29 October 2017

TMB chairman apologises for Yorkshire tofu purchase

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has apologised after reports appeared in the Wigan on Sunday newspaper that he had asked his secretary to purchase 2lbs of tofu from a wholefood delicatessan in Leeds earlier this week. 

Sir Norman Wrassle
The newspaper reported that Sir Norman had admitted the claims, saying: "I'm not going to deny it. I’m going to have to take it on the chin. I hung around outside and she went into this shop. That was it."

Speaking at a hastily-convened press conference at his Lytham home earlier today, Sir Norman apologised for the incident. "The tofu was bought as a gift for my wife, and I asked my secretary to make the purchase because it would obviously have been deeply embarrassing for me as a leading light in the offal promotion world to have been seen in such an establishment," he said, adding "I am deeply sorry for any offence this incident may have caused to tripe lovers."

Sir Norman said he had chosen to make the purchase in Yorkshire because he felt it would attract less attention there. "I am happy to acknowledge that there are many outlets available for the purchase of tofu in Lancashire and, in the unlikely event that I ever have to buy it again, I will certainly consider using these," he added. 








The Mail reported that Mr Garnier had admitted the claims, saying: “I’m not going to deny it, because I’m not going to be dishonest. I’m going to have to take it on the chin.” According to the paper, he said the “sugar tits” comment was part of an “amusing conversation” about the TV comedy Gavin and Stacey, while the sex toys were bought after a Christmas lunch. “We bought some soap sets, that sort of stuff, scented candles. The vibrator shop was high jinks,” he is quoted as saying. “I hung around outside and she went into this shop. That was it.”

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/government-minister-mark-garnier-admits-asked-secretary-buy-sex-toys/
The Mail reported that Mr Garnier had admitted the claims, saying: “I’m not going to deny it, because I’m not going to be dishonest. I’m going to have to take it on the chin.” According to the paper, he said the “sugar tits” comment was part of an “amusing conversation” about the TV comedy Gavin and Stacey, while the sex toys were bought after a Christmas lunch. “We bought some soap sets, that sort of stuff, scented candles. The vibrator shop was high jinks,” he is quoted as saying. “I hung around outside and she went into this shop. That was it.”

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/government-minister-mark-garnier-admits-asked-secretary-buy-sex-toys/
The Mail reported that Mr Garnier had admitted the claims, saying: “I’m not going to deny it, because I’m not going to be dishonest. I’m going to have to take it on the chin.” According to the paper, he said the “sugar tits” comment was part of an “amusing conversation” about the TV comedy Gavin and Stacey, while the sex toys were bought after a Christmas lunch. “We bought some soap sets, that sort of stuff, scented candles. The vibrator shop was high jinks,” he is quoted as saying. “I hung around outside and she went into this shop. That was it.”

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/government-minister-mark-garnier-admits-asked-secretary-buy-sex-toys/

24 October 2017

TMB chairman apologises after World Tripe Day 2017 leads to product shortage


Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has apologised after the inadvertant success of World Tripe Day 2017 led to shortages of tripe in large parts of the UK on Wednesday.

Promoted as the one day of the year when people who love tripe could celebrate without fear of ridicule, the hashtag #WorldTripeDay trended on Twitter for over 9 hours on 24 October, as the interest of social media users across the globe was piqued.

From Accrington to Addis Ababa, from Rotherham to Rome and from Wigan to Warsaw, World Tripe Day struck a chord that resonated at the counters of tripe suppliers all around the world. The day received widespread coverage on the mainstream media, including Newsweek, the BBC and the Daily Express and was even mentioned on the popular BBC Radio 2 show, Steve Wright in the Afternoon, hosted by former DJ Steve Wright.

Sir Norman himself was interviewed by BBC Radio Wales, interrupting a busy schedule of activities in Rome where celebrations were at their peak. 

Speaking on his return to the UK this morning, he issued an apology for the difficulties many regular tripe eaters faced when they attempted to buy tripe yesterday. "Our initial aim was for the #WorldTripeDay hashtag to trend in Yorkshire, Humberside and Parts of North Derbyshire, to coincide with the imminent launch of a new book from TMB Books.  No one was more surprised than me that it escaped these areas and became a big hit across the whole of the UK - tripe hasn't trended since 1953," Sir Norman said, adding "I'm naturally sorry if people were left without tripe because of the increased demand."

Sir Norman, who is currently at a meat processing event in Leeds, will return to the north west tomorrow when he will judge the Top 5 Tweets whose authors are destined to win a coveted TMB pen.  Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, two celebratory lifetime memberships of Tripe Club will also be awarded - the first time in the Club's history.




22 October 2017

Tips for celebrating World Tripe Day

With World Tripe Day 2017 fast approaching, the Tripe Marketing Board has issued guidance for those looking to celebrate the day in style.  Make Tuesday 24 October a World Tripe Day to remember!


You can use the hashtag #worldtripeday to let your social media friends know how you're celebrating the day.

Representatives of the Tripe Marketing Board will be in Rome on 24 October, as guests of the  Italian Guild of Offal Processors - the first time a team has travelled to the city on World Tripe Day.

Wherever you are in the world, and however you choose to mark the day, please remember to enjoy tripe responsibly.

21 October 2017

TMB "definitely not" moving to Wakefield says chairman

The Tripe Marketing Board will not be moving its operational base to Wakefield, chairman Sir Norman Wrassle told a meeting of senior UK tripe processors earlier today.

Sir Norman Wrassle
Responding to rumours circulating within the industry, Sir Norman said: "I can state categoricaly that we are definitely not moving to Wakefield, despite what people may have heard. We have been based in Preston for decades and, were it not for the quite exhorbitant increase in office rental costs that are proposed for 2018, the subject of relocating would never have even been an issue."

The small team of TMB staff working at Preston had expressed concern when the rumours first began earlier this year. "I have had to deal with people in tears at the prospect," Sir Norman said, adding that it was irresponsible for people to suggest that the TMB would ask its dedicated workforce to undergo such an enforced move.

"People can rest absolutely assured that we aren't going to Wakefield, so I hope that is the end of the matter," he said. 


20 October 2017

TMB chairman apologises over "Get my tripe out" statement

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has issued the following statement in connection with comments he is alleged to have made at a meeting of the Barnoldswick Ladies' League in September:

Sir Norman Wrassle
"I apologise unreservedly for the language I used at an event in Barnoldswick last month. It was offensive and unacceptable."

The comments came to light after the militant  East Lancashire Vegans Against Tripe organisation released covert video footage via the Guided Forks foodie website in which Sir Norman told the audience "I'll get my tripe out for you, ladies."

Sir Norman clarified that the phrase 'get my tripe out' was a Merseyside colloquialism similar to 'pull my finger out', and that he had intended to convey to the audience that he would work hard to promote tripe as a foodstuff for the 21st century.

"The phrase certainly has no sexual connotations, and it is a source of some discomfort to me that the Guided Forks website chose to imply that," Sir Norman said.

Sir Norman said it would be a shame if the incident cast a cloud over the relationships he had built over many years with branches of the Ladies' League all across Lancashire. "I think they know I'm not that kind of man," he added.





18 October 2017

World Tripe Day 24 October 2017


The Tripe Marketing Board is making its final preparations for the celebration of World Tripe Day on Tuesday, 24 October 2017. 

This is the fourth World Tripe Day since it was formally inaugurated in 2013 at a celebratory launch at the UK House of Commons.  With less than a week to go before the event, the UK tripe industry is looking forward to what promises to be the biggest celebration yet of nature's wonder food.

Sir Norman Wrassle
Tripe processors, butchers and supermarkets all over the country are stocking up on tripe in readiness for 24 October and Tripe Club members are dusting off their badges to proudly declare their love of tripe.

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said "This is the one day of the year when no one has to be ashamed to be a tripe lover.  Whether you're in Florence, Caen or Wigan, this is your special day!"


Sir Norman, who will be celebrating the day in Rome as a guest of the Italian Guild of Offal Processors, said he was looking forward to the occasion immensely: "Many supposedly more popular foodstuffs have long had their own 'world day'.  Now that tripe has one, it is important that we celebrate it in style!" he said. 

The Tripe Marketing Board will be issuing suggestions on how tripe lovers can celebrate World Tripe Day via its social media accounts, using the hashtag #worldtripeday.   Ideas include hosting a tripe party for friends and family, buying some tripe for your dog and lobbying your MP to establish an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tripe.

"Whatever your plans, enjoy tripe responsibly," Sir Norman said.

4 October 2017

Critics of PM's speech were "a tad harsh" says TMB chairman

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has defended Prime Minister Theresa May after her speech to the 2017 Conservative Party Conference was described as "a car crash" by political commentators.

Sir Norman wrassle
Sir Norman, who has attended fringe meetings at both of the major political party conferences, said he had "every sympathy" with Mrs May and described the criticism as "a tad harsh".  In a candid interview today with Gary Bradlow on the popular Radio Lancashire drive-time show, Gassing with Gaz, Sir Norman said: "As someone who tours the country putting the case for tripe, I know what it's like to have to get up in public and defend something which the majority of people find abhorrent, so I can sympathise with Theresa".

He added that there had been times when he, too, had almost lost his voice, so emotional had be become in putting the case for tripe, and he dismissed those who said that the disintegrating backdrop was evidence of a party in chaos. "There was a time when I was giving a speech when the letters 'T' and 'E' of 'TRIPE' simultaneously fell off the wall behind me but, just like Theresa, I soldiered on to the bitter end," he said.