Thursday, July 26, 2007


I have no idea really why I have put that title on my blog. I just like to say it every now and again.

I changed my picture on the right hand side. I am wearing a new top which I wore to work today and I got a few compliments which was really nice and sweet of people. It is nice to get a compliment.

At the moment, in the midst of doing my day-to-day training job at work, I am also the chair of my organisation's Sports & Social Committee. This takes up more time than I would like, especially of late. We have a summer party in a couple of weeks, so we're selling tickets and promoting it as much as possible to encourage people to go along.

I have also set up a Drama Group recently, with the idea to perform a couple of short plays to the staff, and the patients (I work in a hospital!) towards Christmas time most likely. It should be good fun and there's lots of enthusiasm from the small group of wannabe thesps I have managed to gather together so far. We've yet to decide what we'll perform, but most likely something lighthearted and fun and not too taxing....

I watched a foodie programme with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall the other night, where he encouraged a few people who eat lots of processed food, to get back to eating 'real' food, naturally produced.

He took them to a sheep abattoir so they could see how the animals are killed for our consumption. It was a sober awakening to observe, and be reminded about....I have had first hand experience of seeing my meat freshly killed when I lived in India. It was given to me in a plastic bag, and as I sat in the tuk-tuk I placed the bag on my feet and felt the warmth of their freshly killed flesh against my bare sandalled feet (the chicken had only been dead about 2 minutes),which was eye-opening to say the least - I have always bought meat nicely refrigerated!

I don't go out of my way to eat meat, but when I do it tends to be lamb, and lots of fish. I sometimes buy pork but I am very aware of the conditions factory farm animals endure. So generally I avoid buying chicken and pork. I will buy organic but this is rare as it is so expensive.

But on balance it is probably worth it and I would prefer to buy meat where the animals have had a decent life, and then make something really good with the meat. In a way this is in honour and out of respect for the animal. Meat is so widely available and at our disposal that we often forget the journey it's been on, and that it was once a living breathing being. I am very careful to ensure that meat I do buy is produced in the UK....e.g. I don't buy New Zealand lamb, but go for the Welsh variety - boyo!

Ok, I have bibbeddeebobbedeeboobed (ie rambled) enough now so I shall sign off.


Joyce said...

Nice new pic, nice new top, thought-provoking post on meat-eating. Can't get the fate of poor Shambo out of my head and hope he was treated with respect when he was euphemistically "put down" (that's what they said on the BBC News) and will not end up as tinned pet food. Probably won't as he had TB.

The drama group sounds great fun - keep us posted!

Bibeddy-bobbedy-boo was a song from a Disney film, probably some time in the 50's I think, and it has lots of other funny gobbledegooky words in it!

seev said...

Bibbeddeebobbedeeboo to you too, Abby of the Green! Hey, that reminds me of a song.... What could it be?? Ahh, I know!

Below are the lyrics (found 'em from Google actually). Singalong?

Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi bobbidi boo
Put 'em together and what have you got
Bibbidi bobbidi boo!

Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi bobbidi boo
It'll do magic believe it or not
Bibbidi bobbidi boo

Salagadoola means mechicka booleroo
But the thinga mabob that does the job is
Bibbidi bobbidi boo

Salagadoola menchicka boola bibbidi bobbidi boo
Put 'em together and what have you got
bibbidi bobbidi bibbidi bobbidi bibbidi bobbidi boo!

(Instrumental to end)

seev said...

Here I am again, replying to a message Joyce sent me on my comment form on my blog. (Forgot I had such a form!) I'm glad I found those bibbedy bobbedy boo words converted to the song, Joyce, because it was driving me crazy too. But GreenAbby, aside from that, I thought your post was very interesting. I found out you work in a hospital, are chair of a Sports & Social Committee, are setting up a Drama Group, and are careful not to eat meat of animals that have not been treated with dignity. All good! And it means you have a non-online life! Oh, and I saw the story on poor Shamba on the BBC News we get here in America. It's too bad he had TB. I never knew such animals could get TB. OK, I gotta go. Take care Joyce and GreenAbby.