[a blog by tim footman]
The plain chocolate Hob Nob was but a pale, populist imitation of the true king of biscuits, the plain chocolate Choco Leibniz. Preferably enjoyed straight from the fridge, with Earl Grey tea, while playing Tomb Raider 3. Isn't your chum Paul Morley terribly fond of personalising his journalistic accounts of things? Or was that just that one ludicrously self-referential piece I read in the OMM in which he claimed to have invented Joy Division, the Smiths and (for all I know) Mick Hucknall?
Oh no...not the plain chocolate HobKnob. It's just one thing after another these days.
Going to the loo in a 'contolled fashion' while reading the Stern report - is this enviromentally sound?Good old Paul Morley - he's partial to a bit of Wyndham Lewis, which is always a good thing. But if he did invent Mick Hucknall, I'm sure he feels suitably contrite. Ah, Morley and Ian Penman - the NME was required reading in those days.
The global warming may melt the chocolate hobnobs, plain or otherwise. I'm a fig roll fan, the Radiohead of the biscuit world, in my opinion.
Now, Molly produced a packet of fig rolls only the other day, and I did have a Proustian interlude, in fact several, while stuffing them into the gaping maw as fast as I could.
Patroclus: I think PM's got to the stage where he's deadpanned so much, he doesn't know when he's joking. Agree with you re Leibniz, but I think Jaffa Cakes trump them all.DH: I blame Thatcher.Anthony: I'm really surprised that Morley isn't blogging. Unless he's pretending to be Penman. I still think they pretty much invented the low culture for highbrows notion that Burchill and Young used as the basis for The Modern Review.Doc: Fig rolls... now they're a strange beast, because they should be really dry and unappetising, but they're not at all. As Anthony points out, they ncessitate the use of the word 'maw'. Which is a very good thing.
Morley and Penman - the glory days. I still treasure the memory of Penman reviewing a can of his favourite lager because all the singles were crap that week.
Fig rolls, "the Radiohead of the biscuit world" is pure genius. Now I want one.
I enjoy fig rolls and jaffa cakes, but I think those pink wafer biscuits are much overlooked. I used to love them as a child, which was possibly a precurser of later life-style choices.
having fulfilled dark agendas of my own i finally got around to mentioning your new book. linked you 55 times. or three. and the order site too. congrats once again!article: excellenthobnobs: no thinks; i'm still working on all the halloween candy we DIDN'T unload last night.
Ugh...I'm glad Ant. ate all the fig rolls in one gulp. They are nasty things. Give me a lemon puff any day.
Did Morley and Penman ever debate the semiotics of pink wafers? If not, they should have.FN: Thank you so much. Will you be my Stateside agent?
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