In many cultures, certain days have power. They may be auspicious, or indeed inauspicious.

The 29th of May, for example, is a day of power.

“Oh yes”, I can hear you all thinking. “That’s the day in 1912 when fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, USA, for dancing the Turkey Trot while on the job.”

But not so fast!

Sure, there’s some dull and uninteresting things that happened on that day, like the first iteration of some dreary car race at Indianapolis in 1911, or even Ronald Reagan’s first visit to The Soviet Union in 1988, which to be fair, would have been fairly interesting politically had not Reagan himself  been so mind-numbingly dull.

But much of the time, it has been a day of power; a day empires have been won and lost. Everest was conquered on that day in 1953. The fall of the Byzantine empire in 1473. And in England, the Restoration of the Monarchy in England in 1660.

The last one is particularly significant. Charles the II was a bit of a dud, a first-rate nepotist and a very divisive monarch who ended up getting the chop, but without him, life would be different. The Borough of Queens in New York was named after his Queen, horse racing rose to prominence in his reign, and most importantly, tea took hold in Britain. And he was born on May 29th to boot!

So indeed, it is the most auspicious day of all.

So it is not surprising that on May 29th, of an undisclosed year, an important person was born; indeed, to me, the most important person there is: Lady Devotea.

With the International Day of Lady Devotea about to arrive; there was no other choice but to commence our United Kingdom and United States ventures on that date.

So get your teapots ready from New Orleans to New York, Fresno to Boston, John O’Groats to Land’s End.

May 29th, 2012 – an auspicious day indeed.