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Hubris, nemesis and vile brandy

Well, that’ll teach me.

I was extolling at length the virtues to the immune system of living in a cold house and eating organic (or at least properly grown, i.e. local, fresh, more nutritious and tastier, so I eat more of them) vegetables, and now my nose is red and sore and I can’t breathe through my left nostril. Pride has, on this occasion, indeed come before a fall. Harrumph.

I’m also trying to work after lemon and honey with a generous slug of cheap brandy, which is, er, interesting while typing!


March 4, 2008 at 11:08 pm 1 comment

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“Environmentalists have often been guilty of presenting people with a mental image of the world’s least desirable holiday destination – some seedy bed and breakfast near Torquay, with nylon sheets, cold tea and soggy toast – and expecting them to get excited about the prospect of NOT going there. The logic and the psychology are all wrong.”

Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

"Food is that rare moral arena in which the ethical choice is generally the one more likely to make you groan with pleasure."

Carlo Petrini

"A gastronome who is not also an environmentalist is an idiot. An environmentalist who is not also a gastronome is, well, sad."

Sharon Astyk

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Raj Patel, at Slow Food Nation

"Biofuels, which is the preposterous policy that we should grow food not to eat it but to set it on fire."