History Main / SpotOfTea

7th Sep '17 7:33:52 AM gravious
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* In ''Film/TheIronLady'', the US Secretary of State rather patronisingly attempts to talk Margaret Thatcher out of sending her task force to liberate the Falkland Islands from the Argentine invasion. True to character she immediately gives him a sublime ShutUpHannibal, with this the cherry on the cake:

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* In ''Film/TheIronLady'', the US Secretary of State rather patronisingly attempts to talk Margaret Thatcher out of sending her task force to liberate the Falkland Islands from the Argentine invasion. True to character she immediately gives him a sublime ShutUpHannibal, ArmorPiercingResponse, with this the cherry on the cake:
7th Sep '17 7:28:59 AM gravious
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* In ''Film/TheIronLady'', the US Secretary of State rather patronisingly attempts to talk Margaret Thatcher out of sending her task force to liberate the Falkland Islands from the Argentine invasion. True to character she immediately gives him a sublime ShutUpHannibal, with this the cherry on the cake:
---> '''Margaret:''' Now, shall I be mother? ''(stunned silence)'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome How do you take your tea Al, black or white?]]
3rd Sep '17 1:19:02 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AmeliaPeabody, being a British archeologist in turn-of-the-century Egypt, quite frequently discusses the plot with other characters while passing out "the genial beverage," as she often call tea (though sometimes, after tense moments, "the genial beverage" is whiskey and soda).

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* AmeliaPeabody, ''Literature/AmeliaPeabody'', being a British archeologist in turn-of-the-century Egypt, quite frequently discusses the plot with other characters while passing out "the genial beverage," as she often call tea (though sometimes, after tense moments, "the genial beverage" is whiskey and soda).
12th Aug '17 5:31:49 PM CaptEquinox
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Tea. Today, it is one of the most, if not ''the'' most, popular drink in the UK, and this has obviously not been lost on TV writers. To an American, it may seem like massive quantities of tea are consumed in the average BritishSeries. In fact, the number of cups of tea drunk is often quite normal in Britain, though even the Brits can exaggerate.

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Tea. Today, it is one of the most, if not ''the'' most, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_in_the_United_Kingdom popular drink in the UK, UK]], and this has obviously not been lost on TV writers. To an American, it may seem like massive quantities of tea are consumed in the average BritishSeries. In fact, the number of cups of tea drunk is often quite normal in Britain, though even the Brits can exaggerate.



** Valhallans themselves surely count as well, being space Russians. In Death or Glory, the first Imperial Guard unit that managed to join with the Liberator was Valhallans. Cain's guess that they should have some flasks with tanna was proven correct. And the latest book casually mentions that "samovar in the corner is a common modification for Valhallan vehicles".

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** Valhallans themselves surely count as well, being [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_tea_culture space Russians.Russians]]. In Death or Glory, the first Imperial Guard unit that managed to join with the Liberator was Valhallans. Cain's guess that they should have some flasks with tanna was proven correct. And the latest book casually mentions that "samovar in the corner is a common modification for Valhallan vehicles".



* Literature/JudgeDee downs ''gallons'' of tea in the course of his cases. In fact he hits the teapot the way Sam Spade hits the bottle. This being ImperialChina everybody else is equally addicted (except for his faithful Lieutenants Ma Joon and Chiao Tai who prefer 'the amber liquid', i.e. wine). A cuppa is even offered to witnesses and criminals in court, to revive them after a round of beating or being overpowered by emotion.

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* Literature/JudgeDee downs ''gallons'' of tea in the course of his cases. In fact he hits the teapot the way Sam Spade hits the bottle. This being ImperialChina [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_tea_culture everybody else is equally addicted addicted]] (except for his faithful Lieutenants Ma Joon and Chiao Tai who prefer 'the amber liquid', i.e. wine). A cuppa is even offered to witnesses and criminals in court, to revive them after a round of beating or being overpowered by emotion.


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* When Rosemary discovers the true purpose of the cultists in ''Literature/RosemarysBaby'', what's the first thing Minnie gives her? No witch herbs, just plain ordinary Lipton's tea with sugar and lemon. Rosemary does feel better after drinking it.
8th Aug '17 12:14:13 PM Malady
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* ''Anime/AgathaChristiesGreatDetectivesPoirotAndMarple'': Pretty much every episode will include characters having tea together, which is something common to both Japanese and British culture.
3rd Aug '17 4:00:42 PM sabremeister
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* Tea was also used as an instrument of wartime diplomacy. The Irish Free State had no merchant marine of its own and was utterly dependent on re-importing exotic foreign goods (just about everything it couldn't produce itself) through Britain. The Irish were one of a handful of European states to remain neutral and relatively untouched by the war, despite heavy pressure and downright intimidation from both Britain and the Axis. The Irish also drink ''at least'' as much tea as the British, perhaps more. Britain won several grudging concessions from Ireland during the war years by 1) threatening to vastly increase export tariffs on tea; and 2) cutting off the supply completely to force Taoiseach (prime minister) Eamon de Valera to comply. This was still preferable to the German idea of "persuasion" - after the Free State violated neutrality by sending all available medical personnel North as a humanitarian gesture, and opened its hospitals to treat victims of German bombing in Northern Ireland, Dublin was bombed "by accident" for three straight nights. The Luftwaffe claimed it had been aiming at Liverpool. Hmm..

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* Tea was also used as an instrument of wartime diplomacy. The Irish Free State had no merchant marine of its own and was utterly dependent on re-importing exotic foreign goods (just about everything it couldn't produce itself) through Britain. The Irish were one of a handful of European states to remain neutral and relatively untouched by the war, despite heavy pressure and downright intimidation from both Britain and the Axis. The Irish also drink ''at least'' as much tea as the British, perhaps more. Britain won several grudging concessions from Ireland during the war years by 1) threatening to vastly increase export tariffs on tea; and 2) cutting off the supply completely to force Taoiseach Taoiseach[[note]]pronounced tea-shock in many Irish accents[[/note]] (prime minister) Eamon de Valera to comply. This was still preferable to the German idea of "persuasion" - after the Free State violated neutrality by sending all available medical personnel North as a humanitarian gesture, and opened its hospitals to treat victims of German bombing in Northern Ireland, Dublin was bombed "by accident" for three straight nights. The Luftwaffe claimed it had been aiming at Liverpool. Hmm..
2nd Aug '17 11:17:21 AM Jubileus57
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* The Princesses in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' can have a tea party with a teammate in the middle of ''any battle'' to restore some magic points to both of them.
26th Jul '17 7:01:48 AM rickpim
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* In ''Film/Dunkirk'', it's seen pretty constantly. When rescued soldiers are taken aboard "official" ships they're given tea (and sometimes bread and jam). When they're pulled from the sea by the "little ships", they're given tea. When a rescued soldier with PTSD is dangerously close to becoming violent he's given... tea. It's not especially lampshaded, it's just... there.

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* In ''Film/Dunkirk'', ''Film/{{Dunkirk}}'', it's seen pretty constantly. When rescued soldiers are taken aboard "official" ships they're given tea (and sometimes bread and jam). When they're pulled from the sea by the "little ships", they're given tea. When a rescued soldier with PTSD is dangerously close to becoming violent he's given... tea. It's not especially lampshaded, it's just... there.
26th Jul '17 6:51:39 AM rickpim
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* In ''Film/Dunkirk'', it's seen pretty constantly. When rescued soldiers are taken aboard "official" ships they're given tea (and sometimes bread and jam). When they're pulled from the sea by the "little ships", they're given tea. When a rescued soldier with PTSD is dangerously close to becoming violent he's given... tea. It's not especially lampshaded, it's just... there.
22nd Jul '17 6:35:56 AM Wooboo
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** The boiling vessel was also developed as a protective measure. In World War 2, tank crews had to exit their vehicles when it came to tea time utilizing improvised burners out of used petrol cans, which caused all manner of safety concerns. So after the war (starting with the production of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centurion_(tank) Centurion]] in 1945) the boiling vessel was added to all armored vehicle designs, which not only protects the crew by keeping them inside the tank, but also reduces the amount of time needed for a tea break.
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