Orbital Musings

The Merits of a Bacon Roll

by Satellite Creative on 16th June 2015

We at Satellite have recently become accustomed to a bacon roll on a Friday morning. How it came about was sort of an accident, an accumulation of spontaneity, humour, chance and a brief sprinkling of director generosity. Chaos theory aside we were riddled with debate on our new found guilty-pleasure. But not for long.

The classic bacon roll

It all began one Friday morning some three weeks ago. With half of our troupe out seeing clients, Dylan – in fetching new camo attire – joyfully perks up, “Does anyone fancy a bacon roll?”. With three replies in the affirmative, he yanks a tenner from his (thin) wallet and Lee duly strolls up Church Walk to the Tring Market, now more conveniently located in the middle of the town. Very nice they were too.

Fast forward a week to a cool Friday morning and we find Dylan stepping over a very hairy moth (an ex-moth – it had ceased to be) on the staircase and quipped “Must have come from Andy’s wallet”. Robert adds “It’s market day. How about a round of bacon rolls then?”. Suitably peer-pressured, the relenting creative director pulls out a tenner and off one strolls with a post-it note of names and corresponding dressings – K, HP or None.

Arriving at a two by two white trailer box, I pass the post-it to the fella at the curiously named Timo’s Potatoes (not a spud in sight I might add). Since the kettle was boiling and multitasking out of the question, we were offered a delivery service and within 15 minutes, along came Timo’s gopher with a bag wafting something awesome. Two (5mm) slices of prime bacon in a buttered crusty roll, individually bagged, named, appropriate condiments applied, the goodies were distributed.

Everything stopped for ten minutes. The office chatterbox went quiet,  the phones stopped ringing and even the printer went into a temporary slumber. Big grins, nodding heads, wiping fingers and smiles all round, if one could picture a scene of mass satisfaction for ten quid, this was it. There was something quite primeval going on. Nom nom.

Here’s the thing. We are armed with a single-sided A5 colour flier and a promise of a delivery any time we wanted – so long as it was a Friday – so we could enjoy this ten minutes of bliss once a week. But is this healthy?

It’s good for you. Its bad for you.

This week it was reported that a small amount of chocolate reduces the risk of dying a painful death (we looked to see if the report was sponsored by a confectionery maker) and earlier this year, studies in South Korea revealed that people drinking moderate amounts of coffee had cleaner arteries!

So it comes as no surprise that we are left wondering what is or isn’t good for us. If we believe everything we read/hear, it is a big fat no for bacon. Everything is bad for you it seems.

So we did a little poking around and found some interesting facts.

Some facts

Bacon basically contains protein, carbohydrates, some fat and a bit of sodium. And we also get Choline which helps increase intelligence and memory while (as University studies show), it helps fight off the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic mental impairments. Bonus!

From bacon, we receive: 65% of our RDA of Thiamin (Vitamin B1) as well as 47% of our Niacin (Vitamin B3), 38% of our Vitamin B12, 36% of our Zinc, 24% of our Vitamin B6, 22% of our Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), 22% of our Phosphorus, 10% of our Pantothenate, 10% of our Magnesium, 9% of our Iron and the Protein to fat balance in bacon is actually 4 to 1, which is one of the highest protein to fat balances found in any meat, fish or fowl found on Earth.

Boss HogBacon Today

Interesting indeed. Weekly roll justified?

Green Bacon?

Our chief brainiac Andy adds, “Did you know, of the meats we consume, pork has the lowest carbon footprint of the lot – other than chicken?” Another bonus! Maybe adding this to our Corporate Responsibility page might be a roll too far. It was also sourced locally, delivered on foot and it produced no washing up.

Business value

We also did some fine work thereafter so the business value was immense. We each overcame some of the tougher challenges that are often presented to creatives. And we have one more reason to like working here. Can one put a value on that?


First, let us say that we cannot possibly recommend eating a bacon sandwich every day. That wouldn’t be healthy if only because it isn’t healthy to have too much of a good thing. Everything in moderation. Are we…

  • Riddled with guilt? Er, no.
  • Worried that each bacon sandwich is a health time bomb that will knock a half an hour off one’s life? No.
  • Having a bacon roll this friday? Yes.

Will the boss pay for it? Unknown.

We could not conclude was which is better on a bacon roll – Ketchup, HP or none. I’m adding an egg next time!

If you’re planning on visiting us any time soon, roll up on a Friday morning!

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