The city has a new chocolate: Ruby Chocolate, also called the “Fourth Chocolate” (after the milky, dark and white varieties). From April, chocolate lovers in the UK can buy it as a Ruby KitKat.
But what is ruby chocolate? It looks like white chocolate painted in pink, but it clearly comes from “ruby cocoa beans”, which is somehow different from other cocoa beans. Also, this is clearly a trade secret. I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t say what it really tastes like. Personally, I go for dark chocolate, so my expectations aren’t high, but I’ll give it a whirl.
Chocolate is not the only thing that is new. Apparently, a whole new system of rivers has appeared overnight in Argentina. This is because forests and other water-absorbing geographical features have been cut down or reclaimed to provide farms for soybeans, one of the main exports of the country.
These flat fields neither retain nor absorb water, so after heavy rains, you have a new river flowing from your yard. The largest of these is aptly named Rio Nuevo (literally “New River”) and has already formed a deep valley in the province of San Luis, Argentina.
Meanwhile, the problem in London is not how to stop the water, but how to make it flow, at least in the sewers. Yes, I first wrote about Fatburg many years ago when a monstrous – taller than a tower bridge – was discovered under the Whitechapel. But the word and the problem have arisen again. (Not literally; they’re still underground.)
In April, Channel 4 aired an “autopsy” of an even larger Fatburg under the South Bank. Not only do these monasteries, made up of cooking fats and plastic waste, block the sewage system; Recent testing has revealed the presence of potential antibiotic-resistant bacteria, making them a serious threat to disgusting public health as well as infrastructure. Also, there were allegedly a lot of banned gym supplements, so that’s one thing.
A final explosion from the past is the so-called right to forget. In our age of social media, we are always “on”, and our previous posts and comments, though ineffective (or even harmful) are never really far away. Or do they?
When I first wrote about Right to Be Forgotten, a businessman was suing Google, demanding that they remove references to a reverse criminal sentence from its search engine results. Because the legal process is so slow, now I get to write about it again.
This time, the software giant has lost the case, which could set a significant legal precedent for others who want to remove or suppress embarrassing online activities from their search results. Of course, when I Google my name, I still find former heads of the U.S. Census Bureau, so unless he goes to jail, I’m fine.
By Robert Groves
Robert Groves is an American writer, lexicographer and enthusiast of new words.