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||Having just seen the picture of the mystery white-gunk filled Bourbon, I felt I had to finally write in. You see, I am one of those people responsible for putting biscuits out in meeting rooms (but not in the civil service, I'm afraid), and I recognised this biscuit instantly. It comes from the Sainsbury's Biscuit Assortment, a generally pinkish-purple pack. There are many other pseudo-standard biscuits in there, including custard creams (quite nice), jammie dodgers (hugely popular), and a species of Abbey Crunch/ Hob Nob. None are quite as exciting as the white-filled Bourbon, though.|
Oh, and the reason there's never more than one of each is probably because there only seems to be three of each species in packs (some kind of biscuit Noah's Ark?), and two are invariably broken, and thus the biscuit putter-outters are forced to eat them, for the good of the company image.
I hope this helps.
|Nicey replies: Yes Sara that does help, thank you.|
Have just seen Pete's email and picture of the bourbons with white middles. These biscuits appear to be quite common in the civil service 'refreshments' sector as I have also noticed them appearing on the plates at meetings etc. recently
They are quite nice, you could probably eat loads (maybe 8) before you felt sick, because they aren't as sugary as bourbons. I'll never find out for sure though unless we work out who makes them, because our tea and biscuits people will NEVER put more than one of each type of biscuit on plate apart from those oblong shortie things. And I've also unfortunately noticed that civil service custard creams are pretty gross, with the biscuit tasting like its been made with fag ash or finely milled grit.
Anyway, suffice to say, the cogs of government are not kept turning by politicians, nor the 'faceless' civil servant, but by strange looking bourbons, highly prized jammie dodgers and 'fake' chocolate digestives.
PS:Today's biccie of choice - Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Highlanders - brought back from a meeting in Edingburgh, and very nice. Walkers Stem Ginger Shortbread is infinitely superior though.
Lots of love
A civil servant from Bristol
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|Just for the record - the full story with the lion (abridged) is that Samson killed it, came back later to find a nest of bees in it. Took the honey. Made up a riddle about it. (Hence the strength and sweetness tag line). Dunno how Virgil got involved, Samson was around about 3000 years before him. |
Cool site by the way.
|Nicey replies: OK. There was the bit about its flesh getting eaten by something, neither bees or Samson, adding a bit of irony to the first bit of the riddle.|
Custard Cream Review
I had a revelation this week. I used to think custard creams were just an also-ran, run-of-the-mill, ordinary WI coffee morning type of bsicuit but when I sat down for a nice relaxing elevenses yesterday morning I found some in the biscuit tin and because there wasn't anything else in there I ate one with my cuppa.
It tasted lovely, so I had another one.
I now think custard creams are vastly underrated and would like to encourage as many people as possible to shake off the stigma of eating what are often thought of by the unenlightened as 'ordinary' biscuits and appreciate every individual species as a tasty snack in its own right.
I would also like to apologise to an biscuit lovers I might have offended with my (formerly) bigoted views about so-called 'ordinary' biscuits.
Every biscuit is an individual, and ought to be treated like one regardless of colour, taste or texture. I intend to write to my MP to urge him to introduce a Biscuit Equality Act to Parliament at the nearest possible opportunity, with equal representation at coffee mornings and tea parties for all types of biscuit to end this scandal of biscuit discrimination.
I remain your most obedient servant,
Outraged of Tiverton
McVitie's Lyles Creams Review
I have just found your website and am suitably impressed. Possibly even better than www.rathergood.com and its Uber-Pea animation.
Anyway, I just wanted to inform your readers about the origin of the dead lions and bees motif on the golden syrup packaging. In Book IV of his long poem (in Latin) on country life, Virgil wrote about the ever-fascinating practise of bee-keeping. In this book he examines the mythological origin of bees. It was believed that Aristaeus was the keeper of bees and he lost his swarm somehow (I don't actually have the book on me at work, and left university a long time ago so can't recall the full details here.....). Someone or other (a god possibly?) told him that they would arise again from the carcase of a dead lion if left long enough, so he found a dead lion and left it for a while and sure enough the bees swarmed out of it. Or something like that.
Keep up the good work and stop slagging off Marmite.
PS have you ever tried drinking tea THROUGH a Tim-Tam? Bite off each end and suck. Recommended.
|Nicey replies: I'm not sure anything compares to Crab bloke's Uber-Pea.
As for lions and bees, I'm sure your right and that was what Samson was banging on about too in his own brand of wit.
I wasn't slagging off Marmite, just making fair and rational observations.
And finally, yes thats the Tim-Tam slam, and no we didn't try it as it seemed a bit sordid.