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3 o' clock in the morning, you're buying a pie from the BP station, what must you always do? New Zealand police officer delivers a stern warning on the hazards of thermo-nuclear pies and becomes a Youtube Hit.

Sergeant Baldwin says he was not being serious.

"As a policeman if we can make people laugh then great because in reality what we do isn't funny," he said.

Sergeant Baldwin says he is now being teased by his colleagues at the station.
posted by moorooka (108 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
okay at about two weeks this may be old by youtube meme standards, however I couldn't see a FPP and I thought it deserved one
posted by moorooka at 2:08 PM on October 27, 2009


Was posted once and deleted.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:09 PM on October 27, 2009


This went so well the first time I think it's worth letting this double stand.
posted by fire&wings at 2:10 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Juice and gin?
posted by boo_radley at 2:12 PM on October 27, 2009


This is not a good post for metafilter.
posted by longsleeves at 2:13 PM on October 27, 2009


What kind of accent does the kid have? He has a strange way of almost singing what he's saying
posted by Riptor at 2:13 PM on October 27, 2009


I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS!!

I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS!!!

I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS!!!!

I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS!!!!!
posted by oddman at 2:15 PM on October 27, 2009


IT'S HOTTER THAN THE SUN!
posted by capnsue at 2:16 PM on October 27, 2009


I liked this video quite a bit the first time, and didn't see any reason why it should be deleted. It's good advice, to always blow on the pie.
posted by Greg Nog at 2:17 PM on October 27, 2009


Not to sound queer or nothing, but I'd rather get arrested a thousand times over by a policedude with that awesome accent than any policedude accent that's native stateside.

Has this post been deleted yet, btw?
posted by Bageena at 2:18 PM on October 27, 2009


If that cop really cared about that kid's welfare, he'd've suggested biting one of those thermonuclear pies, suffering second-degree burns, and suing BP for everything they're worth.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:30 PM on October 27, 2009


Is that a Scouse accent? I'm only guessing because it sounds like Lister's on Red Dwarf.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 2:32 PM on October 27, 2009


Sergeant Baldwin says he is now being teased by his colleagues at the station.

I read this first as "is now being TESTED by his colleagues". And I was all "yes!" because man, that guy sounded drunk. That wasn't a joke, that was an outburst.
posted by DU at 2:33 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


It just sounded like him wracking his brain to keep the guy around and talking - and the situation from turning nasty - until the backup could show up to verify who it was.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 2:35 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Stop resisting!!!
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 2:42 PM on October 27, 2009


It's the serious, staring, uniformed way he says it, in the middle of all that imminent-arrest stuff, that makes this memorable. :o) Not FPP-worthy? Maybe. But I'm definitely glad of the link. Thanks!
posted by paperpete at 2:43 PM on October 27, 2009


It's 3PM in Fresno, where some cop is probably having the same conversation with some boozer/stoner.

ISN'T THAT AMAZING?
posted by evilmidnightbomberwhatbombsatmidnight at 2:45 PM on October 27, 2009


Is that a Scouse accent?

A tiger? In Africa?

It's Kiwi.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:46 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


If that cop really cared about that kid's welfare, he'd've suggested biting one of those thermonuclear pies, suffering second-degree burns, and suing BP for everything they're worth.


Different litigation culture in NZ; probably wouldn't work. He could probably claim accident compensation tho'.

Is that a Scouse accent? I'm only guessing because it sounds like Lister's on Red Dwarf.


They've both got very broad New Zealand accents. The kid's got a Maori accent.
posted by Infinite Jest at 2:48 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


I vote to keep, it's an important cultural reference for us, right up there with rugby union and woman's suffrage.
posted by Samuel Farrow at 2:49 PM on October 27, 2009


I guess "blow on the pie" doesn't mean the same thing in New Zealand as the rest of the world. (or did somebody else make that comment in the previous deleted post?)
posted by evilmidnightbomberwhatbombsatmidnight at 2:50 PM on October 27, 2009


This is obviously some kind of Kiwi conspiracy for attention. Nothing ever happens in NZ, and now they get a little taste of a meme and they milk it for everything they've got. The TV guy said "cement itself in New Zealand's pop culture history." Silly impoverished sheep buggers.

I kid. NZ is a lovely place.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:55 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


New Zealand: Don't expect too much and you'll love it.
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 2:57 PM on October 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


The cop in question was interviewed on TV a few days ago.

It emerges he was already looking for someone suspected of breaking into cars (the kid's carrying a torch, apparently the BP station was in the other direction to where he was walking) and was making shit up to stall the kid. As someone observed in my deleted post, good policing.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 2:59 PM on October 27, 2009 [7 favorites]


They've both got very broad New Zealand accents.

Or they're Australians with sinus infections.
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:05 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


Inevitable dodgy dance remixes.
posted by w0mbat at 3:06 PM on October 27, 2009


Burhanistan: "Nothing ever happens in NZ[...]"
Oh yeah, and what about Lord of the Rings? The toothbrush fence? Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers? And Lord of the Rings - That Third One???

Also, Newtown.
New Zealand... rocks!

posted by PontifexPrimus at 3:10 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


This is actually some pretty good police work. He kept things calm and no one got hurt. This is a fine, practical application of absurdism.
posted by chairface at 3:15 PM on October 27, 2009 [9 favorites]


Glad I saw it! (I so often really like about-to-be-deleted posts, like Keith Richards snorting his dad...even though in the end he said he didn't).
posted by Jody Tresidder at 3:16 PM on October 27, 2009


Please don't delete this again! I loved it the first time and it's become such a meme. Also, I learned about the culture of the meat pie, which is important knowledge.
posted by CunningLinguist at 3:22 PM on October 27, 2009


It was a meat pie? I was expecting a fruit pie. Yes, for God's sake, you must blow on the pasty!

(from northern Michigan)

posted by scrowdid at 3:30 PM on October 27, 2009


Yes, it's been a while since Lord of the Rings and Flight of the Conchords, so we thought we'd bring you Safer Communities Together.

And all pies in New Zealand are meat pies. ALL PIES IN NEW ZEALAND ARE MEAT PIES.

The TV guy said "cement itself in New Zealand's pop culture history." Silly impoverished sheep buggers.

The TV guy is a bit of a sheep bugger himself. He got a bunch of headlines earlier this year with Moustachegate.
posted by Wataki at 3:42 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


One thing (ok, it's the *only* thing) that bothers me about North America is that the whole pie culture has never really taken hold here. Cornish pasties, pepper steak, cheese and potato.... yummmy. South Africa's 'Pie King' or somebody like that really needs to get some franchises going up here in the Great White North.
posted by Flashman at 3:45 PM on October 27, 2009


Not sure if someone's pointed it out yet, but someone's already written a song.
posted by Wataki at 3:49 PM on October 27, 2009


PontifexPrimus: New Zealand... rocks!

sure does

posted by Kattullus at 3:50 PM on October 27, 2009


just while waiting for the link to get deleted, Flashman, i believe an Australian company or two has tried a few times to take pies to the U.S., with only very moderate success. Hmmm, I'll see about digging up more info, after this thread has shown its longevity.
posted by wilful at 3:55 PM on October 27, 2009


If Americans wanted meat pies McDonald's would already be selling the McShepherd or whatever.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:57 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


When someone talks about buying a pie from a servo, you just know they're lying, or horribly naïve. In case of the latter, warning them is the only humane thing to do.

My personal experience is that the roast chicken rolls, despite allegedly being made of chicken (the meat with the shortest half-life in the universe) and mayonnaise (egg yolk! oil! Yeah, what could go wrong keeping that together with chicken for a few days?), are the safest things to eat from a servo after 9pm…

Hell, if I'd been that cop, stuck in the middle of a boring night shift driving around and around, I would have given him a lift to the BP and made him eat an elderly pie, all wrinkled and shrivelled from its long but uneventful life in the hotbox, while I enjoyed my freshly-microwaved roast chicken roll. Food + important life lesson = win.
posted by Pinback at 3:59 PM on October 27, 2009


Flashman: "One thing (ok, it's the *only* thing) that bothers me about North America is that the whole pie culture has never really taken hold here."

We do have the Natchitoches meat pie.
posted by brundlefly at 4:19 PM on October 27, 2009


I STILL DON'T GET IT
posted by bicyclefish at 4:32 PM on October 27, 2009


>One thing (ok, it's the *only* thing) that bothers me about North America is that the whole pie culture has never really taken hold here.

I wouldn't say that. Hot Pockets are sufficiently popular to merit their own section in grocery freezers. Maybe it's better to say they've only really taken hold as frozen dough sticks injected with sauce and enough bits of other food to impart a texture.
posted by ardgedee at 4:43 PM on October 27, 2009


Hey, looks like my dream has come true! (sic, my earlier spelling):
King Pie
King Pie in Canada?
Lekker, boet!
posted by Flashman at 4:44 PM on October 27, 2009


What proportion of pies in New Zealand are meat pies?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 4:48 PM on October 27, 2009


None. None more meat pies.
posted by davejay at 4:55 PM on October 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


Please don't delete this again! I loved it the first time and it's become such a meme. Also, I learned about the culture of the meat pie, which is important knowledge.

If you want retarded Youtube videos of the day may I suggest eBaum's World?
posted by Talez at 5:05 PM on October 27, 2009


We have pies. Eh, they're ok. I am guessing they're not the same as the ones you guys have in the UK. Why aren't there empanada stands everywhere, is what I want to know...
posted by danny the boy at 5:07 PM on October 27, 2009


One thing (ok, it's the *only* thing) that bothers me about North America is that the whole pie culture has never really taken hold here.

Here in Brooklyn we have Dub Pies. I cannot compare to those on other islands, but grabbing two to heat up in the middle of the night is the only thing which made my night shifts endurable.
posted by deliquescent at 5:07 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


You must always blow on your previous deleted post.
posted by Rhomboid at 5:08 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


I can never get my head around New Zealand being such an advanced country. I don't know. It's in the middle of nowhere. It's like 2500 miles from Australia. IT'S NOWHERE.
posted by xmutex at 5:14 PM on October 27, 2009


Pie!

When I was in primary school we would eat our meat pies like this:
Take off the lid and eat it. Scoop out the mince with a finger and eat it. Eat the now-empty shell of the pie.
posted by awfurby at 5:14 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


One thing (ok, it's the *only* thing) that bothers me about North America is that the whole pie culture has never really taken hold here.

I dunno, Jamaican beef patties are pretty widely available. Also, pie culture?
posted by electroboy at 5:15 PM on October 27, 2009


...and don't forget empanadas.
posted by electroboy at 5:16 PM on October 27, 2009


What proportion of pies in New Zealand are meat pies?

I have created this helpful visual aid.
posted by jedicus at 5:21 PM on October 27, 2009 [15 favorites]


Here in Brooklyn we have Dub Pies.


God, deliquescent - I just read your link.
I had no idea the real deal was available here. And they'll deliver frozen pies if the address is "within 1 day's UPS shipping from NYC" - I'm in Long Island. Brilliant. Thanks.

(Your username is pretty funny in the circs!)
posted by Jody Tresidder at 5:22 PM on October 27, 2009


jedicus, kudos on avoiding the obvious type of chart. Although I guess the obvious would just be a circle saying "MEAT" in the middle of it, which would have been funny in its own way.
posted by brundlefly at 5:24 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


ALL PIES IN NEW ZEALAND ARE MEAT PIES
But given that "meat" pies need only contain 25% meat, that doesn't mean much. And believe me, you don't want to know what ANZFA considers as "meat".

I would also like to point out that if this post (posted by what looks like an Australian) stays when the original (posted by a Kiwi) was deleted and the Aussies don't bat an eyelid and the Kiwis don't complain, you will have learned all you really need to know about both cultures.
posted by GeckoDundee at 5:29 PM on October 27, 2009 [7 favorites]


The inevitable neighborhood leaflet.
posted by ardgedee at 5:32 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


They've both got very broad New Zealand accents. The kid's got a Maori accent.

Hah. Yes. Terrible reading and listening comprehension on my part.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 5:37 PM on October 27, 2009


Alright, perhaps it's not a 'pie culture' per se, but they sure are tasty.
And it cuts both ways. Try finding Mexican food in a UK supermarket: at best you'll pay like 10 dollars for a thimbleful of imported 'Old El Paso' salsa.
posted by Flashman at 5:43 PM on October 27, 2009


I dunno, I guess I'm kind of charmed the second time around.
posted by cortex at 5:53 PM on October 27, 2009


This is not a good post for metafilter.
posted by longsleeves at 2:13 PM on October 27

This is not a good post for this article
posted by Merlin The Happy Pig at 5:53 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


this has pie and it has nucular. I'M SOLD
posted by yoHighness at 6:16 PM on October 27, 2009


Always blow on the pie. I laughed.
posted by bwg at 6:23 PM on October 27, 2009


I'm waiting for the 'beached az' mix.

"Wanna pie, bro?"
"Uz et a plenkton pie, bro?"

(And yes, big-arsed tuna salad, I'm fantasizing about a pie while I'm eating you)
posted by obiwanwasabi at 6:25 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


> "Uz et a plenkton pie, bro?"

I'm still surprised that the pie video made it to North America but "Beached As" never has. There's a Mefi post's worth of "Beached As", spinoff and parody videos, but I'm not the one to make it.
posted by ardgedee at 6:36 PM on October 27, 2009


Beached as, if you haven't seen.
posted by ardgedee at 6:39 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


And oh look, now it's a TV show.
posted by ardgedee at 6:42 PM on October 27, 2009


I vaguely remember this being posted before. I must be wrong, though. If the first one was deleted, what are the chances the second one would stand? Oh wait, this has two yt links.

nevermind.
posted by Mike Buechel at 6:49 PM on October 27, 2009


GeckoDundee: I would also like to point out that if this post (posted by what looks like an Australian) stays when the original (posted by a Kiwi) was deleted and the Aussies don't bat an eyelid and the Kiwis don't complain, you will have learned all you really need to know about both cultures.

This graph may help.
posted by Pinback at 6:54 PM on October 27, 2009 [6 favorites]


Well of course, Pinback. As soon as a post becomes successful, we can always find a way to "Russell Crowe" it.
posted by GeckoDundee at 7:05 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Actually, can we give Russell back?
posted by awfurby at 8:03 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


We need a missile defense shield to protect us from these pies.
posted by ...possums at 8:15 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


But... if all pies in NZ are meat pies... do they not have fruit pies? No cherry pies? No peach?

How does anyone live there?
posted by rifflesby at 9:17 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Well you know what they say - "it's as New Zealandish as meat pie."
posted by Flashman at 9:39 PM on October 27, 2009


But given that "meat" pies need only contain 25% meat, that doesn't mean much. And believe me, you don't want to know what ANZFA considers as "meat".

People are too picky about what they perceive to be eating. So long as it tastes decent I don't care if it's bull testicles or pig brains. Stop being such a big girl's blouse.
posted by Talez at 10:24 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


What about chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot pie?
posted by Graygorey at 10:32 PM on October 27, 2009


Police later arrested his two partners in crime.
posted by markkraft at 10:40 PM on October 27, 2009


Metafilter: Safer Communities Thermonuclear Pies Together
posted by armage at 10:51 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


the whole pie culture has never really taken hold here
"They don't know what they're missing out on".
Oh! and I have to put the NZ police clip I posted in the deleted post here too. The skinhead with his head through the fence is hilarious.
posted by tellurian at 10:54 PM on October 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


tellurian: Oh! and I have to put the NZ police clip I posted in the deleted post here too. The skinhead with his head through the fence is hilarious .

That was the best thing I've seen all damned day. Good on ye, skinheads. Nothing says "rights for whites" like snorting a quart of speed, sticking your head through a fence, and snarling uncontrollably.
posted by koeselitz at 11:07 PM on October 27, 2009


ALL PIES IN NEW ZEALAND ARE MEAT PIES

Not true, I remember the big apriocot pies I used to get at school when I was a kid. I'm sure you can still get them.

But given that "meat" pies need only contain 25% meat, that doesn't mean much. And believe me, you don't want to know what ANZFA considers as "meat".

What was funny was the flap when some Aussie import pies[1] were gonna be banned for having too low a meat content. Look at the SMH, what do I see? Is it Aussies outraged at the ludicrously low meat content of said pies? No? It's Aussies outraged at Kiwis for not wanting to eat emulsified high-fat offal wedges!

I vaguely remember this being posted before. I must be wrong, though. If the first one was deleted, what are the chances the second one would stand? Oh wait, this has two yt links.

Flag it and fuck off and die.

[1] Which is, in and of itself, a WTF? for me. WE MAKE SHEEP AND CATTLE WHY ARE WE IMPORTING PIES WHAT THE FUCK?
posted by rodgerd at 11:58 PM on October 27, 2009


But... if all pies in NZ are meat pies... do they not have fruit pies? No cherry pies? No peach?

How does anyone live there?


We actually do have fruit pies. Apple would be the big one. Cherry, not so much but I'm sure you could get it. Peach, apricot etc, certainly. Sweet potato, pumpkin, probably only for weirdo vegetarian types - definitely not as popular as they seem to be in the US.
posted by Infinite Jest at 12:49 AM on October 28, 2009


For the benefit of our foreign readers, here are some standard pie fillings:

- mince
- mince and cheese
- steak (not really steak but meat in definite chunks)
- steak and cheese
- steak and mushroom
- steak and kidney
- bacon and egg

Then there are more exotic ones, such as chicken, smoked fish, or even Indian butter chicken. Then there are potato-top pies (with mashed potato instead of flaky pastry). And as rodgerd notes, cold pies with fruit fillings.

Most actual bakeries, lunch bars, and traditional food outlets would have all of these, and maybe more.

Such pies are akin to what Americans call "pot pies", ie they are roughly hand sized, about an inch deep, with a short pastry crust and generally a flaky pastry top.

Even a mediocre service station pie warmer should have three or four different kinds. They will probably be frozen pies put straight into the pie warmer, and no pie connoisseur would touch them.

Note: back in the day, we used to refer to service station pies as "maggot packs". However, I never ever found a maggot in one, for which I am grateful. Whether I would have noticed off my face at 3 AM I cannot say. However, thermonucular heat does sterilise fly eggs.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 12:54 AM on October 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


Finally, here are some friends of mine performing as the Pie Minister and his Hot Pie Cabinet.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:02 AM on October 28, 2009


But... if all pies in NZ are meat pies... do they not have fruit pies? No cherry pies? No peach?

Let this little ditty set you all straight when it comes to us and pies
yeah it's Australian, but what the difference, 'cept for the accint bro?
posted by nudar at 1:36 AM on October 28, 2009


Holy shit it is a nation of people who talk like Murray (from Flight of the Conchords)! I assumed that was an exaggeration for comic effect. But I guess it wasn't, was it?
posted by breath at 1:46 AM on October 28, 2009


Thermonuclear pie porn.

Wednesday pie porn.

Japanese high school girl meat pies!
posted by markkraft at 1:55 AM on October 28, 2009


Holy shit it is a nation of people who talk like Murray (from Flight of the Conchords)! I assumed that was an exaggeration for comic effect. But I guess it wasn't, was it?

This statement says something incredibly bad about either you or the New Zealand accent, I'm not sure which. Perhaps both.
posted by nudar at 2:06 AM on October 28, 2009 [3 favorites]


Holy shit it is a nation of people who talk like Murray (from Flight of the Conchords)! I assumed that was an exaggeration for comic effect. But I guess it wasn't, was it?

Well, it is a documentary...
posted by awfurby at 2:10 AM on October 28, 2009


I actually had a Jesters meat pie from New Zealand a couple of weeks ago - I ordered it through the local meat importer. Came in a box of two. I heated it up in the microwave (no ovens in tiny Hong Kong apartments) and I thought it tasted OK. But I mustn't have nuked it for long enough because it gave me a nasty bout of food poisoning.
posted by awfurby at 2:12 AM on October 28, 2009


I gotta say the police officer comes across really well in the interview. Seems like a decent bloke.
posted by awfurby at 2:18 AM on October 28, 2009


I am guessing they're not the same as the ones you guys have in the UK.

Which doesn't have much to do with the ones in Australia/NZ, either. The closest the British get are full-sized steak-and-kidney pies (not hand-sized portable ones, and kidney in a regular Australasian meat pie would be an abomination) and pork pies (which are the wrong shape, and cold). The UK doesn't have the "pie culture" as such.

Sweet potato, pumpkin, probably only for weirdo vegetarian types - definitely not as popular as they seem to be in the US.

And here we see the cultural gap from the Aussie side... pumpkin/sweet potato pies aren't savoury vegetarian pies, Infinite Jest. They're more like a custard pie, where the filling is made with cooked soft pumpkin, eggs and milk, brown sugar, and spices of the cinnamon/nutmeg variety. They're absolutely delicious. Find a recipe online and make one the next time you have a Queensland Blue. (Hey, if I remember when I get home, I'll post my recipe here; most US recipes call for canned pumpkin and too much sugar, so they need some tweaking.)
posted by rory at 2:59 AM on October 28, 2009


I'm from NZ and I have no idea what a Queensland Blue is and my work filter is blocking that link, but I thank you kindly for the information, sir.
posted by Infinite Jest at 3:32 AM on October 28, 2009


Ah, sorry Infinite Jest, didn't check your profile... and now that I do I see you're 10,000 miles from the nearest Queensland Blue. Unfortunately the butternuts and big orange Halloween pumpkins you get in the UK aren't a patch on them, either for soups or for pies.
posted by rory at 4:54 AM on October 28, 2009


Let this little ditty set you all straight when it comes to us and pies
yeah it's Australian, but what the difference, 'cept for the accint bro?



You stole THIS from us dude.

I am very sad that I was able to dredge that up out of one of the wrinkles in my brain. Notice that the pie in OUR ad is Apple.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 7:12 AM on October 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


At primary school the meat pies we got were very sloppy and full of granulated mince and watery gravy, and tomato sauce which had been inserted within by the deft hand of the mother at the tuckshop slamming the sauce bottle's pointy end into the crust on the top and squeezing mightily. I scored someone else's lunch once because I showed them that it was possible to eat the pie through a straw. They were so disgusted that they gave me theirs.

And I think the NZ cop did an excellent job, too.
posted by h00py at 7:20 AM on October 28, 2009


So how am I supposed to interpret the phrase "beached as"?
posted by creasy boy at 7:21 AM on October 28, 2009


When I was in primary school we would eat our meat pies like this:
Take off the lid and eat it. Scoop out the mince with a finger and eat it. Eat the now-empty shell of the pie.


Put tomato sauce on the lid, then Take off the lid and eat it. Put tomato sauce on the mince, then Scoop out the mince with a finger and eat it. Put tomato sauce on the now-empty shell of the pie, then Eat the now-empty shell of the pie.
posted by ocha-no-mizu at 7:30 AM on October 28, 2009


Flashman: Alright, perhaps it's not a 'pie culture' per se, but they sure are tasty.
And it cuts both ways. Try finding Mexican food in a UK supermarket: at best you'll pay like 10 dollars for a thimbleful of imported 'Old El Paso' salsa.


This is not true. I live in a small town in the Midlands, and we have several Mexican takeaways, and equally big sections in supermarkets for Mexican and Indian foodstuffs. Granted, the quality may be lower in places, and authenticity is no doubt lacking, but to insinuate that the availability (or cost!) are as you imply is fallacious.
posted by Dysk at 7:35 AM on October 28, 2009


> So how am I supposed to interpret the phrase "beached as"?

With considerable quantities of intoxicants, I suspect.
posted by ardgedee at 7:50 AM on October 28, 2009


steak and kidney

Sadly, these seem to be disappearing. I can't even find them in most pubs. And the other day when I stopped by the local shop that used to carry the packaged kind (Mortimer's), they, too, had stopped carrying them. Still have chicken, beef, etc, but no steak and kidney.

Indian butter chicken pie? That would be amazing. At least at 2am.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:03 AM on October 28, 2009


i believe an Australian company or two has tried a few times to take pies to the U.S.

I'd swear these guys used to have a shop near the tourist zone in downtown Seattle, but google street view doesn't capture the one segment of Pike street where it is.
posted by nomisxid at 10:06 AM on October 28, 2009


how am I supposed to interpret the phrase "beached as"?

We have an idiom here in which we omit the complement of "as" for intensifying effect. Eg, "it was hard as", means it was as hard as a very hard thing, or simply it was very hard indeed. Hence "I'm beached as" should be as understood as "I am very beached indeed."
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 11:53 AM on October 28, 2009


But given that "meat" pies need only contain 25% meat, that doesn't mean much. And believe me, you don't want to know what ANZFA considers as "meat".

So the pies as a whole have only 25% meat?
Or the meat used is only 25% meat?
My brain twisted and requires clarification.
posted by will wait 4 tanjents at 12:40 PM on October 28, 2009


Ah, very good. My question has been answered as.
posted by creasy boy at 12:43 PM on October 28, 2009


So, "that sucks as" is appropriate, then?
posted by creasy boy at 12:45 PM on October 28, 2009


Yep, the content of the pies is only 25% meat, as in meat cuts you would serve to someone you cared about for dinner. The rest of it is, well, the rest of it. Eyeballs and arseholes, as an old friend used to put it.

Ruthless Bunny, awesome find. Thanks for putting me in my place. Not at all suprising, since Holden is just a subsiduary of General Motors. Will remember that one the next time someone ever shows that old Holden ad.
posted by nudar at 2:20 PM on October 28, 2009


we used to refer to service station pies as "maggot packs"

I would take that as being something you stuff down when you're maggoted rather than a juvenile fly delivery vector, but hey, it's your pie.
posted by Wolof at 8:21 PM on October 28, 2009


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