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?
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.
What was your favourite moment from the Cricket World Cup? Looking forward to the Ashes?
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
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Biker Helps Man in Wheelchair
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
And in TheLord of the Rings, the trees end up saving the day.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Boosts your immune system
Helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels
Contains folic acid, vitamin C and carotenoids
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
Contains huge amounts of vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E
More vitamin C than carrots and oranges
Contains all 18 amino acids
Low in calories
Contains lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant
They also help against various types of cancer
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
These small red beans have one of the highest antioxidant ratings among superfoods
A good source of carbohydrates, potassium, iron and many more