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Is it only me that can see the obvious benefits of having a nice sit down and a cup of tea in solving the current problems in Afghanistan, Iraq and with certain Swiss referees?
|Nicey replies: Oh yes that will get it all sorted. I've always though a good breakfast would be helpful with any conflict resolutions. It should have Sausages (contents dependent on cultural and religious backgrounds), Bacon (again if you are allowed it, the proper stuff mind you thats not all pumped full of water) Baked Beans (mandatory), fried and scrambled eggs, fried bread (also mandatory though you don't have to eat it) Black Pudding (again not everyones up for this but it should be available, and it should have pearl barley in it), mushrooms, not tinned tomatoes but fresh, big stack of toast and pots of tea. Oh and a choice of red or brown sauce, and marmalade for the left over toast. That should sort it out once and for all. The Swiss fella can have muesli which no doubt he enjoys and is good for him.|
Warmed by the impending British summer treats of Wimbledon tennis and hose pipe bans, my sister and I decided to take our first Picnic of the year over to Kew Gardens yesterday. No sooner had we sat down on our Iceland carrier bags and started on the sarnies than we felt the portentous first spots of rain. Being British and therefore prepared for this eventuality – our picnic was packed up within 30 seconds and we made our way to one of the greenhouses to take shelter just before torrents of Biblical proportions began.
I soon become astounded by the brilliance of the average Sunday picnicker. Everybody grabbed a spot to sit down and out came Sunday papers, cushions, and an array of Tupperware clad food stuffs. Being similarly equipped ourselves; I took out my Funday Times and our packet of Crunch Creams. We were passing a pleasant few minutes when our neighbour interrupted us to ask if he might swap some tea from his thermos for a few of our crunch creams. Of course we obliged – and I had one of my most enjoyable cups of tea ever experienced, as I sat in the tropical heat of the greenhouse, listening to the torrents of rain on the glass, drinking a well brewed cuppa, whilst discussing the joys of rambling with an elderly couple from Surbiton.
Long may British Summertime reign – and with it Generous Thermos glad ramblers!
|Nicey replies: We had a nice cup of tea and a sit down in the Cambridge Botanic gardens about two weeks ago, again on a rainy day. We were driven out of the glasshouses due to the younger members of staff deciding to be scared of the carnivorous plants.|
Hope all's well :)
On the subject of Iced Tea, I have to say that there is a world of difference between a lukewarm bottle of Lipton's and the Real Thing, which, when drunk on a REALLY hot day, is incredible. The best (and only) way of serving iced tea I discovered when on holiday in San Francisco and at a restaurant called 'Max's'.
Order it there and they will bring a teapot of freshly brewing tea to your table (along with the usual sugar), accompanied by a huge glass tumbler filled to the brim with ice (plus extra ice on the side!) and wedges of lemon and lime. The exciting thing is when you get to pour your freshly brewed tea over the ice and watch it melt instantaneously! Add sugar/ lemon/ice as you wish and you have yourself a really great drink! So - all you tea-drinkers out there; In the blistering summer, forget all that Lipton rubbish! Give real iced tea a chance!
||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
A friend of mine has just paid a visit to Eastern Europe and tells me that on ordering a nice cup of tea in a café, she was presented with a mug of black tea with a separate bottle of lemon juice. Is this common practice in Eastern Europe and, if so, is it a perhaps consequence of European legislation governing milk quotas?
|Nicey replies: Yes I've had the lemon thing happen to me, its quite cruel, as the promise of a proper nice cup of tea is dashed by the appearance of the yellow citrus nonsense.|
||Many years ago while working for the NCB, which became British Coal and now doesn’t exist, we were allowed to make our own tea and coffee during work time but it was against the rules to boil kettles in work time. So the newest starters had to come in early, boil the kettle and fill numerous vacuum flasks to store the hot water for later use, the whole ritual being repeated at lunch break, we still got them in those days. I seem to remember about 20 flasks supported 50 people for a morning.|
Now while this seems like a good solution to a silly situation it was all fine until one looked inside a flask which had been in use for a couple of years, not a pretty site but it certainly added to the flavour of the tea and coffee.
This occurred 1974-78 in the Doncaster offices.