It's a funny thing when I first started Nanny Knows Best, back in September 2004, I wondered if there would be enough material to keep it going.
How wrong I was!
I find on some days that a small backlog of Nanny Nonsense actually piles up.
This particular story has been well aired by many on the net, therefore it is hardly "breaking news". However, Nanny Knows Best aims to be a suppository (yes I did watch a lot of Carry On films when I grew up!) of all the Nanny Nonsense that she tries to inflict upon us. Therefore I include it for completeness.
It seems that Nanny's chums in the medical profession, forever telling us to stop smoking eating and drinking have got a new bee in their bonnet.
It appears that kitchen knives are, well how shall I put this?
Hmm, tricky one that; I am a reasonably good cook (see "Accountants Can Cook") and can tell you that a blunt knife is far more dangerous than a sharp one.
Anhyoo, Nanny does not like reality to get in the way of her edicts.
A&E doctors are calling for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives, to reduce deaths from stabbing.
A team from West Middlesex University Hospital has said that violent crime is on the increase, and that kitchen knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings.
The assaults are more often than not committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs. The kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon.
The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all.
Hello, how else do you expect me to dismember my dead animal carcasses for cooking or the corpses of my neighbours who I have senselessly killed in a drug fulled frenzy last night?
They say that they have consulted 10 top chefs from around the UK, well they didn't bloody ask me!
The "top 10 chefs" (yes I am peeved!), have said that such knives have little practical value in the kitchen.
I have a use for all of my knives.
The chefs felt such knives were not essential, since the point of a short blade was just as useful when a sharp end was needed.
The researchers said a short pointed knife may cause a substantial superficial wound if used in an assault, but is unlikely to penetrate to inner organs.
That's alright then, isn't it?
I would remind you all of a little piece of history, concerning the advantages of the short stabbing spear and the long throwing spear.
For centuries the tribesmen of Africa used throwing spears in battle. They went along, chucked their spears then went home.
Now the Zulus came up with a cunning plan.
They invented the short stabbing spear.
This enabled them to stab someone, then re use it again and again.
The Zulu nation was born.
Think about it!