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The Sandwich

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The Sandwich

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The Sandwich

The invention attributed to John Montagu is surely the true icon of Englishness. Who doesn't have fond memories of being sent off on a school trip with a brown bag containing 2 of mother's best? Like our language, it has been exported to the world, but nobody else gets it quite right whether it's the Americans with their collosal subs and burgers or the Scandinavians who forgot to add one of the slices.

Mark Littlewood


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The sandwich was invented by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792). About 1762, he is reputed to have been too busy to have a formal meal, and instructed his cook to pack his meat inside the bread to save him time - and the sandwich was invented.
Jim Conner

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1790,) was First Lord of the Admiralty. He was also an inveterate gambler. There is a painting of him by the satirical cartoonist James Gilray painted on the 12th April 1782, and some 21 other rakes playing cards, called "Banco de the Knave!" in the National Portrait Gallery. Fed up with breaks for food, he ordered his butler to bring him "a piece of meat between two slices of bread". Thus started a fashion which has ballooned into an industry work over 3 billion pounds a year in the UK! He was blamed for the state of the British Navy to fight the American War of Independence,so possibley Britain lost American and the Colonies but gained the Sandwich!
stephen Pollock-Hill

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I nominate the red pillar box.

Donna Spencer