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||Hello Nicey and Wifey, |
Just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know about the excellent tea, cakes and sitting down that we had today at work as part of the Macmillan fundraising effort. Some hard-working employees of Devon County Council were up late last night, baking all kinds of delicious cakes, buns, and fairy cakes (all with wings stuck in the butter icing on top - ref earlier debates on your site), and the resulting tea, cake and sit-down fest has been a wonder to behold.
Don't worry, council tax payers, we made sure all the school buses and meals on wheels were going OK before we began the sitting down.
All the best,
|Nicey replies: Very good. We just back from our local one, which had a lovely spread too. Mind you my homemade ginger nuts were perilously close to a plate of pink wafers.
Reading your intro to the recent Kettle feature, you wondered whether anyone was still using the same kettle after twenty years of good service. Well not quite, but I have been using my Rowenta Express for 19 years and 5 months and it shows no signs of giving up. I got it as an eighteenth birthday present from my Auntie Margaret and Uncle Rex just before I left for university. I will be 38 next April, making it 20 years for the kettle. It is still working perfectly, never blown a fuse, the red indicator ball is still doing its stuff correctly, and the inside is clean and not scaled at all. I still think the design looks ok, infact it looks nicer than some of the modern space-age curvy appliances on sale now.
I bet my Auntie and Uncle have no idea that their present is still being used every day. I must get round to thanking them sometime!
Jonathan Smith, Birmingham, UK
|Nicey replies: Yay! A Rowenta Express, we used to have one of those for years as well. Mind you our hard water finally killed it. You could tell when it needed descaling because its red float went white and refused to float.|
||Having chanced upon these biscuits over a drink at work - we had some heated discussion about the pronunciation, and the derivation, of the name.|
We noted that you have this listed as an FAQ on the website - but that the answer is somewhat unsatisfactory.
With this in mind, we set about some research in a desperate attempt to avoid our afternoon's work based activities. The results were surprising.
A quick straw poll revealed that the general public opted for the nice pronunciation (as opposed to the 'neice' pronunciation - as in the city in France).
Further investigation involved contacting Fox's biscuits, and Sainsbury's customer service…please see attached e-mail.
As it turns out - they should be called 'neice' (as in the place in France) - but no-one really knows why they were named after the town. Is there any chance that you could shed further light - as our search for an answer has now been ongoing for about a week - and we feel it is becoming detrimental to our work!!
Thank you for your e-mail.
Nice biscuits have been a family favourite since 1922. Named after the city in the south of France, Nice biscuits were considered to be a sophisticated treat to have with morning or afternoon tea, pronounced as in the city.
I hope this is helpful
Sainsbury's Customer Services
Thank you for your enquiry. Our Nice biscuits are pronounced 'Nice' as in France. The only suggestions that I have had are that someone decided on the name after a holiday in the South of France. However, we cannot be sure that this is the case.
JILL LISTER (MS)
CONSUMER CARE ADMINISTRATOR
|Nicey replies: Right first things first you need to settle down a bit. Nice biscuits can most likely be attributed to Huntley and Palmers back in their heyday between the wars. Back then they made about 400 different sorts of biscuits so its hardly surprising some of the names are a bit random. Perhaps the desiccated coconut was seen as evocative of the palm trees of the Côte d'Azur. Due to the fact that nobody in France has ever heard of them then I think its perfectly fine to pronounce them as 'Nice' as in Ice, I enjoy the irony.
Much of the reasoning behind biscuit naming is unknown, lost to the mists of time, so don't loose too much sleep over it.
Asda Fruit Shrewsbury with Lemon Drizzle Review
|Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
You may be interested to know that the Fruit Shrewsbury - indeed, the whole Bronte biscuits range - is the "biscuit of choice" in the Houses of Parliament. All the catering outlets in the Palace of Westminster and Portcullis House offer Bronte twin-packs of the Shrewsbury, Viennese Fingers, Golden Crunch, Shortcake and Chocolate Chip. Until fairly recently I believe they were the only brand of biscuit sold on the premises, although some interlopers have recently been noted.
|Nicey replies: We are indeed interested to know that. Actually last time I came past Parliament on the tube, I had a large case of Anzac biscuits on my shoulder which confused the Labour member for Norwich North who was in the same carriage as me, not least because he vaguely remembered teaching me genetics at University.|
||The cleaners have stolen our kettle! |
It was one of those cordless types that sits on a base, and strangley the base is still here but the actual heating up jug bit went walkies overnight. It wasn't actually a very good kettle, but we now have to beg the cafe downstairs for hot water...
My tin of Heinz Cream of Chicken soup going missing was a big enough disaster but this is just cataclysmic. And as our budget is so tight at the moment that we can't even order stationery, who knows when we'll get another one. I may be reduced to boiling water in the microwave after the cafe shuts in the evening.
Oh the shame....
|Nicey replies: Sue, that's all getting bit out of hand. I'm afraid you may have to undertake some form of covert surveillance operation, and if needs be prepare yourself for combat maneuvers.