While reading Ian’s post below about food, I followed this link to an article on the death of British Cooking.
The existence of the convience meal and its ever increasing rise in popularity has long been a pet rant of mine. I thinkm they rob food of its character and lead to too much conformity – follow the instructions and you get the same results every time, whereas to me half of the fun in cooking properly is that you can experiment and then never know quite how its going to end up. Admittedly this is not always a good thing, but I have “discovered” how to cook some great tasting meals this way which I can then often replicate in the future, so I would say the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. In addition, everybody across the country ends up eating the same bland (if you’re lucky) tasting rubbish with usually little or no nutritional (and certainly no health) value, conjured up by a faceless mega corporation out to make a few bucks.
Add a bit of paranoia some George Orwell and some Aldous Huxley, and you can just see the government adding things to ready meals in the future as some of mind control, leaving us all to queue up for our soma like good little citizens.