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about ben: Back in 2005 I tried my first cup of loose leaf tea in a museum in London. I loved it! It was so different – the flavour was bolder and more refined. It seemed like the right way to make tea; I vowed from that point onwards to always make tea that way.

Then I got sidetracked.

I’ve had little teapots and occasional packets of leaves in the intervening years but never really bothered doing things properly. After despairing at a particularly awful brew, I decided action was needed! Hence: teatunes.

I am sorta the main writer on teatunes as Dan is the main techy person, though in all honesty we write about as much as each other. I think I have the easier job.

I could bore for Europe on what makes music great, so I’ll leave that for another day. To give you an idea of where I stand, my favourite albums are Promenade by The Divine Comedy, Tigermilk by Belle and Sebastian, Innervisions by Stevie Wonder, 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields and Scott 4 by Scott Walker.

When we first started this blog, we decided that it would be a good idea for both of us to comment on the same topics as often as possible. I came up with the idea of me posting on the left and Dan posting on the right.

Good, eh?

about dan: I’m Dan, and the portions of each review that I write are aligned to the right of the page, as you can see here. Just so you have a bit of background, should you want to get into my mindset and see where I’m coming from, here’s some information about me. I’m 22, live in the South of England, and work as an I.T. technician. It’s only really been with the start of teatunes that I got into loose-leaf teas. I wasn’t fussed before, but now I’m hooked. Normal tea doesn’t do much for me any more, and I find myself craving a nice cup of loose-leaf tea in the evenings. And the research and brewing processes appeal to my very nerdy side(s).

My passion for music led dormant for many a year. The first album I ever bought was Fin De Siècle by The Divine Comedy. I bought it on cassette with my pocket money when I had just started secondary school (sorry if that makes anyone feel old). I loved it, but failed to find anything else either by them, or similar to them. As such, I spent a few years listening to the usual chart guff and not really enjoying music as I do now. Travis, Stereophonics and Feeder fuelled me until I rediscovered The Divine Comedy, found Belle and Sebastian and soon wrapped myself in a world of Magnetic Fields, Ben Folds, Sufjan Stevens and Scott Walker. And now I don’t listen to those bands that I enjoyed in school, I’m much happier.

As for my side of things blog-wise, I do some of the techier stuff on the admin side of things, and I’m responsible for the images in each post, including the header and general positioning.

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