3rd Annual MHS Tea Duel

Time once again for our gentlemen to show their mettle. The tea brewed and, after the ‘Biscuitgate’ fiasco of 2015, we reverted to the tried and tested ‘Cows’. Tony Thompson – visiting author – gamely signed up to duel despite having no clue as to what he would be doing. Well played, good sir, well played.

The duellers,and many of the spectators, were conversant with the rules of Tea Duelling which ensured fair play and good spirit, as well as healthy competition. Tactics were discussed, debated and argued.

Thank you to the ‘Cosies’ who ably assisted the Tiffin Mistress (and to Ms Buckland who inadvertently became our chief Keg washer), and to Eric of 9K, Ms Morton and Ms Hainstock for being our photographers.

Congratulations to Jacob [11N] our 2016 Tea Duel Champion, and to Angus [10K] the runner-up.                                                                                                                                          Aside from a few splashes, splatters and splodges, it was a good, clean fight. gg everyone.

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Setting up

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Setting up

 

Let the games begin….

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Our visiting author looks perplexed!

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Tea Duelling is a serious sport

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Tea Duelling is a serious sport

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Tea Duelling is a serious sport

Some of us weren’t taking it that seriously…

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Heats over, now it gets really serious

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After the quarters it was down to the final four Jacob v. Nathan and Angus v. Firdavis:

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And now the final…. Jacob v Angus.

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It was a short, sharp final with Jacob the winner – splatter beating splash

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Jacob the victor…

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Angus – Tea and Biscuit

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A gallant second place

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Winners…

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… are grinners

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Jacob and Angus with the Tiffin Mistress and Tony Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the library

The MHS Library Assistants and the members of the MHS Writing Interest Group (WIG) – formerly known as Competition Writing – came together for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to celebrate the end of a great year. A huge thank you to Denise Beanland for making the gorgeous biscuits (see photos), themed table setting and lolly cups and, of course, TEA.

Being left-handed, Denise made a mixture of left- and right-handed cups and tea pots.

Eat me!

What’s a party without fairy bread?

The ancient craft of making fairy bread. Pictured: an apprentice (Jeremy Shen). Great job.

The spread

Oh, and the hats…

A shower cap is technically a hat.

Thank you all for coming! We hope you had a good time. See you next year.

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have what it takes? – 2nd Annual Tea Duelling Competition

Tea Duelling? I hear you ask. Yes – it’s a sport for the modern age:

Tea Duelling is an elegant sport for a more civilized age. Instead of hacking away at each other with long, sharp wedges of metal or, heaven forbid, shooting guns at one another, Major Thadeus Tinker and Dr. Geof Fetishman devised a way to test the mettle of an opponent through the use of a simple cup of brown joy and a biscuit.

Tea Duelling is now an annual institution at Melbourne High School. Enjoy photos and videos.

The final play-off (going backwards)

The secret to tea duelling by an experienced dueller

Inspecting the integrity of the biscuit.

A big thank you to all of you who came and those who participated. Judging by all the cheering and noise, Tea Duelling is a serious sport.

The presiding officer, known as a “Tiffin Master” or “Tiffin Mistress” then tells both duellists when to dunk their biscuit into their tea. The biscuits are to be held submerged in tea for an audible count of five seconds, and then are removed and attempted to be eaten.

The goal of tea duelling is to get a clean “nom”, which is when you put the biscuit in your mouth and bite it without having lost any pieces along the way. This sounds easy, but as the biscuit has been submerged in hot tea, it will want to immediately fall apart, presenting difficulty in achieving a clean “nom”.

A huge thanks to Denise who organised the whole thing, dressed up as Tiffin Mistress to take the contestants through their paces, researched the biscuits, made the tea and organised and wrapped the prizes.

See you all again next year.

Practice for Tea Duelling

As posted earlier, we are going to host Tea Duelling in the library this Friday. If you missed the post then have a quick read, otherwise none of this will make any sense.

We had to practise to make sure it worked and that we understood the rules. I filmed some of the process and threw these videos into Youtube very quickly, without filling out categories etc., and curiously, they landed in the category of Comedy. How appropriate.

They are short but if you don’t want to watch all of them, skip to number 4 when we actually dunk. Please come and watch the whole event in the library at lunchtime this Friday. It promises to be hilarious.