It's been a good week for … dough
IT'S well seen that David Cameron has never been on the breadline. The PM doesn't know the price of a value loaf. He has a grand excuse, though - he bakes his own bread.
Doughboy Dave made his revelation in a radio interview. He told London station LBC 97.3 that, rather than go to the shops, he liked the smell of baking to "waft" through his kitchen. "I don't buy the value sliced loaf," said Cameron. "I've got a bread-maker at home which I delight in using and it turns out in all sorts of different ways."
I don't know why. Using a machine is hardly challenging his culinary skills. Perhaps the Prime Minister should roll up his sleeves and try a bit of elbow grease to put bread on the table for his family. Then he'll know what it means to be kneady.
It's been a bad week for … doos
THE racing world is famous for the large sums of money it attracts. And it's not only racehorses that come with big price tags. Chinese customs officials have impounded more than 1000 racing pigeons in a dispute over import duties.
Bought in Belgium by Chinese fanciers, the pigeons included the world's most expensive racer, called Bolt. And although each bird was declared at only €99 (£84), it transpires that a Chinese businessman paid €310,000 (£261,000) for Bolt.
Chinese import duties are levied at 10% of the value of goods, plus value added tax of 13%. That means China was due €75,000 (£63,000) for Bolt alone. Bolt and 400 other birds were released last Thursday after a "symbolic sum" was paid - but it's a blue doo for the others, which are still in custody.
It's all a far cry from my brushes with pigeon fancying. As a trainee journalist in Dundee, I often spread my wings to the sports desk, where I was tasked with some of the less exciting jobs. One of those was going through the results from local sports clubs that came in on hard copy by post. When I say hard copy, I don't just mean paper. Often backs of old envelopes were used, and I'm sure I recall the odd beer mat.
My favourite - and most bamboozling - results were those from the pigeon racers. They competed for the likes of best old hen and longest young bird and the details were all rather unfathomable. This was not helped by the quality of the materials used. The paper was often crumpled, as if it was far travelled. I became convinced that these results arrived not by post but directly by pigeon. Or was I just being fanciful?
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