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Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet – the mild cigar


Hamlet cigar


Disobedient ticket machine

HIS TRAIN is pulling into the station. He tries loading the coins into the ticket machine but the machine is not behaving and rejects some of the coins. He feeds the coins in again but the result is the same. Like a possessed gambler on a fruit machine he frantically feeds the coins into the machine again! Eventually the final 50p coin is accepted by disobedient ticket machine and he has a ticket to ride.


The attempted sprint

He runs into a multitude of passengers heading the opposite direction whilst running down the stairs to the platform.  The word ‘sorry’ continually comes out his mouth whilst dodging, weaving and crashing into the oncoming traffic of passengers. He makes it to the platform just as the platform conductor is about to blow his whistle. Disaster strikes when he twists his ankle whilst making a last ditched effort to jump on. Instead on landing in the carriage he lands flat on his back on the platform! The platform conductor blows his whistle and the last remaining doors slam shut. The train then creeps out of the station.




Relief and comfort

Mentally and physically broken, he drags himself against the post bearing the station name. He reaches inside his pocket and pulls out a box of Hamlet and a small box of matches. He lights the mild cigar and puffs away – each puff leaving a cloud of smoke in the air like a steam train. The events of the last couple of minutes now seem mundane whilst observing passengers dashing around like ants. He happily puffs away whilst sitting in his new comfy spot.





Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet

Happiness does not come from a fat salary, spending time with loved ones or jetting off on exotic holidays. True happiness comes from puffing on the mild cigar after you’ve landed on your backside! Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet – the mild cigar.


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Let’s cook and Get Stuffed!

We have a bit of a dark horse this week. It’s one of those 250/1 outsiders that many overlooked. This dark horse starts off fast and finishes even faster – blink and you’ll miss him!

Feeling a bit peckish?

Rule number 1: Ditch the fancy cookbooks! Or you’ll be dashing from supermarket to supermarket trying to hunt down fancy ingredients

Rule number 2: Give those celebrity chefs with a whack with your heavy-duty frying pan.

Rule number 3: The Get Stuffed team are here to sort you out!


Never heard of them? You would catch them at about 1am on Sunday morning. You may have had a night in slumped in front of the telly. You may have been dozing and missed it – your loss … you snooze, you lose!

If you were one of the fortunate ones not to snooze, then jackpot! If you managed to keep your eyelids open then you were in for a treat – 5 minutes of culinary delight. As soon as these chefs hit the screen you were wide awake, bolted upright and began to salivate.

Get Stuffed had some bad ass chefs. These chefs learned their trade on the streets. They didn’t need to attend a top notch cookery schools or knock up a meal in kitchen with views of hills and streams – just give em the basics – a cooker, ingredients from the local shop and a dash of imagination.

These chefs were fun and they just knew how to cook up a wicked meal. Hesitation did not enter their minds. It was a case of ‘cooking is easy and the results are perfect every time’. None of this stressing, bad language, sweating like a pig in a sauna lark – it was all very friendly in the Get Stuffed kitchen. The food was always tasty – the expression on the chefs face’s said it all … ‘Yummy, Yummy, no more rumble tummy and I’ve still got some money’. By the time the closing credits were rolling, you’d wished you’d worn a bib to soak up the dribble tumbling off your bottom lip.


You can tell the ones who watched Get Stuffed. They are the ones who are savy with their hard earned cash. The ones who bring their broken TV’s back to the shop for a refund after 20 years of reliable service. The ones who head to the supermarkets 10 minutes before closing time and walk out with a trolley full yellow sticker items. The ones with overflowing cash in their accounts.

Well done to those who managed to embrace Get Stuffed. It’s been worth it and you’re now reaping the rewards.

Tough luck to those you didn’t have the staying power to last until 1am. Don’t beat yourselves up – it’s all in the past so get over it!


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