Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Fonz's haircut


Cro's grandson's (?) observations on forks got me thinking about spoons. The above is a 17th century one.

Somewhere, I have a silver 'spoon and pusher' set given to me as a Christening present when I was too young to even use it, let alone appreciate it.

I suppose children have to graduate from spoons to forks at some point when parents think they can be trusted to, but the spoon and knife was pretty much all you had laid on the table in Tudor times.

Mind you, they ate a lot of wet stuff in those days - pottages and the like. As far as I can tell, they cut bits of meat off with the same knife they skewered it with to eat, until someone came up with the fork.

17th century itinerants would often travel with a knife on their belts and a spoon in their hat-bands.

I have a friend who is an engineer. He has a dream which he confided in me one day, when he was on holiday and in the pub. He wants to re-design the knife and fork. He thinks it is long-overdue for a make-over.

He has been pondering on how to improve cutlery for many years now, but as yet has not come up with a single idea as to how it could be done.

Some people find it very hard to relax on holiday.

16 comments:

  1. Some of the worst 'designs' around are because someone thought they could improve on the classic knife and fork. I've seen some horrors.

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    1. I don't go into those sort of shops.

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  2. I adore that spoon Tom.
    And in answer to your question about a loan - bottom. Or I could really use my worst swear word 'bum'. You will see that I am simple and innocent soul, very easily persuaded.
    I might think the f word under my breath but have never said it, much to my son's amusement.

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    1. I know you've implied it though - much, I guess, to your son's embarrassment. I have had one of those spoons before, but I sold it and regretted it.

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  3. Your most boring post to date

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    1. My previous post refers to you specifically. Fucking critic. Maybe you should make a film about dog-shit, fat arses and cakes?

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    3. All i will say is read this your comment on my blog yesterday......yeah..everyones a critic
      Tom Stephenson9:52 p.m.
      Your most boring bloody post to date.

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    4. OMG! So I did. Yes, someone did piss in my chips, but that is no excuse.

      I am SO embarrassed, but that is about as much use as sending a 94 year old Auschwitz guard to prison for 4 years.

      I am going to leave the evidence up for shame, and if I lose followers, then I deserve to.

      I hope you will forgive me though.

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    5. Hoisted on your own petard

      Sweet sweet sweet!

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    6. I still think you're a... no I don't actually. Enjoy the sweetness, you deserve it (said through gritted teeth).

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    7. I'll tell you what saves people like me: That almost nobody can be bothered to read any other comments than their own.

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  4. I'm with Cro on three pronged forks, and actually had a beautiful set of such cutlery when I set up housekeeping with my brother and sister in law thirty years ago. My bil hated the "three legged" forks with unexplained passion.I returned one day to find all had disappeared and been replaced with his choice from the thrift store.

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