Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Sydney 5, the race wars

Jim at Sydney - City and Suburbs has posted a number of photos taken over time of Sydney Park in the suburb of Alexandria. I thought it would be an interesting place to visit, but our Sydney stay was short and I did not press the point to R.  

Instead I suggested we catch a bus to the suburb Maroubra Beach where we had never visited. It was such a nice and interesting half hour trip on the bus. There was a terrible incident at nearby Cronulla Beach that spilled to Maroubra Beach in 2005. You can read about it here at Wikipedia. I was looking out for Lebs and white supremacists but the closest I came were mothers of many cultures with babies in prams. 

Here is a snip from Wikpedia. I confess to not knowing how the riots began.

Just after 15:00 on Sunday, 4 December 2005, police were called to North Cronulla Beach following a report of an assault on two off-duty surf lifesavers by four members of a group of eight Middle Eastern men.[3][7] A verbal exchange had taken place after three lifesavers approached a group of four young Lebanese men on Cronulla Beach with both groups accusing the other of staring at them. One of the Lebanese men reportedly responded to the accusations, "I'm allowed to; now fuck off and leave our beach", to which a lifesaver responded, "I come down here out of my own spare time to save you cunts from drowning".

Maroubra Beach was just lovely. We sat looking at crashing waves and people watching. We had a nice lunch outside at cafe on the beach facing street, Marini Cafe as I recall. We returned to the beach and sat for a bit. I am now reminded there was a huge area of vacant land clifftop to the south I think. I meant to look it up. I have now. Multi use, it seems. There are walking paths, an equestrian club and other public use areas, including a rifle range. Hmm, the latter doesn't sound like a good addition.

Still annoyed that our favourite Indian restaurant in Oxford Street had closed, I found one within walking distance in Pitt Street called Masala Kitchen. We walked there but alas it had closed down. WE WANT INDIAN FOOD. We gazed around at other places and there across the street was the moved Masala Kitchen. It had just re-opened on the other side of the street and did not yet have a liquour license. I didn't die from the lack of wine. The food and service were great.








An Anglo Indian friend used to make a word play joke on the Indian pronunciation of goat, making it sound like a good curry.

Two customers to each other, "Yuk, goat curry. I'm not eating goat".
Waiter with a heavy Indian accent, "I can recommend the goat curry". 
Customers, "We'll have the good curry, thanks". 

33 comments:

  1. Maroubra looks lovely. When I still ate meat I was partial to goat - but have never had it in a curry.

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    1. EC, I am not sure I would eat goat if it wasn't in a curry.

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  2. I had goat a few times in Toronto, I am squeamish around meat and was vegetarian for many many years and prefer fish. Fish curry now there's a thought......Love those beach pics.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, fish curry can be so good. I've liked what I have eaten over the years.

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  3. Shame that you and The Living Legend "R" did not know about the rifle range before. You could have booked a slot and fired bullets into targets like soldiers. You might have won an enormous stuffed bear called Nick - after the Australian diplomat - Nick Kyrgios.

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    1. I may have worked out Nick, YP. He encouraged publicity, generally negative but everyone is noticing him. Then he plays a fantastically smooth game of winning tennis without fault. Maybe I am too cynical about his brilliant tennis playing and his hunger to be in the headlines.

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  4. yout phots re great

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  5. What a beautiful beach!

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    1. It is Strayer. We have rather a lot of them, especially Sydney.

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  6. I had goat once and thought it was good. Some people are just "Jerks"
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Your opinion is valued and noted Dora.

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  7. Never had goat. I imagine it to be tough and gamey. Maybe I should try it.
    Your photos remind me of how beautiful Sydney is.

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    1. Caro, I don't know that I would want to eat goat in any other way than a curry. Sydney is scenically beautiful city.

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  8. Nice vast beach. Not a fan goat, I think it has a strange taste.

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    1. Sami, disguised by being in a curry.

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  9. The best Goat Curry I've ever eaten was in the Caribbean; where it is always called Curry Goat. 'Wellies Cool Spot' on Grand Cayman does the best Curry Goat; just say Cro sent you!

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    1. Thanks for the tip Cro. Very useful for the next time we visit.

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  10. I tried goat once but not in a curry, mum made goat stew once and the younger kids at the table were asking what is was. Mum said "what does it taste like?" Every one had a different answer and each time Mum said "well that's what you've got" and they all ate happily. I remember not liking it and just eating the vegetables. I'm glad you found your Indian food. Maroubra looks lovely.

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    1. That's a nice memory River. I would have thought it would ok in a stew.

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  11. Lovely beach and isn't it good you went to Sydney when you did rather than now - goat, good grief could never come at eating it after seeing all those poor goats in our travels.

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    1. Indeed Margaret, after and before. It was clear sky and sunny everyday. 19 when we were in Manly. You are not worried about the cows you see?

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    2. No, cows are different..lol

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  12. Your photos of Maroubra Beach were indeed very lovely. While you sat looking at crashing waves and spectators, we in Melbourne were sitting _inside_ coffee shops looking at the grey skies outside.

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  13. I expect you are just joking, but your readers deserve to know that it is actually about 25km by road from Maroubra to Cronulla on account of M being north and C being south of Botany Bay.

    If the weather was fine (as I think it was) you could have taken the La Perouse bus a bit further south. Little Congwong Beach might have been of interest.

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    1. MC, I read it on the internet. It must be true.

      We did do the bus to La Perouse last time, or the time before and saw the snake show. It was an interesting trip too. We didn't cross to the island but maybe in the future.

      I don't know Little Congwong (what a funny name). I will look it up. The weather was great.

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  14. Unusual there wasn’t a sign on the door pointing across to the new premises. The beach looks like a good walking one

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    1. It is strange Cathy. Maybe we didn't look properly. Yes, good walking beach and many were.

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  15. You have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Great photos. Amusing comment from Yorkshire Pudding.

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    1. Ah yes Marie, the ever amusing YP. Thanks.

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  16. Looks like a beautiful beach, despited its checkered history! Glad you found your Indian place, though I would have been severely disappointed by the absence of wine. Hope they get that license straightened out ASAP!

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    1. Steve, no wine is almost intolerable but I suffered for a nice meal. There was strong drink to look forward back at our hotel.

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