Working with Jaffa cakes

I thought this was a wind-up when I first read it. But no, it’s true. England have signed up the humble Jaffa cake to be their “official energy snack” for 2007. This is great news for the oft-abused cake, one which is seen as part of a student’s staple diet and not nearly in the same class of tea-dunkage as, say, the Rich Tea. Win or lose this summer, the Jaffa should hopefully be promoted to the gold league of biscuits. I can demolish two packets with a sufficient vat of tea to help wash it down.

The best thing to come out of this news, though, is the following line from John Perera, the ECB’s commercial director.

“We are very excited about working closely with Jaffa cakes in 2007″.

Escape in the city

Now then, why have I not been here? My boss will say “because you’re a disorganised f******” and he’d have a point. But in my defence, it’s not well known and nor would you stumble across it, yet it’s slap bang in the middle of London. Here, in fact.

Go there and read a book; watch the cricket; drink tea, or beer (the only two things permissable while watching cricket); enjoy a cigarette and ponder life’s mysteries.

Escape in the city...


Tea in Pakistan

Andrew Miller filed his diary earlier this morning, and sent along an accompanying photo – I’m still chuckling at it. It is true, though – you can’t beat a decent cup of tea (mind you, I can’t drink a cup of tea – I need a mug, and I’m quite particular about that aspect of it too.)

I mainly drink Tetley’s in the UK which, understandably, is bordering on the undrinkable. And there’s a Yorkshire brand which is meant to be suited to hard drinking water which is even worse. I can’t be arsed with tea leaves; I’m busy. Is it too much to ask for a tasty teabag?

I suppose the response to this will be obvious, but what is everyone’s favourite cricket-watching beverage? If I’m at the ground, it’s always either beer or water. I don’t bother with tea – at Lord’s, especially, they must defy physics somehow because the water served is as hot as the sun, and you risk permanent damage to vital organs and limbs. Quite aside from it tasting like rancid rain water. So it’s mainly beer or water for me. I do talk rubbish sometimes.