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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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41. The rising sun

Japan came to the top of my mind recently. Having breakfasted on news of the appointment of an ex-Apple executive to help McDonald’s’ Japanese operations to get out of the fairway bunker they’ve landed in, I found myself hosting our eldest son (aged thirty) to a sushi lunch. The meal came by in tiny individual portions, on small plates, via a sort of model railway, and was memorable for two things. First, I confirmed my love of the food – which is strange considering that a decade or so ago I used to put similar looking delicacies on the end of my fishing hook. Second, the bill was totalled by the simple method of adding up the number of empty plates on your table. You couldn’t see my son behind his pile, and the bill came ...

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