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Old Jul 19th, 2014, 04:41 PM
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So sorry I missed it - the IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, highlighting WWI memorabilia, reopened recently on Lambeth Road just three weeks after I left London. Would love to have seen it....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...r-galleries-vi
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Old Jul 21st, 2014, 07:17 AM
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Great info, lateday!
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Old Jul 21st, 2014, 12:18 PM
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Hi TDUDETTE,

Yes, sorry I missed this one. But there were also other WWI exhibits - I saw the one at the BRITISH LIBRARY.

Missed those at the UCL Library near Euston Station, the Weiner Library, and the Cartoon Museum - all in the Bloomsbury area. Didn't make it that far on this trip.

It's so easy to check out exhibits/talks on various free lecture and university sites in London.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2014, 07:02 AM
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(Slightly related, and I may start a thread on this subject, even knowing how I'll get jumped upon for trying to help her, but: my daughter, who spent last semester at Regent's University in London and loved it, is looking into graduate school there in economics. There's the School that even I have heard of. Does anyone here have experience or friends who've attended the less famous grad schools there, that might be possible for a nice foreign kid to get into?)

I'm just catching up from last week, lateday, and so much enjoy your report. I'm impressed by how your online research translated into so many fine real life experiences. Thanks so much for sharing. If another trip there is in the cards for me, I've gotten some good tips.

Great idea to summarize high points. Your love of London and of travel shines through.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2014, 11:00 AM
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Hi STOKEBAILEY,

"Your love of London and of travel shines through." Thank you, so nice of you to say. I really enjoy describing these explorations to others like yourself who have been there or are planning a trip to London in the future.


If I recall, you covered quite a bit of ground on your own in the city when your DD was in school.

Hope someone can make suggestions about grad school for your daughter. Please do another trip report when you return.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2014, 01:47 PM
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hi Stoke - what other places is your DD considering besides the LSE? I remember when I told my parents that I was considering applying there to study law many moons ago, they were horrified - it was a hotbed of "lefties" then. Students are rather less militant now. Some of us think that might not be such a good thing....
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Hi, Ann. May I safely state here that some of us think a few more lefties in economics would be a good thing? Without running afoul of the pro-obscene-concentrations-of-wealth crowd? Probably not, so I won't state that.

My daughter's mentioned a couple of schools that I can't remember, has signed up for graduate exams, and applications are due starting October for entrance next year. Some students choose a university based on love; her choice would be motivated by love of London.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2014, 05:11 PM
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Hi again STOKEBAILEY,

Re LSE you wrote: "May I safely state here that some of us think a few more lefties in economics would be a good thing? Without running afoul of the pro-obscene-concentrations-of-wealth crowd?"

You may recall that on the first night of my ten days in London, I went to a lecture at LSE by the new so-called economics rock star Thomas Piketty whose book CAPTIAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY is hugely successfully. His controversial subject is "inequality" in the western world. He describes it, but does not offer specific ways to remedy the condition.

The audience was packed with what appeared to me to be seriously minded young people waiting to hear the guru. Just saying for what it's worth. Again, good luck to DD.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2014, 05:36 PM
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Yes, and good for you for getting out to a lecture! Am adding that to must do list.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2014, 06:26 PM
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STOKE, I would not expect most first timers in London to have the time for a public lecture. But for return visitors like yourself, there are so many.

Just google "free public London lectures" or the like and you will find tons of offerings. Also, you can go to the website of various universities or museums and find many others.

Another popular lecture series is offered at Gresham College - http://www.gresham.ac.uk/

When do you expect to return to London?
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Old Jul 23rd, 2014, 11:37 PM
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Stokebailey; there's also CAS, located in the city. That's a business school, don't know if that interests her.
My daughter has been looking at the dual Master degree from LSE and Columbia in international and world history. That looks extremely interesting; probably hard to get into.

Latedaytraveler; thank you for all the info. Very interesting, I will try to get to one of the free lectures on my next trip.
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Old Jul 24th, 2014, 04:30 AM
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Hi TULIPS,

Thanks for following along. Many of these museums/institutions have email updates about their events /lectures offerings throughout the year. I subscribed to a few.

Interesting to read, even if we can't get there.
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Old Jul 24th, 2014, 06:25 AM
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Ha, lateday, the tennis ball of my next London visit is in Fate's court right now.

Tulips, thank you for that. Your daughter's plan sounds too excellent, an international dream. Oh, my, I hope she gets to do that. How does it work out physically?
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stoke - when you are talking about grad schools, are you meaning that she is wanting to do what we would think of as a post graduate degree like a masters? or is she looking at what in the UK are undergraduate courses? I'm not sure what stage she has reached.

as for lefties in economics, that's vey much the norm here, though less than in former times.
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Great trip report. I just spent my evening reading here. Thanks.
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Old Apr 27th, 2015, 11:38 AM
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LUVTOTRAVEL,

Thanks for reading. So much to do and see in London that most of us go back again and again.
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You are right about going back again and again LDTraveler. And so nice to read your reports before I go. Thanks for taking the time!
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KOSIE, thanks for your kind words. I think my favorites on that trip were the tour of the BRITISH LIBRARY, stopping at the SUPREME COURT building on Parliament Square, and the boat trip on REGENT'S CANAL.

Looking forward to your experiences when you visit next....
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I have been to the British Library Treasure Room, and found it difficult to leave. This time, thanks to you, it will be the tour!

And then I am also planning to "stop at the SUPREME COURT building on Parliament Square, and the boat trip on REGENT'S CANAL."

Last time in London I went to EVENSONG AT ST PAUL'S. A lovely way to sit quietly in the great old church and just absorb - and its free. Before I went, I read the story of the men who spent years and years doing the wood carvings for St Paul's. Attending evensong, I sat in the choir (they ask if you want to). I could see the wood carvings from nearby, actually touch it.

For some reason I have not yet been in Westminster Abby, just walked past and dodged the long line of people wanting to get in. Perhaps this time!

Your TR makes me dream!
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Old Sep 29th, 2015, 02:18 PM
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Hi KOVSIE,

Thank you for your kind words.

The next time I am determined to attend evensong at St. Paul's or Westminster.

Looking forward to reading your trip report...
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