Something else politicians in particular might keep in mind – I have lost count of the number of times I have heard people say that they wish politicians would sometimes just acknowledge that the guys on the other side have had a good idea. Unfortunately, our adversarial political system tends to encourage people to adopt and defend more extreme points of view. It is rare to find one individual or group that is wholly right – you and me excepted, of course – and even rarer to find one that is wholly wrong.
Well, enough of politics. Let’s go on to something much more important ….. Chocolate!
One of my daughters told me that Mulu Chocolate (https://www.muluchocolate.co.uk/) was so good that it had “Ruined all other chocolate” for her. This is vegan raw chocolate, which comes as a variety of flavoured bars, as well as truffles and buttons. They are based in Dartington, Devon.
Closer to home, in South Molton, is Carlo Melchior and Melchior Chocolates (https://www.melchiorchocolates.co.uk/). For over 25 years, they have been turning out excellent chocolate truffles, pralines, bars and figures – animals, as well as Christmas figures in the season. My favourites are their dark chocolate almond and hazelnut bars, but they also have some fantastic truffle flavours.
Finally, a little further away, is Chococo (https://www.chococo.co.uk/). They started almost 15 years ago in Dorset, but have gradually moved west and now have a shop in Exeter. They have a variety of boxed chocolates, many made with fresh cream and so have to be eaten within two weeks. I can assure you from personal experience that this is no hardship. They also produce what is now my favourite chocolate bar, Chocolat Madagascar 65% Milk Chocolate, which has more cocoa than many dark chocolates and only 8% sugar. Whereas Melchior truffles tend more to traditional flavours, Chococo also has some less usual ones.
You should be warned that none of these chocolates come cheap, but that is the difference between a mass produced product and an artisan one. Perhaps we should regard the supermarket chocolates as an everyday treat and these as a special treat.
The Jack in the Green parade on Sunday went well, despite the small hiccup over the route. All things considered, the pagan gods smiled on the day – there was just enough drizzle during the parade to remind us that this was, after all, England in the Spring, and, indeed, just enough to water the crops that this festival was originally about. It was not until the maypole dance had finished and Jack was stripped of his greenery that the rain became heavier.
Most events around town are the results of the efforts of several volunteers working together, and this was no exception. However, it is fair to say that, without one person, this would not have happened. Last year, Kelly Raveney decided to bring back the event, and, since then, she has devoted her time, energy, money, heart and soul to the event.
So, thank you and well done to all who took part, but an extra special thanks and congratulations to Kelly – without you this would not have happened.
And finally …. If you can, support Up Close Theatre. They are putting on a production of Brassed Off at Kingsley School Theatre, Bideford on Saturday 13th May.