New tasty teas?

When I first heard of a new range of teas by Lipton (, I was the tiniest bit skeptical ( New flavours such as Cookies and Cream, Chocolate Orange and Honeycomb, seemed unlikely to combine comfortably with the refreshing taste of black tea.
Nevertheless, in the interests of having something to complain about, I bought a box of Cookies and Cream teabags on my last trip to Coles and hurried home to put the kettle on. In fancy squiggly letters on the side of the box were the words “Add milk for a latte experience”*. This I did and then settled down to sample my beveragal experiment. I was instantly converted, my skepticism falling away like a novelty chair. I cannot begin to describe to you how a hot cup of tea can taste like a plate of Assorted Creams, but Gad, my taste buds were certainly doing a double take that day. I’m jiggling my way through the rest of the packet so I can go and buy another flavour…

If you are a representative of the very fine Lipton Tea Company, congratulations on a winning success, here are some suggestions for other flavours that might prove popular: Dr Pepper Tea, Lamb Kebab, Cappuccino Tea, Bacon and Eggs, Cough Medicine Tea.

Thanks for reading, now go quickly to your nearest tea vendor (don’t stop to pedantically look for split infinitives) and buy some of these little liquid beauties.

Now all I need are some Tea flavoured bikkies and a Good-Book flavoured bun and I’m set for my evenings.

Happy Dunkin’


* For a real latte experience, recommends actual Latte, available from any quality cafe.


Welcome to Sandgate Road…

Sandgate Road is, as the name suggests, a road. It is not, as the name less accurately suggests, in Sandgate.

As well as being a road (or perhaps to be more semantically correct, a street), Sandgate Road (hereafter abbreviated to SGR) is a handsome brick house set a safe distance back from SGR (the street).

On top of being a street and a house (and this is where it gets deep/clever/confusing/to-the-point-where-you-stop-reading) SGR is the group of fellow who live therein and thereon (or vice versa).

Essentially, it’s SGR, not SGR or SGR that really makes SGR SGR.

If you ring SGR there’s about a one in seven chance that the person answering the phone will say:

“Hello, Sandgate Road, XXXX speaking…”,

Or if XXXX isn’t home:

“Good morning, Sandgate Road…”,

or something like that.

If this happens to you, mention this entry to receive a free back issue of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Anyhue, (preferably magenta) enough of my syntactically questionable ramblings, I’ve got legitimate work to do,