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||Hullo Nicey and Wifey|
I have an ongoing debate (actually more of a war) between my friends who think that Cookies are better then BISCUITS.
Myself I think Cookies are a horrid American invention and Biscuits are vastly superior products but I would appreciate an official view on this
|Nicey replies: Annie,
Your 'friends' are hopelessly out of touch with reality. They should spare a thought for the thousands of British people forced to live and work in America who would give their right arm for a digestive or chocolate HobNob, whilst your 'friends' swan around in supermarkets full of them.
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.
Is it only me that can see the obvious benefits of having a nice sit down and a cup of tea in solving the current problems in Afghanistan, Iraq and with certain Swiss referees?
|Nicey replies: Oh yes that will get it all sorted. I've always though a good breakfast would be helpful with any conflict resolutions. It should have Sausages (contents dependent on cultural and religious backgrounds), Bacon (again if you are allowed it, the proper stuff mind you thats not all pumped full of water) Baked Beans (mandatory), fried and scrambled eggs, fried bread (also mandatory though you don't have to eat it) Black Pudding (again not everyones up for this but it should be available, and it should have pearl barley in it), mushrooms, not tinned tomatoes but fresh, big stack of toast and pots of tea. Oh and a choice of red or brown sauce, and marmalade for the left over toast. That should sort it out once and for all. The Swiss fella can have muesli which no doubt he enjoys and is good for him.|
My sister sent me the Afghan URL as we grew up on them - one of our favourite biscuits - in Australia! A neighbour made a trayful for my birthday party recently. So I think Lilly is correct. There is another mysterious use of the word Afghan, to describe a sort of throw-rug, knitted or crocheted. Perhaps this also derives from the Afghan camel drivers.
|Nicey replies: Alice,
Its always lovely to receive emails from famous Space Archaeologists about biscuits and rugs.
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|On the subject of Hit biscuits or their Prince Lu equivalent, I was working as a journalist in Afghanistan in 2003 and was forced to make the rather unpleasant road journey between the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in the south and the capital Kabul. The road then was about 250 miles of dusty track through bandit country, taking 19 hours to negotiate. Luckily, at a roadside stall my translator|
and I were able to stock up on a few provisions, including a very welcome packet of Prince biscuits, which go down a treat when sampled in Afghan tea. I'm not saying they saved our lives, but when we were pulled over by two mean-looking men with AK-47 rifles who climbed in the back of our car demanding a lift, we offered them Princes and they tucked in gladly, and we lived to dunk another day.
Incidentally, tea and biscuits are very popular in Afghanistan. The biscuits are mostly home-made by
little in-shop bakeries. A particular favourite was a kind of minature cream horn filled with icing sugar.
|Nicey replies: Barry,
Thanks, lots of valuable information in that email for anybody planning a holiday or short break in Afghanistan.