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May 12th, 2008, 10:21 PM
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Thanks to the official secrecy act, this story is only now coming to light, but I think it is possibly the greatest (for being the most bizarre) news story I have read in a while:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7382750.stm

"The threat of a nuclear attack on the UK in the 1950s caused concern over the supply of tea, top-secret documents which have now been released reveal.

Government officials planning food supplies said the tea situation would be "very serious" after a nuclear war.

"It would be wrong to consider that even 1oz per head per week could be ensured," they stated.

The papers were released under the Freedom of Information Act by the National Archives at Kew.

Heart and health

The documents said a nuclear conflict would result in the loss of three-quarters of tea stocks."

It goes on but this is the best part of it. I mean, here I was worried that nuclear war would kill, say three-quarters of the world's population and that it would poison our crops, give us radiation sickness, bring on nuclear winter etc. But clearly I had my priorities all wrong. Little did I realise the effect it would have on tea stocks and supplies! Thank god it never broke out cause I was totally unprepared for that "very serious" tea situation.
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May 12th, 2008, 10:32 PM
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May 12th, 2008, 11:45 PM
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May 13th, 2008, 07:03 AM
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I'll cross-post this on the other forums I visit where one of the frequent posters lives in England and see what he has to say about it.

I think teat time over there is kinda like smoking breaks... Except they also smoke.
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May 13th, 2008, 08:59 AM
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i can see like a husband snaping at his wife and then being like ahh im sorry its just this tea shorage, its really geting to me
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May 13th, 2008, 09:49 AM
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i can see like a husband snaping at his wife and then being like ahh im sorry its just this tea shorage, its really geting to me[/b]
Too funny
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May 16th, 2008, 08:52 AM
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Finally got a response from my Brittish friend:

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It was thought back in the 1950's (still is if I am completely office) that without Tea, everyone in this country would get depressed and digress back to the middleages in terms of our behaviour...

Yes; we are an odd bunch. But thats why you think we are 'cute' and 'quaint'.[/b]
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May 16th, 2008, 12:31 PM
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lol!

Yup, the Brits definitely love their tea. My grandparents were British and I grew up on it.

Thanks for sharing, that's too funny.

lol!

Yup, the Brits definitely love their tea. My grandparents were British and I grew up on it.

Thanks for sharing, that's too funny.
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