My Kingdom for a Horse

I had thought that my earlier Tail, Horse, would be my last word on the Tesco horsemeat scandal. 

But on Saturday afternoon, ten days after the darts match, I went into Teare the butcher in Ramsey intending to buy my week’s supply of meat.

There was a long queue and the counter looked as if a bomb had gone off. Mark the butcher and his assistants seemed shell-shocked and totally exhausted.

My ill-timed attempt at humour, “any horsemeat?” brought only a weak, polite smile. Mark had heard it all before. He replied wearily, “there’s only what you see.”

There wasn’t much left – a few of their home-made sausages and some tripe, but no mince, no chicken, no lamb and only one pork chop, which I had for my tea (as the Manx call it).

I have thrown out all the ready meals in my freezer, so it looks as if I shall have to survive on takeaways until Mark has restocked. But, as the old saying goes, it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.


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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.