We can wrap our heads around tea making YOU glow – because it cleanses your body and spirit – but this – well this is whole new territory – and we really don’t know what to say about it…you judge…

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Some of us drink tea to feed our brains – some of us to quench our thirst – some to nourish our soul.  Could it be possible then that we could perhaps use tea to fuel our car??  According to Dr. Syed Tajamul Hussain – a nano-scientist in Pakistan, he has invented a ‘nano-catalyst for production of bio-diesel with the help of spent tea…”

Apparently, 1 kg of spent tea could produce 560 ml of bio-fuel.  Now 560 ml doesn’t sound like a lot – but consider this, the top twelve tea producing countries in the world produce 3.8 million  metric tonnes of tea annually. The conversion on that is 3 800 000 000 kg – that’s a whole lot of zero’s and a whole lot of bio-fuel!  Could it be that our favourite beverage could help spark a revolution in the energy industry??

People’s creativi-tea is always an inspiration…ENJOY…

They’re not done yet – well…the videos aren’t done yet – here they are – more Matt & Nat!   Here are days 10 – 15 – my favourite…The teardrop on the face of eternity (day 12)

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Day 15

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I hope you’re hooked – because here are some more installments of the journey – from tea country to Buddhism to buying silk…  All brought to you by Karmacake.

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Day 6

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Sometimes we all need to escape – sometimes we’re able to do it and sometimes we need to find someone like Matt & Nat and live vicariously through them.  Now I’ve never met Matt & Nat – but they flew from Toronto to Mumbai recently and have decided to document their journey.  I clicked on the link to their first clip last week and have been hooked ever since.  These clips are being brought to you courtesy of Karmacake – a fabulous new online magazine – if you haven’t checked it out – do!

So here are the first three video blogs from Matt & Nat – I know you’ll love them as much as I do!

Alright – so according to some scientists in Lyon, France – they have solved the mystery to the dribbling teapot – not only have they solved the mystery – they’ve solved the problem!  Can’t wait to see this in action.  Here is the full article.

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Terunobu Fujimori’s teahouse on stilts – which we wrote previously about – made us want to explore some more interesting teahouses.  The Japanese teahouse – or ‘cha-shitsu’ (tea hut) is designed with the intention of creating a place for you to leave the world behind – a place of total calm and ultimate relaxation.  As most things Japanese, there are very specific instructions and rules to parts of the teahouse which relate as well to the Japanese tea ceremony.  We’ll write about this in more detail at a later time.  What we managed to dig up on pure design and aesthetics are three fascinating interpreations of the Japanese teahouse.  The fundamentals of all three examples adhere to the rules set out – but the design itself are all amazingly unque.  We would take an invitation for tea at any of these fabulous places!

The first is located in Prague – the architect is David Mastalka.

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The next teahouse is in Osaka and is designed by Hiroaki Kimura – a much more industrial design using sheet metal.

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The third is the most unconventional one we’ve seen.  It was a temporary installation by architect Kengo Kuma for the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt.

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We discovered this fun website that creates word clouds from your blogs – it’s called Wordle.  You can adjust your layout, your font and your colour.  A great snapshot of what you’re talking about – give it a try!

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