Posts by Ben Austin

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  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies,

    I would imagine, given the blanket media coverage this morning, that if the police will ever get a complaint it will be now. Here is hoping.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Squatting in the Square,

    Interesting link. While squatting is still very much a thing here I don't think it is particularly common anymore amongst the expats, whereas doss houses/room/bed sharing are very much are for people over on working holidays anyway (as opposed to longer stays). But I sort of wish it was sometimes, when I pay my rent (about $1500 a month to share a house with two others in zone 3) and when I saw that house prices in the suburb are just shy of half a million pounds (and going up month by month).

    Edit

    Here is a great link to photos of derelict London housing

    http://www.derelictlondon.com/houses.html

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Sunstroke in Scotland, in reply to David Haywood,

    At last! I don't feel so mad anymore. When I first got to Europe and wandered about touristing, I did think the facial features of Scots/Danes/Norwegians did seem very similar to NZ Europeans, more so than others. Copenhagen especially was a bit odd for double takes.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Sunstroke in Scotland,

    I have barely spent any time in Edinburgh, but have spent time in Glasgow. Not quite sure why, but I'm sure the anarchist grandfather would approve all the same.

    I suspect it is in part due to teenage over-exposure to Trainspotting and a latent fear of being mugged by for the crime of being a tourist.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Notes & Queries: Nightingales/Bombs/Beethoven,

    Fantastic links, thank you

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving on,

    Rather sad news, I was hoping that the show would still be running when I return next year.

    Remind me again why we have a public broadcaster and funding body? I mean I think I get the theory of it, but the practice seems to not work as I thought it would.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The shaky ground of…, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Golly Rich, that sounds quite awful. I don't think I've come across such a thing before, happily. I must admit to being a little nervous as to whenever it is I move back to NZ and have to reacquaint myself to NZ agencies/HR, given how annoying it was to do the same moving to London. I don't know if either are better or worse, more just the need to adjust.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The shaky ground of…, in reply to Rich Lock,

    There is always that. From my point of view, I often end up saying things like "This whole process would be a lot easier if you had documented anything or had some sort of system in place to measure or assess staff". Obviously I'll hate myself for saying that a little, but redundancies are awkward like that.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The shaky ground of…,

    It may be a rather obvious point, but I've come to the conclusion that often these systems are reactive, they've been sought out, developed and implemented because of some disaster unknown to the applicant. Sometime in the past a terrible hiring decision was made and now the management of the company is hunting desperately for a solution to the age old problem of making the wrong decision.

    I can't imagine many people would, without any sort of similar spur, one day decide to implement a complex, no doubt expensive vetting system without something lurking behind that.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This time it's Syria,

    Surely the Syrian dispersal plans are more for attack by an external power in a classic style attack, rather than during a deep insurgency, where their dispersal bases/sites/etc may be rather compromised or of uncertain loyalty.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

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