Persia and its Wines

A 7000 year history

An ancient Persian legend says the history of wine began with a beautiful princess who lost favor with the mythological King Jamshid. Overwhelmed with pain and sorrow the princess tried to poison herself by drinking juice from a jar filled with spoiled grapes. After experiencing the juice’s intoxicating effects she fell asleep. The next morning the princess awoke and discovered she no longer felt depressed but rejuvenated instead. She took her discovery to the King who became so enamored with this new “potion” that he accepted her back and she regained the King’s favor.

Thereafter the King shared this wonderful finding with his entire court and decreed that all grapes grown in Persepolis would be

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Alcohol Causes Cancer

New evidence of alcohol industry distortion of science

It is well known in the scientific literature that alcohol is a causative agent in at least seven different types of cancer including two of the commonest – breast and colorectal – but also including mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, and liver. The evidence is based on over 100 studies since 2007, and the risk is not simply associated with heavy drinking; quite moderate amounts of alcohol are associated with an increased risk of cancer.

However, the public is surprisingly ignorant of these facts and one of the main reasons for this appears to be distortion of the evidence by the alcohol industry.

New research from Professor Mark Petticrew of the London School

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An antioxidant from red grapes

Resveratrol is an Antioxidant substance to that recently hit the world wide market, but does it really deserve all the media attention it has attracted?

The interest in grapes came from the fact that French and some Mediterranean cultures have a high fat diet but don’t suffer from is much heart disease as other countries and this has been attributed to the fact that they drink red wine with most meals.

Although controversial, some studies have shown that resveratrol has some antioxidant benefits and it occurs naturally in:

The skin of red grapes and other fruits In the roots of Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum). Red wine contains minute traces, too little to have any therapeutic

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Getting Drunk

Under the influence of alcohol

A man had been drinking at a pub all night. The bartender finally said that the pub is closing. So the drunk stood up to leave and fell flat on his face.

He tried to stand one more time; same result. He figured he’ll crawl outside and get some fresh air and maybe that will sober him up. Once outside, he stood up and fell flat on his face. So he decided to crawl the four blocks to his home.

When he arrived at the door he stood up and again fell flat on his face. He crawled through the door and into his bedroom. When he reached his bed he tried one more time

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Auckland Beaches

Swim summer and autumn

With water on all sides, Auckland has a great many beaches, some safe for toddlers and others for strong swimmers and surfers. As well there are many boating opportunities, you can hire kayaks and other boats. Be water safe and swim between the flags as you don’t want to be another drowning statistic.

Takapuna Beach

Easily accessible from Auckland city, Takapuna beach is adjacent to a busy shopping and residential area. Great to take a break from shopping and combining the beach with shopping at the Sunday market works well.

Cheltenham Beach The perfect place for a picnic and summer swim. Cheltenham Beach is just a 15 min stroll from the Devonport ferry terminal and

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