Isn’t ignorance strange

Interesting, isn’t it, how so much of British culture (with a small c) derives from the products of empire. Oranges and sugar to make marmalade;

Marmalade has very little to do with empire.

7 thoughts on “Isn’t ignorance strange”

  1. Maybe he’s talking about Gibraltar. Seriously though, if I ever write online about a subject that I’m not quite sure about, I always do a little research to make sure that I’m not going to make a fool of myself. If I do get stuff wrong and a later commenter puts me right, I see it as a learning experience rather than an insult. It is really no surprise that someone who throws a strop whenever someone points out that he is wrong never learns anything and just stays wrong.

  2. One of the 19th century novels has a comment about this delicious new Scottish delicacy arriving in England. That’s presumably why Yanks don’t eat it: it was invented long after their forebears left these shores.

    I did once read about a couple in Ontario who loved marmalade. They would drive down to (I think) Arizona where kin grew Seville oranges in their “yard” that they were not allowed to sell in that state. So the fruit was carried off north.

  3. The story goes that marmalade was invented in 1700, when a storm-damaged Spanish ship, carrying Seville oranges, sought refuge in Dundee harbour. The cargo was sold off cheaply to James Keiller, a down-on-his-luck local merchant, whose wife turned it into a preserve

  4. And also on board was a cabin boy in a red and black stripey shirt, his scruffy dog, a bear with large ears and a black and white cat. They were all taken on by a Mr DC Thomson.

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