Thursday, September 17, 2009

Just keep him away from the Limburger!

I'm amused to discover the value of a nose for cheese.

A master cheese-grader in Somerset has insured his nose for £5 million.

Nigel Pooley, 63, selects more than 12,000 tonnes of cheddar every year with his expert sense of smell.

Mr Pooley, who lives in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, will have his specialist nose insured with Lloyds of London, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Mr Pooley said his nose earns the family-run Wyke Farms, where he has worked for 12 years, about £1 million a week by selecting and saving the best cheeses.

He said: "It's nice to be valued so highly. The insurance is part of the risk assessment and in that way I'm like a piece of machinery, I'm included as an individual piece."

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Jonathan Thomas, group accident and health underwriter of Watkins Syndicate at Lloyd's, said Mr Pooley "breaks new ground as our first cheese nose".

There's more at the link.

If he only has to sniff Cheddar, I guess that'll work. However, if they ever expose his nose to a ripe Limburger or Vieux Boulogne, I daresay he'll be out of action for weeks! For the sake of their bank balance, I hope the underwriters have inserted the appropriate clauses in the insurance policy . . .


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