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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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Pronounced "bacon," it is a newsletter, product offering or some other message sent via email that a user previously agreed to accept but rarely has the time to read. Bacn is not spam. See opt-in.
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I was also interested to read in last week's Daily Post that hotel bookings in Liverpool are down on last year -- so much for Heritage Status bringing home the bacon.
Dennis Dresang, professor of political science and public affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, says that because Baldwin's district has rarely received much pork from Washington "the expectations are pretty low." Dresang, who has known Baldwin since her law school days, adds, "In fact, there's a broad swath of her constituency that would consider a focus on bringing home the bacon to be not desirable; that would be 'politics as usual.' Instead, they expect her to 'Vote the right way; be with us on the issues, and be a leader if you can.'"
But with Foreign Buyer's Club doing well in Kobe (see Bringing Home the Bacon at the Foreign Buyer's Club in our October issue), does Japan need another online grocery catering to foreigners?
BRINGING HOME THE BACON: Andy and Valerie Edgcombe with Tamworth piglets Clarissa and Delia and (centre) Nigel Mason, of Business Link, which helped them secure a pounds 15,000 grant to rebuild their business
So instead of saying "bringing home the bacon" we would say "bringing home the bagel".
* BRINGING HOME THE BACON: Luke Haigh, front, with colleagues Andrew Whitwam, dad Simon Haigh, Craig Rollinson, Chris Lowther, Paul Wood and Sarah Rollinson (JH070212Cluke-03)
Clarke has a lot to do to get Tesco bringing home the bacon again.