Thanks to flowers founder Gareth in China for sending us this post as he continues to struggle to gain access to the GO! Smell the flowers blog in China. Here we GO, from Gareth in China:
I quite often I eat Durian. What is Durian some of you cry? Durian is known as ‘The King of the fruits’ (No not you Elton, but the edible kind of fruit). It a fruit that comes in a huge spikey shell and is a bit bigger than a bowling ball. It’s taste is hard to describe but it tastes like a sweet soft mild onion to me. There is a big problem for people like me wanting to eat Durian as in many places it is now banned. I haven’t found anywhere in China that bans it as despite what the press would have you believe we do enjoy a lot of freedoms. However in Singapore, Malaysia and many other places the eating or possessing of Durian is not allowed. Especially in snobby hotels.
Durian does have a strong smell and the reason its banned is some Western namby pamby’s don’t like the smell of it so the freedom to posses and eat it has been removed. When will these people stop suppressing our human rights and follow the good example of China by allowing the free consumption of Durian by anyone who chooses?
Have you ever been stopped from eating Durian? Should we try to surround and prevent passage of anyone carrying a Durian through our streets or offer them protection? Maybe four or five friends in blue tracksuits could form an army of Durian protectors around any of us wishing to carry Durian.