Tea time in London

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    Apparently, England has its own set of gun issues… Rest in Peace. The United Kingdom requires prospective gun owners to earn a gun license, with good reason because gun violence is ravaging  communities throughout the world. Innocent people are perishing due to reckless choices and armed conflicts. It is our global duty to ensure that if one is granted the right to own a gun, then that person understands the responsibility of ownership.

 

 


 

Following a short Tube ride, I decided to have an afternoon tea break in the park. At that point in time, I did not want to spend 50 pounds on an official tea session, so I opted for a 5 pound tea, scone and jelly option at a local stand. Only, it was 80 degrees (farenheit), the stand ran out of ice, and my tea was scorching hot…

The following is from NPR:

Afternoon tea — the kind of fancy-schmancy affair where we might spot Lady Mary of Downton Abbey — emerged as a social event sometime around the 1830s or 1840s, Richardson writes in A Social History of Tea. And Anna Maria Russell, duchess of Bedford, led the pack.

Anna Russell, duchess of Bedford. According to the accepted legend, the duchess — and her hunger pangs — created the afternoon tea tradition.

Back then, lunch for the upper crust was generally a light repast served at noon, and dinner occurred no earlier than 7:30 p.m. As legend has it, during one long, food-less afternoon, the duchess felt hunger pangs and ordered tea and snacks to her bedroom chamber. The refreshments did the trick, and Russell soon made this tea break a habit.

The duchess’ well-heeled friends began joining her in this post-lunch tea ritual, the story goes, and the practice spread in aristocratic circles. Though some historical references call this ritual “low tea” — because the ladies would sit in low armchairs while sipping — afternoon tea was hardly a humble affair then. Nor is it today.

Here’s where you’ll find those crustless finger sandwiches and an array of dainty scones, cakes, macaroons and other tempting nibbles. Afternoon tea is generally served around 3 or 4 p.m. these days. Richardson says it’s a time to mind your manners. Place your napkin on your lap and stir gently. Splashing tea, clinking cups and spoons and finger licking will make you appear beastly.

And definitely don’t devour everything in front of you. Richardson recalls advice that international etiquette expert (and Liv Tyler’s grandmother) Dorothea Johnson once gave him: You don’t actually want to appear hungry at this meal — propriety calls for restraint.


 

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