wouldn’t use a single letter B until you reached one billion.

Source(s): TED-Ed

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Plant a Tree, Save the World

We need to act now to save the world’s forests.

Plant a Billion Trees is a campaign set up to do exactly what their name suggests. They want to plant a billion trees by 2025, and they need your help!

The campaign is targeted specifically at saving Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, of which only 9% now remains. But, the depletion of the Atlantic Forest doesn’t just affect Brazilians. It affects us all!

The Atlantic Forest is (or was) one of the largest rainforests in the world, and plays an important role in stabilising the world’s climate and fighting against climate change.

What do trees do for us?

  • Give us oxygen
  • Help prevent climate change
  • Protect us from harmful airborne particles
  • Help prevent floods
  • Clean the soil
  • Provide shelter from the sun
  • Are beautiful

And in The Lord of the Rings, the trees end up saving the day.

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Fun fact:

The oldest living tree on planet earth is Old Tjikko (pictured below). The ancient tree can be found in Sweden and is 9,550 years old. To put this into some perspective, back in 7,542 BC, when Old Tjikko first sprouted, Britain was still connected to continental Europe. It wasn’t until the oceans and seas rose in 6,500 BC that Britain became an island.

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Click here to go to the Plant a Billion Trees website. For each dollar they receive, they plant a tree.

Source(s): About.com, Plant A Billion Trees

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10 Super Foods

Many of us believe that the healthiest foods are the ones with the most exotic-sounding names, the ones that appear to have been conjured up in the mind of Dr. Seuss. However, the most beneficial super foods can be bought at your local supermarket.

 

Avocados

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  • Rich source of glutathione – a powerful antioxidant known to block over 30 different carcinogens
  • Packed with antioxidants and good fats, which help in reducing wrinkles
  • High in fiber, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium

 

Garlic

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  • Tops the National Cancer Institute’s list as a potential cancer-preventive food
  • It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food that protects against heart disease
  • Has vitamins C and B6, manganese and selenium

 

Acai Berries

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  • Named by nutritionist Nicholas Perricone as one of the greatest foods in the world
  • There’s also amino acids and essential fatty acids to help promote cardiovascular and digestive health
  • Packed full of antioxidants which can help combat premature ageing

 

Quinoa

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  • A source of calcium; useful for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant
  • Considered a complete protein because it contains all eight of the essential amino acids
  • Is known as a super grain, but it is actually closely related to spinach

 

Broccoli

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  • Boosts your immune system
  • Helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels
  • Contains folic acid, vitamin C and carotenoids

 

Oily Fish

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  • Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which help reduce risk of heart disease
  • Omega 3-rich seafood might help slow down macular degeneration
  • Protects against the build-up of cholesterol on the artery walls

 

Goji Berries

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  • Contains huge amounts of vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E
  • More vitamin C than carrots and oranges
  • Contains all 18 amino acids

 

Tomatoes

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  • Low in calories
  • Contains lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant
  • They also help against various types of cancer

 

Blueberries

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  • Contain anthocyanosides, which are beneficial in preventing all types of cancer.
  • Said to help with memory loss
  • Helps prevent contagious bacteria from damaging major organs

 

Adzuki Beans

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  • These small red beans have one of the highest antioxidant ratings among superfoods
  • A good source of carbohydrates, potassium, iron and many more
  • Low in fat and have anti-ageing properties

Source(s): Metro

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Floating Soccer Pitch

These kids from Thailand live in the fishing village of Ko Panyi. They love soccer, but their village is largely built up on stilts above the ocean.

One day, they got so fed up with having nowhere to play that they decided to build their own floating soccer pitch.

Check out this incredible film to see how they did it.

 

Source(s): TMBbrand’s channel