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A Miller's tale - Josh 139

The UK Goverment House of Lords debated the Green Agenda yesterday and spent some time talking about food, although it was not clear why. Perhaps they thought the subject was about 'greens' and eating enough vegetables.

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Too funny Josh. I'm speechless. I didn't realize that they permitted real vegetables into the House.

Jan 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM | Unregistered Commenteredward getty


Help me, please. Which are the real vegetables?

Jan 13, 2012 at 11:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterMique

I have read her contribution to the debate on Hansard.

On the one hand there is something reassuringly British about her eulogy on homely WI sentiments about allotments and promoting home grown veg initiatives in villages/schools etc. escalating to outright mirth at her beans up walls and bees on rooftops. It would be churlishly unkind to poke fun.

On the other hand, we are entitled to expect contributers in our Upper House participating in a debate on an agenda of such magnitude to have an elementary understanding of the huge financial and social burden current policy condemns this nation to, the dubious scientific justification it is based on, and the strength of controversial opinion it engenders.

Jan 13, 2012 at 11:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterPharos

Perhaps Josh should draw her wearing a boiler suit in an air raid shelter lit by a swinging Coleman lamp.

This kind of muddled thinking pervades the Green movement worldwide. Schoolchildren are taught about global warming and tend organic veggie patches when they should be learning science and maths. The primitive paganism of the Gaia worshippers, enabled by technologically driven wealth, would be laughable if it wasn't costing us all so much money.

Poirot declared that retiring to grow vegetable marrows in the country was a form of premature senility and intellectual suicide many decades ago. Nothing has changed.

Jan 14, 2012 at 1:11 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohanna

A cucumber would seem to be green, renewable, and sustainable. Any discussion about sea cucumbers?

Jan 14, 2012 at 1:47 AM | Unregistered Commentereyesonu

Peer review or pear review ? :)

Jan 14, 2012 at 7:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterJeroen B.

Reminds me of the Spitting Image sketch featuring Maggie treating the cabinet to dinner:

Waitress: Would you like to order, sir?

Thatcher: Yes. I will have the steak.

Waitress: How would you like it?

Thatcher: Oh, raw, please.

Waitress: And what about the Vegetables?

Thatcher: Oh, they'll have the same as me!

Too funny

Jan 14, 2012 at 8:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterMangoChutney

Any discussion about sea cucumbers?

Delicious and abundant

Jan 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM | Unregistered CommenterMangoChutney

I am surprised that watermelons were not mentioned.

Jan 14, 2012 at 3:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra

OH, and Josh, this is probably your best.

Jan 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Pablo de la Sierra


You are evidently unaware that maintaining an allotment can provide the physical exercise said to postpone senility. (And, in my case, the hilly cycle ride back and forth, don't hurt, either.)

Of course, Poirot would do nothing so common as break into a sweat, not even to preserve his little grey cells.

Jan 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterFred Streeter

Au contraire, Fred, Poirot (and Holmes) were firmly of the view that the work of the little grey cells requires stillness and meditation :)

Holmes did concede that physical exercise has its place (as he was apparently an accomplished boxer, swordsman and singlestick player). But they both agreed that rural life has a stultifying effect on the critical faculties. Studying the growth of one's vegetable marrows could never be as enlightening as studying the concentrated knowledge and events that the metropolis offers. ;)

Of course you are right that Poirot would never be so common as to sweat. At worst, and very much against his inclination, he might perhaps perspire, although never profusely.

Seriously, growing things can be a pleasurable hobby for rich Westerners, or a potentially good business for farmers, but to call it any more than that is sheer mysticism. And I am a keen gardener who is fond of the countryside and the bush.

Jan 15, 2012 at 10:57 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohanna


Exercise to preserve the little grey cells, stillness and meditation to exercise them?
Perhaps we can agree to that?

... could never be as enlightening as studying the concentrated knowledge and events that the metropolis offers.
But that was yesterday. Now, I inhabit this virtual metropolis.

Jan 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterFred Streeter

Fred - as Holmes might have said - touche (sorry, can't do the thingy over the 'e').


Jan 17, 2012 at 1:48 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohanna

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