Caveat Emptor?

Salesmen are usually eager enough to talk up their products, but not the Manx fish wholesalers.

We were hoping to find brill, turbot, or lemon sole, but were told firmly that there are no flatfish, only cod, haddock, and hake.

We could hardly fail to notice the big box of flatfish right in front of us, so we asked as politely as we could “what are these?”

“Halibut,” came the reply “but they’re farmed.”

“What do they taste like?”

“Fucking awful” (a long pause) “But in a fancy restaurant, covered with some sort of fancy sauce, they think it’s marvellous.” (another long pause) “No farmed fish is any good, is it?”

They tell it like it is in the Manx fish yards!

We are having hake for dinner – gorgeous, fresh, wild hake.

Chris Thorpe

Chris Thorpe is a respected independent lawyer in the upstream oil and gas industry, and an established lecturer and author. Chris has a LLB in law from Magdalene College, Cambridge and trained as a barrister in London. He worked for eight years' as an in-house lawyer for BP and Marathon. Since 1991, Chris has run his own upstream legal practice, CPTL, which has acted for many upstream clients. He has extensive experience of international upstream transactions, principally in the North Sea, the FSU, Africa and the Middle East. Chris has spoken at many UK and International Conferences and Seminars, both public and in-house. His most popular current lecture is Fundamental of Upstream Petroleum Agreements, a two-day course with accompanying book.