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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Thursday Theme Song: All I want for Christmas

Marmite is to New Zealanders is peanut butter jelly to Americans. Recently there is a shortage, and hence the shortage below of Louise and her son. Louise is my friend and I like her story. To me, who don't eat Marmite or vegemite, it's not important. But to the true blood Kiwis, and especially if you are autistic, it is a different ball game. Even the PM has something to say: Prime Minister John Key is among thousands of Kiwis having to ration their Marmite, as 'Marmageddon' enters its second day.

Mr Key said he too will have to spread thin to ensure his supply lasts.

"I only have got a very small amount in my office and once that runs out I'm aware supplies are very short."

Supermarket shelves around the country are being stripped bare of the popular breakfast spread, after production was halted due to earthquake damage discovered at Sanitarium's Christchurch plant - the only plant where Marmite is made.

Jars of the black gold have already been listed on Trade Me, with bids for a 250g jar at $63 this morning, with proceeds going to Cure Kids.



http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10793704

Louise Martin and her autistic son Daniel, who is sensitive to foods and eats Marmite every day

A mother whose autistic son eats Marmite daily has had an SOS call answered after a desperate dash to supermarkets failed to turn up the yeast spread.

Louise Martin, of Massey, said she now had about 3kg worth of Marmite stockpiled after friends from across the country sent her whatever jars they could find.

The amount will be enough to see her 7-year-old son Daniel, who has food sensitivities and is attached to the flavour, smell, and texture of Marmite, through until production resumes mid-July.

"Our crisis is over. But I was rather concerned.

"With autism the change is the worst part for any autistic child ... if you have the chance to do it gradually, great. The trouble was I was down to less than a quarter of a jar."

Shelves around the country have been stripped of Marmite after news of its shortage broke on Monday. Herald readers have reported more than 100 supermarkets or stores are completely out of stock, with others fast running out as people buy up.

Ms Martin said the first thing she did when Marmageddon dawned on Monday was jump in the car and drive to four neighbourhood supermarkets, all of which were out of stock.

Increasingly panicked, she called Sanitarium and Progressive Enterprises head offices, and raced to Gilmours - to find only expensive trays of Marmite sachets were left, "so I grabbed three trays".

An online plea was soon answered by friends and acquaintances, with jars sent from across Auckland, Levin, Nelson and Napier. Sanitarium is also sending emergency supplies.

"I'm now getting four 250g jars from a lady in Kohimarama. And a friend in Levin is sending me six 175g jars ... I will have a little collection, and it will do us."

While Ms Martin knew Marmageddon was light-hearted for most, she labelled those selling the spread on Trade Me mercenary.

"[The sellers] are much like farmers that take advantage of a drought and sell on bales of hay at exorbitant prices."

Yesterday a search for Marmite brought up 297 listings on Trade Me, with 1.2kg jars attracting bids upwards of $100 and smaller pots with "buy now" prices in the hundreds of dollars.

Gilmours Hamilton has put up for auction a 25kg pail of Marmite, with all proceeds donated to a charity of the buyer's choosing.

The winner will walk away with a 175g jar and the much larger pail, "so that you can refill your prized purchase in the comfort of your own home," says the auction.

Gilmours owner Rick Donaldson told the Herald his staff were having lunch on Tuesday and laughing about the prices people were asking for Marmite when they realised they had a spare 25kg.

"From there, the ball got rolling very quickly. One of the guys went and found it, pulled it out of hiding and cleaned it up for a photoshoot."

The pail would normally sell for $285, but it is hoped it will raise thousands at auction.

Placed on Trade Me at about 5pm on Tuesday, the auction attracted more than 70 bids, topping $400 last night.
By Nicholas Jones

Anni, I made a play on this song, with little Daniel singing all I want for Christmas is:



All I want for breakfast is my two marmite sandwich.
my two marmite sandwich.
my two marmite sandwich.
Then I will have a good day.

All I want for breakfast is my two marmite sandwich.
my two marmite sandwich.
my two marmite sandwich.
Then my mom will have a good day.


All I want for breakfast is my two marmite sandwich.
my two marmite sandwich.
my two marmite sandwich.
Then my teacher will have a good day.

All I want for breakfast is my two marmite sandwich.
my two marmite sandwich.
my two marmite sandwich.
Then my siblings will have a good day.





All I want for Christmas
is my two front teeth,
my two front teeth,
see my two front teeth!

Gee, if I could only
have my two front teeth,
then I could wish you
"Merry Christmas."
It seems so long since I could say,
"Sister Susie sitting on a thistle!"
Gosh oh gee, how happy I'd be,
if I could only whistle (thhhh, thhhh)

All I want for Christmas
is my two front teeth,
my two front teeth,
see my two front teeth.

Gee, if I could only
have my two front teeth,
then I could wish you
"Merry Christmas!"






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6 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

awww. SO glad folks were willing to send her stock to help her and her son! :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I like the play on words here with the song...

Hope you slept well, and you'll be all refreshed come Friday.

Happy Weekend, Ann.

Lighthousegal said...

That is a very nice story and I am glad that it turned out well for them. It is nice when people come together to help one another!!

Kay L. Davies said...

Good job, Ann. I'm glad people responded so well for the boy.
I tried Vegemite when I was in Australia and it was awful. I didn't even bother trying Marmite when I was in England.
But I don't like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, either. I like peanut butter cookies, and candies, however.
So...does anyone make Marmite cookies, or Vegemite candies? LOL
K

Andrew said...

A wonderful post to read...

SquirrelQueen said...

Well at least some of the folks selling it for high prices are giving the proceeds to charity. I'm glad friends came through and she has a good supply now.