High tea

Sunday, February 2nd, 2003 - 3:10 pm PST

The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith enjoyed high tea with the queen yesterday afternoon at Roquinfort Palace. “Things got off to a shaky start,” admitted Smith, “when I accidentally dropped my cucumber sandwich into my tea, splashing scalding hot water on the archduke of Vonshire.” Remembering proper etiquette, Smith swiftly switched clothes with the archduke and penned him a formal letter of apology as the tea ceremony continued. The rest of the afternoon went smoothly, though things were shaky for Smith again later that night when the seventeen cups of tea he drank kept him up all night.