Archive for December 2nd, 2009

sourced from The Dailt Telegraph 02.02.09 by Harry Wallop – Consumer Affairs Editor:

Those who do not enjoy Christmas pudding can now decline the stodgy dish smug in the knowledge that they are helping the planet!

The festive dessert is not just bad for your waistline, it is contributing to global warming, according to a government-funded report by Natural England that is intended to educate consumers about where their food comes from.

While pudding’s key ingredients, egga and flour, usually come from Britain, the spices; sultanas, raisins, candied peel and brown sugar will all be imported.

As alternatives, the booklet suggests finishing off Christmas lunch with home-made vanilla ice-cream to cut down on food miles, or Kentish cobnuts, a type of home-grown hazelnut! – end of article

What a load of codswallop! Firstly, this gives a pretty good idea of why our taxes are so high – funding this type of research.  Secondly, these puddings are eaten once a year, and what about the money spent on all the resources to create the report.  Thirdly, why not just ban the import of these spices for once and for all and get it over with, in fact – ban anything that comes from overseas!  Fourthly, did they miss that vanilla is also a spice? and they recommend vanilla ice-cream for dessert! And finally, the best way to cut down on Co2 emissions and carbon-footprinting is to send all the eejits who waste time, money and our precious air into space as crash-test dummies for another planet.

It’s CHRISTMAS pudding!!!! duh, it comes around once a year and millions of people use spices in their cooking everyday.  I could probably  say a lot more on this idiot subject, except my blood-pressure is going up as I write and that won’t be good for my planet! 🙂

and a final comment! Does anybody actually read these gazillion reports that the government are so fond of producing?   Evidently they have too many people who have nothing much to do!

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Note for pet owners.  The following information is to be read with a sense of humour!  This article is purely a bit of fun. We are confident lots of cat’s owners will relate to the unfolding tale!

How to give a cat a pill!

1.         Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby.   Position right forefinger and thumb one either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand.   As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth.   Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2.            Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa.   Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3.            Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away.

4.         Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand.  Prize jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger.  Hold mouth shut for count of ten.

5.            Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe.  Call spouse/partner from garden.

6.         Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws.  Ignore low growls emitted by cat.  Get spouse/partner to hold head firmly with one hand while placing wooden ruler into mouth.  Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.

7.            Retrieve cat from curtain rail.  Get another pill from foil wrap.  Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains.  Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set ti one side for gluing later.

8.         Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse/partner to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit.  Put pill in end of drinking straw, prize mouth one with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

9.         Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink beer to take taste away.  Apply Band-id to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10.            Retrieve cat from neighbour’s shed.  Get another pill.  Open another beer.  Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing.  Prize mouth open with dessert spoon.  Flick pill down throat with rubber band.

11.        Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges.  Drink beer.  Fetch bottle of scotch.  Pour shot, drink.  Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot.  Apply whisky to compress to check to disinfect.  Toss back another shot.  Throw blooded T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12.        Ring Fire Brigade to retrieve the cat from tree across road.  Apologise to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat.  Take last pill from foil wrap.

13.        Tie cat’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining room table, find heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed.  Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak.  Hold head vertically and pour 4 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.


14. Consume remainder of Scotch.  Get spouse to drive you to Accident & Emergency Dept., sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearms and removes pill remnants from right eye.  Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.  Arrange fro RSPCA to collect cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.


How to give a dog a pill

1.         Wrap something to eat around it.


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