Friday, 27 May 2016

Honey Picture The Beekeepers And The Birdnester

Honey Picture The Beekeepers And The Birdnester
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Date: 1568
Exactly how long honey has been in existence is hard to say because it has been around since as far back as we can record. Cave paintings in Spain from 7000BC show the earliest records of beekeeping, however, fossils of honey bees date back about 150 million years! Its 'magical' properties and versatility has given honey a significant part in history:

The earliest record of keeping bees in hives was found in the sun temple erected in 2400BC near Cairo. The bee featured frequently in Egyptian hieroglyphs and, being favoured by the pharaohs, often symbolised royalty.

The ancient Egyptians used honey as a sweetener, as a gift to their gods and even as an ingredient in embalming fluid. Honey cakes were baked by the Egyptians and used as an offering to placate the gods. The Greeks, too, made honey cakes and offered them to the gods.

The Greeks viewed honey as not only an important food, but also as a healing medicine. Greek recipes books were full of sweetmeats and cakes made from honey. Cheeses were mixed with honey to make cheesecakes, described by Euripides in the fifth century BC as being "steeped most thoroughly in the rich honey of the golden bee."

The Romans also used honey as a gift to the gods and they used it extensively in cooking. Beekeeping flourished throughout the Roman empire.

Once Christianity was established, honey and beeswax production increased greatly to meet the demand for church candles.

Honey continued to be of importance in Europe until the Renaissance, when the arrival of sugar from further afield meant honey was used less. By the seventeenth century sugar was being used regularly as a sweetener and honey was used even less.
As bees were thought to have special powers, they were often used as emblems:

Pope Urban VIII used the bee as his emblem.

The bee was the sign of the king of Lower Egypt during the First Dynasty (3,200BC).

Napoleon's flag carried a single line of bees in flight, and his robe was embroidered with bees.

In the third century BC, the bee was the emblem used on coins in the Greek city of Ephesus.

The bee was the symbol of the Greek goddess Artemis.

The bee was the emblem of eros/cupid. #Honey

Sui Cuique Mores Fingunt Fortunam

Sui Cuique Mores Fingunt Fortunam
*Fortunam accusas, Fortunam cum tibi fingas
Moribus et sortis sis faber ipse tuae

*People's Habits Make Their Luck
You blame luck (Fortunam accusas), when you make (cum fingas) your own luck (tibi fingas) by means of your habits (moribus) and when you yourself (cum sis ipse) are the maker (faber) of your own fate (sortis tuae).

Gratias tibi Laura Gibbs

Originally shared by Laura Gibbs

Sui Cuique Mores Fingunt Fortunam
Fortunam accusas, Fortunam cum tibi fingas
Moribus et sortis sis faber ipse tuae.

People's Habits Make Their Luck
You blame luck (Fortunam accusas), when you make (cum fingas) your own luck (tibi fingas) by means of your habits (moribus) and when you yourself (cum sis ipse) are the maker (faber) of your own fate (sortis tuae).

Thursday, 26 May 2016

I still keep a suitcase in Berlin.

I still keep a suitcase in Berlin.
– Marlene Dietrich, Singer, 1957
Berlin, the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.
— David Bowie, Singer, 1970s

Friday, 20 May 2016

Break down on Coca Cola +

Break down on Coca Cola +

Originally shared by Alex P

Amazing Chart explains what happens within 1 hour of drinking soda.

In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100 per cent of your recommended daily intake.) You don't immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.

20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There's plenty of that at this particular moment).

40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.

45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

60 Minutes: The caffeine's diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you'll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.

>60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you'll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You've also now, literally, urinated the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth. is the source of this chart and info on 10, 20, etc minutes effects. I never drink soda. :)

Sugar and high fructose corn syrup added to foods are responsible in part for the epidemic of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. In 1892, there were just two cases of diabetes per 100,000 people, according to a famous medical textbook by Sir William Osler, The Principles and Practice of Medicine. Today, the rate is 9 percent across all age groups, and sadly one of every three children is either diabetic or pre-diabetic."

Complex carbohydrates are much healthier than sugar or high fructose corn syrup. For those needing energy, lentils (see the complete protein they offer at and legumes in general are much better than grains or foods with added sugar or fructose syrup. Lentils ( and better than beans ( since lentils about half the glycemic index (16 versus 29 per 100 grams) of beans and double the fiber (30 versus 16 per 100 grams). Fiber and less sugars really helps to lower blood pressure and prevent diabetes.

Studies show those consuming too many simple sugars [sweet fruits (rich in fructose like watermelon or bananas ► or sodas or cookies or deserts or processed foods with added high fructose corn syrup or sugar] have higher blood pressure ►
Some recommend eating less than 15 g of fructose a day, less than half a banana. No sodas or drinks with added sugar ► "

Sugar also makes people more violent as the studies below, and hundreds of others, indicate:
1. sugar leads to mental stress (Nutrition. 2014 Nov-Dec;30(11-12):1391-7. )
2. soda intake related to increase in violence (Inj Prev. 2012 Aug;18(4):259-63. )
3. candy consumption as kid related to violence as an adult (Br J Psychiatry. 2009 Oct;195(4):366-7. )

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Banana cake

Banana cake
"that is half naked and half gooey and sticky is offered simply, without any adjective rich fanfare"

Originally shared by Sam Taylor

Banana Cake with Toffee Frosting

Call me crazy but a Banana Cake with Toffee Frosting AND a Toffee Sauce is basically heaven, right? This recipe is so simple, and the result is a showstopper cake fit for any occasion or just any day that needs cake; which of course is all of them!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Off On The Wall by Cecil Beaton. 1920 ish down the road Wilton.

Off On The Wall by Cecil Beaton. 1920 ish down the road Wilton.
What is elegance? Soap and water!

All I want is the best of everything and there's very little of that left.

Never in the history of fashion has so little material been raised so high to reveal so much that needs to be covered so badly.

San Francisco is perhaps the most European of all American cities.

Perhaps the world's second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore.

On close inspection, this device turned out to be a funereal juke box - the result of mixing Lloyd's of London with the principle of the chewing gum dispenser