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22.02.06


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CLOSE ENCOUNTER

Did anyone else happen to see the sky light up spectacularly on
sunday 19th Feb at about 11.30pm. I was driving in Highbury and
saw this huge flash of orange, then pink. I literally ducked,
waiting for the explosion to follow. Nothing did, but I know of
sightings of the same in Dalston and Finsbury Park. Can anyone
enlighten me??

- salsa diva

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LAWLESSNESS

I find it interesting, and a little disturbing, to see how many
of the posts to LbL are about how to get something for nothing,
like posting letters for nothing, using the bus for nothing,
getting into the gym for nothing. All these are posted openly by
people who are apparently not at all abashed by effectively
stealing from their fellow Londoners who pay in good faith for
these services. But, on the other hand, when there is a post
about rubbish workers ratting through bins, it's bring out the
pitchforks! Call the police! Decide where you stand. Do you
support the law, or do you not? Where do you draw the line? Who
gave you the right to decide which laws apply to you and which
ones to all the other mugs in the world?

- Spikky

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GOLF

Now it's beginning to rain a bit, has anyone come across the
golfers who use the underground? More specifically, those who
swing their golfing umbrellas by their side. STOP IT! I don't
want to be covered in dirt from the bottom of your umbrella...
plus, you're getting in my way, you idiot.

- Super Ted

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SIMPLE THINGS

Wow, I kinda feel special that I have used the 1st ATM machine...
maybe I should get out a bit more...

- iveusedthefirstatmmachine

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GIANT

Anybody else see the extremely tall man dressed up as "The Jolly
Green Giant" walking along Oxford Street on Wednesday 5th Feb? No
advertising seemed to be involved and it was a right proper
costume as well. I was running errands near Bond St tube at the
time (didn't have time to ask him anything about it). What's it
all about?

- aghast

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THE LONDON FOX

I'm an Australian and recently moved to central London. Yesterday
I saw a fox on the balcony of my flat. I couldn't believe my
eyes! Anyone else seen it?

- Aussie gal

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RE: CHEEKY


'Does anybody know where I can find a shop selling fried
chicken? Preferably in the London area. There used to be one
in Green Lanes but it got shut down when the coke dealers
moved in. Anyway I want one which does spicy wings, and
special meal deals, and which will let me rock up on the
pavement on my bike listening to my iPod on LOUD.' - Buddah
Machine

....

Buddah Machine, are you serious? There is a fried chicken joint
on virtually every street corner in London, from KFC to BFC to
LFC... and I guess you can have your iPod turned up as high as
you like, as long as you don't ride your bike on the pavement...

- Lady C

[Sheesh - LbL]

....

Honestly "Cheeky" you must be joking. London is riddled with
places selling fried chicken! Too many really, they're all over
the flipping place. You can't be looking very hard. Anyway fried
chicken wings or whatever it is you were asking about, aren't
exactly the healthiest food option now are they. I live in North
London and have started eating regularly at a place just round
the corner from me. I hadn't come across it before but they
serve "fish and chips" which I tried and found to be rather
tasty and very reasonably priced. Have any of you Londoners come
across any other such establishments in the London area serving
that type of food? I've been searching high and low for
somewhere else that serves the dish but as yet had no joy. Try
it, it's great. Especially with "tomato ketchup".

- Rodney Cod

[Come on now, everyone. You're being very silly - LbL]

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RE: CHEAP


'If you want to send a letter through the post without paying
for a stamp, simply write the address on the envelope in fake
children's handwriting (or better still, get a real child to
address the envelope for you). It's perfectly legal by the
way. If you're sceptical, test this theory out first by
addressing one to yourself. My letters always seem to get
through! (Although I have fallen a little behind with a few
monthly bills). Do let me know how you get on...' - mail
fraudster

....

Shame on you, Fraudster. I'd rather pay my 30p and sleep in a
rosy glow of happiness.

- Mamfer

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RE: CORE BLIMEY


'So, is it better to throw your apple core (or other
biodegradable food waste) into the Thames (for the fish,
seagulls etc) or should I keep it until I find a bin
(contributing to landfill)? I'm walking over Blackfriars
Bridge every day and want to know what people think is best.'
- FireIce

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I think you should let it be eaten by the London Wildlife and do
the world good. When I have left over food, that's what I do.
Although not being a litterer I always feel guilty and think
people must think I am littering randomly and disrespectfully.

- Nerys

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RE: MONIKER


'Is it just me or do any of the rest of you have more than one
LbL name? Some of the names out there are as amusing as the
posts and there's also something comforting where hear from
regulars. You all seem like a rather creative, interesting and
imaginitive lot, so I'd be surprised to hear that one name is
enough for most of you. Now up till now I've tended to stick
with 'the Beak', but it occured to me that I was restricting
myself. I'd hate to lose the old favourites, but I wonder -
are there as many alter-egos out there as I suspect or do you
firmly stick to just the one same name?' - The Alphabet
Scientist

....

It's all just me actually. Every post and reply is one person.
Me. Me. And me.

Muahahahahahaaaaa!

- The Figurative Pineapple

....

I agree with TAS on this one. If we know who you are, then we can
look for you in the posts. I usually look for posts by Niddle for
some strange reason, I think (s)he replied to one of my posts and
I replied to one of his/hers (I think it's she but I don't want
to get it wrong!! :P) I haven't changed my name though but I
don't post much so... meh. But stick with your names guys, then
we sot of know who you are!!

- knowledge(less)

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Of course I use other names. It keeps the mystery alive. It
reflects the mood and creates scope for the blinding wit that
LbLers do best. Besides, Dave has decided he is the original
"evil". I can't comment as I don't know when he signed up.
However, I am sure I'm a damn sight more evil. I am a child
catcher (cue pantomime boos and hisses).

- evil fluffy

....

When I first subscribed to LbL I made my first post in the name
of "Newly Found Sister." I was pleasantly surprised to find my
"first post" in the LbL book (which I didn't buy until the 2nd
edition and I gave a copy to my new big bro for Xmas for him to
see my first post which was all about him). A bit of an update
for you: I met my adopted big bro in November 2004, was astounded
by the similarities between us and our general joy of going out,
dancing to crazy beats and having loads of fun, and now we see
each other lots.

- Jojo

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RE: MUST-SEE


'I've spent quite a lot of time looking for "hidden London"
for my job, but the only 'oh my God I just don't believe it'
moment so far was finding the Buddhapadipa Thai temple amongst
the mediumly posh houses around Wimbledon Common. This picture
doesn't do it anything like justice:

http://www.untoldlondon.org.uk/museum/AM23471.html

But if it's Communist leaders you want, you could also try the
Marx memorial library, see the room where Lenin designed
Communism, and behold a mural of a giant oppressed worker
casting off his Stanley Spencer-esque chains. It's open to the
public between 1 and 2, I think. (And it's in a very
attractive square in Clerkenwell with a nice pub and
teashops): http://www.marxlibrary.net/ ' - museumkate


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Museum Kate is right, the Buddhist temple in Wimbledon is indeed
impressive. In a similar vein, but from a different part of the
world, regular drivers on the London-inbound section of the M4
will know the Russian Orthodox Church, a stone's throw from
Gunnersbury tube. Here's a pic:

http://tinyurl.com/lcqt8

although it doesn't do it justice and if you are interested, it's
in Harvard Road, W4 It's like being in St Petersburg or Moscow!

- robram

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RE: BEWARE


'My colleague had her bag nicked last Wednesday from Pop bar
in Soho. Complete pain but she cancelled her cards and
reported it to the police that night.The next day she got a
call from a guy calling himself Daniel who explained that he
had found her bag in the gentleman’s toilets in Pop Bar the
night before, he said he didn't want to hand it in the bar
staff as he was a DJ and new what bar staff are like (???). So
he said he worked in a recording studio in Whitechapel and
asked if she be able to go and meet him at the tube station to
pick it up that day. He gave her some excuse about going away
for business and being unable to meet her any other time.
She's a sensible lass and decided to take a friend with her
and meet the man. When she got to Whitechapel tube she told
the station guard the story and he positioned her in full view
of the 2 CCTV camera's and promised to keep an eye on her. So
Daniel turns up with her handbag empty except for her keys and
some make up. She thanked Daniel, the good Samaritan, and he
give her his business card and she returned to work.

When she got back she called the police and told them she'd
got her bag back. The police then turned up at the office and
had a chat with her about the man she had met.The police were
investigating this man as 3 other bags were reported stolen,
in the Soho area, and then returned to the owner in the same
manner. All 3 other bag owners were raped, 1 in Whitechapel
and 2 in their own homes after the thief had gotten the
victims address and keys, made a copy of the keys, then called
the victim stating he had found the bag and then meeting them
and vetting them before committing his terrible crime. The web
site & business card turned out to be fake and the mobile
number was registered to a fake name. Needless to say my
colleague has now changed her locks. So be weary about what
you keep in your handbag and purse! Such an elaborate scam
that scared the bejesus out of me.' - Monkey


....

Sorry Monkey, but this bears all the hallmarks of being an urban
myth. Can anyone confirm that it is actually true? Do we have a
police report for it or the other crimes? Was it actually a
colleague, or is it something you heard about? Sorry to be
cynical, but I hate scare-mongering, and this one leapt out of
the page at me!

- Dan

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RE: THE OLD SMILE THING


'Look, guys, there are a lot of people in London. If you tried
to say hello and smile to everyone who crossed your eyeline in
a day you'd be exhausted. It's exhausting living here and it's
very simple - people don't have the energy to expend on
helloing every last bloody individual. And also, there's a
fairly big element of mutual respect in Londoners' silence and
averted eyes - you're keeping out of the precious personal
space of others by not forcing them to engage you....' - kote
'deadpan' mass

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Oh, well said, kote 'deadpan' mass!!! I, too, am so tired of
hearing that no-one ever smiles in London, from people who think
they have the monopoly on warmth and friendliness! We are normal
people - sometimes we smile and sometimes we don't. I was going
to go on, but you have already said it so well!

- Spikky

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I for one quite like the mass grump of commuting. It's reassuring
to know that everyone is in the same boat at 7.45am. It wraps me
up like a well loved blanket and soothes my weary soul. In
comparison I find intrusive, faux friendly, nosy and chipper
northerners pretty nauseating. One of the main reasons I moved
south in the first place. So to the complainers I say grow up -
and get some real friends.

- Grown up

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If you read my post about smiling and greeting folks on the
street with disappointing results, you will love this. I have
always prided myself with being a gentleman. Holding doors open
for ladies, giving up my seat on the bus to an elderly person
regardless of gender, being a nice guy, etc. The other day I was
walking along Broadway on the Upper West Side when I saw an old
woman drop her handbag. As any gentleman would do I stooped to
pick it up for her. As I took hold of the strap handle, in an
instant she STOMPED DOWN HARD ON MY HAND! The pain was terrible.
She started screaming "thief, thief!" and began pulling the purse
out of my hand. Of course I let go and could feel that something
serious was wrong with my hand. The doorman of an apartment house
nearby rushed over and grabbed hold of my collar. Then the old
woman hauled off and slapped me squarely across my face sending
my glasses flying. I realized I was in big trouble. I explained
what happened as best and sincerely as I could. "I assure you
madam, I'm no thief. I was only trying to be a gentleman. You
dropped your bag and I picked it up for you." Well, I finally
convinced them both and was let go. I went on my way tending to
my swollen, throbbing, hand, swearing that I would mind my own
business from now on. No more Mr.Niceguy. I wave goodbye with my
fractured hand... Damned paranoid old ladies can kiss me where
the sun don't shine, and I don't mean London!

- JAYMAN - NYC - USA

....

Right now, I have the misfortune to live in a part of the world
where random strangers do (theoretically) say hello to you on the
streets, and occasionally even try to engage you in random
spurious conversation. But it's not friendly behaviour. It's more
a case of people trying to size up what on earth I (as someone
who patently doesn't belong in the area) am doing here. Then
again, it could be because I still walk around with my head down
looking in front of me. At least in London, no one questions your
right to be in London. You just are, end of.

- wonderful electric

....

Wow - My first LbL rant! How exciting - I feel like I've passed
some kind of LbL initiation! I'm going to wander round all day
grinning like a Cheshire cat...

And, in my defence, I'm not trying to be the patron saint of
smiliness - I just think people could be nicer to each other
sometimes. There are people who don't giggle at the dance of
who's-going-to-go-which-way - I worry about them. I'm not
saying everyone's a miserable git, just thinking maybe we're a
bit too defensive at times. Although, I have to confess, when I
do let me guard down, it's as likely that I'll then get talked
at all the way home by a mad man who smells of garlic, as have a
heartwarming experience! I'm not really suggesting we all go
around grinning inanely, but I do think we should keep our eyes
peeled for the chance to make someone else's day a little bit
better. Actually, I'm not suggesting 'we should' - I'm saying
that's what I'll do, and it'd be nice if at least some other
people joined me (otherwise I'd be lonely)!

Still smiling and hoping that something good will happen to you
today!

- Ginga ninja

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RE: RUBBER BANDS


'Those red rubber bands have been bugging me since I first
spotted them a few months back while walking to the
newsagent... Times article suggested it was so the posties
would more easily spot them and pick them up. Yeah right -
everyone knows the Post Office employs people with tattoos on
their hands and neck. They all look like they've just done
time for GBH. Pick up rubber bands? Do me a favour....' -
Bandontherun

....

'I hope you're taking the piss. I've worked for the Post
Office for five years and have not come across anyone who
matches that description, of the 5,000 or so staff I have met.
With 195,000 staff, it's possible the other 190,000 match your
description, but I doubt it... The next time you make sweeping
generalisations, it might be wise not to lie about a firm that
employs a fifth of a million people. I'm trying to be polite,
but frankly, you're stupid and ignorant in your assumptions. A
postie gets up far earlier and works harder than most people
do. Certainly more than almost everyone in an office....' -
Call Me Retroboy

....

Come on! Early mornings? How many people actually get their post
before lunchtime now?

- Sparty

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Maybe the post is a good service, let's all make generalisations
from both sides, but I'm talking specifics. Southwark post office
on Blackfriars Road is shite. No less than 8 things posted
through there have disappeared in the last month - probably many
more when I have done large mailouts. Letters with 1st class
franking that do make their way regularly take 3 days to travel
the huge distance to Kent. The daily post doesn't arrive at my
office till lunchtime ever - and it's pissing me off that I have
started taking large bundles home with me to stick in random
pillar boxes to be picked up at 08.30 the next morning, but
secure in the knowledge that it will reach its destination and in
the next 24-36 hours.

- grumbling rage

....

Re the postman defending the integrity of posties everywhere -
it's good to know that some posties work hard and make an effort!
But can't help feeling that not all of them are quite such good
eggs, because I've got to say that since moving to London five
years ago the postal service I've experienced has been
consistently absolutely crap. Like many other LbLers I'm sure, I
not only regularly receive mail for other houses on our street,
but also for houses on different streets that have no relation to
our address whatsoever. Then there's all the post that HASN'T
turned up - birthday cards with a fiver in them sent by foolish
fond old relations who still have faith in the postal service,
and more worryingly, three credit cards/pin notifications that
should have arrived by regular post but never turned up. That's
only the post I happened to find out has gone awol - so I'm
assuming it's the tip of the iceberg in terms of what I'm not
receiving. Or then there's the ridiculously slow service, like
the birthday card I sent by 'first class' post to my elderly
granddad, that arrived a full extra week after the supposed 'next
day' delivery and made him think I'd forgotten him. Or just the
sheer bureaucratic incompetence - e.g. my new flatmate just paid
good money for a postal redirect from her old flat. Sure enough,
redirected letters started to arrive - but none of them were for
her - they were addressed to some other poor soul who's obviously
paid for a postal redirect from the same area. My flatmate took
this mystery woman's stack of mail into the Post Office to
explain and complain that they must have got their redirects
muddled up - only to have the very same letters arrive again a
few days later! So come on Royal Mail, at least admit that the
service has got a long way to go!!

- Carty

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RE: CITY A.M.


'STOP BLOOMING HARPING ON ABOUT IT PLEASE! YOU'RE ALL GETTING
ON MY NERVES NOW. WHO CARES?????????????....' - Jojo

....

'You know, you're only going to get people extending this
thread totally unnecessarily now, deliberately, just to annoy
you. You know that, don't you?' - Harry Hell

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No, we won't.

- mydogminton

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Harping on about what? Think I must have missed a couple of
weeks... ;)

- Little G

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HIGH

I've got a bit of thing about standing on top of really high
places and looking at the view. Paris has the Eiffel tower, New
York has got the Empire state but where do I go in London? I've
been to the champagne bar at the top of tower42 but it's
hilariously expensive to buy a drink, and they won't let you
just sit and gorm out of the window. Similar thing with the Eye,
you only get half and hour... any ideas?

- spaniel

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RE: QUIRKY


'A mate of mine took me to the Ice Bar this week which was a
really cool night out. Anyway I said I would take him
somewhere equally as weird and quirky but I'm struggling to
think of anywhere. Any suggestions?' - law

....

Hey law, nice pun. Not sure that anywhere's going to match the
quirkiness of the Ice Bar, but I might be able to do slightly
eccentric, if not outright quirky. It means coming out east to
Hoxton/Shoreditch (are these place names completely
interchangeable or is there a distinction? Anyone? Bueller?), but
it's better than the West End anyway. I digress; to the point:
Try out LoungeLover (http://www.loungelover.co.uk) just off
Bethnal Green Road. It's very opulent and pretty poncy (but then
I like that ;-). So poncy in fact, that you can't order drinks
from the bar, even if you're leant against it all night (which is
quite likely as getting a table is, or used to be, nigh on
impossible unless you book). You have to order from waiting staff
that float around. Anyway, it's definitely an experience.
Suggest going there towards the beginning of the evening for two
or three sharpeners, before repairing to some other Shoreditch
hostelry. The reason being that a) you'll appreciate the
excellent cocktails if you're (more or less) sober and b) it's
a tad pricey (circa ten quid a pop).

- uberrich

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The Ice Bar is not 'cool', not in any but the most literal sense.
It is more like a distinctly undelicious melange of a battery
farm and Hitler's Bunker. Worse still, you can only stay in there
for about half an hour before you start losing your toes.

- Bo Jaxx

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RE: SILLY


'Just wondering - what silly nights out do you know of in
south and south west London? I went to Punk Karaoke in
Highbury the other week and was going to go to the Ceilidh
Club in Camden, but they're both a long way to go! What is
there down here south of the river (which incidently, isn't
rife with cholera, Sudonim)?' - ginga ninja

....

I was chatting to someone at Ceilidh recently who runs PopC which
is described as follows: 'A PopC McFling is the fusion of old
school Ceilidh dance moves with Pop Anthems and an awesome Club
setting.' Sounds pretty silly to me. It's at The Grand in
Clapham and more details can be found at www.popc.co.uk - I think
the next one is April 1st.

- Purplefurryshoes

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RE: SITES


'I'm after a challenge to visit some of the hidden London
landmarks that normally get overlooked. Things like Karl Marx'
grave. Any ideas?' - Garkbit

....

Ah, Parkland walk, lovely (by London standards.) Have never
walked it but it's a pleasant 20 minute cycle at a leisurely pace
from Finsbury Park to Highgate then a hard cycle up what must be
the steepest road in London before you can reward yourself with a
pint at my favourite pub, The Flask. Not sure about interesting
sights along the way but you rarely see a road and there's some
great grafitti (and I'm not being sarcastic) on some of the
bridges so take your camera. It's basically like a canal path
without the canal. Watch out though, down by the Highgate end it
gets VERY boggy and hard to navigate and only go down there in
daylight hours unless you're hard as nails.

- milkandtwo

....

This isn't really 'hidden' I suppose but I think St Giles
church in Cripplegate is really interesting. It's at Barbican
and amidst all the modern buildings there is this old church
(where Oliver Cromwell was married) and part of the Roman Wall
still exists. I find it really amazing!!

- Enfieldian chick

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RE: GENERIC WHERE SHOULD I LIVE QUESTION


'...Several of us are moving to London in September to start
work, and would love to hear any advice on whereabout to
live?... Thanks a million for your advice.' - JojoTheEskimo

....

'...I don't think it makes much sense to ask "where should I
live" (no offense to the original poster), but it would be
great to get peoples' responses to questions such as: - How to
go about choosing an area? - How important is it to be
central, or close to central, what are the ups and downs? -
Any "must do's and don'ts" when attempting a move to London?
Thanks!' - Mr Lizard

....

When I first moved to London about six years ago I had no clue,
much like Mr Lizard and Jojo. However I was moving in with
friends who'd been Londoners for several years so I thought I
was on to a winner. Oh harsh reality. We moved to a place on
Roehampton Lane in (okay, near) Barnes. Now nothing against
Barnes or Roehampton (maybe a little bit against Roehampton),
but those ten months made me vow never to live off the tube
network ever again. I realise I'm probably going to get flamed
to death by militant South London commuters (hey I'm one too -
Balham), but trains suck. Big time. Especially if there aren't
very many. Barnes had six an hour which might sound like a lot,
but it's not. It's rubbish. London is much much better when it
doesn't take you an hour or more to get anywhere. I've lived in
three places since, all on the tube. So much happier. And if
you're about to ask which line, simple: Once you go black you
never go back, baby. Northern line all the way.

- uberrich

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RE: GREEN LANES


'Does anyone love Green Lanes enough to REALLY sell it to me?
I'd rather know what people who live there think of it instead
of some "seemingly independent" website selling me
statistics.' - Matt Turley

....

Just wanted to respond to the Green Lanes debate... hmmmm... I
have lived either side of it, and have many friends living off
it. My advice, unless you are big and hard and not easily scared:
don't do it. Manor House is a well scary place. However, if you
do want to live in the area, try out Stroud Green. It is between
Finsbury Park and Crouch End. Nice affordable and relatively safe
area. Green Lanes has great transport, I agree, but at what cost?
Plus, at times the 29 and 141 buses get really stuck in traffic.
Stroud Green: you are walking distance from Finsbury Park station
(overland in and out of city, Piccadilly and Victoria lines,
buses to pretty much everywhere). My only regret, not moving
there sooner!

- teapot

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This week LbL spoke to first-time novelist and long-time LbLer,
Michael Stephen Fuchs. We asked Michael some questions about
London, and about himself. This is what he had to say...

....


* Were you born in London?

Born in New York, actually. (Interesting factoid: there are
35,000 Americans in London - and 35,000 Brits in New York City.
It's like a big exchange program.) [That's 'programme' - LbL]


* Where do you live now?

Earl's Court.


* How long you been there?

Since my first night in London (18 September, 2003). My lodging
plans with friends fell apart, and I picked a hostel out of the
Rough Guide said to have cheap single rooms. Total random chance.
Now I know I'll never leave. SW5! SW5!


* What's the most irritating thing about London?

Toss-up between the Londoners who think they have a right to drop
their rubbish wherever they stand; and the American tourists who
fail to notice that they're the only ones conducting obnoxiously
loud conversations about nothing in an otherwise silent Tube
carriages at commute hour. (I think I resent the American
tourists so much because I'm in danger of being mistaken for
them.)


* What's the most invigorating thing about London?

Knowing that at any moment you may meet some bottomlessly
fascinating, absurdly beautiful, scintillatingly intelligent
person who has lived everywhere (except his/her country of birth)
- and doing so with some regularity.


* If you were Mayor of London, what would you change?

Not original, but I'd bring back the Routemasters. Or, at the
very least, get rid of the so-called "Heritage Route"
Routemasters. It was bad enough that they killed the lovely
things; it's nearly intolerably painful that they've zombified
them.


* What do you do to relax in London?

Take implausibly long runs in the Royal Parks listening to
dangerously loud music. That and lunchtime lectures in the
National Gallery - picking up a belated art history education for
free.


* Favourite pub?

The White Cross in Richmond. It's aces for drinks by the river in
the long lazy twilight evenings of summer.


* Most memorable tube experience?

Only I suppose because I immortalised it, but when I took this
shot - without getting caught:

http://www.michaelfuchs.org/life/art/viewer.php?image_id=19


* Most memorable cab experience?

Virtually never take cabs. I'm a Tube and foot travel fellow.
Maybe it's the soi-disant egalitarian American in me - don't want
to be chauffered about.


* One London building you would gladly knock down?

Also not original, but Centrepoint Tower. I mean - jeesh! Runner-
up: Holiday Inn on Cromwell Road. (Settle for making it not a
Holiday Inn.)


* Which period of London's history would you like to experience?

The next 20 years - as the Capital just gets better and better -
and I intend to!


More Fuchs:
http://www.michaelfuchs.org/the_manuscript/author.html


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lblinterview@londonbylondon.co.uk

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TRANSPORT
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KANGAROO

Can any Tube drivers / electrical engineers out there tell me why
underground trains often do a "kangaroo start" when they're
moving off - a lurch that is often accompanied by a loud popping
sound. District/Circle line trains seem especially susceptible to
this - and usually when they're so crowded that standing
passengers fall all over the place when it happens.

- Llamapiss

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MR PINK

One of your contributors mischeviously suggested that we should
tell incoming tourists never to tip taxi drivers. Which led me to
think... Why *do* we tip taxi drivers? They're being paid to get
us to our destination, they've done it professionally - why
should we give them extra money for that privilege? There's a
simple reason to tip bar and restaurant staff - they earn a low
wage, but we're also far more likely to see them again. A good
tip will ensure good service the next time you see said waiter -
but that doesn't apply with taxi drivers. One black cab is the
same as another. So why do we tip taxi drivers?

- wonderful electric

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CHOC-FREE

A question: does anyone know why practically every chocolate
machine on the underground is out of order at the moment? Every
station I've passed through over the last couple of weeks has
been creme-egg-free, with the same note pinned to the machine.
Is it an elaborate practical joke? A bug in the global vending
machine network? A post-Valentine's chocolate defecit?

- Kit Kat Girl

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MANNERS

I just wanted to get people's opinion on pregnant ladies asking
people for seats. I am 6 months pregnant and up until now have
found standing on the daily commute no problem at all. However,
I am now starting to find it a bit of a struggle, especially when
the tubes are busy and hot. My sister bought me a "baby on
board" badge which I don't feel comfortable wearing so have
left it at home but not one person has ever offered me a seat,
though lots of people have sat and stared at me. I therefore
wanted to find out people's thoughts on asking for a seat and if
you think I would be taking the piss by asking.

- Green Eyes

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CROSS

Amazingly, I discovered last week that since the last time I used
the station, King's Cross no longer has a cafe. Yes, plenty of
capuccino kiosks, Burger King points and bagette stalls, but the
old sit-down cafe, that doubled as a waiting room for old ladies,
families and the rest of us, has been replaced by a Marks and
Spencer's food hall. With no waiting rooms, that leaves the
rather nasty smoky pub on the left of the station as the last
place you can sit and wait for a (all too often delayed) train.
Is King's Cross in breach of it licence and, if not, shouldn't
it be? And does Network Rail care. What next? The public loos
sold off to Blockbusters?

- andyb

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SNOOPING

http://www.theregister.com/2006/02/20/oyster_security_flaws/

- Potty Time

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RE: DILEMMA


'I wanted to ask LbLers advice as I got caught without a
ticket on a bendy bus just before Xmas. I was only on for 5
mins, and usually pay - grrr - but that's by the by. Contrary
to what I expected, they just took my name and address down,
put it in their hand-held computer thing and asked for ID.
They didn't ask me to pay an on-the-spot fine (which I would
have done if given the opportunity) and I haven't heard
anything since. I've heard and read a few horror stories about
people suddenly being taken to court out of the blue by TfL,
who apparently often allege that they have sent out several
letters outlining fine and requesting payment which
mysteriously never seem to arrive and then slap a big court
summons on you. I obviously don't want to get taken to court
for this (especially as any conviction, no matter how small,
is going to affect my job as I am on enhanced disclosure) but
I would also prefer not to phone up TfL to voluntarily offer
them my hard-earned cash. What to do? What are other LbL-ers
experiences? Thanks.' - Tricky

....

I too got caught on a bus but had a friends ticket, wasn't asked
to pay an on the spot fine and heard nothing for 6 months. Then
got a court summons, and a resulting combined fine/costs of 80
quid. As far as I'm aware it's not a criminal comviction though,
is it, as it's not a police matter? I was advised by a policeman
friend not to attend as it just costs more to TfL (don't want to
annoy them any more than you have to!). Hope this helps.

- CB

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RE: FREELOADING


'By borrowing my flatmate's monthly travel card on Oyster (not
a photo one) to avoid extortionate tube fares, am I risking
being fined / thrown into jail etc if I come across one of the
spot-checks (which they seem to have in Brixton tube quite
frequently?) Even if he has given me permission to use it
would they assume I am just a common Oyster card thief?' -
oyster girl

....

Oyster Girl! Go for it. Use anyone's oyster card (with
permission of course). TFL get so much money out of us as it is,
a free bee now and again will do no harm I say!! To ensure even
more you dont get nabbed by the TFL police just keep your picture
card (thats if you have one travelling on national rail) with the
oyster card. Unless they check the numbers at the back how are
they gonna tie it up. The reason i'm all for it, is that I lost
my oyster card with a monthly travel zone 1 - 6 on, with 3 weeks
left, and for my stupidity of losing the damn thing, which I take
full responsibility for, I lost about 10 days worth of travel -
plus I had to pay for travel the days I didnt have my oyster card
and until it was replaced!!! So.. get as much out of them as you
can!! Oh, and by the way, always pay my way!!

- Oyster Bunny

....

As London Transport make it a feature of the pay as you go
oystercards that you can give it to another person to use, I
wouldn't be surprised if there's a desgree of confusion on this
amongst both customers and staff. Doesn't mean they won't lock
you up and throw the key for being a mean cheaty cheat though ;-)

- wicked witch of the west end

....


'...my gentleman starts working for LUL next week and will get
a free pass....' - Mamfer

....

So will you, Mamfer! My bf works for TfL and he gets a staff
card and gets to nominate someone at the same address to get a
free pass too! Be warned though, they work on all underground and
bus routes, but not mainline train services - yet. As TfL takes
over the contracts for each of the mainline services around
London, the staff nominee passes - and oyster pre-pay - will come
into effect on them (see the Metro this week for info on them
taking over Silverlink's North London line).

- Casp

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RE: ANTI-CYCLIST


'I have had it with cyclists. I've absolutely fucking had it.
I know you are all environmentally marvellous and saving
yourself a packet by not using public transport, and getting
jolly fit in your revolting lycra - but for fuck's sake, if
you want to go as fast as cars, and be treated like cars then
STOP AT THE FUCKING RED LIGHT....' - redmeansstop

....

'I think it’s time to calm down and take stock... For goodness
sake there are so many other more important issues in this
troubled world of ours to worry about. There are some
perfectly good reasons for passing red lights... Am I being so
unreasonable? So, dear Mr/Ms Furious of London Town, take a
chill pill and jump a light!' - Bill Beacham

....

Ah, pigeons... Bill Beacham for Prime Minister! Bill, you know
you are right when your pleas for reason meet with such vitriol
from these foaming mini-Mussolinis. Jesus, anyone would have
thought you had advocated boiling new born babies. More power to
your oh-so-reasonable elbow. Kote Mass, Mozzer, Mad King Soup et
al - I look forward to running you down on a pedestrian crossing
near you. Please forward your descriptions and locations so I can
plan ahead.

- aCat

....

Dear Pokey, South of the River, richibald, Mad King Soup, Rozzer,
Tomba and Mr Kona, I too was ready to vent my spleen at Bill
Beacham's inflammatory comments until Mrs Alexander took me to
one side and pointed out that his post was more-than-likely a
wind-up, designed to elicit an angry response. Was she right? I
guess we'll find out next week. But whatever, stop at red lights
cyclists, okay?

- Randy Alexander

....

Look guys. According to Darwin this has been going on for ages.
Let the bastards cleanse the gene pool by wilfully jumping into
the cross over of the Cyclist / road kill Venn Diagram. Run
around....NOWWWWWWWWW.

- evil fluffy

....


'...I cycle at a fair clip, and do stop at lights because that
is my preference. Many of the people passing me while I have
stopped ride at a moderate clip because they are Beginners,
much enamoured with their 'commuter outlaw' status. When the
lights go green, I often find myself closing in on these
Beginners at speed, with a mass of fast moving cars and trucks
right next to me. As a cyclist, momentum is my friend, (as we
learnt from Bill Beacham) and so I find myself having to pass
these Beginners more closely than I and probably they, would
prefer. I sometimes think that it would be better if they just
obeyed the lights, and stop forcing me to gamble with their
lives by almost running them into the gutter.' - Mr Kona

....

Oh, Mr Kona, I fear we are a rare breed. I too stop at red
lights. It is frustrating - I have over 50 sets of lights each
way on my commute - but it is also safer, and stops people
getting so pissed off with us. The main frustration comes from
the dawdling bimbos in their high-heeled pointy boots and
ridiculous scarves (you've seen them) who insist on either
jumping the red lights or - worse? - moving to the front of the
pack at the lights, despite the fact that they pedal like 3 year
olds and move at the speed of pedestrians. Argh! Maybe I should
follow your lead and (almost) run them into the gutter. This,
surely, would make our roads a safer place ...

- SensibleFlats

....

In response to Mr Kona - Dear esteemed sir, pray do tell how I
can possibly elevate my self confessed status of 'commuter
outlaw' or Beginner (yes, reverently spelt with a capital B -
nice touch, sir) to such a level of cool that you seem to bracket
yourself in. Perhaps if I upgraded my specialized to a Kona of
which you are so clearly proud - or would it be if I tried my
hardest to cycle at a fair clip as opposed to a moderate one?
Please do share your secrets, I would so love to climb my way up
the cyclists ladder of coolness so I too have to make such
important and weighty decisions as to whether I should gamble
with a Beginner's life or just let them be, sacrifice my hard
earned momentum for the sake of their families, and perhaps slow
down to a moderate clip myself if overtaking actually endangers
their lives. Oh, to ponder such moral dilemmas. You must be
very big and important. And have magnificent thighs. PS. Any of
you ever crossed at a pedestrian crossing when the little man is
not green? You have? I'm saying nothing...

- milkandtwo

....

I straddle both camps in that I am a cyclist who jumps certain
reds, but strongly disapprove of the way some cyclists plough
through reds. I certainly allow any pedestrians to cross first
before going on (big of me I know!) and don't cross without
checking both ways pretty carefully. I have had stand up rows
with cyclists who do go on without observing these basic
courtesies and road sense. As a fastish cyclist I agree with the
guy who is annoyed by slower cyclists stealing yards by jumping
the red and then becoming a hazard further up the road when we
have to go round them. (Ditto cyclists riding side by side for a
chat... don't do it on city roads, guys! You are forcing other
cyclists into moving traffic) but I am aware my position is
legally untenable... I can't break the law slightly, I am
breaking it period. So why do I do it?

1) Strangely enough, it can be safer. Pulling away at the same
time as traffic is hair-raising at the best of times. It is
downright dangerous if you are tamely following the kerb and some
brain dead driver decides to left turn without looking or
signalling. How often does that happen? About once a day on a
short commuting ride. After 25 years of that, my tolerance of it
is nonexistant, I can tell you! Sitting in front of the line of
traffic so drivers can see you and steer accordingly is a
solution and the green cyclist safety zones appearing are
obviously designed to encourage that. I will have less reason to
jump the lights when drivers stop halting in the safety zones.
Standard discussion: "Please keep out of the green zone mate."
Reply: "F**k you. What you gonna do about it?" On a bad day and
if the driver is at all smaller than The Rock, the short answer
is wring your f*****g neck! Respect is a 2 way street, people,
let's increase it and have safer road use all round.

2) Second reason is efficiency. If no cyclists jumped reds,
especially during the bike-heavy summer months, the roads would
grind to a halt. Long chains of bikes on the kerb preventing left
turns, stationary cars as a result. Faster cyclists going round
slower cyclists, slowing traffic still further. The inner city
roads are basically not designed for 2 forms of traffic at once,
and the sensible red light jumper can be seen as keeping the
roads fluid. But as i say, it is a hard position to defend
totally!

- longjon

....

I have taken to ranting at these damn cyclists after my best mate
was knocked down by one who then failed to stop or even
acknowledge he had done anything wrong. Tottenham Court Road
seems to be a particular favourite for these hooligans! Now I
yell obsenties at them, and if needs be I am planning to grab the
handlebars of said scum and make them apologise for being so
objectionable!

- Sparty

....

Cyclists are always jumping the lights outside my office and it
midly gets my goat. But what I want to know is, if I kicked the
back wheel of one of the aforementioned cyclists would I get in
trouble? After all they are the ones breaking the law, I am
upholding it. And if the cyclist fell of his (it's always a him)
bike as a result of my kick would his helmet protect him or is he
liable to die? I don't want to kill anyone, just teach them a
lesson

- The Assassin Prince

....

Given all this cyclist ranting I'm going to have to add my bit.
Last night on the way home - as I was waiting at a cross-roads
for the lights to change from red to green - a suited man
approached me and said "when you catch up to that girl on a bike
up ahead tell her that she shouldn't jumps lights as she did.
Tell her that I'm an off duty police officer and if I see her
again I'll book her".

I replied, "That's an issue between you and her."

He retorted, "Listen: it's people like me that pick up the
pieces when you jump lights and get run over."

I replied, "You assume that I jump lights."

I could go on, about how I told him that he shouldn't assume me
to be a law-breaker, but I'll stop.

Point is *I* get shit because *some* people cycle in a way that
annoys other people. I have pedestrians walk out in front of me
without checking the road then shout and swear at me for being on
a bike, on the road ("fuck1ng cylists" being an oft repeated
insult). I have cars cut me up, pull out of junctions into the
road in front of me (I've been run over twice this way), some
have even done it, unprovoked, on purpose. But I still try to
treat other pedestrians and drivers with respect. For some reason
a lot of people assume all cyclists to be shit heads and treat
them as such. It's not fair and I'm shall cry and cry until you
all stop.

- Indy Gnant

....

Instead of bickering about who can be the most self-righteous
(and we cyclists are just as contemptuous about you suicidal
pedestrians as you are about us), could we talk about the real
issues? Cyclists tend not to obey the letter of the law because
the road system in this country has been designed exclusively for
cars and other forms of motorised transport. Everyone else, i.e.
pedestrians and cyclists, are pushed to the fringes. It is not an
excuse, simply an explanation as to why many cyclists don't obey
the highway code, because the rules of the road refer to a system
that marginalises them and exposes them to frequent danger unless
they re-learn how to operate on the road. Before you ask about
cycle lanes - cycle lanes are useless, in fact worse than
useless, unless there is some kind of physical barrier between
them and cars. Without a barrier, cyclists are pushed into the
gutter by cars 'squeezing' past them, leaving them no escape
route. I avoid all cycle lanes.

- Wheely Saying Something

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RE: MOAN


'If we're having a moan about nonthinking wankers on public
transport, can I nominate people who listen to their portable
music devices so loud that I can identify not only the song
and the singer, but also detect the studio sound engineer's
slight asthma problem?...' - Louden Kleah

....

I admit I am one of those people whose headphones go above a
certain level in the morning. I have seen your dirty looks at my
rather shoddy taste in music BUT LET ME TELL YOU WHY... There are
parts of the Central line where the rumble of the train is so
loud it drowns out an iPod on its highest volume setting.

- Sparty

[Pffft - LbL]

....

Sitting on the tube this morning, a young chap sat next to me,
and started listening to his new-fangled popular music at a
volume where the familiar "tsk tsk tsk" could be heard by those
around him. The nice lady sitting the other side of him dealt
with the situation in a calm, polite and assertive manner that I
would like to recommed to all my fellow LbL folk. She tapped him
on the arm and, having secured his attention, said nicely
"Excuse me, could you turn you music down please? It's rather
loud." It worked wonders (apart from the bit where she had to
repeat herself after he'd taken his headphones off so he could
hear her properly) - he apologised and duly turned down his music
to levels only he could hear! Maybe others could experiment with
this approach and report back on their findings?

- iSleepDiagonal

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RE: HEADPHONES


'...Wearing completely isolating headphones probably does
increase your chances of getting mugged or hit by a bus. The
thing is, it greatly reduces the chances of wanting to mug one
of the many non-isolated and noisy headphone wearing goons and
smash their iPod into an iPile of shiny white iShards, or of
throwing Sinners or Winners bloke and his bloody megaphone
under a bendy bus for the good of humanity. It’s a trade-off.'
- hitherandthither

....

I've got some of those dinky in-ear jobbies, and can assure you
that they still allow the peaks of worldy noise - tube
announcements, angry vehicle honks, the shrieks of fractious
children, the homicidal hollers of axe murderers - to filter
through. If you're crossing a road it's not a bad idea to remove
one of your earphones and um, look very carefully in both
directions. If you're worried about being mugged or otherwise
assaulted, just remove earphones and music player and put in bag.
Very simple. However, I do find that wearing the earphones with
the music off gives me a certain bravado when it comes to people
(OK - men) who seek to demand money or my vital statistics in the
street - I can stare straight ahead and ignore them as if I can't
actually hear them due to my choice of bangin' choon. Works a
treat. Although Mace might be preferable. I wonder if those
little mini cans of deodorant might work... no, no, I'm kidding.
I always make sure I'm well tooled up when I leave the house
anyway. So yes, get tiny earphones, relax in the knowledge that
you're not bothering anyone else, and have some common sense
about the use of them.

Cyclists, I'm looking at you. It's probably not a good idea to
further vulnerabilise yourself, when you're scooting between
giant lorries on your flimsy tubular metal contraption with only
a chunk of moulded polystyrene between you and certain death, by
removing one of your senses and replacing it with the new
Gorillaz.

- kote mass

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RE: PARKMOBILE


'Slightly deviating from the subject of wardens I came across
this brilliant scheme for people parking in Putney and
Battersea. If you take your car into Putney or visit Battersea
Park there is a new way of paying for your parking... Here's
the link: http://tinyurl.com/9gl85 ' - Crofty

....

'Cheers for the tip, Crofty. Or, to use your full
name.... Miss Stella Ku, Marketing & PR Dept., Parkmobile
UK Ltd., press@parkmobile.com / +44 (0)20 7078 6631' - ils

....

'Actually, Ils, I have bugger all to do with Parkmobile I just
thought their description of what they do was easier to cut
and paste than me either getting the info wrong or writing the
info in an extremely complicated manner. So before you go
giving out someone's full details you might want to check that
I'm actually that person first. They're probably not even an
LbLer.' - Crofty

....

No, I'm fine thanks, Crofty. But I doubt she'll mind being
'outed' by me, as her "full details" are in full view for anyone
frenum-searingly tedious enough to actually read Parkmobile's
website. Like.....oooh, you.

And, in fairness, me.

- ils

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OVER EASY

Does anyone know of somewhere in London that serves a *good*
American-style breakfast? (Eggs over easy, hash browns, blueberry
pancakes, endlessly-refilled cups of coffee, that sort of thing).
I tried one place in Covent Garden, but it was too formal, too
expensive, and the food wasn't even all that good. There are
plenty of Americans in town, and they can't all have gone native
and switched to fry-ups... so where are they eating breakfast?

- eccentra

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FISH GADGIES

Has anyone ever bought any fish off the Geordie guys who knock on
your front door? Am never sure whether it's a complete scam /
waste of money or a cunning way to get super fresh fish for a
fraction of the London price.

- Highbury Gal

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COCKTAILS

Where can I taste London's best cocktails? And although
obviously, the main criteria here is taste, price must also be
taken into consideration. I can't be paying £15 for a single
glass of alcohol, no matter how many bits of lime are in there. I
just can't do it. Not even a tenner really. For crying out loud,
I could get three bottles of wine for a tenner in Tesco! But
anyway, I do like cocktails. Anyone?

- Bo Jaxx

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RE: LIQUORICE

I have been meaning to give a large dollop of love to Sherbert
Dip for the beautious tip regarding aquarterof.co.uk. You are an
individual of great standing, taste and uncommon delightfulness.
Liquorice girl... get yourself there as soon as your fingers can
go "click click". I would also suggest that the figurative
pineapple logs on and gets a little sumin sumin... someone
obviously pissed on their cornflakes last week!

- evil fluffy

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RE: WRY FRY UP


'Does anyone have any recommendations for places to go and
have an excellent or weird or decadent or humorous breakfast.
I edit the London Review of Breakfasts and am always looking
for ideas.' - Malcolm Eggs

....

Papa Del's opposite Highgate Station at the top of Archway Road
does a wicked breakfast at the weekend. Full English, italian
style (Italian sausage, italian meats instead of bacon etc.)

- Hobbes

....

The Villandry on Great Portland Street do a lovely breakfast.
Open nice and early which is perfect if you want a nice before-
work-catch-up with a friend. I also remember reading an interview
with Danni Minogue where she said Kylie has a breakfast at
Tiffany's for friends where everything came draped in diamonds!

- pankcakes and maple syrup (ok bacon as well)

....

Get yourself to Maggies in Lewisham - it's the best fry up South
of the River. Eat as much sausage, egg, hashbrown, bacon, beans,
tomato, chips, onion rings (yes - onion rings), mushrooms and the
like for a fiver and even Maggie makes an appearance to refill
your tea!

- Chunkalunka

....

What about the pubs which open early, e.g. in Smithfield? I
occasionally used to meet friends for a pint at about 8am, then
toddle into work!

- Zabadak

....

For the best in old school Italian caffs, you cannot beat
Pellicci's on Bethnal Green Road. it's a dollhouse-sized
emporium to wood, frothy coffee, formica and family-run fun.
Generations of Pellicci's will make you welcome alongside the
regulars which are a mix of East end market-stall traders,
arty/TV types, and people who 'resemble' henchmen of the Krays.

- pippylongstocking

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With your name you'd appreciate the vegan breakfast here then.
www.eatandtwoveg.co.uk They also do non-vegan breakfasts, if
you're that way inclined...

- Angel

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RE: CENTRALE


'My friends and I would like to know if anyone can tell us
what happened to 'Centrale' restaurant (cheap eats pasta
place). It was on Old Compton Street until Dec 2004 and then
was supposed to have moved to Archer Street in Soho as their
old building was being knocked down. However, despite various
trips back to Archer St and surrounding streets we have drawn
a blank. Please help us if you know because Centrale was such
a great little place.' - boredathome

....

Pollo restaurant on Old Compton Street - another one with massive
heaps of pasta for pence, and a downstairs that was so Scorsese
it was awesome - we hardly knew ye. Yes, I know this isn't
helping.

- kote mass

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RE: BBQ


'Does anyone know of outdoor BBQ caterers who can bring their
own BBQ and supply food for a party in your own garden? - we
live in North London. Thanks.' - emily

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Bodeans (www.bodeansbbq.com) will build a barbecue pit in your
garden, and their barbecue is *incredibly* good. Go to the
restaurant in Poland St, Soho and give it a try first!

- babybat

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RE: TAPAS


'This may elicit a ton of response, but I was wondering what
the best-value Tapas bar in London is?...' - I love albondigas

....

Just to add to the tapas debate, we had an amazing night at
Essence - modern, funky but incredibly fresh food, brilliant
cocktails (with happy hour bargains between 5-7pm), great wines
and enthusiastic, passionate staff. Think it's mid-week tapas
and club nights in the weekend, but definitely worth checking out
if you are looking for something around Barbican area:
http://www.essence-bar.com/

- Foofie

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RE: PUBS


'Does anyone know any good bars around the Finchley Road /
Swiss Cottage area?....' - Boffin

....

I've found the lack of bars I like to be one of the few
disadvantages of living in the West Hampstead area, ever since
the sad demise of "Arkwright's Wheel" (although many locals
will no doubt be pleased to hear that we've finally seen off the
in-my-view useless "Cane"... no doubt to be replaced shortly by
a similarly up-itself cocktail bar). For good pubs, I generally
head in the direction of Finchley Road, then ignore it and carry
on well past it until I reach "Real" Hampstead, which has the
much-loved Holly Bush and Flask amongst other delights.

I know that this is all based on my personal preferences, but I
know a fair few people in the area, and they all pretty much have
the same opinion of the current West Hampstead pubs - it does
therefore surprise me that someone hasn't spotted the gap in the
market in West Hampstead for a good, honest pub that isn't
nasty, overly trendy, or trying to be something else...

- My Left Foot

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HELP FOR A VERY GOOD CAUSE

An East London-based branch of the main Motor Neurone Disease
charity are looking for a new ISP (Internet Service Provider) to
host their website. The web pages are quite simple and so there
should be no requirement for anything fancy. The storage
requirements are equally minimal. Can anybody recommend any cheap
- or even better - free - ISPs that we could approach?

- Alan

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HELP BUT HAS LITTLE IDEA HOW TO ASK FOR IT

I am doing an ma in documentary research. One of my projects (a
ten minute doc) is on the Sinners or Winners man. I am interested
in interviewing a few people that have had interesting
experiences with him. Email: daisybradberry@hotmail.com

- DaisyB

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INTELLIGENT FRIENDS

This is a kind of dirty little secret but I really like pub
quizzes. I'm quite good at them too. Unfortunately all my
friends are stupid. So how do I go about getting into a quiz
team, one that is in it for fun but likes to win once in a while,
in the south east (Dulwich, Brixton, Peckham, Camberwell, Clapham
areas)? Or could an LbL team be formed? And if so where would you
recommend we compete?

- The Assassin Prince

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IRISH FRIENDS

Does anyone know of any traditional Irish musicians willing to
play at a wedding for as much free food and drink as they want...
oh and a few quid thrown in of course...?

- The rare old mountain dew

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BOOKISH FRIENDS

I'm going to be living in South London (possibly Pimlico area)
from April-September this year and I was wondering whether anyone
was a member of can suggest a book club that I might be able to
come along to during these 6 months? Any suggestions appreciated,
spanayiotou@hotmail.com. Thank you!

- Spany

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TO PLAY BADMINTON

Can anyone recommend a friendly place to play badminton? I am
rusty intermediate standard, and I'm looking for somewhere where
I can find other players and a relaxed attitude (no dress code).
I live in Pimlico, but can travel. Have tried the Queen Mother,
but no go (no, that's not an insensitive anti-royal comment). I'm
a 24-year-old guy, if that makes any difference.

- Spikky

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TO BE A DIFFERENT COLOUR

Can anyone suggest a good place to get a fake/spray tan in
London? Having just come back from a much needed holiday I'm
reluctant to return to my former white (nearly blue actually in
the winter months) self. I know, I know, I could look this up
anywhere but here, but I just wanted some friendly advice on
where to go to not end up looking like a streaky satsuma.
Anywhere in London is good, but preferably the west side, have
sunblock will travel.....

- costumekitten

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TO TRACK DOWN A BOOK

Does anyone know anything about a recently published book
"Bricks & Mortar" by Harvey Waters? It's a record of the
Islington area during the war years.

- copeland

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RE: AN OUT OF PRINT BOOK


'This was a book written by HV Morton way way back and would
appear to be out of print - its absolutly brilliant - full of
short stories/tales. Anyone know where I can get hold of a
copy?' - SouthScouse

....

www.ebay.com. A quick look pulled up 8 of book by him/her. Not
sure which one you wanted though...

- Wino

....

Forgetting the whole Google thing for a moment...You have not
said which of his books you are after. That aside, have a look
at:

http://members.optusnet.com.au/%7Ebillgoman/

which is the "fan Club" site, or:

http://www.methuen.co.uk/authorpages/hvmorton.html

which is the Methuen (publishers) listing for him. You can also
contact them directly on 020 7798 1600 where they will be able to
give you more infomation re your quest. All that said, it did
take three mins on Google to find the info, by tapping in HV
Morton. Hope this helps

- Jonno

....

SouthScouse doesn't say which book it was, but they should have
a look at www.abebooks.co.uk. The site basically puts you in
touch with second hand booksellers up and down the country. There
are plenty of titles by HV Morton there to be found.

- stonemason

....

I've just read my note about HV Morton's out of print book -
But I didn't tell you it is/was called "The Spell of London"
and was first printed in the 1930's I think. Cheers

- SouthScouse

....

SouthScouse, you will be interested to know that a lot of H. V.
Morton's books have been reprinted by Methuen, with more to come
in the spring of this year. Go to www.methuen.co.uk for more
details.

- General Joy

....

Dear SouthScouse. Try http://www.abebooks.co.uk/. H V Morton came
up with quite a few options, from around the 1920's and 30's so
seems to be the right person. Downside is the search returned
over 2000 results so you may have to wade through a few!

- InMYday

....

Is that 'fly fishing' by H V Morton?

"You have one? Wonderful! My name? Oh, yes, it's 'H V
Morton'..."

- bushbabyfish

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TO WATCH RUGBY

My friends and I are all keen rugby fans, but we're short of a
pub for six nations games in the West End or West London that has
a reliably good atmosphere for the games. We don't want to drink
a yard of ale and sing obscene songs with our trousers round our
ankles, just have a couple of beers in a good pub with a rugby-
liking crowd who are really into the match. This seems
surprisingly hard to find near the centre of town. Please can
anyone help?

- Vincent Wong

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RE: TO PLAY RUGBY


'I'm looking for places in North London that will accept an
absolute beginner into a Rugby team. I'm obviously not
expecting to play competatively, but to train with them with
that as an end goal. Any advice would be warmly welcomed, and
good advice may result in the awarding of Kinder Eggs! Friends
keep suggesting the Kings Cross Steelers, however that's a bit
too clichéd for my liking. Yours in Shorts,' - OO

....

Use http://services.hopewiser.com/cgi-bin/rfu_prox.cgi ,which is
the rfu club finder for a club near you. Just enter your post
code.

- Johnno

....

Fullerians RFC in Watford will train you - new talent much in
demand!

- rugbycoach

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RE: TO SING


'I am rather fond of a good old croon and think it’s a great
way to relieve the stresses of life. Does anyone know of a
good and reasonably relaxed vocal/choral group (any size)
which isn’t just full of old people and doesn’t take itself
too too seriously? ...Willing to try any type of music but
keen on group singing rather than singing tuition....' -
Little Lark

....

I've been in The London Chorus for a few years - a good mix of
people (a fair few 20s and 30s - about 120 members in total -
sing a good mixture of stuff (mainly classical) to a good
standard with a great conductor and lots of fun.
www.londonchorus.org.uk

- crabstickes

....

If Little Lark finds one where they don't make you feel like a
right twat because you can't read music and sing it perfectly
instantaneously ( for God's sake...I have been sight reading
piano music for 25 years! bastards) then do let me know. My pipes
needs a good clean. ooooo, as they say, er.

- evil fluffy

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RE: NOT TO PAY


'...i am wondering if anyone can give me tips on a good
gym/sauna i can stealth into w/o paying those massively high
gym membership fees. tips like alley way entrances, staff
schedules (ie. "from 3:30pm -4:45pm tgues and thurs, boris the
trainer slips off w/ natasha the aerobic instructor for
"lunch" and the door is unmanned", or fake-out maneuvers
a(wave your oyster card at the 3rd machine on the right, which
is broken, and the door guy won't bother to check." ok- in
addition to the sauna, what are some other, "sneaking in for
freee" stories and suggestion?' - Angela Fresne

....

Angela Fresne - you can usually get a fortnight's free trial for
most of the chain gyms, so why not just do that? There are enough
Fitness Firsts/Holmes Places etc in London that you can just go
to a different branch for a few months!

- babybat

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SHARE: WALTHAMSTOW

Nice, quiet double room in lovely Walthamstow flat available to
vaguely responsible grown-up. Lounge is small but bathroom is
big, and the room is good-sized. Garden at the back and small
park (parklet?) in the next street. Street itself is pleasant,
just off a main road - about ten minutes' walk to Walthamstow
tube or a nip on the bus to Blackhorse Road (both Victoria line).
73 night bus drops off practically outside the door. 100 yards
from nice corner shop and nice greasy spoon. Etc.

It's available from the beginning of March and is going for £370
a month, not inclusive of other stuff (but it really is a very
nice flat, with fireplaces and stuff). You should ideally be able
to tolerate a) the consumption of meat b) flatmate's anti-social
hours and 3am pottering (although the room is in such a position
that you won't be able to hear much of that), c) surfeit of
bottles and pots in the bathroom and d) enormous hairy dog. Like,
a really big enthusiastic dog. The sort that isn't much like a
cat.

Non-smoking, drug-dabbling hypocrites preferred. Mail if
interested to bracingstripes@hotmail.co.uk.

- beepbeep

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SHARE: SOUTHFIELDS

LOVELY LARGE DOUBLE ROOM TO RENT IN SOUTHFIELDS, SW19 3 BEDROOM
FLAT. Available from 1st April 06, privately owned and live in
owner (me!), 5 mins walk from southfields tube, to share with 2
twenty something professional girls. Modern flat, new kitchen
bathroom etc, sky tv in sitting room and weekly cleaner of common
parts. Can move in earlier if necessary. Great room @ only 500
quid pcm with all bills inc except phone. Great people, great
flat!

Email: liviaburton@mac.com

- Cariocakid

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WEDNESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY

* MASS DEBATE!

Robert Elms Show Live London Debate: can we find a home for every
Londoner? The cost of London's housing is increasingly beyond the
reach of key workers for the capital. What are the alternatives?
Join Robert Elms from BBC London Radio and expert panellists for
the debate and then continue your discussions afterwards in the
cash bar.

Speakers: David Orr (Chief Executive of the London Housing
Federation and National Housing Federation); June Barnes
(Director of the East Thames Housing Group); Adam Sampson
(Director of Shelter); Austin Williams (Architect and Director of
the Future Cities Project)

Book your place on 0870 444 3850.

7.30-9.00 pm; £5; Museum of London.


* LIVE MUSIC

http://www.electroacousticclub.com/lamb22feb.jpg


THURSDAY 23rd FEBRUARY

* LIVELY UP YOURSELF!

'Ok so don't say we didn't tell you! Your attendence is
requested at Lively Up Yourself, Thursday 23rd February, 9-2,
Salmon and Compasses, Chapel Market, Islington, FREE ENTRY.

It's myself and Reetu's second monthly party at the Salmon
following our success last month and it needs to be a big one so
please please get your asses down there!! We will be playing our
usual merry mix of disco, block party funk, punk, reggae, hip
hop, electro, rock soul and inbetween and we will also have a
special guest joining us. Adios amigos!'

- Tori


FRIDAY 24th FEBRUARY

* BOSSAGRAM DAY!

'Friday 24 Feb is Work Your Proper Hours Day. 900,000 Londoners
put in on average an extra day of work every week in unpaid
overtime that adds up to nearly £5 million in lost wages. So for
this one day the TUC is saying take a proper lunch and go home on
time. You can send your boss an anonymous 'bossagram' email to
tell them about the day and work out what your unpaid overtime is
worth in lost wages at www.workyourproperhoursday.com'

- Plug


SATURDAY 25th FEBRUARY

* BRING YOUR OWN MUSIC!

http://www.peoplesrepublicofdis.co.uk/index.html

The People's Republic of 4th Birthday Party :: THe Canterbury
Arms, Brixton.

'As we’ve already mentioned, February 25th sees the 4th birthday
of the People’s Republic of Disco. An auspicious event which can
surely only be marked by even greater heights (depths?) of
hedonism than usual.

Comrades, there will be badges (limited edition, for the first
100 through the door only). There will be cake. Balloons. Sweets.
And shouting. Always with the shouting.

It’s the usual deal - £2.50 before 11pm / £3 after - and we think
this one could be busy so don’t be late, especially since we have
something rather special planned for the ‘intro’ section, at
about 9.30pm. You do NOT want to miss this.

We’ve done our best to persuade as many old PROD workers as
possible from across the years to make it back from across the
country for this one, so tears may be shed (although hopefully no
blood spilled!).'

- smellvis


SUNDAY 26th FEBRUARY

* THE BEST OF WALKS!

Charles Dickens' London :: Location: Museum of London

Starting from the Museum, explore the streets of London known to
Dickens and the location for so many of his best loved novels.
Tread in the great author's footsteps and hear about 'fog
everywhere' from 'Bleak House', the Gordon Riots and Newgate
Prison from 'Barnaby Rudge', to Fagin's Den in Saffron Hill from
'Oliver Twist'.

2 - 3.30 pm; advanced booking required (30 places);
Tel: 0870 444 3850


* ROCKNEY!

CHAS N DAVE :: 100 CLUB, 100 Oxford Street, London. DOORS 7PM.
Prices are inclusive of a booking fee+vat £2.80. Face value of
tickets is £18.50

Friday is already sold out. God knows why. But if you want to go
today, you'd better be quick...

http://www.stargreen.com/events?artist=CHAS_N_DAVE


* AFTER-PARTY PARTY!

'ZOMBIES ATE MY BRAIN :: Every Sunday morning in the depths of
Shoreditch there is a dark basement overrun by undead flesh
eating disco zombies. Jacking to a soundtrack of deep, dark,
minimal electrohouse fed by resident Zombie brain eaters - Shane
Watcha + guest DJ. Expect some scary guests DJ's dropping in to
feast on your brain! This is not your normal Sunday morning after
party.

6am - 12pm; £5 admission with flyer / invite from
info@filthykrew.com; 54 Commercial St - E1; Nearest Tube: Aldgate
East / Liverpool St'

- Shane Watcha


MONDAY 27th FEBRUARY

* YERBOLAT TOLEPBAY!

We have no idea what this is, but it sounds great!

http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/whats-on.php?event=5184


TUESDAY 28th FEBRUARY

* LARKS!

The Rise And Fall of Deon Vonniget: James Lark. A musical-
tragical-comical-historical journey through the life of Deon
Vonniget. The madness, the glory and the ultimate demise of a
singer songwriter laying waste to every musical genre ever
created. For one last time this great man will hold an audience
with his public, as he reviews his life and work. All will be
revealed about his musical upbringing, his discovery of prog rock
via Beethoven, his ongoing feud with Wogan and his love affair
with Andrew Lloyd Webber. The highs and lows of his career will
be relived and marvelled at; from the Desert Island Discs
appearances to the enforced drag performances and the spectacular
stage show: all lovingly recreated by Vonniget to the delight of
his devoted fans. An incredible journey... and a final curtain.

At the Canal Cafe Theatre, London

http://tinyurl.com/9xzvt

From 7:30pm
Price: £5.00/£4.00


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