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Nicey replies: Hello Mark,

Firstly well done on the proper tea drinking.

The build up of tea stains in your cup is usually related to the hardness of the water in your area. Hard water which has calcium and magnesium salts in reacts with the acidic compounds in tea to create salts of tannic acid (we think) and that is what builds up on your cup. Given all the chemistry I've just mentioned you would think that some of reverse chemistry would do the trick. Some people even turn to such things as bleach, but all that does is whiten the stain and leaves it otherwise intact ready to give a foothold for even more staining.

We find the best thing is simply to use a nylon pan scrubber and a bit of hot soapy water, to remove the stain completely. For tricky recesses fold the scrubber over the end of a teaspoon and rub away the staining with that. Once it's all off a quick scrub once or twice a week with the scourer should keep things nice and shinny.

Nicey replies: Do you know, you could be right. I saw those in our local outdoor shop just before Christmas, but was too engrossed in Christmas shopping to buy them. And the box was all battered which always puts me off.

Good thinking!



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Nicey replies: Do you mean party rings? That's the nearest I can think of.


Nicey replies: I have never heard of them. Can you describe what they were like - maybe that'll ring a bell? Nicey's still away, maybe he can help if none of the other NCOTAASD crew can.


Nicey replies: Yep, you win the prize for being first to find out all about it.

Honourable mentions also to Richard Clark who adds "'Ring up the Curtain' by Ernest Henry Short and Arthur Compton Rickett first published in 1938 attributes the song to a Revue 'Home and Beauty' staged by Charles B Cochran, lyrics by AP Herbert to a tune by Henry Sullivan around 1936", Katie Exton and m b-w who remembers "in the sixties black and white ads "the tea set " you ran around with a tea cosy on your head singing the song, i remember , but dont know who paid for the ads! Also at this time bank managers were kept in cupboards and nimble bread floated about on baloons. That was proper telly, and then you could watch the next episode of Thunderbirds or man from u.n.c.l.e.Or Sunday night at the london palladium."

Well done everyone!

Wifey not Nicey