A Christmas Rant

I was listening to the summer fare on ABC radio. For those of you who don’t live in Australia, ABC radio is our public broadcaster. It offers the most intelligent and intellectual news, discussions on a wide variety of topics such as politics and economics, society, world events and so much more. So it’s generally considered not the sort of radio that anyone […]

The Night Before Teamas

‘Twas the night before teamas, And all through Tea Trade, Not a blogger was stiring, Not a rant or tirade. Nicole is online, but not blogging of tea, she’s solving some geek stuff, of great complexity. In France there’s Xavier, A bed he’s tucked in, With a book by Maynard Keynes, And a Tie Guan […]


Today, I started with a cup of tea. It was Persian Princess, one of my own blends. Later, I resteeped it, but for a lark, I added a pinch of Rotgut Tea. Rotgut Tea is what is in a canister I keep on my bench top. Every time I find a box of tea covered in Chinese or Hindi text and it’s worth pennies, […]

The Last Cuppa

“I’m Death. Pleased to make your acquaintance.” I looked up and there he was. Pretty well as you’d expect. Black clothing. On the scrawny side. Big scythe, which he was swishing around in a  meaningful manner. My manners kicked in. “Please sit down, Mr Death. The kettle has just boiled.” I indicated the second chair […]

The Tea Ceremony

For all this talk of tea ceremonies and the Tao, or Zen, or Way, or Path of Tea, I usually put it in a pot and add hot water to it. How much more ceremony do you need? Yesterday I baked some buns and biscuits and used the best china, but it was still a […]

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