Thursday, 28 February 2013


Towards the end of the 2010 documentary Catfish, Nev Schulman finally meets the woman with whom he’s carried on a long-term online relationship. She is, he discovers, not young and single, but in her 40s and married. By way of metaphorical explanation, the woman’s husband, Vince Pierce, recounts the following story, which inspired the name of the film:
They used to tank cod from Alaska all the way to China. They’d keep them in vats in the ship. By the time the codfish reached China, the flesh was mush and tasteless. So this guy came up with the idea that if you put these cods in these big vats, put some catfish in with them and the catfish will keep the cod agile. And there are those people who are catfish in life. And they keep you on your toes. They keep you guessing, they keep you thinking, they keep you fresh. And I thank god for the catfish because we would be droll, boring and dull if we didn't have somebody nipping at our fin.

Intro courtesy of

It's my turn.  Despite saying I wasn't going to write to Mamas and Papas' customer services again, I changed my mind and dropped them a note.
Dear Vxxxx,

It's been nearly two weeks since we last spoke and I'm keen to understand how this issue is progressing internally.  You mentioned that you were planning to review your spares pricing and system.  Can you advise on whether any decisions have been made, what they were and when any changes might be implemented?


Not expecting much from the response, but at least it keeps the issue on their radar and better sets up my next communication to the management team.

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