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The One and Only Tea Room - Now Hanging in Babylon

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ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 13-May-11 23:57:50

Well folks, here we are, transported through time and space to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Golden couches and the distressed chintz sofa are arranged on a terrace overlooking the Euphrates and, as we recline on the exquisitely-soft cushions eating peeled grapes, we can enjoy the warm fragrance of the gardens' many exotic blooms. The garden is tended by the indefatigable Mellors, with occasional help from the bishops, rabbis and any passing world leaders. Somewhere behind the terrace there is an aga and a priest's hole, with optional massage table.

Please come and join us for a celebratory drink and conversation ranging from the profound to the profoundly silly.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 14-May-11 00:08:30

I just found this on one of the earliest (December 2008, yes really) threads. How times don'tchange:

The following are optional but very much encouraged:

* wearing of modish hats or fascinators

* wearing of Mary Jane shoes

* bringing cocktail recipes to add to our evening repertoire

* sharing as much or as little as you wish about what led to you having an only child or about anything else going on in real life

* contributing things for the tea room Christmas craft sale

* choosing background music for the cocktail parties

* dancing under the glitter balls at our occasional tea room discos

* all hugging should be consensual

teafortwo Sat 14-May-11 01:15:02

Well... that has set me off again!!! Isn't the tearoom lovely? Haven't we stuck so well to the original seed and grown so very tastefully <ahem> and beyond imagination?

I am feeling nostalgic and close to weepy because my baby Milk is five in the morning. FIVE!!!! Five??? <wipes eyes> And the tearoom is sooo lovely now too - which is not helping me see sense!!!

Tee2072 Sat 14-May-11 06:22:34

Good morning and how lovely to be in Babylon!

However, I must lodge a complaint that I was never told that the Tea Room was also a TARDIS!! ::stamps foot::

Happy Birthday Milk!

Scout19075 Sat 14-May-11 07:44:38

Love from TS and Scout

purpleknittingmum Sat 14-May-11 08:16:14

Hello ladies!!

major apologies for not being here lately, will try and come in more often!

Happy Birthday Milk! It is my mum's birthday today! They are treating us to a meal this afternoon, wasn't expecting that!!

beanandspud Sat 14-May-11 08:24:03

Good morning and Happy Birthday Milk!

Just popped in to see what Babylon looks like. I will be back later in suitable attire and bearing appropriate recipes.

<<Goes off to Google traditional Babylonian snacks and drinks>>

CMOTdibbler Sat 14-May-11 08:26:15

Happy Birthday Milk ! Tiddler is 5 on Friday, and I don't know where the years have gone. He has just finished lecturing me on the need for the summer holiday club form to be 'returned as soon as possible' as he is desperate to go to that too. Traumatised by going to out of school care he is hmm

Fry up this morning ?

thumbwitch Sat 14-May-11 09:16:51

Happy Birthday Milk!

Fry up sounds lovely, thanks CMOTD. smile

Lovely looking joint, this - all gold and sparkly!

MaryBS Sat 14-May-11 13:32:15

TARDIS? Are we in space then???

Tee2072 Sat 14-May-11 16:19:53

Didn't we just move through time?!?!

TheWestCoastLotus Sat 14-May-11 16:33:53

Happy birthday Milk and Tiddler smile

CMOT, how are you and how is the wrist?

Question: what does one wear in Babylon? Other than a fascinator and Mary Janes, of course.

Catitainahatita Sat 14-May-11 17:52:07

Happy birthday Milk and CMOTiddler. All the best people are born in May (mine was the 6th).

What to wear? Well, since my knowledge of Babylon isn't vast and the idea of a Tardis opens a wide range of options, I thought I might go with the Babylon 5 look (geek alert: here is the wikipedia entry for those of you not geeky enough oto have watched it. My favourite is the Delenn look.

Scout19075 Sat 14-May-11 18:33:58

May I offer the first wine in Babylon?

purpleknittingmum Sat 14-May-11 18:41:22

passes round some cake and biccies too

Well we had a lovely meal today, I had my usual choice of lasagne and then a chocolate orange jaffa cheesecake! Gorgeous!

MaryBS Sat 14-May-11 19:09:32

Who's going to be the whore? blush

beanandspud Sat 14-May-11 19:26:36

<<Arrives with local snacks - olives, dates, dried apricots, and passes round more wine >>

Apparently pomegranate and fig wines are very popular here if anyone fancies trying some?

Clothes? I think I pictured some sort of toga-type ensemble but not sure if it will be a bit draughty... On the other hand I may have completely confused it with some other period of ancient history.

TheWestCoastLotus Sat 14-May-11 19:46:30

How about we all take turns at being the Whore? grin

By the way, does anyone know what the Whore's name was?

Catitainahatita Sat 14-May-11 20:15:16

Hopes Mary or Amber can/will correct here. As far as I remember the Whore of Babylon was a used symbolically in Revelation as the personification of evil. In the reformation period Protestants used the term to refer to the Pope and/or Vatican.

As much I as I am in favour of reclaiming the derogatory terms women are called I might draw the line at have a turn at being the personification of evil wink

Scout19075 Sat 14-May-11 20:26:09

<<Whispers: Who's watching Eurovision?>>

purpleknittingmum Sat 14-May-11 20:31:22

We have Eurovision on, my daughter loves it! In the past we have sometimes just watched the results!

Current song on, Hungary is quite good!

MaryBS Sat 14-May-11 20:31:40

Its from the book of Revelation, and yes the RC church has been called the Whore of Babylon!

"Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the judgement of the great whore who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and with the wine of whose fornication the inhabitants of the earth have become drunk.’ So he carried me away in the spirit* into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; and on her forehead was written a name, a mystery: ‘Babylon the great, mother of whores and of earth’s abominations"

Scout19075 Sat 14-May-11 20:34:38

I do enjoy Eurovision.

Jedward's on now.

purpleknittingmum Sat 14-May-11 20:43:43

It's all a load of rubbish though isn't it with all the politial voting? Sandy Shaw was on the news yesterday saying she didn't think much of Blue's song

Scout19075 Sat 14-May-11 20:51:11

Not having grown up with Eurovision I'm still fascinated by it. Though I do realize how cr@p the voting system is. I'm still waiting for the competition where someone completely loses the plot on stage.

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