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February 9th, 2003

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03:38 am - Pleasant day in town
Ten-'til-six games at the Middlesbrough Gamers Club today; about 52 attended, higher than for past Saturdays. I managed to run the Haggle game I'd been planning for a couple of months. Ideally we'd have had 15 players, but I could change it to work for ten. In the end, an eleventh signed up and I really had to fiddle it a bit to make it work. A few technical problems and inexactnesses, but broadly a qualified success. Possibly around half of the eleven players really got into it, but I think most of even the ones who didn't found it a fun change.

The single best sandwich shop in Middlesbrough is Hungry Jack's. Freshly made, decently-sized sandwiches (a choice of about a dozen fillings) plus none, any or all of eight salad ingredients for £1. They will try to upsell you into including (non-free) cheese, coleslaw or "three cakes for a £1" and you do get far more salad than filling, but they have a really efficient, good operation going on and the quality is a tremendously pleasant surprise. It's a chain operation with close to a dozen operations around Teesside. Were I responsible for freak-of-nature-accident retail booms then they would be bigger than McDonalds, only more ethical.

Lots more to write, but not tonight. :-)
Current Mood: always confused, generally +ve
Current Music: T#6 :)

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Date:February 9th, 2003 08:40 am (UTC)
Interesting trivia of the day:

Hungry Jack's is the moniker Burger King goes by in Australia.

Isn't that special?
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Date:February 9th, 2003 08:51 am (UTC)
As they used to say at a wildly inappropriate time on (BBC) Radio One:

"Fuck my hat, I did not know that."

I have been waiting for ages to use the expression "petasal intercourse" in connection with the first half of this. It's Evil Time!
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Date:February 9th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
Couldn't you at least get your hat to buy me dinner first?

Further research into the topic: HJ is no longer associated with BK. In 1990, BK terminated their agreement with HJ, with the intent to move BKs into Australia and make more money. HJ sued and won a $45Million lawsuit.

So, now BKs and HJs are there in direct competition with the same logo. Last year, an HJ franchisee tried and failed to buy the BKs and turn them into HJs.

Australia is f'd up. :)
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Date:February 9th, 2003 09:15 am (UTC)
If they all serve Whoppers then the more the merrier as far as I'm concerned. :-)

Unfortunately the (Australian) HJs site's menu page (not as in home page, as in "page with a menu" isn't up yet). It would be interesting to know what their selection of burgers and so forth is.

A new Australian-themed (sports) bar/restaurant/club/thing called "WALKA8OUT" (imagine Walkabout with a backwards B, much like Toys R Us has a backwards R) opened in a prime location in town a couple of months back. No idea how accurate it is at all, though I would suspect not. Unlikely to be further off than the (USAn) Outback steak houses, though, I suspect. :-)

Actually, you can look at their menu online; it's part of a national chain. The only other interesting thing is that Walkabout's website actually uses the eu.com SLD, the first serious website I've ever seen to do so.

Current mood: hungry, oddly enough
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Date:February 9th, 2003 09:43 am (UTC)
True enough. Other than the decor and the commercial announcer's accent, there isn't anything "Australian" about Outback.

But, the food is good. :)

Walkadoubt (cheating via lowercase!) seems like quite the happenin' place, actually. Shall have to stop there if/when I get over to Eng-er-land for a visit.
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Date:February 9th, 2003 10:02 am (UTC)
Wasn't that taken with the food at Outback on the occasion or two I've been there on my trips to Columbus, OH. They got off to a poor start by putting unexpected, unrequested stealth cheese in my soup and didn't pick up after then. What is it with you Americans and cheese?

I don't think we really have such a thing as the sports bar/diner in the UK, more's the pity. (Or, given how little interest I have in bars, maybe they do exist and I just don't pay attention.) I very much enjoyed the trip to Damon's you took me on, for instance. If Walka8out were to show, say, the Last Ultimate Grand Final, or whatever they called it, of the (Aussie Rules) AFL in the middle of the night then it might be rather fun to go there and watch it over a platter in a wild crowd.

New AFL season starts March 28th, but there is the pre-season Wizard Home Loans Cup (sixteen teams, single elimination, sensibly enough) starting on February 21st and going through to March 15th. COME ON YOU BOMBERS!
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Date:February 9th, 2003 12:33 pm (UTC)

I'm so cheesy...

What is it with you Americans and cheese?

1. It covers up the sub-par taste of the original food item.

2. It supports United States industries such as cow milking and cheesemaking.

Scary enough, at one time, it was illegal to serve Apple Pie in Wisconsin without cheese on top. Of course, margarine was once illegal... (source: http://www.dumblaws.com/states/states.php?State=Wisconsin)
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Date:February 9th, 2003 05:37 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm so cheesy...

it was illegal to serve Apple Pie in Wisconsin without cheese on top.

I'd have been convinced you were kidding if you hadn't provided that link. Eek! Ick! Ook, even!

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