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I tend to fly over to Ireland a bit these days, and usually take the national carrier -Aer Lingus. Or "Air-Mingus" as it has been known- due to the lack of good looking cabin crew. However, i can safely say that there is a distinct lack of good quality up there in the sky. Mostly, it consists of warm, dirty dish water and they pass it off as tea.
So come on nicey, lets have a plane symbol and start a campaign for proper tea in the sky. A suggestion for the symbol. A tea pot with wings!
All the best
|Nicey replies: OK I give in.|
I live in Indonesia, which has to be the world's second most tea-loving nation. They have invented Teh Botol, or tea in a bottle, which tastes like angels crying on your tongue. But where Indonesians really excel in tea and sit-downs is in the little snacks and cakes they make.
And the best place to get those is on Merpati Airlines, the domestic carrier. Along with your tea, they give you a little box with a cake (often of surprising colour- maybe even green or pink), a deep fried something (could be a spring roll) and a green chilli. Take a bite of chilli. It's hot. Take a bite of spring roll. Mmmm, now you're getting somewhere. Take a sip of tea. Perfection. Absolute perfection. Finish with the cake.
I had to mention this. These tea-at-altitude interludes play a large part in my life.
All the best to the wife,
PS I think you should have an aeroplane icon too.
|Nicey replies: Yes the case for an aeroplane icon is building. I don't think I can run to an 'Angels crying on your tounge' icon, however.|
With winter approaching here in Australia, I decided to buy myself a tea cosy and was delighted to find that my local charity shop had several colours to choose from (knitted variety only though, and all the same design). Am enclosing a photo of the one I bought to share my excitement with others. I am a bit peturbed by the fact it has two pom-poms though -- is this perhaps a genetic mutation?
|Nicey replies: Ben, your new tea cosy is a source of inspiration to us all, you should be proud of your extra pom-pom.
In response to Sue Northcott's horror at Marie biscuits + Vegemite, as an Aussie girl who's been eating Vegemite for all my 22 years of life, I feel like I have to offer some kind of a response. As kids, it used to be great fun to sandwich butter or margarine + a generous layer of Vegemite between two savory multigrain biscuits called Ryvitas and squeeze to awake the tiny brown and yellow worms beneath! (I can't remember if Ryvitas are available in the UK, I doubt that they're exclusively Australian). So while Marie biscuits are quite different from Ryvitas, and I concede that it's probably not the nicest combo, it sounds like Sue's classmate was trying to make do and recreate an Aussie favourite (probably in the absence of Ryvitas).
Cheers from the Land of Oreos & Peanut Butter! :-)
Jacob's Orange Club Review
|At junior school in the early 80s, I swapped from school dinners to sandwiches, said sandwiches actually consisting of 2 sandwiches, 1 piece of fruit, 1 packet of crisps (optional) and 1 chocolate biscuit. There were very few variations on this. Some kids might have had a yoghurt. Anyway, by far the most popular chocolate biscuit was the Club, and I thought I'd add to the comments about things to do with the wrappers. One was to make paper aeroplanes, the other required a bit more skill. You carefully slid the foil-wrapped biscuit out of its paper wrapper, without unsticking the stuck bit. Then you equally carefully eased the biscuit from the foil and ate it or hid it. Having refolded the foil around an imaginary biscuit and slipped it back inside the intact paper wrapper you could pretend you didn't want your 'Club' and offer it to a friend. Hilarious.|