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February 2004 
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Thank you to all of you that thought Today was Fun should do a range of soups. We will add it to our ever growing list of new product ideas that we have on our wall.

Soup aside, we've made sterling progress on the tea front. Two new blends are in testing, one designed specially for ladies with bumps (tummy ones, that is) and another that makes you very, veeeery sleepy. You'll very soon appreciate why we had to test them in that order.

In the 1850's Baudelaire, a French writer, described walking down the city streets of Paris as one of the most exciting adventures open to mankind; far more exciting than any play and richer than any book. He settled on a word that he thought one should adopt when walking the streets. One should become, he suggested, a flâneur.

This month we introduce Observations of a Flânuer. A column dedicated to opening our eyes and ears to the world around us.

And finally for something a little different this Valentines, we are helping you celebrate the special friends in your life, including your most loyal.

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  • Tea time
  • Observations of a Flânuer- Banging the Drum
  • Today's all we've got, and that's a lot.
  • Marry your pet
  • What's that you said?

  • Observations of a Flânuer- Banging the Drum
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    We could hear them before we could see them. People were drumming. Drumming on big drums, drumming on small drums, pounding away on anything that made a noise. A crowd had gathered on the sand. I was with my friend Susi and we were on Venice beach in California. It was late afternoon and the sun was setting. 200 odd people, and they were odd, had formed a haphazard drumming circle.

    Susi and I went to investigate .

    People were standing, most were sitting. Some people were dancing and moving to the beat. Those who didn't want to dance in such a freestyle manner or didn't have anything to bang, moved around the outside of the circle.

    I studied the circle and realised that there was no one leading this group of drummers. There was no single dominant drum and no set pattern or rhythm. Everyone was doing their own thing. There were giant drums stretched with skins, bongos, triangles, maracas and tambourines. As I moved from one place to another the sound and rhythm changed. Although each player was drumming in their own way, they all made a vital contribution to the "beating" circle.

    From each of my vantage points the beat sounded different. Each time I stopped the instruments closest to me were the one's that featured most heavily in my experience of the sound.

    I began to see this as a model for how our world works. Each country, each individual has their own cultural rhythms and instruments, (belief structures and political systems). Some play at having the biggest drum that beats the loudest. Some play faster, some slower. Some people aren't even playing drums at all, yet we all have a contribution to make to the beating whole.

    Gradually the tempo slowed. No one drum signalled this, they just all began to stop. The audience thought it was over and began to applaud. My drumming world was coming to an end.

    However a few smaller drums continued on. They kept the life force beating.

    As organically as it slowed, the pace began to pick up again. People joined in again and the beat grew stronger. No one dominant drum, no culture dominating. Everyone making an individual contribution to the larger heartbeat.- Sharyn Wortman

    Today's all we've got, and that's a lot.
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    Write a letter to your friends and tell them how much they mean to you. Do it just for the sake of it and because they need to know.

    I watched the film, Beaches with Bette Midler recently. Although the film is rather dated now, its message about friendship moved me to write a poem for my friends. I took it along to a New Years Eve party and shared it with all of them. Two of the men were moved to tears and one has been much more open with me since.

    Carol Angel

    What ideas do you have that would make a difference in the world today? »

    Marry your pet
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    So, you adore your pet, consult him when channel switching and give him fresh fish every Sunday. But if you really love him and you're in this for life, isn't it time you married your pet?

    Yes let's get married »

    What's that you said?
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    "I loved your newsletter this morning, it provided an uplifting start to a dull January day. Thankyou." Zoe - www.beautifulthings.co.uk

    "Can't wait to read more and contribute some bits too." Melanie Rogers. NYC

    What else you said... »

    Tea time
    When Mum came to stay last summer I took full advantage of her ability in the kitchen and asked her to bake something we could serve with our Happiness Tea.She made 14 dozen wonderfully moist Apple and Cinnamon Muffins and kept the whole of Earl's Court Exhibition Centre coming back for more.

    Here's the recipe for all the people we promised it to.

    Carol's Apple and Cinamon muffins...

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