The Anonymous Widower

Is This The Solution To The Train Tea-Bag Problem?

One of the biggest problems on a train, is disposal of a tea-bag without getting tea everywhere.

This sequence of pictures, shows my tea on the trip to Cardiff.

At least this worked.

But then British rail catering has form, as years ago, they invented the small carrier bag to bring drinks and snacks back to your seat.

I’m always surprised, that you don’t see them more often in non-travelling takeaways.

May 22, 2023 Posted by | Food, Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

Cup Of Tea Brightens The Day And The Mind

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Newcastle University.

This is the introductory paragraph.

If you’re enjoying a cup of tea and mince pie this festive season, you may be refreshing more than your palate, as research shows a good brew improves the attention span in those over 85-years-old.

I find this research interesting, mainly because I drink tea in large quantities, at a rate of at least six mugs a day.

But then my family seems to have an unusual drink problem.

  • I drink decaffinated builders tea and usually in a day, I’ll also drink two bottles of 0.5 % alcohol beer from Adnams and other soft drinks too!
  • My father was the same except that he would have a pint of Adnams a couple of times a week.
  • But his father drunk so much, he became an alcoholic and died at forty, well before I was born.
  • I also tend to have a mug of tea before I go to bed.
  • I’ve always preferred tea to coffee.
  • My fifty-year-old son is teetotal, but seems to drink a lot of tea and soft drinks.

As both my father and myself share a skin problem, which is probably related to coelic disease. I think, I sweat a lot of water through my skin, so I need to keep topping it up.


After reading the report from Newcastle University, I think I’ll keep drinking the tea.


December 29, 2020 Posted by | Food | , , , | Leave a comment

Fibreglass Giraffes Help Stop Elephants Rampaging Across Delicate Tea Crops

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in The Times.

Tea plantations in Assam have an elephant problem and this weird solution seems to work.

October 31, 2019 Posted by | Food, World | , , , | Leave a comment


Just heard the CEO of Nrdpresso defending his product, where seventy-two percent of the product goes into landfill.


My tea-bag goes straight into the food composting bin!

So much more environmentally-friendly!

August 15, 2019 Posted by | Food | , , , | 3 Comments

Carluccio’s Goes Posh

Not my words, but that of the waiter.


It was a good quick breakfast.

The tea-pot certainly solves the dreaded tea-bag problem.

January 3, 2017 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

A High Speed Brew

I took this picture, as my train to Newark for Lincoln was somewhere around New |Southgate. We were just twelve minutes out of Kings Cross

A High Speed Brew

A High Speed Brew

The steward had served it almost before we moved off at Kings Cross, with a very full train of passengers.

August 3, 2016 Posted by | Food, Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

A Solution To The Tea Bag Problem

In Rochester High Street, I had a very nice cup of tea in a cafe called Dot Cafe. What a good name for a cafe with good internet and wi-fi.

As you can see milk was served alongside in a small wider jug, which was an ideal place to put the teabag. The lady in charge said that was what you did!

A simple idea that solves a messy problem! Perhaps you could put some words on the jug like “Milk – After The Teabag”

November 26, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

South West Trains Messy Tea

The picture says it all.

South West Trains Messy Tea

South West Trains Messy Tea

If I was the boss of ATOC, I’d offer a prize for the design of a tea system that was simple for the staff and customers alike, but didn’t leave any mess.

November 22, 2014 Posted by | Food, Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

The Cable Car Was Busy

The Emirates Air Line has been criticised for low usage lately.

The Cable Car Was Busy

The Cable Car Was Busy

However, this picture shows that the sun brings out the punters.

Later, I was able to have my first outdoor cup of tea.

My First Outdoor Drink Of 2014

My First Outdoor Drink Of 2014

In fact, the only problem was the breeze made it difficult to control the bills.

February 16, 2014 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Change After Forty Years

My middle son, who is in his forties came round for supper last night.

For the first time ever, he had a cup of tea. Normally, he drinks coffee!


February 15, 2014 Posted by | Food, World | | Leave a comment