It's been a busy start to the year, and already life has
thrown in some huge surprises I couldn't have
We've been working on a new tea to "Save the World
and make you devastatingly attractive." Our current
range of tea has passed the audition and will be soon
appearing on the set of one of Britain's most popular
Meanwhile Dr Phil has been visiting far flung teahouses
|When I'm Gone
Losing a parent, or someone who is dearly loved, is
one of the most disorientating experiences in life.
When my father died suddenly in February this year I
flew home to help my family make decisions we'd
never faced before about his affairs.
In a television show this week, it will be revealed that
two thirds of the British population have never
discussed their final wishes with their friends or
We were lucky as Dad had told us exactly where to
find his will and where he wanted his ashes scattered.
Even though there were a lot of questions that
were left for us to answer.
When I returned to London I wrote a list of questions
down that everyone should take the time to answer.
Print it off and send it to the people that you really
care about. It's something worth talking about.
to have a good Death BBC2 Thursday 9pm.
take the time today »
|Drinking the tea in China
There's no better place to drink some of all-the-tea-in-
China than Beijing Teahouses, especially at the Lao She
Tea House where tea-making ceremonies are
accompanied by daily performances of Beijing
For the Chinese, Beijing Opera has cultural significance
akin to the Blues for Black America - a deeply
ingrained emotive bond with the most ancient
traditions of folklore. The roots of Beijing Opera go
back to 1790 when four performance troupes arrived in
Beijing to perform for the Royal Family. Their own
traditions morphed into a single performance, evolving
melodies that became the foundation of Beijing
Although the plots of revenge and sex will be familiar
from Western opera, the sound of Beijing Opera is
entirely indigenous and unique. Vocal production is
half-sung, half-declaimed and the action is
accompanied by an obstreperous percussion ensemble,
rich in timbral possibility.
A visit to Lao She is
essential for any Beijing visitor - and, be honest, when
was the last time you got a decent cuppa at Covent
Laoshe teahouse »
Ricky Gervais has one, as does Paris Hilton and even
Women's Hour on the BBC has one. Jeff, my brother
now has one too. Each week Jeff puts together a
podcast called Waxing the Daschund. It includes
interviews with an ecclectic mix of friends and
collegues who cross his path, all with varying
commands of the English language. Log on and upload
for 15 minutes of light entertainment, perfect for a
lazy Sunday afternoon or tube journeys into
waxing the daschund »
|Your chance to win
We're currently running a competition in conjuction
with Live It Magazine to win one of our rainbow
All you need to do is send us your name and address
and complete the brief personality test set out below.
fifteen entries received before April 30 will win one of
our Teastacks so get cracking...
Take an A4 piece of paper and fold it in half
lengthwise. On the left handside write down all the
names of the people that you admire. On the right
hand side, next to each
name write the qualities that
you admire about that person.
There, you're done. If you want the results of this
include a self addressed stamped envelope and send it
to Today was Fun Ltd PO Box 47072, LONDON
Last weekend I remembered just
much I love cooking for people.
The sun was
streaming in the windows of our boat and our friends
sat around the kitchen table urging Chris and I to
something surprising and tasty for
On the menu we had "Rugger Lamb"
layered with chorizo, garlic and ginger, delicious
runny brie and a gooey
chocolate cake with almonds.
As we were saying
goodbye I made everyone a goody bag to take home
which included a box of play lunch for the following
Here's to many more experimental dinners with
Lunch box muesli bars