Bernard Matthews Dead At 80

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by thaiturkey, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. thaiturkey

    thaiturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you heard of him? He created a factory turkey empire from nothing in Norfolk, England. His tv advertisements featured him in country tweeds in front of a huge old mansion. We all thought that his Christmas turkeys enjoyed their lives on his lawn.

    A few years ago there was scandal when his birds were found to have avian 'flu. When it was made public that many came ready for slaughter from Hungary where they had 'flu he claimed that his factory was in a 'flu free area. In fact they started their journey in a 'flu ridden part of Hungary. His protests of innocence angered many people after he was caught lying.

    Later, an animal rights group filmed his employees playing baseball with live turkeys in a barn.

    His death has sparked off many Matthews/turkey jokes in England. He had few friends amongst his ex-customers.

    Ironic that he should die at Thanksgiving.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article1364673.ece
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Never heard of him, no.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Soooo did he create the broad breasted whites we have today?
     
  4. thaiturkey

    thaiturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't think so.
     
  5. ebwy2

    ebwy2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He made processed turkey roasting "joints" of meat. they taste ok, not great.

    "Matthews became an insurance clerk to earn an income, and started his company in 1950, buying more turkeys. He was only able to join the business full-time after spending £3,000 buying the dilapidated Great Witchingham Hall, once the home of John Norris, and filling its 35 rooms with turkeys. While Matthews and his wife lived in two unheated rooms, turkeys were hatched in the dining-room, reared in the Jacobean bedrooms and slaughtered in the kitchens"

    (wikipedia)
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2010
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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  7. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    I'm glad I didn't know him.
     

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