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May 9, 2000
I opened this thread expecting to see a way that I could get free spam. I am now very disappointed. :grumpy:

Esav Benyamin

Apr 6, 2000
Keith, perhaps this will help: Britons urged to eat more Spam

Spam, the tinned meat whose image is firmly fixed in the public mind as the butt of Monty Python's humour, is to relaunch itself with its first television

A £2 million campaign is intended to show it as quintessentially British, despite the fact Spam was invented in America 63 years ago and is now primarily produced in Europe by a factory in Denmark.

Advertisements will feature a range of scenes of Britons - including builders on a construction site, a family around the dinner table, people camping and characters in a pantomime - tucking into the tinned pork and ham product.

Marianne Pollock, Spam's senior brand manager, said the aim was to remind people that the product was "still out there". The company is concerned that the word spam now brings to mind unwanted junk e-mails.

"We want a greater share of the 15 million households that buy cold canned meat. Spam is presently bought by two million of them." Last year's sales stood at £13.3 million in Britain.

And for those with a sense of history: Spam museum will be in the best possible taste

SPAM, the canned luncheon meat that sustained Allied troops during the Second World War, is to have a museum dedicated to it.

Sited in a former K-Mart store in Austin, Minnesota, the 20,000 sq ft museum will have a cinema telling the story of Spam and a cafe serving such delicacies as Spam fritters.

Spam, or spiced ham, was named at a party thrown by Jay Hormel, head of Hormel foods, in Austin on New Year's Eve 1936. Hormel still sells more than a 100 million cans a year. Its success runs counter to its record as one of the most maligned of foods.

Margaret Thatcher recalled eating a Christmas dinner of Spam in 1943, and when General Dwight Eisenhower was elected president in 1952 he wrote to Hormel offering clemency for "your only sin: sending us [the US Army] too much of it".

The Soviet Union's President Nikita Khrushchev said Spam had been crucial to victory in 1945. "Without Spam, we wouldn't have been able to feed our army."

Spam will always seem quintessentially British after a Monty Python sketch in 1970, even though Liverpool's Hormel factory closed in 1997 and Spam is now imported from Denmark.

But the museum will not offer the Python team's ultimate dish - lobster thermidor aux crevettes with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy, fried egg on top . . . and Spam.