|Friday's Unscientific Poll
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
In the space of less than 24 hours, I have come across two new British Things that I'd not encountered previously. The first was Revels (mentioned on Mock the Week last night).
I have never eaten Revels. Am I missing out?
Goodness me, yes. Go and get yourself a pack and rectify this immediately!
The second was the D:Ream song "Things Can Only Get Better", which was played on the radio this morning. I'd never heard it. The bloke was shocked.
Him: "This was the Cool Britannia song. It was the Labour Party anthem in 1997. Massive cultural significance."
Me: "It's just kind of...understated*, you know? As far as sentiments about huge societal changes go."
Him: "Is it?"
Me: "Well, it's not exactly 'EVERYTHING IS AWESOME', is it now."
* It reminded me of an exhibition we went to see at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham a few weeks ago. The tagline was, "As Exciting As We Can Make It". It amused me no end that they felt the need to qualify the excitement in that way. American advertising would have no qualms about calling it "THE MOST EXCITING THING EVAR!!1!!!!ELEVENTY!!!"
I, too, am shocked that you weren't familiar with "Things Can Only Get Better." I'm not sure how you avoided it, but good on you!
Revels: I'm between the two options. If I want something sweet and a pack of Revels is one of the choices, fine. If not, that's also fine. But you should try them at least once, I think.
I suspect it's because I arrived in the UK in 2004, when the sheen was definitely off the '97 Labour victory and cynicism was taking hold properly.
I will try them once, but I suspect they're going to be a bit torturous for me to eat, as I inspect each one trying to work out which flavour I'm going to get.
Um, I pick invisible door #3
: I'm not sure I've ever had Revels, either. They didn't exist in Holland (although we did have Smarties - meh - and peanut M&Ms, hurray!), and I was (and remain) far too interested in Maltesers & Minstrels to have been tempted to try Revels (or Skittles). That dodgy ad that suggested they're not all delicious wasn't a great selling point either...
...have I been making a beginner's mistake? Or are they good, but not a Malteser?Things Can Only Get Better
has that double-whammy of having been a huge pop anthem long before it became a political statement. To my mind, that made it an incredibly awfully corny political choice, but that does appear to have just been me :)
Revels are plain cheap chocolate roulette. "Am I going to get the coffee flavour?"
The triple whammy is Prof Brian Cox being part of the D:Ream team :-)
Isn't Professor Cox evidence that in the future a crazy crossover fanfic writer somehow gets into the Tardis?
Because my brain has always refused to parse that fact as undoctored reality (no pun intended, but now it's out there I'll stick with it ;)
So Brian Cox (actor) could be the same bloke but time-shifted and earning money for time-machine repairs the only way the time-authorities will allow?
Have you heard him sing? Angels would weep.
I will try Revels once, but I suspect that, as a person who likes to sort my Skittles and gummy bears and eat them in carefully designed groups, I will find them a little torturous.
This is one of those occasions where A doesn't let me use my dearest friends as a comparitor* to prove that I'm not odd.
* Me: look! See! It's not just me! It's normal for people to sort their sweets by a category or their choice, and then eat them in a specific order!
A: is it imyril
that does this as well?
A: *raises eyebrow and looks pointedly*
Me: ok. grumblegrumblegrumble.
2014-10-04 11:15 (UTC)
No Revels here. Had to look them up!
That sone was everywhere over here too. Was just never a hit in the US I guess.
Heh, that's a nice one. :D "We tried really hard to make this exciting..."
Yes, once I'd searched for images of Revels, I realised I'd seen packs of them before but had never picked one up!
Revels: perfectly nice overall, but will this be the coffee one?! Bleurgh.
I quite like chocolate-covered coffee beans - will I like coffee Revels, or are they horrid even if you do like coffee+chocolate?
Revels aren't high-quality anything, so as long as you're looking for "mars bar" level confectionery, they're fine :)
Revels are, as your other poster indicated, chocolate roulette. If you like coconut and if you like coffee creams then there is little point in playing. It is mostly agreed that coffee ones are the least favorite. Lets be honest we eat them anyway.
You can mostly sort the pack of revels by size and shape.
95% of the time you will identify all the maltesers.
The chocolate lumps are flat buttons.
You will be left with two piles depending on the current contents...
Pile one are smaller and irregular ovals. They are usually raisins but occasionally a peanut and sometimes an orange.
Pile two are small smooth spheres. They contain orange cream ( yummy), coconut cream (ok), the occasional malteser (yuk) or a coffee cream.
Choosing the coffee results in a forfeit such as having to make the tea at the next ad break. ( This is a game played during a DVD night) or having to give a foot rub.
It is a British Institution! Enjoy.
I didn't manage to buy Revels this weekend, so I may be playing this game on the train back to Birmingham later this week. :D