My morning coffee comes in a fine china mug by Noritake, and I used the photo to show a bone china bowl I bought at the same Sogo department store in Hong Kong.   It’s beautiful, I said of the bowl to the salesperson, but what does one use it for?  Oh, anything, you can drink tea out of it as well, she said.   I will have to try it for tea, then.  The tea can just not be too hot.

Since the opening of the 2010 World Cup is 3 weeks away, I thought the picture from the fresco in the train station in Cologne, Germany is in order.  I cannot name all the soccer stars but the two guys in white could be David Beckham (England, of course) and Michael Ballack, German star that announced just this week he cannot play due to an injury.

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