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via @el_bender, someone with above average Chaos playing capabilities. What a brilliant game
It’s fun to know you might be pitching against people who think like this, or think that this is funny!
A lot of people are moving to Dalston, which is good for the area.
Having smuggly lived here for four years, i am in a position to deliver the definitive guide to eating Turkish food in Dalston. CAVEAT technically all these restaurants are in Stoke Newington but technically Shacklewell is what you think of as Dalston so technically it makes sense to call this Turkish Restaurants In Dalston Review and has nothing to do with any attempt to skew Google’s Search ZAYN ONE DIRECTION DOMINO’S VOUCHER
Time Out review says:
“Don’t be fooled by tired Time Out’s free recommendations”
Best Turkish for Takeaway
What makes a takeaway place a takeaway place? Restaurants that happen to do takeaways are disqualified. These are easy to spot as the food is v expensive for a takeaway, and is usually picked up in a spare unbranded box that’s been lying around.
Mangal on Kingsland Road, next-door to Birthdays (not to be confused with Mangal I or Mangal II) - £1.50 pides = yes please
Somine opposite Nando’s, corner of Crossway - eat for as little as 3£ each if you’re in a relationship and tight
I have eaten here approximately once every other week. It’s the centre of North Dalston/South Stoke Newington’s Turkish community, it’s open 24 hours, and has a choice of five stews + pickles + rice + bread for £6 each. If you are broke, and late back from work you can eat half and save the other half for the next night, portions on carry outs are substantial all hail Somine
Best Turkish for mid-week SPLURGE
Mangal I, Arcola Street - less busy on a weeknight
Umut 2000, Crossway diagonally opposite Somine - also will sell you shots of Raki
Hasan on Kingsland Road, red and black livery - the king of onions in pomegranate
Tava Kingsland Road, next to the dry cleaners - had more brand re-orgs than Currys Digital
Istanbul Kingsland Road - it’s new
UMUT 2000 - the restaurant that sounds like a spaceship is named after the owner’s falcon back in Turkey.
It’s not the most expensive place to eat, has ram’s testicles on the menu (the only one that is not translated into English), and does the best lamb’s liver kebab there is. But Umut 2000’s real, amazing the most amazing reason to go is for the medley. The one where you ask for a bit of everything: quail, liver, kofte, shish, chops, amazing salad, amazing AMAZING bread covered in lamb juices. This is why it’s the king of splurge, it looks like a canteen has a really noisy fan and higgledy-piggledy sloping walk to weird toilets. But it’s the best for going all-in on a Tuesday with friends you don’t need to impress.
Best Turkish for visiting parents
Hasan - they’ve moved the entrance have you noticed?
Mangal II just up from Nandos on Kingsland Road - all the waiters look very smart, you’re not eating in a canteen
Somine - #realdinner
Mangal I - The Independent had a great time there 20 years ago
Cirrik two doors down from The Marquis of Lansdowne - a firm local favourite
Hasan - why doesn’t everyone go to Hasan ALL THE TIME? It’s amazing! It’s my favourite place to eat food PERIOD i think, the following reasons:
-It’s sorted out its spotlight problem: no longer like eating in a cannabis farm
-It does barbecued onions and pomegrante juice: seemingly innocuous starter is the most moreish Turkish thing you’ll ever eat. No other restaurant round here has the balance right, all tastle like onions in vinegar. It’s just amazing, always order more (costs ~£2)
-It’s not a canteen: Umut, Somine play the we’re a canteen for eating cards; the shortlist above are restaurants. Pater and Mater will be impressed by waiters’ ties and excellent service
Cirrik - too busy cooking to fuck around with booze lists
Hasan - feel slightly awkward tucking into 1L San Miguel screw-tops
Mangal I - not served a drink for 25 years
MANGAL I - the original and not the best but still really brilliant. Everyone is so busy in here it’s lovely. The food is amazing, especially the bread, and they don’t offer any booze so you must bring some. Unlike other places, you are not made to feel like a tax avoider for bringing it, positively encouraged
Best DATE NIGHT
Hasan - here he is again
Cirrik - good chance your chums will be in here, should date night not be going well
Mangal I - JUST SIT DOWN AND EAT QUICKLY
WINNER - MANGAL I
The lighting innit? Those tossers at university who spent more time messing around with the lighting in their rooms were on to something. It makes it much more intimate, and although one is eating on top of everyone else, it’s lovely and fun and delicious and quick food so you can go home and have sex as soon as possible. Also because it’s BYOB you can attempt to impress your date with a bottle of red that > £5.99
Best for QUICK DINNER
Shortlist - Somine
SOMINE - I’ve timed it and it is quicker than getting served at McDonald’s. Get a bottle of water and a delicious lamb and aubergine WITH ALL THE PICKLES for £7 in less than two minutes
Somine and Hasan - these two places are the best places to eat in London for reasons mentioned above. You will have a great time, all your peers will be impressed, ample lighting to Instagram every course, very reasonably priced, lovely service. Some people have complained about eating in at Somine and the portion sizes DON’T LISTEN TO ALEX they were just having an off-day. Hasan for eating-in, Somine for taking-out and everything else. All hail Turkish food and their myriad variations on lamb dinner.
I’ve been using bloom.fm for a while. Our company originally pitched to them a while ago to run their mobile media planning and buying. We didn’t get it, much to everyone’s CHAGRIN.
Seemed to have sneaked on to their top-banded subscription for free, here are some things that Spotify could learn from them CAVEAT: Spotify is 10x times better than anything.
Mobile first innit – you can only use it on your mobile, which seems fine even at work. Spotify’s new decision (on PC) to constantly be a MASSIVE PROGRAMME BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM even when you’ve closed it is really annoying, so if you like unclutteredness it’s quite nice
Band discovery – although in its nascency (sp.), Bloom feels like it’s main job is to introduce you to different music, not search through and find your favourite songs. The problem that Spotify tried to address was social music discovery, i don’t think they’ve been too successful, other than through “radio”. If you’re a Spotify user you want suggestions to current artist at one touch of the button, which Bloom gives you. Spotify’s current discovery is:
-EMAIL JAMIE has added four songs to “Bond Songs Playlist”
-FACEBOOK Dan listened to the Grizzly Bear album 800 times
-RIGHT-SIDED PANE Hannah listened to Rush Hour by Jane Weidlin
All aren’t perfect, the best thing they do is when someone sends you a playlist or song, that’s great. But if you’re working and just want to build out from a band, then bloom is much better
NEIL YOUNG -> WILLIE NELSON -> JIMMY NAIL -> YES PLEASE
PLUG-IN AND GO – the killer feature is (on Android) when you plug in your earphones….it starts playing! And when you unplug them….it stops! Brilliant! Especially the first bit, it is completely seamless and delightful. It feels like the physical relationship to “ > “ button on a tape deck. Not sure if you can do this on iOS, please lmk if you’ve been trying it out.
Conclusion: GO AND USE BLOOM, it’s really fun, there’s some little bugs here and there, and the catalogue isn’t full like Spotify but it’s worth keeping abreast of disruptors disrupting the original disruptors.
“Ryan was photographed cleaning “large metal pans that did not appear to be dirty”“
John Sell Cotman (1782 – 1842)
For most of the twentieth century Cotman was the most widely admired English watercolourist. He was a marine and landscape painter, etcher, illustrator and author, a leading member of the Norwich school of artists. Besides, he was Master of Landscape Drawing at King’s College School in London where Dante Gabriel Rossetti was one of his pupils.
When Cotman died, all of his works, prints and books were sold by auction at Christie’s, raising just over £525.
On the 10th of October a major exhibition will go on display to focus on Cotman’s architectural watercolours of France. Featuring over 100 watercolours and drawings, the exhibition will compare his Normandy work against the background of his earlier architectural work. The exhibition in Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, will be open until January 13, 2013.
I love Cotman’s work - everything looks so substantial yet radiant
1993 has ended on Popular, vote here!
1993 is the year when i first becoming really excited by the charts (as a 8 ½- 9 ½ year-old).
There were massive hits, a lot of people are saying “it’s hard to find 4 that are any good”. Not if you channel your inner 9 y/old! They’re all the most catchy songs you all know from the 90s. Annus Horibilis my a*se.
“No Limits” (spelling?) is still the song that everyone thinks of when you say “QUICK NAME A SONG FROM TOTP IN THE 90s QUICK” it was a ‘rents-cross-over: my parents knew about it and thought it was weird which made it even more funny (cf. fire-starter, Frozen by Madonna). Also what i thought techno was for a very long time.
The Bluebells Young At Heart we all had a silly dance to it like riding a horse and doing a fart noise with your armpit when the fiddle kicks in.
All That She Wants was the song that my friend Ollie played on his brand new cassette mini-system (a cassette deck and two speakers, like a mini micro system, very covetable). We listened to it all the time at his house and sang it all the time.
Gabrielle Dreams nuff sed, lots of girls at school considering wearing a patch on their eye, everyone talking about “why does she have a patch?” “I heard that she got shot in the face with an arrow” etc. etc.
And this was the year of all the girls having Take That back-packs, and everyone giggling about Howard From Take That Has A Nipple Ring. And Lulu turning up! From behind the scenes YOU GOTTA BE STRONG ENOUGH TO WALK ON THROUGH THE NIGHT! [yeah]
Boom! Shake! Shake! Shake! The Room was played everywhere, everyone knew all the tick tick moves, seriously this year is amazing! All these songs are part of the 90s canon!
Meat Loaf always on TOTP, don’t think i missed an episode this year what a year! I have a feeling that Art Director also went to work for Celine Dion in 1994 (another GREAT year for the charts!)
The rumours went round that Mr. Blobby had killed someone, by being OTT. Looking back, this was probably started by a stupid parent who wanted us to stop pretending to be Mr. Blobby and smashing around rooms.
No idea what the fuck Babe is by Take That, but well done to the rest of it! Brilliant!