Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cornish pasties and Colonel Gadaffi

Not had a rant for a while but here is one for you.

First of all it has to be the big news story of the day, that day being the 23/02.
The "Cornish pasty" has been given protected status by European lawmakers, called a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).It means that pasties made anywhere other than Cornwall can no longer be called "Cornish". It gives the meat and potato snack the same standing as champagne, parmesan cheese and Jersey Royal potatoes. Now this in its self is great and I think it makes sense, but in the same news article pasty makers in Devon say it's "a black day".

Funny but I had heard that same term applied to the day only a few hours earlier by Mayor Bob Parker of Christchurch, describing the devastation and loss of life his city had suffered. I think that some people need to get a bit of perspective in their lives, it's only a pasty.

Another news item that got me worked up is the calls for a no fly zone over Libya. The reasoning behind sending foreign jets is to stop the government from bombing its own people, where were all these people when Israel were bombing Gaza only days ago?

And finally on the news in the same bulletin, first police in England to face pay cuts and solders serving on the front line to lose jobs, while the UK government is sending planes to help Egyptian workers to get home from Tunisia. Why not spend the money looking after our safety first, what have we got to do with their trip home when in our own country lack of money is putting lives at risk.



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