Understanding the London riots

My ex-tutor recommended on Twitter this blog entry (Panic on the Streets of London) by Penny Red (award winning journalist-blogger) on the London riots. Definitely worth reading – very informative, insightful yet personal and melancholic.

It piqued my curiosity to understand what exactly could have caused such a widespread wave of violence in the course of 3 days. The Straits Times article today does some justice to it, but has a rather objective and distanced tone from it all. The article, linked from Salon.com (Why London exploded), brought me closer to the ground and provided a more vivid picture of the emotional backdrop of frustration, angst and catharsis against which these riots broke out.

Being rather interested in the effects of social media myself (a topic we’re discussing in the classroom), I found this article from TIME rather useful – Twitter and Blackberry at fault. To provide a counter-point to that, Guardian speaks of the constructive powers of social media – Social media can help communities recover. Of course, I personally stand by Penny Red, who claims that social media isn’t the cause, it merely was a medium which amplified existing social problems.

These Images of the violence in London are really powerful –chilling is the only word that comes to mind now.

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Anson Chee Cheong Fun

Jasmine’s current residence is just opposite the famous Anson Chee Cheong Fun, which I frankly hadn’t heard of until she moved here.

I’m not sure how famous this place is, but business does seem to be rather slow in the few times we dropped by. We dropped by again last week to try their specialty chee cheong fun and other dishes.

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Anson specialty chee cheong fun (with turnips, dried shrimp & shallots). This comes with the usual chili and sweet sauce.

Dearie tried the chee cheong fun with minced meat before and that really wasn’t very nice. This, however, was not too bad. It wasn’t amazingly good, but it is significantly tastier and can be eaten on its own without the sauces. I liked the addition of shrimp and shallots which gave it a nice savoury flavour!

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Nasi lemak with chicken drumstick

I much prefer the Qi Ji pandan Nasi Lemak. The chicken drumstick was meaty enough and the batter had a good crunch to it. The rest of the ingredients though left much to be desired in terms of quantity. They were rather stingy with the French beans and the ikan bilis. Look at how little there is!

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Salted egg meat-balls

We wanted to try this because it sounded unique! The taste was not too bad. It was nice and crunchy with chestnut and carrots in it. The meat could have been slightly tastier though as it was rather bland if you ate it without the salted egg.

A few hits and misses in this place, but still a good place to go if you’re on a budget and want decent food. It also has one of the cheapest tau huey in Singapore at 50 cents!