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Category: English History

How the English Fell in Love with Tea

The recent Fourth of July celebrations have me thinking about tea. It had a part, after all, in getting this whole independence thing started. What is it that makes tea oh-so-British? In the Beginning, God Made Tea Well, as British as it seems, tea wasn’t born in England, and it didn’t even appear there until the mid-17th century. Its origins are in ¬†China, and for a large chunk…

Roosevelt’s Picnic or When the King Ate Hotdogs

  In the twilight of the 1930’s President Franklin D. Roosevelt sat at his desk pondering the crisis in Europe. “Is this war to be, or not to be? But that’s really not the question. The question is; how do I convince America that England will need us? ” And so, the President sat, rapping his fingers on the wood of his desk while starring blankly at the stamp collection…

We’ve got a Tolkien Kind of Love

JRR Tolkien is best known for his books, but before The Hobbit and The Lord of The RIngs, there was Edith Bratt. Both orphans, Edith was Tolkien’s first and only love. This is the story of Ronald and his real life Luthien…

Christmas in England: The Grinch Years

Christmas isn’t what it used to be, especially in merry old England. Ah, the good old days, when everything Christmas was banned… wait, what? No mistletoe? No carols? No presents under the Christmas tree? Yes my friends, it was the year ¬†1642, civil war had begun in England and the Puritans weren’t getting along so well with the King or his Church. The king, with his pointy beard, smug looks…