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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill
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Post by Madeleine » Thu October 28th, 2010, 11:27 am

[quote=""Madeleine""]I couldn't drink tea with a meal, not a full meal anyway :eek: , I have it with lunch but that's usually just a sandwich.

I'm sure I've read somewhere that coffee houses were very popular in England a few hundred years ago - can't remember exactly when! :rolleyes: - but I'm pretty sure there was a famous coffee house in York at one time.[/quote]

Further to this conversation, on one of the quizzes last night a question was: what first opened in London in 1652?

answer: A coffee house.

So coffee has been around for quite a while in the UK, well London anyway, although I'm not sure how many folks could afford to drink it.
Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill

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Michy
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Post by Michy » Thu October 28th, 2010, 2:47 pm

Curious as to why tea caught on in the British Isles, rather than coffee -- ?? Both were from the East, so my guess would be that they were equally expensive..... I know that whenever a novel mentions an English person drinking coffee I am always "surprised" -- guess I expect them to drink nothing but tea! Shows how little I know! :o

How are you liking Mariana, by the way? I really want to read that, but my library doesn't have it, so I will either have to ILL it or buy it.

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Thu October 28th, 2010, 6:02 pm

I'm quite enjoying the book at the moment, no fireworks but it's an easy read and quite atmospheric.

It was recently re-issued in the UK, so perhaps you might be able to find out on one of the internet booksites, perhaps a decent used copy? Good luck!
Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill

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