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Well Done Sons!

A league victory at the third attempt for Dumbarton yesterday. Once again the Sons, for the fourth game in a row, recovered from the loss of the first goal.

Berwick Rangers 1 Dumbarton 2


Bollocks Flavour.

Let me say a few ‘choice’ words.

When I was a youngster (admittedly many years ago now) in Scotland, everything was so much simpler. One parliament, one electricity company owned by the state, one gas supplier owned by the state, one telephone company owned by the state, one mail company owned by the state, two main political parties each with a fairly clear ideology. It was the age of the train and the state owned the trains and the track. Remember being patronised and spoken to like you were an idiot by Jimmy Saville? there’s even something nostalgic about that!

We then had the Thatcherite 80’s when just about everything the state owned was sold off. Now you can buy your electricity from a gas company and your gas from an electricity company. Your telephone and internet can be supplied by the supermarket, as can your insurance and you can go on a train owned by a company which was initially set up to market and distribute Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells! Leaving aside whether all this has benefited the customer (which I doubt), have you noticed how in an almost parallel way to all this we have become ‘customers’? Used to be if you booked into a hotel for instance you were referred to as a guest. If you bought a train ticket and there was an announcement you were referred to as a passenger. If you went out for the day and paid admission to an attraction you’d be a visitor, if you went to the doctor you were a patient and so on. I’m sorry, but I just can’t get used to ‘Customers traveling on the 8.45…………’ or ‘Customers are requested to respect other customers and keep noise to a minimum’ etc. etc. If it is an attempt to elevate the status of the ‘customer’ then I don’t think it works. It is more an indication of where we have come as consumers, i.e. the lawful prey of the suppliers and they want to remind you of that at every opportunity.

Mexican Chilli with Sour Cream? – it’s her fault!

I think it all started to go wrong with crisps.

There were three main flavours of crisps in the 60’s, namely ready salted, cheese and onion and smokey bacon. Sometime in the seventies salt and vinegar appeared on the scene along with tomato sauce, beef and onion and roast chicken. They were almost exclusively made by Golden Wonder and the colour code was blue for ready salted, green for cheese and onion and brown for smokey bacon. The new flavours adopted colours were yellow for roast chicken, red for tomato sauce and a darker brown for beef and onion. Even in 1986 it was just a crunchy, noisy bag of ready salted that was being marketed.

Perhaps it is an indication of where our society is going that the humble cheese and onion crisp has become ‘vintage cheddar and red onion chutney’ flavour. Smokey bacon has probably been dumped because so many religions have problems with ham, and ready salted has become maris piper with organic cracked sea salt. There’s fucking roast spring lamb with mint sauce and oregano, feta cheese with herbs and cracked black pepper, and worse!!! even humble cheese and onion crisps (when you can find them in among the mango and hot chilli) are in blue bags! blue! cheese and onion is green!! I don’t want them crinkly and low fat and cooked in sunflower oil, I want a packet of honest to goodness fucking cheese and onion crisps in a green bag with just the right amount of grease left in the empty bag!

Life is so complicated. You only have to look at the crisp and snack section in the supermarket or corner shop for proof.

It’s all Thatcher’s fault for privatising everything!