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As I was in pursuit of a nice cup of tea and a sit down this afternoon, and this necessitated hiding in my office to get away from the offspring, I thought I might just cruise in and while away the afternoon reading about all the biccies I've been missing. Lo and behold the teacup (okay it's a mug, shoot me) was soon woefully empty and I was forced to make a secret foray into the kitchen to make a fresh pot of tea. Alas my Sunday afternoon sit down has been fraught with delay and obfuscation as the tea jar was empty. What to do?! A frantic search of the tea cupboard ensued. Chamomile, Chai and "Tension Tamer" tea flew in all directions and a brief, hectic, moment of joy evaporated as the Bigalow tin yielded only packets of Tazo Green tea and some vile Lipton Cold Brew foisted on the unsuspecting public by Chatalaine magazine as a free insert months back. At last! A package of store brand Orange Pekoe teabags and the reason for my contribution today. You see the store is called Overwaitea and you would have to have visited Canada to have heard of it. Are you with me? Overwaitea? Yep, according to the story on the box... Over-Weight-Tea. Here it is: "R. C. Kidd established himself in New Westminster, British Columbia as a tea and coffee merchant. With his innovative marketing for the price of a pound of tea, R. C. gave his customers another 2 ounces. He was famous for selling 18 ounces of quality tea for the price of 16 ounces.
Since 1915, R.C. Kidd's "Over Weight Tea", a symbol of our continued tradition of "more for less", became known as OVERWAITEA."
All I can say is I wish I had some of his "quality tea" now instead of this dishwater in my cup, but I thought it made an interesting story highlighting local character and providing the world with a view of what one man and his cuppa can do in the Colonies.
|Nicey replies: April,
Thank you for that stimulating peep into Canadian life. We have made a icon to celebrate! Now to find the other two emails we've had from Canada..