Thursday 13 February 2014

Spam or Polony?

So we were at another Agility Show last weekend, this time in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee. In between my first round (for which I scored an 'E', which stands for Excellent I believe) and my second round, (where Gail says I would have won my class had I been just a little more patient and not bounced off the see-saw prematurely) we visited Jim's* catering van, and witnessed the following scene:

Morag and Edie are evaluating the menu.

"Now then Jim, d'ye have any o'  tha' polony the day?"

"Aye, it's awa' roond the back. Just bide there a wee while Morag."

Jim disappears into the rear of the truck while Morag and Edie continue talking.

"Fit's polony, Morag?"

"Ye dinnae ken fit polony is Edie? It's, er, it's well it's polony, ken?"

Gail intervenes helpfully.

"It's a sort of processed sausage. My granny used to make us polony sandwiches when I was a child. I haven't seen it for decades."

Jim returns with some pinkish rounds of meat, to which Edie responds:

"Isnae tha' spam?"

"It's nae spam, it's polony."

"Fit's the difference?"

"Spam's affa dear the day."

Jim comes over all Monty Python.

"Spam, spam spam, spam, spam!"

Gail offers this:

"Did you know that spam is a mainstay of South Korean cuisine?"**

She is met with polite but bemused smiles, orders a bacon roll, and leads me away.

You know, I wouldn't have minded trying some of that polony.

*All names except Gail's are fictional.
**We are indebted to our friends at Retro Rover for this fascinating piece of information!


  1. It's devon, polony or fritz here. But definitely not spam.

    Didn't know the Koreans ate Spam! Hmmmmmm, interesting. (Love the local dialog--Gail must be mastering it.)

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  2. We'd eat it all Bertie. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. You know spam is also the Hawaiians favorite meat too...they even do spam sushi!

  4. Looks like what we call balony (bologna) over here. Spam is a key component of our hurricane survival kit.
    SHE prefers both fried.
    We aren't picky.

    Bonnie and Kenzie

  5. Bertie - I'm betting that the judges at the Broughty Ferry Agility Show didn't look like the judge at the Westminster Dog Show -

  6. Hari Om
    ...ugh... you're on yer own kiddo. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx


  8. Bertie the Hawaiians are CRAZY over SPAM... WE prefer BOLOGNA/Bolony which we think is like your polony. There is nothing like a good Fried Bologna sandwich with Mustard and a bit of onion... That is Livin LARGE in our neck of the woods. GOURMET Food fur SURE.

  9. OH how I would love to share either one with you Bertie. Just being with you is better than any polony or Spam!!


  10. Tee hee and we are super flattered to be mentioned. Also thanks 4 your kind comments on my blog today. As I've said b4 I love WFT even though they r live wires. Maybe when I retire one might keep me active
    Retro Rover

  11. Well we gotta pass on the polony, cause we won't even eat spam! We just can't believe that our Forensics Detective was impatient.

    The Mad Scots

  12. Howdy Bertie, here in Sth Aust we call polony, fritz. Mum used to take fritz and sauce sandwiches to school everyday. If ya get the chance, try some cause it is delicious. It's definitely not Spam. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  13. That whole story just sound like balony to me!
    Bawhehee You had better put a leash on Gail, one of these days someone is going to tell her to but out and you might find her down on all fours with you Bertie.
    Thanks for being ahhhhhhhhhh friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  14. We know all about Spam. It was in every house in America in the 60's. Still have nightmares about it..heehee. Polony looks like the tubular version.....RUN!
    Wyatt's mom

  15. The basic difference is that Polony doesn't end up in your inbox, whereas Spam may. Maybe we should implement a Polony filter just in case.

    I must admit I almost needed a translation of the conversation!

    Re: your brother in Geneva -- we think he'll be OK. Please see my full answer in the comment section of the Swiss Quota Part Two post.

  16. I had to use google translate for some of that dialog.