Fish, chips and a mountain of salt from pesky dispensers

A year's worth of  salt on your chips.
A year's worth of salt on your chips.

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Fish and chip shops have been told to cut the amount of salt they add to food under a new government strategy to improve the nation’s diet.

And that made me realise something about fish and chip shop condiments.

The salt cellar they pour it on with in most chippies always chucks it out like a road gritter.

Just two or three shakes of those things and you get about a year’s worth of salt on your meal.

And then, because they’ve put so much salt on they have to go all liberal with the vinegar too to counteract the taste and moisten all the dry salt that’s on your chips. It’s a nightmare!

And they always look the same, don’t they?

They’re those sort of semi-clear plastic things that have big holes in the top.

But it only seems to be chippies where you can find them.

Why is that?

Has anyone else suffered this while travelling to work via public transport on a cold day – ‘train or bus window condensation puddle elbow stains’?

You know what happens.You get a window seat on a nice warm bus or train for your commute into work and you try to lean against it because you’re still a bit tired and want to rest your head.

But after about a minute you suddenly notice that the elbow that you’re leaning against the window with starts feeling all damp and soggy.

And you look down and see that loads of conden-sation from the inside of the window has gathered in a small puddle on the rubber seal of the frame and your elbow has been plonked right in it and either your shirt, blouse or jacket arm is now soaked.

It’s just the nightmare way to start your working day.

Can the train or bus providers please leave some tissues or towels by their windows on cold days so we don’t end up with soggy elbows?

Please sort it out bus and train companies – for the sake of our sleeves.