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Balls to Birmingham [Mar. 30th, 2015|12:50 am]
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Adventures in Birmingham, continued. (Yes, it is possible to have adventures in Birmingham, I tell you. A bit, anyway.)

In Birmingham, you can buy animals as a kit of parts. Glue them together in the comfort of your own home!

Some of my readers might recall Andi Sex Gang reciting a poem to a pig's head at the Whitby Goth Weekend a few years back. I remember the fuss that caused - the way people carried on, you'd think that Andi had broken into a pig sanctuary and killed the pig himself. Some seemed to assume he'd done something illegal.

In fact, you can buy pig's heads from specialist big-chunk-of-dead-animal butchers like those in Birmingham. They're not even expensive - just a few quid. There's not much actual meat on a pig's head, after all. But if you leave the eyes in, it'll see you through the week.

I'll get me coat.

Another delicacy from Birmingham - chicken feet. I have no idea how you'd cook them. But a great bulk buy option for all you voodoo practitioners out there.

Disconcerting though it may seem at first glance, I do rather like the way Birmingham's butchers put it all up front (and I speak as a vegetarian here). It's a very honest way of selling meat. All those people who freaked out at Andi Sex Gang had probably never seen meat that wasn't shrink-wrapped.

And now we come - with a certain relief - to the veg section. Here's a stall selling veg in the now almost universal 'paaaahnd a bowl' manner.

But I reckon you get a lot more for your paaaahnd in Birmingham than you do in London. Look at that veg - heaped up in great piles! In London you're lucky if it peeks over the rim.

More Brum nosh this way...

Not just any old doner kebab, but *German* doner kebab. So much more efficient than those old Turkish versions.

And, as Fangs On Fur would say, balls. To be exact, camel balls.

I wonder if the guys at the butcher's shop could supply me with a camel toe?

[User Picture]From: tinhuviel
2015-03-31 07:52 pm (UTC)
This is a great way to market meat, in my opinion. The sanitized way in which most people buy their meat causes dissociation. They can nosh on their pork chop without a single thought on how the pig from which it came lived and died. I wonder how many more vegetarians there would be if all markets displayed their wares in this manner. For years, my litmus test has been if I can kill it, I can eat it. Using that, the only thing I can eat are ants and moths that I slew by accident, trying to get them off my food, bed, or computer screen. That's just me, though, and I never judge anyone by what they choose to put in their mouths, even if it's camel balls or camel toes. ;)
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