How big is it?


“A foot long. Bigger.”
“I thought size didn’t matter.”
It does where German sausages are concerned. And that, before you get too excited, is what we’re talking about. I’ve just been to the German Market – Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. It’s a huge affair which encompasses all the fun of the fair, from death defying rides, to roundabouts, dodgems and haunted houses. There are also over 150 wooden chalets offering, jewellery, clothing, sweets, wood carvings and traditional Christmas gifts.

But the biggest impression you get is one of food and drink. And in particular German sausages. Everywhere you look there are sausages of giant proportions, being cooked, basted and stuffed into rolls too small for them and proffered to the hungry hordes.

There are literally thousands of different varieties of wurst or sausage in Germany filled with meat, or most likely many different combinations of meats. Add juniper, garlic, coriander, thyme, pistachios, eggs, cream, oats, bacon, blood and onion and you start to see the infinite world of the German sausage open up to you.

I’m not saying you’ll find all the varieties at the Winter Wonderland,
but what’s there is truly delicious, and if you’re in London well worth a visit. One word of warning however, the sight of all those sausages can leave you feeling a little inadequate!
Merry Christmas or Frohe Weihnachten as they say in the land of the big sausage, where size clearly matters.


There seems to be a lot of talk about BOGOF. I’m not referring to what you’re tempted to say to people who phone you to ask if you’d like to take part in a survey on drains just as you’ve started dinner.

Or a notice on the loo door indicating it’s out of action. I’m talking about BOGOF the acronym. Buy one get one free. You’d think the idea would be a popular one. We all like something for free. I mean the idea of buying one bottle of whiskey and getting another one absolutely free brings tears to my eyes. But of course, that isn’t how it works.

The items featured, unlike whiskey, are not the ones we want, or are good for us. Well that is, according to the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Business School, who say BOGOF’s have a bias towards ‘sugary products and unhealthy products’. And that’s why there is a gathering number of people who are telling the supermarkets to Bog Off with their BOGOF offers.

Many people would prefer we could buy one at half price, rather than two at double the price. Or buy one now and get another free later. But that’s not how supermarkets make money.

So my suggestion is that instead of looking a gift horse in the mouth, we accept our BOGOF’s, take them home and give the one we don’t really want to someone who will be grateful for it. Someone, and there’s always someone, who’s worse of than us.
Happy Christmas.