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Old 26th Aug 2003, 19:38
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Israeli police are sticking phosphorescent strips on the bodies of camels in an attempt to stop fatal collisions between them and motorised pick-up trucks. In the last two years, 10 people have died in camel-related traffic accidents and more than 50 people have been seriously injured. Yossi Golan, commander of the Dimona police district in the eastern Negev, said, 'We see it as a useful adjunct to the camel safety measures we already have in place - warning signs and guard rails at particularly dangerous road crossings.'
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Old 26th Aug 2003, 19:51
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The Giraffe was once called the Camelopard as the ancients thunk it was a cross betwixt a Camel and a Leopard.
One has the distinct feeling that one has already posted this snippet on this thread at some time in the distance past.
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Old 26th Aug 2003, 20:37
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I gather camels are unsociable. The young Winston Churchill visited an army unit in Egypt, and expressed interest in riding a camel. He was not wholly popular, and the officers selected a notably uncivil camel for him.

Off he went, and duly returned without comment. What had gone wrong? Inquiry was made at the camel lines.

An NCO reported that the camel had kicked Churchill effendi. What then? He reported further that Churchill effendi had kicked the camel. Problem solved.
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Old 26th Aug 2003, 20:40
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Camel Heel Pie – time about 2 hours – serves 6.

6 Camel Heels (left or right, front or back)
3 Slices of lean beef
4 Rashers of bacon
3 Hard-boiled eggs
1 teaspoon Chopped parsley
Some coarsely grated lemon peel
Salt & pepper
Rolled pastry
Flour

Method: Inspect the heels before use, and remove any ingrained sand, animal droppings, etc. Marinate the heels overnight if necessary to soften any callouses. If any significant splits or damage are present (common in older camels) truss the heel like a quail or other small bird.

Line a pie-dish with the beef slices, and on that place three of the camel heels interspersing slices of egg, parsley and lemon peel, dredge lightly with the flour. Season with salt and pepper.

Cover with the bacon cut into strips, then lay the rest of the heels on the top, interspersing slices of egg. Again, season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with parsley and lemon peel. Fill the dish to within an inch or so of the top with cold water, cover with rolled pastry, and bake in a moderate oven for 1˝ to 2 hours.

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Old 26th Aug 2003, 20:43
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Page 35, Mr Draper.

Blackberries very early this year. I made a blackberry and apple pie yesterday, but didn't use one of those pie thingies because I haven't got one. My mother used to use an eggcup.
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Old 26th Aug 2003, 21:00
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singaporegirl said:
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To visualise how many humps Bactrians and Dromedaries have, rotate the first letter of their names by 90 degrees.
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Are you sure this is correct? I tried it and got animals which were flat on top but with one or two lumps underneath.

Was something missing from your instructions?

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Old 26th Aug 2003, 21:02
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Well singaporegirl, not everbody could have one of those proper china pie thingies, that would be communism.
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Old 26th Aug 2003, 21:07
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Britain's Shortest War

I thought Britain's shortest war was with the insurgents on Anguilla when it broke away from Antigua-Barbuda.

The war never started. The British troops were showered with flowers or the like when they landed.

Cooler heads won out and Anguilla was not forced to become part of Antigua-Barbuda.
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Old 26th Aug 2003, 21:21
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Singaporegel

interesting factoid, so I thought, was the real name for camel, as evinced in the terms Bactrian and Dromedary, respectively, which translate,

"You evil [email protected]@ard!" and,
"You smelly big [email protected]@rd!"

* * * veni vidi credo * * *




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Old 26th Aug 2003, 21:51
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seacue I see you've discovered the Easter eggs.

Mr Rossco Any creature that has longer eyelashes than an Italian boy can't be all bad.
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Old 26th Aug 2003, 22:07
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I've been told several times I've got long eyelashes.

I don't think I'm related to any camels though, and I hope eyelashes are the only similarity between moi & said beast.
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Old 26th Aug 2003, 22:46
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I collect bric-a, lots of folks collect bric-a-brac, not I, I search the car boot sales for bric-a, ones leave the brac, for other collectors, one has no interest in brac.
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Old 26th Aug 2003, 23:13
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Bracks (from the Irish breac, meaning 'speckled') are cakes studded with dried fruits and raisins. Those that are made with yeast are called 'barmbracks', and those that use baking powder and fruit soaked in tea or cider are called 'tea bracks' or 'cider bracks'.

According to tradition, hidden in the Hallowe'en barmbrack were tokens to foretell the future: a ring for the bride-to-be, a thimble for the one who would never marry, a coin for the one who would be wealthy, and a small piece of cloth indicating the one who would be poor.
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Old 26th Aug 2003, 23:28
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I'm supprised nobody has come out with how un PC and sexist the prune stone counting rhyme is,

Tinker
Tailor
Soldier
Sailor
Richman
Poorman
Beggerman
Thief

I think it was Beggerman that George uncovered as Ivans chap.
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Old 27th Aug 2003, 01:14
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Squirrels are vicious little b*st*rds - rats with good PR, that's all they are!
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Old 27th Aug 2003, 03:33
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Surely the link is not between rats and squirrels.

Best described as a plate of bacon and eggs. The content derived from the chickens requires passing involvement but the pigs’ contribution defines total commitment. Is it going to make 100 pages and become a > classic porker or remain a < happy clucker?

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Old 27th Aug 2003, 03:53
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Thats rodentophobic Casablanc,yer get wrong of Flappy.
Not sure if a squirrel is a rodent, is it?
Don't think they are related to Camels either, although both live in the trees.
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Old 27th Aug 2003, 04:42
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Just checked - it wasn't Postumus, it was Heliogabalus. Only a single source, but it is Oxford.
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Old 27th Aug 2003, 04:48
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That Caligula was a bit of a lad weren't he singaporegirl,he was a nice italian boy with long eyelashes as well.
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Old 27th Aug 2003, 17:16
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Mr Caligula
Very particular
Concerning his sister
He couldn't resist 'er
And as for his horse
It died of course.

But on length of his lashes
Or handlebar 'taches
There still remains doubt:
The jury is out.
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