NEWCASTLE has yet another burger challenge to add to the menu, and this one is a doozy. This particular burger is brought to you by Goodtime Burgers, which has just opened inside the Exchange Hotel in Beaumont Street. “We’re putting the challenge out to Newcastle, who can conquer this 1 kilogram burger which includes five patties, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and a bun,” the call to arms states.
“Those that finish in eight minutes or less while get the burger free and their name on the wall of fame.” Before the weekend, only two people in Newcastle could claim to have that honour, but there were plenty more who had tried and failed.
Goodtime Burgers has locations in Sydney and the record is said to be 3 minutes and 20 seconds. New Zealand model and competitive eater Neal Zisser consumed it in a very respectable 3 minutes and 50 seconds.
Topics was offered to try the challenge, or compete against someone else.
We don’t think we’d get close. But we knew someone who would.
Newcastle competitive eater Jamie “Lemon Blossom” Miller.
He’s eaten all sorts of stuff. We brought this burger challenge to his attention. He took a mate – competitive eater Col The Conqueror – with him on Saturday and they both vanquished the meaty beast – Col in 5 minutes 56 seconds and Lemon in 7 minutes 30 seconds.
CHARGE UP ELECTRIC BIKES
AND now to something a little better for your waistline.
Topics identifies as a cyclist.
We used to ride to work everyday, when it was a nice, flat five kilometre commute.
Then we moved house. We live on a hill now. The ride to work is longer, more arduous. Now, we make excuses.
Well, riding just got easier and more convenient in Newcastle.
Newcastle City Council has awarded a $2000 Make Your Place community grant to BYKKO Bike Share to support Australia’s first, fully-automated, working electric bike share trial in Newcastle’s West End precinct.
“Electric bike sharing is already a global movement in cities like Berlin, Copenhagen, Milan, Madrid, Oslo and now, Newcastle will become the first Australian city to introduce this intelligent and innovative form of transport mobility,” the folks at BYKKO claim. The BYKKO bike share station, with three electric-assisted pedal bikes, will be located outside the Recharge Café, on the corner of Dick and Hall Streets Newcastle West and will provide the business and residential community with free access to electric bike sharing over the summer months.
If you want to register to use the electric bikes go to: bykko.com.au. We’ve registered and hope the electric bike will help us zoom up those steep hills.
HONESTLY, WHO THROWS A...
Um, what’s that on the field? Right there, encapsulated, quite helpfully, inside that yellow circle. Yep, it’s what you think it is.
Someone threw that on the field in the closing stages of a Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots game late last month.
And now the Bills have tracked down the throwers (yes, throwers. Somehow more than one person threw it on the field) and banned them for life.
Tad extreme, we thought. Just a silly prank. No one could have been hut by it. Could they?
(Note: we have read and re-read these words to avoid any unintended double entendres).
Well, when Bills Vice President Andy Major was asked about the UFO he said: "Luckily nobody was hurt, none of our players stepped on it and blew their knee out.”
We can’t tell if he was being serious or not.
Everything about this is weird.