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A Couple of Top Tens – 19 March 2014

My time in London is about halfway done, so I thought I’d treat you all to a couple of top tens I’ve discovered thus far—ten awesome photographs I took, and a list of ten things about this place that can’t ever be captured in a photograph.

The photos—

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No. 10—The first KFC in the UK, in Preston, Lancashire

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No. 9—My friend in Preston. This was as much a picture of the awesome truck outside of the Nando’s as it was of him

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No. 8—The group I spent St. Paddy’s Day with

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No. 7—Royal Albert Hall

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No. 6—Paddington Bear

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No. 5—Leicester Square by night

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No. 4—The heart of a nightclub at the heart of London

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No. 3—Banksy’s Falling Shopper, in Green Park

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No. 2—Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from the Thames

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No. 1—Part of the London skyline from the deck of a Thames Clipper. From left to right: The Shard, Tower Bridge, The Walkie Scorchie, The Cheesegrater, the Gherkin

Now. The ten that cannot be captured in any photograph (that we know of):

No. 10—The amazing accent that every born-and-bred East Londoner possesses

No. 9—The way this city smells and sounds. Go to a different part, and they change like clean underwear

No. 8—The entire Tube system

No. 7—I’ve heard at least two dozen foreign languages in the three days I’ve been here

No. 6—The food is cheap (if you’re smart about it), plentiful (duh, it is London), and international as hell (Turkish, Chinese, Indian, &c, &c)

No. 5—Londoners will assume you’re a Londoner until you open your mouth, or stand like a total goober in the midst of heavy foot traffic

No. 4—The genres and styles of the music you will hear here is truly mindboggling

No. 3—If you’re at least five-nine some Tube trainsets will make you feel like a fairytale giant

No. 2—If there ever was a 25/8 city, this is one of them

No. 1—If you come, you won’t want to leave. If you come and get a job, you absolutely will not leave

And this is just after three days. I shudder (with excitement) to think of what tomorrow will bring to by doorstep.

Bring it, you dirty bird.

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2 responses

  1. This is a great blog entry. As a Londoner, I really feel you have captured my city. Great work!

    April 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

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