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Thank you for your charming response. You've made me think that perhaps biscuits in space is a much-neglected research area that I should pursue. I'm attaching a picture of a 1959 Russian biscuit tin featuring Sputnik 1 for your enjoyment.
|Nicey replies: Alice,
That is a fantastic biscuit tin, you must be very proud. I tend to think about biscuits in space about 3 or 4 times a week at the moment, which I think is healthy. In our book (out in November) I thought about which would be the best biscuit for zero-g or micro-gravity situation. This is surely going to be an issue for the in flight catering on any future sub-orbital space planes. Inevitably I think its the fig roll.
I tend to fly over to Ireland a bit these days, and usually take the national carrier -Aer Lingus. Or "Air-Mingus" as it has been known- due to the lack of good looking cabin crew. However, i can safely say that there is a distinct lack of good quality up there in the sky. Mostly, it consists of warm, dirty dish water and they pass it off as tea.
So come on nicey, lets have a plane symbol and start a campaign for proper tea in the sky. A suggestion for the symbol. A tea pot with wings!
All the best
|Nicey replies: OK I give in.|
I live in Indonesia, which has to be the world's second most tea-loving nation. They have invented Teh Botol, or tea in a bottle, which tastes like angels crying on your tongue. But where Indonesians really excel in tea and sit-downs is in the little snacks and cakes they make.
And the best place to get those is on Merpati Airlines, the domestic carrier. Along with your tea, they give you a little box with a cake (often of surprising colour- maybe even green or pink), a deep fried something (could be a spring roll) and a green chilli. Take a bite of chilli. It's hot. Take a bite of spring roll. Mmmm, now you're getting somewhere. Take a sip of tea. Perfection. Absolute perfection. Finish with the cake.
I had to mention this. These tea-at-altitude interludes play a large part in my life.
All the best to the wife,
PS I think you should have an aeroplane icon too.
|Nicey replies: Yes the case for an aeroplane icon is building. I don't think I can run to an 'Angels crying on your tounge' icon, however.|
I flew Easyjet the other day. That airline with a seating free-for-all policy and no free food or drink. Nice and cheap though. I always make sure i'm fully stocked up on tea and biscuits before these flights as the onboard prices for such items are sky high (excuse the pun). I forgot on this last occasion however, and being gagging for a cuppa at 30000 feet is no joke, so I succombed and purchased a cup. Expecting the worst, I was very pleasantly surprised. PG Tips no less. It beat any tea i've had on other airlines. Well done Easyjet. Does anyone else have any mile high tea experiences?
PS. The main reason i'm trying to start a discussion on this is to make you do a nice aeroplane icon.
|Nicey replies: Ahh, I'm reaching for the non-existant airplane icon now.. ..there is that hole at the end of the icons as well. If I get a few more tea on planes mails that should clinch it.|