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Man gets infamous 'Indian takeaway order' from Gavin and Stacey tattooed on lads holiday

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Deciding on a tattoo can be a lengthy and thoughtful process.

Maybe a meaningful phrase or the portrait of a loved one?

Or maybe just the full Indian takeaway order of Smithy from Gavin and Stacey?

Smithy's order of a "chicken bhuna, lamb bhuna and prawn bhuna, mushroom rice, bag of chips, keema naan and 9 poppadoms" has become a much loved quote from the BBC series - which is mainly set in Barry Island in south Wales.

So loved that a man called Vern Slade, from Newcastle, has displayed his newly acquired body art on Twitter - although there is one problem - the order isn't complete.

The post prompted some to point out he'd left the all important 'Keema Naan' off the list that led Vern's friend, David McAllister - who'd been with him on the same holiday in Zante - to joke that the tattooist had been allergic to the item and had to leave it off.

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And all the pain turned out to be worth it for Vern, with James Corden aka Smithy - spotting the snap on Facebook and later tweeting to enquire - "Is this real?!!!"

The 'phoning for a takeaway' scene became famous after airing in the show's third season which sees Smithy suffering a mini-meltdown over the protocol of ordering a selection of curries for a large group of people.

"I can guarantee someone, probably Stacey, will have ordered a korma and, to me, korma is pointless... futile. I won't touch it," he ranted.

"But I also guarantee someone else, probably Pete, is already eyeing up my bhunas - they're MY bhunas, Pete!"

The scene ends with Smithy refusing to share his food with anyone and deciding to eat his order alone in his car, away from grabbing hands.