Saturday Snippets…5th September 2020

Welcome to Saturday Snippets…

If you are like me and plagued with junk mail and spam and many with offers of great wealth or pleas to part with your hard-earned pennies then this TED talk is brilliant…I laughed from start to finish it was hilarious…

Right having watched this again…I have lost the thread…where was I?


  • Sliced bread browned on both sides by exposure to radiant heat, such as a grill or fire.
  • A call to a gathering of people to raise their glasses and drink together in honour of a person or thing, or an instance of drinking in this way.
  • A person or thing that is very popular or held in high regard by a particular group of people.
  • Cook or brown (food, especially bread or cheese) by exposure to a grill, fire, or other sources of radiant heat.
  • Warm (oneself or part of one’s body) in front of a fire or other source of heat.

The advances in technology and pure imagination, innovative ideas of some people just blow my mind which is not creative or innovative on that scale at all…

The Worlds First Remote Operation…

This operation, using Huawei’s 5G network technology’s large bandwidth, low latency, large connection technology advantages, has achieved this goal.

I myself have reservations about 5G but when it is used for something this which could effectively improve the quality of life of sick have to applaud the technology.

September 5th 1948…Boris Pasternak’s romantic novel, Doctor Zhivago is published in the United States.

Although banned in the Soviet Union the book still won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958. Doctor Zhivago was an epic love story set during the tumult of the Russian Revolution and World War I. The book infuriated Soviet officials, particularly Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

The Soviet government refused to allow him to accept the Nobel Prize, and he was banished from the Soviet Writers Union. The latter action ended Pasternak’s writing career. Pasternak died in May 1960 from a combination of cancer and heart disease. Doctor Zhivago refused to die with him, though.

In 1965, it was made into a hit movie starring Omar Sharif as the title character. In 1987, as part of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s democratic reforms, Pasternak, though dead for nearly 30 years, was readmitted to the union and his book was finally published in Russia.

I had such a crush on Omar Sharif…

What Is Organic September?

In the face of climate change, diet-related ill-health and widespread decline in wildlife, the need to change our food systems has never been greater.

Organic September is a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the many benefits of organic food and farming, which include:

  • Supporting biodiversity and wildlife
  • Helping to combat climate change
  • The highest standards of animal welfare
  • Reduced exposure to pesticides
  • Food as it should be, and food you can trust

I am increasingly becoming aware of just how widespread globally the use of chemicals is in the production of our food…even here where food is produced commercially I have been shocked by the chemicals that have been used although it seems that other methods are being looked at and tested and the fact Thailand has the most banned chemicals of the Asian countries they could still do better.

Organic farming when applied correctly means that food is produced without the use of Synthetic (human-made) pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. However, all is not equal and it could be down to training or the fact that labelling is less than correct…I don’t feel there are enough guidelines and checks are not stringent enough…

My advice is to buy organic produce or grow your own where possible and if you buy organic buy local and know your source…it is the only way to ensure that the food we eat and serve our families is clean and has a trackable footprint.

Be aware!

Wolverines hadn’t been spotted in the forests of Mount Rainier National Park in over 100 years. These animals are so rare, wildlife ecologists struggle even now to determine how vulnerable or endangered they are. Wolverines are sensitive, shy animals that need a lot of help to recolonize the wilderness they were hunted out of, They are also very fierce when threatened.

Wellness Corner by Sally Cronin.

Today Sally is discussing Statins…I remember years ago my doctor trying to give me a prescription for statins …I declined mainly because I have an aversion to taking medication…I am so pleased I did…

It is National Cheese Pizza Day today…

Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay

I am not a big pizza fan but I do love cheese…so instead of a recipe, I will give you some fun facts about pizza…

  • The average pizzeria uses roughly 55 pizza boxes per day.
  • We consume around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperonis every year
  • Some popular pizza toppings in Japan are squid and Mayo Jaga (mayonnaise, potato and bacon)
  • 36 per cent of all pizza orders want their pizza topping pepperoni
  • 94 per cent of Americans eat pizza regularly
  • Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza a day or about 350 slices per second.
  • Most expensive pizza created was made by the restaurateur Domenico Crolla who created a $2,745.00 priced Valentine pizza which included toppings such as sunblush-tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, medallions of venison, edible gold, lobster marinated in the finest cognac and champagne-soaked caviar.

Music Corner…Let’s have a tune…

When John Lennon met Chuck Berry…

Television history was made when these two legends met it was the one and only time…

Thank you for joining me today I hope you are all keeping safe and well…x

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

37 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…5th September 2020

  1. petespringerauthor

    The Ted Talk was brand to me, but I admire his persistence. The last response was the best. (Please stop emailing me!) 😂

    I’m probably one of the few people around my age who has never seen Dr. Zhivago. I do know that Omar Sharif had that effect on a lot of women.

    Organic seems to be one of those buzz words that people throw around quite liberally.

    You are one of the few people I’ve met who doesn’t like pizza. Do you not like the taste or all the unhealthy foods and preservatives that go into making one?

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes it is brand I agree, Pete but I needed something at this time which made me laugh more than once…Omar certainly did..those eyes and that easy smile… as for Pizza I don’t dislike the taste and on the occassion I make or ordered one for the kids I eat a slice it just isn’t my favourite food the same as burgers I very occassionally eat one and enjoy it….I suppose it just wasn’t food I was raised on but neither was Thai food or Indian…It just doesn’t come to mind when I am thinking about what to eat or cook ….I love cheese, tomatoes, pepperoni I just don’t pizza when I use those ingredients …I also agree about the word organic and always question as its like farm fresh eggs and natural, good for kids… they are bandied about as words people relate to and are allowed to be used quite freely as marketing tools…

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  2. dgkaye

    Loved your snippets and vids. But most of all, loved Dr. Zhivago Uri with my crush too (from Funny Girl to Zhivago) Omar Sharrif and Julie Christie. ❤

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  3. OIKOS™-Editorial

    The TED talk is priceless, Carol. Thank you for sharing. Lol Remote surgery seems to be of interest, but keep the youngsters aways from hacking with the playstation. Lets look for 5G. In Germany there are a lot of discussions, but without Huawai – the well known concerns are flooting Europe – there will be not 5G, for the next decade.
    Sorry had another delay, and have to read you past postings too.Hope you have a beautiful weekend, and time to enjoy the sun. Best wishes, Michael

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I know I loved the TED talk.. Brilliant! Yes there is definitely a lot of talk around Huawei who are very popular here… It is lovely to see you here whenever you get time to pop in, Michael we all have busy lives don’t we… I hope you had a lovely weekend with some sunshine and yoyr week ahead is a joyful one.. Take care 😊 xx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Wasn’t it, Mary I have watched it a couple of times I love it…. Pleased it gave you a laugh I think we need that at the moment I know I did/do xx


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      My pleasure, Sally.. Thank you for the reblog and the great intro… I loved that TED talk it really made me laugh and watched it more than once… Yes lots of opportunity to extol the virtue of organic foods and the benefits.. Have a great week hugs xxx

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  5. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

    Doctor Zhivago was one of the first movies I remember, as an adolescent, that made a wonderful impact on me. I remember seeing it at our local theater with a few friends and we were blown away by the visual impact of this lovely film. Quite a few years ago, our local (town owned and operated) theater started a Wednesday night classic films night and we sponsored this movie. I was blown away again. One of the things that struck me was that the film was not rushed, there are long pauses for artistic effect, and we seldom see that done any more because those making the movies think we all have the attention span of a blink.


  6. Jim Borden

    I’ve seen that junk mail video before – it is a classic.
    The remote surgery is incredible.
    And I loved the video with John and Chuck – long live rock ‘n roll!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It was the first time I have seen that video and have now watched it a couple of times …I know isn’t technoly amazing? I’ll second that long live rock and roll most definitely 🙂

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