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Japanese McVities Digestives Review
|Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
Some Mcvitie's biscuits seemed to decide to spend summer season in an ice-cold place in Japan!
The other day, I found some Mcvitie's biscuits being in an ice-cream case ay my local "Queen's Isetan" supermarket.
How wise they are!
They must see that summer in Japan is humid and hot, well. Therefore, I suppose that some Mcvitie's' determined to move into such a paradise, away from the usual biscuit shelf.
Inside the red box, you can see six ice-cream sandwich biscuits individually wrapped. If you rule that the side of "Mcvitie's stamp" is its face, you might see six pairs of biscuits taking a peaceful snooze, cooling their oven-baked biscuit backs on/under the chocolate ice.
The chocolate-flavoured ice-cream is smooth and rich. However, the Mcvitie's biscuit looks like losing their original crunchy texture of plain Digestive biscuits on/under the ice-cream.
They are soft, moist and soggy.
But it is enjoyable for me to eat such loose Mcvitie's biscuits once in a while in hot summer.
The ice-cream Mcvitie's is approximately 5.8cm in diameter.
Thank you for reading.
Hiromi Miura (Tokyo,Japan)
|Nicey replies: Hiromi,
Yet another exotic Japanese Digestive. I wonder if chocolate digestives would fair better? The layer of chocolate might help stop them going soggy?
Japanese McVities Digestives Review
I have been a fan of your website for several years, ever since I discovered it while searching for information on Fruit Shortcakes online. (My family lived on the island of Antigua when I was young, and Fruit Shortcakes and Hobnobs were our favorite biscuits.) Currently I'm living in the Caribbean again, in Dominica, and am enjoying renewing my acquaintance with these old favorites. I've also enjoyed checking out some new friends, mainly ones I've seen discussed on the site.
I do find it necessary, though, to object to some of your comments on your Japanese Digestive review. I believe a little more precision in defining the term evolution would be in order. Clearly there is a difference between biscuits and living organisms (unless, of course, the biscuits have been hiding out in a distant corner for too long). And certainly, some non-living types of evolution are factually documented. As a fan of biscuits, I welcome the idea of biscuit evolution and as a student of languages, I am fascinated by linguistic evolution. However, biological evolution is in a different category completely. As a Bible-believing Christian, I (and thousands of others) cannot accept the theory of evolution. I recognize, of course, that there is no scientific data recorded for any of the theories for the origin of life, ( i.e., no scientists were there to observe it happening) but I choose to put my trust in the only eyewitness account given--in God's Word. Regarding your Grand Canyon comment, I assume you're referring to the Flood theory of its formation? I'd be curious to know how many people espouse that belief as you stated it in your review. I do believe that there is much evidence for a worldwide flood, evidence that cannot be easily explained in any other way.
I realize that this is not a very biscuit-related e-mail, but I did think it was important to give at least a brief defense for the other viewpoint. And of course, if you'd like to discuss these ideas further, I'd be glad to e-mail again.
Thanks for your attention, and please do keep up the good work of sharing the latest biscuit info.
|Nicey replies: Having studied evolution as part of my Biology degree, I'm prone to bandy around such terms. The evidence for the rate at which organisms deferentiate and give rise to new species is that it accelerates when the environment offers new opportunities or ecological niches. For instance to use the best known example the volcanic islands of the Galapagos provided new virgin land as they were thrown up over the millennia from the sea bed. Pioneering colonising species quickly diversified and adpated to the new environments opportunities and therefore new and unique species of birds, insects, plants and animals that differed to those on the main land of South America. Biologists call this an evolutionary bottleneck, where a few individuals give rise to a new population. It was this process I was eluding to for those Japanese biscuits. Evolution requires variation, opportunity and selection pressure. I think all those factors are present hence my comments. I hope that explains what I had in mind.
I'd prefer not to discuss, defend or attack anything that clearly comes down to personal faith for fairly much the same reasons we don't discuss peoples preferences for brands of tea. So let's leave it there please.