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||My 'work mug' has Kermit the Frog on it. I bought it with my birthday money when I was nine. had a bit of crush on Kermmie back then.|
It's a bit chipped now as it has come with me from office to office over the intervening years from nine year old girlishness to present day 34 year old jaded managerial type.
It went walkies a few months ago. I was surprised at my depth of feeling for this battered old bit of badly screen-printed china. My darling administrator searched the building ( I work in a cinema) and after three days of hunting came up triumphant; some naughty person had bourne it away to drink illicit COFFEE out of it in the bar and had hidden it in the obscurity of the glass shelves.
Meant that I had it back in time for a staff screening of Terminator 3. 'Staff screenings' are where we play a new film to staff only (as the name would suggest) so they can get to see things first in time to tell customers how good they are. They also need to happen while the cinema is closed, so it's often quite late at night. It's also a nice perk to have a whole damn cinema to play in without the pesky piblic using mibilephones or eating popcorn to loudly.
Therefore it was very comforting after a hard day at work to finish at 11.30PM, make a nice tray of tea and biscuits and settle down in Screen 1 with my colleagues to munch digestives and watch Arnie shoot things.
|Nicey replies: A 25 year old personal mug commands deep respect, and allows you to wield withering levels of mug ownership over wrong doers. Use this power wisely, but never be tempted to be unduly lenient.|
||The reason tea from vending machines tastes rank is because the water isn't freshly boiled (as well as the tea being the stuff they swept off the factory floor). Everyone knows you have to actually boil the water and use it pretty much straight away to get a decent brew, but no vending machine or even urn of hot water like we have in our office, can do this. In a world where I have access to the technology to gripe about this problem in an international forum from the comfort of my own home, I have to ask why it is impossible to provide freshly boiled water in a vending machine or hot water urn? Taking a kettle to work would be the answer but I imagine this would contravene health and safety regulations.|
Also this is the reason why coffee will always taste better from machines, as you need water that is just off the boil so it doesnt scald the coffee.
|Nicey replies: Most vending machines that I've encountered use that freeze dried instant tea rather than leaves. Freeze drying anything drives of the volatile bits which are especially important in the taste of something like tea.
||Dear Nicey |
I'd just like to put my oar in regarding the supply of tea and biscuits at blood donation sessions. I am a regular donor and strongly advocate the practice, however something radical has happened lately. No longer does a large plate of assorted biccies await the parched donor, from which there is always a silent fight for the rare chocolate ones, but now you are greeted by little sellophane packs of dull digestives (apologies to staunch digestive fans). After losing a pint (sorry, half litre) of blood, the last thing I want to do is have to battle my way through impregnable plastic. Bring back the pleasantly arranged plate and the chocolate ones and say humbug to health and safety rules. By the way, the quality of tea is always high, served by extremely nice little old ladies. This makes up for the biscuit coup.
P.S As a Cornish girl, the jam ALWAYS goes on the scone first, followed by suitably substantial lashings of clotted cream. I was at the Eden Project myself last week and found quality cream teas and excellant Fair Trade tea to quench our thirst from our simulated trek around South America, Africa, Asia, Italy etc etc etc.
||I recently visited the French resort of Nice and was shocked to find that the liberator of Italy - Garibaldi - was born there. One town associated with two biscuits - is this a record.|
Also - Nice biscuits are generally nasty - is this the same attitude to naming that means that any country with the word "Democratic" in its name is not? Similarly, Fig Rolls don't (roll) and neither do Jammy Dodgers (dodge). How many other misleading biscuits are there? Should something be done to prevent confusion?
I was whiling away the hours at work until the weekend, playing an email game, finding biscuits or chocolate covered confectionery for each letter of the alphabet, but was unable to find anything from Q. I'm sure that if there is anything for Q then someone on this site will know. Any ideas?
Also, does anyone know where one can purchase those lovely boxes of broken biscuit assortment that i would happily devour in a couple of days as a youngster?
|Nicey replies: Radio 4 did one earlier in the year the results of which were a bit like when the younger members of staff invent new words by changing the letter at the beginning of normal words like 'porridge' to get 'morridge'. There also seemed to be a lot of completely made up ones that have never existed or arbitrarily acquired cream. At the time I was quite charitable about it but in hindsight its a bit tragic and quite irritating. Type 'alphabet' into our search box and you'll soon find it.
I'm sure your list is lovely though.
Iceland for the broken biscuits.