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4.27.2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - Manga Classics Pride & Prejudice

This is a meme hosted by Book Journey.

I've been on a kick of reading graphic novels on my lunch breaks recently.  Next up for me (starting today at lunch) is a Manga version of Pride and Prejudice.

Manga are comics created in Japan conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. In Japan, people of all ages read manga. The medium includes works in a broad range of genres. Manga stories are typically printed in black and white. The term manga is a Japanese word referring both to comics and cartooning. "Manga" as a term used outside Japan refers specifically to comics originally published in Japan.

Manga is read in reverse order of how we read books as you can see in the pictures below:


If you would like to read more about manga, you can view the wikipedia entry or this great article at wiseGeek.

OK So now on to the book itself. So I like the art and it's a good size book so I'm looking forward to seeing what they've kept as text and what was translated into the art work. From the size of the book it looks like they may have kept a good part of the text. This is clearly bigger than some of the other graphic novel adaptations I've seen.  I think this is in part to the fact that in our culture (sadly) we think only young people read this format and therefore we need to make it short. As mentioned above manga is read by all and they can include a lot more of the original story into the format.

Happy Monday!


4.20.2015

Program Recap - Tea4U: Tea and Talk

When we arrived at Tea4U at The White House in Oakhurst, the table was set and it looked great.


There was a table set up as with examples from a history of tea.  On this table include examples of a Regency era tea set, a replica of the tea set owned by George Washington, and a cup with a guard to protect a gentleman's mustache. 


We had a choice of black or green tea.  I opted for the Earl Gray green tea (it was very good I ended up buying a bag).  The treats started off with scones.


We also had carrot hummus, cucumber sandwiches with coconut butter, and chicken salad sandwiches. 


We also had some sweet treats. These were like mini-pies with raspberries on top.  We also had an apple trifle. 



As the tea wound down, Kirsten started her talk on tea and the Regency era.  She started off with a history of tea and the different kinds of tea. A lot of what she talked about can be found in the podcast we shared on Friday.  Below is an example of black, oolong, and green teas. 


A Regency era tea cup. Notice that there is no handle. The saucer is also deeper than we use today.


You can find all our pictures on our Facebook Page.  It was a wonderful day and we highly suggest checking out Tea4U!

4.17.2015

Podcasting with Jane Austen - How Tea Works

One of my current podcast obsession is Stuff You Should Know.  This podcast fills you in on information about a huge range of topics.  Some recently topics include Slinky, Blood Types, Earwax, and Tea.

Since tomorrow is our tea at Tea4U, I thought it would be a good time to share this podcast with a history of tea.

(click on title to go to the podcast page to listen or download the episode.)
EPISODE SUMMARY
Legend has it that tea was discovered by a curious Chinese emperor after leaves blew into his boiled water. Now tea is the second only to water in popularity worldwide. And despite the varieties of tea, they all come from a single species of plant.