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|Nicey, yes, of course. I checked in the atlas. Just a short distance north-east of Calcutta, and not too far from the border of Bangladesh, there's a town called Dum Dum. That's obviously where the fellow cycled for his Marie biscuits, and hence the term for someone who is particularly silly!|
|Nicey replies: Hoorah for the atlas, its always good for a few laughs, followed closely by the telephone directory, although not so many pictures in that one.|
|Re Marie biscuits: I believe they were designed to be The Biscuit You Have When You're Not Having A Biscuit... for vicars and curates; genteel elderly ladies; people who are recuperating after they've been poorly; and those in our midst who really don't want to appear to be too ostentatious in their tastes. And dunkers, of course, because there are no nasty little excrescences which fall off and float round in an otherwise nice cup of tea, are there?|
|Nicey replies: That's right Brian they are hardly worth getting out of the packet really. Although there was that chap somebody told me about, that used to cycle to India once a week to get his Marie biscuits (He used to live about 5 miles away in Bangladesh).|
Thought I'd just drop you a note to tell you about a great little bikkie annecdote that I was recently told by a work collegue. We were all sitting down to cups of tea instead of the usual formal team meeting. I had read the Rich Tea review and it got me thinking about how I used to like them when I was a small tacker - the Australian ones have raisins in them - so I'd dashed down to Clancy's and bought a packet. Unfortunately the old nostagia thing caught me out again - they were very dissapointing - my suspicions should have been raised by the $1.62 price tag. I subsequently had the humiliating experience of failing to peddle them around the office for free.
Anyway, though I know that story is riveting enough but it wasn't the one I was going to mention. We didn't end up getting much work done but we were having a broad back-to-basics type discussion about some very in-depth topics including some stuff along the lines of "how much do people really like biscuits and who are they". One of my team mates is from Bangladesh and while she was saying that she can't really get too fired up about any kind of bikkie - even chocolatey ones aparently - she claims that her husband is quite the opposite and will readily eat several packets at a sitting. He likes to recall times in his late teenage years when his passion for Marie biscuits led him to cycle to India once a week (aparently Maries are unavailable in Bangladesh). Even though the border between the countries might have been a matter of only 10 ks or so, I still think the story is a terrific little heart warmer about grass-roots biscuit committment. Although, aparently the said husband doesn't bother much with Maries these days, even though they are available here, the dazzling array of contemporary Australian sit-down fare eclipses those younger days.
PS: Thanks for the recent work, it's all nice.