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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Tea and coffee adulteration

In the past tea was adulterated with leaves from other plants including trees like ash and beech although laws were passed to prevent it. Coffee was sometimes adulterated with sheep dung. Chalk was added to flour and water was added to milk. www.localhistories.org/tea   www.localhistories.org/coffee 

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Tea

Tea was introduced into England in the mid-17th century but at first it wasn't popular. It was made popular by a Portuguese woman named Catherine of Braganza. She married Charles II in Portsmouth in 1662. She wanted a cup of tea but nobody had any. Fortunately there was a Portuguese ship in Portsmouth Harbour with tea leaves. So they were able to make her a cup of tea. www.localhistories.org/tea  

Monday, 20 June 2011

Wimbledon 1949

In 1949 American tennis player Gertrude Moran known as Gorgeous Gussie created a stir at Wimbledon when she appeared in frilly panties (very daring in 1949) www.localhistories.org/panties