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Art in the UK

Art

You can learn a lot about the history and culture of a country by looking at its art and that is certainly true of British art.

Coffee And The Various Legends On Its Origin

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by Martina Meneghetti (edited by Lynne Hand)

I love coffee; this could be the title of the next best seller for all employees. We spend hours waiting for the beloved coffee-break, to relax and energise us. But do you know where it comes from? There are a lot of legends about  the creation of this miraculous beverage.

The Many Facets of Friendship

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by Mike Ugulini

Online Friendships

Last month we took a look at friendship and the many types that exist. From acquaintances and colleagues through to traditional friendships of different levels, we examined what having friends is all about in life. We also touched briefly on the more recent phenomenon of online friendships. This month we'll take a closer look at "Friends in Cyberspace".

The Many Facets of Friendship

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by Mike Ugulini

In the daily drama and comedy, that is life, it's nice to have friends. While family is extremely important, friends are a different support system of your choosing. As the saying goes, "You can't choose your family, but you can choose your friends." Choosing them wisely can make your life more exciting and inspiring.

Deciding whom you choose as your friends says as much about you as it does them. You may choose your friends based on similar interests. You may choose them because you're both polar opposites of each other and find this interesting and intriguing. Often, friends become "friends" because they naturally gravitate towards each other because of similar personalities and temperaments. Sometimes it's just circumstances that bring two individuals together who then become friends.

Breakfast’s Ready!

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by Margaret Watson

All of us are used to foreign cuisine, even if we have never left our home country. We have at least heard of, if not tried, food from many lands - pasta perhaps or pizza, curry or moussaka , couscous and Salad Nicoise. Few of us have problems with such things. Breakfasts though can be another matter. Go into a French supermarket for instance and look in vain for your favourite cereal or even English sausage and bacon. In Germany my daughter was offered doughnuts and sauerkraut. I think my weirdest breakfast ever was on a plane which served a very spicy, stone cold, spinach omelette which I was assured was a ‘Full English Breakfast’. Americans eat bacon with syrup and pancakes and I know at least one Australian who eats grated beetroot for breakfast on the days she doesn’t eat grated apple - but she was just strange whatever her nationality. When I lived in Pakistan a kind hearted neighbour bought me what she had for breakfast several times a week until I plucked up the courage to tell her that large amounts of boiled, spicy spinach just weren’t my thing.