The Camel edition

What is a camel ?

Answers on an e-card please

To the G.-man’s brother it is a variety of cancer sticks

To the Australians it represents a pest

To an Arab it might represent a possibility for a romantic interlude

To a Blair-hater it affords an opportunity to give him a very apt

moniker after a camel’s famous body part

To the lucky diners at Tarragon in Cheltenham it presents itself as

a (surprisingly) tasty dish

What ! ! ! ! !

Yes, strange but true

Yep, last night the Groover got munching on camel…..

Now by the time it arrived at the table on a plate it wasn’t possible

to say whether this was the…..

Bactrian or dromedarian variety…..

…..farmed or feral ?

Mystery abounds…..

Who would have thought that the humble camel would have become

a literary hero (or heroine) ? ? ? ? ?

No, not Laurence of Arabia !

Anyway, that was a straightforward love affair ! ! !

‘The Towers of Trebizond’ by Rose Macaulay, 1956…..

…..English wit and wisdom at its very best

‘The Camel’ by Lord Berners, 1936…..

…..more English wit and wisdom (plus a whiff of sexual chemistry !)

So how did it come to pass that a large even-toed ungulate slipped

down the G.ullet last night ? ? ?

Apparently, and this was news to me, camels were imported into

Australia in the nineteenth century as sand-loving beasts of burden

…..then made redundant as trucks were invented in the twentieth

century…..

…..and subsequently released into the outback…..

…..where they copulated like rabbits and spread like wildfire

So !

Now they are regularly culled, shipped around the world and end

up on plates as far-flung as Montpellier, Cheltenham…..

‘Chunky camel tagine’…..not the most imaginatively-named dish

But tasty as hell !

Oh, as for the Blair reference…..

…..just think of the hairy humper’s body part you are least likely

to eat !

There ! You’ve got it !

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, 1953-, War criminal

Bless…..

…..or perhaps not

G.

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