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I was very entertained by your web site and it set me thinking about a number of issues. Firstly, a colleague of mine in the office has recently departed to a new job - he was in his early twenties and his name was Richard Osborne. People called him Rich Osborne around the office - I asked him if he knew of the biscuit of the same name but he had never heard of it! Does anyone remember the "rich osborne" biscuit with the catch phrase "rich osborne never crumbles" in its adverts?
An ensuing conversation led to mention of the Lincoln biscuit - is that still around or has it gone to the biscuit barrel in the sky?
Anyway, its great to see so much material on biscuits, as they have been a major part of my life since early childhood.
|Nicey replies: Roger,
Lincoln biscuits are alive and well, visit our Biscuit of the Week page you'll find it in the list of links at the bottom.
As for the Rich Osbourne, I remember the biscuit but not the advert. They were like a thicker Rich Tea with a hint of butter, a pure dunking biscuit really.
Jacob's Orange Club Review
I will start by saying that your website is the best I have come across for being amusing and entertaining, but at the same time informative and current.
I would just like to share with you that I once had a solid chocolate fruit club biscuit. Unfortunately I didn't have the forward thinking to take a photo - sorry. I know that you will doubt my discovery due to the lack of visible evidence, but that's something I'll have to live with. All I can say is that it was such an event for me that it has remained in my memory for the past nine years (and that's no mean feat, I can tell you).
Keep up the good website work!
Leila Pullen, Slough (home of The Office).
|Nicey replies: Hoorah, what a marvelous tale of solid chocolate biscuits, we can only imagine the charged emotions which must have overtaken you on such a momentous occasion. That would have also been long ago enough for it to be a proper Club biscuit not one of today's sad ones.|
How nice to read James Watson's tale of Yorkshire tea made by Taylors of Harrogate. We have a rather posh little shop in a local shopping centre, The Glen, which sells blends (i.e. real tea-leaves) concocted by a lady in Melbourne. One of her supreme offerings is Scottish Breakfast, which I hadn't come across before. As our American brethren (and cistern) would say, it's like, wow, man, seriously cool. Yea, verily: it is well nigh orgasmic. I was delighted to find, in the same shop, that Taylors of Harrogate make Scottish Breakfast tea-bags (there's nothing shameful or unnatural about using tea-bags — some of my best friends do it). I bought a packet of 50. Excellent! Strongly recommended for a totally satisfying little sit down.
|Nicey replies: Yes, I ordered our pack of Yorkshire hard water tea last night. As you know we have very hard water, as its all drawn from a chalk bed. Danone, who are the French company who bought Jacobs and led to the downfall of the Club biscuit, sell a mineral water with added calcium. I can't believe that some of our local supermarkets actually stocked it.|
||Last Saturday saw me accompanying my Girlfriend into Chelmsford town centre while she purchased a new handbag. I am sure many of the male viewers of this site will be familiar with this sort of unenviable task that is often thrust upon us at short notice.|
Well, after many hours of being dragged around the shops, a cold, biting
wind blowing up my trouser legs, she finally found one she liked and purchased it. By this point, I was tired, cold, and very thirsty. But I couldn't stop... oh no... we still had the weekly "big" food shop to do. So we make our way to Sainsbury's and fight our way around the aisles through the hordes of people, finally arriving some time later at the checkouts. As we left the store a old, kindly faced lady handed me a small package from a box. "Free sample, Love" she said. Turning the box over in my chapped, weathered hands I was pleasantly surprised to see it was a packet of Yorkshire Tea, but not the "normal" kind; This blend was specifically for hard water areas. Popping the packet into a carrier bag, I glanced over my shoulder to say thank you, only to find the woman had vanished, and in her place was a very young, bored looking shop assistant. Pushing my trolley across the car park, I began to feel something rather strange and mystical had just happened and I resolved to check out this new tea when I got home.
Arriving some time later back home, I unlocked the door and half stumbled through, almost numb with fatigue. As I was feeling quite faint, I made my way to the kitchen to brew a much needed cup of tea, whilst I left my girlfriend to unpack the shopping from the car. As the kettle boiled, she brought in the bag that had the free pack of Yorkshire tea in it. Having read the documentation on the back, I opened the packet and used the bags to make a nice big pot.
Finally sitting down in my leather armchair, (you know when you get to a
particular age, there is one "special" chair you tend to gravitate to in the
living room) I poured myself a hot, steaming cup of this new tea, added milk and sugar and tasted it.
Maybe it was the tiredness, maybe it was the special blend for my hard water area, I cannot say... It was simply the best cup of tea I had ever had, and I wholeheartly recommend it. Add to that the packet of Custard Creams I found in the cupboard that I had forgotten about, and I believe I had probably the best "nice cup of tea and a sit down" I ever will that day.
I can still see that twinkle in the old lady's eye...
I don't know if you're aware of this but the Taylor's of Harrogate company
who manufacture 'Yorkshire' tea have decided that they should make different blends for hard or soft water. My own experience of 'Yorkshire' tea is limited to staring in horror at an alarming orange liquid on their
advertisement while a very old lady bemoaned the loss of all Yorkshire's
traditional joys (cricket, racism, wife beating, etc) EXCEPT their lovely
tea, which turned out to be the orange liquid in question. Thus this present scientific approach to tea/water combinations seems somewhat surprising in its dynamism and modernity. I must admit my interest was tickled and I thought about getting some. Everyone knows that buying a new tea is filled with danger and risk, so imagine my joy when looking at the Taylor's website to discover that they'll send you a FREE SAMPLE! I hope this news is useful. You can click here to claim your sample of either hard or soft water tea. I shall let you know my views on the hard water tea when it arrives. They don't do free sit downs though. You have to supply your own one of those.
Happy free sipping,