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I'm enjoying yor site for the first time... got a link from an ex-pat friend in California. I remember the vending machine at Cornhill Insurance in Guildford. 2p per cup, 3p for hot chocolate. At 10am and 3pm for 30 minutes each, the company put them on free so we could all enjoy their wares. I'd get sent with a tray and everyone's orders. Awful stuff, it was, but being computer types, we'd eat and drink just about anything in the middle of the night.
In case you're wondering about the prices, I'm talking about 1975. Blimey, that stuff made a lasting impression - 30 years on and I still remember it.
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Thank you so much for reminding me of Imqaret - absolutely yummy treat. It reminds me of my childhood and my visits to Malta (my Dad being Maltese) - makes me want to return.
As for the vegemite debate - every Aussie knows the best way to eat vegemite is on warm toast with lots of butter and a small amount of Vegemite. It's amazing how good it makes you feel if you're ill/hung over/or both.
Love the website since first hearing about it on BBC2 whilst working in London last year.
||Just writing to wish you a very happy, if belated birthday Nicey.|
What the public want to know, of course, is if there was a particular treat that was kept to accompany the special birthday sit down and mug of tea in NCOTAASD HQ? Or did you just have cake?
|Nicey replies: Actually given that it was a fairly chilly damp and drizzly day we had a BBQ in the HQ grounds. I've had a couple of slices of Battenburg today though. Wifey bought me a splendid plastic box to keep screws in, and because it was obviously a special day, a hose reel for the outside tap.|
||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
I have just read Chris Capon's problem relating to the unfair distribution of tea making duties at his place of work.
There is a "Tea Turns" device available on the PG Tips web site which may provide the answer to his problems.
Simply add the names of your colleagues, give the wheel a spin and allow fate to select the tea maker for the day.
|Nicey replies: Yes we reviewed a couple of those tea making deciding things in the last newsletter. I think what is needed is a client server architecture with some form of simple messaging protocol so that people can broadcast when the the kettle is going on and other people can register for tea in a FIFO queue. Ideally all the tea drinking equipment like kettles and mugs would have sensors with bluetooth built in so they could report their status by relaying to your desktop PC. The Kettle might need its own little WiFi enabled base. The whole thing could come in a big kit consisting of sensors, WiFi kettle and portable Java based software. You could then simply click something on your PC to register for tea, and when your mug gets hot and then cools down again that effectively completes that tea cycle. Registering for tea might instruct you to go and make it, and for who.
Its just an idea. Alternatively you could just give people a shout when you put the kettle on.
Can you help...every morning when I get to work I make everyone in the office a cup of tea. This can sometimes add up to 6 cups of tea...now the question is how many cups of tea do I get made for me during the day? A big Wagon Wheel (the original size that is) of a zero. Not a one. I don't know if I should stop making the tea in the morning.
More recently I have even had my tea making skills called into question with some people saying I should put the milk in first, and of course every sane person knows that the milk only goes first in coffee. Do you think I should withdraw from the tea making altogether?
Any help greatly appreciated.
|Nicey replies: Yes jack it in.|