13 August 2007

Indescribable deprivations

Today I learn (from BBC World news) that the world is now facing a champagne shortage. Even worse: Great Britain could be the first to "suffer" - it's got the Daily Mail all worried. (I'm loathe to cite the hate-speech rag of Little England.) How will we survive? Perhaps we should turn for advice to the people of Nepal, Bolivia, Timor-Leste, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mongolia, Ethiopia, Sudan. These are the nine countries listed by the UN's FAO so far this year as facing severe food shortages. I'm sure they could tell us how cope with our own indescribable deprivations. Once again, I'm left feeling that the most troubling aspect of all this is the fact that it's considered newsworthy in the first place.

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