Tea for Tuesday: Review of Mrs. McCartney’s 50 Shades of Earl Grey

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50 Shades of Earl Grey

 

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Tea(s) From: Sri Lanka
Region(s): Nuwara Eliya + Dimbula + Uva
Antioxidant Level: High
Caffeine Content: Medium

 

This is my last review in my Tea for Tuesday series.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my reviews and that they are a help to everyone in selecting a tea that is right for you from Mrs. Angie McCartney’s Organic and Fair Trade Teas.  If not, do what I did and order yourself the variety pack and sample them all for yourself!  And while you’re on the site, be sure to order yourself a copy of Angie McCartney’s book, My Long and Winding Road.  A used copy of her book sells for over $75 on Amazon, but you can get a brand new signed copy directly from Angie from her website.  And in case you’re wondering, I get nothing from referrals to Angie’s site.  I just think she’s swell, as well as her book and teas!

50 Shades of Earl Grey was a great way to end this series of reviews.  This tea is grand!  And even though I chose to pair it with a mixed fruit tart, you could enjoy this tea with just about anything.  Morning, noon or night, this tea would be a delightful choice.  Bold and floral, it’s the tea you dream of when you think of English tea.

Great job on this one, Angie…and we can’t help but love the name!

 

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Book Review: “Wonderful Tonight” by Pattie Boyd

Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me by Pattie Boyd was written in 2007.  This book should be used as a learning tool for all models and teenagers that dream of marrying a rockstar!  Her story is also proof positive that growing up in a rich family doesn’t necessarily mean you had a happy childhood.

At the tender age of 20, Pattie Boyd married George Harrison at the height of Beatlemania.  But after several years, as her marriage started to crumble, Eric Clapton took a fancy to her and from what appears to be a case of jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire, Pattie left George and ended up married to Eric.

Throughout this book, Pattie questions just about every romantic decision she’s ever made…even as they were happening to her. She brings us through her two well publicized divorces; her striving to be on her own; George’s death and the tragic death of Eric’s son from an affair he had while married to her, only coming out of the haze in her early 40s realizing she doesn’t know who Pattie Boyd is aside from the ex-Mrs. Harrison and ex-Mrs. Clapton.

Pattie does a great job telling her life story and letting you in on the private lives of both her ex-husbands.  There are a few stories along the way that contradict other people’s versions of the same tales, but she tells you in the beginning of the book that this books tells the stories the way she remembers them.

Oh…and in case you’re wondering (since we are talking about George again!), there is plenty of pot smoking and acid dropping in this book too!

You can buy copies of Wonderful Tonight on Amazon or Half.com for $0.01 or more.

I rate this book: 4 out of 4 Beetles!

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Tea for Tuesday: Review of Mrs. McCartney’s Penny Lane Peppermint

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Penny Lane Peppermint

 

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Tea(s) From: Sri Lanka
Region(s): Nuwara Eliya + Dimbula + Uva
Antioxidant Level: High
Caffeine Content: Medium

 

What an incredible treat this tea was after last week’s disappointment.  Penny Lane Peppermint isn’t just a mint tea…it’s a chocolate mint tea!  Yes, chocolate lovers…this tea is for you.  It’s a beautiful medium-dark tea with lots of flavor.  And when I paired it with a creamy chocolate mousse, it was the perfect end to an otherwise stressful day.  I will admit that I sweetened this one up just a bit more when I poured my second cup to get that creamy chocolate flavor to pop.

Love this tea, Angie!  Good job…considering I’m usually not a fan of mint flavored teas, I’d buy this one in a heartbeat!

 

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Book Review: “I, Me, Mine” by George Harrison

Call me a glutton for punishment.  After reading Derek Taylor’s book about his non-stop LSD trips and then seeing Derek’s widow talk about their non-stop LSD trips in “Living in a Material World“, I decide to read George Harrison’s autobiography that he wrote in 1980 with the assistance of …Derek Taylor!  Oh goodie…more acid trips!

Several years ago, I asked a world renowned Beatles expert and radio show host what book he thought was the best book ever written about the Beatles.  His answer was I, Me, Mine by George Harrison, so in realty, this book has been on my list for years.

This book is three separate parts.  Part one is a conversation between Harrison and Taylor about George’s thoughts on everything and nothing at all.  For the Beatles fans that are looking for secrets into George’s past, you won’t find them here.  What you will find is his thoughts on Beatlemania and his religious beliefs.  And of course, you’re going to get the bonus of a lot of mumbo jumbo from Derek in between!

The second part of the book is page upon page of pictures of George throughout his life.  From childhood, adolescence, Beatlemania, Monty Python and beyond, including snapshots from the family album.  I can’t say there was anything that wow’d me.

Part three of the book is meant for the diehard Beatles and George Harrison fans.  Each of the songs that George wrote are presented in their raw handwritten form, typed form and another page with George’s explanation behind what inspired the song.

This book left me a little disappointed.  I guess I was looking for more about George from George instead of Derek’s edited version.  The book almost seems like it was published as a way to placate the ever hungry fans for more information.

Copies run on Amazon and Half.com from $0.75 up to $200.  I borrowed mine from the local library!

I rate this book: 3 out of 4 Beetles!

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Tea for Tuesday: Review of Mrs. McCartney’s Golden Slumbers Herbal Green Tea

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Golden Slumbers Herbal Green Tea

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Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Zhejiang Province
Antioxidant Level: Medium
Caffeine Content: Low

 

There are days when I look forward to sitting down in the evening and relaxing with a cup of tea while sitting on my screened in back porch, so I was really looking forward to Golden Slumbers Herbal Green Tea long before I had to sit down and write this review.  I chose to go the traditional American route and have this with a slice of apple pie.

As soon as I opened the bag to get out a tea bag, I was met with the sweet smell of oranges…my absolute favorite fruit!  But it’s kinda interesting that the ingredients make no mention of orange being in this tea.  Unfortunately, that’s going to be as good as this review gets.  This is the first tea that I can say I was truly disappointed in.  Despite my very best efforts to steep and stir the tea bag, this tea would just never get strong enough.  I don’t believe it’s just my taste for strong tea that was the problem.  There was barely a tint to the water after 7 minutes of steeping in the pot.  I think if I didn’t add to lumps of sugar, I would have never finished it.

I’m afraid to say, but this one needs to be kicked up a notch, Angie.  At least the pie was good….

 

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Movie Review: “George Harrison: Living In A Material World”

This is the movie I had attempted to watch several weeks ago while I was traveling.  I ended up in a battle to watch it on my iPad mini for weeks now, before finally giving up and having to watch it on my PC.  I really dislike watching any type of movie on my computer.  I’d much rather do it from the comfort of my couch, especially a 3.5 hour documentary like this.

George Harrison: Living In The Material World, directed by Martin Scorsese, came out in 2011.  Even I had tears in my eyes when I saw the trailer for the movie before it’s release.  Was I going to be able to sit through this film about a beloved Beatle who left us way too early?

The movie actually starts out quite poorly.  Several times during a scene, the music just drops off and  the scene goes to an interview.  There’s no fade out.  I kept thinking, “Is this going to happen through the entire film?  Is this really a Martin Scorsese film?  I guess I should be happy he didn’t cast Leonardo as George!”  Then I started thinking, “Thank god it’s not a Tim Burton film with Johnny Depp as George!”  But I digress…

For some unknown reason, the music stops dropping off and begins fading out between scenes, but still the first half off this film felt more like a Beatles documentary than a movie about George.  I paused it and got up several times to get a drink, let the dog out, etc.  I almost dreaded having to sit through Part Two after the intermission, but that’s actually where the movie picks up and becomes George’s story.  (Except the part where Derek Taylor’s wife shows up and, just like Derek, only wants to talk about doing LSD with the Beatles.  Do these people talk about anything else?!)

Part Two of this movie is a delight and kept me in my chair until the end as George’s friends, colleagues, wife and son telling us about the real George.  If you can make it through the Blah-Blah of the first 1.5 hours,  you’ll love the rest.  Though I wouldn’t call this Scorsese’s best cinematic production, the scenes with George and Friar Park are beautiful.

It was not available on my Fios OnDemand, but you can rent from Amazon.com, iTunes or Netflix.

Buy at Amazon.com or any major retailer where movies are sold.

I rate this movie: 3 out of 4 Beetles!

 

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Help! fund “Confessions of a Beatlemaniac! short film

Some of you may remember me reviewing a short book called “Confessions of a Beatlemaniac!!” by Dee Elias.  It’s a wonderful little book taken straight from Dee’s diaries when she was just 14-16 years old and was crazy about the Beatles.  It tells of her adventures with her friends as the set out to meet the Fab Four.

Well, now Dee is having her book made into a short film and has started a Kickstarter campaign to finance it.  She’s only trying to raise $1550 to make this film with her Director – Joseph Souza.

If you can, please help make this dream a reality for Dee.

Here’s Dee talking about the film: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1977683486/confessions-of-a-beatlemaniac-short-film/widget/video.html

Show your support here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1977683486/confessions-of-a-beatlemaniac-short-film

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