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||Dear Nicey, Wifey et al,|
I started a new job this week in a large office (Public/Civil Service), and I have discovered the joys of office tea. I had a teapot, tin of tea, sugar and my own mug from one of the my previous jobs, but the problem I have is the boiling water. They had an inbuilt water boiler thing with a tap at the sink. But it just isn't that hot. Is it an OH&S matter, to stop people burning themselves? or is it a sinister plot to shorten people's morning/afternoon tea break? Either way, my tea is no longer scaldingly hot (I have mine black) and it goes a lot quicker, and doesn't taste as good. I think bringing my own kettle in would be a bit beyond the pale. Hasn't been a huge issue thus far, as been too busy, and only had 3 cups of tea all week.
Maybe I'll have to switch to Green tea, which doesn't use boiling water.
|Nicey replies: Hi Luke,
I'm sure both your reasons are correct. The Health and Safety one is the excuse whilst the water boiler sales bloke mutters something about increased productivity due to staff not waiting around for a little kettle to boil.
I still say that I would be prepared to sign a form absolving my employer of liability in situations arising from the making of proper tea.
|I just thought I would drop an email to say how much I agree with the emails so far regarding the breakaway. I found this site whilst researching the breakaway bar solely because only this week I was lucky enough to have the experience of eating a half biscuit, half just chocolate breakaway. Subsequently that proved to be a very good day. I am feel even more privileged because this bar was obviously post-wrapper/design change.|
||Growing up in Kent, 'bun' was always ambiguous - currant bun (bought from Fine Fare) or iced bun in a paper case (home made).|
Later on, in Leicester, a simple round white bread roll was a barm (not a barm cake as they say further north).
Further north still, the other half's Bradford roots lead her to call a mug a 'pot', so a pot of tea from her could be anything (and frequently is, as she doesn't understand tea)
Mind you, Europeanisation has led to our local Sainsbury's stocking Danish pastries made in Belgium and Belgian Buns made in the UK. Only needs Chelsea buns or Bakewell pudding made in Denmark to complete the circle. Think of the miles of truck movements they could save.
Language is a slippery thing.
I took these pics of a strange mutant chocolate fudge biscuit. (Farmbake brand here in NZ) At first I was taken aback by the shear cruelty of mother nature, but soon found an inner beauty and elegance I could have only imagined. This "evolutionary freak" gets to the bottom of the tallest mug. Is this oddball a freak of the dunking world, or an evolutionary step?
|Nicey replies: Tim,
I'm sure you're right and these hapless freaks represent some sort of giant leap forward. It's a such a pity that they look like dog turds.
I wonder if you could solve a puzzle for me? When I was a kid back in the 70s/80s there were some biscuits that had a spooky / ghostly theme to them. Each pack contained an number of biscuits that were coloured in various garish shades - green, red and yellow if I remember correctly - and each was associated with a spooky character. They were probably stuffed to the gills with sugar and additives, but I loved them regardless (or maybe because) of this fact.
Could you put me out of my misery and tell me what they were called, please?
|Nicey replies: They have been mentioned before.. but we don't remember their name.