I got to visit an abattoir yesterday*, and very interesting it was too.

Not only was it fascinating to see the whole process, but it's also going to change the book. I did learn things. Oh yes indeedy. Things that will make the book a lot richer and a bit darker too. I hope so anyway.

Mind you, having been a committed omnivore all my life, I was a little worried that seeing the beasts walk in one end alive and come out the other end in little shrink-wrapped packages might blunt my appreciation of meat. But it didn't. So I went and bought a steak from the Abattoir's factory shop for tea.

And very tasty it was too.

* Thanks to the clever ministrations of James's brother Duncan.