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|Gordon H Wright
||This may seem like a ludecrous and weird e-mail but this is a serious problem that I'm hoping you will be able to help me overcome.|
I work for a local government office in Scotland and the staff are currently engaged in an argument (war) about the pronounciation of bourbon, as in the biscuits.
We have 4 versions of pronounciation, please can you advise which would be correct
Personally I beleive number 3 to be correct, is this the case?
|Nicey replies: You'll be pleased, no doubt, to hear that I'm with you on 3.|
What is your position on Cheddars and Mini Cheddars. Technically, aren't they biscuits? Obviously I'm not advocating dipping them into a cup of tea, but they ARE round and crunchy, which doesn't necessarily guarantee qualification as a biscuit, but maybe I'm missing the point. The big question is, do biscuits need to be sweet?
I am having trouble sleeping because of this issue at the moment.
|Nicey replies: James,
The Cheddar and Mini Cheddar are of course cheese flavoured crackers. They do accompany fig rolls quite well and there is no shame in your consumption of them.
||Dear Mr Nicey...|
Well. What can I say? You have reviewed biscuits and cakes of all types but you seem to pay little attention to the most important element of the whole experience: the Tea!- PG, Tetley, Assam, Twinnings to name a few. Even Tesco's don't make a bad cuppa. So what are you going to do about it? You really do need to do some in-depth research into this if you really want to be considered an authority.
One last thing. I am a student (and I hope to f**k you are) and in our house if you say the word Tea or even the letter T you have to make everyone who wants one a cup. This is great fun. You can try and catch people out. For example- "what channel is this?" - "ITV 1" to which you would reply ' milk two sugars ' along with some mocking of the poor unfortunate victim. I personally have two sugars in my Tea and anyone who doesn't should consider themselves inferior within Tea drinking circles. Do you have any statistics on the whole sugar no sugar debate?. if you don't you should.
|Nicey replies: Nick,
Thank you for that. We don't review tea, we have our reasons.
As for sugar, well it is widely accepted that tradesmen and children enjoy sugar in their tea. We'll see if that statement sparks a debate.
If I were still a student I would now be in my 20th year at University, however, when I was one we couldn't afford sugar and so gave it up when the first packet ran out towards the end of October.
As I was in pursuit of a nice cup of tea and a sit down this afternoon, and this necessitated hiding in my office to get away from the offspring, I thought I might just cruise in and while away the afternoon reading about all the biccies I've been missing. Lo and behold the teacup (okay it's a mug, shoot me) was soon woefully empty and I was forced to make a secret foray into the kitchen to make a fresh pot of tea. Alas my Sunday afternoon sit down has been fraught with delay and obfuscation as the tea jar was empty. What to do?! A frantic search of the tea cupboard ensued. Chamomile, Chai and "Tension Tamer" tea flew in all directions and a brief, hectic, moment of joy evaporated as the Bigalow tin yielded only packets of Tazo Green tea and some vile Lipton Cold Brew foisted on the unsuspecting public by Chatalaine magazine as a free insert months back. At last! A package of store brand Orange Pekoe teabags and the reason for my contribution today. You see the store is called Overwaitea and you would have to have visited Canada to have heard of it. Are you with me? Overwaitea? Yep, according to the story on the box... Over-Weight-Tea. Here it is: "R. C. Kidd established himself in New Westminster, British Columbia as a tea and coffee merchant. With his innovative marketing for the price of a pound of tea, R. C. gave his customers another 2 ounces. He was famous for selling 18 ounces of quality tea for the price of 16 ounces.
Since 1915, R.C. Kidd's "Over Weight Tea", a symbol of our continued tradition of "more for less", became known as OVERWAITEA."
All I can say is I wish I had some of his "quality tea" now instead of this dishwater in my cup, but I thought it made an interesting story highlighting local character and providing the world with a view of what one man and his cuppa can do in the Colonies.
|Nicey replies: April,
Thank you for that stimulating peep into Canadian life. We have made a icon to celebrate! Now to find the other two emails we've had from Canada..
||My dear Nicey|
I can confirm that kids also smell of digestives in Grimsby. At primary school I had to sit next to a particularly aromatic girl at lunchtimes. What I cannot confirm however, is whether or not she was poor. Her cardis never seemed to fit (arms too short), but maybe that was she was a bit portly.
Of course this might mean that she was fat (oops sorry not very nice of me) because she ate far too many digestives and therefore smelled of them (??!!). I dunno.
But have you ever noticed that when dunking digestives you can only fit a little bit in the cup, and when you nibble off that bit, the rest fits perfectly for dunking? Ahem.
|Nicey replies: Joanne,
Thank you for that. The large diameter of the digestive, when dunking, teaches us temperance and restraint through biscuit reshaping, unless they have snapped in half in which case its full speed ahead.