The British have an umbilical cord that has never been cut..

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…and through which tea flows constantly. It is curious to watch them at times of sudden horror, tragedy or disaster. The pulse stops apparently, and nothing can be done, and not one move made, until a “nice cup of tea” is quickly made. There is no question that it brings solace and does steady the mind. What a pity all countries are not so tea-conscious. World-peace conferences would run more smoothly if a “nice cup of tea,” or indeed, a samovar, were available at the proper time.

Marlene Dietrich’s ABC

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