Possibly due to next month’s industrial action by London Underground staff, this week I was informed (in a somewhat terse tweet) by Water Cooler’s clearly-more-militant-than-I-had-assumed group of artisan news monitors that they were no longer willing to scan the web for interesting happenings to bring to my attention.
So, in my new non-union “ambassador” role of stand-in news gatherer, I present my first find. This week, Canadian food authorities ordered a shopkeeper to stop selling Irn-Bru, as it contains “illegal” additives. Now, I’m not sure how many of you have sampled Scotland’s bright orange, fizzy pop. For the unfamiliar, it tastes a little like barley sugar sweets in liquid form, a factor which in no way contributes to there being currently only seven unfilled molars in the land of my birth.
Interestingly enough, Irn-Bru also contains properties which assist in the rapid and soothing dissipation of the most brutal of hangovers. Indeed, one need only spot a bottle of “Bru” on a work colleague’s desk of a morning to know that he probably didn’t spend the night at a Baptist prayer meeting.
So come on, Canada. Free the Bru. With the amount of homesick expat Scots in your country, taking away their hangover medicine could be asking for trouble.