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||Have you seen this? Sounds a bit too exciting for me! Maybe a cup too far?|
Explosive al-Qaeda brew hits Guinea A new tea craze sweeps through Guinea, but it is not the brew itself that is new, but its name - al-Qaeda.
|Nicey replies: Yes there is a lot of information in that article although its mostly about the bowel movements of strapping great African fellas.
||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
In order to liven up the atmosphere in the office today, we have come up with the new game (to us anyway) of "Biscuit Chicken".
Each contestant is armed with a cup of tea and a biscuit. On the count of three, all contestants dunk the biscuit into the tea. At least half the biscuit must be submerged. The last contestant to remove their biscuit from the tea intact is the winner. Any contestant who's biscuit breaks before reaching their mouth is disqualified.
A variation of the game is "Biscuit Roulette". In this game, several different varieties of biscuit are used. Biscuits are lined up in a random order and each contestant in turn will roll a dice to select their biscuit (a 1 gets you the first biscuit in the row, a 2 the second and so on). A "spin the bottle" approach to biscuit selection is also acceptable. Once the biscuit has been selected, the first contestant will dunk it into their tea for as long as they dare, the duration will be timed with a stopwatch. Each contestant must dunk their biscuit for a longer time than the previous contestant. If the biscuit breaks on removal from the tea, the contestant is disqualified.
Does anyone out there have any other ideas for games involving biscuits?
|Nicey replies: Very nice Mr O'Kane. I did have some very dull suggestions for biscuit games sent to me a while back, but this all sounds much more plausible.
||Dear Wifey and Nicey|
Thank you for an excellent website. Sorry if this has been brought up before, but I still need to know. When you've dunked your favourite biscuit, and presuming the laws of physics allow, is it OK to put the whole thing in your mouth? I can do a Chocolate HobNob at a push and even two well-soaked fig rolls (that was for a bet) - what do other people think. Never on a first date? Should a secret society be formed?
Keep up the good work
|Nicey replies: Of course in the proper social setting it is permissible. The correct social setting for shoving entire biscuits into your gob, just to see if you can, is when you are alone. It should certainly not be attempted in front of anybody who even slightly looks down their nose at you. Of course I would view pre-dunking as cheating, you should be able to do this dry. I certainly used to able to get a whole digestive in as a youth.|
Forgive me Father Nice, its been nearly two years since my last NCOTAASD confession, and as I am tieing the knot next year, I thought that I should get in touch. Nothing like a wedding to rekindle those biscuitty memories.
Anyway, ever since getting back from America I had been meaning to get in contact but the bladder of time has been forever pressing and so my apologies. What better reason however than to show off my new tea set that I bought whilst on holiday on the Isle of Skye.
Indeed, whilst in the town of Portree, in the quirkiest shop in the world, I stumbled across this stunning collection of handcrafted delights. The Tea Pot is an absolute gem, I am sure you will agree.
Price = £60 for the lot. Excuse the absence of a lid for the sugar bowl, but we had a very upsetting incident prior to it containing anything at all, let alone sugar. Please also forgive the almost squadron formation and the flamboyant use of chocolate Hob-Nobs in the picture, I just felt they would help to set the scene.
If you should fancy a set like mine, they are handmade by sofieb.com, and are well worth the money, although it would be nice if they would fashion some small plates to wollop a few slabs of battenburg on to,
Well, all the best, and well done on the award,
|Nicey replies: All is forgiven Mr Hands, good to hear from you again. Well done of the teapot which looks a lot like a space rocket, so I'll exercise my ultimate executive power and use that icon for this message. Good luck for the wedding I hope your sister doesn't get too out of control.|
Thank you for your charming response. You've made me think that perhaps biscuits in space is a much-neglected research area that I should pursue. I'm attaching a picture of a 1959 Russian biscuit tin featuring Sputnik 1 for your enjoyment.
|Nicey replies: Alice,
That is a fantastic biscuit tin, you must be very proud. I tend to think about biscuits in space about 3 or 4 times a week at the moment, which I think is healthy. In our book (out in November) I thought about which would be the best biscuit for zero-g or micro-gravity situation. This is surely going to be an issue for the in flight catering on any future sub-orbital space planes. Inevitably I think its the fig roll.