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flesh of hogs—especially from the sides, belly, or back—that has been preserved by being salted or pickled and then dried with or without wood smoke. Traditionally, the process consisted of soaking the pork in brine or rubbing it in a salt mixture by hand, then smoking the sides in smoke from an open chimney. It sometimes took three or four months. Bacon is still home cured in some rural communities, but the bulk of its manufacture is carried on in large industrial meatpacking plants equipped to slaughter, dress, cure, smoke, and sell on a large scale. Bacon refers to different cuts in different countries. In the United States it usually means the side between the fifth rib and the hipbone. In Europe, the word bacon generally refers to one half of a fattened pig. Bacon has one of the highest fat contents of any cut of meat.
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1. Francis, Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans. 1561--1626, English philosopher, statesman, and essayist; described the inductive method of reasoning: his works include Essays (1625), The Advancement of Learning (1605), and Novum Organum (1620)
2. Francis. 1909--92, British painter, born in Dublin, noted for his distorted, richly coloured human figures, dogs, and carcasses
3. Roger. ?1214--92, English Franciscan monk, scholar, and scientist: stressed the importance of experiment, demonstrated that air is required for combustion, and first used lenses to correct vision. His Opus Majus (1266) is a compendium of all the sciences of his age
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Latest research shows that a regular supply of high-protein food all year, not just scraps of bread and bacon rind, helps to stop the decline in songbird populations and raise numbers again.
Fat and bacon rind also make a welcome treat as they're full of much- needed calories.
While she was sweeping the patio, a bacon rind fell out of the sky and landed on her head.
By this point, we have fiveminutes to find his shoes, his bag, his coat, his Transformer for the journey, snack "anyone to growl money, clean his teeth, get my make-up on, brush my Rod Stewart hair and fight our way through the detritus of plates, knives, cups, crumbs and bacon rind to get to the front door.
Of course there was the coughing of the starlings in the morning when I set off to work and the bombing runs of the feathered rats around St George's Square whenever I took the car through town, but anything exotic was down to maybe the odd robin or two at Christmas tugging on the bacon rind.
Go for seed mixes, nuts, fats, bacon rind, cheese, moist bread and cake.
Provide a selection of nuts, stale bread and fat (bacon rind, fat balls and suet cakes are perfect) plus water.
So upon your washing line Please hang some nuts and bacon rind.
To make a fortnight's rubbish fit I shall have to start jumping up and down on it and, with my size, there is always the danger I could split a bin bag, fall inside and be unable to get out, and have to survive on old salad, cold baked beans and bacon rind until I struggle to the surface of an infill site two weeks later.
"Some things, such as bacon rind and dessicated coconut, are actually harmful.
Other options are breakfast cereals, potatoes, mild cheese, pastry, bacon rind, cooked rice, crumbled bread, fruit and even dog or cat food.
Best bets are bread (crumbled), pastry, rice (cooked but without salt), bacon rind (not salty), very mild cheese and chopped fruit.