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14A pork pie is a traditional British meat pie. It consists of roughly chopped pork and pork jelly sealed in a hot water crust pastry.It is normally eaten cold as a snack or as part of a meal. There are different gross variations, like the pork and cherry picnic pie. Disgusting.

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12A prison hulk is a hulk (empty ship) used as a floating prison. They were produced and used extensively in Great Britain by the Royal Navy. Hulks were used as the temporary holding of persons being transported to Australia and elsewhere overseas. The Queen Mary in Long Beach is also a hulk, a haunted one.

11Tar-water is a Medieval medicine consisting of pine tar and water. It was foul tasting and so slowly dropped in popularity, but was revived in the Victorian era. The physician Cadwallader Colden extolled the virtues of pine resin steeped in water, which he also called “Tar water”. The philosopher George Berkeley also lauded tar water in his tract Siris.

IMG_0001There is so much in these pages about food: the scarcity, the games, the emotions, how it’s being stored and eaten. It’s like a food dance. Most importantly, all this is about us being around food and how it determines the social class we belong to, plain and simple. Blame Dickens.

IMGI grew up eating French baguettes slathered with butter and sprinkled with sugar. That’s all I had, day in, day out as a snack in the afternoon. Unlike the buttered bread described in this page, they were made with love, and they had no pins and needles in them, obviously. I am grateful.

IMG_0007I love when people give human characteristics to inanimate objects. It’s very Pygmalionist. Let’s be honest, we are all a bit pygmalionists in one way or another. Some people just don’t want to accept that.

IMG_0006Sometimes, most of the time, you don’t really need a lot of words to describe something fully. All it takes is a powerful analogy. On the other hand, simple analogies could be so devastating, so negative. Bottom line: be careful when you speak analogies!