Thursday, 24 November 2011

History of the Picnic
Pique-nique . . . the French invented the word. The very first picnics were actually held indoors during the 17th century. Guests were all expected to "pick" a dish to share, hence the term "pique". ("Nique" is most likely just a fun rhyming accompaniment.) Before long, the "picnic" term and concept travelled to England. By the 19th century, the term referred to an outdoor society event in which each guest contributed food or entertainment.
- That the first usage of the word picnic is traced to the 1692 edition of Gilles Ménage, Origines de la Langue Française, which mentions pique-nique as being of recent origin; it marks the first appearance of the word in print.
- The term picnic was used to describe a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine.
- For long a picnic retained the connotation of a meal to which everyone contributed something.
- July is National Picnic Month.
- June 18 is International Picnic Day.
-  The art of picnicking was enjoyed by the wealthy until the 1700's when picnicking became a fashionable social event with participants contributing items or dishes to share.


Research conducted by Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer shows Brits’ traditional side, revealing 58 per cent believe the perfect picnic only requires sunshine, a great location and close friends and family to share it with.
43 per cent of picnickers admit to munching their sarnies in the car when the skies turn grey, while a similar number said they head for the nearest restaurant.
half of those surveyed said sandwiches and savoury treats such as pastries and cocktail sausages are the essential component for every picnic basket.

- Over 600 stores in the UK and a further 200-plus in more than 30 countries around the globe.
- Sales from its Food & Drink operation, which offers everything from fresh produce and groceries to ready-made meals and seasonal dishes, currently account for just over half (51%) of the business - bringing in more revenue than clothing and homeware combined.

- M&S reduce the price of short-life food which has led to the reduction of waste by around 37% (by sales value).

- 90% of the wild fish sold in M&S come from sustainable sources

- M&S stores, offices and warehouses recycled 94% of waste in 2010/11
- Reduced non-glass packaging by an average of 26% per item
- Since they started charging our food carrier bags there has been an 80% reduction in the number of bags given out.

He's a couple sandwiches short of a picnic.
- "Nice packaging but you don't get much for your money... once I got 10 grapes when from other places you'd get like 30. Although they were washed...its like you pay for them to be washed"

- Best places to go for a picnic...
- Over priced and pretencious
- Good adverts
- They do a great christmas hamper
- Good customer service

my ideal picnic would be with a....

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