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Soup in the News

(Archive Dateline: May 2002)

Date Item
Mail and Guardian (South Africa)
Vivek Chaudhary reports from Seoul that World Cup soccer fans are being treated to paper cups full of dog soup, as part of a promotional campaign, outside the 10 stadiums of competition.
Entertainment Weekly
Karen Valby reviews journalist Elizabeth Gilbert's The Last American Man, which details the soup-break up of mountain man Eustace Conway and his girlfriend Donna when he dumped dead squirrels on her table and demanded she make soup for dinner. "I mean, I'm from Pittsburgh, right?" the girlfriend observed.
Seattle Times
The rare "corpse flower" (Titan Arum), native to the Sumatra rainforest, is blooming at the University of Washington botany greenhouse: This flower can grow to up to 10 feet in length...and smells like cabbage soup.
Richard Jerome and Kelly Williams report from Nashville on country vocalist extolling the vegetable soup of his longtime friend and backup Tim McGraw.
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Brad Barnes reports that Ray Ward, manager of the Oakland/Alameda Coliseum in California was always successful in booking the Grateful Dead because bad members loved the soup he catered there.
Sunday Mail
Helene Stacey reports on the Australian Pumpkin Festival in Goomerie that features 270 litres of pumpkin soup.
Sunday Times
Simon Schama reveals that Jean Jacques Rousseau was a paranoiac who believed servants were putting cinders in his soup.
The Mirror
Geoffrey Lakeman reveals the true identity of Fawlty Towers' waiter who left a bowl of soup on the floor, saw another waiter put his foot into it, then served it anyway. Not "from Barcelona" at all, it was Hungarian Alex Novak who helped inspire John Cleese's classic television comedy.
Agence France Presse
Unemployed Argentinians are blocking city transportation routes demanding "food, soup kitchens, immediate unemployment payments, free medicine, and the saving of Social Security."
Daily Star
British comic Ronnie Ancona reveals she started the cabbage soup diet so she could play Victoria Beckham, but couldn't stand it: "So dull and you fart like a trooper."
The Statesman (India)
160 primary school teachers undergoing physical education training in Murshidabad went on strike to protest the government food: "muri and pea soup for tiffin; inedible rice and curry for dinner."
Mainich Daily News
In Japan, "nurses of death" drugged their victim's miso soup with blood hypotensives to slowly kill Eijio Hirata and reap the benefits of his life insurance policy without raising suspicion.
The Observer
Paul Webster reports from Paris on the "Battle of Sangatte," where Socialist candidate Jack Lang mulls over how to defuse campaign immigration issues at the Calais transit camp while dining on fish soup near Sagatte with outgoing Socialist MP Dominque Dupilet.
Sunday Times (London)
Tim Richards reports on Irish jockey Richard Hughes, who lives on soup during the racing season: "Find every vegetable you can, boil them all together, and it's really gorgeous."
Washington Post
Candy Sagon reports on!
Daily Mail
Simon Heffer reports on the social influence of early 20th century British politician Lord Curzon who, when a Steward of Balliol College, Oxford, suggested that a lunch for Queen Mary begin with Brown Windsor Soup, returned the draft menu with the note: "Gentlemen do not take soup at luncheon."
Riverfront Times (St. Louis, Missouri)
Byron Kerman reports that Danish Chef Lasse Sorensen will be recreating for a local restaurant the "sea turtle" soup he made in 1987 for the film Babette's Feast, which used a calf head to achieve the proper gelatinous texture of the real thing.
Russian Soccer Union VP Nikita Simonyan confirms that Russia will take a chef and cabbage to Japan for the World Cup so its players can eat borscht, the acclaimed "soul food" of the team. (Thanks to Zach Williams for the contribution!)
New York Times
Luciano Pavorotti makes an inglorious exit from the world of opera, calling in sick for his final two performances at the Met in New York City, pleading a bad case of the flu and ostentatiously cooking himself chicken soup from a 7-pound chicken in his Central Park South apartment.
London Independent on Sunday
Singer Barry Manilow is reported to have stoked up on a bowl of specially prepared chicken soup before knocking 'em dead at a Birmingham concert.
The Guardian (London)
Julian Barnes has translated the notebooks of 19th century French novelist Alphonse Daudet, discovering the esoteric and unsuccessful cure for Daudet's terminal syphilis by a Hungarian doctor who prescribed a breakfast soup made from vegetables and grains that affected him so volcanically that he said death was preferable. When Daudet finally did die in September 1897, it was with a soup spoon in his hand. He was dining with his wife and children in his Paris home talking about Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac," which had just gone into general rehearsal, when he took a few spoonsful of soup then, in mid chat, fell back in his chair and died.
National Post
Jimmy McDough reports on musician Neil Young and his 1970 customized tour bus Pocahantas that featured a sign next to the steering wheel that was lettered DON'T SPILL THE SOUP.
The Times Union (Albany)
Albany resident and clinical researcher Bridget Burke has formed the Rebuild Afghanistan Fund to feed the people and stimulate the economy, developing recipes for vegetarian soup "because of the varied religious food restrictions."
Dallas Morning News
Rena Pederson reports from Ground Zero in New York City on the faith and spirituality of workers who take breaks at the stalls that serve fish soup throughout the day.
AP Worldstream
Ibrahim Hazboun reports on the desperation of starving men trapped in Jerusalem's Church of the Nativity, lying in blankets, too weak to move, or huddling around green soup made from boiled lemon tree leaves.
AP Online
Accused pedophile priest Paul Shanley is reported by his apartment manager to be a generous man who regularly cared for a lonely neighbor and took her soup when she was ill.
National Post
James R. Healey reports on the Hagerty Classic Insurance study of damage claims and US National Hight Traffic Safety Administration data that identifies the 10 most dangerous foods to eat while driving an automobile. Hot soup is edged out only by hot coffee as the most dangerous (followed by tacos, chili-covered food, juicy hamburgers, bbq, fried chicken, filled donuts, sodas, and chocolate).
The Independent
Phil Reeves reports from Ramallah that during the siege of Yassar Arafat's headquarters, Arafat himself suffered in health by eating only what his soldiers ate for the 35 straight days of the siege: rice, lentil soup, and a small piece of bread.
Philadelphia Daily News
Mike Kern reports that Kansas coach Roy Williams did not order the famous snapper soup after exhausting himself on the devilishly tough Pine Valley Country Club in New Jersey.