Rum to Drink and Chocolates to Eat! An Evening with Charbonnel et Walker and Appleton Rum

31 May

Invitation from Charbonnel et Walker and Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum  
Appleton rum
Appleton logo

Charbonnel et Walker and  

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum 

Rum & Chocolate Tasting


Please join us in pairing together fine English chocolates and Jamaican rums a to create a unique taste experience.  

DATE:
 Tuesday 7th February  

TIME: Bespoke rum cocktails 6.30pm
Rum & Chocolate Tasting from 7pm
LOCATION: Charbonnel et Walker,
One The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4BT

TICKETS: £15 each. Each guest will leave with an exclusive goody bag and 20% off all purchases will be offered on the evening.

RSVP ESSENTIAL: Please RSVP to victoria.leadbitter@charbonnel.co.uk 

             “Our friends at Charbonnel et Walker are fabulous at throwing parties at their Bond Street store!” says the Duke of Earl Grey.  “And what’s a London party without me!  Often in conjunction with some of my other favourite luxury brands (Penhaligon’s, Jo Malone, and Laurent-Perrier to name a few), the pairings of Charbonnel’s fine English chocolates with the flavours and scents of other brands can’t help but make for an enjoyable evening out!  Our invite to their soiree of bespoke cocktails and rum tasting with Appleton Rum this past February paired the sweet Appleton Estate Extra 12-year-old Jamaican rum with a variety of classic Charbonnel truffles and new ones inspired by the occasion!

“The flagship store, which stretches in a narrow strip along the front left side of Bond Street’s Royal Arcade, glowed warmly with Valentine’s Day decorations in the frigid February evening as we arrived, chauffeured by St. James in my cab, of course.  It takes only a modest number of guests to create a lively yet intimate gathering at the Bond Street store, and the cocktails, conversations and chocolates were flowing as Alexander, Myrtle, Tips, St. James and I entered.  Cocktails were everywhere!  Tips and Alexander disappeared in the direction of the rum while Myrtle, St. James and I mingled and greeted the friendly, illustrious guests besides ourselves:  Jamaican High Commissioner, the Honorable Burchell Anthony Whiteman and his wife, our dear friend Victoria Leadbitter who is in charge of Charbonnel PR and planning all their lovely parties, and Charbonnel et Walker owner Galvin Weston who made a special appearance at the event with his brother and father who had just flown in from America.  In between conversations, we were treated to lively and educational banter from the Charbonnel staff about the history of their shop and the chocolates we were eating.  “But enough talking,” as shop manager Adam Lee announced at one point, “We’ve got rum to drink and chocolates to eat!”

The Bond Street Charbonnel store at the front of Royal Arcade, a great party setting!

“Yeah, me and Alexander didn’t waste any time with finding cocktails,” says Tips.  “Charbonnel had turned the gift-wrapping station at the rear of the store into a busy bar with the good people from Appleton churning out rum cocktails as fast as could be loaded onto trays and served!  There were more cocktails and truffles than table space!  I’m always on the look-out for creative and tasty cocktails (although I am working on drinking less these days), so I got the skinny on the bespoke rum cocktails from Daniel at Appleton, but I couldn’t understand everything he was saying because he was speaking Scottish, innit.  So as far as I know we had rum martinis, which are traditionally made with vodka.  But this one had Koko Kanu coconut rum, lime, chaparral and something else the bloke said that I couldn’t understand.  I think that’s right, innit.  And then there were the Appleton Extra 12-year-old rum cocktails with vermouth, bitters and orange.  Or was the vermouth in the martinis?  Or were the martinis the dark ones?  Or did I forget a cocktail?  I can’t remember.  And I can’t remember which one was my favourite because I don’t remember much from that night in general.  Sorry.”

Koko Kanu Jamaican coconut rum, featured alongside the Appleton Rum for the evening.
“Well, I wasn’t allowed to drink,” says Myrtle.  “But all the cocktails were paired with yummy Charbonnel et Walker truffles to bring out the flavours in both the drinks and the chocolates!  We had platters and platters of vanilla, banoffee and plain chocolate truffles with fancy gold leaf (gold you can eat!) to go with the sweetness of the coconut rum that everyone was drinking. They even had Appleton Rum flavoured dark chocolate truffles made especially for the occasion! The dark rum and bitters were served with Cecily dark chocolates, one of my favourite Charbonnel truffles, which were named after Mr. Weston’s 9-year-old daughter. I wonder if she’s 10 yet.  We’re the same age!  Anyway, they also had dark-chocolate covered orange and ginger sticks and praline truffles to go with the caramel and molasses flavours of the aged rum.  But Tips secretly let me have a little sip of one of his drinks and I didn’t think it tasted like caramel or molasses at all.  I just thought it smelled funny.  And the best thing about the party was the goody bag for each of the guests to take home.  They contained entire boxes of vanilla or banoffee truffles and small bottles of Appleton rum! Like we didn’t get to eat a million truffles while we were at the party!  It’s crazy!”

“Cecily” chocolates, named for owner Galvin Weston’s daughter who is Myrtle’s age.


Truffles, truffles and more truffles!

“Tips stuffed an outrageous amount of truffles in his pockets and stole several other miniature bottles of rum from Appleton, but please don’t tell anyone,” says the Duke.  “St. James also took a personal doggy bag of truffles home separate from his goody bag.  We can’t take them anywhere.  Tips ended up having so many cocktails that I had to carry him to and from the cab.  St. James came down with such a stomach ache after consuming so many chocolates that he was barely able to drive us home.  Overall it was a lovely soiree with Charbonnel, and well worth the modest £15 price to attend!  We plan to indulge in it all over again at their Diamond Jubilee Tea Party with Louis Roederer on May 31!”

Glenburn’s Special Patented Anti-Cough Tea

8 Feb

“Glenburn, our butler and head butler of Myrtle’s Kenilworth Estate in the Kingdom of Tcha, developed this wonderful tea recipe to help us all fight against the chest colds of London’s freezing, damp winter!” says the Duke.  “I’ve been drinking it all week long to fight my terrible cough.  It’s cheap and easy to make, and the white tea buds and echinacea will help strengthen your immune system while the lemon, honey and ginger will soothe your cough, throat and any nausea!  It will give you relief  for hours!”

For a 3-cup sized teapot:

1/2 cup / 150 g Chopped, fresh ginger or more (the stronger, the better!)
1/3cup / 125ml Lemon juice
2 tablespoons / 30ml Honey
2 Inexpensive white tea bud bags
1 Twinings Raspberry and Echinacea tea bag (or you can use any combination of a fruit infusion tea bag with one echinacea tea bag or supplement dosage)

“Combine ginger, lemon juice, honey, white tea, and the Twinings tea bag in teapot.  Add boiling water (or less than boiling if you are concerned with not burning your white tea leaves) and stir until honey is melted.  Allow to steep for 10 min.  Remove white tea bags, and allow the other ingredients to continue steeping as long as possible until the ginger tastes strong and spicy.  Glenburn makes continuous pots and lets them steep for hours!”

The True Meaning of Halloween: An All Hallows’ Tea

31 Oct
What is the true meaning of Halloween?  Have we forgotten, in the debate over the religious correctness of celebrating the holiday, that the true essence of “All Hallow’s Eve” is originally of a spiritual nature?  Since the Middle Ages in the British Isles and in ancient Rome, the days from October 31 to November 2 have been associated with acknowledgement of the spirit realm, remembrance of the departed, the harvest, and the restoration of sunlight, celebrated in various ways according to culture.  In short, our modern-day “Halloween” is really melting pot of different pagan (meaning “nature- based religion”) celebrations and Christian traditions from Ireland, Scotland and England.  Does anyone even know what we’re celebrating anymore?
Samhain:  The Celtic New Year
Marking the end of the harvest season and the increasing darkness of Autumn, the night of October 31, known as Samhain (pronounced “sow-wane,” sow as in “how”) in Celtic Irish and Scottish culture is the beginning of the New Year.  Samhain is considered the time of year when the veil between the spirit realm and the physical realm is lifted, allowing spirits and human beings to easily communicate and go back and forth between realms.  The custom of wearing costumes and masks comes from this Gaelic culture, which on Samhain night people wore to scare away evil spirits and to imitate the dead.  They also began the tradition of carving by hollowing out turnips and carving faces on them with candles inside to put in their windows to ward off evil spirits.  Even the tradition of trick-or-treating is a Scottish Gaelic custom, with children who would dress in costumes and masks and go around with turnip lanterns to provide entertainments in return for treats and gifts.  Scottish and Irish immigration to the United States planted the seeds of the modern-day celebration of Halloween in America.
The Anglo-Saxon Need-Fire Festival
            The Need-Fire festival was a pagan celebration in Anglo-Saxon which consequently became part of Celtic culture and the Samhain festival as the Anglo-Saxons invaded Britain.  The purpose of the “need-fire” was to restore the dwindling sunlight.  Its focus was the lighting of bonfires which were believed to lend power to the sun during the dark months of winter.  This tradition evolved into Guy Fawkes Night in Britain in the 17th century, when political rebel Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the House of Lords in the 1605 anti-monarchist Gunpowder Plot.  Guy Fawkes’ Night, also called Bonfire Night, celebrates the night of his arrest and the failure of the plot against James I.  It is always a night of fireworks in the United Kingdom.
The Witches’ Sabbath and the Festival of Darkness
For practitioners of Wicca, October 31 beginning at sundown is one of the eight “Sabbats” (or festivals) according to the Wiccan Wheel of the Year.  It is the most important Sabbat and night of the year.  Drawing on the history of medieval witchcraft, many modern-day Wiccans have adopted the Celtic dates of their ancestors to celebrate their most important days.  In the Wiccan religion, October 31 is based on the celebration of Samhain and the tradition of remembering departed loved ones, communicating with spirits, and celebrating the darkness of Autumn (as opposed to Beltane, which celebrates the Spring festival of light).  However, witchcraft in general is made up of many beliefs and has many manifestations in different cultures that it is difficult and unfair to speak of it as one tradition.  In black magic elements of witchcraft and sorcery, October 31 has historically been a night of coven gatherings not only for devil worship, but for communing with demons and the Devil himself.  Since the Middle Ages across Europe, there have been first-hand accounts of sacrifice, black masses, and other profane ceremonies that mock Christianity and focus on Satan worship.  Stories of flying witches, traveling spirits and shape-shifting animals on their way to Sabbat coven gatherings date from this time. 
All Saints’ Day/All Hallow’s Day: a Christian Celebration
The Roman Catholic celebration of Christian saints on All Saints’ Day dates back to the 8th century, with no association with the Celtic tradition of Samhain.  Also known as “All Hallow’s Day,” the term “hallow” means “saint” and is where we derive the modern term Hallowe’en, which is a contraction of All Hallow’s Eve.  All Hallow’s Day was originally celebrated on May 13 of each year, as an effort to Christianize (or de-paganise) the Feast of Lemures, or Lemuria, a feast of the dead in the pagan religion of ancient Rome during which the Romans performed rites to exorcise the malevolent and fearful ghosts of the dead from their homes.  The date of the All Saints holiday (originally meaning “holy day”) was moved later to November 1st, and All Souls’ Day on November 2nd, perhaps to break any association with the Feast of Lemuria.  The Mexican holiday of The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), is the biggest and most colourful celebration of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day in the world.
How to Have an All Hallow’s Tea
            So how do we celebrate such a complex mix of traditions in our modern day observance of October 31st?  What exactly do we call it, when “Halloween” turns out to be a rather narrow term?  Here at Myrtle Takes Tea, October 31 through November 2nd is a spiritual festival for filled with activities that celebrate the light-filled spiritual world, especially our ancestors and lost loved ones.  We wish everyone a Happy Samhain, a Happy All Hallow’s Eve and finally a Happy Hallow’s Day and Day of the Dead.  Here are some ways you can have an “All Hallows Tea” with us:
1)  Carve a pumpkin or something more unusual like a turnip or squash to light and put in your window.  Nothing is better than glowing pumpkins and lights on All Hallows’ Eve to scare away evil spirits and put a smile on everyone’s face in the neighbourhood!  Try a teapot design!
2)  Have a party at home!  Even by yourself!  Or just with your kids or spouse!  Steep some spice tea or something else lovely on a chilly October evening, scare yourself silly by watching a movie about spirits and ghosts, pop some  popcorn, bake some cupcakes, eat too much candy, and enjoy your glowing pumpkin in the window.  If necessary, invite some friends over!
3)  Put on a costume and buy some candy!  Even if you have nowhere exciting to go, on All Hallow’s Eve you can make other smile by wearing a costume to work or when you go out to do the shopping! Definitely have your costume on for the trick-or-treaters to hand out candy!  That’s the fun part, and kids love it!  But avoid wearing violent, murderous costumes!  It’s supposed to be a light-filled spiritual evening, not an evil one!
4)  Most importantly, pull out photos of ancestors, lost family members, loved ones and pets who have passed away and set them up on a table or mantle with plenty of candles.  At a time of year where the spirit and physical realm are very close, it is a time to welcome and remember our departed loved ones without sadness.  Spend some time praying, meditating, or even talking to departed spirits believing that they can hear you.  This “altar” is  also the focus of our All Hallow’s Day/All Saints’ Day/Day of the Dead remembrances on November 1st and 2nd.
5)  Finally, get ready to celebrate The Day of the Dead the following day by decorating skulls, buying flowers, putting up electric lights and making other decorations and treats for your altar of loved ones!  Remember, Halloween is only the eve of the most important day, All Hallow’s Day, which we do Mexican style!  But you’ll have to stay tuned for that in tomorrow’s article!
A blessed Samhain, a happy All Hallow’s Eve, and a Happy All Hallow’s Day and Day of the Dead to you all!
 

A Diwali Tea

24 Oct

Diwali:  The Festival of Lights (For 2012, November 13-17)

 
Diwali diyas
Each year, Myrtle and the Duke of Earl Grey and the rest of the gang go out of our way to celebrate Diwali (pronounced “dih-vah-lee”), the Indian festival of lights.  It is the celebration of light, goodness and knowledge over darkness, evil and ignorance.  And it is Queen Darling Darjeeling’s favourite time of year, the time we honour him, and the only time he is pleasant to his subjects.  Also called “Deepawali,” the five-day celebration takes place in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and in other Indian and South Asian communities around the world.  For a week each year in either October or November, according to the position of the Moon, the week of Diwali is a shared religious festival for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.  In Hinduism, it commemorates the New Year and the return of Lord Rama.  Jains celebrate Lord Mahvira’s reaching of nirvana.  For Sikhs, it marks the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind Ji.  Even Buddhists recognise the festival and decorate their temples in honour of Diwali as the day Emperor Ashoka of India converted to Buddhism.
The celebration of Diwali takes on different expressions and traditions depending on country and region.  Yet it usually involves the buying and wearing of new clothes, lighting diyas and filling the home and outside of the home with lights and colourful lanterns, gathering friends and families together for meals and prayers, giving and receiving gifts, sweets, nuts and cards, setting off fireworks, and decorating the home with colourful Rangoli designs for good luck. 
In the Hindu religion, Diwali is the celebration of the New Year, a time to renew oneself, to begin a new year of business, to welcome good fortune, to clean one’s home and surroundings.  It marks the end of the harvest and the celebrates the goddess Lakshmi and the god Ganesh.  The third day of Diwali, the Lakshmi Puja, is considered the most important day, when the goddess is honoured in hope that she will bless one with wealth in the new year.
Swastika, a sacred Hindu symbol of blessings and good luck
A Glossary of Diwali Words and Symbols
diya:  an oil lamp usually made from clay, with a cotton wick dipped in ghee or vegetable oils. Also called a divaa, deepam or deepak.
puja (or pooja):  a religious ritual performed by Hindus at home or at public temples based on the idea of giving a gift or offering to a deity or important person and receiving their blessing.
Lakshmi:  in Hinduism, she is the goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage.  And she is the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.
Ganesh:   in Hinduism, the elephant-headed god who is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings, Lord of Obstacles, patron of arts and sciences, and the god of intellect and wisdom, He is honoured at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies and invoked as Patron of Letters during writing sessions.
swastika:  a Hindu sacred symbol of good luck that originated in Indus Valley civilisations.  Later adopted for use by the Nazi party, which created its negative connotation.
thali: meaning “plate.” Western, Central, and North-Western Indian meal with contents varying from one regional to another.  A thali is a selection of different dishes, usually served in small bowls on a round tray. The round tray is generally made with steel with multiple compartments.  Typical dishes include rice, dhal, vegetables, roti, papad, curd (yoghurt), small amounts of chutney or pickle, and a sweet dish to top it off.
puja thali: a colourful plate of offerings decorated and offered to Lakshmi and Ganesh during Diwali.
rangoli: designs of colourful flour, sand or flowers made on floors of living rooms, in doorways, and in courtyards during Hindu festivals used to attract the good luck blessings of Lakshmi.
kandil:  a colourful paper lantern
ghee:  South Asian clarified butter, a is milk fat rendered from butter to separate the milk solids and water from the butterfat.
katli:  an Indian sweet made from cashews, sugar, cardamom powder and pure-butter ghee. It is typically cut into rhombus shapes and covered with edible silver foil,
burfi (or barfi): an Indian sweet made from condensed milk, cooked with sugar.
A platter of Indian mithais, or sweets.

 

A Diwali “Chai”
            The celebration of Diwali is open to everyone who celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, regardless of religion!  To honour our great Queen Darling Darjeeling and his Indian culture, we have a week of Diwali tea parties, or “chai” parties we should say!  Here’s how we celebrate the week of Diwali and ways you can, too!
1)  Fill your house with diyas, electric Christmas lights, lanterns and all of the candles you own.  Keep your house lit for the week in celebration of light, knowledge and goodness!
2)  Invite friends and family over to cook your favourite Indian meals/curries and visit your favourite Indian restaurants!  Or feel free to celebrate alone by taking yourself out for a lovely curry or thali!  In London, many Indian restaurants have special Diwali menus!
3)  Enjoy some “mithais,” or Indian sweets, for tea time.  If you’ve never had Indian sweets before, Diwali is a great holiday to purchase some at your local Indian supermarket and try them.  Darling Darjeeling’s favourites are gulab jamun, kaju katli, pista katli, pista burfi.
4)  Give Diwali treats and gifts to your loved ones!  Diwali cards, nuts, sweets, candles, and homemade bags of chai spices make excellent gifts during the festival.
5)  Finally, talking of chai spices, celebrate the days of Diwali by drinking Darling Darjeeling’s famous masala chai recipe, which he is willing to share in celebration of the holiday!
His Majesty, Queen Darling Darjeeling of the Kingdom of Tcha
DARLING DARJEELING’S MASALA CHAI
(Makes approximately 2 cups/500 ml)

Ingredients:

1 tsp loose black tea (preferably a strong, inexpensive brand like PG Tips or Yorkshire)
5 whole cardamom pods
5 whole cloves
5 peppercorns
Cinnamon stick
¼ tsp ginger, ground
cup (80 ml) whole milk (or to taste. I prefer evaporated milk for extra creaminess.)
1 ½  to 2 cups (400 to 500 ml) water (depending on desired strength of chai)
Demerara sugar or agave to sweeten
Instructions:

1) Combine water with all spices in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
2) Immediately when the water boils, add the tea, milk, sugar and stir. Let the mixture come back to a boil and then immediately remove from heat. Do not boil the chai longer than 30 seconds, as water deoxidizes and can ruin the flavour of tea when over-boiled.
3) Pour into cup, separating the spices from the tea with a strainer.  Enjoy!

At the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, India
Kandils
Sources:
“Diwali.” Wikipedia, 2011.
“Lakshmi.” Wikipedia, 2011.
“Thali.” Wikipedia, 2011.

The Anti-Riot Tea Manifesto, "Article I: Introduction"

3 Sep

The Anti-Riot Tea Manifesto Table of Contents
Article I: Introduction
Article II:  The UK Riot Report by Tips Fannings
Article III:  How to Riot Like a Gentleman by the Duke of Earl Grey
Article IV:  How to Anti-Riot Tea by Myrtle Madison
Article V:  Rioting Protection Guidelines for the Filthy Rich by HRH Queen Darling Darjeeling
Article VI:  The Economic Impact of Rioting by St. James
Introduction
to the Myrtle Takes Tea Anti-Riot Manifesto
by Alexander Stacey
Who are we?
      We, the author and characters of Myrtle Takes Tea, were greatly affected by the riots that took place in London and other parts of the UK during August 2011.  We watched areas of our great city erupt in flames of violence and frustration, fuelled by inequality, injustice, lack of discipline, lack of responsibility and a virulent materialism that has rotted the core values of all classes of British society.  During the same month we witnessed rioting and unrest in Chile, China and India as well.  And although the riots were initially perceived as mainly a UK problem, it was clear to us that given enough time and enough frustration, rioting would eventually become the world’s problem. And we wondered what we could do about it.  Globally. 
We are tea drinkers, we are writers, we are children’s entertainers and we are book publishers.  Inspired by the community-building spirit of Operation Cup of Tea, an anti-rioting movement that began on Facebook to urge young Brits to “stay in and drink tea” rather than join in the looting outside, we founded Anti-Riot Tea as a literary and education branch of the operation.  As riot cleanups groups spread around the city, so did Operation Cup of Tea events, branching away from Facebook and taking shape in the community.  Most impressive have been the efforts of the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for Operation Cup of Tea, who organised and continues to organise West London tea events using the motto “Keep Calm and Put the Kettle On.”  So here at Myrtle Takes Tea, we came up with a few tea peace slogans of our own. 
What is our purpose?
“Blessed are the TEAmakers, for they shall be called children of God,” was Myrtle’s suggestion, a take on one of Jesus’ beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapter 5.  And it was from that slogan that our Anti-Riot Tea Manifesto and non-violence education campaign grew.  We feared that the greatness of Operation Cup of Tea, which had the opportunity to grow globally and become an international peace effort, would die as riot media coverage died, once out of TV sight, out of mind.    And interest in the online movement has inevitably waned as the UK has somewhat recovered its sense of “normality.”  Thus, we’ve set out to grow Operation Cup of Tea internationally and to accomplish the following goals:
  1. To donate 10% of Myrtle Takes Tea paperback book profits (all all following books) to support charities that improve the lives of young people in London and other cities;
  2. To educate communities around the world on starting their own anti-riot, non-violent tea peace campaigns;
  3. To get tea businesses active in raising money for the youth charities of their local communities;
  4.  To educate the public about global injustice and inequality, the root causes of rioting;
  5.  And to enlighten the public about the inadequacies of the mainstream media.
Our Anti-Riot Tea beliefs and attitude can be summed up in the following ancient 10 Virtues of Tea, written by Chinese tea taster Liu Zhenliang of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-906).
The Ten Virtues of Tea
1. Tea has the blessing of all the Deities.
2. Tea promotes filial piety.
3. Tea drives away the devil.
4. Tea banishes drowsiness.
5. Tea keeps the Five Viscera (organs) in harmony.
6. Tea wards off disease.
7. Tea strengthens friendships.
8. Tea disciplines body and mind.
9. Tea destroys the passions.
10. Tea gives a peaceful death.
      The very history and taking of tea is steeped in the tradition of peacemaking, brotherly love, righteousness and good health.  These are the same principles that make tea a guiding force in the campaign for peace and non-violence.  The need for global community-building and peaceful forms of protest remain and will become even more necessary in the years of economic difficulty to come.  Thus, Anti-Riot Tea and Operation Cup of Tea are just getting started!  Join us and support the youth and their future!

Operation Cup of Tea Facebook:  http://on.fb.me/p0PMIF

Twitter:  @OperCupofTea
Anti-Riot Tea Webpage:  http://bit.ly/oRbgvC

How to Anti-Riot Tea by Myrtle Madison

19 Aug

Article III.
of the Myrtle Takes Tea Anti-Riot Tea Manifesto
“How to Anti-Riot Tea”
by Myrtle Madison (with Alexander Stacey)
Our Anti-Riot Tea campaign is a movement that depends on the independence of individuals and communities around the world to initiate tea peace activities in their own areas.  It can be increasingly difficult to find ways to get active in our communities with so many rules, hoops and so much bureaucracy, and young people have many restrictions on where they can go and what they can contribute.  But EVERYONE can still be a powerful force in the Anti-Riot Tea campaign!  Whether you’re a loner kind of individual at home on your computer or an organised church or school group, there is plenty for you to contribute!  Anti-Riot Tea is built on the efforts of individual, caring, enthusiastic tea-drinkers and nothing more!
Kick off an anti-riot tea campaign for your own school, neighbourhood, city, borough, county, state, town or country by setting up a Twitter and Facebook page.  On Twitter, feel free to trend under #antiriottea and follow us at @AntiRiotTea, and we will retweet and promote all of your events!
Take part in the tea peace campaign in your own individual, unique way!  Everyone isn’t a community leader, and everyone doesn’t enjoy joining organizations or going to meetings.  But you can contribute community, peace and tea-inspiring art, write articles, and take photos among many other things. And share them on social media sites for all of us to see!
Plan tea events where the point is to simply get to know your neighbours, to get friends together and to make new friends!  Nothing creates peace like a good time and everyone feeling included!
Rioting is a result of inequality, injustice, frustration and lack of opportunity in society.  Combat these issues by coming up with ideas to raise money for the disenfranchised areas of your own communities and the charities that assist them.
Find out who needs help in your community and spread the word!  Not sure where you can best be of service and donate your time and money?  Family homeless shelters, women’s shelters, soup kitchens, youth charities, after-school programs, and arts programs are all important community resources in need of private donations.  If we all took care of our own communities, no one would be left out!
Be the eyes and ears of and for your community!  Take up the role of reporter and let people know what’s going on in your neighbourhood and on your street via social networks.  Especially report any incidents of injustice, abuse by authorities and violent behaviour!
Start an anti-riot tea campaign or club at your school or church if you can!  Use the club to meet, drink and learn about tea, have tea parties, plan fundraisers for charities that serve the disenfranchised areas of your community, and to stay aware of and discuss global current events and non-violent solutions!
And remember:  PEACE BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!  EVEN IF WE HAVE TO STEEP IT!
This has officially been brought to you by Myrtle Takes Tea (www.myrtletakestea.com) and the Myrtle Takes Tea “Anti-Riot Tea” education campaign! 

 
STEEP FOR PEACE!
“Blessed are the TEAmakers, for they shall be called children of God!”
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Twitter: @MyrtleTakesTea, @AntiRiotTea

"How to Riot Like a Gentleman" by the Duke of Earl Grey

15 Aug
Article IV.
of the Myrtle Takes Tea Anti-Riot Tea Manifesto
“How to Riot Like a Gentleman”
by Jonathan, the Duke of the Royal Province of Earl Grey
            Citizens of the UK and other parts of the world are rioting for many different reasons now: staggering social inequalities, disappearing pensions and savings, police brutality, lack of education and opportunities and a lack of discipline to name only a few.  The truth is that many of us do have the right to be angry.  “No justice, no peace,” as the saying goes.  So until these societal wrinkles have been starched and ironed straight, we must stay aware of the dangerous anger that constantly boils under the surface, rather than turn a blind eye to the injustices that cause it.  We make all be sick of talking about riots, but civil unrest is not simply going to go away just because we are bored with the topic.  Thus, should you find your anger bubbling over and you feel inspired to go out and cause some kind anarchy, allow me to sway you from any thuggish tendencies and offer you a few style tips on rioting like a gentleman.  Or lady, as the case may be.
Plan a riot afternoon tea party.  Rather than going outside and looting and destroying businesses and homes, invite a few close friends over to discuss ideas for overthrowing the rich and the current government over dainty sandwiches, pastries and fine tea.
Organise a tea-cup smashing.  Assemble all of your broken and hideous tea cups, pots and dishes in a box and carry them to Westminster.  Proceed to smash them against the Houses of Parliament until you cause a scene and make the MPs come outside. This is a fabulous way of clearing out useless dishes.  It shall become a British tradition!
Round up cheap tea bags and dump them into the Thames.  It’ll be kind of like the Boston Tea Party, but not really.  At least it’ll be a way of destroying all the crap tea in London. 
Tea strike.  Every day from 3pm to 4pm.  Rise up against the system and the man by declaring your peaceful tea break daily at this hour.  Take the time to remember and remind others of struggling, rioting countries all over the world and that tea time is a force that can bring us together.
Loot your local stores.  Before rioters arrive.  The key is to pay for your items to have this work effectively.
Politely ask local police officers to cease unfair stop and searches. When you’re out for a stroll or a shop and you encounter a policeman, ask him to avoid harassing the citizens of disadvantaged neighbourhoods.  Explain that it’s not fair.  A lot can be accomplished by polite asking! 
Say “excuse me” and be polite in a crowd.  Should you unwisely decide to go outside and join the mob, your rioting experience will be made far less violent by exercising a few common courtesies.
Make tea for the policemen and firemen on anti-riot duty in your neighbourhood.  Other rioters will hate you for it, but if your house catches on fire, the police and firemen will be sure to save you first!
The Duke of Earl Grey
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STEEP FOR PEACE!
“Blessed are the TEAmakers, for they shall be called children of God!”
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