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Welcome to My Blog Sandy-Toe

Welcome to my blog Sandy-Toe. My name is Peter and today is your lucky day….because I have decided to join the blogosphere. My blog is going to be so upbeat and full of so much wonderful information that you will be visiting it every day just to see what new and wonder thing I have discovered for you.

Welcome, Let me start by telling you a …

Let me start by telling you a little about myself. I was born in Montreal Canada, I was a little French/Greek-Canadian. I was cute…or so my mother tells me. Growing up in Canada was wonderful, I learned to play hockey, was a goalie no less, and at the age of six I started school, I then learned to speak English, kind of. I continued to play hockey, I don’t think I was pro quality, but I loved it. I eventually went to work for the McDonalds Corp in Canada, I was so good at my job that I was transferred to Brussels. Not to mention that is where I was to open the first McDonalds in that part of Europe. You could say I was responsible for introducing American fast food to Europe. I have been hiding from the Europeans in Florida ever since.

Which brings me to the point of my blog, I am going to tell you how beautiful living in Florida is, I will show you white sand beaches, beautiful homes, stunning sunsets, and world class restaurants, and some just plain old Florida good old boy places.

So welcome along for the ride, I hope you enjoy it. And also, don’t forget to go to my sidebar and click on my Follow Me button. That way you can be kept up to date with all my blog posts.

Peter Theophilopoulos

 

 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, Scotland. Doyle was a physician and also a British writer. Best known for his detective fiction. Featuring the character Sherlock Holmes.

Originally a physician, in 1887 Doyle published A Study in Scarlet. This is his first of four novels about Holmes and Dr. Watson. In addition, Doyle wrote over fifty short stories. Featuring the famous detective.

The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Additional writing that Doyle is also known for is The Adventure of Professor Challenger. In addition, Mystery of Mary Celeste.  He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.

As a matter of fact, everyone has heard about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Their popularity scans throughout all the ages. In addition, they have been vastly read throughout the generations.

Holly wood has on numerous occasions depicted their version of Sherlock holmes and Dr. Watson.

In my mind, in old movies that I love is Sherlock Holmes is Basil Rathbone with Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Here are some of the most popular chronological order:

Doyle – Dr. Watson

The most famous actor duo playing Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, joined forces against different villains from 1939 until 1946.

The American actor Robert Duvall intervened on behalf of his friend.
He duped Holmes and got him to Vienna to consult with Sigmund Freud in “The Seven-Per-Cent Solution”.

James Mason’s Watson challenged Jack the Ripper together with Christopher Plummer.

John Mills’ older version of Watson supported Peter Cushing’s aging detective in “The Masks of Death”

Jude Law plays one of the latest incarnations of Dr. Watson in the action movies from director Guy Ritchie with Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes.

Lucy Liu is the only female companion to the Great Detective. She assists Jonny Lee Miller in New York in the CBS TV show “Elementary”.

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock_Holmes_Portrait
Sherlock_Holmes_Portrait
Before that other oddly named Englishman came around, Rathbone was regarded as the quintessential.

Nicholas Rowe, Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

Michael Caine, Without a Clue (1988)
Technically, Caine’s just playing a rather bumbling actor pretending to be Holmes.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock (2010-present)
Ah, there he is. Only the Cumberbatch could turn an arrogant, socially awkward, modern-day Holmes into a total heartthrob.

Jonny Lee Miller, Elementary (2012-present)

Building on the popularity of Sherlock, Elementary sees Miller as a disgraced Holmes who flees to New York after rehab. This time around, his sidekick Watson is not only American, but a woman, and played by the lovely Lucy Liu.

 The great talent of these actors has been able to play the characters of one of the great British Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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Arthur Conan Doyle May 2017 <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Conan_Doyle>

Erin-Donnelly From Benedict To Ian, 7 Actors Who’ve Played Sherlock Holmes” May 2017 <http://www.refinery29.com/2015/07/90589/sherlock-holmes-actor>

Andrea Plunket “Doctor Watson -The “Underestimated” Friend”May 2017 <http://www.sherlock-holmes-movie-and-tv-guide.com/doctor-watson.html>

 

 

 

Sunscreen Or Not To Sunscreen

Sunscreen Or Not To Sunscreen? You spend your day at the beach, working on that beautiful healthy color that can only come from spending time in the sun. Your summer fashion looks great against your sun-kissed bronze skin. Really? Is that tan really a healthy look? Here are some facts to consider, that sun-kissed look you are working on could, in reality, be the kiss of death.

That color that so many people work so hard to achieve is actually the symptom of damage caused to the skin by UV rays. Your skin in the largest living organ of your body, your skin provides protection. Your skin assists to cool the body, when you become hot you perspire, the perspiration evaporates on your skin and cools your body. This is just one example of the many functions of your skin.

Do not forget there is no such thing as a base tan or safe tan. When your skin is exposed to the sun your cells produce melanin, it is the melanin that produces the color of your tan. When your cells are producing extra melanin it is a sign that they have suffered damage from exposure to UV light. And the damage from UV light causes skin cancer and premature aging of the skin.

What To Do, Sunscreen?

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The Light Brigade

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Light brigade
Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British light cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854, in the Crimean War. The poem by ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON The Charge of the Light Brigade was made about the Light Brigade of the British cavalry, which consisted of the 4th and 13th Light Dragoons, 17th Lancers, and the 8th and 11th Hussars, under the command of Major General James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan.

Also present that day was the Heavy Brigade, commanded by Major General James Yorke Scarlett, who was a past Commanding Officer of the 5th Dragoon Guards. The Heavy Brigade was made up of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, the 5th Dragoon Guards, the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons and the Scots Greys. The two brigades were the only British cavalry force at the battle.

Also present that day was the Heavy Brigade, commanded by Major General James Yorke Scarlett, who was a past Commanding Officer of the 5th Dragoon Guards. The Heavy Brigade was made up of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, the 5th Dragoon Guards, the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons and the Scots Greys. The two brigades were the only British cavalry force at the battle.

The Light Brigade were the British light cavalry force. The men mounted light, fast horses which were unarmored. These men were armed with lances and sabers. They were optimized for maximum mobility and speed. Their main task was for reconnaissance and skirmishing. They were perfect for cutting down infantry and artillery units as they retreated.

The Heavy Brigade who was under James Scarlett was the British heavy cavalry force. These men rode large, heavy chargers. These men were equipped with metal helmets and armed with cavalry swords for close combat. They were the primary British heavy forces, leading frontal charges in order to break enemy lines.

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Beef Kapama

 

Beef Kapama
Beef Kapama

Beef Kapama has been a favorite of my family for years. Especially, for my eldest son Jesse. So when he came to visit me with his young family it was the first thing he asked for. So here is my recipe for Beef Kapama with burnt butter and pasta. Taught to me by my mother.

Beef Kapama Preparation

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Pita Bread- Great For Spreading or Dipping in Your Favorite Dip

Pita Bread
Pita Bread

What you need For Pita Bread,

5 to 6 cups of Flour*
2 T sugar
1 package dry yeast
2 cups of water
2 t salt

To start making pita bread stir together 2 cups flour and yeast. Heat water, sugar and salt over low heat only until warm, stirring to blend. Add liquid ingredients to flour mixture and beat until smooth. About 2 minutes on medium speed of electric mixer or 300 strokes by hand. Stir in more flour to make moderately stiff dough.
Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and satiny. About 18 to 20 minutes. Divide into 18 portions. Roll each to 3-inch circle. place on lightly greased baking sheet and let rise in warm place (80 to 85 degrees) until doubled about 45 minutes.
Bake on the middle shelf of preheated 500 degrees oven, 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Split and insert favorite sandwich filling or, if desired, cut in wedges.

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