Rigby’s Encyclopaedia of the Herring

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OATMEAL

The classic way with fried herring, together with recipe variations and some thoughts on just why oatmeal provides the perfect coating

OLIVIER, LAURENCE

The true story of Sir Laurence Olivier's heroic campaign to save the kippers on the Pullman Car breakfast menu of the Brighton Belle

OTOLITHS & SCALES

On the use of growth rings in either to calculate a herring's age, together with details of the research pioneers who first used them

PARA HANDY

Including the full text of Neil Munro's Para Handy story, The Herring - A Gossip

PICKELHERING

The use of the name by C16th English slapstick clowns, out of fashion at home, unable to speak the languages of the countries where they laughed

PROPHETIC HERRINGS

On the strange markings discovered on two herrings and their possible connection with the death of Denmark's Frederick II five months later

PURSE SEINING

The development, efficiencies and impacts of the purse seine net for herring fishing (other fish, of course, also apply)

QUOTAS

A brief history of overfishing, recent attempts at controlling it, together with thoughts on stock conservation and capitalism

RACIAL THEORY

The development of thinking around herring population difference and some uncomfortable parallels with racial theories of mankind

RED HERRING

Not just a euphemism for a false trail, but a kind of smoked herring that has probably served as a euphemism for a false trail since at least the C16th

RED HERRING JOKE, THE

The story of the red herring gag shared between Shakespeare, Jonson & Nashe in at least six great literary works

RING NET: WILL MACLEAN

An interview with Scottish artist Will Maclean on his documentary exhibition, The Ring Net, which he developed between 1973 and 1978

RING NETTING

On the rise and demise of ring net fishing for herring, which originated in the waters of Loch Fyne and played a role in the sad development of overfishing

ROLLMOPS & BISMARCKS

On the popular German vinegar-based cures, together with an origin story for one of them and a basic recipe for the marinade

SALT

An 8,000 year history of salt and salt pickling, paying particular attention to the preservation of herrings by the German Hanse, the Dutch and the British.

SARDINES

The sardine in cans, on the slab and in popular culture; the limits of self-identification for herrings and non-European pilchards

SCANIA FISHERY

The story of the first great empire-shaping herring fishery together with historical and scientific speculations on its rise and its fall

SCHMALTZ HERRING

An attempted exploration of exactly what this is, despite disagreement among its advocates and loose definition amongst suppliers

SHOALS

On an evolutionary strategy aimed at dealing with predation, which didn't imagine the purse seine net or the unregulated pursuit of profit

SHOALS OF HERRING, THE

Written for the BBC's Radio Ballads, a song by Ewan McColl which has entered the traditional music repertoire and is sung by many

SILVER HERRING

Somewhere between the modern bloater and the golden herring, popular in the Mediterranean - particularly in Italy

SINGING THE FISHING

Always at the forefront of documentary innovation, the herring swims through the great Radio Ballad of 1960

SMOKEHOUSE TALES: GERRY SKEWS

A new Lowestoft smoker, an old smokehouse and red herrings among the kippers, bloaters and many other hot and cold smoked products

SMOKEHOUSE TALES: WILL BUCKENHAM

One of the last red herring smokers, Will Buckenham in Lowestoft produces these, along with bloaters and kippers in the country's oldest working smokehouse

SPAWNING

On the spawning preferences of the herring, together with a list of the spawning grounds for the main Eastern Atlantic populations

SURSTRÖMMING

On the Swedish herring delicacy which defies delicacy, insisting upon schnapps and communal singing in the face of its intimations of mortality

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