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||Many years ago while working for the NCB, which became British Coal and now doesn’t 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.|
McVities Taxi Review
|Dear Nicey, Just a wee, not really tea nor biscuit related correction to your comments about Taxi. The Taxi TV show ends with the woman saying "Goodnight Mr. Walters" not Mr. Brooks (ye gods, that is unless this was somehow changed in the UK). The bit refferred to the John Charles Walters Company, which was the show's production company, and oddly - according to my research - seems to have no John Charles Walters working there. (!!) As usual your website has left me loaded with anticipation about (and terribly hungry for) my next trip to the UK and what biscuits await me there. Keep up the fine work! Yours - Erin, Boston USA|
|Nicey replies: Thanks for picking me up on my wobbly memory.|
||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
I have recently taken to buying a packet of what I would describe as "luxury" biscuits with my weekly shop. By "luxury" I mean any biscuit which contains a plastic tray within the outer wrapper. In recent weeks I have chomped my way through various flavours of Tim Tam, Boasters and an American Boaster look-alike which was inferior to the original Boaster due to the American's inability to manufacture proper chocolate.
In all cases, I noticed that the packs contained nine biscuits. This creates a problem since I have two children and, after eating two biscuits each, there is always one left to argue over.
Surely it would make more sense to provide 12 biscuits to a pack, this number being divisible by 1, 2, 3 or 4. Less chance of an argument in the standard nuclear family unit.