No Spam here!

I grew up with Spam – the tinned variety, although we didn’t have it at home but only for school dinners. My dad was in the army for seven years, in the Parachute Regiment, and he had become so sick of Spam and corned beef that it was just something we didn’t have. I think it was the time he spent in North Africa when the soldiers opened the tins and poured out the liquid meat which had melted in the sun… that put him off it for the rest of his life…

We did have Spam at school, although we never had my husband’s favourite, Spam fritters… it doesn’t really appeal to me, somehow… I wonder what Dad would have thought of frittered Spam? Spam…

Spam (stylised SPAM) is a brand of canned cooked meat made by Hormel Foods Corporation. It was first introduced in 1937 and gained popularity worldwide after its use during World War II.By 2003, Spam was sold in 41 countries on six continents and trademarked in over 100 countries…

Thank you Wikipedia! Apparently as well as Spam fritters, there’s Spamish omelette, Spam hash, and what I know would appeal to my Spam-loving husband, Spam Yorkshire Breakfast. There is a  Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota, an annual Spam Jam in Waikiki, Hawaii, an annual Spam Parade and Festival in Shady Cove, Oregon and in Austin, Texas, and Spamarama, a yearly festival.

So that’s Spam… however there is also spam and spamming which of course is the use of messaging systems to send an unsolicited message – which can be annoying but harmless adverts, but can also be scams to trick and cheat people… I had one today…

This is what I wrote on Facebook:

I don’t often write actual posts here, but I just want to share that there is a very convincing spam email going about concerning TV licenses. I received it saying there was something wrong with my direct debit payments that for some reason my payments could not go through. Fortunately I went straight to the TV licensing web site to check stuff… and of course all was well but there was a message on the site about these scams. Sometimes the message is about being due a refund. I deleted and reported the email I’d received – but really it was so convincing, I could easily have done the wrong thing! Luckily all is well for me.

Here is a helpful link about the TV license scam: https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ288?fbclid=IwAR2b71GZZWY8WAkOUwdlzD2GXjGBnUWsVkP0nHOytKbq35Hj5p_UIPrpzAY

… and just to cheer us all up, it has to be…

… and thanks for the picture to Qwertyxp2000

https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37340578

 

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