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  1. To be fair putty man you also argued that people have less opinions about food than before. which is certainly a curious take given the huge increase in blogs, and food related twitter activity
  2. No, I don't think its ok to try and brush this aside. its very relevant (inconvenient) to the point in hand * sorry if I seem a bit fired up, but I think the blogger/pr nexus is a massive issue right now. There's huge hypocrisy around this at the moment, and that is at the heart of the whole #chefsunite nonsense
  3. By & large agree. Problem is bloggers are often attracted by the promise of freebies & superior access. What has gotten lost is that its only the quality of the commentary that matters, not just that you made the effort. I am not defending Isherwood but why would he risk his credibility lying about paying for the meal. Here is his quote "He mentioned I was given freebies, but I'm wise enough to know these were amuse bouches - they even appeared on the pre-printed menu they gave to me at the end of the meal " This never ending accusation that bloggers get free meal after free meal is p
  4. By & large agree. Problem is bloggers are often attracted by the promise of freebies & superior access. What has gotten lost is that its only the quality of the commentary that matters, not just that you made the effort. I am not defending Isherwood but why would he risk his credibility lying about paying for the meal. Here is his quote "He mentioned I was given freebies, but I'm wise enough to know these were amuse bouches - they even appeared on the pre-printed menu they gave to me at the end of the meal " This never ending accusation that bloggers get free meal after free meal is p
  5. Plus the chance to do a bit of Food Bragging to their friends. Some diners get quite sycophantic about the celebrity chef dining scene - it is like collecting Michelin stars are the new cigarette cards. Exactly right - does anyone think isherwood wasn't giving it all that to his date trying to impress?
  6. He doesn't have *ANY* credibility to risk FFS!! He's a guy whose blog had less than 10 entries - its brand new. And on the freebies, like the flip flop on whether he went into the kitchen the amuse bouche line is something he settled on a day or 2 after the argument. I was involved in the original, real time exchanges and despite the subsequent deletions i am very well aware of the original claims & statements. Oh and he's not wise enough about anything, he's the rankest of amateurs. Right on the lowest, least experienced tier - which is fine but don't be taken in by a rapid journalist
  7. By & large agree. Problem is bloggers are often attracted by the promise of freebies & superior access. What has gotten lost is that its only the quality of the commentary that matters, not just that you made the effort.
  8. Its all to do with the disintermediation of hosted opinions on forums to people owning their opinions on blogs Informed People now by and large do 1 of 2 things: 1. Blog & tweet their own content 2. Not bother many people didnt like the way forums owned all content & its a static environment - more dynamic platforms have replaced forums
  9. Because I am australian, and I know its a complete fictional invention. And you cannot sensibly point to its rejection of starbucks when it embraces the far worse gloria jeans & hudson
  10. Steady on, he has already flip flopped a few times on his version of the facts Notice he doesn't mention the post meal tweet on how good it was, how much he'd been drinking, or how he had been denying ever having been in the kitchen (source: his tweets as it unfolded)
  11. Do you actually have any evidence for that? He has denied every being in the kitchen. He admitted he said his meal was OK when asked, as 99% of customers do. No one has mentioned "what a wonderful meal". And even if he was on a freebie (something I haven't seen mentioned anywhere else) then he is still entitled to say he didn't like one part of his meal without being subjected to a torrent of abuse. Bosi's reaction was OTT, offensive and wrong; Kerridge & particularly his wife were wrong to get involved; and Bains' might have been worst of all Tristan Welch's comments weren't needed either
  12. Where did this great lie that OZ & NZ had some big coffee culture come from?
  13. Of course a coffee snob wouldn't dream of adding milk to their espresso
  14. no problem. My issue is that I don't think you have actually said anything. In fact it appears you have gone out of your way to avoid doing so. Conspicuously. Gosh, I am not even sure you are serious? aesthetic qualities are always a function of their time, and it would be true to say the highest value is ascribed to those qualities that endure, fine art being an easy example. However, just as shakespeare and puccini were considered mindless dross, pop of their time, it is not necessarily fixed in stone either. Nor is it true that something cannot have ever been good if it has been superced
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