Struggling

Well, it’s been a while. I have only written two blog posts this year. Why? Mainly because my cartooning has taken over as my main form of tea-related expression. But now that is also on hold. Why? Because I’m about to undergo a life-changing event. As I write this, I am very lucky. I am […]

Once More Unto The Beetroot Water

7.07 a.m. I’m at Woolworths, picking up some items for breakfast. I usually skip through the tea aisle, which is tragically awful, but something catches my eye. It’s this. Why? Well, yesterday Woolworths sent me a notification I could have one of these free as a reward for my loyalty. Now, I really do not […]

Stat!

It’s hard to buy someone like me a Christmas present. I find it hard to ask for things. I’d rather buy ten gifts for other people. (Specific people, not just randoms.) But I made two suggestions this year. One was a sausage roll maker. Last year’s breakout product from – of all places – K-Mart, […]

Lockdown and the Opportunity

As has been observed many times, tea is a simple process. Put leaves in a pot or gaiwan, add water, wait, pour. While you can get better at it, and use better tea, it’s an essentially achievable process. As I once said in another blog post about a similar topic to today’s, “You could train […]

Valiant Fusion

In about 1992, we acquired a 1972 Valiant for Lady Devotea to drive. We asked my Dad – who was a car dealer – to find us a small, second hand 4-cylinder car at a modest price as we didn’t have much money, and a few days later, a car transport turned up and deposited […]

Everything Old Is New Again

Mr Bob Egle died in June 1971. Mr Jethro Batt became very ill in October 1971 Mr Fred Biggs died in November 1971. The men all had a number of similarities. They had gastrointestinal symptoms similar to food poisoning. They had hair loss. Hallucinations. They also worked at the same place. Hadlands, a photographic instruments […]

Biscuits as Medicine

Kale, eh? The super-darling super-food of the super-earnest, it has a super-reputation for super-godliness like some super-evangelist, think Jimmy Swaggart, just before it turned out had a super-saucy super-predilection for prostitutes, BDSM, cheating on his wife and super-preaching the exact opposite. Remember him? “Please send super-rolls of cash to help God stamp out sin, etc.” […]

Unforgivable

In Russia, tea is an important part of culture and society. When you tell a taxi driver or waiter to “keep the change”, in Russian you literally say “the rest is for tea”. Of course, Russian Caravan tea is an important historical legacy, and those guys have come up with some pretty impressive samovars. However, […]

Charlatans

Today, I’d like to share with you an exercise in improving our corporate logo. Here it is, in case you’ve forgotten:   Lovely, isn’t it? But I started to wonder if something was missing. So, I thought about my deep and abiding respect for the United Kingdom’s second longest reigning monarch, Queen Victoria. What if […]

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

As those of you who hold a small celebration every time I post a blog post will be aware, December 22, 2019 was such a day. In that piece, I announced that the gift of spending some time and having some tea with me has actually been raised to the level of Christmas gift.  Or […]

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