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A Cup of Tea, A Bex, and a Good Lie Down
All about biscuits, cake & tea!
They're just back from a triumphant Cornish Tea Tour.


Artist puts sex scenes on biscuit tins in revenge
An artist who was sacked by a biscuit company took revenge by adding sex scenes to their famous tins.

Huntley & Palmer, which created Ginger Nuts, failed to spot the "extras" in its genteel garden party design, says The Sun. Tens of thousands were sold before a grocer noticed a couple romping in the bushes, two dogs locked together and a jam jar with the word s**t on it. Once they'd been alerted, the company replaced the lids but they became the ultimate prize among collectors of Huntley & Palmer's whimsical tins.

One of the tins is set to fetch £250 next week when it's auctioned in Somerset. Auctioneer Richard Gold said: "I can't say I've made a habit of selling top-shelf tins."
[I think "top-shelf" in the UK context means something like X-rated or R-rated, because they put the 'naughty' magazines on the top shelf. In Australia it tends to mean expensive or top-quality.]

An Auction Listing
www.lawrences.co.uk/Catalogues/Fa230404/page16.htm Lot 1212:
THE ROGUE EMPLOYEE TIN. A HUNTLEY & PALMER TIN Depicting a tea party, the table with a full spread inluding a jar of ... jam and the flower borders with interesting goings on, circa 1980, 8in. (20.5cm.) dia.

Huntley&Palmers Ginger Nuts biscuits (lot1212)

Reversing Vandalism at SF Public Library
In the early months of 2001, San Francisco Public Library staff began making grim discoveries in the book stacks at the Main Library. Shoved under shelves and hidden from public eye were vandalized books, ranging from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender topics to women’s issues and books on HIV/AIDS. Staff collected over 600 badly damaged books. The torn and slashed books were deemed beyond repair and withdrawn from the Library’s collection. The offender was eventually caught and charged with a hate crime.
Rather than have this end as a total loss, the Library decided to release the damaged books to artists and interested community members in the hope of creating art out of this destructive act.

This one you might not like to read, involving as it does a couple of animals being killed.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/04/04/ncat04.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/04/04/ixhome.html
By Elizabeth Day (Filed: 04/04/2004)
Both Ford and Ogilvy & Mather — which handles the car maker's £27 million account — have branded the leaking of the ad "totally unacceptable and reprehensible" ... It was, they say, intended as a "viral marketing" tactic — designed to be sent via the internet from one individual to another — although this idea was subsequently rejected by Ford ...
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