Post by Clive Arthur Post by Clive Arthur
Post by Jenny M Benson
What I do object to, strongly, is the weakening of the language by so
many words losing their precise meaning. For
goodness-knows-how-many-years we have all known what a butcher is.
But "The Vegetarian Butcher" for heaven's sake? (Absolutely no
objection to vegetarianism, as long as it's not forced on me.)
I'm a vegetarian
I know it's none of my business, but may I ask why? Health reasons,
Post by Clive Arthur
, and I've absolutely no objection to being butchered as long as it's
not forced on me.
That's probably what most farm animals think too.
At first it was just convenience, because I lived with a vegetarian and
wasn't really too fussed about meat. I've never really liked the crap
stuff like cheap burgers and kebabs except after a few pints, and after
working in the far east and eating proper chicken, never again ate the
warm soggy cardboard we have here. I did eat steak a couple of years
ago in Texas and it was very nice, but at £50 for an 8oz steak it should
have been (I wasn't buying), and I've eaten reindeer (well, part of one)
in Norway in similar circumstances.
But, it's better for one, better for us, and let's face it, modern meat
production is industrialised animal cruelty. So I can revel in post hoc
Of course, there are people who 'only eat free range organic meat', just
like the 90% of drivers who think they're above average. "But I like
it!" seems to be the best reason most people can give, as if they've
never changed the things they like before.
I would not profess to be vegetarian - I like meat, I don’t like all meat
and can’t tolerate any offal at all but, when we do have meat (mainly
chicken with occasional cuts of beef) we tend to restrict ourselves to
relatively small portion sizes and find that what suppliers regard as a
single portion is usually enough for the two of us and sometimes it is
enough for two meals each. We have a problem with the ‘five a day’ regime
as our normal diet means we have 10 - 12 veg / fruit a day most days. The
reason for this being not only that we enjoy the veg and fruit but that as
we are both diet controlled type 2 diabetics, it helps us avoid having to
A few years back, I was taking pills daily for diabetes, blood pressure,
cancer of the prostate and also ‘statins for cholesterol control. I am
still on statins as the doctors seem to regard them as an insurance policy
but the rest are just distant memories thank goodness!
Toodle Pip, Mike McMillan