The Vice Man Cometh

Some know him as Rogan Josh Homme. Others as "Super Ali" (which, in some ways, would also be a pretty good Curry Club nickname). He's TATTGOC's movie expert, has a sweet linen suit and can grow a hell of a bandero 'stache. But he's gonna miss this evening's meet-up because it's his birthday. Dinnae worry, Ali! We'll raise a glass! And we made this birthday greeting video for ya (it's quite a big file but is hopefully worth the loading wait).

UPDATE: One intrepid clubber has pointed out that Michael Naan's Miami Vice is actually on STV this Saturday at 9.15pm ... that's some freakin' synchronicity right there!

Mariah Had A Little Lamb (Korma)

Remember the very early, Wild West-evoking, digital frontier-taming baby steps of TATTGOC? When Trampy and The Tramp often pressed other websites into service to meet their self-imposed weekly deadline of curry-related buffoonery? Times like this and this? Well, looks like we're back to those good old days.

This week's update turns TATTGOC's self-generated-content-avoiding spotlight on a wacky website called Food'Lebrities, which posits that Fame + Food = Funny. This frivolous portal invites surfers to punningly combine a celebrity with a foodstuff, then haphazardly create a visual "mash-up" (the term is particularly appropriate in this context) to better illustrate the joke.

Make no mistake, despite the slightly clunky name, Food'Lebrities is quite a hoot, with efforts ranging from the notably good (I liked Humphrey Yogurt) to the whiffingly bad (nice swimming trunks, Cod Stewart) via the mystifyingly clever (hello, Bruce Stringbean). Some of the gags might be lost on a UK audience as they rely on American references – exotic-sounding, undoubtedly unhealthy foodstuffs like Snow Cones, Wonderbread and Apple Jacks – but you usually get the gist.

Sadly, there's only a pretty brief curry section, but what's there might raise a titter: Mariah Curry (pictured above), Bill Curry (with a slightly rubbish picture) and buried elsewhere on the site, Ravioli Shankar and the suitably surreal Chicken Tikka Masalvador Dali.

Anyway, we've probably shanghaied enough of someone else's web content for one post. What's that? If Trampy and The Tramp had to choose a favourite Food'Lebrity, who would it be? Probably this one. Or maybe ... this.

Here come the meat sweats ...

From Our Foreign Curryspondent … Dateline: London!

(The TATTGOC brotherhood extends around the globe, and we welcome reports of curry expeditions beyond Glasgow – here, one of our founder members ventures to his old stomping ground to test the curry mettle of the Big Smoke.)

REVIEW: Cafe Bangla in London

Your Foreign Curryspondent: The Gheezer

The Time: What, the old Harry Lime? The lager and lime? The cockney rhyme? Cannae mind.

Booking Name: Mr Ivan Reitman

The Pub Aforehand: The Ten Bells

In Attendance: The Gheezer and the newly-deputised Cazmati and Saag Ali

Every so often, the Gheezer finds himself back in the old country, a charmless and backwards village known locally as “Lahndan”. On his last visit, spontaneously and without the actual authorisation of TATTGOC High Command, he resolved to bring the shining light of Curry Club to this blighted land, to establish an outpost here among the merchant bankers dropping from the window ledges. To go, in other words, for a Ruby.

Since no full-bird Curry Clubbers were within grasping range, the Gheezer was forced to deputise. Already out on a limb, he chose sound men in whose trust he felt Trampy and the Tramp could have faith. Step forward Saag Ali and Cazmati, who agreed to meet the Gheezer in the Ten Bells in Shoreditch.

The Gheezer was the first to arrive, and found this East End boozer to be hoachin’ wi media types (unlike himself, of course). Sighing at what had become of the neighbourhood in these post-Nathan Barley days, he elbowed his way to the bar to order a Guinness. This was poured in a frankly slipshod all-in-one, and the Gheezer watched with resignation as the deformed head – a good couple of inches – inevitably formed at the top. He caught the eye of a foppish barman who looked like he was auditioning for Britain’s Biggest Fucking Twat and asked him to top it up.

“Yeah ... actually Guinness does that,” replied the berk, with what the Gheezer took to be an attempt at a withering look.

Like most TATTGOCers, the Gheezer is a reasonable man. Sighing inwardly, and outwardly, that “civilisation” has come to this, he restated his request calmly, and eventually received a (full) pint of the black stuff. Good things come to those who wait indeed, so long as they’re prepared to withstand the wittering of Shoreditch tossers. Inwardly, the Gheezer resolved to make good on his long-held intention to start carrying a cane precisely for the administering of belts upside the head to the most deserving.

Predictably, the Gheezer’s companions were running late. When they finally arrived, the newly-formed TATTGOC rump had to hurry through the East End rat runs to the sanctuary of Cafe Bangla, a bizarrely decorated but comfortably furnished eatery on London’s most famous Bangladeshi boulevard, Brick Lane. Distressed by the absence of creamy, refreshing Cobra (the Club’s favourite tipple – did we mention we were looking for a sponsor?), the gang settled down to a few Kingfishers under the watchful eye of the People’s Princess (see picture). Lady Di’s cross-eyed gaze was far from the only giant mural to catch the increasingly confused eyes of the Clubbers, however, for the walls were positively heaving with bosoms: everywhere they looked, semi-clad maidens were being rogered by satyrs, or simply sitting in puddles while their clothes fell off.

Your correspondent gathered a few pictures for TATTGOC’s puzzled perusal, but rest assured there were many more – only his fear of being considered a weirdo by other patrons prevented him from recording each and every mural. One image in particular (pictured left) prompted a discussion of exactly where a centaur’s reproductive apparatus would be located. Consensus was “at the back”, but that either artistic licence had been employed to suggest up front or, if it were indeed the back, then the maiden in question was undoubtedly brave.

Anyway, the food was excellent. The poppadoms were crispy and just the right side of dry, and the mango chutney seemed freshly made (with none of the Ghostbusters-esque properties of the gunk served up at TATTGOC’s legendary first outing to the Indian Orchard in Partick). It had occurred to Cazmati that he had never had a vindaloo, and he was sweatily pleased with his first. The Gheezer opted somewhat riskily for prawns, and Saag Ali made do with a lamb dhansak. All three opted for Baltis, so rare in Scotland, but sparking a debate about whether any so-called Balti produced outside the West Midlands could lay an honest claim to the name.

Rapidly bored by this chat, the trio opted to adjourn to a local boozer for the formerly traditional post-curry brandy. Saag Ali suggested that, instead of brandy, they honour TATTGOC’s Scottish roots by having whisky instead. He even offered to pick up the tab for these – a move he instantly regretted when the bill for three Highland Parks came in at 24 quid. Ah, London. Still full of thieves.

Replete, the three dispersed into the night. Another new frontier for TATTGOC’s operations, two new initiates into the brotherhood: after his laudable ambassadorial efforts, the Gheezer slept well that night. The people on whose sofa he slumbered did not perhaps sleep so well, but such is the cost of Curry Club.

Range Of Drinks: Kingfisher in bottles (though not quite as large as the above picture suggests).

Highlights: Those freakin' murals.

Lowlights: Those freakin' murals.

The Verdict: A right old bladdy knees-up fit for Mother Brown herself!

The Damage: £55.40 (tip: £7.60)

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