WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING IN Y8 ENGLISH?
In year 8 we have been looking at intriguing detective and mystery stories.We have also been looking at well-known fictional detectives such as Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes who I am sure you have heard of.
We have also played detective games such as Cluedo and took part in a murder mistery role-play event.
By Jake Samuel Barton Salazar
ENGLISH CORNER: AFTERNOON TEA.
Tea is a drink that was originally used in China in the third millennium before Christ. After the trips of Marco Polo, this plant was known in Old Europe and little by little it was being used.
It was not until the seventeenth century that the consumption of tea in England became popular and the person who started this was Catalina de Braganza, wife of King Charles II of England. Having married the king in 1661, she offered him a dowry of 500 thousand pounds of gold, the right for England to exercise free trade with any Portuguese colony, the offer of the city of Bombay … and a tea box!.
Still, the history of tea in England had not yet ended. It was not until the nineteenth century that Anna Russell, seventh Duchess of Bedford, changed the English tradition of tea forever.
In the 19th Century, it was customary for the upper classes in England to have their evening meal rather late, say 8: 00-9: 00 pm. It was understandable then that one might become hungry in the late afternoon.
Sometime around 1840, Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, pleaded for a “sinking feeling” and requested that some light food and a pot of tea (usually Darjeeling) be brought to her private living quarters to help ward off her mid afternoon hunger . This light food probably included bread, butter, and perhaps biscuits.
The idea proved so successful that it became routine, and the Duchess decided to invite a few of her friends to her private rooms for tea in the afternoon. A new social event was born in which the guests would have an opportunity to meet with friends, catch up on the latest news, discuss recent events, etc.
By José Vicente Esteve Soriano