Watervliet Anglophiles Celebrate City’s First Tea Room
By Fred Furnace
Published February 16th, 2015
Don't be a tosser, have a chin wag and drink some tea
WATERVLIET – The Watervliet Tea & Crumpet Room opened its doors on Saturday to the acclaim of the city’s small and heretofore nonexistent Anglophile crowd.
"I've been lookin’ for a spot where me mates can chin wag without being chivvied by wankers and tossers," said George Pappadopolous. "We’ve had bugger all for some time now. Well, we got ourselves a proper noshery to get on real good now. Real good.”
Pappadopolous, who’s Greek, admits he has no actual connection to England, but has nonetheless recently decided to adopt British culture as his own.
He’s not alone. Dozens of other Watervliet residents have developed "Anglo-fever," which local sociologists attribute to the huge popularity of the PBS show Downton Abbey.
"People have gone bonkers for that show," said famed SUNY Cobleskill Sociology Professor Burt Wilkerson. "People host Downton Abbey parties. They buy Downton Abbey action figures. They even dress their dogs like Downton Abbey characters.”
Wilkerson added that some fans – including the likes of Pappadopolous – have started speaking with heavy British accents. "The impact of this show has been kinda’ nuts," Wilkerson said.
"It's bloody impossible to watch that programmed and not fancy Great Briton," Pappadopolous concurred. "You’d be a giant twat if that wasn’t the case, now, wouldn’t ya?”
The Watervliet Tea & Crumpet Room is located adjacent to Bob’s Diner on 19th Street in the city. Its hours run from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm daily.