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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Close Your Eyes and Think of England

posted by on June 26 at 12:35 PM

From the archives of the BBC:

A West Midlands family is playing a central role in the quest to raise the profile of a forgotten British dish—faggots.

The Doody family from Wolverhampton has been crowned The Faggot Family in a national competition, and to kick off their reign they will launch National Faggot Week.

Best quote…

“The great British faggot is full of flavour and a great belly warmer at this time of year.”

I have a feeling this might be a hoax, but I just don’t want to check.

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Not a hoax. I used to love the ads for 'Brains Faggots' as a kid. Funny northern food tho, no idea what they taste like!

Posted by Sto | June 26, 2008 12:42 PM

Their son looks so unexcited in that picture. Although, having been a teenage boy, I can understand how being part of the Faggot Family (aka Doody Family, no less) might not be that thrilling of a prospect.

Posted by Hernandez | June 26, 2008 12:45 PM

I thought faggots were british slang for cigs? If they had a dish called faggots, why would they (presumably) later use that word for slang for cigarettes? Does the dish taste like ashtray?

Posted by really? | June 26, 2008 12:46 PM

Wow: cannibalism at the Stranger offices spreads to England in the space of an hour. Thank Jeebus for Teh Internets!

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | June 26, 2008 12:46 PM

Totally not a hoax. I saw a documentary about this. There were several families in a competition to be crowned The Faggot Family, little kids and all. They got sashes.

Posted by JC | June 26, 2008 12:46 PM


Ciggarettes are called Fags, meatballs are Faggots. At least up North. I'm from London, so there could be more to it. Also, Faggot is an old-fashioned word for a piece of wood that you burn. I dunno if it ever had that meaning here ...

Posted by Sto | June 26, 2008 12:52 PM


i've always been aware that the old man on the cover of zeppelin 4 was carrying a "great faggot of sticks" on his back.

Posted by max solomon | June 26, 2008 12:59 PM

Faggots go great with Spotted Dick.

Posted by Mahtli69 | June 26, 2008 12:59 PM

if you fagged that means to be tired.

faggots, the dish, are so named cos they look a little like sticks...the ones i saw at least were longer rather than rounder...and with gravy are tasty...i used to get faggot buttys which are like a meatball sandwich i guess.

a fag can also be a ciggie

faggots are also sticks. burning the faggots can mean to burn cut brush

Posted by Jiberish | June 26, 2008 1:05 PM

Ask Sully; he would know more than anyone

Posted by Rick | June 26, 2008 1:25 PM

Ah, an almôndega by any other name...

And @1, I was always under the impression faggots were a Welsh "delicacy", not northern.

As for what they taste like, think of a scrapple meatball, and you'll get a pretty good idea.

Posted by COMTE | June 26, 2008 1:56 PM

@ 6 Meatballs! *giggles*

Posted by ali | June 26, 2008 1:59 PM

How has nobody mentioned "Doody" yet? Doody Family... Faggot Family. They were doomed from the start.

Posted by robo | June 26, 2008 2:31 PM


It's a lazy London thing, sorry. Anything north of Watford is lumped into 'Northern' somtimes, at least until you hit Scotland.

Posted by Sto | June 26, 2008 3:17 PM

I remember seeing an outdoor ad in Birmingham (England) in the 70s with the slogan "Surprise your family tonight... Serve them faggots".

Posted by banjoboy | June 26, 2008 3:36 PM

@14 or anything south of the Humber is 'Southern'

Posted by Jiberish | June 26, 2008 3:55 PM

In Ireland they're called "O'Mosexuals."

It's true!

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | June 26, 2008 3:58 PM

ah... the stranger.... as juvenile as ever.

Posted by apttitle | June 26, 2008 4:37 PM

My recipe book says faggots are basically made like meatballs but you use ground calves liver. I'll take a pass.

Posted by Sha | June 26, 2008 9:09 PM

A good faggot will warm your your belly ANY time of the year!

Posted by lawrence clark | June 26, 2008 11:31 PM

Nope, not a hoax. We are aware of the comedy though, don't worry. A chip-shop near my house have a sign advertising their "Real Faggots (in gravy)". Always good for a smile.

I've never tried them although I'd like to. I worry about my poor waistline. Faggots are never good for your waistline.

Posted by Willie Hewes | June 27, 2008 12:57 AM

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