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Staple Diet

Posted on March 17, 2017 with 1 Comment
in B of B Original Posts, The Ravings of The Beasts

I was in the office the other day of an organisation that works in the organic food sector.

In their kitchen is a huge bowl in which the staff can throw organic waste for composting.

I noticed a teab*g in the bowl.

Now, a reasonable reaction is turn over the bowl and a few chairs and scream loudly : “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE???”.

However, my enquiring mind got in first and thought “what about the staple?”.

There it was, bold as brass (although not actually brass), a staple holding the unnecessary piece of dirty string to the filthy paper-pillow of undrinkable (though organic-certified) tea.

I wondered if it was acceptable for metal to be part of organic composting.

Turns out that metal is invisible in the organic process. It’s not seen as organic, or not organic. It just is. It’s like steel is suddenly Buddha.

Does that seem right?

I can’t see any ethical justification for teab*gs: if you care about the planet, why would you use one. But the staple, I think, takes it to whole new level.

Why are we providing worms with steel, the result of thousands of years of human cleverness? On the day when armoured worms rise up, pointing their fannings-soaked steel-tipped mini-lances at our ankles and attempting to subvert our rightful place at the top of the food chain, we’ll all be sorry.

Review: (Tea at) “The Force Awakens”

Posted on December 23, 2015 with 5 Comments
in B of B Original Posts, Tea stories

Last night, we took the time to go and see “The Force Awakens”, which is a new Star Wars film. I mention that in case you missed the scant coverage it has got in the media, on Facebook etc. So, how to do it? Well, obviously it takes planning to attend such a film. A few […]

Over To You, Ladies!

Posted on March 21, 2015 with 9 Comments
in B of B Original Posts

The challenge to the Beasts of Brewdom to write a story was a bit of a hit. But it left a few people out. Specifically, those possessed of an extra X chromosome. Yes, I’m talking about women. Now, as y’all know, Beasts of Brewdom is the very bastion of equality, and we can hardly leave […]

Post Challenge Review

Posted on March 21, 2015 (Comments Closed)
in B of B Original Posts, The Ravings of The Beasts

Well, we did it. A challenge was issued and four blogs were posted. The four greatest male tea bloggers in the world* all took part in the challenge to create a non-fiction post using a title that some random person on the internet assigned to them, and the titles could only be drawn from the titles […]

Sugar Island

Posted on March 15, 2015 with 3 Comments
in B of B Original Posts, The Ravings of The Beasts

THIS IS PART OF THE BoB CHALLENGE, WHERE BEASTS ARE ASSIGNED ‘MILLS AND BOON’ BOOK TITLES AND FORCED AGAINST THEIR WILL TO WRITE A NON-FICTION POST WITH THAT TITLE.   Sugar Island? As soon as I got given that title, I thought. “Yep, I know what I’ll write about: The Sugar Islands. After all, there’s no […]

Release the Beasts

Posted on March 9, 2015 with 8 Comments
in B of B Original Posts, The Ravings of The Beasts

I created Beasts of Brewdom five years ago. The idea was that it was to be a place for out-there tea blogging, specifically by male tea bloggers. Yes,  it’s a Gentleman’s  Club. Not in the sense of hugely expensive meals and saucy goings-on, but as a counter to the overt feminisation of tea and tea-drinkers. […]

The Joy of Big Balls

Posted on February 2, 2015 with 1 Comment
in B of B Original Posts, The Ravings of The Beasts

A cup needs an infuser, half full of leaf tea, To make a reasonable brew, satisfactorily. A teapot needs loose leaves all roaming free, And a strainer, to perform spectacularly.   But what of those times, when the two ideas meet? You enter a tea shop, fresh from the street, And respond to the person […]

A Beastly Christmas

Posted on December 14, 2014 with 3 Comments
in B of B Original Posts

There’s a fat guy, he’s jolly, he hangs about with deer, And he’s awfully lazy, works just once a year, He dispenses judgement, and often good cheer, But fail to meet his standards and you’ll get nothing, I fear.   He’s always running late as he covers the world, Each rooftop has sleigh-marks of stripes […]

Where are the Beasts?

Posted on December 13, 2014 (Comments Closed)
in B of B Original Posts

Here’s a bit of a tease… After a bit of a lull, expect more. Or expect less. But expect something in the next few days

The Perfect Pairing, You Young Whippersnappers

Posted on February 19, 2014 with 12 Comments
in B of B Original Posts, Tea stories, The Ravings of The Beasts

I’m over tea pairing with food. Ho hum. All I hear some days is “Lord Devotea, what tea should I have with my Mars Bar foie gras?” Listen folks, we don’t have to be as dull as wine folk. Their product is just old grape juice. They need to oversell. “Please, please drink Chardonnay when […]