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If A Little Pixillated
Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Photographs - Alex Waterhouse-Hayward


Of Antisepsis

It was hot last night, and as I brewed myself a
refreshing pot of tea, I reflected that without tea
and alcohol the human race would probably have
perished of its own filthiness centuries ago. Our
modern supplies of cleansing water are a
thing of the last sixty or seventy years, before that
time water was so unspeakably polluted that
nobody in his right senses drank the stuff, and used
it for washing only with the greatest caution. The
nations of the East preserved themselves by
drinking beverages in which the antiseptic herbs had
been boiled; the nations of the West drank enough
alcohol in one form or another to keep themselves
reasonably pure, if a little pixillated. Even today
alcohol is the great sterilizer, and water is used only
it it has been boiled. I pondered on mankind’s debt
to booze for a while, and then pensively added a
noggin of rum to my tea, just to make sure that I
came to no harm.

Robertson Davies – Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks

Trilogía Deptford 

Leonardo and Roberston Davies's glasses 

From The CanLit Foodbok - Compiled & Illustrated by Margaret Atwood - 1987



     

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