I’m normally a very placid man but some things get me frothing at the mouth, one of those which does get me slightly irate is when I order a pint of lager and it comes up with a considerable percentage of the total as froth as is the custom in Europe.
Now I don’t want to suggest this is the main reason for the United Kingdom leaving the European Union but it must have played a contributory part, for we in this country do not like drinking froth, for when froth has finished frothing and gone back to liquid form we find ourselves looking at only three quarters of a pint of beer.
“Three quarters of a pint, at these prices, why that’s daylight robbery,” an expression one doesn’t want to hear in any hostelry, or inn, as the next step will probably be fisticuffs and the whole place erupting into a violent melee.
I have noticed when travelling abroad that folk on the continent of Europe are far more willing to accept a glass of froth in place of a full measure, which as they have a tendency to drink from small half pint glasses means there is virtually nothing in the glass, which may explain the statistic that Europeans get less drunk than us Brits. I rather suspect they might become as inebriated as us if only they could get a full glass of alcohol in the first place.
The continentals habit of drinking coffee also sways the statistics, for it is dam hard to get drunk when drinking coffee. Strangely, cappuccino, latte etc, are yet more drinks where a considerable proportion of their make up is air, which makes me wonder how on earth it became so popular in Britain, as I mentioned before we are not keen on paying for froth.
I’m not sure which is more expensive, comparatively speaking, frankincense, myrrh, gold, printer ink, or cappuccino, I think they all have enormous profit margins.
Quite odd, this modern trend to want to pay more for something made of froth, rather like the trendy up market restaurants who place foam, as they rather euphemistically describe it on dishes and charge a considerable amount for the pleasure. Personally I shall forego the vastly expensive froth, firstly it is mostly air, secondly it doesn’t make a dish worth another seventeen pounds and lastly it looks like the chef has spat on the plate.