I) One theory is that cultivation of the grape originated in the area around the Caspian sea II) Having no direct connection with the othersseas, the Caspian Sea is also regarded as a lake. III) From there grape growing spread to neighbouring areas of Asia Minor, then to Greece, and from Greece to Sicily. IV) The Phoenicians took the grape into France, and the Romans planted grapes in Germany and England. V) At the same time as grape cultivation spread into the west, grapes were carried into the East by way of India.
I) Being among the foods, rich in calcium, cheese is vitally important especially to the growing children. II) There are hundreds of different names for cheese that are used throughout the world. III) But the general principles of making cheese from milk have changed little for nearly 3000 years. IV)The aroma, texture and taste of cheese depend on slight variations of the process used to produce it. V) However, all methods of making cheese consist of two to four basic steps.
I) One problem facing a number of elderly people is living on a reduced income. II) Upon retiring, old people may receive a pension from their company or social security from the government. III) The amount of their monthly checks is often half the amount of the checks they received when they were employed. IV)The old also suffer from a number of diseases resulting from their age, such as arthritis or rheumatism which give them great pains. V) Suddenly, retirees find that they can no longer continue the life style that they had become accustomed to, even if that life style was a modest one.
I) Many animals have an excellent sense of smell, which they use in hunting. II) The human sense of smell, however, is really quite good. III) On the other hand, their eyesight may be poor. IV) Dogs, for example, have poor eyesight and no colour vision. V) But their sense of smell is extraordinary.
I) Freezing is the simplest and most convenient way of keeping food at home.II) And, it's the only method of preservation which doesn't change the way the food looks or tastes. III) More and more people are refusing to eat frozen foods, claiming that they are deficient in vitamins. IV) When the freezer is stocked, you'll have permanently on hand in the kitchen a wide selection of fresh food. V) Owning a freezer can be compared to having a supermarket at home and this is no exaggeration.
(I) The abbreviation GI in official U.S. Army usage means government issue or general issue. (II) Thus officially , it denotes supplies which are issued by the quartermaster service. (II) However, it was adapted as slang, and subsequently applied to any service custom or regulation, such as 'GI haircut.' (IV) The classic GI haircut is the short back and sides cut known as a 'crew-cut', which became fashionable for men in the fifties. (V) In World War II, by extension, it came to mean any enlisted service man or woman.
(I) The future of asbestos appears grim. (II) After two decades of horrendous headlines, this strange fibre probably represents the most feared contaminant on the Earth. (III) It is almost certainly the most expensive pollutant in terms of regulation and removal, with several billion dollars being spent on this in 1997 alone. (IV) Known since ancient times, it is mined principally in Canada, and is used for many purposes. (V) The very size of the crises, however, hides an important irony: the problem with asbestos would never have grown so bad had we not previously thought the material was so remarkably good.
(I) Nowadays, there is a growing tendency to keep wild animals, such as racoons, as pets. (II) The racoon is a mammal native to North America. (III) It is about the size of a cat and has distinctive stripes of fur across its eyes and a large striped tale. (IV) It eats practically anything and hunts mostly at night. (V) The racoon prefers wooded areas near water but may be found close to large cities too.
(I) Like the Shetlands 50 miles to the north, the Scottish island of Orkney has historical links to Scandinavia, through the Norsemen. (II) For almost 500 years, until the 15th century, it was a Norse colony. (III) The houses of the Norsemen differed according to the resources of each country. (IV) The Norsemen were attracted to the island by its stable climate and rich soil.(V) These provided ideal - and in this par of the world almost unique - conditions for farming.
(I) Even today more than 90 percent of the people of the Guineas live in a coastal zone only a few miles wide. (II) The Guinean population is extremely mixed, largely as a result of former slavery and the system of indentured labour. (III) These systems provided the European planters with workers. (IV) In the latter system, the labourer agreed to work without wages for a number of years in return for payment of his passage to the colonies. (V) Most of these workers came from India and the East Indies.