Pascoe has always been somebody who thought outside the box.
Except on this occasion. Where his solution lies inside the box.
What’s in the box?
A cricket farm.
In other parts of the world, crickets have been bred for centuries as a reliable and low-carbon-footprint form of protein.
Looking into the future and seeing that the human race can’t go on as it is without exhausting its planet, Pascoe has bought some of these crickets.
Have you eaten any yet?
No – they’re not ready.
How can you tell when they’re ready?
They start chirping.
Ahhh!.....Where are you keeping them?
In a box in the sitting room where it’s warm.
What do your housemates think about this?
Well two of them are Chinese and in Chinese culture it’s good luck to have a cricket in the house.
But is it good luck to have hundreds of crickets in the house? And then, is it good luck to eat them?
AND FINALLY, THE KILLER QUESTION:-
Have you given them names?
BUT BY NOW, PASCOE HAS TIRED OF QUESTIONS.
Well, I heard a couple of the crickets talking and I think one of them was called Ralph, but now I can’t tell exactly which one that was. I hate to say it, but they all look just the same to me.
I WAS ABOUT TO BLOG THIS WHEN PASCOE ISSUED ME WITH AN UPDATE:
Ralph (I'm 80% sure it is Ralph) has just entered her final instar and turns out to be a lady cricket...