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We have sexism, racism, ageism. But do we now detect DOGISM on your site? Not a single mention of dog biscuits! Watch out -- you'll have the canine PC crusade threatening you with placards "Equal Rights For Dogs" and "Dogs Are Biscuit Lovers Too", even "Chi Chi Loves Her Choccy".
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|Nicey, yes, of course. I checked in the atlas. Just a short distance north-east of Calcutta, and not too far from the border of Bangladesh, there's a town called Dum Dum. That's obviously where the fellow cycled for his Marie biscuits, and hence the term for someone who is particularly silly!|
|Nicey replies: Hoorah for the atlas, its always good for a few laughs, followed closely by the telephone directory, although not so many pictures in that one.|
|Re Marie biscuits: I believe they were designed to be The Biscuit You Have When You're Not Having A Biscuit... for vicars and curates; genteel elderly ladies; people who are recuperating after they've been poorly; and those in our midst who really don't want to appear to be too ostentatious in their tastes. And dunkers, of course, because there are no nasty little excrescences which fall off and float round in an otherwise nice cup of tea, are there?|
|Nicey replies: That's right Brian they are hardly worth getting out of the packet really. Although there was that chap somebody told me about, that used to cycle to India once a week to get his Marie biscuits (He used to live about 5 miles away in Bangladesh).|
How nice to read James Watson's tale of Yorkshire tea made by Taylors of Harrogate. We have a rather posh little shop in a local shopping centre, The Glen, which sells blends (i.e. real tea-leaves) concocted by a lady in Melbourne. One of her supreme offerings is Scottish Breakfast, which I hadn't come across before. As our American brethren (and cistern) would say, it's like, wow, man, seriously cool. Yea, verily: it is well nigh orgasmic. I was delighted to find, in the same shop, that Taylors of Harrogate make Scottish Breakfast tea-bags (there's nothing shameful or unnatural about using tea-bags — some of my best friends do it). I bought a packet of 50. Excellent! Strongly recommended for a totally satisfying little sit down.
|Nicey replies: Yes, I ordered our pack of Yorkshire hard water tea last night. As you know we have very hard water, as its all drawn from a chalk bed. Danone, who are the French company who bought Jacobs and led to the downfall of the Club biscuit, sell a mineral water with added calcium. I can't believe that some of our local supermarkets actually stocked it.|
A friend of mine (Greek, who lived for a while in the UK but is now in the US) and I (from Australia) were trying to explain to a friend of ours online (fully American, from Florida) what Hobnobs are. He simply couldn't grasp the concept. He tried doing an image search and found a photo from your site which helped greatly. After seeing the URL for this image, I thought wow! what a cool website that must be! and I perused nicecupofteaandasitdown.com.
I think you are doing a GREAT service to the world. There are so many people out there who just can't understand what biscuits and tea are all about. Our Floridian friend has made a huge leap in his understanding of the world around him by finding you, and I hope the same will be true for many other ignorant (American) people well into the future!
|Nicey replies: Hoorah for global biscuit understanding and tea harmony. I have broken open a packet of Milk Chocolate HobNobs to celebrate and because its Friday.|