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Britain’s blue bloods finding it hard to pay the bills

GOODWOOD ESTATE, United Kingdom — Duke. Earl. Marchioness. Viscount. Sounds alright, doesn’t it? The titles and quaint constitutional privileges of Britain’s grandest families have always held a special fascination for the lesser classes, not least for the considerable wealth contained therein. Turns out some of these real-life Downton Abbey types …

Puffed: The Magic of Cereal : The New Yorker

On a muggy Friday a couple of weeks ago, Dave Arnold was covered in a fine coating of chickpea dust. He had spent the day shooting foods like buckwheat, corn, pasta, rice, and lentils out of a puffing gun—a large, steel contraption that weighs as much as a car. In …

India’s tea and coffee wars – Telegraph

India’s tea and coffee planters are at war over which is the national drink – with the government reluctant to back either one for fear of sabotaging the other. For more than a century India has been associated with the Assam and Darjeeling teas on which Britain has survived. In …