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What a delightful topic. I participate in the tea ritual a few times a day. Despite the fact that I am often complemented on my ability to make a 'good cuppa' I have of late been using tea bags and my, some are better than others. Naturally, when pouring from a pot I put the milk in first, however if I am using tea bags I defer the pouring of the milk so that it doesn't affect the process of osmosis. Everyone who enters my house is offered a cup of tea. If I go to someones home for business (eg tutoring) or pleasure and am not offered a cup of tea I am loath to return.
Brian I completely agree with your parallel relating the decline in tea drinking to the demise of manners.
Whenever I am down I perform the afternoon tea ritual even if I am on my own and I am taken back to my grandmother's kitchen and the teapot full of 'Bushells' covered in a hand knitted cosi. If we were lucky there would also be some sponge or tea cake made from first principles, ah those were the days.
Oh and one can always pick a coffee drinker by the way the make tea - strong and dark like dishwater (I'm just bitter as I can't tolerate coffee anymore - gives me migraines.)
In fact recently I was toying with the idea of opening a specialty tea supply store and have multitudes of wholesale tea catalogues lying around my house to prove it.
What a fabulous topic!

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Anyone for tea? 110 Bewildered 24-Sep-06 02:31
One sugar please 90 Dave Light 24-Sep-06 03:20
Re: One sugar please 110 Bewildered 24-Sep-06 12:33
Re: One sugar please 42 Susan Doris 24-Sep-06 13:05
Lemon tea 41 Richard Fusniak 24-Sep-06 17:25
Gunpowder 86 Raja 24-Sep-06 16:12
Re: Gunpowder 90 Bewildered 25-Sep-06 00:08
Re: Gunpowder 104 come on pilgrim 25-Sep-06 02:16
Re: Gunpowder 66 Briffits 25-Sep-06 07:13
Re: Gunpowder 87 come on pilgrim 26-Sep-06 12:22
Re: Gunpowder 112 Mark Staab 26-Sep-06 20:46
Misnomer 95 Mark Staab 26-Sep-06 20:56
Re: Gunpowder 41 Briffits 26-Sep-06 23:35
Re: Gunpowder 80 Mark Staab 27-Sep-06 00:45
Re: One sugar please 101 Briffits 25-Sep-06 08:07
Darjeeling or Earl Grey? 357 Deep1 24-Sep-06 07:35
Re: Darjeeling or Earl Grey? 111 Bewildered 24-Sep-06 12:45
Re: Darjeeling or Earl Grey? 117 lovejoy 26-Sep-06 11:58
Re: Darjeeling or Earl Grey? 82 Susan Doris 26-Sep-06 13:32
Re: Darjeeling or Earl Grey? 71 lovejoy 27-Sep-06 15:33
Re: Darjeeling or Earl Grey? 82 Briffits 26-Sep-06 20:34
Re: Darjeeling or Earl Grey? 65 lovejoy 27-Sep-06 15:27
Re: Darjeeling or Earl Grey? 99 Mark Staab 24-Sep-06 16:33
Re: Anyone for tea? 84 Susan Doris 24-Sep-06 08:11
Re: Anyone for tea? 45 Bewildered 24-Sep-06 12:57
Re: Anyone for tea? 78 Susan Doris 24-Sep-06 13:42
Re: Anyone for tea? 42 ingi 24-Sep-06 11:28
Re: Anyone for tea? 47 Susan Doris 24-Sep-06 14:32
Re: Anyone for tea? 43 debraregypt 24-Sep-06 16:30
Re: Anyone for tea? 103 Bewildered 25-Sep-06 00:17
Re: Anyone for tea? 46 debraregypt 25-Sep-06 00:34
A question of etiquette? 67 Bewildered 25-Sep-06 01:15
Re: A question of etiquette? 42 Richard Fusniak 25-Sep-06 01:35
Mr's Beeton 103 Bewildered 27-Sep-06 17:46
Re: Mr's Beeton 65 Bewildered 27-Sep-06 17:56
Re: A question of etiquette? 84 Susan Doris 25-Sep-06 08:49
Re: Anyone for tea? 92 julietta 26-Sep-06 10:22
sigh, 90 come on pilgrim 26-Sep-06 12:25
Re: sigh, 112 OakeyDokey 26-Sep-06 19:19
Re: sigh, 86 julietta 27-Sep-06 08:25
Re: Anyone for tea? 82 Gengus 26-Sep-06 12:28

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