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||This cannot be a good idea. I assume Theo doesn’t take sugar, and therefore a tea to such a person would taste of hot sugar. But as an addict myself, tea is not tea without out it, merely an earthy infusion. As Nicey so rightly points out there are things that need spoons such as soup, custard etc. Can you see people eating these things with a fork, or perhaps a knife (note to small people, do not put knives in your mouth). Is it possible that Theo is actually trying a subversive route to getting sugar banned. Think of the dentists you’ll put out of work. |
The problem with the proliferation of spoons in modern society is that it promotes drinking tea with sugar. As we are all aware - tea taken with sugar tastes merely of hot sugar and little else, so I suggest a worldwide ban of spoons starting asap, perhaps incorporating some kind of spoon amnesty whereby spoons can be handed into police stations without fear of stern looks from the superintendent. With enough public backing, I reckon we could get Sir Bob Geldof on board (or at the very least, Kriss Akabusi).
For the consumption of puddings and so forth, I put it to your readers that a fork is a perfectly reasonable substitute for a spoon, and lends the eater a distinct air of sophistication to boot.
All the best,
|Nicey replies: Theo,
Whilst your logic is compelling, the thought of the younger members of staff tackling their Weetabix with anything other than proper British standard spoons is chilling. Could you see fit to get a clause put in that would allow them for use with Weetabix, oh and porridge and tomato soup whilst your at it. Wifey will need one for eating boiled eggs too.
Reference the black chalk mug thing. Why not just get a normal mug and write any note you feel necessary on a supplementary piece of paper. If someone does end up buying this mug then perhaps it should be mandatory to write "Warning, makes weak and palid tea only" on it. Plus, if you write too close to the rim of the mug, you may end up with a mouthful of chalk.
|Nicey replies: Jim,
The scathing attack on dark chalky mugs I had been expecting.
It's a symptom of the malaise that people feel the need to have stuff written all over their tee shirts, hats, mugs, shoes, skin etc (Conveniently forgets about his own range of NCOTAASD merchandise). Its like people feel they need to annotate to themselves. "So that I better understand you, is there anything else about your person you feel I should read before we have a conversation? Or should we recklessly start chatting before I have read your mug and the back of your tee shirt and tops of your arms". It would be more helpful if people could stick PostIt notes to their foreheads with such things as "I've got a bit of a cold actually", or "I'm in a bit of a mood today, best off avoiding me", or "I'm planning on going out and buying some biscuits later".
||Nicey & The Wife,|
Have those Taylors of Harrogate chaps been changing the contents of their tea bags ? The wife and I share one bag per cup and, as she's the tea drinking professional, she gets the first 'sip' of the teabag. Until about 6 months ago I 'd get a fairly decent cup of tea from the second 'sip' bit now it is almost undrinkable (and I'm not too fussy !) Have the made the contents weaker or smaller - to encourage folk to use more bags - without letting us know or dropping the price ? Such calumny !
Awn & Jo
(PS Love the site & book)
|Nicey replies: Well despite my many hours spent expounding my theory of tea bag usage which you clearly support, Yorkshire tea in its defense does say on the pack one bag to a mug. So what you say may well be right and maybe they have decided that they have the leeway to fiddle with their bag contents. Also it might work in favour of those who unlike me leave their bag in their mug to brew for a considerable while. However, I completely see why this situation is a personal set back to yourself.|
||Just a few words on those indespensible items to those of us who enjoy our T sweetened.|
I find the best way of keeping them truly shiny is to polish with a bit of metal polish every 6 months or so. That way you can even see your own reflection in them before you fill them with sweet stuff and stir your tea. Of course you need to give them a quick wash after polishing as the polish itself is toxic.
Back in the day, when I was at boarding school, the T-spoons were always in a terrible state. So to avoid any shenanigans I worked out how much sugar I would need from my own private bag and then stirred the brew with my maths set-square. The pointy end enabled me to stir the sugar round from even the darkest recesses of my mug.
I have often wondered though: with the amount of tea drinking that goes on at NCOTAASD HQ do you ever run out of tea spoons? and what do you use a substitute?
Anyway, I have to get back to work, T-break over.
|Nicey replies: We don't run out of teaspoons as we wash them up after we have used them. Was it a 60 degree set square or a 45 degree one (I'm guessing 60 degree would be best)?