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It was appropriate that Charlie Brooker used food in his 10 O’Clock Live analogies about the potential effects of the NHS reform bill.

To start with he compared the (financial) choice between an anaesthetic crafted by Heston Blumenthal and the NHS Value version – a can of lager and a stick to bite down on.

He then had a moan over how there was already too much choice in life, and gave the example of around 20 different variations of weetabix, when all he wanted to do was eat some breakfast.

While the second joke was just amusing, the first was both funny and thought-provoking.

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Rising food prices

The worldwide price rises in food are beginning to have a serious effect in Japan. Last year the government raised the price at which it sells imported wheat to millers for the first time since 1983. In November, the country was forced to use emergency funds to support noodle-makers, bakers and breweries.

Now butter is running out due to the price of animal feed increasing. The government is again raising wholesale wheat prices this month, this time by about 30%. This will further inflate the price of what little butter is available. The prices of soy beans and cooking oil have also surged, leading some restaurants to buy in bulk.

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My egg-hunt

Poached in ramen or yosenabe, as a main ingredient in okonomiyaki or omelettes, and, my favourite, raw with sukiyaki. I find myself eating a lot of eggs in Japan.

Unfortunately the standard chicken egg here is a battery-farmed, thin-shelled, pale and watery mess. The difference in quality from the free-range eggs I usually eat is very noticeable.

Most of the supermarkets I have shopped at in Tokyo do not sell free-range eggs. This includes my local Hanamasa, Marusho, Santoku and Co-op. According to what I have seen on the Internet, if you want them your best bet is via mail order, or you can try to find a gourmet food shop.

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