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It's been a plaguey week, and to top it off, it feels like my lingering chest infection, instead of clearing up, is moving up into the throat. Gah! One day I shall give blood again. But not, I suspect, next week. Between work, worry and householding, I've been too exhausted even to rant this week, even though one of my favourite Bête Noires (Bêtes Noires?) turned up this week as a horde of bored journalists descended on Marks & Spencers in a feeding frenzy fired by salivatory thoughts of Jeremy Paxman's gusset anxiety.

Some bloody Guardian journalist even had the gall to complain about their sushi containing tuna mayonnaise instead of raw tuna and how "everyone" calls them Marks & Sparkles, leading me to conclude that a) she's never shopped at M&S and neither has anyone she knows or talks to, so she believes what they say in their press releases and b) she's never eaten supermarket sushi, and doesn't really understand the concept -- in fact, Yo! Sushi's probably a bit infra-dig for her.

Congratulations, the British Media. Keep dancing to Philip Green's tune, why not? ... and ugh. Poor Paxman, what a grim moment, to discover that someone's been hacking your emails and sending them to the Daily Mail.

Back on topic, though, word from my male friends:

"The pants are the only good things in the menswear! Please don't change them!"

Possibly in reaction, I've spent much of the week buying lunch there. I drew the line at buying a haggis, though.

they are all here to bless you
they are all here to bless you
Except for Ganesh, he's here to eat your peanuts.


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25th Jan, 2008 18:14 (UTC)
Ganesh is a dick :(
25th Jan, 2008 21:20 (UTC)
A dick who's after your nuts.
25th Jan, 2008 18:20 (UTC)
I thought you said you were too exhausted to rant?
25th Jan, 2008 21:19 (UTC)
I got inspired by the Wikipedia entry.
25th Jan, 2008 18:34 (UTC)
You can buy a haggis. Yet you are not gonna. That's just fine.

Who the hell is Jeremy Paxman, and why should I care about his nads?
25th Jan, 2008 19:24 (UTC)
Fuck that, girl, that's not fine!

I cannot buy a haggis, but Jeremy can!

25th Jan, 2008 21:16 (UTC)
What's the deal with haggis ot being available in Americaland? It's a totally normal food item! I can buy one any month of the year!
25th Jan, 2008 21:24 (UTC)
Re: guh?
I bet Jeremy Paxman could get us haggises...haggi?
25th Jan, 2008 22:05 (UTC)
Re: guh?
Yeah, I tried to explain this to the USDA (agriculture ministry) people when I was inspected returning from Italy and found to have contraband proscuitto.

I regret not having been cheeky enough to explain that if my risk to US agriculture from a foreign food item going through me first is this significant, I must be the least of their problems.


Oh, and to answer your rhetorical question: The US wants to achieve Japanese-levels of hygenic perception, without paying for it. Easiest thing then is to ban any form of traditional food that isn't in some way 'processed.'

In future: the trick to bringing in any animal food product into the country is to vacuum seal & label it so that it looks store-bought.
25th Jan, 2008 23:24 (UTC)
contraband prosciutto??? tsk!!!
--- Isn't mincing and shoving into a sheep's stomach (or plastic equivalent) a process?
25th Jan, 2008 23:45 (UTC)
Re: contraband prosciutto??? tsk!!!
Perhaps after several more stages of irradiation first...
25th Jan, 2008 21:21 (UTC)
P.S. Haggis -- tastes like sausage, but grainier
I had a nice seafood risotto and a glass of white wine instead. Neeps and tatties? No thanks!
25th Jan, 2008 21:25 (UTC)
Re: P.S. Haggis -- tastes like sausage, but grainier
"Neeps and tatties?"

Man, y'all can't talk English to good...
25th Jan, 2008 23:21 (UTC)
Re: P.S. Haggis -- tastes like sausage, but grainier
o thou sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,
neeps baith norishing bet hardlie tastie
25th Jan, 2008 22:00 (UTC)
Re: P.S. Haggis -- tastes like sausage, but grainier
I had a shockingly authentic-tasting vegetarian haggis once. Shocking I tell you, shocking.
25th Jan, 2008 23:22 (UTC)
Re: P.S. Haggis -- tastes like sausage, but grainier
There's barely a difference, I would say. On a blind taste test, I would not be able to confidently tell them apart.
25th Jan, 2008 21:18 (UTC)
Jeremy Paxman
He's a stern and upright cross-examiner of politicians, business impresarios, spin doctors and other weasels. And not really someone whose bollocks you'd expect to need any support, as they're likely to be made of purest brassanium.
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