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

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57. Lament for the frying pan

People normally leave the comfort of their homes and travel for a reason. Earlier this year, for example, thousands of ordinary, civilised and domesticated folk left their homes in search of remote locations where there was no TV. The reason? A strong rumour that Pink Floyd was getting together again for the Live8 concerts (enough to send anyone heading for the hills).

I, too, set off on a journey, and the thought of those sad, old men boring a whole new generation was only part of the reason. I went on a personal journey to pay homage to one of the most endangered species on Earth – the frying pan.

Our frying pan was an important part of my growing-up process. Please understand that I’m not talking about a modern ...

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