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Boss Hogg
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I was having a discussion with Keith Stafford on Tuesday night and we got talking about egg banjos and we wondered were the saying comes from and were it originates from and I said some one will know if I put it on here. any ideas??????????

Tony Dunn
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Hi Boss,

The Egg Banjo originated in the "Choggy Shops" and cookhouses of Northern Ireland in the 70s when troops would eat fried egg rolls.

When said hungry troops bites into egg banjo the runny yellow yolk would then explode all over the front of jacket leading to image of bod holding remainder of egg roll high in one hand and with the other hand attempting to clear the mess of the yolk in an open-handed flicking movement up and down the chest.

Overall impression of this is bod playing a banjo.

Hence the creation of The Egg Banjo!
Boss Hogg
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Thanks Tony I new some one would know

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Your a mine of information Tony,lol
Patrick McNeill
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Well said Tony!

Brilliant description. Thinking about it now is making me hunnngrreee!

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Don't want to put the damper on anything but we were eating egg banjos in Dhalla in 1964. Certainly has an Indian origin.
Mark Alston
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Eh the days of the Raj Dixie what a good memory you have got.

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Dhalla is in Aden!!

Boss Hogg
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I thought this would be a good discussion and it is starting that way
but are they better with brown sauce or tomato
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Was the king on the throne !

Gordon Teasdale
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Yes Dixie it was Tea and Banjos
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Alf, the King had just abdicated
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That put you in yer place Alston,well done Sir!!!! 
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The good old days of the Egg Banjo.

Remember Derry 1972 coming in during the middle of the Night after been on patrol and had to Sign the Egg Banjo book in the cookhouse before you could have one.

Happy Times
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Just did a bit of research and the origin of the egg banjo does originate from the British in India.......

Keith Hingle
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My late dad was the first person i heard called them egg banjos & this was when i was a child in the 1960`s.He did serve in India towards the end of the war,so it could well come from there.By the way has anybody ever eaten burgers like the ones in the " Choggy shops " anywhere else ? I have never tasted anything like them.Regards,Keith.

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If i remember rightly, if the cook was in a foul mood, he would squeeze his zits into the rolls, an extra bit of yellow, protein

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Whilst in 3 Coy 2 CG in Cyprus we had a shop in a nissan hut close to the company block and they sold cracking burgers and fish finger rolls...Lovely!

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Egg Banjos, for me sauce had to be tomato ketchup, it all turned a funny colour after mixing with the yolk and invariably running down the front of whatever you happened to be wearing at the time.

Happy days
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Dont forget the black pepper !

Gary Fish
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Tony, as I read through your post line for line, I was nodding my head thinking yes, ok, yep that makes sense, and left not only impressed but convinced that answer was absolute truth.

However, reading further posts I'm not now so sure, you should be on call my bluff ! I'm not saying you were fibbing, you must have a source for that explanation. Its just that description struck me as so convincing and completely logical.

Edwina Curry, God bless her. . . trays of eggs floor to ceiling over night in North Howard street mill December 1988. No bugger else in Belfast was eating eggs, went from 1 egg banjo per man, to an eat as much as you like in the cook house. The worrying thing was who had sanctioned soldiers as being salmonella resilient.!




Reg Varney
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You've all got it bloody wrong

It came from a famous Australian poet called Banjo Patterson

"I love my egg filled sandwiches
As I sit here in the sun ,
Sometimes from a loaf or
Even in a bun
I love when the egg runs down my chin
And my mates think its a joke
I look in a nearby mirror
And I'm covered in its yolk
What could I call my sandwich
A word that will be in history
I know what I'll do mate,
I'll name it after me
Mmmmmmm, my egg filled sandwich
See the juices start to flow
I love my egg filled snadwich
My lovely Egg Banjo........."

And if you believe this theory, you're as mad as I am !!!!   
rob skinner
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Forget egg banjos

What about compo sausages!!
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Spot on Rob .. and" babies heads" on cold morning on Saltau !

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Fond memories Mr Fish,
i remember the egg fest at North Howard Street Mill.....i was born in 1964 sir so i cant remember Dhala, egg and tomato sandwiches on Blackpool beach in my youth and the deposit to the coach driver on the way kids think its hilariuos when i ask them if they want an egg banjo for lunch, thanks Tony Dunn i can now tell them the origins of the Banjo.
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There you go then Keith, all the way from childhood on the Blackpool beach where Dixie was first trained in egg sarnies to the great "egg banjo" on the China border OPs thats if Bob  Appleby dident get to them first.. not many civvy could tell that one mate !

bob pearson
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james mills
i was wondering when you would raise your ugly mug anything to do with food your egg banjo's were made with goose eggs?
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             Just spoke to a senior Coldstreamer, by senior I mean age, approaching his 87th year. Informs me that when they eventually came off 'Longstop' after the Xmas day hammering, they 'tabbed' the 20k back to base camp, where they were treated to 'Egg Banjo's' unfortunately 'Compo' eggs, so no runny Yolks, but still a bit of heaven.
      His best guess, pre 1900, because they were popular in WW1.
                             Best Regards, Mac
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Mac , hello pal hope all is well for you.
 Reading as you said about "Longstop Hill" my father told me that the 2nd Bn i believe he said  ,put 14 bayonet charges in 24 hours on that hill.
Take care Mac, see you soon,
Brad Mills
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Originally Posted by bob pearson
james mills
i was wondering when you would raise your ugly mug anything to do with food your egg banjo's were made with goose eggs?

Cheeky t**t piano gob!! Oh! and they were ostrich eggs.  

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Next time you have a convo with Mr Stafford ask him about when we got him tooled up to escort us to a "make believe" disco in the ballymuphy, never laughed so much in my life.

Boss Hogg
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I will lance as he lives near me with the help of Mr Lidster I have got him going to the Windsor Branch meetings. I told him about this site so he should be making comms soon

mel smith
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swill you pinned that moniker on me londonderry 76 and it stuck
still call me "banjo" now egg burgerrawonion
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i believe i have created the Rolls Royce of the Egg Banjo, dont knock it til you try it,

1 Medium size free range egg.
1 500ml spoon of Duck fat.
2 Slices of Thick Burgen Soya and Linseed Bread (Brown).
Black crushed pepper corn.
Sea salt.
Vitalite butter spread or Lurpack.
Side dish of Red or Brown Sauce.(Hienze of course).


Dress in your old combats and go for a long walk in the countryside, ensure you are chased by cows, scratched by hedgerows, cut by barbed wire and electrocuted by cattle wire.
End your walk through a council estate, have a riot with hoodies, get spat on by a few kids.But stop short of creating a corden.Now that you are in the mood, return to base location and smear a light gun oil on hands before Coronation street begins and begin cooking:
1. heat Duck Fat in non stick frying pan, (Dont burn).
2. lift pan off heat and deposit egg into pan from a height of 4cms (crack open egg first).create perfect round edges.
3. Fry egg until pure white, dont touch yolk.(2mins on medium heat).
4. lightly toast bread on both sides.
5. smear hot bread with Vitalite.
6. Place egg onto bread, season to taste.


David Gee
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They originate from when the British soldiers were in India. In fact the bearers used to make them for the soldiers in the 40s
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