Why it's better living in London

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  1. The Rhetoric of Life

    The Rhetoric of Life Well-Known Member

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    London is in the UK, so for better or for worse, has socialised healthcare meaning, health care is paid for already at the point of access (for Brits and non Brits alike).
    Being in London, London is a part of the UK vaccination against Covid programme which has gone so well, the EU is thinking about holding supplies.

    London is where all your favourite UK music is recorded and released, and it's where to find high end items in abundance only found in a selection of cities around the world (Madrid, Hong Kong, New York City and Los Angeles are the others, along side London).

    London has 5 international airports and is more forward thinking and prosperous than the rest of Europe with out rights of minorities and financial hub.

    Businesses are open until much later than other places in England.

    Of course, life isn't perfect in London; we still have problems with the police and problems with gangs as the police seem to think they're above prosecution so a a rule of thumb should be challeneged if they step out of line lest London becomes a police state.

    London has history and culture, full of museums if you're in to that sort of thing.

    It was @Montegriffo who openly admitted living in Suffolk in the Mayor of London 2021 thread who said he didn't care about London, so rather than say how good it is to live in the United Kingdom, I'm focusing on the good stuff, which is found in London.
    Soho has featured in a lot of popular music it's almost impossible to escape it; even a band from Manchester (this English city up North) has London's Soho on their album cover.
    Liverpool band The Beatles recorded at Abbey Road in St. John's Wood and even used the street as an album cover.

    When Suffolk stops being all UKIP/BNP Skinhead inclined and opens up an international airport or becomes a destination rather than a stop, then I'd be up for listening @Montegriffo but right now, to someone from London, England looks slower, duller and the gene pool is something to be avoided lest your offspring suffer the consequences of inbreeding.

    But back to London, leading the country; TFL is our transportation network which includes a metro called The London Underground, a monorail called the DLR (Dockland Light Rail), and a bunch of busses that are red in London.
    Seeing a bus that was painted another colour in another town or city in England; is a reminder that London is where it's at; also, TFL uses an electronic payment system and is cashless; I took a bus in Sussex in 2018 for a month working down there; needed Cash and one trip cost £3.50; which is far more than in London.

    A few reasons why it's better to live in London than say, an English city, because London is a world city full of all the things you'd expect to find in one (like late night shopping a good place to get food at 5 am) or better than other European cities because of our rights and our freedoms and because of our vaccination roll out.
     
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  2. The Rhetoric of Life

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    I grew up in a city where, Camden was the place to get rock fashion; Soho was the place to party or get a nice guitar, Brixton was a place to socialise and Croydon did its own Croydon thing which included fashion models;
    Knightbridge was a place to buy luxurious things and Kensington was a place to walk at night if you wanted to be surrounded by beauty.
    London has many terminal train stations and our bus station is next to London Victoria;

    Where I live has direct trains to London Victoria and London Bridge; the train to London Victoria stops at Clapham Junction (Europe's biggest train station) and I can change trains to London Waterloo there as well as to Vauxhaull.
    It's also how to get to Putney from here by train; change at Clapham Junction.

    London's talk radio LBC 'London's Biggest Conversation' went national the other year changing its name to 'Leading Britain's Conversation' but I grew up with parents who listened to it everyday back in the day (1990's, early 2000's) and Nick Ferrari's show was always what my parents listened to on LBC.
     
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    I have lived in London back in the 80s.
    I was only there for a couple of years.
    I found it unfriendly, people were very reluctant to talk to you. Far too crowded for my liking and everything costs more.
    I don't mind visiting it, there's lots too see but I wouldn't live there again.
     
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    Oh that's cool, where abouts in London?

    I was born in the 1980's and lived here my whole life; there was a time we'd see Concorde in the sky; Concorde was great; It'll fly you from Europe to NYC in 3 hours and overtake all the slower transatlantic flights over the Atlantic along the way;

    Concorde, would leave London when it's dark, and land in NYC in daylight; Other planes it's a 7 hour trip nowadays and it's too slow to lose or catch up with the sun so taking off in Europe in the daytime, you've got the sun with you all day; Concorde was supersonic and would depart later and still beat regular aeroplanes; and you'd catch up with the sun as it turned the corner of the Earth over the ocean.
     
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    Near Wormwood scrubs and then later moved out to Elstree. Used to bump into Dot Cotton in the corner shop.
    When I was there there was a mainland bombing campaign by the IRA. Every time you went on the tube you'd worry about getting blown up.
     
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    What about the homelessness problem in the city, which is a relatively recent phenomena?

    These "gang" problems were virtually non-existent 25 years ago.

    Wow, London is becoming more and more like a big city in the United States.
     
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    That's a bit of a laugh.
    I'm not sure Americans would consider London to be the place of "rights and freedoms". London has a fewer rights and freedoms than other places in the UK.

    But I suppose it's all a little bit relative? There are places on the continent that border on being totalitarian.


    One example, I don't think you can even wear a hunting knife in your belt in London without being arrested.
     
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    Gang rape in London

    "Thousands of teenage girls in London are at risk of being raped, according to the woman in charge of an official inquiry looking at sexual exploitation by gangs across England."

    Gang who held machete to girl's throat and raped her face long jail term | Metro News
    Two men arrested after girl was ‘gang-raped in London park in broad daylight’ – The Sun
    Girls, 15, in gang rape horror | London Evening Standard | Evening Standard

    "Two 15-year-old girls were gang-raped by up to 10 youths in a horrific attack in London last night."

    Woman fought off five sex attackers in attempted rape in south London park, police reveal | Daily Mail Online


    Hmm, sounds like there's a pattern here...

    Again, I don't remember these type of news stories coming from London in the 1990s.
     
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    London is not on my list of places to go. But then neither is any other city anywhere. I spose for people who like living on top of eachother like rats, London is prolly pretty cool.
     
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    Of course you can't. There's no hunting in London.
     
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    I've been in London, in a quite nice part, near to Regent's Park.
    It wasn't so great [I don't want to think to the not so rich parts of the city].
    Regent's Park aside, London is a kind of giant village [many slow buildings, totally different from NY] with a lot to do and many ways to enjoy your stay. Anyway I live in a little town surrounded by nature and probably this is why I tend to spend time in great cities only to have fun or for cultural reasons [this is why I have spent time in London, Paris and NY].
     
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    There's this place on the other side of England called Whitby that I think has potential.

    To get there, there's a flight up there from the big airport in London (London Heathrow); and it's an hour away by taxi from its closest airport to Whitby, so it's a little bit hidden, but anyone flying into Heathrow Airport from (insert world city here) can land and make one of two daily flights to connect to that flight up to Whitby's closest airport; a domestic flight from London (LHR) to Teeside International (MME), takes 1 hr 15 minutes but YouTube has videos making good time on this flight making it around 45 minutes.
    I've never been but am thinking about going this year for my travels with the borders being closed to UK ppl maybe because of Covid in their countries, and that has got me looking at the logistics of getting to this village/small coastal town.

    It's basically Dracula's landing point from that story because the writer/Bram Stoker was inspired by the place when writing Dracula.
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    and it's a real place in England.





    and Whitby has another town near it that's adorable and somewhere I'd check out from Whitby when/if I go.

    I believe it's 6 miles away and has a commuter bus from Whitby, or you could rent a car and drive it to this Robin Hood's Bay town from a hotel in Whitby for a day out from Whitby.
     
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    That looks kinda cool, but this is what I would be interested in: Shhh... Secret Wild Camping Locations in the UK (coolcamping.com)
     
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    Plus there's knife crime and carrying one is a convictable offence...
     
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    Yup, there's no good reason to carry a knife around London unless you're a chef.
     

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