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I've just stubbled across your website after riffling through reviews on amazon and how wonderful that you have written a book on this wonderful aspect of our life -tea! I have just finished a cuppa and managed 3 digestive biscuits out of it - lots of dunking this morning. I wanted to send a quick email to invite you to watch my film Tea Total on my website. I wasn't a tea drinker at the time but through extensive research in tea rooms I am happy to say that now I'm converted. I made the animation 3 yrs ago at university and it's had a great response so I hope you enjoy it. It's only a short film (2 mins), so perfect to watch with a brew or even perhaps while the kettle boils?!
I look fwd to reading your book.
|Nicey replies: Lucy,
Hoorah! We have a special icon for just this eventuality the "This is a film about tea!" icon.
Was reading all those wonderful ideas of movies in which a starring role is awarded (at least briefly) to a good old cuppa tea. Did you know that the UK working title for the recent film "Shaun of the Dead" was actually "Tea-time of the Dead"?
And then there's the early Doris Day film "Tea for Two". ...and right now, that sounds about perfect so I shall stop writing emails and go and put the kettle on - we have a proper one for on the stovetop which whistles and everything, and I'm sure it makes a better cuppa that the standard electric jobbie that I use at work. Which is nice :o)
Brilliant website! Super book! Cheers
|Nicey replies: I was not aware of that, but I just made a new icon, which is my cue for a cuppa too.|
|Revd. Stephen Day
I must confess to not noticing tea in films much, perhaps having a cup of tea is just such an obvious thing to do that my brain skips over it, like it does when I lock the front door when I go out then I'm blowed if I can remember doing it and have to worry about uninvited guests all the time I'm out.
Anyway, the two I can remember are the 'flying tea party' scene in Mary Poppins, and the bit in Toy Story where Buzz Lightyear gets tired and emotional on cups of tea.
|Nicey replies: Nice one on Toy Story. Actually that bit has an extremely 'in' Computer Graphics reference. Toy Story being the first entirely computer generated movie would have to have the Utah Tea Pot, which was one of the first digitised 3D computer models. CG pioneers like Alvey Ray-Smith used to render teapots to test out their ray-tracing software back in the 1970s.
Nick Scovell has really started something - this idea could run and run. I can even see it making up one of those 100 best type programmes, to be introduced, of course, by yourself and wifey. My nomination would be Tea With Mussolini, which has hundreds of tea scenes. And are we allowed to nominate anything from TV? The scene in Porterhouse Blue where Lionel Zipser confesses his lust for Mrs Biggs to the Chaplain over tea (using a megaphone because of chaplain's deafness) is one of the funniest things I have seen.
You may even have to create a new page on the website!
|Nicey replies: Good call on Tea with Mussolini. Not sure about a new page but I feel a new icon may be imminent, I'm sure custard would be glad of the company.
Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I am enjoying your book. I am reading it at two hour intervals at work, accompanied by you only know too well what!
I have also had an idea that may go well on your website and wondered what you might think of it. Having recently enjoyed the film Vera Drake (thought it is very harrowing, so enjoy might not be the best word), and despite its serious intent, it is so glorious in its Britishness and period feel. Tea features heavily in Vera Drake and it got me thinking about other great tea moments in films. It struck me how interesting and amusing it might be for people to suggest a 'Top Ten Tea Films.' Like the interrupted farewell over tea in Brief Encounter (with sugar served in the spoon), or Tom Courtenay's wonderful rendering of 'I like a nice cup of tea in the morning...' in The Dresser. Not to mention Wallace and Gromit and their huge brown teapots! What do you think?
(Shortbread/Milk Chocolate Digestive top choice at present)
|Nicey replies: Hello Nick,
Oh yes, that's a good plan. I think my favourite has to be Donald Pleasence in the Great Escape offering James Garner (I think) a cup of tea and complaining that he had been reusing the same tea leafs about ten times now.