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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Spam, Egg, Spam, Spam, Bacon and Spam

Challenges for the UK: King Charlie, Spam Relaunched

LONDON, England -- Spam, one of the few available lunch meats during Britain's war effort, is being relaunched in the UK. A 2 million pound campaign has TV ads which claim Spam is quite British despite its roots in America and its being manufactured now in Denmark. This on the heals of Prince Charlie's disparaging memo about one of the women who work on his staff.

"It celebrates all things British from camping to the great British institution of the pantomime," Spam said.

"With the new ad we will remind lapsed users about the delicious taste of Spam whilst raising awareness amongst new users," said senior brand manager, Marianne Pollock.

Monty Python's Flying Circus featured a skit with singing Vikings and a waitress offering dishes such as spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam.

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Now that I know what those people have been feeding themselves, I won't be so critical about Gnarly Charlie and his "girlfriend". Or people who add "st" to normal words like "while" and "among". But really, do you think that ANY of the actors in the Harry Potter movies look healthy? They are all British, at the insistence of the author JK Rowling, who could use some Vitamin C herself. (And that's pronounced so the "vi" rhymes with "fly", not so the "vit" rhymes with "bit".) Honestly, why do they call this language "English"?

3 Comments:

  • At 10:56 PM, Blogger brendalove@gmail.com said…

    Has it yet been determined exactly which animal Spam is made from? LOL

     
  • At 4:42 AM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    Good question! Here are the facts:

    Spam was introduced by Hormel in 1937 as Spiced Ham. In a can.

    What's in it? One person said, "They use everything but the squeal."

    The name "Spam" came from a marketing promotion by Hormel, as a contraction for SPiced hAM. Other sources list these meanings for "Spam":

    Some Parts Are Meat
    Specially Processed Armadillo Meat
    Super Pink Artificial Meat
    Squirrel, Possum, And Mouse
    Salted Pork And More

    Hormel stands by its ingredients list: pork with ham, salt, water, sugar and sodium nitrate.

    Don't forget Monty Python's ultimate entree: "Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and Spam."

     
  • At 4:40 PM, Blogger O'Conghaile said…

    O.K. now you've hit a nerve. Having been in Puerto Rico quite often of late, I can say that many local dishes feature..... You guessed it 'SPAM', this tasty treat fostered, courtesy of the US Navy, among other's,who helped to keep the populace in the Isla De Encanto alive during WWII by supplying the 'Meat'.

    Now, Eh Hem, to make Mr. Finnegan pine for the big Apple, (and reflect upon the Spam rumination further) and knowing his attraction to the theatre, 'SPAMALOT' featuring many of the original 'Pythons is opening on broadway as a play beginning for the holiday season. I'm told it's hard to get tickets!

    -S

     

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