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I was at first delighted to find your site, but then deeply saddened that there are no teasmades on it (sob) other than a recommendation from a visitor to my website (how perfectly charming of her!) and a reply of dubious taste about the obsessiveness of teasmade enthusiasts (somewhat less charming).
I should point out that not all teasmades have alarms, they are perfectly safe (yes that EU thing was just a nasty urban legend)and not all teasmade users use them in bed.
I will quote from a 1955 Goblin advert which might stir your sympathy:
"For five years Mrs Taylor has been a confirmed invalid. That meant waiting until her daughter came home before she had tea. Now Mary leaves Goblin Teasmade ready so that her mother only has to switch on and there's a fresh cup of tea to help pass the long afternoons."
"Mrs Riley often missed the most exciting bit of the Television play whilst she was out in the kitchen making tea for the interval. But now, just a touch of a switch a few minutes beforehand, and tea is made automatically. It's equally helpful for bridge parties and social evenings."
There now, doesn't that make you feel better?
|Nicey replies: Sheridan,
You don't need us to tell you that you and everybody on your site are all Teasmade bonkers. Still here's an extra big NiceCupOfTeaAndASItDown Hoorah!! for all of you.
Perhaps your techie boys can design a teasmade module for the next British Beagle mission to Mars, that way all those American rovers could drive over and they could all have a lovely cuppa, and a chat about rocks. They would have to bring their own NASA biscuits, probably Fig Newtons would do.
I’ve been following with interest the thread of the elusive chocolate garibaldi. I can assure you that the biscuit did exist – in both plain and milk chocolate form! Many years ago in my youth, I had a weekend job at the local Waitrose supermarket, who stocked the cherished biscuit. This was late 70’s/early 80’s. The brand was ‘Chiltonian’, a brand that seems to have gone into obscurity, just like the biscuit. The plain chocolate version was my particular favourite; I always think plain chocolate and dried fruit go together well. The biscuit always worked better if kept in the fridge, just to keep the chocolate on the firm side. It also made separating the next biscuit from the garibaldi strip a little easier and stopped your fingers getting covered in chocolate.
I’m now living in the States, where any good biscuits are hard to come by, although the Yanks do make some acceptable fig rolls (can’t eat a whole packet of those though!). Like my fellow expat in search of the ‘Dundee’, my electric kettle also raises some eyebrows. It was the last one in the store and the shopkeeper still gave me a discount to take it off his hands. It takes ages to boil using this weak American electricity but it still makes nice cup of tea, with a British tea bag of course. They don’t know what they’re missing!
Keep up the good work,
||I recently visited the French resort of Nice and was shocked to find that the liberator of Italy - Garibaldi - was born there. One town associated with two biscuits - is this a record.|
Also - Nice biscuits are generally nasty - is this the same attitude to naming that means that any country with the word "Democratic" in its name is not? Similarly, Fig Rolls don't (roll) and neither do Jammy Dodgers (dodge). How many other misleading biscuits are there? Should something be done to prevent confusion?
Well... Those delightfully sickening Fig Rolls from Happy Shopper (a 200g packet is a barftastic amount during a one cuppa tea dunking session as I've discovered) are arranged in vertical 'soldier' formation, which impresses as the syrupy fig paste remains stolidly, nay stubbornly in the pastry parcel and not splurted or strewn across the enclosing cardboard package. The cardboard package also appears to be fat absorbant, thus filling the purchaser with a keen sense that these biks really are 'the healthy option'. The fig to other ingredients quotient is 26%, so not such a bad tally and, at merely 59p, they are a threat to the commercial supremacy of the all-conquering Jacobs Fig Roll. Incidentally, I ate a 300g packet of McVities Milk Choc Homewheat on saturday with a cuppa tea. Needless to say I remained seated on saturday night and most of sunday, but not necessarily on a chair...
Vive la bikkies!
p.s. Not-so-impressive graphic attached. I've spent all morning at work doing this- I hate work, it gets in the way of my tea imbibing...
|Nicey replies: Yep sounds like a Burtons's job, much like the Lyons, Sainsburys, Asda, Coop, Morrisons, Spar et al and a respectable 26% Fig content.
Nice diagram, Woo.
I've recently discovered your excellent site and wanted to let you know how biscuits helped me advance my career.
I had a regular meeting with some subcontractors who had a rather antagonistic history with our company. We had to do business with them but they certainly didn't like it. They made this very clear with elaborate politeness, lots of formality and no actual cooperation with anything we wanted. We of course were equally formal back. None of this was helping to get the job done and we started to fall behind in the programme. This situation went on for a couple of meetings until they decided they would enjoy the hostilities more if they included a half time break for a nice cup of tea and a biscuit. They rolled in the tea trolley and were about to start sneering at our tea choices when I spotted the plate of biscuits. Forgetting my rather boring, formal business personality I squealed with delight, "ooh, figgy biccies" it went very, very quiet. everyone turned and started at me in amazement. I blushed and was desperately trying to think how to recover my professionalism when the subcontractors all grinned enthusiastically and agreed that the figgie biscuit was a fine biscuit. From that moment the cold war was well and truly over. We happily swapped stories of favourite biscuits and in between managed to get the job back on track. Of course we continued to make time for a nice cup of tea during our meetings, they even made a point of finding 'guest biscuits', my favourite of these was the cherry roll. The job finished ahead of schedule, which got me noticed and helped my career no end, all thanks to the figgy roll. I can't help thinking that maybe this success story could be applied to even more antagonistic situations, like the UN security council. Could biscuit appreciation be the key to better world cooperation?
|Nicey replies: The importance of the thoughtful use of biscuits in a business context is often overlooked. Your tale is a powerful reminder of the power of fig rolls to bring about a negotiated settlement.|