Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Saturday, 18 June 2016
E.U. bans Scotch Eggs shock
These arrived in the post last week and have been added to the other identical ones, bringing up my collection to six. I have just brought two more, so the number will be up to eight by next week. I have set myself on a course that means if any more come up at any time, I will have to buy them. Yesterday, I bought a new tin of Brasso.
I cheekily emailed the seller of the latest pair to make her an offer, and candidly told her that I had paid £57 for the previous pair, but she declined, saying that she would let the auction run its course. I must admit that this is what I would have done, but I also would have kicked myself afterwards. I ended up paying £18 for her pair. Auctions are strange, unpredictable things.
The thing is that I am not a natural collector. I hate the idea of collecting loads of the same thing, but the average early 18th century coffee house or tavern would have had around 20-40 of this type of stick, so stopping with a pair just doesn't seem right.
What will I do with them ultimately? Well I might keep them until Christmas and run the risk of burning the house down with a magnificent cheery blaze which will make electric lighting pointless, then I will have to think of a museum or coffee house to sell them to - or maybe a genuine collector.
Handling artefacts from the 17th and 18th century is a form of escapism for me, and I am sure you will agree that there is a lot to escape from right now - or at least put-off thinking about until the last moment, like getting out of bed on a cold Winter morning.
That scare about banning Scotch Eggs is not so far-fetched as you may think. Denmark (not more E.U. than G.B.) has banned the sale of Marmite on the grounds that it contains too many vitamins. If the E.U. tried to ban Marmite, nothing will have changed as far as the referendum goes - half of us love it and the other half hate it. It's a Marmite thing.
What - if anything - do you use as a transportation away from the troubling daily events of modern life which is not edible?