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Jan. 4th, 2003

Niall makes a stonking curry. He even made it mild. I have eaten so much though. *collapses*
Was lovely to see Niall and Becky again. Hope we can do it again?
I can not believe what some people are like. There was this woman at Norwood Junction station who was almost crying going "oh my and my boyfriend are stuck and we need £2.80 to get home and thats a lot of money to some people." So Stu gave her £3. We went looking for a bus stop and by the time we found it the last bus had just left, so we wandered back towards the station and saw the same woman lighting a fucking fag - she never had to go anywhere, she didn't need £3 to buy a ticket home. She probably wanted a packet of cigarettes or some drugs or something. She looked pretty scared when she saw Stu and dashed off. I don't get how people can be so moral-less :( We ended up having to get a taxi home (who knows, if we had not stopped to chat to her for a minute, perhaps we'd have got that last bus?) so that's good :/
It's people like her that make the rest of us go 'oh, they probably only want it for drugs, I'm not giving them anything.' I didn't really trust her, but how can you sift out the really poor and desparate people from the greedy ethic-free ones?
I also learnt tonight that our area is fucking huge. I had no idea.


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Jan. 3rd, 2003 04:45 pm (UTC)
My favourite trick is to say "Sorry, I haven't got the money, but if you speak to the people on the ticket barrier, I'm sure they'll let you through".

Your common-or-garden crying-woman can't really say anything to that :)
Jan. 3rd, 2003 04:54 pm (UTC)
There wasnt even a frigging ticket barrier. Stu is just too nice I swear. It makes you think 'I wont bother next time' but then next time it might be someone who genuinely is upset and can't afford to get home :(
Jan. 3rd, 2003 05:42 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you. I am getting the hang of this mild curry thing :> And yes, we will do it again soon!

Hrm, she was a bit of a bint really, wasn't she? :p
Jan. 3rd, 2003 05:51 pm (UTC)
I could have coped with it being a BIT hotter ;) But don't take that to mean I could cope with Niall standards of hotness!
Yeah, she was a fucking slaaaaag :p
Jan. 3rd, 2003 05:57 pm (UTC)
*grin* I was surprised the chicken tikka masala wasn't hotter than it ended up, actually.. it was supposed to be "medium" but it blatantly wasn't :p

Still quite tasty though, even if it didn't make you sweat (hmm, maybe that WOULD have got you all naked ;)

And yes, completely :p
Jan. 3rd, 2003 06:01 pm (UTC)
Did you follow a recipie? :)
it was very tikka masala.. was it meant to be? that be my favourite :)
Stu reckons that's not a proper indian dish and that it was created when some guy complained that his chicken was too dry, so they poured a tin of tomato soup over it!
I was sweating when the wine was opened, it got so hot and I'm sure it wasn't just the booze!
Jan. 3rd, 2003 06:29 pm (UTC)
I loosely followed the one on the jar of paste. Marinated the chicken overnight and added to my standard onion-and-chilli (with chillis removed ;) mixture. :)

Few curry house curries are really completely authentic.. though some are closer than others :) Legend has it that CTM was indeed created when a Glaswegian curry goer demanded gravy and the chef responded with a tin of Campbell's tomato soup (which is concentrated by the way) :)

You should have felt how hot it was in the kitchen :p The window doesn't open either :\
Jan. 4th, 2003 06:11 am (UTC)
It was fucking boiling in there because Becky left the grill on!! I went in to turn it off and it was like a sauna :P
I didn't go in there before that though.
Jan. 3rd, 2003 06:36 pm (UTC)
it's true, it's people like that who make you so cynical of others. a while ago, a guy came up and said he needed to get home to newmarket (a town about an hour away from here) and that he didn't have enough money to take the bus, so could we spare a bit, and we were fairly close to the bus stations, so we gave him a couple of dollars. the very next night, he came up to our car *again* and gave us the exact same story, only this time we were no where near the bus station... I guess he can't even remember the people he already asked for money the night before, but we just told him we had none because obviously he didn't need it to get a bus ticket, since it's only about $6 and we gave him half of it the night before. He also asked us again about a week later, and once more a couple more weeks later. He could at least get a new story! and I certainly wonder everytime someone says something like that, but I usually end up giving them some anyways. same for door to door charity. I knew a couple of people once who went around collecting for a charity, and then once they made $50 they went and got themselves a bottle of whiskey with it, so I won't give money to teenagers who come to the door collecting for charities. bah, I don't know how some people could not feel guilty doing stuff like that.
Jan. 4th, 2003 06:10 am (UTC)
Grrrr people like that are so annoying!
I remember once, my friend was hanging around with the dodgiest types she could find, and I actually spent a couple of hours with this homeless couple (I don't mean this to sound like I am anti homeless people because I'm not at all - but these two were assholes). They decided they wanted to get drunk and they walked down the main street begging and came out with enough money at the end to buy a lot of alcohol. I was horrified that anyone would do something like that.
There was also a girl at Cardiff train station while I was waiting for my dad.. I took some money out of the cashpoint and she came up to me faking tears (she looked high on something) and saying that she was scared and she wasn't used to the city and she wanted me to walk her to her mum's car, down a dark side street. AS IF. She was definitely lying too because a lot of people I've spoken to have had encounters with her, and I also saw her several times around the area I live in. Why do they even bother??!
Jan. 3rd, 2003 07:40 pm (UTC)
If I see ppl collecting for a homeless shelter in a shopping centre or the like (ie. collecting with permission), then I sometimes give my loose change. I *NEVER* give to ppl who come up to me on the street, or ppl who collect on your doorstep. Too many con merchants about...
Then, if some bum comes up to you asking for money, you just have to say "I've donated to the shelter in School St... you can get food there". Anyone who persists in trying to get money out of you after this is (to me at least) trouble
Jan. 4th, 2003 01:59 am (UTC)
When we were going to see Andy's mum on 23 December, we were asked by a guy with a tin at the service station for "money for children at christmas"I mean, what does that actually mean? It's christmas in 2 days? What children etc? So, we didn't give anything, but other people were giving piles of chnage.
Jan. 4th, 2003 05:59 am (UTC)
Re: charity?
God knows. I think they expect you to just give money and not think too hard about it. I do find myself thinking "If I gave money to ALL these charities I'd end up homeless and I'd be one of the people they're collecting for, so it's better to wait until I can afford to donate." Although I think I'd me more likely to seek out the charity I want to donate to rather than let someone hassle me in the street until I crack (Stu gives about £60 a month to charity or something due to these people in the street!)
Jan. 4th, 2003 09:58 am (UTC)
Re: charity?
Yup, actually, that remonds me, 2 christmases ago, neither of us was working & I was in town just before christmas waddling around at 7 months pregnant & continuously had tins shaken at me& it just peed me off that the people at the other end of the line probably had a higher income than me
Jan. 4th, 2003 10:10 am (UTC)
Re: charity?
I know the charity collectors get paid quite a lot (well, about £9 an hour I think it was) but they'd need that - they stand out there in all weathers hassling people, and nobody likes them :)
Jan. 4th, 2003 03:05 am (UTC)
I do it by buying the Big Issue. Whether you like the magazine or not, it ensures that you are giving money to people who definitely need it and aren't just scamming you - plus it gives them skills for finding a job later and it is far less demeaning that having to beg.
Jan. 4th, 2003 03:32 am (UTC)
That sounds like a good solution. It's so hard to figure out what to do when you're approached on the street. I can rarely bring myself to turn someone down.
Jan. 4th, 2003 05:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't buy it as much as I should, but the Big Issue is a good thing. Tramps like her are not. It's just hard to know who to give money to once one of them takes the piss. I must admit I don't give money very often but I should do :(
Jan. 4th, 2003 03:31 pm (UTC)
yeah i was in Camden a few years ago and some woman came up asking for £10 to get a taxi for her mother who was apparantly just taken to hospital. Firstly, as if a poor 18 year old student even *has* £10, secondly, it was most probably bullshit. So many people use stories liek that to con money out of you, I just don't give anything any more. It's a shame cos what if someone is genuinely stuck? If I was, I'd be so pissed off if no-one helped me!
Jan. 4th, 2003 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah exactly, but with the stories they feed you and the fake tears, doesn't it just make you feel like a huge bitch if you don't give them anything? :(
It makes me feel fed up for a few hours anyway :/
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