|Grenoble - no cricket facilities visible|
FB and Mrs FB have just returned from a successful visit to Grenoble and Lyon in France. Not hotbeds of cricketing fervour, which is a matter of some regret. While this forced FB to take interest in a range of interesting attractions in the form of museums and galleries, he could not but notice how awash both cities are in patisseries and chocolateries. Every second store front seems to offer an enticing display of goodies.
So much so that FB came to the conclusion that if this region took up cricket, while they might take some years to reach the high standards of the East of Scotland Leagues, they would immediately push for Test status in the provision of cricket teas. Not, in FB's opinion, a matter lightly to be ignored.
These cities have ancient origins, and FB's historical interest was hugely stimulated by one particular discovery.
FB's handful of readers will be aware of his intense and academic interest in the empire biscuit, the highest achievement of Scottish patisserie. They will recall the general historical understanding that the empire biscuit was based on a German confection which came to the shores of Caledonia sometime in the dark ages through some undefined route. They may also remember how FB discovered in Austria what might be an early relation of the empire biscuit.
|French Empire Biscuit|
Could the empire biscuit therefore be of French origin, not German?
|Plaque in Regent Terrace Edinburgh |
in which Gen de Gaulle
recalls the arrival of the empire biscuit
For if the Auld Alliance was the vehicle through which the primitive empire biscuit came to Scotland, then it is of lasting and irredeemable value.
And the French still celebrate it in their national anthem
Allons enfants de la Patrie,
La lunette de gloire est arrivé!