A variety of Scottish scones.

A variety of Scottish scones. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Scone is a small British quick bread, traditionally hailing from  Scotland. They are usually made of  wheat,  barley or oatmeal, with baking powder as a leavening agent. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea. It is generally speaking similar to but different from both a tea cake and a currant bun.

British saying: a rolling scone gathers no marmalade.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Cover of "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"

Cover of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday is an excellent novel made into a movie which my wife and I saw last evening. The movie version is very funny and I recommend it highly. It is a bit changed from the book. Unfortunately, the movie is not getting the attention it deserves. There were only four of us in the audience.

Most of the action in the movie takes place in London and Scotland. Only a small portion of the movie is in Yemen, which is too bad. Americans need to know more about the country that produced the bin Laden family and is the home of 20 million warring tribesmen, each having an average 4 guns apiece. Think of Afghanistan as the birthplace of the Taliban and Pakistan as the incubator for producing more Taliban. Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of al-Qaeda and Yemen is the current incubator for producing more members of al-Qaeda.

Yemen is rugged, desert country with much life and natural beauty in certain valleys. For about a year now, it has lacked an effective central government to maintain peace and order within the country. The Yemenis are a hospitable people with a custom, shown briefly in the movie, that I especially respect. Travellers are greeted with a chilled drink of water whenever they appear and however far the bearer of the water must go to offer the drink. Just think of the effort required to carry a heavy jug of water over a distance in the often blazing heat of midday in a Yemeni summer.