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PHOTO: Stephen Rakes arrives at the courthouse for the trial of James Whitey Bulger continues at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, June 17, 2013.

July 18, 2013

A body found in Lincoln, Mass., is believed to be that of Stephen Rakes, a key witness in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, ABC News has learned.

Police and federal law-enforcement agencies were tight-lipped this morning about the stunning development even as they offered confirmations that a corpse found on Mill Road in Lincoln was likely that of Stephen “Stippo” Rakes. Lincoln Police marked with crime scene tape a swath of Mill Road where the body was found near a walking path.

“There was a body found in Lincoln,” said Stephanie Guyotte, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. “No further comment at this time.”

As news of the death was being confirmed, the judge overseeing the Bulger case hunkered down with lawyers in a confidential conference at the South Boston courthouse where the trial is being held. Bulger, alleged to be a notorious and murderous crime boss and federal informant, is standing trial after being found on the lam in California two years ago.

Federal prosecutors said Rakes, who was in his late 50s, was supposed to testify that Bulger and associate Stephen Flemmi threatened his daughter at gunpoint and forced him to turn over his South Boston liquor store, which became Bulger’s headquarters. Bulger sidekick Kevin Weeks testified last week Rakes’ contention that Bulger’s gang put a gun to his daughter’s head was bogus.

Rakes comes from a storied South Boston family. His brother Joseph Rakes was photographed in Stanley Forman’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph charging at an African-American man on Boston’s City Hall with the sharp end of the American flag – which became the symbol of the racial unrest during the city’s anti-busing crisis.

News of his death investigation came on the same day that Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi was slated to take the stand against Bulger. The two men ran the Winter Hill Gang for decades while also working as informants for the FBI, according to prosecutors and courtroom testimony.

Police told the Rakes family the death appeared to be a suicide. But a source close to the Rakes family told ABC News that “he had no phone, no wallet, and police are still looking for his car.” The body of the man found in Lincoln was positively identified as Rakes this morning after a fingerprint match, sources said.

Christina Sterling, a spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s Office, said federal prosecutors “had no comment at this time” regarding Rakes death.

Rakes’ longtime friend Steve Davis, whose sister Debbie was allegedly murdered by Bulger, had met him for breakfast daily before court. Davis said he last saw Rakes Tuesday in court but then couldn’t reach him all night Tuesday and yesterday he did not meet him in the courthouse cafeteria for breakfast.

“Stippo would not kill himself. Absolutely not,” Davis told ABC News this morning. “He was looking forward to taking the stand. He told me over and over he had a big bombshell to drop. He had everything to live for and was looking forward to his day in court.”

Davis – who lost his sister, brother and father to homicide, and whose daughter was killed in a drunk driver accident – was devastated by the news.

“It doesn’t make sense,” Davis said.

News of his death investigation came on the same day that Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi is slated to take the stand against Bulger. The two men ran the Winter Hill Gang for decades while also working as informants for the FBI, according to prosecutors and courtroom testimony.

Flemmi and Bulger have not set eyes on each other in eighteen years.

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/US/bulger-witness-found-dead/story?id=19698132

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using the number/letter grid:

 

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Stephen Rakes

1257855 91251               51

 

his path of destiny = 51 = Fatality.

King of Swords Tarot card

 

RIP

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July 7, 2013            10:18 a.m.

The two passengers killed in a fiery plane crash in San Francisco were identified Sunday as two 16-year-old Chinese girls who may have been part of a group coming to the United States for summer camp.

Asiana Airlines identified the victims as Wang Lin Jia and Ye Meng Yuan. The two were part of a student group from Jiangshan Middle School in China’s eastern Zhejiang province, according to Chinese media reports.

The Xinhua News Agency reported that dozens of students and teachers from various parts of China were aboard the flight the flight that crashed Saturday. The news agency said that many of the students on teachers on board were going to summer camps in the United States.

Asiana Flight 214 originated in Shanghai and stopped in Seoul before flying to San Francisco International Airport, where it crash-landed, killing the girls and injuring more than 180.

The bodies of the two teenage victims were found on the runway, said San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. It was not clear whether they had been pulled from the plane or ejected.

Also Sunday, the head of Seoul-based Asiana, South Korea’s second-largest airline, apologized for the crash.

“I sincerely apologize over the accident, and to the passengers on board and their families,” Yoon Young-doo, Asiana’s president, told reporters at a televised news conference in Seoul.

He described the pilots involved as “skilled” and said it could take time to determine what went wrong.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators have arrived at the airport to investigate the crash.

Dozens of survivors were taken to hospitals. Passengers said that despite the chaos, most aboard Flight 214, which originated in Shanghai with a stop in Seoul, seemed able to exit quickly and walk from the wreckage without help.

The cause was unclear. Federal investigators were looking into whether the plane clipped a sea wall separating the runway from San Francisco Bay, according to a person involved in the investigation. Officials said there was no indication that terrorism was involved.

“We were too low, too soon,” said passenger Benjamin Levy, who described looking out his window, seeing piers in the bay and thinking the piers were closer to the plane than they should have been.

The pilot of the Boeing 777 seemed to rev the engines “just as we were about to hit the water,” Levy said. “The pilot must have realized [and] tried to pull the plane back up. … We hit pretty hard. I thought the wheels were gone for sure.”

Levy, a 39-year-old San Francisco technology executive who’d traveled to Asia on a business trip, heard screams as the plane, carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members, slammed into the ground.

When emergency crews arrived, the white, wide-bodied jet was emitting black and white smoke as it sat on a stretch of brown grass near the tarmac. The tail was gone and pieces of the plane littered the runway. Flames had burned a gaping hole through the top of the aircraft.

Multiple sources said there was no reported trouble or declared emergency on the plane before it landed.

Asked at a news conference if pilot error was a factor, Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the NTSB, said “everything’s on table at this point. We have to gather all the facts before we reach any conclusions.”

Hayes-White, the fire chief, said a number of passengers were seen emerging from the waters of San Francisco Bay when first responders arrived on the scene. However, the wreckage was a short distance away and Hayes-White said “the assumption” is that survivors may have immersed in the water themselves to douse flames.

Hayes-White added that when her crews arrived, emergency chutes had already been deployed “and we were observing multiple people coming down the chutes and walking to safety, which was a good thing.” San Mateo County firefighters performed search-and-rescue operations inside the aircraft, she added.

On Saturday night, all 307 on board had been accounted for, authorities said. One hundred eighty-two people had been transported to hospitals, including 49 in serious condition. Among the passengers were 77 Korean citizens, 141 Chinese, 61 Americans and one Japanese, according to South Korea-based Asiana.

from:  http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-airplane-crash-students-20130707,0,66810.story

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using the number/letter grid:

 

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Wang Lin Ji

5            1  1 

 

her primary challenge (WJ) and how she lost her heart’s desire (WA) both = 51 = Fatality.

King of Swords Tarot card

 

RIP

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July 1, 2013

Chow Ciao! with Fabio Viviani loves its fans, and we value the cooking community that has been grown around our show. As such, we were devastated by the loss of one of our most enthusiastic and well-loved fans, JOE MORABITO, who often cooked Chef Fabio’s recipes for the troops while stationed in Afghanistan. Thanks for your service, Joe, on behalf of everyone at Chow Ciao! with Fabio Viviani and Yahoo!

from:  http://screen.yahoo.com/behind-stove-tribute-joe-morabito-050000755.html

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Joe Morabito

165 46912926            51

 

his path of destiny = 51 = Military.  The troops.

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July 1, 2013            6:47 p.m.

The so-called hotshots were remembered as a rambunctious but respectful bunch: pranksters, sometimes, but dedicated and energetic professionals.

Their boss, Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo, grew apprehensive Sunday as another official told him Prescott’s elite Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew had dug in to escape the wind-driven Yarnell Hill wildfire.

“All he said was, ‘We might have bad news. The entire hotshot crew deployed their shelters,’ ” Fraijo recalled Monday.

The worst was soon confirmed: All but one member of the 20-man crew died after being overrun by the fire, which destroyed 200 buildings in the small town of Yarnell and exceeded 8,000 acres by Monday.

The tragedy reverberated through Prescott and beyond, as portraits of the lost Prescott crew took shape and the town took its first steps toward mourning the dead.

About half a dozen people gathered on the steps of the county courthouse in downtown Prescott on Monday afternoon to pray for the fallen firefighters, for those left injured and homeless by the blaze and for those still fighting the conflagration.

They also prayed for rain.

“What we’d love to see for our firefighters and the town of Yarnell is more rain and lots of it — and preferably less wind,” said the Rev. Scott Mitchell of The Church Next Door. As the people bowed their heads and consulted their Bibles, fire trucks sped by, “Flagstaff Hot Shots” emblazoned on several vehicles.

“That’s the road to Yarnell,” said the Rev. Dave Barreras, 46, leader of the Yavapai Territorial Gospel Rescue Mission.

But Prescott had no more firefighters to send. Its only wildland team was gone.

The hotshot crew victims were all men, most in their 20s.

“It’s a younger man’s game. These people keep themselves in exceptional condition,” said Fraijo, who added, “I never heard them complain…. They always showed a great deal of respect. They always seemed to be playing pranks on each other, and a few on me.”

The deceased were Andrew Ashcraft, 29; Robert Caldwell, 23; Travis Carder, 31; Dustin Deford, 24; Christopher MacKenzie, 30; Eric Marsh, 43; Grant McKee, 21; Sean Misner, 26; Scott Norris, 28; Wade Parker, 22; John Percin, 24; Anthony Rose, 23; Jesse Steed, 36; Joe Thurston, 32; Travis Turbyfill, 27; William Warneke, 25; Clayton Whitted, 28; Kevin Woyjeck, 21; and Garret Zuppiger, 27.

At least three hailed from Southern California: Woyjeck from Seal Beach and Warneke and MacKenzie from Hemet.

The identity of the crew member who survived has not been released.

“He’s well; he had been assigned to do a function and he wasn’t with them when they had deployed to shelter,” Fraijo said. “He feels terribly, and we all feel terribly, and we have very few words that express that sort of sorry. When you take a person in your arms and hug ’em, you know, you don’t have to say too much.”

Dennis Godfrey, a spokesman with the federal Bureau of Land Management, said officials had expected that 400 firefighters would be on duty Monday, but only 280 were on the lines by afternoon.

Godfrey said officials were hoping for more but didn’t know when, or whether, they would arrive. “There are fires elsewhere,” Godfrey said. “We only have so many resources to deal with.”

Thunderheads built over Prescott on Monday, delivering thunder, lightning and heavy rain by midday. But by 3:30 p.m., none of the rain had hit the fire area.

The blaze was sparked by a lightning strike Friday, officials said.

In a sprawling gymnasium on a college campus in Prescott, cots were set up and meals were being served for those who fled the raging wildfire. Between 40 and 50 people had registered at the facility, organized by the Red Cross, and more were expected by nightfall, said Michele Maki of the Red Cross.

Shelters had also been organized in Wickenburg and Kingman.

“It’s been a very busy day for the Red Cross,” Maki said. The shelters are meant to serve not only as a place to eat or rest, she said, but also as a place to seek emotional and spiritual help from counselors and chaplains.

“For these people, it’s very personal,” Maki said.

Kathy Bryan of Williamson Valley said the members of the fire crew who perished helped save her home from the Doce blaze after it flared up June 18 in the Granite Mountain Wilderness, northwest of Prescott. That’s roughly 20 miles north of the Yarnell Hill fire.

“These hotshots were on our properties, saving them … saving my house,” Bryan said. “It’s heartbreaking.”

Bryan and her dogs fled her home before the blaze approached. Soon Bryan’s cousin called, letting her know that the wife of one of the hotshots fighting the blaze had offered Bryan a place to stay. That woman is now a widow, Bryan said.

Now Bryan believes it’s her turn to help. “I need to find out what she needs,” Bryan said she told her cousin. “What can I do for her?”

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, U.S. Army Sgt. T.J. Ashcraft said one of the dead firefighters was his younger brother Andrew, who was a good man and a good father to his four children.

“We always kind of pushed each other in good ways,” said Ashcraft, 32. “He went the firefighter route and I went the military route.”

Another dead firefighter, Anthony Rose, was expecting his first child with his fiancee, according to family friend Phyllis Barney of Glendale, Ariz.

Barney’s family met Rose in the small Arizona town of Crown King, southeast of Prescott, when Rose moved there at age 16. In Crown King, Rose earned his GED online and went to work for the local fire department.

“Just getting notifications that an entire crew is killed … is a little difficult to handle when they’re your own and whatnot,” Barney said. “But when you’ve got one that really was kind of your own … it’s even tougher.”

The firefighters’ bodies were taken to the Maricopa County medical examiner’s office in Phoenix on Monday, and it was not clear when they would be returned to Prescott. Officials were still deciding when to hold a formal memorial service.

Some of the cirumstances of the crew’s plight came into slightly sharper focus Monday, although officials cautioned that it could be a couple of days before more preliminary information was available while investigators picked through the disaster area.

Before the flames overtook the firefighters, a thunderstorm cell had moved into their location west of state Highway 89 between Yarnell and Peeples Valley, fire officials said.

The storm created strong and erratic winds in an area described as extremely rocky, with rough terrain and deep canyons. The gusts pushed the flames toward the hotshots, who were trying to create a firebreak in hopes of stopping the flames’ advance, said Wade Ward, a spokesman for the Prescott Fire Department.

As the winds shifted and fire approached, the men were probably trying to get to safety — usually a clearing, Ward said.

“It had to be a perfect storm” for them to have deployed their fire shelters — a last-ditch effort made in desperate situations, he said. Officials lost contact with the crew about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Obviously wherever they deployed their shelters, they were too close to heavy fuels, so they got overrun,” said Art Morrison, a fire spokesman with the Arizona State Forestry Division.

Ward knew the men, calling them “brothers.” He described the elite team  as “very cautious” and “very conservative.”

Wade Parker, 22, of Chino Valley, about 30 miles north of Prescott, was another of the victims.

Parker’s 14-year-old cousin, Hailey McMains, viewed him as a big brother. “After church, we would find a place to sit and talk about life,” Hailey said. Wade would ask her: “’Anything we need to pray for, Hailey?’ If I was having a bad week, we’d pray about that.”

Hailey said Wade and his high school sweetheart planned to marry in October. They had been together six years, she said.

She was at the home of an aunt and uncle Sunday evening when she heard on the news that some firefighters had died. “I asked my aunt, ‘Is Wade OK?’” Hailey said.

Her aunt put her fingers to her lips and said: “Sssssshhhhhhh,” pointing to one of Wade’s young nephews.

“A little while later, as I was leaving, she whispered, ‘Wade didn’t make it, Hailey,’ ” the girl recalled. “I cried all night long.”

from:  http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-ff-yarnell-firefighters-afternoon-20130701,0,6877537.story

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Eric Marsh

5       1

 

how it appears to the world = EA = 51 = Fatality.

King of Swords Tarot card

 

RIP

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Sunday June 30, 2013            10:11pm EDT

A performer died after an accident during a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, authorities and the company said on Sunday.

Sarah Guillot Guyard, 31, a member of the cast of the “KA” show at the MGM Grand hotel and casino, was pronounced dead shortly before midnight on Saturday, the Clark County Coroner’s office said. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

Guyard, who performed as “Sassoon” in the show, which involves aerial acrobatics, had been part of the cast of “KA” since 2006, Cirque du Soleil said in a statement.

“I am heartbroken. I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family,” Cirque du Soleil Founder, Guy Laliberte, said in a statement.

“We are reminded, with great humility and respect, how extraordinary our artists are each and every night. Our focus now is to support each other as a family,” he added.

Cirque du Soleil gave no further details about Guyard’s death, which it described as “accidental.” The company said performances of “KA” were canceled until further notice.

It was the first death of a performer during a show in Cirque du Soleil’s 29-year history, a spokesman said.

from:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/01/entertainment-us-cirquedusoleil-idUSBRE96002J20130701

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using the number/letter grid:

 

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Sarah Guyard

11918 737194             51

 

her path of destiny = 51 = Fatality.

King of Swords Tarot card

 

RIP

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June 29, 2013

Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested on gun-related charges after allegedly leading police on a brief chase in Washington D.C. early this morning, authorities said.

Lefeged, 25, was in a vehicle with two other men when police tried to stop the car at approximately 12:05 a.m. this morning, police said.

A brief chase ensued, resulting in the arrest of both the football player and another man, whom police identified as Aaron Timothy Wilson, 23, when police finally stopped the vehicle, authorities said.

Police allegedly found a registered .40 caliber pistol in the car, ABC Washington, D.C. affiliate WJLA-TV reported. While Lefeged’s gun was registered, it wasn’t registered in Washington, D.C., according to WJLA-TV.

Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Officer Araz Alali told ABC News that neither Lefeged nor Wilson was driving the car when it fled from police.

Instead, a third unidentified man was driving. When the car finally stopped, “all three fled on foot,” Alali said.

Authorities were searching for the third man today, but have not released a name or a description for the suspect.

When he was arraigned, Lefeged was ordered held without bail. His next court appearance was scheduled for July 2.

Both men face charges of carrying a firearm without a license, carrying an unregistered firearm, carrying unregistered ammunition, presence of a firearm in a motor vehicle, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Lefeged was signed to the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2011 after playing college football at Rutgers University,according to NFL.com.

The Indianapolis Colts issued a statement saying that the team was aware of the reports regarding Lefeged, but had no further comment “until we gain more information.”

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/US/indianapolis-colts-safety-joe-lefeged-arrested-gun-related/story?id=19533059#.UdAqwvm-2uI

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Aaron Wilson

11965 593165            51

 

his path of destiny = 51 = Anything he says or does can and will be used against him in a court of law.

King of Swords Tarot card

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29 June 2013            19:31 ET

Australians have an ingrained reluctance to eat their national emblem, but a number of chefs are now championing kangaroo meat as a delicious – and environmentally friendly alternative to beef and pork.

The glass cabinets of Dean Cooper’s butcher’s shop in the Central Market in Adelaide are stacked with leg roasts, steaks, meatballs, kebabs and sausages, as you might expect. But unlike any other butcher in Australia, or indeed the world, Dean Cooper only sells meat from the kangaroo. It’s a healthy meat, he tells me: low in saturated fats, full of iron, free-range and organic. And if you don’t overcook it, he says, it’s magnificently tender. One of his regular customers, Carol Wyld, says she’s been shopping here almost since the shop opened, 30 years ago. “Kangaroo meat is much better than lamb or beef,” she tells me, “It’s beautiful, it just melts in your mouth. And kangaroo tail soup is just divine. I’ll be making lasagne tomorrow night with minced kangaroo instead of beef.”

Kangaroos produce far less of the greenhouse gas methane than the cattle brought over by European settlers, and their jumping feet don’t damage the fragile Australian topsoil like the hard hooves of cows and sheep. Although kangaroos are a protected species, there are so many of them that they are widely regarded as pests, and they are hunted by professional shooters according to a strict quota system. In an era when chefs all over the world are clamouring to use wild, seasonal and local produce, one might expect kangaroo meat to take pride of place on Australian menus.

Surprisingly, however, most Australians refuse to eat it. On my first days in Adelaide, in South Australia, I scoured restaurant menus in vain for kangaroo dishes. The Greek, Korean, Chinese and Afghan restaurants I visited were testament to the multiculturalism of the Australian diet, but their menus maintained a studious silence on the subject of kangaroo. The only place I found it served was the Red Ochre Grill, a riverside restaurant that specialises in indigenous ingredients. There, some friends and I tasted rosy, sweet-cured kangaroo fillet, and a thick tranche of kangaroo steak served medium rare from the grill. But as head chef Nick Filsell admits, many of the restaurant’s customers are tourists and other out-of-town visitors. “Kangaroo is a bit of a novelty meat, like crocodile and emu,” he says. “Most local people wouldn’t have it at home.”

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Australians’ hang-up about eating their most distinctive local meat is not particularly surprising, given the deep irrationality of human food choices.

Most people in the West, for example, will eat shrimps but not insects, pork but not dog, and beef but not horse meat.

History is littered with examples of societies that suffered because they wouldn’t change their eating habits, like the mediaeval Norse community on Greenland, who starved to death because they refused to eat fish and seal like the natives, but insisted on maintaining a tradition of cattle farming that was unsuited to their fragile northern habitat.

Most Australians I talk to in Adelaide and Sydney say they feel funny about eating kangaroo. “After all,” one young woman explains, “it’s our national emblem.” She confesses that the only kangaroo meat she’s ever had in the house was to feed to her kittens. Almost everyone I speak to mentions what they called “the Skippy factor” – a reference to the 1960s TV series, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, which encouraged Australians to see kangaroos as far too adorable to cook for dinner. Eating kangaroo, one chef tells me, feels a bit like eating Bambi, that cute young deer in the Disney cartoon.

In the past, kangaroo meat was more widely accepted. It was always eaten by aboriginal Australians, for whom the succulent tail, roasted in a pitful of embers, is a particular delicacy. The early European settlers ate kangaroo out of necessity, and many eventually came to enjoy a red meat that didn’t really taste so different from venison, hare or beef. According to historian Barbara Santich in her book Bold Palates: Australia’s Gastronomic Heritage, kangaroo recipes appeared regularly in cookbooks until the 1930s. Kangaroo soup was highly prized, as was “steamer”, a stew made from kangaroo enriched with salt pork. But as more Australians moved to the cities and living standards rose, kangaroo meat and other so-called “bush tucker” fell out of favour.

Celebrated chef Neil Perry tells me people considered kangaroo meat unsanitary because it was shot in the wild and didn’t come from the sanitised environs of an abattoir. His wife Sam adds that it is hard to escape the idea of roadkill. “People think of kangaroos being hit by cars,” she says, “and lying on dusty roads in the baking sun.” Animal rights activists have also stirred up anxiety about killing female kangaroos that might have joeys (baby kangaroos) in their pouches.

So more than 70% of the meat is exported, mainly to Russia. Some of what remains is used as pet food (kangaroo butcher Cooper says his friends still tease him, asking: “You still got that pet meat shop?”). But the tail, and occasionally steak, are eaten enthusiastically by Australia’s Chinese population, and Chinatown is one of the few places in Sydney where it can easily be bought.

A few pioneering chefs, though, are trying to revive interest among the Australian public in eating kangaroo, or at least its smaller, daintier cousin, the wallaby. One of them, Kylie Kwong, is passionately committed to using indigenous ingredients in her Chinese restaurant, Billy Kwong: warrigal greens, saltbush, sea parsley and quandongs or desert peaches all appear on her menu. “I jumped at the chance to use a native meat,” she says. “This wallaby comes from the pristine environment of Flinders Island, and the quality is so high you can even serve it raw, like carpaccio. I think our customers are pleasantly surprised by how good it tastes.” When she welcomes me into her kitchen, Kylie conjures up a plateful of red-braised wallaby tail with native fruits, and another of stir-fried wallaby tenderloin with black bean and chilli. The tail is meltingly delicious, like an Australian oxtail, and the tenderloin as tender as its name suggests, with a delicate gamey flavour that reminds me of pigeon breast.

On my last day in Sydney, Neil Perry allowed me into the kitchens of his Chinese restaurant, Spice Temple, for some of my own culinary experiments. As a cook trained in China, I take a Chinese approach. I cut some Flinders Island wallaby into slivers and stir-fry it with Chinese yellow chives; slice some more and give it the Hunanese treatment, flash-frying it with chilli, ginger, garlic and cumin; mince the rest and use it instead of beef in the Sichuanese classic, Pock-Marked Old Woman’s Tofu. I also make a kangaroo tail soup, slow-cooking the tail with wine, chicken and spices, and serving it with a chilli bean dip.

There is certainly nothing weird about the taste or texture of either wallaby or kangaroo. I’d heard that the lean meat, like chicken breast, would become leathery if overcooked but swift stir-frying keeps it tender and succulent. The spicy tofu dish is just as good as the beefy original, and anyone unknowingly eating the tail would take it for an oxtail.

With rising global population, increasing demand for meat and widespread environmental degradation, experts are warning that we will all have to challenge our gastronomic prejudices in the future. The United Nations is even promoting insects as a sustainable source of protein. Many of the world’s most famous chefs are also taking a stand for local, sustainable ingredients. Rene Redzepi, the founding chef of the Copenhagen restaurant Noma, previously garlanded as the best restaurant in the world, is globally renowned for his insistence on using only Nordic ingredients. On a visit to Sydney in 2010, he lambasted Australians for ignoring the produce in their own backyard. “I think it’s weird that I haven’t been served kangaroo here,” he told an audience at the Sydney Opera House.

In the face of pressing environmental issues, a fashion for gastronomic localism, and the efforts of local chefs like Kylie Kwong to shake up their perceptions, perhaps in the future, once again, Australians will come to enjoy kangaroo soup for their dinner.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23086541

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Dean Cooper

4515 466759           51

 

his path of destiny = 51 = Reputation.

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