Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tea and Consent

The Thames Valley Police (UK) recently uploaded this creative animated video to tackle the issue of sexual consent by comparing it to the well known British pastime of drinking tea. The video is cleverly made, being entertaining and both funny and clear in its message.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Word of Caution – Tea Samples

In the previous entry “It's Good to Sample” I touched on the benefits of tea samples. To ensure that both sides are covered and a more complete picture is presented, in this entry I will offer some of the drawbacks and the negative aspect of samples.

Some of the really bad tea samples I have encountered have been quite horrendous. Tea can easily absorb odors and I have encountered foreign smells of plastic, chemicals and a variety of unpleasantness in the dried leaves. I have stopped getting surprised by what I find in my tea samples. The list including insects, hair, cigarette butts have all made their appearances. – This is not to say these problems won’t surface when placing a larger order of teacakes and tongs but it should be noted that many shops have separate first and secondary storage. The higher risk associated with samples is that some shops can be rather careless when it comes to their secondary storage of tea and this can compromise their tea samples.