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The History of Pizza

  Pizza did not originate in the country for which it now famous. Yes, Iike many people, I always thought that Pizza originated in Italy. The origin of the word pizza is debatable. It is Italian for ‘pie’ and may have come from Latin ‘pitch’ or Greek ‘pitta’. However, the history of pizza goes a long way. The roots for Pizza were originally laid by the Greeks who first baked large, round and flat breads which they covered with oils, herbs and cheese. The first major change in the pizza was the use of tomato as a topping. While it is difficult to pinpoint who invented the Pizza, it is generally accepted that modern pizza was first made by baker Raffaele Esposito of Naples. Legend has it that the most typical Pizza, Pizza Margherita, was invented in 1889 in honour of Queen Margherita. Around 1889, Queen Margherita, accompanied by her […]

Some people claim that etiquette is no longer important, that the rules for good behaviour are old- fashioned and outdated. But on the other hand there are a lot of people who believe that good behaviour and manners never go out of style. Etiquette, just like any other cultural norms, evolve  to match the changes in society. Etiquette can be defined as behaviour that is pleasent and polite in different situations such as professional, social and family circumstances. Etiquette is not innate, it is acquired through a conscious learning of what constitutes decent behaviour. Etiquette is not universal, each society is characterized by its distinct etiquette. What is acceptable in one culture may be unacceptable in another. But why is etiquette so important? It helps us show respect and consideration towards other and most importantly it helps us form relationships with others. A lapse in etiquette may offend other people. […]

  The warm season is approaching faster than we thought. So, I suggest you start planning now for the holiday of your dreams. More and more health experts are encouraging people to make the most out of their vacation days to go somewhere new, lie on a beach, learn how to ski, sip cocktails and do absolutely nothing- without feeling guilty! Several studies have shown that these breaks from our everyday routine are very beneficial to our physiological and physical selves. Vacations, whatever form they take, give us time to unwind and examine our life from a new place and a totally new perspective. Traveling  somewhere new provides us with the opportunity to leave our old life behind us and learn about different cultures, face different challenges and look at the world from a totally new perspective. What I really love about going to new places is that you wake […]

With peak travel season around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning your vacation. Planning ahead means reducing any unnecessary expenses while increasing opportunities. If you would like to travel more often without going over your budget I suggest you continue reading. No matter where you’re going, there are several ways to cut expenses and enjoy your well- deserved vacation. What if I told you that with some planning instead of going on one holiday, you can go twice a year with the same amount of money? Sounds awesome right? I often encounter people who say they love to travel but find it very expensive. I am sorry to break it to you, but you have been doing it wrong all along. From booking flights to exclusive dinners, find out how you can save cash while still making the most out of the holiday you desire. Use […]

Qualities of a good leader

What are your views regarding this saying?  ‘Great leaders are born, not made’. To a certain point, I agree. I believe the qualities for a great leadership are innate. The good news is that leadership skills can be learned, and they are enhanced by practice and repetition. Many leaders are good, but few qualify as exceptional. The word leadership can bring to mind a number of different images. My favourite definition of a leader is, someone who help themselves and others do the right think. Leaders are those people who, build an inspiring vision, and are innovators. Leaders, set out the direction of the team or a whole organisation; a motivating, exciting and dynamic direction. Apart from setting directions, leaders must also make use of their management skills to guide people to reach the destination in a smooth and organised manner. Here are some qualities and traits of great leaders […]

Female Entrepreneurs

Despite the fact that women outnumber men in Europe, female entrepreneurs represent only one third of the self- employed in the European Union. There are some factors that make entrepreneurship a less attractive option for them than for men. The European Union is working hard to come up with incentives to encourage more women start their own companies. The following are the main challenges faced by female entrepreneurs: access to information access to finance access to networks for business purposes training managing life at work and home Research shows that successful entrepreneurs are usually inspired by other successful entrepreneurs. This means that if people don’t have role models in whom they can identify themselves- they are at a disadvantage. Women need women, who can act as role models for those who want to embark on a new project. The internet has been a huge driving force to empower and enable […]

We are only a few days away from one of the most romantic days of the year. Every February 14, many people exchange cards, chocolates, flowers with their special Valentines. All this in the name of Saint Valentine, but who is he? The most popular theory about the origins of Saint Valentine is that Emperor Claudius 2 was forbidding Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. As a consequence, he was jailed and executed. Whilst he was in jail he wrote a letter to the prison guard’s daughter signing it ”from your Valentine.” The feast of Saint Valentine was first established in 496 by Pope Gelasius 1. It was during mid- 18th century that Valentine’s started to increase popularity in England, lovers started to send sweets and romantic messages. And this is how everything started! After some time, the hand written […]

What employees really want?

As an employer you are required to have a number of different roles- the hardest one is being a mind reader. In order to stay competitive in the business, employers have to anticipate what the employees really want. Employers are getting very creative in the way they recruit and retain their most talented employees. Recently, Business Insider, teamed up with PayScale to find dream- job companies where a lot of importance is given to employee satisfaction. Winning a spot on the list means that the company has distinguished itself from peers by creating an ideal work place for employees. Google is the Number 1 place to work for the seventh time in 10 years. Besides a more than attractive salary Google employees get enhanced health care coverage, breast- cancer screenings, unlimited snacks, free personal fitness classes, haircuts, spa trucks and laundry rooms- the list is endless. Giant companies such as […]

Wine Tasting in Tuscany

Raise your hand if you are a wine lover. Learning about wine is like learning about space: once your start, there’s no end in sight. Learning about wine is an exhilarating experience, full of new tastes, new regions and meeting people with similar interests. Wine tastings are the ideal events to give wine enthusiasts the chance to try a variety  of wines. The events vary, some can be like classes (formal events), or they can be more like parties (informal gatherings). The participants at wine tasting are more likely to possess various levels of knowledge. At wine tastings you can learn from other participants, as well as make new friends who share your interest of wine. But one of the nicest things about wine tasting event is that you can taste wine in the company of some individuals who are more experienced than you. Tuscany is like an outstanding bottle […]

Why travel solo?

We all have that one friend on Facebook or Instagram that often posts photos in highly desirable locations on the other side of the world. It first amuses us, then sparks the desire to travel and then we day dream about our next vacation. For those of us who live to travel, it can be sometimes difficult to find someone to travel with. Friends and family are not always available, some are tied because of their jobs while others struggle to save money. The solution is to go alone. It’s a big decision. It’s challenging. It’s a scary prospect but at the same time it opens a lot of opportunities and it”s a chance for self- discovery. Solo travel can work for anyone, whether you’re in a relationship, single or married. There are several advantages of travelling solo and I really think that everyone should try it at least once […]

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