“The Penniless Pensioner: Misaligned, Maligned but Marvellous” :Chapter 24: Reading John Lennon’s Tea Leaves

Being half Welsh and half Indian my bloodline was comfortable with high tea. I went to the Plaza Hotel, well known for its high tea, and bought their incredible jasmine tea and some dainty cakes and sandwiches from the iconic Palm Room.

John arrived at 2 p.m. and we sat down to tea not before hearing a litany of complaints about Yoko’s “stuttering and screeching vocals”. John explained it was giving him a headache! John mentioned that after our tea he would be heading down to Nashville to help a Canadian singer Stomping Tom Connors lay down a track “Maple Syrup and Peameal Bacon Hogtown Paradise”.

I asked John to sprinkle a few leaves from the teapot basket in his cup. Turn it upside down in the saucer and turn it around one time. Before he gave me the cup I asked John if he wanted to hear both good and bad news. He replied that both were fine.

His wish would come true. There was a big sitar in his cup so out of the blue I asked if he had been chatting with Ravi Shankar. See what I mean by luck as he responded he had been talking with Shankar about a show in New York a few days ago. What disturbed me was a menacing figure in the darkness holding what appeared to be a sign with the initials H.C. Beside the sign there appeared to be a vehicle looking a bit like an ambulance. John could not make any connections. I explained in my thoughts that he should be careful of hot and cold water lest it led to an accident. We both had a good laugh and he headed up to his unit thanking me for the wonderful tea and dainties and my powerful mysticism. The H.C. and the ambulance began to make sense on December 8th.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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