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||I was searching for the name of those silver balls for Tim and found this article. I don't know if they would have the same name in the UK or be as "toxic"|
|Nicey replies: Right I think we'll be giving those a miss from here on in.
||I believe they’re called dragees, well they were called that when my mum put them on birthday cakes. By the way, I agree with your classification of cakes with buttercream and cake bits on top as butterfly cakes. They sell them in Gateway in packs of eight. YUM, YUM.|
||I wish someone hadn't started on about those really hard shiny edible ballbearing things.|
Now I can't work because I'm racking my brains for the name of them. Mum used to use them for cake toppings and I can remember them having a name like 'arachnids' or 'echniacea' - though of course, neither of these are it.
I can remember being very scared that I was putting something silver yet edible in my mouth, and thought I might get lead poisoning. Not bad at the age of 7. This is around the same time that I thought saying "dammy jodger" instead of Jammy Dodger was really rude.
So please can someone tell me what the silver balls are called so I can get back to work?
||dear nicey & all at ncotaasd,|
i was confused by what you said about snowballs having a biscuit base. i'm not sure what happens south of the border, but up here in sunny aberdeen our snowballs are most definately cake-like. they are sponge, filled with jam (of varying quality) and covered in coconut. is this some sort of sassenach meddling with a scottish baking institution?! i feel some sort of braveheart inspired pun would be appropriate here and yet words fails me.
anyhooooo, love the site!
ps any chance you might make a st andrew's flag icon?!
|Nicey replies: Looks like you are right to be confused, I'm talking about the ones like a naked teacake covered in coconut. Perhaps somebody else can come up with a pun as I can't think of one either, but then it is quite late.
As for flags, as I have said before we have one for Canada because its ironic. As for anybody else, no sorry or they'll all be wanting one, I've had to turn down the Welsh for example on a number of occasions. If I had to choose an icon for Scotland I might base it on the swarm of Midges that attacked me at half past four in the morning on Rannoch Moor in 1978, as we tried to make a get away without them noticing we were up. Obviously that would be a bit too borne out of personal experience and it would just look like black dots.
||The following incident involves incompetence on the part of both man and machine.|
A number of years ago a colleague selected his free beverage (white "tea", two "sugars" I believe. Actually I think it was genuine sugar.)
The customary Tardis sounds were forthcoming but no cup. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the "drink" which started to dribble into the drip-tray. Game over, you might think.
Far from it. Our hapless hero decides that all might not be lost, and cups his unprotected hands beneath the nozzle. The dispensing action is over, and our man is standing there with the look of a slip fielder who has just taken a tricky chance. There is a pause, a scream and the alleged tea is on the floor. Would-be drinker is staring at his glowing hands in disbelief.
The question on most of the spectators' lips in the aftermath was: "What exactly was he planning to do with the tea after catching it? Take it to the burns unit, in case they needed to see the liquid responsible?"
I was forced to point out that no-one in the history of humanity has boiled a kettle, then poured the water into their hands due to cup-shortage. It is, in fact physically impossible, unless someone else does the pouring.
A water-tight case for the prosecution against the villainy of drink vending machines, and a headache for the Health & Safety Executive.