Mark Burgess

Tea, drugs and wigs.

By burgesswebsites, May 23 2018 03:38PM

Here I am doing a bit of Green Screen filming, playing Lord George Macartney in 'Empires of Silver' - a documentary/drama about the Opium Wars.

Lord Macartney was sent to China by King George III on an important diplomatic mission to increase trade opportunities between the two nations - largely to fuel Britain's recent addiction to black tea. When the ship-load of beautifully crafted British gifts failed to charm the Chinese, England had to rethink. The East India Company had a brainwave - growing poppies and pushing drugs to China. Result. Cuppa, anyone?

More soon.


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