A Quarrel

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After a morning quarrel with his wife

A husband has got a terrible life.

After work, coming back home,

He finds a warning syndrome.

It’s a note lying on the table:

Honey, I think you are able to heat up the food,

Today I am in a bad mood,

So, to cheer me up I went to my friend

To watch the film with a happy end.

The food is already on the stove.

The stove is in the restaurant "The Fat Duck".

I wish you a good luck!


©Larisa Rzhepishevska (Odessa, Ukraine)

The 19th of November, 2011


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Ann Foxglove

Sun 20th Nov 2011 08:26

Surely everybody has heard of the Fat Duck - or else where do you all get your snail porridge from?

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Sun 20th Nov 2011 07:05

Thank you my dear friends for all your comments, for help. With love and warmest wishes, Larisa

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 20th Nov 2011 01:21

Larisa - now I know that "The Fat Duck" is a
restaurant, I understand the meaning. Maybe
"That stove is in McDonalds" would have meant
a quicker understanding for a guy like me! :-)
Keep those poems coming.
Best wishes.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Sun 20th Nov 2011 00:01

Hi Larisa.

With respect,may I say I understand
what you mean,but it might be helpful to-you-
perhaps if you edit in the word-restaurant
after 'Fat Duck'

Its not easy at all for you
but you do very well nevertheless
with the English language.

best to you.

Patricia and Stef.xx

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Sat 19th Nov 2011 22:02

Dear Larisa, they just trying to help! as I am,Perhaps Winston administrator can help, he is very nice and helpful! 'Stove in Fat Duck' means the cooker (stove) is in the Bird ( a Fat Duck) I never heard of restaurant sorry? very few famous restaurants people will know? In London, The Ivy, famous people go? but not everyone lives in London? I think M.c. Newberry, meant link yo your name? Odessa Ukraine? maybe not read your profile, If i can help anytime xxxx

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John Coopey

Sat 19th Nov 2011 21:19

Hello L.
If someone is held in high regard for something (they've done something good) they are said to be in the "good books". If they have done something bad they are in the "bad books".
If a wife was not home when he returned she might leave her husband a note saying "Your dinner is in the oven". If he had done something wrong she might have fed his dinner to the dog! So hence the joke would be that she leaves him a note saying "Your dinner is in the dog".

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Sat 19th Nov 2011 19:03

Hello, John! As far as I understand it's a colloquial English. I don't know it. Please, explain those phrases.
I mean the dogs and the books. lol

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John Coopey

Sat 19th Nov 2011 18:54

Hello Larisa. There's a well-known saying in English that when the husband comes home "in the bad books" the wife says to him "Your dinner is in the dog".

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Sat 19th Nov 2011 18:07

Hi, Stella! It looks as you are not a customer of the restaurants.Me too. But...while writing this poem I found it in Google.

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Sat 19th Nov 2011 17:39

Hi Larisa :)

I have never heard of The Fat Duck restaurant at all I must go google it..

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Sat 19th Nov 2011 16:07

It looks as our mentality and sense of humor are absolutely different. I would like to ask the other Englishmen if they understand this humor. I think that the sense of humor is an international feeling. And...it doesn't really matter where you live: in Ukraine or in England. Though I've heard that English humor is tough. Am I right or wrong?

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Larisa Rzhepishevska

Sat 19th Nov 2011 15:53

Oh, no! You didn't understand me. That wife sends her husband to a quite well known restaurant in Great Britain-The Fat Duck.And ...there was nothing on the stove at home. And...I can't understand: What do you mean by 'Ukrainian link'?

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 19th Nov 2011 15:36

Larisa - I could understand the food being in
some fat duck - but not the stove. Is there
some Ukraine(ian) link I'm missing?

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