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tea time

Yesterday I went into Soho to drop off some artwork prints to my agent, who's doing up her new office in Vern & Lettuce theme, hooray! Then I met up for a drink with DFC colleague Andrew Wildman (the guy who does Transformers; you haven't seen his work yet in the DFC, but it's coming soon) and a bunch of other comics folk, including Andie Tong (who draws the UK Spiderman), David Lloyd and Natalie Sandells. (Yay, another female comics person!) It was great to see them, but the pub was noisy - David Lloyd and I were shouting at each other across the table which made for a very shallow conversation - and the drinks overpriced, so I didn't stay all that long and went home and did some more work.

The annoying pub was a sharp contrast to the lush morning tea and cakes I just had with David O'Connell (tozocomic) in East Dulwich. Here's our picture to commemorate the discovery of this great French Moroccan tea room, Le Chandelier, on Lordship Lane. (Thanks, Alex Buxton, for the recommendation!)


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Nov. 7th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Speaking of which, I have a coconut cake in the oven, I should check on that...

yuumm teaaa <3
Nov. 7th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Oooh, yummy!
Nov. 7th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'd send you some but I think it would probably get lost in the mail :( Postmen are notorious for stealing cake mail.
Nov. 7th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Ah, that would explain the crumbs on my doorstep.
Nov. 7th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
When I move down south we shuold totally have tea and cake together sometime XD
Nov. 7th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
It's a date! :-)
Nov. 7th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
To know what makes a nice cup of tea, you could ask George Orwell, or refer to Douglas Adams' explanations for the Americans or maybe ask Neil Gaiman
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Oh sweet, George Orwell's Essays

I had a Penguin pocket book that collected some of George Orwell's essays, called 'In Defense of English Cooking'. The bulk of it was taken up with his essay 'Notes On Nationalism' (http://www.netcharles.com/orwell/essays/notes-on-nationalism1.htm) where Orwell identifies and decries nationalism in all its forms. His defense of English cuisine later in the same collection made for quite an ironic juxtaposition. You can read it here. http://www.orwell.ru/library/articles/cooking/english/e_dec

Nov. 9th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Cool beans! I'll bookmark those, thanks! :-)
Nov. 7th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Also : Yay ! You got to meet David Lloyd ! David "V for Vendetta" Lloyd !
Nov. 7th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tea links! :-)

David Lloyd: Funnily enough, he was one of the first comics people I ever met, when I stopped by the Dark Horse stand at the London Book Fair a couple years ago. He was just sitting there by himself and I wandered in, and then showed him the first and only commissioned comic I had ever drawn, and he was very nice about it and put me on his mailing list.

I wish I'd been able to have a better talk with him, but I just couldn't manage the noisy pub setting that evening and more than a couple minutes of yelling felt so undignified. :-(
Nov. 7th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
For me, a good brew is...

Boiling water, strong tea (loose leaf if possible), white mug, dash of milk.

Getting a good cuppa out and about though, is a rare thing. You can only really rely on old fashioned tea rooms and occasionally builders caffs. More often than not you end up with plain old dirty dish water. I blame the influx of starbucks.
Nov. 7th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
I agree, that is a good tea recipe! Someone gave me this book once, which made me smile a lot:


I don't know about tea going downhill. I think I've been lucky, I've had some remarkably good cups of tea lately. The best one, I think, was at Eltham Palace tea room. Amazing tea, amazing cake, and even waitresses in white pinafores and caps! The place Dave and I used to meet up, Tea Pod, on Shad Thames was good, and I've had good tea at this Le Chandelier place in East Dulwich, Royal Teas in Greenwich, the tea shop in Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly, the cafe in the Wallace Collection, and Postcard Teas near Oxford Street. ...Oh, and an amazingly beautiful opening-flower tea at Harrod's, but it didn't taste so good.
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Can you tell Andrew Wildman he was always my favorite Transformers artist, from me
Nov. 9th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
I will do! :-)
Nov. 9th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You'll have to explain who I am first though

Nov. 9th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Ooh, tricky! It's usually your artwork that speaks for you, haven't met you yet! But I know you live a fair ways away, in a very cool-sounding place.
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