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Today's Chinese Saying, Bān Mén Nòng Fǔ 班门弄斧 comes to us courtesy of the Tang and Song Dynasty luminaries Liu Zongyuan and Ouyang Xiu who teach us about the Zhou Dynasty hero Lu Ban. He knew how to use an axe to build stuff like no one else. You don't want to stand outside his doorway and brag about your axe-wielding skills. This is a good one to u…
 
We continue on with a tour of the provinces, looking at some of the more renowned teas each place has to offer. Teas such as Dancong, Tieguanyin, Jinjunmei, and Da Hong Pao are introduced. Various teas from Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Hubei, and Hunan are discussed. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-tea…
 
Today's THP episode will go from province to province and look at a variety of famous teas such as Longjing, Gunpowder, Huangshan Maofeng, Lu'an Guapian, Xinyang Maojian, Taiping Houkui and a few others. All of the teas to be introduced began their brilliant careers as tribute teas sent annually to the emperor. You too can savor these teas fit for …
 
Today we are talking about Teacups and Mugs! Why do we never call them Teamugs? We are talking specifically about decluttering these cups and mugs as well as how to organise them, as people have a lot of them in their cupboards (I see a lot every day). You can do a mini-declutter of your cups and mugs whilst listening to this episode - win-win!! We…
 
Another classic from the long list of great Chinese Sayings. 守株待兔 Shǒu Zhū Dài Tù. Thank Han Feizi for this one. He teaches us not to sit around and wait for good luck to find us. Just because you got lucky once doesn't mean lightning will strike twice. In this quick story about the farmer in Song State, we learn sometimes it's better to go out and…
 
In this episode, we focus on the category of tea that is most admired by many tea experts the world over. Pu-Erh tea was introduced sometime during the Ming Dynasty and in time, became the oft-called "King of Teas" for its rich and unique flavor, wholly unlike any other tea produced in China. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-tea-…
 
After enjoying a monopoly that lasted for 45 centuries, China's secrets of how they turned Camellia sinensis leaves into tea are shared with the world (but not by the Chinese). This time we see how the tea seeds, plants, tools, and experts are secreted out of China and successfully brought to the Indian highlands. There a British dream team of bota…
 
In this week's episode, Chirag takes the lead and discusses something Apple based. Yep, us Apple Geeks have something new to get excited about to help us get organised digitally! It's fascinating...really. Press play to listen to our witty witticisms and review of the new Focus mode. Hope you enjoy this episode. If you do, please share your love by…
 
Remember that O'Jay's tune from 1972, "Backstabbers"? They must have had Tang Dynasty chancellor Li Linfu in mind. The story behind our Chinese Saying for this time 口蜜腹剑 tells the story of this 8th-century politician/official who served the great Emperor Xuanxong (玄宗). All the time, they want to take your place, the backstabbers (backstabbers). Bew…
 
The hero who ensured Robert Fortune's success, Dr. Nathanial Bagshaw Ward is introduced in this episode. Ward's invention of the terrarium was the one thing that provided the breakthrough for Robert Fortune. We see how Fortune went into China, scored plants and tea seeds from Zhejiang, Anhui and Fujian and got everything safely loaded onto a vessel…
 
This week my guest is Anne Welsh from Tidy Beginnings. Anne has been a professional librarian for nearly 30 years, specializing in cataloguing, including creating inventories for estates, so I thought it would be a great to talk to Anne about the work she does and how she helps her clients. Anne mentioned a few booksellers which are a great resourc…
 
The mid 19th Century brought a sea change to the tea industry. Demand continued to grow all over Europe. China's artisanal tea growers and the general unreliability of the China market due to all the well-known political and social disasters happening in China raise concerns. The idea to make a go at growing tea in India is seriously discussed. We …
 
If you didn't know, Chirag (my co-host extradionnaire) is vegan and has been for a few years now. I remember when he told me he was changing his lifestyle to be vegan and all the changes that had to occur to get into this lifestyle. As more and more people are now changing their dietary habits and lifestyle to vegan, I thought it would be useful to…
 
Welcome back to the fourth season of the Chinese Sayings Podcast...after three years and seven months, we continue on where we left off with another story behind one of the great Chinese Sayings, or chengyu. This time around we harken back to the "Strategies of the Warring States" to look at the tale of drawing legs on a snake. Don't forget, all th…
 
Midway through the Qing Dynasty trouble is brewing along with the tens of millions of pounds of tea being imported into Britain. The Qianlong Emperor rebuffs Britain's envoy and puts a major damper on the prospects of China trade. Britain finds the perfect commodity to trade for tea, Patna Opium from India. This ultimately leads to conflict culmina…
 
Toolboxes - we need them for various DIY projects, but with so many bits and pieces involved, it can become a disorganised mess very quickly. In this new episode, I wanted to share my top tips to stay organised, so you can find the right tool and accessories in less than 5 seconds moving forward. Hope you enjoy this episode. If you do, please share…
 
In this episode we move to the other side of the world to look at some tea history in the British Colonies. The tea trade by now has transformeded into an entire industry and becomes the most important traded commodity of the British East India Company. Twining's emerges onto the scene along with coffeehouse culture where tea was also to be had. Ov…
 
This week we have the wonderful Dr Natalia Spierings as our guest to talk about decluttering your skincare. Dr Spierings, is a Consultant Dermatologist based in the UK and UAE and has been my face saviour for a while now. During one of our consultations, we discussed skincare and how a lot of it was not worth having in your home, so I thought it wo…
 
Europeans were no less enthusiastic about tea than anyone else. It started off with the royals and aristocrats. But once prices came down and the haves and have-nots got to enjoy it, the demand will become insatiable. The Russian tea caravans are also explored. Though their tea culture was different from the ways of the Europeans, Russian people lo…
 
A few weeks ago we discussed how to organise and declutter your music collection (have a listen here if you missed it). During that conversation, Chirag had mentioned how I should join the rest of the world and subscribe to a music subscription service. I have loved my own song catalogue and playlists for all these years, so I was trepidatious to m…
 
Kids and adults love dressing up - whether it is for Halloween, a retro party or an afternoon of fun with friends, it’s always fun to dress up. I used to dress up like Wonder Woman and a Nurse when I was growing up. There was a limit to the costumes in the 80s but now it is so easy to get them online and in stores. You can be every Marvel or DC cha…
 
During the late 16th century, the Jesuit Fathers become the first Europeans to drink tea. Soon afterward the Portuguese and Dutch traders start poking their noses around China and Japan. They too learn of this amazing beverage and see excellent prospects in their home markets. By the early 17th century The Dutch and British East India Companies are…
 
More Ming Dynasty tea history this time. Further innovations from China's tea artisans further improves the taste and experience of tea. The famous "zisha" clay teapots and tea ware from Yixing, Jiangsu province are introduced as well as their role in the Gongfu Tea Ceremony. As the second half of the Ming Dynasty starts to wind down, the Europeans…
 
The epic story continues after the greatest advances ever in tea production and tea culture in the Song. After surviving the Mongol Yuan Dynasty Camellia Sinensis experiences revolutionary improvements with the founding of the Ming Dynasty by Zhu Yuanzhang. Now tea starts to become more familiar to us after the Hongwu Emperor demands all future tri…
 
Buddhism continues to embrace tea even further during the Song Dynasty giving rise to the term 茶禪一味 "Tea and Chan Buddhism are one taste." More Huizong, white tea, Japan's Myōan Eisai, and then we'll close with an intro to Wulong (Oolong) Tea and the emergence of the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian province as a tea powerhouse. Support this podcast at — h…
 
No longer is tea a bitter brew sharing a Chinese character with the one used for a bitter vegetable. Royals, officials, scholars, and common people are enjoying tea and writing poems inspired by this beverage that has taken China and Japan by storm. During the Song, tea takes on a new look and feel. We also revisit one of the greatest royal patrons…
 
Earlier this year, Chirag shared his move to a new email system which we spoke about on episode #142. He’s about 4 months in and shares an update on how using the system has been, if it’s helped his email workflow and a couple of new features that have been added since then. Hope you enjoy this episode. If you do, please share your love by leaving …
 
In the post-Lu Yu world, tea starts to take off like a rocket. It will take a little longer for tea to get the needed traction in Japan but during the Tang, they get to see it and appreciate it up close. We'll also look at one of the early "Tea Persons", the poet and recluse Lu Tong, as well as one of his most famous tea poems. In this episode, we …
 
We looked at The Tea Saint, Lu Yu in the last episode. This time we give a once-over to his greatest work, The Cha Jing or Classic of Tea. The national popularity of tea in China really catches fire after Lu Yu shows everyone how to enjoy it, and enjoy life at the same time. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-tea-history-podcast/do…
 
We all need cleaning products to clean our house. Some people don't have enough and some have so many they could run a corner shop with their supplies. I have decluttered and organised a lot of cleaning products over my years of being an organiser and I thought I would share my words of wisdom with you today. Hope you enjoy this episode. If you do,…
 
In this episode, we finally introduce the Tea Saint. What Elvis was to rock n' roll, Lu Yu was to the popularity of tea in Chinese society. Here we'll look at his life and his work, "The Classic of Tea". From here on out, tea is no longer tú, and neither is it bitter. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-tea-history-podcast/donations…
 
From records, to CDs and now digital music, we have all types of formats of music in our house. Some people, like myself, may be very OCD with organising our collections, but some of you may have piles lying around in various places not being listened to. In this new episode we discuss the different formats of music, my massive collection, how to d…
 
We often get questions from clients, followers and listeners on the best way to protect clothes in the closets and drawers. Based on this feedback we thought why not share my favourite tips on how to protect your clothes whether hung or folded in various climates. Let us know your tricks for protecting clothes in the comments section. Thanks as alw…
 
After centuries of trial and error, tea starts to transform from a bitter medicinal brew into something worthy of presenting to the emperor as tribute. Tea's rise during the Sui and Tang are introduced this time. The important role tea played in Tibet and other border regions is also discussed. The Tea Saint, Lu Yu will be saved for the next episod…
 
Cricket on film special: Barney Douglas, director of The Edge and Warriors, on how to make a cricket documentary and the challenges of portraying the sport on the big screen. Then film expert Joe Ursell reviews The Edge and looks over cricket's other cinematic outings. Thebrokenwicket.com Twitter.com/brokenwicket Instagram.com/brokenwicket Facebook…
 
This week's episode is a discussion about generational differences with keeping stuff in our lives. It is something we have touched upon on several episodes, but we thought we would delve over the "clutter cloud" about why the different generations are keeping or not keeping physical clutter. Let us know your thoughts and add in which generation yo…
 
Welcome to the Tea History Podcast inaugural episode. In this first episode we'll explore tea's humble beginnings in the Ba and Shu States. We'll also look at the mythical story of the discovery of tea by the Divine Farmer, Shen Nong. We have a long way to go. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-tea-history-podcast/donations…
 
This week my guest is Charlotte Hepworth. Charlotte is the owner of Bespoke Home Moves which you have been running for the last few years. Bespoke Home Moves organise the most stress-free moves imaginable in the UK and outside the UK for her clients. I have worked with a few clients over the years to unpack and pack their goods and love doing it, b…
 
Laszlo is here with a sort of new podcast show introducing the mythical and historical timeline of one of the most popular beverages in the world. Other than the air we breathe and the water we drink, nothing is consumed in greater quantities than "The China Drink" as it was known in Europe during its earliest days. From its ancient beginnings to o…
 
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