When the first High Commissioner, Sir Garnet Wolseley, came to Cyprus, he wanted to give dinner parties to meet the notables of the island. He asked to buy a large dinner service but there was nothing to be found in Cyprus. The Cypriots were using tin plates or bowls. So, Wolseley ordered a dinner service from England and asked that it be decorated with the birds of Larnaca Salt Lake. A blue and white dinner service arrived soon, with not exactly the feathered species found in Larnaca but close enough.
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