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Old January 6 2009, 08:32 PM   #31
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Re: Abandoned London

Try any city, (Vancouver) for one on a stat holiday. All you need is the music from "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" & some tumbleweed.
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Old January 6 2009, 08:49 PM   #32
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Impressive collection of photographs. It's amazing - even on Christmas morning - that the streets of a city of that size can be so empty.
My parents and I visited London at Christmastime in 1986 and 1987. The place was EMPTY!

When we were at Westminster and needing a cab, I looked BLOCKS down the empty street to see a solitary cab coming our way. He was as happy to see us as we were to see him.

I can't imagine New York quite that empty. It was actually kinda cool--like having the city to yourself.
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Old January 6 2009, 08:51 PM   #33
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Sundays used to be much much quieter only 10 or so years ago. Now Sunday is just like Saturday... amazing how habits can change in so short a time.
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Old January 6 2009, 10:47 PM   #34
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I've never been to london so I don't know what it normally feels like, bustle-wise. But from those photos, the city looks a real dump, and I now feel no inclination to visit So thanks for the link Hermy, you have saved me a trip!
It's worth visiting, seeing the sights, doing some shopping, etc, etc. I grew up about 30 minutes by train from it, so visited it a fair bit.

I wouldn't want to live there though. I'm not a big city person at all.

I like having it about an hour away, mind you, which is the time it takes me to get there now. Near enough to visit if I want anything I can't find elsewhere, or if I'm visiting somewhere special there.


The pics are kind of weird.
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Old January 6 2009, 11:03 PM   #35
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Having never been to London I'm sure some of the coolness of this is lost on me. That being said, definitely a nice bunch of photos. Someone should do one of these in Toronto.
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Old January 6 2009, 11:17 PM   #36
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I've never been to london so I don't know what it normally feels like, bustle-wise. But from those photos, the city looks a real dump, and I now feel no inclination to visit So thanks for the link Hermy, you have saved me a trip!

The value of photos like these is obviously in encyclopedias.
Ok, totally off topic, but seriously? You live in England and you've never been to London? That's like living in New York state and never having been to New York. In fact, it's worse as England is 11,000 square km smaller than NY State. The longest possible drive in the country is like 7 hours and you've never bothered to visit one of the most significant cultural sites on the planet? Even for a day?

This boggles. Am I looking at this entirely wrong? Is this common over there?

On topic: cool pictures. The only time my city gets that quiet is after a blizzard or just before a hurricane; there were tons of people out on xmas day, though I can't speak for anything approaching "early morning"...
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Old January 6 2009, 11:27 PM   #37
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London is an interesting place. I spent the first 5 years of my life there and I hated it thoroughly. Last time I was there was just over a year ago, and I spent most of the time in the city centre, and the first time I hit the streets having left the train station, I actually had to stop for a minute and take in the whole scene of a jungle of people in a hurry. Now, I do consider myself a Big City Person™, but this was way too much for my senses to take in.

Now I have a new definition of the word "busy": Kings Cross Station on a Friday night.

Seeing it first thing in the daytime completely empty is quite the experience - it's a completely different beast to the night time. The pictures are very sobering, Herm.
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Old January 6 2009, 11:36 PM   #38
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I've never been to london so I don't know what it normally feels like, bustle-wise. But from those photos, the city looks a real dump, and I now feel no inclination to visit So thanks for the link Hermy, you have saved me a trip!

The value of photos like these is obviously in encyclopedias.
Ok, totally off topic, but seriously? You live in England and you've never been to London? That's like living in New York state and never having been to New York. In fact, it's worse as England is 11,000 square km smaller than NY State. The longest possible drive in the country is like 7 hours and you've never bothered to visit one of the most significant cultural sites on the planet? Even for a day?

This boggles. Am I looking at this entirely wrong? Is this common over there?
In the UK, our perception of scale is TOTALLY different to the USA.

For you guys, a one hour drive to the shops would be nothing. For us, it's particular effort to go to a big town or city.

Same applies to visiting somewhere. London is only an hour away from me, but I only go there when I really need something I can't get closer, and I'd make the most of it, combining it with other errands I can't do locally. Another example: I had to go to a particular shop 45 minutes away from me to exchange an item today. I bought it from the shop while I was in that city for other reasons. The shop doesn't have a local branch so I had to drive there again today, just to exchange it, and it annoyed me that I couldn't just drive 10-15 minutes into my local city centre to swap it. Another example - my current commute to work is about 40-50 minutes, depending on traffic and it really bugs me that I have to do that compared to the 20 minute journey I used to do.

But yeah, visiting London a few times is worth it, as I posted earlier. But I'm not surprised at Jadzia's post or attitude. It's not uncommon at all.
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Old January 7 2009, 01:04 AM   #39
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I remember hanging around New York City around dawn, in the Village, Central Park, the Battery and the World Trade Center. It was definitely eerie, being as deserted as those pictures of London. Then, when the sun came up, homeless people started crawling out of all their nooks and crannies and I remarked that it was reminiscent of Dawn Of The Dead.
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I thought NY was the city that never sleeps.
I was pretty surprised, too. That was the first (and only) time I've wandered around NYC at the crack of dawn. Of course, thirty minutes before that, we were stuck in at traffic jam on a street of prostitutes that was as crowded as a shopping mall at Christmastime-- but that's a story for another day.

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Old January 7 2009, 01:33 AM   #40
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You live in England and you've never been to London?

This boggles. Am I looking at this entirely wrong? Is this common over there?
But yeah, visiting London a few times is worth it, as I posted earlier. But I'm not surprised at Jadzia's post or attitude. It's not uncommon at all.
It's not uncommon. My mum for example, has only been to london once for a day trip when she was in her early 30s. My grandparents never went. My dad has never been inside the M25 (london's outer ring road), so he's never been either.

Most people seem to stick to their home town, and when they do venture out it's usually to their nearest city, and london isn't my nearest city.

I don't really care to visit. I've never had a reason to visit. So I've never visited
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Old January 7 2009, 01:36 AM   #41
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I remember Craig Charles once compared London to the Inferno as described by Dante Alighieri. He actually had a good few points there.
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Old January 7 2009, 01:48 AM   #42
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That bad, huh? I was only there for a day once but I didn't think it was horrible at all. It's on my short list of places to visit (again).
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Old January 7 2009, 08:06 AM   #43
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I remember Craig Charles once compared London to the Inferno as described by Dante Alighieri. He actually had a good few points there.
However, Craig Charles is a prat, so feel free to discount his opinions.
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Old January 7 2009, 08:20 AM   #44
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blimey, and i thought i was sad for only having been to london about a half-dozen times!

Natural History Museum
Science Museum
Star Trek: The Adventure
Harrods and Parliament

forget what else...
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Old January 7 2009, 08:24 AM   #45
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This boggles. Am I looking at this entirely wrong? Is this common over there?
I'd say it's common. I'd say there are vast swathes of the population who have never been to London. I think they're missing out on a lot of really great things about the city, myself. I'm enormously fond of the place, personally.
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