December 2005 Archives
December 21, 2005
Wow, my diary is a little full for the next week or so. I am officially going on hiatus between now and late December (rather than unofficially going on hiatus, which is what I normally do).
Have a great Christmas (or winter season festival of you choice) and see you all to see out the year.
December 19, 2005
December 18, 2005
My candidate for blog post of the week:
In my perfect world, if you�re not willing to accept that fact, and, in fact, aren�t willing to participate in the process of slaughtering the animal � if only as an observer � you are not allowed to eat meat. Okay? You don�t get to eat it, and you get slapped if you try. You�re a limp-wristed cowardly little shit who wants to eat what comes from an animal and yet fervently pretend that meat is an abstract product that tastes good and magically appears in stores and restaurants for you to buy. It doesn�t.
It's long bothered me that the modern way of living separates the idea of �meat� from the idea of �animal�. Too many kids if asked �Where does meat come from?� will answer �From the supermarket� without realising that there's another, more accurate answer.
I'm an unashamed carnivore. I can deal with the fact that meat is dead animal. My favourite butcher, near where my mother lives in Suffolk, is essentially an abattoir with a shop stuck on the side. Why do I like it? Because I trust the butcher. I know he's killing humanely. I know he cares about the quality of animal that goes in, and that means he cares about the quality of life they have before. A happy animal, on the whole, means good meat.
Most people, it seems, are stuck in a mixture of hypocrisy and denial about this. This leads to the idiocy of people decrying (and banning) fox hunting for cruelty, while chowing down on their battery-produced chicken meals. And that's why I like Mikki's post so much. It's nice to see the brutal truth once in a while.
December 17, 2005
December 13, 2005
Not one of mine, but found in a Flickr community I run, Suffolk. I find this breathtaking, and more people should check out this guy's photos.
December 7, 2005
December 6, 2005
This is the most enjoyable conspiracy theory I've seen in a while. A Norwegian film director is claiming that JK Rowling is actually a manufactured personality, and that the Harry Potter books are written by a team of authors. It sits just on the edge of plausibility, like all the best conspiracy theories.
December 5, 2005
If anyone is still reading this blog because of my property industry connections, they might want to check out a couple of links to property-related developments from the Chancellor's pre-budget statement from my work blog today.