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Is London a Bitch?

Old Oct 19th, 2002, 12:22 PM
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Is London a Bitch?

The Guardian columnist and journo Julie Burchill was recently decribed NYC as being a laid back, relatively stress-free town, ideal in her opinion for those who can't handle London, that "cold, furious bitch of a capital" So dear Fodorites,,,,, is London a bitch of town?
 
Old Oct 19th, 2002, 12:37 PM
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Yeah, lifes a bitch in London, don't come here guys
 
Old Oct 19th, 2002, 12:40 PM
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London is a bitch to the bitchy. And journalists have to sell papers.

I now regularly get offers of help up stairs in railway stations from passing young people. I bet the journalist has not a bicycle.

But, come and see.

Ben Haines, London
 
Old Oct 19th, 2002, 12:45 PM
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hmmm
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.. for some reason, the above answer does not sound like the usual 'Ben Haines' reply...
 
Old Oct 19th, 2002, 01:12 PM
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Do tell me: for what reason ? I agree that I do not usually refer to female dogs, but I do try to adapt to the culture to which I am replying.

Ben Haines
 
Old Oct 19th, 2002, 01:21 PM
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Sometimes London could be a bitch, a wet cold day and no taxi maybe. But mostly London is a kind friendly sort of Pup, willing to visit, willing to share, happy to see you.
Best advice, ignore the newspapers, go and see for yourself.
 
Old Oct 19th, 2002, 03:25 PM
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t
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ttt!!!
 
Old Oct 19th, 2002, 06:08 PM
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New York "laid back????" That journalist has no credibilty.
 
Old Oct 19th, 2002, 06:38 PM
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My thoughts exactly, Leslie!
 
Old Oct 19th, 2002, 07:24 PM
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I think London's a piece of cake.
 
Old Oct 19th, 2002, 09:47 PM
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My thoughts exactly, Leslie!
 
Old Oct 20th, 2002, 02:27 AM
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You should know that Julie Burchill has made a career out of being a journalistic contrarian. Some people reading a reference to a 'cold, furious bitch' might resort to the old childhood taunt 'takes one to know one'. The article in question sums up New York as ok 'but no Torquay'....Torquay being a pleasant enough seaside resort but that's about it.

Actually, as a Londoner, I can see that many people may find too many of us too wrapped up in ourselves, too pre-occupied with trying to get from A to B and with the price of our houses....
 
Old Oct 20th, 2002, 04:46 AM
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When I was in London looking for Buckingham Palace, a man approached me and asked me if I needed help. That has never happened to me in NY. The taxi drivers are wonderfully helpful, also. (Well, most of them, anyway!) They love telling you about their city.
 
Old Oct 20th, 2002, 07:12 AM
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She is an expensive bitch.

If the city was a woman, she would be replaced for a nice German, which would be much more interesting and beautiful. She would be less full of herself and a hell of a lot cheaper.

 
Old Oct 20th, 2002, 08:06 AM
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Better a high-class hooker than....?
 
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