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firstly, congratulations on an excellent website. i've read it for a while and recently bought a packet of tim tams to try the slam. excellent stuff.
secondly, congratulations on being in time out which led to me rushing out and buying...
your excellent book (thirdly, congratulations on that too) i bought it for wifey (mine, not yours) yesterday and liked it so much that i missed my stop on the way home. if you can refund my cab fare, that would be great. i now know that cadburys fingers are suitable substitutes for tim tams and i'm looking forward to trying it at the earliest opportunity.
your book may well be this year's all-purpose christmas present book - we'll have to wait and see.
however, regarding the question of tea rounds of work, i was sickened to find no mention of Optimum Mug-Handle Compatibility - the art of choosing mugs to allow you to carry up to six mugs of tea per trip so long as you've got those nice big oval handles that you can get three stabilising fingers into. Those silly little mug handles with corners are the enemy of anyone who has to make a large round because it means making two trips back from the kitchen.
you're right about dark mugs and pink wafers though. they're horrid.
|Nicey replies: Mike,
Fourthly congratulations to you on raising such an important topic. Mug handles are often over looked. I did briefly mention in the book the unsatisfactory nature of novelty shaped handles, but as you rightly point out small ones with that little corner bit on are just as disastrous, never mind having to carry six of them.
||Love the site, we all think you're doing a sterling job championing Britain’s primary leisure activity.|
I'm probably going over old ground here, but where do you guys stand on the generic size/volume of the Tea Mug? When we go to the pub we all enjoy a weights & measures approved 'pint' of beer, but to my knowledge the government has naively overlooked the question of appropriate tea mug dimensions.
Any help you can proffer to ease my furrowed brow on this important topic will greatly help us understand where we are in this minefield of Tea volume.
|Nicey replies: Yes this is a very important issue, however, unlikely as it seems it is fairly much a an exercise in self regulation. Now when the government says its going to leave things for an industry to to self regulate you can usually read two things into it. One they don't think its much of a problem and two they don't want to spend a penny on it. In the case of mug size however, we all know when we are being handed an undersized mug and will take whatever steps are required to avoid it in the future. If it's being offered to you by an acquaintance or family member then a quick "Your mugs are a bit on the small side!" comment should prevent future run ins with it. Likewise for those ungainly oversized things that look like small saucepans, one is in danger of acquiring an RSI from drinking from. That's to say nothing of the very real danger of slipping falling forward and immersing one's entire head in scalding hot tea. I think probably the real problem in all of this are those tall thin mugs made from thinner porcelain. There seems to be a sub culture around these, and I'm afraid that Nanny Nicey has gone over to the dark side in her dotage. We acquired one from the Macmillan Cancer Relief and she has taken to it preferring a smaller cuppa, when joining in with Wifey's relentless tea schedule.|
Bit of excitement in the air today as tonight I am going to my first ever football match. More of a rugby man myself but a free ticket is a free ticket at the end of the day. So i'll be watching the might of Bristol City v Walsall. It led me to thinking about sports venues and their tea facilities. I've been to a number of sporting grounds in my life, mainly rugby and cricket and the tea vending facilities vary greatly. They range from a standard cafe style room/building to third party tea vans to an old biddy with an urn.
I think a census is in order. I'd love to know the facilities and standard of tea in sports grounds around the country and discover trends and pattern in region, sports types, size of venue etc. I'd be quite happy to collate any info gathered and draw conclusions.
|Nicey replies: Jim,
I have only been to one football match in my life (Swansea vs Wrexham, 1981), it was one of the dullest things I've ever had to endure, and I'm lumping in a whole lifetimes worth of waiting room experiences in with that. It was way more interesting watching the crowd. There was one leather faced old boy who most have been well into his eighties who could shout (what it was he shouted I couldn't make out) at a volume matching that of an express train passing by. He only did this on three seemingly random occasions, taking about twenty minutes to recover in between. Everybody completely ignored him despite his amazingly loud outbursts. If I recall the catering consisted of tea in polystyrene cups and hotdogs, I had neither. I can still remember the sense of jubilation that came at the end of the match when I was able to leave.
Anyhow good luck it all, I'm sure it needs doing I expect.
||Surely having mugs with handles positioned so that the picture on the mug faces you is pointless - you can't "look at the design as you drink" unless you have eyes on your chin, surely. I work in a human eye development lab, so if anyone does have this sort of eyes, we'd be very interested to hear from you.|
|Nicey replies: To be fair Victoria it's the numerous breaks in between actually drinking when you were merely holding the mug when you would be most likely to look at the side of the mug. Still molluscs have eyes in some unusual places so may be we could worry about them drinking tea from left handed mugs. Hmm. Right that's enough worrying about that. |
||I was very pleased to receive your book for christmas, but was very surprised by the idea of people using other people's personal mugs at work. It seemed a shocking idea to me and I was convinced that it was only going on in very hidden, dark corners of England. However, there has recently been a development on this front at work. I have a mug which has a pig on the side and says "The pig smile because he is so happy" and on the other side has a little poem about the pig's happiness reminding us that there is lots to be happy about...It's my Monday morning mug really. Anyway, a colleague came to my desk to speak to me today and I couldn't answer him because I was so transfixed by seeing my mug in his hand, full of tea! And no, he wasn't bringing me a cup of tea, he was using it for himself and had the audacity to tell me that he likes it very much! What should I do about this? Does it follow mug etiquette to suggest that he stops using it or should I accept it gratefully as a compliment to me in my mug choosing skills?|
Thank you for the brilliant book, and I am sorry for doubting the truth of your mug stealing knowledge.
(Also, this website is very good for lovely+silly mugs )
|Nicey replies: Mary,
No you are going to have to have it out with him. This is such a Friday type of thing to happen. Lulled by the inevitable slow down at the end of the week, his energy levels to find a clean mug have dipped and he has just grabbed the nearest one to hand. Obviously he quite likes it as its clean, full of tea and in his hand.
You are already harboring a good bit of resentment already although you appear to be quite polite about the whole thing. If you allow the situation to continue then its just going to gnaw away at you. Eventually you may snap in a fit of mug rage, which is best avoided. I would tell him nicely that he has been fortunate enough to try your mug, but now he needs to sort out his life and get his own mug, and that if you ever catch him using yours again then he'll need to bring you biscuits and make the tea for you for the next year.