Byline: DOUGLAS SAGI
SO Vancouver Sun (VSUN)
LP --- Helpful hint for haggis hunter in a hurry --- BEST GET your haggis now to properly mark St. Andrew"s Day Saturday.
TX The diarist, who would eat haggis like porridge for breakfast if there were enough notches in his belt, has been having supply problems since the closing, several years ago, of the wonderful Inglis Reid butcher shop on Granville Mall. A great many haggis makers are out there - Peter Pocklington was even shipping them from Edmonton - but few know what they are doing. One who does is Jim McColl of McColl"s Meat Market in Victoria. His product, produced the year round with extra portions for St. Andrew"s Day, Nov. 30, and Robert Burns" Day Jan. 25, can be found locally at Laidlaw"s Scottish Bakery, 8269 Oak. There could well be other good haggis out there. The way to tell is ask the person selling them. If, like in Laidlaw"s, the reply is: "It"s excellent. I had some myself Sunday night with a roast of beef," you will know it"s good. If there"s a shrug, look further. There"ll be more on the delicacy here Friday. First-time owners will be offered a guide on care and cooking and what to do with leftovers (one of the main reasons for buying haggis in the first place.) * As mentioned before in this space, the exhibit Hope Seeing Our World Through New Eyes at Science World carries the message that foreign aid is working. Conditions are improving in the countries * of what is called the developing world. The Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, sponsor of the exhibit with help from the Canadian International Development Agency offers some statistics: * Life expectancy in years for person in developing world in 1950: 41. * Today: 60. * Percentage of children in developing world vaccinated against the six major diseases in 1974: five per cent. * Today: more than 50 per cent. * Number of children saved every year as a result: 1.5 million. * Number of new primary school places added in the developing world since 1950: 400 million. * Percentage change in the number of literate adults in the world since 1950: more than 325 per cent. * Number of people who learn to read each year: 150 million. That is good news, but there are things, some surprisingly simple, that need doing. There are 160 infants born each minute around the world. At this rate, the earth"s population will exceed six billion by the year 2000, of whom 4.8 billion will live in developing nations. The number of children who die each minute is 27, all but one of whom draws that last breath in a developing nation. The foundation calculates the world now produces 2,650 calories of food per person per day, some 50 calories more than the average individual requires. Canadians, to no one"s surprise, consume on average 3,462 calories per person per day. The exhibit was to have closed Jan. 6, but is now being held over at Science World until Feb. 10. * VanDusen Botanical Gardens hopes to have replacement magnolias for the two prize specimens destroyed in the wind storm this month, but they will not be as large, or as expensive as the lost trees. Garden curator Roy Forster had begun arm twisting (and politely asking) for $10,000 to replace the nine-metre Chinese trees, but none are available in regional nurseries. The plan now is to buy younger, smaller trees for about $5,000. A woman donor has offered $2,500 if other donors for the remaining $2,500 can be found. Forster is confident. Vancouver artist Wolfe Lincke says he can put off retiring a bit longer (he is just 82) and is offering $100. If cheques are made payable to The Vancouver Botanical Garden Association and delivered or mailed to 5251 Oak St., Vancouver, B.C. V6M 4H1, a receipt for an income-tax charitable deduction will be issued.
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