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||Dear Nicey et al,|
On the subject of more people drinking coffee over tea, I think some blame must be lain on the office environment. Where I work, there isn't a kitchen, only vending machines. I can't get through the day without several hot drinks so I have to make due with this vile abomination - however, and this is my point, that even truely foul vending machine coffee tastes a damn sight better than the utterly disgusting and insipid liquid that tries to pass itself off as tea in these things!!
I have to make up my tea ration when I get home by drinking it out of a HUGE mug!
|Nicey replies: Excellent, I've just blown the dust off the vending machine icon.|
Whilst sitting at my desk enjoying a nice cup of tea I was going through your archives and come upon an interesting news item about vending machines. It reminds me of my second happiest memory as a child.
I grew up in a village called Hopeman on the Moray Firth and twice yearly we would make a round trip to Inverness to buy clothes and things you couldn't and things you couldn't get in the nearest town, Elgin. One of these visits was always before Christmas. My mother used to use it as an opportunity to visit a sewing shop in Forres, called Sewing Seconds. Normally this would result in endless protestations from my brother, Andrew and I. On this occaision though, we discovered the free vending machine that dispensed, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and unusual combinations if you could press the buttons at the same time. There was about a foot of snow outside and Andrew and I spent a very happy hour writing rude words with hot drinks in the snow.
My happiest childhood memory if you are interested was when our Dad came home with two sledge hammers and told us to knock down the Coal Shed. Oh Happy Days!
||I thought you may be interested to learn that the vending machine in the physics department of imperial college (a place at the very forefront of scientific invention) has a vending machine of the 'clix' brand which in addition to the regular vending machine issues you have highlighted also revels in giving you the 60p you get back from a pound in exchange for your steaming liquid entirely in 1p pieces.|
In continental tea issues my girlfriend is currently living in Germany where they seem to have pioneered a kind of halfway house between loose leaf and the tea bag. I'm not sure if you are aware of this development but essentially it is a very long teabag which is open at one end, the theory is you put your loose leaf into the bag and then put it into your mug. The teabag is just long enough that it stands in your mug without the contents spilling over into the tea when you add water. I think they're rather clever.
Yours Peter Burgess
|Nicey replies: No I'd not heard of those DIY teabags, they sound like they could be well received by 'ALL tea bags are filled with sweepings' brigade. One such lady last Tuesday tried to tell me that those little metal ball things on chains were marvelous, that I should go to India to see how tea is really made before having an opinion on it, and that as she was a wine writer she knew a thing or two about things and I was best advised not to argue with her. I told her that we drink PG and this seemed to annoy her sufficiently.|
||Hi there, |
As a novice to the world of biscuits I am in urgent need of some guidance.
Yesterday at work I availed myself of a cup of coffee and pack of biscuits (Cadbury snack shortcakes to be precise) from our vending machine. Upon retuning to my desk I proceeded to unwrap the biscuits, dunk and taste. Very satisfying.... or so I thought. Little did I realise that I was under the ever watchful eye of my collegues who, upon seeing my actions gave a gasp of shock and disbelief.
What could be wrong with my quite normal biscuit behaviour you may well ask as indeed I did myself. It seems that the schoolboy error lay in the fact that my biscuits were chocolate covered.
Please do not be too hasty to judge. In view of this incident I would be most obliged for some advice. Is dunking chocolate covered biscuits breaking some kind of tea break etiquette or unspoken biscuit rule?
|Nicey replies: Rob,
The dunking of chocolate biscuits has long been frowned upon as poor manners, however, in recent years it has begun to become more socially acceptable. Just recently as reported in our last newsletter the McVitie's Chocolate Caramel came tops in poll of over 350,000 people. Personally I think its messy and a bit futile in the case of entirely coated biscuits.
In you specific case I would think your colleague would be better advised to direct his energies to worrying about the fact that you to have to drink stuff made by a vending machine.
||Maybe this is why vending machine coffee tastes awful……|
1. CLICK ON THE LINK
2. MOVE YOUR POINTER TO THE COIN SLOT, & PUT THE COIN IN THE VENDING MACHINE
3. CLICK ON A BUTTON TO CHOOSE YOUR DRINK
4. CLICK ON THE CUP WHEN IT IS READY.
5. AND LAST... CLICK ON THE WORD "APRI"
ENJOY! Don't forget to click on "APRI"
|Nicey replies: I'm not sure if I feel closer to the Italians or somehow distanced by that. Mind you its been a long time since I had a vending machine cup of coffee.