Spiralising bollocks and an anniversary.

The other night I cooked one of my ‘standards’, prawn risotto; full of carbs, fat from butter and parmigiano, salt in the fish stock and as ever it was quite delicious. I also fried up some courgettes with onion, garlic and celery which Kate likes. It was all very tasty, even sprinkled some nori on it to try and boost the flagging thyroid. But apparently this is all a long way from the ‘clean’ eating fad/cult. And I hadn’t spiralised the courgettes, instead used my trusty cook’s knife, and, as we all now know if it ain’t spiralised it ain’t clean. And their use of clean which has the obvious corollary that all other eating is dirty. Dirty eaters of the world unite.

So this ‘clean’ eating lark is yet another scam marketed upon susceptible folk using some pseudo science and the almost religious belief system engendered by the cultish food faddists. And as with most cults after the initial euphoria some reality begins to intrude and the followers look to another messiah. What naughty boys and girls these messiahs are. In the meantime some physical, physiological and mental harm may be perpetrated.

In our dysfunctional spiralised world I think the way we deal with abuse is in itself abusive. I’m thinking of pretty much all types of abuse and I suppose it’s often down to the law of unintended consequences alongside partial and biased reportage, our limited cognitive abilities and viewing things through the distorting prism of our various belief systems. I like to think of myself as a reasonably well informed individual of average (whatever that is) intelligence and I’ve been quite unaware of what might be dubbed an epidemic of organised abuse of vulnerable white girls by predominantly gangs of Pakistani men.

Whilst there was a fair amount of reporting of what happened (and hopefully it still isn’t happening) in Rotherham there wasn’t an outpouring of stuff, analysis and the like in the media. It seems that, whilst front line professionals raised various alarms their concerns were not given the credence they should have been and managers managed to keep a lid on things under the pretext of anti-racism stuff.

Of course there is and should be anti-racism law but in this case it appears to have superseded child abuse and other law breaking activity. Whilst one can sort of understand the reasoning behind it, it is blinkered thinking and management and there should be a reckoning and a re-configuring.

And it continues as I listened to the toady show the other morning and the interview with a female Labour MP, Ms Champion and a male police officer about the conviction of the Newcastle gang. And it revealed all sorts: the police officer said they were dealing with a wide range of people of different ethnicities perpetrating such abuse and he listed them adding Pakistani at the end. He did not say once that there are Pakistani male gangs. Ms Champion did and said that she would get abuse from all sides for saying so. In the Newcastle case 18 people have been found guilty; 17 Pakistani men and one white woman. As Ms Champion says there needs to be full and open analysis with people simply focusing on stopping and preventing wrongdoing.

It’s our 11th wedding anniversary today, 11 years ago we were in the woods at Wilkswood having our magical wedding. Steel is the thing for an 11th anniversary, and we independently got each other a steel bookmark! Mine was an industrial slice of steel, Kate’s a much smaller and daintier affair.

And beware the bollock snatching seagulls.

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Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.

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