John and Sophie Davis, a couple from Macclesfield, agreed to a trial separation last night after a kitchen disaster which saw Sophie needlessly burn John’s tea to a crisp.
John’s high-powered career in nearby Manchester often sees him working late and on that fateful night Sophie had sent him a text message to tell him she was cooking his favourite - a beef casserole. Sophie, meanwhile, was finding the instructions on her new fan-assisted oven a little complicated and had neglected to reduce the cooking time by the recommended amount. A trifling error that was later to prove catastrophic.
Normally John is a fairly forgiving chap, but when he was faced with the horror of going without his favourite meal, he naturally hit the roof. Unfortunately, Sophie compounded her earlier blunder by offering to warm him some beans up in the microwave oven.
‘You could hear John down the other end of the street’, said neighbour Emily Perkins,
‘I really thought at one point he was going to have to get something from the local takeaway. And that’s over three hundred yards away. I really felt for him.’
It’s understood that Sophie had been trying to juggle her career as a hotel receptionist with being a full-time mum and loving wife to John. Though it seems in retrospect she had bitten off more than she could chew. Something had to give.
News of the incident has travelled far and wide with many prominent figures tempted to throw in their ha’penny worth.
Germaine Greer, author of The Female Eunuch, which is about womens’ rights and stuff said:
‘The ascent of feminism has liberated women from traditional chores such as cooking,
cleaning and the washing up and it comes as no surprise that these basic life skills are on the wane. Many take on challenging careers such as working in a factory or a bank and there’s even an element of power-dressing that goes with the territory.’
‘But, frankly, if you want to carry on like some sort of lezzer that’s up to you.
I personally find cooking very rewarding and it fits in well with my hubby Shauny’s job as a sheep-shearer. Often Shauny will shear up to 2000 sheep on an average shift and it’s pretty hungry work I can tell you. When he comes home he expects his tea ready on the table and nothing pleases me more to see him tucking into spare ribs in barbecue sauce – a specialty of mine.’
‘And then it’s off to the bedroom with me on all fours saying ‘pretend it’s your birthday.’ '
‘We’re very happy.’