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Thought you might be interested in this story about police officers getting free cups of tea from an unnamed motorway service station.
What do you reckon, is it outrageous or does it prove that the police are human too? I live in Cheshire, so do you think I should investigate which one it is, and see if they could perhaps extend the service to NCOTAASD 'members' travelling on the M6? Maybe some of those little packets of biscuits too? I had a nice little packet of Fruit Shrewsburys on a course in Liverpool the other day.
|Nicey replies: Well in Balamory PC Plum finishes off a plate of Miss Hoolie's Custard Creams whilst on his rounds, as well as a cuppa. This evidently means he is a bad-un, on the take and up there with the likes of Don Beeche of the Bill (although he seems to be in Eastenders now).|
Custard Cream Review
|Firstly, good job on the custard cream slot yesterday. It's encouraging that such important things as how to eat a custard cream are brought to the television watching masses.|
Secondly, I witnessed a concerning event at work today. As you can tell from my appreciation of your programme yesterday, and from the fact that I appear to be a sensible chap, I'm perfectly happy with dunking. When the dunking is biscuits in tea, that is. I don't have a problem with dunking certain biscuits in, say, hot chocolate either, though I wouldn't do it myself. However, this morning I saw someone in my office dunking a weetabix into a mug of milk. While on a surface level this is no different to a nice bowl of weetabix, it just seemed wrong. It makes me uncomfortable to even think of it.
|Nicey replies: Hi Tim,
Yes the Custard Cream thing went well. Mind you I was alarmed that completely out of the blue Linda Barker interjected in that way she does, just when I was apparently getting into my stride. I hope they pay that poor girl from Curry's who does all the work in the adverts telling you how much the tellies and dvd players cost and so on, more money than the Barker woman who just comes on and does something annoying with her fingers. Plus she's started sending us junk mail trying to convince us to buy her settees.
Any how most mornings I have to scrape a goodly sized amount of Weetabix of the facilities here at NCOTAASD HQ thanks to the younger members of staffs dubious spoon handling. Failure to do so and it sets into a hard implacable lump, which requires a pair of pliers to detach. Dunking them into milk with out protective plastic sheeting every where seems foolhardy.
||Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
I am so grateful to you! I have started reading your book, and already it has been of great help in removing some of the stress from my life. For the first time I now feel able to admit that I am a two-mug-per-bag user. I inherited a thrifty streak from my mother, and also have always found that one bag gives two perfectly good mugfulls. But when I have visitors I try to hide the fact that I am giving the bag a surreptitious second dunk. You have given me the courage to “come out”. Thank you.
I am enjoying the book. I look forward to the chapter on Sitting Down. I note that there is a section on sit down technique. This is something I have always felt rather good at, but I hope to learn some hints to improve my technique.
|Nicey replies: That puts me mind of a charming letter I received this week from a gentleman who had been a POW in Italy during WWII. He recounted how his last pinch of precious tea leaves were offered up in an enamel mug to a passing driver of an Italian steam locomotive. The British chaps gestured that would like some hot water in their mugs, with much mutual denouncement of war as a bad thing between both parties. The kind engine driver then used jets of steam to blast out what he took to be bits of old filthy stuff in the bottom of the chaps mug and returned it to him nice and clean and empty. He didn't get another cup of tea for two and a half years.|
Malted Milk Review
I would like to add my voice to the growing mass of dedicated Malted Milk followers, chocolate or otherwise. I echo the comments of James Coghlan that Sainsbury's have to stock these biscuits on the most remote, highest and out-of-the-way selves. This does give the impression that by finding, buying and then eating the biscuits, one has been initiated into a secret and ancient club. Which of course, one has.
I have tried to convert my girlfriend to the quality of the Malked Milk, but she remains a firm cake lover.
|Nicey replies: Yes the Malted Milk is utterly fabulous isn't it, and before anybody else asks which firm cakes does she like?|
thoroughly enjoying the book, and have just discovered this site!
I just wondered what your thoughts are on decaffinated tea? I personally think theres something not right about them - just not the same. Mind you, PG tips decaf actually have caffeine in them, only less than normal, and theyre actually quite tasty and still have something of the 'kick' of proper tea. and i like mine relatively weak but theres still a discernible diference.
P.S. I just had one of those hovis digestives with my PGtips - left over from xmas and still fresh! now thats a damn fine biscuit.
|Nicey replies: I've not actually ventured into decaffeinated tea, and so couldn't say. If its anything like decaf coffee then the solvent based extraction of the caffeine also takes some of the more volatile components of the taste and flavour with it. However, if you need to drink the stuff then its very welcome.|