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have you seen Saturday19th July's Guardian page 10 of the national news bit? 'Teacup ban in chamber of horrors'. "Members of a Worcestershire council have been banned from taking their cups and saucers into the chamber because the sound of clinking china makes it difficult for voters in the public gallery to hear debates. Pauline Hayward, Conservative chairman of Wyre Forest council...has also banned biscuits".....
I am entirely on the side of councillor Howard Martin who says "Some councillors are at work all day. They come to a meeting at 6pm and pick up a cup of tea and a biscuit because they won't have anything else till 9.30pm".
Any chance of your website taking this up? Think of the implications if this banning should spread!
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|Nicey replies: Yes we did see it, actually online on BBCi. Anyhow, the perceived problem seemed to be due the clinking of spoons and teacups on saucers, which can be very noisy. Now surely rather than a complete ban they should have simply adopted mugs and maybe sugar and stir their tea before bringing it in to the council chamber, problem solved. Next.
As for banning biscuits that is just spiteful.
I definitely don't want to enter into the dangerous territory of mugs vs cups. It's like dogs vs cats - though dogs are clearly superior beings, you are never going to convince a cat lover of this by rational argument, or any other means for that matter. Some people (normally old people) like cups, the rest of us like mugs, and that's just the way it is. Live and let live, I say.
However, I do have strong views on the colour of the drinking vessel, be it cup or mug. I noted some correspondence earlier in which the author described her favourite mug which bore the legend 'World's Sexiest Woman'. Although she loved the message printed on the outside, she was
understandably distressed by its lurid orange colour.
It is quite obvious to all but the most inexperienced tea drinker that tea must always be drunk out of a vessel that is very pale in colour, preferably white, off-white or cream. Anything else just won't do. It makes your tea look watery and unappetising, black and navy blue being the worst offenders.
While we're on the subject of unappetisiting cups of tea, does anyone else have a view on the 'scum' you get when you leave your teabag in too long? I personally prefer to have a bit of this scum on my tea as it demonstrates that the teabag has not been whipped out too soon. Anyone can make a cup of tea that, judging by the colour, APPEARS to be the right strength, but once
tasted is revealed as watery and insipid. If you've got scum however, you know it's been brewed (or 'mashed' as I believe they say up north) to at least the minimum acceptable level.
I would also like to add that informative and interesting though Jenny Hugh's 12-point list on the superiority of the cup was, it is disingenuous to say that your site is not called nicemugofteaandasitdown, as everyone knows that 'cup of tea' can refer to any drinking vessel that contains tea.
Fair enough on the other 11 points though.
Keep up the good work.
|Nicey replies: You'll set off Jim Fussell again with all this talk of dark mugs.
Yes why not have a Scum debate, scum dosn't get its fair crack of the whip does it.
|Charlotte and Jake Resuggan
||Both my husband and myself are potty about the pink wafer. Having read the various comments about them (some of which were negative?!) We decided we had to write in and defend the humble pink one. Both of us remember tea and pink wafers with grandparents, in fact, they were a real treat. |
For me, it sums up perfect, snuggly mornings with my granddad and Nanna. Me and my sister would scoff pink biscuits to our hearts' content - mum wouldn't let us have them! We loved them; I used to eat them layer by layer.
For my husband it also brings back grandparent memories. He used to eat them while watching The Pink Panther on t.v with his Gran and Gramp.
So, down with all you pink-wafer-biscuit-haters and vive le pink wafer!
|Ronnie Lee Ellis
||I'm one of Those tea drinkers, yes one of the ones who drinks loose leaf tea bought from a merchant (rather than the grocery store) and knows most of the letters mean in "Darjeeling Seeyok FTGFOP-1." I have the decency to keep it to myself though.|
Back when I worked in property management, I drank green teas in the summer, out of a glass tea mug (there's another card for the cup vs. mug argument -- tea mugs. They're different from coffee mugs ^.~;; ) I drank it in the Chinese manner, which means to put the tea leaves in the bottom of the mug and keep topping it up until the flavour runs down.
Like most people, I'm quite territorial about my drinking vessels, particularly so as the mug was a
gift. One afternoon, I came back from a showing to find that my tea mug had vanished. After some frantic searching, I found it in the hands of one of the more .. er, shall we say, "less pleasant" of my tenants. Not only had she nicked my mug, she was drinking coffee out of it. "That's my tea mug," I quavered, staring at it, rather amazed by her audacity. She looked at me with that haughty-snotty expression as if to say "So it is, and what are you going to do about it?"
This woman had been a thorn in my side for some years and now she had nicked my blinkin' tea mug and tossed out m'tea! "You threw out my experiment?" I heard myself blurt, "You killed Earnest?! Just when I'd had him going nicely?!"
I wished I'd had a camera for her face. She never touched my tea mug again. *NObody* ever touched my tea mug again. ^.~
Is mise le meas
|Nicey replies: Ronnie nice story of mug rage there. Also top marks on using some of the less popular and often overlooked keys on the keyboard. Keep drinking that Green Tea.|
|There has been a heap of Oreo's dumped in Australian supermarkets and they're just sitting there. I tried a pack because they had been marked down to clear (never ever a good reason to buy biscuits) and then fed them to the dog, because they're so awful. Even the packaging is awful.|
|Nicey replies: And how did your Dog get on with them?