May 24th, 2010

mizuno: lil naughty

Sharp as a tack

The bloke & I went to Norfolk this weekend to see his parents. Our motive may not have been simple filial devotion, as the weather was spectacular and they have a swimming pool which has just been de-mothballed in preparation for summer.

As we sat peacefully enjoying the descending sun after an excellent barbecue cooked by the bloke, his father became somewhat expansive in his reminiscence. I have not previously heard the story of his OBE'ing, so my ears perked up when the subject arose. I think it is necessary to record this portion of the ceremony for posterity.

When he met the Queen, she asked him which portion of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food was his remit.

Gravely, he answered, "Fish, mum."

Without batting a lash, she rejoined, "Not so many of those as there used to be."