Any Synthetiks-related news, Davecat? (May 09)

typed for your pleasure on 8 May 2009, at 1.02 pm

Sdtrk: ‘Who can say’ by The horrors

Nope! But instead, there is this, which is a genuine news article.

Whitstable mum in custard shortage
This is | Published Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 19:42

A MUM of three is dis-custard after a hunt for the dessert sauce in the town proved fruitless.

Keen baker Jules Serkin, 43, of West Cliff, Whitstable, needed a tin of custard powder to top off her apple and blackcurrant crumble.

But she was left with a sour taste in her mouth after getting no joy in either Co-ops at Oxford Street and Canterbury Road, and in Somerfield, in the High Street.

Even a trek to Tankerton’s Tesco Express – a corner shop version of its superstores – was wasted.

“I try to support my local businesses, but in the end I had to resort to going to one of the big supermarkets to get what I needed,” said Jules, a holiday rental company director.

“I feel very sad that I can’t seem to get basic stuff from my high street, and am driven to go online.

“Custard is a staple product on my shopping list and I cannot understand why it should be so hard to find.

“An assistant in Somerfield said they’d had other shoppers asking for tins of custard, but it hadn’t been in stock since the shop was refurbished.

“And in the Co-ops I was just greeted with an empty shelf where it should be, and no idea when they might be getting it in.

“I am upset because it seems these shops cannot order a product that customers are demanding as it doesn’t seem to fit in with what they are selling.

“I had to resort to buying sachets which cost only a few pence less than a tin, and don’t go very far at all. If I buy a tin, it goes in my pantry and will last me quite a few crumbles.

“I’m making an apple and blackcurrant crumble and, as I am trying to eat healthily can control what I put into the custard, like skimmed milk.

“With the sachets, there are all sorts of ingredients and additives – and you just add water to make it.

“It’s very convenient, but not as good as the real thing. Custard should be a lovely comfort, nice and thick.”
the rest of the article is here

I suppose even the best news outlets can have slow news days. Fortunately, I wouldn’t know anything about that!
I should clarify here: I meant I don’t know anything about being a ‘best news outlet’.

Sorry! Hopefully something will arise soon before the month is out. In the meantime, have a pic of a lovely lass by the late-lamented Chestnut co. Ltd. of Japan to tide you over, cos that’s the exact sort of thing you’d expect from ‘Shouting etc etc’

‘Sure hope he’s got new Doll or Synthetik news posted… wait, what the hell is all this crap about custard??’

Technorati tags: Whitstable, Kent, custard, panic

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14 have spoken to “Any Synthetiks-related news, Davecat? (May 09)”

  1. DarthSatanus writes:

    I suppose you could say it was about synthetik in nature… Synthetik custard!

    What a lovely lass, though. If I had a lass like that where I used to work they would have had to drag me out of there!

    Oddly enough, that looks a lot like where I used to work.

  2. Veach writes:

    This might float the post higher in the Synthetik custard.

  3. Davecat writes:

    Affictitious custard, you say? 🙂
    Seeing a product like that naturally begs the question: how many opportunities are going to come up where you can use something like that? ‘Hyacinth, get out the serving trays, we’ll be having custard cream biscuits this evening. Make sure Percy doesn’t find out, otherwise he’ll try to sneak in that bloody ridiculous fake one that he trots out everytime we have custard biscuits’. I suppose the makers have found a niche! Probably not a lot of repeat buyers, though.

    I’d agree; she’s a fine Doll, a fine Doll. She’s a Lei-type Rare-Borg. There were a passel of Doll owners in Japan that had sites for their Rare-Borgs when the company was still functional, but the only one that I know of that still exists would be Ryunosuke’s site. There’s quite a few galleries of his lass Mika, a Reona-type Rare-Borg, but it was last updated sometime in 2003.

    Maybe you actually did work with some Dolls, and just didn’t realise it! In which case you need to not only fight tooth and nail to get that job back, but to get me a position there as well. 🙂

    Veach –
    I’m almost willing to bet hard currency that not a single one of Ta-bo-san’s Dolls has ever tasted a custard. But then, neither has Shi-chan. But then, neither have I!


  4. lunachase writes:

    Thumbs up for the “Keeping Up Appearances” reference (I’m assuming that’s what that was in your comment). That’s the first thing I thought of when I read this article, hah.

  5. Davecat writes:

    I’ll admit, I’ve never seen a complete episode of ‘Keeping up appearances’, but when I think about custard, I think of it being a foodstuff that Old English People usually consume, so I had to think of Names That Old English People Have. Hyacinth sprang to mind (cos I couldn’t think of the other flower-based names of the other sisters), as did Percy, from Percy Sugden off of Coronation street, as when I used to watch that show religiously back in the late Nineties, that man was older than Moses. So there! *Anglophile mode Off*

    And thanks for dropping in, New Person!

  6. lunachase writes:

    Those tweed old-man hats are my favorites! The word “dapper” springs to mind.

    And I’ve been lurking on this blog for a while now; figures an entry about custard would spark my interest in posting, hehe. I also think we’re friends on MySpace, although I remember you saying you weren’t fond of it.

  7. safetinspector writes:

    Wait—so will the cornershop version of the bigger store ever stock the cans of powdered custard that the public demand, or will they be forced to patronize the filthy big-box stores out beyond the bypass?

    This story needs a follow up.

  8. Davecat writes:

    lunachase –
    Ahh, the old tweedy flat cap. Perfect for a day of feeding pigeons in Hyde Park, or a trip down to your local pub, or bench-pressing your sheepdog, or being Andy Capp.

    We might well be friends on Myspace! I can’t keep up with that godforsaken site, as it’s hideous and facile. GRR MYSPACE.

    And thanks for dropping a line, New Old Person! Don’t forget your tweedy cap!

    Oddly enough, I think the US equivalent of custard would be calf’s-foot jelly.

  9. Perry writes:

    Col. Custard.

    In the Pantry.

    With the Spoon.

  10. Davecat writes:

    See what I mean? You simply cannot trust custard! Why this woman wanted it for her apple and blackcurrant crumble when it could well kill her (in the pantry) is beyond me.

    How’s it going, Perry? Long time no see hear read!?

  11. sabrina writes:

    hah wow, it’s amazing what some news outlets consider ‘news’. and i read the whole thing you posted. 😛 i don’t suppose there were some explanitary images to accompany the article? a disgruntled old woman perhaps?

  12. Davecat writes:

    First of all, I <3 (read that aloud as 'less than three') your Gravatar. But I would say that. 🙂
    And second; yes, there was a picture of Ms 'I'm Too Good For Instant Custard'. Here she is!

    Custard. It is the Shaper of Lives.

  13. Laura writes:

    Maybe I’m just ‘white trash’, but what’s wrong with pudding? It’s a staple at many daycares. My co workers and I used to eat it straight from the can whilst the kiddies were napping.
    Maybe I’m not classy. I dunno.

  14. Davecat writes:

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