Friday, September 26, 2008

Welcome to Britain - Have a cup of tea & a biscuit

Tea and biscuits for everyone arriving in Britain Every person flying into Britain will be offered a free cup of tea and a biscuit in an ambitious, if eccentric, plan to make the country more cheerful. The hope is that tourists, and travellers returning from holidays, will be able to banish dark thoughts of a delayed flight, poor weather, and global financial meltdown if confronted with a free cup of English Breakfast tea and a plate of Jammie Dodgers. The man behind the idea is Mark Price, the managing director of Waitrose. He has persuaded airports operator BAA to run a week-long trial in November at Terminal 5, offering 5,000 cups a day to travellers in the arrivals hall. Visit Britain – the tourism agency – has agreed to back his campaign, which could see all airports across the UK offering the traditional British mix of milky tea and quirky biscuits in time for the London 2012 Olympics. (link via telegraph.co.uk) I love the idea - even if it is ambitious and eccentric! And in case you're wondering what a Jammie Dodger is like, read more about it on this post on NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown.com

10 comments:

  1. What a good idea! Maybe there should be a choice - jammy dodger or chocolate hob-nob!
    Good blog - good to see you!

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  2. You cannot 'dunk' Jammie Dodgers successfully, can I have a digestive instead please.



    mrs K

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  3. Hi Mark, I agree - a choice would be even better! (chocolate hob-nobs are one of my favourites)

    Thanks for the compliment about my blog.

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  4. Very true, Mrs. K. The biscuit on offer should also be suitable for dunking - so a selection of biscuits would be a better idea. I mean if they are going to be ambitious, then why not be really ambitious?

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  5. Hey, nice blog, my wife found it looking for blog entries about Lost in Austen. I think it's a great idea. As an expat Quebecker living in the UK, I have grown to love tea and biscuits (not as much as their beer, but still), and I am all in favour of drinking some to reconnect with England after a trip abroad (and get over the jetlag). Oh, and Jammie Dodgers are delicious.

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  6. Hello guillame, I'm pleased your wife found my blog and that you like it.

    I love consuming lots of tea - and biscuits too. As you say it would be a lovely way to help recover from the journey and the horrible jetlag.

    Jammie Dodgers aren't my favourite but if it was the only biscuit on offer, I wouldn't refuse one!

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  7. This made me laugh!
    As you probably know I'm rather partial to a cup of tea and a biscuit or two! xx

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  8. Yes, flighty, I thought you would like this idea!

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  9. 'Milky tea and quirky biscuits'. You sum up Britain very well!

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  10. iota, I wish I could claim credit for the phrase but it's a quote from the article in The Telegraph. It does sum up Britain very well, as you say!

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