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Old Jun 23, '12, 7:52 am
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I have to conclude that there aren't too many cake decorators posting in this thread!

As others have said, edible gold leaf is not particularly expensive and the quantities used are tiny. Fresh strawberries out of season probably cost a lot more than a bit of gold leaf.
Years ago I bougth about twenty pounds of out of season fresh strawberries as an investment and put them in a safety deposit box, they were really expensive and I thought that the price would keep going up. A few months later I got a call from the bank complaining about the smell coming from my safetry deposit box.
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Old Jun 23, '12, 8:57 am
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Years ago I bougth about twenty pounds of out of season fresh strawberries as an investment and put them in a safety deposit box, they were really expensive and I thought that the price would keep going up. A few months later I got a call from the bank complaining about the smell coming from my safetry deposit box.
Lol.

Next time maybe try saffron.
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Old Jun 23, '12, 9:09 am
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Years ago I bougth about twenty pounds of out of season fresh strawberries as an investment and put them in a safety deposit box, they were really expensive and I thought that the price would keep going up. A few months later I got a call from the bank complaining about the smell coming from my safetry deposit box.
Lol, you think that is expensive, you should have tried raspberries.
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Old Jun 23, '12, 11:53 am
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I have to conclude that there aren't too many cake decorators posting in this thread!

As others have said, edible gold leaf is not particularly expensive and the quantities used are tiny. Fresh strawberries out of season probably cost a lot more than a bit of gold leaf.
Indeed. The amount of gold leaf used in the gift is smaller than the amount of gold leaf applied to a typical Buddha statue in certain Buddhist temples in some parts of the Far East.
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Old Jun 23, '12, 12:39 pm
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Obviously, he is surrounded by surreal opulence. He has minions at his beck and call. That is the nature of the office.

I do question why there is a Vatican state? What purpose can it serve in the current world? I would not object to the Catholic Church declaring tomorrow that it has given up its worldly attachment to the papal states and treasures. But I am realistic that a community of people who have amassed such wealth invest much of their identity in its maintenance, and will rationalize its preservation until forced by circumstance to change their rationalizations.

So, the most important question to me, is "how is this wealth and influence used to affect good in the world?" Whether the Pope receives a giant chocolate candy with gold on it doesn't seem to mean much in the broader scheme of things.
The Vatican is preserving the art treasures there for the enjoyment of the people, not rationalizing their possession. There was another thread on this . . .the Pope could sell all the treasures tomorrow to relieve some people's poverty, then they would be in some collector's mansion, where no one could see them, and the poor we would still have with us.

I can relate to this in a small way: my mother-in-law gave me some (ugly, ostentatious) earrings as a gift, and said she hoped I would wear them to her church when we went. So I did . .. the pastor gave a sermon that included comments on the vanity of people who wear ostentatious jewelry to show off, looking straight at me. It would have been funny if it hadn't been so embarrassing.
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Lol.

Next time maybe try saffron.
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Lol, you think that is expensive, you should have tried raspberries.
I am sorry but I cannot follow your advice, I would love to but I am not allowed. After the straberry fiasco my wife has forbidden me to listen to any more internet investment advices.
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I am sorry but I cannot follow your advice, I would love to but I am not allowed. After the straberry fiasco my wife has forbidden me to listen to any more internet investment advices.
That made me laugh out loud!

The great strawberry fiasco of 2012!!
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That made me laugh out loud!

The great strawberry fiasco of 2012!!
Why isn't someone DOING SOMETHING!
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Why isn't someone DOING SOMETHING!
Because the issue so far has been berried, and currently the situation is fruitless.
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Why isn't someone DOING SOMETHING!
Now that comment really is gold!!

You win a punnet of strawberries.
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Because the issue so far has been berried, and currently the situation is fruitless.
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