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HELLO, good evening and welcome to issue 23 of Octopus's Garden, the subzeen with its very own discussion page for tinned meat products. An html version of this subzeen is available on the Web at http://www.manorcon.demon.co.uk/octopus/index.html. It's also sent to the TAP mailing list, which you can join automatically by sending the message 'subscribe tap' to majordomo@igo.org. The message 'unsubscribe tap' sent to the same address will get you off the mailing list.

Round 4 (RR 1549 FR)


Railway Rivals (France)

Little Froggy FooFoo ChooChoo (LFFfCc) [orange] (Pitt Crandlemire, MA)
4a) (E68) - Metz [+6] ; (Orleans) - V15 - V14 ; 4b) (V14) - S13 - S10 ; 4c) (S10) - La Rochelle ; (S13) - Q14 - Limoges.
French Rail Emperors And Kings (FREAK) [purple] (W. Andrew York, TX)
4a) (Nancy) - E69 - H69 ; (Mulhouse) - B71 - C72 ; 4b) (C72) - Strasbourg [+6] ; (J63) - J62 - Lille ; (L61) - L60 ; 4c) (L60) - L59 [-1 green] - N59 - Dunkerque ; (Lyon) - P25 ; Buy Dunkerque - Dover ferry [-6].
Conrad's Absurd Names Create Acronymic Nausea (CAN CAN) [green] (Conrad von Metzke, CA)
4a) (Y9) - Nantes [+6] - U10 ; 4b) (U10) - La Rochelle [+6] ; (H64) - H65 - I66 ; 4c) (H65) - F66 - F67.
The Blue Nosed Special (TBNS) [blue] (John Colledge, Scotland)
4a) (L12) - R9 ; 4b) (R9) - La Rochelle ; (Montpellier) - G26 [-8 yellow] [-1 yellow] ; 4c) (G26) - F26 [-5 yellow] ; (L11) - Bordeaux [+6] - K10.
Railways Asserting Very Egalitarian Lines (RAVEL) [yellow] (Berry Renken, Netherlands)
4a) (G24) - Montpellier ; (H25) - F26 - Marseille [+6] ; 4b) (Marsailles) - E28 - Toulon [+6] - E30 - F30 - F31 - G32 ; 4c) (G32) - Nice [+6] - H33 ; (Montpellier) - G22 - E21 [-1 blue].

Last time, FREAK's 3b) build was (Z27) - Z31 - Mulhouse, not as advertised. No-one seems to have been fooled. This time, FREAK wrote (Nancy) - E69 - H69, which cannot be done without turning somewhere ; I interpreted as above. Rolls for Round Five : 3, 5, 5. Orders for Round Five by 23:59:59 Greenwich Mean Time on FRIDAY, 3rd APRIL, 1998, to Peter Sullivan. E-mail : octopus@manorcon.demon.co.uk PGP key available for the paranoid. PRESS :

CAN CAN TO RIVALS: I'm not quite clear on this 'spam' business. I know what it is for computers (and haven't yet got any, please don't help). But as to food, I'm having a bit of trouble accepting that what we Yanks call "spam" is the same thing you Brits call "spam."

Over here, Spam (TM Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.) is a loaf, sold in tins, of pork - but mostly, of course, ground-up and pressed pork by-products. It is manufactured - well, in a sense by the pigs themselves, of course, but ultimately by the Hormel Meat Company of Dubuque, Iowa (and several other locations in the same general area, they're a big company). So - is British Spam the same thing, more or less, and made by the U.K. affiliate of the same corporation, or did you steal the name, or what?

What we do with the stuff is (a) fry it and eat it for breakfast or lunch, or (b) slice it and eat it cold e.g. in sandwiches. (But the most common application is (c), avoid it like the plague.) I've even seen some recipes using it as a main course for the evening meal, in the form of casseroles or as a baked loaf with various things slopped on top of it as one might do with pork chops.

In the fried sliced form, I have to confess I do like it from time to time - but must keep it pretty irregular owing to the astronomical fat/cholesterol content.

So - how does this mesh with the British equivalent?

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