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||Hello, Nicey and Wifey -- I thoroughly enjoy NCOTAASD....|
It seems as though you are convinced that all Americans are backward and uncivilised -- and most of them are.
BUT...I own a Bodum kettle that lives on top of my filing cabinet at work, just big enough to boil two mugs of water (the water out of the coffee machine downstairs isn't hot enough to *bathe* in, much less brew a nice cup of tea for a sit down). It has worked faithfully for nearly three years now. With it, I produce lovely mugs of Twinings Assam tea (dark and malty, according to the box) and my beloved PG Tips that I purchase in massive boxes whilst in England on business. I also have a tin of lovely (if poncey) jasmine tea and (equally poncey) fragrant lotus tea sent to me by a good friend after their holiday to Asia. (My home kettle is a large Sunbeam model -- the type with the stationary base, floating red ball, and automatic shutoff -- they DO sell proper kettles here, they're just hard to find.)
My biscuit supply is usually crammed into my suitcase upon my return -- HobNobs (plain and plain chocolate), Jaffa Cakes (small boxes because an open packet is an empty packet) and Crunchie bars (yes, I know, they're candy, but I'm allowed, aren't I?)
My local imported-foods emporium usually carries a small but well-formed assortment of biscuits, as well -- HobNobs, in all of their various varieties, digestives, and the occasional bonus packet of Penguins. (my husband doesn't know of my expensive habit -- the price is typically 400% higher than Sainsbury's...) I haven't managed to find any Jaffas, but I can usually find Pim's, which are not the same, but make an acceptable substitute.
I hope you see this as some sort of hope....
|Nicey replies: Sunshine,
Well that's very nice to hear that yet another of our American cousins has a big stash of PG tips and Hobnobs. If you really want to be a true Anglophile however you'll need to change your name to 'outbreaks of persistent drizzle'.