“I got nasty habits; I take tea at three”

from Mick Jagger, “Live with Me”.

You can’t separate an English-woman/man from their tea – or at least not without some serious gnashing of teeth.   Battles have been won and lost over this most satisfying of beverages.  For a fascinating and addictive look at the British trade in opium for tea in the nineteenth century, follow this link to the Wellcome Collection in Londonhttp://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/exhibitions/high-society/high-tea.aspx.  You can play 19th century opium trader and see whether you can keep Britain’s tea-addicted population satisfied.

Kathryn Smith

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