Oh my word, it has been quite a while since I have awarded my prestigious "Prats of The Week" Award.
This week the award, rather belatedly, goes to Rochdale Council who recently launched a "Salt Awareness Week".
Specifically, the council have become concerned about the amount of salt that people are adding to their fish and chips.
As we know, Nanny hates salt.
The fact that people can die of salt deprivation (eg if they are sweating profusely and don't increase their salt intake, or drink too much water) seems to have escaped Nanny.
Nanny is determined to cut our salt intake.
To this end her chums on Rochdale council have come up with a brilliant solution. They have reduced the number of holes in the traditional chip shop saltshaker from 17to 5.
The theory being that the less holes, therefore the less salt will be shaken onto the food by the customer when he/she is applying the "salt and vinegar".
Takeaways are being issued with catering-sized salt pots with just five holes in the lid, rather than the usual 17.
Errrmmm OK...but won't people simply shake the new shakers for a longer period, in order to obtain their preferred quantity of salt?
Rochdale Council - Prats of The Week.