Building work is progressing at Nolton Corner, things are starting to take shape and it won’t be long until we open our doors to you all. Times really are exciting and we’re still aiming for an Easter opening, which conveniently (for the purposes of this blog) ties in with eggs.
(Warning: please read no further if you wish to encounter intellectual content. This is a blog about EGGS! By advancing your literate ability any further you consent to losing minutes of your life you’ll never get back, and you waive the right to whinge or moan about it)
Everyone has a preference. Whether you like or dislike them, prefer them scrambled or poached, house a habit over the yolk or fall foul (pun intended) of the white.* And no matter your preference, chocolate during an Easter celebration of the resurrection of Christ, or kinder with a cheap plastic novelty inside, there’s no escaping the fact that they’re an integral element of life. Eggs are prominent across all chapters of our world, from the title of a BBC Two quiz show to perhaps the most famous nursery rhyme of them all featuring one plunge to his death. Not to mention the fact that each person reading this is highly likely to have dropped one from a spoon whilst attempting to dash towards a finish line.
Broken down to the most simplistic view, eggs are the ‘start line’ of living and the beginning of existence, they create life and have been a natural vessel for millions of years, but they also help sustain life as a food form. Duck, quail, goose, ostrich, gull, pheasant, emu are all forms of perhaps the most versatile ingredient in cooking, but despite being one of the smaller eggs and thanks to a convenience determined by such size and reliability, by far and away the most popular is the chicken egg. It is estimated that there are 4.93 billion egg-laying hens in the world, each able to produce an average of 300 per annum, that’s a lot of egg sandwiches, omelettes and Yorkshire puddings.
Eggs may be creators of life and culinary all-rounders in the kitchen, but their talents don’t stop there, the use of the egg in literature and language is enormous. In slang, as well as puns, idioms and phrases it continuously regurgitates sarcasm, euphemisms and innuendos. From walking on shells to having it on one’s face, the term provides a vast amount of opportunity for creative reading and writing. And subsequently, it’s quite apparent that it features regularly in popular culture. The term egghead predates the more modern ‘nerd’, ‘geek’ or ‘elitist’ and was perhaps most famously used by Richard Nixon during the 1952 U.S Presidential race. In entertainment ‘Egghead’ has featured as a Marvel Comics character since 1962 and as a Batman villain portrayed by Vincent Price in the same era.
But now in the 21st century, when pressed on eggs in entertainment, younger readers may be likely to conjure thoughts of the afore mentioned quiz show, or more probably of Simon Cowell’s encounter with a dozen on the 2013 Britain’s Got Talent final… And this, is where the egg really has the EGGS Factor!
The egg as a statement, a protest and a political missile is quite arguably it’s finest hour of use. The egg in politics has moved on from being used as an insult within a phrase in American governmental campaigns decades ago. The egg is now a weapon of expression, a declaration, and it has featured more prominently in recent European politics creating a rather tedious link in the process.
John Prescott & Vitali Klitschko. Two famous figures who seldom find their names sharing a sentence, let alone would ever be thought to share a unique bond. Now let’s be fair, neither would feature highly on the list of many when posed the age old question of ‘celebrities you’d most like to have to a dinner party’ (unless you’ve eggs on the menu, then I’d suggest you pop an invite in the post to each of them)but there is a comedic irony in the common ground they now both hold. One former boxer turned politician and one former politician turned boxer (very briefly in 2001), who have now been immortalised in the public domain of political egg pelting.
Please note that Ed Miliband does not qualify for an invite to this hypothetical ‘Come Dine With Me’ as he doesn’t share the tedious link… It’s unlikely that he’s ever thrown a punch in his life. But all the same, his Southampton trip showcases a great use of the egg as a political missile.
*commonly known as the egg white, but just in case it ever pops up in your local pub quiz… also called the albumen or the glair/glaire
Standby for the next blog… on milk and bread!