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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)?
||While less than ideal for making a good cuppa – being a dark colour and all – this still seems like a nice idea. But how do you avoid losing the chalk?|
|Nicey replies: Typical yet another clueless design, "Here is a hot one", but we'll design a mug with a matt black glaze giving it the optimum coating for radiating its heat and there by going cold quicker. These are the same dim wits that put handles over the spouts of kettles to scald our fingers or easy open packaging that requires a knife and chopping board to get into.
Also that writing doesn't look like its written in chalk. I could send round one of the younger members of staff to them who would write over everything they hold dear in a variety of media including chalk, poster paint, biro and improvised engraving using old nails. That should set them straight on what chalk looks like.
In this state of tropical weather we are having in Yorkshire (can’t stand it myself, bring back the rain!), do you recommend trying iced tea? I once had this drink in Paris and it was vile and bitter. It is too hot for me to drink a normal cuppa, but I am missing it also. What can I do?
|Nicey replies: Marge,
We would never ever recommend drinking iced tea, its muck. You just need to gather yourself and have a proper cuppa, you'll be fine. Maybe get a few scones and some jam and cream and pretend you're on holiday. I have to say I'm getting quite skilled at scone making, and we have pretended to be on our holidays about 3 times in the last month.