George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw ( 26/07/1856 –02/11/1950 ) was an Irish playwright and co-founder of the London School of Economics.  Although his first profitable writing was MUSIC & LITERARY CRITICISM, his main talent was for DRAMA, and he wrote more than 60 plays.  He was also an essayist, novelist and short story writer.  For a short time, he was active in local politics, serving on the LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL.  He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film PYGMALION respectively.



(1) Do not do unto others as you expect they should do to you.  Their tastes may not be the same.

(2) A life spent, making mistakes, is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

(3) Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.

(4) Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.  (

5) The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

(6) Just do what must be done.  This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.

(7) If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.

(8) A government that robs Peter to pay Paul, can always depend on the support of Paul.

(9) We are made wise not by the recollections of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.

(10) I learned, long ago, never to wrestle with a pig.  You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.

(11) Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.

(12) People who say, ‘it cannot be done’ should not interrupt  those who are doing it.

(13) Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.


(14) Success does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same one a second time.

(15) The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them : that’s the essence of inhumanity.

(16) You cannot be a hero, without being a coward.

(17) The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism, by those who have not got it.

(18) Find enough clever things to say, and you’re a Prime Minister; write them down, and you’re a Shakespeare.

(19) A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition and art into pedantry.  Hence University Education.

(20) Alcohol is the anesthesia, by which we endure the operation of life.

(21) You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul

(22) The secret to success, is to offend the greatest number of people.

(23) It is the mark of a truly intelligent person, to be moved by statistics.

(24) Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn

(25) When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls is ferocity.

(26) The test of a man or woman’s breeding is, how they behave in a quarrel.

(27) If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.

(28) He who can — does; he who cannot — teaches.

(29) Do not try to live forever; you will not succeed.

(30) The only service a  friend can really render, is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.

Coffee-flavoured wine in a can


Good News :  Many Americans start their day with COFFEE and end it with a glass (or two) of WINE.  Now, one US Company is offering both the beverages…IN A CAN.

FRIENDS FUN WINE, whose canned products are made in the South of France, have introduced what they call the WORLD’S FIRST COFFEE-WINE.


CABERNET COFFEE ESPRESSO. It has the flavour of CABERNATE grapes, espresso coffee and a hint of chocolate.

CHARDONNAY COFFEE ESPRESSO —includes wine, a hint of chocolate and vanilla cappuccino. ——–The beverages cost $2.——-Isn’t this a great piece of news to see early in the morning ?

The cushion of the sea


There is what is called the CUSHION OF THE SEA.  Down beneath the surface that is agitated by storms, and driven about with winds, there is a part of the sea that is never stirred.  When we dredge the bottom and bring up the remains of animal and vegetable life, we find that they give evidence of not having been disturbed in the least, for hundreds and thousands of years.

The peace of God is that eternal calm which, like the CUSHION OF THE SEA, lies far too deep down to be reached by any external trouble and disturbance, and he who enters into the presence of God, becomes partaker of that undisturbed calm.

—-Doctor A. T. Pearson

When winds are raging o’er the upper ocean

And billows wild contend with angry roar

It is said, far down beneath the wild commotion

That peaceful stillness reigns evermore.

Far, far beneath, the noise of tempest dies

And silver waves chime ever peacefully

And no rude storm, how fierce so ever it flies

Disturbs the Sabbath of that deeper sea.

So to the heart that knows Thy love, O Purest

There is a temple sacred evermore

And all the babble of life’s angry voices

Dies in hushed silence at its peaceful door.

Far, far away, the roar of passion dies

And loving thoughts rise calm and peacefully

And no rude storm, how fierce so ever flies

Disturbs the soul that dwells, O Lord in Thee.

—Harriet Beecher Stowe

“The Pilgrim they laid in a large upper chamber, facing the sun-rising.  The name of the chamber was Peace.


Bilingual Canton Valais

The CANTON of VALAIS (French pronunciation –vale ; German pronunciation –wallis ) is one of the 26 Cantons of Switzerland.  It sits in the South-Western part of the country, around the valley of the Rhone from its headwaters to Lake Geneva, separating the PENNINE ALPS from the BERNESE ALPS. The Canton is simultaneously one of the driest regions of Switzerland in its central Rhone valley and among the wettest, having large amounts of snow and rain up on the highest peaks found in Switzerland.  The CANTON of VALAIS is widely known for the MATTERHORN and resort towns such as SAAS FEE, VERBIER and ZERMATT.  It is composed of 13 districts (hence the 13 stars on the flag) and its capital is Sion.  The Romans called the upper Rhone valley VALIS POENINA, which was won by the Romans, after a great fight at Octodurus in 57BC, and was so thoroughly ROMANIZED, that both the CELTIC original inhabitants and the GERMANIC BURGANDIAN invaders of the 5th century became Romance-speaking peoples. Wine and fruit cognacs, e.g. WILLIAMINE production and tourism are some of the main industries of the CANTON.  Agriculture is important, particularly CATTLE BREEDING in the MOUNTAINS and DAIRY FARMING in the PLAINS.  The wine industry of the CANTON is the largest in Switzerland.  There are also a large number of orchards in the area, and saffron is also gathered there.  The GRISONS FRITILLARY, is a butterfly NYMPHALIDAE family.  It is found in the Alps on heights of 1,500 – 2,600 metres, especially in the SWISS CANTONS VALAIS, ENGADIN and GRAUBUNDEN.  It is also found in the ORTLER region in South Tyrol, and areas in the APENNENE Mountain, such as ABRUZZO.
Adam H. Graham writes, “People don’t visit the rugged landscape of VALAIS just for its ski-slopes, vertical vineyards and thermal baths —-the main attraction is much, much smaller”.  Thanks partly to its arid, sunny climate, VALAIS is one of Europe’s largest butterfly habitats.  The rugged ancient landscape of CANTON VALAIS is home to a variety of exquisite, endangered butterflies which draws lepidopterists from around the world.  It is also known as the VALLEY of BUTTERFLIES.  It is also an area, where a single mountain might be home to several different habitats —-a rare find in the BUTTERFLY WORLD.  The wildflower covered mountainsides of CANTON VALAIS are the perfect playground  for butterflies.  Two regions, particularly, include the SIMPLON PASS, home to the elusive RATZER’S RINGLET, and the narrow VISPERTAL VALLEY, the only place in Switzerland where you can find the Orange and Brown PROVENCAL FRITILLARY.  Some of the most varied butterfly in the VALAIS, however, run along the spine of Switzerland ROSTIGRABEN, the virtual that separates the country’s German and French speaking regions.  ROSTI is a fried potato dish loved by SWISS GERMANS and scoffed at by SWISS FRENCH.  This ancient CULTURAL & LINGUISTIC EQUATOR cuts through the NATURPARK PFYN-FINGES, a thickly-wooded, foreboding steppe habitat that doubles as a natural border attracting several types of butterflies.  The LINGUISTIC DIVIDE adds a challenge : –both German and French species names are used here, which confuse even professionals, therefore in the case of natural history field studies, the Latin names are used. The HIMMELBLAUER BLAULING, or what the French call AZURE de la BUGRANE, is a tiny delicate creature with ice-blue wings and a fanning pattern of orange ringlets along its hind wings..  Then there’s the gossamer APOLLO butterfly with signature RED-EYE wing marks.  There are 195 species of butterflies in Switzerland and tens of 1000’s of moth species, many of them DIURNAL.   In German, the word for butterfly is SCHMETTERLINGE and in French —PAPILLON…Thus CANTON VALAIS is Switzerland’s VALLEY OF BUTTERFLIES.
BBC, WIKIPEDIA and Adam H. Graham.

World’s best airport restaurants

Fire safety and security are just two major hurdles for the potential airport restaurateur.  Gas can’t be used in the kitchens, in most airports, food supplies have to go through security clearance and perhaps, most daunting of all, customers sometimes have as little as 15 minutes to spend on the meal–


(1) PORTA GAIG (- EL PRAT AIRPORT ) —-Modern Catalan cuisine, such as slow-braised beef cheeks and poached eggs over potatoes ——-not a bad way to ensure you don’t need an in-flight meal.

prime tavern

(2) PRIME TAVERN ( LaGuardia Airport ) —Michael Lomonaco of Porter House, New York, brings to the boarding gates at New York’s LaGuardia.  This isn’t a place to rush –you can expect dining and service at a leisurely pace.


(3) AIRBRAU BRAUHAUS (Munich Airport ) —There’s a beer garden attached to AIRBRAU, Europe’s only airport restaurant with its own on-site brewery.  The bar organises brewery tours.


(4) ASIAN KITCHEN by Susur Lee ( Toronto) ——Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur, Susur Lee, is known for his fusion flavours and techniques.  His Toronto Pearson International Airport outpost, will be a bistro-style eatery showing off French and Chinese influence.


(5) BOCCONE TRATTORIA ( Toronto) ——Canadian Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur, Massimo Capra, is often at this YYZ location inside Toronto Pearson International Airport, guaranteeing that every pizza, pasta and glass of wine can be served within 10 minutes.


(6) ALTITUDE ( Geneva International Airport) –Large glass windows allow diners to enjoy lobster risotto and beef tartar while watching planes take off.


(7) CAT CORA’S KITCHEN (San Francisco)—-At San Francisco International Airport stew and lobster, mac and cheese complement cocktails such as “pig in the barrel”, a mix of buffalo-trace bourbon with smoked bacon.


(8) DANI GARCIA Deli BAR (Malage-Costa del Sol) –This airport, in Spain, serves modern tapas with classic Andalusian flavours –cherry gazpacho, crab ravioli and oxtail burger, are a few of the menu items.


(9) INK.SAC (Los Angeles) —–At LAX, INK.SAC by Michael Voltaggio, is a sandwich bar classic.  Tiny crusty baguettes are stuffed with fillings like cold fried chicken.  Spanish cured meats or a Viet-style banh mi with pork.


(10) THE GORGEOUS KITCHEN (Heathrow) —–The menu at this London Heathrow Restaurant was designed by four UK Celebrity Chefs.  Express items can be ordered and served within 15 minutes, while the afternoon tea menu delivers an English experience quickly.


(11) TOP AIR ( Stuttgart Airport, Germany) —–Chef Marco Akuzun heads Top Air, Europe’s only Michelin-starred airport restaurant.  You can expect gourmet European dishes, artistically presented, flavoursome foams and an amuse bouche at the start of the meal.

Plane Food by Gordon Ramsay, Heathrow Airport, London

(12) PERFECTIONISTS’ CAFE (Heathrow) —–Heston Bluementhal, King of inventive cooking, will apply his science to British Classics in the fast-paced setting of London Heathrow, come June 2014.  The burgers are designed to have “optimal un size and texture”.


(13) TWIST (Toronto) —-At Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canadian Celebrity Chef, Cooking Show Host and Cookbook Author, Roger Mooking, gives North American comfort-food a “twist” —–scones with lavender honey and peameal bacon are examples.


(14) HUNG’S DELICACIES ( Hong Kong) —–Ah-Hung’s original branch is a Michelin-starred shop in Hong Kong’s North Point.  For travellers leaving from Terminal -2, of Hong Kong International Airport, it’s a last chance to try Hong Kong’s traditional “lou seoi” cuisine.


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The term PEACE originates most from the Anglo-French PES, and the Old French PAIS, meaning ‘peace, reconciliation, silence, agreement ‘.  comes from the Latin PAX.

PEACE is an quiet, inner feeling and strength; yet subdued and accepting.  It is like submerging yourself into a placid lake.  PEACE is a placid contented smile. It is mature and more mindful.  it can only be achieved when you look inwards.  You cannot achieve PEACE without understanding your own self.  PEACE is the occurrence of lack of violence and the freedom from fear of violence.  It is also the absence of hostility and retribution, a sincere attempt at reconciliation, the existence of healthy interpersonal or international relationships.

Noted down here are some PEACE QUOTES : ——

(1) Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.  He who envies others, does not obtain PEACE of mind. —–Buddha.

(2) Completely PEACE equally reigns between two mental waves. —–Swami Sivananda.

(3) PEACE is a journey of a 1000 miles and it must be taken one step at a time. —–Lyndon B. Johnson.

(4) When the power of love overcomes the love of power —-the world will know PEACE. —–Jimi Hendrix.

(5) PEACE cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be obtained through understanding. —–Ralph Waldo Emerson.

(6) Those who are at war with others, are not at PEACE with themselves. —–William Hazlitt.

(7) The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.  The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of PEACE. –Carlos Santana.

(8) You will find PEACE not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them.  You will find PEACE not in denial, but in victory. —–J. Donald Walters.

(9) You cannot find PEACE by avoiding life. —Virginia Woolf.

(10) A PEACE is of the nature of a conquest, for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser. —–Shakespeare.

(11) PEACE is the first thing the angels sang. —–John Keble.

(12) A people, free to choose, will always choose PEACE. —–Ronald Reagan.

(13) PEACE is liberty in tranquillity. —–Cicero.

(14) PEACE has to be created, in order to be maintained.  It will never be achieved by passivity. —-Dorothy Thompson.

(15) PEACE is when time doesn’t matter as it passes by. —–Maria Schell

Challenge thy mountain in the Lord


God has said : All my resources are at your command.  Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do.  What mortal mind can realise the full significance of the position to which God lovingly raises His children ?

Say to this mountain “Go

Be cast into the sea”

And doubt not in thy heart

That it shall be to thee.

It shall be done, doubt not His Word



Claim thy redemption right

Purchased by precious blood

The Trinity unite

To make it true and good

It shall be done, obey the Word



Self, sickness, sorrow, sin

The Lord did meet that day

On His  beloved One

And thou art ‘loosed away’

It has been done, rest on His Word



Compass the frowning wall

With silent prayer, then raise

Before its ramparts fall

The victor’s shout of praise

It shall be done, faith rests assured



The two-leaved gates of brass

The bars of iron yield

To let the faithful pass

Conquerors in every field / It shall be done, the foe ignored



Take then the faith of God

Free from the taint of doubt

The miracle-working rod

That casts all reasoning out

It shall be done, stand on the Word