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Not only do they overcharge - they burn 'em too!

Oct 14 2002 01:46
Mustafa Arif
STRAIGHT TALKING: Mustafa has another go at the Sir Alexander Flemming Cafe's caterers?
Sesame Street's Cookie Monster would not have been impressed...

Two packs of 5 freshly-baked quality cookies. Mmmmm. Is it too much to ask for?

Those who know me well know that my Friday afternoons are usually spent during an "extended lunchtime" at the Sir Alexander Fleming Building?s caf?. The main reason for this is not because the food is particularly nice (or that I enjoy getting ripped off) but the freshly-baked cookies on sale are actually quite good.

Not content with criminal price-rises they have now resorted to burning the cookies before selling them to further reduce the value on offer. The stuff they were serving last Friday had a texture more akin to rye cracker-bread than a cookie.

After my friends and I had got munched through half of this shoddy-quality stuff I decided I?d had enough and went up to the counter to demand a full refund. Surprisingly they actually gave in. They also put some fresh cookies in the oven and seemed relieved when I didn?t complain after buying from this new batch half an hour later.

So, it?s not all bad. But they shouldn?t have been serving burn cookies in the first place. And it still doesn?t justify the price increases!

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Discussion about “Not only do they overcharge - they burn 'em too!”

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Oct 18 2002 19:15

I have decide to boycott all of Imperial College's food establishments. (As well as all of the vending machines). I decided this while eating a beef-burger with no taste in the MDH on wednesday.

I encourage everyone to join me, as long as they don't make me que, even more, at my favorite non IC shops.

Rich boys rule IC 4eva.

Oct 20 2002 02:57

Hear, hear. We should make this part of our top-up fees campaign to hit the College's purse.

Also, those cookies were making me put on weight...

Oct 25 2002 22:47

For really tasty cookies, I'd recommend the place just outside High Street Ken tube station - it's in the little arcade, opposite the O2 shop. They have loads of different varieties - choc chunk is recommended :-)

Dec 16 2004 21:00

Return of the Muppet Sesame Street Tried to Forget

A decades-old segment produced for Sesame Street has made an unexpected comeback, drawing criticism to the public broadcasting flagship program and sparking vigorous debate across the Internet.

"We thought the Cracker Monster segment was long gone; I had never even seen a copy," said Gary Knell, president and CEO of the nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop, which produces Sesame Street. "Obviously, we're sorry it is being broadcast all over the Web, and hope that parents will have the sense not to share it with their children."

When the landmark Sesame Street program was launched in 1969, there was some concern that its deliberately urban setting would not resonate with rural audiences. In an experimental attempt to broaden the show's appeal, a regional PBS affiliate in Mississippi was contracted to produce a segment that would reflect the new and still developing style of Sesame Street, but also appeal to Mississippi children. The segment introduced a Southern cousin of Cookie Monster called Cracker Monster.

"It seemed kind of cute and clever at the time," said Hank McCormick, who produced the segment in 1970 after spending three months interning with Jim Henson and Frank Oz. "Really, we were trying to make a difference. I still think Sesame Street pulled the plug on it too soon."

Cracker Monster closely resembles Cookie Monster, except that he has red fur and wears a cap. He crams crackers into his mouth with the same sloppy enthusiasm as Cookie Monster does with cookies. However, Cracker Monster has a strong Southern accent, and a habit of spitting what is presumably tobacco (the show is not clear on this point). The executives at Sesame Street cancelled the experiment after one viewing, and have systematically denied its existence ever since.

However a copy of a Cracker Monster scene was apparently unearthed last month in a former employee's attic and posted to the internet, where it has circulated like wildfire. In the segment, Cracker Monster discusses the "letter of the day" and sings a variant of the classic "C is for Cookie" song entitled "C is for Cracker, y'all."

"A slice of watermelon with one bite out of it also looks like a C; but it is not as good as a cracker!" twangs the cheerful red monster in the song.

Sesame Workshop has sued to force the original website which posted the segment to go offline, but innumerable copies are already circulating on the internet, and the venerable public television franchise is working frantically to distance itself from the film.

"I don't know why they didn't want Cracker Monster on Sesame Street," said Tim Hunter, a 6-year old resident of Jackson, Mississippi, who downloaded the segment last week. "I've learned lots by watching him."

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