Of all the stupid things people say, one of the most stupid is ‘Would you like a nice cup of tea?’ I mean, what is the word nice doing in that sentence? It’s the sort of thing daft old grannies like to say. ‘Ooh! Let’s have a nice cup of tea.’
So I went round to my Gran’s the other day and I said, ‘How’re you doing Gran?’ and she said, ‘All right, you know, considering.’
She’s dead, my Gran, but she takes great care of herself, you know what I mean?
So she says ‘Come in, sit down. Would you like a nice cup of tea?’
I thought to myself, God, if I hear that one more time … But I said, ‘No thanks, Gran I’m all right.’
Then she said, ‘Would you like a horrible cup of tea?’
I thought for a moment. ‘How horrible? Without sugar?’
‘Without sugar. And I’ll spit in it.’
‘Nah, I’m not too bothered, thanks, Gran.’
‘I’ll put some spiders in. No sugar, spit, and spiders. And I’ll make it with toilet water.’
‘Aye, all right then. Cheers.’
‘And how about some nuclear radiation?
‘Nuclear radiation. I’m got some yellow cake.’
‘Now you’re talking, Gran. Champion!’
This nice cup of tea was brought to you by Chris Page’s collection of short fiction Un-Tall Tales. George Orwell was keen on a nice cup of tea, and you’ll find his brew here.