Thursday, February 21, 2008

Classic Tea Articles

From the New York Times, by way of, here are some links to historical articles about tea.

Tea In China - August 19, 1854
Tea-Growing In India - March 23, 1862
For Drinkers Of Tea - December 11, 1870
Tea Growing In Ceylon - October 7, 1888
The Tea Ceremony In Japan - July 17, 1892

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Tetley Photographic Competition Winners

I wasn't aware that Tetley sponsored a photo contest, but they recently announced the winners of the sixth incarnation of that annual competition. The contest was held in association with Nikon and ePHOTOzine. This year's winner - and very well-deserved - Lou Hardless of Stevenson College, Edinburgh.

Due to possible copyright-related issues I haven't posted any photos here. See the winning entry and the runners-up at the ePHOTOzine site.

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Monday, February 04, 2008

Sonic Boiler, Teabag Bin & More

From the news archives, here's an assortment of somewhat offbeat tea-related items.

For the gadget lovers, the New Zealand press reports on an inventor and saxophone player who's whipped up with a "sonic boiler," a device that supposedly boils water very quickly.

I'm not sure why you'd need a bin set aside specifically for your used tea bags, but if you do, the Teabag Bin is tailor-made for you. From the manufacturer's blurb:

"This stylish little container made from high grade steel or plastic sits happily next to the kettle and swallows up used teabags keeping your kitchen mess free. Available in chrome, brushed steel and a selection of colours the Teabag Bin is a must have item for your home."

Not content to simply drink your tea? According to this article - Things You Never Thought You Could Do with Tea! - you can use it to tenderize meat, polish furniture, freshen stinky carpets and more.

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