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McVitie's Lyles Creams Review
|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.
||Dear Mr Nicey,|
Inspired by the recent feedback and comments, I would like to investigate:
The Zen of one biscuit snapping.
In a distant forest, naturally.
I remain your obedient and humble servant,
|Nicey replies: Good plan Brian.|
A new biscuit review! Yay! Plus I was quite excited that they were treacle related biscuits, a fairly new concept for me. My exciting news is that I have got a new job where I get to spend a lot more time with biscuits - hurrah!
I'm working in the civil service (yawn) in Londinium but the great thing is that unlike pr, which I was doing before, it has a great biscuit culture. We never buy them, they come from meetings etc. This is actually quite exciting, in the last few days I have ran two covert missions to obtain biscuits from unattended meeting rooms. Fortunately the fact that the plates of biscuits are covered in cling film makes them easier to steal... Generally quite standard fayre - bourbons, custard cremes, jammy dodgers, oatie biscuits, shortbread rings etc.
However, more excitingly, we believe that we may have discovered a new species of biscuit! Recently we have been 'finding' bourbons with WHITE filling! We are unsure if these are a sub species of bourbon, or an entirely new biscuit, as they don't say bourbon on the outside but have a
We would be fascinated to know if you have any experience of these, or what they may be called. Also if you would like a review do let us know.
Kind biscuity regards,
p.s - Have you ever thought of doing anything on tea? I realise it would probably be impractical to do something on sit downs, but teas are many varied. We're quite into Sainsbury's Red Label at the moment, a great biscuit tea.
|Nicey replies: Pete,
Great news to hear the civil service is powered by plates of biscuits.
A picture of your strange Bourbon sub-species would be thrilling if you could get one.