I got an email today from Jebel Ali International Hotels promoting an all-inclusive deal in Dubai this summer. I pored over each word as I read through the details, and then I sighed as I realised this was one offer I had to decline, at least for now. I gazed at the pictured couple holding their drinks as they stared into the distance, and for a moment, I was there in Dubai with them.
And then I turned my thoughts homeward, to rabbit. Sometime last year, I’d seen Jamie Oliver cooking rabbit on telly. Now I have eaten rabbit before, but it had always been cooked in stew, by my dad. Jamie however, coated and deep-fried his rabbit, and it looked finger-licking good. I googled to see where my nearest butcher was, went to his website, and to my utter amazement, there they were again.
The couple I had admired on the Jebel Ali website were now here in my town, this time promoting a butcher’s! To be fair, they were not on the home page, but were on the ‘About us’ page, and the caption underneath their picture read ‘Exotic food’.
This then, is their story.
They had gone on an all-inclusive holiday to Dubai, had stayed at the afore-mentioned hotel, and had enjoyed themselves tremendously. So much so, that the manager had asked the hotel photographer to take a sneaky photograph of them, with the intention of using it in future publicity, albeit without their consent. However, unbeknownst to the couple, they had maxed out their credit card, and their payment for the hotel stay had not been honoured. In lieu of payment, they signed away all rights to the photograph, and were given a copy of it as a memento of their stay. All their possessions except their tickets and passports were also retained to go towards offsetting the monies owed.
They got back home, were walking past the butcher’s, and saw the sign ‘Exotic Meats’. Glancing at the picture she clutched in her hand, she noticed some meat on the plate. They entered the shop, struck a deal, and the rest was history. Or at least it was history till my eagle eyes recognised their picture. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
Here is the picture.
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