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Lyle Brotherton

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St Andrews
« on: April 08, 2013, 05:10:59 PM »
Spending the week up here (08042013) and fully intend to revisit Balaka Indian restaurant which I visited last with some RAF SAR crew, they grow all their own spices.
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Re: St Andrews
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2013, 05:45:51 PM »
Lyle, be careful eating some of those spices because some of them can only be eaten by those who have eaten them from childhood. They could lite a fire in you that you can put out or some other unexpected bodily surprises!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013, 06:03:10 PM »
Hi Barry,  good to hear from you  :)

Unusually I did have spicy food as a youngster, when most other British kids were having Windsor soup followed by meat and two veg. British food has changed phenomenally, for the better, since I was young. My Grandfather had served with the British Army in India and Afghanistan and brought home with him a taste for exotic food. I remember going with him to Bradford in Yorkshire,  where there is a large Asian community,  to buy spices. The best part was that my Grandmother would cook the curries but never ate any herself. She was a wee church of Scotland Scott and anything exotic was frowned upon.

Going thru my Grandfather's service record, his campaign medals and diaries, is an interesting exercise in history repeating itself and us not learning lessons from the past, the two most noticeable postings, other than his active service in the Somme,  were the North West Frontier in Afghanistan and as Provost in Palestine.

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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2013, 04:24:29 AM »
Lyle, God love and hold dear those who served and their families, your Grandfather among them. I'm married to a first generation Italian and I had to quickly acquire a tolerance for spices!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: St Andrews
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2013, 09:32:44 AM »
Lucky man Barry. Italian is the food I eat most of  :)
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Re: St Andrews
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2013, 09:46:14 AM »
Lyle, does that make you a teenage mutant ninja turtle? They loved pizza...
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2013, 10:01:02 AM »
A great trip as always to this part of Scotland and it reinforced for me that we are bonkers to be taking helicopter SAR out of the military and handing it over to some American private firm. I could give dozens of erstwhile reasons to retain the status quo; the one I had not considered is that when a rescue helicopter is deployed from RAF Kinloss or RAF Valley it frequently brings the respective RAF MRTs with them to assist in the rescue operation and believe me, these teams are the best at what they do.

Delivering training, I always refer to Skills Fade and start all courses with a back-to-basics refresher of best practice. I realise that Skills Fade is synonymous with Memory Fade, as the Indian restaurant we visited was not the Balaka but the Jahangir, and again it was spectacular. My suspicion is that Memory Fade is associated with beer intake  ;)
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Re: St Andrews
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2013, 03:53:09 PM »
Lyle, are you saying you think that maybe there's something in beer that does something funny to us?
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Re: St Andrews
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2013, 05:33:43 PM »
> Lyle, be careful eating some of those spices because some of them can only be eaten by those who have eaten them from childhood.

Remember Barry, that curry is the British National Dish (especially 'Chicken Tikka Masala'), probably now supplanting fish & chips.  We're pretty used to it by now...

And we grow one of the hottest chillis in the world; the Dorset Naga Jolokia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga_Bhut_Jolokia#Dorset_Naga

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Re: St Andrews
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2013, 08:18:54 AM »
Born out CP by the fact that our chippy (English word Barry for Fish & Chip shop) some years ago changed, into an Indian take-away :o

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Re: St Andrews
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2013, 02:57:48 PM »
You know Callum, over time one can adjust to just about anything. When Margie and I married 53 years ago I had never eaten spicy foods and at the beginning even a glass of milk gave me heartburn. But, after 53 years I'm still here and still eating Italian, go figure!

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