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I'm writing in response to your mail from emily cole about bubbles in tea ('spooky welsh tea money'). i am a brit living in tajikistan and even here in central asia, there are a number of similar traditions about tea. for example, if there are bubbles in the middle of your tea, it means that you will get money, but you have to pinch the bubbles out with your fingers and throw them over your shoulder. however, if the bubbles are around the edge of your tea cup, it means debt, which is obviously not a good thing.
other than black tea - which is drunk without milk and in a small handle-less cup called a 'pial', green tea is also popular here, and if there are sticks from the tea (i don't think that's the technical term for them, but do you know what i mean?) floating in the cup, it means you'll have guests.
tea drinking is a big thing in central asia and there's a ritual that when you have a guest round, you should pour the tea into the guest's pial three times before serving it. there are various reasons for this, none of which make a huge amount of sense to me. and in tajikistan, the amount of tea you pour into the pial is an indicator of how much respect you have for the other person.
I hope this is interesting! Emma.
|Nicey replies: Emma,
That is wonderful stuff indeed, and shows that these superstitions are much more wide spread than we first thought, probably an indicator of their antiquity. Hoorah for you and Central Asia. Big Woos on being our first correspondent from Tajikistan.
||I got very bored last week and made henges out of biscuits to find out which was the hengiest. Googling indicates that this isn't already a world record, so I think I've set it! yay!|
|Nicey replies: They are of course lovely. Mind you its a bit of a blow to see the Pink Wafer winning but then again its probably better to use them as a construction toy rather than eating them. I thought the Bourbon one looked good but of course its been done before.
||Hi I read a brief article on your site in the Times and thought I'd send my|
praise for a fellow man dedicating a small part of his free time to the
important part of life that we all know as 'the tea-break'...
I to, like many, share the enjoyment of a nice cuppa, although at my
previous place of employment, due to an above normal enjoyment of this hot
liquid was punished by making far too many cups a day, this inspired me to
make my little site that you might appreciate: www.theteamaker.com - for
when everyone wants a cup but none one will admit it's their turn to make
It is totally random - here's hoping your lucky...
|Nicey replies: Yes a friend told me about your tea maker the other day. I imagine it could also be easily extended to choose people to make coffee as well, if that's your bag.|
What a comforting web page for an expat. brit! Heard about it on Norwegian radio yesterday and thought I'd take a look.
Norway's a great country, but you can't get a decent cup of tea unless you make it yourself. Norwegians think that an Earl Grey teabag dipped into a cup of hottish water is tea! Biscuits aren't up to British standards either.
Keep up the good work!
|Nicey replies: I just heard from Britt who did the interview that we were on Norwegian radio yesterday, Woo.
I told her that I like A-Ha, especially 'The sun always shines on TV' but she seemed unimpressed, but she has promised to send me some Norwegian biscuits, Yay.
I was reading your plea for P.M.A week, and I was suddenly overwhelmed by the great feeling of pathos which hit me. I felt for workers everywhere. I myself own a PWM (Personal Work Mug). It is a Mario and Yoshi mug with Bowser emitting fireballs at the Italian plumber and his prehistoric pal. It is also stained from the age-old remnants of past brews throughout time. I work in a garden centre, and the mug is no doubt the host to many a rat or mouse in its humble cupboard with broken leaning door as standard. However, there is always a feeling of inner turmoil felt within myself whenever I see some plain faced mocking warehouse worker slurping mockingly from my battered old chalice. This plea goes out to you all. Respect people?s mugs. Appreciate the etiquette of the mug society.
We beg you.
Jon Don, Manchester.