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The Tea Chronicles (Charlie McDonnell)
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Charlie's first movie production is a trailer. A horror story about the scary man who brought some tea.

You can watch the full film here.

And here the video about Making the Tea Chronicles.


See more videos by Charlie here: OUR CHARLIE SELECTION


- Who was that?
- Who was what?
- A man just stared at me and then disappeared.

- So get your tea.
- You don't have to drink that.
- But he did make it for me!
- But you clearly don't like it.

- Do you like it?
- Yes
- Good, 'cause I made you another one.

- It's just... a cup of tea.

- I made you some tea, Charlie.
- We know how much you love tea.
- Would you like some more tea?

- I bet you put the milk in first too, didn't you. You mobster!

STARED= To stare /steə*/ is to look at somebody or something fixedly, deeply, intently for some time (that often seems too long).

DON’T HAVE TO…= The opposite of MUST. We use “must” to express obligation and “don’t have to” to express absence of obligation. And we use “can’t” to express negative obligation, that is, prohibition:
- You must take this medicine (obligation)
- You don’t have to eat all that (no obligation, you can choose)
- You can’t eat my cake (prohibition)
You can also say “have to” to express obligation. The difference is usually that “must” is used by the person who has the power to enforce the obligation, and “have to” by the person who simply informs that the obligation exists.
- You must take this medicine (the speaker is the doctor, or a mother telling her son)
- When you go to another country you have to take your passport (I’m just informing you)
- If you are Spanish, you don’t need a passport to go to France (absence of obligation)
- If you’re taking a plane you can’t take the dog with you (informing of prohibition)
- [waiter:] excuse me, sir. You can’t smoke here (negative prohibition)

HE DID MAKE IT= We use DO in affirmative sentences to emphasize the verb (we stress DO):
- You don’t like my soup?
- Oh yes, madam, I do like it, but I’m not hungry (= I really like it)
Modal and auxiliary verbs don’t use DO for anything at all, so they don’t use it for emphasis either. To emphasize, they are simply stressed, pronounced more strongly (that’s something you can notice when speaking, but can’t see in writing):
- Don’t lift that box, you’re too young and the box is too heavy.
- I’m not too young, and I CAN lift the box, look. Aughrrrr…. Well, maybe you’re right, it IS too heavy.

CLEARLY= Obviously.

‘CAUSE= (coll.) Because.

ANOTHER= The difference between “other” and “another” is easy to understand if we remember this: another = an + other. So if we use the article A for the noun, we will use “another”, and if we can’t (plurals, uncountables) then we use “other”, without the article:
- Can I have AN orange? = Can I have ANother one, please?
- Here’s A cup of tea = Here’s ANother cup of tea.
- These are two oranges = These are two other oranges.
- Don’t take my hat, you’ve got others (=you’ve got hats)
- They used to grow French wine here but now they produce other wine.

I BET= I’m sure.
To bet is to say that if you are wrong you will pay money but if you are right you must win money; for example you bet on horses (at a horse race). You say which horse you think will be the winner, and if that horse wins, you get money, and if that horse doesn’t win, you lose money. So it’s a good thing to be sure of something before betting. In common conversation we often say “I bet…” to express that we are almost sure that something is true.

YOU PUT THE MILK IN FIRST TOO= When making white tea (half tea, half milk) you must serve the tea first, and then you add the milk later. For tea lovers, starting with the milk is a terrible mistake, but Charlie here is exaggerating it and considers this mistake a cruel and horrible way of torture.
In this sentence PUT is in the past tense (put-put-put). We can put TOO at the end of a sentence to express that this is not simply a bad thing, but another bad thing that makes things even worse. For example, Susan has a blind date with Tom, they meet, say hello, sit down and Tom, nervous, takes out a cigarette and Susan says:
- Oh, and you smoke too!
Even if this is the first thing Susan says, it is clear that She has found some big defaults on Tom (for example, she thinks he’s ugly), so this TOO at the end of her sentence expresses that this is not the first thing she doesn’t like about him. Sometimes this TOO is unconsciously giving more information than we’d like to give.

YOU MOBSTER= A member of the mob (a mafia), a criminal who is part of a group of criminals that “work” together. Here Charlie is using this word as an insult; he implies that “the tea man” is being extremely cruel to him.
Using YOU before an insult makes the insult stronger.



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