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Keith O'Kane
Nicey replies: Your cause is a noble and just one.

Hilary Seidman
The FrenchSeek you the GrailIreland
Nicey replies: Hello Hilary,

Yes I just about remember Milk and Honey's, amongst my earliest biscuit memories, I must have been about 3 or 4 years old. My Auntie Edna had some and they very different to the Crawfords Custard Creams which would have been my benchmark biscuit at the time. At the time she lived in a large old Essex weatherboard house called Clements Hall. I remember eating Milk and Honey's as we went to watch a bonfire in the very overgrown grounds of the place, all sat in a disused tram car that had been salvaged from Southend Piers's light railway. Apparently it's all gone now, I think it burnt down, and a leisure centre has been built there.

Although it is part of our missing in action section I have heard tale that Milk and Honeys which like many Huntley and Palmer biscuits were produced under licence around the world, are still made in Malaysia.

As for living near Belfast, the same can be said of Wifey's family. In fact Grandma Wifey's unrelenting one woman PR blitz on a poor unsuspecting Northern Ireland after our books publication could well be the reason that your Library has a copy.

Keith O'Kane
Nicey replies: Morning Keith,

Happy New Year to you.

I have seen both usages of the word Tiffin, although neither really fell within my own vocabulary. The first was by friends in my youth who hailed from Lancashire, and was definitely of the Lunch type. I think they used to call their Lunch box Tiffin or maybe they were referring to the contents I was far too young and care free to enquire further.

The second was in Ireland where I feel sure I have seen bars of Cadbury's Chocolate Tiffin, along side their other sorts of Chocolate bars. Again I never investigated further, my head too giddy with thoughts of Kimberlys no doubt.

Miss Caroline and Mr John
World of Biscuits
Nicey replies: Oh dear! Last 'weeks' biscuit was La Paille D'Or a French Lemon Wafer affair. I've re-read it and must be to thick skinned and culturally ignorant to spot the moral outrage contained within. Very possibly it was the description of our trolley contents after visiting the Hypermarket in Boulogne which proved to much. Perhaps just even mentioning the biscuits will be enough to get this page banned too.

I will try and not let the thought of possible censorship in the UAE play upon my mind when writing further BOTW. Then again maybe I will. Future historians will be able to point to the moment when BOTW was some how altered by the spectre of Middle Eastern censorship.

Hiromi Miura
Japanese Black Thunder
Nicey replies: Hello Hiromi,

How we enjoy our cultural exchanges here on NCOTAASD. I'm impressed by your Black Thunder biscuits for many reasons.

First because of their excellent name which would be equally suitable as the name of an attack helicopter. Our local Radio station has a large sports utility vehicle which they bring along to local events which is also called Black Thunder - next time I see them I'll ask if its named after the Japanese biscuit.

Secondly the biscuit looks a bit recycled, as if made from other biscuits which have been smashed up for reasons I can only guess at. Then again it could also be a small piece of very tarmac road surface.

As for Otona-gai it seems very sensible that you have a word for this, and given that your biscuits are sold individually wrapped twenty at a time is not too outrageous. I suspect in the UK we would just limit ourselves to a special word for the person buying a case of biscuits.