Talk:A nice cup of tea

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I'm not sure that this doesn't go a little beyond our remit.--Bob M 18:06, 5 November 2011 (UTC)

Any idea what happened to Blightynet?--Bob M 18:11, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
I had considered bringing up the matter of whether or not it goes beyond our remit with you, but decided finally that it wouldn't be necessary. I get very frequent requests from students as to the subject of tea drinking Likewise, I was just going to make a small tribute to Blightynet here on the discussion page - while explaining that the text is included as part of the teflpedia Cultural aspects of the United States & Cultural aspects of the United Kingdom reading material. But if you reckon it's too far off-topic, no sweat. I can take it or leave it... Regs., --Technopat 18:24, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
Can't get those redlinks to go bluey... --Technopat 18:26, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
Are you trying to link to a category?--Bob M 19:13, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
Yep, but I see that it don't work - or do you know summat that I don't...? --Technopat 19:19, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
This is how you do it. - Cultural aspects of the United States :-) --Bob M 21:30, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
Cool! Tho' it took me some time to locate that sneaky ":"... So, reading from left to right, these are the cats involved and referred to above: Cultural aspects of the United States & Cultural aspects of the United Kingdom. Cheers! --Technopat 21:47, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
I agree this isn't really TEFLpedia material, and looks like a Blightynet refugee. Blightynet collapsed because we were depending on one person (RW's Phantom Hoover) to do the tech stuff, and when he vanished there was nobody to put it right when it capsized. I still feel sad about it. Back to this article, though, perhaps tea making and its culture could be worked into an article? George Orwell, that champion of clear English, wrote a good article about it. Sophie 06:43, 25 March 2012 (CDT)
I really do think it, and other major cultural references, belongs here at teflpedia. As teachers, we can't separate the language we teach from the cultural references that are associated with it. The vast majority of English teachers in the world are not, I repeat NOT, natives of an English-speaking country, and however much they know about the linguistic aspects - and they usually know far more that native speakers and even native English teachers themselves - they might appreciate some background info regarding common-or-garden, everday aspects of life in English-spaking countries, those little details that are so easily taken for granted by folks actually living there. As for BlightyNet, miss it like the blazes (there was some excellent stuff in there, together with some useful links/references) - any chance - however remote - of getting it going again? Cheers! --Technopat 07:01, 25 March 2012 (CDT)
As for G.O., I'm all for mentioning his contributions, and he does already appear a couple of times, so why not add the tea thing as supplementary reading material? Cheers! --Technopat 07:10, 25 March 2012 (CDT)
The problem with "Cultural material from English speaking countries" is where does it end? The US, Canada, Australia and the UK obviously. But then why not South Africa, India and so on?
We want to be an international wiki but "cultural material of English-speaking countries would include a large percentage of the cultural heritage of the entire world.--Bob M 16:24, 25 March 2012 (CDT)