The Gold of Ophir

King Solomon’s gold came from Ophir.  Today historians cannot agree upon where exactly this gold-rich location was.  Rider Haggard, in his classic novel, King Solomon’s Mines, placed Ophir in Africa. Perhaps it was in Africa, although some think India, others Burma and still others believe Ophir was in the Philippines. We are in Ophir, New…

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Ti Ora

Ora means health or well-being.  He reka te ti ora nei.  Translation: Is delicious the healthy tea this.  I am not just saying that.  I have found a flavoured green tea I love.  Top shelf.  Price on request. Ti Ora tastes healthy, looks pretty and I’m feeling very good about my life choices right now…

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The First Cup is the …

The first cup is the greatest I have always thought.  I’m feeling patriotic today hence New Zealand Breakfast tea. To be honest I felt cynical about Twinings national tea series: English, Irish and New Zealand breakfast blends.  What’s the difference? New Zealand Breakfast tea will taste exactly the same as English Breakfast tea I told…

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Art Deco: Optimism, Exuberance and Advance

Optimism, exuberance and advance: that’s Art Deco. Between the 1920’s (The Roaring Twenties) and the 1940’s (the war years) Art Deco influenced art, architecture, jewellery, clothing, ceramics, music and dance. The dawn of the ‘new’ age was represented in sunburst and fountain motifs.  Skyscraper, or ziggurat shapes symbolised the promising advancement of the 20th Century,…

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