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World scrambles as Russia tightens grip on Crimea

Igniting a tense standoff, Russian forces surrounded a Ukrainian army base today just as the country began mobilising its military in response to the surprise Russian takeover of the Crimean Peninsula.

Her brilliant career

If you are not shy the world is yours……Old Greek Cypriot proverb I have given this post what I hope is a catchy title and did my best to select a couple of eye catching photos. I believe that I am marketing aware and now want to explain what I mean by my brilliant career.. I borrowed the title from an Australian film I saw years ago, about a woman in the 19th century who wanted a career as a teacher and managed to have it through sheer persistence. This trait Isee also in my child who is a fresher at Cambridge University in the UK. She is ambitious and work oriented like  this Australian pioneer who chose her career over marriage and kids.. The film director- and this I remember very vividly- was a woman. The film was very sweet with a message and if I find it again I will certainly watch it. I hope Eleni will have children one day. I believe that the pros of having them are more than the cons. A couple of years ago she represented her school in an international debating competition in Brisbane Australia. This post is about me and my eldest daughter and I will combine some comments about both our characters and inclination with a more universal message and then be a bit didactic in the next post providing a list of anti cancer tips which have been floating around this last week and a bit longer. This week Mercola on his blog  included quite a few tips about how not to get breast cancer He did not mention dairy. This staple of the Western diet is suspected of contributing to breast cancer but I think the Mercola site likes raw milk from properly fed animals. Raw milk is unpasteurized non-boiled milk with all its enzymes intact. I will gather some more tips from the British press and then give them to Eleni to read. Five years ago when I told her I had been diagnosed with breast cancer she immediately became a vegetarian. She is mainly concerned with animal welfare. Animals are her friends and she does’t eat her friends. Here I am quoting George Bernard Shaw who lived to be 90 plus and was a vegetarian. He was a different zodiac to my daughter Eleni. In fact, I think he was a sunny Leo native. She is a Libra like Linda Mc Cartney, These cool guys love animals with a big,non-negotiable passion. These two ladies, however, got their nutrition a bit wrong, in my humble opinion. Linda got breast cancer and succumbed to it and Eleni thinks pizza is a health food. I will rephrase that. Some pizzas are healthful but not the brand she orders for takeaway more often than is good for her. Does she ask for less cheese and more veg on top? Not to my knowledge. Does she have healthful soup on cold winter nights or chilled soup in summer like Irish leek and potato soup the French have dubbed vichychoise for instance? I am afraid not. I will lay off the criticism and instead be proactive. Here is a  recipe for healthy home-made pizza. I call it Isabel’s pizza because the recipe was given to me by Isabel, a Portuguese friend when I was living in Portugal back in 1981. Watch this space….to be continued. Isabel’s pizza Base for pizza 2 cups whole wheat flour sieved 1 cup corn flour, sieved 4 tbspoons corn or sesame oil 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon tamari (soy sauce) a liitle lukewarm water Sieve flour well for better results. Add the bran back to the rest of the flour. Roll out the base and bake blind in a shallow buttered dish. Mix the dry ingredients adding oil and a bit of water (only sufficient quantity to bind them together.) Pierce the base with a fork. Bake it until it’s half cooked and then add the filling. Filling for Isabel’s pizza 3 onions cut in half 1 carrot cut in round pieces small pieces of cauliflower 1 egg, corn oil, gruyere cheese or tahini Cook the onion in oil, add the cauliflower and then the carrot. Add salt or tamari, add the yolk to the vegetables after it’s cooled down, put the mixture in the dish then put cheese or tahini in a medium oven for some minutes. Beat the egg white and add it on top and bake until it cooks. For other pizza ideas go to ideas/10 healthy-pizza-recipes/ slide2

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Ukraine calls Russian troops an ‘invasion’

Heightened Russian military activity in Crimea on Friday prompted a stern warning from President Obama and a deepening sense of crisis among the leaders of the new Ukrainian government in Kiev. U.S. officials said Russian troops had entered Crimea, and Obama told reporters Friday evening that he was “deeply concerned by reports of military movements” and that there “will be costs for any military intervention.” Earlier in the day, the new Ukrainian government said that hundreds of soldiers in green camouflage, without insignia but carrying military-style automatic rifles, had taken over two airports in Crimea.

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Ensuring transparency in transatlantic transactions a top priority for the EU

The Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) met in Athens under the chairmanship of Notis Mitarachi, Deputy Minister for Development and Competitiveness of the Hellenic Republic. During the Council a constructive discussion of all key aspects of the EU foreign trade agenda took place.

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Thought for Today - Being Grateful is Key To Abundant Life

It has no use to relive your past or to complain what has happened. Still look for a moment back and realize what you have learned so far from everything that has happened in your life as when you see the valuable lessons in everything you have gone through you are able to enlighten your future with the wisdom of every past event.

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Thought for Today - Be In Control of Your Life

Be in control of your life, don't hope to have it. Don't complain about what happens in your life be aware that it's up to you to make the best out of what happens in your life. What you don't control will control you.

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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - Two Very Different Events

cyprus blogsThe past weekend saw two very different events. On Saturday we literally rolled on the floor laughing at a laughter yoga workshop followed by an Indian meal while on Sunday we were totally mesmerized by a talk with/by photographer Achilleas Zavallis on his work in war time Syria.

On Saturday we arrived at the JOY Project Center in Nicosia at 4:00 where owner and laughter yoga instructor Elina Papa was awaiting us in her lovely, spacious center.

The Art of Friendship

art of friendshipI had the delightful experience last week of meeting for the first time, someone I had made friends with through my blog.

Sarah is a practising artist who lives in Holland married to a Dutchman, she is also a keen crafter. She popped over to the UK for a short break and was doing some walking over Lewes way in East Sussex, so decided to contact me to see if we could meet up. Initially she was keen to see the village where I live and particularly our community garden of which I often mention in my blogs.

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