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According to the Guardian you could have purchased 200g of smoked Scottish salmon in Lidl at Christmas for £2.65. Today, direct from the Inverawe smokehouse, 200g will cost you £12.75. Quite a saving, but the Lidl Salmon is not from Inverawe.

Scottish salmon, processed, but of course, in Poland. It has not come back from its holiday refreshed. The texture is greasy and gelatinous and its ineffectual smoke is one-dimensional. You might be able to use it as an ingredient in, say, a quiche, but served on its own it would be badly exposed.


Clever marketing. Use the best bits of the product (Scotland) and leave out the worst. A lot fewer people would probably buy a pack of “Polish processed Scottish smoked Salmon“. Apart from the insanity, are you thinking about your carbon footprint here? No.

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 Posted by at 10:58 am
Dec 292014
  • 5 (average number killed annually in America by terrorism since 9/11)
  • 55 (average number of Americans killed annually by wasp or bee stings)
  • $4,400,000,000,000 (approx cost to the US of the war on terror)
  • £31,400,000,000 (UK equivalent)

(Matthew Parris, The Times, 20 Dec 2014)

 Posted by at 10:16 pm
Dec 192014

Double Yellow?

According to the BBC article the council responsible claims that…

This is a genuine attempt to be helpful to motorists by signalling with other signs the divide between pay and display parking and residents’ parking on this street.

As a side issue – although this double-yellow line is poorly painted, and there are clear rules about how a double-yellow line must be painted (including T-bars when it meets a parking bay) it’s probably unwise to park on it.

 Posted by at 9:54 am