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What is the WOW factor?

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WOW! Is of course an exclamation of surprise, wonder and pleasure. This will be elicited by sensory stimulation that has triggered the response. It is possible that no vocal sound may be uttered, but  still something or someone  has blown you away, leaving you feeling completely exhilarated. 
 When a bride choses her wedding dress, she hopes that the gown will be seen as stunning & draw gasps of admiration from wedding guests and of course, from the bridegroom. It is unlikely that she left the bridal shop, thinking ” that will do “! The bride to be, is of course looking for the WOW Factor, the quality or feature that causes excitement or admiration.
 
The WOW factor of course  extends  beyond wedding dresses, to works of art, architecture, natural phenomena and to almost anything you could think of. Looking up at the night sky induces wonder and when there is SuperMoon, there is undoubtedly a WOW factor, which people are quick to comment on and record. The sight of Venus, the morning star and of the planet Jupiter are awe inspiring, without the need for a telescope or binoculars.
 
 
Whenever I take photos for Instagram, I always try to give them the WOW factor. Sometimes this requires no editing, but at other times adding a highlight, a contrast  or sharpening the image, shows it at its best. This helps viewers, who are unable to see the actual image to appreciate it.  My taste is not for photos, that are saturated with colour. In my opinion, less is more, to hopefully achieve the WOW factor in photography.
 
If you have experienced love at first sight, this will be an immediate sensory response, probably beyond explanation. Profound instantaneous recognition that a significant other has entered your life, based on the WOW factor. Lifelong partnerships have been founded on this, where the experience is mutual. There may be a degree of illusion, or the love may be unrequited and it is always as well to remember that all that glitters is not gold!

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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Can we agree that people hate losing things?

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At least I’ve never met anyone who says “I don’t mind if I lose something” in effect “Am I bothered?  However, It doesn’t seem to bother some people that much, as they keep on losing everyday items.  In the case of keys, these need to be found before leaving the house.
For some people, though, even the temporary loss of an item is a big deal and they may come close to “losing it” themselves. Apart from the irritation at being without the item, the loss undermines self-belief in competence and control over life.
 
Recently, I lost a full-length waist slip. This bothered me greatly. “How could such a large garment go missing?” I asked myself reprovingly. I retraced my steps to the last time I had seen it,  draped over a chair in the bedroom and later on a chair in the sitting room.  In hot weather, I had been wearing it around the house. (What people choose to wear when alone in the house, may be the subject of another story) Its loss bothered me throughout the Euro Cup semi-final and while Harry Kane, only had to score a penalty, I had to find my waist slip!
 
 
After the match, I scrabbled about for it under the sofa. No luck, it was nowhere to be found. I convinced myself that in a fit of enthusiasm about tidying up, I had thrown it away without thinking.  Yes, that was it. At some point, it is necessary to draw a line on searching and move on.
Of course, if the item has great sentimental value, such as a wedding ring, the loss will be especially hard to take, for reasons of grief as well as self-annoyance. Stories of rings turning up years later when gardening, sometimes make a news item. “There is the diamond, gleaming among the cabbages” reads the headline, ending years of hurt. 
 
I am happy to report a good result in the case of the slip that gave me the slip. Irritated with seeing it lying around, I had put it in with the items for handwashing. It was with deep joy that once identified, I lifted its dripping length out of the washbasin. I am glad to say that I had not totally lost it!

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Here where you can find the best pizzas in the world

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50 Top Pizza , the most important sector guide has decided to confer an ad hoc prize to the chains of artisanal pizzerias , the Top World Artisan Pizza Chains 2021 – Latteria Sorrentina Award . 20 the brands present in the first edition of this special ranking with at least 5 locations.

The winner is the brand Da Michele , historic Neapolitan sign that counts well 19 sites
around the world, 8 in Italy and the remaining located in Britain, Spain, Germany, USA, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Japan. In second position another high-sounding name of the Neapolitan school, that of Sorbillo , which includes several stores throughout the peninsula, in addition to those in New York, Miami and Tokyo . Third, which arouses a great surprise, is the French Big Mamma Group , with numerous restaurants in France, in London and Madrid.

Pizzeria Da Michele

So far it has two sites in Britain and both are in London (Soho and Baker Street) that were opened a few years ago and have been well received. 

Immortalized in the film Eat, pray, love , with  Julia Roberts, the pizzeria Da Michele is a must-see if you go to Naples. Michele opened his first pizzeria in 1906 in the current headquarters of the Ascalesi Hospital, whose construction forced the pizzeria to move. In 1930 the pizzeria is moved to its current location in Via Cesare Sersale, often described by experts and journalists as “the sacred temple of pizza”.

Here is the best ten pizzeria chains in the world:

Top World Artisan Pizza Chains 2021 – Latteria Sorrentina Award :

1 Da Michele – Italy, Britain, Spain, Germany, USA, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Japan

2 Sorbillo – Italy and World

3 Big Mamma Group – France and UK

4 Berberè – Italy and Europe

5 Pizza Pilgrims – UK

6 Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana – USA

7 Bráz – Brazil

8 400 Degrees – Australia – USA

9 Peppina – Asia

10 Grosso Napoletano – Spain

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The best English breakfast in London is cooked by an Italian family

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One of the most famous Italian cafè in London is undoubtedly E. Pellicci which is located in Bethnal Green Road in East London. At first glance, it may seem like just a neighbourhood café is actually a piece of London history.

Pellicci is a truly family-run place, forget the Starbucks for a moment ,. The café was opened in Bethnal Eco-friendly, then a run-down  neighborhood, by Nevio and Anna’s Italian grandfather, Priamo Pellicci, in 1900.

The history of the Pellicci family

The mother of Anna and Nevio, Maria, have been cooking for years personally in the location and other family members such as cousin Tony come to help. After the death of Mr Pellicci in 1931, Mrs. Elide Pellicci continued to manage the café and hence the initials of today’s place: E. Pellicci. INevio Senior., Born upstairs from the café, managed the business after Mrs Elide Pellicci until her death in 2008 Mr. Nevio’s wife, Maria, is the head of the family and together with his son Nevio and daughter Maria manages the location in the 21th century.

Sixty years ago, in London there were hundreds of Italian cafes such as E. Pellicci. Most have vanished, driven out by high rents and the rise of bland coffeehouse chains. E. Pellicci survived, in part because the Pellicci family cares about the place and it wouldn’t be accomplished to kick it out and then it’s good, there were hundreds of Italian cafes like E. Pellicci in London. Most have vanished, driven out by high rents and the rise of bland cafe chains. E. Pellicci survived, partly because the family cares about the area and it wouldn’t be accomplished to kick it out and then it’s cool and quaint. The Art Deco interior was created in 1946 and is a masterpiece of inlaid wood panelling.

If you think Pellicci is famous only for Italian cuisine, you are really wrong. The place is a mix of British and traditional Italian ‘bean wagon’ at very affordable prices. Pellicci makes one of the best English breakfasts in London, but at the same pace also sells cannelloni and lasagna. You can see here the current menu Not representative of Italian restaurants in London, E. Pellicci is not an exotic cuisine restaurant, but has absorbed the character of the neighbourhood where it is located and added its own personality, contributing to what East London is and what gentrification is destroying. Remember that it opened to the peace when fresh pasta and pizza were unknown in these parts. Age in an area populated by people from all over the world, but with many Irish and English proletariat who worked at the port and in the factories in the area.

ironically a place typical of London’s East End and one of the very few survivors who still make you understand how life is here once in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other is run by Italians. A location that has seen the history of the East End of the last 120 years pass. The famous mobsters the Krays twins often ate here and who knows what they organized while sitting in the place.

If you pass by Bethnal Green Road  in the morning go to price breakfast in this legendary area, an important part of Italian history in London. Meanwhile, watch the video clip.

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