Friday, October 19, 2007

Appalled



Yesterday was a worrying day. The alarm went off, I got up, put the kettle on, went in the bathroom, came back out the bathroom, made a cup of tea, drank the cup of tea – and then for the rest of the day just kept thinking that I just did not want to drink any more tea. I couldn’t quite stomach the thought of consuming any more caffeine. I do actually drink quite a lot of decaffeinated tea anyway, but the thought of drinking tea at all did not really appeal to me. I am shocked and appalled at myself! Tea is the best drink in the whole world and most days is all I drink and yet suddenly I seem to have reached saturation point. It’s one of my few pleasures in life, so I will have to force myself to enjoy it even if it kills me.

I meant to say previously that on the day that I suggested you read the Independent because they are nice and helpful, their main headline was that Africans were less intelligent than Westerners*. I was very unimpressed that they chose to run with that as their main story and with a headline that basically stated it as fact. They were reporting some rather controversial research carried out by an American scientist, James Watson, who claimed that he had found evidence that black people were less intelligent. If people believe that research then this could put back race relations by years and also fuel the bigoted views of people who were just looking for proof of ‘white superiority’. He said that he had hoped everyone was equal but people “who have to deal with black employees find this is not true”. Admittedly this chap is a Nobel prize winner and a well respected geneticist, but one piece of research does not a truth make.

Anyway, I have a nice weekend ahead. I am babysitting for my nephew tonight which could be interesting because he is being unsuccessfully potty trained at the moment. So whilst this might mean no nappy changing, I think it could mean much worse. *gulp* Then tomorrow night I am seeing a friend from school, who has a new baby, so there might be more opportunity to be up to my elbows in waster products. Lovely.


*Having said that, looking on The Independent’s website, there is no mention of it now. Interesting…

5 comments:

Blue Soup said...

I think the Indy runs with those kinds of controversial headlines on purpose... a shocking statement like that can sway someone to buy the paper to see what it is all about... I hate the Indy though.

:)

the vicious chicken said...

Heck, that sounds SERIOUS! Enough to give a girl nightmares, really... So I hope you get your tea-drinking mojo back very soon :o)

If it's any help, I sometimes go off tea a bit for a short while, but I always come back to it in the end and enjoy it just as much again. So there's definately hope.

Chin up - and have a good weekend :o)
VCx

Random Reflections said...

Blue Soup - Yep, not a massive fan on the Indy myself. I have seen it a few times of late because of G buying ot for the series of booklets they were giving away. For a 'broadsheet' it can really be like a tabloid sometimes.

VC - I'm at my sister's at the moment and my bro in law makes great tea so that is slowly encouraging me to drink it again, but it still isn't the usual full pleasure that it is. Let's hope this passes soon or else I might turn inot a raisin due to dehydration...

Hope you have a good weekend too.

Sweet Irene said...

I'm a coffee drinker myself, but I do enjoy drinking South African Rooibos tea. It is very nice and decaffeinated and very good when you are thirsty. I don't know what it is called in English. Do you take some sugar in your tea? It always makes it taste a little better. Strong tea with a little sugar in it is nice.

Random Reflections said...

sweet irene - I think we get that tea here, which is called Red Bush tea. But I might be getting muddled. I'm not sure I could ever drink tea with sugar in it. I'm just going to have to wait out the storm...