John-Paul Flintoff: Revolutionary tea

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Revolutionary tea

By John-Paul Flintoff

I gave a 15 minute talk at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol, the city where I lived a long time ago, to share my idea for changing people’s lives over cups of tea.

When the hosts, 5×15 Bristol, put the film of the talk online, I’ll post it here.

In the meantime, here’s the email I wrote afterwards to people who came along:


Greetings! John-Paul here.

It was nice to see which of you:

a) live within 10 miles of the Tobacco Factory
b) have children over 10 years old
c) have cats
d) use that brand of cat food, the name of which I’ve forgotten.

I want to share with you a quick story from one of the others who came along last night.

Barney Hawes asked me at the end if he could take a few of my leftover cups to try out at the company where he works, www.thinksmartbox.com, which creates assistive technology. I said, sure, so long as you give me honest feedback and send photos.

He took me at my word:

“We enjoyed chatting around the cups you gave me,” Barney wrote. “We all know each other, which made it more awkward in a funny way, but it was a nice way to spend 15 minutes… Also, I remembered that I don’t like drinking out of paper cups.”

What about YOU? If you feel like keeping the conversation going, tell me how you got on with your own cup, by sending me an email…

See you again I hope!


Later, I heard from two others who were there.

One asked if we could supply some cups so that her friend, who is about to go travelling, could enjoy structured conversations with the people she meets. I said, we didn’t actually make them for sale, not yet anyway, but I’ll find out.

The other who got in touch asked the same thing, and I gave the same answer.

He came back with a request for a quote, for as many as 500 cups, and said he’d been talking to some people high up in the Church of England.

What a lovely development!

Posted: March 28, 2017


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