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I have just finished being surprised at how much I enjoyed your NCOTAASD book ( a Christmas present from a very discerning friend (Hi Jumpy-up-and-down Kathy if you ever get to read this)) and wanted to tell you about an excellent vending machine from my youth.
As a lad of about 10 I used to go to Whitley Bay Ice Rink every Saturday morning. I can still remember the smell that permanently wet wood has. Anyway, they had a vending machine that was old-fashioned even then (about 1965?); you selected the drink of choice by rotating an enormous dial on the front. You could choose from tea, limeade and chicken soup. What the manufacturers never thought of was that young kids would experiment by rotating the dial WHILST it was vending...
||As a recruitment consultant, I think Alexa Didcott & Kerrie-Anne Wright's idea is a fabulous one. We ought to make it part of a rigourous selection process, maybe including a practical. Can't have any weirdos in the company!|
|Nicey replies: Gareth,
That's quite a dangerous line your taking there. Rather than selecting out the weirdoes surely we should embrace them into a tolerant and equal opportunity workplace. Filling in the form would simply mean that nobody would make tea for them, and any normal people starting there would be told about them too.
|Alexa Didcott Kerrie-Anne Wright
We loooooooooooove your website. Alexa received your book for Christmas, she had tears rolling down her face when she read about the non sugar users trying to convert the sugar users!
Anyway, we are all back at work after the break and the usual tea and coffee discussions have ensued. So to clear up matters, we have created a "How do you like it tea proforma"!
We thought you would like to take a look at a sample of the completed tea questionnaires.....ENJOY!
Alexa Didcott & Kerrie-Anne Wright
|Nicey replies: Morning Ladies,
Thats some great initiative there. Presumably you have these all filed next to the kettle for reference. Also you should make sure that it becomes company policy that all new starters have to fill in one of these and browse all the other ones before they are even allowed to use the kettle.
I just pulled out the first one from the fifteen you sent, Wifey and I enjoyed them all however.
Reading your web pages today, a biscuit long-forgotten suddenly popped into my head, but I have no idea what it was called, so naturally I am writing to you for some help in its identification.
It was cookie like in nature, a similar size and consistency as the Maryland, bit instead of chocolate chips, it harbored small chocolate chip sized drops of green and red 'jelly'.
I remember many a time, sitting with my tea, watching blue peter (circa simon groom and 'goldie') and newsround (actually, I always used to go out and make a cup of tea when newsround was on) and carefully sucking the biscuit until I was left with the tiny drops of jelly.
Do you have any idea what it was?
Yours in hope,
Bev (once known as Beverley Biscuit, but thats a long story)
|Nicey replies: Oh yes I definitely had some of those too, your description is spot on. I had assumed they were some sort of Maryland cookie as you say.|
Abbey Crunch Review
|3 years ago, as we were forced to bid a tearful farewell to the Abbey Crunch, I was lucky enough to strike upon a Spar which had about 20 packets still in stock and racing towards their "best before date". Of course I bought them all; it was after all going to be my last chance to munch on my favourite snack of all snacks. I wolfed 16 packs within a matter of weeks (struggling to prolong them as long as I could and put in an admirable effort, if I do say so myself). The remaining 4 packets, however, overcame me with the temptation to try and preserve them... to hoard them forever with a Gollum-like obsession so that I may once again experience the perfect biscuit. That way, as I lay on my death bed, it may be the last thing that I may taste. This was all very good in theory - I kept the original foil wrappers intact, wrapped them in cling film, then generously in bubble wrap and again in foil. There they have lain, cushioned on a bed of cardboard away from any hint of light, warmth, or moisture.|
It wasn't until this New Year passed that curiosity got the better of me and I decided to celebrate with friends who I care enough about to honour in such a way... we opened one packet of Abbey Crunch (best before March 2004). You can't imagine the pain... They were distinctly... stale tasting... not even in a tolerable way. If there was any trace of that original glorious flavour there then it had now been overcome... trampled to death... by this awful aftertaste and sandy texture. I don't understand what could have happened given my quasi-cryogenic preserving method.
So what now? I would really value your opinion on this. Do I pop another packet in hope that they will be OK, only to risk shattering the dream completely and amplifying my anguish if they're not? Do I donate them to someone braver or with a less acute sense of taste than I? Or.. do I... give up completely and... well... don't make me type it.
P.S. forgot to mention that I'm moving to Beijing on Tuesday so it really is crunch time on this issue, so to speak.
|Nicey replies: Daz,
Its simple, both they and you have gone off by now.