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lara

17-08-01, 03:17 AM (GMT)
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"Overcooked potato spurs evacuation"
 
   Found this one on the wire:

LONDON (AP) — About 2,000 ballet-goers were evacuated from a Thursday night performance at the Royal Opera House after a dancer’s overcooked potato triggered a fire alarm.
The audience stood in the street for about 20 minutes as firefighters investigated the alarm. A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said a smoldering potato found in a backstage microwave was responsible for the disruption.
“The microwave seemed fine but there wasn’t much left of the potato,” he said on customary condition of anonymity.
The evacuation occurred during the second interval of a performance by the visiting San Francisco Ballet. A spokeswoman for the troupe said the backstage room was used as a makeshift kitchen by the dancers.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation eugene merrett 17-08-01 1
     RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation pantoose 18-08-01 7
  RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation alison 17-08-01 2
     RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation Alexandra 17-08-01 3
         RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation Lara 17-08-01 4
             RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation Helen 17-08-01 5
             RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation Pete 17-08-01 6
                 RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation Karen 20-08-01 8
                     RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation Robert 21-08-01 9
                         RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation lara 22-08-01 10

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eugene merrett

17-08-01, 08:19 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation"
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   You mean dancers eat potatoes- surely it has to much calories. I thought diet coke was the main staple of thier diet! It was probably a stage hand making a potato for himself!!


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pantoose

18-08-01, 03:04 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation"
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   Yes, yes. Of course. Stage hands eat potatoes, certainly not dancers. Dancers might eat a little broccoli once in a while, but absolutely no potatoes.


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alison

17-08-01, 01:20 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation"
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   That's not all: we made the front page of the Times ("Showstopper is a hot potato" or some such) - shame about the inaccuracies - and the 8 o'clock news on Radio 4 this morning as well! It must be the silly season - haven't they got anything more important to write about? On the other hand, if this was either the SFB or ROH press department grabbing the opportunity to get themselves some free publicity for a depressingly undersold, but high-quality, season, then they deserve a pat on the back.


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Alexandra

17-08-01, 03:20 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation"
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   There's a ballet in this somewhere.


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Lara

17-08-01, 04:39 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation"
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   Yes, but who would want to dance the role of the spud?

"Dancerina's repertoire includes Aurora, Swan Queen and Ms. Potato Head."


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Helen

17-08-01, 05:04 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation"
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   I think there should be a prize for silliest/best headline. My vote goes to Yahoo's "Swan Bake" - yet further proof of the ineradicable association in the public's mind between ballet and swans.


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Pete

17-08-01, 06:04 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation"
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   Can I just chip in and say that Ms. Bussell played a wonderful 'Masha' in Winter Dreams....


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Karen

20-08-01, 01:49 AM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation"
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   Surely you mean "Masha" in "Winter Potato Dreams"! However whoever it was who thought that dancers never eat potatos: let me assure you that you can lose quite a lot of weight on a potato diet, and they are quite nutritious - if you eat the skins. I was once (back in the last millenium) a poor student, who faced starvation while awaiting the arrival of a grant. With my last pennies I bought a sack of potatoes and some oatmeal and some milk. I subsisted on this for a week. At the end of it, and after my money had arrived, I was able to buy a dress a whole size smaller....


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Robert

21-08-01, 04:46 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation"
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   A sack of potatoes in a week? The mind boggles!


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lara

22-08-01, 00:22 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Overcooked potato spurs evacuation"
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   >A sack of potatoes in a
>week? The mind boggles!

Well, it depends on the size of the sack! Ten pounds would be a whole lot of potatos going on - five pounds would be ok.



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