Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Dan Dan he's our man!

My fascination with all things British goes back a long time.

I must have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail at least 100 times over the years, and am one of those annoying people who will respond with a catch phrase at only the slightest hint of a reference.

"Oh, look at that beautiful building over there!"
"It's only a model.'"

So when I stumbled on Dan's blog I couldn't have been happier. Here was a humorous daddy-blogger living right smack in the middle of England who I was able to interact with on a regular basis. Then, when I won some kind of fake contest he had set up (at least I think it was fake) I was thrilled to hear I was going receive a prize that Dan affectionately referred to as "pungent food stuffs." I couldn't wait.

About a month later, here is what arrived in the "post":

This Colman's English Mustard tastes like what I can only describe as - "just the hot part of what horseradish is made from." Seriously... you want to use it sparingly.

The Branston Small Chunk Pickle is a very sweet but uncomfortably dark pickle relish kind of substance. I say that because it sort of resembles a chunky compost of unknown vegetable matter.

And finally, Dan sent me a single serving-sized heart-shaped packet of Marmite Yeast Extract (which I believe is the UK's version of Vegemite), for which he claimed I should eat on toast.

Except I never got the chance because sometime between unpacking it and getting around to eating it, well... I kind of lost it. So Dan, if you would be so kind as to send me another one, that would be swell.

Because that's just the kind of guy Dan is. ALMOST.

I say almost because Dan has gone and done himself even one better. If you look on my sidebar you'll notice a new badge that says "I'm Supporting the Dales Walk." This is a charity walk that Dan and his friends are participating in this summer where they'll walk 78 miles to support the Joseph Salmon trust, an organization that provides financial support for those who have suffered the loss of a child. Dan came up for the idea of this walk after his good friends Neil and Rachel lost their 3 year old son, Joseph, to complications from pneumonia.

You can read all about it here and here.

So please stop on over and wish Dan good luck on his walk. Or, if you can spare it, pledge a few dollars for a very worthy cause.

I don't even have the ability to imagine how horrible it must be to lose a child. But if this foundation can help a few unfortunate parents deal with it a little easier, then you can count me in.

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Sample some pungent comedy stuffs at


Jess Riley said...

Okay: pungent foodstuffs? ONLY MY FAVORITE EVER! I've had a jar of what bears the uncomfortable name of "Grandma Salad" in my fridge for TWO years....just biding its time, waiting for me to eat it and write a blog taste-testing post about it.

(Also, I love a good cause! Good on Dan.)

Whit said...

How funny, we almost did similar posts on the same day again. I'll wait a few days so Dan doesn't get a big head.

MYM said...

pungent foodstuffs...eesh. Sounds like you and dan will be very happy together. I shall go check out his page.

Jenn said...

Thanks for the heads up..

PS. I'm making a Happy Birthday card on my blog. Come and leave a note!

Ed said...

Aack man, you ate that stuff? Are you sure Dan isn't in the Royal secret service and getting back at us over that tea incident so many years ago? How can you be sure??? Ok, I'll monitor errr take a look at his site. Remember, they spell colour with a u for Gods sake...

Mom Thumb said...

So if someone asks if you would like some pungent food stuffs, you can say "We already got one."

Thanks for the link to Dan, that's cool.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

jess - Uh, two year old Grandma Salad huh? Just make sure you leave a copy of your will on the table before you try it.

whit - I don't know if Dan's head could get any bigger. Have you seen the size of that sucker?!

drowseymonkey - Yes, I believe we will be happy together thank you. Whatever that means.

emma - Nice. That b-day card is a Doozie!

ve - I'm learning to slowly trust them. But I'm keeping my guard up!

mom thumb - Excellent come back. I couldn't be prouder of you.

Julie Pippert said...

Marmite. ACK! Rule of thumb: no British food unless it is called biscuits. ;)

Gary said...

Ham cannot be eaten unless it has some Colmans English Mustard upon its cold face.

DO not ask what is inside the Branston Pickle tube (you have the new fangled tube since they stopped doing glass jars) - just eat it, with ham, or cheese, thats proper crumbly cheese not that plastic foreign rubbish

But the Marmite - he sent you the Marmite because its the devils food, because it stinks and because if you eat it you will have fur on your tongue all day long - and you were stupid enough to ask for more, he'll send more, and he won't stop sending more until this country is rid of Marmite for good.

Anonymous said...

it's merely a flesh wound, get over it

Sornie said...

The one time I had a small smear of vegemite I wanted to puke. In fact, the aftertaste of puke would have been better than that salty abomination those Aussies adore.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

julie/gary - Thanks for the heads up on the Marmite! Dan... cancel my order!

doozie - No it's not. You're arm's off!

sornie - Mmmm, you make it sound so appealing.

Mooselet said...

So do you eat ham and jam and Spam a lot then?

Now I must go check out the Pommie's link...

Windyridge said...

My eldest son can probably quote most of that movie with my husband. My favorite character is the rabbit.

Anonymous said...

I often wish I were British - mostly so I could say the word "tosser" and not sound completely stupid. Somehow the Canadian accent does not do that word justice.


Maureen said...

Hey Jeff.. I've seen Coleman's up here in Canada... you may be surprised at the British stuff we have here too.

Anonymous said...

I advise you mix it all together and eat in in large spoonfulls.

Thanks for the link Jeff, and thanks for the donation.

Caron said...

I'm concerned that pungent foodstuffs will lead to more bathroom posts.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

mooselet - Yes, and then I have to push the pram a lot.

windyridge - I too like the rabbit a lot, except for his huge, sharp... eh... he can leap about... look at the bones!

pootandcubby - I'm not actually sure what that means. Do I want to find out?

maureen - I'm not surprised. They've kind of wormed their way into everyone's business.

dan - I will if you will. Maybe.

No problem about the link. Twas a noble thing for you to do.

caron - You should be concerned about that - very concerned!

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

i'm on my way. Also, I've had small chunk pickle and I can honestly say that sometimes size does matter.

G said...

Dan sounds like a right cool guy. I will check out the links later from home. I can't seem to email you because of some default kablooey problem from my office, but last minute wondering if you have time to answer a few questions so that I could do a right proper spin. I'll have to shoot you an email from home where I shouldn't have tthe default problem.

If we can't get it together (that is I) for this week - next week?

Sarabeth said...

I'll go take a look.

Blog Hopping---HP

ShannanB said...

That's the best thing about blogging - you can become friend with people from all around the globe. I think it is wonderful that he and his friends created that walk. I lost my brother when I was younger and even now, 30 years later, it feels just like yesterday.

Just Hoppin' Around
Anastasia Beaverhousin

Tara R. said...

I love Monty Python! and have indoctrinated my children to the joys of MP. We have the anniversary edition and will watch it in foreign language mode (Japanese is the best) with English subtitles. "Bring me some Banzai!" "Shrubbery" apparently doesn't translate well.

Etcetera - blog hopper

Honeybell said...

You pungent foodstuffs are so cool . . . and a little frightening.

Drunken Honey ~ Bloghoppin'!