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Marc Osten

Money had had a megamajor negative impact no doubt...but the art...the beauty...the game still amazes me.

Ian Runeckles

Hey Marc - yes, Wimpy was (and indeed still is) a chain http://www.wimpy.uk.com/ - they were the first burger chain in the UK. Must admit I haven't been to a game for years - used to see Leyton Orient occasionally when still in London and my now local team, Norwich City, have just won what was the third division so maybe I'll catch a game there next season. Will probably watch a few world cup games but not holding up much hope for England setting the contest on fire. In my view money has killed football...

Marc Osten

Ian - Wimpy bars? Was that their brand name? Next time I'm in London should we try to catch a game together or have you moved on from the stupidity of football?

Ian Runeckles

Yes, Marc, I do think van and street food is generally pretty poor in the UK - if I'm really desperate I might get a crepe which they can't really mess up too much... Gavin's memory of the Great American Disaster sort of rings a distant bell - back in those pre (or early anyway) big-Mac days we really only had Wimpy bars which I loved as a kid, used to drive my parents nuts by wanting to eat them. The burgers tasted like cardboard but hey. The GAD was probably a bit too sophisticated for the likes of me!

Jim, you ate with the players? More, please! I was a regular at the shrine of football from 1970 to 1980-ish.

Marc Osten

Hey Jim - I didn't know you were a hammers fan.

OK Jim you need to share some more information about your experience with West Ham! I never knew...or forgot.

Jim

Marc,

Enjoyed the clip. Particularly since you were at Upton Park! I never had to eat the food outside when I was with West Ham since I ate with the players, but it did look gross.

Did you go to the West Ham v. Man City game? Exciting for twenty minutes and then a bit of a stroll for the rest of the match. At least we stayed in the Premiership.

Marc Osten

Yes Ian I did enjoy the game. English football is my favorite...it's just a shame the food is so bad. I have to admit that I'm not with you on the ban on eating things out of a van. I find van food to be great sometimes. For example, in France there are vans driving around that will stop, set up shot, fire up their WOOD burning over and pump out fantastic pizza. And on my home turf in New York the morning breakfast vans put out the best egg sandwiches and bagels that you'll find anywhere.

So my friend Ian...I think this is a problem especially brewed in Britian. And what do you think of Gavin's memory: "I still recall (with indigestion) a burger I had in 1976 at a place called "The Great American Disaster" (London). It was named for its burgers - supposedly famously; real american-ish. All I remember (as I thankfully have managed to forget the true horridness) was that the supposed "mint julip" tasted like Scope on ice, with a dash of dank basement, and the burger tasted like fried oatmeal with slightly crunchy mealworms, and brown gravy-glop."

Pretty sad huh?

Marc Osten

I knew you'd be disappointed in me Gavin. Domage!

You'll be happy to know that tonight I went to the Olympique Marseille match in Marseille and before the game I sample the local fare outside the stadium. As you'd expect the quality was a bit different. I'll report in more detail next week.

Ian Runeckles

Marc, I hope you enjoyed the game more than the burger - I grew up in East London and supported the Hammers when I was a lad but all we could get to eat then was a bag of peanuts...

I have a rule about eating and that is to never, ever, ever buy anything that's cooked in a van (Read Roddy Doyle's marvellous The Van for entertainment!). OK, I'm vegetarian and haven't eaten anything out of Macs, Burger King, Wimpy et al for more years than I care to remember, so there's not too much of a temptation from the (frankly revolting) smell that wafts forth.

There is now a UK chain called Gourmet Burger Kitchen (I think) which I believe aren't bad...

Hope you and your poor stomach survived the experience, sorry we didn't manage to catch up this time,

Ian

gavin

Oh the horror... Marc, Marc, Marc... you know better. "Burger" and "British" are not ever to be mixed, lest you immanentize the eschaton. Better to starve; better to seek out the ubiquitous "Fission Chips," or even a Chip Butty, buddy.

I still recall (with indigestion) a burger I had in 1976 at a place called "The Great American Disaster" (London). It was named for its burgers - supposedly famously; real american-ish. All I remember (as I thankfully have managed to forget the true horridness) was that the supposed "mint julip" tasted like Scope on ice, with a dash of dank basement, and the burger tasted like fried oatmeal with slightly crunchy mealworms, and brown gravy-glop.

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