Ah Go On, Go On, Go On….
AN interesting news story caught my eye during the week. Now when I say ‘interesting‘ I mean weird and when I say ‘news‘, I mean ridiculous. I have no idea why it made national news but it did, and I read it, so now I’m going to tell you about it.
In Sussex in England, police were scouring the county in search of an antique Irish teapot. Yes, you read that correctly. A teapot! Fair enough, it was an old teapot, thought to have been made in 1806 and may be worth up to €1,100 but is it really worth police time? Surely they have better things to do than look for an old teapot. Sorry, ‘antique’. Even more amazing is the fact that the prime suspect cannot be contacted but was in the house while the owners were away and even signed for a delivery to the house. She must be some sort of mastermind.
Now, I am a self-confessed tea-a-holic, that may be why the story caught my eye but as ridiculous as I found it, it did get me thinking. Why do the Irish have a love affair with tea? You can’t enter an Irish house without the hot beverage being offered and even though the polite thing to do is to refuse it at least once, you know that soon enough you and your companion will be putting the world to rights over a nice hot cuppa. As everyone knows it is the social convention to offer a person who is upset a hot beverage, a la Sheldon Cooper. And sure a cup of tea and the promise that it will all be better before you’re twice married softens even the toughest of life’s blows.
Tea comes with a certain sense of familiarity and comfort that no other drink can bring. The method of making the perfect cup of tea can be almost calming. The one thing you must certainly not underestimate is the power of tea – it has a certain magic. Back in the days when tea leaves were all the rage, the matriarch of the family could usually tell your future just from looking in your empty cup. And you dare not question it, for fear it may actually come true (in most households the predictions were never good).
Shouts of ‘put the kettle on‘ and ‘make a pot‘ are common place in the majority of Irish households. God forbid, you make a single cup without offering it to every other occupant. Coffee may be the drink of young business people but it will never replace tea in the hearts of the Irish. As everyone’s favourite Irishwoman once said, ‘Sure you’ll have a cup of tea, Ah go on, go on, go on….”
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