Posts by Ben Austin

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  • Feed: My Life in Curry,

    Speaking of Butter Chicken, a friend and I went for lunch one weekday to one of the Cuba Street Indian restaurants and as we walked in the door, the waiter's first words to us were "Butter chicken, beer?".

    I'm not sure what that says about him or us, but we didn't order either, which seemed to disappoint.

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  • Feed: My Life in Curry, in reply to nic.wise,

    Nic, I understand that the Lahore Curry/Kebab House of E1 may have recently closed. Grim news indeed.

    I also thought that London curry was a bit off when I arrived, but I think now that is because I was relying upon Zone 1 but then I later when to places in Southall or Tooting and the quality there was rather better. I actually started liking butter chicken!

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  • Hard News: We're back!,

    Congratulations Russell.

    So I guess we do have a public service broadcaster after all! Good work to Maori Television.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Lorde's Mixtape,

    Saw Dobbyn and McGlashun last night at the Union Church in Islington. I'd forgotten quite how melancholic their respective music can be. Or maybe it was the venue? Either way a good night

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  • Capture: Travels Without a Map,

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    A mixture: a Seville street protest; Princess Street, Edinburgh; and Margate’s number one tourist destination: The Shell Grotto. Whilst it looks, well, grotty, the shell cavern is astounding

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  • Up Front: To the Letter, in reply to Deborah,

    Geoff, I would also like to read any links you care to share on the topic

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  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    It was one of the better apologies I've read. I should book mark it to send to the no doubt inevitable non apologies from public figures we will all encounter in the future.

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  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies, in reply to Miche Campbell,

    Good points both. I'd like to think McVicar would be a good guy here, but that being said, he almost certainly would have nothing to add

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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.

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  • 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).

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    Here is a great link to photos of derelict London housing

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

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