Monthly Archives: January 2012

Nice Game!

Tomorrow’s the last day of the pheasant and partridge season in England, Scotland and Wales – in Ulster they finish today. Imagine then my surprise at finding birds in butchers around London at near identical prices to the start of … Continue reading

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Our 2011/12 has been Game ‘Off’ not ‘ Game On’

Maybe I’ve a game issue because I’ve not had my loved and well-worn 12 bore off its secure clip to be stood early morning on my peg loaded and waiting - hip flask of sloe gin in right pocket with cartridges in my left - for the … Continue reading

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A Chicken on Your Table in 30 Days

When I learned last week that hybrid chickens – that being the majority of birds eaten in the UK – were now just 30 days old, I reeled back in surprise. I was shocked and disgusted that they were 35 … Continue reading

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Cash Strapped Brits now Opt Mainly for Fast Food

‘Fast Food becomes the Meal of Choice’ says the headline near hidden on the back page of today’s Daily Telegraph Business section. I’m uncertain about use of the word ‘choice’ – more like no choice given the state of the … Continue reading

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Manna Mia is a Poulet Roti

It just came to me that if I was ever asked that daft question about what was my favourite food, my answer would be one of two options depending who was doing the asking. First would be ‘any good food, well … Continue reading

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My Predictions (and Hopes) for 2012

Like one of those dungaree’d and hatted, larger-than-life heroes who appear as the Ice Road Truckers, I’m venturing out onto the thin ice carrying a heavy load with my predictions for this year. Pushing aside the gloom about how tough the … Continue reading

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Broccoli has the Power to Divide

From an American president who famously told his country that having loathed broccoli all his life, he’d decided it would never be on White House menu’s for as long as he stayed in his Oval House. The broccoli farmers of … Continue reading

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