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||I recently travelled on Flybe from Norwich to Manchester and was served one of your biscuits with a hot drink.|
I wanted to mention to you what a delightful biscuit was served. It made all the difference to the plane delay.
I was ready for a little tasty delight.
|Nicey replies: Pauline,
I'm not sure how you got hold of one of my biscuits as I tend to make them on a Saturday and keep them in a tin, till Sunday when the youngest member of staff plays football. We have a flask of tea and a few at half time. Still glad they cheered you up on the Norwich to Manchester flight.
My travels to and from Norwich in the early 1980s were always via National Express coach, where one was lucky to get a cup of Max Pax instant something. As I recall the main trick with Max Pax beverages was to read the description of the drink 'Tea' or 'Coffee' on the cup as taste, smell and appearance were insufficient evidence to go on. The second import thing was to make sure that all the powered muck in the bottom had been fully mixed with the hottish water, else lumps of it could fall into your mouth as you drank it.
I fear I may have wandered off the point now.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Hello Nicey, Wifey and YMOS.|
I work for an airline and spend most of my time barrelling around the world, landing in far off and exotic places. I have to hold on to my hat and close my eyes against the unceasing gale of culture shock. Not having access to a nice cup of tea most of the time, the natural way to restore an inner balance is a wander round your lovely website, which seems to give me inner peace. A type of ‘cyber tea’ if you will. I think it might be something to do with a sort of distilled englishness that pervades the site. Anyhow, browsing the site while in Dubai, I came across some comments regarding Tim-Tams re. Penguins (personally I rejoice in a Tim-Tam but despise Penguins). Intrigued to see the results of the head to head, I clicked on the link and got the following message:
Gosh. What controversial statements am I missing out on? How do you feel about the citizens of the UAE being unable to benefit from your Tim-Tam / Penguin debate?
There is a supermarket opposite the hotel and I will now go biscuit hunting.
Thanks for your lovely site.
PS I find Hiromis’ regular despatches utterly charming – surely I am not the only one who looks forward to hearing of her next Korean related biscuit adventures?
|Nicey replies: Richard,
Firstly I shall be using our airplan icon for your message which until now has mean't issues with tea and biscuits arising whilst on an airplane, or something like that. It now also encompasses anything that people who work for airlines have to say.
We've been told before that the United Arab Emirates have blocked some of our content, I suppose we should be flattered that they have gone to so much trouble on our account. We would tone down our offensive language if we knew what it was we were saying. Perhaps in future they could just underline the offending bits in red and put a note at the bottom.
As for Biscuit Correspondent Hiromi, we have her latest report coming right up.
Mint Viscount Review
|A recent transatlantic flight curiously re-acquainted me without warning with the wonder of the viscount.|
Travelling with British Airways on a 747-400 jumbo jet, I was on my way to JFK from Heathrow. Trapped like the chocolate centre of a bourbon I had no choice but to resort to watching the in-flight entertainment, as an aside they actually served a single finger of time-out with the main meal, very nice, a good balance of wafer and chocolate but too small portion size wise obviously, I digress, I selected the Catherine Tate show, one clip was of a rather foul mouthed old gran who thought it a f***ing liberty that a mouse help itself to her mint viscounts...I have to agree, but it re-awakened my yearning for the minty goodness.
In my youth, I could easily have eaten an entire gaggle of viscounts, especially the mint ones, the orange ones, I don't know, they were a bit too fake orangey, a bit like an orange club. Mint was always the best. It seemed that when you had got to your 5th or 6th mint viscount you entered into the viscount zone where you could drift away on an overdose of mint and chocolate, I can still recall the biscuity base interacting with the creamyness.
Keep up the good work, your book looks interesting I think I may buy it actually.
|Nicey replies: Orange Viscounts are thought to be missing in action in their proper full size versions, but I think you can get tubs of mini ones which seems awkward and fiddly, mint or orange.
Flew back from working in Dublin yesterday. Ryanair served me with the requested cup of tea and my god, it was the second worst cup I'd ever had. Some strange Indian brand I'd never heard of. It had brown bits of crap all over the top of it. Not tea dust and not tea leaves, just some crap. Then the gave me coffee cream to put in it! It tasted as you would imagine.
They should take a tip out of the Easyjet PG Tips tea choice.
|Nicey replies: Whilst I have no desire to bring down the wrath of a budget airline upon us, it does let me use a very succinct set of icons. |
Just back from London for the second time this year, with another stash of Hobnobs. I vote for the Hobnobs in self-sealing tubes for purely selfish reasons: I haul them stateside and ration them throughout the year, so tubes are better for packing integrity and year-round freshness. This time around, I also purchased two copies of your book -- for a friend in another state and myself -- and plan to read it with a nice cuppa and some of my hard-won Hobnobs. My husband and I bought an extra suitcase to bring our dirty laundry back, and reserved the "good" suitcase for the Hobnobs. In case our precious suitcase was lost in transit, we also hand carried 13 tubes of Hobnobs. In total, we brought back 37 tubes this time. Next time, I will bring a bigger suitcase. A true test of friendship: I will share my Hobnob haul with my friend.
San Jose, California
|Nicey replies: Maggie,
That really is an awful lot of HobNobs, I'm sure the people at McVities will be dabbing away a small tear of pride from the corner of their eyes. It also sounds wise that you are sharing them with your friend. Also very pleased to see you bringing some PG Tips to San Jose, this will go a long way to redressing the balance for that cup of tea I had there in 1999 (chapter 1 of the book!).