A mandala is a spiritual or ritual geometric configuration of symbols or a map. In Buddhism and Hinduism, it represents the universe. The meaning of the word mandala in Sanskrit is "circle". Circles have very powerful significance in countless countries, religions and traditions. MANDALA circular design In "Jungian psychology", a mandala as a [...]
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I`m a committed "foodie" and particularly like Thai food. Here is my full, detailed review of a favourite Thai restaurant in Liverpool city-centre - Spice Thai...... "This was my 2nd visit to Spice Thai and I`m delighted to report that the quality of the food & the enjoyable dining experience has been maintained. HOW TO [...]
WHAT ARE WORRY DOLLS? Worry dolls, or trouble dolls, (in Spanish they are refered to as Muñeca quitapena) are small, "dolls" that originate from Guatemala, although they are also found in parts of Mexico. HOW ARE THEY MADE? In Guatemala, they are made by hand using a base of wood or wire, wool and recycled [...]
Handmade Recycled Newspaper Gift Bags from India. This project involves a Fair Trade group based in Delhi, India that helps street children and orphans sleeping rough in the railway station in New Delhi. It was established in 2004 by "grown up" ex-street children, who decided to make bags from recycled newspaper in order to provide [...]
"Hemp” is another name for the Cannabis Sativa plant. This same species of plant is also refered to as Marijuana. Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a strain of the Cannabis Sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. Did you know: the oldest known records of hemp farming [...]
The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern palm-shaped amulet symbolising the “Hand of God”. It depicts the open right hand. It is also popular in northern Africa. In all faiths it is a protective sign. One style is shaped like a regular hand and the other has two symmetrical thumbs, which is the most [...]
There is a Rumah in Birkdale Village… & it`s gathering momentum – Restaurant Foodie Review by Pad Thai PaulPaul2019-09-04T13:50:21+01:00
Rumah translates from Indonesian as "home". The concept is based on a South East Asian theme, with food from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Rumah Bar & Kitchen is a 2-floor venue with plenty of space out front & on the terrace upstairs for causual outdoor dining & drinking. Inside, it is beautifully laid out, [...]
The “Dark Side” of Jewellery Making & the work of TARA Projects (Trade Alternative Reform Action), Delhi, India.Paul2019-09-01T16:16:51+01:00
TARA Projects was founded in 1973 by an ex-Indian Army officer & professor called Shyam Sharma to help poorly-organised artisans in Delhi. Professor Shyam Sharma showed his commitment to "Trade Alternative Reform Action" by travelling from village to village around Delhi and providing loan funds & skills training to a few small marginalised communities in [...]
There are many Indian restaurants in Pattaya, Thailand and with an increasing number of visitors from the Indian sub-continent to the resort, that number appears to be growing. But there are many stories and reports of disappointed customers - with many of these venues being described as "tourist traps". One spot I have discovered that [...]
Thailand is known for opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins, tropical beaches and ornate temples displaying glistening figures of Buddha. It is located in the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese Peninsula & is composed of 76 provinces. Officially known as "The Kingdom of Thailand", although it was formerly known as Siam. I first visited Thailand [...]