Tea and biscuits

Cup of tea with a biscuit

While great matters of international moment dominate the headlines:

The North Korean army has declared invalid the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953, the official newspaper of the country’s ruling Workers’ Party said Monday.

North Korea also cut off direct phone links with South Korea at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. The phone line was the emergency link for quick, two-way communication between the two sides.
The armistice agreement, signed in 1953, ended the three-year war between North and South Korea in a truce.


… other great matters of equal moment are going largely unheeded by the public, namely the issue of tea and biscuits.   Pavlov’s Cat rightly addresses it and states:

It got so that you couldn’t get a cup of tea with milk after midday because of course all the breakfast munchers still wanted their teas and coffees.

It all blew up when the MD offered some important clients a hot beverage only to be told that it would be a while as someone had to go to the Qwik-E-Mart to get some milk.

That was it , no more tea , no more coffee, no more milk ,

Instead we got a vending machine with all the horribleness that entails which produces “a cup of tea . not quite, entirely unlike tea”

Non-Brits could be forgiven for thinking this a storm in [no, shan’t do this] a not important thing but as I pointed out, Caroline Flint found out to her cost just how vital an issue it is:

File photograph shows Britain's Housing Minister Caroline Flint arriving for a cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London

Foreign Office staff broke into spontaneous cheers and applause when Ms Flint dramatically quit her job – because it meant they could scrap her ban on biscuits.

Diet-conscious Ms Flint had sparked a revolt by ordering officials to stop the time-honoured Whitehall tradition of serving biscuits at meetings and was accused of ‘flying off the handle’ if they defied her.

‘There was a spontaneous reaction in the FCO Press office when the news broke that she was off,’ said one official. ‘There was a loud cheer and applause. You could say Caroline was not the most popular of Ministers. They didn’t really respect her.’

Only a fool of a “manager” or a pretend manager ignores the most vital of matters – the tea and coffee provision. At my own work, it is the manager who takes care of those matters who also takes care of all the other matters in the right priority order and a happy ship is a productive ship and one which reaches targets.

You mess with our tea and biscuits at your peril.

7 comments for “Tea and biscuits

  1. March 12, 2013 at 17:41

    “Instead we got a vending machine with all the horribleness that entails which produces “a cup of tea . not quite, entirely unlike tea”

    Reminds me of a quote by someone I can’t recall. When shown a drinks vending machine, she was asked :-

    “Coffee or tea?”

    “Is it,” she replied, “how clever.”

  2. March 12, 2013 at 18:55

    “Great matters of international moment dominating the headlines”, leads to “http://pdpsinternet.co.uk/”

    A joke? An advertisement for a friend? An error? a glitch?

  3. March 12, 2013 at 19:47

    The 51 year old is having a little difficulty coping with the change of life, hence the control freakery she has exhibited since she was in government. Wikipedia says she was moved from her public health ministry 2 days before she would have implemented a workplace smoking ban. She would have been like Hitler in her own workplace. And having never read the Lisbon Treaty whilst Europe minister, this menopausal airhead complained of being treated as “female window dressing” by Gordon Broon and resigned, even though she seems to have preferred flirting for the cameras to working as a minister.

    Nadine Dorries has a similar affliction –

  4. Amfortas
    March 13, 2013 at 01:07

    Quick as wot I are at finding fault with feminazis in power (not a difficult task) I nonetheless have to take issue in her defence. This whole bizzo of expecting the taxpayer to provide tea and biscuits has to stop.

    I don’t even know when it started. Whatever happened to the office tea-swindle? If an employee wants sustenance, it is up to them to provide for themselves, shirley? They will be wanting cookies next or doughnuts and you know where that leads.

  5. March 13, 2013 at 07:31

    AKH, DQS, Ian – yes.

    Amfortas, I work in a private concern. They provide tea, coffee and biscuits and it’s just factored in. A small expense but one which produces good esprit de corps.

  6. JD
    March 13, 2013 at 16:58

    Thetford Forest!!

    don’t ask!

  7. Yvonne
    March 19, 2013 at 09:07

    Perhaps that is why the NHS is in such a mess.
    Staff generally have to provide their own tea, coffee and biscuits (except for meetings attending by non-NHS staff). They then set up a Tea Club, instead of each person providing their own, which is nonsensical because of the numbers of jars each marked with a person’s name and then those that will nick someone else’s teabags.
    The Club, of course, needs administering, all this during working hours.
    Surely on economy of scale it would be better to have the old fashioned tea lady going around with the trolley, or at least just provide the brews foc and let staff get on with what they are paid to do.
    I have even heard tell of internal auditors saying that nurses cannot drink excess tea after drinks have been provided to patients (this is after patients have genuinely been given their brews), lest, of course /sarc, too much tea is made in order for them to have a free cuppa.
    Tea, coffee and biscuits are the fuel and oil that run a good organisation and cheap at double the cost.

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