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Old 28th Aug 2003, 23:28
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Got it in one, Gainsey.
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Old 29th Aug 2003, 00:13
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What you need BFU is a voracious Rabbit predator such as Draper, although in truth, as mentioned previously, one is not the great trencherman one once was.
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Old 29th Aug 2003, 01:52
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I prefer Jugged Hare to Rabbit. Stayed at a Hotel in Colwyn Bay many years ago and manged during the week to tuck into pheasant, venison, rabbit, jugged hare and Game Pie. All were excellent and I feel very hungry now just having relived the memory.

I think the Hotel was called the Norfolk. Met Morecombe and Wise there one evening. Ooooopps wrong thread for that!
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Old 29th Aug 2003, 05:12
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Yum! someone brung me a bar of extra strong Kendal mint cake, although for some reason this kendal mint cake is called Keswick mint cake.
Just thinking, if Kendal was in France and Keswick was in England those Frenchies would be whinning like dynamos to the thrice cursed EEC(may satan and all his minions shit on it from a great height).
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Old 29th Aug 2003, 06:22
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Oh dear surely not, one can see you twenty years from now confined to a armchair with a bandage the size of a wreck buoy wrapped round yer big toe, howling with gout pain, and one just cannot get decent servants now to bring one a constant supply of whiskey and sodas either.
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Old 29th Aug 2003, 06:39
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Rat(ion)-packs. How to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
Mind you, "Forces training" came in handy on several exercises, seemed I found myself i/c of the Hexies for meals. Nobody ever seemed to complain about rat packs as I'd expectecd.

Better return the certificate for 1st and the medal I won in the (civilian) Salon Culinaire for decorated chaud-froid poultry, then, hadn't I?
That year the Air Force won over several polytech schools/academies must have been a vivid dream.

Don't worry, SG, I'm not cooking now so the danger is over I inflict my skills upon the unwary populace.


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Old 30th Aug 2003, 00:31
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Susan was fanning the wet spots on her Trapper Keeper. Norman wanted to know what good Susan thought that would do.

"Well", Susan said, "wind changes the speed at which water evaporates by:

a. making the evaporation process slower.
b. stopping the evaporation process.
c. making the evaporation process faster.
d. making no change in the evaporation process.
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Old 30th Aug 2003, 04:06
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I'm sorry if you think I'm belittling your extensive culinary expertise. Escoffier is fairly definite about roux forming the basis for a bechamel sauce, but I see that, in his highly regarded Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson lists your 'blending technique' as an alternative method of making white sauce. So I concede the point.

I have to say that my personal experience of forces catering has not been a gourmet highlight, but perhaps I was too young to appreciate it fully. I'm sure your poultry was beautifully decorated. Perhaps you would like to post a photo of it sometime so that we may all admire it?
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Old 30th Aug 2003, 05:28
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I fear you might be right Mr Draper, I also enjoy a good glass or two of Port which I understand is also good at bringing on gout.

Ahh but what memories I shall have!
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Old 30th Aug 2003, 06:39
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The term Hijack originated on the west coast of the USA when ships were desperately shorthanded.

Prostitutes would approach sailors and say "Hi Jack", then get them drunk. The jolly tars would subsequently be sold to ships about to sail.
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Old 30th Aug 2003, 09:02
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Henry: There was a great (to my mind) short story describing this by one Morley Roberts. When I was a boy I had a copy: "How the Admiral was Promoted and Other Sea Stories". It was published around 1903. Mind you, I was a boy a bit later than that. After years of search I have found a source for the book. If you want a lead, send me a PM. Same for Mr Draper. I know Singaporegirl is a polymath, but maybe her interest stops short of hard-knuckle mates on the Barbary Coast.
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Old 30th Aug 2003, 15:54
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Barbary duck is another name for Muscovy duck, which is good for eating, though has a tendency towards muskiness. I expect its hard knuckle mates were also quite musky at times, but not in such an appealing manner.
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Old 30th Aug 2003, 16:13
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We had a Muskovy duck on our lake for a short period, it was a duck of such exceedingly ugly aspect it was shunned by the rest of the duck kind, folks seldom flung bread at the poor Muskovy, Drapes of course being perverse made a point of feeding the poor lonely Muskovy.
It buggad off eventually, dunno where.
We also had a one of those Black Antipodean swans once, it fared little better, ones lake is a cruel world.

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Old 30th Aug 2003, 20:14
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Drapes had a disaster last night, ones browser/modem became corrupted,one brought ones conciderable puterisation skills to bare to no avail alas, only one answer, the dreaded format and reload operating sys.
Spent a couple of hours copying vital stuff across to spare disc, and prepared to do the biz, it is necessary to tell those who are puter illiterate about driver discs here, it is a little known fact that driver discs(these are the things that make yer graphic cards/sound cards /modems ect go)one tends to keep tripping over these driver discs when everything is hunky dory and ones puter is purring like a cat and working just fine, but! they have a tiny microchip and propusion unit burried within them, these are self powered and require no batteries, they also have vast data base of the sound that thousands of different keyboards make.
They are programmed to listen out for, and react to the keypress sound of the letters
"F O R M A T C" being typed they immediately switch on the propulsion units, scatter and hide themselves in the most unlikely places, such as behind the throne in the bathroom, in in the dogs basket, or inside month old copies of yer telly prog magazine.
Anyway, one managed to round all these recalcitrant bastard disks up eventually and is now back on line with a much cleaner hard disc.

PS, rich folk like singaporegirl prolly just pick up the phone and demand that someone appear immediatly and fix her puter, just like she does for sore shouders ect, they have no idea what we poor folk go through.


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Old 30th Aug 2003, 23:36
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Good heavens, Mr Draper, you're not suggesting that I pickup the phone myself, are you? I have a little man who deals with that sort of thing. So vulgar to talk to tradespeople oneself, though I know people who do so, adopting a 'mockney' vernacular that is so painful to refined ears such as mine.

I might give up this typing lark as well - I've always been a bit of a dictator.

Do you always take the part of the underduck?
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Old 31st Aug 2003, 00:05
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Come! Come! Singaporegirl. "That I pick up the phone myself"? Surely: "That one pick up the telephone oneself".

And Oh dear! "The phone"!!!!

More fundamentally, would one have a telephone at all?

So vulgar, don't you know? Her late Majesty the Queen Mary would certainly have made that clear to your dear Mamma. The Hon Miss Nancy Mitford would, too.

"A rose is from thy chaplet fall'n." And one tells you, dear gel, if you can cite the origin of that one, one will know for sure you are a fraud. Right now one simply wonders.
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Old 31st Aug 2003, 00:07
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Put it about a bit those Mitford lassies did.
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Old 31st Aug 2003, 00:46
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Mr D, it was a commie duck, and the others knew that.
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Old 31st Aug 2003, 01:22
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Indeed, one undertook the odd contract for the chaps in Dzerzhinsky Square oneself at one time, so one had some sympathy for the poor exiled wildfowl ,alas they can no longer afford me now.



PS, Moby Dick is on telly at the mo, Patrick Steward is making a much better job of Ahab than Gregory Peck did.
They have a much better actor doing the Whale as well, Moby Dick looks much more convincing, wonder how many hours he spent in make up.

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Old 31st Aug 2003, 03:31
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Dick? Duck? What's it matter so long as you love your mother?
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