We were inspired by this article we recently saw about Wu Qingliang – a tea farmer in China who has saved two years worth of earnings to walk from Shanghai to Beijing with tea on his back.  Why you ask would someone spend such a sum and three months of his life to walk 1,070 km?  Quite simple…to ‘spread the word about the importance of the environment to his culture’.

The history and traditions ingrained in this ancient land are longstanding – and sometimes we’re reminded of that when we see such love and dedication in spreading that word through someone like Qingliang.

(Please click on the image for the full article)

AN ODE TO FIRST FLUSH DARJEELING

as month and month passes by
the warm spring sun fills the sky
i wait in heated anticipation
as the fresh crop grows in the plantation

leaves picked and placed in wicker
your delicate sweet liquor
flavours filled with characters that are deep
i close my eyes in a twilight sleep

i awake on the day as it arrives
awaiting the taste that revives
i pour the nectar in a cup
and lean back as i feel myself soaking it up

So…I clicked on the first link months ago and have shared with you the adventures of Matt & Nat – here are the final clips.  I have savoured each and every one and hope you loved ‘getting to know them’ as much as I have.  Pack a bag and throw yourself out into the world…

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This TED talk clip reminded me of an old myth about the bumblebee. The myth says that the bumblebee, through the laws of aerodynamics, should not be able to fly. its wing size relative to the beats per second that it flaps those wings, should not be able to put the bumblebee into flight. But we know that it does fly – so how is that possible? The answer is simple: Because nobody ever told it that it can’t.

Kiran Bir Sethi is the founder of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad India where she is teaching children to make a difference by learning a simple principle: I CAN.

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Well – if it gets you drinking the fabulous beverage…then we’re all for it.  But some things you just have to smile at.  A German company has designed teabags with the likeness of various designers/celebrities – well…look for yourself and tell us what you think…

Here is an inspiring talk given by Steve Jobs – that’s Apple to you technophobes – at the Stanford University commencement. It’s a simple message, but one we need to hear sometimes again and again, looking for the opportunities in everything around us, even when it’s hard to see…and perhaps even especially when it’s hard to see…

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We know tea is good for us – and the truth is, we just simply love tea – the fact that it’s good for us is really just the icing on the cake. But…we’re always happy to see more scientific evidence being released to back up what we know. A recent study out of a medical university in Taiwan done on a group of 500, showed that both smokers and non-smokers who drank a single cup of green tea a day, greatly reduced their risk of lung cancer. Ofcourse they were careful to add that this does not diminish the dangers of smoking! Smokers that did not drink green tea were 12 times more likely to get lung cancer.

Alright – now for anyone who knows me, you know that I’m a committed meat eater. I mean, deprive me of a good burger and I’m not a happy camper. I stumbled however on this piece by Mark Bittman given at the TED talks on the food we eat – meat and junk food – and found it enlightening. Bittman is not asking you to give up your meat – he’s just asking you to re-think the way we eat…

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