Views And Reviews

Say it with coffee

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:962
  1. 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 …

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