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What a wonderful website. My darling mother and I were in the Roys of Wroxham superstore, Nr the Norfolk Broads, Norwich, when I came across your book entitled Nicey and Wifey.
Now as a female known as Niecey, it was intriguing to come across a Nicey (male!).
So, without further ado, I picked up the book, and have now visited your site. Splendid tea and biscuits too.
So from Niecey a hello to Nicey and wifey. There's nothing better than a dunky biscuit I say!
|Nicey replies: I'm thrilled that you bought your book at Roy's of Wroxham. When we used to go to the Norfolk broads on camping holidays in the 1970s we would occasionally visit Wroxham. My sister and I were amazed that seemingly every shop in Wroxham regardless of what it sold was a 'Roy's'. It was as if we had stumbled into a parallel world in which Roy was all powerful
||Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
On Wednesday afternoon, my husband and I came back to Korea after staying for three nights and four days in our motherland, Japan.
Sad to say, when we arrived at Haneda Airport(Tokyo), there was no lady with a green tea trolley to greet us, but Tokyo was so beautiful because the lovely pink-coloured cherry blossoms were in full bloom.
In Tokyo, my husband seemed to be busy visiting several offices on business.
As for me, I was busy dropping by corner shops enjoying biscuit hunting, as you guess.
And we flew back to Korea with a lot of biscuits I had gained in Tokyo, including a box of twenty "Black Thunder" biscuits, which are one of my favourite Japanese biscuits.
Well, I am a lady who love inexpensive,mass-produced biscuits that are available at corner shops and common supermarkets.
However, in remembrance of our brief retro life in Tokyo, I ventured to try to buy four extravagant biscuits at WEST shop.
The WEST shop is a confectioner well-known for its even finer and high end biscuits in Japan.
Actually, even a single biscuit cost me at 168JPY (about 0.82GBP / 1.64USD).
Interestingly, the confectioner calls its biscuits "Dry Cake", while it calls its fresh cakes (such as cheesecake, sponge cake covered with whipped cream and cream puff) just "Cake".
And it is fact that those 4 "Dry Cake" biscuits I bought were drier than Tunnock teacake and Jaffa Cake.
Anyway, I am very happy that I was able to get such gems of biscuits as well as common biscuits in Japan.
By the way, what lets me down is that I was not able to discover a gem of contemporary literature: Japanese version of NCOTAASD book in Japan. It seemed to me that your Japanese book has not been released in Japan, yet.
I do hope I will get it next time we fly to Japan.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Hello Hiromi,
It sounds like you had a lovely time back in Tokyo, even if you didn't get your cup of green tea at the airport..
Of course the main reason for our book being published in Japanese is so that you can read it. I've pointed this out at length to all concerned. Fingers crossed that you'll find it next time.
We have cherry trees all along our road, which have just began to blossom too. Each year they produce masses of black cherries most of which are eaten by birds or fall on to the road. This year Wifey plans to ask permission to grab a few pounds of them and turn them into her new found best drink ever, Cherry flavoured Vodka. NCOTAASD ISP Dr Borrill did this with his cherries and worked very well indeed.
|I have never seen a Nice Cream before and I had a quick look on your site to see if it was something you had reported.|
The Nice were revealed in a Tesco triple-pack alongside a packet of Custard Creams and a pack of Malted Milk.
I am not a fan of the Nice biscuit as I don't like desiccated coconut, I dislike the flavour and the way the little bits stick in the teeth. However, in the name of research I had to have a taste. The biscuit was familiar, and unpleasant, but the cream was difficult to place, soft and fluffy but not very coconutty which was a relief.
I am not adverse to a little experimentation and I am sure Nice fans will be delighted with the innovation. However, this is the second time in a week that I have experienced the phenomenon of biscuits changing shape for the convenience of packaging. The Nice was reduced to the proportions of a Custard Cream to suit the packaging- again I'm not too upset about the fate of the Nice. However, last week I experienced the same shape tampering with the Bourbon Cream which was most unwelcome. The bourbons in question lasted way longer than usual simply because people were not happy with the shape.
I have attached a photo of the Nice Cream.
PS I have been a huge fan of the site for a while now and finally, after some serious hinting, I have the book (a valentines present- paperback so I clearly under performed this year) and mug (a birthday present from work). Keep up the good work.
|Nicey replies: Hi Will,
I like the moody backlighting on that Nice-cream. Although I think it might have a case of small dog/man syndrome making up for its small size by being all fighty and short tempered. Notice its rudimentary attempts at bearing its name, a bit like a home made tattoo. Also its sugar crystals are a bit sparse and haphazard like most of them have been knocked off in a fight with a bigger biscuit, possibly those malted milks.
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One theory which you have omitted to mention is that the mice running the biscuit machines have taken their annual holiday, or maybe gone on strike (after all no one else is satsified with a below-inflation pay rise, so why should they be?) The biscuit machine in Bagpuss was run by mice, and I won't have anyone telling me that iconic TV programmes from my childhood aren't true. Admittedly this machine made chocolate biscuits rather than fig rolls, but I'm sure the original design could be tweaked to produce whatever biscuit you wanted. Or the mice wanted, which could be a different thing entirely.
|Nicey replies: Good reasoned thinking, however, the mice in Bagpuss were a dodgy bunch and were not really making Chocolate Biscuits out of Butter Beans. They kept producing the same chocolate biscuit from round the back over and over again. They probably pinched this too. (I go into this in some depth in our book)
BTW Bagpuss has just won a poll or something You can see the mice in the picture. They look a bit shifty, I think its the eyes.
Been temping for a very nice firm of solicitors who put their staff’s cuppa needs at the heart of the operation. As such they have a seriously good brew station with as fine a mix of teas and coffees as you could imagine. I found a small sachet of Chai and report thusly: if you brew a really weak cup of black tea, dunked a ginger nut for not longer than disintegration, you would still get a better cuppa than the muck I drank. Ugh. Won’t be drinking another one I can tell you!
PS Why isn’t the fig crunch headline news?
|Nicey replies: Don't know why the Fig crisis isn't making the mainstream news. Maybe SKY would go with it if there was some kind of riot as a consequence of Fig Roll shortages. Given the scant coverage of the GingerNut / Morning Coffee crisis of 2006 I don't hold out much hope.|