Oysters and Everything You Need To Know About the Ethics of Contemporary Warfare

oyster shucking

“It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread too thick!”

“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.

More skills and thrills. 50 oysters to clean and shuck. Hold the oyster in a folded tea towel and then fold the tea towel over your hand to avoid pointy repercussions. Using the oyster knife work down just to either side of the hinge point, it should just pop and then run the knife along the top to detatch. If you have to use force, you’re doing it wrong, soft power, smartly.



  1. mon’s avatar

    i loove oysters specially with heeps of tomatoe sauce.

  2. Anthony’s avatar


    I only eat evil oysters.

  3. flygirl’s avatar

    Hi Anthony,

    Your blog got a mention in an article from The Age Epicure section


    [superb html skills in action]. I suspect it’s a reprint of the SMH article. A whole bunch of other blogging friends from Chez Pim to santos were metioned as well…well done :-)

  4. augustusgloop’s avatar

    Nay, it was a new article. With research. And interviews. And quotes from Saffy! Hurrah! And congrats.

    ps. Oysters are best naked. Maybe a squirt of lemon juice. And eaten by the dozen.

  5. Anthony’s avatar

    Hey thanks for that Flygirl. And a warm hello to readers of the Age.

    It is indeed shiny and new and some well deserved attention to Saffy and her work. Regulars Santos and Jeanne too. Where’s the guernsey for the Lord of the Ring? Tsk

    Oysters in the shell can be a tad crunchy so undressed is best althought I find a veil of breadcrumbs most alluring at times.

    Blog in, don’t wait – Epicure – Entertainment

  6. deborah’s avatar

    Dont know abotu well deserved – but well chuffed to see Omni Australis up in light!

    Mmmm Naked. Oysters.

  7. mmoonn’s avatar

    wat tha huck is shuck

  8. Anthony’s avatar


    It is now burnt firey upon yon firmaments.

    It’s the verb for cracking open an oyster. I’m an oystershucker with a motorcyle (he’s and oystershucker with a motorcycle)

  9. Ed Charles’s avatar

    I thought I postd this already but I confused my blogger identity whatever that means. I’d like to see you hands after shucking all those Oysters. It takes me six to create a pretty good impression of a stigmata.

  10. Anthony’s avatar

    Doesn’t matter, it’s here now Ed.

    You must use the slow and gentle way, it looked like tai chi only graceless.

  11. Lex Culinaria’s avatar

    That is my favourite all time poem ever in the whole of poetic creation. when I was a kid it htought it was ceiling wax. made sense…you can get floor wax. Why not ceiling wax?

  12. Anthony’s avatar

    That’s the great thing about being a kid, you don’t have these assumptions about what is and ought to be so you can make all kinds of unlikely associations.

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