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Author: Felix Heimer
Title: A Little of What You Fancy

Harold Pinter is one of our most celebrated playwrights (this observation was made before he won the Nobel Prize for literature). His plays delve into various places; most often these are deep, at any rate, deep-ish.

What gives him access, you might ask to these hidden-from-view areas?

The answer lies in the fact that Pinter imposes repeated silences on his characters: makes them speak through silence. What has this got to do with Nutrition? More perhaps than you would expect. Being one of today's most regularly discussed subjects, nutrition is assuredly a 'deep-ish' topic. It might not always have been an ideal candidate for 'speaking through silence', but it has become so by the way it has been treated.

When training to become a Naturopath, we students made up what essentially was a small commune (excellent training ground for social skills). As a third-year student one particularly fine October afternoon, I took myself off for a jog in the Braid Hills. My timing let me down somewhat, and when I got back to base the others had both started and finished their meal, main one of the day. Nothing but a plateful of potatoes remained. NEVER DID A PLATEFUL OF POTATOES TASTE SO ROYALLY - either before or since.

Perhaps the great Rabbie Burns summed it up best -

"Some hae meat and canna eat...
And some would eat that want it;
But we hae meat and we can eat
So let the Lord be thankit"

(That deserves to be followed by a Pinter silence)

I have just got enough breath left in me to gather that one of the numerous debates currently going on is about the relative merits of Omega 3 versus Omega 6 (fish versus tripe). For my money I would put down a motion that this particular debate should be given an extension. I reason that if we investigated Omega 1 to Infinity, A to Z, and keep in mind that Omega represents a symbol of mystery, we then might just be ideally placed to comprehend the subject.

For myself, I rest my case on a panful of spuds and a final quotation from a Canadian poet:

"The more we eat for pleasure
The less pleasure there is in eating"