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Reference the black chalk mug thing. Why not just get a normal mug and write any note you feel necessary on a supplementary piece of paper. If someone does end up buying this mug then perhaps it should be mandatory to write "Warning, makes weak and palid tea only" on it. Plus, if you write too close to the rim of the mug, you may end up with a mouthful of chalk.
|Nicey replies: Jim,
The scathing attack on dark chalky mugs I had been expecting.
It's a symptom of the malaise that people feel the need to have stuff written all over their tee shirts, hats, mugs, shoes, skin etc (Conveniently forgets about his own range of NCOTAASD merchandise). Its like people feel they need to annotate to themselves. "So that I better understand you, is there anything else about your person you feel I should read before we have a conversation? Or should we recklessly start chatting before I have read your mug and the back of your tee shirt and tops of your arms". It would be more helpful if people could stick PostIt notes to their foreheads with such things as "I've got a bit of a cold actually", or "I'm in a bit of a mood today, best off avoiding me", or "I'm planning on going out and buying some biscuits later".
||While less than ideal for making a good cuppa – being a dark colour and all – this still seems like a nice idea. But how do you avoid losing the chalk?|
|Nicey replies: Typical yet another clueless design, "Here is a hot one", but we'll design a mug with a matt black glaze giving it the optimum coating for radiating its heat and there by going cold quicker. These are the same dim wits that put handles over the spouts of kettles to scald our fingers or easy open packaging that requires a knife and chopping board to get into.
Also that writing doesn't look like its written in chalk. I could send round one of the younger members of staff to them who would write over everything they hold dear in a variety of media including chalk, poster paint, biro and improvised engraving using old nails. That should set them straight on what chalk looks like.
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|My friend Andy and I constructed a deck at the rear of a trailer in a lorry park in West Drayton so that we could enjoy a nice mug if tea and a sit down in between fixing broken down Trucks. I attach a couple of photos of us enjoying hot teas and the luke warm sun earlier this year. As you can see my favourite mug is stainless steel. Andy's favourite is a black 'Snap-on' tools mug. I like Earl Grey and get complaints from Andy if I stir his tea with the spoon after I have stirred my Earl Grey. As for biscuits, well, we take what we can get, but I particularly like Tesco's Fruit Shortcake.|
Keep up the good work.
|Nicey replies: Mike,
Your tea drinking and sitting down facilities are an inspiration. I love the round table made out of decking. Also the attention to detail in the decor evokes a wonderful lorry park ambience like the two huge concrete slabs and the use of different sized skips, cable reels and a distant ladder. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Linda Barker didn't pick up on this and start passing it off as her ideas.
Just thought I'd tell you about the tea and sit down facilities at the Glastonbury festival (which I was lucky enough to attend this year). There are many more opportunities at Glastonbury to find a decent cup of tea than at any other festival that I've been to. The best one is the 'Tiny Tea Tent'. For £1.10 & 50p mug deposit you get the choice of 'normal' tea, Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong etc, with a tea bag each and real milk out of a jug. This is a very busy place, probably due to the high caliber of tea making, but somehow a seat is always available, thus completing the tea break experience. Also, they have a varied collection of mugs - I was lucky enough to get one with a picture of a Volkswagen Beetle on it (my favourite car - spooky).
There's nothing quite like a cup of tea and a sit down in the Green Fields of Glastonbury whilst watching a vampire with dreadlocks on stilts chasing a child dressed as a fairy.
Wishing you good tea and festival health
|Nicey replies: On Saturday we met the former Tory Defense Minister John Nott, whilst we were guests on Radio 4's Loose Ends. He had just got back from Glastonbury the day before where he had managed to blag his way in. The Portacabin which held his press ticket had been washed away in the flooding, and given that he is 71 the chap on the gate believed his story.
It also turns out he had a hand in the introduction of VAT and remembers the classification of the Jaffa Cake as one of the thorny issues they grappled with over thirty years ago.
I have recently moved jobs and am in somewhat of a dilemma. My new office has most inadequate tea making facilities. They provide PG Tips, whilst not my favourite, makes a decent brew. Instead of a kettle there is a boiler and worst of all there are no mugs or cups. Everybody uses little plastic cup that are fine for water, but don’t work for tea. I like a fine bone china mug with a white inside by preference, but any old mug will do in a storm. I tried hard to get used to it, but after a week of drinking very average tea I have given up and now use the Café Nero across the road who do an excellent black coffee.
I am only here for a short time so I don’t want to ruffle any feathers by supplying a kettle and bringing my own mug. There is a danger that my new colleagues will think I am looking down my nose at them.
Perhaps you could point me in the right direction before I become a hardened coffee drinker.
Many thanks in advance.
|Nicey replies: Mark,
Not only are little plastic cups bad for the environment but they can also lead to tea spillage, and bring that unwelcome fragrance of injection moulded Polyethylene Terephthalate to your tea. I would make a stand, point out that their tea is not up to scratch and if you upset anyone it's OK because you'll be out of there soon. I would be surprised if a few people didn't rally to your cause.