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Loviní your work btw, however on to more pressing things.† I was wondering which is the better digestive biccie, the one with choccy or the one without?† And should it be milk choccy or plain?† I just donít know.† I cannot decide.† I have devoured packs of the said digestives in order to find out, but canít make up my mind.† Should I just give up and start nibbling on ginger biccies (which I also love to bits), or continue in my digestive quest for taste truth?
|Nicey replies: Marge,
This probably isn't the advice you're after but the best plan is to not worry about it.
||Dear Nicey & TheWife|
Did you happen to catch last night's episode of 'Two Pints of Lager and†a Packet of Crisps'? It featured a fascinating biscuit discussion between Johnny and his new girlfriend, in which they raised such topics as 'Jaffa Cake - cake or biscuit?' (they agreed it's not a biscuit; oh how I cheered) and 'Kit Kat - biscuit or chocolate bar?' (Biscuit, was the somewhat controversial decision).
It gave me hope for the younger generation to see 'yoof TV' taking an interest in such important topics, and it also served to highlight the importance that tea-and-biscuit agreement has in a relationship.
Anyway what's your view on the 'broken biscuit assortment' boxes that you can buy from the milkman? I once found a whole, undamaged bourbon in one, which I promptly returned to the manufacturer with a strong letter of complaint referring to the Trades Descriptions act. If I buy a box of broken biscuits, I expect them to be broken and don't expect to have to break them myself. Sadly I received no reply; I suspect†my undamaged bourbon got broken in the post and whoever opened the parcel at the other end decided I was simply a nutter with no grounds for complaint.
|Nicey replies: Greg,
Yes I very much enjoy the biscuit bits in 'Two Pints of Lager and†a Packet of Crisps', and caught the episode of which you speak some time ago. The biscuit parts are carefully observed and so far have been right on the money as far as I'm concerned. We linked over to their web site last year after they contacted us.
As for broken biscuits, we have been promised a guest review complete with 'chamber of horrors' type pictures. I think you did right to send them back, the Wife is officially charge of complaining about stuff and writing strongly worded letters which she enjoys greatly.
Years ago when I used to work for a certain Cambridge based computer maker, we used to get our fair share of letters from people complaining about the difficulties they had writing and printing letters using their word processors and printers. I used to think this was odd as they were obviously getting it to work fine in order to send us the letters.
||Many years ago while working for the NCB, which became British Coal and now doesnít exist, we were allowed to make our own tea and coffee during work time but it was against the rules to boil kettles in work time. †So the newest starters had to come in early, boil the kettle and fill numerous vacuum flasks to store the hot water for later use, the whole ritual being repeated at lunch break, we still got them in those days.† I seem to remember about 20 flasks supported 50 people for a morning.|
Now while this seems like a good solution to a silly situation it was all fine until one looked inside a flask which had been in use for a couple of years, not a pretty site but it certainly added to the flavour of the tea and coffee.†
This occurred 1974-78 in the Doncaster offices.
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
Love your site. Did you know that I sometimes tell people I meet at parties that I'm a biscuit designer. Saves explaining what I really do for a living, and usually leads to a more interesting conversation.
But I digress.
Did you know that Tunnocks teacakes have a wrapper that is very useful as an artists material. I enclose a JPG of a recent customisation of a well known artwork. It required the wrappers from 12 teacakes, in case you're interested.
I am thinking of moving on to a new project. The Laughing Cavalier with green Viscount wrappers? Perhaps you can make some suggestions about other attractive foil biscuit wrappers that I might consider, for the Mona Lisa perhaps.
I will be sure to keep you posted on how my project progresses.
|Nicey replies: Jack,
Obviously that is fantastic, and a certainly worthy of an Arts Council grant.
I used to tell people at parties that I was employed to test dog food, because people occasionally ate it and the manufactures wanted to make sure that it could be consumed safely by people. However, this never seemed to lead on to anything else.
As for other wrappers you seem to be doing just fine with out any suggestions from us.
|Are Hobnobs not actually biscuits at all, but oatcakes?|
I consider them biscuits, because I think biscuits can be oat based. But a colleague disagrees.
|Nicey replies: Your colleague has plainly lost the plot. As it happens I'm about to have some HobNobs now with my cuppa because they are biscuits, oaty ones.|