In my recent return to Britain I slightly fell in love with 'British-ness', again. The British-ness, and politics I might add, that I am pointing to here is around one our most defining characteristics, drinking tea. I was sweetly reminded of how integral a cuppa tea is to life in Britain, through recently watching British programs, observing British people and seeing the newspaper! Tea and biscuits are part of our backbone but it comes with a host of sensitive, regional and sometimes complex issues. Dunking can be one of these issues.
This notion of 'dunking politics' was beautifully highlighted in the popular TV show The Great British Bake Off (The Great British Baking Show if you are in USA). Two issues were highlighted, first, the North South divide and second, dunking etiquette. This tiny moment in time has sparked debate country wide, everyone with their own opinion, everyone standing their ground.
The North South divide is a regional difference in Britain, between northern and southern counties and their cultures. People are different up north - I am a southerner through and through ;) Dunking controversy over the Jaffa Cake - a cake disc topped with orange jelly and chocolate, was sparked when one of the hosts of the Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood - who is from the north of Britain, dunked his Jaffa Cake into his cup of tea. I KNOW! Shocking isn't it! Well, the other host, Mary Berry, was quick to point out that "we don't do that in the South". This teeny incident made front page news. Don't you just love that? The small things in life being brought to our attention, and the sweetness of debate around whether or not one should be dunking Jaffa Cakes.
It's this exact quirkiness that makes Britain, Britain. I hope you enjoyed this story as much as I did.