Wisdom from the East

November 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Nutty British couple have 29th wedding: “For the 29th time in over a year, British woman Lisa Gant donned a white wedding dress and walked down the aisle to marry her fiancé, Alex Pelling, this time on a historic plantation in South Carolina. Last June, Gant, 30, and Pelling, 32, of Manchester, England, embarked on a mission to travel the world and tie the knot in every one of more than 50 locales they plan to visit as part of their extraordinary plan to raise money for UNICEF. This Saturday, the traditional Southern wedding, complete with a horse-drawn carriage and a big poufy princess gown, took place on Litchfield Plantation in Myrtle Beach. Gant and her fiance sold off all their possessions last year, quit their jobs in Manchester and set off on a worldwide tour to experience different cultures and get married in every place their visit. Although the couple keep getting hitched, they are not legally married. They said their journey to wedded bliss will end sometime in 2014 when they pick their favorite spot of all the places visited and make their union official, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News.”

Churches offering gluten-free bread for communion to meet diet requirements of parishioners: “HOLY communion, one of the oldest Christian rites, is being transformed by churches fearing the spread of infection and wanting to meet the dietary requirements of parishioners. The ritual has long been celebrated in different ways by different churches, some only serving bread, others using individual cups rather than a shared chalice, and many Protestant churches using non-alcoholic juice rather than wine. Now, even the more traditional Catholic and Anglican churches are changing the way they practise the ritual, according to Mike Grieger, whose Australian Church Resources organisation sells gluten-free and low-gluten altar bread to more than 2000 churches of different denominations… At Ashgrove West Uniting Church in Brisbane, the bread that is broken and served to the congregation is gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free and vegan friendly, according to church secretary Julie Hultgren.”

Shi-ite fanaticism in India: “Blood is seen on the floor of a mosque as Indian Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a holy procession. Muslims all over the world pay their respects with the flowing of their blood as they mourn the slaying and martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad. He was killed by his political rivals along with 72 companions in the seventh century battle of Kerbala where some of the bodies of the dead were then mutilated. The Muslims were taking part in processions in Mumbai and Chennai. Ashura is celebrated on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram. The processions also involve walking on burning coals and carrying a ‘Tazia’ – replica of the coffin of Hussein. Some participants gather for ceremonial chest beating as a display of their devotion in remembrance of his suffering and to preach that oppression will not last. [The Christian rite of Holy Communion seems a lot less trouble]

Chocolate that doesn’t melt in the heat?: “It is a revolutionary breakthrough worthy of Willy Wonka – Cadbury has found a way to make chocolate that doesn’t melt in hot weather. The new bars of Dairy Milk stay completely solid even when exposed to temperatures of 104F for more than three hours. Scientists at Cadbury’s research and development plant in Bourneville, near Birmingham, call their breakthrough ‘temperature-tolerant chocolate’. The secret to the new bars is a change in the so-called ‘conching step’, where a container filled with metal beads grinds the ingredients, which usually include cocoa butter, vegetable oils, milk and sugar. Cadbury has developed a way of breaking down sugar particles into smaller pieces, reducing how much fat covers them and making the bar more resistant to heat. But the firm’s decision not to sell the new bars in the UK has been blasted by critics as another bitter blow for an iconic British brand.”

A wooden cushion?: “Sitting on a wooden stool often ends in a sore bottom but this cleverly designed one is as soft as a cushion despite being made entirely out of wood. The Ash Cushion needs no stuffing to make it soft because it is made of strips of notched ashwood, creating a solid yet springy surface. The $2,199 (£1,370) handmade stool, designed by Mary Dickerson, compresses when under pressure. The 19x12x18inch stool is extra wide and based on Dutch designer Carolien Laro’s work, Spring Wood Collections, which cleverly pushed the limits of wood. The strips of ashwood have had pieces sliced out of it, allowing it to bend and compress unlike solid pieces of wood. Ash wood is often used by carpenters and designers because of its versatile physical properties including its strength and flexibility.”

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