Saturday, 4 April 2009


The traditional “British cuppa” has recently come under attack. To begin with Iranian scientists claimed to have found a link between drinking tea that’s too hot and cancer of the oesophagus. Then an elderly Lancashire man was arrested for allegedly trying to poison his ex-wife by adding mercury to her cup of tea.

There was a time when the biggest danger in drinking tea was being asked to read the tea leaves afterwards. These days, however, it seems that it needs to carry a Government Health Warning: “Divorcees beware, drinking tea can seriously damage your health.”