In a letter to ''Postbag'' during the week a reader attributed his mother's longevity partly to having a taste for ''expensive tea''. This is encouraging news, as I can't get started in the morning without a couple of cups _ OK, mugs _ of English breakfast tea, which definitely isn't cheap.
Tea purportedly heightens alertness, although I suspect that is not the case with me.
I was brought up drinking tea. One of my childhood duties was the important task of warming the tea pot, before adding two spoonfuls of tea leaves. This was in the days before tea bags, which were to make things a lot more convenient.
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