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30 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I always order the litter cheeseburger and small fries at 5 Guys. The double patty is too much for me, and no matter what size fries you order, they give you lots. Do you have Shake Shack in DC yet? The pic in my blog of the burger with the curly fries is from them in Brooklyn. They have some in Liverpool but I would need a car. I eat a burger or a pizza sometimes so I can resist being a cuisine gourmet lad. SS has good burgers, low prices, fast service, beer, and NO Tipping!


Yes, Shake Shack is here in DC now but prefer Five Guys.  I too just get the little burger and must share the “small” fries, way too many.  My son is a burger nut and his fave burger joint is a chain from Southern California called Habit Burger (pretty good!) Tipping is not usual at these “fast casual” type restaurants.  Yes, tipping, in general, is pretty annoying.  I do prefer the European model for sure.

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On 21/06/2020 at 03:02, Robert M Estall said:

Liverpool is not alone, all over the country the first queues forming were for McDonalds. I despair!

 

I had an order of fries (a.k.a. "chips") in a McDonalds in 1992. Have never been back. 🤢

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21 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

 

I had an order of fries (a.k.a. "chips") in a McDonalds in 1992. Have never been back. 🤢

Oh the chips are nice. But the rest I can take or leave. Preferably leave.

There's one in Venice just by the Rialto bridge. Goldoni's statue has to look at it all day. Of all the things you could eat in Venice...........Brrrr.

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3 hours ago, spacecadet said:

Oh the chips are nice. But the rest I can take or leave. Preferably leave.

There's one in Venice just by the Rialto bridge. Goldoni's statue has to look at it all day. Of all the things you could eat in Venice...........Brrrr.

 

I agree—McD has tasty chips. On the continent, they also have beer at their places. Not in the UK though. 🙄

 

I used to know a place in the area across the Rialto that did a fab seafood risotto. Have not been in that magical city in many years. 

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This taxi I saw yesterday has a disturbingly permnent look to its pandemic adjustment, eh?

 

taxi-for-hire-with-safety-health-notices

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All this talk of burgers and chips had me wondering around Liverpool ONE an hour ago. The 5 Guys on the top landing was doing takeaway, so I decided to give them a go. I'm almost as bad at picnicking as I am at gardening and bird watching, but I took my bag of lunch, including a Corona Extra, across to the grassy area. It was a nice change on this warm summer day.

 

The Herring gulls got most of my fries along with my usual lecture about going out to sea and finding some fish. 

 

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5 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

All this talk of burgers and chips had me wondering around Liverpool ONE an hour ago. The 5 Guys on the top landing was doing takeaway, so I decided to give them a go. I'm almost as bad at picnicking as I am at gardening and bird watching, but I took my bag of lunch, including a Corona Extra, across to the grassy area. It was a nice change on this warm summer day.

 

The Herring gulls got most of my fries along with my usual lecture about going out to sea and finding some fish. 

 

Edo

Reminds me of when we were headed to the west coast, a car trip. We stopped in the forest at a spot on top of a mountain that had picnic tables. No sooner had we spread out our lunch until a mountain jay swooped in and picked something off. Maybe a frito. Then came back, sat on the end of the table and stared hungrily at us. They were used to robbing tourists, and had no fear.

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These gulls didn't steal from me, Betty. I gave them the fries. At first there was one alone, being very territorial. Then a few others dropped by. 

 

I've been here for almost a year now and I've never seen a Herring gulls steal or become aggressive. They are big birds, so they could be a problem.

 

I like these birds. They have a majesty about them. They are not friendly looking or charming, but they project something that says they have a right to their space on Earth. I don't want to be one of those people who goes around feeding birds all the time, but when I can I will. 

 

 

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Edo in some parts of Britain it is illegal to feed these birds. Feeding them leads them to become a nuisance and is the reason that they don't go to sea to catch herrings. They end up  scrounging around city centres and on rubbish dumps, making noise and causing problems. They can be aggressive.

 

They also have knobbly knees. 😁

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2 minutes ago, geogphotos said:

Edo in some parts of Britain it is illegal to feed these birds. Feeding them leads them to become a nuisance and is the reason that they don't go to sea to catch herrings. They end up  scrounging around city centres and on rubbish dumps, making noise and causing problems. They can be aggressive.

 

Yes... According to the RSPB wesite, the herring gull's main source of food is "elderly Americans eating chips"...

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12 minutes ago, John Morrison said:

 

Yes... According to the RSPB wesite, the herring gull's main source of food is "elderly Americans eating chips"...

 

They should amend that to 'elderly Americans not eating their chips'.

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I'm partial to gulls. We do have herring gulls at our Suffolk beaches but the smaller terns are more acrobatic and dive & wheel eagerly for crusts from sandwiches tossed in the air and soon spot anyone getting towards the end of their picnic. Aldeburgh and Dunwich shift a lot of fish & chip suppers so are popular with Herring gulls. Also both land quite a lot of cod and flatfish which they fillet on tables near the beach. The gulls gather and are eating something closer to their more natural diet. I  remember Cornish gulls being beyond eager. We used to often visit North Norfolk where the gulls were almost mute and not very pesky when it came to tidbits. 

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17 minutes ago, Robert M Estall said:

I'm partial to gulls

Cooked how?😀

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15 hours ago, geogphotos said:

 

They should amend that to 'elderly Americans not eating their chips'.

 

I think  I prefer "old" to "elderly," Ian. It sounds less condescending. 😎

 

I'm not interesting in breaking the law; I'm a guest in this country. (But I think Robert and I will flip a chip to a hungry-looking gull once in awhile.) 

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28 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I think  I prefer "old" to "elderly," Ian. It sounds less condescending. 😎

 

I'm not interesting in breaking the law; I'm a guest in this country. (But I think Robert and I will flip a chip to a hungry-looking gull once in awhile.) 

Ed, you'd be surprised what the law defines as litter (infamously, apple cores) but beware of littering patrols- some councils (I don't know about Liverpool) have engaged very aggressive wardens on commission who lie in wait for infractions, usually waiting for smokers to throw away stubs, but a stray chip might interest them. As it does the gulls, of course.

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37 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I think  I prefer "old" to "elderly," Ian. It sounds less condescending. 😎

 

I'm not interesting in breaking the law; I'm a guest in this country. (But I think Robert and I will flip a chip to a hungry-looking gull once in awhile.) 

 

 

You'll have to refer that to Mr Morrison - as it was he who coined the phrase. To me your are just Edo. 

 

I have been known to let the gulls at Aldeburgh have a few of my scraps from time to time. 

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44 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

Cooked how?😀

 

 

I always feel like ringing up and asking that question when I see cute a little sign saying guinea pigs for sale.

 

But then I could never understand why one of my students wasn't happy with her work experience placement at Dewhurst the butchers - I checked and her form definitely said that she wanted to work with animals. 🙃

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teehee

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2 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

I think  I prefer "old" to "elderly," Ian. It sounds less condescending.

 

If you had a pic of me, sir, and you were keywording it... I bet you a pint of 'Old Amnesia' that you would include the words 'old', 'elderly', 'senior', pensioner', etc. 😀

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35 minutes ago, John Morrison said:

 

If you had a pic of me, sir, and you were keywording it... I bet you a pint of 'Old Amnesia' that you would include the words 'old', 'elderly', 'senior', pensioner', etc. 😀

Git...not you!

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35 minutes ago, John Morrison said:

 

If you had a pic of me, sir, and you were keywording it... I bet you a pint of 'Old Amnesia' that you would include the words 'old', 'elderly', 'senior', pensioner', etc. 😀

 

In my subject choices for Alamy, self portraits are a big no-no.  

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10 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

In my subject choices for Alamy, self portraits are a big no-no.  

 

Like this you mean? 🤣

 

'A man in his late thirties with a reusable face mask looking directly at the viewer during the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic with crazy lockdown hair'

A man in his late thirties with a reusable face mask looking directly at the viewer during the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic with crazy lockdown hair - Stock Image

 
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14 minutes ago, Steve F said:

 

Like this you mean? 🤣

 

'A man in his late thirties with a reusable face mask looking directly at the viewer during the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic with crazy lockdown hair'

A man in his late thirties with a reusable face mask looking directly at the viewer during the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic with crazy lockdown hair - Stock Image

 

 

He looks suspiciously like Steve F to me.🤭

 

Allan

 

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18 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

He looks suspiciously like Steve F to me.🤭

 

Allan

 

Could be.... 🙃

 

“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.”

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