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News Tube

Londoners have a habit of leaving their newspapers behind when they deboard a carriage on the Tube.  Copies of the Financial Times, the London Daily, People, and many other papers flutter on the seats, their pages spread out, marking, perhaps, the spot where the readers left off.  Then the next batch of commuters streams in ...

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A Pence Saved

A pence saved is two pennies earned.  One thing that is painfully obvious is that London is expensive.  The current exchange rate is above $2 for every £1. It is unbearable to retrieve £50 from an ATM only to have $100+ debited from my account!  I've tried to be ultra-thrifty, but with the high cost ...

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Around London

Like New York, London is a cosmopolitan city, and like New York, it's hard to find any locals.  There are many South Asians in London as well as Eastern Europeans.  The Chinese, of course, are everywhere.  Where have the natives gone?  Where are they who built the empire on which the sun never set? The ...

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East Londoner Mela

I had an interesting discussion with Hasan, one of Kamran's housemates.  He is a skinny fellow who wears low-hanging, fitted jeans, greasy spiked hair, and a days old stubble.  He works part time as a salesman for British Gas.  Apparently his style of dress and living is very much the standard in East London.  He ...

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Smile, You’re on CCTV!

My arrival in London, thankfully, was not as eventful as I had dreaded it would be.  I arrived at Heathrow Airport on the morning of Friday the 13th and contrary to what one might have expected given the unlucky date, I had no problems whatsoever in immigration.  In fact, I had forgotten to take down my cousin's address ...

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The World Awaits

One month shy of my 26th birthday I have left New York to backpack through Western Europe, Turkey, and India for the next two to three months.  I intend to end up in Pakistan where I'm not sure yet how long I will stay. What made me take this seemingly abrupt and dramatic step?  I ...

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