Posts by Ben Austin

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  • Hard News: The People's Poet is dead!,

    I think I first saw the Young Ones at primary school, sometime in the late 1980s - early 1990s, probably about the same time as the the New Statesman. He was a huge early influence on us at school - I think someone taped it on TV and we shared around the tapes as well.

    I blame Rick for me having an aversion to taking sociology at university.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 885 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Illegal Highs,

    So this story popped up this morning in the national news. Apparently a group of legal high retailers have started to organise and lobby in favour of a system like the new regime discussed in this thread.

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  • Hard News: Jones: The contender leaves,

    This is a pleasing narrative though, as if a Shane Jones can be acclaimed as an ordinary bloke and every- man, there is hope for all of us who grew up in the Sticks, then went to uni in a big city and never really left!

    Seems a bit like the "everyone is middle class now". Everyone is also an every-man bloke's bloke.

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  • Capture: Sculpture Vulture,

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    I visited a statue park in Moscow a couple of years back and encountered the Russian version on Pinocchio , Buratino. I'm still not quite sure what he was doing with the statues of tanks, Lenin and other Soviet stuff, but it was a pleasant enough park so I guess it beats being through into a landfill

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  • Feed: My Life in Curry, in reply to BenWilson,

    I always found Wellington butter chicken too sweet, so stopped ordering them long since.

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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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