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In response to Richard Willis' email, I don't have any specific tea buddies, but I have found my "tea drive" to be much higher than anyone else here at work. In the (so-called) tea room, the cups are very small, and I am often mocked for having to purchase more than one cup at "tea break".
I think I can attribute it to the fact that all my mugs at home are very large (approx 1 pint) compared to a standard "cup" (approx 1/3 pint) and I am obviously used to a far greater volume. So anyway, Richard, get yourself (and your tea buddie(s)) some big cups. That might help you feel fulfilled.
Your site was recently recommended to me and I must say, it's lovely.
I write in regard to the difficult social circumstances I find myself in, namely living in the United States and finding it fiendishly difficult to acquire a decent (never mind nice) cup of tea anywhere.
It seems that ever since those chappies in Boston threw a load in the harbour, there has been a (silent) national campaign to dishonour the noble beverage.
Examples of such sacrilege are: Serving one a cup of (almost) hot water with a teabag on the side and suggesting that one uses 'non-dairy creamer' to whiten it. I dare not even begin to describe the horror that is 'instant iced tea'.
Thankfully, we can console ourselves with our ration of Twinnings / Bewley's / Yorkshire Tea that we brought with us, and have a nice (hot) cup of tea and a sit down at home.
There is one exception to all this woe; On a recent trip to lovely Lake Michigan, we had occasion to stop at the 'Bit of Swiss' cafe in South Haven. I must say, It was the nicest cup of tea I have had in this country, made with whole leaf tea in what looked like a home made teabag thingy. It was accompanied by a rather delicious Lemon Tart. Very pleasant.
Kathryn Hall, Indiana.
McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Review
Interesting digestive facts from Martin. I have a conspiracy theory on this. McVities claim of how many of their chocolate digestives are "eaten" each day is purely speculation, I know for a fact that the company are unaware of my intake of the biscuit. Therefore they must be basing their figures on how many packets are "bought" each day. It's my theory that some of the top dogs at McVities are buying huge quantities of their own product (for which they no doubt claim some sort of profit share anyway) in order to make us think the chocolate digestive is more popular than it is. Well, it's either that or they are force feeding them to a load of captive fat blokes in the McVities factory....
PS. Nice grail.
|Martin De Saulles
McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Review
Following my request for information about the Barmouth biscuit I have been doing a bit of research. I thought that the United Biscuits web site might throw some light on the matter as they seem to dominate the biscuit world. Sadly, they were no use whatsoever but something caught my eye. They claim that "Over 65 million packets of McVitie's Chocolate Digestives are eaten in the UK everyday" - can this be true? That means we are each consuming more than a packet each a day. Much as I like the chocolate digestive, I'm nowhere near this level - who is eating my share? Also, this figure does not include non-McVitie's brands. So many questions.
|Nicey replies: Yep the interweb is fairly ropey for finding out about biscuits, which is one of the reasons we started up NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown. Our calculations agree with yours on the chocolate digestives, we would all need to be eating a relentless 1.12 packets daily, and that's on top of our other biscuit intake.|
We've read with considerable interest your pages devoted to the consumption of tea and biscuits. You may be interested to know that biscuits play an important role in the creation of cutting-edge visual effects and computer animations, such as those created at Stormfront Digital Pictures.
Although we dispense with tea, preferring a stronger industrial substitute (coffee), our organisation would quite literally grind to a halt without the frequent consumption of biscuits. Pictured above is the Stormfront biscuit tin, or rather jar: being of a ribbed six sided glass construction which allows it to rest in any one of three positions for efficient biscuit removal. It is presently filled with narrow-gauge dark chocolate digestives manufactured by Nisa, which are very nice.