Say it with coffeeBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6959.962 (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:962
- T Greenhalgh
It is 9.30 on Monday morning. I am alone in a Hampstead bistro. There are Peruvian paintings on the walls and an invisible stereo plays “The Girl from Ipanema.” My cappuccino - oversized, exorbitantly priced, excessively sweet - symbolises perfectly the wicked self indulgence of this unearned respite so early in the working week. Outside, commuter traffic waits at its usual near standstill as I lazily bury sugar crystals one by one in mounds of frothy cream.
The Japanese are renowned for the number of non-verbal messages that can be conveyed in the traditional tea ceremony. I suspect there are at least as many anthropological curiosities in the way …