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Written on January 5, 2006, and categorized as Secret and Invisible.
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Last night GGF was off on a family jaunt, eating multiple exotic courses with wealthy relatives in a top class restaurant, and so I enjoyed the luxury of a fish and chip supper on my own in front of the TV. Wonderfully relaxing, delicious and requiring only a ten minute trip out. By the time she returned, joyful and full of dessert which cost more than my entire meal, I was replete and dozing blissfully, ignoring the Top 100 Best Fish and Chip Meals in History, narrated by Stephen Fry.

Deep sea fishing is wiping the sea bed clean according to this BBC report. Deep sea fish species in the northern Atlantic are on the brink of extinction. Look at this before and after picture, more chilling than a Birds Eye cabinet:

News like this is getting more and more commonplace and although I am not surprised, being a fully paid up member of the Harbingers of Eco-Doom Society, this one hit me. Maybe it’s because I am myself a Piscean, and so I empathise with fish everywhere. Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, and I love fish and chips so.

This joyous, simple meal is rare occasion for me these days, a throwback, something nostalgic to be savoured. I now find myself wondering if I am measuring my life in such last moments. There really will soon be no fish and chips, as there will be no fish. Soon there will be no chicken, either, as bird flu makes its irresistable way across weak boundaries and finds a new home in humanity.

When the Sainsbury’s supermarket at the other end of Liverpool Road was built, I read that with its electronically-controlled thick steel shutters, it can be totally shut in two minutes and is one of the most secure places in Islington. The architects – the owners of the supermarket – were anticipating future riots, it seems, and looking to safeguard their property.

We will all shortly be far worse off than the Eastern Communist populations – whom we glorious capitalists love to boast of rescuing from their food queues – ever were. There will be food shortages following along after fuel shortages, and with stomachs rumbling, shivering and cold, the people of the West and the North, citizens of the “developed” world will suddenly realise that this brief excursion, this unsustainable epoch where entire populations live decadent wasteful lives consumed by gluttony, has already ended. We’ll blame it on collective idiocy and greed, and the failure of politicians and politics to adequately control industry, anybody but ourselves, as we watch the chip shops close one by one.

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This thing has 6 Comments

  1. Indigobusiness
    Posted 5 January, 2006 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    This sort of thing always reminds me of a news clip (from a few years back) of two old Russian women fighting in a supermarket over a shriveled, moldy potato: the last edible scrap of food remaining in the entire store.

    People, accustomed to plenty, laugh at want. The shock of an impending famine in the First World is unimaginable to those with their head in the sand.

    The irony of a reckoning is that the Third World will fare far better than the fatted class.

    It seems inevitable.

  2. ChangeMe
    Posted 6 January, 2006 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Perhaps we’ll move to an era of increased sustainability at some point.

    Instead of having two income families, maybe we’ll have less costly lives allowing us some time to stay home and tend our own little plots of land?

  3. underpanter
    Posted 6 January, 2006 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    don wack it naw

  4. dave bones
    Posted 6 January, 2006 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I got your txt! Couldn’t believe it seeing Galloway walk into big brother.

    I’ve always had hope for an untapped political potential of this format since it started.

    Lets see.

    As for your post, my head goes back into the sand between big brother episodes.

  5. jonny-no-stars
    Posted 6 January, 2006 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    um.

    nomadic tribes allowing grazing stock to denude the earth before moving on.

    news that keeps being repeated (it’s been an ‘issue’ for a few years now, no?) and that still doesn’t shock the consciousness of the ‘we’ until

    might return – another counterpoint.

  6. Laurie
    Posted 7 January, 2006 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    We need only to look at the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the riots in Paris to see how dangerously close we all are to total anarchy.

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