Posts by Ben Austin

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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.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • 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

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 894 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 • 894 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 • 894 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 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • Notes & Queries: Nightingales/Bombs/Beethoven,

    Fantastic links, thank you

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 894 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 • 894 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 • 894 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 • 894 posts Report Reply

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