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Fancy a curry, kebab or pizza?

Posted on September 4th, 2009 by ethicaleater

Hi from Chester, U.K.

Food is inherently linked with cultural identity.  Consequently, migrants will always carry their cuisine with them wherever they go.  In the case of sizeable migration, as inevitably as the new communities expand the society of the host country, so their food choices infiltrate native eating habits.

 This can be seen in Britain today in the prevalence of multicultural cuisine in the restaurants and takeaways of our high streets, and in our homes via exotic ingredients from supermarkets, and the plethora of international cookery books and TV programmes.  International cuisine has moved from the exotic to the prosaic, a fact that reflects the impact of and assimilation into British society of the waves of immigrants since 1945.

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  ‘Acculturation’ is where both the host country and migrant populations adjust to the customs of each other’s culture .  Ordinarily, this is a two-way approach dominated by one cultural group, usually that of the host country; as a rule, migrants adapt their food habits to those prevailing in the new homeland.  However this suggests a conflict between the diffusion of cuisine into an alien culture, and the importance of retaining authentic cuisine in reinforcing cultural identity. 

 The adaptation of migrants to host cuisines can take many forms.  Migrants may recreate their traditional cuisine in the host country but purely through necessity have to compromise ingredients as to what is available.  This is evident in the migrants from the Indian subcontinent having to substitute fresh chillies with ground chilli powder.  Migrants may also bring important food and cooking equipment from their home countries.  The early Afro-Caribbeans arriving from the late 1940s onwards, smuggled food aboard in their luggage, whereas in the 1970s traditional tandoori cooking ovens arrived from the Punjab.

There are many other significant migrant contributions to British cuisine; the Chinese in particular.  Even a provincial town such as Chester shows considerable multiculturalism in offering Japanese, Spanish, Cuban, French, Greek, Turkish, Thai, and Indonesian food within a few short miles. Young generations now tend to think of pizza and curries as British food.  It will be interesting to see how new waves of migrants, such as those from the recently expanded EU, make their mark on British cuisine in the future.

Today, international cuisine is part of everyday life in the UK’s multi-cultural society.  The acculturation of cuisine between the British and Italian and Indian migrants does appear to have been dominated by the migrant cuisines.  Why was this?  Is British cuisine not a significant part of its culture?

Migrants have contributed more to our cuisine than we have to theirs. This is not to underestimate the cultural importance of British cuisine; perhaps it just lacks appeal to migrants.  If the British appear to have embraced many migrant cuisines, why has no one embraced ours?  There is little evidence to suggest that migrants have adapted to British cuisine. 

Did (and does) Britain have an identity reflected in its cuisine anyway?

No joke – Women only buses in Dubai!

Posted on April 8th, 2009 by Jim

Hi from sunny Dubai where ‘women only’ buses have just been announced! A far cry from the days of sexist sitcoms such as Britain’s on the buses:

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From the recently installed air conditioned bus shelters, Dubai will also become the first city in the region to introduce buses for female passengers, the Emirates news agency (WAM) reported yesterday.

“The ladies-only bus service will start on April 10 to accommodate the increasing number of female passengers,” said Mohammad Abu Bakr Al Hashimi, director of Planning and Business Development at the Public Transport Agency of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

He said seven buses would operate on one route from Muhaisnah (near Lulu Village) to Satwa via Muraqqabat Road, Deira City Centre, Karama and World Trade Centre Interchange. The bus service will be available from 6.30 to 9am and from 4 to 8pm. Operational times will be increased subsequently.

He said that the buses would be normal RTA buses showing a sign displaying ‘women only’. The ladies-only route has been named ‘L55′. He added that they would start with male drivers but introduce female drivers if the service proved a hit. Whatever would blakey say?

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ALL comments on this initiative are welcomed right here  – is this REALLY necessary? Do tell.

GO! Travel Australia

Posted on January 16th, 2009 by angesbiz

Hey flower smellers, Ange here from down under. I have been busily working away on some new projects, hence my absence from GSTF. I will share some of them with you shortly but in the meantime, it’s still school holidays here in Australia and it got me thinking about travel as we head off to a family camping trip next week. It will be a first for us as a family so I’m really looking forward to the experience.

I wonder how many of our readers have actually travelled to and around Australia?

In case you have never really looked at our great vast land, I have a map you may like to take a closer look at so you know what to expect when you get here. We can’t wait to say G’Day!

So where do you think you will start? See you soon.

GO! Conference online rather than fly?

Posted on January 9th, 2009 by Jim

The joys of air travel? Are there any, really?

Just wondered during these times of the global credit crunch if air travel will drastically reduced? Less holidays, less disposable income and businesses looking to cut costs regardless of sector.

That’s the conclusion from the latest Hitwise analysis of online searching for flights. Compared with the same period last year, interest in booking flights online is down by more than 42% – with flights to the USA being hardest hit with more than a 52% reduction. Maybe  web conferencing is the answer to save the need for travel?

Are the days of collecting airmiles over and does anyone here use web conferencing – an alternative to hopping on a plane and devouring that delectable airline food saving time, energy and money?

Do tell, I’m back in the room and we’ll have to get used to that time delay. Hurry up as the gate is closing.

GO! Smell the Bond Film set, Phang Nga Bay, Thailand!

Posted on November 2nd, 2008 by Gareth inThailand

Having read a couple of the Bond related posts on GSTF I was inspired to go and check out some Bond scenery. It took the form of Kayaking around a number of islands off the coast of Phucket, all around Phang Nga Bay here in Thailand.

Here you will find ‘James Bond’ island. This was featured in the film ‘The man with the Golden Gun’ and is a really great site with photographic opportunities every where you turn.

I have to admit that whilst everyone else was happy photographing it I was the one who had to swim out to it to really make sure that Mr Scaramanga wasn’t lurking around the back somewhere with his little henchman ‘Nik Nak’.

I also checked for a villain with a white cat.

After taking a boat from Phucket out to the islands we then decanted into Kayaks.

We then paddled around for the entire day taking in island after island. As well as being great exercise its also a good, relaxed way to spot the wildlife in the area. At any point we felt like we’d put on the snorkeling gear and watch the fish swimming in and out of the coral and plant life and were also treated to Dolphins tearing around and about for half and hour or so.

The rest of the area is made up of small islands with lots of tunnels and caves, some of these islands are hollow like a chimney, from the outside towering, sheer cliffs. Once you paddle through narrow tunnels to the inside its almost like being in one of those lost stone age films, the ones where the crew land on an island only to find Dinosaurs and the like roaming around.
After breathing in and passing under the outside of the island you break out into a small lagoon with some strange sounds and sights.
At times it was almost eerie in that once you broke into the centre it was as if the outside world no longer existed.

If you get out to Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines or anywhere in South East Asia I highly recommend a Kayaking trip, just make sure you breath in as you go through the tunnels.

Have you been involved in a film or lived in a place that became a set?

Have you ever been Kayaking?

Do share any tales you might have.

Go! Smell the Heights of Abraham

Posted on September 10th, 2008 by Purple13

Taking the opportunity of the last fine day of the year and the last weekend before the kids went back to school, we stayed a bit closer to home and visited the Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire.

One of it’s main attractions is the alpine style cable car ride to the ‘summit’ and the visitor centre and cavern tours though old lead mines. Originally mined by the romans!

Of course yours’ truly can’t stand heights so we took the very invigorating walk up the hillside instead.

I was doing fine in the cavern tours as well until the second one at the top of the hill – towards the end after the last cavern, we were shown up a metal stepway that led to a set of steps back up to the surface.

Everyday folk would have had no problem but for me – I just couldn’t let go of the rail for dear life. So i opted for a walk back the way i’d come, scaring the life out of the next party coming through – perhaps I should have hid and made moaning sounds????

It was a great day, we all enjoyed it and I’ve blogged about it and Matlock Bath in more detail over at ‘our place’.

Think is the heights thing did get in the way. What days out have you had recently that a fear or phobia affected you?

GO! Smell the Flowers whilst recovering from Jetlag!

Posted on September 7th, 2008 by god

time to smell the flowers?

Arvind here back in London after a visit to the USA in August.

I have been back over a week now but only just getting going again. For probably the first time in my life, I am really suffering from jetlag. I have spent many sleepless nights in the last week and then struggled to stay awake during the day time.

All the time I have felt rather tired and disorientated. Or maybe this was due to the British “summer” which I returned to after the tropical heat in Atlanta.

I have tried all sorts of things to get over the jetlag – working out at the gym followed by the sauna, herbal sleeping tablets, even alcohol but to no avail.

So what do you suggest I should do next time? What are your tips for getting over jetlag quickly?

100 things to do before you die, dies

Posted on September 4th, 2008 by Jim

Dave Freeman, an advertising agency executive who co-wrote “100 Things to Do Before You Die,” an adventure-seeking and often unconventional travel guide that personified the way he lived his life, died last month aged 47.

Freeman died Aug. 17 after falling and hitting his head at his home in Venice, said his father, Roy. Released in 1999, “100 Things” was one of the first contemporary books to create a travel agenda based on 100 sites and then market it with a title that reminded mortal readers that time was limited. Reminded us of the film the bucket list and part of the ethos behind smelling the flowers, while you still can with our ‘one journey – many discoveries’ approach:

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“This life is a short journey,” the authors wrote. “How can you make sure you fill it with the most fun and that you visit all the coolest places on earth before you pack those bags for the very last time?”

BUT we ask you – is extensive travel a way of enriching your life or is it an excuse to avoid knuckling down to ’life’ and getting on with it? Do tell – all types welcomed, stay at home or well travelled and feel free to share your top things you’d like to do.

GO! Kayak to the North Pole and save the world

Posted on September 1st, 2008 by Jim

This year, for the first time ever, scientists predict that the North Pole could briefly be ice free which has  inspired long-distance swimmer Lewis Pugh to kayak 1200km to see it for himself and try and find a way through. They call him the ‘human polar bear’ you know and you can see why:

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Setting off on the Saturday just gone from Norway to the North Pole he is expected to take between two and three weeks to complete the possible ice-free journey. A support ship will follow the kayak to provide Mr Pugh with food and respite from the brutal conditions.

For the first time in a lifetime of extreme challenges he is not sure that he wants to succeed.

“There’s one side of me that desperately wants to get to the North Pole to be able to shake the lapels of world leaders to get them to understand what has happened there,” he said in a recent BBC interview.

“But then there’s the other side of me that says I really hope I don’t get there. I hope I fail because if I am able to get there we really are in deep trouble.”

Talk about a dilemma! We ask you – do you want him to succeed or fail and why? Do tell – comments welcomed!

GO! Smell the message in the bottle!

Posted on August 26th, 2008 by Jim

The Jeremy Vine show on the U.K’s radio 2 is featuring a discussion on how a message in a bottle has been reunited with its sender – twenty three years after he threw it into the sea in Orkney. Almost as old as this sting video from way back:

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But are messages in a bottle simply litter as some environmentalists are phoning into the show to complain. If you work on a cruise ship and throw anything into the sea you lose your job. If everyone sent messages in bottles to reach out to others there could be cut feet on the beach. 

These days we can communicate in other ways with far quicker responses with the help of the internet, mobile phones and youghurt cartons joined yogether with pieces of string.

Is a message in a bottle a thing of the past  or a timeless way of reaching out to someone, somewhere?

Do tell, answers in comments only. Sent messages in bottles will not be returned or replied to – should sending messages in bottles be allowed or banned?

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