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    Re: Life in london goes on as normal and the daily mail stamps it's foot in anger

    Quote Originally Posted by Clodhopper View Post
    Since this IS a thread about life in London going on as normal, I'd just like to add my sense of pride in my city: It seems more than just propaganda that ordinary people immediately pitched in to help in the Westminster Bridge incident. Added to that a friend of mine happened to be in our local area recently when an old lady tripped on the pavement and fell, smacking her nose. Blood everywhere and she herself dazed. Every person who came past stopped to check and offer help.

    I mention it because London and Londoners are often characterised as cold, unfeeling and unfriendly. I think it's not really true overall (though of course in a city of 8 million there will be some).
    and they're very different on their home patch than they are during the work run which is where most people see them.

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    Re: Life in london goes on as normal and the daily mail stamps it's foot in anger

    Quote Originally Posted by Clodhopper View Post
    Since this IS a thread about life in London going on as normal, I'd just like to add my sense of pride in my city: It seems more than just propaganda that ordinary people immediately pitched in to help in the Westminster Bridge incident. Added to that a friend of mine happened to be in our local area recently when an old lady tripped on the pavement and fell, smacking her nose. Blood everywhere and she herself dazed. Every person who came past stopped to check and offer help.

    I mention it because London and Londoners are often characterised as cold, unfeeling and unfriendly. I think it's not really true overall (though of course in a city of 8 million there will be some).
    Genuine londoners aren't but there is a segment of the population down there that are cold unfeeling and friendly. Used to be a standing joke that you could tell tourists from the "south" of england if you said hello they would completely ignore you. Can't quite tell you where in england maybe essex round romford and places. Always wary of making sweeping genralisations though.

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    Re: Life in london goes on as normal and the daily mail stamps it's foot in anger

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Mawr View Post
    and they're very different on their home patch than they are during the work run which is where most people see them.
    True. In many respects the whole of the City area can be seen as one big office and everything moves quicker here except the traffic

    Genuine londoners aren't but there is a segment of the population down there that are cold unfeeling and friendly. Used to be a standing joke that you could tell tourists from the "south" of england if you said hello they would completely ignore you. Can't quite tell you where in england maybe essex round romford and places. Always wary of making sweeping genralisations though.
    I've wondered about that and my current theory is that it's not just one area, a lot of us are a bit that way and it's because we are somewhat desensitised. London is crowded. Always has been. As soon as you go anywhere you have people constantly inside your personal space and your defence against it is a sort of mental bubble of privacy which becomes so much a habit you don't even notice it's there. The result is you might not notice someone saying hello because you tune out so many hellos on a daily basis since they aren't aimed at you...

    Then again you get tossers everywhere and in the nature of things people remember tossers much longer than they remember the friendly ones.
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    Re: Life in london goes on as normal and the daily mail stamps it's foot in anger

    Two observations.

    I commuted from the suburbs into the West End and later the City for many years.
    You must never attempt eye contact, the only time people would touch was at peak times when, like cattle you had to jam yourself into already full carriages, and even then only a brief glance is acceptable, even looking out the window is dangerous............because people think you are watching their reflection.
    Large cities are the loneliest of places.

    While walking in Scotland,up the hill behind my host's house, I lent on a fence to take a rest and look at the view.
    A man started walking across the field toward me, I went into London mode, wondering what he wanted, what had I done wrong, should I be there ?
    He greeted me warmly, asked if I was local, where I was staying,where I came from, and was I enjoying Scotland ? He knew my host and we spoke pleasantly for ten or more minutes. He left me hoping I enjoyed my stay.
    I thought I knew more than this until I opened my mouth

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    Re: Life in london goes on as normal and the daily mail stamps it's foot in anger

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