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A Batter Way

by | 16th, November 2006

IN Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans Against Nature, the book’s only character, Duc Jean des Esseintes, experiences the exotic by remaining in his Paris home and bringing the foreign within.

You can do the same today. Television makes it easy. You can see polar ice-caps melting and hear David Attenborough, what one reviewer calls the “stand-in voice of God”, describing the view in rich, elegiac tones.

You do not always need the telly. You can experience the obedience of German culture via your washing machine, the drama of Italy in your will-it-start won’t-it-start Alpha Romeo and the best bits of France in a glass of wine.

Today even the mundane can become exotic. And we read in the Times that the humble Scottish prawn is to go on a journey.

Of course, the prawn is no such thing, having been branded as a Francophile langoustine. But whatever the pretensions of the glorified sea insect, it is all set to go on holiday.

The Times says that Young’s, the seafood company, is to ship the shellfish from the west coast of Scotland to Thailand. The catch will experience rough seas, cross the Tropic of Cancer and be exposed to foreign cultures.

Indeed, instead of being blasted by jets of water, as occurs at the firm’s processing plant in Annan, near Dumfries, the langoustines will be shelled by hand. According to those in the know, this handling produces a superior scampi, or langoustine.

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