Special Sub-Topic: Typical British Shopping List
|I must get some soap ... oh, what's that one called? Its name has something to do with fruit.|
Pears soap. Pears soap was the invention of Andrew Pears from Cornwall. It was milder than other soaps available in the 19th century and appealed to the upper classes with their pale alabaster complexions. It used to be famously economical. The two main surfaces are concave, so one can squeeze the old bar of Pears soap into the new one. Pears soap was famous for its advertising posters featuring beautiful children.
|Hmm, I've got turkey for dinner, I need some sage and onion stuffing - what's the name of it?|
Paxo. For many years Paxo was THE accompaniment to turkey in the UK.
|Oh what's the name of that stuff that people either love or hate?|
Marmite. Marmite is a savoury spread (yeast extract) which goes well with bread or toast. Just recently Marmite's advertising campaign in the UK has centred around people either loving it or hating it. I'm in the love camp.
|I need to make some beef stock - what are those cubes called - there's a building along the Thames with this brand name on it.|
Oxo. The Oxo Tower was bought by the Oxo company in the 1920s who commissioned the stained glass windows to get around advertising restrictions of the day. Now the building has a restaurant and art galleries in it.
|Oh, I must get some of that brown sauce to go on my bacon and sausage sandwiches. What is it called though? I know there is a picture of the Houses of Parliament on the bottle.|
HP Sauce. According to the HP bottle "HP sauce is the only genuine and original brown sauce since 1899". I always wondered what HP stood for - maybe it is Houses of Parliament?
|I must get some chocolate - what's that one that Frank Muir used to sing the song about on the ads?|
Cadbury's Fruit and Nut. Frank Muir sang the song "Everyone's a Fruit and Nut Case" to the tune of "The Nutcracker". It was a great hit in the 1970s.
|I've got to get some of that tea that the chimps drink.|
PG Tips. The PG Tips adverts are some of the funniest and most successful in the UK. I'm sure it did PG Tips sales no end of good.
|I must get some of that famous English mustard from Norwich. What is it called?|
Colman's. On the jar it says "Colman's of Norwich Original English Mustard". There's also a picture of a bull, I suppose this is because the mustard goes so well with a typical roast beef dinner. Yum!
|I'd love my dish washing hands to be as soft as my face. What's the stuff that will do that for me?|
Fairy Liquid & Fairy. As it said in the ads many years ago "Now hands that do dishes can feel soft as your face - with mild green Fairy Liquid".
|I must get some of that lemonade for secret lemonade drinkers...|
R Whites. The voice of the secret lemonade drinker was provided by Ross MacManus, father of Declan MacManus - also known as Elvis Costello.
|I need some nice relaxing herbal bath salts, what are those famous ones called?|
Radox. Radox is one of the top selling bath products in the UK. Savlon is antiseptic cream, Radian B is a muscle rub and Roses are chocolates.
|Aaahhh, gravy granules....|
Bisto. "Aaah, Bisto" was famously said by the 2 mischievous Bisto kids.
|After all this shopping I'm going to need something warm and beefy to drink. What shall I buy?|
Bovril. Bovril always reminds me of coming out of my local swimming pool and having a nice cup of Bisto to warm up, and it was what my mum always made us drink when we were ill.
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