Solidaritas weekly #47

Read, watch, listen, and eat

Good morning!

It’s bright and sunny but oh so chilly outside.

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This long read on the history of masala chai in India is fascinating. Turns out tea drinking in India began as a plot by the British. Bizarre.

School children in all countries are struggling to study online. This profile of one young boy in the US highlights just how difficult it can be, and looks at what the long-term impacts are.

The world is failing to value midwives, so we’re currently facing a deficit of more than 900,000 midwives globally.

Scientists have apparently taught some bees to smell COVID-19 in people??

Watch and listen
Julia Gillard spoke to Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland, for Gillard’s A Podcast of One’s Own.

Why are British place names so hard to pronounce? (video)

Eat (and drink)
The Indonesian food community in Canberra came through again this week. I ordered some kue ku (also known as ang ku kueh or red tortoise kue) from a young woman up in Ngunnawal, and now I’m looking at how to make them. I just need to find the cake mould…

I love chai. I use a mixture of black tea leaves, cardamom, cloves, pepper, and star anise, let it brew in a saucepan, then add milk, bring it to the boil for creaminess, then stir in a teaspoon of honey. But I think I might try this version with fresh ginger next.