Hampshire was in the stable yard tonight, when I came in with some hay, and made some remarks about food in general. He said he could not eat the new brown bread – it “gave him the belly ache”. Nothing but “good old white bread” for him. It is most strange how the English have always considered civilisation by the whiteness of the bread – ie – they look down on French, Germans, and other Europeans because their bread is dark.
Saw some London coalcarts in St. Botolph’s station tonight, which on enquiry I find belong to Hake. Intend to try to buy for the Committee.
The Government had announced on 6th April 1942 that under food rationing regulations, no more white bread was to be baked and the Food Ministry ruled that only the wholemeal National loaf would be available in shops, cafes and restaurants. The Ministry warned that the sweet and nutty taste of the new bread might take some getting used to!