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Movie review – Furious 7

This is not a complicated storyline/plot or theme, but it’s executed well on all fronts, and is supremely entertaining. Furious 7 gives...

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Kingsman: Movie Review

Channeling the feel of the 60’s spy movies isn’t easy, when all the slick glitz of the modern CGI is involved, but Kingsman...

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Is there Art in China now?

Shu Yi spoke about his youthful experiences with Qi Bai Shi at the National Art Museum of China. He gave lively reminiscences...

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Olives for peace, oil, environment and table!

Olives are one of the central food products of Western culture.  Why not all around the world?   The Olive tree is possibly the oldest cultivated tree in the world, going back almost to the end of the last Ice Age, traced back at least 6,000 years in the Eastern Mediterranean region, spreading throughout that area around four thousand years ago. Hence, it was taken to Mexico and California, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and all manner of other locations.   The oil is used hot, for cooking and cold, for salad (vegetable dish) dressing. It has a very high smoke point, which lets us use it in frying without having it carbonize or smoke away.  It can be used for deep frying, though you very rarely see this, due to its high cost compared to most other oils. And of course, it can be used alone, or mixed with other fluids, as a dressing.  We commonly use olive oil and vinegar in the classic vinaigrette dressing.  Any of these uses will give us a heart-healthy result, as the HDLs in olive oil actually strip the bad cholesterol LDLs out of our arteries.   The olive branch is a symbol of purity, victory and peace, three...

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