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||I can confirm that the association between bubbles in tea and money is also alive and well in those born and raised in York.|
NB Could it be that the bubbles/affluence issue is why cappucinos are so expensive? I realise that this is straying away from tea territory, but it might be educational to consider it.
||Dwi'n cytuno gyda Mr Ifans, mae eich wefan yn bendigedig!|
(I agree with Mr Ifans, your website is fantastic!)
|Nicey replies: Alright the Welsh stop trying to flatter me so I'll post up bits of Welsh. You know its only you lot and 6 people in Patagonia who know what you're on about.|
Needed to point out that the search for Glengettie tea would produce more results if spelt correctly (tsk, tsk) but that there are several varieties of Welsh Breakfast tea available (online for ease).
There is a brew by 'Welsh Tea' made in Swansea and also there is Welsh Breakfast tea available (Murroughs or something I think!)
Hope that helps Mr Barratt in his quest for a full national breakfast tea range.
|Nicey replies: My dodgy spelling defeats me once again. Yes Google full of people flogging Glengettie tea, Hoorah! Of course you'll need to washing down bacon, black pudding and lavabread with your Welsh Breakfast tea.|
||My gran always says you know when the tea's hot cos it do 'ave steam commin' off it it do. Genius!|
Also she always claimed that your tea was too strong then ewe couldn't get your spoon in to it.
We-fan bendigedig, cadwch ati!
Mr Ifans, of Wales
|Nicey replies: Luckily I am able to read in a Welsh accent, and so greatly enjoyed your communication.
||Nicey, just thought you might like this little tea tidbit fromThe Antarctic Dictionary: A Complete Guide to Antarctic English by Bernadette Hince. Under the entry for tea bag she writes:|
"Remarkably, tea bag is an antarctic word. the technique of immersing a permeable bag containing tea in boiling water was recorded decades earlier on Australian antarctic expeditions than in American or British kitchens. On early antarctic journeys the bags were cloth, possibly the inspiration of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson."
Hince goes on to say "Sometimes these bags were re-used several times, even after being scavenged from old supply dumps. In desperation in Antarctica, used tea leaves were also eaten or smoked."
But from one who has been there, the best thing to ward off the cold in Antarctica is not, I'm afraid, tea but a mug of steaming hot raro. (Raro is a brand of powdered cordial, its name evoking the South Pacific island of Rarotonga.) In minus 27 degrees Celcius, it takes a while to rip open a packet of Raro and add boiling water, but it's worth it from the first sip.