tger greenhaddock: Why the Haddock is green

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Why the Haddock is green

Commenter’s have asked why the Haddock is green, well hopefully the following will explain. Many years ago I lived and worked in Hong Kong, and whilst I was there I picked up a rather nasty stomach bug which resulted in me being allergic to Haddock. If I ate Haddock I would be on the loo within minutes, and then I wouldn’t be leaving the small room for quite sometime. Haddock was the worlds most powerful laxative for me. This meant that visiting Scotland was always fun as I would forget that fish & chips there meant Haddock and not cod!

Nowadays I can eat Haddock without fear of following through. Ironically I was cured in Egypt, the land of the terrible tummy. After taking local medication for a severe case of the trots I was cured. I discovered later that this medication is banned in Europe as it is not deemed safe – but it did the trick for me. It basically killed all bacteria in my gut, good and bad.

Years later Haddock became an internet identity for me, of which Green is the latest incarnation. The Green relates to my interest in gardening, ornithology, and the environment in general.

So that ladies and gentlemen is why the Haddock is green.

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19 Comments:

Blogger Karen said...

Thanks for explaining that. I had to go and look up what a haddock is in german (despite the fact that I'm an angler).

Glad you got cured !

March 05, 2006 8:41 AM  
Blogger christina said...

Very interesting. The name suits you. It's very English, I think.

I once had a violent reaction (came right back up a couple of hours later, though, rather than racing through) after eating fish and chips in Scotland. Must've been the haddock. :-)

March 05, 2006 3:46 PM  
Blogger EuroTrippen said...

and to think... I thought the 'green' meant you were gullible and naive. ;-)

March 05, 2006 4:10 PM  
Anonymous lillian said...

WOW you really have seen alot of our planet earth !... as for the rest of the post.. I was like , what green. Must be blog color blind

March 05, 2006 4:13 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Karen - Schellfisch im Deutsche :)

Christina - It is rather English sounding isn't :)

Eurotrippen - I am gullible and naive on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays :)

Lillian - I tried to see as much as I could before "settling down" :) Unfortunately there are still so many places to visit and so little time to so it in.

March 05, 2006 10:21 PM  
Blogger J said...

I had the green part figured out, but not the haddock part.

March 06, 2006 5:51 AM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Wow - that's ironic but a cool story.

March 06, 2006 6:46 AM  
Blogger Nordbank said...

It sounds fishy to me.

March 06, 2006 8:30 AM  
Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Oh no! Haddock...you're a tree hugger? ;-)

I don't have anything against environmentalists. They are needed to counter our polluting industrial machine. But I did have something against former (thank God) German Environmental Minister Jürgen Tritten, who would have denied Germans with power by eventually banning Nuclear Energy, without first coming up with a viable alternative. What an idiot! You think there is such a thing a responsible environmentalism?

March 06, 2006 10:20 AM  
Blogger Léons Life said...

The mystery od the "why green haddock? " has been solved thankyou.

March 06, 2006 11:15 AM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

That's exactly what I thought it meant.

March 06, 2006 10:18 PM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

Also re: an earlier comment ... I missed the part where you called yourself an "environmentalist" ... you stated that you were interested in the environment ... which spurred some verbal trots about you being a tree hugger and some german dude (sorry I ain't there) who apparently was really mean and was gonna make all kinds of people go without any power because he was against nukes ... anyway ... are you a tree hugger? I myself like to caress them and kiss them, but am not really into the hugging thing ...

March 06, 2006 10:22 PM  
Blogger Just another American Expat said...

rory shock...Wow…thanks for interpreting my comments, but seeing that Haddock is English, chances are he can both read and understand English.

Obviously my attempt at humor was lost on you.

March 06, 2006 11:17 PM  
Blogger kharman said...

Well at least I will never come across green haddock, not being a seafood eater myself. But im sure I will find something else that is green..

March 07, 2006 2:26 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

J - The Haddock part would've been very hard to guess!

Expat Traveller - The sory I guess is a little unusual :)

Norbank - :)

Just another - Not quite as bad as a Tree Hugger! - I do believe in responsible environmentalism. We need cars, electricity and the trappings of modern life, but theses should be achieved without raping the enviroment.

A good example is the Icelandic fishery policy. They use it as a sustainable source. Only taking larger fish and not fishing the spawning grounds. Alas the rest of Europe just fishes out the North Sea and the Atlantic shelf.

Leon life - It's good to solve mysteries :)

Rory - I sense the humour here :)

Just another - A splendid retort! :)

Kharman - Cabbages are green. Hope you find some :)

March 07, 2006 10:14 AM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

American Expat ... you cut me to quick ... yeah ... I have trouble with comprehension ... kind of like a disability ... sorry you missed the gist of my stupid riff on the comment ... but then ... it don't really matter in the grand scheme of things do it ... so chill oh master of the language ... :) also ... Expat ... I was joking too when I said that I had guessed the origin of green haddock, you see, since it seemed such a unique, idiosyncratic thing ... oh well

March 07, 2006 10:45 AM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Interesting story. Sushi (too much of it) does the same to me as haddock did to you. As for the green, I would have thought that you maybe had some Irish background. (hope that's not an insult ;-))

Anyway, thaks for clearing that one for us.

March 10, 2006 12:35 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

*giggles*
You said "loo".
And "trots".
:D

March 10, 2006 3:10 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

CanadianSwiss - No insult at all. My mother is Welsh and a Great Grandfather was Scottish.
Eating fish can be a dodgy business at times :)

Lisa - I'm naughty like that :)

March 10, 2006 5:38 PM  

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