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The Red Mist, ” reactive aggression”?



The Red Mist is defined by psychologists as a ” reactive aggression” A loss of self-control takes place under conditions of stress or anger. It is a response to provocation, frustration or threat. Sometimes displayed in Road Rage, when another driver’s manoeuvre so infuriates the driver, that he reacts out of all proportion to the incident, even pursuing the offending vehicle. 
The Red Mist is portrayed in films and TV series.  In the film Falling Down 1993, starring Michael Douglas, a series of frustrating events leads to the increasingly violent responses of the main character, Foster. The film is notable in that the audience can identify with his frustration and even empathise. A breakfast menu is changed to a lunch menu the moment he enters the cafe,  leading to his gun being discharged into the air!
The comedian Catharine Tate’s character Lauren, is given to rants, when she feels that she is being disrespected.  She proclaims that she is “not bothered”, when clearly by her agitation, she shows that she is bothered and is either in denial, or defiantly ignoring the perceived insult. 
Victor Meldrew’s rants and famous phrase “I don’t believe it!” is a cry of despair at the world’s absurdities. The series ends with his death by a hit and run driver, which his wife Margaret swears to avenge, & proceeds to do so.
Frustration with the computer is a common cause of the red mist descending in our house. We can recognise when we are near breaking point, following a gradual build-up of stress and anger!
Provocation may take place in domestic situations leading to rows, and also in public places, where people are being rude or inconsiderate.  The ability to queue peacefully is strained, when the person at the counter, seemingly requires hours of attention, regardless of the people waiting their turn. They may even indulge in small talk with the clerk or cashier, oblivious to the pent-up anger building up behind them.
I recognise the red mist as a knot of irritation in the pit of the stomach, the shuffling of feet, and the almost irresistible impulse to loudly vent the frustration.
In Falling Down, Foster loses all the restraint that is usually shown when faced with annoyances and which holds society together.

In the nineteen sixties I worked in London stores. Worked as an Insurance Clerk in the City of London during the nineteen seventies. Divorced in the nineteen nineties. Now I am a retired Civil Servant, managing home and garden and escaping onto social media whenever possible.

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Coconut oil, how to use it in the kitchen



Coconut oil is a versatile household item with a long list of uses. It can be used for cooking, as a beauty product, and even as an animal product. Coconut oil is really useful in the kitchen for frying or baking and can be used as a healthier alternative to butter. In the beauty routine, coconut oil helps keep skin hydrated and healthy by being applied topically to the skin or hair.

Coconut oil is a natural product that is a fat, of which 90% is saturated. A spoonful contains 130 calories and 14 grams of fat. Coconut oil has been popular throughout Southeast Asian countries for centuries due to its many benefits such as being an antioxidant, soothes burns, hair conditioner, moisturizer and more.

Coconut oil is a nearly magical food that can be used as a substitute for practically any other fat. In cooking, one can also use it instead butter, but keep in mind that the latter has a higher water content.

There are two main types of coconut oil on the market: virgin and refined. The first is a pure oil that has been cold pressed and extracted without the use of solvents. The second type is refined, which has been processed with solvents to extract all fats and oils.

Coconut oil is perfect for cooking, baking and frying. It can be used as a replacement for partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to help reduce the amount of trans fat in foods. It’s also a low-calorie alternative to butter and margarine.

Refined coconut oil is more suitable for frying or cooking at higher temperatures. One of its peculiarities is that it has low levels of saturated fat and high levels of polyunsaturated fat. Coconut oil, especially virgin oil, is rich and tasty and is an excellent alternative to butter or animal fats, and therefore it is suitable for many vegan recipes. It should be kept in a cool and dark place and used in cooking to give a light flavour and a sweet coconut aftertaste.

It’s good for so many things from salad dressing to making smoothies, just give it a try.

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Nutella is the most popular spread in the world



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Nutella is marketed in 160 Countries in all continents, which means 770 millions of jars for the joy of more than 110 millions of families.

The success of the Ferrero product seems to know no boundaries and according to the Cash workshop, the 80% of the countries analyzed in the report prefer it to the three commercial creams. In Italy, as can be easily foreseen, but also in countries like France and Brazil.

The only brand names that succeed in part to stem the success of Ferrero are Marmite and Vegemite : in the first case the 11% of the countries studied in the report prefer the yeast spread made in the UK at the expense of the Australian Vegemite. In Australia and New Zealand Vegemite is the most popular spread.

Nutella is a hazelnut-based spread, most commonly used as a breakfast food and dessert topping. It was invented in the 1940s by Pietro Ferrero, who intended to create a nutritious breakfast food for children that was also tasty and easy to eat. It was made with hazelnuts because in those days of rationing it was hard to find cocoa. There is still cocoa in the recipe but in smaller quantities than in traditional chocolate spreads.

The recipe for Nutella is mostly ground hazelnuts mixed with skim milk and cocoa powder, then spread into an even layer and roasted until it reaches a temperature of 190 °F (88 °C). The chocolate provides some sweetness, while the hazelnuts contribute the bulk of the flavour.

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Peterborough Cathedral, a Gothic marvel



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Peterborough Cathedral is considered among the most beautiful cathedrals in England, it will surely impress you starting with the magnificent Gothic facade. Architecturally it is considered a unique and never repeated example of English Gothic.

Peterborough Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew is a cathedral of the Church of England, seat of the Bishop of Peterborough. The cathedral is the third cathedral to be built on this site. The first cathedral was founded in 655, with the second successive building in 793 The cathedral has a long and complicated history. It is also one of the few English cathedrals to have been designed since its construction.

The cathedral is built in the Norman style with a cruciform shape. It consists of a nave and a presbytery, side chapels and a tower at the western end. The tower is in two phases, the lower one is square and the upper one octagonal.

The cathedral dates back to 1118, as expected it took years to complete.


Peterborough Cathedral ceiling

The painted wooden ceiling, even this almost unique in fact there are only 4 similar ones in the world, was completed in 1250 It has a very interesting and complex style, with many details. The cathedral ceiling is known for its vaulted wooden roof, originally built by Anglo-Norman masons in the 1100 and renewed in 1800 The roof consists of two semicircular domes, with an octagonal lantern among them. The structure is supported by a central pillar with eight stone pillars on each side. The ceiling is finely decorated with carved oak panels, painted and gilded plaster and stained glass windows.

The ceiling is divided into two parts: the upper part shows scenes from the Old Testament and the lower part shows scenes from the New Testament. The series of paintings at the bottom of the ceiling are painted in a grisaille style, while those at the top of the ceiling are painted in a more colorful style. The ceiling is decorated with a series of paintings depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

The Peterborough Cathedral ceiling, completed in 1879 followed the original style it had the triangles in three overlapping layers, but the ending version consists of only two layers. The Peterborough Cathedral ceiling was created by British architect George Frederick Bodley. The project is based on a similar one for the windows of the nave, which he had seen in a cathedral in France.

The ceiling certainly helps an attempt that sense of lightness you find inside of the cathedral, which manages to be majestic and humble in one fell swoop.

The Cathedral Towers

The main tower of the Peterborough Cathedral was completed in 1350 – 1380 and is in a Gothic style with traces of Romanesque and was rebuilt piece by piece in the 1800 The tower is a Norman project. The tower of the cathedral is a landmark for the city and a popular tourist destination.

The tower is built mainly of limestone, with some brick and ashlar in the bathroom. It has a square plan with a protruding entrance veranda and is surmounted by an octagonal spire with weather vane. The tower is the tallest in the city and, a 64 meters high, it is one of the tallest of British cathedrals.


The tomb of Catherine of Aragon

The cathedral is also known as a resting place of Catherine of Aragon, who lived since 1350 to the 1536 and was the first wife of Henry VIII, King of England. Catherine of Aragon was buried in Peterborough Cathedral on November 2 1380

You cannot lose it, many still leave us the flowers even though it has been dead for centuries. For a time, even Maria Stuarda was buried here. Later her son who became King James I moved her to Westminster Abbey.

One peace Peterborough Cathedral housed the relics of several saints including St Thomas Becket. Disadvantage the dissolution of the monasteries of Henry VIII all these relics were destroyed or were lost.

The cathedral is asymmetrical, in fact one of the two towers located just behind the great facade never completed. The asymmetry is only noticeable for a certain distance.

How to get to Peterborough Cathedral

You can much enter the Peterborough Cathedral visit on a day trip from London. It is about an hour by train and about 2 hours by bus on the National Express which often offers very discounted prices.

Peterborough Cathedral is located on the south bank of the River Nene. It is within walking distance of the train station. The cathedral is open to visitors and has a café and keepsake shop.


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