Monday, 28 June 2010

We may already be living in a fantasy world

because strange things keep happening. They might be explained by a small paragraph in this morning's paper.
In that it said that the EU has told the UK that they can no longer sell people a dozen eggs. People will only be allowed to buy ten. Ten seems to be a remarkably inconvenient number - unless you happen to be a family of five. Families of three, four or six however undoubtedly outweigh families of five. Recipes rarely call for five eggs, more likely one, two, three, four or six - if you are feeling very extravagant.
There is apparently an issue with bread rolls as well. Instead of buying a bread roll, which is surely the thing you actually want, you will have to buy a certain weight of roll. Again this seems remarkably inconvenient. I can imagine myself standing at the counter of the bakery (if such things will continue to exist) and asking for 50gms of bread roll. The baker will take forever to serve me as he or she carefully weighs out exactly 50gms of bread roll. By the time bits have been sliced off - or glued on - it will not be a bread roll as I know it.
It is going to be even more difficult if you want to buy a carrot or a potato or an apple and they have to start chopping pieces off those. Imagine the mess with an orange or a plum or deciding on which pea to take out of pod. It will be difficult.
But, this should not be a problem you tell me. You live Downunder. There is no EU there. The rulings made by the EU do no affect you. Downunderites will be able to go on buying a bread roll or a banana. The bread may well be partially made and cooked in the United States (and no, I do not joke about this) and the banana may have been flown in from abroad although we grow them in Queensland. (We fly our bananas out to them for some unknown reason.) Sooner or later however the Dundee cake and the Robertson's fruit mince and the McVitie's biscuits will come in different, difficult sizes. We will be told that "less is actually more". Maybe.
None of that however will even begin to explain why our Downunder supermarket shelves now have one brand of eggs being sold in units of ten. No doubt everything else will follow - apart from the explanation.


Donna Hosie said...

It is to do with the metric system of measurement. The bloody EU have been telling the UK for years what they can and can't do, but thankfully, most Brits thumb their noses at the meddling idiots.

catdownunder said...

Ah yes, I figured out that much...but why on earth do we get egg cartons with ten eggs here?!