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I am in London right now, for another 9 days. if you have any questions...

I am in London right now, for another 9 days. if you have any questions...

Jan 23rd, 2002, 02:04 PM
Marilyn O.
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Inky, you are obviously British so can you tell us Americans what mags milk-snatcher means? I think that most of us haven't heard that expression over here. Or is that a typo?
Jan 23rd, 2002, 02:43 PM
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I don't go into as much inane minutia as Beth even when I'm talking to myself (let alone others) - I'm afraid I'd die of boredom, or shame once I discovered my overwhelming sense of self-importance.
Jan 23rd, 2002, 02:48 PM
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Beth, any advice on what to wear for a next week female visitor?
Jan 23rd, 2002, 06:05 PM
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Hi there, thanks for the offer!
My family is planning a trip over this summer (early June). We have two boys (9 & 15) and are trying to decide how to split up 9 nights (London/Kent, or London/Reading). We want to be able to "get away" from the city life. Any suggestions?
Thanks again.
Jan 24th, 2002, 05:34 AM
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Jan 24th, 2002, 05:50 AM
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For Marilyn who wanted to know what Mags milk-snatcher means...

In the early 70s she was Education Minister. In those days, kids up to a certain age (11ish? I can't remember) used to get free milk in the mornings at school and she abolished it. So forever more she will be known as the milk-snatcher (stealing food from the mouths of babes and all that)
Jan 24th, 2002, 09:03 AM
beth anderson
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Sha, I think you have snagged it right on the head. I think my biggest
problem, vis a vis certain people, is that I am just incapable of being
jaded. evidently being enthusiastic and making lemonade from lemons
is more than some can handle. but we all have our detractors so, ah well.

Inky, I hate to admit this - but my life is far too fraught to be able
to methodically read each and every posting here, or even a small fraction of them, so that I may know about the reputation which evidently precedes you.. (although I do find it oddly telling that you seem to be following me quite closely... )

Because of this, I have to say I really have not been privy to your brand of Ink on this board - but I am getting hints of it from others here. (might I have a guess as to the color of the Ink? vis a vis anyone who actually does travel or even just have a good outlook on life in general)

what's up? why are you so unhappy? more to the point, why would someone like me threaten you so much? (and quite evidently, you have the same issues with many others here as well, given the comments I have since fielded) Is there something we can do to help you?

I suppose, to be fair, even many of my friends at home think I am on this nice three month vacation, jumping on planes and running all over the place - they don't know that yeah, this really is WORK - I am just working for myself right now, not a traditional employer.

My job, and I think I have been very thorough, is research of the employment scene here; and then I have to market my skills to them. I have met (easily) 4 dozen folks so far, all very generous with their time and they have since introduced me to their esteemed colleagues as well... at some point, the run through the maze will pay off. so - Inky and your Ilk - I am so sorry I am enjoying myself while I am doing it... NOT.

Like anyone who is working for a traditional employer, my tools are the
internet, a word processor, and a phone (in my case, mobile). there
really is a system you can get into to make it more manageable, I hope
that anyone out there toying with the idea of doing this from scratch
like I am doing - will contact me.

H - point taken, you are right, there are expats everywhere - however, I am consistently hearing that few of the lawyers just jump up and do it once they have an established career, UNLESS they have specific reasons to do so such as family, their current job actually sends them - yet another gentleman today, an American, told me that while I am going through all the right channels, I will definitely be considered a bit of a rarity re: jumping ship & rolling the dice.

He further said that in the ten years he has been here he has only met 3 lawyers who have done it in this manner..

what I hope is that I am giving people who may currently be undergoing a life change - whether by choice or by reasons beyond their control - the courage to JUST DO IT. at min, you will have a blast. and really meet wonderful people & have great experiences..

I do find it perplexing that anyone who is able to read fodors - and
who is unable to pass up the FFF ('Fodors Feeding Frenzy' - patent pending) which some threads become.. is not aware of the awesome research power of the internet... and how vital email is to this sort of search...

I could go into - why are you online at your employers' work (as opposed
to online cuz you are working for yourself) and/or why on EARTH are you online so much in the evenings - you can darn betcha evenings in my world are for socializing - but that would be too obvious, I hope so anyway.

Jan 24th, 2002, 09:06 AM
beth anderson
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anyway - my apologies to my online friends for the tangents - I am glad I am amusing or helping you, that is my intent anyway. I hope I can be helpful - I will check out the hotel scene if I can.. I will say, the only hotels where I have actually stayed as a guest, are:

One Aldwych
Copthorne Tara
my hotel bloomsbury
Radisson Grafton
this weekend, will be staying at the Langham Hilton and will report back.
I have also stayed at a B&B.

I have to admit - I usually stay with friends though. So I might not
be as much good for hotel info.

I would say, for families - Copthorne Tara or Radisson Grafton would
be nice. CT - you are near Kensington Palace and just a really nice
part of town. It is also close to Ken High Street tube. Notting Hill
is not far, and it's really pretty out there. The RG - right next to
Warren Street tube - easy hop into town on the Northern Line. both places
are not necessarily 'old world charming' but they are nice, clean, and
reasonably priced. (as long as you are not paying rack rates that is)
They would have AC too.

re: what to wear - I assume you mean outerwear? It has been fairly mild,
during the day at least. A nice full length black wool coat, you can
always wear something light under it.

I plan to put up a posting later re: late openings for museums, if anyone
is interested. I went to the Natl Gallery last night - 'twas GREAT.
I could stand and stare at the Canalettos (Canaletti? ha ha) for a
nice long time without feeling rude or that I was 'hogging him'.

ciao for now!


Jan 24th, 2002, 09:07 AM
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GO- BETH~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jan 24th, 2002, 09:53 AM
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I think I have become infatuated with Beth! (Yes, I am serious..., I love reading her daily posts.)
Jan 24th, 2002, 10:10 AM
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Dan, if you are infatuated with her postings, if you see her, you'll fall in love with her.
Jan 24th, 2002, 01:34 PM
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Jan 24th, 2002, 03:56 PM
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we will be in London - family of 4 (kids ages 14 and 10) We LOVE ethnic food, quirky, unique shops. Kids want to hit Camden Square flea market, shop, a couple of museums, the Tower. What area would be best for us?
Jan 24th, 2002, 04:22 PM
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to the previous poster; all food is ethnic by definition. Even white bread.
Jan 24th, 2002, 06:10 PM
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I am sorry - I should have qualified that. We are Americans - by "ethnic" I meant foreign to us - Indian, Thai, Middle Eastern, etc
Jan 24th, 2002, 06:39 PM
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Woo hoo Beth!

I'm trying to work my way up the ladder in my current multinational corp. just so I can do what you're doing and move to London! You must have some vim and verve to get out and do it on your own!
Jan 24th, 2002, 09:17 PM
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Beth -
At the risk of repeating myself, let me add my support to your "bandwagon". So you're incapable of being jaded - which explains your signature "woohoo" line. In a world where so many adopt the "been there, done that" pseudo-ennui pose, your vim and enthusiasm sparkle like a diamond! Kudos for doing what you've dreamed of, and for being you.
Jan 25th, 2002, 04:20 AM
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I don't know of a flea market called Camden Square.
You have the Market at Camden Lock in Camden, and you have the antiques market, the Camden Passage, which is in Islington.

If they want to look at flea market stuff, and you are referring to Camden Market at Camden tube station.
Come out of the station (turn right at the top of the escalator) and then right onto the high street.

As you walk up to the lock, you will pass an area the size of a small parking lot full of stalls with a huge green and white sign saying Camden Market. Ignore this and keep going.

When you get to the lock, you will cross over the canal, with the lock on the left side.

The building directly after this contains lots of wonderful craft stores and shops, which is worth some time.

For the flea market area, continue through away from Camden tube and towards Chalk Farm.

The area known as the Stables is the flea market/ second hand area.

Jan 25th, 2002, 05:05 AM
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But are the fleas at the Stable a bargain :0)

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