A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

That Sunday Colour Supplement lifestyle.....

There is a most engaging piece of ironic parody from Oliver Pritchett in today's Sunday Telegraph (April 2): 'Recycle your Dijon or the planet's toast'.

ToastOliver captures to perfection the metro-tweeness of the Notting Hill Green bunnies and of all those yummy mummies. Among his more gushing suggestions are:

+ Eat paler toast [*for image];
+ Wash-up in the shower;
+ All steaks to be done 'rare';
+ Only one ice cube in a gin-and-tonic [Surrey];
+ Do not wear sunglasses indoors [celebs to note];
+ Eat only al dente carrots [better sort out NHS dentistry first, though];
+ Pack used tea bags in your baseball cap [William Hague to note];
+ Recycle mustard [for building], in separate holes: English, Dijon, etc;
+ Put contact lenses into one eye only; and,
+ Remove that 'Save The Whale' sticker from your car to cut down drag.

This little comment is a gem, a near-perfect example of that fine art of parody - i.e., it is only a mustard grain away from the self-regarding 'reality' of the trendy Sunday Colour Supplement world view.

In one newspaper today, we are informed of the latest Ab Fab Fad - buying fiendishly expensive, designer, 'organic' potatoes to show off at our dinner parties. That really is obscene. Give me cheap flights any day. It is the self-indulgent, 'Green', designer rich that stick in my gullet.....

Philip, "Thanks, Oliver, for a splendid piece. Quite made my Sunday morning." "Now where did I put that Fair Trade newspaper?" [Oxymoron of the Day, surely? Ed.] [*Image: two slices of toast, from Wikipedia, licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2]

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