According to Reuters, this latest recession has given rise to a heap of self-help trends - from bee-keeping to growing vegetables. But one of the fastest growing new hobbies is DIY butchery.
In the Ginger Pig butcher's shop in London's fashionable Marylebone area men and women pay £120 for a three hour class (including lamb stew and beaujolais). Some are city high fliers with a bit of time on their hands, whilst others just want to know more about food.
It's cheaper than an expensive restaurant - and is something new to do. This way they get a good meal and an educational session.
Apparently they have had surgeons, dentists, doctors, normal people from down the street and lots of girls. Participants learn about different cuts of meat, how to prepare fillet, sirloin, rump or rib eye, and can take their juicy piece home afterwards.
The proprietor is planning to build a bigger classroom for up to 20 students, and is expecting high demand in the run-up to Christmas. It seems that city bankers and businessmen want fun and social gatherings in this economic climate, and the classes are even given as birthday presents.