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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Humble Beginnings.... by bIG bLOGGER on 3 March 2011 4:45pm
On British TV tonight is the third and final part of KATE HUMBLE's excellent 3-part series on the Spice Trade.

Tonight's concluding episode features the spices saffron and vanilla,where they are grown,and how they are traded.
She has previously looked at cinnamon and cloves and pepper.
Kate Humble is almost a female Michael Palin in that she has an evident zest for travel to far-flung countries --she went to the Indian Malabar Coast, and the (Dutch) Indonesian Islands in previous episodes-- and she has an engaging commentary style which brims with enthusiasm both for the people she comes across to chat with,and for her subject matter.

A very worthwhile documentary and highly recommended.
Re: Humble Beginnings.... by Ken Dunn on 4 March 2011 4:04am
I saw part of one of the episodes and was impressed.
Re: Humble Beginnings.... by suzulu on 4 March 2011 2:49pm
It certainly is a good series. I didn't realise that saffron came from such beautiful flowers. It seemed a shame to pick them to pieces.

I went to a talk by Kate a couple of years ago about her trip across the Sahara. Good speaker and she got rather emotional about her trip.

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