Elderly etiquette, Parkdale Potluck, and pork barriers continue to go up

Elderly etiquette, Parkdale Potluck, and pork barriers continue to go up

Come and get it, folks. (Photo by Wells Dunbar) 

• When dining at a restaurant, senior citizens don’t like to be referred to as “guys,” would like to have a glass of water right away, and would like all their cutlery laid out immediately. This according to curmudgeon Don Crossley, whose 900-word gripe also recommends portion sizes and serving tips. [Burlington Post]

• The French spend more time eating and sleeping than anyone else in the world, with nine hours of rest and two hours of noshing each day. Americans came in second, Spaniards third. [Reuters]

• Twenty countries banned the import of pork after a new strain of swine flu was discovered on an Alberta farm. The 220 pigs are presently recuperating in quarantine. [National Post]

Eye Weekly did it, and so did Maclean’s—now it’s the Globe’s turn to challenge a writer to spend no money for one week. It looks like recession reporting is the only growing sector of the publishing industry. [Globe and Mail]

• Parkdale continues to put other neighbourhoods to shame by launching a cookbook of recipes submitted by local artists, restaurants and residents. [Parkdale Potluck]