Blog: Chris Brook-CarterThe English are from Mars, the Scots are from Venus

Chris Brook-Carter | 12 June 2006

There are a few things you can be absolutely certain about - death and taxes, they say, are a given. But to that list I would like to add the inevitability that, when England play anyone at any sport, our nearest and dearest 'friends' – ie Scotland and Wales – would walk across hot coals before supporting us.

This oldest of rivalries has taken on some strange forms over the years, but you would hardly expect a Mars bar to be the centre of the latest twist. However, according to local reports, an Inverness corner shop has stopped stocking Mars bars because they have been renamed “Believe” to support England's bid for the World Cup.

The shop owner, Keith O'Rourke, said he was simply creating a haven for shoppers fed up of being bombarded by references to the England team's challenge, according to the Aberdeen Press & Journal.

Scotland, of course, haven’t qualified for the World Cup. I am not sure what other products Mr O’Rourke stocks, but I hear his grapes are a little sour.

Chris Brook-Carter, group news editor and acting editor of just-food.com


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