April 28, 2004

Important Pie Update

Since Miriam's enquotification* of the word "pie" (oh dear, I've gone and done it again) has stirred up so much interest and controversy, I couldn't help but take a photo of this pies-only fast food outlet in a food court in downtown Melbourne. Jesters is Australian, not surprisingly, as are the companies producing large-scale manufacture favourites Mrs. Mac's and Four'N Twenty.

Also, a quick search on Google turned up the following important statistics:

"Australians are the world's largest consumers of meat pies per capita, with each person on average consuming over 12 meat pies and a further 17 combined pastries, sausage rolls, and party pies per annum."
-- Patties Pies Four'N Twenty

Yikes! As our very dear friend Madhava would say: "And now you know."

[*] What, that's not a word?

Posted by anatole at April 28, 2004 04:42 AM

Wow! I am impressed with the Australian zeal for pies. Also, I believe the initial use of scare quotes around the "pies" raised the pie terror alert level.

Posted by: Lana at April 28, 2004 07:47 AM

i await further brilliant sociological commentary on this said australian fascination with pies! has this spread (and remained?) through the australian sphere of influence in the post-colonial era? for instance... any pie outlets in our world's newest nation, timor-leste?

i wonder simply because i now know the power of spam in the pacific islands... and i am tempted to draw parallels... but i just don't have the data.

btw... want to meet me somewhere in the polynesian triangle this year?

i LOVE your site...

:) liz

Posted by: liz at April 29, 2004 02:46 PM