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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine- Weekly Round Up – September 6th – 12th 2020 – Classic WordPress editor – Music, Books, Reviews, Health, Stories and Funnies

As always a great and varied week with something for everyone…there is also a mention of you know what…that which most of us would quietly Love it to fade away…Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

I hope all of you are well despite the increase of infections in many of our countries. With two more countries in Europe being removed from the air bridge scheme it is becoming a gamble taking that long awaited holiday.

This week we should have been basking in the sunshine by the pool of our selected villa in Malta. Back in June we decided to lose our deposit and cancel the trip, thankfully no flights booked, as my two older sisters were not keen on the travel aspect and even then there was the threat of 14 day quarantine there and also back in Ireland and the UK.

As it turns out, whilst in June there were relatively few cases in Malta, with the arrival of their summer visitors this is not the case now.

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CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 23rd August -29th August 2020… Recipes, Health(Sugar) and Children’s Teeth, Whimsy, and …A murmuration of Starlings…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week…

Take a pew and get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with news and my views… always something new to discover…This week was no different…

Does food labelling go far enough…Personally, I don’t think it does some countries are better than others ..it would be lovely if labelling was standardised although maybe that would be difficult depending on the country…

Image by Igor Ovsyannykov from Pixabay 

Seeing all the shelves like that is pretty daunting if you have to check all the labels…maybe the supermarket shelves should be colour coded and marked when goods are high in certain ingredients it would make our shopping so much easier ..Wouldn’t it?

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/24/food-labelling-does-it-go-far-enough/

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter D (charD)

I was challenged way back at the beginning of this year by Pete…who suggested that maybe I should use ingredients and cooking methods where the letter used, for example, was the last letter i.e Pizza(A)…

On reflection, I think it was a good idea although how I will fare when I get to some letters I am not sure if it will be doable, but, I will give it a good go… I am not one to back off if challenged…hehe

Today is the letter D ..easy as pie but not so many fruits and veggies it is more processes which I hope doesn’t bore you and at least one is new to you…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/26/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twistthe-letter-d-chard/

Thursday: 

Sugar…Children’s Teeth and Obesity…

So much has been said about children’s teeth and decay over the years and around the world…There are many dentists and organisations who are working as hard as they can to stop the rot…is it working not quickly enough…

Teeth and childhood obesity to me should be in the same sentence…I lay the blame squarely on the manufacturers, advertisers and governments …I know all three try to blame the parents and to a point yes…not everyone is as aware as I am, not everyone has the enquiring mind I have..so many reasons but it doesn’t alter the fact that manufacturers should be called to account and stores should display nutritional value far more clearly for those who cannot read the labels and decipher what they really say…It should be a priority and not a token gesture …

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/27/sugarchildrens-teeth-and-obesity/

Fruity Fridays:…The Fig…

The Fig…You can get it dried almost anywhere in the world and fresh and luscious from September through to autumn.

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There is nought like the taste of fresh figs and dried they are different but sweet, with a chewy flesh and crunchy edible seeds.

Figs start off as an enclosed inverted flower. The shape of their flower inhibits them from relying on bees or wind to spread their pollen in the same way other flowers can. Instead, figs must rely on the help of pollinator wasps to reproduce.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/28/fruity-friday-the-humble-fig-2/

Saturday Snippets…29th August 2020

Is the day where I indulge my whimsy or maybe something I feel is too good not to share or where I might even have a mini-rant which I did yesterday …I am a patriotic old biddy and although I embrace most change I do not when it comes to tradition and is at the whim of snowflakes…If you are not aware snowflake is a modern generation(slang)…it was also one of Collins English Dictionarys 2016 words of the year. Collins defines the term as “the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations”.  

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/29/saturday-snippets29th-august-2020/

I have an extra treat for you…Sally from Smorgasbord Magazine with her weekly roundup…Something for everyone, health advice, book reviews, book launches, something to make you smile if all else fails and from Moi ..recipes and rants…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/29/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-23rd-29th-august-2020-barbra-streisand-ireland-houston-book-reviews-childrens-books-health-and-laughter/

I will be back next week with more news and views and of course recipes…A lovely wild mushroom soup recipe and a beautiful giant jalapeno popper rolled up in a butterflied pork loin…

Thank you for reading and please stay safe and well…xxx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 26th July -1st August 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Pretzel Bread…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…and social distancing…I know many of you are on further lockdowns once again as cases are on the rise again… a second phase…It really is not going away just yet, stay safe and strong peeps and observe all the do’s and don’ts…The quicker you do the quicker it will all disappear ( not) forever methinks…This virus is digging its heels in just like so many people are with regards to social distancing and masks…

Here’s something to take your mind of what’s going on…Take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with Climate change as there is always something new to discover…This week was no different…WELL, it was just a tad…The Story of Plastic 27th July 2020…

Whether we throw it away and it is burnt, just dumped or put into landfill it is a problem and all the cleanups and great ideas for repurposing and reusing are papering over the cracks…Manufacturing of single-use plastics and plastics which cannot be recycled within 5 years must cease and alternatives found.

It is time we stopped buying these… hit the manufacturers where it hurts… in their pockets…If we can have such strong feelings about mask-wearing, BLM..then channel your energies into this because if we don’t do something..we will be the losers, future generations will be the losers …Mother Nature will be the survivor…FACT!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/27/the-story-of-plastic-27th-july/

Tuesday: Wake up It’s Tuesday…Thought for the Day!

Me…I am saying no more…This dear man puts it so much more eloquently than I could x

Wednesday: The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter B(herB)

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This is fun…Thank you Pete x… In 2 weeks it will be words ending in C…

This is taxing my culinary brain( in) a good way  I have my list and as I read something which triggers a thought I am adding them I have also come across some things I didn’t know or know about so it’s a great learning curve/./challenge(Pete)..there are still some blank spaces but it is gradually filling up…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/29/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twist-the-letter-bherb/

Thursday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 – Resilience – An opportunity to get fighting fit – Round-Up – Sally Cronin

Time for Sally to round up this fabulous series on health and wellbeing…Something to keep for future reference…#recommended read

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/07/28/smorgasbord-health-column-project-101-resilience-an-opportunity-to-get-fighting-fit-round-up-sally-cronin/

Friday: Travel, Traditions and Recipes…Go Bananas… with Fruity Fridays

Bananas are very plentiful here…They come ready-packaged and ready to eat…I am rerunning/updating some of my earlier Fruity Fridays posts with a few new fruits as well as some popular fruits…I hope you enjoy it!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/07/31/travel-traditions-and-recipes-go-bananas-with-fruity-fridays/

Saturday Snippets:

It was National Mustard Day yesterday so of course, I had a recipe for homemade mustard tried and tested in my kitchen as well as some trivia and a great video from Mohammed Ali which is funny with a serious message…Also, some …beautiful water art some people are just so creative…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/01/saturday-snippets-9/

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup…See you tomorrow with a further update on the Story of Plastic…

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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 well being.

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 stay safe and healthy xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – April 19th – April 25th 2020 – Bond Themes, #Waterford History, Royal Navy WWII, Letters from America, Poetry, Book Reviews and Guests.

Covid-19 thoughts and thanks…Then lots of fun, frolics and book reviews…An enjoyable read #recommended

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine weekly round up with posts that you might have missed during the week.

I hope that everyone continues to do well.  There is some evidence that there might be an easing of the self-isolation restrictions for some age groups, and also the possibility in the UK at least of being able to interact with close family members, up to a bubble of 10 people, in the weeks ahead. That is good news as for those elderly, living on their own without physical contact with children and grandchildren it has been very challenging.

I have to say that I am very impressed by the majority who have followed the restrictions and also the supermarkets and stores allowed to be open who have done very best to the items we are used to available as well as the essentials… and also there efforts to maintain social…

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CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Chocolate, Health, Recipes …Week ending 3rd Nov 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots going on in the world it was Halloween so I have some Halloween pictures for you…There was snow, beautiful white glistening snow in Susie’s part of the world and lots of it…I love seeing those lovely images from here where I am lovely and warm on this beautiful sunny morning…

So without any more ado let’s see what has been going on this week in my blogging world?…  No… I have not been discussing Brexit although I have been watching the House of Parliament live…I have better worthwhile causes to champion…The stakes have been upped and there will now be a general election…

Will I be covering this on my blog? No! Nada! I will most definitely not be covering it…

I am sure there are many opinions and although I have mine …I am not wading in…But feel free if you wish to…I love a healthy debate…

Monday…Such an ugly looking bean which produces a mouthful of pure indulgence …such a shame that the production of this also causes hardship, lack of education, cruelty through child labour and deforestation…

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Who doesn’t love a piece of chocolate??? Who pays more for chocolate and goods that carry “certified cocoa” endorsements?

It has been some 20 years that the big manufacturers of chocolate pledged to eradicate and not buy cocoa which is harvested using child labour.

Why am I surprised?… I am really old enough now to know that most promises made by companies and manufacturers are just clever marketing..lies…Designed to make us the consumer feel better and spend more money…To read the full story please click the link…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/28/recycling-and-environmental-news-28th-oct-2019chocolate-and-bees/

Tuesday…

Because I am not a party pooper I wish you all a joyous time in the coming weeks  I will be leaving you with a few tips to help you over the Christmas period and then I will leave you to enjoy it and come back just after the New Year…with more healthy eating tips…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/29/eat-smart-eat-healthily-no-more-diets-but-the-holiday-season-is-coming/

Wednesday…

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It is one of my favourite days where I can indulge myself …Of course in the coming weeks, it will be more Christmas focused… I will be looking at you guys to provide me with some lovely family recipes, crafts anything Christmassy…Even a Christmas jumper or three…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/30/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-16/

Thursday…

Saw the end of Pumpkin month and it was Halloween…I hope everyone who celebrated Halloween had a lovely time there have been some lovely and some quite gruesome foods I have seen…but all tasty I am sure…

The 5th of November is Guy Fawkes and celebrated in the UK…Guy Fawkes Night is annually held on November 5. It is sometimes known as Bonfire Night and marks the anniversary of the discovery of a plot organized by Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Many people light bonfires and set off fireworks…

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I have many fond memories of bonfire night, potatoes and chestnuts cooked in the embers of the bonfire, of course, there are now absolutely fabulous displays but they don’t come close to my memories of such happy times as we clutched our sparklers and my dad set off the fireworks… We made our own guy and he proudly sat at the top of the bonfire although we were never allowed to participate in… penny for the guy…My mother thought it was akin to begging and we were not allowed to do that…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/10/31/halloween-sweet-potatoes-and-a-mexican-michelada/

Friday…

I am nearing the end of my store cupboard basic series by now you should have nicely stocked store cupboards…Spices are this weeks theme and although I grow and use many fresh spices dried spices also play their part…stronger and more intense in flavour than their fresh cousins they are ideal for baking. Everything has its place…

Roasted spices Indian cookinghttps://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/01/this-week-in-my-kitchenstore-cupboard-basicsspices/

Saturday…

Where I generally hand you over to Sally…This week she discusses skin and in particular eczema…I lived with skin conditions most of my life and am happy to say I am mostly itching and rash free…

Wool always made me itch so I wore cotton…when it came to bras, stocking, and suspenders it was the zinc in the clasps which gave me sore, itchy patches, I could never wear cheap earrings or necklaces ..zinc again..zippers anything which touched my skin brought it up in rashes and itchy patches…The introduction of tights wasn’t much better..nylon… Polo necks aka rashes, central heating aka rashes…Since living here…rashes…Gone…#recommended read…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-in-the-body-the-skin-eczema-lifestyle-or-genetics-by-sally-cronin/

That’s all for this week I hope you enjoyed the read…Have a great Sunday xxx

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.

circular recycling the world and a green leafExciting 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 great weekend 🙂 xx

 

Healthy Eating…How to balance…Plan for social events…

Last week I took you all through my personal eating journey…Thank you to everyone who commented…

This week I am away for a few days well 5 days actually it is one of my besties birthdays so we are off to sunny( I hope) Bang Saray, Chon Buri near Pattaya…But whatever the weather I am sure it will be fun times all the way…lots of lovely food and a few cocktails…but I will be good where I can and enjoy where I can’t…

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It is all about balance...A bit like a tight rope sometimes… I don’t expect to put weight on or lose anything just to stay the same will be a bonus…Challenging sometimes but doable…I know…x

Of course, food and drink is a major factor in a holiday…we want to be able to enjoy these foods without returning home with a waistline twice the size. Surely there’s a way to maintain your weight loss AND enjoy new foods on holiday?!

Picture the scene...You are sitting watching the sunset …The waiter brings your sundowner…he then comes back with a plate of ” May as well ” foods.

Sunset Bangtao Beach

These are foods you would never really consider having at home but, because you are on holiday and they are there for the taking, you’ll happily just take one until before you realise the bowl is empty … “may as well.”

These usually include (but are not limited to):

  • Olives
  • Peanuts
  • Doritos
  • Dips
  • Something unrecognisable – but you take it anyway… May as well.

Doing this for no other reason than because you can is a sure-fire way of unnecessarily bumping up your overall calorie intake.

Now, I do believe you should try and sample the local cuisine but remember you have a full week or two, to try and sample all the foods you fancy. So there’s no need to keep nibbling until they are gone on the first day…

I know its tempting and most of these little bowls are not only put there to tempt you to nibble but they make you thirsty and you have another drink…

Limit the Booze…

In the past, I have been on all-inclusive holidays with a bar in the middle of the pool…We have walked the beach stopped in a little cafe and had a wine or beer with our lunch…

By this time it is only 3 pm in the afternoon and we have had a few drinkies …

It can be so easy to get carried away when you have beer, wine and cocktails literally on tap and, whilst drinking can be a fun and relaxing part of your holiday, it’s a good idea to control your intake, helping to maintain your awesome weight loss results.

What can you do…?

Stay off the booze until 3pm (or later). As a general rule, the longer you wait until your first drink, the less you’re likely to drink overall in the day.

Set yourself a (sensible) drink limit. Giving yourself a maximum number of drinks to have will help keep your alcohol intake in check whilst freeing up when and how often you can drink.

Drink water in-between the glass of alcohol is what works for me and it keeps me hydrated as well.

It is also important especially in the heat to keep hydrated it doesn’t just have to be water. Teas, coffees, juices, even fruits like watermelons and peaches can all help you stay hydrated in the sun. Carrying a bottle of water with you though, that can be refilled and sipped on throughout the day, is always going to be a smart idea.

Also, remember alcohol will increase your chance of dehydration because it’s a diuretic, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day if you’re on the beers.

Neglecting your body’s need for water can lead to tiredness, lack of energy, muscle cramps and an upset tummy – not want you want on a relaxing holiday.

Alcohol as those of you know who read my post last week was the biggest factor in my weight loss …I am quite happy to keep it to a minimum on holiday and in all honesty, when I went away the other month, not one person said anything when I requested water instead of alcohol…It was really easy to not drink throughout the day and just have a couple of sundowners at sunset…

I also took my stock of green tea as I have learnt when I go away I can’t get it everywhere as often green tea is served with milk as an iced tea and I asked for it with no milk and it was foul it was some sort of green tea mix made to go with milk…

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It also meant I could still apply my intermittent fasting and just drink my green tea while everyone ate their brekkie …I sat and watched the waves while sipping my green tea…

Who doesn’t love a walk when on holiday...or a few lengths of the pool..some even use the gym(not me) …Walking is my thing so whatever rocks your boat…

But, when you go on holiday it would be unrealistic to expect yourself to work out every day and count your calories – after all, holidays are meant to be a time for relaxing and taking a break from your usual day-to-day routine.

One or two weeks of some overindulgence isn’t going to be the end of the world…

But this shouldn’t mean we just forego all common sense and eat anything and everything in sight, doing our best sunbathing sloth impersonation each and every day…Just saying…

The trick is finding the right balance and even just one or two of the suggestions above will help you to strike the difference between relaxation and indulgence, whilst keeping things under control.

And if things don’t go to plan and you do end up putting on a few pounds more than expected?…. Don’t stress.

It probably means you had a great time …Of course, I will have a great time but all these tips apply to many social situations there are always temptations.

We have Halloween coming, Christmas coming, New Year on the horizon, someone is bound to get engaged, married, divorced or have a baby…

All of these are triggers…Life is one big trigger …We have to choose how we are going to live it!

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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx