Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Rhubarb Triangle

Not quite like the Bermuda triangle, not as glamorous, not as mysterious. But closer to home.

Infact, Wakefield's claim to fame, alongside sculpture, is indeed the lowly Rhubarb.

As I pondered this fact the other day, driving past the subtle Rhubarb sculpture on the edge of Thornes Park. You know how they say dogs look like their owners, or visa versa, depending on how you look at it, could it be that the inhabitants of a certain place represent the main association.

Now, I'm most probably just drawing similarities for the sake of it, but it could prove interesting nonetheless. Maybe it will work for your hometown.

Rhubarb is a peculiar plant, a vegetable to most, although there has been some debate around that fact in the U.S (who'd have guessed). The leaves are inedible and although the stem can be eaten raw it is usually cooked. Does this show that there are parts of Wakefield and the surrounding area that you have to discard in order to enjoy it at its fullest? Or do you have to include everything? Council estates, 'fag packet flats' and all. If you cook it down till you are left with the basics, do you get something sweeter and more enjoyable.

Is this small northern city comparable to its vegetable in terms of mundanity? Rhubarb is nothing special, at least not by its self, is Wakefield the same? Is it stupid to draw upon similarities between locations and crimson-stalked vegetables. Probably...Definately.

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