A Tea Myth: Challenging the Orthodox View

A Tea Myth: Challenging the Orthodox View

In the beginning Prior to 1848 the common perception in the West was that black tea and green tea were produced from different plants.[1] So, the Royal Horticultural Society, with the support of the East India Company sent Scottish botanist Robert Fortune to locate...
Authority: Or, What Did Simon Say?

Authority: Or, What Did Simon Say?

  Arguments From Authority In the early Middle Ages, Christian scholars based many of their arguments on the writings of Aristotle. Aristotle’s texts arbitrated any dispute. Aristotle was the authority and people have been making arguments from authority ever since...
Fire burn and caldron bubble.

Fire burn and caldron bubble.

Easier done than said   “They can’t even boil water.” Who hasn’t heard that said of someone they know who couldn’t comprehend the difference between a chef’s knife and a mixing bowl? Well, technology has made boiling water a rather easy process today. In fact,...
Grouses, Gripes and Other Miscellany

Grouses, Gripes and Other Miscellany

I’ve been travelling most of July and haven’t been able to conduct the research that is needed for an informative piece so, this month, it is grouses, gripes and other miscellany. In other words, it is a collection of opinions all of which are firmly held until I...
Steeped in Delusions and Other Bits and Pieces

Steeped in Delusions and Other Bits and Pieces

Excuses, Excuses This is a bloggers worst nightmare; I’ve run out of things to write about. Oh, I haven’t run out of ideas; I’ve plenty of those. I’ve just run out of up to date research. I write mainly about Taiwan and as I’ve noted previously, Taiwan is notoriously...

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