Pyeloplasty is a surgical produce to operate on the renal pelvis in the kidney where the urine is collected after it is produced. At the junction of the renal pelvis and the ureter there can often be a blockage. This is called a pelviureteric junction (PUJ) obstruction and must be dealt with to avoid several long term complications including loss of kidney function, urinary infections and the formation of kidney stones.
Laparoscopic pyeloplasty employs fibre-optic instruments to operate on the blockage. Commonly known as ‘keyhole surgery’, a laparoscopy is a far less invasive procedure that reduces many of the risks associated with open surgery. Through the use of fibre-optic technology only very small incisions are made during the procedure and therefore it is a low-risk and minimally invasive operation. The procedure can also be performed robotically.
Laparoscopic pyeloplasty is performed while the patient is under a general anesthetic. Three small incisions are made in the abdomen. A laparoscope and small surgical instruments are inserted into the incisions where the urologist can then operate on the blockage.
After the blockage has been removed and the ureter reconstructed, a small plastic tube called a ureteral stent is placed inside the ureter to bridge the repair and help drain the urine from the kidney. This will usually remain for 6 weeks and can be removed by your doctor.
Laparoscopic surgery offers the significant benefit of rapid recovery compared to open surgery. Much less recovery time is needed to get back to work and normal activities.
Robotic Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty
Robotic pyeloplasty is very similar to laparoscopic surgery, however, instead of the surgeon using their own hands, the surgical instruments are attached to a robotic system that is controlled by the surgeon via a computer interface. The dexterity of the robotic system enhances precision, control and flexibility of the surgeon’s movements.
The advantages of robotic surgery include less bleeding and smaller scars, less pain and a quicker recovery, as well as the reduced risk of infection.
After the surgery patient are taken to recovery where they are monitored until the anaesthetic wears off, then they are taken to a hospital room to rest. Patients are typically required to stay for two to three nights.
After surgery a catheter is usually put in place but may be removed the following day. Pain at the incision site is common. Patients that underwent laparoscopic surgery may also experience some mild shoulder pain as a result of the gas used to inflate the abdomen during surgery.
Patients can usually return to work two to four weeks after the surgery. Heavy lifting and other strenuous activity is discouraged during this time. Driving is also discouraged until the patient is feeling 100 percent.
The ureteral stent can cause some discomfort, especially during urination where pain can occur in the back on the side near where the kidneys are located. Blood in the urine is also common.
The stent is usually taken out after 6 weeks. The procedure is fairly straightforward. It is performed under local aesthetic; the stent is removed using a cystoscope, which is inserted into the bladder via the urethra. This is a day procedure and doesn’t require an overnight stay in hospital.
As with any major surgery there are some risks involved with pyeloplasty, such as bleeding at the operative site, injury of the surrounding organs and infection. However, laparoscopy and robotic surgery both significantly reduce the risk of these complications. In very rare cases, complete removal of the kidney (nephrectomy) may be required.
The history of pizza weaves its way throughout many different countries and cultures. No matter where you go in the world you will find a regional spin on pizza, from strange, exotic ingredients to classic toppings you’d know all too well.
Despite the dish’s versatility there are few classics that have become staples in pizzerias around the world. But where did these classics come from? Who invented them? Let’s take a look at 4 classic pizzas and their origins.
Few pizzas are as divisive as the classic ham and pineapple, commonly known as the ‘hawaiian’. Whether you love it or hate it, its origin story is a good one.
For many years, pizza in North America was a fairly straightforward affair: fresh dough, herbs, cheese, sauce and meat – the original Italian combo.
This all changed in 1962 when Sam Panopoulos – a Greek pizza maker living in Canada – decided to add pineapple to his ham pizza as a novelty to attract customers (this was a time when tiki culture was huge in North America).
“People only put on mushroom, bacon and pepperoni, that’s all,” said Panopoulos many years later. “I had pineapple in the restaurant and I put some on, and I shared with some customers and they liked it. And we started serving it that way. For a long time, we were the only ones serving it.”
Once people caught on, the Hawaiian took off in a way that Panopoulos would never have imagined. Today you’ll find it on just about every pizza menu in the world.
Although it is impossible to pinpoint exactly when pizza was ‘invented’ and who invented it, there is a story that most believe to be the origin of the modern dish. The tale takes place in Naples, Italy, around the end of the 19th century. Popular legend recalls that the classic marghertia pizza was invented in 1889 when Raffaele Esposito, a renowned chef, was commissioned to create a dish for Queen Marghertia.
Of the three different types of pizza he made for her, the Queen preferred one with red tomato sauce, white mozzarella and green basil – the colours of the Italian national flag. Thus the modern marghertia pizza was born.
Although today you will find it made a little differently in pizza shops around the world, the basic elements are the same: tomatoes, herbs and cheese. If you’re after the traditional Neapolitan version, it should be made with San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella fior di latte, fresh basil, salt and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
Sometimes the most simple is the most delicious.
Alongside the Margherita, Pizza Marinara is considered the “true” Italian pizza, although it never quite reached the level of revere that its brother has garnered. The previous two pizzas are relatively simple affairs in their own right, but the Marinara is about as basic you will get: tomato, oregano, slivers of garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
What’s that? No cheese? That’s right.
Despite it not containing what most believe to be the dish’s crucial ingredient, many are also confused by its name – the pizza also contains no seafood. So how was it bestowed its namesake?
The pizzas roots stem back to Naples in Italy. Naples is a costal town with a deep harbour. When seamen would return from sea, the “la mariana”, the seaman’s wife, would make them their favourite dish: tomato, garlic and oregano on a fresh dough base.
The dish’s lack of cheese means it is trickier to make than other pizzas. The balance needs to be just right, otherwise you’ll be left with soft dough or dry sauce. For this reason you won’t find it in as many restaurants as you would the Hawaiian or Margherita. But when you find somewhere that does it right it can be magical.
Few pizzas have achieved cult status quite like the pepperoni. A classic American variation, it has made its way pop culture in a way that no other pizza has been able to achieve. Pizza in cartoons? Pepperoni. Movies? Pepperoni. Comics, books and TV? Always pepperoni.
It is by far the most popular pizza in the USA – probably the world by numbers. Around 36% of all pizzas ordered in the States are pepperoni with around 250 million pounds of the topping being consumed on pizzas each year.
Although the origins of the pepperoni pizza aren’t quite as clear as its fellow classics, it’s not hard to give an educated guess. Pepperoni pizzas do not exist in Italy, rather, they originated in America, likely around the end of World War II when troves of soldiers returned from Europe with a taste for Italian ingredients like salami. It was around this time that pizza really began to take off and it only makes sense that pepperoni would make its way onto America’s favourite new food.
Fires can be absolutely devastating in all environments. From urban landscapes to the bush, fires can do an astonishing amount of damage, and they are indeed one of man’s greatest foes. Luckily, throughout history, practices, knowledge and technology about fire prevention have progressed remarkably. In Australia today, all buildings follow a strict code that ensures maximum protection against fires – defined within the Building Code of Australia.
The implementation of high quality fire doors is also a huge part of the fire protection model that buildings abide by in Australia and FSE Special Purpose Doors are one of the country’s top manufacturers of fire doors. But to get where we are today, there needed to have been few disasters to act the catalyst for progress and change. You can read all about the history of fire protection here, but while you’re with us here are some of the most infamous fires in history.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was located corner of Greene Street and Washington Place in New York City. Occupying the top three floors of a 1o storey building, the factory specialised in producing woman’s blouses. By today’s standard, working conditions were fairly rough. Troves of (mainly) immigrant women poured over textiles for 14-hours a day, working for a measly wage of about $7 a week.
Unsurprisingly, safety standards in the building were minimal. Mounds of flammable textiles littered the building. Ventilation was poor, fire exits were basically non-existent, and the only active “fire safety” equipment in sight were buckets of water placed throughout the building. Workers would smoke at their stations and often thrown their butts amongst flammable scraps, and if ever a fire sparked, it was extinguished quickly with the buckets.
On March 25th, 1911, a fire tore through the building, ravaging the upper floors. Some of those close to the roof were able to escape via a makeshift walkway to neighbouring buildings and the fire escapes, but many weren’t so lucky. The tragic event was the impetus for an investigation and, subsequently, 36 new laws were enacted to reform the state labor code. Plus, a Fire Prevention division was added to the city’s fire department.
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was one of the most vicious infernos to ravage a major city. As the papers told it, a cow belonging to a local poor woman kicked over a lantern which sparked the blaze. However, there is no actual evidence to support this story. What researchers and historians believe to have happened was that a young transient who was staying in a barn on the O’Leary property at 137 DeKoven Street started the fire, most likely by accident.
The inferno spread slowly but surely, destroying over 17,000 structures throughout the city and leaving more that 90,000 people without homes. Luckily few people died as a direct result of the fire, however, this was little consolation for those who had to live out the long winter ahead without shelter. The great blaze lead to many reforms which would see the city’s fire fighters become renowned as some the best in the world. Other great cities would go on to model theirs off Chicago’s.
The earliest relics of ancient fire protection engineering on a mass scale can be traced back to the Romans, in particular, the tyrannical Emperor Nero. The Great Fire of Rome was an urban fire that started on the 18th of July in the year 64 AD. The blaze tore through the city for six days before it was finally brought under control, but not before causing widespread devestation across the city.
Although there are varying accounts of who actually started the fire, it is commonly agreed that it began in the Circus neighbouring the Caelian and Palatine Hills of Rome. The windy night caused the flames to spread quickly, and in this lower area of ancient Rome there were no larger buildings to impede the conflagration. The neighbourhood was packed tightly with apartment blocks and it soon spread along the Palatine and Caelian slopes before progressing through the city.
After the damage was done, Nero ordered a complete rebuild of the city utilising passive protection methods, as well as the fortification of the city’s external walls. This is the first recorded instance of large scale engineering with the sole purpose of fire protection, one that would be replicated time and time again, but not until many years later.
Like many other great fires in history, the blaze that destroyed Tokyo in 1923 was caused by an earthquake. The Great Kantō earthquake struck the Kantō Plain on the Japanese main island in September 1923. The magnitude 7.9 quake lasted for over 4 minutes and shockwaves devastated all within range, including neighbouring Tokyo. As a result of the calamity, fires ravaged Tokyo. An estimated 140,000 perished as a result of the event.
A few factors contributed to such a widespread and devastating blaze. First of all, the earthquake hit during lunchtime, meaning that many small flames were burning throughout the city which soon conflagrated, turning into a much larger blaze. Secondly, typhoons as a result of the earthquake resulted in extremely high winds throughout the city. These winds turned into firestorms that desolated the city.
The damage from earthquake and subsequent fire was the greatest sustained by prewar Japan. In 1960, the government declared September 1, the anniversary of the quake, as the annual “Disaster Prevention Day”.
In 1666, The Great Fire of London tore through the city, destroying 80 percent of buildings after burning for four consecutive days. In all started as a small blaze in a Pudding Lane bakeshop. At this time, most of London was comprised of dangerously flammable wooden houses and it didn’t take long for the flames to spread. Strong winds blew sparks to neighbouring wharves containing combustibles like hemp, oil, tallow, hay, timber, coal and spirits and local firefighters has little luck containing the flames with pails of water from the river.
For the next three days, the fire crawled throughout the city. Officials attempted to stem the blaze by destroying structures using fire breaks but were largely unsuccessful. It was only when the Duke of York had ordered the Paper House to be demolished to create a break that the fire finally died down.
Although the death count was minimal, the property loss was staggering. 80 percent of the city was destroyed including 13,000 houses, 89 churches, and 52 Guild Halls – needless to say it changed the city forever.
In response, The City of London adopted its first building regulations requiring stone and brick houses with fire-resisting party wall separations. Main streets were also to be widened to prevent fire spread and narrow alleyways that snaked through the city were all but eliminated. In the following years, similar changes were seen throughout Europe. Interest in fire protection apparatus also grew, including fire-suppression equipment in the form of a hand-pumped apparatus – also know as a fire extinguisher.
Cleaning is an essential part of everyone’s life. Whether it’s at home or in the workplace, we all clean everyday. Mostly the waste we produce can be easily managed with the weekly rubbish removal services provided by our local council. But in some circumstances, a little more effort may be needed.
Whether you’re doing a bit of spring cleaning, are moving into a new house, or you work in a workplace that produces a large amount of waste, you will likely be left with a big troublesome mess on your hands. So what’s next? You have two options – doing it yourself or using a professional rubbish removal service like Sydney Rubbish Services. Here’s a few reasons why you should opt for the latter!
Professional rubbish removal vs DIY
One of the factors that will impact your ability to remove of your waste thoroughly will be time. Cleaning can be a mammoth task, especially if you are moving houses or doing a huge springtime makeover and de-clutter. Alone this can take you days or even weeks, and by the end of it, you may have exhausted all the time on your hands for removal of your waste.
Getting in touch with a rubbish removal service is the most efficient approach. They can coordinate with your schedule so that your waste can be taken care of in a timely manner. That way you won’t be left with hard rubbish scattered on your lawn, or green waste piling up in your backyard, or old white goods sitting on your nature strip.
Rubbish removal can be tricky business. Much of the waste we deal with is quite dangerous, and attempting to remove it yourself can be unsafe. For example, lifting heavy items like washing machines or fridges, or even mattresses, can put quite a lot of strain on your back. Getting rid of green waste, such a branches and logs, is also tricky – don’t go using an axe if you don’t know what you’re doing!
This will probably be the biggest hinderance when it comes to taking care of waste yourself. Much of the waste produced by households will be too large to fit in the average car – think boxes, electronics, white goods, furniture, mattresses and other hard junk, and green waste. Without a large wagon, ute or van, it will be an ordeal getting this rubbish to your nearest rubbish dump.
Speaking of which, the rubbish dumps in Sydney are few and far between, will charge you to dump your rubbish and won’t take some of the waste you might be dumping (e-waste or paint tins for example).
Many rubbish removal services also offer light demolition services. Need to bring a bathroom back to its shell or demolish an old shed and get rid of the waste right away? Your rubbish removal service can help!
It is very important to think of the environment when removing rubbish. Landfill is fast becoming overladen with junk, so thinking about recycling is crucial. Much of the waste produced by households can be recycled (green waste, e-waste, scrap metal) – the only issue is taking it to right places. There are recycling plants scattered all around Sydney and a rubbish removal service will be able to take your junk to the right places, no worries.
This is where Sydney Rubbish Services come in!
Sydney Rubbish Services are experts in rubbish removal. We will quickly and efficiently remove any household or commerical rubbish that you need gone, with 10 years of experience in the industry, a dedicated team and the right equipment to cater to your needs.
An attractive, well featured outdoor space is a brilliant addition to any home. Pools, decks, awnings and gazebos are all desirable in modern living spaces – gazebos being particularly sought after in lifestyle homes. Structural elements like steel gazebos provide a living space all year around – for relaxing and entertaining – and are increasingly coveted by home owners.
If you are in need of structural steel for a steel gazebo, get in touch with Steel Fabrication Services. We are fabrication experts and will be happy to help with any job you have on your hands.
A steel gazebo is a covered outdoor structure. They come in many shapes and sizes, but are often square (also known as a pavilion), octagonal or turret-shaped. They are often found in parks and other public spaces but you will find gazebos in backyards around Australia too.
A gazebo can either be freestanding, like the example above, or attached to an exterior wall. They must be roofed and opened on all sides with freestanding pillars.
Steel has many uses in the modern world, but it is most commonly used in construction. It is one of the most vital materials used in building, favoured for a number of reasons, the main being its versatility, relatively low production cost, high strength, sustainability and wide availability.
Strength – Steel has extremely high tensile strength. It is an alloy, usually made up of extremely strong materials that discourage dislocation at an atomic level.
Sustainability – Steel is one of the world’s most recycled materials, with a global recycling rate of over 60%. It can be melted down and re-fabricated an infinite amount of times without losing its structural integrity.
Aesthetic – Trends in construction and architecture over the last half century have favoured steel more and more, and this is absolutely the case with outdoor structures. Modern steel gazebos will look fantastic in any home.
Durability – Steel won’t rot, it isn’t combustible, and bugs have no appetite for it – three reasons why it is perfect for an outdoor structure like a gazebo. Whether your region experiences high heat, extreme cold, gale force winds or torrential rain, you can count on steel.
A steel gazebo will look better and last longer in your home than any other option out there. If you are considering a steel gazebo for your new place and would like a professional opinion, we can help.
Our team of expert structural steel fabricators have the experience and knowledge to answer any of your questions and will ensure that you find the best solution to suit your needs. If you need a steel supplier or fabricator contact us today, simply call, fax, email or drop by our Brookvale location.
Managing a dislocated finger often occurs when the finger is hyperextended. This happens regularly during ball sports where the ball hits the end of the finger and pulls it to the side or backwards.
The ligaments of each side of the finger joint (the collateral ligaments) and the ligament on the palmar side of the joint (the volar or palmar plate) provide stability to the joint. These tear or avulse with a piece of bone under stress and can result in a dislocation.
If your finger has dislocated, it is advisable you seek medical treatment to put the finger back into place – do not try to do this yourself!
Your hand therapist then can then help in providing a thermoplastic splint or buddy strapping to support the finger whilst it heals. Compression socks and garments can be required to help reduce swelling and pain.
Exercises are an important part of the healing process. Scar tissue can develop in the healing ligaments which then restrict motion. Fixed flexion deformities (where the finger is stuck in a flexed position) can occur even up to 2 months post injury, so it’s important you check in with your hand therapist regularly so they can assess and monitor your finger and change exercises according to your needs.
Some common exercises include:
In returning to sports when your finger may still be healing, buddy strapping or figure 8 taping might be appropriate to help protect your finger from re-injury.
If you have any questions regarding a dislocated finger and how you can help manage your injury, or wish to book an appointment, feel free to contact us here. We’d be more than happy to help!
If you are looking to invest in property in Australia, there’s a good chance you would have come across the FIRB – or the Foreign Investment Review Board. The FIRB is a government department that assesses applications from overseas investors who are looking to purchase property on Australian soil. This includes anyone who is not an Australian citizen, who doesn’t have permanent residency or who is not an approved migrant.
Basically, the FIRB is in place to ensure that any property bought by a foreign investor will in some way benefit the Australian economy. Foreign investors are usually limited to buying new property, this way the government can control the housing stock in Australia.
Let’s take a look at some of the finer details and common queries about getting FIRB approval and buying property in Australia if you are a foreign investor.
If you are either a temporary resident or a foreign investor looking to purchase property in Australia then you will need to submit an application to the Foreign Investment Review Board.
If you are a temporary resident on a temporary visa, including a spouse visa, a 457 visa or a student visa, then you will need to get approval from the FIRB before investing in property in Australia.
However, you don’t need FIRB approval if you are purchasing property as a joint tenant with an Australian citizen that is your spouse. This doesn’t apply to joint investments with say, a business partner, family member or friend.
Temporary residents are restricted to only buying new property – or vacant land to build a new property on – as investments.
As with temporary residents, foreign investors must also apply for approval from the FIRB. The property must also be new or vacant land to build new property on.
Although it is difficult for foreign investors to receive approval from the FIRB without a valid visa, you can buy property in your name, and rent it out to a child who has is a temporary resident.
You may be exempt from getting approval from FIRB approval if:
• The property was inherited
• The property was awarded to you by court order or through a divorce
• The developer of the property you are buying has obtained a special exemption certificate
When it comes to FIRB approval, there is a difference between purchasing a property as an investment and purchasing a property for you to live in. Generally, applications for investment properties are accepted more often than those that are for living.
The Foreign Investment Review Board charge a fee for any foreign investor looking to purchase property in Australia, with the exception of those who are purchasing a property with an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
Fees vary, ranging from anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000 for properties up to a value of $2 million. Fees scale up beyond these price points, but the majority of properties will fall within this price range.
You can have a look at more in-depth information about fees on the FIRB website.
The FIRB application process can be done online via the Australian government website.
Foreign investors will be directed to the Australian Tax Office’s Residential Real Estate Application Form. Usually the FIRB will take around 30 days to review and approve a standard application. Applications submitted with incorrect information will need to resubmitted, which may result in processing delays and additional charges, so be very careful when filling out your application!
Unfortunately you can’t apply for any sort of FIRB ‘pre-approval’. It is actually quite a timely process as you can only apply for approval once you have selected the investment property you want to buy.
Tip: When negotiating the terms of sale for your property, be sure to include a clause that allows you to withdraw from the sale in the event that your FIRB approval does not go through. This is only a precaution! Don’t stress – if you follow the FIRB application rules then it is very likely that your investment will be approved.
On the other hand, if you receive your FIRB approval, but then decide you don’t want to purchase the property anymore, you will need to get in touch with the FIRB immediately and notify them of the change.
Optimal is dedicated to being with you every step of the way; from the day you start researching a property to the final successful sale, we’ll be there, an integral part of your investment team.
If you have any questions about FIRB, property strategy or investing in property in Australia, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.
A transurethral resection of the prostate – commonly abbreviated as TURP – is an operation on the prostate gland for men who are having trouble urinating due to enlargement of the prostate gland.
The prostate gland is a part of the male reproductive system. Its main role is to produce the fluid that carries and protects sperm. It is located in the lower abdomen in men only.
As men get older the prostate can enlarge which can restrict the flow of urine to the urethra. This will lead to poor flow or the inability to completely void the bladder of urine. It may also increase the frequency and urgency of urination – this can be particularly uncomfortable at night where multiple trips to the bathroom may be needed.
The aim of TURP is to remove the blockage to relieve these symptoms. This is done by inserting an instrument called a resectoscope into the eye of the penis and through the urethra to get a visual of the prostate tissue and the lining of the bladder. Using the resectoscope, the urologist is able to trim away enlarged lobes of the prostate. The capsule of the prostate is left intact.
After the procedure, a catheter is inserted into the urethra in order to drain any urine, this may remain in place for a day or two after surgery. During this time, irrigation fluid is administered to help flush out any remaining tissue and blood clots. The whole procedure takes around an hour to complete.
Before the procedure patients are usually given a general anaesthetic. Spinal anaesthesia is also possible. Your anaesthetist and urologist will discuss this with you.
After a TURP, patients are usually required to stay in hospital for one to two days. During this time a catheter is necessary because the swelling caused by the procedure blocks the flow of urine. This is required for a day or two or until the swelling goes down.
During recovery patients are advised to drink lots of water to help flush out the bladder. Blood commonly remains in the urine for 2-3 weeks. Foods that are high in fiber are also recommended in order to ease the strain on the bowels.
Heavy lifting is discouraged for four to six weeks. Driving is discouraged until prescription pain medication no longer needs to be taken. Patients are also advised to abstain from sex for two to three weeks.
There are a few risks involved with TURP, as with any surgical procedure, including bleeding and infection at the surgical site. Side effects include temporary trouble urinating as the swelling reduces, erectile dysfunction and incontinence.
However, these side effects are quite rare. Urgency, or the need to run the toilet is usually present for a few weeks and takes time to settle. Most patients will not ejaculate properly after this procedure and this is irreversible. Hence, the procedure is not recommended for younger men.
While he is primarily a urological cancer surgeon, Dr Arianayagam also sees patients with more general urological problems and commonly practices transurethral resection of the prostate.
If you have any further questions about TURP, urology in Sydney, or would like to book an appointment, please feel free to call.
Food is intensely personal. We all know that what we cook for others is a window into how we feel – and with how much love we are willing to give and in what capacity. The saying ‘a home cooked meal’ or ‘tastes just like home’ reflects the very essence of what it is to feel loved when somebody gives you the gift of a meal cooked from the heart. It is at its most basic – a simple expression of love on a plate, because eating and caring are inextricably linked, and the more that you scratch the surface, the more obvious it becomes.
Food more than just provides us with a platform to nurture, it is also presents us with an interesting look into our values. Because food not only nurtures the body, but every time that we eat, we are unwittingly – reinforcing our beliefs, which is a kind of self-hypnosis – just as a glass of water sends the body and the mind positive messages – so to does the food that we eat – except with food – the messages can lie between the borders of the positive and negative kind – potentially making the job just that much more difficult to embrace change with a clear conscience.
Just as there is thought given to the medicines we take, and the amount of alcohol we drink – so too should there be an emphasis on the thought process of choosing what it is that we eat, why we are drawn to certain foods – and how this may be contributing towards our overall well-being. And potentially which of our good beliefs and bad beliefs are we continually repeating by choosing to eat the same foods over and over again.
The food that we lean towards to as staples – generally reflects our core beliefs. It can show us exactly where we are in terms of being open to change, how open we are to looking after ourselves and the people that we love, and how rigid we may be in terms of belief structure. Within western society – heavy foods like pastries and white bread, buttery products and an over indulgence of sweets – can often reflect a personality that finds change quite difficult. Although we all need staples in our lives to form the foundations of our beliefs, it is the amount of ‘staples’ that one consumes on a daily basis – that shows us just how much we are willing or unwilling to bend – to embrace change – and to ultimately become a more well-rounded accepting individual.
Food and caring jointly facilitate 2 things – one being the social draw card of bringing people together – the sunday lunch, christmas dinner or a romantic dinner out for 2 – and the second is the reasoning behind the kinds of food that we are drawn to. Both of which stem largely from childhood, and the way that we were raised to connect to others through food – which in turn extends to our connection and relationship with rest of the world.
There are a variety of ways that we express our views through food – and one of them is to take a dish from another culture and ‘dumb it down’ – infusing it with our core beliefs and removing any possible chance of a completely new experience – which in itself is showing a slight ignorance or disregard for the culture and can pertain to a fear of letting go of anything that may alter your peace of mind. Although this is one step closer to being a well-rounded accepting individual – and it is better than not eating anything foreign at all –it is still showing that there is still a lot of work to do – it’s basically akin to travelling overseas and only venturing as far as the four walls of a safe resort – not daring to go outside and experience what the country really has to offer.
A strong love for your own country’s food is symbolical of a rejection of other nationalities – it leans towards a narrow-mindedness that comes with thinking that your Country is better than everyone else’s. That yours is the best, why eat the rest? Whilst feeling good about where you come from is incredibly important – it can never be a good thing to hold on to it too tightly. A rejection of a country’s food –is equatable to how you feel about the country itself. It can hint at racism, ignorance or a lack of tolerance for those from a different background. It can also show an unwillingness to walk in their shoes – which also shows a lack of compassion. But mostly it shows an unwillingness to try new things, which at its core shows that you are ultimately afraid of change, and since change is a natural form of growth – to fight against change is to fight against nature itself – and nowhere is this better reflected than in the food we choose to eat and in the cultures that we choose to love.
Variety is the Spice of Life and a leaning towards healthier foods from all walks of life – shows a natural disposition towards self-love and a keen interest in mankind. –Ultimately this is where we should all be – or at the very least be aiming for. Trying new food on a regular basis shows a openess – that you are willing to be a part of the world that wants to understand other cultures – that is willing to participate and celebrate the differences that make us who we are.
As Jean Anthelme Brillat- Savarin has famously said “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are”.
So the next time you think about what to eat next … think also of the beliefs that you may be reinforcing – and if in fact it might be a good time to think about changing them.
Tammy Moir is a psychic medium in Sydney.
Here at Manoosh we love absolutely love the Inner West. It’s been our home since we set up shop in Enmore all those years ago, and when our Marrickville restuarant opened last year it only ingrained us more in the Inner West cultural landscape.
Delivering pizzas and delicious Lebanese food to locals is what we live for – but we thought we’d open our scope towards the wider world and take a look at some of the most bizarre pizza delivery locations ever. Yes, there are some weird ones.
Speaking of weird pizza delivery locations – have you heard about our ‘Where do you Manoosh’ comp? Find out how you can win 20 free pizzas here.
In 2001, Pizza Hut delivered a pizza to astronaut Yuri Usachov and his team at the International Space Station – the only pizza ever delivered to outer space. It rode aboard a Russian rocket used to resupply the ISS.
The pizza was a 6-inch salami affair and it cost a casual $1 million to deliver.
In 2014, a flight from Washington to Denver was diverted 100 miles off course because of hazardous weather conditions – nothing too out of the ordinary. However, the story made headlines that week when the pilot ordered pizzas for the entire plane and had them delivered right to the tarmac.
35 pizzas were made for the plane’s 160 passengers, who we can imagine would have pretty stoked at a hot cheesy meal before they jetted off for the second leg of their trip.
2014 was a huge year for weird pizza deliveries. Just a few months before said hero pilot ordered those pizzas for his passengers, Ellen DeGeneres placed an order for 35 hot ones for some of her friends – at The Oscars.
Early in the broadcast of the 86th Academy Awards, Degeneres, who hosted the night, joked about having pizza delivered to the celebrity crowd. A little while later, she surprised the audience by having several boxes from Los Angeles pizzeria Big Mama’s & Papa’s brought out on stage.
Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Martin Scorsese all helped themselves to a slice. Leonardo DiCaprio declined (we’re sure his nerves were just racked).
The delivery guy ended up getting a cheeky $1000 tip. We reckon he’d be pretty happy with the whole affair to be perfectly honest.
In 2012, a group called Pizzas 4 Patriots sent 30,0000 pizzas to the United States Army who were stationed at the Kandahar Airfield, Bagram Airbase and Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
The 12 inch pizzas were made by Great Kitchens, Inc. in Illinois. The delivery started on 21 June 2012 and went for almost two weeks. Pizzas 4 Patriots said they wanted to give the soldiers a “slice of home” on Independence Day (4th of July).
According to the Guinness Book of Records, this was the largest pizza delivery ever.
This isn’t a traditional delivery per se, more like a pizza-maker delivery.
Back in 2009, US president Obama got a little craving for his favourite pizza: Sommers’s (from a restaurant in Missouri). The president first tasted the pizza while campaigning there the previous year. At the request, Sommer offered deliver a few frozen pizzas to the president after the election, but was told he couldn’t send food to the White House due to security restrictions. Instead, Obama’s team arranged to have the pizza chef bring himself, 20 pounds of dough and 10 litres of sauce to the White House to be cooked there.
“It will be casual lunch,” said Sommers. “Hopefully we’ll have a chance to say hello to the president.”
We’ve seen a pizza delivered into space – no doubt an amazing feat – but this man delivers to customers under the sea almost every week.
Rob Doyle works for Tower of Pizza in Key Largo, Florida. Each time he gets an order from the local underwater hotel, Jules’ Undersea Lodge, he dons his scuba gear and plops into the ocean to make his delivery. That’s commitment.
We have the world’s best pizza right here in Enmore and Marrickville – and we deliver it fast and hot every time.
If all this pizza talk is making you hungry drop by Manoosh or order from us online. We guarantee you will love everything we have to offer from our delicious pizzas, to traditional Lebanese street food, desserts (our baklava is pretty much the best) and more.