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Woolly thoughts abound!

Today we took another step into the world of “political correctness” with help and guidance from the Vegan group, PETA.

Now I have nothing against vegetarians, vegans or anyone else just so long as they don’t take a pop at me when I express my desire to tuck into a nice juicy steak.

Having said that I am somewhat irritated by the fact that when you welcome vegan or vegetarian guests for dinner you are expected to cater for them separately, but if you visit them you have to follow their dietary tastes to the exclusion of your own.

But surely the VEGAN group PETA can’t surely be serious in urging the inhabitants of the ancient Dorset village of “WOOL” to change its name to “VEGAN WOOL”, in order to promote kindness to sheep.

PETA claims to have uncovered cruelty in the wool industry resulting from shearing the animals, and has offered all 2000 households in the village a “cruelty-free” woollen blanket if they agree.

Ironically the name of the village is actually a derivative of the Saxon word, “welle” which means water spring and has nothing to do with sheep!

Meanwhile it seems that a pub in York has recently changed its name from “SHOULDER OF MUTTON” to “HEWERTH INN” in a bid to lure in more vegans, so what do I know?

In the second hour of today’s programme, Margaret Mills, took us back to a time, when mercifully political correctness had not yet been heard of.

Margaret’s subject today was Dr David Livingstone, who spent some time in Ongar.

Sadly his days in our county did not start well, and if you missed what happened to him, you can listen again here: –

See you again next week,

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