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" The Pig! The Pig! he continued in scorn.
Yerra, manalive, the pig is only a bank, but the cow is the hub of the household.
You couldn't think of having a pig until you kept a cow first.
If you were to come here you would first have to get a wife, and then a cow.
And the first thing you would need to look for in the wife would be if she was a good milker.
You might get the cow as a dowry with the wife, and you could not do better unless there was a bit of money as well.
If you had the cow then you could live without the wife, but if you had not the cow you would not be able to live at all."
 P.161. The Tailor and Ansty: Eric Cross. 1999 edition by Mercier Press, Dublin



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Notes on Global Politics
Systems of Power and Ideas
Why Do So Many...... ?

It's the Stupid Economy
Fighting for Rights?
King Client
Truth Or Dare?
The Right to Dissent
Guns Or Roses?
Consumerist Economics

 Who Owns the World?
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28 March 2012 Last updated at 16:39 GMT

French village Pince to hand out chickens to cut waste


A French village has proposed giving two chickens to each household in order to cut down on organic waste.

Officials in the village of Pince in north-western France say the chickens should each consume 150kg (330lb) of rubbish per year.

It is hoped that as well as reducing waste, the chickens will help families save money by providing eggs.

Those who express an interest will receive their chickens in September, officials say.
"To begin with it was a joke, but then we realised it was a very good idea," mayor of Pince Lydie Pasteau told France 3 TV.

"It will also reinforce community links: just as people look after their neighbours' cats and dogs while they're away, they'll also look after the chickens," she said.

Between 15 and 20 households are believed to have shown an interest in the scheme so far.

Ms Pasteau said she hoped the chickens would prove "a good investment as the the cost of waste disposal is bound to increase over time."


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